Black Friday has proven to be fertile ground for deals on tablets and computers in past years. And 2018 promises to be no different.
Every retailer that sells computers — from desktops to laptops, Chromebooks to gaming rigs, and from tablets to convertibles — will look to clear out inventory before the end of the year. Expect to see lots of markdowns on older machines and configurations featuring Intel’s previous seventh-gen processors. That’s not to say that brand new systems with cutting-edge won’t be on sale. They will be.
We’re also interested to see how increased competition in the tablet market may drive down prices this year. At the high end, the rash of newly announced tablets in October (from Apple, Google and Microsoft) has already yielded one dynamite deal: A brand new Microsoft Surface Pro bundled with a Surface Pen and Type Cover keyboard for $800 at Costco. And the newest Apple iPad appears to be an early favorite this year, set to sell for $250 — that’s a $70 discount — in multiple stores.
As always, remember the caveats. Though some of these deals may already be live today, most won’t start until Black Friday, Nov. 23. Others, like this loaded $500 HP laptop from Sam’s Club, will come sooner. In addition:
- Deal terms vary, so where possible we’ve listed when and where to get the sale price from each retailer.
- The deals below are current as of Nov. 8, and include Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, HP, Target, Sam’s Club, Staples and Walmart. When more deals come in, we’ll include them too.
- CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
- We linked to the current listing at the retailer’s website when one was available, but of course sale pricing won’t be available until the respective sales begin.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 with Type Cover for $600 ($360 off)
Best Buy has the best Surface Pro bundle we’ve seen yet. You get the newest version of the tablet and the keyboard cover for $600. The pen, which costs $100, is not included. But still — that brings the price of the whole enchilada to $700. Note that Costco is selling the Surface Pro with a better Intel Core i5 CPU — plus the keyboard and stylus — for $800.
2018 Apple iPad (Gold, 32GB) for $250 ($80 off)
Apple made its entry-level iPad even better with the latest version, released in March. This is likely to be the lowest price for it we’ll see this year. Just note this deal is available at Costco (for members only, of course), Target and Walmart and it could pop up elsewhere, too.
HP Pavilion X360 with Intel Core i5 and 1TB hard drive for $499 ($400 off)
We’ve seen inferior configurations of HP’s 15.6-inch Pavilion X360 sell for hundreds more. The deal at Sam’s Club offers members a collection of serious components including a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and an enormous 1TB hard drive. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better-equipped system at this price. (If you’re not a Sam’s Club member, Walmart has a deal that’s almost as good.)
Sam’s Club offer available only on Nov. 10.
Lenovo Ideapad 330 Core i5 12GB RAM 1TB HDD for $450 ($100 off)
It’s not the fanciest laptop in the world, but it is slim and lightweight — and this configuration is loaded with knockout components. At this price, it’s worth a serious look.
Note that Staples and Walmart will have less expensive configurations of this model available on Black Friday, and that the Staples deal is available in stores only, not online.
Dell XPS 13 for $1,500 ($500 off)
We don’t know exactly which configuration Costco is selling with this promotion — but the XPS 13 is one of the best all-around 13-inch laptops, and this is a significant discount.
HP Pavilion 15.6-inch laptop with Core i7 CPU and 1TB hard drive for $500 ($330 off)
Staples slashes the price on this already-discounted 15.6-inch HP Pavilion laptop, which features a Core i7-8750H CPU with Optane support for accelerating slow storage. It’s also got 8GB of DDR4 and a 1TB hard drive.
Offer starts online Thanksgiving Day.
HP 15t laptop with Intel Core i7 for $500 ($740 off)
This deal is worth a look — after HP reveals the full specifications of the model on offer. The 15t touchscreen laptop comes in a wide variety of configurations. This one features a seventh-gen Intel Core i7 CPU but the RAM and storage options remain unknown.
HP Pavilion gaming laptop with Nvidia GTX 1050Ti for $600 ($230 off)
Walmart has solid $200+ markdown a 15.6-inch laptop from HP. You get a respectable collection of entry-level gaming components including an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU.
Apple 21.5-inch iMac with 1T hard drive for $900 ($200 off)
Best Buy’s discount brings the iMac’s price down to earth. For $900, you get a gorgeous 21.5-inch 4K resolution display, a decent Intel Core i5 CPU and a massive 1T hard drive. Note that the 27-inch model will also be on sale for $1,600.
HP Pavilion desktop PC with Intel Core i5 for $370 ($260 off)
Staples was already selling HP’s Pavilion desktop PC at a discounted $510, but will take off an additional $140 starting on Thanksgiving. This setup includes a decent set of components including an Intel Core i5 CPU, 12GB of RAM and a 1TB SATA hard drive.
HP Omen desktop gaming PC with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 for $1,500 ($500 off)
Best Buy takes $500 off of HP’s gaming PC rig. It’s a pretty nice configuration — Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, 2T hard drive plus a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, which costs hundreds on its own, to top things off.
HP Chromebook with 14-inch display and Intel Celeron CPU for $210 ($40 off)
Chromebooks are often so inexpensive that retailers have a difficult marking them down more — even during Black Friday. We haven’t reviewed this particular 14-inch Chromebook by HP but think the specs look decent at this price.
Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge Monitor for $300 ($70 off)
The Dell UltraSharp 27 is bright, with good general-purpose resolution and color quality — and Costco has it for the lowest price we’ve seen.
Dell 24-inch UltraSharp LED monitor for $120 ($180 off)
Staples’ discount — 60 percent off the retail price — makes this perfectly serviceable 24-inch LED monitor a great deal.
27-inch HP curved LED monitor for $160 ($120 off)
Staples offers up a worthy deal for this curved 27-inch LED monitor. Solid specs include a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution, LED backlight and 1800R curvature.
Dell 27-inch monitor for $120 ($80 off)
Yes, this Dell monitor is several years old. But a 27-inch HD display for $120 is the stuff Black Friday is made of. Worth a look, for sure.
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