Black Friday 2015: Laptops as Low as $100, and Fierce Price Competition at Every Level

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Bargain laptops will drop to eye-popping prices of $99 to $149, predicts Dealnews.com, but even souped-up models will be unbelievably cheap this year.

If you’re looking for a laptop deal on Black Friday, you’ll have a lot of savings to compute, says DealNews.com.

Laptop sales are down, and retailers are pricing them aggressively, says the bargain scouring site and Money Talks News partner.

“There will be price points for every budget, with deep discounts on most laptop models,” it says, predicting discounts as good or better than steep discounts offered in 2014.

The extreme budget buy, if you’re not looking for a lot of computing power, will be $99, DealNews predicts. That might get you something with an 11-inch screen and just enough guts to let you check email and surf the Web.

For just $149, bargain laptops will come with 15-inch screens, an Intel dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM, suitable for casual use, DealNews says.

The best Black Friday value at $300, DealNews predicts, will be a mainstream laptop with a 15-inch screen, a minimum of 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and an Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor, one of the best CPUs available. You should easily get two years of use out of it if properly maintained, it says.

If you need a good gaming laptop, don’t hesitate on anything priced less than $699, DealNews says. That’s the modest bargain price it expects for a laptop with a 15-inch, 1080p screen, at least 8GB of RAM, a quad-core Core i7 Haswell CPU and a dedicated video card. Such systems were averaging $727 ahead of holiday season sales, it says.

Pricing for highly coveted ultra-portable laptops are tougher to predict, says DealNews. Generally described as laptops with screen sizes of less than 14 inches and weight under 4 pounds, ultra-portables balance portability and performance. DealNews expects price cuts of up to 30 percent for Black Friday. That would mean an ultra-portable regularly priced at $800 marked down to $560.

As Black Friday approaches, save top dollar:

  • We’ll offer more information on specific stores for the best deals. So if you’re not already getting our updates, subscribe now.
  • Remember when shopping online to always start with a rebate site. They can automatically earn you 3 to 15 percent. Our favorite is Ebates. Click the link, create a free account, get money back whenever you buy online.
  • And, don’t forget to explore Amazon.com for their Black Friday deals.

What’s your plan for shopping on and around Black Friday? Share with us in comments or on our Facebook page.

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