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Best Laptop Deals: 5 Editors' Choice Machines for Every Budget and User

This week's best laptop deals feature five Editors' Choice machines for every need and budget. We kick off with a late 2013 15" MacBook Pro Retina that's a current price low by $114. For the board room, we've found all-time price lows on the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix and the Dell Inspiron 3540, while budget shoppers can choose between the ASUS X551MAV or HP 15-f018dx starting at $200.

Best Black Friday Apple Deals: There's Still Time to Save $74 on iPad Mini 3

Apple gets a bad rap for being overpriced, but Black Friday can still work its savings-magic on this popular brand. Unfortunately, these popular offers tend to disappear fast — be ready to grab these gadgets before they're gone! And be sure to check back here often, as we'll be updating this page with all the best Black Friday Apple deals.

Best Black Friday Apple Ads: Cheapest iPhone 6 & MacBook Air Ever, iPad Gift Card Bundles

The Apple Store's Black Friday sale is predictable and disappointing, so we've taken the liberty of rounding up our favorite Apple Black Friday ads to date, whether you're shopping for a MacBook Air or just a cheap iTunes gift card.

Update: Best Black Friday Laptop Ads: $99 Budget Machine and $750 Powerhouse

Laptops are among the most sought-after and heavily-discounted devices on Black Friday. However, this year, laptop deals have been slow to surface, with few head-turning deals. But not all hope is lost. Below we've hand-selected the best Black Friday laptop deals we've seen.

Everything You Need to Get an Amazing Black Friday Apple Deal

Here's you're one-stop destination for all the latest buying guides, news, ads, and any other information you'll need to get the best Apple deal on Black Friday. This is one of the few times of the year Apple products go on sale at both Apple and resellers; so be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly.

Holiday Layaway 2014: Don't Sacrifice Savings for Convenience

It's never too early to start holiday shopping, or so say big retailers like Walmart, Toys "R" Us, and Kmart, which have already rolled out layaway programs to lure in early holiday shoppers. And while layaway may be a good way to stick to a budget, there are some downsides to layaway — including hidden fees and the potential for missed deals.

10 Surprising Things You'll Find on Sale During Black Friday

As Black Friday has grown into a massive promotional season, stores have taken the innate hype as an opportunity to discount even unconventional wares. And as such, you might be pretty surprised to learn what kinds of items you can get on sale during Black Friday. From wine to luxury goods, here are some Black Friday deals that go way beyond the typical electronics.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in November

We finally made it to November, one of the happiest months for budget-conscious shopping. Not surprisingly, many items hit their lowest price points this month around Black Friday. Ultimately though, November isn't the best time to buy everything, so make sure you peruse our buying guide to ensure that you steer clear of the duds this month.

Rumor Roundup: Renee Zellweger? Apple Loyalty Programs? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Renee Zellweger, Mosquitos, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Black Friday Home Goods Predictions for 2014: Fill Your House With Deals

The Black Friday season is an excellent time to score deals on electronics of all kinds, and we're not just talking about TVs and laptops. You'll find everything from large appliances to kitchen electrics to power tools included in Black Friday ads, with doorbuster prices that beat anything we'll see the rest of the year. Read on for our in-depth analysis of the best Black Friday Home Goods deals.

Black Friday Gaming & Toys 2014: You'll Actually Find 'Frozen' Deals!

While TVs and other electronics get all the attention as Black Friday doorbusters, toys and video games have emerged to be a weighty presence during the shopping holiday. If you're a gamer or adult who has kids' toys on the brain, it's a good time to score an Editors' Choice deal. So what prices and sales can you expect to see?

Black Friday Streaming & Blu-ray 2014: 80% Off Popular Movies

With the trend towards cable cutting growing ever stronger, shoppers are increasingly interested in streaming media devices that allow them to cast movies, shows, and general videos to their big-screen TVs. Black Friday will bring a wealth of discounts on the myriad options now available. And for those of you who still prefer having the physical copy in-hand, we're also expecting amazing deals on Blu-ray movies as well.

Black Friday Beauty 2014: BOGO Sales on Steroids

We tend to focus on techy things for the Black Friday predictions, but that doesn't mean the soft goods retailers aren't crushing it, too. For instance, did you know that we see a big surge in beauty and grooming deals around Black Friday?

Black Friday Shoes 2014: Watch Out for Shipping Requirements

Shoe lovers may find themselves doing a bit of gambling on Black Friday — do you buy that coveted pair the minute the price drops, or wait for Cyber Monday and potentially score a better deal? Fortunately for you, we tracked in-store and online shoe sales all the way back to 2011, and we're ready to take the mystery out of your Black Friday shopping with our 2014 predictions.

Apple Black Friday 2014: The New iPad Air Will Be on Sale

Contrary to what many people think, Apple items do go on sale, and Black Friday is an especially good time to snag a deal on an iDevice. So what's the best way to get Apple goodies on sale? Rule number one: Do not buy from Apple.

Black Friday Clothing 2014: Sales Start Early in the Week

You might not think of clothes when it comes to Black Friday, but many apparel stores will actually offer their best discounts of the entire year in late November. Here's how you can score Editors' Choice deals from American Eagle, Eddie Bauer, REI, and more.

Black Friday iPhone & Android 2014: Get Ready for $0 Smartphones

Smartphone sales tend to flourish during the holidays, and this Black Friday will be no exception. Orders of Apple's new iPhones have already topped 4 million, whereas Android is still dominating the market with smartphones that are almost three times cheaper than Apple's handhelds. As we approach Black Friday, here are the smartphone prices you can expect from retailers and carriers alike.

Black Friday Tablets 2014: The Best Year Ever for Deals

It's been a roller coaster ride for tablet prices this year, and when we examined current trends, we noticed that this Black Friday could usher in one of the best years ever for tablet deals. So what prices can you expect for iPads, as well as Android and Windows tablets?

Black Friday Laptops 2014: Ultraportables Will Be the Best Buy

With new designs, improved displays, and better hardware, laptops are hoping to recapture the spotlight from their tablet rivals this holiday season. After last year's dismal sales, the laptop industry as a whole showed some signs of life this year — but manufacturers aren't out of the woods yet, as fierce competition has created a cutthroat market. All of this means that we could be in store for some excellent laptop deals this Black Friday.

Black Friday TVs 2014: Get Ready for Big-Screen Doorbusters

For consumers looking for rock-bottom prices, November is hands-down the best time of year to purchase a new TV, since these items are the crown jewel of many Black Friday sales. However, it's important to be able to sort the good from the bad when perusing the ads, so we've analyzed TV deals from the past several years to make some predictions about what prices to expect during Black Friday 2014.

Black Friday Predictions 2014: What to Expect From Black Friday Sales

The best way to make the most of Black Friday is to be prepared, which is why it's never too early for our annual Black Friday deal predictions! If you're wondering what the doorbuster deals will be in TVs this year, or whether or not we could see a slew of iPhone deals, then you've come to the right place. We also have predictions for Android smartphones, tablets, toys, video games, clothing, and more.

When to Buy a Mac or Apple Device: Save Money With Careful Timing

These days, Apple deals are easy to find, but when you buy your Apple kit is just as important as where you buy it. We took a deep look at the deal life cycle of four landmark Apple devices, and as it turns out, you can save a sizable sum right before, and after, an Apple device is updated.

When to Get the Best Price on a MacBook Air

The MacBook Air has gone from being Apple's priciest notebook to being its cheapest, entry-level machine; just this April, Apple refreshed its 11" MacBook Air for the fourth time and simultaneously lowered the retail price to $899. That cut was unexpected, but appreciated — namely because it has driven deals prices for the MacBook Air to new lows. If you're on the hunt for a MacBook Air deal, when can you expect the best prices?

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Know Before You Make a Purchase

Shopping for a new laptop can be tough. What kind of processor is best? Should you go for an ultrabook or a hybrid? How much RAM do you need anyway? Fear not, we're here to help with our laptop buying guide.

Why You Probably Shouldn't Spend More Than $600 on a Laptop for College

Many students actually have fairly light needs when it comes to computing. All the bells and whistles can push laptops into the $1,000+ price territory, but do you need it? We look at which students might have heavier needs, and which can be satisfied with most mainstream laptops, in our college laptop buying guide.

Best Laptop Deals: $200 off 2014 MacBook Air, Cheapest 14" HD Touch Laptop

Whether you're starting school or replacing an outdated machine, this week's best laptop deals feature models for everyone. We have an Apple 13" 2014 MacBook Air for $750 at Best Buy with a valid .edu address; the Microsoft Store offering the 14" Aspire V5-473P complete with a 1080p touchscreen display for $499; and more.

Best Laptop Deals: $108 Off the New MacBook Pro Retina, $100 Off MBA

For the second consecutive week, Apple laptops are taking the top spots in our laptop deals of the week. To start, Expercom takes $108 off the just-announced 15" MacBook Pro Retina, which now packs 16GB of RAM and a faster CPU. Alternatively, students with an active .edu e-mail can take $100 off the 13" MacBook Air at Best Buy or if you don't have a .edu account, slash up to $410 off select Lenovo, HP, and Dell laptops.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August is a fantastic month for shopping, but you still need to shop wisely. Back-to-school sales and state sales tax holidays mean laptop deals are hot — but watch out for Apple's notoriously bad discounts. That, plus travel, patio furniture, and more!

Back-to-School Savings: Cowboom, Sears, & Amazon are Top of the Class

Preparing to head back to school for a new term, whether you're big or small, is rarely a joyous affair. But some of our favorite stores are offering school-ready tech items, clothing, and backpacks at prices worth celebrating. We've rounded up the very best back-to-school sales.

Refurb iMacs Offer Better Value Than Apple's New Budget iMac

This morning Apple lifted the veil on its rumored budget iMac. Unfortunately, it's not the budget machine we hoped it'd be as it comes with a significant hardware downgrade; we think the iMacs from Apple's own refurb store are a better deal.

Apple Now Supports App Bundle Sales, But Shoppers Should Be Wary

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off this week, and while we didn't see the budget iMac or Retina-based MacBook Air we had hoped for, the subdued event did usher in some major changes for Cupertino's infamous App Store — including the use of app bundles to promote sales.

Don't Buy an iMac This Week! We May See a Cheaper Version in a Few Days

With less than seven days to go before the start of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, shipping estimates for Cupertino's all-in-one desktop are beginning to slip across various retailers. For consumers, that means holding off on all purchases as rumors indicate a new budget iMac could make a splash in less than a week.