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Dell’s cheapest Black Friday laptop deal is one we’d avoid; here are better alternatives

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Dell has almost halved the price of its Inspiron 15 3000 laptop to a mere $199.99, a saving of $189 off its sticker price of $389. Quantities are very limited but even if you missed it, Dell will put some more on sale on November 26 as part of its Black Friday deals.

What you get for the price is a very basic laptop powered by Windows 11 Home (S mode). The processor is an entry-level dual-core Intel Celeron N4020 which is paired with 4GB of RAM (upgradable) and a 15.6-inch HD+ display. Probably the only saving grace is the fast 128GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD – at least that’s not a hard disk drive!

Dell Inspiron 15 3000, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD $389

Dell Inspiron 15 3000, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD $389 $199.99
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This laptop has seen its price cut by almost 50% and still, we're reluctant to give it our seal of approval. Buy it only if you really want a Windows PC and can't spend more than $200.

Other features include Wi-Fi 5, a 41Whr battery and a 1-year hardware warranty with onsite/in-home Service after remote diagnosis. Its classy design - the screen raises the bottom of the laptop to offer a better typing angle and improve air flow - as well as the ability to use Dell Mobile Connect app make it an attractive deal, at least on paper.

But we’d advise you to go for a Chromebook (or a refurbished second hand laptop) if your budget doesn’t extend beyond $200. Check out some of the best Chromebook Black Friday deals on offer below, all of which are cheaper than the Dell Inspiron 15 3000.

Asus Chromebook, 11.6-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $219

Asus Chromebook, 11.6-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $219 $99 at Best Buy
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This brilliant Chromebook is now just $99, making it the ideal laptop for kids and students. Chrome OS runs well thanks to the Intel Celeron CPU and 4GB of RAM, though storage isn't huge.

Lenovo Flex 3, 11-inches, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $379

Lenovo Flex 3, 11-inches, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $379 $149 at Best Buy
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This 2-in-1 Chromebook is a great little performer for day-to-day use, and with a large $230 discount, it's now one of the most affordable ways to get a Chromebook. The 2-in-1 design and Android app support makes it a great tablet-like device as well.

$199

Samsung Chromebook 4, 11.6-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $199 $126 at Walmart
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– This is a great price for the Samsung Chromebook 4. With an 11.6-inch screen, Intel processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB of storage and up to 12-hour battery life, this basic laptop will handle light work or everyday tasks without breaking the bank.

Lenovo Chromebook, 14-inch, Mediatek CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $239

Lenovo Chromebook, 14-inch, Mediatek CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC storage: $239 $183 at Walmart
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– The 32GB eMMC flash storage in this cheap Lenovo Chromebook means you'll be best utilizing the extra storage from the cloud and microSD card slot for most of your files. The MediaTek processor is an unusual step away from mainstays Intel and AMD that you would see in more premium models. However, you do get 4GB RAM and up to 10 hours of battery life with this Chromebook making it great value for money for a basic machine.

Samsung Chromebook, 15.6-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC: $299

Samsung Chromebook, 15.6-inches, Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC: $299 $199 at Best Buy
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This excellent Chromebook from Samsung has had a great discount ahead of Black Friday. This is a good choice for anyone who wants a larger screen on their Chromebook for working on.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.