Best Buy follows Target and Walmart to the Black Friday dance with the release of its full ad. We already knew that it plans to sell the Kindle Fire HD 7" for $99.99, but it has more tablet deals up its sleeve.
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 OfficeMax, 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) for $50 less on Black Friday.
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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