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If your laptop is due for an upgrade, this week and weekend are the perfect time to shop around for the best Black Friday laptop sales. It’s definitely the way to go if you’re not particularly motivated to get the top-of-the-line model from your favorite gadget brand.
Before you click add to cart, though, do your due diligence. Figure out what features and tech specs you need — super low prices usually mean an older processor or less memory, so make sure you’re getting what you actually want. Also, make sure that you’re clicking on a brand new machine and not just a refurbished model (unless that doesn’t matter to you). Finally, it pays to read customer reviews. At the end of the day, laptops are a pricey investment, so learn from other people’s experiences and narrow down your choices.
To save you a bit of time and effort, we’ve scoured a few of the more notable online stores frequented by laptop buyers and picked some options for you to consider. Some of these deals may not be available till Black Friday comes around, but since ads for these promos have come out early, it may be worth bookmarking these pages so you’re ready. We will be updating this list of the best Black Friday laptop sales over the shopping season.
The Best Black Friday laptop sales
Acer Aspire 5
The Aspire 5 is a popular mid-range choice if you want something both powerful and lightweight. It’s perfect for students and for users who have basic computing requirements. Walmart is offering a deal now on the Aspire 5 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and 256GB SSD for $399 (from $529) or an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 and 512GB SSD for $529 (from $625) if you need more power. But if you’re on a budget, the cheapest we’ve found is through Amazon, available with an AMD Ryzen 3 processor and 128GB SSD for $308.97 via Prime (it was originally priced at $349.99).
Swift 3 Laptop
This thin and stylish laptop comes in a variety of colors if you are looking for a machine to match your design aesthetic. It’s not all looks though — it packs a powerful enough punch with an Intel Core i5 quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 SDRAM, and 1TB total hard drive capacity. You can add this laptop to your cart today through Acer‘s official website for $439.99 (was $629.99).
Macs are a popular item on the best Black Friday laptop sales list, and starting now you can already get the latest model of the MacBook Air through Amazon — it’s the one with a True Tone display that automatically adjusts your screen to match the color temperature of your environment — with an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage for $899.99 (was $1,099.99); if you want the version with 256GB of storage, it’s available now for $1,099.99 (it was $1,299.99). These offers are available for a limited time, but if you’re willing to hold off buying until Black Friday, you can buy select models for as low as $899.99 on Best Buy. Just make sure you sign up for their membership program (it’s free, you just need an email address to set up) to get access to the discounts.
The MacBook Pro’s non-Black Friday prices normally start at $1,299 on Apple’s website. The laptop has a few improvements over the MacBook Air, one of them the Touch ID that allows you to do access certain settings with a quick tap of the finger; more generally, it’s just a more powerful machine. Best Buy has an offer of up to $300 off selected MacBook Pro laptop models and those deals are available starting Nov. 28. You can, however, buy now and get $100 off select models as a My Best Buy member.
For Costco members, the MacBook Pro with Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, and 128GB SSD in Space Gray is available now for $999.99 (was $1,249.99).
ASUS ZenBook Flip S
Lucky for creatives, the best Black Friday laptop sales include one of the thinnest laptops on the market that still has enough computing power to handle creative design work, the ASUS ZenBook Flip is a worthy alternative to a Mac. It’s fast-charging and comes with 8th gen Intel Core i7-8550U Processor, 512GB SSD, and 16GB DDR3 RAM. It’s also touchscreen and has a 360-degree flippable display. It is now available on the ASUS website for only $999.99 (was $1,399.99).
ASUS ROG Strix GL531GU
Do you use your laptop primarily for games? Walmart has the ASUS ROG Strix by ASUS for sale now at $999 (was $1,299), and it’s easily one of the retailer’s more popular items pre-Black Friday for a reason. It has the 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H hexa-core processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and GTX 1660Ti GPU as well as an RGB keyboard. For a gaming laptop, $300 off is not a bad deal at all.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop
Another convertible laptop worth checking out is the XPS 13. It comes with a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and is overall, a well-reviewed machine due to its performance and versatility. Tinkering with the available options on the Dell website will yield different price points, but for the tech specs above and all the basic inclusions, you can get the member price of $1,273.99 for a configuration with an estimated value of $1,399.99. Gaming laptops are a popular item on the best Black Friday laptop sales list, so act fast.
Dell G3 15 Gaming Laptop
Another gaming laptop option to check out is the Dell G3 15. On the Dell website, you can do a quick gear check of a few popular games to see how it fares on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design, 6GB GDDR6 graphics card, and 9th generation Intel Core i5-9300H processor that’s on this machine. It is also VR-ready. Again, you can check out different configurations to tweak the pricing, but the best Black Friday deal available is for the one with the 6GB GDDR6 option, available at the member price of $832.99 (valued at $1,149.99).
HP 15T Laptop
HP is a well-regarded go-to brand when it comes to laptops because it has a machine for every level of computer user. The HP 15T Laptop is one of their newer basic models that’s ideal for everyday use, made better by fast-charging technology and longer battery life. The “best value” configuration of 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U quad-core processor, 12GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM, and 256 GB SSD + 16GB Optane memory is now available for $499.99 (was $1,249.99).
HP Envy x360 Laptop 15T Touch
More and more brands are coming out with two-in-one laptops that convert into a tablet. HP has definitely gotten into the game with the HP Envy x360. Armed with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U quad-core processor, 8 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM, and 256GB SSD + 16GB Optane memory, you can rest assured that your machine will make you happy, whether you use it at your desk for work or as a tablet for Netflix-bingeing. Be sure to pick the “best value” configuration to buy it at the price of $699.99 (was $1,049.99).
HP Spectre x360 Laptop 15T Touch
Need a machine to edit videos, create design mock-ups, and enhance photos? One of the best Black Friday laptop sales for those who need a versatile device is the price cut on the HP Spectre x360. With its 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB graphics card, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage as well as long battery life and the ability to convert into tablet mode, you can easily create and showcase your work, anytime, anywhere. You can buy it now for $1,199.99 (originally $1,549.99) when you choose the “best value” configuration option.
Lenovo Legion Y545
One of the more popular gaming laptop options this Black Friday season is Lenovo’s Legion Y545. At .97-inches/24.7mm thin and 2.3kg/5.07 in weight, it’s one of the sleeker options for gaming laptops, which are usually bulky and heavy. Despite its size, it still promises power similar to a desktop computer. You can grab one with an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD (plus a 1TB hard drive) on Newegg for only $899.99 (was $1,399.99).
Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15
The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15 is the brand’s horse in the convertible laptop race. It comes with four modes: Laptop, Tent, Stand, or Tablet mode, all of which providing maximum functionality for any situation. Powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA MX230 discrete graphics, the Flex 15 is the perfect machine for entertainment and creative work. You can buy this machine for $899 (it was $1,714.70) by choosing the 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD, and 20GB memory options on Newegg.
Surface Pro 7
If you’re looking for a machine to run on Windows, there’s no better place to look than the operating system’s flagship store. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 combines the performance of a top-of-the-line laptop with the ease of use and functionality of a tablet. Armed with fast-charge technology and long battery life, it’s the ultimate multitasking tool. Normally, you would have to buy the keyboard cover separately, but for $649 (originally priced at $879), it’s included with a 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor, 4GB memory, and 128GB SSD.
Notebook 7 Spin
Samsung will not be left behind in the convertible laptop arena. The Notebook 7 Spin works as a regular laptop and when needed — as the name implies — a notebook where you can jot down ideas, reminders, and designs as you tap, sketch, or type them. For only $599.99 (originally $899.99) on the Samsung website, you get a laptop with a 360-degree rotating display, 8th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, and 512GB SSD Storage. Active Pen sold separately.
Notebook 9 Pro (512 GB)
The latest Notebook 9 Pro is the slimmest and sleekest convertible laptop Samsung has released. Whether you use it in notebook mode or rotate the screen all the way around to tablet mode, you get the same level of productivity and performance. For $1,099.99 (originally $1,299.99) on Samsung, it comes with an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor, 512GB SSD storage, and 16 GB LPDDR3 Memory. Active Pen is included.
We’ll be updating this post as more savings surface, so check back — and be sure to check out all our Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 content.
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Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.