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Black Friday 2018 deals: iPad for $250 now, $250 off Apple MacBook Pro plus other gaming PC, Chromebook, tablet sales

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Black Friday is once again proving itself to be the best time of the year to grab deals on tablets, computers and monitors. And though they were a bit late to the party this year, the gaming vendors have now emerged with deals in hand, and we’ve added a bunch of them to the gaming systems subcategory below. There are already a bunch of worthy discounts available now — and more kicking off over the next few days.

Every retailer that sells computers — desktops and laptops, Chromebooks and gaming rigs, tablets and convertibles — is looking to clear out inventory before the end of 2018. We’re seeing lots of markdowns on older machines and configurations featuring Intel’s previous seventh-gen processors. That’s not to say that brand-new systems with cutting-edge tech aren’t on sale. They are.

We’re also seeing how increased competition in the tablet market is driving down prices this year. At the high end, the rash of newly announced tablets in October from Apple, Google and Microsoft has already yielded one dynamite deal: a brand-new Microsoft Surface Pro bundled with a Surface Pen and Type Cover keyboard for $800 at Costco (note this deal is still available, but backordered until December). And the newest Apple iPad appears to be an early favorite this year, available now for $250 — that’s an $80 discount — in multiple stores.

Also, Office Depot appears to be undercutting many other retailers with a handful of superior deals this year. Members of its rewards program will get early access to some of them starting Nov. 21. Plus, the purchase of a computer that costs $300 or more makes you eligible for freebies including Microsoft Office, a SquareTrade protection plan and other tech support services. 

Tablets

2018 Apple iPad (gold, 32GB) for $250 ($80 off)

Apple made its entry-level iPad even better with the latest version, released in March. Walmart is currently selling it for $250, which is likely to be the lowest price we’ll see this year. Target also has it for $250, and Best Buy is currently selling it for $260.

Deal available Nov. 22-24.

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Surface Pro 6 with Surface Pen and Type Cover for $800 (save $200)

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Buried deep in Costco’s extended Black Friday circular is a gem of a bundle: a new Surface Pro 6 with Intel Core i5, Surface Pen and Surface Type Cover for $800. Typically, the complete set would cost more than $1,100.

Note that Best Buy also has a good Surface Pro bundle: You get the newest version of the tablet (albeit with a lesser Core m3 processor and just 128GB of storage) and the keyboard for $600. The pen, which costs $100, is not included. But still — that brings the price of the whole enchilada to $700. 

The Costco deal is available now for members through Nov. 26 — though Costco says the product is backordered and not expected to ship until Dec. 5-21. 

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Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet with Alexa Hands-Free for $100 ($50 off)

Amazon will discount a bunch of its tablets, including the Fire HD 10, which was already a great value at $150. At $100, this Fire tablet, with its high-res screen, solid performance and 32GB of storage, is a total steal. 

While other retailers, including Best BuyTarget and Staples, have announced similar prices for Black Friday, Amazon has already begun discounting its own tablets:

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Laptops 

2017 & 2018 Apple MacBook Pros discounted up to $250

Best Buy is offering discounts ranging between $150 and $250 on the newest batch of MacBook Pros and some still-current 2017 versions, too. You can max out the discount by choosing more expensive configurations — including this 15.6-inch model that features an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Nice.

Deal is live now and available from Nov. 22 to 24.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 330s with Core i5 and 1TB hard drive for $349 ($150 off)

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It’s not the fanciest laptop in the world, but it is slim and lightweight. And Walmart’s configuration, which has an eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor and 1TB hard drive, is a remarkable value.

Note that Costco and Staples are also selling discounted versions of this model on Black Friday, though the Staples deal is available in stores only, not online. Costco’s deal starts on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, and is available online only.

Walmart’s deal is available now.

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HP Pavilion X360 15.6-inch convertible for $500

Walmart has a solid deal on the convertible version of HP’s Pavilion x360. You get an eighth-gen Intel Core i3 plus 8GB of RAM and a huge 1TB hard drive. 

This deal is no longer available online, but will be in stores from Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.

Huawei MateBook X Pro for $1,350 (save $150)

This machine is compact and light, has a stellar sRGB display and very good sound system and delivers solid performance for its size. This is the best price we’ve seen.

Deal available now through Nov. 26.

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HP 15t laptop with Intel Core i7 for $500 ($740 off)

This is a solid deal on a good machine with a slightly older, though high-end processor. You get a 15.6-inch touchscreen with a seventh-gen Core i7 CPU plus 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.

This deal is available now.

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HP Pavilion X360 with Intel Core i7 and 1TB hard drive for $450 ($350 off)

Lots of retailers have deals going on this machine — but we haven’t seen any better than this one from Office Depot. HP model 15-da0086od features some killer components including a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and an enormous 1TB hard drive. 

Staples is selling a similar version for $500.

Office Depot’s deal starts on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 12:01 a.m. ET.

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2017 Apple MacBook Air for $800 ($200)

Apple announced a new, more expensive of the beloved MacBook Air in October and now Best Buy has the previous edition discounted to $800. It’s a good deal — you get a fifth-gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB hard drive — on an older, though still great, laptop, if you can deal with the low-resolution screen.

Best Buy’s deal starts at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

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Dell XPS 13 for $1,400 ($600 off)

We don’t know exactly which configuration Costco is selling with this promotion — but the XPS 13 is one of the best all-around 13-inch laptops, and this is a significant discount. 

Costco’s deal starts on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, and is available online only.

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Lenovo Flex 5 with Intel Core i5 and 1TB hard drive for $500 ($300 off)

A simply killer deal from Office Depot. The Flex 5’s 15.6-inch display gives you more room for work and, complemented by its speakers, makes it good for video, music and games. It also has plenty of battery life to get you through the day.

Deal starts on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 12:01 a.m. ET.

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Gaming PCs

Origin PC Eon15-S and games bundle for $1,300 (save $400)

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We’re fans of Origin PC, and its Eon15-S, which includes some features you don’t normally see in a gaming system at this price: support for three external monitors, including one with G-Sync support, and a removable battery. In addition to discounting the system by more than $200 for Black Friday, the company is also throwing in some extras with some configurations:

  • A digital copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 
  • A digital Steam key for SCUM 
  • A Free Star Trek: Online Gamma Vanguard starter pack and Tier 6 Archon Class Assault Cruiser

This deal is available now.

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Dell Alienware Aurora desktop PC (with Liquid Cooled Intel Core i7-8700K, GeForce RTX 2080) for $1,600 (save $650)

The Alienware Aurora can accommodate two graphics cards in its relatively small case — and Amazon is including the powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with this configuration.

Deal starts Nov. 23.

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HP Pavilion gaming laptop with Nvidia GTX 1050Ti for $599 ($230 off)

Walmart has a solid $200+ markdown on a 15.6-inch laptop from HP. You get a respectable collection of entry-level gaming components, including an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU. 

Deal is available now online and Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. in stores. 

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Razer Blade Pro 17.3-inch gaming laptop for $3,900 ($1,100 off)

OK, so it’s not a ‘bargain’ necessarily, but if you were looking for a slim big-screen laptop for gaming or content creation you can save yourself some serious coin with this Blade Pro deal. At this price, you’re getting a lot of processing and graphics performance, along with extras including a color-accurate 4K-resolution touchscreen and a mechanical keyboard. (Note that Newegg is also offering this deal.)

Deal available now. 

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Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop for $1,999 ($700 off)

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Acer jammed a powerful (and overclockable) Nvidia 1080 GPU paired with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ for excellent gaming performance in a thin laptop — even if it does run hot. 

This deal is no longer available.

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HP Omen desktop gaming PC with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 for $1,500 ($500 off)

Best Buy takes $500 off of HP’s gaming PC rig. It’s a pretty nice configuration — Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 2TB hard drive plus a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, which costs hundreds on its own, to top things off.

Best Buy’s deal starts at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

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Desktop PCs

Apple 21.5-inch iMac with 1TB hard drive for $900 ($200 off)

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Best Buy’s discount brings the iMac’s price down to earth. For $900, you get a gorgeous 21.5-inch, 4K-resolution display, a decent Intel Core i5 CPU and a capacious 1TB hard drive. Note that the 27-inch model will also be on sale for $1,600.

Best Buy’s deal starts at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

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HP Pavilion desktop PC with Intel Core i5 for $370 ($260 off)

Staples was already selling HP’s Pavilion desktop PC at a discounted $510, but will take off an additional $140 starting on Thanksgiving. This setup includes a decent set of components including an Intel Core i5 CPU, 12GB of RAM and a 1TB SATA hard drive.

Available now online.

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Chromebooks

HP Chromebook with 14-inch display and Intel Celeron CPU for $210 ($40 off)

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Chromebooks are often so inexpensive that retailers have a difficult time marking them down more — even during Black Friday. We haven’t reviewed this particular 14-inch Chromebook by HP but the specs look decent at this price. 

Deal available now through Nov. 24.

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Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook for $100 ($130 off)

This is a stone-cold steal. For $100, you get an Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB flash drive. We reviewed this laptop’s predecessor back in 2014, and not much has changed in its design: It’s lightweight, thin and — now more than ever — underpriced. (Note that Best Buy has also discounted a beefier configuration of this machine, which will be on sale for $130.)

Available from Best Buy Nov. 22-24.

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HP 11.6-inch Chromebook for $130 ($90 off)

This is some dirt-cheap Black Friday business. This HP machine is a basic one: You get an 11.6-inch display, a dual-core Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. For $130.

Deal available Nov. 22-24.

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Monitors

Dell 24-inch UltraSharp LED monitor for $120 ($180 off)

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Staples’ discount — 60 percent off the retail price — makes this perfectly serviceable 24-inch LED monitor a great deal. 

Deal available now.

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27-inch HP curved LED monitor for $160 ($120 off)

Staples offers up a worthy deal for this curved 27-inch LED monitor. Solid specs include a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution, LED backlight and 1800R curvature. 

Deal available now.

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Dell 27-inch monitor for $110 ($90 off)

Yes, this Dell monitor is several years old. But a 27-inch HD display for $110 is the stuff Black Friday is made of. Worth a look, for sure. (Note that Walmart is selling the same model for $120.)

Deal available Nov. 22-24.

See at Office Depot

HP 22-inch FHD monitor for $80 ($30 off)

Straight up: This may be the least expensive 22-inch monitor we’ve ever seen. Thanks, Office Depot.

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Dell UltraSharp 27 InfinityEdge Monitor for $300 ($70 off)

The Dell UltraSharp 27 is bright, with good general-purpose resolution and color quality — and Costco has it for the lowest price we’ve seen.

Deal available Nov. 22-26, online only.

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