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

It’s also important to know 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:

  • HP Chromebook 11a-nb0002sa: Was £199.99, now £169.95, Amazon.co.uk

  • Asus vivobook S15: Was £699.99, now £598.99, Amazon.co.uk

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

  • Samsung Galaxy book pro 13.3in: Was £1,099, now £849, Currys.co.uk

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

  • Asus zenbook duo UX482EA: Was £1,499, now £999, Currys.co.uk

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

HP Chromebook 11a-nb0002sa: Was £199.99, now £169.95, Amazon.co.uk

 (HP)
(HP)
  • Screen size: 11in

  • Operating system: Chrome OS

  • Storage capacity: 32GB

  • Processor: Intel Celeron

  • Memory (RAM): 4GB

A cheap but decent laptop for students or professionals who are always on the move, this HP Chromebook is powered by Google’s own operating system and has a compact 720p screen that’s perfect for travelling with. The small hard drive is offset by a free year’s subscription to 100GB of cloud storage with Google One.

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Asus vivobook S15: Was £699.99, now £598.99, Amazon.co.uk

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

  • Operating system: Windows 10

  • Storage capacity: 512GB

  • Processor: Intel core i5

  • Memory (RAM): 16GB

There’s a generous £100 discount on the Asus vivobook S15 at Amazon right now. This a brilliant and stylishly designed 15.6in laptop powered by the 11th-generation core i5 chip, which delivers excellent mid-to-high-range performance and all-day battery life. Even this entry-level model will capably handle most tasks you could throw at it.

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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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Samsung Galaxy book pro 13.3in: Was £1,099, now £849, Currys.co.uk

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(Samsung)
  • Screen size: 13.3in

  • Operating system: Windows 11

  • Storage capacity: 512GB

  • Processor: Intel core i5

  • Memory (RAM): 8GB

The Samsung Galaxy book pro is lightweight and powerful and 5G ready, with a the top-of-the-range QLED screen boasting luscious colours annd rich contrast. It’s a gorgeous machine with £250 off at Currys today.

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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 £1,117, Amazon.co.uk).

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Asus zenbook duo UX482EA: Was £1,499, now £999, Currys.co.uk

 (Asus)
(Asus)
  • Screen size: 14in

  • Operating system: Windows 11

  • Storage capacity: 512GB

  • Processor: Intel core i7

  • Memory (RAM): 16GB

This smart 14in Asus zenbook features a unique dual touchscreen design, with an angled second display nestled between the main screen and the keyboard, giving you space to sketch with a stylus or organise your most important windows.

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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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