The biggest shopping sale of the year is coming to an end, with the final day tomorrow being Cyber Monday, but there's still plenty of time to buy a laptop.
Whether you're looking for a heavy duty device for gaming, or something simple to check your emails on, laptops usually come with a hefty price tag, but here we've found the best Black Friday deals on laptops.
The event is notoriously good for tech deals, with retailers like Amazon, Currys PC World, Argos and John Lewis & Partners being some of the top contenders for the best offers.
With so many deals to choose from, we've found the best Black Friday offers from top brands, including HP, ASUS, Apple and Windows. Read on for slashed prices a range of laptops, from high end to budget models.
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Best Black Friday laptop deals
ASUS ZenBook UX333 Full HD 13.3 Inch Laptop – was £899.99, now £699.99, Amazon
Asus TUF FX705 17.3" Gaming Laptop – was £749, now £599, AO
Asus Zephyrus GX531 240Hz 15.6in FHD Gaming Laptop – was £3,500, now £2,677.80, Amazon
Asus Vivobook X412UA 14" Laptop – was £399, now £289, AO
Asus VivoBook 14 X420UA-EK019T Laptop, silver – was £399.99, now £279.99, John Lewis & Partners
ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA – was £499, now £349, John Lewis & Partners
ASUS Zenbook 14 UX433FA-A6076T Laptop – was £1,100.98, now £899.99, John Lewis & Partners
Asus 15.6 inch Full HD Gaming Laptop - Black – was £799.99, now £599.99, Very
HP Pavilion 14-ce3501sa 14in Laptop – Intel Core i5, 512 GB SSD, Silver – was £649, now £499, Currys PC World
HP Pavilion 14-ce3520sa 14". Laptop - Intel Core i7, 512 GB SSD, Silver – was £949, now £649, Currys PC World
HP ENVY 13 13-aq0003na Laptop – was £1149.95, now £999.95, John Lewis & Partners
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0004na Convertible Laptop with HP Tilt Pen Stylus – was £1,199.95, now £999.95, John Lewis & Partners
HP 15s-fq1512sa 15.6" Laptop – was £679, now £529, Currys PC World
HP Pavilion Power 15-ec0000na 15.6 Inch Full HD Gaming Laptop – was £749.99, now £579, Amazon
HP 14-dk0008na 14“ Laptop includes Office 365 Personal 1-year subscription with 1TB Cloud Storage - Natural Silver – was £929, now £699, AO
Lenono IdeaPad S145-15IWL 15.6in Intel Core i3 Laptop – 128 GB SSD, Grey – was £399, now £299, Currys PC World
Lenovo YOGA C930 81C400KMUK Convertible Laptop – was £1,399.99, now £1,179.99, John Lewis & Partners
LENOVO S340 14“ Intel Celeron Chromebook – was £299, now £249, Currys PC World
Lenovo ideapad S145-14IWL 14“ Laptop - Black – was £599, now £429, AO
Leonovo Ideapad 330S,14 inch Full HD Laptop - Grey – was £499.99, now £329.99, Very
Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15.6in Ryzen5 8GB 256GB FHD Laptop - Blue – was £499.99, now £349.99, Argos
Lenovo Ideapad 330S Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 15.6 inch HD Laptop (Grey) with Microsoft Office Personal & McAfee Total Protection 5 1-Year Included – was £594.97, now £399.97, Very
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive & 128GB SSD, GTX 1660 TI 6GB Graphics, 15.6 inch Full HD Gaming Laptop - Black – was £1,099.99, now £899.99, Very
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54 Intel Core i5 GTX 1050 Gaming Laptop – 512 GB SSD – was £699, now £599, Currys PC World
Acer Aspire 5 A515-43 15.6“ AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop – was £549, now £399, Currys PC World
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42 15.6“ Gaming Laptop - Black – was £699, now £499, AO
Acer Swift 5 14“ Intel Core i7 Laptop – was £999, now £799, Currys PC World
Acer Chromebook Spin 13 Laptop – was £798, now £699, John Lewis
Acer Aspire 3 15.6in i5 8GB 2TB Laptop - Black – was £499.99, now £399.99, Argos
Acer Aspire 3 15.6in i3 8GB 1TB Laptop - Black – was £449.99, now £319.99, Argos
Acer Nitro 5 Intel Core i5-9300H, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB Graphics, 15.6 inch Full HD Gaming Laptop - Black – was £929.99, now £699.99, Very
Dell Inspiron 15 3585 Laptop, silver – £499,95, now £399.95, John Lewis & Partners
Dell Inspiron 14 7490 Laptop, Berry – was £949.95, now £849.95, John Lewis & Partners
Dell Inspiron 14 5490 Laptop – was £849.95, now £699.95, John Lewis & Partners
DELL Inspiron 15 3000 15.6" AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop – was £599, now £399, Currys PC World
Dell Inspiron 13 7391 Convertible Laptop – was £999.95, now £899.95, John Lewis & Partners
Dell XPS 13 7390 Convertible Laptop, Intel i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 13.4" Full HD, Platinum Silver – was £1,698.95, £1,499.95, John Lewis & Partners
Dell Inspiron 15-3000 Series, 15.6 inch Full HD Laptop (Silver) with MS Office Home – was £499.99, now £399.99, Very
Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina, 2.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) - Space Grey – was £1,249, now £989, Amazon
Apple 2019 MacBook Pro 13.3", space grey – was £1,395, now £1,345 and include Apple TV+ free for a year, John Lewis & Partners
Apple MacBook Air 13.3", space grey – was £1,099, now £985, Currys PC World
Apple 13" MacBook Pro with touch bar, space grey – was £1,299, now £1,146, Currys PC World
Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display (2019) 13.3in, 1.6GHz Dual-Core 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, 256Gb SSD, Touch ID with Optional MS Office 365 Home - Gold – was from £1,299, now from £1,149, Very
Apple MacBook Pro (2019) 13 inch with Touch Bar, 1.4GHz Quad core 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, 128Gb SSD with Optional MS Office 365 Home - Space Grey - was from £1,299, now £1,146
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, Intel Core i7 Processor, Sandstone – was £1,5489, now £1,389, John Lewis & Partners
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, Intel Core i5 Processor, Platinum – was £1,269, now £1,099, John Lewis & Partners
MICROSOFT 12.3“ Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 7 with Black Type Cover - 256 GB SSD, Black – was £1,269, now £939, Currys PC World
MICROSOFT 12.3“ Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 7 with Black Type Cover - 256 GB SSD, Platinum – was £2,269, now £939, Currys PC World
MICROSOFT 12.3“ Intel Core i7 Surface Pro 7 with Black Type Cover - 256 GB SSD, Black – was £1,549, now £1,289, Currys PC World
How to choose the right laptop for you
“If you want a laptop for web surfing and word processing, doing your accounts in a spreadsheet and keeping up to date with your emails, you can get away with something basic and affordable,” David says.
For more advice on budget models, check out our review of the best laptops under £250.
“Smaller screens, lower storage capacities, limited active memory levels all make for cheaper prices. But for more powerful demands you will need to spend more or risk frustration when you wait for the computer to do what you want it to,” he adds.
Low to mid range laptops usually cost up to £300, whereas high-end or gaming models usually start from around £1,000.
What screen size should I go for?
“Display size is important, especially if you want to watch films or programmes on your laptop,” says David.
But he suggests considering screen resolution is just as important as screen size. Every display is made up of dots called pixels; the more pixels it has, the more detail you can see on screen.
“For reference, an HD TV has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080,” David says. “Look for a 14in screen or bigger if you’re going to watch films on your laptop, and the closer you can get to HD resolution, the better.
“Many laptop screens have resolution of 1366 x 768. This isn’t bad, but remember that it’s probably going to be on your lap, so low resolution is all the more obvious.”
Which operating system should I choose?
“There’s the elegant and intuitive macOS which runs only on Apple iMac desktops and MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops. Apple models are not cheap, so Black Friday could be helpful at making them more affordable,” David explains.
“Then there’s Windows from Microsoft which has the widest range of mainstream applications and Chrome OS from Google which works on some of the lowest-priced laptops.
“Chrome OS began as an almost entirely online operating system but it now does much more offline, so you can use it when you’re not connected to the internet. Some Windows and Chrome OS laptops have touchscreens, whereas Apple computers do not.” he adds.
For more advice on whether a Google model will suit you, read our review of the best Chromebooks.
Apple notoriously does not offer discounts, or partake in sales, so if you’re looking for a deal on a new MacBook, iPad or any of the other products, it’s best to go to other retailers, such as John Lewis & Partners, Argos or Currys PC World who will be offering great deals on these products.
On Black Friday, Apple does tend to offer gift cards in its stores. These are incentives added onto the product when you buy it (full price, of course), which are aimed at encouraging buyers to make the initial purchase.
How to prepare for the Black Friday sale
David recommends doing your homework before the big sale: “There will be bargains on Black Friday but it’s worth looking at the specs in detail. As a rule of thumb, when you’ve worked out what you think you need, see if you can afford something with specifications a little higher, so there’s some headroom if you find you’re using your computer more down the line.”
The key to making the most of this annual event is not getting sucked into deals that look too good to be true. Instead, do your homework and come up with a list of products you’re actually interested in. That way, you won’t buy lots of pointless things.
Then shop around for the best price, and make sure you know the actual RRP of the product, so you’ll know a good deal when you see one.
Finally, be sure to check back in closer to Black Friday where the IndyBest team will be hand-selecting the best deals from a range of retailers. If you can’t wait that long, read our other Black Friday guides right now.
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