By Mark Hachman
Black Friday offers some of the best deals on laptops, notebook PCs, and Chromebooks of any time during the year—and the great deals aren’t confined to just the day after Thanksgiving. We’ve rounded up the best deals on portable PCs that we know of so far, and we’ll add to this list as the week progresses.
(Note that there may be decent deals on new models, but it’s the laptops that are slightly older that often receive the sharpest discounts. In part, that’s because laptop vendors have just introduced their latest gear, and may be clearing the decks.)[ Want all the Black Friday deals? Check out TechConnect, our home for holiday deals hand-picked by the PCWorld, Macworld and TechHive editors. ]
One of the best deals Dell is offering is a doorbuster at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT on Black Friday: PCWorld’s Editors’ Choice, the Dell XPS 13 for $799.99, which is a savings of $400, or 33 percent, off the list price of $1,199. Yes, this Core i5/8GB/256GB config is last year’s model, currently selling for $949.99, but it’s still a terrific machine!
We also really like another doorbuster: 6 PM ET/3 PM PT on Thanksgiving: This Inspiron 15 5000 laptop is on sale for $399.99, $200, or 33 percent, off its current price of $599.99. It’s got an entry-level Core i5 Ice Lake chip with somewhat minimal 8GB RAM/256GB SSD specs, but for the price, it’s worth it.
Dell’s already selling its Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 Laptop for $599.99 (20 percent or $150, or 20 percent, off), which includes a new 10th-gen Comet Lake chip, designed for speed. The 8GB RAM/256GB SSD/1080p configuration skimps a bit on storage, but not much. On Black Friday, Dell will sell the Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 Laptop, for $599.99, $150 off its MSRP, and $100 of its current list price. It’s basically the identical configuration to the 14 5000 model but with a 15.6-inch screen.
We’ve also begun recommending that people stop paying for antivirus software, but this 1-PC, 1-year license to McAfee Antivirus is just $4.99.
First, a word to the wise: HP is advertising its 15t laptops at monumental “discounts”: touting savings of as much as $770 on its Black Friday site, with prices as low as $499 on Black Friday. But know that HP 15t laptops are currently sell for a low of $579.99, so in reality were talking about a 13 percent savings.
HP’s Spectre x360 13t is currently on sale for $829.99, about $320, or 28 percent, off the $1,149 retail. This seems like a legitimate sale, as it’s hovered at that price or even a bit higher for most of 2019. HP’s Spectre x360 laptops are generally excellent. A limited-time doorbuster starting at 4 PM PT on Black Friday will bring the price down to $800.
Beginning November 28, Microsoft will offer the 10th-gen Core i3 HP 15-dy1731ms for $299 (down from its $490 price, a nearly 40 percent dicscount). The 10th-gen Core i5-powered model of the same machine, the HP 15-dy1751ms, is also on sale for $399, a 34 percent discount from its $600 price. A Core i7 version will be $599.
Target is also offering this Black Friday doorbuster on the HP 11.6-inch Chromebook for $99, 50 percent off its retail price of $199.99.
Microsoft’s shaving 22 percent off the price of the Core i5/8GB/256GB version of the Surface Pro 7. Bundled with the Type Cover (which normally ships separately), the Surface Pro 7 will cost $999, $330 off the regular price. The Core i5/8GB/128GB option with Type Cover will be $799, or $230 off. This deal is live.
On November 28, Microsoft will offer $500 off the aging Surface Book 2.
Beginning on Thanksgiving and extending though Black Friday, Walmart is offering this Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook 3 for $99, which is normally $159. That’s 38 percent off for a 4GB RAM/16GB Chromebook, which isn’t great but should work just fine for a young student.
B&H currently has what looks to be a great deal on this 14-inch IdeaPad Flex Pro for $549. While we doubt it’s ever been sold for the retail price of $1,169, this 2-in-1 boasts a Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, plus Thunderbolt ports and a 1080p display. It’s also substantially less than the $949 we found it for on Amazon.
Walmart is offering this Lenovo IdeaPad for $379, about $110 less than on Amazon. It ships with a 15.6-inch screen, Core i5-8265U/8GB RAM/128GB SSD configuration. It uses a 1366×768 screen, though, which is lower-res than the 1080p panels we usually prefer.
Walmart’s also selling this Legion By Lenovo Y540 15.6 Gaming Laptop for $849, which my colleague Brad Chacos ranks as a good deal for its combination of an Intel Core i5-9300H plus Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB GPU. It also includes both a 256GB SSD as well as a 1TB hard drive for data backup.
Acer’s inexpensive Acer Aspire 5 laptops consistently dominate the list of Amazon’s best sellers, and for Black Friday Acer is discounting the Aspire. Unfortunately, it’s the older Aspire 3 (A315-41-R8UU) for $329.99, or 40 percent off, which includes a Ryzen 5, 8GB of memory, and a terabyte spinning hard drive. Performance won’t be great, but the price is pretty solid.
A more interesting deal is the Acer Swift 3, a decent midrange, everyday notebook which earned 3.5 stars in our review. Acer’s lowering the price of the Acer Swift 3 (SF314-55G-50PM) to $669.99, down 25 percent from the $899 review price. It’s an 8GB RAM/512GB SSD machine. That makes this deal seem even sweeter: the 8GB/256GB version costs $977.43 on Amazon. That’s a 31 percent savings!
Newegg is promoting the MSI GL65 9SDK-034 for $799, $250, or 22 percent, off. It’s another good GeForce GTZ 1660 Ti (6GB) deal, with a 9th-gen Core i7 backing it up, as well as 8GB of memory and a 512GB SSD. (Note that the sale price is $899, but a mail-in rebate will knock another $100 off that price.)
Newegg has one of those whopping $1,000 discounts on a gaming laptop in store for Black Friday: the ROG G703GX is $2,389, $1,110, or 32 percent, off. (The deal’s already live, though.) This is for gamers who want to jump feet-first into Nvidia’s RTX technology, with a Core i9-8950HK under the hood, an RTX 2080 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 17-inch IPS 144Hz display.
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