Laptops remain a popular Black Friday item, whether as a gift for someone else or yourself.
The majority of those laptops still run Windows, ranging from cheap portables that can handle basic web surfing and word processing to pricey powerhouses for gaming or media editing.
From the many, many Black Friday laptop specials available now and in the coming days, we've selected six deals below that are particularly noteworthy.
Best Windows laptops Black Friday deals
Lenovo IdeaPad 130s
Budget buyers looking for a Windows laptop that's as cheap as a Chromebook (and about as basically spec'd) need to check out Lenovo's midnight virtual doorbuster. The IdeaPad 130s will be just $99 at that time, and don't fall asleep on this deal as it is likely to sell out fast.
HP Pavilion 15-cs0064st
- See it now: View HP Pavilion 15-cs0064st offer at Staples
A laptop with the latest Core i7 Intel Optane memory, and a full HD IPS display for under $500? Count us in. You can grab this HP Pavilion notebook for $330 off starting on Thanksgiving at Staples.com or at a Staples location starting on Black Friday.
Dell XPS 13
- See it now: View Dell XPS 13 offer at Office Depot
Any time you can get a deal on Dell's luxury laptop, you should snap it up, as our review from earlier this year called it "currently the best small-format laptop." Office Depot beats Dell's own site even, with its price on this particular configuration, which includes a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, for $1,099.99. That's $100 less than from Dell directly.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
We don't know which specific configurations of the second generation of the Surface Laptop will be discounted yet, but we do know Microsoft is going to be taking $300 off their price for Black Friday. Considering that Microsoft debuted the new laptop just last month, the savings is a very well appreciated, if a bit surprising, holiday gift of its own.
HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1
- See it now: View HP Pavilion x360 offer at Best Buy
Convertible laptops are the hottest sector of the market these days, so if you want to take advantage of a device that can offer tablet and notebook features, this Pavilion x360 is a particularly good deal. For $399.99, it includes an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of solid-state storage, and a 14-inch foldable touchscreen, making it powerful enough for everyday tasks without breaking the bank.
Acer Nitro 5
- See it now: View Acer Nitro offer at Best Buy
Gaming laptops invariably used to cost over $1,000 -- and still couldn't come close to hanging with gaming desktops. Fast forward several years and not only are gaming notebooks more capable, but there are affordable systems that can offer decent enough performance for gamers on the go -- like Acer's Nitro 5. For just $599.99 on Black Friday -- $200 off -- you get a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 15.6-inch full HD display, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory.
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ZDNet Black Friday 2018 coverage:
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- Amazon Black Friday 2018 deals: See early sales on Echo, Fire HD
- Best Buy Black Friday 2018 deals: Deep discounts on Apple Mac, Microsoft Surface
- Costco Black Friday 2018 deals: $250 iPad, $200 laptops
- Staples Black Friday 2018 deals: PC sales include $150 Chromebook
- Target Black Friday 2018 deals: $250 iPad mini 4, $120 Chromebook
- BJs Black Friday 2018 deals: Laptop, desktop, and tablet sales galore
- Walmart Black Friday 2018 deals: $99 Chromebook, $89 Windows 2-in-1
- Dell Black Friday 2018 deals: $120 Inspiron laptop, $500 gaming desktop
- Jet Black Friday 2018 deals: $195 Roomba, $70 off Nest Cam Indoor
- Newegg Black Friday 2018 deals: $50 off Moto G6, $70 off Nest thermostat
- Office Depot Black Friday 2018 deals: $300 off Lenovo Flex, $129 HP Chromebook
- Sam's Club Black Friday 2018 deals: Buy a 75-inch 4K TV and get a free Xbox One S
- eBay Black Friday 2018 deals: See early sales on Galaxy Watch, Chromecast
- Lenovo Black Friday 2018 deals: ThinkPad laptops and more
- Microsoft Store Black Friday 2018 deals: Ad showcases Surface, laptop deals
- Google Store Black Friday 2018 deals: Home Hub, Pixel 3, and Pixelbook
- HP Black Friday 2018 deals: Pavilion laptops, desktops
- Windows laptops Black Friday deals: Dell, HP, Lenovo
- Chromebook Black Friday 2018 deals: Dell, Google, HP
- Best tablet Black Friday deals: Apple iPad, Amazon Fire
- Black Friday 2018 iPhone deals: $400 iPhone X gift card, BOGO iPhone XR
- Black Friday 2018 smartphone deals: OnePlus 6T, LG G7