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If you want the absolute lowest price on the new iPad Air without counting a gift card in return, Best Buy is dropping the price to $449, an additional $30 off its regular $479 price and a full $50 off the Apple list price. But wait. there's more. Best Buy is also knocking $100 off the price of the iPad 2 16GB model, which will cost $299.99 for the weekend.
The retailer is also the first to hold a firesale on the original Surface RT for this Black Friday. After knocking $150 off, Microsoft's tablet will be priced at $199.99 on Black Friday. Best Buy's price on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 ($299.99) matches that of Walmart and, but unlike those other chains, it's also offering a sale on the Galaxy Note 10.1 ($399.99, which Best Buy claims is $100 off though it's currently selling it for $429.99 on its website). Finally, Best Buy is offering a deal on its own Insignia brand tablet: The Flex 8 is an 8-inch Android slate with 8GB of storage for $79.99.
But Best Buy isn't finished with Apple computing deals. It's also putting the new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display -- with Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB solid-state drive -- on sale for $1,099.99. That's the same price for the latest iMac, also with Core i5 Haswell CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB hard drive built into a 21.5-inch full HD display. In both cases, that's $200 less than the current prices. Best Buy is also slicing $150 off all MacBook Air and 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display laptops for Black Friday.
Best Buy beats Walmart by a penny on the cheapest laptop it has a deal for on Black Friday. While Walmart has a HP notebook for $178, Best Buy is offering a Dell Inspiron portable for $177.99. Both have 15.6-inch displays, but the Inspiron uses an Intel Celeron processor instead of an AMD one; it also comes with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Other inexpensive laptops include an 11.6-inch Asus with Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and touchscreen capabilities for $249.99, and an HP Pavilion Chromebook for $229.99. However, Staples is selling a similarly spec'd Pavilion Chromebook (both have 14-inch screens, 4GB of RAM, 16GB solid-state drive, and Celeron processor).
Speaking of HP, Best Buy has specials on a pair of Split hybrid devices. One is the x2 Ultrabook model (rare, thus far, in Black Friday deals) with Core i5 Haswell processor for $649.99; the non-Ultrabook version is $499.99 and features a Core i3 Haswell CPU. Both come with 13.3-inch detachable touchscreens, 4GB of RAM, 128GB solid-state drives, and Beats Audio. For more performance-oriented buyers, there's the HP Envy TouchSmart with 17.3-inch touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and Core i7 Haswell processor, though it lacks a discrete graphics card. It's available for Black Friday at $799.99, or $200 less than it's currently priced.
Desktop loyalists will find a few systems from HP and Dell on sale. An HP 110-194 with Core i3 (Ivy Bridge) processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and DVD burner is the cheapest at $349.99; adding a 20-inch LCD monitor raises the price to $429.99. Best Buy also has the Dell Inspiron I660-6038BK paired with a 24-inch display for $499.98. The tower's specs include a Core i5 Ivy Bridge chip, 12GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Finally, there's one all-in-one PC special in the form of the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 20-f394, which features an AMD A4-5000 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, and 20-inch touchscreen for $399.99.
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