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Best Black Friday Laptop and Computer Deals 2016

Oct. 20, 2016
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Don’t miss out on all of NerdWallet’s highly anticipated 2016 Black Friday ad leaks this season. Check back regularly for updates on the best holiday deals from your favorite retailers. Black Friday is Nov. 25.

Electronics, including laptops and computers, are the biggest Black Friday draw. That means you can expect to see competitive pricing among retailers around the shopping holiday.

Whether you’re looking for a deluxe new system for your home office, a bargain on a student or travel laptop or a 2-in-1 tablet-laptop hybrid, your electronics store of choice is likely running Black Friday computer deals that could be too affordable to pass up.

Traditionally with Black Friday, we expect some of the better deals to be home appliances and tech gadgets. If you’ve got your eye on something with a heftier price tag, you might want to protect your purchase by paying with the right credit card. Some credit cards will pay you the difference if you find a lower price later, extend the product warranty, or protect against loss or damage.

Take a look below at some of the best deals on laptops, desktops, Apple MacBooks and iMacs, 2-in-1s and even computers for less than $100.

Best Black Friday Laptop and Computer Deals 2016

Laptops and computers for less than $100

Black Friday is the opportune time to find computers on sale. If you’re looking for one with a small price tag, here are a couple you can score for less than $100:

  • Dell has the 11.6-inch Inspiron 11 3000 laptop for $99.99 (regularly $199.99; online only starting at 6 p.m. Eastern on Thanksgiving).
  • Best Buy is selling a Lenovo 11.6-inch laptop for $99.99 (regularly $199.99).

MacBook and iMac deals

Apple lovers will find the best options at Best Buy, where select MacBook and iMac computers are $200 off. Discounted models include:

  • The 13.3-inch MacBook Air with Intel Core i5, 8 GB memory and 128 GB flash storage for $799.99 (regularly $999.99).
  • The 13.3-inch MacBook Air with Intel Core i5, 8 GB memory and 256 GB flash storage for $999.99 (regularly $1,199.99).
  • The 21.5-inch iMac desktop for $899.99 (regularly $1,099.99).

Laptop deals

Here are some of the best Black Friday offers we spotted on portable computers:

  • $259.99 for an HP 15.6-inch 1TB laptop with quad-core processor (regularly $399.99) at Target.
  • $349.99 for the Inspiron 15.6-inch 15 3000 Touch laptop with Intel Core i3 (regularly $529.99; online only starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 25) at Dell.
  • $349 for an HP 15.6-inch laptop bundle with reversible sleeve, wireless mouse and 16GB flash drive at Wal-Mart.
  • $449.99 for an HP 15.6-inch 1TB touch-screen laptop with Intel Core i7 processor (regularly $849.99) at Office Depot.

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2-in-1 deals

Not sure whether to get a laptop or a tablet? A 2-in-1 offers the best of both worlds. Here’s where you can find some for less on Black Friday:

  • $299.99 for the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1 with Intel Core m3 processor (regularly $449.99; online only starting at 6 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 25 ) at Dell.
  • $699.99 for the Lenovo 13.3-inch 2-in-1 Yoga 900 with Intel Core i7 processor (regularly $1,199.99) from Best Buy.

Desktop deals

Check out our top picks for the gamers and at-home workers on your list below. (Monitors are sold separately unless otherwise noted.)

  • $479.99 for the Dell Inspiron desktop with Intel Core i5 processor and a 24-inch monitor (regularly $889.98; online only starting at 8 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 25) from Dell.
  • $499 for the HP Pavilion 2TB Intel Core i5 desktop bundle with 24-inch monitor, mouse and keyboard (regularly $749) at Sam’s Club.
  • $999 for the Dell Alienware Aurora gaming desktop with Intel Core i5 (regularly $1,249.99, online only Nov. 23-26) at Dell.

Best Black Friday Laptop and Computer Deals 2015

Last year, we saw discounts from practically every major electronics retailer, though some had strict windows of availability. Some laptops and computers were sold for $100 or less. For example, Best Buy offered the 11.6-inch Acer 16GB Chromebook for $99, and Dell sold the 32GB Dell Inspiron Micro Desktop online for $99 (regularly $169 each).

Here’s a look back at some more highlights:

  • Wal-Mart offered three HP laptops for less than $300 — a 15.6-inch laptop for $199, a 15-inch Touch laptop for $249 and a 17-inch laptop for $299 (from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving through Black Friday).
  • Best Buy marked down the HP Envy 15.6-inch, touch-screen laptop by $200, at $479.99 and had some of the best Apple sales, like a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive for $899.99 (regularly $1,099.99).
  • Dell sold the Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 for $299.99 (regularly $649.99) online only and the Inspiron Small Desktop for $199.99 (regularly $389.99).

Check out our full list of 2016 ad leaks for up-to-date deal news from a wide range of retailers.

Lauren Schwahn is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @lauren_schwahn.

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