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Best laptops under Rs 40,000 in India for February 2018

The top laptops under Rs. 40000[1] now often feature a dedicated graphics card for gaming on a budget. Laptops have become powerful enough in this range if you are looking for something that can let you game at moderate settings.

Still, finding the best laptops[2] among the options available can be a little challenging. There are many configurations available, some with newer processors and some with older ones. Some of the previous generation laptops may also be better than newer ones when you consider the specs-to-price ratio. 

As always, we’ve tried to make the job of selecting the best laptop under Rs 40,000 easier for you. Please note that these prices and deals were available when this article was written.

HP 15-BE015TU

CPU: Intel Core i3 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

8GB DDR4 RAM Dual speakers, DTS audio Core i3 6th gen processor

HP has several affordable options when it comes to laptops with an integrated graphics card. The HP 15-BE015TU features a 15.6-inch HD backlit LED display, along with the full set of connectivity options. Dual speakers, DTS audio sound and HP’s Truevision HD webcam round up the specs of the laptop.

Dell Inspiron 3567

CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Battery life Core i5 7th gen processor, Intel HD graphics 4GB RAM Dull design

The first Dell entrant in this list, the Inspiron 3567 comes with the latest generation of Intel’s Core i5 processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It looks minimalist and comes with 6 hours of battery life, which is good compared to other options. 

The Inspiron 3567 also features a similar 15.6-inch HD display, but comes with half the RAM compared to its competitors at this price. You will have to decide whether you want the latest generation processor or more RAM.

Acer Aspire E5-575G

CPU: Intel Core i3 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Dedicated graphics card Price Weight Core i3 6th gen processor

Another good laptop from Acer is the Aspire E5-575G. It comes with a 6th gen Core i3 processor, but makes up for it with a dedicated 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card. 

Compared to the E5-575, it is slightly more expensive but having a dedicated graphics card could be worth it if your main goal is to game comfortably.

Acer E5-575 Core i5

CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

8GB DDR4 RAM Price Average battery life

Acer has another E5-575 laptop with a newer Core i5 7th generation processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It also comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and a full set of connectivity options. Considering its current price, the E5-575 Core i5 is a very good option that you can consider, compared to the Dell Inspiron 3567.

Lenovo Ideapad 310

CPU: Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce N16V-GMR1 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Dedicated graphics card Decent design Average battery life

The Lenovo Ideapad 310 comes with a 6th gen Intel Core i5 processor and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce N16V-GMR1 graphics card. A full set of ports for connectivity and a decent design makes the Ideapad 310 another worthy contender in this segment. 

It also comes with decent battery life, making it a good all-round package under Rs 40000.

Dell Vostro 3468

CPU: Intel Core i5-7200U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: Upto 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Lightweight Connectivity ports Screen size

The Dell Vostro 3468 with 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor comes next in the list. The laptop comes with Window 10 operating system and has a plenty of ports including 1xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 1xHDMI port and 1xVGA port. Weighing 1.96kg, the laptop is lightweight which makes it highly portable for the users. 

So, apart from getting a good processor, you will have a number of connectivity options and that too with a reasonable price tag.

Lenovo Ideapad 320s-14IKB

CPU: Intel Core i3-7100U | Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics | RAM: Upto 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Dolby Audio Storage capacity Core i3 processor 4GB RAM

Falling next under 40k category is the Lenovo Ideapad 320s-14IKB. Priced at Rs 35,990, the laptop comes with in-built Harman speakers with Dolby Audio which ensure crystal clear sound to the users. 

Along with superior sound quality, the laptop also offers crisp display with up to full HD IPS resolution. The laptop is also available with i5 processor and in a variety of color variants as well. But, you can own these only if you can shed a few more notes out of your pocket.

Dell Inspiron 15 5567

CPU: Intel Core i3-6006U | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Full HD display Good range of connectivity ports 4GB RAM

To compete with the above mentioned laptops, here comes the Dell Inspiron 15 5567.  The laptop comes loaded with a good number of ports and Windows 10 Home operating system. 

Its anti-glare LED backlit display along with Waves MaxxAudio Pro will definitely enhance your viewing experience. In addition to this, the 1TB storage capacity will allow you to save a number of multimedia files in the system.

HP 250 G5 (1AS40PA)

CPU: Intel Core i3-6006U | Graphics: 2GB AMD Radeon | RAM: 4GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

Good battery life Operating system RAM  Only HD display

Weighing 1.69 kg, this light weight laptop comes with DOS operating system and offers a good amount of storage space to the users. The CPU with a clock speed of 2 GHz along with 2 GB AMD Radeon R5 M430 graphics card handles the gaming aspect of the laptop smoothly, thus leaving no space for glitches. It also provides a number of connectivity options and long working hours to the user.

HP 15-AY511TX

CPU: Intel Core i3-6006U | Graphics: 2GB AMD Radeon | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) | Storage: 1TB HDD

8GB RAM Windows 10 operating system Weight

The specs sheet of this laptop is somewhat similar to the laptop that we have mentioned above. But, there are some differentiating features as well. This includes 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system, 8GB DDR4 RAM and the weight. Although the laptop will be heavy in weight but it will not on your pocket.

References

  1. ^ top laptops under Rs. 40000 (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ best laptops (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Best laptops for students for under Rs 40,000 (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ The best laptops for gaming under Rs 50,000 (www.techradar.com)

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The best cheap laptop deals in February 2018

The next time you’re in dire need of a laptop on the cheap, consider this: our round-up of the best laptop deals are so affordable that you might just buy one on impulse. For the price you’ll pay, we wouldn’t expect the most killer performance or a 4K screen, but we wouldn’t bank on a laptop that cuts corners either, as every entry on our list makes compromises only in the areas you shouldn’t notice.

In every other regard, the best laptop deals are comprised of notebooks unencumbered by towering price tags. Wherever you happen to reside, at least in the United States, we don’t want to disappoint our readers on the prowl for sweet, sweet savings.

That’s why, each week, we comb through all the most popular laptop retailers stateside – like Newegg, Amazon, Walmart and Jet – to find only the top deals on laptop makes and models you can trust.

At the top of the page, you’ll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Beneath those, you’ll find our pick of the latest best laptops[1] along with their best available prices during February 2018.

The best laptop deal of the week

More top cheap laptop deals of the week

Where to find the best laptop deals in the US:

1. Lenovo Ideapad 510

A powerful and stylish 15.6-inch laptop

Intel Core i5 CPU to start Optional Nvidia graphics SSD and HDD options Screen no sharper than 1080p

There have been some generous offers going of late for this popular Lenovo series. Any choice between the 6GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple reasonably-demanding standard applications at once. Drive sizes vary from 256GB solid-state to 1TB spinning hard drives. Plus, some options include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.

2. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

A budget 2-in-1 bargain

Built-in fingerprint sensor Rated for 11-hour battery life No more than 4GB of RAM

This is one of the most value-packed 2-in-1 laptops we’ve seen in a while, an ideal entry point to casual users wanting to try out the world of these higher function tablet/laptop hybrids. Specs include 4GB of RAM, 128GB of solid-state storage, a 10.1-inch HD (1,280 x 800) screen, Windows 10 and a quad-core Intel Atom processor.

Read our full review: Asus Transformer Mini T102HA[11]

3. HP SB© Laptop 15

Big specs, small cost

Lots of configuration options Plenty of colors Limited battery life Hefty

There’s some hefty grunt under the shell of this HP SB© Laptop 15 and there are some great prices available as well. Even with the Intel Pentium processor and 4GB of RAM to start, this laptop will whip through pretty much any day-to-day activity you can throw at it without the juddering performance of even cheaper laptops. Hell, it’ll even have a decent crack at playing a few of the less demanding games out there if you equip it with an Intel Core processor.

4. Acer Swift 3

Apple looks and feel for hundreds less

Intel Core i processors Gorgeous, all-metal shell Full HD screen Limited expansion options

From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Air, which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Replete with an all-metal frame, this is probably one of the best-looking laptops for under 500 bucks. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and up to 512GB in solid-state storage. The cheapest models have a respectable Intel Core i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions if you need that extra kick. Another dig at Apple? Unlike the Air, this laptop sports a fully HD screen.

The best deals on our favorite laptops

We’ve reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we’ve seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes, the best laptops[12] pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. In this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell’s latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

Same long-lasting battery Faster than ever Still poor webcam position No Windows Hello

The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that’s astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It’s a powerful and long lasting machine even by today’s Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook[13] and the best overall laptop.

2. Asus Zenbook UX310

This laptop should cost a lot more than it does

CPU: Intel Core i3 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) | Storage: 500GB – 1TB HDD; 500GB – 1TB SSD

Incredibly thin and light Vibrant, glare-free screen Weak sauce graphics Tinny speakers

The Asus ZenBook UX310, the long awaited follow-up to the ZenBook UX305, sports a 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor and an all-aluminum frame, truly a candidate for the MacBook Air’s throne. That’s thanks in no small part to the ZenBook UX310 offering all the latest ports, including SB© USB-C, and the option of a beautiful QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) display, complete with 178 degrees of rotation and a serious case of the anti-glare.

3. Acer Aspire S 13

Proof the MacBook Air is getting old

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520 – 620 | RAM: 4GB – 8GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare IPS touch | Storage: 128GB – 512GB SSD

High performance Decent battery life Great prices Shell feels a little cheap

Arguably, the MacBook Air is no more, but the clones never stop coming. Among them is the Acer Aspire S 13. It’s not quite as thin and light as many prominently featured Ultrabooks, nor is it particularly premium. However, the Aspire S 13 packs quite a punch when it comes to performance. SB© USB-C and a full HD display put it just over the edge in beating out the 13-inch Air, and for a much lower cost. Despite the powerful CPU, the Acer Aspire S 13 even manages a battery life of 7 hours and 49 minutes, according to our testing.

4. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

Gaming on a budget done right

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti; Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – UHD (3,840 x 2,160) anti-glare | Storage: 256GB – 512GB SSD; 512GB – 1TB HDD; 8GB SSHD

Stellar battery life Ports for days Screen is lacking

It is relatively pricey, but this Inspiron absolutely nails it when it comes to value, especially for hardcore gamers. This is among the strongest laptops housing Nvidia’s new, low-end GTX 1050 graphics chips. The latest Intel Core series processors, full HD displays and tons of storage options make the Inspiron 15 Gaming a fine solution for PC gamers on a budget.

5. Lenovo Yoga Book

Is this the netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

CPU: Quad-core Intel Atom x5 | Graphics: Intel HD 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch (1,920 x 1,200) LED | Storage: 64GB flash

Insanely thin and light Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate Underpowered Dated microUSB port

Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about $ 100 cheaper than the Windows one (click “see all prices” above to see all options).

6. Asus Chromebook Flip

The premium Chromebook is finally affordable

CPU: Intel Pentium 4405Y – Intel Core m3-6Y30 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 12.5-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LED backlit anti-glare | Storage: 32GB – 64GB eMMC

Elegant tablet mode Tactile keyboard No out-of-box Android app support Middling speakers

Before Asus’s latest flipping Chromebook came around, pickings were slim when it came to affordable models with full-on Intel Core processors and 1080p displays, not to mention touchscreens, backlit keyboards and SB© USB-C ports. It may use an Intel Pentium chip on the low-end, but the Asus Chromebook Flip is by no means low-end. Compared to what’s offered by the competition, the Asus Chromebook Flip’s value is unparalleled, and that’s without getting into its pristine tablet mode, which blows other hybrids completely out of the water.

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The tablet that can replace your laptop

Larger, sharper screen Vastly improved Type Cover Type Cover still sold separately Tiny battery life improvements

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That’s still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike – it’s only the premium price that pushes it down the list, but if you’re willing to pay for it, you’re getting a lot of power – a lot.

Not quite what you’re looking for? Maybe our other laptop articles will have what you need:

References

  1. ^ best laptops (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Amazon laptop deals (www.amazon.com)
  3. ^ Best Buy laptop deals (www.bestbuy.com)
  4. ^ NewEgg laptop deals (www.newegg.com)
  5. ^ Walmart laptop deals (www.walmart.com)
  6. ^ Staples laptop deals (www.staples.com)
  7. ^ Dell’s best laptop deals (www.dell.com)
  8. ^ Lenovo laptop deals (shop.lenovo.com)
  9. ^ HP laptop deals (store.hp.com)
  10. ^ Acer laptop deals (us-store.acer.com)
  11. ^ Asus Transformer Mini T102HA (www.techradar.com)
  12. ^ best laptops (www.techradar.com)
  13. ^ Ultrabook (www.techradar.com)
  14. ^ best laptops (www.techradar.com)
  15. ^ best cheap MacBook deals (www.techradar.com)
  16. ^ best gaming laptops (www.techradar.com)
  17. ^ 2-in-1 laptops (www.techradar.com)

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Windows 10 S release date, news and features

On May 2, 2017, Microsoft officially revealed the long-rumored Windows 10 S. Since then, the thin client version of the ever-popular Windows 10[1] home computing operating has been met with mixed reception as a result of the limitations it imposes on those looking to use traditional x86 and x64 applications.

Rather than allowing you to download and install any program that you would like, as is custom in the Microsoft Windows ecosystem, Windows 10 S restricts users to applications obtained in the Windows 10 Store. However more secure that may be than the alternative, it’s clear that PC users aren’t entirely sold on the concept.

After all, the Surface SB© Laptop[2], which was originally debuted alongside Windows 10 S, is now being sold without it. Better yet, with reports of Microsoft developing a second cloud-based operating system known internally as Polaris, it’s likely ‘Windows 10 Cloud’ – what we all thought 10 S was going to be called – isn’t dead just yet.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A new, lightweight version of Windows 10
  • When is it out? Available now
  • What will it cost? Free to all schools using Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 S release date

Windows 10 S debuted on May 2, with devices using the OS available on the same day and others – such as the Surface SB© Laptop – released in the months thereafter. 

Microsoft’s event invitation itself was titled ‘#MicrosoftEDU\’, making no misgivings about its aims with the new OS. While Windows 10 S is not for individual sale, it is issued to IT administrators in education as well as laptops found in stores and online. 

It’s no coincidence that Windows 10 S is focused on the education sector, where Google’s Chromebooks are experiencing outlandish success.

Windows 10 S price

Windows 10 S doesn’t cost a dime. Well, not to schools sporting Windows 10 Pro already, that is. The cost of the OS is, more than likely, being subsidized by hardware makers in its pricing albeit for far less than Windows 10 proper, if not for free.

As it’s competing directly with Chrome OS, Google’s operating system for its Chromebook platform, it makes sense that Windows 10 S would use the same business model. Google doesn’t sell that OS individually for customers to install on machines themselves. As such, Microsoft seems to have followed suit.

In short, you won’t be paying for Windows 10 S so as much as you’ll pay for the hardware running it (with, again, whatever Microsoft’s charging its partners, if anything, to license the software baked in that price somehow, too).

Save for the new Surface SB© Laptop, laptops running Windows 10 S start at $ 189 (about £146, AU$ 251) and cap out at around $ 299 (about £239, AU$ 396). PC makers across the board, including Dell, HP, Asus, Acer and Lenovo, have all launched Windows 10 S-powered notebooks at this time.

Premium category laptops were said to be joining the Windows 10 S family as well, but aside from Microsoft’s own Surface SB© Laptop, they’ve been few and far between up to this point – save for Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 laptops, like the Asus NovaGo[3] and Lenovo Miix 630[4].

What is Windows 10 S?

As we said, Windows 10 S is a more lightweight, pared down version of Windows 10. Specifically, the OS can only support apps downloaded from Microsoft’s Windows Store and those already baked into the OS.

This talk of a version of Windows that can only download Microsoft-approved apps is familiar, isn’t it? Microsoft believes it has mastered this approach since the turbulent days of Windows RT and Windows 8 with Bing – both of which tried to position Microsoft as the sole provider of apps through curation.

The good news is that this allows for a startup time of under 5 seconds as opposed to the 30 – 40 second startup time of Windows 10 Pro. Not only that, but configuring settings (such as Wi-Fi, webcam, etc.) across an entire classroom of students is as easy as inserting a SB© USB stick in each of their laptops.

Being in competition with Google’s Chrome OS, Microsoft has, of course, also positioned Windows 10 S as a more secure PC operating system. However, its resilience to viruses is mostly a side-effect of the inability to install apps not approved by Microsoft. Historically, Windows viruses have tended to erupt from untrustworthy internet downloads

Should you find a must-have app that isn’t available in the Microsoft Store in Windows 10 S you can switch from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro – i.e. the Windows 10 we know that can install any app – for a fee. It’s $ 49 for individuals, a fee that’s waived for Windows 10 S devices sold to schools.

More recently, Microsoft also made it possible for Windows 10 Pro upgraders to make the move back down to Windows 10 S. So if you change your mind after installing Windows 10 Pro on that shiny new Surface SB© Laptop, you can rest easy knowing that you aren’t tied to your decision one way or the other.

That said, what can you expect to see included in devices running Windows 10 S? Well, the Edge browser, OneNote and Windows Ink are all givens. The standard Movies and Groove Music apps, as well as Maps and Mail and Calendar are shoo-ins, too. 

Of course, we won’t see x86/x64 program support on a Windows 10 cloud operating system until 2019 when the aforementioned Polaris is expected to touch down and implement a ‘virtualization container’ for each of your favorite legacy applications. That means that, yes, should everything work out perfectly, there will be a Windows 10 cloud OS that can emulate the .exe’s of the past.

Despite its constraints, Windows 10 S still features File Explorer, and although many of the laptops that come with the lightweight OS pre-installed may ship with smaller capacity SSDs, Microsoft’s forthcoming introduction of OneDrive Files On-Demand will make it so files can be stored in the cloud, but still viewed the same way as locally stored content.

All things considered, there are still questions looming around in regard to the viability of Windows 10 S. Fortunately, as new developments emerge to (hopefully) address those criticisms, you can count on us to cover them right here on this page.

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

References

  1. ^ Windows 10 (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Surface SB© Laptop (www.techradar.com)
  3. ^ Asus NovaGo (www.techradar.com)
  4. ^ Lenovo Miix 630 (www.techradar.com)

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The best cheap laptop deals in the January sales 2018: prices start at just £145

A great cheap laptop deal can be hard to find with so many options on the net. That’s where we come in. Our team of dedicated deal hunters are on the lookout every day to find the best laptop deals from the most reliable retailers on the net. So, for the best value cheap laptops, with genuine discounts over the trumped up fake ‘deals’ take a look below. 

We’re looking for great laptop prices all year round so you don’t necessarily have to wait for the sales. We’ve got the best up-to-date laptop voucher codes too.

If you’re after a cheap laptop for web browsing and other simple tasks, or you need a new laptop for school or work, or you simply need a really powerful laptop for as little money as possible, we have options for you.

At the top of the page you’ll find our selection of the very latest and best cheap laptop deals of the week followed by a selection of popular quality laptops that retailers like to discount on a regular basis. Underneath those laptop deals you’ll find our pick of the latest best laptops[1] and the best available prices.

If you’re from the States or Down Under, be sure to check out our selection of the top laptop deals in the US or in Australia in our always-updated guides.[2][3]

Cheap laptop deals of the week

We’ll continue adding the best 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, followed by the best deals on TechRadar’s favourite laptops.

Where to find the best laptop deals:

1. Lenovo Ideapad 510

A powerful and stylish 15.6-inch laptop

Intel Core CPU Optional Nvidia graphics SSD and HDD options

There have been some generous offers lately for this popular Lenovo laptop series. Any choice between the 4GB and 12GB RAM options should run multiple applications at once. Hard drive sizes vary from 256GB SSD to 1TB in regular form. Some options also include dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics.

2. HP Stream 14

Big and colorful for cheap

CPU: Intel Celeron N3060 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 400 | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 14-inch HD (1,366 x 768) SVA BrightView WLED-backlit | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Larger than most budget options Free 25GB of Dropbox for 1 year Barely HD screen

At around £200, the HP Stream 14 is decent value if you’re after something to cover the basics like web browsing or document editing. It’s competitively priced again the cheaper Chromebooks out there despite the 14-inch screen and Windows 10 operating system.

3. HP 250 G4 / G5

Big specs, small cost

4GB/8GB RAM Windows 10 Intel Pentium processor

There’s some hefty grunt under the shell of these HP 250 G4 and G5 models  and there are some great prices this week. The Intel Pentium processor and 4GB/8GB of RAM mean this laptop will whip through pretty much any day-to-day activity you can throw at it without the juddering performance of cheaper laptops. Hell, it’ll even have a decent crack at playing a few of the less demanding games out there.

4. 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: 6GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768) – FHD (1,920 x 1,080); touch optional | Storage: 512GB SSD – 1TB HDD

Thinner and lighter Tons of options Shallow, squishy keyboard

A sturdy choice for a study laptop for school/college/uni. The HP Pavilion 15 has more power that the average pupil needs while keeping the costs sensible. If you’re not needing extra power of an expensive laptop for video/photo editing, this is more than enough for web browsing, playing some tunes on Spotify and editing coursework.

5. Asus X555LA

A great all-rounder laptop

i3/i5 processors 1TB hard drive Stylish finish

From afar, this laptop might be mistaken for a MacBook Pro which tells you a lot about its level of quality. Don’t expect a full metal chassis at this price, but this is probably one of the best looking plastic bodies in its category. There are plenty of ports (old and new), 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard drive. The cheapest models have a respectable i3 processor, but you can get the more powerful i5 versions for not much more if you need that extra kick. Asus saw it fit to include a DVD writer as well as a 15.6-inch full HD screen. Despite this large display and the presence of a numeric keypad, it’s just a tad thicker and heavier than an Ultrabook.

Why not upgrade your storage with a cheap hard drive or SSD? See the best hard drive and SSD deals.[13] 

6. Asus Transformer Mini T102HA

A budget 2-in-1 bargain

Built-in fingerprint sensor 11-hour battery life Stylish design

This is the newer version of the Asus Transformer Mini series. This upgrade includes a fingerprint sensor and double the RAM at 4GB for speedier performance. For your money, this is one of the most impressive two-in-one transformer models out there.

7. Acer Chromebook 15

This Chrome laptop is super cheap

CPU: Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5GHz (dual-core) | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels | Storage: 32GB SSD | Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 | Camera: 720p | Weight: 4.85 pounds | Dimensions: 15.08 x 9.65 x 0.95-inches

Very capable Chrome OS Great display Excellent battery

This is one of the larger Chromebook experience out there for someone looking for a full-sized laptop with an excellent screen at a super low cost. The 4GB of RAM running the Chrome OS is super fast and will allow you to really pile up tabs and apps without slowing down. The battery will easily last the best part of a day for most users too.

The best deals on our favourite laptops

We’ve reviewed loads of laptops over the years: we’ve seen the good ones, the great ones and the ones to avoid. Sometimes the best laptops[14] pop up online at some truly deal-tastic prices. So in this section, we list the very best laptops out there and the best deals on each one.

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell’s latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520-620 | RAM: 8GB-16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) | Storage: 128GB-512GB SSD

Gorgeous bezel-less display Faster than ever Lightweight, compact frame

The Dell XPS 13 is, bar none, the best laptop you can buy today. It features a revolutionary design that’s astonishingly thin and light. Fitting a 13.3-inch screen into such a small frame means Dell has created a nearly borderless Infinity display. It’s a powerful and long lasting machine even by today’s Ultrabook standards. The XPS 13 comes outfitted with Intel’s latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, all while coming in at a very affordable starting price. For these reasons, it easily takes the top slot as the best Ultrabook[15], the best Windows laptop[16] and the best overall laptop.

2. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

This gaming that doesn’t cost a fortune

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080 – UHD 3840 x 2160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 1TB SSHD 8GB – 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD

Stellar battery life Ports for days Great value

Looking for a quality gaming laptop but want to keep things under that unappealing £1000 mark? Then Dell has you covered with the Inspiron 15 Gaming range.

3. Asus Chromebook Flip

A flipping premium Chromebook for almost nothing

CPU: Rockchip 3288-C | Graphics: ARM Mali T624 | RAM: 2GB – 4GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS multi-touch | Storage: 16GB eMMC

Fully metal construction Terrific value Excellent battery life

The Asus Chromebook Flip isn’t perfect, but it’s an impressive little piece of kit. Plus, it’s so affordable that you might want to pick one up just to have a Chromebook on hand – even if you already own a MacBook or Windows laptop. Aside from the budget price tag, the Flip is one of the best-built Chromebooks to blaze the trail onward for more convertibles. Touchscreen functionality feels more logical, with a screen that actually rotates. The Flip meets all the core tenants of an ideal Chrome OS device.

4. HP Pavilion x2

The most affordable Windows 10 touchscreen convertible laptop

CPU: 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 | Graphics: Intel HD graphics | RAM: 2GB | Screen: 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 WXGA WLED IPS touchscreen display | Storage: 32GB eMMC

Long battery life Absurdly affordable Detachable keyboard

This 10-inch hybrid comes packing a surprising amount of goods considering its small size. It’s outfitted with an HD screen and more than enough power to get you through a simple day of web browsing and even image editing. When you’re ready kick back with some media streaming, you can pop off the 10-inch tablet.

5. Asus ROG Strix GL502

An Asus ace for gamers

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS | Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD

Full HD gaming Superb vibrant screen Middling battery performance

The Asus Strix GL502 is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops around for gaming in 1080p. It’ll run with the settings cranked with games like Overwatch not dipping below 60fps. The battery life isn’t the best, but the display, performance and built-in sound system more than make up for it.

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6. Lenovo Yoga Book

Is this the netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

Insanely thin and light Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate Excellent display Clever Create Pad

Lenovo has crafted a brilliant, forward-thinking device that could very well create a subcategory in computing all of its own. The modest specs hold it back from taking on the big boys in terms of raw power, but the innovative digital touchpad keyboard and drawing surface look like trendsetters to us. The Android version is currently about £100 cheaper than the Windows one.

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The tablet that can replace your laptop

Weight: 766g/786g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 | CPU: Various | RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: up to 9 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Larger, sharper screen Vastly improved Type Cover Built in kickstand

Can a tablet really replace your laptop or home PC? That’s still up for debate, but the best tablet trying to make that happen is the Microsoft Surface Pro 4[17] – and it does a fine job with the full blown version of Windows 10, an integrated kickstand and optional keyboard attachment. Great for for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike – it’s only the premium price that push it down the list, but if you’re willing to pay for it, you’re getting a lot of power. A LOT.

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Acer Spin 5 review

The Acer Spin 5 is an excellent laptop for its price. Starting at £700, the convertible 2-in-1 notebook overflows with useful features including a modern build, stylus pen, HD touchscreen, long-lasting battery and healthy range of ports. For everything that it offers, if it were any cheaper, it’d be a no-brainer.

As is, it’s a great option for anyone interested in a solid middle-of-the-road laptop, but it’s also not likely to catch anyone’s eye or inspire great works of creativity.

New and improved

The new Acer Spin 5 models comes in 13- and 15-inch versions.

New features include its all-metal build, the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors, a sharper screen, improved stylus support and better keyboard.

The 13-inch unit we reviewed (SP513-52N-58WW) costs £700.