5 of the best affordable laptops

Upgrading to a thinner, lighter, faster model that won't let you down is cheaper than you might think. Here's what you need to know about choosing a new one

Thursday 19 July 2018 17:18

So many of us put up with old, slow laptops, with agonisingly poor battery life, but why? Is it the bewildering abundance of brands, countless serial numbers and confusing technical specifications, or do we just fear a replacement is going to cost the earth?

The truth is new mid-range laptops are now genuinely affordable and can easily handle day to day needs ­– writing documents and emails, looking at family photos, streaming videos and surfing the internet – without the worry of batteries going flat prematurely.

This is where John Lewis & Partners comes into its own. Expert in-store partners can talk you through the extensive range, listen to your needs and help you make the right choice with features that won't let you down.

Here are six models now available at John Lewis & Partners to set you thinking...

Best for students: Lenovo IdeaPad 120S, £299.99*

A smart, portable and fast laptop that's ideal for everyday needs. Finished in stylish mineral grey and with a 14" screen, the machine boasts up to eight hours battery life. It comes with Intel's Dual-Core Pentium processor and a 128GB solid-state drive built in, for quicker access to files. The single HDMI and three USB ports make connecting it to modern devices a breeze.

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Best for on the move: Lenovo IdeaPad 320S, £349.95*

Light enough to take to a coffee shop, this stylish laptop features a pair of USB ports, HDMI port and a four-in-one memory card reader to transfer images directly from your camera. With Intel's seventh generation i3 processor you get stable performance for a seamless computing experience, plus smooth streaming, clear HD viewing on a 14" screen and extended battery life up to seven hours.

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Best around the home: Lenovo YOGA 330, £399.95*

A versatile and compact 11.6"-screen laptop that's ideal for multiple uses around the home, thanks to its three innovative modes. Use it as a tablet when browsing the web in front of the television, put it in tent mode when looking at recipes in the kitchen, or keep it in traditional laptop mode when writing emails or doing work.

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Best for photos: Dell Inspiron 13-5000, £479.95*

If you like photos to look sharp and your videos in high resolution, Dell's crisp 13.3-inch Full HD screen makes this a strong choice. What's more it's fast enough to multi-task: under the hood, the Intel i3 processor and 4GB RAM are more than capable of ensuring you can do a spot of work, send emails, browse and stream from the internet with ease.

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For laptops that won't let you down, head to John Lewis & Partners. All these are available now – and come with at least a two-year guarantee at no added cost. See the full affordable range at johnlewis.com

*All prices are subject to change

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