The best cheap laptop deals on Black Friday 2017: prices start at just £129

 techradar.com  11/24/2017 3:14:57 AM  65  Brendan Griffiths

A great cheap laptop deal can be hard to find with so many options on the net. That's where we come in. Our team of dedicated deal hunters are on the lookout every day to find the best laptop deals from the most reliable retailers on the net. So, for the best value cheap laptops, with genuine discounts over the trumped up fake 'deals' take a look below. 

You don't have to wait for the Black Friday deals, as we're looking for great laptop prices all year round. We've got the best up-to-date laptop voucher codes too.

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 or Down Under, be sure to check out our selection of the top laptop deals in the US or in Australia in our always-updated guides.

Cheap laptop deals of the week

HP 14-inch Intel Pentium: Available in silver, gold or red, this is similar to the other Argos laptop bundle below but comes with a larger 256GB SSD. And seeing as the other deal seems to be sold out at most stores, this might be the next best option - or a better one given the extra storage space on a super fast solid state drive. With 4GB of RAM too, not to mention a subscription to McAfee Internet Security and a carry case you're looking at an excellent Black Friday deal at just £329.99 @ Argos.

HP 14-inch Intel Pentium: Here's a value-packed laptop deal available in red, grey or gold and it's one of the best-selling laptop deals on Argos' site right now. Not only is the price cut for this decent machine with an Intel Pentium processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, but you also get a subscription to McAfee Internet Security and a carry case. All for just £279.99 at Argos.

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. It's only £194.99 at Amazon

Fusion 5 14.1-inch laptop: This super cheap laptop deal packs one hell of a punch for a little over £200. 4GB with a quad core processor means it'll run much smoother than many other laptops around this price range. It may only have a 64GB hard drive, but that's plenty for work files and healthy amount of tunes and a few movies. And it's got a Full HD screen! An embarrassment of riches for a measly £205.49 at Amazon. 

Acer One 10.1 Inch 2-in-1: This is more of a tablet with a keyboard attachment rather than a proper laptop, but if you only have basic needs or you need something to keep the kids off your laptop this could be worth a look despite the modest spec at a mere £169 from Argos.

HP 250 G5: It's rare to see a decent spec laptop with a full HD display for under £400. But that's what we're looking at with this HP laptop deal with an i3 processor and 1TB hard drive. You're also getting a free copy of Bullguard security package (worth about £50). All for just £329.98 @ ebuyer.

HP HP 15-bs559sa: Currys is advertising a 'Black Friday Price Now' sticker on this laptop - it was £549 but it's down to £349. It's got an Intel Core i3-7100U CPU, 4GB RAM and 1TB storage alongside its full HD screen. Not the fastest laptop in the world but a decent price at just £349 @ Currys.

Linx 12X64: This 12-inch tablet with keyboard cover has some basic spec, but it should be fine for simple tasks like web browsing or document editing. It also comes with a 64GB memory card. So if the extra portability suits your needs it's only £199.99 @ Microsoft.

HP 255 G5: Take a look through our other deals this week and you might think there are cheaper laptops with 4GB of memory out there (and there are), but this one is worth a look as it comes with a 128GB solid state drive (SSD), which the cheaper laptops on this page can't match. So if speed over size is a must, this is a speedy bargain (and £50 off) at just £359.99 @ Tesco.

Asus Chromebook C300SA: This Chromebook comes with 4GB of RAM, that's double the memory of most cheap Chromebooks and will multitask much better. As it's a Chromebook, it uses the Chrome OS instead of Windows. If you're already a Chrome fan using Gmail, Google Docs and the like this is tempting at just £282 @ Amazon

Asus Chromebook C300: This Chromebook is much cheaper than most as it only has 2GB of memory. But for day-to-day tasks like browsing the net, and doing a bit of work, this is a super cheap option. You're getting up to 15 hours of battery too. This will probably be the cheapest laptop deal we'll see all day at just £129.99 @ Currys.

Acer Chromebook: If you're after a cheap Chromebook but with a bit of bling, then how about this 14-inch Acer model. It's not particularly powerful, but for basic tasks like browsing and document editing you'll be sported. If gold isn't your thing, then there's a silver option for the same price. Check out both of these cheap laptops for £50 less than last week at just £179.99 @ Currys.

Acer R11 Intel £197.99: This 11.6-inch 2-in-1 convertible has had £52 knocked off its price this week making it one of the cheapest deals on this page. With 4GB of RAM and eight hours of battery, it's a step up from most cheap hybrids. Get it now for just £197.99 @ Very.

HP 250 G5: If the models in this list aren't quite packing enough spec for your liking, this one from specialists, LaptopsDirect, comes with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.  If you're looking for a new uni laptop that will last a few years, we think this is a super choice for just £527.97 @ LaptopsDirect.

Lenovo IdeaPad 320s: A slightly smaller 14-inch laptop than the deal above, but if you're after a faster hard drive, then you could be tempted by the 128GB SSD here for at £399 at Currys. 

Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKBN: The IdeaPads are the workhorse laptops behind many a business in the UK and one of the most reliable names around. This 15.6-inch version packs some serious punch too with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 2TB hard drive. 2018 won't know what hit it when you're packing this. It's now £200 cheaper than usual at £599 @ Currys.

HP 250 G6: An i5 processor is more than enough for most users and big savings can be made over i7 laptops. You're still getting 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD and this laptop deal comes with a free copy of Bullguard Security (worth £50). All in all, a very tidy bundle at just £449.96 @ ebuyer.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 | m3 processor | 128GB | Inc. Type cover | £649 @ Microsoft (save £274)
This is, by far, the best Surface Pro deal we've ever seen on the 2017 model. The m3 Intel processor is generally plenty of power for this incredible piece of kit and makes it much cheaper than other models in the series. £649 would be a great price for the Surface Pro alone, but you're also getting the Type Cover keyboard attachment for no extra charge. Amazon are still charging £674 for this without the keyboard.

View Surface Pro deal: Surface Pro m3 model with Type Cover £649 @ Microsoft

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 | i5 processor | 128GB | Inc. Type cover | £849 @ Microsoft (save £254)
The i5 processor version of the new Surface Pro is much faster than the cheaper m3 versions and the price typically reflects that. Not today though as Microsoft has knocked a huge £254 off and included a Type Cover. And considering that cover would cost you upwards of £130 usually, it's an astounding deal. This Microsoft Surface Pro deal also includes a free 3-month trial of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan and 1TB of cloud storage.

View Surface Pro deal: Surface Pro i5 model with Type Cover £849 @ Microsoft

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA: This is one of our favorite looking laptops of 2017 with a distinctive blue with gold finish. The specs match the looks too with an i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid state drive. Amazingly, it's £250 cheaper than the next best deal at Amazon at just £899.97 from Laptops Direct.

Asus ZenBook UX390UA: If you fell in love with the gorgeous blue Asus above but don't want to spend that much money you can get one with lower spec for £200 less. Short version, the main differences are 8GB of RAM (down from 16GB) and an i5 processor instead of the i7. Still a very powerful and very pretty laptop. And now £799.99 @ Currys

The best gaming laptop deals of the week

Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G: Another reasonably priced gaming laptop with plenty of grunt for you here. You're getting a 7th-gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, 128GB SSD and GTX 1050 graphics. Take a look for £893 @ 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:

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. HP Stream 14

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Larger than most budget options

Free 25GB of Dropbox for 1 year

Barely HD screen

At around £200, the HP Stream 14 is decent value if you're after something to cover the basics like web browsing or document editing. It's competitively priced again the cheaper Chromebooks out there despite the 14-inch screen and Windows 10 operating system.

3. HP 250 G4 / G5

4GB/8GB RAM

Windows 10

Intel Pentium processor

There's some hefty grunt under the shell of these HP 250 G4 and G5 models  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. HP Pavilion 15

CPU: AMD dual-core A9 APU – Intel Core i7 | Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 – Nvidia GTX 1050 | RAM: 6GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional | Storage: 512GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Thinner and lighter

Tons of options

Shallow, squishy keyboard

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has more power that the average pupil needs while keeping the costs sensible. If you're not needing extra power of an expensive laptop for video/photo editing, this is more than enough for web browsing, playing some tunes on Spotify and editing coursework.

5. 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. 

6. 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.

7. Acer Chromebook 15

CPU: Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz (dual-core) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels | Storage: 32GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 4.85 pounds | Dimensions: 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95-inches

Very capable Chrome OS

Great display

Excellent battery

This is one of the larger Chromebook experience out there for someone looking for a full-sized laptop with an excellent screen at a super low cost. The 4GB of RAM running the Chrome OS is super fast and will allow you to really pile up tabs and apps without slowing down. The battery will easily last the best part of a day for most users too.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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