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Top 10 Cheapest Laptops in South Africa (2024)

When we say the cheapest laptops in South Africa we do not mean plastic piles of junk that offer you no value whatsoever. We mean the best laptops that can offer you value for money- good functionality, solid performances, and durability, all for a less than expensive price. Such a laptop would be ideal for those who need to carry out basic writing and computing work, without needing to spend much on a computer. Students fall into this category.

So what are the most affordable laptops available in the South African market right now? The options are many! This post is a compilation of quality and affordability at the same time; laptops that could have been some of the best in the market if new technology did not come out every day.

The following are the most affordable laptops in South Africa.

Top 10 Cheapest Laptops in South Africa

1. Lenovo Chromebook C340-11

The Lenovo Chromebook is a powerful mid-level laptop computer that offers powerful, efficient computing power, in a well-packaged frame; built to withstand the rough usage of a student who is always on the go. You can get this laptop for around R3910, and this is a great deal.

The Lenovo Chromebook C340-11 has a comfortable keyboard, which makes it great for typing, as well as a powerful battery life to help you achieve more while working outdoors.

2. Lenovo Ideapad 110S

The Lenovo Ideapad 110S is a lightweight, portable, durable, and one of the cheapest laptops in South Africa. If you want a laptop that you can carry around in your backpack without worrying that it is going to die from a few bangs it gets along the way, then this is probably the computer you want to be looking at.

You can get 8 guaranteed hours on the battery (another reason it favors outdoor use) and the keyboard is very comfortable. However, with just 32GB of storage capacity, there is not much space to save multimedia. With a price tag of just R3,499, this laptop is still a real steal.

3. Asus E410

Asus comes into the list with the Asus E40 which carries on the Asus tradition of high quality in a durable lightweight plastic body. The Asus E410 is a laptop that you can confidently carry around wherever you like. The computer is built solid and is not afraid of being banged around a little. Also, the weight ( 1.3kg ) is good for packing in a backpack and getting on the move.

At R5000 the laptop is budget-friendly and good for students. The computer comes with a 14-inch screen which is great for typing, editing pictures, or watching videos. All things being said, the Asus E40 is a great pocket-friendly laptop indeed.

4. Acer Swift 3

Fans of Acer Computers don’t need much convincing- the name is a mark of quality. You can get the Acer Swift 3 for R10,000 or less making it one of the cheapest laptops in South Africa, and so enjoy the solid build, and efficiency that comes with the Acer Swift 3.

This is a budget laptop that will impress you performance-wise and is also very affordable and durable. This 13-inch laptop makes typing comfortable and brings images to life. You will also enjoy the 8GB Ram, which means the computer can switch between windows, or open multiple programs without freezing or lagging.

As per memory capacity, the laptop comes with 128GB to 512GB memory, which means you can load it up with your leisure activities such as songs, movies, and pictures. The screen is big enough so if you wish to use it for gaming, for editing photos, or for any other purposes, you should have no trouble whatsoever.

5. Asus Chromebook C523

The Asus Chromebook C523 is an affordable laptop computer. The laptop’s main selling point is the solid plastic housing, which gives the impression of being immune to shocks that come with rough usage. However, this may not be the best laptop for outdoor use; it is better suited to students who are more or less indoor people. As R4,450, you get a computer that will conveniently carry out your simple tasks, and do well when you surf the internet.

6. MacBook Air 2020

The Macbook Air 2020 is made by apple- that is enough to make many people buy the laptop. It has many improvements from the previous Apple Laptops, so there a lot of features to describe. You must have already heard of the high performance, and slimness of this product, and so we need not talk about it. We have often wondered how Apple managed to make a laptop without air vents, and the machines continue to function optimally.

Functionality remains top-notch; typing at night remains a breeze due to illuminated keyboards, the machine’s functionality is unquestionable; with a RAM size of 8GB to 16GB, you can run as many applications as you wish, switching between them as you like, without affecting functionality.

7. Dell XPS 15

The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best laptops out there- no question. This is not just a laptop for students, but rather, a laptop for those students who are creative, and who are on their way to establishing themselves in the creative industry. The laptop packs power; it is powered by a 10th Generation Intel Core i5 – i7 processor, has a 15.6” screen that brings the images and videos to life, and an 8GB to 64GB RAM to enable you open as many programs as you need, and switch between them without the computer lagging. The computer also has a storage capacity of 256GB – 2TB. Absolutely awesome!

The Dell XPS 15 is not the cheapest in the market, but it is one of the most powerful computers you will find out there in the open market. Handling this computer you would wonder how such a powerful machine can be so thin and lightweight.

8. Acer Spin 1 SP111-33

The Acer Spin 1 SP111-33 is a low budget that works well within its limits and gives good value for money. This laptop is great for carrying out simple tasks such as typing and editing text and images. When you get on the internet you will also find that it functions excellently for social media and other uses. The laptop is also light, compact, and tough which means you have nothing to fear when you need to carry it around.

If you are not a game buff; you do not rave after the latest high-definition video games, then you should probably do well with this phone. This phone has a storage capacity of 256GB, which is ample space for all your video and photo files. The laptop comes with a touch-screen.

9. Dell Inspiron 3162

The Dell Inspiron 3162 is an affordable but powerful laptop computer that proves that affordable doesn’t necessarily mean junk. As a work laptop, this computer will perform well; the keyboard is comfortable, and the screen is easy on the eyes. If you are an outdoor person you will certainly enjoy this laptop for its battery performance; you can get up to 8 hours on a single charge.

10. Asus VivoBook Max

As far as Notebooks go, this one is an authentic performer which comes at a cheap price. The keyboard and touchpad are easy and smooth, showing that this laptop was designed for heavy, daily use. The Asus VivoBook comes with a powerful processor and the kind of memory capacity that shows you mean business. High-quality resolution means that the screen is suitable for your entertainment needs, and you get all this for just R6,129.


The top 10 cheapest laptops in South Africa are a student’s delight; so many top-quality laptops to choose from. The major factor that comes into play now is the size of your pocket. Other factors we also consider important are your computing needs (gaming laptops are usually more pricey), and also your lifestyle; if you are an outdoor person then you should go for the laptops with longer battery lives.