Black Friday Sale Predictions: Laptops And Tablets – Forbes
DealNews has released their predictions about expected discounts during November’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Keep in mind that all of these predictions are based on last year’s discounts; as yet, there are no confirmed prices for this year’s sales. Here’s what DealNews predicts for laptops and tablets.
DealNews predicts that deals on bargain laptops – which they define as anything with a processor that packs less power than Intel’s Core i5 and i7 chips – will stay at last year’s prices because they can’t get any cheaper. Chromebooks with a 2.16 GHz Celeron processor, 2 GB RAM, and a 16 GB solid-state drive are expected to drop to $99. Low-end machines with 4 GB RAM, a 500 GB hard drive and a 15” display are expected to see prices in the neighborhood of $110.
Deals on more powerful laptops are also predicted to have the same prices as last year but this time around you’ll be getting more machine for your money. DealNews predicts laptops equipped with Intel’s previous-generation Skylake Core i5 processor will be priced around $300 and come with 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB hard drive as compared with last year’s 4 GB RAM coupled with a 500 MB drive. Laptops with Skylake Core i7 processors are expected to come in around $450 with 12 GB RAM and 1 TB drives.
Intel’s newer Kaby Lake chips give a small performance boost over Skylake and make use of faster memory. They are also capable of running video in 4K and support HDCP 2.2 copy protection which is used for 4K content. If you plan on streaming 4K video on your laptop, you’ll want a Kaby Lake processor.
You might think laptops with Kaby Lake chips are going to cost more but DealNews predicts otherwise. They think laptops with Kaby Lake i5 processors will be marked down to the same price as their Skylake counterparts. Even better, laptops with the Kaby Lake i7 chip may be priced lower than machines with the comparable Skylake chip. The tradeoff will be that you’ll get less RAM and a smaller hard drive with the Kaby Lake chips.
DealNews expects that bargain laptops will be featured prominently as Black Friday doorbusters, but more powerful machines are likely to see the best deals on Cyber Monday. They think this is especially likely for laptops equipped with Kaby Lake processors.
If you’re interested in a laptop from Dell, you’re in luck. DealNews reports that last year Dell’s websites had more Editor’s Choices for laptops than all other vendors combined. If you’re not interested in a Dell, DealNews recommends Lenovo, Adorama, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store as places to look for good deals.
When someone says “tablets”, many people think “iPads”, and DealNews predicts that the iPad models released this year will all see discounts on Black Friday. The new 10.5” and 12.9” iPad Pros are expected to see discounts of as much as $150 on Black Friday. The price of the 9.7” iPad Pro may be cut by $125, and the 128 GB iPad mini 4 is expected to have a $70 discount.
The Apple store is the last place to look for a deal on an iPad according to DealNews. Target, Best Buy, and MacMall had the best iPad deals last year and DealNews expects the same will be true this November.
Amazon’s line of Fire tablets is expected to see steep Black Friday discounts. The Fire 7 is predicted to drop to $33 while deals on the Fire HD 8 are expected to bring the price down to around $50. The children’s versions of the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 are predicted to be priced at $76 and $106 respectively.
The Amazon website is the best place to look for deals on Fire tablets although DealNews notes that last year Target undercut Amazon for the bottom-of-the-line Fire 7 on Cyber Monday.
Off-brand Android tablets are expected to be touted as doorbusters in the $40 neighborhood. Keep in mind that you generally get what you pay for, especially with cheap off-brands.
DealNews doesn’t offer specific predictions for Samsung’s line of Galaxy Tab tablets. Instead, they note that the Samsung tablets saw substantial markdowns last year and they expect the same this year.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro machines are a special case. The Surface Pro and its predecessor Surface Pro 4 are hybrids. They run the full Windows 10 desktop operating system and function as either a tablet or a laptop with the addition of a detachable keyboard. A tablet running a desktop operating system is a powerful device. Apple calls it’s iPad Pro tablets hybrids but they run the iOS mobile operating system.
Consumer Reports created some controversy in August when they removed the 128 and 256 GB versions of the Surface Laptop and Surface Book from their recommended list because of estimated failure rates. The announcement from Consumer Reports seems confused because it mentions Surface tablets in both the headline and the body of the text when the machines that lost the recommended rating are all pure laptops, not hybrids. Microsoft respectfully disagreed with Consumer Report’s findings.
If you’re interested in a Surface Pro, DealNews predicts the new Surface Pro hybrid will drop to $599 and the Surface Pro 4 will be cut to $500. The Surface Pro hybrids come in many configurations and which ones are discounted by how much remains to be seen. The Microsoft store is the first place to look followed by Best Buy and Staples.
DealNews recommends shopping early for tablet deals because last year most of them were gone by Cyber Monday.
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