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Best laptop sales in Australia: cheap laptops to buy in October 2021

TechRadar logo TechRadar 10/22/2021 Jasmine Gearie
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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.

This week, the best laptop sales comes courtesy of of Dell’s eBay store, which currently has 20% off storewide. 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

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Dell XPS 13 (9305) | i5 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$1,899 AU$1,519.20 on Dell eBay (save AU$379.80)

The Dell XPS 13 is a beautiful piece of kit, and we’d go so far as to say it’s one of the best laptops in Australia you can buy. This 2020 model matches Intel’s 11th-gen i5 processor with 16GB of RAM for excellent performance. And despite that power boost, plus an all-encompassing display, battery life is still great on this laptop. Buy from Dell’s eBay store with the code PDLLS20 and you’ll save AU$379.

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Dell Inspiron 15 (5510) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD | AU$2,299 AU$1,288.80 on Dell eBay (save AU$1,010.20)

It may not be from Dell’s premium XPS line, but this Inspiron is packing in a lot of value. Under the hood you’ll find the latest internals, including an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM and a massive 1TB SSD, so you’ll have plenty of space for demanding work apps, photos, videos and more. Pocket AU$1,010 in savings when you buy from Dell’s eBay store with the code PDLLS20.


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Dell Inspiron 15 2-in-1 (7506) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$2,949 AU$1,299 on Dell eBay (save AU$1,650)

Considering the specs of this Dell Inspiron 2-in-1, we think it’s a bargain at AU$1,299. You’re getting Intel’s latest 11th-gen i7 chip, plus 16GB of system memory and a 512GB SSD. It’s all encased in a sleek chassis housing adaptive thermals, so it should be comfortable to use whether you’re at the desk or on the couch. Use the code PDLLS20 to save a massive AU$1,650 at Dell’s eBay store.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9310) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD | AU$3,599 AU$1,999.20 on Dell eBay (save AU$1,599.80)

If you want a laptop that’ll quite literally bend over backwards for you, then this Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is worth considering. It comes equipped with an 11th-gen Intel i7 chip, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, plus integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. For the screen, you’re getting an UHD+ touch display, so you can expect crisp visuals. To nab this deal, head to Dell’s eBay store and enter the code PDLLS20.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook | i3 / 4GB RAM / 64GB SSD | AU$699 AU$519 on Amazon (save AU$180)

The Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is a cheap and cheerful 2-in-1, and now you can get it for just AU$519 on Amazon. It has a touchscreen that’s compatible with a stylus and a fantastic keyboard too. This model is equipped with a 10th-gen Intel i3 chip, which doesn’t deliver the best performance, but at a discounted price of AU$519 it feels silly to complain.

Gaming laptops

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Dell G15 (5511) | i7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / RTX 3060 | AU$2,599 AU$1,799 on Dell eBay (save AU$800)

This unassuming laptop is well-equipped, with an 11th-gen Intel i7 CPU and an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU. The 15.6-inch 1080p display has a refresh rate of 120Hz as well, so can expect super-smooth gameplay. To nab the discount, head to Dell’s eBay store where it’s AU$800 off using the code PDLLS20.

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Alienware m15 R5 | Ryzen 7 / 16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / RTX 3060 | AU$3,099 AU$2,299 on Dell eBay (save AU$800)

This Alienware m15 R5 comes equipped with a Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, working alongside an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU. It has a 15-inch 1080p display with a 165Hz refresh rate, which should play nice with the rest of the specs. With Alienware’s intergalactic inspired design, we think it looks great too. Just keep in mind that those power-hungry specs means the laptop runs hot. Now AU$800 off when you buy from Dell’s eBay store with the code PDLLS20.

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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. Check out the prices on some of our favourite laptops below and see if anything has dropped enough to spark your interest.

To say that we’re big fans of the Dell XPS 13 is a huge understatement. This 13-inch Ultrabook has appeared in our list of the best laptops for several years running, and there’s good reason why.

This iteration came out in late 2020 and it’s known as the Dell XPS 13 9310. It’s equipped with Intel’s latest 11th generation processors while the Intel Iris Xe handles the integrated graphics (and almost doubles the graphical prowess from the previous model). Both work together to bring a decent amount of power to these gorgeous laptops, and some light gaming is also possible thanks to the specs.

There are barely any bezels to speak of on these laptops, and it can be configured with a Full HD+ or a 4K HDR screen (OLED panels are also available). The sleekness of the XPS 13 comes at the expense of ports, and the speakers are a little lacklustre, but these are small exceptions in an otherwise premium laptop.

Read our full Dell XPS 13 (Late 2020) review

When Apple ditched Intel’s chips for its own M1 silicon in 2020, it was a real game changer for the laptop market – Apple or otherwise. The new processor gives the MacBook Air a serious performance boost, which thankfully, has not come at the expense of battery life (our testing found it lasting an impressive 11 hours and 15 minutes in continuous movie playback).

Despite the significant power upgrade, Apple has priced this laptop at a better RRP than its predecessor, and it even gives other premium Ultrabooks such as the Dell XPS 13 a run for their money – something we never would have anticipated from Apple. You can expect to pay AU$1,499 for the model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, or AU$1,849 for the 512GB SSD version.

If you do have a couple hundred bucks to spare, we’d also suggest taking a look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro (M1, 2020). That’ll get you better-sounding speakers, a more comfortable keyboard and a neat Touch Bar. The MacBook Pro also keeps its cooling fans (while the MacBook Air doesn’t) so it should be able to run more intensive tasks before performance is throttled.

Read our full Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review

We rate the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 as the best gaming laptop around. It’s outfitted with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 and 5000 series processors, which lend a lot of power to the Zephyrus G14. As for graphics, Asus has mixed with Nvidia to bring the latest RTX cards to the laptop.

Despite that seriously impressive power, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is reasonably priced and can be found for a fair whack less than the competition. There’ve been a few concessions to keep it that way though – the laptop is without a webcam, and it’s not as particularly good looking as the Razer laptops of the world.

With that said, the Zephyrus G14 is a thin and light laptop that also manages best-in-class battery life despite its gaming laptop status.

Read our full Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review

The Asus ZenBook Flip 13 moves easily between laptop, tent and tablet mode with its 360° hinge, and Asus promises it’s good for 20,000 cycles. It’s a solidly built, stylish piece of kit, and it comes packing Intel’s latest 11th generation chips, making it a powerful 2-in-1 laptop.

Housed within the body is a beautiful 13-inch screen with ultra-thin bezels on all four sides, so you’re able to make the most of the 1080p display. The front-facing Harman Kardon speakers sound genuinely good too, which can be rare on even the best of laptops.

With space at a premium, Asus has done something clever to keep the number pad too. It’s been integrated into the trackpad, and it appears in illuminated LED lights when you need it – pretty neat if you ask us.

If you’ve got the cash to spare for a MacBook Air, we’d argue that it’s the best student laptop in Australia, but if you’re just after something that’s cheap, then the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a great choice. It’s a 2-in-1, and for the unit itself paired with a detachable keyboard and stand cover, you’ll pay just AU$499 (and it’s often on sale too).

The internal specs aren’t anything to write home about, but what really matters here is Chrome OS, which we’ve found to be a richer experience than the equivalent Windows 10S. Google’s fantastic apps will be right at your fingertips, so it’s ideal for someone who does the majority of their schoolwork online (using Google Docs and the like).

You won’t be able to load up on Chrome tabs with reckless abandon, but for general web browsing, video streaming and basic productivity, the Duet does exactly what you want it to do. All told, this is the best value you’re going to find in a portable device of this kind.

Read our full Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook review

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