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:
- Dell's Black Friday Sneak Peek sale includes several laptop deals but the quantities are limited
- Lenovo's Doorbuster sale has some big savings but the inventory has been changing quite often
- HP's Holiday Kickoff sale actually has a timer to let you know when the deals are going to change
- Razer's holiday sale has discounted laptops and includes a free gift when you use code HOLIDAY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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