Cyber Monday 2019: Top Best Buy deals

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Best Buy’s Black Friday ad is always one of the most anticipated of the holiday shopping season, and one pleasant surprise with its release this year is that many of the deals are already available, a sign that online shopping continues to erode the “magic” of Black Fridays past when people trampled each other to get to doorbuster specials before they ran out. We’ve covered Best Buy’s Black Friday Apple deals elsewhere, but below are a number of other sales that caught our eye.

Cyber Monday 2019: Best Best Buy deals

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HP 14-DB0023DX Chromebook Laptop for $119.99

Best Buy sold a Samsung Chromebook for $90 on Black Friday, but this pricier Cyber Monday special might be a better deal. It has a bigger 14-inch display, uses a better processor (AMD A4), and offers more RAM (4GB) and storage (32GB) for just $30 more.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S145 Laptop for $179.99

Best Buy has a fewer sub-$200 Windows laptop Cyber Monday deals, but this one gives you much more storage and a bigger display for just a smidge more money. Specifically, you get a 500GB hard drive instead of a 64GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch dscreen instead of a 14-inch or 11.6-inch one. This IdeaPad S145 also features an AMD A6 processor and 4 gigs of RAM.  

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Microsoft Surface Go for $299

If you really want to get a Surface device, this is about the cheapest way to get a new one. Granted, the Go is the least powerful Microsoft tablet, and this deal doesn’t include any accessories that could aid productivity. Nonetheless, you still get a 10-inch 1,800×1,200 touchscreen, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, and an Intel Pentium Gold 4415 Y processor for under $300.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Laptop for $1,099.99

If you’d rather save money than get a gift card, Best Buy’s a better place to grab this base MacBook Pro than an Apple Store. You’ll get the latest version — Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, 13-inch Retina display with Touch Bar — for nearly $200 less than purchasing it directly through Apple.

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CyberPowerPC Gamer Master Gaming Desktop for $479.99

A gaming PC for under $500? It might not be the most powerful — the AMD Ryzen 3 2300X processor may be minimally viable — but you also get Radeon RX graphics, 8GB of RAM, and both a terabyte hard drive and 240GB SSD. AMD even throws in three free months of Xbox Game Pass for PC to seal the deal.

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Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop for $549.99

This Cyber Monday deal has everything a gamer on a budget is looking for. It features an Intel i5-9300H quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, a speedy 256GB solid-state drive, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. A full HD 15.6-inch display rounds things out on a system that still manages to weigh under 5 pounds.

More Office Depot and OfficeMax Black Friday 2019 deals

As always, Dell has plenty of other deals as part of its Black Friday promotion in addition to the ones highlighted above. Here are several other specials.

  • Acer CB3-532-108H Chromebook (Intel Atom x5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB SSD, 15.6-inch screen) for $159 off)
  • Dell i3583 Inspiron Laptop (Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, 15.6-inch display) for $299.99
  • Lenovo 510A-15ICB Desktop (Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive) for $369.99
  • Acer Spin 11 2-in-1 Laptop (Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, 11.6-inch touchscreen display) for $219
  • Dell Inspiron All-in-One Desktop (AMD A9 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 23.8-inch touchscreen display) for $499.99
  • HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, 15.6-inch full HD display) for $499.99

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Cyber Monday 2019: Best Office Depot and OfficeMax deals

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The Cyber Monday ad for these merged office superstore chains doesn’t offer as many deals on laptops and desktops as their Black Friday ad, which is not entirely surprising given their continued (if shrinking) brick-and-mortar presence. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of specials available from Office Depot and OfficeMax if you didn’t buy a PC over the Black Friday weekend, including these highlights:

Cyber Monday 2019: Best Office Depot and OfficeMax deals

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HP Chromebook 14-db0070nr Touchscreen Laptop for $229.99

No $100 Chromebook deal like Office Depot and OfficeMax promoted on Black Friday, this Cyber Monday special is for buyers who need something bigger than a 11.6-inch screen that the cheapest Chromebooks offer. This HP includes not only a 14-inch display, but also one with touchscreen capabilities. An AMD A4 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage round out this Chromebook’s specs.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 130 Laptop for $249.99

If you prefer a Windows 10 system instead of a Chromebook, this Lenovo deal is only $20 more than the HP one above, but you get a faster processor (AMD A6), more storage (500GB hard drive), and a bigger screen (15.6 inches). You do lose the touchscreen, however, though it may not be as much of a selling point on these conventional clamshell-design notebooks.  

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Dell Inspiron 3475 All-In-One PC for $449.99

Along with the white color scheme, the main selling point for this all-in-one desktop is a large 23.8-inch full HD display. Inside it, you’ll find an AMD A9 processor, 8GB of memory, and a 256GB solid-state drive.  

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Lenovo Flex 15 2-in-1 Laptop for $549.99

If you want a convertible laptop with some power at a decent price, this Lenovo Flex deal features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch full HD touchscreen. Those concerned about security will also appreciate the built-in fingerprint reader and the shutter to close the notebook’s webcam.

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HP Pavilion TP01-0066 Desktop for $549.99

While a little short on storage (just a 256GB SSD), this HP desktop makes up for it with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor and Radeon RX 550 graphics. The tower form factor means there’s room to add more storage if you need it, but it may be harder to replace the processing and graphics power for the price.

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Asus TUF Gaming Laptop for $799.99

This gaming notebook checks all of the boxes for gamers on a budget. This online-only deal comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8 gigs of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive, and a 15.6-inch full HD display. Capping things off is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card to power your gaming on the go.

More Office Depot and OfficeMax Cyber Monday 2019 deals

Didn’t see what you wanted? Here are several more deals on laptops and desktops that might be right for you.

  • HP 14-cf1051od Laptop (Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 14-inch screen) for $429.99
  • Lenovo IdeaCentre A340 All-in-One Desktop (Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, 23.8-inch full HD display) for $549.99
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S340 Laptop (AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 15.6-inch full HD display) for $449.99
  • HP M01-F0016 Desktop (AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD) for $399.99
  • Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Laptop (AMD Ryzen 3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, 15.6-inch display) for $349.99
  • iBuyPower Gaming Desktop (Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics) for $719.99 (online only)

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Best Microsoft Store Black Friday 2019 deals

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While the Microsoft Store hasn’t yet released an actual Black Friday ad (or had one leak), it does have a preview of several deals on its site. 

Also: More Black Friday coverage at CNET

As you might expect, price cuts on the company’s own Surface devices lead the way, along with several sales on Windows laptops. We’ll update this space if new deals emerge, but for the now, here are the highlights Microsoft is touting for Black Friday.

Black Friday 2019: Best Microsoft deals

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Microsoft Surface Go for $299 ($100 off)

The cheapest route to the Surface world, the base model Go is a 10-inch tablet running Windows 10S via an Intel Pentium 4415Y processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid-state drive. Though it’s even cheaper with $100 off for Black Friday, the Surface Go still has premium touches like Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 1,800×1,200 resolution for the touchscreen display.

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Microsoft Platinum Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Bundle for $649 ($230 off)

With this deal, Microsoft matches the Black Friday Best Buy has been advertising on the base Surface Pro 7. It includes an Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and a 12.3-inch 2,736×1,824 touchscreen display, along with a type cover that turns it from a tablet to a convertible laptop.

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HP 15-dy1731ms Laptop for $299 ($190 off)

You can score a 15.6-inch laptop with the latest 10th-generation Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor for under $300 with this deal. It also includes 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive and is set up to run Windows 10 in S mode to extend battery life, though you can convert the full version of Windows 10 for free.

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HP 15-dy1771ms Laptop for $499 ($200 off)

If you need more power than the above HP provides, this deal slashes $200 off the price of a laptop with a 10th-generation Core i7-1065G7 instead of a Core i3 chip. You still get 8GB of memory and a 15.6-inch screen, but the solid-state storage is quadrupled to 512GB.  

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Lenovo Legion Y540 15 Gaming Laptop for $789.99 ($400 off)

It seems like nearly every retailer offering Black Friday deals on PCs has a couple of gaming laptops on sale. In Microsoft’s case, it has a pair that come in under $1,000 for gamers watching their budget. The Lenovo Legion Y540 packs an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, along with a 15.6-inch full HD display and generous storage offerings of both a 512GB SSD and a terabyte hard drive.

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Asus ROG Strix G Gaming Laptop for $899.99 ($300 off)

Your other affordable gaming laptop choice from Microsoft’s Black Friday deals has storage on board (just a 256GB SSD), but it doubles the amount of RAM to 16GB. The Asus otherwise uses the same processor and graphics card, while providing a similarly sized Full HD screen.

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More Microsoft Black Friday 2019 deals

Microsoft has not specified all of its Black Friday specials, including which specific configurations of certain Surface devices will receive savings. Until we know more, here are a few other Black Friday deals Microsoft is promoting:

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Best Newegg Black Friday 2019 deals

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Tech lovers know Newegg as one of the leading online retailers for computers and components, so their Black Friday ad should be of interest to PC buyers. 

Also: More Black Friday coverage

As expected, there are numerous deals on computer parts, but those looking for readymade systems have plenty to choose from as well, as the following Black Friday specials make clear.

When is Newegg’s Black Friday 2019 sale?

Like many retailers, Newegg is offering deals on tech and gadgets throughout the month of November and December, but its official Black Friday 2019 sale does not start until Nov. 25. And it will last until Nov. 30. 

Black Friday 2019: Best Newegg deals

If these deals aren’t yet available, they will be when Newegg’s Black Friday sale goes live.

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Portal Mini from Facebook for $79 ($50 off)

Newegg is slashing $50 off the price of Facebook’s recently released smart device, which combines a camera that can pan and zoom automatically with an 8-inch display to allow you to make video calls via Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is built in to turn this into more than just a glorified webcam, answering voice commands and able to control compatible smart devices around the house.

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Lenovo 100e Chromebook for $100 ($88 off)

Newegg gives us a different sub-$100 Chromebook deal than the Samsung one that we’ve seen from other retailers. The 100e also comes with 4GB of RAM rather than the 2 gigs these other Chromebook specials typically offer, though other specs are comparable (16GB of built-in storage, MTK MT8173C processor, 11.6-inch display).

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ABS Rogue SE Gaming Desktop for $525 ($225 off)

Perfect for a gamer on a budget who doesn’t need a neon light show emanating from every part of their rig, the understated Rogue SE comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 video card provides the graphics punch on the gaming front.

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Acer Aspire 5 Laptop for $600

This Acer notebook is a solid midrange choice, especially at this price. It features an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 8 gigs of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive, and Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics. Throw in a 15.6-inch full HD display, and you have yourself a good deal.  

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Asus GL10CS Gaming Desktop PC for $770 ($220 off)

If you need a little more oomph (and slightly more design flair) from a gaming desktop than the ABS mentioned above, this Asus delivers better specs for not much more than the Rogue SE. It packs a ninth-generation six-core Core i5-9400F instead of an eighth-generation one, and boosts the graphics prowess with a faster GeForce GTX 1660 card while matching the 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD of the ABS.

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MSI GL65 9SC-004 Gaming Laptop for $600 ($199 off)

For those who need to game on the go instead of being tied to their desk, Newegg has this MSI laptop with superior specs for the price. Those include a ninth-generation Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of memory, 512GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, and a 15.6-inch full HD display, all for under $600.

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More Newegg Black Friday 2019 deals

Newegg’s Black Friday deals don’t end with the above specials. There have plenty of other sales in their Black Friday ad, especially if you are in the market for a new gaming PC. Here are several more highlights:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad E495 Laptop (AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 14-inch full HD screen) for $560
  • HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop (AMD Ryzen 5-2400G processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics) for $770
  • Acer Predator Helios Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics) for $1,400
  • SkyTech Gaming Desktop (Intel Core i5-9300H processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, 15.6-inch full HD screen) for $640
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 730S Laptop (Inte; Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3-inch full HD screen) for $750
  • ABS Fort Gaming Desktop (AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and 240GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics) for $1,200

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Samsung re-Arms Galaxy Book S laptop with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip

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Samsung Galaxy Book S

Lost in the hoopla of this week’s Galaxy Note 10 launch was the introduction of another Samsung device: the Galaxy Book S. It’s the latest in the company’s Windows 10 laptop lineup that separates itself from the pack by using Arm processors instead of Intel or AMD chips.

Why go with SOCs that are more common in phones and tablets than high-level notebooks? The recent review of the Galaxy Book 2 from ZDNet’s Chris Duckett provides some of the advantages behind the approach: Battery life borders on the “outrageous,” start-up is quick, and the integrated fingerprint reader is less annoying to use than those of competitors. However, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor also hobbles performance to the extent that you need to rely on Windows 10’s resource-light S mode to get stuff done. (It also didn’t help that it slashed the amount of RAM to 4GB compared to the original Galaxy Books’ 8 gigs.)

Samsung hopes to address some of these deficiencies in the Book S with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8cx Compute Platform, a 7nm system-on-a-chip that boosts performance over its predecessors to the extent that the company has been comparing it to an Intel Core i5-8250U. It retains battery life that can extend over 20 hours while integrating 5G connectivity. It also adds back that missing 4GB of RAM to give the Book S 8 gigs of memory, which should provide a bit of a performance gain. You’ll also have a choice of 256GB of 512GB of built-in storage, with a microSD card slot available if you need further storage capacity.

The Galaxy Book S fits all that into a very thin and light package, no surprise given the emphasis on mobility. It weighs in at 2.11 pounds, with a maximum thickness of just 0.46 inches. Though it features a traditional clamshell design, the laptop does include touchscreen capabilities with its 13.3-inch full HD display. Like its predecessors, it includes a built-in fingerprint reader that supports Windows Hello’s sign-in feature. 

One other way that the Book S hopes to differentiate itself is through its integration with Microsoft’s Your Phone app, which can synch calls, texts, photos, and more between the laptop and the Galaxy Note 10. Microsoft says it worked with Samsung developing the Galaxy Book S, and the Note 10 cellphone will have a Link to Windows 10 button to help establish the connection between devices.

 The Galaxy Book S will begin shipping this fall at a $999 price tag. Let us know in the comments section below if it’s enticing enough to buy right away, or if you’ll wait to see if the 8cx processor actually delivers the performance it promises.

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Best Staples Black Friday 2019 deals

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Like office superstore competitor Office Depot/OfficeMax, Staples has numerous PC deals among its other Black Friday specials. 

It even has some of the same deals that other stores have on offer, such as the base 10.2-inch Apple iPad for $249 and the ubiquitous $29.99 Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 sale. But there are plenty of other Black Friday deals unique to Staples, including our favorites that we’ve highlighted below.

Black Friday 2019: Best Staples deals

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Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop for $299.99 ($170 off)

You usually get a processor with very little power when you spend less than $300 on a laptop, but this Dell Inspiron deal is an exception. You get an Intel Core i3-8145U CPU as well as 16GB of Intel Optane memory to speed up boot times. This Inspiron 15 also comes with 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a 15.6-inch display.

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HP Pavilion 15-cs2064st Laptop for $499.99

This deal is on the front cover of the Staples Black Friday ad for a good reason: This notebook provides an Intel Core i7 processing power for under $500. Specifically, you’ll get the quad-core Core i7-8565U, along with 8GB of RAM, 16GB of Intel Optane memory, and a terabyte hard drive. A full HD 15.6-inch display rounds out the quality specs at an excellent price.

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HP Pavilion 590-p0066 Desktop for $349.99 ($280 off)

Like the Pavilion laptop mentioned above, this Pavilion desktop deal delivers a solid spec sheet for a remarkably low price. The components list is topped by a six-core Core i5-8400 processor, 12GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive, all for $350. You even get a DVD rewritable drive for old time’s sake.

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Lenovo Flex 6 14-inch 2-in-1 Laptop for $499.99 ($210 off)

Office Depot and OfficeMax have a Black Friday deal on a higher-end — and higher-priced — version of this convertible laptop, but if your budget is under $500, you should head to Staples instead. You get a Core i5-8265U CPU rather than the Core i7 of the other deal, but you’ll otherwise get the same 8GB of RAM, 256GB solid-state drive, and 14-inch full HD touchscreen.  

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Dell Inspiron 17 Laptop for $499.99 ($250 off)

While the trend with laptop design is always thinner and lighter, there is still a market for desktop replacement style units with larger screens for those who don’t mind the heft (or don’t plan to carry it around much). Dell has the Inspiron 17 for those people, and Staples has a Black Friday deal to cut the price to just under $500. It features a Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB of RAM, and both a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD, but the major spec for potential purchasers is the 17.3-inch full HD display.

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HP All-in-One 24-f0016 Desktop for $719.99 ($100 off)

We’ve mostly been featuring all-in-one PCs on the lower end of the price spectrum in these Black Friday roundups, but here’s one if you don’t mind spending a little more to get a more powerful system. While the 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive are nothing out of the ordinary, that hard drive is a little faster than what cheaper systems provide (7200rpm versus 5400rpm) and you get much better performance via the Core i5-8250U chip instead of an Intel Pentium or slower AMD processor. The touch-enabled 23.8-inch full HD display rounds out the feature set.

More Staples Black Friday 2019 deals

Didn’t see what you wanted above? Here are a handful of other enticing Black Friday deals Staples is offering.

  • HP 14-cm0065st Laptop — AMD A9-9425 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, 14-inch screen for $229.99 ($160 off)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Laptop — Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, 15.6-inch full HD screen for $349.99 ($160) 
  • HP Pavilion 590-p0070 Desktop — Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive for $659.99 ($150)
  • Dell Inspiron 17 3780 Laptop — Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD, 17.3-inch full HD display for $629.99 ($260)
  • HP Slimline 290-p0046 Desktop — Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive for $369.99 ($100)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S340 Laptop — Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, 15.6-inch full HD screen for $599.99 ($200 off)

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Best BJ’s Wholesale Black Friday 2019 deals

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Like rivals Costco and Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale sells desktops, laptops, and tablets along with 24 packs of paper towels and giant boxes of cereal in its warehouse locations. 

Members won’t see the same number of Black Friday deals on PCs as at other retailers, but several sales could lure potential buyers to a BJ’s store or its website. Here are a half-dozen of the best.

Black Friday 2019: Best BJ’s Wholesale deals

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Apple iPad 10.2-inch 128GB tablet for $349.99 ($50 off)

We’ve seen Best Buy and Target offering the base 64GB model of the latest iPad for $249.99 on Black Friday, and while this deal isn’t quite as good, if you need twice the built-in storage, BJ’s will be taking $50 off this step-up version.

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Samsung Chromebook 4 Laptop for $169.99 ($50 off)

Best Buy is offering Samsung’s Chromebook 3 for $89.99 on Black Friday, but BJ’s has a deal on the refreshed (albeit pricier) Chromebook 4. For the extra money, you get a processor boost (from an Intel Atom x5 to an Intel Celeron 4000) as well as twice the RAM (4GB instead of 2GB) and built-in storage (32GB versus 16GB).

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Lenovo Ideacentre 520 All-In-One Desktop for $399.99 ($150 off)

The Ideacentre 520 provides a full desktop system, including a touchscreen monitor, for a budget price. It’s centered around a stylish 21.5-inch full HD display and is powered by an Intel Pentium processor, 8GB of memory, and a terabyte hard drive.  

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HP 15-dy1076nr Laptop for $399.99 ($200 off)

A solid mid-range laptop at a solid price, the 15-dy1076nr features the latest 10th-generation Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU, as well as 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a 15.6-inch screen. BJ’s also throws in a free year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal to sweeten the deal.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5″ Tablet plus keyboard cover for $499.99 ($200 off)

Nothing’s more annoying than seeing photos of a tablet with a keyboard attached, only to find you have to pay extra to get that keyboard. BJ’s solves that problem with its Galaxy Tab S4 tablet deal: You not only get the Android slate with a 10.5-inch screen and included S Pen digital stylus, but the keyboard cover is included as part of the special. (Note that this deal is only available at BJs.com, not in stores.)

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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop for $999.99 ($500 off)

Even BJ’s is getting into the gaming PC market, slashing a third of the price off Acer’s powerful Predator notebook. It includes an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigs of RAM, a 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics, and a 15.6-inch full HD display.

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Acer intros Nitro 5 gaming laptop, Swift 3 thin-and-light with 2nd-generation AMD Ryzen processors

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Acer Nitro 5

AMD may have rolled out its second-gen Ryzen processors for desktop PCs last August — and it’s already prepping the third generation — but it’s only recently that its latest CPU technology is starting to appear in new laptops. Acer is the latest manufacturer to add the latest Ryzen chips to its notebooks, updating its Nitro 5 gaming laptop along with the thin-and-light Swift 3.

The current Nitro 5 lineup features models with Ryzen 5 2500U processors, but the refreshed versions can be configured with Ryzen 7 3750H CPUs. Like the Ryzen 5 configurations, the new laptops feature Radeon RX 560 graphics and 15.6-inch 1080p full HD displays. Other gamer friendly specs include Acer’s own CoolBoost tech to provide additional cooling performance as needed, as well as its Network Optimizer to clear networking bottlenecks that hinder efficient streaming during game play.

At 3.2 pounds and 0.71 inches thick, the Swift 3 appeals to an entirely different audience: business people looking to travel lightly. As  a result, the latest configurations include Ryzen 3700 processors, which are far less power hungry than the 3750H chip in the Nitro 5. Not surprisingly, they ship with integrated Radeon Vega graphics rather than a discrete card, though Acer says it will offer Radeon 540X as an option. The Swift 3’s exterior has also been upgraded, with the company promising thinner bezels and a 180-degree hinged display.

Acer hasn’t disclosed availability or pricing for the Ryzen 7 Swift 3 and Nitro 5. It’s introducing the laptops in advance of Computex, which begins in Taipei on Tuesday. 

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Alienware redesigns m15, m17 gaming laptops, adds ninth-generation Intel Core processors

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Alienware m15 gaming laptop

Gaming laptops were once barely able to live up to their “laptop” moniker — too big and hot to use on laps and too heavy to be very mobile. Those days are mostly over, however, as technological advances have allowed gaming notebooks to slim down and cool off without sacrificing power.

The latest example of this evolution comes from Alienware, Dell’s longtime gaming brand, which just launched redesigned versions of its m15 and m17 laptops that the company says are its thinnest 15-inch and 17-inch laptops ever. Despite that claim, the new notebooks still pack enough performance punch to keep gamers happy.

While they won’t be confused with a MacBook, the new m15 and m17 have dieted down to to 4.7 pounds and 5.8 pounds, respectively, thanks to a rebuild based on Alienware’s Legend design DNA (first seen earlier this year on its Area 51 laptop). Other design enhancement include a revamped keyboard design and larger glass track pad, plus some intriguing display options. In addition to 144Hz, 240Hz, and OLED screen options, the m15 is the first laptop that can be equipped with Tobii eye-tracking technology, while the m17 is the first that can ship with an Eyesafe display that limit blue light emissions.

The new systems wouldn’t be Alienwares, however, if they didn’t include the latest and greatest internal components, and the m15 and m17 are no exceptions. They can be configured with Intel’s ninth-generation Core processors, along with the latest GPU options from Nvidia — including the new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 cards. Both laptops include either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and to help keep things slimmer, they are only offered with solid-state drives (256GB and up) .To handle the heat version 3.0 of Alienware Cyro-Tech will increase airflow by at least 20 percent more than the last m15 and m17 editions.

The refreshed versions of the m15 and the m17 will become available to order on June 11, with a starting price of $1,499 for a base configuration of either size. 

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HP adds second-gen AMD Ryzen mobile processors options to latest EliteBook 700 G6 business laptops

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HP EliteBook 735 G6 laptop

When we last looked at HP’s EliteBook 700 lineup, our reviewer Sandra Vogel found the EliteBook 745 G5 to be a solid, if flawed, laptop for enterprise workers. It was notable, however, for featuring AMD’s Ryzen processors when most corporate machines relied (and still rely) on Intel inside.

With a pair of new G6 models, HP is doubling down on its Ryzen bet, offering a wide range of processor options, culminating in the quad-core Ryzen 7 3700U with integrated Radeon RX Vega 10 graphics. (Also found on the latest Acer Swift 3 thin-and-light.) That processor has been dubbed the fastest for ultrathin laptops, with the ability to take on Intel’s Core i7 equivalent. And svelte the new EliteBooks are, with the 13.3-inch 735 G6 weighing in at 2.9 pounds and the the 14-inch 745 G6 tipping the scales at 3.3 pounds.

Vogel concluded that the G5’s screen left something to be desired, but it doesn’t look like much was done to address her concerns with the latest G6 models. Though the base configuration comes with a 1,920×1,080 full 1080p HD display, that’s the only resolution option available — no higher resolution choices are offered. The screen includes an anti-reflective coating, but it remains to be seen if it addresses the reflectiveness issues Vogel faced with the G5 display.

HP offers up to 32GB of RAM with the new EliteBook G6 systems, as well as a range of solid-state storage options, up to a terabyte drive with a PCIe 3.0 NVMe interface. For mobile workers who need to be connected even when disconnected from Wi-Fi, the new models can be equipped with an LTE modem to access cellular networks.

The first EliteBook G6 offerings are expected to be available to order later in June. The larger 745 G6 is expected to have a starting price of $929, while the 735 G6 will start at $1,199.

[Via HotHardware]

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