For many consumers looking to buy a new PC for the holidays, the Best Buy Black Friday ad may be the most anticipated one. Following hot on the heels of Staples and Target, the electronics retailer has obliged with the early release of its deals — with a noteworthy wrinkle: Some of its sales are already available to customers.
That number of immediately available specials is limited, so you’ll have to jump in your car or head online on Thanksgiving night or during Black Friday to obtain most of its specials. However, if you want to grab a new iPad right away at an actual sale price instead of just getting a store gift card after purchasing one at full price (looking at you, Target), you can snatch up an iPad Air 2 for $100 off (16GB or 64GB) or $125 off (128GB). Other deals available right now include this year’s base Apple MacBook with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD for $1,149.99, or $150 off, and the base 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, terabyte hard drive) for $1,649.99, again $150 less than usual.
You’ll have to wait if you want a discount on the iPad mini 4, and even then, you’ll only receive $100 off if you grab the 64GB or 128GB version. Best Buy is offering essentially the same amount off for the base Microsoft Surface 3, which it will sell on Black Friday for $399.99 instead of the regular $499, and it’s also discounting select Samsung Galaxy Tab slates for the same amounts as other retailers (for instance, the 7-inch Tab 4 for $119.99 and the 9.7-inch Tab A for $229.99). The already dirt-cheap Amazon Kindle Fire 7-inch gets even cheaper, dropping for $49.99 to $34.99 (the same price Amazon itself will be offering).
The top bargains from Best Buy, however, might be laptops. The Acer Chromebook, with 11.6-inch display, Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage, will be just $99, or $60 less than its normal price. Those looking for something nearly as cheap running Windows 10 can find a 10.1-inch Acer with Intel Atom CPU, 2 gigs of RAM, and 32GB of storage for $129.99, or, for $10 more, you can upgrade to a 15.6-inch Asus with Celeron chip, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive. If you need more power, there’s a 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron with Intel Core i3, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, an HP 17-g119dx with Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, terabyte hard drive, and 17.3-inch display for $399.99 ($100 off regular price), or an HP Envy with Core i5, 6 gigs of memory, 1TB hard drive and 15.6-inch touchscreen for $479.99, or $200 less than the current price.
Best Buy will have additional Apple notebook deals, including a repeat of last year’s $779.99 MacBook Air special — $75 less than Best Buy’s already discounted price — and a $899.99 MacBook Pro sale for the base model, $145 below the retailer’s current price. You can alternatively snare a MacBook Pro with Retina display for $1,349.99, or $75 less than usual. There are also a trio of trendy 2-in-1 devices highlighted in the ad, ranging from the HP Envy x360 (Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, 15.6-inch touchscreen) at $549.99 to the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro (Intel Core M CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3-inch touchscreen) at $749.99 to the HP Spectre x360 (Core i7, 8 gigs of RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3-inch touchscreen) at $969.99. The two HP convertibles are $200 off, while the Yoga is $250 less than the current price.
Desktop buyers won’t find anything as cheap as some of the Black Friday laptop specials. Best Buy’s lowest priced advertised deal is a Dell Inspiron all-in-one PC with Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and 19.5-inch touchscreen for $329.99. It also has a pair of Windows towers bundled with LCD monitors, though specs are not provided: One appears to be a slim Lenovo system with a Core i5 chip inside and 23-inch display for $429.98, and the other looks to be a Dell with Core i7 CPU and 24-inch screen for $579.98. The towers can be purchased without monitors, but Best Buy doesn’t provide a price for that option. In addition to the 27-inch iMac sale, the base 21.5-inch iMac will be avaiable for $899.99, or $200 less than the retailer’s current price.