Laptop Mag Black Friday Deals: $559 for HP Pavilion x360

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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.

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. 

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. 

$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. 

Nero 2015 Platinum Video Editor Free After Rebate

Retailer: NewEgg
Regular Price: $129.99
Sale Price: free
Sale Ends: now-November 30, 2015
When Released: September 2014


Why This Is a Good Deal: You read that right – this popular video software package can be had for free. First, ignore the $99.99 price on the page you'll reach from the link above. Use the code EMCKKNS76 by Monday and the price is just $30. Now print out the reprint form and get a $30 prepaid card. See? Free! What do you get for nothing? In addition to Nero's usual editing features, Platinum lets you edit 4K video, burn files straight from your Android or iOS device, convert the edited footage for streaming to iOS or Android devices, use Hollywood-grade font styles and motion text effects for videos, and lots more fun stuff.

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).

$109.99 for a 480GB, SanDisk Ultra II SSD

Retailer: NewEgg
Regular Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $109
Sale Ends: Open Ended
Release Date: August 2014

Why It's a Good Deal: You get triple or quadruple the speed of a mechanical hard drive, without having to break the bank or settle for a low-capacity disk. SanDisk's 2.5-inch Ultra II is not only affordable, but also powerful with estimated sequential read and write rates of 550 and 500 MBps.

$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.

Take $200 of Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro with 32GB, Now $549.99

Retailer: Amazon
Regular Price: $ 749.99
Sale Price: $549.99
Sale Ends: Friday, November 27, 2015
When Released: February 2014



Why This Is a Good Deal: Everyone's talking about Apple's iPad Pro, but Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro is designed for the same tablet-centric professionals. It's got a high-res 2560 x 1600 WQXGA 12.2-inch display, runs Android 4.4 Kit Kat on a 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, includes 32GB of storage plus a microSD card slot and 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras, can support up to four multi-tasking apps/windows, is pre-loaded with Hancom Office and Samsung's e-meeting apps, and includes an S Pen for enhanced navigation and control as well as more precise handwriting and drawing. 

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.

$99.99 for 24-inch, 1080p Samsung Monitor

Retailer: Staples
Regular Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $99.99
Sale Ends: November 25, 2015
When Released: September 2014


Why This Is a Good Deal: Samsung has extended its TV-making expertise to this 24-inch 1920 x 1080 monitor (model LS24D300HL). Not only does it upscale any content to full HD from any device connected to it, but you get Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio technology for real-time picture quality adjustment, and a special Game Mode. You can choose between HDMI or VGA connections, and between three energy-saving settings.

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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