Best Buy releases Black Friday 2012 preview ad: Laptop, desktop, tablet PC deals

Summary:Doorbusters include a 15.6-inch Lenovo notebook for just $187.99 and a 20-inch Gateway all-in-one desktop for $389.99.

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Not only do we have Black Friday ads, but now we also are getting Black Friday "preview" ads. For instance, Best Buy has just released a 22-page preview of its Black Friday deals that apparently is just a portion of its offerings for the most-hyped shopping day of the year.

As you might expect, the preview is full of deals on new Windows 8 PCs, along with some tablet sales. Among the doorbusters that will be available once Best Buy stores open at midnight are a Samsung laptop bundle for $349.95 that includes a carrying case, wireless mouse, and security software, though no details about the notebook's specs have been given. Other doorbusters include a 15.6-inch Lenovo laptop for just $187.99 that features an AMD processor, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive; a 14-inch Asus notebook equipped with an Intel Pentium CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 320G hard drive for $249.99; and a Dell desktop with an Intel Core i5 processor and bundled with a 20-inch LED-backlight monitor for $499.98.

Tablet doorbusters include the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with 8GB of storage in an exclusive white color for $179.99, or $70 off its normal price. The nabi 2 8GB Android tablet for kids will be available for $169.99, a $30 discount from its regular price.

If you don't want to fight the mob at midnight, there are other non-doorbuster deals on Windows 8 systems, like a range of touchscreen laptops (see below) from an 11.6-inch Asus for $449.99 to a 14-inch HP Envy with an Intel Core i7 processor for $629.99. Another desktop bundle is a Core i3 HP desktop with 20-inch monitor for $429.98, while a Gateway 20-inch all-in-one system is $389.99 and a 23-inch Lenovo touchscreen all-in-one is $599.99. If you don't need a monitor, there's an HP desktop with Core i3 CPU, 6GB of memory, and 1TB hard drive for $349.99.

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Other tablet deals include an Acer Iconia Android slate with 16GB of storage for $249.99, while Asus has a similar model for $279.99. Best Buy has the same price on the Amazon Kindle Fire ($159.99) and Kindle Fire HD ($199.99) as everyone else, but tries to sweeten the deal with $30 Best Buy gift cards if you buy from one of its stores.

The preview also has a page of Apple deals, but these appear to be the usual 10-percent off that Apple always offers on Black Friday. For instance, you can get $40-$60 of savings off full-sized iPads (both the iPad 2 and the new iPad with Retina Display) or a 13.3-inch MacBook Air is $1,199.99 before $175 worth of savings.

Stay tuned for the full Best Buy Black Friday ad, which should have a few more deals on new computers. Are any of the sales listed above good enough to get you to shop at Best Buy on the weekend after Thanksgiving? Let us know which ones in the Talkback section below.

Topics: Laptops, PCs, Tablets

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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