Black Friday Laptop Deals: What to expect and deals live now

Black Friday Laptop Deals: The massive shopping event is also a great time to buy a laptop. We round up what you need to know and what you can expect. Plus, for those in need of a laptop right now, we’ve got the best deals currently going.

Black Friday Laptop Deals

This year, Black Friday will fall on November 23rd, and we fully expect there to be a range of discounts on laptops just like Black Friday 2017. But you really shouldn’t think about Black Friday as being a one day event. It’s morphed into a discount frenzy that lasts the majority of November, starting weeks before the actual Black Friday day itself, then lasting the following week into Cyber Monday.

Last year, some of the most noteworthy discounts were on Microsoft Surface Pro convertibles, MacBooks and Google Pixelbooks. But it’s not just premium models that will be discounted. For those on a tighter budget, expect to see some tasty discounts on Chromebooks from the likes of Acer and Asus. Earlier in the year, we saw Chromebooks for as little as £99 (half price), which is perfect if you only have basic needs.

You can rest assured that we’ll keep checking back and updating our featured offers accordingly, so keep us bookmarked. Keep an eye on our Best Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday 2018 pages where we’ll be rounding up discounts on everything tech related.

Best Laptop Deals Available Now

If you’re not in a position to wait until the Black Friday laptop sales extravaganza, despair not. Retailers still discount laptops year round and have to compete with one another.

Before deciding on a new laptop, think about: What are you going to be doing with your new machine? There are machines that cover everything from light web browsing and word processing to high-end gaming and video editing. But there’s no point going for a super high-spec machine if you don’t need all of that power.

What form factor are you after? Is this going to be a fully fledged desktop replacement, or do you want to be as light and portable as possible?

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Finally, of course, there’s a matter of price. All of the above options feed into that final price tag, and you can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds to get what you want.

Jump down to the bottom of this article for some guidance on deciding what you need from a laptop.

Jump to: Choosing a laptop deal

Hopefully you’re not feeling too daunted by the prospect of shopping for a new laptop. You really shouldn’t be, because our team is here to guide you to the best laptop deals.

All prices were correct at the time of publication, but do tend to change quickly. Act fast if you want to snap up a bargain.

Best Laptop Deals – Currys

Currys is currently offering £20 off Microsoft Office when you buy any Windows 10 laptop, sweetening its deals further.

Related: Currys discount codes

Best Currys Laptop Deals (Price: Low to high)

HP 15-da0598sa 15.6" Intel® Core™ i3 Laptop - 1 TB HDD, Blue

A great everyday laptop for a great price. This model has a generous 1TB of storage alongside respectable performance from a Core i3 processor. If you only have basic needs, then this model ticks the right boxes.

Asus VivoBook F510 15.6" Intel® Core™ i3 Laptop - 256 GB SSD, Grey

A more premium everyday laptop with an attractive design. It's worth noting this only has 256GB of storage but it does come in the form of a faster SSD. This means the laptop will boot and load software faster. If you have a lot of files you might want to consider some external storage, however.

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15.6" Intel® Core™ i5 Laptop - 2 TB HDD, Black

Tons of storage, super fast and all for just over £500? Not too bad a deal by anyone's standards.

Best Laptop Deals – Amazon

With so many products on Amazon, it can sometimes be difficult to work out what’s a good deal and what’s not. Fear not, these top-notch discounts are legitimate money-savers.

Best Amazon Laptop Deals (Price: Low to high)

Lenovo IdeaPad 120s 14-Inch Notebook - (Mineral Grey) (Intel Celeron N3350, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC Storage, Windows 10S)

A great price for this portable laptop that's a good choice for price-conscious students in particular.

HP Chromebook 11-v000na 11.6-inch HD Laptop (Ash Grey) - (Intel Celeron N3060, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Intel HD Graphics Card, Chrome OS)

This budget-friendly Chromebook has a great saving and is perfect for anyone with only basic browsing and productivity needs.

Lenovo ZA150015GB Yoga Book 10.1-Inch Black Touch Laptop - (Quad Core Atom X5-Z8550, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, Intel HD Graphics, Win10 Pro) - Carbon Black

Great build quality, clever natural writing technology and strong battery life from this super-portable laptop-tablet hybrid.

ASUS ZenBook UX430UA-GV415T 14-Inch Nano-Edge Laptop (Blue) - (Intel Core i7-8550U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Windows 10)

A supremely portable 14-inch laptop with a great keyboard and trackpad, not to mention good performance from its i7 CPU.

Best Laptop Deals – Argos

Argos might not be known for its computing sales, but we’ve seen this retailer offering the best price on great laptops countless times in the past. Here are our picks of the moment.

Related: Argos discount codes

Best Argos Laptop Deals (Price: Low to high)

HP Omen 15.6 Inch i5 8GB 128GB 1TB GTX1050 Gaming Laptop

Argos is selling this HP gaming model for the same price as Amazon, but if you're collecting Nectar points then Argos is a good option, especially with click and collect.

Best Laptop Deals – John Lewis

John Lewis price matches other retailers like-for-like but, due to the nature of laptop specifications, it can sometimes be tricky to find an identical model between retailers. John Lewis also sells some exclusive models. You get a 2 year warranty on many models, which helps John Lewis stand apart.

Related: John Lewis discount codes

Best John Lewis Laptop Deals (Price: Low to high)

ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA, 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC Flash, 10.1" Touch Screen, Silver

A nice budget-friendly choice for anyone with basic needs. This convertible model has a touchscreen you can fold back for tablet use. You also get a 2-year warranty.

HP ENVY 13-ad014na Laptop, Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 360GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 13.3 Full HD Touch Screen, Silk Gold

Don't wait around if you're interested in this shoulder-friendly 13-inch model as it's reduced to clear. It's got plenty of power with a dedicated GPU, which makes it great for video and image editing. You also get a 2-year warranty.

2017 Apple MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 555, Space Grey

This is last year's model but that doesn't mean it's not still a great buy. John Lewis has reduced this to clear, so you can pick it up for a bargain price. This MacBook Pro has Apple's fancy Touch Bar, letting you customise your controls depending on the software you're using. There's also plenty of power, making it great for creatives.

Best Laptop Deals – Very

Very frequently has great deals on budget laptops under £200, so if you only have basic needs, it’s worth having a look. These are our top picks right now.

Related: Very discount codes

Best Very Laptop Deals (Price: Low to high)

HP Stream 14-ax000na Intel® Celeron® Processor, 4Gb RAM, 32Gb Storage, 14 inch Laptop with Microsoft Office 365 Personal - Blue

A solid choice for students on a tight budget. The inclusion of Office 365 is also a useful addition for productivity. Currently £20 cheaper than being sold by Amazon.

Lenovo 120S-11IAP Intel Celeron, 4Gb RAM, 32GB eMMC, 11.6 inch Laptop

A wallet-friendly budget option that's also light on your shoulder. There's not much built-in storage at just 32GB, but if you make use of cloud storage that will help. This is currently around £40 cheaper than Amazon.

Best Laptop Deals – AO

If you want a cracking deal on a super budget-friendly laptop, look no further than this.

Related: AO discount codes

Best AO Laptop Deals (Price: Low to high)

Asus Vivobook E 14" Cloudbook Laptop Includes Office 365 Personal 1-year subscription with 1TB Cloud Storage - Star Grey

Cloudbooks are a bit like Chromebooks for Windows-based laptops. A super-cheap, no-frills laptop that sees most of your storage in the cloud as a result. If you only have super basic needs, such as web browsing, this option is seriously wallet friendly.

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Choosing a laptop deal

How much power do you need?

First off, decide what you actually need a laptop for. If it’s only basic productivity, think a bit of word processing and browsing, then an entry-level laptop below £300 can likely do the trick. Or even a Chromebook.

These are basic laptops that run Chrome OS, and they’re great if you only have basic needs. They’re a great choice for students who just need something for writing essays and note-taking. Keep in mind that installing software isn’t as straightforward as on a macOS or Windows-based laptop.

Spend a little more, and you can pick something up that can handle more intensive tasks like video or image editing. It’s here you might come across laptops with different Intel core processors. Have a read of our Intel processor guide for more information on the differences. There’s a whole section on laptop processors (which differ from their desktop counterparts).

The most expensive laptops will be gaming models. These will have meaty processors as well as dedicated graphics cards. They’re not just good for gaming, though, as those GPUs can also help with tasks like video rendering to make those processes faster, too.

Different form factors

Laptops nowadays come in a whole range of form factors, too. Not just different-sized screens, although that’s important. If you want something portable, you might want to look at a 13- or 14-inch model as these tend to be more shoulder friendly. Have a look at the weight before picking one if you’re on the road a lot.

But besides screen size, some laptops have tricks up their sleeves. There are 2-in-1s and convertibles. You can think of the former like tablets that can dock with a keyboard, whereas the latter have a hinge that let you bend them backwards in either tent mode or as a tablet. Both of these are versatile, letting you have a touch-based tablet experience alongside the productivity of having a keyboard.

Battery life

The next big deciding factor is also battery life. If you’re looking for a desktop replacement and plan to have your laptop plugged into the mains all the time, this isn’t such an issue. If you’re constantly going to be away from power, you’ll want something with strong battery life, so have a look at our reviews before making a decision.

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