The best cheap laptop deals in August 2018: prices start at just £139

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If you're looking for the best cheap laptop deals, then you've come to the right place. Many retailers are slashing prices for the summer sales, so our team of dedicated deal hunters are on the lookout to find the best laptop deals from the most reliable retailers. So, for the best value cheap laptops, with genuine discounts over the trumped up fake 'deals' take a look below.

If you're after a cheap laptop for web browsing and other simple tasks, or you need a new laptop for school or work, or you simply need a really powerful laptop for as little money as possible, we've got you covered.

At the top of the page you'll find our selection of the latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Underneath those laptop deals you'll find our pick of the latest best laptops and the best available prices. If you're an Apple fan, be sure to take a look at our cheap MacBook deals page too.

If you're from the States or Down Under, be sure to check out our selection of the top laptop deals in the US or in Australia in our always-updated guides.

The best cheap laptop deal of the week

Acer Aspire 3 laptop bundle £289.99 at Argos
Argos is back again with another cheap laptop deal bundle that includes a McAfee security package and laptop bag. The Aspire 3 itself packs 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, which is plenty for solid performance of standard work/school/uni tasks like document editing, web browsing and media streaming. You can get this cheap laptop in black, red or blue. View Deal

Other brilliant laptop deals this week

Lenovo 120S 14-inch laptop £139.97 at ebuyer
A cheap laptop with 4GB of RAM always catches our eye, as it's a decent amount to run a few basic tasks at once. So if you need something basic for school/work this 14-inch laptop is well worth a look.
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Fusion 10.6-inch laptop £139.97 at Amazon
Amazon has knocked £60 off this tiny laptop. It won't be the fastest of machines with just 2GB of RAM, but if you're looking for a small model for casual use like web browsing, emails and a bit of work, then this could work for you. Surprisingly for such a low price you're also getting a Full HD 1080p screen, so this will be pretty good for movie content too.
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Gemini TC10 10.1-inch 2-in-1 laptop £179.97 at Amazon
This is a mega cheap 2-in-1 laptop/tablet convertible with some decent bang for your buck. 4GB of RAM, a HD screen (nice for streaming!) and 64GB of storage make this a very handy device for basic work needs with casual browsing and Netflix sessions catered for too.
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HP 255 G6 15.6-inch laptop £189.99 at ebuyer
Compared to the other cheap £200 laptops this week, this HP 255 G6 is an absolute beast. We don't expect much on laptops this cheap, but you're getting a 15.6-inch screen, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Note: It comes with FreeDOS as an operating system instead of Windows. You could always load up Linux instead or pick up a cheap Windows 10 key online.
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Asus VivoBook E14 £179 at AO.com
AO has just offered up this cheap 14-inch laptop deal. We're impressed with the spec and the price given you're getting 4GB of RAM, which should be plenty for your average day-to-day activities. So if you need something cheap for a bit of work at home, this looks ideal.View Deal

HP Stream 14-inch laptop £199 at AO.com
Looking for a stylish cheap laptop deal? The HP Stream models are a popular choice in both blue and purple formats and this is a great back to school laptop as it comes with a year of Microsoft Office 365 access along with 1TB of cloud storage.
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Acer Chromebook 14-inch CB3-431 £229 at AO
It's not just the bling that caught our eye with this champagne gold Chromebook deal. Actually, it's mainly that, but this is actually quite  a capable model too and a great price considering this is a larger 14-inch Chromebook and we usually only find great discounts on the 11-inch ones. This Chromebook deal comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage but should be fine for basic browsing, emails, document editing and streaming movie content. The silver version is on offer at £219.99 too.
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Acer Aspire 15.6-inch laptop - now £269.99 at Argos
This Acer laptop costs less than £300 at Argos. While it's not the most powerful laptop ever but with 1TB storage and 4GB RAM it will do the job for most of your average tasks.
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Lenovo V110 15.6-inch laptop £299.98 at ebuyer
This is a fantastic price for a laptop with 8GB of RAM, allowing you to multitask away with an abundance of tabs, apps and programs running at once. There's a roomy 1TB hard drive too.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-14IKB laptop - £349.97 at Currys
This stylish white laptop from Lenovo is £50 cheaper at Currys today in the summer sale and comes packing plenty of grunt under the hood. We're talking an i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. There's a nice crisp Full HD display too so it'll double up as a nice video streaming device.
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Lenovo Yoga Book 2-in-1 laptop - £349.99 at Amazon
This beautiful laptop/tablet convertible is a fantastic piece of kit for regular PC work and artists alike. Instead of a regular keyboard you have a dynamic secondary touch interface where a keyboard will illuminate when required. Or you can use the bundled pen to draw and edit artwork on the same surface. This version comes packing Windows 10 Pro and is £200 cheaper than usual.
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Lenovo V110 15.6-inch laptop - £359.98 at ebuyer
This is a super laptop deal if you're looking for one with 8GB of RAM on the cheap. Combine that with a AMD A9 processor and a 1TB hard drive and you've got a laptop that will multitask like a beast for just over £350.
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Lenovo Ideapad 320-15ISK £399.99 at ebuyer
You can save £70 today on this Lenovo laptop deal with free delivery. This Idepad comes loaded with some powerful spec built around fast-loading and multitasking. There's an i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.
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HP 250 G6 laptop £448.97 at ebuyer
An i5 processor is more than enough for most users and big savings can be made over i7 laptops. You're still getting 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD making this laptop deal one of the best from ebuyer. All in all, a very tidy offer at just £448.97.
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HP 250 G6 i7 Laptop £519.99 at ebuyer
For well under the usual £675 asking price you can get a laptop deal with some serious spec. This HP has a powerful i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a speedy 256GB of SSD storage.
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Lenovo IdeaPad 520S £599.99 at Very
A huge reduction today over at Very as this gold Lenovo laptop is £150 less than usual. This 14-inch Full HD laptop comes with an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GGB SSD. Gamers may want to take note of the Nvidia GeForce GT 940MX graphics cards too. You'll rarely find this much power well under £600.
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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop £599.99 at Microsoft
There's a £50 saving to be had today on this gaming laptop deal over at the Microsoft store. The Dell Inspiron 7000 is one of the best value gaming laptops around, so we're always happy to see a discount. Especially when it's packed an i5 processor, 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and a GTX 1050 graphics card.
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Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop now £649.99 at Currys
Here's another excellent gaming laptop deal, this time from Acer and Currys. We're a lot lower than the original £749 price here and you're getting some great spec for the price. The Nitro 5 has a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and an i5 processor.
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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop £699.99 at John Lewis
This is a very powerful laptop for well under a grand. This 15.6 full HD laptop is way cheaper than similarly specced models at just under £700. You're getting an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD to smash through multiple applications simultaneously.
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Asus FX503VM gaming laptop £779.99 at Amazon
Amazon has just knocked £120 off this very capable gaming laptop. You're getting a slick 120Hz Full HD screen, i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256SSD and a Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card. All of which adds up to a laptop that'll have a crack at any game with some decent settings too.
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Asus Strix GL503VM gaming laptop £899 at AO
This is arguably the most powerful gaming laptop going for under £1000 in the UK right now. There's a GTX 1060 graphics card teamed with a 7th-gen i5 quad core processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage is excellent too with a 256GB SSD and a whopping 2TB hard drive. That's more than enough spec and fast-loading storage to run VR games too.
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We'll continue adding the best 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, followed by the best deals on TechRadar's favourite laptops.

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Where to find more cheap laptops:

  • Amazon: retail giant is often the cheapest in the UK.
  • ebuyer: the UK computing specialists have some great promotions
  • Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap laptop locally today.
  • AO: lots of cheap laptops at this growing electronics specialist.
  • Currys: the retailer that's seemingly always having a sale.
  • John Lewis: models come with at least two-year guarantee.
  • Very: often has plenty of voucher codes or 'buy now pay later' options.
  • Laptops Direct: specialist UK store has a huge selection of laptop deals.
  • Dell: Get a great laptop deal direct from Dell.

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1. Lenovo Ideapad 510

A powerful and stylish 15.6-inch laptop

Intel Core CPU
Optional Nvidia graphics
SSD and HDD options

There have been some generous offers lately for this popular Lenovo laptop series. Any choice between the 4GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple applications at once. Hard drive sizes vary from 256GB SSD to 1TB in regular form. Some options also include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.

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2. HP Stream 14

Big and colorful for cheap

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Larger than most budget options
Free 25GB of Dropbox for 1 year
Barely HD screen

At around £200, the HP Stream 14 is decent value if you're after something to cover the basics like web browsing or document editing. It's competitively priced again the cheaper Chromebooks out there despite the 14-inch screen and Windows 10 operating system.

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3. HP 250 G4 / G5

Big specs, small cost

4GB/8GB RAM
Windows 10
Intel Pentium processor

There's some hefty grunt under the shell of these HP 250 G4 and G5 models  and there are some great prices this week. The Intel Pentium processor and 4GB/8GB of RAM mean this laptop will whip through pretty much any day-to-day activity you can throw at it without the juddering performance of cheaper laptops. Hell, it'll even have a decent crack at playing a few of the less demanding games out there.

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4. 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: 6GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional | Storage: 512GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Thinner and lighter
Tons of options
Shallow, squishy keyboard

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has more power that the average pupil needs while keeping the costs sensible. If you're not needing extra power of an expensive laptop for video/photo editing, this is more than enough for web browsing, playing some tunes on Spotify and editing coursework.

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5. Asus X555LA

A great all-rounder laptop

i3/i5 processors
1TB hard drive
Stylish finish

From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Pro which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Don't expect a full metal chassis at this price, but this is probably one of the best looking plastic bodies in its category. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard drive. The cheapest models have a respectable i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions for not much more if you need that extra kick. Asus saw it fit to include a DVD writer as well as a 15.6-inch full HD screen. Despite this large display and the presence of a numeric keypad, it's just a tad thicker and heavier than an Ultrabook.

Why not upgrade your storage with a cheap hard drive or SSD? See the best hard drive and SSD deals. 

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6. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

A budget 2-in-1 bargain

Built-in fingerprint sensor
11-hour battery life
Stylish design

This is the newer version of the Asus Transformer Mini series. This upgrade includes a fingerprint sensor and double the RAM at 4GB for speedier performance. For your money, this is one of the most impressive two-in-one transformer models out there.

7. Acer Chromebook 15

This Chrome laptop is super cheap

CPU: Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz (dual-core) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels | Storage: 32GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 4.85 pounds | Dimensions: 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95-inches

Very capable Chrome OS
Great display
Excellent battery

This is one of the larger Chromebook experience out there for someone looking for a full-sized laptop with an excellent screen at a super low cost. The 4GB of RAM running the Chrome OS is super fast and will allow you to really pile up tabs and apps without slowing down. The battery will easily last the best part of a day for most users too.

The best deals on our favourite laptops

We've reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we've seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes the best laptops pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. So in this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.

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1. Dell XPS 13

Dell's latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520-620 | RAM: 8GB-16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) | Storage: 128GB-512GB SSD

Gorgeous bezel-less display
Faster than ever
Lightweight, compact frame

The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that's astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It's a powerful and long lasting machine even by today's Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel's latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

2. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

This gaming that doesn't cost a fortune

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080 – UHD 3840 x 2160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 1TB SSHD 8GB – 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD

Stellar battery life
Ports for days
Great value

Looking for a quality gaming laptop but want to keep things under that unappealing £1000 mark? Then Dell has you covered with the Inspiron 15 Gaming range.

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3. Asus Chromebook Flip

A flipping premium Chromebook for almost nothing

CPU: Rockchip 3288-C | Graphics: ARM Mali T624 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS multi-touch | Storage: 16GB eMMC

Fully metal construction
Terrific value
Excellent battery life

The Asus Chromebook Flip isn't perfect, but it's an impressive little piece of kit. Plus, it's so affordable that you might want to pick one up just to have a Chromebook on hand – even if you already own a MacBook or Windows laptop. Aside from the budget price tag, the Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels more logical, with a screen that actually rotates. The Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device.

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4. HP Pavilion x2

The most affordable Windows 10 touchscreen convertible laptop

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Graphics: Intel HD graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 WXGA WLED IPS touchscreen display | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Long battery life
Absurdly affordable
Detachable keyboard

This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods considering its small size. It's outfitted with an HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a simple day of web browsing and even image editing. When you're ready kick back with some media streaming, you can pop off the 10-inch tablet.

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5. Asus ROG Strix GL502

An Asus ace for gamers

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 - 1070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS | Storage: 128GB - 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD

Full HD gaming
Superb vibrant screen
Middling battery performance

The Asus Strix GL502 is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops around for gaming in 1080p. It'll run with the settings cranked with games like Overwatch not dipping below 60fps. The battery life isn't the best, but the display, performance and built-in sound system more than make up for it.

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6. Lenovo Yoga Book

Is this the netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

Insanely thin and light
Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate
Excellent display
Clever Create Pad

Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about £100 cheaper than the Windows one.

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7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The tablet that can replace your laptop

Weight: 766g/786g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 | CPU: Various | RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: up to 9 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Larger, sharper screen
Vastly improved Type Cover
Built in kickstand

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That's still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 - and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike - it's only the premium price that push it down the list, but if you're willing to pay for it, you're getting a lot of power. A LOT.