You only have a couple of days left to shop for laptops in Australia’s EOFY sales, and if you grab one for work before June 30, it's a deductible expense during the next tax time, otherwise you'll have to wait until July 2024 to claim it.
If you're looking for a top performing device, there's a big range of Apple MacBooks on sale including the 2023 MacBook Pro, which has scored a saving of AU$567 on Amazon. All set for work and looking for a gaming laptop? Then Lenovo's got you covered with AU$1,400 off the Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (8 Gen).
Whether you want a classic clamshell device, or a versatile 2-in-1, the team here at TechRadar has searched high and low to find the best laptop deals in the 2023 EOFY sales. Scroll down to check out bargains from big brands including Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Microsoft and more.
Retailers offering EOFY laptop deals
Below is a list of the main brands and retailers with EOFY laptop discounts to check out in case you don’t find what you’re looking for in our selection of hand-picked offers:
- Amazon: great source for Apple MacBooks
- Bing Lee: save on Acer, Asus, Lenovo and more
- Dell: best-price offers during EOFY
- eBay: up to 22% off Microsoft’s official eBay store with the code SEOFY22
- HP: up to 46% off selected laptops
- JB Hi-Fi: shop up to 30% off Chromebooks
- Lenovo: up to 55% off select laptops
- Microsoft: discounts on select Surface devices
- Mwave: save on Asus, HP, Lenovo and more
- The Good Guys: deals on Acer, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft and more
EOFY 2023 laptop deals
Ultrabooks & laptops
Want the latest MacBook Pro from Apple but not keen on the price? With a 10% off discount, you can nab the 14-inch MacBook Pro from either Amazon or JB Hi-Fi for AU$2,879. Accompanying a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display is Apple’s powerful M2 Pro chip, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, so you’re getting a laptop suited for a professional who’s after something that boasts a high performance.
Featuring a 16-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, this 2021 Apple MacBook Pro has picked up a 22% off discount on Amazon. Under the hood, it’s packing in the M1 chip as well as 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, though you also have the option to grab the 512GB SSD model on sale for AU$2,742 instead.
A 10% discount seems to be about as much as you can expect from an Apple laptop these days, and Amazon is usually where to find that offer. This MacBook Air was slightly cheaper last week, hitting a discounted price of AU$2,024, but that deal has since ended. Now you can pick it up for AU$2,069 from both Amazon and JB Hi-Fi.
While this isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen on 2020’s MacBook Air (that was AU$1,149 on eBay during Afterpay Day) this deal is only AU$108 more. It’s only available on the rose gold model from Amazon, while JB Hi-Fi is offering this price across all colours. We rate this as one of the best laptop for students, but it’s also fantastic for anyone who wants a slick Apple machine without paying top dollar.
Price comparison: JB Hi-Fi: AU$1,257
Packing in a 13th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, this Lenovo ThinkPad E14 (Gen 5) has picked up a 44% off discount when you use the code EOFY23. Along with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, this 14-inch laptop boasts a wide variety of ports including HDMI, USB-C and more, a 1080p webcam and it even has a fingerprint reader to help keep your laptop secure.
Having now been succeeded by the Surface Laptop 5, Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 can now be found with some pretty decent savings. This particular model at JB Hi-Fi has nabbed a AU$450 discount, and comes with a Ryzen 5 chip, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD packed into a sleek 13.5-inch black chassis.
Other options: Ryzen 5 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD: AU$1,098
This 13-inch HP Envy laptop might have some older specs, but it’s a great bargain for under a grand. The Intel Core i5 chip is a 11th-generation processor (now up to 13th-gen in the latest laptops) but will still give you great performance. With 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD card, this laptop is a good budget option if you’re just after something for light work or study.
Versatile and sleek, the Lenovo ThinkBook 14s Yoga (Gen 2) laptop has come down to AU$1,419 in Lenovo’s EOFY sales – that’s 45% off its RRP. Loaded with a 12th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, this hand 2-in-1 is great for meeting, presentations and general productivity. Use it as a tablet thanks to its 14-inch touch screen or flip it over to use as a standard laptop with its comfortable keyboard – both options are there at your fingertips. Use the code EOFY23 pick up this deal.
You’ll likely never need to complain about onboard storage with this machine. This HP Envy x360 not only packs in 1TB of storage, but it also comes with a 12th-gen Intel Core i7 chip to pack a punch along with it. With AU$620 off, you’re also getting a 15-inch touch display and 16GB of RAM to give you a 2-in-1 machine that’s a great option for any creative.
A 30% discount sees this 14-inch convertible tumble down in price by a very decent AU$600. There's a powerful 12th-generation Core i7 CPU here paired with 16GB of memory, which is more than enough for all your work and everyday multitasking needs. And weighing just 1.5kg makes it rather portable too.
If you’re unfamiliar with Chromebooks, they’re laptops which run on the ChromeOS operating system, which essentially gets you online quick and easy. Plus, you get the security benefits of Chrome built-in. That combination makes them a great choice for students, or anyone who primarily does their work online and doesn’t need a lot of processing power. This HP Chromebook has a 14-inch screen, and it’s now AU$639.
HP’s Spectre x360 line are the laptop maker’s most premium 2-in-1 devices, which goes some way to explaining the mighty high price tag on this machine. We think the design of the laptop is gorgeous, and the 16-inch, 3K resolution display with 400-nit brightness is lovely. It folds back onto itself completely flat, so it can also be used like a tablet. Now 20% off directly at HP.
This gaming laptop is bleeding edge, featuring an Intel Core i7-13700HX CPU, RTX 4060 GPU and a 1TB SSD. The 16-inch display is a particular standout, with thin bezels, a brightness of 500 nits and a 240Hz refresh rate. Our colleague's at TechRadar found it had some overheating issues and poor battery life, but if that’s not a dealbreaker, there’s AU$650 to be saved here.
The Razer Blade 14 often gets deals that can bring it down as low as AU$2,699, and although this saving isn’t as large, it’s still a decent offering off a fantastic gaming laptop. With a slim design that makes it easy to bring with you for on-the-go gaming, and an array of specs to help with high performance and immersive gameplay, this saving of AU$400 from Mwave is one worth considering.
This HP Omen 16 comes outfitted with AMD’s Ryzen 7 6800H processor instead of Intel hardware. Both CPUs are similar power-wise, so there’s no huge downsides to going for AMD. We usually see a price difference of around AU$100-AU$200 less for AMD’s components typically, so if you don't mind either CPU, you can generally save a bit more.
Boasting a 15-inch 1080p display with a smooth 144Hz refresh rate, you’ll be able to game on the go thanks to this powerful device. Under the hood, you’ll find the AMD Ryzen 7 processor, AMD Radeon RX 6500M GPU that has excellent base clock speeds, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage – giving you a slim and stylish machine that can handle just about any game you want to play.
There's a lot of power packed into this MSI Raider's slick magnesium alloy chassis. It's spec sheet can give most desktops a run for their money, with a 20-core Intel i7-13700HX processor and an Nvidia RTX 4070 graphics card. The screen is 16 inches with 2560 x 1600 resolution, and a refresh rate up to 240Hz.
Powerful specs don't get better than this! This 16-inch beast boasts the latest 13th-gen i9 processor paired with an Nvidia RTX 4070 GPU. Oodles of storage and system memory means you want for nothing here. And a 31% discount with the checkout coupon EOFY23 means you save a cool AU$1,400.
How to find the best laptop deal during EOFY 2023
When it comes to end-of-financial-year sales, there will be a plethora of discounted laptops on offer. It’s not a purchase you make every day, so it’s understandable if you don’t yet know the difference between your CPUs and GPUs, and all the jargon in between.
Whether it’s technical specifications, brand or type of device you’re unsure of, we’re here to help you make the right choice for your needs.
There’s sure to be a number of eye-catching discounts when it comes to tax-time bargain hunting, but the best advice we can give you is that if a laptop deal seems too good to be true, chances are it’s an older machine. While you’ll save a packet up front, an older model may not have enough power in its internals to keep running in the years to come, so you’ll likely have to upgrade sooner than you would’ve liked.
To help you avoid this, we’ve put together a short guide below so you can make an informed decision and get yourself the best laptop deal this June.
Features to look for
1. Brand name
So, what exactly should you keep an eye out for when buying a laptop? The best place to start is with the brand name. Considering you’ll be making a worthwhile investment, you’ll want to opt for a brand name you trust, such as Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Acer or Asus. Proceed with caution when it comes to brand names you are unfamiliar with even if they come cheap – the initial saving may not prove to be worth it in the long run.
Once you’ve decided on the brand, the next thing to consider is the size of the machine. Most laptops come with screen sizes between 13 inches and 17 inches. The smaller sizes will certainly be more portable and, oftentimes, they’re more affordable as well (though this isn’t always the case – we’re looking at you, XPS 13).
The larger laptops, on the other hand, will offer more screen real estate, and more space inside the chassis to house powerful components, including a bigger battery. To determine the laptop’s display size, you’ll want to take a look at the tech specs. It’s not uncommon to see the screen size in the name of a product, take for instance, the HP Envy 15-ep1084TX which, as the name suggests, has a 15-inch monitor.
You’ll also want to consider the weight of the device as well – if you need to carry it around for work a lot, then a compact notebook or 2-in-1 weighing about 1.5kg or less is ideal.
3. Technical specifications
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty – tech specs. There are four main components you’ll want to consider in this space: processor, system memory, storage and, depending on your needs, graphics.
First up, the processor, also referred to as the CPU. The processor is essentially the brains of a machine, and there are two major players in this race: Intel and AMD. The most common CPU you’ll come across in laptops is Intel, and its families of chips are available in Core i3, i5, i7 or i9.
While Intel’s Core i9 is the latest and most powerful processor available, the average user isn’t likely to need that kind of grunt unless it’s for heavy-duty tasks such as gaming and video editing.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Core i3 chips are built for basic tasks such as web browsing and word processing, and are ideal for someone who doesn’t require much power from their laptop.
For most people, the Core i5 or Core i7 series will fit just right. However, that’s not all you’ll need to consider – each Intel chip comes in a generation, and the most current is the 13th iteration. That said, the 12th-gen i5 CPUs are pretty powerful and you can confidently buy a machine powered by it. You’ll be able to find 10th- and 11th-generation CPUs also available, with the latter being the far superior option. That said, if you don’t need that kind grunt, you can save money by opting for a 10th generation processor, but a futureproof machine would be one powered by a 12th generation Intel Core CPU.
In comparison to Intel, there are fewer laptops powered by AMD Ryzen CPUs, though the 5000-series processors and the latest 7000 series can compete well with Intel.
The next thing to consider is system memory, also known as RAM. This is the component of your laptop that’s designed to hold your data while it’s in use, and 8GB of RAM is fairly standard across consumer laptops. System memory is important in terms of multitasking, so those in need of a machine for gaming, video editing or design programs, may want to consider a laptop with 16GB of RAM.
In terms of storage, it’ll come in the form of either a solid-state drive (SSD) or a hard disk drive (HDD). SSDs are what you’ll now commonly find in laptops, and we’d recommend you stick with them. They offer very reliable and long-lasting performance, and you’ll find that apps and programs will load much quicker.
Finally, to the graphics, otherwise known as the GPU. If you’re a casual gamer, laptops with integrated graphics should be fine – and this is what you’ll find in most laptops. That means the GPU is built into the CPU, offering basic performance.
If you’re deep into gaming, then you’ll need a discrete GPU that sits separate from the CPU. That will almost always come in the form of Nvidia or, if you’ve opted for an AMD processor, it’ll be Radeon. However, it’s worth noting that prices can soar quickly when it comes to powerful GPUs.
Most mid-range laptops will offer a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display as standard, but there will be more budget options with 1366 x 768 resolution, which is fine for smaller screens.
In fact, a lower resolution is often great for a laptop with lower specs as there are fewer pixels for the processor and graphics card to shift, therefore optimising performance.
A higher resolution screen will get you a crisper image, but it’ll be a drain on your battery life and come at a cost. So while a 4K screen may look and sound like a great idea, it’ll take a serious toll on your machine’s core components. OLED panels are beginning to appear in laptops, though they come at a significantly higher price point, and there can be burn-in issues over time.
In the end, though, it’s sometimes worth sacrificing a bit of image quality for a smoother frame rate and longer battery life.