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These Are the Very Best Laptop Deals for Black Friday

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a great time to score a deal on a new laptop, monitor, or desktop PC. There’s a deal out there for you, whether you’re in the market for an all-powerful video editing machine, a tricked out gaming rig, or a budget Chromebook for the kids. Below are the best deals we’ve found so far.

Note: We strike through items that sell out or are no longer at their deal price as of publishing. Discounts sometimes return, so check for yourself. A ★ signifies our top pick for a category. We will update this guide throughout the weekend.

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Updated November 29: We’ve checked all deals and crossed out those no longer in stock.

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What Specs to Look for in a PC

For general use, try to get a laptop with at least a 9th-generation Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage (preferably a solid-state drive, also called SSD), and at least a 13-inch display that’s close to HD (1080p). For gaming, video editing, or other power-hungry tasks, aim for an Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor with 16 gigabytes of RAM and a dedicated graphics card by Nvidia or AMD.

Be sure to read our guide to the best laptops, best cheap laptops, best MacBooks, and best Surface PCs for more recommendations.

Microsoft Surface Deals

Surface Pro 7

Photograph: Microsoft

Surface Pro 7 With Type Cover for $800 ($350 off)

Microsoft Store

Specs: Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD

The Surface Pro 7 is one of our favorite laptop-tablet hybrids (8/10, WIRED Recommends). There are cheaper Surfaces, but this is a good price on the best hybrid model. It comes with a keyboard and sleeve. Be sure to grab the pen if you want to use tablet mode for notes or drawing.

★ Surface Laptop 3 for $980 ($320 off)

Microsoft Store

Specs: Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

The Surface Laptop is a premium piece of Windows hardware (7/10, WIRED Review). The all-aluminum construction makes for a lightweight machine, and the 3:2 ratio screen is wider than normal, giving you extra room for working on documents side by side. We tested the 15-inch model, and this sale is for the 13-inch, but aside from size they’re very similar. Be sure to check every color—there are better deals on some colors than others.

Surface Book 3 13-inch for $1,300 ($300 off)

Microsoft Store

Specs: Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

The Surface Book is a nice hybrid if you want a powerful tablet and a powerful laptop (7/10, WIRED Review). You make some compromises to get that tablet, but it has a great keyboard, an excellent screen, and a solid trackpad. The more expensive configurations with discrete graphics offer plenty of power for design, gaming, and even video editing.

MacBook Deals

MacBook Pro

Photograph: Apple

It’s a strange time to buy a Mac. The new Apple-designed M1 chips just launched, which bring a host of changes to the MacOS platform. Read our review for details. Intel-based Macs make up the bulk of the MacBook deals you’ll see this weekend. They’re still a good buy, but we have reservations about how long Apple will support them going forward.

★ MacBook Pro 13-Inch for $1,450 ($50 off)

Amazon (backordered), B&H ($1,400)

Specs: Apple’s new M1 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

The new MacBooks (we love the new Air) with Apple’s custom-designed M1 chip are on sale. This 3 percent discount isn’t much, but it’s better than nothing. If the brand-new MacBooks were on your radar, here’s a chance to save a few bucks.

MacBook Pro 16-Inch for $2,099 ($300 off)

Amazon, Best Buy ($2,150), B&H

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

This deal is for Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends), which packs a good bit of power in a still portable body. The two downsides are the price and the battery life.

MacBook Pro 13-inch for $1,150 ($150 off)

Best Buy

Specs: Intel Core i5 8th Gen. CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

If you prize portability over power, Apple’s smaller 13-inch MacBook Pro (8/10 WIRED Recommends) makes a good choice. This is the Intel version of the machine. We think you’re better off getting the newer MacBook Air as it’s more powerful with better battery life, but this model may be worthwhile if you’re wary of running Intel-based apps on Apple’s new silicon.

MacBook Air (Early 2020) for $850 ($150 off)

Amazon, B&H, Walmart ($889)

Specs: Intel Core i3 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

This is the previous model Air, which was released in spring of 2020, and the Intel-powered internals still make for a great laptop. As we say above, if you have the extra money we recommend the new Air as it’s more powerful, has longer battery life, and is silent. You’ll also get better support from Apple going forward.

Chromebook Deals

Chromebooks aren’t for everyone, but if you spend all day in a web browser, use Google apps, and don’t need all the rest of the stuff that comes with Apple’s MacOS or Microsoft Windows, Google’s ChromeOS might fit the bill. Be sure to read through our guide to the best Chromebooks for an overview of what to look for in a Chromebook.

Asus Chromebook Flip

Photograph: Asus

★ Asus Flip C434 2-In-1 Chromebook for $528 ($95 off)

Amazon, Walmart ($530)

Specs: Intel Core M3 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD

Out of all the Chromebooks I’ve tested, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 strikes the best balance between price, power, and features, especially at this price. Its 2-in-1 design easily moves between laptop mode for work, stand mode (great for watching YouTube), and tablet mode for browsing the web on the couch. The 14-inch, 1080p display is plenty bright and sharp, giving you somewhat of a rarity in Chromebooks—a nice screen and all-day battery life.

HP Chromebook X360 for $400 ($229 off)

HP Store, Amazon ($463), Best Buy ($380)

Specs: Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD

At this price HP’s x360 Chromebook is one of the best Chromebook values around. The Intel i3 chip adds a little extra power—helpful on sites like Google Docs or Gmail—and the 8-gigabytes of RAM with stop ChromeOS from slowing down.

★ Luxury Pick—Samsung 13-Inch Galaxy Chromebook for $799 ($200 off)

Samsung Store, Best Buy

Specs: Intel Core i5 10th Gen. CPU, 8 GB RAM, 4K Touch Display, 256 GB SSD

There aren’t a lot of you out there who are excited to spend north of $500 on a Chromebook, but if you do want the best experience Chrome has to offer, this Samsung model is it (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s just a little over 2 lbs, only 10 mm thick, and has a gorgeous 4K AMOLED touchscreen that can bend over backward onto itself like a Lenovo Yoga laptop. Perks include a built-in stylus and fingerprint sensor, and the specs are impressive for any laptop. It made our list of Best Chromebooks.

Mid-Range Laptop Deals

HP Spectre X360

Photograph: HP

HP Envy 13T 13-inch for $650 ($250 off)

HP Store

Specs: Intel Core i5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

The 13-inch Envy, paired in this config with a 11th-generation Intel i5 processor and 8 gigabytes of RAM, is one of my favorite mid-range laptops. It’s a no-frills machine, but it will handle typical tasks like browsing the web, editing documents, and even editing photos.

★ Lenovo Thinkpad X390 for $800 ($950 off)

Lenovo Store (Use code THINKNOV11)

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

This is a great deal on one of my all-time favorite laptops. Yes, I know it’s a little boring, but the X390 is a solid laptop with a great keyboard. The 8th-generation Intel i7 CPU is outdated, but still powerful enough to handle the average PC workload. This isn’t a good video editor or gaming rig, but for the rest of us it’s a great deal. Be sure to use the coupon THINKNOV11 at checkout to get this price.

Dell XPS 13 (2019) for $1,250 ($400 off)

Dell Store

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, 4K Screen

This deal is for the previous XPS 13, so it lacks the edge-to-edge 16:10 display, but it does have the gorgeous 4K display panel. It also features a 10th-generation Intel i7 chip and 16-gigabytes of RAM, which is handy for hefty workloads like editing video. If you don’t need this much power, the same model with 8 gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabytes drive, and 1080p screen is on sale for $850 ($250 off).

Lenovo Thinkpad X13 for $626 ($512 off)

Lenovo Store

Specs: AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD

This X13 features AMD Ryzen chips. The base model uses a Ryzen 3, but the deal we have in mind is the Ryzen 5. Click the “customize” button to add the Ryzen 5 and upgrade the screen to the HD (1080p) IPS display. That brings the total to $725. Still a good deal on a much nicer machine. For an extra $150 you can double the RAM to 16 gigabytes, which is well worth it if you can swing it since the X13 RAM is soldered on, and not user-upgradable. Use the coupon THINKBFSALE to get the deal.

Powerful Laptop Deals

Dell XPS 13

Photograph: Dell

★ Dell XPS 13 for $1,200 ($200 off)

Dell Store

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

Dell’s latest XPS 13 is one of our favorite laptops (9/10 WIRED Recommends). This model lacks the 4K screen that we tested, but it has considerably better battery life. The 11th-generation Intel i7 chip is plenty fast for most things (I edited 4K video on it with no issues), and the 16:10 display adds some welcome extra headroom when browsing the web and editing documents.

HP Spectre X360 13 for $900 ($400 off)

HP Store

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

This 13-inch convertible from HP offers Intel’s latest 11th-generation i7 chip with the new Iris integrated graphics that should give the i7 series a speed boost even without a dedicated graphics card. That’s been my experience, so far anyway. I have not tested this precise model, but it should be able to handle most anything you throw at it, short of more graphics-intensive games.

Dell XPS 15 (2019) for $1,500 ($350 off)

Dell Store

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, GeForce GPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

The 15-inch XPS isn’t as svelte and portable as the 13-inch, but along with the larger, heavier form factor comes a discrete video card (Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650, 4GB) and 8-gigabytes of RAM. The 2020 XPS 15 impressed me (8/10, WIRED Recommends), but that was with the 4K screen. I have not tested the 1080p screen found in this deal.

Gaming Laptop Deals

Check out our guide to the best video game deals for Black Friday.

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop for $600 ($100 off)

HP Store

Specs: Intel Core i5 CPU, GTX 1050 GPU, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

With a 10th-generation Core i5 processor and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 (3 GB) graphics card, this laptop will handle popular games without breaking a sweat.

Dell G3 15-Inch for $850 ($110 off)

Dell Store

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX 1650 GPU, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

This bargain gaming rig gives you an Nvidia GXT 1650 graphics card and a dual-fan cooling system to keep the heat down when you’re playing. The 1080p panel offers a 144 Hz refresh rate for smooth video.

Razer Blade 15 15.6-Inch for $1,549 ($251 off)

Amazon ($1,449), Razer Store, B&H

Specs: Intel Core i7 10th Gen. CPU, RTX 260 GPU, 120 Hz HD Display, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

The Razer Blade 15 continues to top our list of the Best Gaming Laptops. It has everything you need in a gaming laptop, including a fairly thin and light frame, and a display with a quick enough refresh rate to handle 120 fps when you’re playing.

HP Omen Gaming Laptop for $950 ($400 off)

Best Buy

Specs: AMD Ryzen 7, GeForce GTX 1660, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD

This 15-inch Ryzen-powered laptop, paired with the Nvidia graphics card, makes a great mid-range gaming rig. You also get a 144 Hz screen that will keeps up with the higher frames rates of more graphics-intensive games, and a bright, colorful keyboard.

Asus ROG Strix Scar III for $1,900 ($300 off)

Amazon ($1,850), B&H

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, RTX 2070 Super GPU, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD

This is a gaming powerhouse with a 10th-generation i7 chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB model), and 16 gigabytes of RAM. You get a 1080p 15-inch screen with refresh rate of 240 Hz and a 1-terabyte drive for plenty of storage space.

Deals on Accessories

Aukey KM-G3 Keyboard

Photograph: Aukey 

Aukey KM-G12 Keyboard for $40 ($25 off)

Amazon (Click the Coupon Button)

Our favorite affordable mechanical keyboard is even cheaper right now. The Aukey KM-G12 offers those delightful clickity-clack keystrokes you want from a mechanical keyboard without the high price tag of other brands. The $15 instant coupon savings are applied at checkout, bringing the price down to $40.

Anker 7-in-1 USB-C Hub Adapter for $30 ($10 off)

Amazon

Anker products are reliable and inexpensive, and this dock is no exception. If your laptop is lacking ports, this is your friend. Plug in the USB-C cable and you’ll expand your port access to include two USB-A inputs, an Ethernet port, MicroSD and SD card readers, an HDMI port for an external monitor, and a USB-C charger that can juice up your laptop as well (60 watt power delivery).

Razer Viper for $100 ($50 off)

AmazonAmazonAmazon, Best Buy

This is the Best Gaming Mouse. If you’re shopping specifically for a gaming rig and a trackpad isn’t going to cut it, we highly recommend the Viper. It’s fast, the battery life is impressive, and it feels natural to use.

Dell 34-Inch Curved Monitor for $720 ($240 off)

Dell Store

This expensive 34-inch curved monitor is a favorite of WIRED writer Parker Hall. At 3,440 x 1,440 resolution it’s plenty sharp, though the 60 Hz refresh rate might not be the best for graphics-intensive games. It has plenty of ports, including a power port that can handle 90 watts. This deal includes a promotional $200 Dell gift card, which expires in 90 days whether you use the full balance or not.

LG 34-Inch Ultra Wide Full HD Monitor for $330 ($50 off)

Amazon ($327), Best Buy, Adorama

Reviews editor Jeffrey Van Camp recommends (and uses) this monitor from LG, which has a 2,560 x 1,080 pixel resolution, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, and a speedy response time that makes it good for gaming. Ultrawide monitors open up new worlds of multitasking, letting you run two full-size browser windows side-by-side (or another application), which is why several members of the Gear team have one.

Samsung 27-Inch Curved HD G-Sync Monitor for $270 ($130 off)

Walmart, Best Buy, B&H

This Samsung 27-inch 1080p gaming monitor has G-Sync compatibility, which means less screen tearing with Nvidia graphics cards. It’ll run at 240 Hz without breaking a sweat. Downsides: No speakers or USB ports built-in.

Dell 32-Inch Curved Monitor for $330 ($120 off)

Best Buy

Dell’s 32-inch gaming monitor has a 2K (2,560 x 1,440 pixel) screen resolution in a 16:9 widescreen format. The screen refresh rate maxes out at a decent enough 165 Hz, and the connectivity options are great: One DisplayPort, two HDMI inputs, and five USB 3.0 ports for hooking up accessories.

SanDisk 128 GB MicroSD Card for $15 ($4 off)

Amazon

MicroSD cards aren’t expensive anymore, but if you do need to pick one up, they’re slightly cheaper. Many laptops have a slot for a full-size or small card, but getting the smaller size also makes it possible to use in a phone or Nintendo Switch down the line, if you wish. It comes with a full-size SD adapter, too.

Lexar 128 GB USB Thumb Drive for $19 ($5 off)

Amazon

Much like SD cards, you probably own a good flash drive by now, but if you are in need, they are a tad cheaper this weekend. This Lexar is extra small and uses the larger USB A format. If you have a newer laptop, you might want a good USB C flash drive ($23). This SanDisk USB + Lightning drive ($34) also connects to iPhone.

Moft Laptop Stand for $24 ($6 off)

Amazon (Click the Coupon Button)

This is the smallest, slimmest laptop stand that Moft makes. Slap it on the bottom of your laptop and you’ll be able to adjust the keyboard height to two different levels—especially important if you tend to crane your neck when looking at the screen. Read our Best Laptop Stands for more options.

Black Friday Retailer Pages

Here are some of the other major sales going on right now. Check out our Black Friday tips for more advice.


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