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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.

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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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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.

Xps 17

Dell XPS 17 (9710) | $350 off

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.

$1,750 at Dell
Dell XPS 13 Touch

Dell XPS 13 Touch Laptop | $320 off

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.

$730 at Dell
Dell Xps 13

New Dell XPS 13 Laptop | $390 off

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.

$1,180 at Dell
Acer Swift 3 (SF313-52)

Acer Swift 3 13.5 | $300 off

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!

$599 at B&H
Acer Spin 5 display mode

Acer Spin 5 | $340 off

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.

$759 at Amazon
Chuwi Herobook

Chuwi HeroBook Pro 14.1 | $100 off

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.

$279 at Amazon
Xpg Xenia 14

XPG Xenia 14 (Core i5) | $150 off

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.

$950 at Amazon
Xpg Xenia 14

XPG Xenia 14 (Core i7) | $100 off

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.

$1,299 at Amazon
Hp Envy X360 15

HP Envy x360 15z | $100 off

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.

From $640 at HP
Hp Envy X360 Intel

HP Envy x360 15t | $210 off

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.

From $690 at HP
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 9

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9) | $1,230 off

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.

$1,230 at Lenovo
ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 8) | $1,610 off

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.

$1,610 at Lenovo
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 | $300 off

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.

From $900 at Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Book Pro

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro | $250 off

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.

$850 at Samsung
Galaxy Book Odyssey Front

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey | $300 off

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.

$1,100 at Samsung
Galaxy Book Flex2 5g Reco

Samsung Galaxy Book Flex2 Alpha | $250 off

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.

From $600 at Samsung
Galaxy Book Go Navy

Samsung Galaxy Book Go | $100 off

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.

$250 at Samsung
Hp 15 Inch

HP 15.6-inch laptop | $120 off

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.

$279 at Walmart
Surface Laptop Go

Surface Laptop Go starting at $500

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.

From $500 at Best Buy
Surface Pro 7

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | CAD $500 off

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.

As low as CAD $1,099 at Microsoft
Hp Envy X

HP Envy x360 15t | $300 off

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.

$699.99 at HP
Hp Spectre X360 Oled

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop | $330 off

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.

$1,399.99 at HP
Dell XPS 13 9300

Dell XPS 13 laptop | $313 off

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.

$636.99 at Dell
Gateway 15 Ultra Slim

Gateway 15.6 Ultra Slim Notebook | $70 off

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.

$179 at Walmart
Gateway 11 2 In 1 Touch Laptop

Gateway 11.6 2-in-1 Laptop | $50 off

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.

$149 at Walmart
Zenbook Oled

ASUS ZenBook OLED | Save £100

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.

£699 at Amazon
Vivobook 15 Oled

ASUS VivoBook K513EQ OLED | Save £150

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.

From £640 at Amazon

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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 5i

Lenovo Legion 5i laptop | $467 off

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.

$1,492.99 at Lenovo
Asus Laptop Zephyrus

Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop | $150 off

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.

$1,399.99 at Best Buy
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

Lenovo Legion Pro laptop | $491 off

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

$1,588.99 at Lenovo
Gigabyte Aero 4k Oled

Gigabyte Aero 4K OLED | Save $650

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.

$1,250 at Best Buy

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