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Black Friday 2021 laptop deals: Best prices on MacBooks and more

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Black Friday might be tomorrow but big discounts on laptops are popping up with savings on Apple, Samsung, Dell and more. You’re sure to find some unbelievable doorbuster deals that might draw you in, but most that we’ve seen so far you should probably pass on.  

Right now, you’ll be able to save hundreds on Windows laptops with performance to last you years. These deals include $400 off Lenovo’s premium Yoga 9i two-in-one convertible. You can also save a whopping $500 on Samsung’s sleek Galaxy Pro 360 convertible. There are steep discounts on older Intel-based MacBook Pros — $500 or $600 depending on the model — and the MacBook Air M1 is $150 off. However, if you’re looking for Apple’s latest M1 MacBook Pros for less, the one deal we found — $50 off the base model — is no longer available. 

If you’re due for a laptop upgrade, check out these deals, which are regularly updated as sales expire and new deals emerge.

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We often call the MacBook Air the most universally useful laptop you can buy. The latest version swaps out Intel CPUs with Apple’s own M1 chip, but it’ll be a transparent transition for most. After all, MacBook Air users are usually looking for a sleek, reasonably priced machine that just works. The system is also finally truly fanless, replacing the cooling fans with an aluminum heat spreader inside, as well as taking advantage of the highly efficient M1 chip. For a base price of $999, and often on sale for at least $100 less, it’s a great value, considering these tank-like laptops can last for years. Right now, though, you can get it or the 512GB version for $150 off.

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Dell’s top-end Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 convertible boasts an all-aluminum chassis that’s thinner, lighter and sturdier than the midrange Inspiron 5000, which features metal lids and keyboard decks but flimsy plastic bottom panels. This 13.3-inch model is discounted by $200 and supplies an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 13.3-inch touchscreen features full HD resolution and can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode.

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The GF63 has been around for years but MSI keeps it fresh with updated components. It’s a reliably good entry-level gaming laptop, perfect for someone who is just getting started in PC gaming. With this model from Walmart you get a 10th-gen Intel Core i5-10300H, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 MaxQ discrete graphics, 8GB DDR4 memory, and a 256GB NVMe SSD matched with a 15.6-inch full-HD display. And you’ll be able to open it up and increase memory and storage down the road if your gaming needs outgrow this configuration.  

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Co-engineered by Samsung and Intel, this premium Intel Evo two-in-one boasts a 15.6-inch AMOLED display powered by an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It includes Samsung’s S Pen for drawing and jotting down notes, and the Galaxy Book Pro works seamlessly with Galaxy phones.

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The Dell XPS 13 is an amazing laptop for someone who’s looking for a premium Windows experience on par with what you’d get with a MacBook Air. The starting price usually hovers just below $1,000, but right now you can get it for just $650. This configuration is a notch above the base model with 11th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD for storage — an excellent combo for doing school work or office tasks on the go. Plus, it just looks good.

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Lenovo’s latest premium two-in-one convertible delivers the Intel Evo platform inside a thin yet durable all-metal chassis. This discounted model features an 11th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD. A leather lid helps protect the 14-inch touchscreen, which boasts a 4K resolution and can be tapped and drawn on with the included active pen.

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This Lenovo 13-inch Chromebook two-in-one is a great option if you need a Chromebook for all-day use in a travel-friendly size. It has a full HD display as well as excellent performance and battery life for the money, thanks to an Intel Core i3-10110U processor, 4GB RAM and a 64GB solid-state drive. The Lenovo Flex is not a great Chromebook choice for outdoor use, since the display is pretty dim. For only $316, though, it’s an acceptable sacrifice.  

However, if you can afford a bit more — and you’re a Costco member — this model was updated for 2021 with Intel’s 11th-gen Core i3 processor but still has great battery life at nearly 11 hours. Now called the Lenovo Flex 5i Chromebook, it’s only $350 until Dec. 24. Lenovo also added a privacy shutter on the webcam so you can physically block it when it’s not in use. 

Read our Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook review.

 

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It might not be the latest and greatest MacBook Pro Apple has to offer, but this is still a pretty good deal for what was a top-end MacBook Pro. A couple of 16-inch models are $600 less at the moment including one with a ninth-gen Intel Core i9 CPU, 16GB of memory, 1TB SSD for storage and AMD Radeon Pro 5500M discrete graphics for $2,200

And if you want something smaller, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is $500 off at $1,300 for a Core i5 processor, 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD. 

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The baseline model of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $2,499 and features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512B SSD. The 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display features a 3,456×2,234-pixel resolution. This model in silver is $49 off right now at Amazon. Need more storage space? The 1TB model is also $49 off its $2,699 list price.

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