Welcome to our handy guide to the best student laptops on the market today.

Gone are the days of ring-binders, notebooks and pens to see you through your uni lectures, and now everyone in class has either a tablet or laptop to work from. Even if you’re not studying a course that involves programming, computer design or lots of note-taking, you’ll find that you really need a computer to see you through. Of course, they’re not cheap, and as with anything retailers can prefix with the word ‘student’, you’ll find the internet full of sales spiel and confusing contradictions. Here, we set the record straight when it comes to what you really need to know before you make your decision to purchase.

If you’re more likely to use your laptop for streaming shows and browsing social media, then first you should really consider if you need a laptop; a tablet may see you through. However, if you’ve got coursework to complete, research to do and a dissertation to write, you’ll need a laptop.

First things first, you need to set a budget. There is huge variety in the amount of money you can spend on a laptop for university, and in general terms, the more functionality, the more cost; so weigh up exactly what you need it to do alongside your budget amount – and if you’re doing a course that you suspect will incur lots of computer usage, check for any set requirements in features or functionality. There’s a balance to be found in incurring cost: don’t scrimp unnecessarily or you may end up with poor quality, but equally, don’t spend heavily on features you don’t need and will never use.

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Consider where you’ll use your laptop most, and if you need something easily portable between home and classes. If you’re a design student, you may find you need something with a large screen no matter how much you’ll need to cart it about, but otherwise, you should be able to find something that’s light and compact enough not to give you arm-ache while out and about.

If you’re particularly clumsy, then you would be wise to investigate into differing warranties, insurance policies and even rugged accessories to protect your new purchase. Dependent on your day’s schedule, you may too need to buy extra chargers or a laptop with extra-long battery life to see you through back-to-back seminars. And be sure, of course, to find a bag or rucksack that can fit your new laptop within so that you’re not forced to carry it around in your hands.

It goes without saying that if possible, you should shop around to find a deal with a decent student discount. There are many ways to do this, so be sure to look into various deals; with the manufacturers directly, third-party retailers and even university-linked schemes. Snap yourself up a bargain, and get started studying asap!

So if you’re looking to buy a student laptop then you’ve come to the right place.

This guide will show you the best laptop deals, all the student discounts with computer retailers and also what you buy for your budget.

From cheap notebooks to gaming laptops, we have all the best and cheapest options in 2020 that will save you money.

CHEAP STUDENT LAPTOP DEALS UNDER £500

This is realistically the most popular price range for student laptops.

If your budget is on the lower side you can still get some great specs that should last you through your university career and beyond.

APPLE MAC PRO 13 REFURBISHED – £499

An Apple Mac Pro for £499? Surely there is some catch.

Well, there is only one and that is that it is a refurbished model. This means that it has been previously owned but sent back.

It is in proper working order and is a way for students to get a good discount on a Macbook that would usually be out of the budget range.

There are good specs too including an i5 processor, 500gb memory and of course Apples smooth, sophisticated iOS operating system.

As you’re buying through Wowcher there is a 14 day no-quibble money-back guarantee and this a great laptop option for students.

ACER CHROMEBOOK NOW JUST £99.99

A laptop for under a hundred quid?

Can this be true?

Well dear students it is true, it’s on sale currently at Currys and is our cheapest student laptop we’ve found to date.

If you need a lightweight simple machine to take some notes in tutorials and browse the web than this is perfect.

We should point out that it won’t run Microsoft Office or Windows 10.

But you can use Google Docs or Sheets to word processor do simple spreadsheets and browse using the Chrome browser.

ACER ASPIRE 3 INTEL I5 2.5GHZ 8GB 1TB WINDOWS LAPTOP – REFURBISHED

Did you know you can buy laptops from eBay?

And did you know that big well-known highstreet retailers sell on there?

In this instance, Argos has a great Acer Aspire 3 i5 laptop for just £273.99.

The one catch (if you can call it that) is that it is a refurbished laptop, but there is a great warranty which gives peace of mind and means it is a cracking deal.

You’d be hard pushed to get another laptop with such a great spec.

As it has an i5 processor, it means you can run Windows 10 as well as other software such as Microsoft Office meaning you can do all the uni work you’ll ever need.

We’ve bought a few things refurbished including the laptop we’re writing on now and never had a problem but make sure you check the warranty.

ASUS VIVOBOOK – 10% OFF

We already liked this Asus laptop because it was under £400 at Currys and it had an i3 processor.

But now it’s possible to get an extra 10% off as it is included in their big sale.

Other things to note are it comes with Windows 10 which is essential for uni, you get an HD screen with NanoEdge display and it’s averaging 4 stars in the reviews at currys.co.uk.

As they say, it’s great for work and play so worth checking out and the price is student loan friendly!

This is realistically the most popular price range for student laptops.

If your budget is on the lower side you can still get some great specs that should last you through your university career and beyond.

BEST STUDENT LAPTOP DEALS OVER £500

Sometimes you need to shell out a bit more for your student laptop for university.

You might need to run special software for your course or if you’re lucky enough to have the budget than a more expensive laptop can be a better investment in the long run as it will last longer, run faster and you’ll be able to work more efficiently.

We have found some of the best student laptop deals costing over £500.

MICROSOFT SURFACE LAPTOP – £999

The Microsoft Surface is a real contender to the Apple Mac.
There is a great touchscreen that is 13.5 inches wide, runs Windows 10 S like a dream and a lightning processor.
We’ve found a great deal at PC World that saves £200 and is open to everyone, not just students.
Definitely one to consider for you university year.

HP ENVY 13 ULTRABOOK – £764.10

This lovely looking Ultrabook is a good rival to the Microsoft Surface.

It is the latest model for 2018 and has a great spec with a quad-core processor which is very speedy indeed.

It’s really thin so is easy to take with you to lectures and even has a fingerprint sensor for added security.

To get it at this price you must use the voucher code SAVE10P which takes 10% off HP laptops.

DELL INSPIRON 15 7000 15.6″ LAPTOP- £599.99

If you’re looking for a speedy laptop at a great price then look no further than this DELL Inspiron machine that’s been reduced to £599.99 from £999.99 at Currys.

The reason it’s so fast? It’s got a zippy Intel Core i7-7500u processor which will have you speeding through those late-night essays in no time.

Unless you get distracted by Love Island that is!

For the price, you’ll be hard pushed to get any better specs and will be a great investment for your university life.

ASUS GAMING LAPTOP – SAVE £120

If you’re looking for both a gaming laptop and something for university work too then this Asus  FX503 now has £120 at box.co.uk.

There is a speedy i5 quad processor to run any PC game smoothly.

The full HD 15-inch screen is perfect for your coursework and if you need to run any memory-hungry programmes for your uni modules then this beauty of a computer will handle it no problem.

Plus there is a free games bundle too which is not to be sniffed at.

HUAWEI MATEBOOK D 14INCH RYZEN 8GB 256GB LAPTOP – £559.99, ARGOS

A 14inch laptop that really packs a punch, Huawei’s Matebook looks slimline and delicate but in power, is really anything but!

Power wise, the Huawei Matebook’s price tag is justified with a quad core processor with a 2GHZ speed, 8GB of RAM, 226GB SSR storage, and Microsoft Windows 10 OS. The beautiful high definition display spans a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 178 degree viewing angle across a 14inch screen. The Radeon Vega graphics card ensures a stunning display that wouldn’t be out of place on a computer at a much more premium price tag.

The optimised battery life lasts up to 7hours on a single charge, which is plenty for a day on campus. This laptop comes very highly reviewed and commended by users, and for those who expect to use theirs a lot, this could be a wise purchase.

HP PAVILION 15.6INCH PENTIUM GOLD 4GB 128GB FULL HD LAPTOP – £429.99, ARGOS

A mid-range laptop from consumer favourites HP, the Pavilion Pentium Gold makes for great value given its features. The 15.6inch screen means it does feel larger than some of the other options listed in the guide, but its ultra-thin and sleek casing combined with its lightweight size don’t make it any less portable than others. Don’t be betrayed by its size, though; there’s some serious power behind it!

The Quad Core processor operates at a 1.1GHZ speed, operating the latest version of Windows 10, and there’s 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage to boot. The connectivity is tip top, too; there’s 2 USB 3.1 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI, and a multi-card media reader… on top of top-speed WiFi enablement, of course. You’ll also find a built-in webcam, built-in microphone, built-in audio sound system, pre-installed Netflix and 30 days free of Microsoft Office and McAfee Live.

The pinnacle of the HP Pavilion Pentium Gold is its high-definition display, across 1920×1080 pixels with an Intel 605 graphics card. You’d be hard pressed to beat a display of this calibre in a screen this size; certainly without Apple software installed.

HP ENVY 13.3INCH INTEL CORE I7 512GB LAPTOP – £1,149.00, CURRYS

The HP Envy will definitely give your peers envy when they see it, but this isn’t a purchase to be made lightly – it’s no run-of-the-mill computer, and the price tag reflects that. If you’re sure that your laptop will be used heavily for work and pleasure and you need a long-lasting practical solution, then read on.

The Intel Core i7 processor within is top of the range for speed and heavy usage, allowing you to stream video footage, editing complex documents, touch up photos, browse the web and run design programs all at the same time! The performance is evident from the off – you’ll find Windows loads in seconds rather than minutes… there’s a first for everything, eh?

The HP Envy has a touchscreen as well as a normal keypad, so you can flick between apps and typing as you need to dependent on where you are, what you’re up to, and what works best for you. The NVIDIA graphics card gives beautiful still and video imagery like you’ve never seen before, and the built-in speakers by Bang & Olufsen produce stunning sound that rival the quality of external ones.

Backed up with a 14-hour battery life, beautiful streamlined design, fingerprint security detail and pre-loaded applications, this is a laptop that can’t be easily beaten by anything else on the high street.