On the image above is the Asus X502CA-HPD1104J-W, a newly released model from the budget-class 15.6-inch X502CA series, which is now available in the US market. Also, Asus debuted the pink X502CA-HPD1104I-P and green X502CA-HPD1104K-G, but they have the same specifications as the white version.
Laptop shoppers on a budget looking for a fairly portable system with touch input support now have another good option to consider. It’s the Lenovo S400 – 59385916 model from the consumer-oriented IdeaPad series. The 14-inch Windows 8 laptop packs an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a sleek 0.9″ thin chassis.
On Black Friday retailers were offering great Windows laptop and tablet deals, with prices starting from $180 for a full-size notebooks and touchscreen mobile PC devices. Cyber Monday 2013 apparently won’t deliver such deep discounts, but online shoppers will still be able to save up to hundreds of dollars on their new Windows laptops and tablets, especially on higher-end systems.
The Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR is a touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop / tablet PC hybird with a 10.1-inch 720p IPS display and the latest Intel Atom “Bay Trail” quad-core processor.
Microsoft Store has one of the best touch-laptop deals this Black Friday. The Gateway NV570P10u touchscreen laptop with a 15.6-inch screen diagonal and good Intel Core i3-3337U dual-core processor will cost only $329.99 after a huge $320 discount.
Failure of Microsoft to sell the Surface RT 1st-generation tablet with Windows 8 RT OS in meaningful quantities and release of the new version have led to massive price drops of these devices. The latest news regarding this is that Micro Center will offer during their Black Friday sales the 1st-gen 32GB Surface RT model (7XR-00001) with Touch Cover keyboard included for only $179.99. That’s the lowest price for a Surface slate ever and probably the best Windows tablet deal this holiday season. Microsoft’s own store and Best Buy will have the same device for $199.99 on Black Friday, but without the keyboard accessory.
The $800-dollar Acer Aspire M5-583P-9688 is a thin-class 15.6-inch notebook PC with touchscreen input support, a fast Intel Core i7-4500U dual-core processor with decent Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics, a spacious 1-Terabyte hard disk drive, and equally generous 8GB of main system memory.
The HP 17-e016dx belongs to the Pavilion consumer notebook series. It represents a mid-range and affordable 17.3-inch laptop configuration, designed to replace older desktop PCs.
The HP Envy TouchSmart m7-j020dx is a desktop PC replacement laptop, offering a big 17.3-inch Full HD screen with touch input support, great performance, quad speaker system, and ample of storage space. The m7-j020dx is a real multimedia powerhouse, encased in a 1.3″ thick and 7.1 heavy chassis made of glass-fiber material and with silky soft-touch surfaces. Besides watching movies in 1080p resolution on the anti-glare screen, you can interact with Windows 8 by touching the display, and even play some 3D games at lower settings at acceptable frame rates thanks to the new Intel HD 4600 graphics built into the quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor. The CPU will allow you to finish your ordinary day-to-day tasks quickly and also flawlessly do some advanced stuff like video editing. It’s one of the fastest laptop processors on the market at the time of this writing. Other important core components are large RAM and HDD: 8 Gigabytes and 1 Terabyte, respectively, and there’s also an optical drive for reading and writing DVDs and CDs.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet with Windows RT 8.1 operating system, a 10.1-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 4G LTE connectivity, and 32GB of internal storage is going on sale today (Nov 22nd) in the US. Offered via AT&T and Verizon cellural carriers, it’s $499 off contract or $399 with 2-year data plan agreements. AT&T customers also have a choice to get it for $199 if they purchase it bundled with Lumia 925, Lumia 1020, or Lumia 1520 Windows phones. With the given specifications and pricing, the same slate form factor with optional keyboard covers, and RT version of Windows, it’s obvious that the Nokia Lumia 2520 is a direct competitor of the Microsoft’s own Surface 2, priced at $499 for the 32GB version. However, if you take a look at the specs sheets more closely, you’ll find out many differences between them.
Among the 2013 Black Friday touchscreen laptop offers, the Gateway NV570P09u will be one of the most affordable with a $300 price tag at Staples.
With a discounted Black Friday price of $399.99 at Best Buy, the 15.6-inch Lenovo G500-59399508 from the Essentials series offers a solid Intel Core i5 processor and a capacious 1-Terabyte hard drive as its main selling points.
The Toshiba C55-A5308 Laptop Essentials Bundle will be one of the 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals lineup at Best Buy. The C55-A5308 is a typical 15.6-inch budget configuration with a 720p screen resolution which is still an acceptable resolution for entry-level laptops, the lower-to-mid-end Intel Core i3 processor, ordinary-sized 4GB of RAM, a generous 7500GB hard drive, and a DVD writer. The only non-typical feature of the cheap Windows 8 notebook PC is the supplied HDD being larger than the average 500GB. Besides the laptop, for the price you get a mouse, sleeve case, anti-virus software, and a USB memory stick.
The Black Friday 2013 laptop deals are somewhat similar to those offered last year. In the Windows arena, we have a couple of sub-$200 full-size laptops, a couple of ~$250 netbook-like ultraportables, many good affordable choices under $500, high-performers for $800 or lower, and powerful gaming laptops for about $1,000. However, there’s one significant change this year. It’s a rise of affordable touchscreen laptops, starting at $250, as well as hybrid laptop / tablet systems priced at $500+. Deals on the traditionally more expensive Apple’s MacBook Air / Pro systems are rare as usual, but Best Buy has a couple of great offers. Chromebooks are cheap like always, with some discounted prices on top of their very low regular price tags.