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Dell Black Friday Ad Analysis: An Unbelievably Cheap Laptop and 2 Big Screen TV Doorbusters

From TVs to gaming consoles, we've picked out the top 5 items to add to your holiday shopping list from Dell's Black Friday ad.
Dell Black Friday

More Black Friday ads are being released every week, and we're rounding up the top picks from each to make your shopping list creation even easier! Dell has leaked their offerings, so were highlighting the best laptop, gaming, and TV deals we saw.

And don't forget to check out all our predictions for the big day so you know exactly what to expect.

Top 5 Deals From the Dell Black Friday Ad

  • Inspiron 11 3000 Laptop for $99.99
    We predicted that bargain laptop doorbusters would be around $110, and this Inspiron beats those predictions. Most recently, we saw this model for $100 in August. This doorbuster is an online exclusive, available at 6 PM ET on Thanksgiving Day.
    Should You Buy It? Maybe, if all you need is a basic laptop that can handle light word processing and web browsing.

  • Xbox One S 500 GB Battlefield 1 Bundle for $249.99
    Although it doesn't include a gift card, this bundle still beats our predictions by $50. We last saw this bundle in October, and it included a $50 Dell gift card for around $390. At this price, it's the lowest price we've seen this year. This doorbuster is available online only at 9 PM ET on Thanksgiving Day.
    Should You Buy It? If you're looking for the newest Xbox console, this is a solid choice.

  • Samsung 55" 4K UHD Smart TV with $150 Dell Gift Card for $599.99
    Although it's higher than our predictions, it's still pretty close to the $559 average we expect to see for brand-name sets. However, you do get that substantial gift card. It might not be as good as a set that is outright at our predicted price, but offers like this typically earn Editors' Choice status. We've seen similar models lately around $50 to $150 more, most of which don't include a gift card.
    Should You Buy It? Assuming you'll use the gift card, this deal is actually much lower than our predictions.

  • Garmin vivofit for $29.99
    This matches our predictions exactly, and is at least $9 cheaper than what we've seen lately. At this price, it aims to be the lowest price we've seen all year. This doorbuster is available at 3 PM ET on Black Friday.
    Should You Buy It? If you or someone you know is serious about fitness, this makes a super-affordable pick to step up your workout game.

  • Vizio 60" Smart LED HDTV for $499.99
    Vizio is a budget major brand, and at this price, this set beats our average price predictions for a brand-name 1080p HDTV model of this size. The closest we've seen to this deal lately was another Vizio 60" Smart set bundled with a $200 Dell gift card for $599.99. This doorbuster deal is an online exclusive that will be available starting at 7 PM ET on Thanksgiving Day.
    Should You Buy It? If you're interested in a Smart TV, this is a respectable brand at an affordable price.

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Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for CollegeCandy.com. Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
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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Again, when posting deals on 4K/UHD HDTVs, please indicate if they do or do not support HDR, i.e. HDR10, DolbyVision, or both.

Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@BlueOak I would argue that just because we've seen that price before, does not make it pedestrian or even remotely expected. Periodically when we tell people in our predictions that laptops will get that cheap, we are rebuffed; people think we're being sensational with that prediction and not reflecting what's likely to actually happen. The fact that we HAVE seen a laptop near that price before does not mean that the average shopper would believe they could take home a computer for $100. In fact, I would bet good money that if I asked 100 people on the street if they thought that price was real, the numbers would overwhelmingly be for "false." Given that, I think "unbelievably cheap" is extremely justified.

Plus, we have seen that price before but that does not mean it's been regularly available at that price. If you didn't get it before, then that past price is useless to you, and this deal could be a stellar opportunity.
Regarding the $99 laptop, how does DN reconcile:

"Unbelievably Cheap Laptop" in the headline with:

"... we saw this model for $100 in August." in the story body?

Seems like a pretty "believable", even pedestrian, price if it was sold at the same price a couple months ago. Hardly a BF price.