Purchasing a new laptop or MacBook can be a daunting task, not to mention an expensive one. That's why when you have the chance to save some cash on a laptop, you should jump on it. However, if you're not well versed in the jargon surrounding a laptop, finding a suitable machine during Black Friday can be difficult.
That's where the TechRadar team comes in: we spend entirely too much time obsessing over the little details of the latest and greatest laptops – from Ultrabooks to MacBooks, and even the elusive Chromebooks that are only just making their way into the mainstream Australian market.
We'll help you understand what all the jargon means so you can figure out the specs you want, and whether a machine that powerful will fit into your budget.
So, whether you're looking for that new gaming laptop that will let you play all the latest and greatest PC games or you're just looking for an Ultrabook for work, we've got your back. All we want is for you to save a few dollars through these Black Friday laptop deals.
Best Cyber Monday 2019 laptop deals
Alienware Area 51M | i7 / 32GB / 512GB SSD + 1.08GB SSHD / RTX 2080 | AU$4,399 (was AU$5,499; save AU$1,100)
The specs of a gaming laptop don't come better than this 17-incher, with a 9th-gen Intel Core processor and a superb Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU, the combination of which will be more that enough for hardcore gamers.
If, however, those specs aren't up to scratch, there is a more powerful option with a 9th-gen i9 CPU, 64GB of memory and a whopping 1TB of storage with the same GPU under the hood, with a decent 25% off the RRP.View Deal
Alienware m15 gaming laptop | i7 / 16GB / 256GB SSD + 1.08TB SSHD / RTX 2060 | AU$2,659 (was AU$3,799; save AU$1,140)
Shaving 30% off this usual price of this gaming monster brings the price down to a much more enticing number. With powerful innards and a huge amount of storage for your gaming library, this 15-inch laptop is an absolute steal with a saving of AU$1,140.View Deal
Dell G7 17 | i7 / 16GB / 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD / RTX 2060 | AU$2,079 (was AU$2,599; save AU$520)
There's plenty to recommend this 17-inch behemoth, including the powerful Nvidia RTX graphics. A huge of storage for you gaming library (and then some) plus plenty of power under the hood to keep this machine purring. And 20% off means you get to save well over AU$520.View Deal
Dell G3 15 | i5 / 8GB / 256GB / GTX 1050 | AU$899 (was AU$1,249; save AU$350)
A gaming laptop for just a three-figure price? Yes, it's possible. This is an entry-level option though, so will be fine for some casual gaming. For anything more, though, you'll need a more powerful beast, but at this price it would even make a lovely Christmas gift for a young, budding gamer.View Deal
Asus TUF FX505DT gaming laptop | Ryzen 7 / 8GB / 512GB / GTX 1650 | AU$988 (was AU$1,235; save AU$247)
For under a thousand dollars, this is a decent bargain on an entry-level 15-inch gaming laptop. While it won't do well against some hardcore games, it's got enough and more power for the casual gamer. And this price, you might want to consider it as a gift for a budding gamer in your life. Just be sure to use the eBay code PITCH20 at checkout by December 2. The price will go up if you choose to have it shipped to you.View Deal
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (15) gaming laptop | i5 / 16GB / 512GB / GTX 1660Ti | AU$1,299 (was AU$1,599; save AU$300)
UPDATE: The Core i7 configuration of this gaming laptop is now out of stock, with just the i5 version now available for AU$300 less with the use of the checkout code PITCH20.
With a cool AU$900 shaved off the usual price of this 15-inch gaming beast, it's a pretty respectable deal, costing you less than what you'd pay for a similarly equipped MSO alternative. So if you've been saving for a powerful gaming laptop, this might tickle your fancy, but you'll need to use the checkout PITCH20 to pocket those savings.
If you happen to be on a stricter budget, there's a Core i5 version which will save you a few hundred dollars more, with the code PITCH20 dropping the price of this configuration to AU$1,299.View Deal
Lenovo Legion Y740 | i7 / 16GB / 1TB SSD / GTX 1660 | AU$2,169.30 (was AU$3,099; save AU$929.70)
The specs on this aren't as impressive as the 17-inch model we reviewed earlier this year, but over AU$900 in savings isn't to be ignored if you're after this premium build gaming laptop. Via Lenovo, use eCoupon CYBER at checkout.View Deal
Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming Laptop | i5 / 8GB / 256GB / GTX 1650 | AU$1,079.28 (was AU$1,499; save AU$419.72)
A decently specced gaming laptop, the IdeaPad L340 will do more than enough for a beginner gamer. While this configuration offers the most bang for your buck for this model – provided you use the code CYBER at checkout – more powerful options are available as well, if you have the cash to spare.View Deal
Asus ROG Strix 15-inch gaming laptop | i7 / 16GB / 512GB / GTX 1660 | AU$1,678 (was AU$1,978; save AU$300)
It's not a big discount when using the eBay checkout code PITCH20, but if you're after a powerful gaming behemoth, you could consider this offer which shaves AU$300 off the listed price. However, we'd recommend you hold on to see whether the same configuration sees a further price drop at other retailers when Black Friday finally arrives.View Deal
Asus ROG Strix G | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD / RTX 2060 | AU$2,599 (was AU$2,899; save AU$300)
If the above, more cheaper ROG Strix isn't hitting the sweet spot when it comes to the heavy lifting, consider this powerful beast with the RTX 2060 under the hood. It boasts a 15.6 inch full HD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. With that and the specs listed above, it's a decent price, especially if you love RGB shenanigans. It's available for AU$300 off on the Microsoft Store.
Razer Blade 15 Advanced | i7 / 16GB / 256GB SSD / RTX 2070 | AU$3,399 (was AU$4,099; save AU$700)
Razer's Blade line has a superbly slim form factor, as the name suggests, making this great for both gaming and everyday use – assuming you can stomach using an RTX-powered device for word processing. If you're keen, head to the Microsoft Store to save AU$700.View Deal
Razer Blade Pro 17 | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD / RTX 2060 | AU$3,499 (was $4,299; save AU$800)
It's worth comparing this to the above Advanced model: this one has a 17-inch screen and a bigger SSD, but a slightly less powerful RTX card. While it's easy to recommend either configuration, you'll need to decide whether you prefer the larger screen or the more powerful GPU.View Deal
Dell G7 15 | i7 / 16GB / 512GB / RTX 2070 | AU$2,399 (was AU$2,999; save AU$600 ) It's worth considering this configuration as well, with a smaller screen but a more powerful GPU than the G7 17 listed above. The choice is hard, so the decision to buy will come down to whether you want more screen real estate to immerse yourself into your games or whether you want the more powerful graphics card.
Razer Blade Stealth | i7 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$1,606.77 (was AU$2,099; save AU$492.23)
Despite Razer's reputation for catering to the needs of gamers, this isn't a gaming laptop. However, if you'd like the sturdy built of the chassis and the classic Razer looks, then there's 23% off on Amazon on the Razer Blade Stealth.View Deal
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 | i7 / 16GB / 512GB / GTX 1650 | AU$2,550 (was AU$3,579; save AU$1,029)
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is one of the most in-demand notebooks on the market. Incredibly light with amazing graphics from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU. With improved performance from the first iteration of this laptop, this notebook is ready to take you to the next level. You can currently save AU$1,029 with the use of the checkout code CYBER.View Deal
Lenovo ThinkPad E590 | i5 / 8GB / 512GB | AU$1,034.50 (was AU$2,069; save AU$1,034.50)
UPDATE: The Windows 10 Home version of this laptop that we featured earlier is now out of stock, but this Windows 10 Pro unit is still a solid bargain.
Shut the front door! Lenovo is offering 50% off this amazing laptop. The ThinkPad E590 is sleek and professional and was designed for business purposes, so is perfect for the budding entrepreneur. With a massive 512GB of storage and 8GB of memory, you'll have plenty of room to store your presentations for your next meeting. This notebook is currently on sale for AU$1,034.50 (saving AU$1,034.50), a half-price opportunity you don't want to miss!View Deal
Dell Inspiron 14 7000 (7490) | i7 / 16GB / 512GB | AU$1,799 (was AU$2,999; save AU$1,200 ) Dell has slashed a massive 40% off this 14-inch Inspiron, so you can bag this beauty for AU$1,799. It packs a 10th-generation Core i7 processor inside its shell, 16GB of RAM and a decent 512GB of SSD. It has a large 1080p display, and a super-lightweight build, making it a compelling laptop for those on the move.
Dell New Inspiron 15 3000 | i5 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$799 (was AU$1,199; save AU$400 ) While it’s not the most powerful machine, there’s a decent 30% off on this 15-inch Inspiron, bringing the price down to just three-figures. For the price, you’ll get a 10th-generation Core i5 processor, with a reasonable 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, making this a great choice if you’re shopping on a budget.
Dell XPS 13 | i7 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$1,699 (was AU$2,499; save AU$800 ) Never before have we seen a 30% discount on an XPS 13! Admittedly it's not the latest model but it still has some powerful innards, powered by an 8th-generation Core i7 processor. With a decent amount of system memory and storage, this is a steal at AU$1,699!View Deal
New Dell XPS 13 | i5 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$1,839.20 (was AU$2,299; save AU$442.71)
If you prefer the latest iteration of our favourite Ultrabook, then this configuration is a total of 20% off but you will need to use the checkout code BFXPS20 to get the full discount. That saves you just under AU$450, which is actually pretty darn good, considering the XPS series hardly ever sees more than 15% off.View Deal
New Dell XPS 15 | i7 / 8GB / 512GB / GTX 1650 | AU$2,319.20 (was AU$2,899; save AU$579.80)
If you're after an Ultrabook with a lot of screen real estate, this particular configuration of the latest XPS 15 has a lot to recommend it. There's even a dedicated GPU which will do fine if you're a casual gamer as well. And you can score a total of 20% off on this machine, provided you use the code BFXPS20 at checkout.View Deal
Dell XPS 15 | i5 / 8GB / 256GB / GTX 1050 | AU$1,799 (was AU$2,399; save AU$600)
If that above XPS 15 is way outside your budget, consider this slightly older model. It's not as powerful as the one listed above but it will still do a remarkable job with an 8th-gen Core i5 housed in the chassis. And you get 25% off the usual RRP.View Deal
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3
| from AU$1,359 (save up to AU$695)
Update: The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 has currently sold out of the 8GB memory, 128GB and 256GB storage models. You can still grab the higher models for a discounted price.
For Black Friday this year, Microsoft is already discounting its entire Surface Laptop 3 range, even though it's just been released. This is true of both the 13.5-inch and 15-inch models in all five configurations and colours, meaning you could go from an Core i5 / 8GB / 128GB 13.5-inch model to a Ryzen 7 / 16GB / 512GB 15-inch model and still save some dosh. You also get a bonus protective sleeve of your choice valued at up to AU$90.
Huawei MateBook 13 | i5 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$1,299 (was AU$1,799; save AU$500)
Despite all the problems Huawei is facing because of its US ban, this Ultrabook is one of our favourites here at TechRadar. It's a powerful performer that's currently AU$400 cheaper than its usual RRP on Microsoft's eBay store, and you get a further AU$100 off when you use the code PRINCE200 at checkout.View Deal
Asus Zenbook UX434FL 14-inch laptop | i7 / 16GB / 1TB | AU$1,848 (was AU$2,148; save AU$300)
UPDATE: This Ultrabook was temporarily out of stock but there seems to be a limited quantity back on. So if you're keen, get a wriggle on.
This is the best offer you're going to get on this particular configuration of Asus' rather good-looking Ultrabook. With a heck of a lot of storage (it's an SSD, mind) and plenty of grunt under the hood, the AU$300 saving isn't a bad bargain. You will have to use the checkout code PITCH20 on eBay to save though.View Deal
2-in-1s & tablets
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 | from AU$974 (save up to AU$750)
Similar to the Surface Laptop 3 above, Microsoft is also knocking hundreds off its complete lineup of Surface Pro 7 devices for Black Friday, meaning you could save over AU$562 on the top model with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. There are six other (more affordable) configurations to choose from if that's a bit rich for you. Bundled in is a bonus protective sleeve of your choice valued at up to AU$90.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 | i7 / 16GB / 512GB | AU$2,479.20 (was AU$3,099; save AU$619.80)
The XPS series might be our favourite Ultrabooks, but you can even get yourself a convertible if that's what you'd prefer. And this 13-inch option, with the latest i7 CPU is a bargain with a total of 20% off the RRP. Just be sure to use the code BFXPS20 to snag the full discount.View Deal
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 | i5 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$1,199 (was AU$1,999; save AU$800)
Not only do you get a whopping 40% off this convertible, you also get plenty of screen real estate with that 15-inch FHD panel. This price is a great bargain for this kind of a configuration if you need a portable laptop on which you can even catch up on all the TV and movies you want while on the move.View Deal
HP Envy x2 2-in-1 | Snapdragon 835 / 256GB SSD | AU$1,169.10 (was AU$1,899; save AU$729.90)
This is a darn good solution for those constantly on the move. The keyboard and screen are detachable, so you get a tablet when you want one or make it a laptop when you need it. It runs Windows 10S, has a battery life of a whopping 22 hours, 4G LTE connectivity and comes with some decent specs with a AU$600 on Microsoft's eBay store, plus an additional discount of AU$129.90 when you use the code PILGRIM at checkout.View Deal
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 730| i5 / 8GB / 512GB / GTX 1050 | AU$1,519.24 (was AU$1,999; save $479.76)
Zen out with the Lenovo Yoga 730. This well-made convertible has a lot to offer with its slim and sleek design, and a 15-inch touchscreen for when you want to use it as a tablet. The Nvidia GTX 1050 will even help along some casual gaming. Boasting a great storage memory of 256GB, its an incredible piece of machinery. Currently discounted by 24%, saving you a massive $479.76, don't miss out on this amazing offer which is available with the use of the checkout code CYBER!View Deal
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 | i7 / 8GB / 256GB | AU$2,980.32 (was AU$6,118.71; save AU$3,138.39)
Run, don’t walk, because this Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is now less than half the price of its original RRP. Our mates over at LaptopMag reckon this 2-in-1 is Dell’s best business laptop, so if you need a new machine for work, this price is damn hard to beat. This configuration packs an 8th-gen Core i7 CPU into its slick convertible shell, and it backs strong performance with ridiculously long battery life. Dell has taken 48% off this model, but you can get an extra 5% by using the code SBSALE2 at checkout.View Deal
When is Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019?
Black Friday is the Friday immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, so this year it will fall on November 29, 2019.
Cyber Monday, as the name may suggest, is the Monday immediately after Black Friday. So Cyber Monday 2019 will fall on Monday, December 2.
Although the two days are, on paper, individual sales, it’s become hard to distinguish between them. More often than not, retailers begin their Black Friday sales on the Monday prior, meaning you should see offers starting on November 25. These will end on Cyber Monday itself, giving shoppers an extended week of excellent bargains.
How to score the best laptop deals on Black Friday 2019
If you can't decide which laptop is best for you, we’re here to help you figure out how to get the best laptop for your needs for the best price possible.
There are usually so many laptops being discounted during the Black Friday sale period, chances are you’ll be bombarded with a lot of jargon. And while some machines might seem like a steal, they could be older models that don’t have enough power to keep them running for years to come. Laptops like that could fall short of your needs.
To help you avoid this, we’ve put together a short guide to help you make an informed decision and get the best laptop deals when the 2019 Black Friday sale period arrives.
Features to look for
So, what specifically should you keep an eye out for when buying a laptop on Black Friday?
Start with the brand name. Something like the Microsoft Surface Laptop is a pricey option, but there are other, more affordable 2-in-1 convertible options also available if you have the time to look around.
Be careful not to run into the dark with a brand name you neither know nor trust simply because there’s a cheap device on offer.
If you want a machine that will last you a few years at least (and gives you the satisfaction of money well spent on quality and technical support) you should make a purchase from well-known PC manufacturers you recognise, like Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP, or indeed Microsoft.
If you want to dig a bit deeper into the individual brands and the products they sell, our extensive library of laptop reviews is a fine resource, as is our constantly-updated list of the best laptops currently available in Australia.
It's also worth looking into the websites you're purchasing from. Many websites will have customer reviews, and we'd particularly recommend steering clear of stores where customers have complained about long shipping times. Remember to avoid any sites you're not too sure about giving your credit card information as well – if in doubt, shop elsewhere.
Sizing things up
If you already have a particular PC manufacturer in mind, you’ll need to consider the overall size of the machine you want. The most common sizes for laptops are 13 inches, 14 inches, 15 inches and 17 inches.
Smaller notebooks are not only more portable, but are often cheaper as well. Larger devices, on the other hand, offer more screen real estate and, with the increase in space under the hood, you’re likely to find more powerful internal components alongside a bigger battery.
Then there’s the weight consideration. If you need to carry your laptop around for work a lot, you’ll want to opt for a lightweight, compact notebook that weighs less than 2kg – and ideally, less than 1.5kg.
The spec sheet
When you're browsing through all the Black Friday laptop deals, you should be aware that a lot of laptop manufacturers and retailers are trying to get rid of old stock. You'll see a laptop deal that cuts a huge chunk off the original price, only to find that it has a processor that's three years old. That's not necessarily a dealbreaker – even with an Intel Core i7-7500U, you should be able to get some work done.
Either way, just keep in mind the current generations of laptop hardware. Intel processors should have either a 10 in front of their model number – like the Intel Core i7-10710U. However, 8th-generation processors should still be able to get the job done. Don't buy a 7th-generation Intel Core processor unless it's a seriously deep discount, and you should be prepared for some dated performance.
If you're buying a gaming laptop, you should aim for one with a current-generation Nvidia GPU, too. The Nvidia GeForce 20-series graphics chips are the current top-end, and will let you power ray-tracing in games. However, there is the GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 in laptops that will be able to power through your PC games at 1080p. Then, in Ultrabooks, you'll find an Nvidia GeForce MX250, which isn't great at games, but works wonders for pro apps you'll use on the road.
Still, you might find a great deal on a laptop with an Nvidia 10-series GPU, just keep in mind that it's the last-generation model.
Finally, a lot of Black Friday laptop deals will try to sell you a laptop without enough RAM. As a general rule of thumb, you should shoot for at least 8GB of RAM on a Windows laptop, and 16GB if you plan on doing any heavy work on it.
These days, you’ll find that many laptops use an SSD (solid-state drive) for storage. SSDs offer very reliable performance and you’ll find that apps and programs will load very quickly.
Cheaper models are more likely to have eMMC drives and though these use flash memory just like an SSD, they’re considerably slower. eMMC is an effective way for laptop manufacturers to cut corners and costs, which is exactly why you’ll often find it in budget laptops.
Traditional hard drives (which you’ll often find referred to as an HDD or hard disk drive) are the slowest medium of storage. Their strength lies in the fact that they usually have far bigger capacity – you can find storage of up to 2TB even in budget hardware.
Reviews are your friend here, so don’t be afraid to Google a particular model and look for an evaluation or two (and again, you can check out TechRadar’s review section).
Know what you want before Black Friday
Draw up a list of what you want from your laptop before the Black Friday sales begin, and take note of any models or brands that have caught your eye. This means your deal-hunting can be narrowed down and more successful, not to mention quicker.
This will also help to stop you spending money on impulse buys which you may regret later, especially if a deal for something you actually do want crops up later, and you've already blown your budget.
Keep the receipts
Make sure you keep hold of your receipts in case you're not happy with any of your purchases and want a refund – it's also worth checking the refund policy of websites before buying on Black Friday.
Some retailers may offer longer warranties than others, which could be a deciding factor when buying a laptop or MacBook on Black Friday. Most PC manufacturers offer a two-year warranty, but under Australian consumer law, you’ll typically be covered for three years.
Stick with TechRadar to get the best Black Friday deals
Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales can get a bit overwhelming, with numerous retailers vying for your custom at the same time. While this means there are very competitive deals to be had, it also unfortunately means there are some deals that aren’t as good as they first appear.
That's why you should visit TechRadar to ensure you get the best Black Friday deals. We keep an eye on all of the top retailer's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and highlight the very best savings on the best laptops.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV | AU$679.15 (was AU$949; save AU$269.85)
If you're on a budget and would still prefer to get yourself one of the RX100 compacts, then the fourth generation is not a bad option. It's not as quick as the latest model, but it can still hold its own. And it's way more affordable than the later models at Camera House.View Deal