With the majority of the nation still working from home, theres never been a more important time to upgrade your laptop.
Whether youre a student looking for something to write all your essays on, someone who just loves loves to browse the web and stream films and TV shows, or a fully fledged laptop user that’s simply keen to upgrade, there’s plenty of choice to pick from regardless of your budget.
But the key to finding the best laptop for your needs is highly dependent on you doing your homework on price and specifications – and don’t forget to compare what deals are on offer across all major retailers before biting the bullet.
Major tech retailers often run deals throughout the year, often price matching one another which means shoppers can always find great value laptops year round, even on pricey Apple MacBook Pro or MacBook Air laptops .
Where to buy cheap laptops?
Best laptop deals for April 2021
Want something powerful? Look no further than one of Apple’s most powerful laptops. The latest Pro features high quality graphic, fast processor, a new magic keyboard and impressive audio quality.
An Intel Core i7 processor makes light work of day to day computing along with the harder stuff, great for creatives and people who need something quick moving.
A large 16″ inch retina display, with stunning clarity no matter if it’s for work, play or watching your favourite TV shows.
Buy now for 2,099 from Amazon – was 2,399
At under 200, the ASUS C223 is one of the best deals around.
It’s compact and super lightweight, weighing just under 1kg and has an 11.6inch HD screen.
Powered by a powerful and reliable Intel Core Celeron processor, you can undertake all of your day to day duties with no lagging. Enjoy up to ten hours battery life on a single charge.
Buy now for 139.99 from eBay – was 199
The Acer 311 11.6″ Chromebook utilises the best of both worlds, offering you convenient and compact access on the go.
This laptop runs on ChromeOS which means you’re getting a leaner operating system that will run primarily from cloud-based storage. That 32GB of storage space will work fine for everyday use, then, with 4GB RAM and an AMD A4 processor keeping everything running as well.
Featuring 10 hours of battery life with just a single charge, it’s perfect for getting you through full day’s work with some extra time to binge your favourite Netflix shows in the evening.
Buy now for 139.99 from eBay – was 299
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 13.3″ Chromebook is perfect for entertainment and work on the go. With a slim design, it fits easily into your bag.
Whether you’re looking for a laptop, tablet or something in between the IdeaPad Flex 5i has a touchscreen that you can flip round 360. Type out emails in laptop mode, swipe through websites in tablet mode, or use stand mode to watch your favourite shows.
This Chromebook also comes with a backpack and mouse. Ideal for city life, the 15.6 casual backpack is made from durable, water-repellent fabric and has space for books and other items. The wireless mouse with ambidextrous design makes it easy to setup and use your Chromebook anywhere.
Buy now for 399 from Currys – was 549
Another option with two in one capabilities and not for a bad price at 399.
Boasting a slightly larger screen than the Lenovo Duet at 10.5inches, the PixelSense display of the Surface Go 2 from Microsoft offers true-to-life colours with high contrast and low glare.
As well as bluetooth 5 technology, it’s been created with a fanless Pentium Gold processor that ensures a smooth and seamless experience when multitasking between apps.
Incredibly lightweight and boasting a speedy performance, get all your work done on-the-go with this MacBook.
From video-editing to gaming, the Apple M1 chip will give you up to 15 hours of web browsing, or up to 18 hours of the content you love on Apple TV. And, with the Retina Display screen, you can enjoy everything from blockbuster movies to everyday browsing in crystal clear quality.
Constantly forgetting your passwords? This smart MacBook comes with a Touch ID sensor. Simply place your finger over the sensor to unlock your laptop with nothing but your fingerprint – great for when youre in a rush.
Buy now for 803.99 from TecoBuy – was 1,057.99
The Huawei MateBook D 15.6″ Laptop comes with a powerful Ryzen 5 processor, so you’re able to plough through demanding tasks with ease. Paired with the integrated Radeon graphics, this laptop is ready for photo editing or high-resolution streaming.
All that comes with a solid 10 hours of battery life and best of all, it charges incredibly fast so you’ll get up to 53% of battery in just half an hour.
Weighing just 1.5 kg, you’ll barely notice the MateBook D 15 in your bag. It’s also super thin, at just 17 mm so you can carry it easily on-the-go. Plus, it has USB-C charging, so you can use the same charger as your phone.
Buy now for 549.99 (refurbished) from eBay – was 699.99
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Buying a new laptop – everything you need to know:
A good laptop has to perform a myriad of different functions at any one time – from creating documents to downloading images or videos – so powerful processor is key.
It also needs to be portable and have a good battery life for when you need to use it on the go.
Most of us only replace our laptops every four or five years – so investing in a decent laptop that will last you some time is a must. It’s important to do some research into what you will need from your new machine before splurging lots of cash.
Consider refurbished goods Focus on searching for brands you are familiar with – and items you’ve seen in real life. Many brands such as Dyson and GoPro are refurbishing their own items and selling them directly on eBay, so always look out for big name brands.
Do your research Has there been a new release or is there a cheaper alternative to the item you want? Youre not restricted to buying the latest handsets if you dont need them, so be sure to look at reviews and compare handsets to find the best model for you.
Check the warranty and returns policy One of the most important things to consider when buying refurb is the warranty it comes with, as this provides you protection if it develops a fault. If you shop from eBays refurbished hub all items come with a 12-month warranty from the seller, so if anything does go wrong in the 12 months you can guarantee that you will get an exchange or a refund.
Examine Seller Feedback – Always check seller feedback, making sure they have a good feedback rating. eBays top rated sellers constantly receive the highest buyer ratings, dispatch items quickly and have earned a track record of brilliant service.
Make the most of free shipping – Save yourself some money by looking for sellers that offer free shipping with the item. On eBay.co.uk you can filter your search to see only items that offer free shipping, and with many electronic items small enough to be shipped inexpensively, its a great way to save a few extra pennies.
Wondering what the best laptops out there right now are? Have a look at our round up of the best budget laptop options under 500 if you’re strapped for cash.