Costco is the leading warehouse store, but its highly anticipated Black Friday ad doesn't contain any of the highly anticipated products tech buyers might covet. No iPads or Mac, and none of the bargain-basement Windows 10 systems we were promised. It does have plenty of mid-range laptops, however, for those willing to spend a little more for a bigger, faster notebook.
For instance, while other retailers have advertised Chromebooks for under $100, Costco's special runs $229.99, though it's an Acer with 4GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, and a larger 15.6-inch display -- double the RAM and storage of the 11.6-inch Acer that Best Buy and Office Depot/OfficeMax are selling.
The remaining five laptops all cost north of $300, starting with the Asus TP500 2-in-1 device (show above). It includes a Core i3 processor, 8 gigs of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and 15.6-inch touchscreen for $394.99, though it comes with Windows 8.1 instead of Windows 10. Next up is an HP Pavilion 15t with Core i7, 12GB of RAM, terabyte hard drive, Windows 10, and 15.6-inch touchscreen for $599.99, $100 off the current price at Costco (not the $350 highlighted in the ad) .
If you crave even more RAM, the Dell Inspiron 5000 has many of the same specs as the HP (1TB hard drive, Windows 10, 15.6-inch touchscreen), but features 16 gigs of memory instead of 12GB for an extra $100. Need an even bigger screen? Costco has an HP Envy with the same major components as the Dell for the same price, but with a 17.3-inch display that lacks touchscreen capabilities. (Again $100 off the regular price, as Costco has already discounted it by $300.) Finally, there's a different 15t configuration that doubles the hard drive capacity to 2TB along with 16GB of RAM, a 1080p 15.6-inch touchscreen, and Windows 10 Pro for $799.99.
Costco has no Black Friday deals on desktops, and its lone tablet special is $300 off a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 bundle with Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. Also note that some of the configurations offered in the ad aren't currently available on Costco's website, so it's difficult to determine how accurate the savings it's promoting really are. As always, purchase based on whether the final price feels like a good deal to you, not how big a discount the retailer is promising.