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Best Black Friday Laptop Ads: Under $300 Will Be the Norm, $720 MacBook Air

Plus, score bargain bin machines for $140 and less!

Update: Black Friday deals have started to leak!

Click here to see our roundup of the best Black Friday laptop deals we've seen so far, or read on for more info about what's still to come.

There was a time when we wouldn't have believed it if you told us we could get a laptop with 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive for less than $300. But that seems to be the norm this year. (Although it's worth noting that most of these sub-$300 sets have Celeron processors, which is a less powerful line than the Core line which includes recent Skylake and Broadwell chips.)

You can also score bargain bin machines for $140 and under, and a MacBook Air for close to $700. Read on to find out more.

Best Black Friday Laptop Deals

  • Apple MacBook Air 11.6" Laptop with 128GB SSD for $729 at eBay
    For those looking for a 2015 MacBook, this 12" Air sports an alluring price, not to mention a solid state drive and 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. It's a buck under our predicted $730 Black Friday price, $170 less than buying direct from Apple, and $71 below the current low.

  • Dell Inspiron 15 3000 i3 15.6" Laptop for $229.99 at Dell Home
    Coming in at $70 under our prediction for a 15" laptop with 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, this deal is the strongest price we've seen for a Dell Celeron laptop. It's also $150 below the previous low.

  • Asus Celeron 15.6" Laptop for $139.99 at Best Buy
    If you're not willing to shell out extra for the Dell name and added features, this machine has the same basic specs as the above (Intel Celeron N3050 processor, 4GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive). It's $9 below our predicted price for budget laptops, as well as $40 under the best price we previously saw.

  • Acer Celeron 11.6" Chromebook for $99 at Best Buy
    In step with our Black Friday prediction for bargain bin laptops, this machine is a buck less than our previous lowest mention, which came with rebate hassles. Keep in mind, this machine is recommended only for very basic computing tasks.

  • Dell Inspiron I5558-2148BLK Core i3 15.6" Touch Laptop for $299.99 at Best Buy
    No one else sells this Dell laptop, but it is right in line with our Black Friday forecast — except it boasts twice the RAM and double the hard drive space than our example. What's more, this doorbuster will be $30 under the best price we've seen for any 15.6" Haswell laptop with a 1TB hard drive.

  • Dell Inspiron Celeron 19.5" Touch Laptop for $329.99 at Best Buy
    With a 19.5" screen (4" larger than our prediction standard of 15"), we can consider this deal inline with our Black Friday forecast. Plus, it's $170 under current lows.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 100 Pentium 15.6" Laptop for $217 at Fry's Electronics
    Besting current prices by $137, this Ideapad has a slighter lesser processor than the model for our Black Friday predictions, but then its price tag is $83 less too.

  • Acer 11.6" Chromebook for $94.99 at Office Depot and Office Max
    This Chromebook not only comes in at under our prediction for extreme budget laptops, but is $5 less than the lowest price we've seen for a refurb.

  • Ematic 8.9" 2-in-1 Touch Laptop for $75 at Fry's Electronics
    With only 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, you're probably not going to do much aside from check email and surf the web with this 2-in-1, but then it's only $75!

  • Dell Inspiron 5000 Series 15.6" Touch Laptop for $699.99 at Costco
    If you're not a Costco member you'll pay slightly more for this touchscreen laptop, but at $200 less than what Dell charges for the same machine with a generation older processor, it's a good deal regardless.

  • Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2.2GHz 2-in-1 13" Touch Laptop for $549.99 at Office Depot and Office Max
    Boasting Intel's new Core i5 processor, this is a powerful 2-in-1 machine. Plus, it's $200 off list price.

  • Dell Inspiron 15-3542 Core i3 15.6" Laptop for $279.99 at Staples
    At $20 below our Black Friday benchmark, this laptop differentiates itself by featuring an Intel Core i3-4005u processor. It is also $100 below our previous lowest mention.

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Stephen Slaybaugh is a Brooklyn-based writer with more than 20 years experience. In addition to his work for DealNews, he publishes The Agit Reader music webzine and has written for The Village Voice, Paste, The Big Takeover, and many other publications.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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