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Best Laptop Deal (Not Cheapest) on Black Friday

77five 404 November 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM in Computers (5)
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Starting this thread for discussing the Best Laptop Deal on Black Friday. I am not talking about the Cheapest model here but the Best Value for a Good Configuration.

The whole intent of this thread is to update each other (and Wiki) about the best possible deal on Black Friday. Thanks for everyone's input so far.

As of today, I found these from the ad scans but this will continue to evolve as more ad scans are released.

Dell Inspiron 15R Laptop w/ Intel Core i5, Windows 8, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD (Exp 11/30) [dell.com] - $699.99 - Really DELL? this is your BF deal? vomit

HP Envy 14" Laptop w/ Intel Core i3-3110M, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Win 8 (dv4-5260NR) [radioshack.com] - $499.99

HP Laptop from Staples - $299.00 [staples.com]

Sams Club - Reps to Geekor

$399 HP Pavilion, i5, win8, 6GB, 500GB
$599 HP Envy, i7, win8, 8GB, 750GB, beats audio

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#616
Can someone suggest a laptop on sale during BF
Preferences are

1. Portability
2. Screen
3. Upgradable
4. Backlit

Price should be <= 600

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.
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#617
Comparing 2 laptops right now, trying to decide if I should pull the trigger and pick up this ASUS:

http://www.frys.com/product/73780...ate:112112

or wait and try to get the Best Buy Toshiba (not even sure if that is on sale online tomorrow or if I need to wait in black friday lines in store?):

https://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/product/6952832

Thanks for any guidance. :-) I just crashed my desktop last week and need something asap for normal computing and photoshopping. No gaming.
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#618
Quote from KuraiChocobo View Post :
Probably the last update to my Excel sheet until Black Friday. Smilie Updated due to the addition of MicroCenter and information fixes.

I hope my Excel sheet has helped you guys/gals on deciding which laptop would you like to snatch on Black Friday.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone, eat a lot, and good luck on your Black Friday purchases!
Thanks & Repped! Thank you so much for all the time and hard work you put into making, updating, and sharing these Excel spreadsheets. I tried to rep you as much as possible for each of your updates. When my daily rep limit is up, I'll rep you again for this last update.

Remember to REP as a "Thank you", guys! Just saying "thank you" isn't really doing anything. Give this person actual gratitude points!
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#619
Nevermind. KuraiChocobo - you da man! Repped!
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Quote from dst1 View Post :
I'll answer this as my current laptop is actually a convertible (a Dell XT2). Having owned one for almost four years I can say that I will never buy a convertible again. A convertible is one of those ideas that *seems* nifty and it is in fact nifty--if---you actually use it. I don't. Fundamentally, unless one has a strong need for it (like being an animator) having the touchscreen on a laptop is pointless. My own experience is that I never use it in practice. It's too bulky and heavy to serve as a replacement for a Kindle or a Nook. And for drawing and sketching the truth is that a good old fashioned paper notebook is handier. It has no boot-up time, doesn't require any special software, and it's easy and light to carry and use in all conditions; if push comes to shove I can scan it into my computer and then vector it.

I recognize that convertibles have a coolness factor to them; one of the reason I bought it. But in the end one has to take a hard look and ask "but will the touchscreen actually get used?" My experience was that I did not, FWIW.
First off...great thread! Thanks to so many of you for really taking the time to delve deep into these questions for us "less informed"

So, I went to school for and dabble with 3D modeling, animation ect... I work a little with Maya, Motionbuilder, Virtools. I have used school equipment for a long time. Is there any laptops out there in these sales that could handle some of these programs? Not concerned with quick or real time rendering. From what I've seen on the Wiki in the beginning and the wonderful Excel spreadsheet the Staples hP Pavilion g7-2243 with the Radeon HD 7640G is the best in terms of graphics. Am I close? I am also curious about what will be in the Costco HP dv7t...probably a NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M?? So being ignorant of this stuff, can any of these handle this stuff?

Also, related to this in the convertible/touchscreen conversation. You mention for animation purposes someone may have a need for it. I have not seen this approach taken with a touchscreen laptop...didn't know it was available. Only have seen the Wacom Cintiqs in action. However, I will be returning to school and will need to be taking a lot of notes (nothing to do with 3D work). Would a combo tablet/laptop be any good for that?

In a perfect world, I would have both...something to take notes on (I hate paper everywhere) and something to dabble with 3D stuff.

Any advice/thoughts especially applicable to BF sales?
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#621
Quote from KuraiChocobo View Post :
Company wise, Lenovo, HP, Sony, and Asus are all really reliable companies. I don't know why some people have so much issues with HP, but I've had really nice experience with HP computers. Not to mention HP is the world's largest computer manufacturing company and Lenovo just caught up as being the #2 largest.
Many people have had problems with HP laptops overheating. Google it. And not through sheer stupidity (like using them on a cushion or otherwise blocking air intakes). Not even heavy or moderate gaming in my case.

One common issue involves crappy soldering which leads to eventual problems with the graphics subsystem (tho a quick internet search points to many other similar quality issues). On my wife's laptop we had to switch to use "plain VGA" driver after the initial problem manifested itself, apparently that bypassed the troubled hardware (or at least lessened the load on it) - because it would not even boot up with the correct nvidia driver due to this problem. But after a year of nursing it along in non-native resolution and with additional cooling, it completely died.

I would only buy another HP if 1) no integrated graphics and 2) it was a killer deal and 3) I really needed a laptop now, and am OK with it dying in 3 years through no fault of my own. shake head

If you DO buy an HP laptop, particularly with actual NVIDIA or ATI graphics hardware, I recommend a cooling pad with fans, and just be forewarned. I really can't say if the problems persist in more recent laptops, hers was from 2007 or so (core 2 duo, 7600 GT 17 inch)
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#622
did anyone come across any good deals for 11" netbook?
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#623
on a gaming computer? $850.00 plus tax it is thru Tiger Direct. orig. $999.99

ASUS N56VZ-ES71 Notebook PC - Intel Core i7 3610QM, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT650M, Windows 7 Home Premium, 15.6"

TIA
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#624
The Lenovo G780 seems like such a great deal! Too bad I'm looking for a portable laptop to take to school, but still be able to RUN GAMES at at least Low settings. Only if the lenovo wasnt 6.6 pounds..

Any ideas?
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Quote from bonnie48 View Post :
on a gaming computer? $850.00 plus tax it is thru Tiger Direct. orig. $999.99

ASUS N56VZ-ES71 Notebook PC - Intel Core i7 3610QM, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT650M, Windows 7 Home Premium, 15.6"

TIA
Shows as $800 + tax and FS for me.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...No=5246447
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#626
Lenovo W530 for 1071.75
Is it a good deal?

Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz)
Windows 8 64
15.6" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
NVIDIA Quadro K1000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory
8 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (2 DIMM)
Keyboard (Backlit) US English
UltraNav with Fingerprint Reader
720p HD Camera with Microphone
320GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
2nd 500GB HDD, 7200rpm with Bay Adapter
Express Card Slot & 4-in-1 Card Reader
9 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70++
170W Slim AC Adapter - US (2pin)
Bluetooth 4.0 with Antenna
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN
Mobile Broadband upgradable
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#627
Quote from matteh View Post :
Shows as $800 + tax and FS for me.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applic...No=5246447
Sorry, I meant 799.00 plus tax..Thank you
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Quote from rlb4 View Post :
Ok, thanks. On a side note. Would there be a noticeable difference between the i3 and i5 3rd gens for general use(MS Office, internet, email)? Is 6 GB ram a good amount? How is that Micro Center $399 Inspiron 15R vs Costco $399 Inspiron 15? Any others?
For general use, I'd say no. We're talking a couple seconds at most here and there. It's always nice to have extra computing power at your hands, but if you need to save some money you'll definitely be happy with an i3.
Quote from ncasolo View Post :
I'm in the market for a laptop that has a solid CPU and decent graphics card. The first post hasn't been updated forever and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any deals $500 or less. I don't care if it is a 14" screen.
There are none. Best bet is to search the outlet sites of Lenovo, Dell, etc. Try to find a Windows 7 clearance, or a refurbished.
Quote from viraj071 View Post :
Can someone suggest a laptop on sale during BF
Preferences are

1. Portability
2. Screen
3. Upgradable
4. Backlit

Price should be <= 600

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.
Check the ultrabook thread
Quote from mich311e View Post :
Comparing 2 laptops right now, trying to decide if I should pull the trigger and pick up this ASUS:

http://www.frys.com/product/73780...ate:112112

or wait and try to get the Best Buy Toshiba (not even sure if that is on sale online tomorrow or if I need to wait in black friday lines in store?):

https://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/product/6952832

Thanks for any guidance. :-) I just crashed my desktop last week and need something asap for normal computing and photoshopping. No gaming.
That ASUS is a 2nd generation i3, while that Toshiba is a 3rd generation i3. I'd definitely try to get a 3rd generation at this point, especially if you want to photoshop. Best Buy will be nuts on black friday though.

Quote from Zirob View Post :
The Lenovo G780 seems like such a great deal! Too bad I'm looking for a portable laptop to take to school, but still be able to RUN GAMES at at least Low settings. Only if the lenovo wasnt 6.6 pounds..

Any ideas?
Just curious, where are you seeing that Lenovo G780?
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#629
Should i go for the lenovo twist or is the low resolution a deal killer
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Quote from davemoosehead View Post :
For general use, I'd say no. We're talking a couple seconds at most here and there. It's always nice to have extra computing power at your hands, but if you need to save some money you'll definitely be happy with an i3.

There are none. Best bet is to search the outlet sites of Lenovo, Dell, etc. Try to find a Windows 7 clearance, or a refurbished.

Check the ultrabook thread

That ASUS is a 2nd generation i3, while that Toshiba is a 3rd generation i3. I'd definitely try to get a 3rd generation at this point, especially if you want to photoshop. Best Buy will be nuts on black friday though.


Just curious, where are you seeing that Lenovo G780?
its on the very bottom of the wiki board post

http://rabbitbuy.com/index.php/le...K1Kl-Q3e3s
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