Black Friday Weekend Deals: $794 for ThinkPad T450s

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Isn't Black Friday weekend fun? Since everyone wants to sell you essentially the same stuff, you benefit from the can-you-top-this pricing competition. All you have to do is put up with hoards of fellow bargain hunters pushing and shoving their way to the gear you had your eye on. Or, stay home and shop online and let us find you the best deals. We've burned some midnight oil to find some bona fide Black Friday gadget deals.

$429 for 15.6-inch Acer Aspire E5-573G-52G3 Laptop w/ 1080p and Nvidia Graphics

Retailer: NewEgg
Regular Price: $599.99
Sale Price: $429.99
Sale Ends: November 28
When Released: August 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: Are you kidding? For under $450, you get a 15-inch laptop with several high-end features usually reserved for systems that are hundreds of dollars more expensive. The Acer Aspire E5-573G-52G3 provides a sharp, 1080p screen  and Nvidia GT940M graphics, which together with the Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, should be great for multimedia and adequate for playing most mainstream PC games. In this price range, you're usually lucky to get a Core i5 processor with integrated graphics and a 1366 x 768 display.

$299 for Dell Venue 8 7000 Android Tablet

Retailer: Dell
Regular Price: $349
Sale Price: $299
When Released: January 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: Our favorite Android tablet just fell below the $300 mark. We love the Venue 8 7000 for its eye-popping 2560 x 1600 display, gorgeous gunmetal gray chassis and nearly 10 hours of battery life. A RealSense camera on the back lets  you measure objects just by taking their pictures.

Lenovo ThinkPad T450s

Retailer: Lenovo
Regular Price: $953
Sale Price: $794.25
Sales Ends: Open Ended
When Released: March 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: The ThinkPad T450s is our favorite business and productivity laptop, because of its best-in-class keyboard, colorful display, strong performance and over 15 hours of battery life. We recommend spending a little extra to configure your T450s with a 1080p display, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and an extended battery. 

$315 for Asus F554LA-NH51 15-inch, Core i5 Laptop

Retailer: NewEgg
Regular Price: $499.99
Sale Price: $339 (use coupon code VCOBF15 for another $24 off)
Sale Ends: November 29th
When Released: June 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: You get mainstream laptop specs for a bargain-basement price. This 15.6-inch laptop has a Intel 5th Gen Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard dive and a DVD burner. 

HP Pavilion x360 w/ 128GB SSD for $559.99

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $719.99
Sale Price: $559.99
When Released: September 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: HP gives you a whole lot of 2-in-1 goodness for a very affordable price. This 13-inch, 3.8-pound laptop bends back 360 degrees to go into tent mode, stand mode or tablet mode. A sharp, 1920 x 1080 display makes the x360 a great entertainment or productivity system while its 2.3-GHz Intel 6th Gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD provide plenty of pop. 

$180 for Dell Inspiron Windows 10 Laptop

Retailer: Staples
Regular Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $179.99
Sale Ends: November 28, 2015
When Released: September 2015

Why This Is a Good Deal:  While not exactly bleeding edge or super-powerful, this Dell Inspiron (model i3452-5600BLK) is still a functional computing machine – 14-inch 1366 x 768 display, a 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, integrated speakers, 3-in-1 media card reader and a USB 3.0 jack. 

$649 for Lenovo Ideapad 500 with Core i7

Retailer: Lenovo
Regular Price: $999
Sale Price: $649.99
When Released: September 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: This 15.6-inch laptop makes a great family or dorm-room PC with its sharp 1920 x 1080 display and blazing fast Intel 6th Gen Core i7 CPU. The sale configuration also includes 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and DVD burner.

40% of Fugoo Style Bluetooth Speaker

Retailer: Herman Street
Regular Price: $225.99
Sale Price: $134.99
Sale Ends: Black Friday-December 4, 2015
When Released: April 2014


Why This Is a Good Deal: We love Fugoo Style's compact, lightweight (1.1 pounds) waterproof Bluetooth speaker. In our review, we opined that "[n]o other portable Bluetooth speaker that costs $200 can match the Fugoo's combination of sound quality, battery life and waterproofing. In fact, few devices that cost $300 can match the Fugoo's audio performance." Not only does it sound great, but no harm will come to it if it's accidentally knocked into the pool or has a drink spilled on it, it doubles as a smartphone speakerphone and lasts an impressive 40 hours on a full charge. Herman Street also is offering the best deals on the Fugoo variations: $149.99 for the Sport (regularly $219.99) and $169.99 for the Tough (regularly $249.99).

$39.99 for PaintShop Pro X8

Retailer: Herman St.
Regular Price: $79.99
Sale Price: $39.99
Sale Ends: Open Ended
When Released: August 2015

Why It's a Good Deal: Normally double this price, Corel's Paintshop Pro X8 is one of the best consumer image editing applications on the market, and now also one of the most affordable. Organize and tag all your photos, retouch them, add special effects and even remove the background behind people and objects.

Save $100 on Toshiba's 15.6-inch Satellite Radius 5-Way Touchscreen Laptop

Retailer: Best Buy
Regular Price: $749.99
Sale Price: $649.99
Sales Ends: Open Ended
When Released: August 2014



Why This Is a Good Deal: In our original review of this laptop (model P55W), we happily reported that "Toshiba has a winner on its hands... This attractive multimedia notebook gives solid performance and can go from work to play and back again with the flip of a hinge." More specifically, you get a five-way Windows 10 touchscreen portable – laptop, tablet, tabletop, tent presentation, and audience – all enabled by the 360-degree hinge. Inside is a 5th generation Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, Bluetooth 4.1, Harman Kardon speakers and nearly 7 hours of battery life. Along with the 15.6-inch 1920 x 108o full HD display, you also get an HDMI output and Wi-Di wireless display capabilities so you can hook the laptop up to a standard HD or 4K TV for movie-watching and presentation-presenting. The bad news – it's weighs nearly 5 pounds and there's no built-in DVD/CD drive.

Shave $60 From Seagate Backup Plus 5TB Desktop Hard Drive, $119.99

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $179.99
Sale Price: $114.99
Sale Ends: December 5, 2015
When Released: March 2014

Why This Is a Good Deal: Expand your desktop storage by 5TB with this USB 3.0 external hard drive for around the same price you'd normally pay for a 1TB drive. But not only do you get lots more memory but also, the drive comes with 200GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for two years, a $95 value, and the photo/video backup Lyve app.

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  • someone Says:

    Hi Avram.
    May I ask why you are not recommending the thinkpad T540p?

  • sharon Says:

    Need a laptop with great speed .windows 7 or 8 . CD and DVD burner .great memory. Great battery life. Another stuff must be inexpensive. Need a list please.

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