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The Best Laptops to Buy in October 2020

With so many different laptops available at a huge range of prices, it's difficult knowing which one to go for. Find out more here.

Last updated: 12 November 2020

The Best Laptops to Buy in October 2020
After a summer locked down with little but your laptop and plants for company, you might find your machine is on its last legs, and it needs replacing. We’ve searched around the best UK retailers to find you the best deals on laptops.
 
The end of summer and back to school sales mean some computers are a total steal, so it’s worth buying now while they’re still available. So whether you’re after a standard, everyday-use laptop, or something a bit more specialized, we’ve got an extensive list of the best priced machines, and some sage advice on how to choose the right one for you.
 
We’ve narrowed the search to only include laptops within a standard budget (between £200 - £600+), so if you’re after a gaming laptop or a MacBook, you might want to stop reading here.

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Best Laptops Under £200

Acer Aspire 3 14-inch laptop in red

  • £199.97 (was £279) at Currys
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD Hard drive

This laptop is perfect if you’re having to do a lot of e-learning this coming year; you can easily run Windows 10 OS, browse the web and write your essays and articles. On the downside, it’s only got a 5.5 hour battery life, and with just 128GB SSD you’re limited as to what kind of programs and games you can run on here.

Acer VivoBook 14 inch HD Laptop + Microsoft 365

  • £199.99 at Amazon
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Hard drive

This is another great laptop for those working with a small budget, needing to browse, email and create documents, made smooth by its AMD E2-7015 processor. Plus, Amazon have kindly thrown in Microsoft 365 for free – a real steal!

Best Laptops Under £300

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 11.6-inch Chromebook

  • £219 (was £229) at Currys
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB eMMC

Chromebooks are excellent for out and about browsing, and with a £10 discount this month at Currys, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3i is great value. Boasting an Intel Celeron N4020 processor, it’s also a bit more powerful than some of the other Chromebooks on offer at the moment.

Acer Chromebook 314 CB314-H 14-inch Laptop

  • £229 (was £239) at Amazon
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB eMMC

With a 12 hour battery life, sleek design and bright 14-inch screen, this laptop is ideal for light, everyday use. The storage is small, so it’s no use trying to complete any large-scale work on here, but you can always get portable hard drives.

Asus Chromebook C423NA 14-innch Laptop

  • £229.99 (was £249.99) at Amazon
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB eMMC

With a larger display and stronger processor comes a larger price tag, but with a £20 discount this week at Amazon, the Acer Chromebook C423NA is a very reasonable machine to buy. You can also customise your RAM and storage allowance to best suit your needs, but be aware this will of course affect the price.

Asus Cloudbook 14-inch laptop

If you’re after the functionality of a Chromebook but don’t want to use Google’s OS, look no further! The Asus Cloudbook works from Windows 10 and comes with an Intel Celeron N4000 processor and a 64GB SSD Hard Drive, making it faster and more reliable than some of the Chromebooks available at the moment.

Acer Aspire 3 A315-42 15.6-inch Laptop

  • £299.97 (was £399) at Currys
  • 4GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • Full HD screen

For what you pay, you get a huge amount of storage with this laptop. While you might worry about working from 4GB rather than 8GB RAM, the Ryzen 3 processor will certainly help keep things running smoothly. The black model has sadly already out of stock, but they still have it in blue.

Acer Aspire 3 A315-54 15.6-inch Laptop

  • £299.97 (was £279) at Currys
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1TB HDD

A close relative of the Acer Aspire 3 A315-42, this laptop is radically different in terms of storage capacity, with its enviable 1TB HHD. Running a bit slower, and on an Intel i3 processor instead, you’d choose this laptop if you needed to store a lot of files and documents but weren’t worried about super-fast performance.

Asus VivoBook 15.6-inch Laptop

  • £299.99 at Very
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD

At this price, the Asus VivoBook is an impressive deal; features like FHD Display and 128GB SSD storage are usually found on laptops over £300. But again, it’s not ideal for heavy workloads given the 4GB storage and AMD Athlon processor

Best Laptops Under £400

Lenovo V145 15.6-inch FreeDos Laptop

  • £329.99 at ebuyer
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD

Finally we start to see an increase in RAM as we climb into the £300 mark. You’re getting an excellent deal here with the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, but the catch is it’s a FreeDos laptop. This means you’ll have to buy and install an operating system yourself. It’s not too difficult, but if you’re not computer savvy then this might not be the one for you.

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 14-inch Laptop

  • £379 (was £399) at Currys
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD

While the RAM is still quite low on this one, you’re getting a 10th generation i3 processor and a 128GB SSD inside, which is a great spec sheet for something in this price range.

HP Slim 15.6-inch Laptop + Norton 360 Deluxe

  • £279.99 at Argos
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD

Argos has done well to bundle in enviable Norton Security, available for download on up to five devices, in with a relatively standard laptop. With 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM, this is ideal for medium-light usage.

Asus C433 14-inch touchscreen Chromebook

  • £399.99 (was £499.99) at Amazon
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB eMMC

Fancy features like a touch screen will frequently push laptops into a higher price point. Thanks to a £100 discount from Amazon, this excellent middle-range computer that has the look and feel of some of the more expensive models around.

Acer Aspire 3 15.6-inch Laptop

  • £399 (was £429) at Currys
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD

This laptop has the best specs for the price point, making it a really great deal. You’re getting the latest 10th generation i3 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD and a £30 discount to boot. It’s too good not to miss.

Best Laptops Under £600

Lenovo IdeaPad 5i 14-inch Laptop

  • £499 (was £599) at Currys
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD

Jumping into the higher end of cheap laptops, you obviously get much better specs. This laptop boasts a 10th generation i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, making it perfect for those who rely more heavily on their laptop for work and play. Plus, Currys have given at very generous £100 discount!

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14-inch Laptop

  • £549 (was £599) at Currys
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD

Similar in spec to the other Lenovo in this price range, but with twice the amount of storage, this is an impressive deal from Currys. You can also use the code FREENEXTDAYDEL to ensure you have it at your door tomorrow.

Asus ZenBook UX425JA 14-inch Laptop

  • £599 (was £799) at Currys
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD

The generous team at Currys have wiped £200 off the original price for this laptop, bringing what is an upper-middle range model into a more affordable price bracket. Along with enviable storage capacity, you have the latest 10th generation i3 processor too.

Best Laptops Over £600

Acer Spin 3 14-inch 2-in1 Laptop

  • £699 (was £749) at Currys
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 2-in-1 with Touchscreen

With a 16-hour battery life and impressive storage capacity, this laptop-cum-notebook is great for on-the-go use. The HD touchscreen is perfect if you use digital stylus pens to edit your work, for viewing and notating graphic documents, or for watching films.

Acer Swift 3 14-inch Laptop

  • £799 (was £849) at Currys
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1TB SSD

With an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 1TB SSD and 11.5 hour battery life, this is a brilliant laptop that can handle more heavy usage, and it’s ultra-slim design keeps it looking sleek. Sadly it has the price to match, but Curry’s give you a 1 in 20 chance of winning your money back. Failing that, there is always free next day delivery with the code FREENEXTDAYDEL.

Michael Quinn

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