Best Black Friday laptop deals: top 2021 offers on gaming laptops and chromebooks
Finding the best laptop has never been more important, given that more people than ever have started working and studying remotely over the past 18 months. If you need to upgrade a tired piece of tech, the annual Black Friday sale is an excellent time to do so. Good laptops don’t come cheap, but in the Black Friday sales at retailers such as Currys, Amazon, John Lewis and Argos they’re significantly more affordable. The Telegraph is already tracking the best Black Friday deals at all these retailers, along with Very, AO, Appliances Direct and others.
But if you’re specifically looking for a laptop — for work, gaming, or a student laptop to take to lectures — here is where we’ll be curating the very best deals from leading brands (Apple, ASUS, Microsoft and HP, among others) to ensure you find the model that’s right for you. So bookmark this page, and in the meantime read our jargon-free guide to everything you need to know about find the best laptop deal in the Black Friday 2021 sales…
Best Black Friday 2021 laptop deals
The big day isn’t until November 26 but some retailers have already begun their early Black Friday sales. Here’s a selection of the best deals. Check back here to find more as they are announced.
Although Apple doesn’t like (or need) to offer discounts itself, Black Friday is a great time to look for them at retailers like Very – who are already offering a meaty discount on the 2020 MacBook Air, one of the best laptops for everyday use. It’s the thinnest, lightest MacBook yet, with the longest battery life (18 hours) and lightning-fast responses from its new Apple M1 chip.
Powered by Google’s operating system Chrome, this super-lightweight laptop has a 10-hour battery life and built-in antivirus software. The dual speakers, fast two-core Intel Celeron processor and 32GB of memory (plus Google One online storage) make it a great laptop for students.
Powered by the only-just released Windows 11 operating system and the 10th-generation Intel i5 processor this up-to-date PC is light enough to carry around all day but powerful enough for work and home use.
A laptop that flips over to become a tablet is a good choice for many families. This one, running on Google’s Chrome operating system for superfast web surfing, is also light, with a long battery life, making it ideal for working on the go.
Gaming laptops — where speed, processing power and top-end graphics are the holy grail — the can run to the thousands, making this Laptops Direct deal distinctly tempting. The big draws here are the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H central processing unit and the GeForce GTX 1650 graphics processing unit. However, it does not come with Windows installed.
Get eight hours of battery life with this stylishly thin Windows 11 laptop, which means you can work all day without interruptions (with a handy Fast Charge feature for when you do get low on power). Meanwhile, the 11th gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor makes multitasking or running multiple programs easy.
Can’t decide whether to invest in a laptop or a tablet? With the HP ENVY you get both. Use it as a laptop with a proper keyboard, then flip it backwards on its hinge to watch a film or surf the web as you would on a tablet. Even better? It’s currently reduced by £200 for Black Friday.
Save £80 on this sleek and portable laptop from ASUS. It’s light, so is a perfect choice for those who have to travel around with their device for much of the week, but despite its daintiness, it packs in 4 GB of RAM and128 GB of storage.
Make surfing the net and catching up with friends a real joy with the Acer Swift. It’s 4GB of memory makes this a great choice for casual, everyday tasks like checking emails and it’s got bags of storage capacity (128GB to be exact) for keeping favourite photos, music and videos safe.
Those who spend extended hours typing will appreciate the lift hinge design and large click pad on this HP 17 Laptop. It means that typing and scrolling is a lot more natural and comfortable, and should hopefully help prevent pressure on wrists and fingers. Great visuals and long-lasting battery life add to the appeal.
Where to find the best Black Friday laptop deals for 2021
If you want to get in early and beat the rush, identify the ideal laptop for you ahead of time and bookmark the retailers above to be first on the scene if it’s discounted. We will be regularly updating this page with a curated selection of the very best Black Friday laptop deals, so do check back.
How to shop for a laptop during Black Friday 2021
Select an operating system
If you want an operating system that mimics your iPhone, you’ll be looking for an Apple laptop (see: MacBooks). Alternatively, you can keep your eyes peeled for a good Windows laptop; the operating system is more common than MacOS and offers the widest range of program compatibility (especially useful if you’re looking to work on your laptop).
At a lower price point, you could also opt for a Chromebook – a streamlined version of MacOS and Windows that gives you access to much of the same basic functionality (internet, word processing, etc) via Google Chrome apps.
Check the specs
You’ll want to invest in something fit for purpose, remembering everyone’s needs are different. Screen size, weight, memory, graphics capabilities and battery life will affect each laptop’s suitability for you, and you may be willing to make sacrifices on one feature to get a great deal on another. Make sure you read the specs in detail so your purchase meets expectations. If you’re not sure what all the jargon means, here’s a handy reference guide.
RAM: This is your laptop’s memory. 4GB is acceptable as a minimum but 8GB or more is recommended for a high performance model, or one you’ll be using every day.
CPU: The Central Processing Unit is the processor responsible for running the programs on your laptop. Look out for models with multiple ‘cores’, since each CPU core optimises performance; an Intel Core i7 processor is the current standard.
GPU: Here, we’re talking graphics cards – the tiny cards which process visuals. Each GPU is nuanced, so it’s worth researching each specifically to ensure it is powerful enough for your needs. High-end gaming laptops will require something special, like Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon GPUs.
Solid state drive (SSD) versus hard disk drive (HDD): The whirring sound you can hear if you listen carefully to older computers is the hard disk spinning as it accesses the data stored there. Many laptops now instead come with an integrated circuit called an SSD, which is more expensive but performs much faster. HDDs are still the go-to for cost-conscious consumers (everything simply runs a little bit slower).
Resolution: Screen resolution will determine the quality of the things you read and watch. Every display panel is made of pixels and more pixels mean more detail. Look out for a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher. Many brands use additional slang terms like Retina, QHD, and UHD but you’ll want to focus on the numbers themselves to simplify your comparisons.
To touch-screen or not to touch-screen
Many newer Windows laptops come with this handy feature which can offer a lot to younger people, older people, and artistic types. Some touch screen models will be described as ‘2 in 1 laptops’ as they can be used as a laptop or tablet. If you opt for a detachable keyboard, make sure you test it for comfort beforehand.
Popular models like Apple’s MacBook Pros are in high demand throughout the year, so they will be considerably more expensive than non-Apple laptops during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. You can find £100s off of older Windows laptops as retailers hope to replace them with newer stock, but it is rare to see price cuts of more than £200 on Apple laptops.
Choose a price bracket
Once you get to grips with your desired specifications, you need to find the best option within your budget. From Black Fridays past, we expect good netbooks and Chromebook deals available for as little as £100, low to mid-range laptops for £300 or so, and high-end and gaming laptop deals around £600.