BLACK FRIDAY Laptop Deals Continue to Drop
If laptops are the death of desktops, then tablets must surely be the death of laptops, right? Not so fast, my friends. While iPad sales slump, MacBook sales have grown, and while the market is flooded with slow-selling, cheap Android tablets, hybrid 2-in-1 laptop prices keep coming down (we’ll see what happens when the iPad Pro hits the corporate market).
In fact, there were a record 300 Black Friday laptop deals in 2014 (165 in 2013), including 30 laptops for less than $200 and nearly 100 for less than $300 (the cheapest iPad Air 2 started at $399 last Black Friday).
2015 Black Friday Predictions
This year, 2-in-1 hybrid laptop deals will drop low enough to make owning a laptop-and-tablet combo an affordable option. The emergence of the iPad Pro and bigger, cheaper smartphones will push some hybrid prices down below $400 (ASUS Transformer, HP Pavilion). Also, expect high-end hybrid laptop prices (Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Lenovo y50) to drop as much as $500. Apple shoppers can expect Black Friday deals on older MacBook Pro and Macbook Air laptops below $700, with MacMall and Best Buy will leading the way on major deals. Here’s what we expect to see:
Door-buster portable laptops for less than $100
Touchscreen laptops for less than $200
All-in-one PCs for less than $300
2-in-1 hybrid laptops for less than $400
MacBook Pro for less than $700
For the budget shoppers, this will be the year to score laptop door-busters for less than $100 (at least a couple from big-box stores like Staples) and touchscreen models for less than $200. Inventory of more higher-end, older laptop models will see significant mark-downs of 20-40% off, and all-in-one desktop PCs the same, with some models falling below $300. Based on last year, your best bet for finding the best “value” will come from stores like Microsoft Store, Dell and Lenovo. The addition of increased cash back throughout the holiday season will sweeten any Black Friday computer deal by adding 2 to 8% more savings by clicking through FatWallet to your store of choice.
Many current laptop deals already surpass last year’s Black Friday deals — as consumers were right in ranking back-to-school laptop deals as better than Black Friday — that is, until this Thanksgiving Day resets the bar.
Top 10 Laptop Deals from 2014 Black Friday Ads:
ASUS 11.6-inch Laptop Intel Atom Z3735F 2GB/ RAM, 32GB Flash
$99.99 (was $249.99)
Apple 11.6-inch Macbook Air I5, 4GB RAM, 128GB HDD (MD711LL/B)
$779.99 (was $899)
HP 15.6-inch Laptop with Intel Celeron N2830, 4GB RAM, WIN 8.1 (15-F004WM)
$159 (was $249)
Toshiba 11.6-inch Touchscreen with Intel Celeron N2840, 2GB RAM, WIN 8.1 (PSKVQU-002002)
Toshiba 15.6-inch Satellite Laptop Computer with Touch Screen Intel Core i7-4710HQ, 8GB Memory, 1 TB
599.99 (was $899.99)
Door-buster! Dell Insprion 21.5-inch Small Desktop with Intel Celeron Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 8.1 OS
$179.99 (was $299.99)
Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series Touchscreen Laptop Computer with AMD A6 Processor
$279.99 (was $529.99)
Door-buster! Dell 15.6-inch Laptop Touchscreen with Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, Win 8.1 (i15RMT-10002sLV)
$549.00 (was $728.00)
HP Pavilion 15.6-inch Laptop with Intel Core i5 Processor, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD
$299 ( was $650)
MacBook Pro Intel Core i5 13.3-inch 4GB 500GB
$899.99 (was $1,099.99)
This series of 2015 Black Friday Predictions is a forecast for upcoming prices in the most popular holiday categories and a review of the top stores, brands, products and deals from the 2014 holiday shopping season. All data is drawn from 2014 sales and shopping activities from FatWallet’s Black Friday Ads, which featured 45,000 deals, 5,700 door-busters, 10,000 deals for less than $20 and 100-plus retailer ad flyers (including Thanksgiving sales events and 2014 Cyber Monday deals). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for expert insights and additional data.
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