Whether it’s back-to-school or off to university, a good laptop is a must buy to make the most of your education. Whether it's settling down in the library for an all-nighter on that dissertation, or quickly whipping it out in a lecture for note taking, a portable system can be a true game changer.
Of course, there are many ways for students to save — from entering their academic email address into discount sites like UNiDAYS to the numerous sales happening right now. We’ve scoured the internet and found the absolute best savings that give you the most bang for your buck.
So, let’s go through them. Whether your course is reliant on essays, or you need some additional performance for a more creative workload, here are the best student laptop deals.
Student laptop deals: Quick links
- UNiDAYS: Up to 20% off laptops, Apple education pricing, and more
- Studentdiscount.co.uk: 15% off Acer laptops, 25% Dell student discount, and more
- Lenovo: Student discounts on IdeaPad Flex 5, Yoga Slim 6i, and more
- Dell: Up to 20% off laptops, accessories, and more
- Apple: Save on Mac or iPad, and get a gift card up to £130
- Laptops Direct: Up to £469 off laptops, MacBooks, and Chromebooks
Student laptop deals under £500
For most students, spending up to £500 will be enough for all your needs — giving you sufficient power for all your essay-writing and presentation-creating needs, along with a good display for binge watching while eating instant noodles.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3:
£388 £364 @ Laptops Direct + Free Microsoft Office 365
Not only do you get a year of Office 365 for free, you also get a pretty good laptop in the process — packing an 11th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, a 15.6-inch 1080p display, 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Make sure you do yourself a favour and make that free upgrade from Windows 10S to the full Windows 10.
HP 11A Chromebook:
£150 £127 @ Laptops Direct
A dirt cheap 11-inch Chromebook is always going to be here. Thanks to Google’s many Chrome OS optimisations, you can get a whole lot of work done on this ultraportable system. Make sure you take advantage of your Google cloud storage to workaround the rather small 16GB SSD.
Student laptop deals under £1,000
The middle of the pack. These laptops are a nice step up in performance and specs over those sub-£500 options, which gives you both a snappier experience and more ways to enjoy yourself (especially so for the gaming laptop in this section).
MacBook Air (M1):
£999 £838 @ Amazon
The M1 MacBook Air is pretty damn timeless. That M1 chip is still an impressively zippy chipset, thanks to macOS optimisations. And you’re getting a premium ultraportable with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, as well as that lovely display with accurate colour.
Lenovo V14 G3:
£788 £574 @ Laptops Direct
For just over £200, you can pick up this well-specced Lenovo V14 with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Plus with a vivid 14-inch 1080p display up top, this is ideal for sinking your teeth into a ton of TV shows when you should really be working.
MSI Thin GF63:
£899 £799 @ Currys
This is a belter of a deal. If you want good power for your more creative course needs, alongside a dedicated GPU for gaming, the Thin GF63 for £100 off is a big buy. Inside, you’ll find a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, RTX 4050 GPU, 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, along with a buttery smooth 15.6-inch 144Hz display.
Student laptop deals under £2,000
We’re reaching close to and beyond the upper echelon of student laptop pricing. Spending this much is only a requirement for those who need the horsepower. I’m talking about the likes of animation, media production, design, and advanced sciences.
MacBook Pro (16-inch/M1 Max):
£2,499 £1,949 @ Laptops Direct
You could go for the M2 Pro MacBook Pro for just over two grand, or you can step back and get the most for your money with the 16-inch M1 Max Pro — sporting this super fast CPU, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD. This is a top tier pro creator system.
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Jason brings a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a writer at Laptop Mag. He takes a particular interest in writing articles and creating videos about laptops, headphones and games. He has previously written for Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you'll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn't already.