The best laptop deals in May 2017: cheap laptops for every budget

 techradar.com  5/23/2017 11:02:57 AM  37  Brendan Griffiths

Looking for the best laptop deals? You're in the right place then! Every week we take an in-depth look through all of the biggest and best retailers to find the best value laptops and special offers.

If you're after a cheap laptop for web browsing and other simple tasks, or you need a new laptop for school or work, or you simply need a really powerful laptop for as little money as possible, we have options for you.

At the top of the page you'll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Underneath those laptop deals you'll find our pick of the latest best laptops and the best available prices.

If you're from the States, check out the top laptop deals in the US in our always-updated guide.

The best laptop deals of the week

HP 14-ax000na: This is easily the cheapest laptop I've ever seen that's so thin. I mean, look at it! £179 is a great price for such a thin model, but why not save a further £20 by using the voucher code: TDX-HKFY. Get it for £159 @ Tesco.

HP 14-AN009NA: A basic but solid 4GB budget laptop for those with modest needs for a simple workstation. It's a refurbished model, but that means a hefty discount down from around £250 to £179.99 @Tesco's eBay.

Samsung X303C Chromebook: This is easily the cheapest laptop deal this week at just £99.99. This is a refurbished Chromebook, but it comes with a one year warranty. If you're not looking to do much beyond web browsing, and document editing, this is steal at £99.99 on eBay.

Lenovo Yoga 510: At just £379, this is considerably cheaper than the svelte Windows version of the new Lenovo Yoga Book. This very tidy two-in one Windows laptop/tablet convertible has 4GB of RAM and a generous 128GB SSD. Not bad at all just just £379 at PC World

Linx 1020 10-Inch Tablet with Keyboard:  Just need a portable tablet with a keyboard attachment for casual browsing and working on some documents? We've seen this go for £150 without the keyboard, so don't miss this bundle for £129.94 at Amazon

Asus C201PA Chromebook: If you're happy to say goodbye to Windows and take advantage of the very capable Google/Android ecosystem services for basic laptop needs this 11.6-inch Chromebook comes with a 13-hour battery life. Amazon has knocked £20 off and you can get it now for just £179.99

HP 255 G5: This 15.6-inch laptop is a steal at this price as it comes with a 256GB Solid State Drive. The quad core processor and 4GB of RAM should power though your day-to-day activities. Now £309.99 @ ebuyer

HP 250 G5: If you fancy something with a little more kick compared to the G5 deal above. Then how about  an i7 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD? A great deal at just £554.97 @ Laptops Direct

The best gaming laptop deals of the week

ASUS ROG Strix: Amazon has knocked £250 off this gaming laptop deal. For your money you get a Kabylake i5 Processor, 12GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD and a more for £849.99 at Amazon.

Medion Erazer X7843: If you're going to need something with considerably more grunt, then Medion has discounts on the Erazer line too. How about a £350 discount on one with an i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive for £1019.99 from Medion?

Medion Erazer X7843: There's an alternative option too if you need your Solid State Drive to be even bigger. Same spec as the deal above, but with a 256GB SSD. So double the size for just an extra £100 (but the sale saves you £350 on the regular price). Get this gaming laptop deal for just £1099.99 at Medion.

MSI Apache Pro: This beast of a laptop has a big 17.3-inch screen, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, a speedy 128GB SSD, a 1TB hard drive and a GTX 1060 graphics card. Best of all, almost £105 has been chopped from its price but hurry as stocks are running low - now £1430 from Amazon

We'll continue adding the best laptop deals in the latest sales as we find them. Up next, you'll find the latest prices on some of the most popular laptops around, followed by the best deals on TechRadar's favourite laptops.

Where to find the best laptop deals:

Popular cheap laptop deals

1. Lenovo Ideapad 510

Intel Core CPU

Optional Nvidia graphics

SSD and HDD options

There have been some generous offers lately for this popular Lenovo laptop series. Any choice between the 4GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple applications at once. Hard drive sizes vary from 256GB SSD to 1TB in regular form. Some options also include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.

2. Asus Transformer Book T100CHI

Build quality

Display

Battery life

One of the cheapest brand new 2-in-1 laptops we've seen in a while and an ideal entry point to casual users wanting to try out the world of these higher function tablet/laptop hybrids. Specs include 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 10-inch 1080p screen, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and an Intel Atom processor.

3. HP 250 G4

4GB/8GB RAM

Windows 10

Intel Pentium processor

There's some hefty grunt under the shell of this HP 250 G4 and there are some great prices this week. The Intel Pentium processor and 4GB/8GB of RAM mean this laptop will whip through pretty much any day-to-day activity you can throw at it without the juddering performance of cheaper laptops. Hell, it'll even have a decent crack at playing a few of the less demanding games out there.

4. Asus X555LA

i3/i5 processors

1TB hard drive

Stylish finish

From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Pro which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Don't expect a full metal chassis at this price, but this is probably one of the best looking plastic bodies in its category. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard drive. The cheapest models have a respectable i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions for not much more if you need that extra kick. Asus saw it fit to include a DVD writer as well as a 15.6-inch full HD screen. Despite this large display and the presence of a numeric keypad, it's just a tad thicker and heavier than an Ultrabook.

Why not upgrade your storage with a cheap hard drive or SSD? See the best hard drive and SSD deals. 

5. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

Built-in fingerprint sensor

11-hour battery life

Stylish design

This is the newer version of the Asus Transformer Mini series. This upgrade includes a fingerprint sensor and double the RAM at 4GB for speedier performance. For your money, this is one of the most impressive two-in-one transformer models out there.

The best deals on our favourite laptops

We've reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we've seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes the best laptops pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. So in this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.

1. Dell XPS 13

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520-620 | RAM: 8GB-16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) | Storage: 128GB-512GB SSD

Gorgeous bezel-less display

Faster than ever

Lightweight, compact frame

The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that's astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It's a powerful and long lasting machine even by today's Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel's latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

2. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080 – UHD 3840 x 2160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 1TB SSHD 8GB – 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD

Stellar battery life

Ports for days

Great value

Looking for a quality gaming laptop but want to keep things under that unappealing £1000 mark? Then Dell has you covered with the Inspiron 15 Gaming range.

3. HP Pavilion x2

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Graphics: Intel HD graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 WXGA WLED IPS touchscreen display | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Long battery life

Absurdly affordable

Detachable keyboard

This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods considering its small size. It's outfitted with an HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a simple day of web browsing and even image editing. When you're ready kick back with some media streaming, you can pop off the 10-inch tablet.

4. Asus ROG Strix GL502

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 - 1070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS | Storage: 128GB - 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD

Full HD gaming

Superb vibrant screen

Middling battery performance

The Asus Strix GL502 is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops around for gaming in 1080p. It'll run with the settings cranked with games like Overwatch not dipping below 60fps. The battery life isn't the best, but the display, performance and built-in sound system more than make up for it.

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5. Lenovo Yoga Book

Insanely thin and light

Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate

Excellent display

Clever Create Pad

Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about £100 cheaper than the Windows one (click 'see all prices' above to see all options).

6. Asus Chromebook Flip

CPU: Rockchip 3288-C | Graphics: ARM Mali T624 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS multi-touch | Storage: 16GB eMMC

Fully metal construction

Terrific value

Excellent battery life

The Asus Chromebook Flip isn't perfect, but it's an impressive little piece of kit. Plus, it's so affordable that you might want to pick one up just to have a Chromebook on hand – even if you already own a MacBook or Windows laptop. Aside from the budget price tag, the Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels more logical, with a screen that actually rotates. The Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device.

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Weight: 766g/786g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 | CPU: Various | RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: up to 9 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Larger, sharper screen

Vastly improved Type Cover

Built in kickstand

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike - it's only the premium price that push it down the list, but if you're willing to pay for it, you're getting a lot of power. A LOT.

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