14 best Black Friday laptop deals: Apple MacBooks, Microsoft Surface, Dell, HP, and more

Surface Pro 8 from Microsoft.
Enlarge / Surface Pro 8 from Microsoft.

Andrew Cunningham

Black Friday laptop deals are as American as pumpkin pie. But finding great options can be tricky. Each model has variants, each of these variants has configurations with too many similar model numbers (thanks, Intel), and many model names are immemorial names.

We spend a lot of time looking at laptops and writing about them at Ars, so we’ve gone through the deals and highlighted the most notable options, based on the laptops we’ve reviewed and are familiar with. Here are some laptop deals we think are worth knowing.

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The 2022 MacBook Air.
Enlarge / The 2022 MacBook Air.

Samuel Axone

2022 MacBook Air for $1,050 ($1,200) on Amazon

It’s not a mandatory upgrade over its M1-based predecessor, but the M2-powered MacBook Air is best laptop for most mac users. Thanks to Apple’s impressive M2 processor, this entry-level model can do a lot with just 8GB of RAM, though the 256GB storage might push storage-hungry types towards the Pro (also on sale now).

Best Buy has a matching deal on the same model, and Apple is giving away a $150 gift card if you buy the latest MacBook Air from their store. You can also buy a 512GB MacBook Air for $1,299 at Best Buy and $1,499 at Apple (with the $150 gift card).

Two 2021 MacBook Pro models side by side.
Enlarge / Two 2021 MacBook Pro models side by side.

Samuel Axone

2021 14-inch MacBook Pro for $1,600 ($2,000) on Amazon

The MacBook Pro 2021 is the hardware hard fork we’ve been waiting for, a return to usable ports, reasonable keyboards and function keys, largely fueled by the advent of Apple’s own silicon. Samuel Axon of Ars dubbed it “the best laptop money can buy for many use cases, provided you have a lot money.” For a brief period, it’s a little less money to Amazon. A 14-inch model with an M1 Pro chip, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is $1,599 ($400 off). The same offer is available on best buy.

Want two more CPU and GPU cores each and twice the storage? This model is currently on sale for $2,000 at Amazon, down $500 off the usual price. A 2022 model, with a slightly faster M2 chip and 8 GB of RAM, is $1,350 at Amazon ($150 off). Apple doesn’t offer a discount, but buying a MacBook Pro entitles you to an Apple Gift Card worth up to $250.

2021 16-inch MacBook Pro for $2,000 ($2,500) on Amazon

Everything about the 14-inch MacBook Pro applies to the 16-inch model, just with a bigger screen and price to match. This week, Amazon has a model with 16 GB of memory, 512 GB of storage and a 16-core M1 Pro processor for $2,000 ($500 off). best buy has the same case.

If you want the most powerful Apple laptop, a model with a 32-core M1 Max chip, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage is $3,049 at BestBuy, $450 less than retail. Or you can pay full retail price via Apple and get a $250 gift card.

Surface Pro 9 from Microsoft.
Enlarge / Surface Pro 9 from Microsoft.

Andrew Cunningham

Surface Pro 9 with keyboard cover for $1,100 ($1,300) at Costco

If you want a Windows device that can be both a tablet and a laptop, the Surface Pro 9 is it. the best to do this job, after more than nine material revisions and spinoffs. The crisp 13-inch display, 12th Gen Intel U-series processor, and nice-feeling keyboard cover (included with this deal) make the Surface the archetypal portable yet still user-friendly laptop.

It’s pretty hard to beat this deal with keyboard included on a brand new device. But if you’re not a Costco member, best buy offers the same Surface Pro 9 model, without a keyboard, for $1,000 ($100 off) and an upgraded i7/16GB model for $1,400 ($200 off). Amazon also has an i7/16GB model with 256GB of storage for $1,349about $250 off retail.

Surface Pro 8 with keyboard cover for $900 ($1,350) at Best Buy

Not many changes between the Surface Pro 8 and 9, minus a CPU upgrade. If you’re looking for a more affordable entry point into Microsoft’s hybrid, we loved the Pro 8 a year agoand it’s still a worthwhile purchase, especially at this discount with a keyboard cover included. best buy has the i5 8GB RAM 256GB storage model on sale for $900 with a graphite-colored keyboard cover and 15 months of Microsoft 365 to sweeten the deal.

The Surface Laptop Go 2.
Enlarge / The Surface Laptop Go 2.

Andrew Cunningham

Surface Go 2 Laptop for $600 ($700) at Best Buy

One of the biggest issues we encountered with the Surface Laptop Go 2 was that its base model with 4GB of RAM isn’t useful to anyone. The other was that the $700 model, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, was too expensive. But as we noted in our review“if you can find it on sale…the Laptop Go 2 is a budget laptop worth considering if you can live with its flaws.”

Well, there it is. The 8GB RAM, 128GB model is on sale for $600 at BestBuy ($100 off). If you need a portable mouse to go with it and like the idea of ​​a 3-year protection plan, Microsoft offers all of that for the price of $655.

It's not just a spacious terrace;  it's a massive touchpad.
Enlarge / It’s not just a spacious terrace; it’s a massive touchpad.

Charon Harding

Dell XPS 13 Plus for $1,500 ($1,850) at Best Buy

This revamped version of Dell’s long-running series of ultrabooks made “wild design choices” to support a more powerful 12th Gen Intel processor. If the most important thing to you in a laptop is performance, this laptop can really cook, and it looks and feels slim and sleek. But it gets hot, its keys are tightly spaced, and its port selection is limited.

best buy offers three variants of the XPS 13 Plus on sale: one with 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD for $1,700 ($400 off), 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD (as we reviewed) for $1,500 ($350 off), and if you want to sacrifice an OLED display, an FHD+ model for $1,350 ($300 off).

13.5-inch x360 spectrum from HP.
Enlarge / 13.5-inch x360 spectrum from HP.

Charon Harding

HP Specter x360 13.5″ for $900 ($1,250) at HP

The 13.5 inch Spectrum x360 has “a little something for almost everyone”, we wrote in August. It “scores an A+ in looks and scores high (but not perfectly) in design details.” It wasn’t best in class compared to other ultralights in its price range, but at this price the Specter gets better marks against the Curve.

HP has a model with an i5-1235U CPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD and a 1920×1280 IPS display for $900 ($350 off). You can tweak some of these, including doubling the RAM for just $60 more, on HP’s site.

System76 Lemur Pro.
Enlarge / System76 Lemur Pro.

System76 14-inch Lemur Pro for $1,150 ($1,200 at System76

Linux-focused laptop vendors don’t have huge sales around Black Friday, or usually at all. They have other things to focus on than the scale volume of a container ship. So when System76 drops $50 on its redesigned 14-inch Lemur Pro, the one with 14 hour battery life, it is worth noting. You can choose between Pop! Pre-installed OS and Ubuntu 22.04, plenty of storage and RAM options, and some configurations will get free shipping.

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