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

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.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor

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 theToshiba 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.

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