Black Friday is once again proving itself to be the best time of the year to grab deals on tablets, computers and monitors. And though they were a bit late to the party this year, the gaming vendors have now emerged with deals in hand, and we’ve added a bunch of them to the gaming systems subcategory below. There are already a bunch of worthy discounts available now — and more kicking off over the next few days.
Updated: Deals and availability confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 22.
Every retailer that sells computers — desktops and laptops, Chromebooks and gaming rigs, tablets and convertibles — is looking to clear out inventory before the end of 2018. We’re seeing lots of markdowns on older machines and configurations featuring Intel’s previous seventh-gen processors. That’s not to say that brand-new systems with cutting-edge tech aren’t on sale. They are.
We’re also seeing how increased competition in the tablet market is driving down prices this year. At the high end, the rash of newly announced tablets in October from, and has already yielded one dynamite deal: a brand-new bundled with a Surface Pen and Type Cover keyboard for $800 at Costco (note this deal is still available, but backordered until December). And the appears to be an early favorite this year, available now for $250 — that’s an $80 discount — in multiple stores.
Also, Office Depot appears to be undercutting many other retailers with a handful of superior deals this year. Members of its rewards program will get early access to some of them starting Nov. 21. Plus, the purchase of a computer that costs $300 or more makes you eligible for freebies including Microsoft Office, a SquareTrade protection plan and other tech support services.
As always, remember the caveats. Some of these deals may already be live today, some will launch over the next few days and others won’t start until Black Friday, Nov. 23. In addition:
- Deals and prices have been verified and updated as of Thursday, Nov. 22. Today’s updates include new deals from Apple, Origin PC and Alienware, and updated information about Walmart’s Lenovo Ideapad 330s deal.
- The deals below are available from companies including , , , Dell (and Alienware), HP, , Origin PC, , , and . When more come in, we’ll include them too.
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- We linked to the current listing at the retailer’s website when one was available, but of course sale pricing won’t be available until the respective sales begin.
2018 Apple iPad (gold, 32GB) for $250 ($80 off)
Apple made its entry-level iPad even better with the latest version, released in March. Walmart is currently selling it for $250, which is likely to be the lowest price we’ll see this year. Target also has it for $250, and Best Buy is currently selling it for $260.
Deal available Nov. 22-24.
Surface Pro 6 with Surface Pen and Type Cover for $800 (save $200)
Buried deep in Costco’s extended Black Friday circular is a gem of a bundle: a new Surface Pro 6 with Intel Core i5, Surface Pen and Surface Type Cover for $800. Typically, the complete set would cost more than $1,100.
Note that Best Buy also has a good Surface Pro bundle: You get the newest version of the tablet (albeit with a lesser Core m3 processor and just 128GB of storage) and the keyboard for $600. The pen, which costs $100, is not included. But still — that brings the price of the whole enchilada to $700.
The Costco deal is available now for members through Nov. 26 — though Costco says the product is backordered and not expected to ship until Dec. 5-21……Read more>>