Best cheap laptop deals and sales for January 2022

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We've got another strong set of cheap laptop deals this week as a few January sales at various retailers are still live. Bargain machines are available that will suit any budget or needs, so scroll down to view the range of options we've picked out this week.

Perhaps you've got around £200 set aside for a budget Chromebook for light use? There are some excellent laptop deals in that category, then, with options to upgrade to a Windows machine for less as well should you prefer that added flexibility. If you have a bit more cash to splash on a high-end ultrabook then we've got some killer deals below as well with performance-boosting RAM and storage upgrades at discounted prices.

To ensure we've picked out the best of the best, we've checked everywhere from Amazon, Currys and Laptops Direct to Box, Ebuyer and more to find big savings on premium ultrabooks and some excellent budget laptops. You'll find devices with the latest generation Intel processors, spacious SSDs, performance-boosting RAM upgrades and high-quality displays all discounted below.

Simply read on for all the best cheap laptop deals available this week. We've rounded them up here so you can save some serious cash on everything from budget laptops to powerful machines sporting the latest specs.

Cheap laptop deals by budget

If you're shopping for cheap laptops, it can be difficult to know whether you're actually getting a good deal or just paying a low price for underperforming tech. It can be the difference between buying an excellent machine and saving some cash in the process and wasting money on an old computer that can barely run its own operating system. We've weeded out all the offers that won't be worth your time, so you can be sure you're picking up the best laptop deals out there this week.

All your favourite retailers have been brought together for the very best cheap laptop deals available right now. We've broken down each machine by price so you can be sure to find the right laptop for your budget. Do keep checking in, too, as we’ll update this guide whenever a great laptop reaches our desk. 

For you Apple fans, you might be interested in our MacBook deals page too. Or, if you're just looking for the cheapest web surfer you can find, check out the best cheap Chromebook deals going on right now. After something with a bit more heft? You'll want to check out all the best gaming laptop deals.

Cheap laptop deal of the week

Asus VivoBook 15: £599.97 £499.97 at Box
Save £10
– There’s a big £100 discount this week on a high-end Asus VivoBook 15 from the specialist retailer Box. It comes with a large 15.6 IPS display, which will give you a sharper and clearer image, as well as a performance-boosting 8GB of RAM and a speedy 512GB SSD. This is one of the week’s best laptop deals, then, if you want a top machine for work or school – and also a device that can handle quality media streaming, too.

Cheap laptop deals under £200

Asus C202 11.6-inch Chromebook: £199 £129 at Currys
Save £70 – If you’re simply looking for the cheapest laptop deal this week then you can find the Asus C202 for only £139 right now at Currys. With a MediaTek processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage this is a very basic machine for light browsing and schoolwork.

Asus W202 laptop: £249.99 £149.99 at Amazon
Save £100
– This rather chunky little laptop from Asus is the cheapest available this week that comes with Windows instead of the Chrome OS. If you need a cheap laptop and prefer the flexibility of a Windows device compared to a Chromebook, this is the one to go for. 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage are suitable for basic school and work tasks or light browsing.

Asus 11.6-inch Chromebook Flip C214MA: £329.99 £149 at Amazon
Save £191
Here’s an excellent price for a 2-in-1 laptop this week at Amazon. These are rarely found below the £200 mark so this drop to £150 is even more spectacular. Definitely don’t miss your chance to get a flexible machine for more than 50% off. The specification is reasonable for a basic budget laptop, with an Intel processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB storage that will be fine for basic tasks.

HP Stream 11 laptop: £219 £169 at Currys
Save £50
– For just £40 more than our cheapest pick, you can upgrade to this 11-inch HP Stream laptop which gives you access to Windows 11 and doubles your available storage to 64GB. It’s the best price for a machine with a hard drive of this size this week, so one to go for if you need more room and don’t want to rely as much on cloud storage. Plus, a 1-year subscription to Office 365 is included in the price if you need Word, Powerpoint and Excel.

Asus C523NA Chromebook: £229.99 £199.99 at Amazon
Save £50
– It’s not always easy to find a laptop with a 15.6-inch screen for under £200 but this Asus C523NA Chromebook just slips under that price range at Amazon. Along with the larger screen size, you get an Intel processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage – all components you’d expect for this price and enough to power a machine for general browsing or basic office work.

Cheap laptop deals from £200 to £300

Asus E410MA laptop: £299 £219 at Currys
Save £80
– If you want the most storage for the least amount of money this week then you’ll want this 14-inch Asus laptop from Currys. It comes with 128GB of fast storage, which you would usually only find in devices closer to £300. The spec is rounded out with an Intel processor and 4GB of RAM so it can comfortably handle most basic tasks.

Asus E510MA VivoBook: £279 £219 at Amazon
Save £60
– This Asus VivoBook sports a large 15.6-inch screen and is the most affordable option if you want to avoid the smaller 11-inch and 14-inch devices. Aside from that, you can expect a cheap laptop with a similar performance to our options under £200, so this is best suited to everyday browsing and some light work.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet: £299 £229.99 at Currys
Save £70 –
The small yet impressive Lenovo IdeaPad Duet is £70 off this week. The tiny 10.3-inch 2-in-1 laptop is designed with portability in mind thanks to its size and the mighty battery life that lasted almost a full 22 hours in our testing. This is the machine you want if you’re always on the go.

Asus 12-inch Chromebook Flip: £349 £279 at Currys
Save £70
– This is a good discount on a 2-in-1 laptop from Currys. While it’s a very basic machine, it does sport an impressive 16-hour battery life so if you need a convenient and portable device for general everyday use this will fit the bill.

Acer Aspire 3: £329.97 £299.97 at Box
Save £30
– Don’t let the small saving mislead you – this is already a very well-priced laptop from specialist retailer Box. The highlights include a rich IPS screen and a full-blown 128GB SSD. This speedy storage will allow you to boot the laptop, load files and run programs faster. Perfect to eke out a little extra performance while still paying for a cheap laptop.

Cheap laptop deals from £300 to £400

Samsung Galaxy Book Go: £399 £319 at Amazon
Save £80
– This Samsung Galaxy Book Go is £50 off right now, but you can save another £30 by applying the voucher on the store page. At £319, it’s a great price for a laptop that has an impressive 18-hour battery life. With a spec that features 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, you’re also getting a well-performing machine for your money that will handle everyday jobs, work and media streaming.

Acer 715 Chromebook: £399 £329 at Currys
Save £70
– Here’s a good cheap laptop bundle from Currys this week. It includes an Acer 715 Chromebook, which comes with an Intel processor, 4GB of RAM and a healthy 128GB of storage – all great for a basic laptop. You also get a bag and mouse: useful extras if you’re on the move a lot and prefer an actual pointer compared to a trackpad.

HP Pavilion 15.6-inch laptop: £399.99 £349.99 at Amazon
Save £50
– If you’re after a slightly larger screen within this price range then Amazon has a 15.6-inch HP Pavilion laptop for £349 this week. Ideal for everyday browsing and general work tasks, it has an AMD Athlon processor, 4GB RAM and a speedy 128GB SSD. Plus, the B&O audio and micro-edge screen will give you a better experience when streaming on Netflix, YouTube and more.

Asus VivoBook X705MA: £449.99 £399.99 at Amazon
Save £50
– If it’s storage space you’re after then this Asus VivoBook is well worth considering at Amazon. It comes with a huge 1TB hard drive, which is enough room for 250,000 photos or 250 films. Yeah, that’ll do. It also sports a 17.3-inch screen and 8GB RAM so it’ll give you an extra boost to performance when multitasking.

Asus VivoBook 14: £499.97 £399.97 at Box
Save £100
– There’s an excellent saving on this Asus VivoBook at independent retailer Box this week. The well-priced mid-range machine comes with an Intel i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a speedy 256GB SSD. That’s ideal for a capable all-purpose machine to handle everyday tasks and more involving work.

Cheap laptop deals between £400 and £600

Dell Inspiron 15 3000: £468.99 £418.99 at Dell
Save £50
– Prices have shot up a little at Dell since the end of Black Friday but this is still a decent price on the Inspiron 15 3000. What really seals the deal is the inclusion of both 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD – two top components to get the best performance out of your device. Add to that a capable AMD Ryzen 3 processor and you’ll find it makes more involving jobs and multitasking a lot smoother.

Asus VivoBook 15: £599.97 £499.97 at Box
Save £10
– There’s a big £100 discount this week on a high-end Asus VivoBook 15 from the specialist retailer Box. It comes with a large 15.6 IPS display, which will give you a sharper and clearer image, as well as a performance-boosting 8GB of RAM and a speedy 512GB SSD. This is one of the week’s best laptop deals, then, if you want a top machine for media streaming after work or school.

Asus Zenbook UX425EA: £699.99 £599.99 at Amazon
Save £100
– Right at the upper end of this price bracket is an Asus Zenbook from Amazon at £100 off and down to its lowest ever price. You get a great spec for your money that matches the MSI above, including an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. However, the screen is a smaller 14-inches so, it’s better suited for anyone looking for a powerful all-around portable machine for work, browsing and general use.

Asus VivoBook 15: £699.97 £599.97 at Box
Save £100
– You can pick up this powerful Asus VivoBook for the same price as the Zenbook above. Why would you want to? Well, this laptop comes with double the amount of RAM at 16GB. That gives it a huge performance boost, especially if you want to use it for more advanced photo and video editing or more involving tasks. You’ll also appreciate the clear and detailed IPS display, speedy i5 processor and large 512GB SSD for fast access to files and applications.

Best laptop deals over £600

ASUS VivoBook OLED: £849.99 £699.99 at Amazon
Save £150
– Yep, you’re getting an OLED display in this incredible creative workstation laptop. The VivoBook range has been designed with content creators in mind, so you’re also getting a good range of ports, 16GB of RAM to run demanding applications a speedy 512GB SSD.

Apple MacBook Air (M1): £999 £889 at Amazon
Save £110 –
You’re saving a healthy £110 on the latest MacBook Air here – and one with the powerful M1 chip at the helm no less. That’s an excellent price – even if we have seen it around £20 cheaper in the past in a particularly speedy flash sale. This configuration offers 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7+: £969 from £799 at Microsoft
Save £170
– There’s a big saving on the previous Surface Pro 7+ from Microsoft, plus for a limited time you can also get a Type Cover included. This near-essential extra that doubles as a keyboard and case usually has to be bought separately and would otherwise set you back an extra £159. The one tablet option available comes with an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD – all decent components for an all-purpose device. Overall, it’s the best deal on a Surface Pro this week.

We'll continue adding the best cheap 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 along with a list of retailers who often have a great selection of laptop sales if nothing else takes your fancy here.

Which stores have decent cheap laptop sales?

  • Amazon: retail giant is often the cheapest in the UK.
  • John Lewis: models come with at least two-year guarantee.
  • Very: Often surprises with cheap prices on electronics.
  • Laptops Direct: specialist UK store has a huge selection of laptop deals.
  • Box: another specialist store with some of the best discounts we’ve seen
  • eBuyer: the UK computing specialists have some great promotions.
  • Currys: the retailer that’s seemingly always having a laptop sale.
  • AO: lots of cheap laptops at this growing electronics specialist.
  • Argos: home delivery or pick up a cheap laptop locally today.
  • Dell: get a great laptop deal direct from Dell.
  • Apple: MacBooks aren’t exactly cheap, but they’re excellent workstations

The best cheap laptops

The best cheap laptop deals are often to be found on lower priced machines that edge their way into the mid-range category with higher specs further up the scale. It's in this pocket of budget laptop shopping that you'll find some of the most compelling offers, bringing 8GB RAM / i5 processor / 256GB SSD configurations down to entry level prices during sales seasons. 

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1. Acer Chromebook 314

A cheap and cheerful Chromebook regularly discounted

CPU: Intel Celeron N4000 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 600 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch LED (1366 x 768) high definition | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Excellent value for money
Strong performance
Premium look and feel
No touchscreen

With a 12 hour battery life, bright 14-inch display and tactile keyboard, the Acer Chromebook 314 offers everything you could ask for in a cheap laptop. While this model doesn't quite stretch to 64GB, storage is easily expanded using a portable hard drive and there's a full array of ports to take advantage of as well (though limited display options). What's more, this is one of those rare cheap laptops that look and feel far more expensive than they actually are. Thin, light, and sturdy, this is an excellent machine to throw in a backpack and expect it to last all day.

Read the full Acer Chromebook 314 review.

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2. 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: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional | Storage: 128GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Thinner and lighter
Tons of options
Regular discounts
Shallow, squishy keyboard

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has plenty of power for the average student's needs while keeping the costs sensible. There are plenty of configurations available in this budget laptop as well. Some favour speedy SSDs, while others go for larger regular hard drives, so it all depends on what you're going to need more really. Faster loading or more space for storing media files and downloads.

Check out the best HP laptops 

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3. Asus Vivobook 15

Mid-range specs for entry level prices

CPU: Up to Intel i7 | Graphics: Nvidia | RAM: Up to 16GB | Screen: FHD (1920×1080) | Storage: 128GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Versatile and powerful
Full HD screen
Regularly discounted

The Asus Vivobook 15 can usually be found from £399 upwards, offering baseline specs that vastly outperform many of the Chromebooks usually found at this price point and ranging all the way up to incredibly powerful configurations should you need them. With an expansive Nano-Edge display, you're even getting a full 15.6-inch sized laptop here, coming in at just 1.6kg, a fingerprint sensor and options for speedy Intel Optane memory as well. 

Cheap laptops: what to look out for

Cheap laptops can often lure shoppers in with a sub-£200 price tag, but unless you're picking up a Chromebook you're unlikely to get your money's worth with these particular models. Chromebooks largely run on Chrome OS, which means they rely less on more expensive components and more on cloud-based services provided by Google Chrome. That means you'll regularly find cheap laptops under £200 that are well worth your cash – provided they were built with this functioning in mind. 

These kinds of budget laptops are regularly found on sale, but every now and then we do spot savings that offer mid-range specs for entry level prices.

It's worth looking out for cheap laptop deals that offer a Windows 10 operating system, but only 16 or 32GB of storage space. You'll likely speed through those gigabites faster than you'd think, and storing those hefty Windows 10 updates often presents a new challenge in its own right. That means the smallest we would recommend on this page is a 64GB hard drive if you're running a Windows 10 or 10s operating system. 

Cheap laptops can also come with the caveat that they don't offer an operating system at all. These FreeDOS laptops can sometimes be appealing (and if you're up for installing your own copy of Windows or Linux, they often deserve to be), but it's important to check that spec and low price before you buy. We do feature the odd freeDOS budget laptop on this roundup, as they can prove cost effective, but we'll make sure you know when we do. 

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