The best Black Friday laptop deals

The new MacBook Air with the M1 chip
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Whether you’re shopping for a student, an older relative, or anyone in between, a laptop can make a great gift. And the internet’s largest retailers are offering all kinds of laptops at discounted prices this Black Friday, whether you’re looking for a convertible, a Chromebook, a gaming rig, or anything else.

Note that for some models, only certain configurations may be on sale. Make sure to double-check the specs of the item you’re buying to make sure they’ll suit your workload (and that you’re actually getting the discount) before you check out.

To learn more about some of these laptops, and others that may see discounts later this week, check out our guide to the best laptops of 2020.

HP deals

A number of HP laptops are on sale through Best Buy’s online store. One of them is the HP Envy x360 13 2-in-1, a portable convertible laptop that offers exceptional value for its price. We reviewed an AMD configuration, and were quite impressed with the keyboard and build quality.

If you’re looking for something more upscale, you can snag $500 off an HP Spectre x360 15 2-in-1. Originally priced at $1,599.99, the Spectre is a powerful convertible with a 4K touchscreen and a discrete GPU.

HP Pavilion x360 Photo by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge
The Pavilion x360 is $499.99 at Best Buy.
  • The HP Pavilion x360 14 2-in-1 is $499.99 at Best Buy, $250 off its original price at $749.99. This configuration includes an Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8GB of memory, and a 256GB SSD. We reviewed an LTE model of the Pavilion x360, and really liked the keyboard and touchpad.
  • The HP Chromebook 14 is $129 at Best Buy, $170 off its original price of $299. This configuration includes an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of memory, and 32GB of storage.
  • The HP 14 Laptop is $279 at Walmart (originally $469).
  • The HP Omen 15 is $899 at Walmart (originally $1,299). The model includes a Core i7-10750H, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB (HDD) + 256GB (SSD) of storage.

Dell laptop deals

Dell’s G5 15 SE is a unique gaming laptop with an AMD processor and discrete GPU working in tandem to eke out a little bit more performance than you’d expect. It’s normally almost a thousand dollars, but Dell’s got it on sale for just $629, which is a lot of performance for the price.

Apple deals

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The latest MacBook Air doesn’t look too different from the one that came out earlier this year — but the new M1 chip is a monster.

Multiple configurations of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro are on sale at B&H Photo. The new Pro is powered by Apple’s M1 processor, which delivers astonishingly powerful performance and can also run iPhone and iPad apps natively on macOS. If you’d prefer to go for an older Intel model, some of those are on sale as well.

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The latest MacBook Pro has an M1 chip, too.

Gigabyte deals

Gigabyte’s Aorus 5 is on sale at Newegg. It’s a powerful gaming laptop that’s thinner, lighter, and more portable than many 15-inch gaming rigs out there.

Lenovo deals

Lenovo’s Legion 5 17 is on sale for $200 off at Newegg. It’s a 17-inch gaming rig with an affordable price tag, known for its exceptional battery life. The 15-inch model is also on sale at Walmart for $1,099 (originally $1,499).

  • Lenovo’s Legion 7 is $1,599 at Walmart (previously $1,999). The model includes a Core i7-10750H, an RTX 2070 Super, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.
  • Multiple configurations of the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 are on sale at Best Buy. You can find one for $349.99, $250 off its original price of $599.99. This configuration includes a Core i5-1035G1, a 256GB SSD, and 12GB of memory. There’s an AMD Ryzen model on sale for $579 (previously $599) at Walmart.
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The IdeaPad 3 15 offers solid specs for a low price — a price that’s even lower this week.
  • The Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14 is $119.99 at Best Buy, $110 off its original price of $229.99. This configuration includes an AMD A6 processor, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of storage.
  • The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14 is $599 at Walmart, $200 off its original price of $799. This configuration includes an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
  • The Lenovo Chromebook S330 is $159 at Walmart, $100 off its original price of $299. This configuration includes a Mediatek MT8173C, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD.
  • The Lenovo Flex 14 is $479 at Walmart (originally $599). It includes an Intel Pentium Gold 5405U, 4GB of memory, and 128GB of storage.
  • The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 is $949.99 at Walmart (originally $1,749). You’ll get a Core i5-10210U, a 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM.
  • The Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is $499 at Walmart (originally $699.99). The model includes a Core i55-10210U, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage.

Asus deals

The Asus VivoBook S15 is one of the best-value laptops you can buy. It offers fast performance, good battery life, and a nice sleek chassis.

The Asus Zenbook 14 keyboard and screen from above. Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge
The Asus ZenBook 14 is a slim and sleek laptop with an LED numpad built into the touchpad.
  • Multiple configurations of the Asus ZenBook 14 are on sale at Newegg. You can get a model with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD for $729.99 ($170 off its original price). You can also buy one with a Core i7-10510U, a GeForce MX250, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for $749.99 ($150 off its original price of $899.99).
  • The Asus ZenBook 15 is $1,199.99 at Newegg, $300 off its original price of $1,499.99. This configuration includes a Core i7-10510U, a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD.

Microsoft deals

The Surface Pro 7 is a premium Windows 2-in-1 with a kickstand and stylus support. There are a number of different models, several of which are on sale at Best Buy.

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Get a Surface Pro 7 for as low as $599.
  • An i5 model is $799 ($230 off its original price of $1,029). You can find that price at Walmart as well.
  • An i7 model is $899 ($430 off its original price of $1,329)
  • The Surface Book 3 13 is on sale for $1,299 at Walmart, $300 off its original price of $1,599. This model includes an Intel Core i5-1035G7, 8GB of memory, and a 256GB SSD.

Acer deals

Multiple configurations of the Acer Aspire 5 are on sale at Best Buy. The Aspire 5 offers a sturdy chassis and solid performance at an affordable price point. It’s worth considering for students and other budget shoppers.

  • You can also get a model with a Core i7-1165G7 and 12GB of RAM for $699.99 ($100 off the original price of $799.99).
  • The Acer Nitro 5 is on sale for $799 (originally $1,099) at Walmart.
  • The Acer Spin 3 2-in-1 is on sale for $599 (originally $899) including a Core i7-1065G7, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
  • The Acer Chromebook 314 is on sale for $219 (originally $299). The model includes an Intel Celeron N4020, 4Gb of RAM, and 32GB of storage (eMMC).

MSI deals

A few different MSI gaming laptops are on sale at Newegg. The highlight is the GL75 Leopard, a 17-inch rig with a powerful hexa-core processor and RTX GPU.

  • The MSI GL65 Leopard is $1,099 at Newegg, $150 off its original price of $1,249 (with a $100 mail-in rebate card). This configuration includes a Core i7-10750H, a GTX 1660Ti, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB (HDD) + 512GB (SSD) of storage. A configuration with a GTX 1650 Ti, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD is also on sale for $949 ($150 off its original price of $1,099 with a $100 mail-in rebate card).

Origin deals

The Origin EVO15-S sits on a porch table. Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge
The Origin Evo-15 is one of the customizable gaming laptops to check out for Black Friday.
  • Origin is offering two “bonuses” with the purchase of Origin laptops. Bonuses include: a $50 Visa rewards card, a 500GB Seagate BarraCuda SSD, a Corsair Void Pro RGB Elite Wireless Headset, a Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard and Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse, a Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro Mouse, and an Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock. We recently reviewed the Origin Evo-15S and liked the extensive port selection and powerful gaming performance.

Gateway deals

A stack of four Gateway laptops. Image: Gateway
  • The Gateway Creator Series, a 15-inch budget laptop for gaming and content creation, is $599 at Walmart (previously $899). This model includes an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, a Nvidia GTX 1650, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. You’ll also get a free month of Xbox Game Pass. An Intel model with a Core i5-10300H and an RTX 2060 is also on sale for $799.
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