Dell Black Friday 2013 ad leaks: Laptop, desktop, tablet PC deals

Dell Black Friday 2013 ad leaks: Laptop, desktop, tablet PC deals

Summary: Specials include the new Venue 8 Android tablet for $129.99, and an Inspiron 15 notebook doorbuster for $199.99.

TOPICS: Tablets, Dell, Laptops, PCs

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.


Topics: Tablets, Dell, Laptops, PCs

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  • Tis the season to sell more stuff

    Would be nice to see everyone stay home and be thankful for all that we have rather than running around buying crap you don't really need and racking up the credit card debt.
    • Nice sentiment, otaddy,

      but unfortunately the holidays of old seem to be overlooked. This has been ongoing for many years now, and Thanksgiving in particular seems to have lost its original significance. Rather than being viewed as a day to be thankful for what we have been blessed with, it is becoming a jumping off day for Christmas spending. I could post a very long comment describing what I think are the causes, but the end result is a continuing loss of appreciation for what holidays are supposed to represent (all holidays, not just those this time of year).
      So, rather than bore everyone (which I do enough of already) I'll just wish you and and everyone else a Happy Thanksgiving!
      • Same to you and a belated happy thanksgiving to the Canadian readers here

        I have been working hard to simplify my life and give thanks on a daily basis.

        Im not a Christian, but if I were, I would be horrified at what has become of this holiday.

        There is nothing wrong with enjoying the material wealth around us, but it seems like everything is overdone these days.

        Ok, I'll stop the preaching! Hope everyone has a nice weekend.
        • If you were a Christian

          If you were a Christian you would know that Jesus gave his disciples iPad minis for Christmas (1st gen models, because the second gen iPad minis weren't out yet). He also mailed Pepperidge Farms gift baskets to their families (the ones with the turkey sausage meats because of khosher). Also, he handed out $10.00 iTunes gift cards to 100 lucky lepers on black Friday.
      • Perhaps because...

        There aren't really any US-based holidays in which the majority of the population actually maintains the traditions of the original celebration or does a tribute in memory of the occasion. Even most religious holidays are now either aimed at "fun" or presents.

        That said- you are totally correct in your post.
    • Seems like a stereotype.

      I know I don't go into debt buying Christmas presents, stop living above your means.
      Sam Wagner
    • two sides..

      Most of my family has called "truce"... we exchange cards, with handmade cards done by the kid(s) being the top winners. Add some cash for the teenager targets, which is what they HONESTLY want anyway..

      OTOH, at least this sort of gift, is a gift of a useful tool that would likely be purchased for/by the user anyway. I'm intending to get my kid a tablet to push her off paper books and onto amazon/et al, ebooks. She got a laptop last year. It was a "present", but a present of something that gets used hard everyday.

      Its funny, from a cultural pov, Cash seems to be disfavored or looked down on; but from a religious pov, for a Christian, did J's visitors bring xboxes, or was it, gold, frankincense, and mir, aka... CASH. Just something to think about before buying that LoungeToy 4000 and wrapping it as a gift.
  • Great...

    Ordered my Venue 8 3 weeks ago and still haven't gotten it. And now sale prices are 'leaked'. It's like a slap in the face...
  • dell inspirion for 199.00 a scam

    I went on the dell site right at midnight ad and as expected there was a big delay from everyone jamming the site. when I finally got the laptop to load up they gave you many different options to add on and then proceed again. I chose not to take any of the options the first 6 times and it pulled up an error page each time. the 7th time I chose the cheapest possible add on and of course it magically went through. I deleted the add on and the error popped up again. after 20 minutes it aid if I wanted the laptop I would have to pay full price of 379 but they would give me a 30 dollar discount. basically if you don't buy any add ons, you don't get the door buster price. toal scam.