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Laptops under £300

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Laptops under £300 logoHot laptop deals, eg, £179 Acer, £239 HP*Rundown of cheap laptops under £300 & Apple Macbooks

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It's now possible to get a decent laptop for basic tasks such as emailing, knocking up a spreadsheet, and web browsing, as well as having the capability to stream TV shows and movies for under £300, and there's a lot of choice.

Choosing a laptop really depends on what you need it for. If you just want it for everyday tasks then a basic model will do. Add streaming movies and TV shows to this, and most standard laptops should be able to cope, but you may want to go for a bit more memory (RAM) and a faster processor (the bit that crunches the numbers).

If you want to play the latest high-res video games, edit videos or run a lot of apps simultaneously then you'll need a much more powerful machine with a super-fast processor and lots of memory - gaming laptops aren't MoneySaving and will set you back at least £500, many cost much more.

Remember, when buying big ticket items, always make sure you follow Martin's Money Mantras - Do you need it? Will you use it? Can you afford it? Is it worth it? - do a full budget check to ensure it won't break the bank and Shop Safely

If you're a surfer or a streamer, here are some of the hot deals we found on Thu 27 Oct:

Surfer - checking emails, updating social media, browsing the web

Streamer - all of the above plus streaming music, movies and TV shows

Refurbished laptops

Buying refurbished machines often works out considerably cheaper. Large high street retailers such as Argos and Currys PC World* offer refurbished laptops for a fraction of their retail value and usually with a one year guarantee.

Before buying a laptop, read reviews online to make a more informed choice. We're not technical experts, so we recommend you check out Which?, Stuff magazine and PC Advisor.

What about Macbooks?

University students and teachers can save up to 10% on Macbooks all year-round. See how to get the Apple for Education discount.

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use the money mantras

Before spending, use Martin's Mantras. If you answer 'NO' to any, Don't buy!

are
you
Skint? ask:
  • Do I need it?
  • Can I afford it?
are
you
not skint? ask:
  • Will I use it?
  • Is it worth it?
Section 75

Free protection for all shopping!

There's a little-known piece of legislation that turns any credit card into a financial self-defence superhero. 'Section 75' of the Consumer Credit Act means your plastic must protect anything you buy for more than £100 for free, so if there's a problem or the company goes bust, you can still get your money back.

And although Section 75 doesn't apply to debit cards, there is something else to fall back on if you've paid using a debit card, or used a credit card for a purchase under £100. Known as Chargeback, this is part of banks' and card companies' internal rules and not a legal requirement. Read full details of Section 75 or Chargeback, plus how to claim, in our guides.

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