June 23, 2022

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43 Best Black Friday Laptop Deals and Home Office Deals (2021)

If you’re lucky enough to work from home, this Black Friday is a good time to grab some new gear. Whether you need a new laptop, monitor, keyboard, or desk, there’s plenty on sale, and we sifted through them all to find the very best discounts. 

Updated November 27: We’ve added several new deals such as the MacBook Air and Surface Laptop 4, plus made some pricing changes.

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We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products marked (Sold Out) are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing. We’ll update this guide throughout Black Friday weekend.

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First, Look for These Specs in a PC

For general use, try to get a laptop with at least a 9th-generation Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage (preferably a solid-state drive, also called SSD), and at least a 13-inch display that’s close to HD (1080p). For gaming, video editing, or other power-hungry tasks, aim for a 10th- or 11th-generation Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 Series 5 processor with 16 gigs of RAM and a dedicated graphics card by Nvidia or AMD. Our guide on buying a laptop has more tips you should know as you shop.

Be sure to read our guide to the Best Laptops, Best Cheap Laptops, Best MacBooks, Best Chromebooks, and Best Surface PCs for more recommendations.

Laptop Deals

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the market for an all-powerful video editing machine, a tricked-out gaming rig, or a budget Chromebook—there’s a deal out there for everyone. 

Dell XPS 13

Photograph: Dell

Dell’s XPS 13 is one of the best 13-inch laptops on the market. It’s lightweight, small, and plenty powerful. This is the base model, with an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 chip, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-GB SSD. That’s plenty of power for most tasks, and it ships with Windows 11 Home. The only slight downside is the screen: This model has a 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution, which is nice and bright, but not quite as nice as the OLED and 4K XPS laptops (which are not on sale).

The Lenovo Yoga i9 has dipped to this price before, so this deal isn’t rare, but it’s still a good price for a high-end laptop. It’s a thin, light, 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop. This model has a nice 4K HDR touchscreen, with an Intel Evo Core i7 chip, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB SSD. It ships with Windows 11 Home and will handle the average PC workload without breaking a sweat. Just know that the integrated graphics aren’t good enough for gaming.

This light laptop is one of our favorites. The 11th-generation Intel Core i7 chip offers great performance and long battery life. This version has 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 1-terabyte drive, which should be up to just about everything you can throw at it. You also get a lot of ports—HDMI, two USB-A ports, and a USB-C (Thunderbolt 4 capable, and can double as a charging port). There’s also a headphone jack!

MacBook Air.

Photograph: Apple 

This deal is just $50 higher than the best price we’ve seen on our favorite MacBook. You get powerful performance, all-day battery life, and total silence thanks to the fanless design. Be sure to have a look at our MacBook buying guide to see which model is right for you.

This laptop from Razer packs a respectable 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512 gigabyte SSD. But its most striking feature is the vibrant 4K touchscreen display. The bezels surrounding this screen are thin enough to occasionally forget they’re even there.

HP’s Spectre x360 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has been a perennial favorite of ours. It’s a great looking laptop, and the specs on this 14-inch model make it plenty for most people. You get an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512-gigabyte SSD. For another $90 you can up the RAM to 16 gigabytes, which is well worth it since the RAM here is soldered to the board.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

Photograph: Samsung

Best Buy, Samsung

Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the nicest Chromebooks on the market. It’s got a solid, lightweight aluminum body with a build quality that surpasses many pricier laptops I’ve tested. The bright, color-rich screen isn’t quite as nice as the original 4K model, but it’s still far better than most Chromebooks. The original Galaxy Chromebook is also on sale for $599 ($100 off). It has impressive specs, but the battery life isn’t very good.

Amazon, Best Buy ($749)

This deal started back in October, but it’s still a pretty good one. Once upon a time, this was the nicest Chromebook on the market. These days that prize would probably go to the Galaxy Chromebook above, but this is still a solid machine, especially the Core i5 model on sale here.

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