AO's Windows 10 laptop range is perfect for going back to university – here's why

AO's range of Windows 10 laptops and computing tech is ideal for going back to university, as well as working from home

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T3's mission statement is to connect people with quality technology – products that will make their lives easier and spark joy.

This is why we spend each week of every year working for our readers to surface the very best retail destinations to get those quality products. We not only want our readers to get the best products, but also for the best price and with the best customer service, too.

And when it comes round to Windows 10 laptops and computing tech to use while going back to university or working from home, AO is currently the retail destination we rate highest.

This is because, as T3 can confirm, AO has built up a reputation that none of the more establishment retailers can match – a reputation for incredible product range, the lowest prices (thanks to a guaranteed price match promise) and, crucially, a friendly, expert and no-nonsense approach to customer service.

For us at T3 we always factor in how good a retailer's customer service and aftercare package is when recommending products it stocks, and the nice thing with AO is that we never have to worry – its range of tech is superb and if you buy a product with them they deliver truly superb customer care.

Today AO has over 170,000 5-star reviews on Trust Pilot, which tells you all you need to know, offers a price match promise, free next-day delivery and completely free returns, too. It also has more than 100,000 electricals in stock – it really is the perfect destination to land quality technology at affordable price points.

All of this is why we're happy to surface AO's outstanding selection of Windows 10 laptops, which are perfect partners for working from home or going back to university. Windows 10 laptops are the perfect companion for anyone who wants to do great things, with powerful tech enabling productivity and creativity.

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Windows 10 laptops that creatives will love

For people finding themselves fighting on a daily basis with a slow, loud, and cumbersome computer, one that frequently crashes and runs out of storage, too, while also not delivering 2020 essential features like webcams, today's Windows 10 laptops are the perfect solution.

More people than ever before are finding themselves working from home, and even for those who can still go back to university or into the office, having a reliable and - crucially - affordable laptop is of great importance. And that is where AO excels.

AO has a truly excellent range of Windows 10 laptops that are ideal for students going back to university and anyone who now finds themselves working from home. Just take a look at the HP Envy 13, HP Envy x360 and HP Spectre x360that AO currently has in stock, which deliver 5-star rated computing experiences, as an example.

Let's start with the Spectre x360, which is the most premium option. This 2-in-1 laptop delivers a back to university-proof 19-hour battery life between charges, a 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen that can be fully rotated so the system turns into a spacious tablet, and a suite of powerful internal hardware that is ideal for study and creative products.

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A 256GB SSD delivers plenty of space for music, movies, pictures, assignments and creative projects, and as it is an SSD rather than a HDD, it's super fast. You'll never be left waiting for things to load and Windows 10 boots up almost instantaneously.

The power that Windows 10 delivers is surfaced brilliantly by HP's hardware, with its combination of an Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM, as well as 19-hour battery life, meaning that there is plenty of power for multi-tasking and for powering the system's included digital stylus, the HP Tilt Pen.

This stylus, which is included with the Spectre x360, enables precision when writing and drawing, allowing creatives to hone their skills in sketching up designs, or students to take notes during lectures or annotate documents. This is a laptop that empowers the owner to be creative and productive anywhere.

The HP Spectre x360 is, simply put, brilliant – that's why it is securely positioned in T3's best 2-in-1 laptops guide, and it shows just how empowering the Windows 10 ecosystem is when used right. The HP Spectre x360 is in stock now at AO and with the retailer's excellent aftercare service, too.

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The depth and breadth of AO's Windows 10 computing range is highlighted in the fact that it not just has one quality HP laptop in stock, but many, with the HP Envy and HP Envy x360 just a few more examples of the fantastic laptop experiences for students and young professionals available.

There's every other brand in stock you can think of too at AO, but HP make some of the absolute finest Windows 10-toting student laptops going today, and therefore as we would expect, AO provides a comprehensive range of them.

For example, if you are just looking for a lightweight and stylish traditional laptop experience, then the HP Envy 13 is a great choice. You don't get the rotating 2-in-1 functionality of the Spectre, but you do get a strong spec including the same 10th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB RAM.

You also get an even larger 512GB SSD drive, too, and the same touchscreen functionality, meaning that using the system while on the go and without a mouse is simple and intuitive. This flexibility of use is also improved by the system's super fast and smooth Wi-Fi connectivity. Again plenty of power and at a great price, too – now available for £799.

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The HP Envy x360, meanwhile, continues this enabling of great things for its user by merging both the Spectre x360 and HP Envy by delivering a hybrid between them both.

This system comes with comparably powerful internal hardware spec to the Envy, with an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU and 8GB RAM partnering a 256GB SSD, but also delivers the Spectre x360's rotating touchscreen, which is compatible with the HP Tilt Pen digital stylus.

From using Skype and Microsoft Teams to take part in video meetings and seminars (essential when working from home), to editing and viewing pictures in Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Photos, and onto enjoying some welcome down time with Xbox Game Pass for PC (great for playing the latest video games) and streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, this laptop like the others listed before, is a great and affordable fit.

And with an impressive 11-hour battery life, you've got a Windows 10 system that delivers all day power, too.

This really is what AO specialise in, delivering quality technology that will go the distance and, crucially, isn't the reserve of only the very rich. Today most people can't spend thousands on a new laptop, and you can see that AO understands that by taking a look at its range of affordable computing products.

Windows 10 systems that come with everything you need to work and play in 2020.

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Shopping tech from home, 24/7, made easy

In general, though, AO is one of T3's favourite retailers (just go take a look at how much we write about its deals!) as it just makes shopping for any piece of technology, at any time of day, easy.

AO boasts the UKs biggest range of appliances, which means it is great for far more than computing tech. T3 frequently writes about its white goods, smart home tech, 4K HDR TVs and mobile phones, for example – many of which tend to get discounted in its product-stuffed deals centre.

And talking of deals, AO has just made it even easier to land top computing tech as it is offering £50 cashback on any Windows 10 laptop over £399. That's a big saving on any laptop which, when combined with the fact that AO delivers free returns for up to 100 days, means there is no risk in selecting a system that you think will suit you and trialling it out.

From HP to Asus, Lenovo to Acer, and onto Huawei and more, there are plenty of quality laptops in stock right now and eligible for that £50 cashback deal, so why not browse AO's stock and discover just why the retailer is thought of so highly here at T3.

More information about who AO is and what it does can be found on the retailer's official website, while to learn more about the great features Windows 10 offers, you can visit Microsoft's official website.

Robert Jones

Rob has been writing about computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology, toys (specifically Lego and board games), smart home and more for over 15 years. As the editor of PC Gamer, and former Deputy Editor for, you can find Rob's work in magazines, bookazines and online, as well as on podcasts and videos, too. Outside of his work Rob is passionate about motorbikes, skiing/snowboarding and team sports, with football and cricket his two favourites.