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Black Friday Laptop Deals 2017: Your Dollar Will Go Further Than Ever Before

This year's prices may look like 2016 all over again, but the specs show that you're getting a lot more.

Update: Black Friday deals are now live! Check out our laptop page for the top deals.

What to Expect From Black Friday Laptop Deals

The prices on laptops have dropped throughout the year, making it easy to find a suitable machine that doesn't cost a ton. It's easier than ever to get a bevy of features, storage, and RAM for just a few hundred dollars — and come Black Friday, the deals will get even better.

So what can you expect from Black Friday laptop deals? Below we've created a "cheat sheet" with the top tips you need to know when shopping. Savvy consumers who want more information should scroll down for our in-depth analysis.

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The Cheat Sheet: Black Friday Laptop Predictions

Prices to Expect

  • Chromebooks for $99

  • Bargain laptop doorbusters for $110

  • Mainstream machines for under $300

3 Quick Tips You Need to Know

  • Shop for doorbusters on Black Friday, but expect the majority of Editors' Choice deals on Cyber Monday.

  • Current-generation doorbusters won't cost much more than previous-gen machines. In fact, they may be cheaper.

  • Expect prices similar to what we've seen recently, but you'll get more under the hood for your money.

Want more details on how, what, where, and when to buy laptop deals this Black Friday? Then check out our full analysis below.

what to buy

What to Buy

Bargain Builds Can't Get Much Cheaper

Don't expect the low end of the laptop price range to go any lower this year, because it simply can't. Like last year, we anticipate Chromebooks with a 2.16GHz Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD to bottom out at $99. Other bargain machines with a 15" display, at least 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive will drop to $110.

The cheapest laptops are ideal for light users who mostly browse the internet and check email.

For what it's worth, we define "bargain" laptops as those with processors less powerful than the Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs. In general, they'll run slower and won't be able to handle multiple tasks as efficiently as more expensive rigs. These machines are best suited to users only doing light computing, like surfing the internet and reading email — as opposed to more taxing applications like graphic design.

Get More With Mainstream Machines

The price tags on mainstream machines may look the same as in Black Fridays past, but you're going to get a lot more for your money this year. We expect previous-generation Skylake Core i5 laptops to dip below the $300 mark. But instead of getting just 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, you should expect at least 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. Similarly, Skylake Core i7 machines should drop to $449 or less, but you may get as much as 12GB of RAM, as well as a 1TB hard drive.

SEE ALSO: 10 Handy Tips to Make Your Laptop Run Faster

That said, current-gen machines with similar specs won't cost much more. In fact, Kaby Lake Core i7 laptops may actually be cheaper than their Skylake counterparts, while Core i5 machines will cost about the same. Because Kaby Lake wasn't a significant update to Intel's microarchitecture, it's better to prioritize specs over CPU generation.

You're going to get a lot more for your money this year with mainstream laptops.

Note that you may also find deals on gaming and high-end laptops during Black Friday. However, these are usually few and far between, so it's hard to predict what sort of deals we might see with any accuracy. It would be especially helpful to set up a deal alert if you're in the market for one of these.

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When to Shop

The Real Deals Come on Cyber Monday

As with most items, doorbuster deals on laptops will mostly be seen on Black Friday, with the odd exception popping up the day before. These will be eye-catchingly low Chromebook and bargain machine prices that are designed to lure in customers. For example, last year the best bargain deal we saw was a Dell Inspiron Celeron 1.6GHz 11" laptop for $100 on Thanksgiving. (You're less likely to see amazing prices like that on mainstream machines.)

If past years are any indication, you'll have a better chance of finding a great price on mainstream machines three days later. Cyber Monday is when we anticipate seeing the most Editors' Choice deals on laptops of all makes and models, with price lows on Kaby Lake Core i5 and Core i7 laptops.

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Where to Shop

Our Editors Loved Dell Last Year

While many of your favorite electronics retailers — like Lenovo, Adorama, Best Buy, and Microsoft Store — will offer a fair amount of Editors' Choice deals, far and away the best place to look for savings will be Dell Home and Dell Small Business. Last year, these two sites had more of our Editor-selected, noteworthy deals than all of their competitors combined. Of course, the vast majority of these deals were for Dell's own machines. If you prefer another brand, you'll do better elsewhere.

What are you hoping to see with laptop deals this year? Let us know in the comments, or check out all our Black Friday predictions below.

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Former Senior Staff Writer

Stephen has been writing for such national and regional publications as The Village Voice, Paste, The Agit Reader, and The Big Takeover for 20 years. He covered consumer electronics and technology for DealNews from 2013 to 2018.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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