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Best laptop sales in Australia: cheap laptops to buy in December 2020

Early Boxing Day sales have arrived, so if you’re looking for a cheap laptop or a deeply discounted premium machine, you’ve come to the ri...

Early Boxing Day sales have arrived, so if you’re looking for a cheap laptop or a deeply discounted premium machine, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the web for savings and rounded up all the genuine deals in one neat place.

You’ll find we’ve covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you’ll no doubt find something here to match your needs.

We’ve highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we’ve sniffed out, and if you scroll further down, we've rounded up some of our favourite laptops in a dedicated buying guide.

Best laptop deals this week

Laptops & ultrabooks

Lenovo ThinkPad E15 (AMD) | Ryzen 7 / 8GB RAM /  512GB SSD | AU$1,049 (RRP AU$2,199, save AU$1,150)

AMD got serious with its 4000 series CPUs, and now you can get its vastly improved performance from a discounted Lenovo. This ThinkPad has a Ryzen 7 4700U processor for smooth and seamless multitasking. You’ll also get yourself a 15-inch display and 512GB SSD for just above the AU$1,000 mark, directly from Lenovo’s store. Just use the code HOLIDAYS at checkout.View Deal

Dell XPS 13 (7390) | i5 / 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$1,424 (RRP AU$1,899, save AU$475)

The XPS 13 is a finely crafted machine, and this configuration is now much affordable at Dell. This model features a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, so performance is excellent. It’s slim and compact, so you shouldn’t have a problem taking this laptop with you wherever you go. This 25% saving is incredible to see, and it’s available on the white version of the laptop.View Deal

Dell XPS 13 (7390) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$1,999 (RRP AU$2,499, save AU$500)

For slightly beefed up specs than the model above, you can pick up this version of the Dell XPS 13 and not crack the AU$2,000 mark, only just. It’ll set you up with a 10th Gen Core i7 chip and 16GB of RAM. It’s the silver version of the laptop, and Dell’s InfinityEdge display leaves plenty of room to enjoy your streaming services. Work or play, this sleek machine will deliver. Now 20% off directly from Dell, a rare treat.View Deal

Dell XPS 13 | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$2,319 (RRP AU$2,899, save AU$580)

This is the late 2020 model of the Dell XPS 13, and it’s a truly stand-out piece of kit. Inside you’ll find Intel’s most up-to-date processor, an 11th Gen Core i7 chip, plus 16GB of RAM. Outside of its internals, the XPS 13 is beautiful to look at, with a stunning design and a close to bezel-less UHD display. Dell has knocked 20% off, something we don’t see too often on its best-in-class laptop.View Deal

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 | from AU$1,324 (22% off)

Each configuration of Microsoft’s superb Surface Laptop 3 is 22% off, and it’s one to consider if you’re looking for a machine with all-day battery life. If you’re going for the 13-inch configuration, processors are available in i5 or i7, all Intel’s 10th Gen chips. The 15-inch model on the other hand features AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. Available from Microsoft with a variety of colours to choose from.View Deal

Lenovo ThinkPad X13 (AMD) | Ryzen 5 Pro / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$1,699 (RRP AU$2,299, save AU$600)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 is an excellent business laptop, but what makes it stand out is its AMD processor. Under the hood is a powerful Ryzen Pro 4000 chip, which gives this otherwise nondescript laptop a serious edge over its competitors. It’s durable, with plenty of ports and a fantastic keyboard – all good news, if you can forgive the rather uninspired design. Head directly to Lenovo and use the code HOLIDAYS to save.View Deal

HP Envy 13 | i5 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD | AU$1,198 (RRP AU$1,599, save AU$401)

This slick-looking laptop matches great performance with an affordable price tag. Powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, it also features a bright and beautiful 13-inch display that’s fully touch-enabled too. It’s a slim, stylish, compact notebook that’s now available with an even better price. Head to Amazon where you can save yourself AU$401 off the asking price.View Deal

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8th Gen) | i5 / 8GB / 512GB SSD | AU$2,149 (RRP AU$3,349, save AU$1,200)

This laptop is from Lenovo’s range of business-focused laptops, and our colleagues at Laptop Mag still recommend it as the best Lenovo laptop available today. It’s incredibly light, yet durable as well, and the 1080p display on this model means you’ll get nearly 10 hours of battery life. This 8th iteration of the X1 Carbon now features 10th Gen Intel chips too. Available directly from Lenovo, just enter the code HOLIDAYS.View Deal

2-in-1s

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | from AU$974 (22% off)

The Surface Pro 7 is a powerful Surface tablet, and each configuration is discounted by 22%. Available configurations start with an Intel Core i3 chip and go up to an i7 – all 10th Gen – and you can customise your specs to suit your needs. This big discount might also hint that the rumoured Surface Pro 8 is coming early next year. Note that the Type Cover and Surface Pen are sold separately, though slightly discounted bundles are availableView Deal

Dell Latitude 9410 2-in-1 | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD | AU$2,892 (RRP AU$8,282, save AU$5,390)

This is a business laptop that impresses in almost every way. It’s boasting an incredible 17 hours of battery life, so it’ll comfortably take you through the working day and then some. Inside this sleek and sturdy laptop is a 10th Gen Core i7 CPU, matched with 16GB of RAM to handle heavy workloads. The RRP on this machine is exorbitant, but the price has now been significantly slashed by the manufacturer. Use the code DOW10 at checkout.View Deal

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (7390) | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD | AU$2,169 (RRP AU$3,099, save AU$930)

This is Dell’s premium XPS 13 machine in a versatile chassis. This particular configuration has Intel’s 10th Gen Core i7 chip inside, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. It’s also got a lovely 13.4-inch Full HD touchscreen display. If you want top-of-the-line specs in a flexible laptop, this one is hard to beat. Now AU$930 off from Dell’s online store.View Deal

Dell Latitude 5300 | i7 / 8GB / 256GB SSD | AU$1,470 (RRP AU$4,919, save AU$3,448)

It might have an older 8th Gen Core i7 processor under the hood, but don’t underestimate this 13-inch Latitude 2-in-1. With ExpressCharge support that adds 80% battery juice in an hour and Wi-Fi constantly running in the background, it’s designed for the busy professional constantly on the move. And, to make this even better, it’s now on clearance directly from Dell.View Deal

Gaming

Alienware Area-51m | i9 / 64GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 2080 Super | AU$5,249 (RRP AU$7,499, save AU$2,250)

The Area-51m is a complete beast of a laptop. This model packs in a 10th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU, a beastly Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU and an insane 64GB of RAM. The 1TB SSD is lightning quick too. This one is definitely for the gaming enthusiasts, and it has an incredibly high cost of entry. So if you’re looking to buy, now’s the time to do it while you can get 30% off for Boxing Day.View Deal

Alienware m15 R3 | i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD / RTX 2070 Super | AU$3,299 (RRP AU$4,399, save AU$1,100)

There’s a brilliant gaming beast inside this thin 15-inch chassis, and it’s far more stylish than anything Alienware has offered up in the past. Along with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, you’re also getting 16GB of RAM and an RTX 2070 Super GPU. The screen has a 300Hz refresh rate with 1080p resolution. Dell has knocked 25% off this machine, saving you AU$1,100.View Deal

Dell G5 15 SE | Ryzen 7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / Radeon RX 5600M | AU$1,679 (RRP AU$2,099, save AU$420)

Gaming laptops can be pricey, but this Dell G5 15 SE is a good choice for those on a budget. This model is outfitted with AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H processor, which should deliver lightning-quick performance. The Radeon RX 5600M graphics card is also a strong performer when compared to other budget gaming laptops. You can now save AU$420 when you buy directly from the maker.View Deal

Lenovo Legion Y740 | i7 / 16GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD | GTX 1660 Ti | AU$1,949 (RRP AU$3,299, save AU$1,350

This discounted Legion Y740 is outfitted with a 9th Gen Intel i7 processor, 16GB of system memory and very generous storage options. You’ll have a 15-inch IPS display with 500 nits of brightness and Nvidia G-Sync too. Now available on clearance from Lenovo, use the code HOLIDAYS to save a solid AU$1,350.View Deal

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We'll keep on updating the list of deals as and when we find them. Below, you'll find up to date prices on TechRadar's favourite laptops, 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 spark your interest.

Dell XPS 13 2020

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Our favourite overall laptop: Dell XPS 13 (2020)

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

CPU: 10th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – 4K (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD

Gorgeous design
Excellent battery life
Lackluster audio
Expensive

Saying that we’re very happy with Dell’s XPS 13 is a huge understatement. At first glance, its slim profile and small frame don’t give away the powerful performance and gorgeous 13-inch display inside. Typically, you’d have to weigh up portability and performance, but the XPS 13 has managed to strike a fine balance between the two. Sporting Intel’s latest 10th-generation chips, much-improved battery life and barely-there bezels, the starting price of the newest iteration of the XPS 13 is a tempting proposition. We’re so chuffed with it that it’s still our favourite Ultrabook, and has taken the top spot as the best laptop overall.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13 (2020)

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Our favourite gaming laptop: Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED

The original designer's laptop gets an OLED upgrade

CPU: Intel Core i7 9750H | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8GB GDDR6; MaxQ) | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, 4K (3,840 x 2,160), 60HZ, AMOLED, Gloss | Storage: 512GB SSD

4K HDR OLED screen
RTX GPU and 9th-gen CPU
Sleek with better thermal management
Reasonably priced
Max 60HZ refresh rate
Unfortunate webcam placement

It’s true, the Aero 15 range from Gigabyte is aimed at creatives. However, it’s also an attractive option for gamers – with powerful internals, a brilliant display and a sleek chassis – so we think it’s one of the best-value gaming machines Australians can get their hands on. The 2019 model boasts a 15-inch 4K HDR screen, which is ideal whether you’re looking to buy for high-resolution on-the-go gaming or its intended creative use. Under the hood it’s also got the option of the latest Nvidia RTX series GPUs and 9th-gen Intel Core CPUs.

Read the full review: Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED

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Our favourite 2-in-1: Lenovo Yoga C930

A 2-in-1 laptop experience with little to no compromise

CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8550U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 13.9” UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IPS Glossy Multi-touch with Dolby Vision | Storage: 1 TB PCIe SSD | Connectivity: 802.11 AC (2 x 2) + Bluetooth 4.1 | Camera: 720p HD Camera

Strong build quality
Robust feature set
Excellent battery life
Weak graphics performance

This premium portable 2-in-1 has a lot to love: a strong build, excellent battery life and a robust feature set. It has a 360° hinge, so can easily be converted from a conventional clamshell to a handheld tablet. There’s also the addition of Dolby Atmos speakers, cleverly built into the rotating hinge, so you’ll have superb sound whichever way you use it. The screen too is vibrant, though the graphics performance could leave some wanting. Still, with an 8th-generation chip, it’s a solid all-rounder for the 2-in-1 crowd.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C930

Acer Aspire 3

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Our favourite student laptop: Acer Aspire 3 15-inch

A Chromebook for schoolwork, and then some

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i3-10110U | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics | RAM: 4GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080; non-touch) | Storage: 128GB

Great value
Lightweight
Limited to Chrome OS

If you’re looking for a student laptop, chances are you’re shopping on a budget. If that’s the case, our go-to bang-for-buck pick is the Acer Aspire 3 15-inch laptop. It’s a Chromebook, which means it runs on Google’s Chrome OS and is ideal for those with a reliable internet connection who want a laptop to browse the web and complete coursework online. The battery life isn’t the best, but if you don’t mind keeping your charging cable with you during the day, it certainly offers excellent value for money.

MacBook Pro 16-inch

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Our favourite Apple laptop: Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

The best MacBook Pro ever

CPU: 9th-generation Intel Core i7 – i9 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M – Radeon Pro 5500M | RAM: 16GB – 64GB | Screen: 16-inch Retina display with True Tone | Storage: 512GB – 8TB SSD

Stunning 16-inch screen
New and improved keyboard
Expensive
Limited to four Thunderbolt 3 ports

If you’re firmly placed in the Apple ecosystem, or you’re a Windows user thinking about converting, then we think the 2019 version of the MacBook Pro is the best Mac you can buy. It has a generous 16-inch display, and while that may spell a bulky laptop for other brands on the market, Apple remains true to form with this svelte machine. It’s got the latest and greatest components under the hood, rounded out with high-quality speakers and a much better keyboard than older models.

Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

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