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Best Black Friday laptop deals 2021

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For as specific a word as "laptop" is, the variety of laptops available seems overwhelming at times. There are just so many types of laptops from your basic notebook that relies on Cloud storage to 2-in-1 touchscreen laptops that can turn into tablets to giant, honking gaming machines that probably shouldn't leave your desk.

Truthfully, you'll be able to find some sort of laptop deal just about anywhere. The problem isn't quantity, though, it's quality. Before you go shopping for a laptop, you should ask yourself, "What do I need?" Are you looking for a high-powered gaming machine with discrete graphics and a high-resolution screen? Or would you prefer a budget option with a Microsoft 365 subscription just for work? Do you want something portable and lightweight or a large screen and powerful cooling fans? How many ports do you need for things like headsets and mice and external hard drives? Are there any brands you prefer like HP or ASUS or Dell?

Once you can answer questions like that, you can begin to narrow down where you're going to find the best deals. If you don't have specific answers, then it's best to start at a retailer like Amazon or Best Buy. These places are sure to have some great laptop discounts, and you'll be able to narrow down your parameters with the advanced search functions. Keep an eye on the daily deals sections for featured laptops that you know will have great specifications and a solid price.

You should also check out the websites for HP, Dell, Lenovo, and others. All these locations are having Black Friday sales, and some have started early with regular doorbusters and limited-time savings. You might get lucky and find a deal that won't even come around again on Black Friday.

Where to find the best Black Friday laptop deals?

You don't have to go very far to find great deals on laptops. Just take a look around at the places you already shop and you're sure to find a few. There might be a few places you haven't thought of, though, especially since the individual brands love to run Black Friday sales, too.

Every major retailer that sells laptops has a section with deals, refurbished units, and other ways to save:

If you can be more specific with the brand you want, all the better. Here are a few manufacturer websites that are also hosting Black Friday sales:

When do the Black Friday laptop deals begin?

That's the secret, they never stopped. If you are dead set on shopping for a laptop specifically on Black Friday, Nov. 26, then you will find a deal or two. There will absolutely be laptop deals on that day and over the weekend. Cyber Monday can often be a good time for laptop prices as well. We think you should get started now, though, because new deals are coming and going all the time.

Dell has its Black Friday Sneak Peek sale. Lenovo's early Black Friday deals feature regular doorbusters in limited quantities. Walmart has three separate Black Friday sales happening throughout November. If you're reading this and asking yourself "When?" the answer is now.

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Black Friday laptop deals: Thin and Light

These are the laptops where portability is king. You need speed. You need touchscreens and Thunderbolt ports and a built-in webcam for business meetings. Laptops like this are built for productivity, but even the integrated graphics you're most likely to find on laptops like this can be used for some light gaming on occasion. There is a lot of variety here, too, with budget laptops that could only cost a couple hundred bucks to advanced machines with powerful processors that can be used for so much more. Find the features you want on the budget you have.

Dell XPS 17 (9710) | $350 off (opens in new tab)

The XPS 17 is Dell's largest flagship Ultrabook, with 17-inch FHD+ display with 500 nits and Dolby Vision. Performance hardware includes an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3050 Laptop GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD. If you're a creator who needs a lot of power, this is a beautiful PC.

Dell XPS 13 Touch Laptop | $320 off (opens in new tab)

This model puts a touchscreen at your fingertips, along with one of the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processors. Add in 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, and you've got a pretty good entry-level laptop with great looks and at an amazing price.

New Dell XPS 13 Laptop | $390 off (opens in new tab)

This particular model is a little more expensive, but it's worth it if you need some extra power. You'll get a boost up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. Plus, you get those stunner XPS 13 looks.

Acer Swift 3 13.5 | $300 off (opens in new tab)

This Swift 3 has a 2K display with 3:2 aspect ratio, 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, sizable 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, and excellent battery life. This deal won't last through the night!

Acer Spin 5 | $340 off (opens in new tab)

Want a 2K screen that you can look at and touch? How about all the laptop ports you could ever ask for? And 15 hours of battery life to top off the package? That's the promise of the Acer Spin 5.

Chuwi HeroBook Pro 14.1 | $100 off (opens in new tab)

The HeroBook Pro from Chuwi features a Celeron N4020 dual-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB M.2 SSD. The 14.1-inch display is set at an FHD resolution, and the keyboard and touchpad are comfy. This is a good laptop to have for light duty around the house.

XPG Xenia 14 (Core i5) | $150 off (opens in new tab)

This Xenia 14 model has an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 512GB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD, and 14-inch 1200p display with 16:10 aspect ratio. It's one of the thinnest and lightest laptops on the market today.

XPG Xenia 14 (Core i7) | $100 off (opens in new tab)

This higher end version of the Xenia 14 has an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD, and a 14-inch 1200p display with 16:10 aspect ratio. This is one of the thinnest and lightest Ultrabooks you'll find today.

HP Envy x360 15z | $100 off (opens in new tab)

HP's Envy x360 15z convertible laptop delivers a ton of performance with AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile CPUs. It's thin, it's built well with an aluminum chassis, the keyboard and touchpad are comfy, and the battery life is outstanding. If you're in the market for a high-end convertible that doesn't have a premium cost, this is it.

HP Envy x360 15t | $210 off (opens in new tab)

The Intel-based Envy x360 15t offers a deeper discount than the AMD model, and you can configure it as you'd like and still get the same deal. Choose from 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs, storage sizes, and memory, and get the same excellent build quality and features. This Intel version comes in a silver finish.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9) | $1,230 off (opens in new tab)

This most recent model includes a 16:10 aspect ratio display with FHD+ resolution. Performance hardware includes an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU, 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD. An IR camera, fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2 are all included. Use code "THINKBLACKFRIDAY1" to get the full discount at checkout.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 8) | $1,610 off (opens in new tab)

The previous generation of the X1 Carbon is still sporting a display with 16:9 aspect ratio, but that won't matter to many people. It has inside a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10510U CPU, 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD, and FHD display. Use code "THINKBLACKFRIDAY1" to get the full discount at checkout.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 | $300 off (opens in new tab)

Not only do you save a flat $300 off this premium convertible PC with Windows 11, Intel's 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs, and AMOLED touch display, you also receive a $200 Samsung store credit to use as you wish.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro | $250 off (opens in new tab)

Rather not pay the extra money for a convertible build? For many people, a standard notebook is enough. Samsung's Galaxy Book Pro is a premium PC with gorgeous display, good performance, and a ton of extra features.

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey | $300 off (opens in new tab)

Need more power? The Galaxy Book Odyssey has an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, and a larger battery for those who need to handle heavier work.

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha | $250 off (opens in new tab)

The 13.3-inch Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha is a convertible laptop comparable to the Book Pro 360, except it's smaller and doesn't cost nearly as much. Enjoy excellent performance and QLED touch display, all for a flat $250 off the regular price.

Samsung Galaxy Book Go | $100 off (opens in new tab)

Want to spend less than $300 and still get an excellent ARM-based laptop? The Galaxy Book Go is built well, it has a great display and keyboard, and it's already packing Windows 11.

HP 15.6-inch laptop | $120 off (opens in new tab)

A great Black Friday price on a budget laptop. The specifications include 8GB RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, and an Intel Core i3 processor. It also can be upgraded to Windows 11 for free.

Surface Laptop Go starting at $500 (opens in new tab)

The Surface Laptop Go is already one of Microsoft's most affordable Surface devices. Its Intel Core i5 processor is fast enough for everyday work, and the laptop delivers good battery life. While the entry-level model is discounted to just $500, for only $50 more you can double your storage and RAM, placing you comfortably in the midrange of Microsoft's compact and portable laptop.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | CAD $500 off (opens in new tab)

For Canadians. Choose your favorite color in Platinum or Black, then choose your favorite configuration. The prices range from CAD $1,099 to CAD $2,669 and you're saving up to CAD $400 off the regular prices.

HP Envy x360 15t | $300 off (opens in new tab)

Featuring the latest Intel laptop chips, 8GB RAM, a large 15-inch display, and excellent keyboard and trackpad, you can't go wrong with the HP Envy x360 15t for just $670.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop | $330 off (opens in new tab)

You'll get an 11th-gen Intel i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It has a beautiful 4K AMOLED display, Thunderbolt 4 ports, Bluetooth, and more. The price is temporary and only good through the end of the day.

Dell XPS 13 laptop | $313 off (opens in new tab)

Pick the configuration you want with this Dell XPS 13 laptop and save no matter what. You can stick with the default selections or upgrade a bit if you want. The sale is part of Black Friday's Sneak Peek deals, so it won't last forever.

Gateway 15.6 Ultra Slim Notebook | $70 off (opens in new tab)

This 15.6-inch notebook has quad-core Intel Pentium Silver N5030 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of eMMC storage, Wi-Fi 6, THX audio, and a year's subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal.

Gateway 11.6 2-in-1 Laptop | $50 off (opens in new tab)

This 2-in-1 PC from Gateway features an 11.6-inch touch display that can be rotated around for tent, stand, and tablet modes. It's powered by an Intel Celeron N4020 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and it has 64GB of eMMC storage. A year's subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal is included.

ASUS ZenBook OLED | Save £100 (opens in new tab)

A 13-inch laptop with a full DCI-P3 coverage OLED display for this price? No, it's not a mistake, and with an Intel Core i5, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe SSD alongside, you've got a pretty spectacular package at a bargain price.

ASUS VivoBook K513EQ OLED | Save £150 (opens in new tab)

If you need something a little bigger, this VivoBook packs a 15-inch OLED display with either a 6-core Ryzen 5 or a combination of Intel Core i5 and NVIDIA MX350 graphics, in both cases under £700.

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Black Friday laptop deals: Gaming machines

Discrete graphics cards, high refresh rates, advanced cooling systems. Some laptops are just built different, and if you want one that can play the latest titles or do some serious heavy lifting, this is the section for you. It's not always just about gaming, either. If you are a creative type that works with photography or does a lot of video editing, you need a laptop that can hold its own.

Lenovo Legion 5i laptop | $467 off (opens in new tab)

You will need two codes to maximize the savings on this deal: LEGIONDEALS20 and SECRETDEAL. These will bring the final total down to a crazy low price. The laptop is loaded with features, too.

Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop | $150 off (opens in new tab)

The laptop comes equipped with a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, so it's already off to a great start in becoming your next gaming machine. You also get an AMD Ryzen 9 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD all at a low price.

Lenovo Legion Pro laptop | $491 off (opens in new tab)

Don't forget to use the codes LEGIONDEALS20 and SECRETDEAL. Stack these discounts to get the ultimate savings on this great laptop.

Gigabyte Aero 4K OLED | Save $650 (opens in new tab)

This is a pretty insane laptop with not only a GTX 3060 and an 11th Gen Intel Core i7, but a simply glorious Samsung 4K OLED display. It can certainly game, but as an NVIDIA Studio laptop, this one's more for the creators.

John Levite
John Levite

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.

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