2014 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Laptop, Tablet & 2-in-1 PC Deals & Coupons (Windows)

2014 Black Friday Windows Laptop, Tablet, and 2-in-1 PC Deals and Coupons

The 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale ads are still arriving, but many deals and coupons are already known. As the traditionally biggest players when it comes to Windows-based laptop, tablet, and 2-in-1 Black Friday offers, Best Buy and Walmart have many good models at attractive prices in their Black Friday catalogs. We also have deals by Staples, Costco, Office Depot, Dell Home, and others. More retailers, stores, and manufacturers directly are expected to come up with their deals and coupons soon.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Instant Off Deals

Take a look at the current version of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals comparison table. It’ll be updated constantly, so please bookmark this page and check it back again to see the latest deals. Offers without enough value for the money have been omitted, such as cheap but barely usable tablets with only 16GB of storage. On the other hand, we have added some regularly affordable and good value devices to the mix. In addition, you can check out the whole Laptoping’s specs & price database. If you want to see the cheapest Windows notebooks, tablets, and 2-in-1 hybrids on the market, just enter the database via the link above and sort the products by price from lowest to highest using the drop-down menu on the right. Full-size laptops regularly start a below $250, while the tablets can be found for as little as $100.

Deals in the list are sorted by price, from the lowest to highest.

The listed details are: model name and device (click on links for description); screen info with resolution, touch functionality and IPS wide viewing angle technology if present; CPU name with its PassMark benchmark score; graphics processor; system memory size (RAM); HDD (hard drive) or SSD (solid state drive) storage; presence of a built-in DVD optical drive; OS & bundled software; and price / store / deal start time info with links to the product pages.

100-Dollar Black Friday Asus Laptop

  • The Asus X205TA at Staples for only $99.99 is the cheapest Black Friday laptop offer ever.

Asus X205TA RHATMN01 Mini Laptop; 11.6″ 720p; Intel Atom Z3735G / 1,000; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 32GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8; $99.99 Staples 11/27/2014 6PM (In Stores Only).

  • With a regular price of only $100, the HP Stream 7 is the cheapest tablet with Windows. It nevertheless offers some good features such as IPS display technology.

Cheap Tablets with Windows

HP Stream 7 Tablet; 7″ 720p Touch IPS; Intel Atom Z3735G / 1,000; Intel HD; 1GB; 32GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8 + Office 365 1-Year; $99.99 Amazon Now.

  • For $50 more on Black Friday, Dell’s Venue Pro 3000 delivers a larger 8″ display.

Dell Venue 8 Pro 3000 3845 Tablet; 8″ 720p Touch IPS; Intel Atom Z3735G / 1,000; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 32GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8 + Office 365 1-Year; $149.99 Dell 11/28/2014.

Cheapest Full-Size Laptops on Black Friday – HP 15 and Toshiba C55 for $159

  • The cheapest Black Friday full-size notebook so far are an HP 15-series 15.6-inch model, listed with a $159 price tag in Walmart’s catalog, and Toshiba C55 for the same price at Office Depot. The HP is a better choice since Toshiba has only 2GB of RAM and lacks a DVD drive.

Walmart’s $159 HP 15-f004wm Laptop Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050; Intel HD; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $159.00 Walmart 11/27/2014 8PM.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5299 Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 500GB HDD; no DVD; Windows 8; $159.99 Office Depot 11/27/2014.

Cheapest 2-in-1 Windows Hybrid

  • This Nextbook-branded 2-in-1 Windows-based laptop/tablet hybrid with a detachable keyboard is the cheapest of its kind.

Nextbook NXW10QC32G 2-in-1; 10.1″ 720p Touch IPS; Intel Atom Z3735G / 1,000; Intel HD; 1GB; 32GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8 + Office 365 1-Year; $179.99 Walmart Now.

More Cheap Full-Size Laptops

  • The cheapest 15.6-inch notebook on the market today is the Toshiba C55-B5300. Dell’s Inspiron 15 1351 will cost you $20 or $10 less on Black Friday, depending on where are you getting it from, but it doesn’t have a DVD drive.

Dell Inspiron 15 3531 / Dell Inspiron 15 i3531 1200BK (same specs) Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050; Intel HD; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $189.99 Dell, 179.99 Office Depot11/28/2014 at Dell, 11/27/2014 at Office Depot.

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5300 Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050; Intel HD; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $199.99 Best Buy Now.

Inexpensive 11″ Mini-Notebooks with Windows – “Chromebook Killers”

  • The HP Stream 11 and Asus X205TA-DH01 have double the price of the similarly equipped X205TA listed above for $100. The Stream has a 1-year Office 365 Personal subscription included in the price as an advantage, while the Asus below is listed just in case you aren’t able to grab the same laptop for half the price at Staples on Black Friday.

HP Stream 11-d010wm / 11-d010nr  Mini Laptop; 11.6″ 720p; Intel Celeron N2840 / 1,100; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 32GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8 + Office 365 1-Year; $199.99 Amazon Now.

Asus X205TA-DH01 Mini Laptop; 11.6″ 720p; Intel Atom Z3735G / 1,000; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 32GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8; $199.99 Amazon Now.

  • Walmart will sell a touchscreen 11.6-inch mini laptop for only $199.99. It has one of the slowest processors on the market as the main drawback. But the storage space is more than ten times larger than in the previously listed 11.6-inchers. Also, RAM size is doubled.

Acer Aspire V5 “Angel” V5-122P-0408 Touchscreen Laptop Mini Laptop; 11.6″ 720p Touch; AMD A4-1250 / 600; AMD Radeon IGP; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $199.99 Walmart 11/27/2014 8PM;

  • Another contender in the ultra-affordable 11.6-inch arena is the Acer Aspire E3.

Acer Aspire E3 111-C0WA Mini Laptop; 11.6″ 720p; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 320GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $215.99 Amazon Now.

Another Sub-$250 15.6-Incher

  • The Asus X551 below is a bit more expensive alternative to the 15.6-inch Toshiba C55 and Dell Inspiron 15 listed above.

Asus X551MAV RCLN06 Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050; Intel HD; 4GB RAM; 500GB; DVD; Windows 8; $229.99 Best Buy Now.

Lowest 13.3″ Laptop Price Ever? $229.99, HP Stream 13

  • Want a 13.3-inch budget laptop? The HP Stream 13 is the cheapest option available.

HP Stream 13 c010nr Mini Laptop; 13.3″ 720p; Intel Celeron N2840 / 1,100; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 32GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8 + Office 365 1-Year; $229.99 Amazon Now.

Another Windows-Based Chromebook Competitor – with Touchscreen

  • The X200MA offers more than the listed $100 and ~$200 11.6-inch alternatives: a touch-enabled display and larger RAM and HDD sizes.

Asus X200MA RCLT08 / X200MA BCL0705Z Mini Laptop; 11.6″ 720p Touch; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050; Intel HD; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $249.99 Best Buy Now.

Inexpensive Dell Laptop with Good CPU

  • The Dell Inspiron 3000 Series I3541-2002BLK brings to the table a 15.6-inch touch display and decent mid-range specs at a sub-300-dollar Black Friday price.

Dell Inspiron 3000 Series I3541 2002BLK (description coming soon) Laptop; 15.6″ 720p Touch; AMD A6 / ?; AMD Radeon IGP; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $279.99 Office Depot 11/27/2014.

Inexpensive Full-Size HP Laptop with Touchscreen

  • The machine listed as “HP Intel Celeron Touch Laptop” is the cheapest full-size notebook with touchscreen display.

Walmart $249 HP Intel Celeron Touch Laptop 15-f010wm Laptop; 15.6″ 720p Touch; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050 or Intel Celeron N2920 / 1,500; Intel HD; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $249.00 Walmart 11/27/2014 6PM-7PM “in store only”.

Microsoft Surface 2 $299 Deal

  • Microsoft’s Surface 2 will get a $150 off discount on Black Friday at Best Buy. This is a high-quality tablet, but there’s a caveat software-wise. You can’t run the traditional x86 applications on it, such as Photoshop or Steam games, since the device is based on Windows 8 RT version. You’ll be limited to apps available on the Windows Store. The listed price is for the tablet only, without the keyboard cover included.

Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet; 10.6″ 1080p IPS Touch; Nvidia Tegra 4; Nvidia Tegra 4; 2GB RAM; 32GB SSD; No DVD; Windows RT & Office RT; $299.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

Acer Switch 10 with Detachable Keyboard for $299 Too

  • The Acer Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 hybrid will cost the same as the Surface 2, but it does include a keyboard dock and has double the storage space – 64GB.

Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 Tablet; 10.6″ 720p IPS Touch; Intel Atom Z3735F / 900; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 64GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8 + Office 365 1-Year; $299.99 Microsoft Store 11/24/2014.

Cheapest Laptop with Intel Core i3  CPU This Black Friday

  • The Dell Inspiron I3542-6003BK is a budget notebook with a twist. It has a touch-enabled display and a good Intel Core i3 processor.

Dell Inspiron I3542 6003BK Laptop; 15.6″ 720p Touch; Intel Core i3-4030U / 2,800; Intel HD 4400; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $299.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

Affordable Toshiba Radius Convertibles

  • The Toshiba Radius 11 series offers a 360-degree rotating hinge and support for laptop, tablet, and multimedia/presentation modes. The model to go on sale at Walmart has very small internal storage and only 2GB RAM, so if you are concerned about these jump to the next one. The pricier Radius at Best Buy has a bit slower processor, though.

Toshiba Radius 11 (desc. coming soon) 2-in-1; 11.6″ 720p Touch; Intel Pentium / ?; Intel HD; 2GB RAM; 32GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $299.99 Walmart11/27/2014 8PM.

Toshiba Radius 11 L15W-B1302 2-in-1; 11.6″ 720p Touch; Intel Celeron N2840 / 1,100; Intel HD; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $329.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

Another Good Intel i3-Based Option

  • The Asus X551CA is the regularly lowest priced Intel Core i3 powered laptop, offering noticeably better performance than all those cheap notebooks and tablets with the Intel Celeron and Atom CPUs. The Dell with i3 listed above is cheaper and has a touchscreen and newer CPU so it is obviously a better choice, but the Asus is on sale right now instead of on Black Friday.

Asus X551CA-BI30804C Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; Intel Core i3-3217U / 2,300; Intel HD 4000; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $329.99 Best Buy Now.

Dell’s Convertible 11.6-Incher

  • Another 360-degree convertible notebook at a great price. The Dell Inspiron 11 3000, which ads IPS tech to the mix at a bit of extra cost.

Dell Inspiron 11 3000 3147 2-in-1; 11.6″ 720p Touch IPS; Intel Celeron N2830 / 1,050; Intel HD; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $349.99 Dell 11/28/2014.

Well-Specced HP Laptop Bundle at Walmart

  • Here’s a laptop offer with bundled extra items. A unnamed 15.6-inch HP model with touch support, decent CPU and RAM, and a large hard drive is bundled with a wireless mouse, USB Flash drive, sleeve, and anti-virus program. All for $349.

“HP Touch Laptop Bundle (15-f014wm)”Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; AMD A8-6410 / 2,600; AMD Radeon R5; 4GB RAM; 750GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $349.99 Walmart 11/27/2014 8PM;

Affordable Laptops with Decent AMD A8 Processors

  • Use of the affordable but still very decent AMD A8-6410 quad-core processor in the following notebook trio has allowed their low everyday prices, despite big hard drives included. The HP Pavilion 17 model is the cheapest 17.3-incher at the time of this writing.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5206 Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; AMD A8-6410 / 2,600; AMD Radeon R5; 4GB RAM; 750GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $349.99 Best Buy Now.

HP Pavilion 17-f001dx Laptop; 17.3″ 900p; AMD A8-6410 / 2,600; Radeon R5; 4GB RAM; 750GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $379.99 Best Buy Now.

Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5214 Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; AMD A8-6410 / 2,600; Radeon R5; 4GB RAM; 1000GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $379.99 Best Buy Now.

Large 17.3″ Laptop with Intel Core i5 CPU

  • This is a bit pricier Pavilion 17 configuration, but with a generally better Intel Core i5 processor.

HP Pavilion 17-f113dx Laptop; 17.3″ 900p; Intel Core i5-4210U / 3,600; Intel HD 4400; 4GB RAM; 750GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $399.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

More cheap Laptops with Intel Core i5

  • If you don’t want to make processor performance compromises, but can’t afford more than $400, the Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5033sLV at Microsoft Store meets your requirements and also brings to the table large RAM and hard drive capacities. It has a Core i5-4210U processor. The Asus X550LA is an alternative, recommended only if you need a DVD writer built-in and to purchase a laptop right now.

Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5033sLV Laptop; 15.6″ 720p Touch; Intel Core i5-4210U / 3,600; Intel HD 4400; 8GB RAM; 1000GB HDD; no DVD; Windows 8; $399.99 Microsoft Store 11/27/2014.

Asus X550LA SI50402W Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; Intel Core i5-4200U / 3,300; Intel HD 4400; 4GB RAM; 500GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $429.99 Best Buy Now.

Black Friday Laptop with AMD Kaveri A10 CPU

  • This well specced all-purpose 15.6-incher will be on sale at Sam’s Club. It includes the just released AMD Kaveri processor with excellent performance for daily use, especially in the graphics department.

Dell Inspiron 5000 I5545 2500SLV (#911600) Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; AMD A10-7300; AMD Radeon R6; 8GB RAM; 1000GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $399.99 Sam’s Club Online: 11/27/2014. In store: 11/28/2014 7AM-9PM.

Premium-Class HP Envy Touch Laptop with Intel Core i5

  • The HP Envy TouchSmart m6-n015dx is another step up. The i5 CPU in it is a full-voltage one, meaning even better performance. Plus, you get a touchscreen display, larger RAM and HDD, backlit keyboard, and a built-in subwoofer speaker. It however lacks a DVD drive.

HP Envy Touch Smart m6-n015dx Laptop; 15.6″ 720p Touch; Intel Core i5-4210M / 4,300; Intel HD 4600; 8GB RAM; 750GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $499.99 Best Buy11/27/2014.

Budget-Class HP Pavilion with Faster Intel Core i7

  • The HP Pavilion 15-p100dx is the cheapest laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor. It also has capacious RAM and HDD, but otherwise is just another budget machine.

HP Pavilion 15-p100dx Laptop; 15.6″ 720p; Intel Core i7-4510U / 3,900; Intel HD 4400; 6GB; 750GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $549.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

Convertible 15.6-Inchers by HP and Toshiba

  • The HP Pavilion X360 15-u010dx is a modern 15.6-inch laptop with a convertible touch design and Full HD display. It will be on sale at Best Buy on Black Friday with $100 instant off.

HP Pavilion X360 15-u010dx 2-in-1; 15.6″ 1080p Full HD Touch; Intel Core i5-4210U / 3,600; Intel HD 4400; 8GB RAM; 750GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $599.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

  • The Toshiba Radius P55W-B5224 with the same form factor for $100 more offers IPS display technology, faster processor, and a larger hard drive.

Toshiba Radius P55W-B5224 2-in-1; 15.6″ 1080p Full HD IPS Touch; Intel Core i7-4510U / 3,900; Intel HD 4400; 8GB RAM; 1000GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $699.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

Premium-Class Dell Inspiron Laptops with Touch

  • These two Inspirons are premium-class laptops, featuring excellent computing performance, better-than-average displays, and large RAM and HDDs. They’re Full HD and sport IPS technology.

Dell Inspiron I7547 – 3020SLV Laptop; 15.6″ 1080p Full HD Touch IPS; Intel Core i5-4210U / 3,600; Intel HD 4400; 6GB; 1000GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $699.99 Best Buy Now.

Dell Inspiron I7547 – 4020SLV Laptop; 15.6″ 1080p Full HD Touch IPS; Intel Core i7-4510U / 3,900; Intel HD 4400; 8GB RAM; 1000GB HDD; No DVD; Windows 8; $779.99 Best Buy Now.

Surface Pro 3 Black Friday Deals at Microsoft Store, Best Buy

  • Microsoft Store and Best Buy will offer on Black Friday $100-$150 instant savings on the Microsoft Surface 3 tablet. Eligible are models with 128GB or more storage. They regularly start at $999.99. The keyboard cover isn’t included in the price.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet; 12″ 1440p IPS Touch; Intel Core i5-4300U / 3,750 or i7-4650U / 4,200; Intel HD 4400; 4GB or 8GB RAM; 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8; $899.99 Microsoft Store 11/27/2014, $899.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

Popular Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Convertible with High-Res Display

  • The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is one of the most popular premium-class notebooks and 2-in-1 PCs on the market. It has an excellent Intel i7 processor, a solid state drive, and a 13.3″ display with an extremely high resolution. Best Buy will sell one of the available configurations with a $200 instant discount.

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 59418309 2-in-1; 13.3″ 1800p Ultra HD IPS Touch; Intel Core i7-4510U / 3,900; Intel HD 4400; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8; $999.99 Best Buy 11/27/2014.

Small and Affordable Gaming Laptop by Alienware

  • The Alienware 13 is on this list as the cheapest laptop with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M dedicated video card, the best graphics solution for gaming on a budget.

Dell Alienware 13 Gaming Laptop; 13.3″ 720p; Intel Core i5-4210U / 3,600; Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 2GB; 8GB RAM; 500GB HDD + 8GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8; $999.99 Dell Now.

4K Gaming Laptop by Lenovo

  • The Lenovo Y50 is not just a decent gaming laptop, but also the cheapest one with a high-resolution 4K display.

Lenovo Y50 UHD Gaming Laptop; 15.6″ 2160p 4K UHD; Intel Core i7-4700HQ / 8,050; Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 2GB; 8GB RAM; 1000GB HDD + 8GB SSD; No DVD; Windows 8; $1,199.99 Lenovo Now.

Least Expensive Laptop with Nvidia GeForce 970M Video Card

  • Since, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 900M graphics card series have been announced just recently, you can’t expect great discounts on them. The Asus G751-series model below is the most affordable notebook with a 900M series GPU, the 970M precisely.

Asus ROG G751JT-CH71 Gaming Laptop; 17.3″ 1080p Full HD; Intel Core i7-4710HQ / 8,050; Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB; 16GB; 1000GB HDD; DVD; Windows 8; $1,499.99 Amazon Now

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Coupons for Laptops and Tablets with Windows

Lenovo store offers 5% savings on top of instant off on all Lenovo ThinkPad laptops and tablets. Free shipping. The coupon code for the deal is SAV5THINKPAD . The offer is valid till December 5th, 2014. Lenovo Store

Also, you can save $1,300 off a 13″ Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, Windows version, if you use eCoupon BFYT213WIN . The offer is valid from November 24th till 30th, 2014. Lenovo Store

Note: Last updated on 11/20/2014. Stay tuned for more deals and coupons.

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  1. My 15yr old is looking for a laptop that can handle gaming and video/ photo editing. Is the Dell Inspiron 5000 I5545 2500SLV from Sams the best option under $400 at this time?
    Please keep us posted if you see any better offers come out gaming/graphics and thanks so much for breaking all this down!

    • The problem with the AMD A10 CPU in the Dell Inspiron at Sam’s is that it’s a just released one, so no graphics benchmarks are available yet. But it is expected to match or slightly surpass performance of the well-known Intel i5-4210U with Intel HD 4400 graphics. If you want to risk a bit, go for it. Otherwise, the Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5033sLV at Microsoft Store for the same price on Black Friday and with the Intel i5/HD 4400 is a safer bet and is one of the best laptop deals this year. Here’s what gaming looks like on the Intel HD 4400: http://laptoping.com/haswells-intel-hd-4400-gaming-and-benchmarks-round-up.html

      • After browsing and checking out your links I’m leaning towards the Microsoft offer. Both laptops really do seem pretty compatible but it also seems like Microsoft has a bit more to offer through the warranty, customer service, and virus protection on the “Signature” series. The touchscreen is also a plus and from what I’m reading you get a bit more out of the battery as well.
        Thank you so much for your expertise, it’s such a major purchase for us..

  2. I am looking to buy my daughter a laptop this holiday season. I have narrowed it down to the Dell Inspiron 15 i15547-5033sLV Signature Edition Laptop for 399 at microsoft.com and this HP Envy TouchSmart m6-n015dx Laptop with Touch, Intel i5 for 499 from best buy. In your opinion which is the better deal? Some details: light to moderate gaming, school work, watch streams, skype.

    • If you can spend $100 more, the HP is a better option. It’s overall better equipped, although it has a smaller hard drive of 750GB vs 1000GB.

      First, the HP uses a faster full-voltage i5 version with slightly faster Intel HD 4600 graphics, instead of the ultra-low-voltage i5 with HD 4400 in the Dell. In everyday tasks, the difference won’t be noticeable and both chips are perfect for that, but when you throw something more demanding at them like high-resolution photo editing, the difference will be noticeable. Gaming on the HP will be slightly smoother than on the Dell, although both aren’t suitable for heavier games like Crysis or Battlefield. Minecraft, League of Legends and such will work fine.

      In addition, the HP has touchscreen, keyboard backlight, subwoofer speaker, and overall looks better IMO. On the negative side, it is a bit heavier and the battery life will be probably shorter than on the Dell.

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  4. I notice Bluetooth is absent on these laptops. I wonder if a USB Bluetooth adapter would work ok. I have several I bought for a few bucks on Amazon!

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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

      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.

  8. 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?


    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


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


    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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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. 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 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.

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