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Best cheap laptop deals and sales for August 2020

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This week's cheap laptop deals are offering some excellent prices on everything from everyday web surfers to powerful rigs built for heavier work. With Currys, Very, Laptops Direct and Amazon all offering discounts, there's plenty of choice on offer, and you'll find savings across the price range this week.

This week's list of the best laptop deals is bursting at the seams with stellar discounts across the range. We're seeing particularly strong discounts on Asus machines right now, from the smaller Chromebooks to the VivoBook, but Lenovo laptops also feature quite heavily in this week's roundup. Not only that, we're seeing some of the best budget laptops coming in under-priced right now as well, with the Acer Aspire leading the pack.

We've brought all your favourite retailers together for the very best laptop deals this week, and listed each machine by price. Not only that, but we've compared all the specs and features to weed out all those overpriced models that aren't worth your time. 

Cheap laptops are booming in popularity right now, with the latest back to school sales bringing prices down as more students ready themselves for distanced learning next term. 

If you're after a cheap laptop for everyday browsing, streaming, and lighter work, you'll be able to get away with spending less than £300. However, once you push past £400, you'll open yourself up to machines that can run higher performance programs with far better specs to support them. For you Apple fans, you might be interested in our MacBook prices and deals page too, or if you're just looking for the cheapest web surfer you can find, check out the best cheap Chromebook prices and sales going right now.

Cheap laptop deal of the week

Asus VivoBook 15.6-inch laptop | £499 £399.97 at Currys
Currys have knocked £50 off this Asus VivoBook laptop deal this week, bringing the 4GB RAM / 256GB SSD model down to just £399. With a Ryzen 3 processor, there's plenty of power under the hood for everyday work or browsing the web, plus a good amount of storage to keep everything you need on one device as well.
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Cheap laptop deals under £200

Asus 11.6-inch Chromebook | £209.99 £199.99 at Amazon
There's 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage space on this cheap Chromebook at Amazon. That means you're getting a lightweight laptop for browsing the web and lighter work as well as a mouse here too.
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Asus Vivobook 14-inch laptop + Office 365 Personal | £199.99 at Amazon
With 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, you're picking up standard specs for a sub-£200 laptop here but you've also got that Asus Vivobook name to trust in as well. Plus, there's a 12-month subscription of Microsoft Office 365 Personal included here - worth £60.
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Cheap laptop deals from £200 - £300

Acer Aspire 3 14-inch laptop - red | £279 £239 at Currys
With 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, this Acer Aspire 3 will be able to run and storage your Windows 10 S operating system easily. You won't be blazing through high octane workflows here, but this is certainly a great option for elearning or lighter working from home. You might want to stay plugged in, however, a slight drawback is the 5.5 hour battery life on this one.
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HP 15.6-inch laptop | £379 £299.97 at Currys
This HP laptop doesn't offer a speedy SSD but you are getting a massive 1TB of hard drive space - perfect if you're looking to store a lot on your laptop. You're saving £79 overall on this laptop deal from Currys.
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Cheap laptop deals from £300 - £400

Asus 15.6-inch laptop | £399 £319.97 at Laptops Direct
This cheap Asus laptop is the perfect halfway point between a smaller Chromebook and a more expensive mid-range laptop. There's 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD in here, with an AMD A9 processor to keep it all running.
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HP Slim 15.6-inch laptop | Norton Security: £379.99 at Argos
Argos has bundled this 15.6-inch HP Slim laptop with Norton Security for up to five devices for just £379 this week. That's excellent for anyone looking for a lightweight laptop with the power to get through a good amount of uni work as well. There's an i3 processor in here, with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.
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Asus VivoBook 15.6-inch laptop | £499 £399.97 at Currys
Currys have knocked £50 off this Asus VivoBook laptop deal this week, bringing the 4GB RAM / 256GB SSD model down to just £399. With a Ryzen 3 processor, there's plenty of power under the hood for everyday work or browsing the web, plus a good amount of storage to keep everything you need on one device as well.
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Cheap laptop deals between £400 and £600

Lenovo IdeaPad C340 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop | £549 £429 at Currys
If you're looking for cheap laptops with the ability to turn into a Chromebook, this Lenovo IdeaPad strikes the perfect balance between power and flexibility / affordability. You're getting a Ryzen 5 processor under the hood - excellent at this price point, as well as 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage space.
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Asus VivoBook 14-inch laptop: £599.99 £499.99 at Amazon
Save £100 on this Asus VivoBook at Amazon, bringing the i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD model down to just £499.99. There's everything you'd need on here to comfortably fit and run a range of programs while saving room for bigger files as well.
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Lenovo V15-IIL 15.6-inch laptop | £699 £519.97 at Laptops Direct
Save £150 on this cheap laptop deal from Laptops Direct, offering up a 512GB Lenovo V15 with a 10th generation i5 processor and 8GB RAM for £519.97. The V15 looks as good as it runs as well, with a sleek brushed steel effect and sturdy yet lightweight body.
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Asus ZenBook 14-inch laptop | £599.99 £529.99 at Very
Very's latest laptop deals include this £70 discount on the 14-inch Asus ZenBook. This machine already has a lot going for it, with a Nano-Edge display and dynamic touchpad keeping this slimline chassis packed with features. Plus, you're picking up the latest 10th generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD as well.
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HP Pavilion 14-inch laptop: £649 £599 at Currys
Or, upgrade to a massive 512GB SSD if you think you'll need more space for specialist software or creative work. There's a 10th generation i5 processor inside this HP Pavilion laptop, with 8GB RAM backing it up as well. Not only that, but you can save £50 at Currys this week, and save £20 on Microsoft Office 365 Family at the same time.
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Best laptop deals over £600

Lenovo ThinkBook 14-inch laptop | £799 £699.99 (after cashback) at ebuyer
This isn't a cheap laptop deal, but you're picking up some extraordinary power in this suped-up version of the Lenovo ThinkBook. 10th generation i7 processing keeps you ahead of the game, with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD sitting inside for extra oomph as well. This laptop is listed as £749, but you're also getting some cashback here which brings the price down to £699.99.
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Apple MacBook Air (2020) | £999 £948.99 at Amazon
Only want the very latest? Well consider this 2020 MacBook Air at Amazon, now at it's cheapest price ever thanks to their summer sale. While this is for the pink version only right now, you're getting some great baseline specs here - a 10th Gen Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
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Lenovo Yoga S940 14-inch laptop | £1,699 £1,099.97 at Currys
Save £500
on this Lenovo Yoga laptop at Currys. This is a stunning computer, with a 4K 14-inch display panel complete with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos speakers. Under the hood you're getting a 8th generation i5 processor, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.
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Apple MacBook Air (2019) | £1499 £1,099 at Currys
Save £400
on an upgraded spec MacBook Air this week at Currys. With a Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, this superb laptop deal will give most MacBook Pro's a run for their money in the power department, and for much less cash too.
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We'll continue adding the best cheap 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 along with a list of retailers who often have a great selection of laptop sales if nothing else takes your fancy here.

Which stores have decent cheap laptop sales?

  • Amazon: retail giant is often the cheapest in the UK.
  • John Lewis: models come with at least two-year guarantee.
  • Very: Often surprises with cheap prices on electronics.
  • Laptops Direct: specialist UK store has a huge selection of laptop deals.
  • ebuyer: the UK computing specialists have some great promotions.
  • Currys: the retailer that's seemingly always having a laptop sale.
  • AO: lots of cheap laptops at this growing electronics specialist.
  • Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap laptop locally today.
  • Dell: get a great laptop deal direct from Dell.
  • Apple: MacBooks aren't exactly cheap, but they're excellent workstations

Cheap laptops: what to look out for

Cheap laptops can often lure shoppers in with a sub-£200 price tag, but unless you're picking up a Chromebook you're unlikely to get your money's worth with these particular models. Chromebooks largely run on Chrome OS, which means they rely less on more expensive components and more on cloud-based services provided by Google Chrome. That means you'll regularly find cheap laptops under £200 that are well worth your cash - provided they were built with this functioning in mind. 

These kinds of budget laptops are regularly found on sale, but every now and then we do spot savings that offer mid-range specs for entry level prices.

It's worth looking out for cheap laptop deals that offer a Windows 10 operating system, but only 16 or 32GB of storage space. You'll likely speed through those gigabites faster than you'd think, and storing those hefty Windows 10 updates often presents a new challenge in its own right. That means the smallest we would recommend on this page is a 64GB hard drive if you're running a Windows 10 or 10s operating system. 

Cheap laptops can also come with the caveat that they don't offer an operating system at all. These FreeDOS laptops can sometimes be appealing (and if you're up for installing your own copy of Windows or Linux, they often deserve to be), but it's important to check that spec and low price before you buy. We do feature the odd freeDOS budget laptop on this roundup, as they can prove cost effective, but we'll make sure you know when we do. 

More cheap laptop prices

The best cheap laptop deals are often to be found on lower priced machines that edge their way into the mid-range category with higher specs further up the scale. It's in this pocket of budget laptop shopping that you'll find some of the most compelling offers, bringing 8GB RAM / i5 processor / 256GB SSD configurations down to entry level prices during sales seasons. 

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Acer Chromebook 314

A cheap and cheerful Chromebook regularly discounted

CPU: Intel Celeron N4000 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch LED (1366 x 768) high definition | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Excellent value for money
Strong performance
Premium look and feel
No touchscreen

With a 12 hour battery life, bright 14-inch display and tactile keyboard, the Acer Chromebook 314 offers everything you could ask for in a cheap laptop. While this model doesn't quite stretch to 64GB, storage is easily expanded using a portable hard drive and there's a full array of ports to take advantage of as well (though limited display options). What's more, this is one of those rare cheap laptops that look and feel far more expensive than they actually are. Thin, light, and sturdy, this is an excellent machine to throw in a backpack and expect it to last all day.

Read the full Acer Chromebook 314 review.

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HP Pavilion 15

The de facto learning laptop lives on

CPU: AMD dual-core A9 APU – Intel Core i7 | Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 – Nvidia GTX 1050 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional | Storage: 128GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Thinner and lighter
Tons of options
Regular discounts
Shallow, squishy keyboard

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has plenty of power for the average student's needs while keeping the costs sensible. There are plenty of configurations available in this budget laptop as well. Some favour speedy SSDs, while others go for larger regular hard drives, so it all depends on what you're going to need more really. Faster loading or more space for storing media files and downloads.

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Asus Vivobook 15

Mid-range specs for entry level prices

CPU: Up to Intel i7 | Graphics: Nvidia | RAM: Up to 16GB | Screen: FHD (1920x1080) | Storage: 128GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Versatile and powerful
Full HD screen
Regularly discounted

The Asus Vivobook 15 can usually be found from £399 upwards, offering baseline specs that vastly outperform many of the Chromebooks usually found at this price point and ranging all the way up to incredibly powerful configurations should you need them. With an expansive Nano-Edge display, you're even getting a full 15.6-inch sized laptop here, coming in at just 1.6kg, a fingerprint sensor and options for speedy Intel Optane memory as well. 

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03 Aug 2020

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