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Black Friday laptop predictions: What to look out for and how to decode the jargon

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The Microsoft Surface Pro is high on The Telegraph's wish list ahead of this year's Black Friday

The biggest shopping day of the year is nearly upon us: Black Friday, when shoppers around the country will be considering whether or not they should upgrade to one of the latest laptops. 

Falling on November 24 this time around, the sales event is the ideal time to splash out on the laptop you've been looking at all year.

Last year British shoppers forked out billions of pounds on deals and gifts. To avoid a chaotic rush - and potential poor decision - on the day, it's best to plan ahead. Here are the models we want to see discounted, as well as some tips on how to make sure you're making the right choice.

What deals can we expect?

We can expect big discounts on technology and electrical products, especially on some of the best models from last year's ranges.

Whether you want a simple Chromebook for browsing the web, a budget laptop for work and travel or a high-end gaming beast, there are likely to be laptop deals for all requirements.

While we don't know what's on the cards for the sales event yet, we've rounded up our pick of the best laptops out at the moment and will be keeping our eyes peeled for offers on them over Black Friday weekend. 

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Macbook Pro

Last year there were deals for almost £200 off the Apple Macbook Pro on Amazon and discounts on the 12-inch Apple Macbook on Currys. If you want to pick up one of Apple's brilliant laptops for a discount, Black Friday is the time to get involved.

RRP: from £1,249 on Apple

Macbook Pro Credit: Apple

Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft's line of tablets are often discounted ahead of the holidays and for big sale events; there were major discounts to the Surface Pro 4 line during Amazon Prime Day this summer.

The 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid provides a powerful computing experience using the Windows operating system with the added flexibility of a tablet. The latest model has added battery life, up to 14 hours, and is still one of the most powerful tablets you can buy.

They start at £799 but last year saw 27 per cent off some models, so we're keeping our fingers crossed for similar discounts this year.

RRP: from £799 on Microsoft Store

The latest Microsoft Surface Pro Credit: Microsoft

Lenovo Ideapad

Lenovo's laptop range has just been updated for 2017, meaning many of its models from last season will probably see large discounts on Black Friday. Last year there was 30 per cent off Lenovo's Ideapad range, which bodes well for 2017's sales event.

RRP: £749 from Lenovo

Lenovo's new Ideapad range Credit: Lenovo

Gaming laptops

Black Friday can be a fantastic time to try and grab a gaming laptop, which are normally more expensive than everyday laptops. The Telegraph is hoping to see price cuts on models such as MSI, Dell Inspiron and Asus ROG, which are all fantastic gaming laptops and high on our wishlist.

The Dell Inspiron 5000 Gaming is a great entry level mode, with the latest seventh generation Intel processors and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card.

RRP: £899 from Dell

Dell Inspiron 5000 Gaming Credit: Dell

What does all the jargon mean?

Buying the right laptop for your lifestyle is important - but it can be hard to decipher the terminology. To help you work out what to prioritise we've decoded the top terms retailers often use.

Jargon buster | Tech terminology

Black Friday 2016's best laptop deals

Last year there were some great discounts on laptops on Black Friday. Some of the best deals we found included the Asus Zenbook Pro with £420 off and Apple's Macbook Pro with almost £200 off.

Last year some retailers expanded their sales event over longer periods: Currys PC World had 10 days of discounts, giving bargain hunters even more time to search for brilliant laptop deals. 

Currys PC World

Last year, Currys PC World had five orders per second at its Black Friday peak, with discounts across laptop brands and huge price cuts on HP products. It had a 60 per cent price drop on HP Stream 11.6" Laptop, which was originally £249.99, down to£149.99.


Last year eBay started the Black Friday deals early and revealed brand new offers every morning, with deals such as 35 per cent off Acer Aspire laptops.


Amazon is one of the best places to find a deal on Apple Macbooks on Black Friday; last year the online retail giant cut the price of the Macbook Pro down to £1,099.

John Lewis

John Lewis promise to match their competitors on price - even on Black Friday - so keep an eye on their laptop deals this year. 

Plus, find out more about all the deals out there by heading to our other Black Friday pages - where we've laid out all the best offers for you - and our Telegraph Promotions Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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