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

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

Summary: The retailer offers sales on Windows 8.1 tablets using Intel's Bay Trail processors, and has Microsoft's Surface RT with keyboard discounted to $249.99.


We already learned that Staples was selling the HP Chromebook 14 (not the one that's been pulled from shelves) for $179.99 on Black Friday, but now we can see the rest of the office superstore's deals with the leak of its full ad.

One bubble the ad bursts is on another deal the retailer leaked early. It turns out that the Kindle Fire 7" model that Staples will sell for just $79 is not the HD version, but the generation before that. In other words, it turns out to not be such a great deal after all, especially since Best Buy will sell the HD edition for $99.99. For its part, Staples is selling the HD 7" for $139.99 with a $25 store gift card, and like OfficeMax and Office Depot, it's selling the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" for $169.

More interesting are the other tablet specials, including the first Black Friday deals we've seen so far on the latest 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets that make use of the new Atom Z3740 processor based on Intel's Bay Trail platform. These include Dell's Venue 8 Pro for $279.99, $20 less than what Dell is currently sellling it for, and the Toshiba Encore at $299.99, which is $30 less than the original price Toshiba announced, though it's selling through the Microsoft store now at $299.99 as well.  This is also the second ad we've seen where Microsoft's Surface RT is discounted; while Staples' $249.99 is $50 more than Best Buy's price, it throws in a keyboard accessory that Best Buy does not.

Android tablet deals range from an 8-inch $99.99 Acer Iconia to the Google Nexus 7 for $199.99, which matches the price Office Depot will sell it for (and $30 than the current price). There's also the 10.1-inch Asus Memo Pad ME102 for $179.99, or $100 less than what Staples is selling it for today.

While the HP Chromebook deal takes care of the sub-$200 laptop space, Staples has a few sub-$300 notebooks, too. A 15.6-inch Toshiba with AMD A4 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive is $249.99 after some rebates, and there are also a pair of 15.6-inch portables for $299.99: another Toshiba with Intel Core i3-3120M Ivy Bridge processor, 6GB of RAM, and 750GB hard drive (it requires an "easy rebate" of $250, however) and a Gateway with Intel Pentium 2117U CPU, 4 gigs of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and touchscreen capabilities.  

Other laptop deals include a Dell 14-inch touchscreen model with Intel Core i5-3337U Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, and terabyte hard drive that runs $579.99, a 15.6-inch Toshiba with Core i7-3630 Ivy Bridge chip, a sizeable 12GB of RAM, and 1TB hard drive for $649.99 after rebate, and a Lenovo Flex "dual-mode" laptop (meaning the screen can flip over to work in "stand mode") with 15.6-inch touchscreen display, Core i5-4200U Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive.

Staples has a few more desktop deals than some other retailers, although none is a real powerhouse system. For $329.99, you can grab either an HP Pavilion tower with AMD A6 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and terabyte hard drive or a Gateway One all-in-one model with AMD E1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB, and 20-inch (non-touchscreen) display.

Other tower options include two Dell PCs with 8GB of RAM and terabyte hard drive -- one with a Core i3-3240 Ivy Bridge CPU and running Windows 7 for $399.99, the other with Core i5-3330M Ivy Bridge processor (and Windows 8) for $429.99. Finally, other all-in-one deals are a 23-inch HP Pavilion with AMD E2 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive and a Dell io2020-4668BK with Pentium G2020T CPU, 4 gigs of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and 20-inch touchscreen for $499.99.

Topics: Tablets, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Lenovo, Mobility, PCs

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  • hmmm, hows that HP Cromebook deal cooking

    This deal is definitely hot, hot, hot! With the device being pulled for power related overheating. Perhaps they are going to use them for the fireworks display.
    • Works better than the fire sale of RT.

      Just replace the power brick...

      There are a lot of them available...
      • Best Buy Windows RT fire sale

        best Buy will be the liquidator for Windows RT tablets. I guess Black Friday will sell them for $199. This is the original model. Go figure Microsoft still has a boat load of these to get rid of.
        Would not be surprised if they are even going to cannibalize Windows Surface 2 sales with that price. Well, its at least better then the HP tablets because at least Microsoft will support the RT for a year or two (maybe).
        • Microsoft has already promised 5 years support for Surface

          Say what you want, but no one else comes close to that in tablets.

          Apple dropped iPad1 a little after 2 years and Android, well good luck getting updates there.
      • Not as many as you think

        But there's definately alot of Chromebooks sitting on shelves gathering dust.

        If that wasn't the case, they wouldn't be taking a low margin Chromebook and selling them at the no margin fire sale prices we've seen lately just to get them moving.
    • Different Chromebook than the overheating one--read b4 you post!

      Try reading the article to determine that the Chromebook is a different model. Snarky comments further discredit you, and the ZDNet blog that is getting more worthless every week due to trolls posting.
  • Every week its the same stuff

    Staples has Windows 8 PC's every week on sale. Can't give them away. Like the Martha Stewart crap they can't give away either. Chromebook's are handicapped worse then the Linux netbook's that were out a couple years ago. Same old stuff tied to Google with marginal hardware. They are not worth much more the $180. The true definition of a throw away notebook.
    • Buy A Wendyburger

      Get a fee W8 laptop
      Alan Smithie
      • Reminds me of the iPhone sales...

        Still, it's better than Linux though.

        They've been giving it out free for years and yet, nobody wants it.
  • The new wconomic reality

    Consumers with no employment or income will be lucky to be able to afford Chromebooks. Walmart is facing losses and foresees little growth in their rural stores. The only growth is in high end goods where Apple has a lock and Samsung taking over the market just below. MSFT and Win 8 exist on merit, potential and performance. Its time we woke up to the economic reality out there before it smacks all of us in the face.
  • Staples jumps on the greedy bandwagon

    No mention has been made that Staples is jumping on the greedy bandwagon this year and opening from 8-12 on Thanksgiving. Yes, along with the electronics you can buy essentials such as paperclips and of course staples on Thanksgiving.
  • Staples is emailing this ad

    Staples is emailing this ad out to those signed up for weekly ads -- hardly a leak ;)
  • So, no iPad?!!

    Then I think of this as their first round of year-end inventory reduction sales. Ain't nobody interested in a PC no more, no more, no more.