While tablets and smartphones have taken much of the focus off of traditional laptops, they still remain an important Black Friday electronic. Gone are the days of them dominating the first few pages of every store’s holiday ad though. Instead, they are tastefully sprinkled throughout, which gives us fewer, but better options to choose from.
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If 2014 was the year of the video game console, then the bargain laptop was a close runner-up. In a shocking twist, Staples had an ASUS laptop on sale for an astounding $99.99. For 2015, we think a store will go even lower than that. The average laptop price will also be lower than previous years, and this includes brands such as HP and Dell. There will also be plenty of deals for Apple MacBooks. See the chart below for our predictions.
Lowest Laptop Price: $94.99: As previously mentioned, Staples featured Black Friday deal last year was the Asus x205TA laptop for $99.99, which was a savings of $150. Considering this set a new Black Friday record for laptop prices, it was only available in stores and quantities were very limited. The next lowest laptop price was available for $129.99 from TigerDirect. For 2015, laptops will start at $94.99. While we do not imagine a ton of deals at this low of a price, the new low ceiling allows for additional laptops to be priced in the $99.99, $104.99, and $109.99 price ranges. And remember, when you are paying $94.99, or $99.99, for a brand new laptop, you are not going to get the best machine out there. If your goal is to write e-mails, read blogs, and listen to music, these bargain laptops will be perfect for you. If you plan on editing videos or running a lot of programs at once, opt for a laptop that falls toward the average price range.
Average Laptop Price: $299.99: If a $99.99 laptop just will not cut it for your computing needs, you are probably going to have to spend between $200 and $400 for a better model. Last year, there were nearly 15 laptops priced at $199.99, many being from solid brands such as HP, Samsung, Toshiba, and Dell. There were also nearly 25 laptops priced at $399.99, the majority of which were from trusted brands. Between the $199.99 and $399.99 price tags, there were well over 50 additional laptops available. While many laptops were also available for $1,000 or more, we consider them to be in the higher end category. For the purpose of a solid laptop that does not double as a spaceship, you are going to be spending around $299.99.
MacBook Airs Start at $769: Last year, Fry’s Electronics and Best Buy had the 11-inch MacBook Air for around $779.99. We do not foresee any additional drastic price drops, so look for the base model 11-inch MacBook Air to start at $769, which is a discount of $130 from its base price of $899. Look for the 13-inch version to start at around $879, which is a discount of $120 from its base price of $999. While gift cards have not been common in the past for MacBook Airs, look for one in the $50 range, for a slightly higher price.
MacBooks Start at $1,099: Since the new 12-inch MacBook is new for 2015, we do not have any previous Black Friday pricing data. Regardless, we expect the best discount price to be $1,099, which is a savings of $200 from its base price of $1,299. Look for Best Buy to have the top deal on this model.
MacBook Pros Start at $849: Last year, the best price for a MacBook Pro without Retina display came from eBay. The 13-inch base model was available for $849.99, which was a discount of 29%. We believe $849.99 will again be the lowest price for a MacBook Pro. eBay and Best Buy are the two likely stores to have the best deal. For 15-inch models with Retina display, expect the lowest price to be around $1,699.99, which is a discount of $300 from its base price of $1999.99. Micro Center and MacMall are the best candidates to have this deal.
Laptops Black Friday Predictions Conclusion
Unless you plan on trying to write your next school paper or work project on a smartphone or tablet, a laptop is still a necessary tool for practically everyone. $94.99 will get you a model that does the bare minimum essentials, while you will have to spend around $299.99 for a higher quality laptop. High performance laptops and Apple MacBooks will start at around $769, and go all the way up to $2,000.00 for the best of the best. In previous years, our research has shown us that Dell, HP, and Asus offer the best bang for your buck, in terms of price, performance, and overall satisfaction.
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