Windows Laptop & Tablet PC Deals

Windows Laptop and Tablet Deals

Update: Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday laptop and tablet sales are over, but there are great deals on the market still.

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 and Holiday 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 new deals are arriving every minute. Until now we have received some HP Home, and Dell Home and SMB store Cyber Monday deals and coupons. We’ll keep the table below updated with new offers. They’re sorted by price from the lowest to highest and mixed with some good laptop offers which are not part of retailers’ and manufacturers’ official Cyber Monday sales. You can jump right on the comparison table below to see the available deals.

In short, Devices with Windows (8) OS start at $200. For that amount, you can buy the previous Generation Surface RT tablet with no keyboard and RT version of Windows which doesn’t support all Windows programs. Laptops with touchscreen displays can be found for as low as $250. That’s the price of the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 10-e010nr with a small 10.1-inch touch-enabled screen and somewhat sluggish AMD A4-1200 CPU. The Asus X502CA-BCL0901D with an Intel Celeron CPU and slightly bigger 11.6-inch display seems to be a better choice for only $20 more. Following the touch-friendly trend on the Windows PC market is the Asus Transformer Book T100 which is both a laptop and a tablet at the same time, thanks to its detachable 10.1-inch screen. It has the latest Intel Atom quad-core processor, but it still just an entry-level chip for basic work and accordingly affordable price of $350+.

If you want a full-blown performance of the Intel Core-series chips, a great choice is the Asus Transformer Book T300LA-DH51T. It’s much more expensive at $788, but provides the latest Core i5-4200U CPU and 1080p display resolution. If you want touchscreen input functionality on a large laptop, the greatest deal appears to be the 400-dollar Asus S500CA-HCL1002H with a 15.6″ display, thin design, and an Intel Pentium processor.

The classic and still the most popular full-size laptops start at $230. The cheapest one is the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5300 with a 15.6-inch screen and a basic Intel Celeron processor. Well-performing standard laptops are $500 and up. They start from the sleek HP Envy 15-j011dx with a standard voltage (more powerfull than ultra-low voltage) Intel Core i5 processor. Dell has some great coupons for instant savings for business-users and for gamers who like their (pricey) Alienware laptops, specially designed for gaming. However, Lenovo has the cheapest gaming notebooks for the 2013 Cyber Monday, namely the IdeaPad Y410p and Y510p with quad-core Intel i7 processors and dedicated video cards for $730 and $770, respectively.

Laptop Model (Click on links for descriptions) Screen CPU / PassMark Score GPU RAM HDD / SSD DVD Burner OS Price / Store
Dell Venue Pro 32GB Tablet with Office 8′ Touch 720p Intel Atom Z3740D / 1,097 Intel HD 2GB 32GB SSD No Windows 8 $249.99 Amazon
Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 8 8′ Touch 720p Intel Atom Z3740 / 1,092 Intel HD 2GB 32GB SSD No Windows 8 $249.99 Best Buy
Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch Ultraportable 11.6′ Touch 720p Intel Pentium 2127U / 1,856 Intel HD 4GB 500GB No Windows 8 $259.99 Best Buy
Asus X200CA-HCL1205O Touch Ultraportable 11.6′ Touch 720p Intel Celeron 1007U / 1,464 Intel HD 4GB 500GB No Windows 8 $279.99 Best Buy
Asus X551CA-HCL1201L Full-Size Laptop with Antivirus, Sleeve, Mouse and USB Flash 15.6′ 720p Intel Celeron 1007U / 1,464 Intel HD 4GB 500GB No Windows 8 $279.99 Best Buy
Asus X502CA-HPD1104J-W, X502CA-HPD1104I-P, X502CA-HPD1104K-G Full-Size Slim Laptops 15.6′ 720p Intel Pentium 2117U / 1,567 Intel HD 4GB 500GB No Windows 8 $279.99 Best Buy
Dell Venue Pro 64GB Tablet with Office 8′ Touch 720p Intel Atom Z3740D / 1,097 Intel HD 2GB 32GB SSD No Windows 8 $319.99 Amazon
Asus S500CA-HI31204M 15.6′ Touch 720p Intel Core i3-3217U / 2,270 Intel HD 4000 4GB 500GB No Windows 8 $379.99 Best Buy
HP Pavilion 17-e019dx Large-Screen 17.3′ 900p Intel Core i3-4000M / 3,502 Intel HD 4600 4GB 750GB Yes Windows 8 $399.99 Best Buy
Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 Ultrabook 13.3′ 720p Intel Core i3-2367M / 1,730 Intel HD 3000 4GB 500GB + 20GB SSD No Windows 8 $406.99 Amazon
Dell Inspiron i15RV-3763BLK 15.6′ 720p Intel Core i3-3227U / 2,579 Intel HD 4000 4GB 500GB Yes Windows 8 $417.99 Amazon
Toshiba Satellite C55-A5308 Microsoft Office, Sleeve, Mouse, USB Flash, Antivirus Bundle Full-Size Laptop 15.6′ 720p Intel Core i3 / ? Intel HD ? 4GB 750GB Yes Windows 8 $429.99 Best Buy
Asus Transformer Book T100TA-B1-GR Laptop / Tablet Hybrid with Office 10.1′ Touch 720p Intel Atom Z3740 / 1,092 Intel HD 2GB 32GB SSD No Windows 8 $429.99 Amazon
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-N013DX Touchscreen Laptop 15.6′ Touch 720p AMD A8-5545M / 2,479 Radeon HD 8510G 4GB 500GB Yes Windows 8 $429.99 Best Buy
Lenovo IdeaPad S400 Thin-and-Light 14′ Touch 720p Intel Core i3-3217U / 2,270 Intel HD 4000 4GB 500GB No Windows 8 $479.99 Amazon
Asus Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR Laptop / Tablet Hybrid with Office 10.1′ Touch 720p Intel Atom Z3740 / 1,092 Intel HD 2GB 64GB SSD No Windows 8 $481.99 Amazon
HP Envy 15-j011dx Thin-and-Light for Entertainment 15.6′ 720p Intel Core i5-3230M / 3,999 Intel HD 4000 8GB 750GB No Windows 8 $499.99 Best Buy
ASUS VivoBook S400CA-RSI5T18 14′ Touch 720p Intel Core i5-3317U / 3,124 Intel HD 4000 4GB 500GB + 24GB SSD No Windows 8 $549.00 Amazon
Microsoft Surface Pro (1) 128GB Tablet with Office 10.6′ Touch 1080p Intel Core i5 3rd Gen Intel HD 4000 4GB 128GB SSD No Windows 8 $599.00 Microsoft Store
Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Gaming 14′ 720p Intel Core i7-4700MQ / 7,930 Nvidia GeForce GT 755M 8GB 1TB Yes Windows 8 $769.99 Lenovo
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Gaming 15.6′ 720p Intel Core i7-4700MQ / 7,930 Nvidia GeForce GT 750M 8GB 1TB Yes Windows 8 $789.99 Lenovo
Asus Transformer Book T300LA-DH51T Laptop / Tablet Hybrid 13.3′ Touch 1080p Intel Core i5-4200U / 3,359 Intel HD 4400 4GB 128GB SSD No Windows 8 $906.99 Amazon
Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 Gaming 17.3′ 1080p Intel Core i7-4700MQ / 7,930 Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M 12GB 750GB Yes Windows 8 $1,249.99 Toshiba
Asus G750JW-BBI7N05 Gaming 17.3′ 1080p Intel Core i7-4700MQ / 7,930 Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M 8GB 1TB Yes Windows 8 $1,249.99 Best Buy

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  1. The HP Envy 15t (#809193) from Costco is 8 gb and not 16. Where did u find the processor info? I cannot even find a model number. I want to know the screen resolution.

    • Yeah, it’s 8GB. An error on our end, sorry. The model is listed in the Costco Black Friday ad: http://www.theblackfriday.com/ads/costco/costco-black-friday-ad6.shtml The ad says it has a quad-core 4th Gen i7 and the i7-4700MQ is the only quad-core 4th Gen i7 CPU among the HP 15t configurations (http://www.costco.com/all-laptops.html?refine=30207%2B13282%2B15465) so I think the same CPU is in the #809193. They haven’t published a page on costco.com for that item number, so we have no info on the screen resolution yet, but we’ll update the table above as soon as we get the specs.

      • Out of the Black Friday laptops, I am seriously considering this Costco model. What do you think of it? I only really want an HP and leaning heavily to an Envy… This seems like a good (not wow but good) deal.

        • The announced 809193 Costco model is the fastest $600 laptop for this Black Friday so far according to ads. If you add a quad-speaker system, great aluminum build-quality and keyboard with nice tactile response (and maybe backlight option included) the deal is probably the best choice for shoppers with a 600-dollar budget and no touchscreen preference. The only questions remaining are the screen resolution, keyboard backlight, and battery life, but even if it has a 1366×768 screen and no key backlight, the deal is still great. You can check out the live images of the HP 15t in a post about the same laptop with the old i5 chip (15-j011dx): http://laptoping.com/hp-envy-15-j011dx-standard-15-6-laptop-with-quad-speakers.html . It will be on sale for $500.

          • Since Costco claims you save $150, could this be the one they are selling : http://www.costco.com/HP-ENVY-15t-Quad-Laptop-|-Intel-Core-i7-|-Backlit-Keyboard.product.100085868.html – Item #824897 ? Can you see any way around shipping? I think its ridiculous to charge $30 shipping when no other store is charging!

            I don’t need to worry about battery life so this might be what I am going to go for. A backlight keyboard and better screen resolution would be amazing as well but they are not deal breakers for me.

          • I’m not sure, the pricing and specs do match up, but the item numbers are totally different, so maybe there is some difference. It looks like there’s no way to avoid shipping charges…

            You can also wait to see if there will be any Black Friday or regular coupons for HP’s official store. They have the same laptop there, it’s called the 15t-j100 Quad Edition: http://bit.ly/1db8k9n . It’s $830 now with the i7/8GB/1TB + keyboard backlight. Full HD adds $50 to the price. If HP delivers a good enough coupon, you’ll maybe be able to get a better deal if you buy directly from them. Unfortunately, HP site charges shipping as well.

          • I received a response form costco. “Unfortunately we do not have a model number to provide. That information was not entered into our system and we apologize for that inconvenience.

            The information for the screen is: 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366×768). This computer does not have a backlit keyboard.”

          • 2 last comments: no optical drive and this laptop is specific for their store /sale. I am going to get it unless HP has a great coupon so I can build my own.

          • The BestBuy deal HP Envy m6-k025dx seems more better than the costco one. For 600$ you get 4th gen i5 and 1080p along with backlit keyboard.

          • Yeah, I agree. the Envy m6 a better deal for the most of users. The 809193 at Costco is better only for those who primarily want ultimate CPU performance for video editing and other heavy tasks, since the the i7-4700MQ inside it is a real beast.

  2. My girlfriend is bringing a cheap laptop for my college tasks to the EU. I have a desktop for my high-performance programs, what can you recommend? The only programs I’m going to run are Word, Excel, an internet browser and SPSS/Matlab. Is a Celeron 1037U enough for this? Should I look for a 2020M processor? The Toshiba models are appealing to me, so I would have to choose between a C55-5300, a C55-5302 (not listed here) or a C55-5308.

    • I’m not even sure about Matlab, which seems a whole lot more requiring than other programs. What I basically need for my Master’s (IB) is something that runs statistical data programs pretty smoothly.

      • Even in light tasks you described, you’ll notice the speed difference between these models. For comparison, the Celeron 1037U has 1739 passmark.com CPU points, the 2020M has 2315, and the expected Core i3 3110M or 3120M in the A5308 model are rated at 3,064 / 3,307. Therefore, the latter is the best choice for you out of these three models. You’ve also maybe noticed the Toshiba Satellite C55-A5285 with the i3-3120M for $300 in the table. It’s basically the same laptop as the A5308 plus larger 6GB RAM for $50 less, but with no bundled extras.

  3. Although the Lenovo Y510p gaming laptop for $857 is a great Black Friday deal, it’s sad to see that the PC maker has actually increased the price from previously discounted $799.

  4. This is the best black friday computer comparison that I’ve found. Really appreciate all the research/info provided. It’s quite confusing for a novice computer buyer to wade through all the differences and this helped me pick the “right” choice based on cost and functionality. Thank you so much!

  5. danjijel Im looking for a good laptop for school, something that is fast high speed with good memory and good for internet and college papers etc….I was thinking the toshiba satellite however Ive never used this brand of computer.

    • Can you tell me your screen-size preference and budget? Do you need a DVD burner? The Toshiba Satellite is a popular brand, but there are different variations of it. For instance, the Satellite C-series such as C55 has a plastic body and basic specifications, whereas the P-series such as the P55 have classy aluminum cases and optionally high-end components like quad-core processors, dedicated video cards for gaming, and nice features like full HD displays and keyboard backlight. It all depends on the model you choose.

  6. Can you tell me which is the better computer (I need to replace my laptop since my kids broke mine the other day by bouncing on the bed and dropping it on the floor!):

    1. Toshiba C55-A5308 Laptop – 4GB memory; 750GB hard drive;
    15.6″ HD display; 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i3 processor; Windows 8
    Best Buy: $349 package

    2. Lenovo G500 15.6″ Laptop – 4GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive (Model: 59399508)
    3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3230M processor
    Best Buy: $399 this weekend

    I know the Toshiba doesn’t list the processor speed, but wondered if one was better than the other. I had a Toshiba Satellite and other than the casing cracking last year and needing to be replaced, I’ve had no problems with it – the speed is good, etc.

    I basically use mine for Internet stuff (usually have lots of tabs open), Word or similar document work, and pictures/music downloads/uploads. My friends have said I should just get a tablet instead of a new laptop because I do carry it around the house from room to room with me and usually end up lugging the laptop cord around, too.

    Therefore, I’ve had my eye also on the iPad Air and the Google Nexus 10. Do you have an opinion on either of those and which is the better to use for my purposes (and I would also get a case with a keyboard for a hybrid feel to the tablet).

    Thanks much!

    • If you don’t do video editing and work with large images in Photoshop often, you’ll be fine with the Toshiba C55-A5308, but if you do you should go for the Lenovo which has a faster processor. In my opinion, Windows is still superior over iPads and Google Android tablets when it comes to productivity and since you said you work with documents I think Windows is a way to go. Plus, it’s better for multi-tab web surfing (if you have at least 4GB of RAM and an Intel Pentium, Core i3 / i5 / i7 processor). I have one suggestion regarding portability: for $499.99 you can get the HP Split X2 13-g110dx listed in the table above. It’s much more portable than the 15.6-inchers and you can detach the screen and use it as a classic tablet, while still having performance of the Core i3 CPU for multiple browser tabs and office work. It’s really worth spending $100 more and get a device which is both a tablet and a laptop and has a longer battery life. More about the Split X2: http://laptoping.com/hp-split-x2-13-m110dx-x2-laptoptablet-hybrid.html If your budget is up to $400 another similar option is the Asus Transformer Book T100 http://laptoping.com/asus-transformer-book-t100ta-c1-gr-cheap-hybrid-with-64gb-ssd.html, but it isn’t fast enough if you do productivity on daily basis.

      • Thank you so much for your input! A follow up question…

        I don’t know much about the laptop/tablet hybrids. What would be the benefit of one of those as opposed to a Google Nexus 10 or an Apple ipad Air, especially if I get a cover with a keyboard attached to it?

        • If you just watch Youtube videos, read magazines, and play online games, you won’t notice much difference between a Windows 8 tablet, iPad, and Google Nexus, but for me it’s much easier to do text document or spreadsheet editing on a Windows 8 device, because it’s designed for both keyboard/mouse and touch. On the other side keyboard/mouse is only an alternative use on Android tabs and iPads and use of mouse pointer and keyboard shortcuts (for copy/paste, letter selection etc) isn’t even close in terms of usability to Windows devices. In addition, Microsoft Word and MS Office can be installed only on Windows PCs. There are alternatives to Office for iPads and Android, but they still lag behind MS Office.

          Another thing is support for external devices such as printers, scanners, external hard drives, etc, which is much better on Windows tablets. Also, multi-user setups aren’t available on iPad / Android. Plus, if you choose a Win tablet / hybrid with an Intel Core i3 / i5 or i7 it’ll do most of the tasks way faster than current iPad / Android slates, like web browsing with many tabs opened, image editing, office docs editing etc. There are also Windows tablet-laptops with Intel Atom processors, but they’re about equal with CPUs in the latest iPad / Android tablets and are designed for only light tasks.

  7. Hi,

    I need a laptop to listen to music, do college work, and use skype. Which laptop do you suggest me? I want a Toshiba or Lenovo.

    Which of these laptops could be the best for me and which is the difference?

    1.

    Toshiba C55-a5386 Notebook Pc Intel Core I3-3120m Processor, 4gb Ddr3 Sdram, 500gb 5400rpm Hard Drive, 15.6″ Hd Trubrite Display (1366 X 768). Supermulti Dvd Burner $390

    2.

    Lenovo IdeaPad S400 14.0-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Silver Grey) $450

    3.

    Toshiba – Satellite 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop – 4GB Memory – 750GB Hard Drive – Satin Black

    Model: C55DT-A5306 $379.99

    Also, I want to know if it is an error to buy a touchscreen laptop?

    Thank you!

    • From these three I would exclude the #3 Toshiba because of a slower CPU than on the #1 Toshiba and Lenovo (I assume you’re considering this Lenovo model: http://amzn.to/1jSK13j ). The #1 Toshiba has the fastest processor among these, but the Lenovo doesn’t lag behind much and is quite suitable for all the tasks you listed. Touchscreen does add to the overall price of a laptop with it, but it certainly isn’t an error buying it if the price of the laptop is reasonable like on the S400. Why not trying out a new (and IMO very convenient) way for interaction with Windows and apps? Overall, the Toshiba #1 is a better choice only if you really want to have a slightly larger screen than the Lenovo (but both have the same resolution / space for OS and apps) and you really need a DVD burner. Otherwise, the Lenovo S400 is more portable, has touchscreen, and looks more stylish.

        • No, it isn’t. If you want to check out other C55 models with touch, you should look for models with T in their name. The C55t are models with Intel CPUs and touch, while the C55Dt are AMD-based models with touch. Those with only C55- and C55D- are not touch.

          • My budget is maximum of $450
            I dont care if it is touch or not. I just need a good laptop, but i would prefer a toshiba or lenovo
            Thank you

          • Hi, i was seeing this discussion, and I was wondering if it is not a bad decision to buy a laptop in Amazon. It is a reliable webpage for laptops?

          • Yes, Amazon is one of the best known and most popular online retailers, so I don’t see any problem buying a laptop there. You can also check out Best Buy, Microsoft Store, Newegg, TigerDirect and others as well as directly HP, Lenovo, Dell store, etc.

  8. Can you tell me which is a better computer for college, please?

    Lenovo IdeaPad S400 or the Toshiba C55-A5308

    • Advantages of the C55:

      Faster processor, (athough the S400 has also a CPU quite capable for college tasks if they’re Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web…)
      Larger hard drive
      Slightly bigger screen (but the screen resolution is the same on both laptops)
      Built-in DVD burner
      Separate numeric pad for those who enter a lot of numeric data
      Easier RAM and HDD upgrades via the bottom doors
      Removeable battery.
      Cheaper

      Advantages of the Lenovo S400 (model added in the table above):

      Lighter weight (Amazon says its 5.5 pounds, but it’s actually about 4.6)
      More stylish design (the Toshiba looks like a 4-5-year old model, whereas the S400 is a sleek 0.9″ thin modern-looking machine versus Toshiba’s 1.3″ chassis)
      I personally prefer Lenovo’s keyboard (AccuType) over Toshiba’s. The keys simply feel better and have a better tactile feedback for more accurate typing.

  9. I’m looking at either the Asus Q550LF-BBI7T07 or the Samsung ATIV Book 8 NP880Z5E-X01UB. Any insight you can provide on these 2 laptops? Thanks

    • I haven’t used these laptops, so I can comment only on their specs. Generally, the only big improvement you get with the Samsung for additional $100 (it’s $1,100 right now and Asus is $1,000) is a faster processor. The i7-3635QM quad-core in the Samsung is much better performance-wise than the Asus’ i7-4500U: ~6,500 Pasmark CPU points versus ~3,700. On the other hand the i7-4500U runs cooler and consumer much less energy. The Nvidia GPU in the Asus is slightly better than the Radeon HD in the Samsung. As you’ve probably already noticed, in other aspects these notebooks offer nearly identical specs, so my conclusion is that you should go for the Samsung only if you do a lot of CPU-intensive tasks like video editing or for instance work large RAW image files and if you prefer its design. In normal daily tasks, you won’t notice much difference between the two.

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