Black Friday 2020 laptop deals: $850 Intel MacBook Air, $449 Gateway, $900 ThinkPad

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With the work-from-home trend in 2020, laptops have been in demand more than ever before. Thankfully, Black Friday sales are bringing more laptop deals than we’ve seen in months. You’ll find a whole host of discounted products from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and Walmart, encompassing top brands like HP, Lenovo, Apple, Microsoft and more. We’ve gathered the best Black Friday laptops deals that are available now — and those we know are coming soon. Be sure to check back; we’ll keep this story updated as current sales expire and new deals emerge.

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Important to note: This is not a sale on the new M1 MacBook Air, which showed impressive results in our first round of tests. This is the Intel-based Air that was introduced back in March. That means it won’t be as fast, and the battery won’t last as long. But it will ably run the last Big Sur operating system, and it can be yours for $150 less than the newest model. 


If you’re of a certain age, then you may recall the Gateway name and its computers that shipped in black-and-white cow-print boxes. Gateway has returned as a line of low-cost laptops and tablets at Walmart. You won’t find any of the models on store shelves in their iconic cow packaging; the new Gateway laptops are available online only. This 14-inch Gateway laptop features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 16GB of RAM. You get a 256GB solid-state drive for storage. The storage capacity is average for the price, but the amount of memory is double what is usually on offer. And you get a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) display, which is better than the 1,366×768-pixel panels found on other budget laptops. There’s also a fingerprint read for easy, secure logins. Three of the four color options are in stock and on sale — black, blue and rose gold.

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The 13-inch Spectre x360 is one of CNET’s favorite two-in-one convertibles for its premium styling, light weight and long battery life. The entry-level configuration of this customizable laptop features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics and a 256GB solid-state drive. With a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution, the 14-inch touchscreen can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. The $200 discount also applies if you add upgrades, and I’d suggest spending $70 to upgrade to a 512GB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane memory, which brings the total to $1,070.

Read our HP Spectre x360 13 review.

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It’s not quite as thin and light as the flagship X1 Carbon, and its display is a smidge smaller, but the 13-inch ThinkPad X390 is a rugged laptop built for business. This configuration features the component lineup as the ThinkPad T490 above: eighth-gen Core i5, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 13.3-inch display features a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and 300 nits of brightness. You can get it for $900 with code THINKYAY.

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Microsoft’s MacBook clone is thin and light with a fantastic touchpad-and-keyboard combo and offers a notable power boost over 2018’s Surface Laptop 2. At 2,496×1,664 pixels, the 13.5-inch touchscreen gives you a resolution above the usual Full HD. This Surface Laptop 3 model features a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics and a 128GB SSD. The biggest downside CNET found was a comparably short battery life, but that’s less of an issue when you aren’t taking it out of your home.

Read our Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 review.


This midrange Pavilion 15.6-inch Horizon Blue Laptop is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, a 512GB SSD and a 1,920×1,080-pixel display. It also features upgraded B&O speakers and weighs 3.9 pounds. Getting a full HD display and 512GB of speedy solid-state storage at this price is a steal. Like the above Chromebook at Walmart, this deal is available for in-store purchase only with the availability-varies-by-location caveat.


This budget laptop avoids two common pitfalls — outdated CPU and low-resolution display — that budget buyers often encounter. It boasts a modern, 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, and the 15.6-inch display features full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution instead of the lower-res 1,366×768 panels found on many budget models. The 256GB SSD is the only downside because you can find 512GB SSDs starting around this price. This model was out of stock earlier in the week, but supplies appear to have been replenished and it’s available once again.


This 14-inch HP Chromebook has a 720p touchscreen and is powered by an Intel Celeron CPU and 4GB of RAM, and it supplies 64GB of flash storage. The display can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. This deal went out of stock almost immediately when it launched on Wednesday but is now available for in-store purchase. Availability, it should be noted, varies by location.


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