If you've marked Black Friday down as the time to get yourself a new laptop, we've got the very latest right here in our live blog
Black Friday – and this “day” seems to start earlier every year – is the best possible time to grab a great deal on a laptop, with HUGE discounts across a wide variety of portable PCs. Whether you’re looking for a powerful gaming PC capable of playing the very latest AAA games, a bargain basement Chromebook, or a sleek, lightweight workhorse for those trips abroad, you’ll almost certainly find something to suit, and at a price much lower than usual.
With such a huge choice, though, and a sometimes baffling array of specifications to wade through, judging a good deal from a duff one can be tricky. That’s where we come in. With years of experience testing and reviewing laptops, we know when a deal is good and when you shouldn’t bother, and we’ll be picking out the best on a regular basis here, throughout Black Friday period.
So if you’re looking for a new laptop, bookmark this page and keep coming back to see what’s new:
15:52 | 10 Nov
A budget laptop that’s actually worth buying?
Normally, we advise people seeking to save money on a low-cost budget laptop to avoid machines at under £400 but as long as you’re careful there are some bargains to be had at lower prices. This 15in machine (HP 15s-fq2051na) from HP is a case in point.
There’s only 4GB of RAM but 128GB of SSD storage means apps will launch faster than laptop with only eMMC storage. Be aware that battery life is unlikely to be brilliant with only a 41Wh power cell under the hood but HP rates at 7hrs 15mins, which should be sufficient for use at home.
15:13 | 10 Nov
The latest tech in a budget 2-in-1 bundle
The HP Pavilion X360 14 has just had £200 cut from its price in HP’s laptop Black Friday deal to bring the price down to £500.
It comes with a 13th Gen Intel Core i3 processor, which is a rarity at this price level, and it backs that up with a 14in Full HD display, 8Gb of RAM and a sizeable 256GB SSD for storage.
That screen isn’t the brightest at 250 nits but it should be readable in most indoor conditions, and that specification means it’ll be able to cope with most types of applications bar gaming.
14:00 | 10 Nov
Apple’s new M3 MacBook Pro is already on sale
This isn’t officially a Black Friday deal but you can already get £99 off the base model of the brand new MacBook Pro at Amazon, bringing the price down from £1,699 to £1,600.
Our pick of the deals is the 10-core M3 model, with 8GB of unified memory and a 512GB SSD, but there are similar offers across the range, with £150 off the M3 with 1TB of storage and 8GB of RAM (£1,750), £150 off the M3 Pro model with 18GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD (£2,000) and £200 off the M3 Pro with 18GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD (£2,300).
You could wait and see if it comes down a bit more in the coming days but we don’t think it will fall much lower than this.
12:28 | 10 Nov
If you’re Swift you can bag a huge discount on one of our favourite big-screen laptops
The Acer Swift Edge 16 is remarkably light for such a big-screened laptop but that’s not the only thing in its favour.
This deal sees £360 knocked off the usual average price on Amazon, reducing the price to a highly reasonable £799, so it’s definitely worth adding to your shortlist this Black Friday.
11:22 | 10 Nov
A laptop deal for the eco-conscious
The Acer Vero range of laptops use more post consumer recycled plastics (PCR) than most and they somehow manage to combine that with pleasing aesthetics and good-value specifications. This 2023 model comes with a price cut of £200 in Currys’ Black Friday sale, down to £699, reduced from £899, and includes an Intel Core i7-1355U processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. That’s a tempting offer.
10:22 | 10 Nov
Another fantastic OLED Asus laptop offer
In our trawling of the John Lewis laptop deals earlier this week, we somehow missed this deal on the 2022 Asus Vivovook S 15, which is reduced to £630 by £270 of the previous price (other sites have this at around £770).
Like many of Asus’ recent laptops this comes with a Full HD OLED display (15.6in across the diagonal in this instance) and is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-13500H backed up by 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It might be over a year old but this is a pretty decent price for a pretty decent specification.
09:40 | 10 Nov
Gaming on the move gets cheaper
The Lenovo Legion S7 is a fine gaming laptop and there’s a decent offer on it in the early Black Friday sales at Box. You don’t usually get much of a gaming laptop for less than £1,000 but this model is £900 and includes a solid specification: an AMD Ryzen 7 6800H CPU, an AMD Radeon RX 6600S GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD plus a 165GHz 16in display.
The SSD latter is a bit small for a gaming laptop, but the rest of the components should let you play games at a decent lick.
08:27 | 10 Nov
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 deal gets even cheaper
Welcome back to our early Black Friday deals live blog.
Yesterday, we wrote about the Microsft Surface Pro 9 being fantastic value with the tablet and keyboard in a bundle for £1,059. Well, now that bundle has got £60 cheaper with the keyboard now included completely FREE.
That gets you, as with yesterday’s deal, the tablet itself (Core i5, 16GB, 256GB SSD) plus the Signature Keyboard in various colours for a mere £899. Considering the normal price for this bundle, if you bought everything separately a few weeks back, would be more than £1,400 this is a very tempting discount.
16:18 | 9 Nov
Asus’ latest budget gaming laptop has a decent chunk off at Very
The Asus TUF A16 Advantage Edition laptop is chock full of the latest gaming tech and is our favourite general-purpose gaming laptop. It comes with an all-AMD lineup of CPU and GPU – in the case of the model on offer, an AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS processor and RX 7600S GPU with 8GB of vRAM – and delivers 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
That’s impressive but coupled with decent battery life (it lasted more than 8hrs 30mins in our tests) it’s also a laptop you can use for work and when you’re out and about. At the reduced price of £949, it’s now £250 less than the usual price of £1,100, so it’s well worth checking out if you need a general-purpose machine.
15:05 | 9 Nov
A singular deal on Huawei’s 16in Pro laptop
Huawei’s “Singles Day” sales event is now in full swing and it’s offering an extra 10% off everything right now, as long as you sign in when you buy and apply the code A10SINGLES at the checkout. Using this code, you can get the price of the Huawei MateBook 16s down to a frankly ridiculous £990. That’s mad value for a laptop with a 13th Gen Core i9 processor inside, backed by 16GB of RAM and a large 1TB SSD.
14:03 | 9 Nov
A budget laptop that punches well above its weight
Here’s a tasty deal on a budget laptop we’ve spotted over at John Lewis. It’s the Asus Vivobook Go 15, a laptop that seems to have everything you could possibly want, but an a price that seems impossibly low. For a mere £450 (£150 less than the usual asking price), it has a 15.6in, Full-HD OLED display rated at 500cd/m2 (yes, that’s an OLED display, folks) a 7000-series AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
Quite frankly, that’s an astonishingly good specification for the money, and it tops this off with military-grade toughness. It’s not even all that heavy or chunky at 1.6kg in weight and 17.9mm thin.
13:10 | 9 Nov
Looking for a new gaming laptop?
The HP OMEN 16 comes with a 40-series Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics chip inside, something that, until recently, would have bumped the price of a laptop up to at least £1,300 or £1,400. This laptop, though, has just been reduced by £301 in HP’s Black Friday sales, which is a very good price.
This machine comes packed with impressive-looking gaming hardware. There’s a powerful AMD Ryzen 7-7840HS CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The GPU is an RTX 4050 (the lowest spec in the current range but still potent) and it’s all topped with a 144Hz, Full HD display and rounded off with a set of Bang & Olufsen branded speakers. Not bad for £999.
12:10 | 9 Nov
A 15in OLED laptop for £799 – but what’s the catch? (Hint: there isn’t one)
The Asus Vivobook S 15 OLED delivers more performance per pound than most laptops at its normal price, but when you slice £200 off that and bring it down to £799 you have yourself, pound for pound, the most potent consumer laptop around.
This is our favourite 15in laptop right now and for good reason; this laptop ticks ALL the boxes. It has a large 15.6in 1080p OLED display. It comes with a potent 13th Gen Intel Core i5 H-series processor, and there’s plenty of RAM (16GB) and storage, too in the form of a 512GB SSD. In short, it’s simply phenomenal value for money at a mere £799.
11:08 | 9 Nov
A pair of BIG discounts on Microsoft’s luscious Surface Laptop 5
There aren’t many laptops that are as attractive to look at or to handle as the Surface Laptop 5. The M2 MacBook Air comes close, as does the Asus Zenbook S13 OLED. This is Microsoft’s flagship consumer machine and there are two major discounts on it in the early Black Friday sales right now.
At Amazon, you can get the Core i5 13.5in model (8GB RAM, 256GBSSD) for £881 – that’s the lowest price it’s been as far as we can see – while on the Microsoft store, you can find the bigger, more powerful 15in Core i7 model for £1,199 – £600 off the normal price.
Yes, you can definitely get laptops with more recently updated hardware for less money but anything with a design as nice as this tends to be more expensive. Definitely one to put on your shortlist.
10:09 | 9 Nov
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 deal will save you a BUNDLE
Normally, when buying a Surface Pro 9 you have to pay a whole lot extra if you want a keyboard to go with your Microsoft Surface Pro 9 but, right now, Microsoft is including one AND reducing the price to less than the price the tablet normally is on its own.
For £1,059 you’re getting the Core i5 Surface Pro 9 with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, PLUS a Signature Keyboard thrown in for good measure. Microsoft isn’t, unfortunately, including the Slim Pen stylus into the bargain, but we can forgive that as you can pick up a third-party compatible stylus for peanuts anyway.
8:40 | 9 Nov
A portable laptop with the most beautiful screen we’ve ever seen
Welcome to the first live blog of 2023’s Black Friday season! We’re kicking off today’s action with a deal on the 14in Core i5 Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro – one of our favourite laptops over the last 12 months.
This deal sees a £200 reduction on the usual price, so it’s now £1,149. Our favourite feature, however, is the laptop’s 3K 120Hz Super AMOLED display – it’s simply glorious and among the best screens we’ve ever seen on any laptop. If you’re looking for an ultraportable that’ just as great for working on as it is for watching Netflix, this is the laptop you want.