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Best cheap laptop deals and sales for November 2020

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Cheap laptop deals are coming into their own this year, and with the sales season being pushed earlier and earlier in 2020, there's plenty of offers on the shelves. We've found all the best cheap laptop deals available this week and brought them straight here for you to save some serious cash on everything from budget Chromebooks to powerful machines running the latest specs. 

If you're shopping for cheap laptops, it can be difficult to know whether you're actually getting a good deal or just paying a low price. It can be the difference between buying an excellent machine and saving some cash in the process and wasting money on an old computer that can barely run its own operating system. We've weeded out all the offers that won't be worth your time, so you can be sure you're picking up the best laptop deals out there this week.

Cheap laptop deals by budget

We've brought all your favourite retailers together for the very best cheap laptop deals available right now, and listed each machine by price. If you can’t find anything on this list right now, we're also expecting to see more laptop deals hitting over the next few months, with Black Friday deals on the horizon. So, keep checking in, as we’ll update it whenever a great deal reaches our desk. We're also rounding up all the latest Black Friday laptop deals right here on TechRadar as well. 

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: £299.99 at Argos
This is a full 15.6-inch display on a £300 laptop deal - an excellent offer straight off the bat. Once you take a look inside, however, that price tag looks even better. While there's only 4GB RAM tucked away in here, that's in keeping with the price range, and a 128GB SSD offers up fantastic value by itself. An AMD Athlon Silver 3050U processor will also keep you ticking along.
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Cheap laptop deals under £200

Asus Chromebook C223NA 11.6-inch laptop: £229 £199 at Amazon
Cheap laptops like this Asus Chromebook are perfect for everyday browsing, so the 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage in here won't suit heavier workloads. However, if you're after a super portable machine for the odd email or web browsing session, this is an excellent price.
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Acer 311 11.6-inch Chromebook: £239.98 £199.98 at Laptops Direct
If you'd prefer an Acer machine, you'll find this 11.6-inch Chromebook down under £200 right now. You're still getting baseline specs in here - 4GB RAM, 32GB storage and an AMD A4 processor - but if you're just after a cheap laptop for everyday browsing that £40 price drop is making this model particularly attractive.
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Cheap laptop deals from £200 to £300

HP Stream 14-inch laptop: £249 at Currys
It's worth noting that this cheap laptop isn't a Chromebook, which means that 64GB of storage won't quite get you as far as you'll find with Chrome OS. Nevertheless, it will keep you afloat in terms of Windows updates so, alongside the AMD processor and 4GB RAM this is a decent little everyday browser for a great price.
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Asus Vivobook 15.6-inch laptop: £299.99 at Argos
This is a full 15.6-inch display on a £300 laptop deal - an excellent offer straight off the bat. Once you take a look inside, however, that price tag looks even better. While there's only 4GB RAM tucked away in here, that's in keeping with the price range, and a 128GB SSD offers up fantastic value by itself. An AMD Athlon Silver 3050U processor will also keep you ticking along.
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Cheap laptop deals from £300 to £400

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 10.1-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: £349 £329 at Currys
Save £20 on the Lenovo Duet Chromebook. This 2-in-1 machine disconnects to leave you with a tablet and keyboard - perfect for working while out and about. You're getting 128GB of storage space in here, with a MediaTek P60T processor and 4GB RAM, so don't expect to get any heavier programs running.
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Asus C523NA 15.6-inch Chromebook: £379.99 £359.99 at Amazon
There's a £20 discount on this excellent Asus Chromebook right now. That's not a major saving, but there's plenty to get excited about in here. A full-sized touchscreen display is a rarity in cheap laptop deals and you'll also find an Intel N4200 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of storage inside.
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HP Slim 15.6-inch laptop: £379 at Argos
Argos is offering an excellent £379 price tag on this full sized HP laptop, running Windows 10 S. You're getting some entry level specs here - an i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage, but with a 10 hour battery life and a year of Norton Security included it's a solid offer.
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Asus C433 14-inch Chromebook: £499.99 £399.99 at Amazon
Save £100 on this 14-inch Asus Chromebook, offering up a full-sized display, excellent battery life and a slimline chassis for taking your work on the go. Not only that, but as a 2-in-1 convertible machine there's also a touchscreen on here, and the ability to flip the whole thing into a tablet quickly as well.
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Cheap laptop deals between £400 and £600

Asus Zenbook 14-inch laptop: £599.99 £499.99 at Argos
Save £100 on this 14-inch Asus Zenbook laptop at Argos this week - that's an excellent final price for the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD you'll find under the hood. Add a quad-core Ryzen 5 processor, slim-bezel display, Radeon Vega 8 graphics and built in HD webcam and you've got yourself a winner.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop: £549 £499 at Currys
This 2-in-1 Lenovo laptop can flip between a computer and tablet setup quickly and easily for extra flexibility. That more premium feature does cost you a little in power here - you'll find an i3 processor under the hood with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD - but with £50 off this is a great laptop deal for those after a little more functionality.
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HP Pavilion 15.6-inch laptop: £499.99 at Amazon
The HP Pavilion is a fan favourite for a mid-range laptop that still has enough power to blitz through multi-tasking and more demanding programs. That means this £499 price tag from Amazon is looking particularly good right now - with a Ryzen 3 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.

Medion Akoya S4403 15.6-inch laptop: £649.98 £599.99 at ebuyer
Medion produces budget laptops and it produces them well. These machines can easily pack some excellent specs into a lower price tag and still feel like a premium machine. That's exactly what this 15.6-inch S4403 does, and at £50 less. You're getting a fantastic 512GB SSD inside, with 8GB RAM as well. You are dropping down a generation to grab an 8th generation i5 processor, though it will still see you through plenty of work and streaming.
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Best laptop deals over £600

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6-inch laptop: £629.99 at Argos
Argos has put the new Lenovo IdeaPad 3 up for just £629.99 this week - that's an excellent price for a Ryzen 7 machine with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.
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Acer Spin 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop: £749 £699 at Currys
Save £50 on this 14-inch 2-in-1 Acer Spin laptop. There's plenty of power inside - with a 10th gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage - but you're also getting some excellent functionality here with a touchscreen that easily flips around to form a tablet.
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Asus VivoBook S433FA 14-inch laptop: £749.99 £699.99 at Amazon
There's some serious power packed inside this £699 laptop - a 10th generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and 32GB of Intel Optane memory. Not only that, but you'll also find an MX350 GPU inside as well - all for £50 off this week.
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HP Envy 13.3-inch laptop: £849 £799 at Currys
You're saving £50 on this premium HP Envy machine - offering up bags of storage space with a 512GB SSD and plenty of power for everyday work with 8GB RAM and a 10th generation i5 processor.
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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

The best cheap laptops

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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1. 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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2. 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.

Check out the best HP laptops 

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3. 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. 

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. 

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02 Nov 2020

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