Best laptop deals in the UK for October 2021: We’ve found discounts on big-name brands

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Portable, versatile laptops can be found for less than £300 (iStock/The Independent)
Portable, versatile laptops can be found for less than £300 (iStock/The Independent)

Looking to upgrade your laptop? Well, you’re not alone. Around 300 million laptops and desktops were shipped in 2020, a leap of almost 15 per cent on 2019 and the highest amount since 2008.

The risk is that demand will soon outrun supply. On top of households investing in more computing technology, shipments to schools and businesses have risen while semiconductors continue to be in short supply, producing further demand for PC components.

It’s predicted that the global shortage might last until 2022, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t still some great laptop deals out there if you take the time to look. It all depends on what type of laptop you’re looking for.

The latest trend in the market is the two-in-one, or foldable, laptop. The device can be used as a traditional laptop, but also folded over or separated to form a touchscreen tablet. The extra versatility has been a huge success, with most major brands now producing multiple two-in-one models.

Another important element is how to spot a good budget option. Chromebooks, for instance, started out life as cheap, less-powerful alternatives to traditional laptops, but some have developed into genuine rivals to Windows and Apple products. The price has remained impressively low for many Chromebooks, meaning they’re a solid choice for most people’s personal and professional lives.

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So, which laptop should you buy? From lightweight notebooks to the two-in-one Swiss army knives of the market, to dedicated gaming setups, we’ve scoured the internet for the best laptop deals the UK has to offer.

The best laptop deals for October 2021 in the UK are:

  • Asus 14in Chromebook C423NA: Was £279.99, now £199.99, Amazon.co.uk

  • Dell inspiron 15 3000: Was £348.99, now £313.99, Dell.com

  • Lenovo ideapad flex 5i: Was £519, now £429, Currys.co.uk

  • Huawei matebook 13: Was £789.99, now £549, Amazon.co.uk

  • Asus zenbook flip 13: Was £699.99, now £599.99, Amazon.co.uk

  • Microsoft surface pro 7: Was £899, now £696.31, Amazon.co.uk

  • Apple MacBook air, 2020: Was £999, now £899.97, Amazon.co.uk

  • Huawei matebook X pro, 2021: Was £1,749.98, now £1,299.99, Huawei.com

Asus 14in Chromebook C423NA: Was £279.99, now £199.99, Amazon.co.uk

 (Asus)
(Asus)
  • Screen size: 14in

  • Operating system: Chrome OS

  • Storage capacity: 65GB

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3350

  • Memory (RAM): 4GB

A cheap but decent laptop for students or professionals who are always on the move, this Asus Chromebook is powered by Google’s own operating system and has a large 1080p screen that’s spacious enough to get some serious work done, no matter where you are.

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Dell inspiron 15 3000: Was £348.99, now £313.99, Dell.com

 (Dell)
(Dell)
  • Screen size: 15.6in

  • Operating system: Windows 11

  • Storage capacity: 128GB

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3350

  • Memory (RAM): 4GB

The inspiron is the most affordable laptop Dell makes, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a decent model for everyday use. The 3000 offers great mid-range performance, has a large 15.6in screen and doesn’t compromise on build quality. Now on sale for less than £300 at Dell, this is an unbeatable deal.

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Lenovo ideapad flex 5i: Was £519, now £429, Currys.co.uk

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(Lenovo)
  • Screen size: 13.3in

  • Operating system: Chrome OS

  • Storage capacity: 128GB

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 10210U

  • Memory (RAM): 8GB

A two-in-one Chromebook with oodles of internal storage and a full HD touchscreen, this portable 13.3in laptop is ideal for business travellers who want to take their music, film and movies with them on planes, trains and anywhere else that a reliable internet connection might not be available.

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Huawei matebook 13: Was £789.99, now £549, Amazon.co.uk

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(Huawei)
  • Screen size: 13in

  • Operating system: Windows 10

  • Storage capacity: 512GB

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7

  • Memory (RAM): 16GB

A beautifully designed and powerful Windows laptop, the matebook 13 unashamedly mimics the style of the MacBook air, but it also matches Apple’s star laptop for sheer performance. We featured its larger sibling in our round-up of the best high-end laptops of 2021, where our reviewer was bowled over by its looks. “The high-resolution display on the matebook looks sensational and has an impressively narrow bezel around it. It’s also light, thin and very fast.”

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Asus zenbook flip 13: Was £699.99, now £599.99, Amazon.co.uk

 (Asus)
(Asus)
  • Screen size: 13.3in

  • Operating system: Windows 10

  • Storage capacity: 512GB

  • Processor: Intel core i5

  • Memory (RAM): 8GB

This is a slim, lightweight laptop weighing just a smidge over 1kg. With an outstanding 16-hour battery life, an impressive touchscreen display, powerful CPU and modest 8GB of memory, it’s a great all-rounder for everyday use – emailing, reading, watching, writing, researching new houseplants, etc – as well as more processor-intensive tasks.

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Microsoft surface pro 7: Was £899, now £696.31, Amazon.co.uk

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(Microsoft)
  • Screen size: 12in

  • Operating system: Windows 10

  • Storage capacity: 128GB

  • Processor: Intel 10th gen quad core i5

  • Memory (RAM): 8GB

The surface pro 7 is the best Windows tablet you can buy. It’s compatible with all of your Windows apps and programs, making it more useful for everyday business than an iPad. When used with the fetching Alcantara-coated keyboard case, it becomes a two-in-one laptop versatile enough to replace your desktop computer.

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Apple MacBook air, 2020: Was £999, now £899.97, Amazon.co.uk

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(Apple)
  • Screen size: 13.3in

  • Operating system: MacOS big sur

  • Storage capacity: 256GB

  • Processor: Apple M1 chip

  • Memory (RAM): 8GB

The M1-powered MacBook is a breathtakingly fast and ultra-stylish machine. In our round-up of the best laptops, our reviewer said that “everything is amazingly speedy. The keyboard is dreamy to use, responsive and comfortable with plenty of travel”. This deal is on the MacBook air with a 256GB SSD, but there’s also £132 off the 512GB MacBook air (was £1249, now £1,108.11, Amazon.co.uk).

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Huawei matebook X pro, 2021: Was £1,749.98, now £1,299.99, Huawei.com

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(The Independent)
  • Screen size: 13.9in

  • Operating system: Windows 10

  • Storage capacity: 1TB

  • Processor: Intel core i7

  • Memory (RAM): 16GB

There’s currently £450 off the latest Huawei matebook X pro at Huawei’s store. The ultra-light laptop featured in our round-up of the best laptops you can buy in 2021, and impressed our reviewer, who called it “a gorgeous machine with a pin-sharp touchscreen display and faultless attention to detail throughout. It’s a high-performance laptop that’s premium to the touch, and every bit as luxurious as Apple’s class-leading device.”

Read our full Huawei matebook X pro review here

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