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Best Australian deals: Cheap laptops to buy in October 2017

If you’re looking for a cheap laptop or a mammoth saving on a premium portable computer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the web for savings – from the usual suspects to the niche deal sites – and rounded up all the genuine and worthwhile specials in one neat place. We’ve covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you’ll no doubt find something to match your needs.

Up the top, we’ve highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we’ve sniffed out, so you can reap the rewards of having your finger on the pulse. Below that we’ve covered some of the more popular laptops that often come up on special, and then included a quick list of the best prices on TechRadar’s pick of the latest best laptops.

If you’re from the US or the UK, check out our selections of the top laptop deals in the US or in the UK.

Best laptop deals this week

Dell Inspiron 7000 15-inch Gaming laptop (from $1,699): A good deal on a very good gaming laptop, the Inspiron 7000 is one of the best ways to get your hands on a portable i7-7700 Intel Core CPU and a GeForce GTX 1050TI GPU. Along with 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSd and 1TB HDD, this is a very capable gaming machine for the price. You can get for $400 less than the asking price at Dell’s store, for $1,699 the Inspiron 7000 can be yours.

Dell Inspiron 5000 15-inch (from $1,258.99): A seventh-gen Intel Core i7 7500 CPU, 256GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM will make everyday tasks a breeze with the Dell Inspiron. Complete with Windows 10 Home and a dedicated AMD GPU, this laptop will cover quite a few bases without costing you the world. Until October 12, you can knock 30% off the Inspiron 5000 and get it from Dell’s store for only $1,258.99.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 14-inch 2-in-1 (from $1,999): If you’re after a super slim, super portable, and super flexible 2-in-1, then look no further than the X1 Yoga. A 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen display and adaptable design make it ideal for everything from work presentations to design sketching. You can have the marvellous Yoga from only $1,999 if you grab it from the Lenovo store.

Lenovo ThinkPad E570 15-inch business laptop (from $1,179): Designed with business in mind, the Lenovo ThinkPad E570 is a reliable workhorse of a laptop with a seventh-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Knocking a neat $600 off the asking price, you can get the E570 from Lenovo from only $1,179.

Microsoft Surface Book (from $1,837): Featuring a 13-inch PixelSense touchscreen display, an Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB RAM, this laptop/tablet hybrid has a detachable screen and carries enough of an oomph factor to be premium. But grab it from JB Hi-Fi and you can save up to $629 on the Surface Book, depending on how much storage you need. If you’re after a tad more power, the Surface Book with Performance Base powered by a Core i7 processor can save you up to $1,040, dependent on the storage capacity.

Microsoft Surface Book (Core i7; from $2,999): For a touch more power and a few more options in terms of specs, you can get the Surface Book powered by an Intel Core i7 processor with up to 1TB of storage direct from the Microsoft Store with prices starting at $2,999. This offer can save you up to $1,039, depending on the specs of the machine.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 128GB i5 4GB ($929): The Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft is a an excellent way to experience desktop-standard software in a tablet form factor – add on a Type Cover and you’ll get yourself one of the best 2-in-1s available. While there is a lower-spec model Surface Pro 4 with a mobile processor, this is the cheapest price you’ll be able to grab a proper Intel Core i5 unit for. From Dick Smith’s store, you can get the unit for $929, saving on the lofty price of $1,495.

Asus ZenBook 3 UX390UA 12-inch Ultrabook ($1,995): Asus ZenBook’s are perhaps rivalled only by Apple’s line of laptops when it comes to dazzling aesthetics, and this ZenBook 3’s deep-blue and gold-trim chassis truly dazzles. The specs are also pretty hot, with an Intel Core i7 CPU and 512GB SSD crammed into a refined and sleek chassis. You can knock around $750 dollary-doos off the asking price if you shop at Scorptec, where it’s currently just $1,995.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 14-inch 2-in-1 ($1,999): If you’re after a premium 2-in-1, the X1 Yoga from Lenovo balances the perks of powerful performance with a lightweight, slim design. The base model comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. You can currently save up to $1,450 when you use the code DEALS at checkout, bringing it down from $3,449 to $1,999 at the Lenovo Store.

We’ll keep on updating the list of deals as and when we find them. Below, you’ll find up to date prices on five of TechRadar’s favourite laptop, so keep an eye out for those savings.

The best deals on our favourite laptops

Over the years we’ve reviewed plenty of laptops and, as a result, we’ve seen what to avoid and what to jump on when there’s savings to be had. We’ll keep track of the prices of some of the best we’ve seen so that you can snatch up a bargain when they do show up. Check out the prices below and see if anything has dropped enough to tickle your fancy.

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell’s latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520-620 | RAM: 8GB-16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) | Storage: 128GB-512GB SSD

Saying that we’re very happy with Dell’s XPS 13 is a huge understatement. The slim profile, revolutionary design and small frame bely its powerful performance and gorgeous 13-inch screen. Typically you’d have to weigh up portability and performance, but the XPS 13 has managed to strike a fine balance between the two. With Intel’s latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, the XPS 13’s starting price is certainly an impressive one. We’re so chuffed with it that it’s taken the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

2. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

This gaming that doesn’t cost a fortune

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080 – UHD 3840 x 2160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 1TB SSHD 8GB – 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD

There are some seriously expensive gaming laptops out there, once you get involved in the optimisation and the latest GPUs, things start get pricey. But if you’re after a capable machine on a budget, try out the Dell Inspiron 15-inch gaming laptop.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15-inch gaming laptop

3. Asus ZenBook UX310UA

Feel old yet, MacBook Air?

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800)

A seriously sleek all-aluminium chassis, a higher resolution than the discontinued Asus ZenBook UX305, and an impressive swath of ports, including the latest USB-C interface, the latest UX310UA ZenBook is a serious contender for the MacBook Air and, if you’re a Windows person, is much better value.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

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4. Lenovo Yoga Book

Is this the netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

Although the specs are modest, the forward-thinking design of Lenovo’s Yoga Book makes it a decent option for creative types and those that want a little more out of their laptops. Sacrificing a bit of raw power means you’ll get an innovative digital touchpad and drawing surface for a much more intuitive and precise approach to graphical art.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book

5. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The tablet that can replace your laptop

Weight: 766g/786g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 | CPU: Various | RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: up to 9 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

We know this is technically not a laptop, but it does come close to being a 2-in-1 (if you get the Type Case) and, most importantly, it has the power to get in the ring with some of its non-tablet competitors. Running the full-blown version of Windows 10 and having the option for a powerful Intel Core processor, this is by far the laptoppiest tablet available, and the price certainly isn’t that bad.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

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