We are now getting closer to Black Friday 2018 and if you are looking for the best Black Friday deals for laptops, this guide will help you prepare for the big day and ensure you get the best laptops for the best prices.

Online retailers are becoming more competitive on Black Friday, and many are now starting to cut prices from early November, so it's never too fast to look for the best Black Friday laptop deals.

One thing to keep in mind is that no matter how good a deal is on the day, buying a new laptop or MacBook is always a big investment and you need to be sure that what you buy is right for your need.

Check out our additional Black Friday guides for the best Black Friday advice you can find online for more advice on getting the best Black Friday deal for your needs.

How to get the best laptop deals on Black Friday / Cyber ??Monday
In the run-up to Black Friday 2018, we will show you how you can ensure that you get the best laptop for your needs at the best price.

One thing to keep in mind is that with so many Black Friday laptops going live, there will be a huge amount of jargon spinning around, and although some laptops may seem like samples, they may be old, under-powered, laptops that will not ultimately meet your needs.

To avoid this, follow our advice below to help you make an informed decision and get a brilliant laptop deal on Black Friday 2018.

The functions you need to look out for
So, what exactly do you have to look for when you buy a laptop on Black Friday?

First, consider the brand name. Something like the Microsoft Surface Book itself is a very expensive option and there are many other, cheaper 2-in-1 laptops to shop around.

On the other hand, you do not want to jump in the dark with a brand name that you do not know or trust, just because it offers a cheap piece of hardware.

For long-term satisfaction, quality and technical support you must purchase from an established PC manufacturer whose brand you will recognize, such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP or even Microsoft.

If you want to go a little deeper into the individual brands and the models they sell, our extensive library of laptop reviews is a good source, as well as our constantly updated list of the best laptops.

It's also worth researching the websites you buy from - many websites have customer reviews, so you can avoid stores that take a long time to ship goods. Be careful and avoid websites that you are not so sure about buying - if in doubt, shop elsewhere.

Sizing things
First of all, you must think about the total size of the machine you are buying. The most common formats are a 13-inch, 14-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch laptop? (There are also slightly smaller and larger laptops out there, but that's less likely).

Smaller notebooks are not only portable, but also cheaper. Larger laptops, on the other hand, offer a larger screen and because there is more space inside, you are more likely to find more powerful components and a larger battery.

If you are looking for something that is often on the move, you opt for a more compact notebook that is light (less than 2 kg, ideally less than 1.5 kg).

Check the specifications
A careful look at the specifications of the laptop before you buy can give you a good idea of ??whether the deal is good. If the specifications point to an old or weak laptop, then the deal may not be as good as you first thought, unless it is incredibly cheap!

On the other hand, if the specifications point to a powerful laptop that comes with features that you will rarely or never use, you can do better to save your money and search elsewhere.

In terms of performance, it is most important to consider the core components in the machine. That is your processor, system memory, storage and - to a lesser extent - the graphical subsystem.

When it comes to the processor, most of the CPUs that you come across are made by Intel. Although the Core i5 is a pretty powerful model, the Core i7 is the best choice.

Most people do not need the power that the i7 offers, unless they mainly perform games, video editing or other heavy tasks, so the i5 is a good mid-range option. There is also the entry level Core i3 and if you are looking for a budget machine that you do not intend to use for more tax than surfing the web or writing documents.

Very slim laptops will probably contain a Y-model processor, because they can run without a fan to cool them down. The interaction here is that they do not perform as well - an example is the Core m3-7Y30. Note that the chips from the Y series contain Core m & # 39; models (m3 / m5 / m7) that you can simply think of as a different way to label them as slower CPUs. .

Intel Atom processors are generally found in the really cheap portables and, not surprisingly, do not run particularly smoothly. If you only plan to use the laptop for basic web surfing, you will do well, but this is not a limitation that will appeal to the majority of users.

Intel is of course not your only option - you could always opt for an AMD APU, an Accelerated Processing unit that has a CPU and a GPU (graphical accelerator) on the same chip. A growing number of laptops come with AMD hardware, giving you more options and generally finding something less than Intel toting devices while offering comparable levels of performance.

RAM counts

The next thing to consider is system RAM. Ideally, you want 4 GB, although 8 GB is the preferred option for future-proofing and any form of gaming. Some cheaper laptops still run with 2 GB of RAM, but nowadays that is really not enough to make Windows 10 work properly, although it technically meets the system requirements for the operating system.

Sometimes the speed of the RAM is noted in MHz, but do not worry too much about it; it is the quantity that is the most important factor in terms of performance.

Storage selection
Nowadays you will notice that many laptops use an SSD (solid-state drive) for storage. SSDs offer very responsive performance and you will notice that apps and programs are loaded very quickly.

Cheaper models are more likely to use eMMC drives, and although they use flash memory, like an SSD, they are considerably slower.

eMMC is an effective way for laptop manufacturers to save corners and costs, and that's exactly why you'll often find it on budget laptops.

If you want to save some dough, an eMMC drive is often a compromise that is worth making, although these drives are still slightly faster than traditional hard drives.

Traditional hard disks (which you will often find as an HDD or hard disk) are the slowest storage medium. Their strength lies in the fact that they usually have a much larger capacity - you can find storage space up to 1 TB, even in budget hardware.

A speed in RPM can be specified with a hard disk, and the faster disks run at 7200 RPM, with slower disks at a speed of 5400 RPM. The latter can be rather vague, as a rule of thumb, but again, keep in mind that, as with SSDs, the performance of the individual disks differs.

Reviews are your friend here, so do not be afraid to use a particular model of Google and search for an evaluation or two (and again, you can view TechRadar's assessment section).

Images and display
Most laptops have integrated graphics, meaning that the GPU is built into the CPU and you will usually notice that performance is quite limited. With integrated graphics - also called Intel HD Graphics or Intel Iris, when it comes to Intel processors - you can play casual games, but nothing more than that.

This will be fine for the average laptop user, but for those who want to play more heavy games, a separate GPU is needed - a graphical solution that is separate from the processor.

The GeForce MX150 is for example the current (Pascal-based) mobile GPU from Nvidia, but you may need to look for something more powerful than that for really good performance. An example of a more powerful GPU is the GeForce GTX 1060, but it is worth noting that prices can rise rapidly when it comes to powerful GPUs.

As far as displays are concerned, most middle class laptops will offer a Full HD screen by default, which is a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

However, if you push down the price range to more budget models, you will still notice that there are enough machines that only offer a resolution of 1366 x 768. Do not let this put you off.

This resolution is actually fine, especially on smaller shielded laptops. Indeed, a lower resolution is often an advantage for a laptop with lower specifications, because this means that there are fewer pixels for the CPU and graphics solution to switch, making it more likely that everything runs smoothly.

This is something gamers may want to remember. Although a 4K screen looks and sounds like a great idea, it will take a heavy toll on the main components of your machine and sometimes it's worthwhile to sacrifice a bit of picture quality for smoother frame rate.

4K screens also drain your laptop battery much faster and since this is an area where gaming laptops are already struggling, you can consider what you are losing to get 4K.

Know what you want before Black Friday
Before Black Friday, prepare a list of what you are looking for on your laptop and all models or brands that attract your attention. This means that your deal hunting can be limited and more successful.

This also helps to prevent you spending money on impulse purchases that you may regret later on - especially if a deal for something that you really want later, pops up later and you have already inflated your budget.

Keep the receipts
Make sure you keep your receipts in case you are not satisfied with your purchases and want a refund. It is also worth checking the reimbursement policy of websites before you buy on Black Friday.

Some retailers also offer longer guarantees than others, which could be a decisive factor when buying a laptop or MacBook on Black Friday. A three or five year warranty on your laptop gives you peace of mind, knowing that if something goes wrong, you are covered.

The best Black Friday laptop deals last year

Lenovo Yoga 910 Convertible Laptop - up to £ 999.95 (was £ 1400)
This brilliant deal showed how much you can save on Black Friday, making £ 400 off the price. It features a Core i7 processor, an 8 GB RAM 4K screen and 256 GB SSD.

Dell XPS 13 - 15% discount
The Black Friday last year had some great deals for Dell laptops, including a hefty 15% discount on one of the best laptops in the world: the Dell XPS 13.

Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB + Typecover - up to £ 799 (was £ 1,099)
The excellent Surface Pro tablet from Microsoft has concluded great deals on Black Friday, with the best price reduction by more than £ 250.

Lenovo IdeaPad 320 - up to £ 389 (£ 699)
Last year, this 14-inch laptop from the world's largest laptop brand had dropped £ 310 from its price for the model with an Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD with a battery life of up to 6 hours.

HP 15-bw089na - up to £ 499.90 (was £ 760)
John Lewis cut a huge £ 260 off of this good all-rounder from a laptop, with an AMD A12 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB hard drive, 15.6-inch 1080p screen and an annual subscription to Office 365.

Best predictions for laptop deals for 2018
We are now handling the best laptop deals on Black Friday long enough so that we can make some decent predictions for Black Friday 2018.

Major brands such as Dell, Lenovo and HP should all see price reductions for their range of laptops, both budget and high-end. Last year, Dell's XPS 13 and XPS 15 laptops saw generous price reductions and we hope to see similar cutbacks this year. They are two of the best laptops you can buy, so if you find that they get two discounts on Black Friday, be sure to consider buying them.

Price reductions for Microsoft's excellent range of Surface devices are also a familiar phenomenon on Black Friday. Microsoft has just announced the Surface Pro 6, and although Black Friday will be too early for that new device to see price reductions, this means that its predecessor, the Surface Pro 2017, has a good chance of a number of significant price reductions. Also keep an eye on Surface Go, we think that Microsoft will also implement some price reductions there.

But what about Apple? Apple & # 39; s MacBook laptops do not often get big price reductions, but at recent Black Friday events we've seen some good price reductions from retailers like Currys PC World and John Lewis. If you do not mind getting a slightly older MacBook hardware a year or so ago, you should be able to get yourself a neat MacBook deal on Black Friday.

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