Shopping Tips for Black Friday Computers

Black Friday computer deals arrive at the exact right time of the year. Not only do the sales start a month before Christmas, but they come two months after the beginning of school when students are just starting to see that their old machines may not be up to the challenge.

The personal notebook or laptop is the most popular choice for today’s computing needs. The notebook goes from home to the office, to class, on out-of-town trips, and anywhere else you need to be. They basically ensure that you can never, ever get away from your work. Or your games, email, instagram, Facebook. There are benefits, we swear.

The best Black Friday notebook deals for you are going to depend on what you need out of your computer. If you’re a gamer, go to Dell’s Alienware section and if you’re all about business, Lenovo. If you’re into a little bit of everything then the Toshiba, Acer and Sony models present in Walmart, Staples and Best Buy will have everything you want for a lower price than what you’ll find online. Last year’s Walmart doorcrasher deal was even a $279 HP notebook, guaranteed in-stock for the first hour. Thanks to the overwhelming popularity of that deal, keep your eyes peeled for a comparable repeat this year.

For on-the-go computing types, the tablet is also an attractive option. Keep in mind though that unless you’re willing to fork out for the Microsoft Surface RT with Windows 8 and attachable keyboard, it’ll be hard to get any substantial typing done on a tablet. They’re better suited for mobile browsing.

It’s been reported that on Black Friday 2013, more people will be looking for tablets than any other item. Don’t get intimidated by the shopping competition. Do your research and know exactly which tablets are on your list of potential purchases, and don’t get swayed by the cheap no-name versions. There’s a reason you’ve 1) never heard of them, and 2) won’t be able to believe how low their prices are. Think clunky designs, low-res screens, and touch response that doesn’t respond. If you’re looking for a tablet for a child then by all means, cheap out, but if you’re after a tablet that probably isn’t going to be covered in applesauce two weeks later, stick to your list.

One last tip for finding cheap computer deals: think retro. And by that we mean desktop. If you’re not an on-the-go worker and you don’t like bringing your computer with you everywhere, save yourself hundreds and get a good old desktop model. With a tablet or a smartphone, what do you need a traveling computer for anyway? Desktop computers are still some of the most powerful machines out there.