If a new laptop is on your wish list you’re in luck because Black Friday offers some of the best deals of the year.
Traditionally, the high street was the place to grab your bargains, but now you can grab the biggest and best discounts online. And it’s not just Black Friday, with many sales kicking off on Cyber Monday and throughout the festive season.
Here, we will be constantly updating the best deals on laptops in the run up to Black Friday and beyond.
If you’re unsure of what type of laptop to invest in, The Independent’s Dave Phelan has weighed in to explain the major differences, and help you choose the most suitable one for you.
Types of laptop and operating systems
The simplest way to start thinking about the kind of laptop you want is to pick an operating system. If you want macOS, the most intuitive and elegant of the software systems, you can only choose an Apple machine. The widest range of programs and applications are available on Windows laptops, so if there’s a program you need that’s only available on Windows, that’s the choice made for you.
And if you only need the laptop for word processing, web browsing and so on, you might be able to manage with a Chromebook. Here we explain the main types in more detail.
These are still the most widely used computers, by far, thanks to the enormous range of applications and most familiar interface. The latest version, Windows 10, combines traditional PC styling (a desktop with folders of programs) with a tablet-style look of app icons arranged on a grid. It also works with hybrid laptops where the screen detaches or folds back on itself to work like a tablet.
Windows machines are available with or without touchscreens so that may be a consideration. Microsoft makes the software and more recently has created a small but excellent range of hardware too – the Surface series.
Google’s OS is slick and simple. It was originally designed to work only when your laptop was connected to the internet. The premise was that all the heavy processing would be done in the cloud so there was no need for a powerful chip in the laptop, thus reducing costs greatly. But the Achilles’ heel was that offline the hardware was very limited.
Now, though, the main programs (Google’s email, document, spreadsheet and presentation software) largely work when you’re offline, too. Some Chromebooks work with Android apps as well. Google makes its own Chromebook called Pixel.
Apple makes the hardware and software for its computers, resulting in an integrated system which works beautifully. The MacBook Air was a game-changer – a laptop so slim and light it was first revealed when then Apple CEO Steve Jobs slid it out of an envelope.
The range is small: as well as the Air there is the MacBook and the extra-powerful MacBook Pro, which has great innovations like the Touch Bar. This is where the top row of function keys is replaced by a narrow touchscreen where the virtual buttons change according to what you’re doing.
The Pro range is far from cheap, mind. There are no touchscreen MacBooks, nor any with a slot for a sim card for continuous internet access.
It’s also important to keep an eye out for a number of relevant features when buying including sreen size and weight, purpose, power, memory, graphics and battery life.
For example, if you plan on carrying this laptop with you, a lighter, smaller laptop is best. Similarly, gamers will want to invest in an option that comes with top-notch graphics, while those who work on-the-go will appreciate a longer battery life.
Here's our roundup of the best laptop deals:
HP Pavilion 15.6" AMD Rysen 5, was £699.99, now £549, Currys
HP Laptop 14” AMD Rysen 3, low price: £399.99, John Lewis
Lenovo IdeaPad 3305 15.6” Intel Core i3 Laptop, 1TB, low price: £479 Currys
HP 15.6” i5 Laptop, 1TB, low price: £499.99, Argos
Acer CB3-431 14” Intel Celeron Chromebook, 32GB, low price: £229.99, Currys
HP 14” Intel Celeron Chromebook, 32GB, low price: £229.99, Currys
Asus Chromebook Intel Core M3 12.5”, low price: £499.95, John Lewis
Acer 14” Celeron Chromebook, low price: £229.99, Argos
Apple MacBook Pro 15” Touch Bar Intel Core i7, was £2,499, now £2,199, John Lewis
Apple MacBook Air 13” i5, low price: £798, Argos
Apple MacBook Pro 13” Touch Bar, was £1,899, now £1,589, Currys
Apple MacBook Pro 13” Intel Core i5 with optional MS Office 365 Home, was £1,249, now £1,199, Very
Acer Nitro 5 15.6” Intel Core i5 GTX 1050 Gaming Laptop, low price: £649, Currys
HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop Intel Core i5 GeForce GTX 1050, low price: £779.95, John Lewis
HP Omen 15.6” Gaming Laptop, low price: £879.99, Argos
2 in 1
Dell Inspiron 13 5000 13.3” Intel Pentium 2-in-2, 1TB, low price: £449, Currys
HP Pavilion 14” Intel Pentium Gold 2-in-1, 1TB, was £549.99, now £449, Currys
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Intel Core i7, PixelSense Display, low price: £1,999.95, John Lewis
Acer One 10.1” Atom 2-in-1 Laptop, low price: £199.99, Argos