It is that time the year again where retailers, store outlets and online stores offer major discounts on their products and service.
It is that time of the year where you and I spend all our time looking for the best products or even keeping an eye on a particular product.
It might be shoes, furniture, clothes, you name it.
…And those events will soon be upon us.
You guessed right – Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday which signal the beginning of a shopping season is getting closer and closer as each day pass by.
…But it is during those three events, heck, it might even start a week before those three events that you can get the best discounts on tech products.
Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the events that you know, you can actually get good deals on laptops, TVs, smartphones, and consumer electronics apart from Amazon prime day.
I must confess, it was on Cyber Monday that I bought my Acer Aspire E 15 at such a low price – 2015 which up to now is still strong and might even last a few more years.
But before that there is no need to rush.
It is not a bad idea to research on a product before buying, but doing it at the wrong time can cost you.
The key is Preparation.
Being prepared beforehand can save you a lot of time, stress and indecisiveness when the main event starts which result in buyer’s remorse, unnecessary spending and missing out on the best laptops deals.
The guidelines in this post will help you to make informed decisions that will prevent you from falling into the common traps mentioned above. This will give you confidence in choosing the best laptop or gaming laptop that will give you the best bang for your buck.
Sometimes, finding the best day to make a purchase can be difficult especially if you have narrowed down a laptop.
A rule of the thumb is to purchase the laptop as soon as possible after you have verified it is legit and the discount they are offering is reasonable and within your budget.
The reason for this is you will be less likely to purchase out of fear of missing out only to find the product is inferior
Or purchasing too late when stocks have run out because you think by waiting a bit longer you can better deals or discounts which in turn can lead to buying an inferior product making it a cycle.
The guidelines will help you to make informed decisions in getting yourself the best Thanksgiving, Black Friday or Cyber Monday laptop deal.
P.S. Don’t forget to check the list of the best laptops you can get on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
How To Get The Best Laptop Deals On Black Friday And Cyber Monday: The Guidelines
First things first, you should know what you are looking for whether it is a gaming laptop, a laptop for work or just a general purpose laptop.
Writing a list of the laptops you want a week before Black Friday or Cyber Monday is a good way to start. That way you know what exactly you are looking for and you will be more successful in narrowing down the product and prevent impulse purchase, which you might regret later especially if a good deal later rolls in and you realize you are out of cash.
Another reason is that by knowing what you want in a laptop you will avoid the trap of buying laptops that actually seem like a good deal but may be actually old, poor performing laptops that will not satisfy your needs.
1. Always Keep An Eye Out for Brand Names
Now you have made a list of laptops you want or specs you would like a laptop to have if you more tech savvy.
Next is to consider the Brand Name.
You might find some laptops that fit your specification sheet but have brand names you haven’t heard about Brand names that are not well-known or do not have any idea on their credibility should always be researched before buying their product.
Failure to do so can end up in getting an inferior product which can create problems and cost you money and time in the future.
Although there are some unknown brand names that actually offer decent products and services it doesn’t hurt to do your own research beforehand.
Established brand names offer tech support if you buy from them so even if you buy a product that doesn’t work they can offer a replacement or repairs at no cost to you.
2. Size Matters
Are you a 17 inch screen type person or a 13 inch?
Do you prefer lightweight machines to bulky machines?
These questions are important in determining the size of the laptop you want. If you are the type who travels a lot or moves around buying a laptop that weighs almost 7 pounds doesn’t make sense rather you will prefer a lightweight laptop or an ultraportable laptop you can easily carry around something between 2.5lb – 4.0lb.
But if you are into serious pc gaming you won’t mind the laptop being heavy or having a large size so far as it is able to provide the performance needed to run current, demanding games at ultra-settings.
Or you might consider yourself who wants an ultraportable gaming laptop whether there is a sacrifice between speed and weight.
You might also want to consider battery life, most laptops with high end specs offer less battery life than laptops with lower specs but that’s not always the case.
It is up to you if battery life is important or performance is. There is a middle ground for the two.
3. Always Check the Specifications
Always check the specs of the laptop you have narrowed down if it matches your own or is the best your budget can get.
Knowing the specs will tell you if the laptop is old or weak.
You know what you are going to use the laptop for so having a fair idea about the processing power of the laptop is a good way to quickly determine if it’s a good deal or not.
Intel processors especially the 8th Generation are currently the best on the market not to mention the 9th Gen – very expensive or the high-end AMD processors.
Intel i7s are the most powerful found in high end laptops, i5s are next which are mid-range and i3s which are found in the lower end and budget laptops
The near Intel equivalent is the AMD Ryzen series – Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7
Always take a careful look at the specifications to give you a good idea if the deal is good or not.
4. Ram is Important Too
Along with processing power RAM counts a lot.
The more the better. Keep in mind that more ram always end up in a much more expensive laptop.
Laptops which belong to the range of 8 GB – 16 GB ram is a much more futureproof in handle applications and gaming. These days 2 GB and 4 GB is not even enough.
Smartphones even have 4 GB ram.
Look around, you will hardly find a smartphone with a 2 GB on the market.
More is better if you able to afford it.
Solid State Drives (SSDs), Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and eMMC drives are used for storage in laptops, chromebooks and smartphones.
At best you would want a laptop that has a Solid State Drive.
Solid state drives are the best out of the three – very fast response, quick boot up times, and less time opening and loading applications. Having this will greatly improve your laptop performance and user experience.
The Hard disk drives are the slowest of the three. They might not offer the best speed but they offer a lot of storage space and are cheap compared to solid state drives. You can find up to 1 TB of storage even in a cheap laptop. Their speed is always in RPM – the higher the RPM the faster the hard disk drives. A 7200 RPM is faster than a 5400 RPM. If you are going the hard disk route consider the RPM and the storage space.
The eMMC drives lie between the SSDs and the HDDs in terms of speed. They have the smallest storage space and are also not replaceable. Manufacturers solder them onto the motherboards making them impossible to replace. EMMC storage spaces are mostly 16 GB or 32 GB.
6. Graphics Card
If you are a gamer or are into video editing or graphic rendering, the graphics card is something you should keep an eye out for.
Every laptop has an integrated graphics card with some having a dedicated secondary graphics cards.
The laptops with AMD have much more powerful GPUs than the Intel processors.
Integrated graphic cards are good for casual games but quickly fail when it comes to demanding ones.
Dedicated graphic cards are the ones you should get if you are into heavy gaming and graphic rendering work.
The entry level is the NVIDIA MX150 though you can get dedicated AMD GPUs they are not common in laptops.
The MX150 is only good enough to play the current demanding games on low settings – you will get smooth gameplay on FORTNITE and PUBG but not on high or ultra-settings.
If you want something more powerful you should consider the GTX series – the higher, the better and also more expensive. An example is the GTX 1060 which more powerful than the GTX 1050 and more expensive.
You should get the higher ones if you are into serious gaming or graphic rendering work.
In looking for a display you should consider the display resolution and the backlit technology.
As far as resolution is concerned the Full HD display, which is has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 can be found on most mid-range laptops.
The 4K (QHD), 3K (UHD) and 2k (QWHD) displays are found mostly on more expensive laptops.
And the cheaper laptops have the HD 1366 x 768 resolution.
All of them have their advantages and disadvantages
The higher resolution displays drain a lot of battery power and also impact performance – not always the case – but on the plus side they offer the best image quality.
The 1080p is the best of both worlds image quality is decent, battery drain is not a lot as compared to the higher screen resolutions.
The HD resolution (1366 x 768) is also decent if the other specs are great. The display doesn’t take a lot of toll on the performance and battery life of the machine and so you can expect a responsive display if other specs are also top-notch.
For the backlit display technology, if you are into serious gaming or you find yourself playing games most of the time.
A TN display (twisted nemantic) with a high refresh rate or an IPS display with a high refresh rate is the best if it is within your budget.
Displays come at 60 Hz display refresh rate and to avoid stuttering and screen tearing during gameplay the higher the refresh rate the better.
But for everyday use and casual gaming an IPS display with 60Hz display refresh rate will suffice because of the great viewing angles it offers compared to the TN display.
8. Purchasing the Laptop
Now, you know what you want and you have finally found the best deal you can get.
But before purchasing, research the website you are buying from if they are trustworthy and offer return policies. In case, your laptop you bought starts to show some defects. This will give you peace of mind and confidence in purchasing your laptop.
And as always keep the receipt you never know what might happen.
Sticking to these guidelines will not only prevent you from purchasing inferior laptops.
In addition, it will give you the confidence in purchasing the laptop you think is the best laptop deal on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Do not let buyer’s impulse get the better of you in purchasing a great laptop.