I feel you, dear US readers. We’ve told you about the ASUS Vivobook earlier as a good offer for UK readers, but I’m not gonna leave you out, my American friends, because I care about you. And you can rejoice now, as I’ve spotted what we in the UK would call a proper Obie Trice (google it) deal on a good affordable Lenovo laptop at Walmart. The Lenovo Ideapad 5i is $130 off, now $369 (was $499) (opens in new tab). This Walmart offer beats Lenovo’s own by a full dollar (it all counts!) and turns a decent midrange laptop into a great budget laptop. It comes with a 14-inch Full HD screen, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD to keep things running nice and smooth for remote workers or hard-working students.
If you have ten clumsy thumbs like me, you won’t be a fan of most native laptop keyboards, so you will prefer an external keyboard hooked up to your computer. And while my favorite keyboard, the Corsair K100 Air, isn’t discounted this Black Friday, the Corsair K55 RGB Pro XT, also a really good mechanical keyboard, is a big £25 off on Corsair’s website this Black Friday weekend, now £49.99 (was £74.99) (opens in new tab). This keyboard, while billed as a gaming keyboard, works really well for creative professionals and enthusiasts with its customizable keys and mechanical switches (as opposed to resistance-free membrane keyboards), and they don’t come much better than Corsair, who have a very decent range of keyboards, mice and accessories available during their Corsair Black Friday sales event (opens in new tab).
Look, we all want the big fancy expensive laptops, but we don’t all (1) have the money for one, and/or (2) actually need one. If you’re looking for a nice, affordable laptop for your general work-from-home tasks, or a student laptop that won’t fall apart midway through a lecture in two months, John Lewis is offering the midrange ASUS Vivobook 15 for budget laptop money right now, down to £369.99 (was £599.99) (opens in new tab). That’s a good 38% discount for a very reliable machine, which comes with a Full HD 15.6-inch screen, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD (which makes it work much faster than any equivalent laptop with an HDD). It’s a really good price from a very reliable laptop maker.
(opens in new tab)
If you’re after a laptop that will fulfill your every day needs – surfing the web, watching movies, etc, this Dell Inspiron is a great choice. With a 15.6-inch screen, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD and Windows 11 Home, this nifty little machine is excellent value at its retail price of £579. And right now you can get a further £80 off this Dell Inspiron laptop at Amazon, taking it down to just £499 (opens in new tab)making it a total bargain.
We’ve told you about the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 earlier, but there’s also a generous discount on it Surface Laptop Studio on Amazon, now £1,199 (was £1,449) (opens in new tab). It’s not as big a discount as on the 4, but it’s a newer model so that’s understandable. The model on offer has an Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, and this is very close to the lowest-ever price we’ve seen for it.
We’ve found a very decent discount on a very decent 2-in-1, as the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 is £400 off at Currys, now £599 (was £999) (opens in new tab). It’s got 8GB of RAM, Full HD AMOLED touchscreen and an Intel Core i5 processor, and it comes with a stylus included, so it could be a good midrange option for budding designers who want a tablet and laptop all in one.
It’s starting to look a lot like… a Razer Black Friday, actually. Razer has entered the Black Friday deals extravaganza with a vengeance, where interested US shoppers can score the Razer Blade 17 for $1,899.99, down $600 from $2,499.99 (opens in new tab). Being an ace gaming laptop, of course, it’s also a great tool for creative pros, with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, the powerful 11th Gen Intel 8-Core i7 CPU powering a large 17.3″ FHD 360Hz screen, and supported by 16GB RAM and a 1TB SSD making photo and video-editing work look easy. There’s even an SD card reader for photographers, making an external dock unnecessary. This laptop did go down to $1,699.99 very briefly in August, so we’ll let you know if the price for this one drops further.
SLIGHTLY LESS LIMITED STOCK DELL UPDATE: If you have tried and failed to get the Dell laptop of your choice on Amazon, there’s slightly more selection (and sometimes far bigger discounts) on Dell’s own site. This includes £700 off the super-powerful Dell XPS 17 (
£2,698.99 now £1,998.99) (opens in new tab) at the top end, and an almost-half off the budget-friendly Dell Inspiron 15 ( £329 now £189) (opens in new tab).
Now that the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 is out, the Surface Laptop 4 is being given a very healthy discount. But as it’s still a very capable machine (read our review (opens in new tab) if you don’t believe me), we can definitely still recommend it. Especially now that this high-spec variant is being given over £480 off the RRP, now £1,167.97 (was £1,649) (opens in new tab). This Surface Laptop 4 comes with an Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, along with excellent battery life and a nice, sharp screen. This is the best price this laptop has ever been as far as we know, so if you’re in the market for a very good Surface laptop, you can celebrate Black Friday early.
Time for a LIMITED STOCK update. I know many of you are looking for Dell XPS laptops right now as they are both capable creative and gaming machines. Unfortunately, Dell doesn’t seem too well stocked in the UK at the moment, with many models sold out, but there are good offers to be had on the ones that still remain. There’s up to £350 off on Amazon right now (opens in new tab)with the biggest discount seen on the Dell XPS 15, now £2,449 (was £2,799) (opens in new tab). That’s also the best price we’ve seen this laptop go for, but there’s only 12 left in stock at the time of writing…
LIGHT THE GAMING LAPTOP BLACK FRIDAY DEAL BEACONS.
ASUS makes some good gaming laptops. One of the rather more impressive ones is the popular ASUS ROG Strix G15, which has a 300Hz Full HD screen, the lightning-fast NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB DDR5 RAM, and 512GB SSD, all running on the battery-life-friendly Intel Core i9 12900H processor. It’s currently $200 off on Amazon US, now $1,599.99, down from $1,799.99 (opens in new tab). Like most good gaming laptops, this one is a great option for ambitious creatives, thanks to the fast graphics card and ample RAM. This is close to, but not quite, the lowest price we’ve recorded for this laptop, so we’ll be sure to let you know if this one goes any lower over the weekend.
One of the best places for early Apple Black Friday deals on Apple products this morning seems to be B&H Photo & Video (opens in new tab), where you can find MacBooks for up to $500 off. One of these offers is on the popular MacBook Air (M1, 2020), and the Gold model is $250 off right now, down to $999 (was $1,249) (opens in new tab). The MacBook Air is a sleek and powerful laptop, and I personally love the Gold one, so if you don’t mind the little extra attention you’ll get, this is a very nice deal to go for.
Dear UK readers, the skies may be gray and dull, but this early Black Friday deal from Currys is hot and shiny! ASUS Zenbooks have become one of creatives’ laptops of choice, thanks to their excellent OLED screens and outstanding processing power. And now the Zenbook Pro 14 Duo is a cool £500 off at Currys, now £1,499, down from £1,999 (opens in new tab). It’s one of our favorite pro laptops, and even though the graphics card is ‘only’ an Intel Iris Xe, it’s still a fantastic piece of kit, so if you’re in the market for a laptop with a pin-sharp 2.8K OLED screen with great color coverage, you could do a lot worse this Black Friday.
Hi, it’s Reviews Editor Erlingur here. I’ll be accompanying you today on Creative Bloq’s Black Friday laptop deals live blog. Even though Friday hasn’t arrived yet, we’re already seeing a lot of offers live both in the UK and US, and will be doing our best to keep track of the best deals on the best laptops out there all across the weekend. ..
The first one will be a big get for creative professionals in the US looking for a graphic design or video-editing powerhouse, as the MSI Creator 17 is a massive $800 off, from $2,349 down to $1,549 (opens in new tab). This laptop boasts 100% AdobeRGB color coverage, and is equipped with an Intel Core i7-11800H processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB NVME SSD, and has Thunderbolt 4 ports for fast data transfer, something you ‘ll need if you’re editing 8K HDR video. This is the lowest price we’ve ever recorded for the MSI Creator 17, so we can definitely recommend this deal.