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Black Friday Predictions: Computers & Peripherals

Posted October 1, 2018 by Staff

One of the hottest Black Friday ad items traditionally has been the ultra-cheap laptop. The recent surge in popularity of tablets and phones has somewhat taken sales away from laptops, but the bargain laptop is still the quintessential Black Friday deal.

If you are considering purchasing a laptop on Black Friday this year, we can't stress enough how important it is to decide what features you need and what you will be using the computer for. There will be cheap laptops, but if they don't fit your needs, as good of a deal they may seem on the surface, you will end up disappointed soon after you purchase it.

Questions to consider: what size screen do you need? Is weight an important factor? What about battery life? Some parts of the laptop such as memory can sometimes, but not always, be upgraded later on, but other components such as the screen, battery and processor are usually permanent and can’t be upgraded later on.

Recently we’ve seen great deals on “2-in-1” laptops which can function as both a laptop or a tablet. Many of these have smaller 11” to 13" screens to cut down on weight when used as a tablet. We’ve seen several of these 2-in-1 models which are severely underpowered, with only 2GB of memory in some cases. We expect to see one of these lower end models for as low as $99 on Black Friday this year.

The "classic" Black Friday laptop the last few years has had a 14” or 15" widescreen LCD display, a quad-core processor, 4GB of memory and 500GB hard drive. Laptops like these have been available all year long from retailers such as Best Buy, Dell and Staples for as low as $149. Therefore we predict we'll see this level of laptop in Black Friday ads for around $129 or less this year.

Models with upgraded components should also be very good deals this year. Back-to-school sales were down and that factor, combined with lower prices for the individual components should lead to great bargains this year. Look for a model with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive for around $299, possibly as low as $249.

Desktop computers will continue to sell, however we're reaching the point of diminishing returns as any budget desktop bought last Black Friday will be just as good as most advertised this year. For 99% of daily tasks (internet, e-mail, homework, office work), it doesn't take more than a low-end desktop to handle these tasks.

This year we expect a low-level desktop (Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner) bundled with a 24" LCD monitor to be possibly as low as $229. Upgrade to a faster quad-core Core i7 processor, more RAM, bigger hard drive and a 27" monitor for $100 to $150 more.

View all our predictions for Black Friday 2018 here and be sure to leave your comments below.