So you’re in the market to buy a new laptop? We have some advice: Don’t let big tech companies with multimillion pound marketing campaigns fool you into thinking you have to pay upwards of £1,000 to get a quality device.
You can actually get a brand new device for less than half of that price. And we aren’t talking about poorly made, subpar options that run slower than your smartphone. We’re talking about cheap laptops that are high-tech and responsive, helping you do the things that matter most, like writing, browsing the internet, storing files, and even gaming.
BEST COMPACT 2-IN-1
Microsoft Surface Go
A small and light laptop-tablet combo that'll adapt to on-the-move lifestyles with no gimmicks.
- Storage: 64GB/128GB
- Memory: 4GB/8GB
- Features: PixelSense display, USB Type C, fast-charging Surface Connect, microSDXC, 3.5 mm headphone jack, front- and rear-facing cameras, Intel Pentinum Gold 4415Y processor
BEST STUDENT LAPTOP
Acer Aspire 5
The Aspire E Series laptops by Acer have many appealing features for everyday use.
- Storage: 1TB
- RAM: 4 GB
- Features: two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one USB-C, HDMI port, SD slot, 15.6-inch Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit display, Intel Core i3-7100U Processor, Intel HD Graphics 620
BEST FOR SECURITY
Acer Swift 1
The designers of the Acer Swift 1 created a simple but pleasing to look at laptop with some pretty impressive specs.
- Storage: 64GB
- RAM: 4GB/8GB
- Featured: one USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, one USB-C, HDMI port, SD slot, 13.3-inch, 1080p with 1920×1080 resolution display, Intel Core 1.10 GHz processor, Intel HD Graphics 505
BEST FOR BUSINESS
Dell Latitude 2-in-1
The Dell Latitude works in Laptop, Tablet, or Tent Mode and is designed for use with a variety of Microsoft learning apps.
- Storage: 64GB
- RAM: 4GB
- Features: two USB 3.1, HDMI port, USD Card Reader slot, 11.6-inch HD IPS 16:9 1366 x 768 Touch with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT display, Intel Pentium Processor N4200
BEST HYBRID LAPTOP
The HP Pavilion laptop is one of the best utility notebooks under £500.
- Storage: 500GB
- RAM: 8GB
- Features: two USB 3.1, one USB-C, HDMI port, SD card reader slot, 14-inch diagonal HD SVA anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass 1366 x 768 display, Intel Pentium processor, Intel HD Graphics 620
BEST LIGHTWEIGHT LAPTOP
HP Stream 11
This HP laptop is engineered without a fan, so it should be quiet and comfortable to use on your lap while you enjoy 10 hours of battery life.
- Storage: 32GB
- RAM: 4GB
- Features: one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI port, microSD slot, 11.6-inch diagonal HD sva Anti-Glare wled-backlit 1366 x 768, Intel Celeron N3060 up to 1.6GHz, Intel HD Graphics 400