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Best Staples Black Friday deals: $699 Apple iPad Pro, $650 Lenovo Core i7 Ideapad

Staples, the office superstore, has unleashed its Black Friday deals which cover a plethora of categories.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor

Update: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 are done and dusted, so the deals below are no longer valid. Check out our ZDNet Recommends hub for a better look at the latest deals available or ZDNet's 2021 Holiday Gift Guide hub for recommendations on gifts for all. 

Staples has some hidden gems in its Black Friday sale this year. Among the deals for printer paper and, um, staples are a bunch of computer-related discounts, including the handful we are highlighting below.

Discounts this big on any Apple product, much less one that's only a few months old, are pretty rare. So you want to jump on this one if you're interested in the base 11-inch version of the latest iPad Pro. And as our review of the tablet concludes, you should be interested, thanks to the inclusion of Apple's revolutionary M1 processor. The M1 helps put the "pro" in iPad Pro, bringing performance to a tablet that hasn't been seen prior to its launch.

Eyeing a new tablet? The Amazon Fire series offers a catalog of models, for professional use, everyday use, and for kids! At Staples, you can pick up a new tablet for up to 50% off. That includes Amazon's best-seller, Fire HD 10, for $74.99 ($70 off), and the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $69.99 ($70 off).

If you need a high-performance laptop without the look-at-me design of a gaming notebook or a high price, this Ideapad 5i might be perfect for you. It features a top-notch Intel Core i7-1165G7 quad-core CPU that's matched with a hefty 16 gigs of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. A full HD 15.6-inch screen and 12 hours of battery life (according to Lenovo) round up a solid system at a sub-$700 price. 

This 27-inch curved monitor is perfect for gaming, editing photos, and any other graphic-heavy task that will benefit from its 3000:1 static contrast ratio. It features a 178-degree view angle for a clearer picture, a 16:9 aspect ratio to enable widescreen viewing, and exceeds the ENERGY STAR standard. Supporting 16.7 million colors, this monitor delivers stunning visuals.

This VivoBook is a step up from a budget laptop at a budget price, thanks to this Staples deal. You get a Core i3-1005G1 processor that's a better performer than the notebooks with Celeron and Pentium CPUs often found at this price point, along with a 15.6-inch display with full HD resolution. Asus even keeps things clean with its  BacGuard antibacterial treatment on the laptop's surfaces.

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