Tech lovers have mostly been teased so far on the run-up to Black Friday this year, with retailers like Best Buy and Staples dropping word on a deal here or there. But finally a full ad was been leaked that's of interest to computer buyers. Dell's 10-page circular has surfaced on the Black Friday aggregation sites, and while it obviously lacks iPads and Chromebooks, it offers a range of deals on the company's desktops, laptops, and tablets.
Let's start with the tablets, where Dell is trying again with its new Venue slates. The budget-minded Venue 8 Android model, using a new Intel Atom processor and coming with 16GB of storage, was launched at $179.99, but starting on Thanksgiving at 6 p.m., it will be on sale on Dell's website as a virtual doorbuster for $129.99, or $50 off. A different tactic is being used with the Venue 8 Pro, which runs Windows 8.1 instead of Android. Its price on Black Friday remains $299.99, but you get a folio and a year of accidental damage service thrown in.
For those dwindling numbers still buying traditional PCs instead of tablets, Dell has multiple specials for both laptops and desktops, including a doorbuster price of just $199.99 (starting at midnight of Black Friday) for the Inspiron 15 notebook with Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and a 15.6-inch display. At 2 p.m. on Black Friday, you can get the same laptop with a more powerful Intel Core i3 CPU and 500GB hard drive for $100 more. An even more robust version with Core i5, 6GB of RAM, and 750GB hard drive will also be available for $499.99.
Those looking for something smaller can find the Inspiron 11 for $299.99 starting at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. That model includes a Celeron processor, 500GB hard drive, and 11.6-inch touchscreen, but a mere 2GB of RAM. The Inspiron 15R comes with a larger touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and a much higher price tag of $699.99 (though Dell claims that's $390 off the regular price). You can even get some modest savings on the Alienware 14 gaming laptop, though it's just $100 off the regular price of $1,099.
Dell is likewise lopping $100 off the Alienware X51 slim gaming desktop, though at $599 you're only getting lower-end components like a Core i3 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 645 graphics card. Other PC sales include a 12 a.m. Black Friday doorbuster price of $199.99 on an Inspiron 660s with Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive, and a 2 p.m. Black Friday doorbuster combination of Inspiron 660 desktop (Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive) and 21.5-inch LCD monitor for $549.99. Finally, if you are in the market for a low-priced all-in-one PC, the Inspiron One 20 with Celeron chip, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive built into a 20-inch touchscreen will be available $349.99 starting at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
The Alienware specials aside, it's notable that most of the Dell Black Friday deals promoted are valued-priced systems. Of course, budget buyers are the most price sensitive, but it will be interesting to see if Dell winds up having some unadvertised specials on PCs with more impressive performance specs on Black Friday.