Cyber Monday, the less chaotic side of the Black Friday weekend, has arrived, and you’ll be pleased to know that you still have the chance to grab the best laptop deals of the year.
In a world where more and more of us are working from home, a great laptop has become something of a necessity. In fact, over 170 million laptops are sold each year globally. Pandemic or not, a portable PC is still most people's electronic device of choice.
That's why you've ended up here, after all. The cultural shift towards smaller devices has affected sales over the last decade, of course, but the shift has also meant brands worked harder to develop better technology at a lower cost.
Whether you're in the market for a new laptop to supercharge your work day or you simply want to upgrade an older model for gaming, there is no better time to invest. If you’re not sure what all the jargon means, we’ve included a handy reference guide at the bottom of this article too.
We have rounded up today’s best laptops in the Cyber Monday deals for you, below:
Best laptop deals of Cyber Monday 2020
1. Lenovo C340-11 2-in-1 Chromebook
With a significant £100 discount, this brilliant laptop would make a fantastic Christmas gift . As a Chromebook, it’s like a cross between a tablet and a laptop, making it versatile to use and easy to carry around (its 1.2kg weight also helps with that). It’s powered by an Intel Celeron processor, which means you can enjoy speedy performance and responsiveness during all daily tasks.
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2. HP 14a 14″ Chromebook – Intel® Pentium® Silver
This high spec Chromebook is perfect for all your day to day activities, from browsing the web and streaming TV shows to using apps and games or FaceTiming friends and family. Its super fast processor means it can juggle a number of things at one time without slowing down, while sound experts Bang & Olufsen worked on its custom sound tuning.
3. Asus Vivobook 15 X512DA laptop
Out of all the retailers, ao.com is selling the Asus Vivobook 15 at the lowest price. This lightweight laptop has a 15.6-inch Full HD screen and a long battery life of up to 10 hours, meaning it’s great for when you’re on the go. It has plenty of storage (512GB) for any work files you need to download, and its speedy processor alongside 8GB of RAM means that this nifty Vivobook is able to juggle big tasks without buffering.
4. Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ (2020)
Apple’s light and powerful MacBook Air laptop is as good for your wallet as it is for the environment this Black Friday (and it’s made from 100pc recycled aluminium, so that has to be good). It combines Intel UHD graphics, a gorgeous Retina Display, a ‘Magic Keyboard’ (that does a lot of the work for you), 256 GB or storage, up to 12 hours battery life, and larger Force Touch trackpad, which gives you more room to pinch and zoom.
5. IdeaPad Flex 5 (14″, Intel)
Light weight, super fast and with a long lasting battery, IdeaPad’s Flex model in a stylish graphite grey is perfect for a wide range of activities. With a highly responsive keyboard (ideal for fast typers), it’s also customisable, so you can have all your favourite programs at your fingertips.
6. Microsoft Surface Pro 7
This next-gen Windows laptop boasts the versatility of a writing or drawing studio and a tablet, so you can easily transform your set-up for work and play. As a ‘Pro’ model, it’s more powerful than you might expect, too; there’s a 10th gen Intel Core i5-1035G4 Processor, 8 GB of RAM, up to 10.5 hours battery life, fast charge, facial recognition, and more.
7. Dell XPS 13 9300 13.4″ Laptop
The Dell XPS 13 will be a breath of fresh air to people who’ve spent years lugging heavy laptops around. Though it is powerful enough to tackle all tasks with ease and boasts a glossy full HD, it’s small, lightweight, and has a 12-hour-plus battery life. Even better? It’s £160 off today on Black Friday.
8. Acer Swift 3 laptop
This 13.5-inch laptop features an Intel® Core™ i5 processor, meaning it is speedy enough to tackle anything from editing big files to streaming all of your favourite movies. It is super lightweight, at 1.2kg, meaning it can easily fit in a school bag or briefcase.
9. HP Envy 13-ba0506sa Laptop
This touchscreen 13.3-inch HP Envy allows you to navigate apps as easily as you would do on your mobile phone. It features a 10th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and 8 GB of RAM, meaning your days of waiting for the page to load, or the video to buffer, are long gone. It is now also available with a Microsoft Bundle at Currys PC World (with savings of £219.99), so you can meet all your Powerpoint, Word and Excel needs.
10. Huawei MateBook D 14 Laptop
This laptop should not be judged by its cover; while it is super sleek and lightweight, it’s incredibly powerful on the inside. With an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor, remarkable 1920 x 1080 IPS screen, all-day battery, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD, you’d find it difficult to get any better at this price.
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11. MSI GF65 Thin Core i7 Gaming Laptop
Gamers, rejoice! You can potentially save £240 on the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, built with breakthrough graphics performance (of the award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture) and the supercharged 10th Gen Intel Core™ i7 processor. The SteelSeries silver-lining printing keyboard, which is incredibly game-friendly, is just the cherry on top.
12. ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA
If you’d prefer something between a tablet and laptop, check out this deal on the ASUS Chromebook Flip. Its 14-inch display works as a touchscreen and can be folded flat, thanks to a 360-degree hinge, so you can browse the web and use Google Play Store apps however you like.
13. Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming Laptop
The Razer Blade Pro 17 offers desktop-quality gaming in a portable, powerful laptop and, thanks to eBuyer, it is now an absolute steal. For £700 less than its RRP, you can get the benefits of a powerful 10th gen Intel® Core i7-10875H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics, 17.3-inch Full HD display, and Razer Chroma-backlit keyboard for enhanced gaming immersion.
14. Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 Laptop
John Lewis are offering a massive £400 off this high-spec Huawei laptop today on Black Friday, meaning you get its 2K FullView touchscreen, 16GB RAM, 512GB solid state drive, and Intel Core i5 processor at a fraction of the cost. For people who need something powerful to handle software, it’s a brilliant investment.
How to shop for a laptop during Cyber Monday 2020
Select an operating system
If you want an operating system that mimics your iPhone, you’ll be looking for an Apple laptop (see: MacBooks). Alternatively, you can keep your eyes peeled for a good Windows laptop; the operating system is more common than MacOS and offers the widest range of program compatibility (especially useful if you're looking to work on your laptop).
At a lower price point, you could also opt for a Chromebook — a streamlined version of MacOS and Windows that gives you access to much of the same basic functionality (internet, word processing, etc) via Google Chrome apps.
Check the specs
You'll want to invest in something fit for purpose, remembering everyone's needs are different. Screen size, weight, memory, graphics capabilities and battery life will affect each laptop's suitability for you, and you may be willing to make sacrifices on one feature to get a great deal on another. Make sure you read the specs in detail so your purchase meets expectations. If you’re not sure what all the jargon means, here’s a handy reference guide.
RAM: This is your laptop's memory. 4GB is acceptable as a minimum but 8GB or more is recommended for a high performance model and/or all-day daily use.
CPU: The Central Processing Unit is the processor responsible for running the programs on your laptop. Look out for models with multiple ‘cores’ as each CPU core optimises performance; an Intel Core i7 processor is the standard.
GPU: Here, we’re talking graphics cards – the tiny cards which process visuals. Each GPU is nuanced, so it's worth researching each specifically to ensure it is powerful enough for your needs. High-end gaming laptops will require something special, like Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon GPUs.
Solid state drive (SSD) vs hard disk drive (HDD): This is tech slang for storage. Many laptops now come with an SSD, which is more expensive but performs faster. Both do the same job, but HDDs are still the go-to for cost-conscious consumers (everything simply runs a little bit slower).
Resolution: Screen resolution will determine the quality of the things you read and watch. Every display panel is made of pixels and more pixels mean more detail. Look out for a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher. Many brands use additional slang terms (like Retina, QHD, and UHD) but you’ll want to focus on the numbers themselves to simplify your comparisons.
To touch-screen or not to touch-screen
Many newer Windows laptops come with this handy feature which can offer a lot to younger people, older people, and artistic types. Some touch screen models will be described as '2 in 1 laptops' as they can be used as a laptop or tablet. If you opt for a detachable keyboard, make sure you test it for comfort beforehand; some people love them, but some people don’t.
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Popular models like Apple’s MacBook Pros are in high demand throughout the year, so they will be considerably more expensive than non-Apple laptops during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. You can find £100s off of older Windows laptops, as retailers hope to replace them with newer stock, but it is rare to see price cuts of more than £200 on Apple laptops.
Choose a price bracket
Once you get to grips with your desired specifications, you need to find the best option within your budget. From Black Fridays past, we expect good netbooks and Chromebook deals available for as little as £100, low to mid-range laptops for £300 or so, and high-end and gaming laptop deals around £600.
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