Black Friday Laptop Guide: 2012

November 20, 2012 | Posted By: Mary Diamond | Categorized in: Black Friday

black friday laptop guideBlack Friday 2012: What are the best laptop deals this week?

When looking to purchase a new laptop, the number of options can be almost as overwhelming as the prices. Usually, the hardware that is the fastest with the latest features is the farthest from your ideal price. Do you want a regular laptop, or are you willing to pay more for a feather-light low profile ultra book? No two laptops are the same, just like no two buyers have the exact same needs -so how do you know what's a good deal and what's just cheap?

First, a laptop shopper has to consider what sort of performance they need out of a machine. If you're a "regular" user and you plan to shop online (for the next gadget on your list), post your social statuses and watch Netflix videos -you don't really need the best specs available. Gamers who run MMORPG's or first person shooters with high definition graphics are probably going to want some more specific video capabilities. Designers who need to run photo or video editing software are probably going to be looking toward the lightning-fast solid state drives and higher amounts of RAM.

If you're shopping for a laptop and you want to find a great deal on something that will do what you need it to, and still make you feel like the best bargain hunter in town -you've come to the right place.

The short-lived crown jewel on this year's Black Friday laptop market is this MacBook Air 11.6 with a 1.7 Ghz intel core i5 processor. It's got the basic 4GB of RAM, which is plenty if you're just a regular person looking to surf the web and run everyday programs for school or work. It's thin and light like an ultrabook -weighing just 2.38 lbs, has a built in 720p webcam (for face-timing with your cousins at the family Christmas party) and it's $799 through Wednesday, November 21st!

The Lenovo Z580 Notebook PC on our hot deals forum is a value trailblazer at a total price (after coupon with free shipping) of $519 at Tiger Direct. Again, it's got the basic 4GB RAM, an impressive 500GB HDD with a DVDRW and a larger 15.6" display. It's got Windows 8 -64 bit, and at a discount like this it isn't likely to last long.

Some tech junkies need a little something extra in the performance department, and this year's Black Friday deals won't dissapoint -Sam's Club has this HP Pavillion 14" Notebook with 6GB of RAM, for the in-store only prices of $399! This sweet deal also comes with 2 USB 3.0 hubs, a USB 2, an HD webcam and HDMI outs for when you want to watch media on a big screen instead of the modest 14" LED screen.

6GB is nice, and this next special has that going for it as well -but it's also got a bigger screen, 500GB HDD and a Core i5 processor. The HP Envy 15.6" laptop is priced at $599 at Office Max -that's only a hundred dollars more than the Pavillion above, and $200 less than the regular $699 price.

For those who need a machine that can handle gaming and entertainment, this HP Pavillion 15.6" at Sam's Club is buff enough to stand out from the deals we've listed so far. The "Entertainment Notebook" as they call it in the ad description, is a bit faster with a respectable 8GB RAM, a bigger 15.6" screen, a SuperMulti DVD burner, Beats audio, HDMI out and CoolSense technology to keep the machine from heating up like a Turkey in the oven on Thursday morning. The price is equally respectable at $599, in store only.

Finally, if you really want to brag about finding the best deal on a laptop this season, check out this Toshiba Satellite S855-S5377 Laptop at Office Max. For ten bucks less than the HP Entertainment package above, you get 8GB of RAM, a whopping 750GB HDD space and a 15.6" Widescreen TruBrite TFT HD Display. At $589 this might just be the best Black Friday laptop deal you'll find -aren't you glad you read this far!?

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November 20, 2012 | Posted By: JiggleTheHandle
Which one of these has a dedicated graphics card?
November 21, 2012 | Posted By: dealgain
And what about the Costco's Dell i7 for $599 - it's got 8 GB RAM and 1 TB HDD.
November 21, 2012 | Posted By: chegh
Me too thinks the Costco Dell 15R is better than the Toshiba Satellite, Windows 8, 8GB Ram, 1TB HDD and an i7 processor!
November 21, 2012 | Posted By: sekharnet
I think Dell 14R with i5/6G/500GB at Staples is a better deal for $449.00
November 21, 2012 | Posted By: MarsdenFubar
JiggleTheHandle: None on the list have dedicated graphics that I see. I plan on getting this one from Newegg (hopefully at a discount on cyber monday)

Dealgain: I would also go with the Dell. i7> i5, 1TB HDD > 750GB HDD, RAM is the same

I also like the 14.0 Dell, Intel i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD $299.99 @Dell for a cheap laptop.
November 21, 2012 | Posted By: prasyell7
Newegg one Dell i5/15"/8GB/1TB for $479.00 looks to be a good one
November 22, 2012 | Posted By: Catchananth
How about staples...Toshiba i7/15.6/8gb/750gb for $579
November 22, 2012 | Posted By: blueis300
What about the Best Buy Hp Envy 14" i7/8gb/1 tb for $629
November 22, 2012 | Posted By: robin2rl
I found a fantastic high end 3D notebook deal off of Amazon's Black Friday laptop section. Look for the HP Envy 17-3290NR 3D and instead of clicking on Amazon's link for $1381.30 price, click on the "$1,349.95 new (2 offers)" link. You will then see listing by Computer Upgrade King with price of $1349.95+$11.37s/h with message that reads "While supplies last, you'll receive a 2.6GHz Intel i7-3720QM (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) processor upgrade exclusively from Computer Upgrade King." Basically, the price is $19.98 less than Amazon's Black Friday featured deal and a free upgrade to the i7-3720QM processor ($150 value) is included at no charge. It comes with 8GB RAM, 80GB mSATA SSD + 1TB HDD, Blu-Ray ROM, AMD 7950M graphics, and FullHD 3D screen with NVidia 3D Vision goggles. I remember when HP had this model on their website just weeks ago at the $1799.99 price and for $1349.95+$11.37s/h, you can get it along with a $150 processor upgrade.
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