With retailers competing for your custom, there's little need to pay full price for a new laptop. There are always plenty of deals around often saving you hundreds. And we're talking about some the latest models from the likes of Asus, Microsoft, Huawei, HP, Apple and more.
Amazon Prime Day is long gone, but there's a chance we'll see another one before 2021 is out. Black Friday season is also fast approaching, and some retailers have launched early Black Friday deals in October before.
However, even without major sales events, great laptop deals are available all year round. Manufacturers often discount their own products, while third-party retailers regularly offer competitive pricing.
We'll point you in the right direction below, but remember some are plain discounts while others require a voucher or code - we'll let you know what they are.
Best laptop deals right now
You'll find some great laptop deals on sites including Amazon, Currys, and Argos. You can find a ton more good deals on all things tech on our main deals site. We do the shopping so you don't have to spend hours trawling for the best.
1. Huawei MateBook 14 (2020)
Now: £599 (£150 off)
The superb MateBook 14 is currently the best laptop you can buy. It was great value for money at full price, but this £150 discount makes it even more tempting.
2. LG Gram 17 (2021)
Now: £1,249 (£300 off)
This is a tidy saving on the best 17in laptop around. Get this powerful Gram 17 with a £300 discount via Amazon - in exchange, you get an 11th-gen i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
3. Asus Zenbook Flip S
Now: £1,499.99 (£300 off)
The ZenBook is a powerful touchscreen convertible with a stunning 4K OLED display. It might have been hard to justify at full price, but this £300 discount makes it much more tempting.
4. Apple MacBook Air M1 (2020)
Now: £1,099.97 (£149.03 off)
Get a better price than Prime Day on the MacBook Air with the latest M1 chip, with effectively £150 off.
This means you can get the 512GB MacBook Air for the price Apple sells the 256GB model for! Note that the discount only applies to some colours. You can also save £72 on the 256GB model in Gold.
5. Huawei MateBook D 15
Now: £459 (£140.99 off)
This is an amazing price for a laptop with a Core i3 processor, 256GB SSD, fingerprint scanner and plenty of ports. There's also the MateBook D 14, if you want something slightly.
6. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £764.69 (£134.31 off)
This is an excellent deal on the Surface Laptop Go, a great laptop for students. Save £170 on the top-spec Intel Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD - down to a much more appealing £729. It's available for £764 at Amazon if you'd prefer.
7. Acer Swift 5 (2020)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £899 (£100 off)
We scored the Swift 5 an excellent 9/10 in our review and gave it the Tech Advisor Recommended award, and that's without factoring in an extra £100 off the RRP of £999.
It's an excellent all-rounder laptop that will cope with almost any task wherever you take it.
8. Asus ZenBook 14
From: Currys PC World
Now: £599 (£100 off)
Asus has been making great laptops for a long time and the ZenBook 14 is yet another affordable all-rounder. As well as an attractive design, it's got an Intel Core i5 processor and 256GB SSD.
9. Asus C523NA Chromebook
Now: £229 (£70.99 off)
This Chromebook has basic specs, but it's a bargain if you only have less than £250 to spend on a laptop.
What to look for in laptop deals
There are often decent savings on Microsoft’s Surface range at the moment, as the company is trying to shift older generation Intel models. The same is often true of other brands and a device that's only the previous generation is still new enough to buy and will still last many years.
Retailers like Currys PC World, John Lewis, Argos and AO almost always have plenty of deals on laptops. With the right offer, you’ll be able to pick up a half-decent machine for around £300 instead of £500, for example - not bad.
You might also see reductions on budget laptops but bear in mind that you are getting what you pay for here - they might be fine for web browsing and Netflix, but they'll be slow and unreliable for anything more challenging than that. That's especially true of Chromebooks, which pair low specs with a simple OS for wallet-friendly prices but a slightly more limited feature set.
Higher-ticket items like a Surface Pro or HP’s ultrabooks may still be expensive at around £800 or over a grand, but you might be able to save hundreds on the RRP. See our dedicated round-up of the best Microsoft Surface deals.
Apple's MacBooks are a little trickier to get discounts on, as offers are rare, but you can often pick up a model that's a year or two old for less than the RRP (and still get great performance), and it's also always worth checking out Apple's official refurbished store.
Amazon usually has some of the biggest bargains. If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30-day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else.
Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more. Sign up for Prime now.
If you don't have Prime, you can still buy items discounted in Amazon's regular sales events. The latest of these was its Spring Sale, which concluded at the end of March 2021.
Laptop Buying Guides
Tech Advisor has loads of content to help you find your way around buying a laptop, including advice on peripherals and accessories. We've put all these articles in one place here.
If you want to know what the best laptops are, see our dedicated round up of the top devices, all expertly reviewed.
If you don't want to splash out too much on a premium machine, we also have a guide on the best budget laptops of the year. It goes through what to look out for in terms of screen, processor, software storage and memory and more.
While we're on the topic of budget, students may also want to see our article on the best laptops for students and for studying.
Another popular option now laptop-tablet hybrid. We've also compiled a guide on the best 2-in-1 laptops, full with our expert reviews. In terms of peripherals, we've also created guides on the best Solid State Drives (SSD) and the best USB PD Power Banks for Laptops.
When is Black Friday 2021? Should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday arrives on Friday 26 November this year, followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November, which leads to the question: should you wait until then for a better deal?
Yes, and no. If you urgently need a new laptop now and you see a stellar discount on a today, it's easy: pick it up. If you have the luxury of waiting until November, however, it may pay off.
There's no need to wait for 26 November itself, of course. In the past, the biggest and best Black Friday deals were typically reserved for the big day, but now deals appear all through November and sometimes, as early as October. Laptops are discounted throughout the year, and we're expecting plenty of deals around Black Friday, but there are no guarantees.
If you see dramatic discounts before 26 November, just go for it! Some retailers that hold pre-Black Friday sales also promise that prices won't go any lower on Black Friday itself and offer to refund customers back the difference if it does.
- We're answering all your Black Friday-related questions here
- See the best deals across the web today
Should you wait for Windows 11?
There's no need. The vast majority of Windows 10 hardware is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 11, including all the devices mentioned in this round-up. Almost all laptops released since 2018 are compatible, and plenty of older devices too.
Officially, Windows 11 will be rolled out gradually to compatible devices, with the process expected to be completed by mid-2022. However, there's an easy way to get the final version right now, with Microsoft providing the download links and installation instruction. All your files and settings remaining intact.
As a result, provided it meets Windows 11's hardware requirements, there's no real downside to buying a Windows 10 device over a Windows 11 one.
Learn more in our separate guide: Should I still buy a Windows 10 laptop or PC?