Black Friday season is well underway, with many companies using the whole of November to showcase their best deals. Laptops are usually among the most frequently discounted products, and that's no different this year. Here's our full guide to getting the most out of Black Friday laptop deals.
When is Black Friday 2021?
Black Friday will take place on 26 November this year, closely followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November. Some deals will only be around for a day and others extend across the weekend, but many more will begin well ahead of time. Indeed, plenty have already started.
When do Black Friday laptop deals begin?
Black Friday season seems to be getting earlier and earlier each year. The most common time for laptop deals remains the week leading up to the big day, so it’s worth shopping around from Friday 20 November.
However, early Black Friday deals have become a big thing in recent years, with companies keen to promote their offers ahead of the rush. Many retailers now use the entire month of November as an opportunity to slash prices. Indeed, if you’re looking for deals on specific laptops, we’d encourage you to start checking now.
Are Black Friday laptop deals real?
Over the past few years, people have become a bit less trusting of Black Friday deals – which is understandable. Some deals are better than others and it’s not always clear which is which.
A few months after going on sale, many products drop in price whether there’s a sales event taking place or not. It’s why the LG Gram 17 now starts at £1,099, despite the same configuration costing you £1,399 at launch – there's no indication it’s a discount of any description.
However, some brands and retailers bump prices back up to the RRP shortly before Black Friday. Then, when the new price is announced, it looks like even more of a saving. There’s a chance it’ll still be a great deal, just not to the same extent as the website is making out.
Nonetheless, the recent release of Windows 11 means laptops are ripe for Black Friday discounts. Most Windows 10 devices are eligible for a free upgrade, but that hasn’t stopped several companies from already releasing laptops running the new OS out of the box.
If you don’t mind using slightly older hardware and spending a few minutes installing Windows 11, there should be some great deals around. These will likely be even more significant on Windows 10 devices that aren’t compatible – the old OS will continue to be supported until October 2025, so there’s no security risk.
The same thing applies on Mac, where the release of Apple Silicon means significant deals on Intel-powered devices are becoming available. Even the M1-powered MacBook Air and 13in MacBook Pro have seen some useful discounts in recent months.
Then there’s Chromebooks. Chrome OS devices are typically more affordable to begin with, but some modest discounts are likely around Black Friday. As with all laptops, we just can’t be certain where the biggest deals will be.
How to shop for Black Friday laptop deals
It’s a good idea to decide in advance what tech you’re shopping for and then be open to the best deals when Black Friday gets underway.
For example, if you’re interested in buying a 15in Windows laptop, have a budget in mind and a feature set that you really want. This way, when a deal comes up, you can quickly check if it’s right for you and jump on it before it sells out.
If you’re looking for a product from a specific brand, you’ll probably have a good sense of what its regular price is. Then decide on what you’ll be willing to pay. Is it worth buying at 10% off? Are you holding out for 25%? Deals could begin as early as the start of November, so begin checking then.
Also look out from curated lists of the best Black Friday deals from specialists. Serious bargain hunters can also sign up to newsletters and download apps from their favourite retailers to get real-time sales alerts.
Where to find the best Black Friday laptop deals
Talking of retailers, there are plenty of candidates when it comes to laptop deals in the UK. The key ones to look out for include Amazon, Currys, Argos and John Lewis. However, it’s also worth checking the likes of Laptops Direct, Newegg and Gearbest.
Sometimes retailers don’t display the RRP, so check the manufacturer’s site or other coverage from launch if you’re unsure. But going direct is also a good option – sometimes prices from the likes of Microsoft, Dell and Huawei are cheaper than via third-party retailers.
There are also several tools you can use, both to find great deals and discover how good the new price really is.
First up is HotUKDeals, where you can create a range of specific alerts for products you’re interested in. Don’t worry, you’ll only be notified when deals are getting a lot of attention.
If you’re shopping on Amazon, CamelCamelCamel is a great tool. Typing any Amazon product or URL into the search bar will give you an overview of how much the price has changed over the past year or so. It also tells you when and how much its lowest price was – if that’s significantly less than now, it might be worth holding off.
PriceSpy is also an effective way to find a great deal. It compares deals from all the major retailers, so you know you’re getting the best price. What’s marketed as a Black Friday deal on one site may turn out to be cheaper on another.
Best Early Black Friday laptop deals
Most retailers haven’t started their Black Friday sales just yet, but deals on laptops are available all year round. Here are the best we’ve found:
1. Huawei MateBook 14 (2021)
Now: £599.99 (£350 off)
A huge £350 off the still very new MateBook 14 at Huawei is one of the best deals around right now.
It's for the Core i5 model and you'll need to use voucher code 'AMB50OFFDEC' to get the full amount off. Otherwise, there's £200 off the i7 SKU, which exclusively has a touchscreen.
2. Asus ZenBook 14 UX425
Now: £649.99 (£250 off)
Asus has been making great laptops for a long time and the ZenBook 14 is yet another excellent all-rounder.
This i5 model with a 512GB SSD and 32GB Intel Optane Memory has £250 off right now at Microsoft.
3. Razer Blade Stealth 13
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £1,099.97 (£800 off)
There's £800 off this high-end gaming laptop from Razer which not only comes in a stylish and portable design but powerful components.
You get an 11th-gen Core i7, 512GB SSD, 120Hz screen and GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q. That's a lot of bang for your buck at this frankly crazy price.
4. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
From: John Lewis
Now: £699 (£200 off)
The latest Surface Laptop 4 is now cheaper than ever thanks to this huge £200 discount at John Lewis.
This is the entry-level option but you can also save up to £250 off other models.
5. Huawei MateBook X Pro (2021)
Now: £1099.99 (£500 off + freebie)
The latest model of Huawei's premium laptop has a huge discount of £500 which is better than the Black Friday deal.
You also get a free Bluetooth Mouse worth £49.
6. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (2020)
Now: £529 (£170 off)
This is an excellent deal on the Surface Laptop Go, a great laptop for students.
Save a whopping £170 on this model, which comes with an i5 processor and 128GB SSD or get £220 on the top-end 256GB model.
7. Samsung Galaxy Book Pro (2021)
Now: £829.99 (£269.01 off)
Pick up a big 24% discount on the 13in Galaxy Book Pro from and Amazon. This saving is even better than Black Friday!
It's got an 11th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with Evo certification along with a 512GB SSD and 8GB of RAM.
8. Huawei MateBook D 15 (2021)
Now: £529.99 (£190 off)
The latest version of the excellent MateBook D 15 has a decent saving, although not quite the £250 Amazon had for Black Friday
However, Huawei is throwing in FreeBuds 4i headphones and a Bluetooth mouse worth a total of £69.98.
9. Apple MacBook Pro 16
Now: £2,159.10 (£239.90 off)
There's a large discount on this new MacBook Pro 16 at KCRS with this model coming with an M1 Pro processor and 16GB of RAM.
10. HP Envy 13 (2021)
Now: £699.99 (£200 off)
The latest Envy 13 model is now a whopping £200 off if you get it from the Microsoft store. This gets you a Core i5 and 512GB SSD for under £700.
11. Huawei MateBook 14s
Now: £949.99 (£250 off + freebie + member code)
You can grab a whopping £250 off in the Huawei Black Friday sale on the 16/512GB model or £300 off the 1TB option and get a free Bluetooth mouse worth £49.99. Grab an extra £50 off if you're a Huawei store member.
12. Asus Zenbook Flip S
Now: £1,299.99 (£278.40 off)
The ZenBook is a powerful touchscreen convertible with a stunning 4K OLED display.
It might have been hard to justify at full price, but this £250 discount makes it much more tempting and it's £500 off the original £1,799.99 RRP.
13. Apple MacBook Air M1 (2020)
Now: £1,117 (£132 off)
Get a better price than Prime Day on the MacBook Air with the latest M1 chip, with over £130 off.
This means you can get the 512GB MacBook Air for the price Apple sells the 256GB model for! Note that the discount only applies to some colours. You can also save £106 on the 256GB model in Gold.
If you’re looking specifically for discounts on Microsoft hardware, here are the best deals on Surface products.
1. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (13.5in, Ryzen 5, 8GB, 156GB)
Now: £699 (£100)
Microsoft's Black Friday savings on the Surface Laptop 4 are still available. Getting this entry-level model for under £700 is excellent value for money, but you can save even more on high-end configurations.
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (i5, 8GB, 128GB)
Now: $999.99 ($100 off)
The Surface Pro 8 has only just been released, but there's already some great deals around. The entry-level model is currently available with a $100 discount via Amazon in the US, but similar savings can be found across all configurations.
3. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (15in, i7, 16GB, 512GB)
Now: £1,499 (£300 off)
This is the biggest saving we've seen on the Surface Laptop 4 so far. If you're looking for the power of an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM (alongside a sizeable 512GB SSD), it's available with a huge £300 discount right now.
4. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £678.99 (£220.01 off)
5. Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Pentium Gold 4425Y, 8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £410.80 (£118.20 off)
The Surface Go 2 might have launched back in mid-2020, but it remains a great little device. This model pairs the Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. However, the Microsoft Store offers discounts on other models, with a £90 saving on the cheapest Core M3 configuration.
6. Microsoft Surface Duo (256GB)
Now: £729 (£720 off)
The dual-screen Surface Duo didn't arrive in the UK until February, but it's already been heavily discounted. These latest prices are the best we've seen, with £720 off the 256GB model closely followed by a £670 saving on the 128GB variant. We'd still recommend the former, given how little extra you're paying for double the storage.
7. Microsoft Surface Duo (256GB)
Now: $749.99 ($750 off)
Walmart's mega Surface Duo deal is currently out of stock, but this is the next best thing. You can still save $750 on the 256GB original Duo at the Microsoft Store - it's now down to under $750. If you'd prefer, there's also a $700 discount on the 128GB model.
8. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i7, 16GB, 512GB)
Now: £1,399.99 (£449.01 off)
Huge discounts can be found on high-end Surface Pro 7 models. Save 24% on the RRP of this i7 variant with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD when you buy from Amazon, although stock is limited.
9. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: $699.99 ($200 off)
This excellent US deal gets you $200 off the top-spec Surface Laptop Go - that's the one we recommend most people opt for. In exchange you get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, although Best Buy matches the Microsoft Store on price.
10. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £899 (£270 off)
This mid-tier Surface Pro 7 has been heavily discounted now its successor has arrived. Get £270 off a black i5 model, with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD from the Microsoft Store, although doubling the RAM on the Platinum variant has a £280 saving.
Both these roundups are regularly maintained, so check back soon to see more offers. You may also be interested in other articles from our Black Friday section.