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77five 11-05-2012 10:23 AM

Best Laptop Deal (Not Cheapest) on Black Friday
 
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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ORGANIZED BY STORE Updated: November 18, 2012 3:57PM EST

BEST BUY
Lenovo 15.6" AMD E-300 1.3GHz Dual 2GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 6310 1366x768 5.7lb No $187.99
Asus 14" Intel Pentium B980 2.4GHz Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 2000 1366x768 4.1lb Yes (1) $249.99
Samsung Essentials 15.6" i3-2370M 2.4GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 3000 1366x768 5.1lb Yes (2) $349.95
Asus 11.6" i3-2365M 1.4GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 3000 2.9lb Yes (1) Touch Screen $449.99
HP Envy M6 15.6" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 8GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.3lb Yes (3) Beats Audio $499.99
Acer Aspire 15.6" i3-2377M 1.5GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 3000 1366x768 5.3lb Yes (1) Touch Screen $529.99
HP Envy DV7 17.3" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 6GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1600x900 6.9lb Yes (3) Beats Audio $529.99
HP Envy M4 14" i7-3632QM 2.2GHz Quad 8GB 1TB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 4.4lb Yes (2) Beats Audio $629.99
Toshiba Satellite 14" i3-3217U 1.8GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 4.3lb Yes (3) Touch Screen $599.99
Toshiba Satellite 17.3" i3-3110M 2.4GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1600x900 5.7lb Yes (1) Online Only $399.99

BJ's
Asus 15.6" i3-2328M 2.2GHz Dual 6GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 3000 1366x768 5.4lb Yes (1) $359.99
HP Pavilion 14 14" Intel Pentium B987 1.5GHz Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 1366x768 3.96lb Yes (2) $399.99
Toshiba 17.3" i3-3110M 2.4GHz Dual 6GB 640GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1600x900 5.7lb Yes (1) $479.99
Asus 15.6" i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad 8GB 750GB HDD Win 7 Nvidia GeForce 610M 1366x768 5.8lb Yes (1) $699.99
Toshiba 15.6" i7-3630QM 2.5GHz Quad 6GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.5lb+ Yes (2) SRS Sound $599.99
Asus 14" i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual 6GB 750GB HDD, 25GB SSD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 4.4lb Yes (1) $579.99

Costco
Dell Inspiron 15.6" i3 Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 $399.99
Dell Inspiron 15.6" i7 Quad 8GB 1TB HDD Win 8 $599.99
HP dv7t 17.3" i7 Quad 12GB 1TB HDD Win 8 $999.99
HP ENVY dv6t Quad Laptop, Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM 2.4 GHz, Blu-ray Player, 16GB, 1TB, Nvidia GT 630M 1GB, MS Office $899
Dell Inspiron 17.3" i7-3 Quad 8GB 1TB HDD Win 8 1600x900 $799.99

Dell
Inspriron 15 15.6" i3-2 Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 $379.99
Inspiron 15R 15.6" i3-3 Dual 6GB 500GB HDD Win 8 $499.99
Inspiron 14Z 14" i3-3 Dual 4GB 500GB HDD, 32GB SSD Win 8 $589.99
Dell Inspiron 14z 14.1" i3-2 Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 7 $299.99

HH Gregg
HP Pavilion 17.3" AMD A4-4300M 2.5GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7420G 1600x900 6.57lb Yes (2) $399.99

KMart
Asus 14" Intel Celeron 2GB 320GB HDD Win 8 $219.99
Pavilion G6 15.6" AMD A4 Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 $299.99

MacMall
HP Pavilion 17.3" AMD A6-4400M 2.7GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7520G 1600x900 6.57lb Yes (2) $439.99
Sylvania ARM 11 7" 1GHz 512MB 2GB HDD In Store Only $44.99
Acer Aspire 15.6" AMD 1.65GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD $299.99
HP Pavilion 15.6" AMD A6-4400M 2.6GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 7 Radeon HD 7520G 1366x768 5.5lb $339.99
Sony VAIO 15.5" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 6GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.9lb Yes (1) $499.99
HP Envy 17.3" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 8GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1600x900 6.94lb Yes (3) $659.99

MicroCenter
MicroCenter Acer Aspire 15.6" i3-3110M 2.4GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.4lb No In Store Only $349.99
MicroCenter Dell Inspiron 15.6" i3-3110M 2.4GHz Dual 6GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 6.05lb Yes (3) In Store Only $399.99
MicroCenter Toshiba Satellite 15.6" i3-3110M 2.4GHz Dual 6GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 1366x768 5.4lb Yes (1) In Store Only $399.99
MicroCenter Lenovo 15.6" i3-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.7lb Yes (2) In Store Only $449.99
MicroCenter Dell Inspiron 15.6" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 6GB 1TB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 3000 In Store Only $499.99
MicroCenter Toshiba Satellite 15.6" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 6GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 1366x768 5.4lb Yes (1) In Store Only $499.99
MicroCenter Asus 15.6" AMD E2-1800 Dual 2GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7340 1366x768 5.4lb Yes (1) In Store Only $259.99
MicroCenter Compaq Presario 15.6" AMD E-300 1.3GHz Dual 2GB 320GB HDD Win 7 Radeon HD 6310 In Store Only $239.99
MicroCenter HP ProBook 15.6" i3-3110M 2.4GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD (7200rpm) Win 7 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 In Store Only $499.99
MicroCenter Samsung 15.6" i7-2670QM Quad 6GB 640GB HDD Win 7 Intel HD Graphics 3000 1366x768 5.4lb No In Store Only $549.99
MicroCenter Gateway 15.6" Intel Pentium B960 Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 1366x768 5.5lb No In Store Only $299.99
MicroCenter Samsung 15.6" i7-3630QM 2.4GHz Quad 6GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.16lb Yes (2) In Store Only $579.99
MicroCenter Dell Inspiron 15.6" i7-3632QM 2.2GHz Quad 8GB 1TB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 6.05lb Yes (3) In Store Only $699.99
MicroCenter HP ProBook 15.6" i7-3612QM Quad 8GB 750GB HDD (7200rpm) Win 7 Radeon HD 7650M 1366x768 In Store Only $749.99
MicroCenter Asus 15.6" i7-3630QM 2.4GHz Quad 8GB 1TB HDD Win 8 Nvidia GeForce GT 635M 1366x768 5.9lb Yes (2) In Store Only $799.99
MicroCenter Dell Inspiron 17.3" i7-3632QM 2.2GHz Quad 8GB 1TB HDD Win 8 Nvidia GeForce GT 630M 1920x1080 In Store Only $799.99
MicroCenter HP Envy 15.6" i7-3630QM 2.4GHz Quad 12GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 1366x768 5.66lb Yes (3) In Store Only $899.99

Microsoft
Acer Aspire i5 Dual Win 8 $399.00

Office Depot
HP Pavilion 17.3" AMD A6-4400M 2.7GHz Dual 6GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7520G $379.99
Lenovo 15.6" AMD E-300 1.3GHz Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 6310 1366x768 5.7lb $279.99
Samsung 15.6" Intel Pentium Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 $329.99
Toshiba Satellite 15.6" i3-2 Dual 8GB 500GB HDD Win 8 $399.99
HP Envy 15.6" i5-3 Dual 8GB 640GB HDD Win 8 Beats Audio $499.99
Toshiba Satellite 15.6" i7-3 Quad 8GB 750GB HDD Win 8 $599.99
HP Envy 14" i3-3 Dual 4GB 500GB HDD, 32GB SSD Win 8 Beats Audio $599.99

Office Max
Toshiba Satellite 17.3" AMD A6-4400M 2.7GHz Dual 6GB 640GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7520G $379.99
Toshiba Satellite 15.6" AMD Vision E1 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 $249.99
HP Pavilion 15.6" AMD A6-4400M 2.7GHz Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7520G $349.99
HP Envy 15.6" i3-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 6GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Beats Audio $499.99
Toshiba Satellite 15.6" i5-2450M 2.5GHz Dual 6GB 640GB HDD Win 7 $529.88
Toshiba Satellite 14" i3-2377M 1.5GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 7 $549.88
Toshiba Satellite 15.6" i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual 6GB 640GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 $549.99
Toshiba Satellite 15.6" i3-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 8GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 $589.99
Toshiba Satellite 15.6" i7-3830M Quad 8GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Online Only $649.99

Radio Shack
Toshiba 15.6" Intel Celeron B830 1.8GHz Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 2000 1366x768 5.4lb No $299.99
HP Envy 14" i3-3110M 2.4GHz Dual 6GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 4.9lb Yes (2) Beats Audio $499.99

Sams Club
HP Pavilion 14" i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual 6GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 Yes (2) $399.00
HP Pavilion 15.6" i7-3630QM 2.5GHz Quad 8GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.66lb Yes (3) Beats Audio $599.00

Sears
Asus 14" Intel Celeron B830 1.8GHz Dual 2GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 2000 $219.99
HP Pavilion G6 15.6" AMD A4 Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 $299.99

Staples
HP 17.3" AMD A8-4500M 1.9GHz Quad 6GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7640G 1600x900 $399.99
HP Envy 15.6" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 6GB 640GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 Beats Audio $499.99
HP Pavilion 14 14" Intel Pentium B987 1.5GHz Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 1366x768 $299.99
HP 15.6" AMD A6-4400M 2.7GHz Dual 4GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7520G 1366x768 5.46lb Yes (2) $399.99
Toshiba 15.6" i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual 6GB 640GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.0lb+ Yes (2) $499.99
Lenovo 15.6" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 8GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 $549.99
HP 17.3" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 8GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1600x900 10.7lb Yes (3) Beats Audio $629.99
Toshiba 15.6" i7-3630QM 2.5GHz Quad 6GB 640GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 $579.99
Lenovo Twist 12.5" i5-3317U 1.7GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD, 24GB SSD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 3.5lb Convertible $699.99
Sony 13.3" i3-3217U 1.8GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD, 32GB SSD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 3.77lb Yes (1) $699.99

Target
Gateway 15.6" AMD A8-4500M 1.9GHz Quad 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 7640G 1366x768 5.73lb Yes $349.00

TigerDirect
Dell 14.1" Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz Dual 1GB 60GB HDD Win 7 Intel 4 Series 1280x800 4.47lb No In Store Only $149.99
Asus (REFURBISH) 15.6" i5-2450M 2.5GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 7 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.7lb Yes (1) In Store Only $349.99
HP 15.6" i3-2310M 2.1GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 7 Intel HD Graphics 3000 1366x768 5.5lb No In Store Only $379.99
Asus 15.6" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 7 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.6lb Yes (2) In Store Only $399.99
Sony 15.5" i5-3210M 2.5GHz Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 4000 1366x768 5.97lb Yes (1) In Store Only $499.99
HP 15.6" i5 Dual 8GB 500GB HDD Win 8 ??? - 1GB Graphics In Store Only $599.99
Asus 15.6" i7-3630QM 2.4GHz Quad 6GB 750GB HDD Win 8 Nvidia GeForce 610M 1366x768 5.6lb Yes (2) In Store Only $599.99
Asus 17.3" i7-3630QM 2.4GHz Quad 12GB 500GB HDD Win 8 Nvidia GTX 660M 1920x1080 8.7lb Yes (4) Gaming, Store $999.99

Toys'R'Us
Acer Aspire 15.6" Intel Celeron 4GB $279.99

Wal-Mart
Compaq 15.6" AMD C-60 1.33GHz Dual 2GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 6290 1366x768 7.6lb No $179.00
HP 15.6" AMD E-300 1.3GHz Dual 4GB 320GB HDD Win 8 Radeon HD 6310 1366x768 7.35lb No $279.00
HP 15.6" i3 Dual 4GB 500GB HDD Win 8 1366x768 No $349.00
Acer Aspire 13.3" i3-2367M 1.4GHz Dual 4GB 320GB HDD, 20GB SSD Win 8 Intel HD Graphics 3000 1366x768 4.56lb Yes (2) $499.00

**Information based on KuraiChocobo's Excel Spreadsheet. Information are not subject to 100% accurate. Information are collected from researching based on laptop model # and a bit assumption.**
To use the Excel version (which you can sort it by size/price/weight/gpu/cpu/store/brand/etc): In-depth Excel Spreadsheet of all the deals: Updated to 11/21/12


Link to the Google Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadshe...pdHc#gid=0
Please Rep - LadySandry for this.


Also Reps for attached Excel should go to bbcbls

Lenovo G780 (21823LU) Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1333 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M $469.99
http://rabbitbuy.com/index.php/le...-630m.html


Asus Notebook K55A-BI5093B 15.6" Core i5-3210M 500GB 4GB Ram $469.99
http://rabbitbuy.com/index.php/as...K4wu4fBF8E

solstys 11-05-2012 12:24 PM

Where did you find the Dell link? In the Black Friday section, I only see this for a 15R:

Dell Inspiron 15R 15.6" Laptop w/ Intel Core i3, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD & Switchable Lids - $499

vip00 11-05-2012 01:16 PM

i5, integrated graphics only, 720p seems like a pretty poor deal at $500

Hopefully we'll get better as we get more ads!

breaux124 11-05-2012 01:25 PM

I'm looking for a laptop with Gaming ability, hopefully something comes along with more than Integrated graphics.

aidankate32476 11-05-2012 01:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vip00 (Post 54490358)
i5, integrated graphics only, 720p seems like a pretty poor deal for a laptop at this point...

Hopefully we'll get better as we get more ads!

I sure hope so :(

TheKarn 11-05-2012 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by breaux124 (Post 54490608)
I'm looking for a laptop with Gaming ability, hopefully something comes along with more than Integrated graphics.


Same. I'm not even looking for anything GOOD, just DECENT.

I don't care if i have to play the game on low settings, i don't need fancy, shiny graphics. Would be nice to play DayZ on the lowest settings.

Milky99 11-05-2012 01:50 PM

not a good deal...bought i5 laptop for $500 last year......

Wreak_Peace 11-05-2012 02:02 PM

Yea, like others have stated, this is really a horrible deal.
Hopefully something with a decent graphics card comes out..

77five 11-05-2012 03:55 PM

I agree with all of you that this is HORRIBLE Deal...infact, its not a deal at all....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.

lawchingto 11-05-2012 04:07 PM

yea it's normal price, you can find i5 for 500bucks almost every week.

HornetNZ 11-06-2012 09:04 AM

Subscribed! Hope to find a good ~$500 laptop this year capable of playing BF3 on low (not holding my breath).

77five 11-06-2012 12:35 PM

Staples BF - Laptop for $299.00
 
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See attached from Staples for $299.00 for someone who simply wants a Cheap laptop

or this from K-Mart [kmart.com] which is supposed to be selling on BF day for $219.99

EddieWoah 11-06-2012 12:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 77five (Post 54521330)
See attached from Staples for $299.00 for someone who simply wants a Cheap laptop

or this from K-Mart [kmart.com] which is supposed to be selling on BF day for $219.99


We aren't talking about the cheapest laptop. We want the best value. I need a gaming laptop with at least 640M graphics. $800 for the Lenovo was a good deal, but too much for me :(

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HornetNZ 11-06-2012 06:19 PM

Lots of new laptop deals added today in Sams Club & Staples - $300 - $700. Havent gotten specs details yet.

animageofmine 11-06-2012 07:25 PM

Only if Lenovo reduces the price for its Yoga series, I am all in. Fingers crossed !!!

geekor 11-06-2012 08:21 PM

Sams Club with best deals so far

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

ShortT 11-06-2012 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by geekor (Post 54532654)
Sams Club with best deals so far

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

Yeah, good catch on that third gen i7 HP. Here's the Sam's link:

EDIT, wrong link delete: funny, I can't locate that laptop anywhere online. Must be a new model?

Like this one quite a bit but I'd love to have a hybrid solid state drive for instant on. Hm. Also 17" in huge, and the resolution is somewhat crappy 1600x900.

Any other options on this lappy?

RHCCapri 11-06-2012 10:25 PM

I find the best bang for the buck Dell laptop deals are in February and March when they clear out old stock.

geekor 11-06-2012 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54535534)
Yeah, good catch on that third gen i7 HP. Here's the Sam's link:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/hp-d...erm=7247cl

Like this one quite a bit but I'd love to have a hybrid solid state drive for instant on. Hm. Also 17" in huge, and the resolution is somewhat crappy 1600x900.

Any other options on this lappy?

It has the model in the ad, that link isn't right. dv6-7247cl. Of course that model says 6GB of ram where the ad says 8GB. But 15.6 with crappy 1368 resolution. Good processor though.

RHCCapri 11-06-2012 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by animageofmine (Post 54531374)
Only if Lenovo reduces the price for its Yoga series, I am all in. Fingers crossed !!!

Go to BestBuy and play with the Yoga13 first. Save yourself that Lenovo 15% restock fee.

ThatOneGuyWho1 11-06-2012 11:47 PM

My friend has a DV7 (from the Sam's Club deal a few months ago) and it does greatly with all the major videos, blu rays, and gaming he throws at it. I'm sure the DV6 would prefer just as greatly especially since its a laptop too.

animageofmine 11-07-2012 12:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RHCCapri (Post 54535696)
Go to BestBuy and play with the Yoga13 first. Save yourself that Lenovo 15% restock fee.

did you get a chance to play with it ? what's wrong with the hardware ?

RHCCapri 11-07-2012 12:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by animageofmine (Post 54537410)
did you get a chance to play with it ? what's wrong with the hardware ?

I spent 40 minutes playing with the display on launch day and really tried to like it. For $1000 the Yoga13 is a fail. Three and a half pounds, screen is only 900p, no backlit keyboard, no rear camera, keyboard is exposed in tablet mode, the demo I tried had trouble rotating from horizontal to vertical in tablet mode and the 128Gb SSD is broken into EIGHT partitions! Specs are laughable as an ultrabook, but because Lenovo put a double hinge on it we as suppose to pay $1000 for one instead of $700.

After testing out several last week, I don't think convertible laptops are viable because of the weight. Hybrid designs with detachable keyboards like the Asus Transformer Book, Samsung Ativ and maybe even the MicroSoft Surface Pro are the way to go.

EddieWoah 11-07-2012 01:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by geekor (Post 54535686)
It has the model in the ad, that link isn't right. dv6-7247cl. Of course that model says 6GB of ram where the ad says 8GB. But 15.6 with crappy 1368 resolution. Good processor though.


Yeah kinda odd. I found the laptop @ Walmart, but that model number laptop should come with SIX GB of RAM. Sam's AD says 8 so who really knows? It does come with 2GB of 630M graphics

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EddieWoah 11-07-2012 01:59 AM

Not to steal the thread, but am I the only one thinking about a PS Vita if there's no deal on a gaming laptop? PC gaming is cheaper, but $800 for a Lenovo is pretty expensive.

??

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NandD 11-07-2012 03:40 AM

I bought a refurbished Dell Inspiron 17r se for $699+tax
-1080p
-32 gb ssd
-1 tb hard drive
-8gb ram
-Integrated 4000/GT 650m
-Intel Corei7 3rd Gen
That's a bad deal ;/

ShortT 11-07-2012 05:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by geekor (Post 54535686)
It has the model in the ad, that link isn't right. dv6-7247cl. Of course that model says 6GB of ram where the ad says 8GB. But 15.6 with crappy 1368 resolution. Good processor though.

Ah, sorry wrong link.

Can't seem to find the correct DV6 link, and yes that is a decidedly tepid deal IMO.

Chirs 11-07-2012 08:47 AM

I am looking for a laptop for my daughter daily school use, don't need to be very powerful but like it to be as light as possible (no budget for a ultrabook yet), which one is better:
Sam's club: HP Pavilion 14" Notebook w/ Intel Core i5, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Windows 8 (14-b017cl) $399.00?
Dell: Dell Inspiron 14z for $299

animageofmine 11-07-2012 09:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RHCCapri (Post 54537464)
I spent 40 minutes playing with the display on launch day and really tried to like it. For $1000 the Yoga13 is a fail. Three and a half pounds, screen is only 900p, no backlit keyboard, no rear camera, keyboard is exposed in tablet mode, the demo I tried had trouble rotating from horizontal to vertical in tablet mode and the 128Gb SSD is broken into EIGHT partitions! Specs are laughable as an ultrabook, but because Lenovo put a double hinge on it we as suppose to pay $1000 for one instead of $700.

After testing out several last week, I don't think convertible laptops are viable because of the weight. Hybrid designs with detachable keyboards like the Asus Transformer Book, Samsung Ativ and maybe even the MicroSoft Surface Pro are the way to go.

"the 128Gb SSD is broken into EIGHT partitions" ---- beyond me why would someone partition such a small disk into 8. I can fix that myself. But, hey, thanks a lot for sharing your opinion. Very useful. I will probably go checkout all the models in Bestbuy/staples/MS store to get an idea of which one suits my needs.Repped you for sharing your opinion :)

MrHookup 11-07-2012 02:37 PM

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

HornetNZ 11-07-2012 04:39 PM

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!

samborina 11-07-2012 05:00 PM

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.

vivaciouswoman 11-07-2012 06:12 PM

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.)

vivaciouswoman 11-07-2012 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vivaciouswoman (Post 54563000)
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.

barcode7 11-07-2012 09:14 PM

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

HornetNZ 11-08-2012 05:22 AM

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?

darkwing99 11-08-2012 07:44 AM

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 ?

hustle86 11-08-2012 08:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by samborina (Post 54560550)
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. :) 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.

AmazingJason 11-08-2012 08:45 AM

No sub-$200 4 GB quad-core. What a crappy BF for laptops.

hustle86 11-08-2012 08:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by barcode7 (Post 54566854)
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.

SoG 11-08-2012 09:03 AM

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

77five 11-08-2012 09:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by barcode7 (Post 54566854)
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.:)

Quote:

Originally Posted by HornetNZ (Post 54560076)
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 :).

adster 11-08-2012 10:07 AM

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!

DeweyCox 11-08-2012 10:22 AM

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.

shadowneko003 11-08-2012 10:27 AM

Thanks for this thread! Hopefully this year, I'll be able to upgrade my 7 year old Toshiba laptop. I'm hoping for some sort of Laptop/Tablet, minimum i5, and I refuse to buy HP (bad experience)

samborina 11-08-2012 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hustle86 (Post 54578706)
Hello, I am able to shop aafes too. :) 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.

Thanks for the help. Truly appreciated.

wantnano 11-08-2012 10:41 AM

these ads suck

you're better off getting something from dell/lenovo outlet.. or if you were lucky enough you would have bought one of those 50% off laptops from the sony outlet

LadySandry 11-08-2012 11:59 AM

How does 3rd gen I5 compare to 2nd gen I7?

fourzero40 11-08-2012 12:21 PM

Please include Touch Screen in the description if it has one. I am looking to buy a touchscreen laptop/laptablet in the near future.

methaitoo 11-08-2012 01:04 PM

i need a programming laptop for college (microsoft office, visual basics, c+,c++, etc.)
would the $299 Dell 14" i3 suffice?
or is it worth dropping a little more money on the envy 14" i7 $630 from best buy?

ducky2802 11-08-2012 01:35 PM

I saw the ad scan wally world acer $500 ultrabook, anyone else confirm 320gb SSD? Seems too good to be true it comes with a drive that Im assuming is a 7mm 320gb ssd that I dont think Ive ever seen. Now a 320gb 5400 mechanical seems more reasonable, maybe with a small msata ssd boot?

HornetNZ 11-08-2012 03:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by methaitoo (Post 54587488)
i need a programming laptop for college (microsoft office, visual basics, c+,c++, etc.)
would the $299 Dell 14" i3 suffice?
or is it worth dropping a little more money on the envy 14" i7 $630 from best buy?

For your needs, pretty much anything will work just fine!

ShortT 11-08-2012 03:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ducky2802 (Post 54588548)
I saw the ad scan wally world acer $500 ultrabook, anyone else confirm 320gb SSD? Seems too good to be true it comes with a drive that Im assuming is a 7mm 320gb ssd that I dont think Ive ever seen. Now a 320gb 5400 mechanical seems more reasonable, maybe with a small msata ssd boot?


Good catch. Here's the link to the laptop with the same part number:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-Si...m/21317992

I think this might be my winner...but it only has the second gen i3 and has a relatively crappy resolution. You were right, 320 GB mechanical drive with a 20GB SSD. Sleek though.

rekd0514 11-08-2012 04:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 77five (Post 54581522)
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.:)



Thanks HornetNZ for this. Repped :).

You really don't NEED SSD. You will probably get a much lower quality one than you can buy yourself for a higher price. The SSD and Blu-ray drive are 2 things you can easily change/add yourself. The CPU/GPU and motherboard and LCD aren't. It would be nice to get one with a normall HDD honestly. Move the HDD to the optical drive bay with an adapter and buy and external DVD/Blue-ray drive if you need it.

Revenge700 11-08-2012 04:14 PM

Hey guys, I'm looking for a laptop for gaming hopeful around $300, anyone have any suggestions? Thanks a bunch.

83tnaznav 11-08-2012 04:47 PM

Best deal for me.

Google Samsung Chromebook $199 [bestbuy.com].

HornetNZ 11-08-2012 06:30 PM

I think I'm leaning towards this one from Staples -
HP Laptop 17.3" Laptop 6GB RAM 500GB Hard Drive Windows 8 Quad Core A8 APU $399.99

It's not on staples.com yet, so hard to decide until I can see more details, but that one has the newest CPU for the price in the 17" class.

slickness123 11-08-2012 06:55 PM

Anyone have opinions on the best laptop under $300?

shadowneko003 11-08-2012 06:58 PM

Just saw these on the Costco ad posted.

Costco

Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop PC, 3rd gen i7, 1600 x 900 HD+ display, 8GB memory, 1TB harddrive, 1GB graphics w/Microsoft Office Home & Student, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier Elements, and Windows 8

$949.00- $150.00 = Final cost of $799.99

Online only
Dell Inspiron 15R 15.6", Intel core i7, 8GB memory, 1TB harddrive, wireless display and blue tooth

$749 - $150 = $599.99

Online
Dell Inspiron 15, 15.6", Intel core i3, 8GB memory, 500GB harddrive, Microsoft home and student

$499.99 - $100 = $399.99

Online

HPdv7t Quad Laptop 17.3", Intel core i7, 12 GB memory, 1TB harddrive, 2GB graphics, backlit keyboard, Microsoft Home and Student, Bluray writer

$1399 - $400 = $999

EddieWoah 11-08-2012 07:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadowneko003 (Post 54596816)
Just saw these on the Costco ad posted.

Costco

Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop PC, 3rd gen i7, 1600 x 900 HD+ display, 8GB memory, 1TB harddrive, 1GB graphics w/Microsoft Office Home & Student, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier Elements, and Windows 8

$949.00- $150.00 = Final cost of $799.99

Online only
Dell Inspiron 15R 15.6", Intel core i7, 8GB memory, 1TB harddrive, wireless display and blue tooth

$749 - $150 = $599.99

Online
Dell Inspiron 15, 15.6", Intel core i3, 8GB memory, 500GB harddrive, Microsoft home and student

$499.99 - $100 = $399.99

Online

HPdv7t Quad Laptop 17.3", Intel core i7, 12 GB memory, 1TB harddrive, 2GB graphics, backlit keyboard, Microsoft Home and Student, Bluray writer

$1399 - $400 = $999

Saw this too. The Dell 17R and HP dv7t seem like crappy deals when I could have gotten the Lenovo just a few days ago. I had it in my cart, but couldn't pull the trigger. :(
It was a good deal, but it was also $800

topppps 11-08-2012 09:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HornetNZ (Post 54595984)
I think I'm leaning towards this one from Staples -
HP Laptop 17.3" Laptop 6GB RAM 500GB Hard Drive Windows 8 Quad Core A8 APU $399.99

It's not on staples.com yet, so hard to decide until I can see more details, but that one has the newest CPU for the price in the 17" class.

how does that compare to the intel cpus

KlassiK 11-08-2012 11:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by topppps (Post 54601504)
how does that compare to the intel cpus

laptop cpu comparison: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobi...436.0.html

Also, that touchscreen Sony ultrabook is available for $670 right now on Sony.com, just have to add the touchscreen option.

ThatOneGuyWho1 11-08-2012 11:57 PM

Anyone see any great deals on an i7? I want a good brand (Asus, HP, etc) and under $500. If its over $500 that's still good but rather get below that.

So far I have... (look below) I'm gearing towards either of the HP laptops. I'll be doing some gaming on them but most of my games will be played on my PS3 / 360. The most power consuming game I'd probably play is Crysis 1 or Blacklight. I really want it a laptop that performs better than my Acer AS7741G (which played games greatly with some slow down in games like Left 4 Dead) and can handle my multitasking. It has to be an i5 or i7 though.

HP Pavilion dv6 i7 ($600, Sam’s Club, Also Online)
Dell Inspiron 15R i7 ($600, Costco, Online Only)
HP Pavilion i5 ($400, Sam’s Club)
Toshiba i5-321M ($550, Staples)

HornetNZ 11-09-2012 04:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by topppps (Post 54601504)
how does that compare to the intel cpus

W/o knowing the model # of the A8, it's hard to tell.

Thanks for the link, KlassiK. I was looking for that on tomshardware, but couldn't find anything! Repped. :)

polzovatelq 11-09-2012 04:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NandD (Post 54539412)
I bought a refurbished Dell Inspiron 17r se for $699 tax
-1080p
-32 gb ssd
-1 tb hard drive
-8gb ram
-Integrated 4000/GT 650m
-Intel Corei7 3rd Gen
That's a bad deal ;/

You can link to the offer?
I miss him.
I was not able to buy the last time

ShortT 11-09-2012 07:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rekd0514 (Post 54592664)
You really don't NEED SSD. You will probably get a much lower quality one than you can buy yourself for a higher price. The SSD and Blu-ray drive are 2 things you can easily change/add yourself. The CPU/GPU and motherboard and LCD aren't. It would be nice to get one with a normall HDD honestly. Move the HDD to the optical drive bay with an adapter and buy and external DVD/Blue-ray drive if you need it.

Intersting, can you spell out how difficult this is? I like the "instant on" feature of the many of the hybrid models, would it be fairly easy to move the OS to an SSD added after the fact? Also, how the heck can you be sure an SSD will fit in a model not made for it?

adster 11-09-2012 08:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShortT (Post 54612452)
Intersting, can you spell out how difficult this is? I like the "instant on" feature of the many of the hybrid models, would it be fairly easy to move the OS to an SSD added after the fact? Also, how the heck can you be sure an SSD will fit in a model not made for it?

Unless you have an Ultrabook which some call for a slimmer drive, you probably won't have drive fit issues. SATA drives (and SSDs) really only come in 2 sizes: 9.5mm which will fit almost all computers and 7mm which are required for much more expensive slim/Ultrabook style of computer.

nerdrage 11-09-2012 08:49 AM

A8 is alright, I bought mine last year on bf at BB.

The A8 can be overclocked very easily.

Will play WoW fine. Plays LoL fine. Plays modern warfare 3 fine. Diablo 3 is Meh, solo play is tolerable but it's still noticeable graphics lag but group play usually gets too choppy. Im apprehensive on it's capability to handle black ops 2 so im looking for a good deal on an i5 or i7 this holiday season.

77five 11-09-2012 09:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rekd0514 (Post 54592664)
You really don't NEED SSD. You will probably get a much lower quality one than you can buy yourself for a higher price. The SSD and Blu-ray drive are 2 things you can easily change/add yourself. The CPU/GPU and motherboard and LCD aren't. It would be nice to get one with a normall HDD honestly. Move the HDD to the optical drive bay with an adapter and buy and external DVD/Blue-ray drive if you need it.

Thanks, these are good ideas.

rekd0514 11-09-2012 10:04 AM

http://slickdeals.net/f/5438954-Crucial-M4-CT256M4SSD3-mSATA-256GB-SATA-III-MLC-Internal-Solid-State-Drive-SSD-165

Msata SSD like this one that was FP not long ago is also an option to save even more space. These fit in a mini PCIE slot that a wireless card would use. Not all laptops have 2 of these though, so you would have to check.

talko17 11-09-2012 10:26 AM

Can anyone point me in the direction of a good 17" laptop that's capable of some light gaming? I don't need to be running D3 on high settings or anything, but I certainly want an upgrade from my HP with an Intel HD graphics card. I would look myself but I simply have no clue what specs I should be looking for.

moozle 11-09-2012 10:57 AM

Anyone have any suggestions for me on what to get? We're getting a laptop for our daughters for Christmas this year. They are youngish - 6 and almost 9. Will mostly be used for word processing, internet educational games, uploading pics/videos from their ipod touches, etc. No real gaming (other than the ones they play directly on websites).

We don't want to drop the money on a Mac yet - maybe when they are older.

I'm hearing HP is a good brand to stick with. Is an 8GB memory what I should be looking for?

This thread is very helpful. Any suggestions welcomed! Right now I like the HP envy someone posted a few posts back, but maybe I don't need that much in a computer and can get one a bit cheaper for their needs...

shadowneko003 11-09-2012 11:00 AM

From Target's BF AD

Gateway 15.6" Laptop w/AMD A8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD (Model # NV52L15U) - $349.00

craezie 11-09-2012 12:07 PM

Looking for a good deal on a tiny screened lightweight laptop to replace my 11" one. I don't see ANYTHING in this category. It doesn't have to be fancy, but a decent processor and it must run real windows programs. Has the demand for small laptops just been obliterated by tablets?

Kahboom0225 11-09-2012 12:12 PM

Have anyone seen a good deal on a ultrabook?

nasty_civic 11-09-2012 01:37 PM

I am just looking for a decent laptop to do some school work on and play some games. Unfortunately, there seems to be no deal on a decent laptop as of yet

mig0 11-09-2012 01:47 PM

Any word on apple sales? I'm planning a purchase of a mac mini and figured I'd wait to see what the BF deals are. I've got an EPP discount from my employer and am looking at getting the i7 model.

alexr1973 11-09-2012 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Revenge700 (Post 54592878)
Hey guys, I'm looking for a laptop for gaming hopeful around $300, anyone have any suggestions? Thanks a bunch.

Not during the next 5 Black Fridays :)

edplayer 11-09-2012 01:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by craezie (Post 54621708)
Looking for a good deal on a tiny screened lightweight laptop to replace my 11" one. I don't see ANYTHING in this category. It doesn't have to be fancy, but a decent processor and it must run real windows programs. Has the demand for small laptops just been obliterated by tablets?


Asus just came out with the X202. 11.6" screen, Core i3-3217U and a msrp of $600 I believe. I will wait a few months for it to go on sale for around $450 or so.


http://usa.asus.com/Notebooks/Sup...lity/X202/

alexr1973 11-09-2012 01:57 PM

Guys, could you separate Ultrabooks from other laptops in the Wiki?

shadowneko003 11-09-2012 01:58 PM

Any recommendations for laptop/tablet convertible/hybrid, i5, 6gb ram, 6hrs + battery, no HP? Or should I just wait until next year?

LedZeppelin 11-09-2012 02:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadowneko003 (Post 54625308)
Any recommendations for laptop/tablet convertible/hybrid, i5, 6gb ram, 6hrs + battery, no HP? Or should I just wait until next year?

The Lenovo Twist will be on sale at Staples for $699. That's probably your best bet at this point.

Revenge700 11-09-2012 03:38 PM

Alright, where could I get a decent laptop for around 300-350? As long as the laptop could play something like COD MW3 on it's lowest setting, then I'm happy.

rekd0514 11-09-2012 04:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alexr1973 (Post 54625086)
Not during the next 5 Black Fridays :)

LoL agreed. Not possible. Some of the AMD options aren't too bad with integrated graphics though.

shadowneko003 11-09-2012 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LedZeppelin (Post 54625758)
The Lenovo Twist will be on sale at Staples for $699. That's probably your best bet at this point.

I was looking at that, and I found that you can't upgrade the RAM and the battery is not user replaceable. So it went out the window. Guess I should just wait until Christmas or next year.

krazyshopper 11-09-2012 04:39 PM

So do u guys think the $299 dell and the $630 HP envy from best buy are the two best deals on laptops out of all the Black Friday laptops?

RajeevGupta 11-09-2012 05:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by craezie (Post 54621708)
Looking for a good deal on a tiny screened lightweight laptop to replace my 11" one. I don't see ANYTHING in this category. It doesn't have to be fancy, but a decent processor and it must run real windows programs. Has the demand for small laptops just been obliterated by tablets?

I'm looking for exact same thing.

For $300 there's the Acer AO756 which has the celeron 877 processor.

There is also a 11.6" Acer V5 which has the i3 and usb 3.0, it's a bit more expensive.

I'm still looking for better deals.

Filet-O-Fish 11-09-2012 05:49 PM

I'm really thinking about getting this one:

http://microcenter.com/product/40...ight_Black

do you think it'll get cheaper on BF?

brian1rr 11-09-2012 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alexr1973 (Post 54625086)
Not during the next 5 Black Fridays :)

A gaming laptop for $300 bucks Hahahahaha

reactant 11-09-2012 05:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Revenge700 (Post 54627564)
Alright, where could I get a decent laptop for around 300-350? As long as the laptop could play something like COD MW3 on it's lowest setting, then I'm happy.

This would fit the need:

Target:
Gateway 15.6" Laptop w/ AMD A8 Quad Core CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD
$349.00

krazyshopper 11-09-2012 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by reactant (Post 54631730)
This would fit the need:

Target:
Gateway 15.6" Laptop w/ AMD A8 Quad Core CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD
$349.00

Is that processor better than the i3 (On the 299 dell at bb)?

craezie 11-09-2012 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RajeevGupta (Post 54630940)
I'm looking for exact same thing.

For $300 there's the Acer AO756 which has the celeron 877 processor.

There is also a 11.6" Acer V5 which has the i3 and usb 3.0, it's a bit more expensive.

I'm still looking for better deals.

The AO756 just looks like a newer version of the aforementioned 11" laptop I'm replacing, which is an AO722 that I bought on a previous Black Friday for $199. Problem is, it didn't even last 1.5 years before massive hard drive failure, so I would really prefer another brand (that isn't $600). I have an Ipad, which is an $800 device of unquestionably superior quality, but somehow it doesn't compare functionally. Even with that and another tablet in my life, I really miss that little Acer. The fact remains that I can get a ton more done on a real computer with real programs and a keyboard, and a 10-12" screen. The "netbook" seems to have died a horrible death in the last year or so, though.

JustClassik 11-09-2012 07:42 PM

I'm computer dumb and am not really looking for a laptop to play games on. I just need something to use for school and surf the net. Which one of these would be the best deal for me?

HornetNZ 11-09-2012 08:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JustClassik (Post 54633762)
I'm computer dumb and am not really looking for a laptop to play games on. I just need something to use for school and surf the net. Which one of these would be the best deal for me?

Any of the ~$200 laptops will serve you fine. Just decide what screen size you want and go from there. When comparing stats, remember that for CPUs, the higher the number the better...generally speaking. Intel i3, i5, i7. AMD a4, a6, a8. Don't pay too much attention to the amount of ram in it, as that can always be upgraded.

HornetNZ 11-09-2012 09:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alexr1973 (Post 54625278)
Guys, could you separate Ultrabooks from other laptops in the Wiki?

Done. Also added the new deals from Office Depot.

*Also bolded one from each category that I thought looked like the best value (best CPU for the price). Feel free to update!

javeedsa 11-09-2012 09:29 PM

what do you think about this ($829):

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrar...J3lq-TWLcM


processor
3rd generation Intel Core i7-3632QM Processor( 2.20GHz 1600MHz )
Operating system
Windows 8 64
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT630 2GB
Memory
8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
Display
17.3" HD Glare with integrated camera 1600x900
Pointing device
Industry Standard Multi-touch 2 button touchpad
Hard Drive
1TB 5400 rpm
Optical Drive
Blu-ray/DVD-RW
Battery
6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Network Card
Lenovo BGN Wireless
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version 4.0
Warranty
One Year
Form Factor
Notebook
Camera
Integrated HD 720p Camera
HDMI
HDMI (Out)

HornetNZ 11-09-2012 09:45 PM

What do you plan to do on it?

Bstar0306 11-09-2012 09:46 PM

Ultrabooks vs Others
 
What is the difference between the Ultrabooks and the other laptops? Are they better, worse, or it's just preference? I've been interested in the Dell ultrabook for $299.

HornetNZ 11-09-2012 09:51 PM

Ultrabooks usually have a touchscreen monitor that flips around and becomes a "tablet".

alexr1973 11-09-2012 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HornetNZ (Post 54636028)
Ultrabooks usually have a touchscreen monitor that flips around and becomes a "tablet".

Not only this. Also ultrabooks are around 3 lbs, 11.6-13.3" screen size and stay up and running around 7-8 hours.

melindafnp 11-10-2012 01:50 AM

Hp dv7 17.3"
 
I have a DV7 that I bought a little over a year ago. And I have had nothing but TROUBLE. Within the first month I returned it for a problem with the motherboard. The problems continued now my one year warranty just expired and I spent over $300 just to get it fixed (with basic stuff only) I didn't have them fix my bluray. When I started getting it fixed I found that all f the discussion boards say that this dv7 is a lemon. Hope that helpsl ;) Melinda


QUOTE=EddieWoah;54597502]Saw this too. The Dell 17R and HP dv7t seem like crappy deals when I could have gotten the Lenovo just a few days ago. I had it in my cart, but couldn't pull the trigger. :(
It was a good deal, but it was also $800[/QUOTE]

timtheterrible 11-10-2012 06:24 AM

$400 Gateway NV Series NV57H94U Notebook Intel Core i5 2450M(2.50GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 3000
[50GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R]

Does this seem like a decent deal to anyone else? I'm mainly looking for something that can at least RUN a lot of current videogames; no beauty contest or anything.

Admittedly, I'm not a very knowledgeable PC/Laptop guy, but I saw a video of someone playing Skyrim on Youtube [youtube.com] with a very similar setup.

skazi007 11-10-2012 06:38 AM

Is this a good deal on the Toshiba laptop or wait till BF?

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b...2000045129

savingwithkelly 11-10-2012 06:40 AM

Anyone know if there is a limit on the Target Gateway $349? I am needing two. REALLY hoping it is in my online pre-deals for having the Target Red Card.

skazi007 11-10-2012 07:07 AM

So Toshiba i3 3rd gen with HD 7670 card for $580 or Lenovo A10-4600 with onboard 7660G for $500?

Buy any of these or wait till BF? Pls suggest

Mr King 11-10-2012 08:07 AM

this thread is incredibly helpful. Ive had my HP ze9406us since 2004-2005 and im wanting to get something new. Only thing i did to it was upgrade the ram to 1gb. Everything still works on it, so HP hasnt been a bad experience for me.

From what ive been reading, Intel i3, i5, i7. AMD a4, a6, a8 are the better cpu's to choose from right now, is that correct? I Know I dont want one that uses a netbook cpu.

Anyway, Im wanting to get something new for surfing online maybe playing some facebook games, as I have a Xbox360 for my gaming and dont use a pc for that.

about the only game playing ill do outside of Facebook is poker sites.

I dont care if its a new or refurbed laptop, however, I have seen many negative things about different brands of laptops and i am weary of choosing something with a keyboard that is going to drop keys off like popcorn popping, cracking plastic, bad screens, charging problems, etc.

Any info to help me out would be greatly appreciated. Id like to stay around the $250 mark for the laptop btw. I know I wont be getting the newest technology, but for me, reliability is key. Want it to be a Windows 7, Not Interested in Windows 8 at all.

Thanks for any info that will help me and and links are greatly appreciated. :) I dont need it to be a Black Friday deal btw.

jufluco 11-10-2012 08:35 AM

Has anyone that's taken a peak through some of the larger 15+ (esp 17inchers) deals and seen if any of these babies have blu-ray drives??

Appreciate the help.

chikkubhai 11-10-2012 08:38 AM

Any ultra book with Win 8 touch laptop deals at all?

kfpanda 11-10-2012 08:40 AM

Office Depot has Toshiba with second gen i3, 8gb ram for $399.

Is that a decent deal

HornetNZ 11-10-2012 09:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kfpanda (Post 54644400)
Office Depot has Toshiba with second gen i3, 8gb ram for $399.

Is that a decent deal

The deal from target will get you a much faster processor for the price. The i3 is the lower end of whats available. Look at the wiki organized by price.

Gateway 15.6" Laptop w/AMD A8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD (Model # NV52L15U) - $349.00

(the AMD a8 is comparable to the Intel i5 or i7)

tachii 11-10-2012 09:51 AM

Is the $399 "14 HP i5 laptop from Sam's is going to be sold online the Wednesday night before thanksgiving? Is there a limit to one per Sam's club account:

sonerb81 11-10-2012 10:00 AM

I hope we see some great deals on laptops with IPS screens and good build quality...

jackals 11-10-2012 10:29 AM

where will this deal be at >?


Acer Acer Ultrabook 13.3" 4GB RAM 320GB Intel Core i3 Solid State Drive $499.00

HornetNZ 11-10-2012 11:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jackals (Post 54646604)
where will this deal be at >?


Acer Acer Ultrabook 13.3" 4GB RAM 320GB Intel Core i3 Solid State Drive $499.00


Go to page 1, hit Ctrl-F, search for acer ultrabook. :)

michaelgnocchi 11-10-2012 11:24 AM

Does anyone know if windows 7 laptop deals will be offered or just win 8?

HornetNZ 11-10-2012 11:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaelgnocchi (Post 54647802)
Does anyone know if windows 7 laptop deals will be offered or just win 8?

99% of what I've seen in the ads have win 8. I'd expect win7 laptops to be clearanced out asap.

timtheterrible 11-10-2012 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timtheterrible (Post 54641642)
$400 Gateway NV Series NV57H94U Notebook Intel Core i5 2450M(2.50GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 3000
[50GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R]

Does this seem like a decent deal to anyone else? I'm mainly looking for something that can at least RUN a lot of current videogames; no beauty contest or anything.

Admittedly, I'm not a very knowledgeable PC/Laptop guy, but I saw a video of someone playing Skyrim on Youtube [youtube.com] with a very similar setup.

Halp?

Is this a good deal for a laptop that can at least run current games? I was thinking about maybe waiting until BF or Cyber Monday to see if any seriously good deals show up, but I really haven't been impressed with any of the ads thus far. It's not urgent that I get one soon, so I can wait too if there's a better time to look, but I wouldn't want to let this deal slip if it's a really decent one.

krazyshopper 11-10-2012 11:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HornetNZ (Post 54647936)
99% of what I've seen in the ads have win 8. I'd expect win7 laptops to be clearanced out asap.

Is it safe to assume all these laptops will have Hdmi ports?

krazyshopper 11-10-2012 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HornetNZ (Post 54635104)
Any of the ~$200 laptops will serve you fine. Just decide what screen size you want and go from there. When comparing stats, remember that for CPUs, the higher the number the better...generally speaking. Intel i3, i5, i7. AMD a4, a6, a8. Don't pay too much attention to the amount of ram in it, as that can always be upgraded.

Thanks, that clears things up. So it would appear that the target gateway a8 for 350 is a great price and best deal. Because it has an a8 processor right?

Lukkie 11-10-2012 12:17 PM

Looking for some notebooks with mid to high-end dedicated video for gaming. I'm running a 2 year old Lenovo right now with i3 and Radeon HD 5730m, runs today's games OK on low-medium detail but I'm way overdue for an upgrade. I'm constantly on the move/traveling so notebook is a must. Tagging thread for future reference.

krazyshopper 11-10-2012 12:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HornetNZ (Post 54573042)
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?

Thanks so much for bolding the best values in the wiki. This thread has been really helpful

..sorry for all the questions. I don't know what the chances are for getting one of these best values on bf are.. they may only give 10-12 away with tickets to the first couple people in line.

...should we also discuss backup plans? Like next best thing.. Or perhaps ones we might have good chance of findi on bf online?

krazyshopper 11-10-2012 12:29 PM

It looks like the lowest i7 will be the toshiba at staples for 580

And the lowest priced i5 will be the SAMs club one for 399
The next best price will be the toshiba at staples ... And the HP envy at Office Depot ( both for 500)

The lowest price a8 will be the HP at staples and the gateway at target...(399 and 350, respectively...the 399 one having a much bigger screen)

The lowest a6 will be 350 hp at office max and the 380 HP pavilion at Office Depot.


So it looks like the amd processor line has the much better value than the intel line, and perhaps is just as good?

I am guessing maybe one of the amd 6 or 8 processors will be online under 400...and maybe what I'll shoot for.

Thoughts?

teddyruxx 11-10-2012 12:41 PM

hi, folks, i was wondering, since i got in on the slick deal on the Lenovo y580 linked later in the post, should i even be bothering to look around here for a significantly better deal on BF (as i can return the lenovo with no restocking fee). it was ~$860 w/ tax, which i think is a slick deal, but i'm a longtime lurker and kinda new to this game. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/82530/microsoft-store-lenovo-ideapad-y580-laptop-core-i7-3610qm-2.3ghz-8gb-ddr3-750gb-hdd-32gb-ssd-15.6-1920x1080-2gb-geforce-gtx-660m-bluray-drive-wifi-n-usb-3.0-6cell-win-7-prem

P.S. (unrelated to initial post but if some kind soul sees this, has any input and would like internet karma plus any help i can give, such as an invite to a private torrent tracker thats amazing for obscure films/music, PM me or something... :) ) take care and be well...

(about to try to install windows 8 on it again, have been having problems getting it on there. frustrating, microsoft is of no help but thankfully i THINK i've found some threads which have instructions, due to having to deal with the OneKey Recovery but more importantly the RapidDrive that links the msata w/ the 1TB. i have no use for the Blu-Ray drive, i think i
ll sell it and install a 2.5" SSD, i dont know... at this point im not sure what to do. any opinions on how to maximize performance with this thing (by switching the 32g msata ssd for a larger one?but again i have NO USE for the bu-ray drive so would it make more sense to buy a cheaper 2.5" ssd to replace the optical drive? i dont even know what extra hardware it would take to do this... and i assume ill need the logitech t650 to take advantage of windows 8... so many Qs, dunno where to start.

nasty_civic 11-10-2012 01:16 PM

After some research it appears the A8 is a better buy than a I5. The gateway from target and the HP A8 look like the best deals.

Anyone else agree with me? I have been look for a few weeks now.

bru20 11-10-2012 01:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 54649410)
So it looks like the amd processor line has the much better value than the intel line, and perhaps is just as good?


Thoughts?

I'm no expert but my casual observation shows that AMD has always been a budget chip producer as compared to Intel. So naturally a computer equipped with an AMD processor will be less expensive than an equivalent Intel machine. Problem is most AMD machines have discreet GPUs so that may up the price.

I've always been an Intel person. When I was buying a desktop 2 seasons ago it seemed as every decently priced machine had an AMD, but I found an i3 machine that of course today is woefully out of date. Last year everything seemed to have Intel inside. I guess it varies by what each company is offering and what the manfacturers can get for a decent price.

When I bought a laptop two months ago I got one of the Target Gateways with the SandyBridge based Pentium processor. I should have waited for BF and beyond but I thought I wanted Win 7 which in retrospect probably shouldn't have been a deciding factor.

So far I like the Target GW (we get discounts which would make it even more of a deal) but I still would probably go for something with Intel...if I was buying a laptop. This season it's a tablet I am after.

youth 11-10-2012 02:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bstar0306 (Post 54635954)
What is the difference between the Ultrabooks and the other laptops? Are they better, worse, or it's just preference? I've been interested in the Dell ultrabook for $299.


Most ultrabooks use less powerful ultra low voltage CPU's vs mobile CPU's in non-ultrabook laptops.

astrix21 11-10-2012 02:49 PM

I am really hoping to get a good price on HP Envy Spectre 14t or the new Zenbook UX31. BF deals for laptops are none too exciting, so far.

HornetNZ 11-10-2012 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 54648518)
Is it safe to assume all these laptops will have Hdmi ports?

I would *assume* most will, but wont know until they put these particular laptops on their websites.

Quote:

Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 54648730)
Thanks, that clears things up. So it would appear that the target gateway a8 for 350 is a great price and best deal. Because it has an a8 processor right?

yes an a8 is on the upper end, so I would say 350 for it is a decent deal.

HornetNZ 11-10-2012 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by teddyruxx (Post 54649772)
hi, folks, i was wondering, since i got in on the slick deal on the Lenovo y580 linked later in the post, should i even be bothering to look around here for a significantly better deal on BF (as i can return the lenovo with no restocking fee). it was ~$860 w/ tax, which i think is a slick deal, but i'm a longtime lurker and kinda new to this game. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/82530/microsoft-store-lenovo-ideapad-y580-laptop-core-i7-3610qm-2.3ghz-8gb-ddr3-750gb-hdd-32gb-ssd-15.6-1920x1080-2gb-geforce-gtx-660m-bluray-drive-wifi-n-usb-3.0-6cell-win-7-prem

You're not going to find any better setups this BF. Keep what you got.

Bstar0306 11-10-2012 03:11 PM

Do you think the ultrabooks that are touchscreen are worth the extra money? I know they say windows 8 is made for touchscreens but most computers aren't.

Robrain 11-10-2012 03:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HornetNZ (Post 54636028)
Ultrabooks usually have a touchscreen monitor that flips around and becomes a "tablet".

No, you confuse the definition of what ultrabooks are.

Ultrabooks are essentially the evolution of the previous "Thin-and-Light" category.

The idea was that processing power has finally caught up to the form factor - now your thin-and-light laptop can also be "ultra-powerful" in terms of CPU power.

Ultrabooks can also be tablets if they include touchscreen capabilities.

However, most ultrabooks are NOT tablets, and even ones that do include touchscreens should not be considered "tablets" simply based on that factor alone. Adding a touchscreen layer does not by itself make a laptop an actual "tablet", as most laptops are still not designed properly to have their screen pressed on (noticeable screen wobble, since there's no resistance from the screen's hinge pushing back when you touch the screen).

*Convertible* laptop/tablets are a separate, specific category (Lenovo Yoga, for example, as well as the Sony Duo 11).

Ultrabooks essentially address the primary flaw (processing power) of previous underpowered laptops like this one:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/1...n-and-lig/

Bstar0306 11-10-2012 03:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Robrain (Post 54653118)
No, you confuse the definition of what ultrabooks are.

Ultrabooks are essentially the evolution of the previous "Thin-and-Light" category.

The idea was that processing power has finally caught up to the form factor - now your thin-and-light laptop can also be "ultra-powerful" in terms of CPU power.

Ultrabooks can also be tablets if they include touchscreen capabilities.

However, most ultrabooks are NOT tablets, and even ones that do include touchscreens should not be considered "tablets" simply based on that factor alone. Adding a touchscreen layer does not by itself make a laptop an actual "tablet", as most laptops are still not designed properly to have their screen pressed on (noticeable screen wobble, since there's no resistance from the screen's hinge pushing back when you touch the screen).

*Convertible* laptop/tablets are a separate, specific category (Lenovo Yoga, for example, as well as the Sony Duo 11).

Ultrabooks essentially address the primary flaw (processing power) of previous underpowered laptops like this one:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/1...n-and-lig/


Thank you for posting this explanation!! This makes sooo much more sense!!

iDylan1357 11-10-2012 04:35 PM

hey guys, think I could get a little help here?

looking to get a laptop for my mom. not sure what to get though. she does a lot of word processing, uses the web a lot, runs programs on the web, checks her outlook email, uses skype/webcam, and would probably install a few programs. her netbook is 3 years old is and is breaking down. what laptop would be good for her? (also she'd like one at least 15 inch) thanks!

HornetNZ 11-10-2012 04:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Robrain (Post 54653118)
No, you confuse the definition of what ultrabooks are.

Ultrabooks are essentially the evolution of the previous "Thin-and-Light" category.

The idea was that processing power has finally caught up to the form factor - now your thin-and-light laptop can also be "ultra-powerful" in terms of CPU power.

Ultrabooks can also be tablets if they include touchscreen capabilities.

However, most ultrabooks are NOT tablets, and even ones that do include touchscreens should not be considered "tablets" simply based on that factor alone. Adding a touchscreen layer does not by itself make a laptop an actual "tablet", as most laptops are still not designed properly to have their screen pressed on (noticeable screen wobble, since there's no resistance from the screen's hinge pushing back when you touch the screen).

*Convertible* laptop/tablets are a separate, specific category (Lenovo Yoga, for example, as well as the Sony Duo 11).

Ultrabooks essentially address the primary flaw (processing power) of previous underpowered laptops like this one:

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/1...n-and-lig/

You're right. Sorry for the confusion :)

krazyshopper 11-10-2012 07:40 PM

oops..i posted this on a different thread a few hours ago but meant to post it here...so im copying and pasting it again here...

bummer. for those who want the target gateway laptop. I just read this post. If this is true, and there are only 6 gateway target laptops, then unless you are one of the first 6 people in line (having gotten to the store 12 hours earlier to wait) it will be extremely impossible.

To be realistic, I think we should all have like five or six backup choices. Also, The laptops that are on page 1 of any store's BF circular are going to be really hard to get...they will likely have a limited quantity like 6 or 12.

I am going to try to score one online. Because doorbusters often go online. I think it will still be a good deal, but maybe not as good as target gateway deal. Knowing what specs and what price range to look for is helpful.

Also, everyone. Keep an eye on this site because there could be a laptop deal that is doorbuster hot that shows up before black friday. Like the 399 i5 from a couple days ago. I nearly jumped on that one, but just wanted to see what the black friday laptop prices were first. Turns out That one was the same price as the lowest priced i5 at Sam's on black friday.

Also, anyone know if i5 is better than a6 processor?
And is memory expensive to upgrade the laptop, say from 4gb to 8gb. And is it hard to install or to find specific memory for upgrading your laptop?

moonequiped 11-10-2012 07:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fourzero40 (Post 54586100)
Please include Touch Screen in the description if it has one. I am looking to buy a touchscreen laptop/laptablet in the near future.

I, too, am looking for a touch screen, any chance "Touchscreen" can be added?

bluesman78 11-10-2012 08:21 PM

My question is why do all laptops have numberpads and an offset touchpad. This just seems really stupid if you ask me.

krazyshopper 11-10-2012 08:51 PM

I just pulled the trigger on this from this post

Lenovo P580 Intel i5-3210 6GB 750GB 15.6" Laptop for $416.5 from lenovo outlet
Link [lenovo.com][lenovo.com]
This one is brand new. Base on the product no. the following are the specs;
3rd generation Intel Core i5-3210M
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
6GB RAM
750GB HD
15.6" High-definition widescreen LED-backlit (1366 x 768)
DVD±RW/CD-RW
Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Built-in Webcam
2 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0
HDMI Output
Built-in 10/100/1000M Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless-B+G+N

Compared to the Sam's Club HP Pavilion 14" Notebook w/ Intel Core i5, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD (14-b017cl) 399 on Black Friday

It's $16 more
It has Windows 7 as opposed to WIndows 8 installed.
It has 750GB, instead of 500 GB for the one at Sams.
It's 15.6 instead of 14" at Sams
Resolution is same on both.
everything else is basically the same..

There are a few left...

Edit- this is now OOS

but this one is 450 with similar specs and available
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+...Id=6892385

Uhh.. This i5 is cheaper than nearly all the doorbusters i5s on bf except the SAMs one.

Also, someone on the other post found this

http://www.frys.com/product/71679...ate:110912

cheaper than all the A6 laptops on BF, including the one at Office Max which is a dollar more..

shadowneko003 11-10-2012 08:55 PM

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Originally Posted by moonequiped (Post 54659486)
I, too, am looking for a touch screen, any chance "Touchscreen" can be added?

These are the only touchscreen/tablet I've seen and both are offered at Staples:

Sony 13.3" Ultrabook (Touch Screen) with Intel Core i3-3217U Processor, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD+32GB SSD - $699.99

Lenovo Twist Convertible 12.5" Ultrabook with Intel Core i5-3317U with Turboboost, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $699.99

swinte 11-10-2012 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadowneko003 (Post 54661178)
These are the only touchscreen/tablet I've seen and both are offered at Staples:

Sony 13.3" Ultrabook (Touch Screen) with Intel Core i3-3217U Processor, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD+32GB SSD - $699.99

Lenovo Twist Convertible 12.5" Ultrabook with Intel Core i5-3317U with Turboboost, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $699.99

I'm also looking specifically for touchscreen laptops (with Windows 8 it seems like you are missing the point without touch).

Anyone else interested in the Toys R Us $280 Acer Aspire 15.6" LED Notebook w/ Celeron CPU, 4GB RAM? Seems like the cheapest touchscreen laptop. Specs are underwhelming but for a kids school laptop this seems like a winner.

KlassiK 11-10-2012 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by topppps (Post 54601504)
how does that compare to the intel cpus

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadowneko003 (Post 54661178)
These are the only touchscreen/tablet I've seen and both are offered at Staples:

Sony 13.3" Ultrabook (Touch Screen) with Intel Core i3-3217U Processor, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD+32GB SSD - $699.99

Lenovo Twist Convertible 12.5" Ultrabook with Intel Core i5-3317U with Turboboost, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $699.99

You can get that Sony right now through Sony's website for $100 more, I hope they have their own little sale going on, so close to pulling the trigger on that.

lcfshb 11-10-2012 09:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluesman78 (Post 54660426)
My question is why do all laptops have numberpads and an offset touchpad. This just seems really stupid if you ask me.

Touchpads are off-center on PCs because Apple has a patent on them being centered. If you want a centered touchpad, buy a Mac.

saturnwings 11-10-2012 10:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadowneko003 (Post 54661178)
These are the only touchscreen/tablet I've seen and both are offered at Staples:

Sony 13.3" Ultrabook (Touch Screen) with Intel Core i3-3217U Processor, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD+32GB SSD - $699.99

Lenovo Twist Convertible 12.5" Ultrabook with Intel Core i5-3317U with Turboboost, Windows 8, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD - $699.99

I don't have a Staples near me (apparently, I live in the middle of nowhere), but the Lenovo specs are right where I want in a new portable machine. Anyone have any opinions (because if Staples has it on sale, someone else will swing something similar)? I'm not pulling the trigger unless there's an excellent deal, so if anyone thinks I should just hold off on the convertible ultrabook, please chime in. Meanwhile, I'm scouring ads (and thinking that I'm undertaking a useless endeavour).



Quote:

Originally Posted by bluesman78 (Post 54660426)
My question is why do all laptops have numberpads and an offset touchpad. This just seems really stupid if you ask me.

I like numberpads. They're really useful for a business-oriented laptop. I find myself using the touchpad a lot when doing work at home. For a personal laptop, I think most people don't find the numberpad that useful (unless you know Word shortcuts that won't work without a numberpad - ARG!!!). In any case, it's only the 15.6" and above laptops that have them. Smaller ones won't.

As for the offset touchpad, are they really all offset? I can honestly say I've never noticed. Now that I'm looking at them, it does look offset, which I suppose is aesthetically unappealing but is rather useful in being able to use one thumb to do some quick movements. Is it really that big an issue?

link626 11-10-2012 10:30 PM

with these mediocre deals, no wonder the pc is dead.

hardly any desirable laptop configurations on sale.

polzovatelq 11-10-2012 11:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by astrix21 (Post 54652456)
I am really hoping to get a good price on HP Envy Spectre 14t or the new Zenbook UX31. BF deals for laptops are none too exciting, so far.

Agree with you
I Have not found anything interesting
Or not there are good discounts on gaming models waiting in BF?

shadowneko003 11-11-2012 12:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by saturnwings (Post 54663246)
I don't have a Staples near me (apparently, I live in the middle of nowhere), but the Lenovo specs are right where I want in a new portable machine. Anyone have any opinions (because if Staples has it on sale, someone else will swing something similar)? I'm not pulling the trigger unless there's an excellent deal, so if anyone thinks I should just hold off on the convertible ultrabook, please chime in.

I read the reviews on the lenovo's site. Apparently, you can't upgrade the RAM. Its solder in. The battery is not user replaceable. I too was thinking of getting it, but those two things pulled me off.

whatyaar 11-11-2012 01:29 AM

best buy i7 looks good..

edplayer 11-11-2012 02:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iDylan1357 (Post 54654762)
(also she'd like one at least 15 inch)

too easy...

astrix21 11-11-2012 06:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by edplayer (Post 54666658)
too easy...

:lmao:

bluesman78 11-11-2012 06:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lcfshb (Post 54662404)
Touchpads are off-center on PCs because Apple has a patent on them being centered. If you want a centered touchpad, buy a Mac.

What do you mean? It's only about the number pad. There are plenty of windows laptops that do not have a number pad that have a centered touchpad. For example, look at the $399 BF deal on Sams Club

lcfshb 11-11-2012 07:36 AM

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Originally Posted by bluesman78 (Post 54660426)
My question is why do all laptops have numberpads and an offset touchpad. This just seems really stupid if you ask me.

Apple has the patent on centered touchpads.

lcfshb 11-11-2012 07:41 AM

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Originally Posted by bluesman78 (Post 54668978)
What do you mean? It's only about the number pad. There are plenty of windows laptops that do not have a number pad that have a centered touchpad. For example, look at the $399 BF deal on Sams Club

You asked why laptops have a 1) number pad and 2) an off center touchpad. I was only answering your question about the off center touchpad. I suspect that your other question about the number pad is driven by screen size and whether or not there is room for it. Ie., 14" or smaller laptops do not usually have number pads while 15.6" and larger typically do.

bluesman78 11-11-2012 07:45 AM

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Originally Posted by lcfshb (Post 54670600)
You asked why laptops have a 1) number pad and 2) an off center touchpad. I was only answering your question about the off center touchpad. I suspect that your other question about the number pad is driven by screen size and whether or not there is room for it. Ie., 14" or smaller laptops do not usually have number pads while 15.6" and larger typically do.

Thanks. But the 14" without number pads have a centered touchpad. That's why the patent issue wasn't clear to me.

I've never used a laptop with a number pad. I may get one for accounting glass, so I see how that might come in handy.

SecretlyJesus 11-11-2012 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by timtheterrible (Post 54648106)
Halp?

Is this a good deal for a laptop that can at least run current games? I was thinking about maybe waiting until BF or Cyber Monday to see if any seriously good deals show up, but I really haven't been impressed with any of the ads thus far. It's not urgent that I get one soon, so I can wait too if there's a better time to look, but I wouldn't want to let this deal slip if it's a really decent one.

if you want to game, ignore any computer that says "Intel HD xxxx"
Intel graphics are generally useless for gaming [literally useless by comparison], at least when compared to a Radeon or an Nvidia.

SecretlyJesus 11-11-2012 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 54659392)
oops..i posted this on a different thread a few hours ago but meant to post it here...so im copying and pasting it again here...

bummer. for those who want the target gateway laptop. I just read this post. If this is true, and there are only 6 gateway target laptops, then unless you are one of the first 6 people in line (having gotten to the store 12 hours earlier to wait) it will be extremely impossible.

To be realistic, I think we should all have like five or six backup choices. Also, The laptops that are on page 1 of any store's BF circular are going to be really hard to get...they will likely have a limited quantity like 6 or 12.

I am going to try to score one online. Because doorbusters often go online. I think it will still be a good deal, but maybe not as good as target gateway deal. Knowing what specs and what price range to look for is helpful.

Also, everyone. Keep an eye on this site because there could be a laptop deal that is doorbuster hot that shows up before black friday. Like the 399 i5 from a couple days ago. I nearly jumped on that one, but just wanted to see what the black friday laptop prices were first. Turns out That one was the same price as the lowest priced i5 at Sam's on black friday.

Also, anyone know if i5 is better than a6 processor?
And is memory expensive to upgrade the laptop, say from 4gb to 8gb. And is it hard to install or to find specific memory for upgrading your laptop?

i5 is better than an a6.

also be sure to specify which. there are many generations and configurations of i5's and a8's and such. an a8-3500 is quite obviously less powerful than an a8-4500. [about 30% less powerful] and similar with the i5's although their numbers are a bit more deceiving, as some lower numbers are more powerful than higher numbers, or less powerful but better priced based on the power.

generally though, i5's are better than a6.
memory is pretty easy to upgrade, even someone inexperienced could do it with a youtube guide.

krazyshopper 11-11-2012 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by SecretlyJesus (Post 54672344)


i5 is better than an a6.

also be sure to specify which. there are many generations and configurations of i5's and a8's and such. an a8-3500 is quite obviously less powerful than an a8-4500. [about 30% less powerful] and similar with the i5's although their numbers are a bit more deceiving, as some lower numbers are more powerful than higher numbers, or less powerful but better priced based on the power.

generally though, i5's are better than a6.
memory is pretty easy to upgrade, even someone inexperienced could do it with a youtube guide.

Thanks, is memory expensive? The one I just bought has 6gb ram, so it will probably only be upgradable to 8 right?

ninjamonke 11-11-2012 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 54673336)
What about generally i5 vs a8?

only AMD A8-3850 is a little better than i5. all other A8 sucks.

Use this site to find out which one is better.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobi...436.0.html

krazyshopper 11-11-2012 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by ninjamonke (Post 54673514)
only AMD A8-3850 is a little better than i5. all other A8 sucks.

Use this site to find out which one is better.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobi...436.0.html

Thanks for that list. I feel better about my i5 purchase now. I got the i5-3210 (ranked #50) which from the list is about equal to the a8-3850 (ranked #49) which is the most powerful a8 model.

It looks like most of i5 and a good number of i3 (!!!) generally rank above the a8 from that list.

SecretlyJesus 11-11-2012 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 54673336)
What about generally i5 vs a8?

what the other guy said.
but i think you might find this easier to understand:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/mid_range_cpus.html

unless the i5 is really old, then a8 is gonna lose out*, to compare simply cntrl f your way with a8 and i5 and you can see a lot of comparisons very easily.

but dont pay THAT much attention to processing power. even for gaming processor isnt THAT big of a deal [dont get me wrong, it is significantly important] - its all the graphics card thats doing the heavy lifting. i use a a6-3400m [1.4 ghz quad core] for gaming on this laptop, and it never even goes above 50% use; its my graphics card that is buckling under the pressure.

unless youre doing something really cpu intensive, you wont need to be that picky about what processor you get. :)

saturnwings 11-11-2012 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by shadowneko003 (Post 54665632)
I read the reviews on the lenovo's site. Apparently, you can't upgrade the RAM. Its solder in. The battery is not user replaceable. I too was thinking of getting it, but those two things pulled me off.

Solder-in RAM? Seriously? Blegh. I can maybe live with the non-replaceable battery (realistically, the chances of me being away from an outlet for any duration and still wanting to use anything but a Kindle is unlikely), but the RAM is non-negotiable. At this point, I max out the RAM on any machine before I even get all the drivers installed, so that I can't upgrade is stupid. Why on earth would anyone solder in RAM?


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Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 54673336)
Thanks, is memory expensive? The one I just bought has 6gb ram, so it will probably only be upgradable to 8 right?

Easiest way to figure it out is to power up that machine and run Crucial's upgrade assessor. But if you know the exact model, you can just enter that on the Crucial website. If your machine came with 6GB, I actually wonder if you might not have a model that is upgradable to 16GB. (But now I'm stuck wondering what RAM configuring will give you 6GB. They sell 3GB RAM sticks now?)

As to that first question, though, RAM is dirt cheap. Unless you are indeed upgrading to 16GB, you likely won't spend more than $100 (including shipping).

shadowneko003 11-11-2012 11:10 AM

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Originally Posted by saturnwings (Post 54675672)
Why on earth would anyone solder in RAM?

Not quite sure on how non upgradable RAM is done. User reviews here [lenovo.com]

There is an 8GB model sold in the lenovo site.

heartshacker 11-11-2012 12:40 PM

confused about so may option. I am looking for I5 + 6/8 GB ram + 500 GB hdd around $500. Planning for

https://blackfriday.bestbuy.com/product/6819278

What do u think? Is there any better offer that I shall consider?

bbcbls 11-11-2012 02:45 PM

Is it possible to add saying if that laptop can be bought online or store only, that would be another helpful column to be added.

bluesman78 11-11-2012 02:53 PM

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Originally Posted by saturnwings (Post 54663246)


I like numberpads. They're really useful for a business-oriented laptop. I find myself using the touchpad a lot when doing work at home. For a personal laptop, I think most people don't find the numberpad that useful (unless you know Word shortcuts that won't work without a numberpad - ARG!!!). In any case, it's only the 15.6" and above laptops that have them. Smaller ones won't.

As for the offset touchpad, are they really all offset? I can honestly say I've never noticed. Now that I'm looking at them, it does look offset, which I suppose is aesthetically unappealing but is rather useful in being able to use one thumb to do some quick movements. Is it really that big an issue?

Thanks for your input. I guess I mean the trackpad isn't centered in the computer, looks weird. But for me, I just think it just crams the keyboard into a smaller space. I am going to business school next year so I need one with a number pad.

Bstar0306 11-11-2012 09:09 PM

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Originally Posted by bbcbls (Post 54681084)
Is it possible to add saying if that laptop can be bought online or store only, that would be another helpful column to be added.

That would be very helpful. Right now we are looking at the Dell 14z at $299 one reason b/c we can do it online and don't want to wait online for 12 hours at a store.

Filet-O-Fish 11-11-2012 09:12 PM

I'm looking to spend up to $999 on the best laptop possible....i7, blu ray, and 15.6 or 17.3'' preferred. what do you recommend?

Jebusfreek666 11-11-2012 10:27 PM

Is there a difference between sears and kmarts x401a? One lists in the wiki that it has a DVD drive, but the other doesn't say that. I thought the x401a didn't come with a drive.

demonflame5 11-11-2012 10:49 PM

any 3rd gen Intel 15.6" laptops for less than $450?

dst1 11-11-2012 11:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Filet-O-Fish (Post 54689326)
I'm looking to spend up to $999 on the best laptop possible....i7, blu ray, and 15.6 or 17.3'' preferred. what do you recommend?

I suggest you follow http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/

He's European so he doesn't focus exclusively on Black Friday but there is a a lot of useful information there, especially for someone looking for a high end laptop.

derickc 11-11-2012 11:41 PM

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Originally Posted by moonequiped (Post 54659486)
I, too, am looking for a touch screen, any chance "Touchscreen" can be added?

Agreed!

Daniellect 11-12-2012 03:53 AM

If I may ask here, were looking for a laptop that can comfortably play sims 3... would anyone be able to recommend one of these to us?

polzovatelq 11-12-2012 04:11 AM

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Originally Posted by dst1 (Post 54692348)
I suggest you follow http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/

He's European so he doesn't focus exclusively on Black Friday but there is a a lot of useful information there, especially for someone looking for a high end laptop.

There is an option to get a good discount on the day BF(game computer ~i7 gt650 )?

hel22 11-12-2012 05:16 AM

What are the risks of buying a refurbished computer? Looking into refurbished now bc what I want is too expensive but I'm a bit wary.

chuck4rooke 11-12-2012 06:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Bstar0306 (Post 54689278)
That would be very helpful. Right now we are looking at the Dell 14z at $299 one reason b/c we can do it online and don't want to wait online for 12 hours at a store.

:confused: you just blew my mind

nasty_civic 11-12-2012 07:44 AM

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Originally Posted by hel22 (Post 54695622)
What are the risks of buying a refurbished computer? Looking into refurbished now bc what I want is too expensive but I'm a bit wary.

I would recommend new. I have had a few refurbished products and they usual have some flaw.

If possible try and find out the hours of use on the laptop. Be carful or past virus that could still be hidden on the hard drive.

Good luck!!

darkzone 11-12-2012 08:22 AM

I'm looking at the SAMS club $399 HP Pavilion 14-b017cl is this instore only or can I grab it online??

77five 11-12-2012 08:31 AM

Well so far we have only seen BF deals from B&M Retailers...What about the MEGA Online Retailers - Amazon and such....Will they have something decent to offer?

breaux124 11-12-2012 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by hel22 (Post 54695622)
What are the risks of buying a refurbished computer? Looking into refurbished now bc what I want is too expensive but I'm a bit wary.

I'm ok with refurbs as long as they come with a 1yr warranty (like from Dell and Lenovo Outlets), but if it's a 90day warranty machine, I would probably stay away.

I've bought over 100 refurbs over the years mostly from Dell Outlet, and I only had issues with two on delivery. I've had a few issues spring up between within the 12 months and dell was pretty easy to deal with.

Since I use a Platinum Card, I get the additional 12months of warranty, but only had to use it once. I think for 90day refurbs the extended warranty from a credit card won't apply.

ninjamonke 11-12-2012 09:14 AM

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Originally Posted by hel22 (Post 54695622)
What are the risks of buying a refurbished computer? Looking into refurbished now bc what I want is too expensive but I'm a bit wary.

Nothing really but if the refurbished costs like over $700, I'd just buy the new one. I don't wanna take chances on a refurbished computer that I spent over $700 on it.

nasty_civic 11-12-2012 09:33 AM

Update on the Target Gateway $350 stock.

They have 10 so far at his personal store. I talked to him this morning and he will look into today. I will update you guys as soon as I hear more.

DJRobNM 11-12-2012 09:34 AM

I edited the wiki for the Officemax $249 laptop since the scan suggests you have to buy $50 in other crap to get that deal.

LadySandry 11-12-2012 09:45 AM

So...the HD TV thread has an awesome Spreadsheet. I've started one for these laptops. Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadshe...zkyUklpdHc

Help is appreciated :) PM if you have the time/suggestions.


Edit: I'm done for now, must get back to work.

hel22 11-12-2012 11:10 AM

Ok I guess ill stick to a new one, (now if only I could find one within my budget...)

wcoastjosh 11-12-2012 12:02 PM

First post, so please forgive me if I am missing something, but no one has mentioned the Dell Inspirion 15R laptop on Costco.com (no waiting in line). This seems to be one of the best price-versus-performance balanced laptops I see listed in the BF sales.

bbcbls 11-12-2012 01:51 PM

I have uploaded excel sheet with all deals provided in wiki.

robertyknwt 11-12-2012 02:21 PM

Three questions:

1. For the wiki, could there be perhaps a "top 3" rather than just a "top 1"?

2. How are the deals being ranked? Anything numeric like CPU and GPU benchmarks along with RAM and HD size? (I'm tempted to look up said benchmarks for the items in the spreadsheet for reference.)

3. Could the spreadsheet include the store's item number, for ease in shopping? (Hell, I could do that update if no one else wants to.)

davemoosehead 11-12-2012 02:48 PM

I wish these black friday ads listed the graphics for these laptops. A decent graphics card is probably the most important feature I'm looking for.

robertyknwt 11-12-2012 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by davemoosehead (Post 54712624)
I wish these black friday ads listed the graphics for these laptops. A decent graphics card is probably the most important feature I'm looking for.

They usually have the mfr's part number, and then you can look up the graphics details at the mfr's website. Pain in the butt, yes, but do-able.

chuck4rooke 11-12-2012 03:13 PM

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Originally Posted by wcoastjosh (Post 54706684)
First post, so please forgive me if I am missing something, but no one has mentioned the Dell Inspirion 15R laptop on Costco.com (no waiting in line). This seems to be one of the best price-versus-performance balanced laptops I see listed in the BF sales.

add it to the wiki

edplayer 11-12-2012 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Filet-O-Fish (Post 54689326)
I'm looking to spend up to $999 on the best laptop possible....i7, blu ray, and 15.6 or 17.3'' preferred. what do you recommend?


I suggest you think more about what you want.

Seems like you already know you want i7 and bluray. Do you want a dual core i7 or quad core? Do you want a 15" screen or 17"? How important is the quality of the screen? Do you care about how powerful the dedicated graphics are (are you a gamer)?

How about weight? Do you want it to be durable (like magnesium chassis)?

You should list which things are most important to you in order (or how you plan to use it mostly). You can get some pretty good laptops for $1000 but you didn't really give enough info to make really good suggestions.

gummydmilo 11-12-2012 04:33 PM

Any good deal is usually a doorbuster which means you needt to be in line waiting for the doors to open instead of enjoying Thanksgiving (especially now that stores like BB open at midnight, hand out tickets at 10 pm).

I am looking for a decent laptop (i5 cpu, 14 - 16 screen, maybe touchscreen).

Right now Newegg has
Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 Intel Core i5 3317U(1.70GHz) 14" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD + 20GB SSD HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE Ultrabook
for 629 (729 iwth 100 gift card) deal expires tomorrow!

There is a cheaper model (integrated Intel 3000) and that is 80 less, and one that is 70 more (15.6 screen).

If I decide to get a touchscreen (most websites, like Hulu, or redesigned for touchscreen) Newegg has
Acer Aspire V5-571P-6642 Notebook Intel Core i5 3317U(1.70GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi Intel HD Graphics 4000
for 729. Big screen, touchscreen, decent integrated graphics (intell 4000 instead of 3000).

Best buy has this on BF
Acer Aspire 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i3 - Intel® HD Graphics 3000


Will keep on eye on this thread, but seems like most ads are out except for Frys Electronics, which I have only found in the paper Thursday and Friday morning (not sure when the facebook ad shows up).

kaultra 11-12-2012 04:50 PM

Am I the only one who really does not want Windows 8? I've had really good luck with HP over the years and I can't stand the laptops they have right now with the numeric keypad and offset touchpad. These black friday ads are not making me jump for joy.

I'd love to find something onsale now or before BF that is reasonable. Can anyone recommend another brand that is reliable? I'm not crazy about Sony's keyboard, the keys feel too flat.

I think I would like something lightweight with a centered touchpad that has a decent battery life. I'm not into gaming need something for quickbooks, photos, I stream a few ABC shows occasionally, basic internet stuff. I would like a DVD drive and a integrated webcam. My current laptop is at least 5 years old and works perfectly. I'm planning to pass it on and get a new one that has a bit bigger hard drive. I think mine is only 2GB. (I currently have a compaq presario C700. Any suggestions, even something available now is good. I'd like to keep the price below $600 or $700.

Also, I'm in the market for a laptop for the MIL. What are the odds of scoring the Wal Mart Compaq without camping out overnight? Anything similiar to that available online now?

Thanks all.

gummydmilo 11-12-2012 05:00 PM

the acer timelines above have windows 7, anything touch screen will be w8

Filet-O-Fish 11-12-2012 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by edplayer (Post 54715370)
I suggest you think more about what you want.

Seems like you already know you want i7 and bluray. Do you want a dual core i7 or quad core? Do you want a 15" screen or 17"? How important is the quality of the screen? Do you care about how powerful the dedicated graphics are (are you a gamer)?

How about weight? Do you want it to be durable (like magnesium chassis)?

You should list which things are most important to you in order (or how you plan to use it mostly). You can get some pretty good laptops for $1000 but you didn't really give enough info to make really good suggestions.

I want quadcore...only toss up right now is the screen size. 15.6 or 17.3....weight doesn't matter to me. I was at Microcenter earlier and I checked out the two laptops below....both has the same specs for the same price except it's 15.6' or 17.3' and the difference of 250gb hd which i don't care about...I'm leaning towards the 17.3'.

topppps 11-12-2012 06:35 PM

whats the best price for 15.6' 1920X1080 with an i7-3610QM and a decent video card? Considering pulling the trigger on a thinkpad with an i7-3610QM with 1920X1080 for about $950 (loaded 9 cell battery 6300N wireless card, backlit keyboard). But I was wondering if I should hold out? I really like the toughness, versatility and build quaility of the thinkpad. Anything out there I should consider?

sean10780 11-12-2012 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by topppps (Post 54719928)
whats the best price for 15.6' 1920X1080 with an i7-3610QM and a decent video card? Considering pulling the trigger on a thinkpad with an i7-3610QM with 1920X1080 for about $950 (loaded 9 cell battery 6300N wireless card, backlit keyboard). But I was wondering if I should hold out? I really like the toughness, versatility and build quaility of the thinkpad. Anything out there I should consider?

Where is this one sold at?

plaker 11-12-2012 06:59 PM

i have 650 dollars, im looking for a laptop that can play games like borderlands, tf2 , lfd2, etc, i want it all to look nice, have a big screen, and hp would be nice but any is fine, im willing to spend all 650, i just want a good deal and im not very smart w/ black friday stuff/ technology stuff so if someone could find one that fits those descriptions that would be great

aje5014 11-12-2012 07:01 PM

So I'm torn between the following laptops:

Staples - Toshiba 15.6" Laptop 6GB RAM 640GB Hard Drive Windows 8 Intel Core i7-3630 with Turboboost $579.99

Office Depot- HP Envy 15.6", Intel i5, 8GB RAM, 640GB HDD - $499.99

Best Buy - HP Envy 15.6', Intel i5 3rd generation, 750GB HDD- $499.99


Going to be using the computer for grad school (Information Systems), web surfing and maybe some light gaming/movie watching. I really like the two HP models, but my concern is the screen isn't that great. Anyone have insight into Toshiba? I've never bought from them.

D0RC 11-12-2012 07:09 PM

Hi my girl just want a Macbook Pro 13 inch i5. She can buy one at the NEX military store for like $1140 or something no tax right now. Are there any deals ever? At least a gift card or something. Just curious. TIA.


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