The Best Black Friday Laptop and Tablet Deals: iPads, MacBooks, Dell, Surface

The Best Black Friday Laptop and Tablet Deals: iPads, MacBooks, Dell, Surface

Black Friday is always a great time to grab a new laptop on the cheap and this year is no exception. We’ve spent days leafing through the sales, comparing specs, and finding the best deals for every budget. Whether you want a powerful video-editing machine or something cheaper like a Chromebook, there’s a PC deal out there for everyone.

Below are the best laptop deals we’ve found so far, along with our favorite tablet deals for good measure.

Note: We will update this post through the weekend with new deals. If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

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Laptop Deals

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

Surface Laptop 3 13-inch for $999 ($300 off)

Microsoft

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 affords plenty of room for working on documents. Note that we tested the 15-inch model, and this sale if for the 13-inch, but aside from size they’re very similar.

Microsoft Surface Go for $299 ($100 off)

Microsoft

The Surface Go is a quirky little machine, but we like it (7/10 WIRED Review). It’s a nice size and very well designed. It’s screen is nice and sharp, and there’s a MicroSD slot for storage expansion. The cover is surprisingly nice to type on and has a good trackpad. The only downside is that Go can be a little on the slow side, and if want to do any drawing, you’ll want the Surface Pen (not included).

Surface Pro 7—i5, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB—With Type Cover for $599 ($330 off)

Microsoft

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. Be sure to grab the pen if you want to use tablet mode for notes or drawing.

Dell XPS 15 Laptop for $1,400 ($300 off)

Dell

The Dell XPS 15 is larger version of one of our favorite ultrabooks, the Dell XPS 13 (8/10 WIRED Recommends). The 15-inch version isn’t quite as portable, but it’s still light at four pounds and you get more power: a 9th generation i7 chip paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD.

Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 Laptop for $279 ($120 off)

Dell

Dell’s Inspiron 11 2-in-1 convertible laptop is great choice for the high schooler in your life. It’s got an AMD A9-9420e processor, which is step up from the Intel Celeron often found at this price. It’s well designed and manages to hit the sub-$400 price range without sacrificing too much. At this price it’s an even better deal.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1—i5, 256 GB—for $999 ($200 off)

Lenovo

I’m a Thinkpad fan and the X1 is definitely the sleekest of the bunch (8/10 WIRED Recommends). This configuration uses the Intel Core i5, offers 8-gigabytes of RAM, a 256-gigabyte SSD, and Windows 10 Pro. The 14-inch IPS (1920 x 1080) display is bright and helps cut power use. If you can afford it, I suggest upgrading to the 10th Generation i7 chip and 16-gigabytes of RAM for a machine that’s going to last much longer.

Lenovo ThinkPad T470—i5, 256 GB—for $549 ($300 off)

Lenovo

The T470 is roughly the opposite of an ultrabook. It’s not heavy, but it’s definitely thicker and offers ports galore—HDMI, Ethernet, SD card, Micro sim, they’re all here. This is workhorse of a laptop and boasts good battery life as well.

Lenovo Ideapad 330s for $299 ($149 off)

Walmart

Lenovo’s 15-inch Ideapad offers a good value for your money. At this price you aren’t going to be editing video, but you will get a solid laptop capable of the tasks most people use laptops for: browsing the web, handling email, and streaming media. This model has an AMD Ryzen 5 quad-core processor, 8-gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte hard drive, all in a 4 pound package.

Acer Chromebook 715—15-inch, Touch—for $300 ($100 off)

Walmart

This is one of the best Chromebooks I’ve used. It’s plenty powerful, with an Intel Core i3, and you get a 128 GB drive for storing files offline. The 15-inch screen isn’t the sharpest, but the touch features work well. It also has great battery life for those on the go.

MSI GL Series Gaming Laptop for $1,250 ($150 off)

Newegg

This MSI laptop is a great option for portable gaming. It’s got a ninth-generation i7 chip and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. With 16-gigabytes of RAM and a large 512-GB SSD drive you’ll have room for all your images and videos too. You can even get the per-key RGB backlight version to tailor your keyboard to your games. There are quite a few other configurations on sale as well.

HP Spectre x360 for $720 ($430 off)

HP

The HP Spectre x360 is one of our favorite high-end laptops (9/10 WIRED Recommends). The base model offers an eighth-generation Intel i5 chip, with 256-gigabytes of solid state drive space and 8-gigabytes of RAM. You can upgrade from there (we suggest an i7-based system), and the 15-inch Spectre x360 is also available starting at $1,200 ($300 off).

HP Envy 13 Laptop for $630 ($320 off)

HP

We have not tried this exact model, but we did find the convertible, AMD-based version to be a solid value (6/10, WIRED Review), although the battery life is nothing to rave about. If you start with this deal and add a 4K screen, and a 512-gigabyte drive, you’ll have get a much better machine for only $250 more. The 15-inch version of the Envy is also on sale, starting at $700 ($300 off).

HP Omen Gaming Laptop for $720 ($280 off)

HP

The 15-inch Omen is HP’s gaming-style laptop, which starts with a ninth-generation i5 processor (we suggest upgrading to an i7 for better performance, though it will add $280 to the price), and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card with 4 gigabytes of video memory. The 8-gigabytes of RAM is adequate, but if you can swing it 16-gigabytes will improve life considerably.

iPad and Tablet Deals

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Tablets aren’t as must-have as a good laptop, and getting work done on them can be challenging, but we still enjoy them for more casual computing. Their stellar battery life makes them great for browsing the web from the couch, or watching TV in bed. Apple’s iPads really set the standard here, with excellent battery life and a vast app ecosystem behind them, but the price of Kindle Fire devices is so low the limitations may not bother you.

Be sure to read our related guides, including, which iPad you should actually buy, the best Amazon Fire tablets, and our master guide to to the best tablets.

Apple iPad—2019 version—for $249 ($80 off)

Amazon

Apple’s latest iPad is on sale. It’s a little bigger than the last model because of new Smart Connector hookup, which means you can use an Apple Keyboard (Amazon). While there are nicer iPads (read our iPad guide), you’ll pay nearly double this for them.

Apple iPad—2018 Version With LTE—for $329 ($120 off)

Walmart

If you want an iPad on the cheap, this is a good, bare-bones option. It’s the previous generation model, and it only has 32 GB of storage, but Apple didn’t change much with the 2019 model—it even has the same processor. This one is plenty fast enough to use as a streaming media player, or for web surfing on the couch. The real benefit is LTE, which usually costs more.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Tablet 64 GB for $449 ($100 off)

Samsung, Best Buy

The Galaxy S4 is not as powerful as an iPad Pro, but it’s still great for media consumption or browsing the web on the couch. It comes with an S Pen stylus, which the newer, more powerful S5E lacks. It’s hovered around $550 for a few months (it was $650 before that), so this is a good price.

Amazon Kindle Fire 10 for $100 ($50 off)

Amazon

This is as cheap as the 10-inch Fire HDs ever seem to get. For $100, it’s hard to beat it. This is definitely the nicest of the Fire family. I have not had a chance to do a full review yet, but I have played with and enjoyed the new model. It’s a bit faster and had longer battery life than the previous model (7/10 WIRED Review). Just keep in mind that Amazon tablets feature Fire OS, which is, well, not for everyone. It really pushes Amazon services and products.

Amazon Kindle Fire 8 for $50 ($30 off)

Amazon

Even at full price, the Fire HD 8 is our favorite value-priced tablet (6/10 WIRED Review). It’s a completely functional 8-inch device that’s great for travel and reading. The screen could be better, but that’s true of all Amazon Fire tablets, and really, it’s not that bad considering the price. The real drawback here is FireOS, Amazon’s crippled version of Android, but so long as you know that going in this is a great deal on a nice little tablet. It can still stream Netflix and do basic tasks. It doesn’t seem to get cheaper than $50, which is its discount price during deal holidays like Black Friday.

Amazon Kindle (2019 Model) for $60 ($30 off)

Amazon

If you want to buy a Kindle for yourself or someone else, this is the smartest choice (read our best Kindles guide). It now has a light-up screen, gets a month of battery life on a charge, and looks about as good as the Paperwhite below—just don’t dunk it in your tub.

Amazon Paperwhite $85 ($45 off)

Amazon

With a crisp, flush, waterproof display that’s rated IPX8 (meaning it can sit in 2 meters of water for two hours) the Paperwhite is a great travel reading device (9/10 WIRED Recommends). The battery can last nearly month and the reading experience is top notch.

There are plenty of other deals on Amazon devices, be sure to check out our full coverage of all the rest of Amazon’s Black Friday deals.

Storage and Accessories Deals

Photograph: Amazon

Western Digital 3 TB Portable Hard Drive for $80 ($10 off)

Amazon

Western Digital’s portable external drives are a good way to make sure your data is backed up (always have multiple backups of your data). This is the lowest price we’ve seen since Black Friday last year.

Western Digital 4 TB Hard Drive for $80 ($50 off)

Amazon

If you don’t need the portability these desktop drives are a bit cheaper (this price started before Black Friday, but it’s still a good deal.)

Mophie Portable Battery for $15 ($30 off)

Best Buy

If your charging needs are limited to phones, tablets, and other, smaller devices (not laptops) this Mophie charger is one of my favorites. It’s got enough power to charge several phones (or one phone several times), but doesn’t feel like you added a brick to your bag.

RAM (price varies by size)

Best Buy

There are lots of good deals on RAM this year, but you’ll need the specific RAM module that fits your PC so be sure to check, and then double check to make sure what you’re buy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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