What do I need to know about buying a laptop on Black Friday?

(36 Posts)
AChickenCalledKorma Mon 21-Nov-16 08:42:03

We have decided to get DD a laptop for Christmas. It's way over our normal gift budget, but will be worth it for the reduction in arguments over whose turn it is on the family PC.

I'm guessing that this means I really should pay attention to all the Black Friday deals this year. But having scorned Black Friday for the last couple of years I don't know where I should be looking! Anyone willing to help a novice get the best deal??

iseenodust Mon 21-Nov-16 08:47:14

Place marking. I'm thinking compare PC World, Tesco online & Amazon but all advice gratefully received.

AncoraAmarena Mon 21-Nov-16 11:53:32

Oh someone please help, I was about to post the same thread!

I am so clueless but the IT guys at work have given me a list of what I should look for, just need to know where to look and when the bargains will appear...

AmyAmoeba Mon 21-Nov-16 11:58:39

Place marking for advice. In the meantime I've browsed online and selected a number of laptops that I'd be happy with. I've also set up camel camel alerts for Amazon, and after that I think it's just a matter of checking in with other websites regularly.

mychildrenarebarmy Mon 21-Nov-16 13:40:02

What is on the list AncoraAmarena ?

AncoraAmarena Mon 21-Nov-16 13:48:34

For what my 11 year old needs, apparently I should look for minimum of 8gb RAM, minimum of I3 processor but I5 or I7 is better, with 1TB of storage....(to my shame, this is like a foreign language to me!)

I keep sending them links of ones that I think fit the bill. I've been told to wait until the end of the week, so I hope they're available to coach me when I actually buy one!

Scotlass Mon 21-Nov-16 13:58:41

Checking in. I too am on the lookout for a laptop for me and DH. Also am holding off for PS4 for DS but am a black friday virgin so not sure what's the best way to get a good deal. Have taken day off work to accomplish my mission

onthemetro Mon 21-Nov-16 14:08:42

Keep an eye on HotUKDeals, you'll find most deals get posted on there and people always comment to say whether it's a good deal or not

AChickenCalledKorma Mon 21-Nov-16 16:15:22

Lol - it's good to know I'm not the only black friday virgin in town!

Asking around at work, the main advice seemed to be to sign up to lots of annoying emails from Currys, PC World, Amazon etc and keep a close eye on what comes in. Will add HotUKDeals to that list.

CoshPunt Mon 21-Nov-16 18:50:42

Dell have some laptops primed to go on offer on Black Friday. One is an i3 CPU, 1TB hard drive and 8gb RAM - £199. smile

Iamblossom Mon 21-Nov-16 19:11:16

Should one have office 365?

AncoraAmarena Mon 21-Nov-16 19:13:59

Cosh - wow!

Where will they be available from, the Dell website?

And on Friday you say?

CoshPunt Mon 21-Nov-16 19:21:17

Yes - the Dell website, at midnight on Black Friday apparently!

BenefitsQuestions Mon 21-Nov-16 19:23:54

I'd get onto a Facebook page like Money Saving Mummy and ask them in a PM. They're really helpful when I'm looking for something particular.

AncoraAmarena Mon 21-Nov-16 19:54:17

Thank you Cosh!

<wonders if one of the IT guys will be around for advice that time>

Scotlass Mon 21-Nov-16 20:46:26

Will be poised at midnight on Dell site and have written down what I need. Signing up to deal websites now
Thank you

bingbong02 Mon 21-Nov-16 21:17:58

How easy is it to order from dell I've had a look at the website but it looks a bit technical to me blush

Do you think the laptop will be easy to find at midnight?

HumptyDumptyBumpty Mon 21-Nov-16 21:22:09

If you go for an i3, try to get a 7th generation chip, otherwise you really want an i5 (an i7 is likely too powerful really, or expensive! Unless she's a gamer). If you can, get one with slots for more memory (RAM) in case it gets sluggish. Hard drive - you can supplement with external storage, so not a deal breaker. Solid State (SSID) hard drive is better, as faster to boot up.
Core M chips are good too, as no moving parts, so will last longer.

AncoraAmarena Mon 21-Nov-16 21:31:42

Oh Humpty! confused

Why can't someone just tell me which one to buy and then I'll obediently get it?!

How will we know if it's got a 7th generation chip? Will it say so in the blurb if it's got one? Likewise the slots for more memory, will it say if it has those so if it doesn't, we assume there isn't one?

Thanks for all your help, posters, come on, we can DO this!

Scotlass Mon 21-Nov-16 21:36:11

Humpty I have reread your post 3 times and am still clueless. Copied and pasted the info from cosh and still no further forward. This is going to be interesting.

giggly Mon 21-Nov-16 23:02:24

I'm following as well or rather really trying to followconfused I can't even find where I've pasted the information from this thread.
Can't wait till my dc navigate me through their new laptop.

HumptyDumptyBumpty Tue 22-Nov-16 06:28:43

Ancora it should say in the blurb. Happy to look at some links and say whether they are good deals!

Ifailed Tue 22-Nov-16 06:55:05

How old is your DD and what will she using it for? I know the terminology can be baffling, but if you compare a laptop to, say, a car, people can provide some pointers to what to look for. e.g.

Little run-around for short trips and few passengers = pretty well any new laptop is good for web browsing, email, word processing etc. Probably an i3 processor. up to £250ish

Family car for longer trips and 4 passengers = more powerful laptop, something used for business, with solid state drive (SSD), 8GB memory, 1 TB drive, fast i5 processor. under £1000.

Super-car for driving on the Autobahn at 200 kmph = High-end 'gamers' laptop, fastest i7 processor, lots of memory, high-end graphics card. lots of ££££.

Please be aware that a lot of retailers now buy in 'old' stuff, especially for sales. By old, I don't mean 2nd hand, I mean stuff made 2/3 years ago that for some reason didn't sell.

Ifailed Tue 22-Nov-16 07:14:15

people might find this useful:
www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/laptop/best-laptop-19-best-laptops-2016-2017-uk-best-windows-laptops-best-macbooks-3214618/

Probably best viewed by a brower, very busy screen!

AChickenCalledKorma Tue 22-Nov-16 08:36:36

Happily I have a DH who understands ask the techie stuff. But navigating sales is a foreign land to him. Teamwork is clearly the way to go!

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