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Black Friday laptop deals: What to expect and early sales

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Black Friday is the perfect time to look for discounted laptops. Whether you’re on the prowl for a powerful gaming rig or an everyday Chromebook, there’s no better time to take the plunge. The early deals are already here.

That’s where we come in (cue the majestic trumpets!). The team at PCWorld has compiled a list of laptop deals from all over the web. We’ve included deals from laptop manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo, as well as sales from online retailers like Best Buy and eBay. After you’ve had a good look at the laptops we’ve highlighted, head down to the bottom of the article to learn more about what to expect from Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Early Black Friday mainstream laptop deals

Sometimes all you need is a respectable, baseline-level machine. Personally, I use a low-powered laptop for writing, watching Netflix, checking email, and so on. I dig the simplicity. So, if you’re not a gamer and have no intention of muscling through processor-intensive programs, check out the list below.

Lenovo 14 Slim 7, Intel Core i7-1260P CPU/Intel Iris Xe graphics/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/14-inch 1800p display, $699 ($400 off at B&H)Dell XPS 13 Laptop, Intel Core i5-1230U CPU/Intel Iris Xe graphics/8GB RAM/256GB SSD/13.4-inch 1200p display, $599 ($200 off at Dell)Acer Aspire 5 A515, AMD Ryzen 3 3350U CPU/4GB RAM/128GB SSD/15.6-inch 1080p display, $351.25 ($38.74 off at Amazon)HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook, Intel Core i3-1215U CPU/Intel Iris Xe graphics/8GB RAM/128GB SSD/13.5-inch 1504p touch display, $1,099 ($220 off at HP)Microsoft Surface Pro 9, Intel Core i5-1235U CPU/16GB RAM/256GB SSD/13-inch 1920p touch display, $999.99 ($540 off at Best Buy)HP Pavilion Aero, AMD Ryzen 5 7535U CPU/AMD Radeon graphics/16GB RAM/256GB SSD/13.3-inch 1200p display, $529.99 ($350 off at HP) HP Dragonfly Pro, AMD Ryzen 7 7736U CPU/AMD Radeon graphics/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/14-inch 1200p touch display, $1,099.99 ($300 off at HP) Inspiron 15 Laptop, AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU/AMD Radeon graphics/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/15.6-inch 1080p display, $449.99 ($200 off at Dell)XPS 15 Laptop, Intel Core i7-13700H CPU/Intel Arc A370M graphics/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/15.6-inch 1200p display, $1,199 ($300 off at Dell)

My top pick: The Dell XPS 13 is a great everyday laptop for just $600. The Intel Core i5-12300U CPU will allow you to zip right through productivity tasks. Plus, the 13.4-inch 1200p display has a maximum brightness of 500 nits, which means you can expect a really vibrant picture. It also weighs just 2.59 pounds, making it the ideal travel companion.

Early Black Friday gaming laptop deals

Calling all gamers! There’s no better time to scoop up a blisteringly-fast gaming machine. The laptops below are both powerful and reasonably priced, and should be able to blitz through most games.

MSI Thin GF63, Intel Core i5-11400H CPU/Nvidia RTX 3050 GPU/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/15.6-inch 1080p display, $599 ($100 off at Walmart)HP Omen, Intel Core i7-13700HX CPU/Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 GPU/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/17.3-inch 1440p display, $1,679.99 ($720 off at eBay)Gigabyte Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-12650H CPU/Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/15.6-inch 1080p display, $799.99 ($300 off at Best Buy)G16 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-12700H CPU/Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/16-inch 1600p display, $949.99 ($450 off at Dell)Lenovo LOQ, Intel Core i5-13420H CPU/Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU/8GB RAM/1TB SSD/15.6-inch 1080p display, $649.99 ($300 off at Best Buy)G15 Gaming Laptop, AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS CPU/Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 GPU/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/15.6-inch 1080p display, $799.99 ($400 off at Dell) Alienware M16, Intel Core i7-13700HX CPU/Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/16-inch 1600p display, $1,249.99 ($450 off at Dell) Lenovo Legion Slim 5i Gen 8, Intel Core i7-13700H CPU/Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/16-inch 1600p display, $1,299.99 ($330 off at Lenovo)

My top pick: For the ultimate gaming experience, shoot for the HP Omen. Thanks to the Intel Core i7-13700HX CPU and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 GPU, you’ll be able to breeze through most modern games on the High or Ultra graphics preset. The 17.3-inch 1440p display also has a crazy-high refresh rate of 240Hz, which means you can expect lusciously smooth visuals.

Early Black Friday 2-in-1 laptop deals

Convertible laptops are a fantastic option for the frequent traveler. You can prop them up like a tent for video conferencing or fold the screen all the way back and, boom, you’ve got a tablet! The picks below are powerful, versatile, and lightweight. Hope you find something that catches your eye.

Samsung Galaxy Book3 360, Intel Core i7-1360P CPU/Intel Iris Xe graphics/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/15.6-inch 1080 display, $999.99 ($550 off at Best Buy)Dell Inspiron 2-in-1, Intel Core i7-1260P CPU/Intel Iris Xe graphics/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/16-inch 1200p touch display, $899.99 ($350 off at Best Buy)Lenovo Yoga 7i, Intel Core i5-1335U CPU/Intel Iris Xe graphics/8GB RAM/512GB SSD/14-inch 1400p touch display, $679.99 ($170 off at Lenovo)Dell XPS 2-in-1 Laptop, Intel Core i7-1250U CPU/Intel Iris Xe graphics/16GB RAM/1TB SSD/13-inch 1920p touch display, $1,499 ($260 off at Dell)HP Envy 2-in-1, AMD Ryzen 7 7730U CPU/16GB RAM/512GB SSD/15.6-inch 1080p touch display, $649.99 ($400 off at Best Buy)Inspiron 16 Laptop, Intel Core i5-1335U CPU/Intel Iris Xe graphics/8GB RAM/512GB SSD/16-inch 1200p display, $599.99 ($250 off at Dell)

My top pick: The Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 is a fantastic pick because it’s powerful enough for solid productivity and the 1200p display is both spacious and touch-enabled.

FAQ


1.

When is Black Friday?

Black Friday 2023 is on Friday, Nov 24th. But make no mistake: The laptop deals have already begun, and the sales event that used to be just a single day might as well be called “Black Week” in 2023. In this article you’ll find the earliest deals, but we expect the fever to really ramp up on Monday, Nov 20, with great deals being released through Black Friday proper.

2.

When is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday 2023 is on Monday, November 27th. To take advantage of the best deals, we suggest logging on at midnight. This gives you the best chance to snag a deal on something you want before stock runs out.

3.

Which retailers have the best Black Friday laptop deals?

You should definitely scope out Lenovo, HP, Dell, and other laptop manufacturers’ websites. Online retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and Best Buy will also have solid deals, no doubt, but probably not as wide a variety as you’ll find from the manufacturers themselves.

4.

Which laptops does PCWorld recommend, the deals notwithstanding?

Hey, the site is called PCWorld, so we test and review an insane amount of laptops. To see our top picks, you can check out our master list of the best laptops of 2022. We also have more granular selections for the best laptops under $1,000, the best laptops under $500, and the best laptops for students. Come Black Friday, there’s a good chance that many of our picks will be discounted, so if you’re looking for something specific, check out the best pick articles.

Ashley is a professional writer and editor with a strong background in tech and pop culture. She has written for high traffic websites such as Polygon, Kotaku, StarWars.com, and Nerdist. In her off time, she enjoys playing video games, reading science fiction novels, and hanging out with her rescue greyhound.

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