I encourage you to pause and reflect on "Do I need this, what is this for, is it really a good deal" before you buy anything today or over this weekend.
We just had a supplier make a "Black Friday offer" of a laptop marked down from £925 to £705. Good deal right....except you can buy the same model for £420 from most other places.
We protect our clients from situations like that and we have compiled a "cheat sheet guide" on which laptop to get depending on what you are looking for. We have no affiliate links or commision from the reccomendations we have made and for legal reasons we offer no warranty/liability/support/promises/blood-oaths which say the suggestions here are the best for you. Like all things in life, take with a pinch of salt.
We are focusing entirely on Windows based systems but you can always consider an Apple Mac or a Google Chromebook which might fit.
You will notice all of the reccomended units come with SSD, this ensures a much faster laptop but lower storage
Cheap as possible
You absolutely have to have a laptop and want speed but are on a tight budget, look towards refurb systems. Despite the age and lack of warranty, these are fast performers so if you are on a shoe string budget, you might be surprised by what you can get.
£282.00 incl. VAT
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 14-Inch LED Notebook - (Black) (Intel i5-2520M, 4 GB RAM, 120 GB SDD, Windows 10 Pro) (Certified Refurbished) PREORDER ONLY
£238.99 incl vat
14" HP MT41 AMD Laptop, AMD A4-4300M CPU, 2.5GHz, 8GB DDR3-L, 250GB SSD, DVD±RW, Windows 10 Home, Factory Refurbished PREORDER ONLY
£345.00 incl. VAT
HP 840 14-Inch G1 Business Laptop - (Grey) (Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 180 GB SSD, Windows 10 Professional) (Certified Refurbished)
Mid range constant use
You want a machine with warranty, speed, new features and need a reliable work-horse for day to day use.
- £449.99 inc. vat
HP 250 G6 i5 Laptop 2SY46ES
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz
8GB RAM + 256GB SSD
15.6" Full HD + WIFI
Webcam + Bluetooth
Windows 10 Home
Video editing on a budget or other creative interests
If you want to take video editing seriously but cannot afford a flagship laptop, look towards this very well priced unit.
- £699.00 incl. VAT
Dell Inspiron 5000 15.6-inch Full HD Laptop (Silver) - (Intel Core i5-8250U Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 4GB AMD Radeon 530 Graphics Card, Window 10 Home)
High End, High performance
Once you try one of these out. It is very difficult to go back to using a slower machine. Also the style and design is jaw droppingly good on a number of them. If you are a business it can be possible to get demo units of these before committing to purchase and finance options are available as well.
The XPS 15 is great for creatives on the go but for those who need less power, the XPS 13 is a good choice.
£1,097.99 incl. VAT
Dell XPS 13 13.3-inch Full HD Laptop (Silver) - (Intel Core i5-8250U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Anti Glare, Window 10 Home)
£1,401.66 incl. VAT
Dell XPS 15.6-Inch FHD - (Silver) (Intel i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, NVIDIA GTX 1050 4GB Graphics, Windows 10 Home)
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