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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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#31
Dell Deal

Dell Inspiron 14z 14.1" Laptop w/ Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB $299
http://adscans.bfads.net/a/953/i_...756562.jpg
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I've updated the wiki with all of the laptop deals to date. Please update it with their specs and links when you get them!
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#33
I know most people aren't able to shop AAFES, but does anyone have an opinion of the $289 laptop they have in their ad?

http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/...ns/AAFES/4

I'm looking for a laptop decent for gaming for my son and just don't know a whole lot about what kind of specs I should be looking for. This thread is really helpful. I just wasn't sure if this laptop was being left out because it's cheap crap or if it's because it's from AAFES.

Thanks, everyone.
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What do people think of the two ultrabooks at Staples? One is a Sony, the other a Lenovo. Those are two brands I'll actually buy. The Sony processor is only an i3, but the Lenovo is an i5, so I lean toward that one. Thoughts? This is for business use, and it is just gratuitous to go with the convertible form factor? Is my money better spent on something not convertible? (Not playing games on these, but running a lot of concurrent programs including graphics heavy stuff like Adobe Illustrator.)
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What do people think of the two ultrabooks at Staples? One is a Sony, the other a Lenovo. Those are two brands I'll actually buy. The Sony processor is only an i3, but the Lenovo is an i5, so I lean toward that one. Thoughts? This is for business use, and it is just gratuitous to go with the convertible form factor? Is my money better spent on something not convertible? (Not playing games on these, but running a lot of concurrent programs including graphics heavy stuff like Adobe Illustrator.)
Never mind. I answered my own question by tracking down the specs on these buggers:
  • Lenovo Thinkpad Twist 12.5" Laptop w/ Core i5 3317U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 8 for $699.99
  • Staples has Sony 13.3" Ultrabook w/ Core i3 3217U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 32GB SSD, Windows 8 for $699.99

They both pretty much suck. 4GB RAM? No thanks.
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#36
This 14" HP Envy from BestBuy for $630 seems to be a decent deal.

3rd Gen i7-3632Q
8GB RAm
1TB HDD

The description says both NVIDIA GT 620M graphics with 1GB dedicated video memory & Intel® HD Graphics 4000 with up to 1664MB total shared video memory. I am not sure which one is actually in the system.

https://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/c...ve++silver
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#37
Now that most of the ads are out, I think we should start ranking them by size. ie: Top 3 picks for <14", 15.6", 17" laptops.

Obviously they i7 is best Intel processor, anyone know how the AMD ones in the lineup compare?
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#38
So which one is a good deal so far? Also any one have any ideas what I do with an old laptop? Sel it on craiglist, keep it as a spare ?
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Quote from samborina View Post :
I know most people aren't able to shop AAFES, but does anyone have an opinion of the $289 laptop they have in their ad?

http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/...ns/AAFES/4

I'm looking for a laptop decent for gaming for my son and just don't know a whole lot about what kind of specs I should be looking for. This thread is really helpful. I just wasn't sure if this laptop was being left out because it's cheap crap or if it's because it's from AAFES.

Thanks, everyone.

Hello, I am able to shop aafes too. Smilie Most people can't shop there, and that probably is why it hasn't already been mentioned. Anywho, that is not a bad laptop, but the processor is on the weaker side of things. Whats really important for gaming is the processor and graphics card. That laptop has an A4 processor from AMD which is the weakest processor of their A series. Honestly, I'm sure it would smoke my intel laptop from a couple years ago, but if you are looking for a gaming laptop, this will not work for you. You can get better deals on a desktop, but if it must be a laptop, I'd look for an A10 4600m processor, or an i5 or i7 with a discrete graphics card(gtx 650m or better. be careful though, as a higher graphics card number does not necessarily mean better performance)

The A-series processors from amd have dedicated graphics integrated into the cpu core, and thus are referred to as Apus. An apus performance is superior to the integrated graphics offered with intel chips. However, having a dedicated graphics card(gtx650, hd7770, etc...) paired with an i5 or i7 would be superior performance wise, it just comes down to how much you are willing to spend. Computer ram also plays an important part in gaming, but it can be upgraded relatively cheaply after the laptop is purchased. Due to the supply chain of laptops, you are pretty much stuck with the processor/graphics card you purchase on day one for the life of the laptop.

Wow, crazy long post. Anyway, hope this helps. You can read on the internet about graphics cards/processors, etc... to get a better idea of things, but hopefully this helps.
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No sub-$200 4 GB quad-core. What a crappy BF for laptops.
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Quote from barcode7 View Post :
This 14" HP Envy from BestBuy for $630 seems to be a decent deal.

3rd Gen i7-3632Q
8GB RAm
1TB HDD

The description says both NVIDIA GT 620M graphics with 1GB dedicated video memory & Intel® HD Graphics 4000 with up to 1664MB total shared video memory. I am not sure which one is actually in the system.

https://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/c...ve++silver

Both are in the system. The 620m is dedicated graphics, a second processor that works only for the graphics of the computer. The hd4000 graphics is intel's new integrated graphics, which i imagine you would only use if you were trying to save power(due to running on battery power) The quality of the integrated graphics will be lower than the dedicated 620, but if you are not playing games or doing anything graphically intensive(photoshop, modeling, gaming, etc...) it will work just fine.
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#42
thanks op
nothing too exciting...might have to wait for monday
looking for...
- 1080p
- bluray
- dedicated vid card (gaming...sc2...d3...crysis2...dayZ/warZ...etc)
- i7 would be nice
- ssd would be nice
- +17" would be nice
- ram doesnt matter...i can always add more if needed
- weight and battery life isnt a big issue
- intel or amd...doesnt matter
- no HP...had two die within a year...bad experience
- <~$700 would be nice
fingers crossed
will check back for updates
thank you
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#43
Quote from barcode7 View Post :
This 14" HP Envy from BestBuy for $630 seems to be a decent deal.

3rd Gen i7-3632Q
8GB RAm
1TB HDD

The description says both NVIDIA GT 620M graphics with 1GB dedicated video memory & Intel® HD Graphics 4000 with up to 1664MB total shared video memory. I am not sure which one is actually in the system.

https://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/c...ve++silver
This is the most decent configuration I have seen so far. Only things lacking are SSD & Blue Ray. I don't care much for Touchscreen.

I can also live without Blue Ray but NEED SSD. I hope something comes along...

Thanks barcode7 for posting this. Repped.Smilie

Quote from HornetNZ View Post :
I've updated the wiki with all of the laptop deals to date. Please update it with their specs and links when you get them!
Thanks HornetNZ for this. Repped Smilie.
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#44
Here's the full specs on the HP Envy 14" with i7 at Best Buy for $630:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/w...inkmsg=100

The problem is I just got a Dell 15R Special Edition (Refurbished) a few weeks ago with slightly better specs and a 1080p screen for the same price. I get that it was refurbished, but we should see some sort of gaming laptop this Black Friday for a nice price...I hope!
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#45
Thanks for creating this thread. Looking for a laptop this BF/CM so will be following, though I'm only looking for something simple for internet/music flexibility (room to room)/ etc.
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