There’s incredible competition among the big box retailers come the holiday shopping season (places like Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Target, for instance). Everyone runs great deals on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving in case you’ve been living under a rock) and you can usually find laptops for cheap. However, the increasing competition means that some places come up with pre black Friday laptop deals to capture some of that consumer money before the doors open on the most hallowed shopping day of the year. It’s smart. There are plenty of consumers that don’t want to deal with the crowds and fighting for merchandise and would be happy to spend a little more money to get a good deal.
Best Buy was the first to strike with a pre black Friday laptop deal this year. On November 11 they launched what is said to be the lowest price laptop ever (not including Netbooks, which are barely computers). It’s an Acer Extensa EX5230E-2177 and it comes with a 2.2 GHz Intel Celeron 900 Processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. It’s a good computer for hitting the web to watch videos or browse for information, among other simple tasks. You can do basic word processing, manage your digital picture collection, etc. The best part is that the laptop goes for $250, which is an astoundingly good price. They must be looking to get rid of inventory because it’s hard to imagine they’re turning a profit on that. Bless them for starting the competition for customers early!
Staples is in the game for the pre black Friday laptop deals too. They have an Acer Aspire AS5733Z-4516 15.6″ Laptop on sale for $329.99 after taking $100 off the regular price. You can pick up three HP Pavilion laptops for up to $200 off. The cheapest goes for $349.99 and the most expensive for $599.99. You get a fair amount of power for that price, making it a great deal that you don’t want to miss out. Toshiba has a 15.6″ laptop on sale for only $599.99 as well and it’s something of a powerhouse. As a side note, isn’t it great that laptop prices have sunk so much in recent years? Nowadays you can get plenty of power for a totally reasonable price that won’t bankrupt you.
Dell has a pretty cool pre black Friday laptop deal going on. They make a 10.1 inch netbook and tablet computer in one and they’re selling it for only $399.99, which is $130 off the regular price (a 25% discount). It runs on an Intel Atom processor and comes with Windows 7, making it a rarity in the tablet world. It features a keyboard if you want easy typing but you can also unhinge the monitor, flip it over, and snap the lid down and you’ll have a tablet computer that’s just a little bit thicker than the average iPad. It’s perfect for the person that wants a mixture of both and it comes as a totally reasonable price.
For those looking for lots of power in a small package you can check out the HP Pavilion dm1z 11.6 inch 1.6GHz dual-core AMD Fusion Laptop with 4GB RAM. That’s a small little screen but sometimes that’s all you need. It’s bigger than a tablet but smaller than a typical laptop so it fits perfectly on planes and trains if you’re a traveler or on a cramped desk if you’re a student. Plus, they’ve packed this bad boy with plenty of power. It has the aforementioned dual-core processor and AMD Radeon 6310M graphics processing so it can pump out great video and even lower level games. There’s a 320GB hard drive to store plenty of music, videos, and other files. If you spend an extra $25 you can upgrade the graphics and the processor for an even better experience.
Are you in the mood for a tablet but don’t want to spring for an iPad? Perhaps the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7 Inch Tablet is for you. You can pick it up in a great pre black Friday deal for only $229 (34% off the normal purchase price). It runs Android 2.3, comes with 2GB of storage, and displays at 1024×600. It has full Flash support for lots of online video viewing and comes with multiple ways to get online. It’s equipped with full offline GPS navigation too.
The Fujitsu LifeBook LH530 Core i3 2.26GHz 14.1 inch laptop is a terrific deal at less than $500. Originally price at $700 you get a great laptop with lots of storage space and processing power to meet all your needs. It comes with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD burner, a webcam, and a spill resistant keyboard that will help stop you from destroying your valuable computer if you get sloppy.
The HP Pavilion dv6z Quad Edition AMD A6 2.3GHz Quad-core Laptop is available for $549.99, which is 21% off the normal price. It’s just 1.23 inches thin, making it ideal for those looking for something powerful but slender. Folks doing a lot of work on planes or in hotels will appreciate it’s size and relative light weight. You get a free upgrade to 6GB of RAM when you purchase and you get a free upgrade to a Blu-Ray drive. It also comes with USB 3.0, an HD webcam, and Beats Audio. It’s a great option if you’re looking for power and sleekness.
If you spend a little time looking around you’ll find plenty more pre black Friday laptop deals from most manufacturers. Economic times are tough this year and the companies that make these computers know that. They want your business and if they can deeply discount older models and get you to buy while still turning even a slight profit they’re going to do it. Heck, if they can offer a deep discount, take a small loss, and get you as a lifelong customer they’ll do it. That means good deals for you.Tags: aceracer aspiredellfujitsufujitsu lifebookhphp pavilionlaptoplenovotablet pc