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Best Black Friday laptop deals 2020: Today's top offers on Chromebooks and MacBooks in the UK sales

In a world where more and more of us are working from home, a great laptop has become something of a necessity and there are plenty of Black Friday bargains to help you find the best product. In fact, over 170 million laptops are sold each …

In a world where more and more of us are working from home, a great laptop has become something of a necessity and there are plenty of Black Friday bargains to help you find the best product. In fact, over 170 million laptops are sold each year globally. Pandemic or not, a portable PC is still most people's electronic device of choice.

That's why you've ended up here, after all. The cultural shift towards smaller devices has affected sales over the last decade, of course, but the shift has also meant brands worked harder to develop better technology at a lower cost. This also means there is serious scope for major deals and price cuts over Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Whether you're in the market for a new laptop to supercharge your work day or you simply want to upgrade an older model for gaming, there is no better time to invest than today - Black Friday 2020.

Retailers are offering price cuts galore, so you can be sure to find a great bargain on a range of laptops you've got your eye on this year. If you're not sure what all the jargon means, we've also included a handy reference guide at the bottom of this article.

We'll keep this article updated with the very latest and best laptop deals in the Black Friday 2020 sales today; here's the top offers so far:

Best laptop deals of Black Friday 2020

1. Lenovo C340-11 2-in-1 Chromebook

Was GBP319, now GBP219 from Currys

With a significant GBP100 discount, this brilliant laptop would make a fantastic Christmas gift. As a Chromebook, it's like a cross between a tablet and a laptop, making it versatile to use and easy to carry around (its 1.2kg weight also helps with that).

It's powered by an Intel Celeron processor, which means you can enjoy speedy performance and responsiveness during all daily tasks.  Buy now Read more: Best Currys Black Friday 2020 deals


Apple MacBook Air 13.3" (2020)

Was GBP999, now GBP919 at Currys

Apple's light and powerful MacBook Air laptop is as good for your wallet as it is for the environment this Black Friday (and it's made from 100pc recycled aluminium, so that has to be good). It combines Intel UHD graphics, a gorgeous Retina Display, a 'Magic Keyboard' (that does a lot of the work for you), 256 GB or storage, up to 12 hours battery life, and larger Force Touch trackpad, which gives you more room to pinch and zoom.

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3. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 

Was GBP899, now GBP659 from Amazon

This next-gen Windows laptop boasts the versatility of a writing or drawing studio and a tablet, so you can easily transform your set-up for work and play. As a 'Pro' model, it's more powerful than you might expect, too; there's a 10th gen Intel Core i5-1035G4 Processor, 8 GB of RAM, up to 10.5 hours battery life, fast charge, facial recognition, and more.

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Lenovo Ideapad 3 15.6-inch laptop

Was GBP379, now GBP279

Lenovo laptops are often popular in the Black Friday sales. This model, which has a sufficient 128GB capacity, is particularly ideal for surfing the internet, streaming Netflix or completing work assignments. It has a long battery life of up to 9.5 hours and a full HD display, plus it comes with a year's subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal.

Right now, Currys PC World is offering this laptop with an impressive GBP100 discount.

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5. Dell XPS 13 9300 13.4" Laptop

Was GBP1099, now GBP939 from Currys

The Dell XPS 13 will be a breath of fresh air to people who've spent years lugging heavy laptops around. Though it is powerful enough to tackle all tasks with ease and boasts a glossy full HD, it's small, lightweight, and has a 12-hour-plus battery life. Even better? It's GBP160 off today on Black Friday.

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6. Acer Swift 3 laptop

Was GBP799, now GBP699

This 13.5-inch laptop features an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 processor, meaning it is speedy enough to tackle anything from editing big files to streaming all of your favourite movies. It is super lightweight, at 1.2kg, meaning it can easily fit in a school bag or briefcase. 

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7. HP Envy 13-ba0506sa Laptop

Was GBP999, now GBP899 from Currys PC World

This touchscreen 13.3-inch HP Envy allows you to navigate apps as easily as you would do on your mobile phone.

It features a 10th generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 processor and 8 GB of RAM, meaning your days of waiting for the page to load, or the video to buffer, are long gone. It is now also available with a Microsoft Bundle at Currys PC World (with savings of GBP219.99), so you can meet all your Powerpoint, Word and Excel needs.

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8. Huawei MateBook D 14 Laptop

Was GBP649.99, now GBP549 from Amazon

This laptop should not be judged by its cover; while it is super sleek and lightweight, it's incredibly powerful on the inside.

With an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor, remarkable 1920 x 1080 IPS screen, all-day battery, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD, you'd find it difficult to get any better at this price. Buy now Read more: Best Black Friday tech deals


MSI GF65 Thin Core i7 Gaming Laptop

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10. ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA

Was GBP499, now GBP399 from John Lewis

If you'd prefer something between a tablet and laptop, check out John Lewis' Black Friday deal on the ASUS Chromebook Flip. Its 14-inch display works as a touchscreen and can be folded flat, thanks to a 360-degree hinge, so you can browse the web and use Google Play Store apps however you like.

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11. Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming Laptop 

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12. Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 Laptop

Was GBP1,399, now GBP999 from John Lewis

John Lewis are offering a massive GBP400 off this high-spec Huawei laptop today on Black Friday, meaning you get its 2K FullView touchscreen, 16GB RAM, 512GB solid state drive, and Intel Core i5 processor at a fraction of the cost.

For people who need something powerful to handle software, it's a brilliant investment. 

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How to shop for a laptop during Black Friday 2020

Select an operating system

If you want an operating system that mimics your iPhone, you'll be looking for an Apple laptop (see: MacBooks). Alternatively, you can keep your eyes peeled for a good Windows laptop; the operating system is more common than MacOS and offers the widest range of program compatibility (especially useful if you're looking to work on your laptop). At a lower price point, you could also opt for a Chromebook -- a streamlined version of MacOS and Windows that gives you access to much of the same basic functionality (internet, word processing, etc) via Google Chrome apps.

Read more: Best UK broadband deals for 2020

Check the specs

You'll want to invest in something fit for purpose, remembering everyone's needs are different. Screen size, weight, memory, graphics capabilities and battery life will affect each laptop's suitability for you, and you may be willing to make sacrifices on one feature to get a great deal on another. Make sure you read the specs in detail so your purchase meets expectations.

If you're not sure what all the jargon means, here's a handy reference guide.

  • RAM: This is your laptop's memory.

    4GB is acceptable as a minimum but 8GB or more is recommended for a high performance model and/or all-day daily use.

  • CPU: The Central Processing Unit is the processor responsible for running the programs on your laptop. Look out for models with multiple 'cores' as each CPU core optimises performance; an Intel Core i7 processor is the standard.

  • GPU: Here, we're talking graphics cards - the tiny cards which process visuals. Each GPU is nuanced, so it's worth researching each specifically to ensure it is powerful enough for your needs.

    High-end gaming laptops will require something special, like Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon GPUs.

  • Solid state drive (SSD) vs hard disk drive (HDD): This is tech slang for storage. Many laptops now come with an SSD, which is more expensive but performs faster. Both do the same job, but HDDs are still the go-to for cost-conscious consumers (everything simply runs a little bit slower).

  • Resolution: Screen resolution will determine the quality of the things you read and watch.

    Every display panel is made of pixels and more pixels mean more detail. Look out for a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher. Many brands use additional slang terms (like Retina, QHD, and UHD) but you'll want to focus on the numbers themselves to simplify your comparisons.

To touch-screen or not to touch-screen 

Many newer Windows laptops come with this handy feature which can offer a lot to younger people, older people, and artistic types.

Some touch screen models will be described as '2 in 1 laptops' as they can be used as a laptop or tablet. If you opt for a detachable keyboard, make sure you test it for comfort beforehand; some people love them, but some people don't. Read more: Best Black Friday iPad and tablet deals

Be realistic

Popular models like Apple's MacBook Pros are in high demand throughout the year, so they will be considerably more expensive than non-Apple laptops during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

You can find GBP100s off of older Windows laptops, as retailers hope to replace them with newer stock, but it is rare to see price cuts of more than GBP200 on Apple laptops.

Choose a price bracket

Once you get to grips with your desired specifications, you need to find the best option within your budget.

From Black Fridays past, we expect good netbooks and Chromebook deals available for as little as GBP100, low to mid-range laptops for GBP300 or so, and high-end and gaming laptop deals around GBP600.

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