Best Cheap Laptop Deals UK: The 5 best cheap laptop deals available right now.
From a competent but cheap Chromebook to a powerful and portable desktop replacement by Lenovo, here are all the best cheap laptop deals you can snap up in the UK right now.
All prices were correct as of October 20, 2016.
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5 best cheap laptop deals in brief
- 14-inch HP Chromebook 14 for £165 – save £75 on this portable speed machine!
- 12-inch Apple MacBook for £979 – now discounted by a hefty £170!
- Lenovo N22 just £109 – save £50 on this impressively low-priced Chromebook!
- Lenovo Ideapad 100S for £149.99 – a hearty saving of £80!
- Lenovo Ideapad 510s for £529 – get this quality laptop today and save £70!
1) Deal of the week: Save £75 on an HP Chromebook 14 – now just £165!
This already affordable HP Chromebook 14 is now only £165 – a healthy discount of £75. Chromebooks are perfect for on-the-go types, as they're small, super-lightweight and often very fast – and this speedy number is no different.
Chromebooks require an internet connection to work properly, but assuming you're all hooked up, they're the perfect tool for getting stuff done.
- 14-inch LED backlit 1920 x 1080 anti-glare display
- 1.83GHz Intel Celeron processor
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB eMMC Hard drive
- 100GB Cloud storage (2-year subscription included)
What we say?: We tested an HP Chromebook 14 a couple of years ago and were big fans. We were impressed by its boot-up times and it handled tasks well, plus it's got a long battery life at 9.5 hours, so it'll keep up with your day-to-day activities.
- Read our full HP Chromebook 14 review here
What owners say: The HP Chromebook 14 has a bucket load of 5-star reviews on Amazon, with people impressed by its speed and ease of use. Other comments were made on how light and portable it is, as well as how quickly it boots up.
How good a deal is this? Saving £75 on a Chromebook is nothing to scoff at. This particular model usually retails at about £240 so it's a total bargain. The discounted price would make it perfect for a student or those on a budget.
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2) Refurbished 12-inch Apple MacBook for £979 – £170 off!
MacBooks are consistently some of the best laptops around, and this refurbished 12-inch MacBook is £979 – a discount of £170.One of Apple's most recent designs, the 12-inch MacBook combines the portability of the MacBook Air with the power of the MacBook Pro. You don't have to worry about it being a refurb job, either. All refurbished Apple products meet a stringent set of standards, laid out here, and it also comes with one-year limited warranty.
If you want it though, you better snap it up quick. Once they're gone, they're gone.
- 12-inch LED-backlit 2,304 x 1,440 display
- April 2015 model
- 8GB RAM
- 512 PCle-based flash storage
What we say: We've reviewed both the 2015 and 2016 Apple MacBook models and loved them both, particularly how "beautiful, brilliant and compact" they are.
The version currently on offer features a boat-load of the latest Apple features, like the Force Touchpad, which is an awesome addition, as well as a stunning and vibrant Retina display.
Performance wise, its processors are blisteringly fast, with virtually no lag time when conducting tasks. Plus, its battery life will get you through the day and it's completely silent to boot.
The only caveat is there's an almost total lack of ports, but if you're a wireless wizard, this will be the perfect machine for you.
- Read our full 12-inch MacBook (2016) review here
What you said: As expected, it's pretty popular, with an average score of four stars on Amazon. Owners love its design, especially how thin and lightweight it is – one reviewer said: "We like to travel a lot for holidays and this will be perfect for that". People are as equally impressed with the pre-loaded apps, noting that "so far, all is working perfectly", and one user even went so far as to say that it's the "latest miracle from Apple".
How good a deal is this? The 2015 MacBook is no longer available at Apple. However, its 2016 counterpart currently retails at an eye-watering £1,299. For £979 this MacBook is looking like a total bargain.
3) Lenovo N22 11.6-inch laptop - save £50!
Google’s Chromebooks have seen huge success in recent years, mainly on account of their affordability, and right now you can bag a Lenovo N22 for just £109 – a saving of £50.
The N22 is powered by an Intel Celeron N3060 processor clocked at up to 2.48GHz with integrated Intel HD graphics, and features an 11.6-inch HD anti-glare screen. Its battery life is an impressive 14 hours (claimed), and the laptop features a 180-degree rotatable webcam.
It also weighs a lightweight 1.3kg, features 32GB of storage, packs 2GB of RAM, and runs on Chrome OS, naturally – so you'll need an internet connection to complete most tasks.
- 11.6-inch HD anti-glare display
- Intel Celeron Processor
- 2GB of RAM
- Google Chrome OS
- 32GB of storage
What we said: We haven’t reviewed this particular model, but we did review last year’s very similar Lenovo N20 Chromebook. That scored 7/10, and was praised for its smooth, flexible hinge, the slick Chrome OS, and while it's not without its issues, we deemed it stonkingly good value for money.
- Read our full Lenovo N20 review here
What you said: The Lenovo N22 holds an impressive 4.6/5 score on Amazon, based on 68 user reviews. Comments include: “Really pleased with it so far”, “Light and easy to transport”, “ What a great bit of kit. Fantastic value for money."
How good a deal is this? Chromebooks are almost always good value for money, and the Lenovo N22 is no different. At £109, you can’t really complain – this is perfect for those on a serious budget.
You won’t be rendering 4K video and hitting up high-resolution gaming, of course, and it has been on offer for even cheaper in the past, but if you're after a quick computing fix, it's worth a look.
4) Lenovo Ideapad 100S for £149.99 – save £80!
Lenovo is synonymous with high-performance laptops, and right now, its entry-level Lenovo Ideapad 100S is down to just £149.99.
The Ideapad 100S is lightweight and portable, landing it firmly in Chromebook territory – just with more offline usability thanks to Windows 10 being a full-featured OS.
- 14.1-inch HD 1,366 x 768 display
- Intel Celeron Processor
- 32GB eMMC storage
- Windows 10 OS
- 2GB of RAM
What we said: Unfortunately, we haven't had the Lenovo Ideapad 100S in for review. However, glancing at the spec sheet, we're impressed. The Intel Celeron processor takes care of most day-to-day tasks, including web-browsing, word-processing and Netflix binging.
While at 32GB the hard drive isn't the largest, you can add additional storage space via an SD card slot, plus, the 14.1-inch screen strikes the perfect balance between portability and media consumption.
What owners say: The Lenovo Ideapad 100S enjoys a 4/5 rating based on Amazon user reviews. One owner has said that it's "light, quick and perfect for web-browsing and Office Applications", while another commented that they were "really, really impressed by this little machine".
How good a deal is this? The Lenovo Ideapad 100S usually retails at £229.99, so an £80 saving is nothing to turn your nose up at. The price of £149.99 is firmly in Chromebook territory, but you're getting a hell of a lot more functionality for your buck, so we think this is a strong bargain.
5) Lenovo Ideapad 510s for £529 – save £70!
For those with heavier computing demands, the Intel Core powered Lenovo Ideapad 510s is well worth a look. While it's not portable, it sure is powerful. Despite its size, the Intel Core i5 processor makes this machine a bit of a whippet. Meanwhile, the 8GB of RAM makes it burly enough for heavy duty tasks, including video and photo editing.
- 14-inch 1920x1080 IPS anti-glare display
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB SSD storage
- Windows 10 operating system
- 720p HD camera
What did we say?We had this model's little sibling in for review and we really liked it. We particularly liked the fact that at 14-inches it was thin and portable but didn't sacrifice a good screen for the cause. The model we had to test kept up with our needs despite the smaller Intel Core i3 processor. It's even better then, that the Ideapad on offer here has a larger Intel Core i5 processor. Add on the already equipped SSD and this is a seriously speedy machine.
How good a deal is this? The Lenovo Ideapad 510s has a heap of great features including an Intel Core i5 processor, an SSD and a full HD anti glare screen. So getting £70 off is a pretty good deal for those looking for a do-it-all dream.
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