Black Friday is a great time to look for discounted laptops. Whether you’re on the prowl for a gaming rig or a low-powered Chromebook, there’s no better time to take the plunge. But why wait until the main event to get your shopping done? The early deals are already here.
The team at PCWorld has put together a list of laptop deals from all over the web. We’ve included deals from laptop manufacturers like Dell and Acer, as well as deals from other online retailers like Costco and eBay.
After you’ve had a good look at the laptops we’ve highlighted today, head down to the bottom of the article to learn more about what to expect from Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Early Black Friday mainstream laptop deals
Sometimes all you need is a barebones machine. Personally, I use a low-powered laptop for writing and watching Netflix. I like the simplicity.
- HP Pavilion Aero, AMD Ryzen 5/AMD Radeon graphics/16GB RAM/13.3-inch 1200p display, $529.99 (34% off at HP)
- Dell Inspiron 15, Intel Core i5/Intel UHD graphics/8GB RAM/15.6-inch 1080p display, $349.99 (42% off at Dell)
- Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen 4 AMD, AMD Ryzen 3/Integrated AMD Radeon graphics/8GB RAM/15.6-inch 1080p display, $525.60 (40% off at Lenovo)
- Acer Aspire Vero 14, Intel Core i7/Intel Iris Xe graphics/16GB RAM/14-inch 1080p display, $599.99 (34% off at Costco)
The HP Pavilion Aero is zippy enough for day-to-day tasks and the minimalist aesthetic is chic and sophisticated. It also weighs a little over two pounds, making it a capable traveling companion.
Early Black Friday content-creation laptop deals
If you need a little more oomph, you should consider a content-creation laptop. These machines typically have high-resolution displays and powerful components. Essentially, they’re designed to handle more resource-heavy tasks like video editing.
- Dell XPS 17, Intel Core i7/RTX 3050 GPU/16GB RAM/17.3-inch 2400p display, $2,139 (12% off at Amazon)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, Intel Core i5/Integrated UHD graphics/8GB RAM/13.3-inch 2048p touchscreen, $999 (65% off at Lenovo)
The Dell XPS 17 has a gorgeous 17.3-inch 2400p display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The taller aspect ratio makes a world of difference when scrolling through multiple documents.
Early Black Friday gaming laptop deals
Calling all gamers! There’s no better time to scoop up a blisteringly fast gaming machine. The laptops below are both powerful and reasonably priced. These machines should be able to run most games on high graphics settings. However, you may want to dial things back on more demanding titles.
- Alienware x17 R2, Intel Core i9/RTX 3080 Ti/32GB RAM/17.3-inch 2160p display, $3,499.99 (17% off at Dell)
- HP Omen, AMD Ryzen 5/RTX 3050/16GB RAM/16.1-inch 1080p display, $929.99 (29% off at HP)
- Gigabyte Aorus, Intel Core i7/RTX 3070 GPU/16GB RAM/15.6-inch 1080p display, $1,099.99 (33% off at eBay)
- Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, AMD Ryzen 7/RTX 3060/16GB RAM/16-inch 1600p display, $1,099 (30% off at Walmart)
- Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3, AMD Ryzen 5/RTX 3050/8GB RAM/15.6-inch 1080p display, $599.99 (33% off at Amazon)
- Acer Predator Helios, Intel Core i7/RTX 3050/16GB RAM/15.6-inch 1080p display, $1,174 (10% off at Amazon)
The Gigabyte Aorus is a great value. The combination of an Intel Core i9 CPU and an RTX 3080 Ti GPU is fantastic for the price.
Early Black Friday 2-in-1 laptop deals
Convertible laptops are a fantastic option for the frequent traveler. You can prop them up like a tent for video conferencing or fold the screen all the way back and, voila, you’ve got a tablet! The picks below are powerful, versatile, and lightweight. Hope you find something that catches your eye.
- Microsoft Surface Pro 8, Intel Core i5/8GB RAM/13-inch 1920p display, $799.99 (13% off at Best Buy)
- Lenovo Yoga 9i, Intel Core i7/Intel Iris Xe graphics/16GB RAM/14-inch 1200p display, $1,309.99 (27% off at Lenovo)
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 has a detachable keyboard, which can be removed from the tablet portion of the laptop. This versatility is nice, especially if you travel often and have limited space in an airplane seat.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday 2022 is on Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. If you’re an eager deals hunter, you’ll definitely want to mark this date on your calendar. While you’ll see some good deals throughout the day and over the weekend, we recommend logging on as early as possible, as availability changes at a breakneck pace during this time.
When is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday 2022 is on Monday, November 28. To take advantage of the best deals, we suggest logging on at midnight. This gives you the best chance to snag a deal on something you want before stock runs out.
Which retailers have the best Black Friday laptop deals?
You should definitely scope out Lenovo, HP, Dell, and other laptop manufacturers’ websites. Online retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and Best Buy will also have solid deals, no doubt, but probably not as wide a variety as you’ll find from the manufacturers themselves.
Which laptops does PCWorld recommend, the deals notwithstanding?
Hey, the site is called PCWorld, so we test and review an insane amount of laptops. To see our top picks, you can check out our master list of the best laptops of 2022. We also have more granular selections for the best laptops under $1,000, the best laptops under $500, and the best laptops for students. Come Black Friday, there’s a good chance that many of our picks will be discounted, so if you’re looking for something specific, check out the best pick articles.