We've seen a huge influx of users looking for info about all of the Black Friday notebook deals and wanted to answer some common questions. Here's a list of 12 things to consider before rushing into a big-box retailer and snatching the lowest-priced notebook you can find.
Apple will celebrate Black Friday with discounts and giveaways at its retail locations and online at Apple.com. Apple hasn't announced their Black Friday specials yet, but don't expect half-priced iPods or MacBooks.
Several Best Buy Black Friday deals are now available to order online. The doorbusters (like the $229 Toshiba laptop) will not be available online, but there are several accessories you can order starting Thanksgiving morning.
American Express is getting ready to kick off it's 'My Wishlist' holday promotion and will sell the Dell XPS M1330 notebook for $900. The American Express 'My Wishlist' is an annual promo that lets AMEX cardholders 'buy' a very limited number of items for 25% to 100% off.
Comparison shopping for notebooks can be frustrating. Model numbers are long and don't make a whole lot of sense. I work with these numbers on a daily basis and they continue to overwhelm me. Here's a brief guide to decoding some of the popular models being sold on Black Friday.
Circuit City will sell the Toshiba Satellite A215-S7413 for $699.99 the day after Thanksgiving. This holiday special includes a $150 mail in rebate and $150 in-store discount. The A215-S7413 comes with an AMD Athlon processor, 1GB of RAM and 120GB hard drive.
CompUSA is discounting the Sony VAIO VGN-NR140E/S to $549.99 on Black Friday, a $250 discount. The NR140E/S is a retail version of the VAIO NR series, which is the cheapest line of notebooks Sony's ever produced.
CompUSA will discount the HP Pavilion HDX9010NR to $2,599 on Black Friday. While this is $400 off MSRP, the HDX9010NR is readily available for $2,699 at CompUSA and other retailers, making the real Black Friday discount worth only $100.