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Best cheap laptop deals and sales for September 2021

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You'll find a range of cheap laptop deals available this week – whether you're looking for a new everyday browsing machine or something with the specs to take on far more demanding programs,  From big savings on premium ultrabooks to some excellent budget laptop prices there's something for every wallet up for grabs right now. 

Cheaper Chromebooks are offering some excellent extra features that we don't tend to see in the more affordable price ranges in this week's laptop deals. You'll also find spacious SSDs, speedy 11th generation Intel processors and Apple MacBooks all discounted as well.

All the best cheap laptop deals available this week can be found just below. We're rounding them up here so you can save some serious cash on everything from budget laptops 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 for underperforming tech. 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.

All your favourite retailers have been brought together for the very best cheap laptop deals available right now. We've broken down each machine by price so you can be sure to find the right laptop for your budget. Do keep checking in, too, as we’ll update this guide whenever a great laptop reaches our desk. 

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 deals going right now.

Cheap laptop deal of the week

Acer Aspire 5: £649 £519 at Currys
Save £130
– We're amazed by the value for money found in this budget laptop at Currys. The Acer Aspire 5 boasts an Intel i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and 512GB of super-fast SSD storage all for a little over £500. Normally, you'd need to pay £600 or more for this sort of spec. It'll handle the majority of tasks (outside of gaming) with ease and is a terrific all-purpose device.

Cheap laptop deals under £200

Asus Chromebook C223NA 11.6-inch Chromebook: £229.99 £179 at Amazon
Save £50 -
This entry-level Asus Chromebook has just dropped below £180 at Amazon, which means you can pick up a super cheap laptop for just £179 right now. With 4GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage you're not picking up a powerful machine here, but that Intel Celeron N3350 processor and the Chrome operating system will still offer a streamlined everyday experience on a low budget.

HP Stream 11 laptop: £219 £179 at Currys
Save £40
– For the same price as the Chromebook above, you can double the inbuilt storage up to 64GB with this HP Stream 11 from Currys. You also get a much newer Intel Celeron N4020 processor that's capable of handling basic work and office tasks. Overall, it's a better value for money pick.

Lenovo S330 14-inch Chromebook: £199 £189 at John Lewis
Save £10
– It's not always easy to find a laptop with a 14-inch display for under £200, but this Lenovo S330 Chromebook just slips under the threshold. Although the MediaTek MT8173C processor isn't a popular component, it will be fine for basic browsing and simple tasks, while 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage are great specs at this price point.

Cheap laptop deals from £200 to £300

Asus 15.6-inch Chromebook: £299 £229 at Currys
Save £70 -
We rarely see full-sized 15.6-inch devices reaching this close to £200, which means you're getting a fantastic deal on this super slim Asus Chromebook. With an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage you're getting a capable laptop for light work and browsing.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 laptop: £329 £269 at Dell
Save £47
– Here's a great offer on this Dell Inspiron laptop, which boasts a speedy 128GB SSD hard drive and a 15.6-inch display. Those are two great features at this price point. 4GB RAM and an Intel N4020 processor ensure this is a solid performer. Just make sure to upgrade from Windows S mode for free so you can install apps from outside the Microsoft Store.

Asus C523NA Chromebook: £399.99 £279.99 at Amazon
Save £120
– There's a huge saving to be had on this Asus Chromebook, which has dropped to an all-time low price. The spec is ideal as a budget machine for school or light work, with a capable Intel processor and 64GB of storage. The highlight is the 8GB RAM – which you usually don't see in Chromebooks this cheap – and will give the laptop a welcome performance boost.

Cheap laptop deals from £300 to £400

Asus VivoBook F415: £399 £329 at Currys
Save £70 – A strong £70 saving is up for grabs on this Asus laptop at Currys. There's 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD hard drive, which is about what you'd expect for the money. The bonus is a more powerful Intel i3 processor that'll ensure the laptop performs well with many everyday tasks and work.

HP 14-inch Chromebook: £379 £349 at Currys
Save £30
– What stands out about this budget laptop is the 8GB of RAM that's included, which will make multitasking a whole lot easier. Usually, you'd need to go closer to £400 to get this performance boost. It requires no sacrifices elsewhere, either, as 128GB of storage is loads for all your files.

HP 15.6-inch laptop: £369 £349 at Currys
Save £20 -
There's a £20 saving on this cheap HP laptop at Currys right now, which is particularly impressive considering there's a massive 1TB hard drive packed in. While 4GB RAM and an AMD Athlon Silver processor won't be taking you too far into the world of demanding software, that's perfect for everyday browsing and light work.

Lenovo V14 14-inch laptop: £399 £379.97 at Laptops Direct
Save £20 -
This is a great price for an 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD machine, even if you are sacrificing a little processing power with the AMD Athlon Gold 3150U. This configuration is perfect for those looking for more storage and memory power than they would normally find in the £300 price range, though.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 17.3-inch Laptop: £399 £389 at Currys
Save £10
– We usually only see screens up to around 15 inches for this sort of money, but this Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is a slightly larger 17.3 inches while still sneaking under £400. You still get 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD which is the norm for a capable budget laptop.

Cheap laptop deals between £400 and £600

Acer Swift 3 laptop: £529 £429 at Currys
Save £100
– The highlight of this Acer Swift 1 laptop is the 256GB of SSD storage. That's a significant amount for the money and more than enough for all your files, photos and more. The Ryzen 3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 11.5 hour battery life will ensure it keeps up with all basic tasks such as browsing and work.

HP 15.6-inch laptop: £499 £449 at Very
Save £50
– For the extra £20 we'd strongly suggest considering this HP laptop as you'll get 8GB of RAM. That will ensure this budget laptop runs quicker and is more capable of multitasking. You may also appreciate the larger 15.6-inch screen for work, browsing and watching videos.

Acer Aspire 5: £649 £519 at Currys
Save £130
– We're amazed by the value for money found in this budget laptop at Currys. The Acer Aspire 5 boasts an Intel i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage all for a little over £500. Normally, you'd need to pay £600 or more for this sort of spec. It'll handle the majority of tasks (outside of gaming) with ease and is a great all-purpose device.

Asus Vivobook S15: £699.99 £599.99 at Amazon
Save £50
– This Asus Vivobook S15 is another great all-around performer. Key components include the Intel i5 processor and 512GB SSD, while the bump up to 16GB RAM is much appreciated to better support any multitasking you might need to do. One nice final touch is the backlit keyboard to help with typing.

Best laptop deals over £600

HP Pavilion 14: £699 £629 at Currys
Save £70 – This laptop from HP sports a top-end Intel i5 processor that'll ensure you get speedy performance. The 8GB RAM and large 512GB SSD are solid value for money at this price, too. We'd easily recommend it more if the Acer Aspire 5 wasn't so cheap in the previous price bracket.

New Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Laptop: £699 £649 at Dell
Save £50
– As far as 2-in-1 laptops go, this offer on the Dell Inspiron has caught our attention most this week. It hits that sweet spot of good spec and affordability, with a speedy i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and a healthy 256GB SSD.

Apple MacBook Air (M1): £999 £899 at Amazon
Save £100 -
You're saving a healthy £100 on the latest MacBook Air here – and one with the powerful M1 chip at the helm no less. That's an excellent price - even if we have seen it around £20 cheaper in the past in a particularly speedy flash sale. This configuration offers 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.

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. 


01 Sep 2021



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