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Top Deals on ultrabooks and portable laptops

By Andrei Girbea , updated on June 24, 2017

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the 2016 Holidays Sales are gone now, but I still maintain this post and and add what I consider to be the most interesting deals you’ll find for portable laptops, tablets and accessories these days.

While I’m not as active as during the Sales season, I’m still adding the best offers I can find several times a month. There’s the Update Date at the beginning of the article that should let you know when I made the latest changes.

My plan is to include mostly portable laptops in here, both ultrabooks and other type of compact devices. I’ll also add deals on standard laptops with modern hardware and potent graphics, deals on 2-in-1s with touchscreens, tablets, components and accessories if I spot anything that I personally consider worth buying, but not much else, cause I prefer to focus on these niches that I know and where I can offer you informed recommendations.

Deals of the day!

Ultrabooks and 2-in-1s:

  • the best selling 2-in-1 laptops of the moment – details in here;
  • save big on ultraportables and laptops from MicrosoftStore.com – more details;
  • $100+ OFF the ultra-light LG Gram 13 and 15-inch laptops – details;
  • $100 OFF the HP Envy 13 ultraportable with Kaby Lake hardware – details;
  • good discounts on various configurations of the Dell XPS 13 – details;
  • latest deals on the Microsoft Surface notebook – details;

Other portable laptops:

  • solid deals on Chromebooks, starting at $149 – more details;
  • Save 20% or more on various laptops and ultrabooks – more details;
  • Up to 25% price-cuts on Intel computers – more details;
  • the best affordable 15-incher – Acer Chromebook 15, selling for under $250 – details;
  • $150 OFF the MSI GS43 VR with GTX 1060 graphics (details);
  • only $349 for the Acer Aspire E15 with Core i3 Kaby lake hardware and Full HD screen (TN, not IPS) – details;

Gaming notebooks:

Tablets:

  • good deals on the Microsoft Surface Pro 4;
  • under $450 for the Huawei Matebook tablet with Core M hardware, Windows and digitizer – details;
  • under $450 for the HP Spectre 12 with LTE, digitizer and Core M hardware – details;
  • solid discounts on the Asus Transformer Book 2-in-1 mini laptops – details;

Accesories and parts:

This next part is what remained from the original post on Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers and will be updated as soon as the 2017 offers kick on, at the end of the year.

What happened on Black Friday 2016

Here’s what happened for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2016:

Amazon’s Black Friday campaign started early this year, at the middle of November, and will continue all the way till Christmas Eve. Expect solid discounts on Amazon’s own products (Kindle readers, Echo, Fire tablets), but also up to 59% off various television sets, up to 20% price-cuts on Intel powered ultrabooks and 2-in-1s, some Xbox One bundles and many others. As you know, Amazon offers plenty of other things besides electronics, thus expect major price-cuts on toys, apparel, fashion, house appliances and tool, but also books, movies and other sorts of digital content.

BestBuy (doors open Thursday, 5 pm and online) will give you $250 gift card and a Free Samsugn VR set for every Galaxy S7 and S7 smartphone, $125 off the Apple iPad Pro tablets, $200 off the MacBook Air 13, various deals on television sets ( 55-inch Samsung 4K TV at $489, LG 6-inch 4K at $600 and  Toshiba FHD 49-inch TV at $200), various Dell Inspiron laptops starting at $250 and many of the recently launched games for $29.99. Deals kick off at 5PM on Thursday, with doors closing at 1 AM and then re-opening at 8 AM local time on Friday. Most of them will be available online as well.

Other Best Buy deals on laptops:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Core m3, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD) and Type Cover for $699 (usually around $900)
  • Lenovo Yoga 900 (Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) for 699 (usually around $900)
  • HP Envy x360 (Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) for $699 (usually around $850)
  • $400 OFF Microsoft Surface Books
  • Samsung Chromebook 3 with 4 GB RAM for $139 (usually around $180)
  • Lenovo IdeaPad 100S (Atom, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC) for $99 (usually around $200)
  • Acer R11 Chromebook 2-in-1 for $199 (usually around $250)

Newegg (online) will offer discounts on what they know best: computer parts and laptops. Expect SSDs for as low as $49.99, $50 to $150 off the latest Nvidia graphics cards and sales on MSI, Gigabyte, Asus and many other notebooks. I’ve also spotted some monitors in their ad and some interesting TVs. Don’t forget most of you will probably not have to pay taxes for what you’re buying from Newegg, which is a major reason to look at their offer.

Other Newegg deals on laptops:

  • Asus K501UW (Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Nvidia GTX 960M) for $719 (usually around $900)
  • Gigabyte P55W v6 (Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Nvidia GTX 1060) for $1149 (usually around $1500)
  • HP 250 G5 (Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) for $419 (usually around $600)
  • Lenovo THinkpad Yoga 12 (Core i7, 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) for $499 (usually around $600)

Microsoft’s Store (online) will offer $100 to $200 OFF the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, various discounts on several ultrabooks and 2-in-1s, as well as discounts on several Xbox One bundles, controllers and a large collection of Xbox games. Sales kick off on the 24th.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) and Type Cover for $999 (usually around $1350)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD) for $799 (usually around $1000)
  • Alienware 15 Touch (Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD, Nvidia GTX 970M) for $1499 (usually around $1800)
  • Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 (Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) for $499 (usually around $750)

Dell (online) will offer the 11-inch Inspiron 11 3000 for $99 and an Xbox One with 2 controllers and 2 games for $249 as doorbusters, among others. Their ad also mentions discounts on monitors and TV sets (Samsung 55-inch 4K for $599 and an extra $150 gift card), plus various discounts on their Inspiron, XPS and Alienware notebooks (Inspiron 15 3000 for $350 with Core i3, Inspiron 11 300 for $300 with Core m3, $200 off the Alienware 15 with GTX 1060 graphics. The sales are expected to kick off at 6 PM EST on Thanksgiving on Dell’s website and will only be available in limited quantities.

Staples (doors open Friday, 6 am and online) offer includes a bunch of different HP and Dell laptops with Core i3 and i5 processors selling for between $230 and $500, decent offers for those of you looking for an inexpensive all-rounder. I also noticed a $99 Samsung Tab 7 tablet, a $25 Chromecast, a $800 Surface Pro 4 with Core i5 hardware, plus a multitude if printers, monitors and computer chairs.

Other Staples deals on laptops:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD) for $799 (usually around $1000)
  • Lenovo Flex 4 14-inch (Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) for $499 (usually around $700)
  • HP Pavilion 15 (Core i5, 12 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) for $499 (usually around $700)
  • HP Pavilion 15 (Core i3, 6 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) for $299 (usually around $450)
  • Dell Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1 (Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) for $449 (usually around $550)

Target’s (doors open Friday, 6 am and online) Black Friday ad mentions a $40 Gift Card when you buy a discounted Xbox One S ($500 off), a 50 inch 4K TV for $249 and a $40 discount on the Fitbit Charge HR.  The ad mentions a bunch of other products, from electronics (25% off the Fire TV, Beats Solo Wireless headphones with a $180 discount, multiple TV sets, $50 off the Sonos Play:1, $70 to $150 discounts on iPads, $150 to $200 on Dyson vacuums), to toys and apparel. Doors will open at 6AM local time on Friday, but some deals will be available from Thursday and some will also be available online.

WAL-MART (doors open Thursday, 6 pm and online) will debut their Black Friday on Thanksgiving and their ad mentions a $99 iPhone 5s, various TV sets (40-inch from $125, 50-inch from $225, 55-inch for $300), $50 off the PlayStation 4, $25 Chromecast and various deals on other electronics, movies, games and home appliances.

Other Walmart deals on laptops:

  • Samsung Chromebook 3 for $119 (usually around $150)

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at Ultrabookreview.com. I never liked carrying big laptops around and that fueled my passion for mobile computers back in the 2000s. Things have changed much since then, but I'm still interested in the topic and in the meantime I've owned and tested hundreds of thin and lights, so I know a thing or two about them. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.

14 Comments

  1. paul

    December 14, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Thanks for the update, Mike! These deals are definitely a steal!
    Have a Merry Christmas to all the staff of ultrabookreview.com!

  2. Nate

    November 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Andrei, thanks for the articles. Well done.
    Where/when is the Asus T200 for $275 happening?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Hmmm, I think that thing expired, but might be a good idea to keep an eye on Amazon on Friday, it might be one of the Limited Time Deals throughout the day. There are so many things going on now I can’t remember where I found each one of them, sry

  3. Matthew

    February 18, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Lenovo Edge 15

    16GB RAM
    i7-5500U
    15.6inch 1080p Touchscreen
    NVIDIA GeForce 840M 2GB
    1TB HDD + 8GB SSHD

    $1,299.99 –> $999.00 –> $899.00 with online savings and promo code USPE15EUS212

  4. CJ

    February 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Are there any convertibles that have a Broadwell i7, 8GB+ RAM, 256GB+ SSD drive with a digitizer, for under $2k? I’d be willing to go with a 128GB drive if I could swap it out myself for a larger one. I thought that the Fujitsu T935 might be it, until I configured one and realized it would be $2.8k! Thanks!

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 24, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Hmmm, the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G3 might be an option, but I’m not sure it’s within budget either. The 2nd gen Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga is another.

      • CJ

        February 24, 2015 at 1:27 pm

        Thank you! The EliteBook Revolve is one to keep an eye on for release, but I’m a bit underwhelmed at the screen resolution (I know that wasn’t a requirement that I listed). Isn’t the 2nd gen Yoga based on the Haswell processor? Hopefully there will be some more options in the near future based on the Broadwell processor- Surface Pro 4, XPS 12 (if they add an active digitizer), etc.

        • Andrei Girbea

          February 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm

          The latest ThinkPad Yoga is based on Broadwell. Could be the 3rd gen, not the second, I can’t remember out of the top of my head and I’m on my phone now, can’t check. And yes, the Surface Pro 4 could be interesting, but I wonder if Microsoft will release it with Broadwell or just wait for Skyline instead.

  5. Hans

    November 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for this informative article! I was wondering though, do you think the new Lenovo yoga 900 will go on sale on Cyber Monday even though it hasn’t gone on sale on Black Friday and it was just released a few weeks ago? I know you’re not a mind reader but do you know if Lenovo (Or Best Buy because those are the two vendors that sell the 900) have historically posted sales on Cyber Monday that they have not posted on Black Friday (For example did the Yoga 3 Pro go on sale last Cyber Monday right after it was released)? If not, I think I will just buy the Yoga 900 open box from Best Buy for 1079$; I just can’t stand how slow my Yoga 3 Pro is with the core M right now. Any insight from anyone would be much appreciated, thank you guys!

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 28, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Hmmm, I wouldn’t hold me breath for it. The Yoga 900 is a brand new laptop, if it’s already selling well I don’t think they’ll discount it by much. Keep your eyes peeled though, maybe BestBuy will have some good offers.

  6. Martina

    January 5, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Dear Andrei, I’m “new” concerning the world of portable laptops, and I appreciate very much your work. Reading your articles, reviews and suggestions was very helpfull.
    I would like to buy a new portable laptop (I’m still working with a quite old Acer Aspire 5633WLMi)! I’m looking for a device that should be less then 2kg, possibly 14″, at least with 8GB of RAM, battery-life more than 5h, maybe i5 or i7 and with a price of maximum 900€.
    I looked several options from the one you suggested in your articles, but, I’m still confused and unsure on what to buy. So, i decided to ask you a personal help.
    I use the pc for work, so arond 6/8 hours daily. My main activities are related to the use of the Microsoft Office package and for some dedicated software (no graphic), e-mails and internet. I also travel quite a lot.

    Do you have some suggestion for my “unresolved” case? :)
    Thank you very much in advance!

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