Best Buy Black Friday 2014 laptop, desktop deals include $780 Apple MacBook Air

Other sales include a $149 Acer Chromebook and an 21.5-inch iMac for $899.99.


While the biggest news from Best Buy's 2014 Black Friday ad is honest-to-goodness discounting on new iPad models , we're also seeing the first sales on Macs. There are plenty of other laptop deals, along with some desktop specials.

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In terms of Apple computers, the base 11-inch MacBook Air will run $779.99, or $120 off as a Friday morning doorbuster (rather than a Thanksgiving evening one), while the 13-inch Air with 256GB SSD is priced at $1,049.99, or $150 less than the regular price. The cheapest MacBook Pro, the non-Retina version, is going to be $200 less at $899.99 as a doorbuster, whereas the mid-level Retina MacBook Pro with 256GB SSD will run $1,349.99, or $150 off. If you are in the market for an iMac instead, you can grab the base 21.5-inch version for $200 off ($899.99) as a doorbuster or $150 off the base 27-inch model ($1,649.99).

The one Windows laptop early doorbuster is a 15.6-inch Dell Inspiron with Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive for $299.99. Unfortunately for Dell, that's about $80 cheaper than an equivalent Inspiron it will be selling directly on Black Friday , though you won't have to get in line before the store opens on Thanksgiving to earn that additional savings like you will through Best Buy.

Convertible laptops, hybrid tablets, 2-in-1 devices, or whatever you want to call them look like they will be an increasingly popular segment of the mobile computing market, and Best Buy has a handful of deals on these versatile notebooks. At the low end, the Toshiba Radius 11 includes an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and 11.6-inch detachable screen, but you're only getting a $20 price cut for it at $329.99. 

Other 2-in-1 devices are pricier, but they are all $200 off Best Buy's regular price. These are the 15.6-inch HP Envy x360 (Core i5-4210U Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, 1080p HD screen) for $599.99, a 15.6-inch Radius (Core i7-4510U CPU, 8 gigs of RAM, terabyte hard drive 1080p HD screen) for $699.99, and the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro (Core i7-4510U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 13.3-inch display with 3,200x1,800 resolution) for $999.99.


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Specials on conventional Windows laptops include a pair of HP Pavilions, both $100 off: a 17.3-inch notebook with Core i5-4210U chip, 4GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and DVD burner for $399.99, and a 15.6-inch system with Core i7-4510UCPU,6GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and DVD burner for $549.99. Best Buy is taking $200 off the regularly $699.99 HP Envy 15.6-inch touchscreen with Core i5-4210M processor, 8GB of RAM, and 750GB hard drive, but no optical drive.

If you're looking for a Chromebook -- and an increasing number of you are -- an Acer 11.6-inch value with an Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid-state storage will be just $149. The Best Buy ad says that's $50 off the regular price, but its site has it on sale for $179 right now.

In addition the iMac, the retailer has a handful of desktops as part of its Black Friday deals, including another pair of all-in-ones. For $369.99, or $180 off the regular price, there's a 21.5-inch HP system that is powered by an AMD E1-6010 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and touchscreen capabilities. The bigger, more powerful Acer Aspire 23-inch all-in-one uses a Core i3-4130T processor, 8 gigs of RAM, 1TB hard drive, DVD burner and features a 1080p HD touchscreen for $649.99, or $100 off the current online price. 

In terms of traditional towers, there are a trio of deals, including the option to grab a monitor for your choice of two of them in a combo package. Cheapest is a fairly bare-bones Lenovo for $219.99 (just $10 less than the current online price) with a Celeron J1800 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and DVD burner. Stepping up to the HP 110-a04 will set you back $379.99 (albeit $120 off the regular price), but you get a Core i3-4130 CPU and double the RAM and hard drive space. You can get a 20-inch monitor with it for a total price of $449.98. Finally, a Dell Inspiron desktop costs another $50 ($170 less than the current $599.99 price) to graduate to a Core i5-4460 with the same amount of RAM and hard drive capacity as the HP. It also includes Windows 7 rather than Windows 8.1 if you prefer the older OS, and Best Buy bundles it with a 24-inch monitor for $499.98. 

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