Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: Dell Offers First Look at Electronics Deals

By , dealnews Media Editor

Black Friday ads continue to get leaked left and right. And as long as they keep comin', we'll keep dissecting them to let you know if there's anything worthwhile in there. You can find all of our analyses over on our Black Friday hub.

Today's lucky Black Friday ad leak is from Dell Home, which also happens to be the first electronics vendor to have their Black Friday ad "leaked." With deals on HDTVs, laptops, cameras, and more, Dell's Black Friday ad runs the gamut from great to meh, from hot to cold, from Yowzah to, well, you get the point. Here are some of its highlights:

  • Dell Inspiron 14z Intel Core i3 4GB 500GB Windows 7 Laptop for $299.99
    If this doorbuster pans out, it will be the lowest total price we've seen for any Inspiron 14z, with or without an Intel Core i3 CPU. In fact, it would beat the current lowest price we've seen (which we found last month) by a full $50.

  • Dell Inspiron 660s Intel Celeron 2GB 500GB Windows 8 Desktop for $249.99
    Dell scores another all-time low price with this deal. We've seen similar configurations for this desktop model for as low as $300, and as recently as October 22, but nothing this cheap.

  • Samsung Series 6 55" 1080p LED-backlit HDTV for $879.99
    Although we've only listed this exact TV (model no. UN55EH6000FXZA) once, in August, it came in at $1,048. (It's currently available at ABT for $1,097.99). Therefore, Dell's Black Friday sale would offer a new low on this model by $168.

  • Dell Inspiron 15R 15.6" Intel Core i3 6GB 500GB Windows 8 Laptop for $499.99
    This deal depends on how badly you need the latest operating system from Microsoft; we saw a similar Core i3 Inspiron 15R with a bigger hard drive, for $100 less in August, but it only sported Windows 7.

  • Dell Inspiron 14z Intel Core i3 4GB 500GB and 32GB mSATA Windows 8 Ultrabook for $589.99
    This deal is a bit of a dud, as we've never listed an Inspiron 14z for this much before — ever. Normally this model tends to hover around the $400 mark, but a notable difference for this configuration is the 32GB mSATA hybrid drive, so perhaps Dell thinks this feature is worth the extra cash. But $190 extra?

  • Mediocre Dell Printer Deals
    Dell plans to offer the Dell V525w Multifunction Wireless Inkjet Printer for $78.99, but we already saw it for $80 in July, and currently Adorama offers it for $76.95. Meanwhile the Dell B1160w Laser Printer for $89.99 will be a new price low, but only by about $3.

  • Dell Inspiron One 20 Intel Pentium 20" 4GB Windows 8 All-In-One Desktop PC for $399.99
    This will be the lowest total price we've seen for an Inspiron One 20 by $50, but this configuration skimps on the processor. You can get an Inspiron One with much better CPUs, albeit for about $110 more.

  • Dell XPS 8500 Intel Core i7 8GB 1TB Windows 8 Desktop PC for $699.99
    We saw this model hit this price in October, and that deal was even stronger with a 2TB hard drive. That said, we don't frequently see this model drop as low as this, making it a lukewarm bargain.

  • Dell IN2030M 20" LED-Backlit LCD Monitor for $78.99
    This one is listed as a doorbuster, and indeed it would be the lowest price we've seen so far. We listed it several times this year for $90.

  • Dell ST2320L 23" 1080p LED-Backlit Widescreen LCD Monitor for $139.99
    We saw it for $135 last December, but $140 would be a pretty decent price since it currently sells for about $180 total at Fry's.

  • Dell ST2420L 24" 1080p LED-Backlit Widescreen LCD Monitor for $169.99
    We routinely see this monitor sold in pairs; our last mention bundled two monitors for $340. Do the math, and you'll see that one for $170 is about what we would expect to pay on a regular day ... not Black Friday.

  • Dell Inspiron 15 Intel Core i3 15.6" 4GB 500GB Windows 8 Laptop for $379.99
    Last month, we listed this laptop with the same specs for up to $30 less. The only difference? Our previous mentions were Windows 7 machines. So whether it's worth breaking your back to get one of these machines on Black Friday depends on how badly you want it preloaded with Windows 8, we suppose.

  • Dell Inspiron 660s Intel Core i3 6GB 1TB Windows 8 Desktop for $399.99
    We've never seen an Inspiron 660s desktop with a Core i3 CPU for less, although we saw one for just $20 more in September. Still, not too shabby.

  • Nikon J1 10.1-Megapixel Mirrorless Digital Camera for $399.99
    We saw several refurbished units of this camera for $270 last month, but the best we've seen for a new unit is $447, currently available at BuyDig.

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens and Telephoto Lens for $749.99
    We routinely see the T3i for much less and with a better bundle. For instance, we saw the camera with these two lenses, printer, paper, 16GB SDHC card, and camera bag for $599 in October.

  • Samsung Series 4 32" 720p LED-Backlit LCD HDTV for $249.99
    The price on this TV (model no. UN32EH4003FXZA) would make it the best deal we've ever seen for any Samsung Series 4 32" LCD HDTV by $48.

  • Samsung Series 5 51" 1080 Plasma HDTV for $579.99
    Outside of refurbs, this would be the lowest total price we've ever seen for any Samsung 51" 1080p plasma TV. Currently this TV (model no. PN51E530A3FXZA) sells for $698 at ABT.
What do you think of Dell's offerings? Are there any deals that you're interested in buying? Keep in mind, more deals may be released as we approach the end of November, so be sure to check all the Black Friday ads on our Black Friday hub page. And if you want to peruse other stores, we've already posted ads from Harbor Freight, Sprint, and more.

Jeff Somogyi is the dealnews Media Editor. He writes words that, when read together, make sentences, paragraphs, and more. He also makes funny comments about other subjects on Google+, Twitter, or on his blog.

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Just because it says "Black Friday" doesn't mean it will ALWAYS be a great deal.  The Dell deals are no different from Black Friday deals that other retailers have offered; there are some genuine deals mixed in with regular sale prices. Consumers should do their homework, especially for high ticket items, such as HDTVs.  Research the product segments you are interested in, identify the top models, and know what constitutes a great price.  Also, the best prices don't always happen on Black Friday.  I own a 52" and 42" HDTV that were bought several years apart. The best price for the 52" was in early January and the best price for the 42" was in late December.  Both times I tracked the prices for many weeks and then bought in late January, asking for (and getting) a price match on the best price I had seen.