Not quite smartphone, not quite laptop – yes, it’s the humble tablet. Globally popularised by the iPad in 2010, you’d be hard pressed to find a household without one or two knocking about. But tablets are expensive given their capabilities rarely match those of a PC or Mac.

Some are cheaper though, and tablets are an ideal media consumption device, especially on the go.

The good news is there are often cheap tablet deals about, and retailers can give big discounts to big brands, from Apple to Google, Acer to Huawei. If it runs iOS or Android, as most do, you've got thousands of awesome apps at your disposal.

Not all deals are good deals though; £100 off a £600 tablet is still a £500 purchase. Consider whether you'd spend that if it wasn't discounted. We are poised to hand pick all the best tablet deals right here.

You also want to make sure the tablet you're buying isn't a dud - while you're safe with just about any iPad, not all Android tablets are created equal. Check out our rankings of the best tablets and best cheap tablets for inspiration and some detailed buying advice so that you know what to look for.

Best tablet deals

KRCS iPad and iPad Pro discount code 

Right now KRCS is offering Macworld readers an exclusive 3 percent discount on all iPads and iPad Pros, which means you can save up to £37. Simply use the code MACWORLD3 at checkout. This promotion ends September 9th.

See KRCS's iPad models here and iPad Pro models here.

What tablet deals are available?

You occasionally see the odd bit of money off an iPad, so look at retailers like Currys PC World and Argos for those, as Apple itself doesn’t often discount its iPads. There are always iPads on its Refurbished Store all year round though of course, while official resellers like KRCS can sometimes offer more competitive prices.

Android tablets are far more likely to be sold at great prices given their generally lower RRPs in the first place - though even high-ticket Samsung and Google tablets can also get a good price cut so keep your eyes peeled – on this page.

Amazon's Fire tablets all have low prices to start with, and are criminally low when they go on sale - which is surprisingly frequently. They tend to drop from 'affordable' to 'essential' with offers across the Fire tablet range - sometimes bringing the already-budget Fire 7 down to a ridiculous £30.

If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.

Sign up for Prime now to take advantage.

Tablet deals for students

Another great resource to help you snag deals is Tech Advisor's Student Beans page. The Tech and Mobile section can help you save up to 25% from big brands such as Apple (10% off for students), Asus, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and many more. See all tech student deals here.

Here are a few of the best places to check for tablet bargains:

The best tablet deals today

1. Apple iPad and iPad Pro

From: KRCS

Now: Up to £37 off  (3% off with code MACWORLD3)

Save 3% on iPad and iPad Pro devices when you buy from KRCS. Ends September 9th!

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7in 32GB Storage Silver

From: Currys

Was: £599.99

Now: £469.99  (£130 off)

3. Huawei MediaPad T3 10in Tablet with 2GB RAM and 16GB Storage

From: Amazon

Was: £159.99

Now: £128.95  (£31 off)

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6in with 1.5GB RAM and 8GB Storage

From: Amazon

Was: £179

Now: £113.90  (£66 off)

5. Apple iPad Mini 4 WiFi 128GB Silver

From: Amazon

Was: £470.67

Now: £339.98  (£130.69 off)

6. Samsung 7in Galaxy Tab A with 8GB Storage

From: Currys PC World

Was: £139.99

Now: £99.99  (£40 off)

7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7in 32GB

From: Currys PC World

Was: £399.99

Now: £329.99  (£70 off)

Get £70 off this great Samsung tablet.

8. Apple 10.5in iPad Pro 64GB Wi-Fi

From: Newegg

Was: £619

Now: £563.99  (£56 off)

The 10.5in iPad Pro is currently cheaper when you buy from Newegg instead of the Apple Store.

9. Amazon Fire HD 8 with Alexa 32GB

From: Amazon

Was: £99.99

Now: £84.99  (£15 off)

Get the 32GB Fire HD 8 for less than the usual price of the 16GB version from Amazon.