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I need to upgrade my current laptop as it has broken down, but can't really afford to fork out on a top of the range laptop that costs thousands of dollars.

I've looked at a couple of sites but it is almost impossible to work out whether or not the deals are good because they are all hugely discounted and the specs become confusing after while. One laptop has more storage, the other has a faster CPU, or more USB ports (or whatever) - it's frustrating.

How do I find a good quality cheap laptop for work (and ideally one that could also be used for gaming; but that depends on the overall price of the machine) without having to sift through thousands of laptops on hundreds of deals websites?

How to Find Great Laptop Deals (Without Doing Hours of Research)

One of the real problems with purchasing a laptop is that their pricing is so volatile. There are price difference between laptop brands, price drops for cheaper CPUs, price increases for SSD drives, and literally thousands of factors come into play to determine the overall price of a new laptop (at least the price you'll end up paying).

The trick to saving time (and ultimately your sanity) when shopping around for a new laptop is this:

  1. Understand the basic minimum requirements - i.e. if you are only going to use email, some spreadsheets and a bit of browsing, then a basic spec machine is all you'll need
  2. Choose a brand that offers a bit of support and some warranties or guaranties
  3. Research and compare prices of similar laptops
  4. This last point is really important, so I'll expand it a bit.

    Understand & compare laptop prices to determine if the current asking price is good or bad.

    Given how many sites there that offer percentage discount type deals, it is impossible to understand if 30% off is really any good. If it was offered at 40% off yesterday then 30% off today isn't really that good, right? That's why price histories are important.

    Here's a list of price histories and comparisons on bestselling laptops over 4 categories to help you get started.

    All prices listed here were accurate at the time of publication. Click on any link or chart to view the live laptop price histories and deals (updated every hour).)

1. 2-in-1 Laptops

Price comparisons for 2-in-1 laptops

Name Best Price Current Price Saving ($) Saving (%) Rating
Newest Samsung Spin 2 in 1 13.3 Inch Full HD Touchscreen (Small Image) Newest Samsung Spin 2 in 1 13.3 Inch Full HD Touchscreen $685.89 $694.99 $8.00 1.14% OK Buy
Lenovo FLEX 5 80XA0000US 14 Inch 7th Gen Intel (Small Image) Lenovo FLEX 5 80XA0000US 14 Inch 7th Gen Intel $640.00 $654.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy
HP Pavilion X360 2 in 1 Convertible 133 Inch IPS Touchscreen (Small Image) HP Pavilion X360 2 in 1 Convertible 133 Inch IPS Touchscreen $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 0% OK Buy
Lenovo Yoga 720 2 in 1 13.3 Inch FHD 1080P IPS Touchscreen (Small Image) Lenovo Yoga 720 2 in 1 13.3 Inch FHD 1080P IPS Touchscreen $731.79 $829.99 $170.00 17% OK Buy
Lenovo Yoga 720 2 in 1 13.3 Inch  FHD IPS Touchscreen Ultrabook (Small Image) Lenovo Yoga 720 2 in 1 13.3 Inch FHD IPS Touchscreen Ultrabook $787.00 $849.99 $0.00 0% Wait
Premium Dell Inspiron 7000 15.6 Inch 2 in 1 FHD Touchscreen (Small Image) Premium Dell Inspiron 7000 15.6 Inch 2 in 1 FHD Touchscreen $891.18 $913.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA DHM4 12.5 Inch Touchscreen Intel (Small Image) ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA DHM4 12.5 Inch Touchscreen Intel $429.99 $449.99 $20.00 4.26% OK Buy
HP Envy x360 15.6 Inch (Small Image) HP Envy x360 15.6 Inch $899.00 $949.00 $0.00 0% OK Buy
Dell Inspiron i5578 10050GRY 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop (Small Image) Dell Inspiron i5578 10050GRY 15.6 Inch FHD Laptop $895.00 $1,499.10 $0.00 0% OK Buy
Lenovo Yoga 710 11.6 Inch (Small Image) Lenovo Yoga 710 11.6 Inch $574.00 $629.00 $0.00 0% Wait
ASUS 13.3 Inch Full HD Touchscreen (Small Image) ASUS 13.3 Inch Full HD Touchscreen $679.00 $979.99 $0.00 0% Wait
Microsoft Surface Book (Small Image) Microsoft Surface Book $1,579.99 $1,599.99 $1,099.01 40.72% Fantastic Buy
Microsoft Surface Pro (Small Image) Microsoft Surface Pro $1,120.00 $1,299.00 $0.00 0% Wait
Acer Chromebook Convertible (Small Image) Acer Chromebook Convertible $329.75 $333.51 $66.48 16.62% Fantastic Buy
HP Full HD Touchscreen (Small Image) HP Full HD Touchscreen $585.00 $669.00 $30.00 4.29% OK Buy

2. Traditional Laptops

Price comparisons for traditional laptops

Name Best Price Current Price Saving ($) Saving (%) Rating
Premium ASUS Q304UA 13.3 Inch 2 in 1 Touchscreen Full HD (Small Image) Premium ASUS Q304UA 13.3 Inch 2 in 1 Touchscreen Full HD $484.85 $484.85 $14.15 2.84% Fantastic Buy
ASUS ROG GL502VS WS71 15.6 Inch Laptop (Small Image) ASUS ROG GL502VS WS71 15.6 Inch Laptop $1,479.00 $1,599.00 $100.00 5.89% OK Buy
Acer Aspire F NX.GHRAA 001 F5 573 58VX 15.6 Inch Laptop (Small Image) Acer Aspire F NX.GHRAA 001 F5 573 58VX 15.6 Inch Laptop $509.99 $559.99 $0.00 0% Wait
Dell XPS9360 7680SLV PUS 13.3 Inch Laptop Silver (Small Image) Dell XPS9360 7680SLV PUS 13.3 Inch Laptop Silver $1,439.99 $1,489.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy
ASUS X Series 15.6 Inch Laptop (Small Image) ASUS X Series 15.6 Inch Laptop $539.99 $559.99 $19.01 3.28% OK Buy
Lenovo 320-15 15.6 Inch HD AMD A12-9720P 8GB Memory (Small Image) Lenovo 320-15 15.6 Inch HD AMD A12-9720P 8GB Memory $359.50 $386.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy
ASUS M580VD EB76 VivoBook 15.6 Inch FHD Thin Light (Small Image) ASUS M580VD EB76 VivoBook 15.6 Inch FHD Thin Light $999.00 $1,039.00 $10.00 0.95% OK Buy
Acer Aspire 1  14 Inch Full HD Intel Celeron N3450  (Small Image) Acer Aspire 1 14 Inch Full HD Intel Celeron N3450 $190.35 $209.99 $10.00 4.55% Good Buy
Packard Bell N1400BK 14.1 Inch  Laptop Windows 10 (Small Image) Packard Bell N1400BK 14.1 Inch Laptop Windows 10 $210.00 $210.00 $69.99 25% Fantastic Buy
HP 15 F222WM 15 6  Touch Screen Laptop  Intel Quad (Small Image) HP 15 F222WM 15 6 Touch Screen Laptop Intel Quad $270.00 $295.06 $16.93 5.43% OK Buy
ASUS P Series P2540UA AB51 Business Laptop (Small Image) ASUS P Series P2540UA AB51 Business Laptop $499.00 $998.11 $0.00 0% Wait
HP Stream Laptop PC (Small Image) HP Stream Laptop PC $209.99 $218.50 $0.50 0.23% OK Buy
Dell Inspiron Flagship 15.6 Inch FHD Touchscreen (Small Image) Dell Inspiron Flagship 15.6 Inch FHD Touchscreen $479.09 $567.09 $61.91 9.84% OK Buy
ASUS E200HA Portable Lightweight 11.6 Inch (Small Image) ASUS E200HA Portable Lightweight 11.6 Inch $274.19 $394.11 $15.88 3.87% OK Buy
ASUS ZenBook 13.3 inch Ultra Slim (Small Image) ASUS ZenBook 13.3 inch Ultra Slim $699.00 $899.07 $0.00 0% OK Buy
HP 14 inch Laptop AMD 4GB RAM (Small Image) HP 14 inch Laptop AMD 4GB RAM $219.99 $299.00 $0.00 0% Good Buy
Acer Aspire E15 15.6 Inch Full HD (Small Image) Acer Aspire E15 15.6 Inch Full HD $339.00 $349.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy

3. Chromebooks

Price comparisons for chromebooks

Name Best Price Current Price Saving ($) Saving (%) Rating
HP 11-2010nr 11.6-Inch Chromebook Snow White (Small Image) HP 11-2010nr 11.6-Inch Chromebook Snow White $233.46 $233.46 $65.54 21.92% OK Buy
LG ChromeBase 22CV241-W 22-Inch All-in-One Cloud Desktop (Small Image) LG ChromeBase 22CV241-W 22-Inch All-in-One Cloud Desktop $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 0% OK Buy
Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US 11.6 Inch Laptop Intel Celeron (Small Image) Samsung Chromebook 2 XE500C12-K01US 11.6 Inch Laptop Intel Celeron $249.99 $249.99 $0.00 0% Fantastic Buy
ASUS Chromebook Flip Touchscreen Laptop Chrome OS Quad Core (Small Image) ASUS Chromebook Flip Touchscreen Laptop Chrome OS Quad Core $174.99 $189.95 $0.00 0% OK Buy
Acer C720 Chromebook 11.6-Inch 4GB (Small Image) Acer C720 Chromebook 11.6-Inch 4GB $249.99 $249.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy
ASUS C201PA-DS02 11.6-Inch Laptop Navy Blue (Small Image) ASUS C201PA-DS02 11.6-Inch Laptop Navy Blue $198.99 $349.11 $0.00 0% Wait
Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C1DZ 15.6-Inch Full HD IPS 4GB RAM (Small Image) Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C1DZ 15.6-Inch Full HD IPS 4GB RAM $199.00 $248.00 $51.99 17.33% OK Buy
ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop (Small Image) ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop $153.99 $154.99 $4.01 2.52% Good Buy
Acer Chromebook Aluminum 14 Inch Full HD (Small Image) Acer Chromebook Aluminum 14 Inch Full HD $230.06 $252.69 $47.30 15.77% OK Buy
ASUS C201 11 6 Inch Chromebook Rockchip 4 GB (Small Image) ASUS C201 11 6 Inch Chromebook Rockchip 4 GB $207.96 $301.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy
Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13 K01US 2GB RAM (Small Image) Samsung Chromebook 3 XE500C13 K01US 2GB RAM $129.00 $144.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy
HP J9M84UA ABA 14 Inch Chromebook  NVIDIA Tegra K1 (Small Image) HP J9M84UA ABA 14 Inch Chromebook NVIDIA Tegra K1 $252.49 $252.49 $0.00 0% OK Buy
Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch (Small Image) Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch $391.02 $449.99 $0.00 0% Wait
Samsung Chromebook 3 (Small Image) Samsung Chromebook 3 $167.00 $167.00 $22.99 12.1% Fantastic Buy
Acer Chromebook 11.6 Inch Laptop (Small Image) Acer Chromebook 11.6 Inch Laptop $129.99 $159.99 $20.00 11.11% OK Buy
ASUS Chromebook 11.6 Inch Ruggedized (Small Image) ASUS Chromebook 11.6 Inch Ruggedized $193.70 $209.99 $19.01 8.3% OK Buy
Acer Chromebook 11.6 Inch HD Touch Screen (Small Image) Acer Chromebook 11.6 Inch HD Touch Screen $249.00 $258.00 $41.99 14% OK Buy

4. Gaming Laptops

Price comparisons for gaming laptops

Name Best Price Current Price Saving ($) Saving (%) Rating
ASUS ROG G752VS XS74K OC Edition Gaming Laptop (Small Image) ASUS ROG G752VS XS74K OC Edition Gaming Laptop $2,269.99 $2,444.60 $54.40 2.18% OK Buy
MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 230 15.6 Inch Ultra Thin & Light (Small Image) MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 230 15.6 Inch Ultra Thin & Light $1,638.60 $1,679.00 $120.00 6.67% Good Buy
GIGABYTE Aero 15W BK4 15.6 Inch Thin Bezel FHD (Small Image) GIGABYTE Aero 15W BK4 15.6 Inch Thin Bezel FHD $1,799.00 $1,799.00 $100.00 5.27% Fantastic Buy
The Razer Blade GeForce GTX 1060 14 Inch HD (Small Image) The Razer Blade GeForce GTX 1060 14 Inch HD $1,599.00 $1,959.00 $140.99 6.71% OK Buy
Lenovo Legion Y520 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop (Small Image) Lenovo Legion Y520 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop $793.36 $929.92 $0.07 0.01% OK Buy
Alienware AW15R3 7003SLV PUS 15.6 Inch (Small Image) Alienware AW15R3 7003SLV PUS 15.6 Inch $1,749.00 $1,784.79 $0.00 0% OK Buy
ASUS GL753VE DS74 17.3 Inch (Small Image) ASUS GL753VE DS74 17.3 Inch $1,298.99 $1,299.00 $0.00 0% Fantastic Buy
Dell XPS9560 7001SLV PUS 15.6 Inch Ultra Thin (Small Image) Dell XPS9560 7001SLV PUS 15.6 Inch Ultra Thin $1,530.00 $1,599.99 $399.01 19.96% OK Buy
ROG Strix GL502VM 15.6 Inch G-SYNC VR Ready (Small Image) ROG Strix GL502VM 15.6 Inch G-SYNC VR Ready $1,149.99 $1,329.99 $7.01 0.52% OK Buy
Dell 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop 6th Gen Intel (Small Image) Dell 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop 6th Gen Intel $704.99 $704.99 $40.01 5.37% OK Buy
MSI GL72 7QF 1057 17.3 Inch 7th Gen Intel (Small Image) MSI GL72 7QF 1057 17.3 Inch 7th Gen Intel $699.99 $729.40 $10.60 1.43% OK Buy
Acer Aspire VX 7th Gen Intel (Small Image) Acer Aspire VX 7th Gen Intel $899.99 $899.99 $0.00 0% OK Buy
ASUS FX502VM AS73 15.6 Inch Full HD 7th Gen (Small Image) ASUS FX502VM AS73 15.6 Inch Full HD 7th Gen $999.00 $1,099.19 $149.81 11.99% OK Buy
MSI GL62M 7RDX 1408 15.6 Inch Full HD Thin Light (Small Image) MSI GL62M 7RDX 1408 15.6 Inch Full HD Thin Light $799.00 $829.00 $170.99 17.1% OK Buy
Acer Predator Helios 300 15.6 Inch Full HD VR Ready (Small Image) Acer Predator Helios 300 15.6 Inch Full HD VR Ready $959.83 $999.99 $100.00 9.09% Good Buy

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