Best Laptop under £700 UK – Buying Guide [2020]

If you’re looking to find a good laptop that’s less than £700, then you’re going to have to be smart with your money. This kind of amount is typically not quite enough to purchase a premium model of laptop, but way too much to spend on a cheapy laptop that might start running slowly within a year or two. So, like I said – you need to shop around, and spend wisely.

Fortunately, I’ve been looking at the laptop market for the past few years and have managed for find some great deals on laptops that are less than £700. So, let’s take a look at some of them and see what’s available.

Best Laptop under £700

ProductImageScreen SizeSpecsGet More Info
ASUS VivoBook X413FAASUS VivoBook X413FA Full HD 14' Laptop (Intel i7-10510U, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD + 32 GB Intel Optane Memory, Windows 10, Wi-Fi 6)14 inch8GB/512GBFind Best Price
Huawei Matebook D15Huawei MateBook D 15 2020 - 15.6 Inch Laptop with FullView 1080P FHD Ultrabook PC (AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, Multi-screen Collaboration, Fingerprint Reader), Space Grey15.6 inch8GB/256GBFind Best Price
Dell Inspiron 14 5000Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series 2-in-1 14 Inch FHD IPS Touchscreen Convertible 2020 Laptop (Silver) Intel Core i5-10210U  10th Gen, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Windows 10 Home14 inch8GB/256GBFind Best Price

ASUS VivoBook X413FA

New Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - Silver

When you’ve got a budget of £700, you really want to make every penny count. And the best way to do that is to purchase a slightly less popular brand like ASUS – this way, you can get a more powerful laptop and is the VivoBook X413FA’s case, more storage too.

It comes with a standard 512GB of SSD storage space. Most laptops come with either 128 or 256GB, so this is a step up on those and will give you a lot more freedom to download files and whatever programs you need. If you think you might have a lot of different downloaded on your laptop, then it makes sense to opt for a laptop that has more storage like this.

If you combine this with the 8GB of RAM, then your laptop is going to run smoothly. And then you go and add an i7 processor into the mix too and well – the higher clock speed will make sure that all your programs are running faster than they would with an i5. You need to make sure that you get the option that comes with the Intel i7 processor and not the Ryzen i5 processor, as I’ve seen them listed at the same price, and obviously the i7 is better.

Overall, whilst this laptop isn’t anything innovative and it isn’t going to blow you away, it does everything pretty well. And for it’s price, you’re getting a whole lot of laptop.

Huawei Matebook D15

Huawei MateBook D 15 2020 - 15.6 Inch Laptop with FullView 1080P FHD Ultrabook PC (AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home, Multi-screen Collaboration, Fingerprint Reader), Space Grey

If you take a look through this website, you’ll see me mentioning the Matebook series as some of my favourite laptops. And the D15 is no different, as it’s one of the better laptops out there if you’re trying to keep costs down to a minimum.

The good think about opting to go with a brand like Huawei is that you’re not going to be paying extra for the brand name. With Apple and other brands like Dell, you end up paying a premium just because of the brand name. But by opting to go with a Chinese company like Huawei, you’re going to get more power for a cheaper price.

I mean, where else are you going to get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage space for a lot less than £700? If you want to get the kind of specifications in one of the premium brands, then you’re going to be paying around the £1000 mark, maybe even more than this. It comes with Windows 10 installed, a fingerprint reader and a multi-screen collaboration which makes it easy to use with other devices.

It’s really up to your own preference whether you want to opt for a cheaper brand and get a more powerful laptop. But in my opinion, Huawei laptops are only going to improve in terms of quality, whilst the price stays lower than the premium brands.

Dell Inspiron 14 5000

Dell Inspiron 14 5000 Series 2-in-1 14 Inch FHD IPS Touchscreen Convertible 2020 Laptop (Silver) Intel Core i5-10210U  10th Gen, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, Windows 10 Home

Another good model for you to consider is the Dell Inspiron 14 5000. If you’re looking for a convertible 2-in-1 laptop, then this is one of the best options that’s currently out there. Obviously, one of the main benefits of opting for this model is that you’ll be able to use it like a tablet as well as using it like a laptop. But, this isn’t all the Inpiron 14 5000 has to offer.

As well as the pretty decent specs of 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and an i5 processor, you’re also getting a fully HD narrow bezel display. This display is also a touchscreen, which makes it ideal if you want to play simple games on it. You could also consider buying a stylus pen to use with it too, as it would make a good choice for anyone who’s looking to use their artistic side.

It also has a very responsive keyboard which is also pretty quiet, which might make it a good option for someone who types a lot, like a student. Combining this with the large HD screen and you’ve got a pretty decent laptop, which is worth considering if you’re look for a laptop that is less than £700.

Laptop Buyer’s Guide

Why do laptops only last 3 years?

Now, the first thing that I’ve got to say is that not all laptops only last three years! It really depends on what laptop you buy. However, the majority of laptop manufacturers will only give you a maximum of three years warranty, or sometimes four if you’re lucky. The answer is that our technology advances every year. That means that in 5 years time, the same laptop that’s released today will be expected to run programs and applications that are potentially created with much more size, power or complexity. So, it might struggle in the future, but honestly 3 years is a bit low, and most laptops should last longer than this.

How long should a laptop last then?

Depending on it’s usage, a laptop should be good for 5 years or more in my opinion. Obviously, this does depend on how much that you’re going to spend on a laptop. But if you’re spending £700 on a laptop and you’re sticking with any of the top retailers (Apple, Dell, HP, Acer, ASUS, Lenovo), then you should be fine for 5+ years.

Is £700 enough to spend on a laptop?

If you want a high range premium laptop, then in all honesty, no! Having £700 is a good amount for a laptop, but it’s not going to buy you a new Macbook or a Thinkpad. However, you can get a laptop with the same power as these brands, but we just have to be a little bit more careful with our money and spend wisely. This way, you can ensure that you get a laptop that’s decent enough to last you a while.

Do I even need a laptop?

A common people ask themselves is whether they even need a laptop. Honestly, only you can answer this. However, if you spend much of your evenings scrolling on your phone well.. it might make sense for you to get a laptop instead.

Will laptops be obsolete in the future?

There are those that think that laptops will be obsolete in the next 5 or 10 years. Well in my opinion, this is nonsense – we’re not following Moore’s law anymore (which is the old theory that tech would double in power every year, which it did for decades until more than 11 years ago now). Laptops aren’t going to be obsolete any time soon. Don’t believe me? Well, check out this article from 10 years ago saying laptops would be obsolete in.. erm, 2020.

Conclusion

So, if you’re looking to buy a £700 laptop, here a few great options for you to consider. This kind of budget is slightly less than what you need for a premium laptop, however for many people that might be overkill anyways. You can still get a great laptop at this sort of price range, as long as you shop sensibly.

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