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If you’re looking for a cheap laptop or a deeply discounted premium machine, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the web for savings and rounded up all the genuine deals in one neat place.

You’ll find we’ve covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you’ll no doubt find something here to match your needs.

We’ve highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we’ve sniffed out, and if you scroll further down, we've rounded up some of our favourite laptops in a dedicated buying guide.

Best laptop deals this week

Laptops & ultrabooks

Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) | M1 Pro / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$2,999 AU$2,699 on Amazon (save AU$300)

Apple’s all-new MacBook Pro came out late last year, and you can now save AU$300 on the powerful device from Amazon. It comes equipped with Apple’s latest M1 Pro chip, which will deliver brilliant performance. It’s also sporting a 14-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, which is backit by mini-LEDs. Translation? It’s a mightily impressive laptop for creatives. Only discounted in grey.

Apple MacBook Air M1 | 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD | AU$1,499 AU$1,349 on Apple (save AU$150)

We think the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is the best laptop in Australia. It’s worthy of this spot thanks to Apple’s own M1 chip, which has greatly improved both performance and battery life for the laptop. It’s carrying a price tag that’s decently competitive with Windows rivals too (finally). This price is available from Apple’s Education Store, where you’ll get a discount on the laptop and AU$219 off a pair of AirPods.

Dell XPS 15 OLED (9510) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3050 Ti | AU$4,299 AU$3,267 on Dell (save AU$1,032)

The Dell XPS 15 is a beautiful machine with plenty of power under the hood. This model is equipped with a snappy Intel i7-11800H processor and an RTX 3050 Ti, so it’s well-suited to graphic-intensive design work and even some light gaming. It’s got a 15-inch OLED display, which means you’ll get sharp images and precise colour reproduction. Enter the code BTU5 at checkout to get the full discount.

Acer Chromebook 311 | Celeron N4100 / 4GB RAM / 64GB eMMC | AU$449 AU$316 on Amazon (save AU$133)

Chromebook’s aren’t particularly slick or stylish, but they are very affordable machines. This Acer Chromebook is now just AU$316, and it comes with an Intel Celeron N4100 processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB eMMC. As a Chromebook, it puts all of Google’s apps right at your fingertips, so it’d make a good laptop for a student who does most of their work online.


Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 (7306) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$2,099 AU$1,574 on Dell (save AU$525)

We haven’t reviewed this particular laptop at TechRadar, but we have rated similar machines from Dell highly. This model comes packing an 11th-gen Intel i7, alongside 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It uses Intel’s Evo platform too, so it should have a great battery life in theory. You’ll also get the Dell Active Pen included in the box, so you won’t have to pay extra to get full use out of the device. Available from Dell, with AU$525 saved.

Gaming laptops

Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (Gen 6) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / RTX 3070 | AU$3,299 AU$2,474.25 on Lenovo (save AU$824.75)

This Legion 5i Pro comes stacked with high-end specs, including an Intel i7-11800H and an RTX 3070. This machine is solidly built and has a full-sized keyboard, which we personally quite appreciate in a gaming laptop. This discount is available directly at Lenovo, just enter the coupon code LENGAMING to redeem.

eBay Plus exclusive

Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3070 | AU$4,499 AU$2,944.05 on eBay (save AU$1,554.95)

If you’re looking for a blazing gaming laptop with a sizable screen, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is absolutely worthy of your shortlist. This 17.3-inch machine comes equipped with an Intel i7-11800H and an RTX 3070, plus 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a 165Hz screen refresh. That stacks up to be an immensely powerful laptop, and one that is usually quite expensive. If you’re an eBay Plus member, you can get it for AU$2,944 by using the coupon code PLUSFEB5.

eBay Plus exclusive

Razer Blade 15 Advanced | i7 / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3080 | AU$5,399 AU$3,229.05 on Wireless 1 eBay (save AU$2,169.95)

If you’re after an RTX 3080 in a gaming laptop, this Razer Blade 15 Advanced could be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s packing an Intel i7-11800H, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and of course, a ripper RTX 3080. This model also takes things up a notch by including a glorious 360Hz 1080p screen. This deal is only available to eBay Plus members, and you’ll need the coupon code PLUSFEB5.

Dell G15 (5511) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / RTX 3060 | AU$2,369 AU$1,895 on Dell (save AU$474)

This unassuming gaming laptop is well-equipped, with an Intel i7-11800H CPU and an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU. The 15.6-inch 1080p display has a refresh rate of 120Hz as well, so you can expect super-smooth gameplay. While this laptop is lacking some of Razer’s design flair, it makes up for it with great specs at a bargain price. Head directly to Dell where it’s AU$474 off.

Alienware X17 | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / RTX 3060 | AU$3,899 AU$3,119 on Dell (save AU$780)

Alienware’s X-series aims to deliver high performance in a thinner form factor than most other gaming laptops. This X17 comes boasting an Intel i7-11800H processor and an RTX 3060, so you can expect excellent gaming performance. A laptop this thin is bound to run hot, but if you can get past that, pick it up from Dell and save AU$780.

Alienware X15 | i7 / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 3070 | AU$4,699 AU$3,524 on Dell (save AU$1,175)

This 15-inch laptop is packing some mighty specs, including an Intel i7 11800H chip, an RTX 3070, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. We gave this laptop 4.5/5 stars in our review, though we did find that it runs very hot and has a very short battery life of just over three hours. Overall though, we think it’s a great gaming laptop that’s surprisingly portable.

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The best deals on our favourite laptops

Over the years we’ve reviewed plenty of laptops, and as a result, we’ve seen what to avoid and what to jump on when there’s savings to be had. Check out the prices on some of our favourite laptops below and see if anything has dropped enough to spark your interest.

Dell XPS 13 9310 laptop

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Our favourite Windows laptop: Dell XPS 13 (9310)

Return of the king

CPU: 11th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Xe | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 13.4-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) – 4K (3840 x 2160) | Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD

Gorgeous design
Big CPU and GPU boost
Excellent battery life
Lacklustre audio

To say that we’re big fans of the Dell XPS 13 is a huge understatement. This 13-inch Ultrabook has appeared in our list of the best laptops for several years running, and there’s good reason why.

This iteration came out in late 2020 and it’s known as the Dell XPS 13 9310. It’s equipped with Intel’s latest 11th generation processors while the Intel Iris Xe handles the integrated graphics (and almost doubles the graphical prowess from the previous model). Both work together to bring a decent amount of power to these gorgeous laptops, and some light gaming is also possible thanks to the specs.

There are barely any bezels to speak of on these laptops, and it can be configured with a Full HD+ or a 4K HDR screen (OLED panels are also available). The sleekness of the XPS 13 comes at the expense of ports, and the speakers are a little lacklustre, but these are small exceptions in an otherwise premium laptop.

Read our full Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020) review

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Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) laptop

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Our favourite Apple laptop: Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

The best MacBook Air ever

CPU: Apple M1 | Graphics: Apple M1 GPU | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) LED | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD

Battery life is great
Silent in use
Fanless design could impact performance
No new design

When Apple ditched Intel’s chips for its own M1 silicon in 2020, it was a real game changer for the laptop market – Apple or otherwise. The new processor gives the MacBook Air a serious performance boost, which thankfully, has not come at the expense of battery life (our testing found it lasting an impressive 11 hours and 15 minutes in continuous movie playback).

Despite the significant power upgrade, Apple has priced this laptop at a better RRP than its predecessor, and it even gives other premium Ultrabooks such as the Dell XPS 13 a run for their money – something we never would have anticipated from Apple. You can expect to pay AU$1,499 for the model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, or AU$1,849 for the 512GB SSD version.

If you do have a couple hundred bucks to spare, we’d also suggest taking a look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020). That’ll get you better-sounding speakers, a more comfortable keyboard and a neat Touch Bar. The MacBook Pro also keeps its cooling fans (while the MacBook Air doesn’t) so it should be able to run more intensive tasks before performance is throttled.

Read our full Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop

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Our favourite gaming laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

Asus is leading AMD’s charge to dominance

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS – 9 4900HS | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 | RAM: 16GB – 32GB | Screen: 14-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel, 120Hz – 14-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel, 60Hz | Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD

Best battery life in a gaming laptop
Excellent performance
Light and slim
Reasonably priced
No webcam
Fans can get loud

We rate the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 as the best gaming laptop around. It’s outfitted with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 and 5000 series processors, which lend a lot of power to the Zephyrus G14. As for graphics, Asus has mixed with Nvidia to bring the latest RTX cards to the laptop.

Despite that seriously impressive power, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is reasonably priced and can be found for a fair whack less than the competition. There’ve been a few concessions to keep it that way though – the laptop is without a webcam, and it’s not as particularly good looking as the Razer laptops of the world.

With that said, the Zephyrus G14 is a thin and light laptop that also manages best-in-class battery life despite its gaming laptop status.

Read our full Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

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Asus ZenBook Flip 13 2-in-1 laptop

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Our favourite 2-in-1: Asus ZenBook Flip 13

A 2-in-1 laptop experience with little to no compromise

CPU: 11th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Xe | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 512GB SSD

Strong build quality
Excellent battery life
Genuinely good speakers
Weak graphics performance

The Asus ZenBook Flip 13 moves easily between laptop, tent and tablet mode with its 360° hinge, and Asus promises it’s good for 20,000 cycles. It’s a solidly built, stylish piece of kit, and it comes packing Intel’s latest 11th generation chips, making it a powerful 2-in-1 laptop.

Housed within the body is a beautiful 13-inch screen with ultra-thin bezels on all four sides, so you’re able to make the most of the 1080p display. The front-facing Harman Kardon speakers sound genuinely good too, which can be rare on even the best of laptops.

With space at a premium, Asus has done something clever to keep the number pad too. It’s been integrated into the trackpad, and it appears in illuminated LED lights when you need it – pretty neat if you ask us.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

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Our favourite cheap student laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook

A Chromebook for schoolwork, and then some

CPU: MediaTek P60T | Graphics: Mali-G72 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch FHD (1920 x 1200) touch | Storage: 128GB eMMC

Lightweight and portable
Great value
Chrome OS is great
Tiny keyboard and finicky trackpad
Charger and headphones share a single port

If you’ve got the cash to spare for a MacBook Air, we’d argue that it’s the best student laptop in Australia, but if you’re just after something that’s cheap, then the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a great choice. It’s a 2-in-1, and for the unit itself paired with a detachable keyboard and stand cover, you’ll pay just AU$499 (and it’s often on sale too).

The internal specs aren’t anything to write home about, but what really matters here is Chrome OS, which we’ve found to be a richer experience than the equivalent Windows 10S. Google’s fantastic apps will be right at your fingertips, so it’s ideal for someone who does the majority of their schoolwork online (using Google Docs and the like).

You won’t be able to load up on Chrome tabs with reckless abandon, but for general web browsing, video streaming and basic productivity, the Duet does exactly what you want it to do. All told, this is the best value you’re going to find in a portable device of this kind.

Read our full Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook review

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