How to pick up a laptop bargain on Black Friday


The efficiency of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system means that you don’t have to buy a powerhouse laptop to get hold of a good experience today. Featuring evolved Intel processors, eye-catching displays and comfortable keyboards, even budget laptops are more than up to the task of replacing old and outdated machines.

While this means that attractive laptops deals can be found throughout the year, the evolution of Black Friday has given birth to the “doorbuster” deal – a once-a-year bargain that rewards eagle-eyed shoppers with an unmissable catch. If that’s what you’re hoping to find on Black Friday (November 25) this year then you’re in luck, as Dell is running a promotion on its impressive Inspiron 15 3000 laptop that budget buyers will find difficult to ignore.

The Inspiron 15 3000 will be available for £129, which at 52% off is better than half price versus the usual cost of £289 – and the exclusive deal includes VAT and free delivery. It’s only available online on, so don’t expect to find it in the shops – and it’s on a first-come-first-served basis while stocks last.

What’s the big deal?

Dell has impressed in recent years with its affordable yet capable Inspiron line of laptops, earning multiple positions in TechRadar’s best laptop buying guides. The Inspiron 15 3000 features a N3060 processor that’s based on Intel’s 14nm Braswell architecture. And this is good for two reasons

First, the Inspiron 15 3000 can reach a speedy 2.4 GHz clock speed using Turbo Boost which gives you plenty of oomph for browsing the web, playing videos and working with multiple applications at the same time. The second benefit is longer battery life, meaning you can do all of the above without having to reach for the plug socket.

On the outside, this solid machine is decked in a demure black matte exterior that’s ideal for a vessel perfectly balanced for productivity work and entertainment. Its 15.6-inch HD display sports a 1,366 x 768 pixel-resolution, featuring the same 16:9 aspect ratio used by today’s TVs.

That display features TrueLife technology, which brings the benefit of 10% higher contrast ratio versus equivalent screens with anti-glare coating. Blacks appear bold, colours ‘pop’ and video appears lifelike and vivid on its sizeable dimensions. When stationary, the laptop can be connected to an external monitor using the onboard HDMI port.

The inclusion of Intel’s HD Graphics means that the Inspiron 15 3000 is capable of playing casual games, and its spill-resistant keyboard means that you won’t accidentally break your purchase when accidentally knocking a glass over in the heat of the moment.

In terms of ports, the Inspiron 13 5000 features two USB 2.0 ports and one advanced USB 3.0 connection for taking advantage of faster data transfer rates when connecting mice, hard drives and other peripherals.

Dell’s budget bruiser comes with Windows 10 Home64bit, 4GB of RAM and a capacious 500GB hard disk drive that’s big enough to store around 125 DVDs in addition to your movies, music and other media. Should your purchase go belly-up, it also comes with a 1 year Collect & Return Hardware Hardware Support for peace of mind.

Anything else?

If you’re not sold on the Inspiron 15 3000, then Dell is gearing up to unveil a number of other ‘doorbuster’ deals alongside the promotion on during Black Friday.

Starting at 12:00AM they be announced throughout the day, so there’s every chance you’ll find what you want by heading over there and keeping your eyes peeled. Deals are scheduled to run beyond Black Friday, all the way through to Cyber Monday on November 28 (and beyond).

If you want to know more about the Inspiron 15 3000 or Dell’s upcoming Black Friday deals, you can visit, chat with Dell direct online or call Freephone 0800 085 4961.