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This is the cheapest Core laptop pre-Black Friday, but it has one unforgivable flaw

HP 15-dy1091wm Core i3 laptop - $399 $249 at Walmart
(roughly £190)
Walmart has delivered one of the best laptop deals of 2020, and it comes oh so close to perfection. The machine boasts a 10th generation Intel Core i3 processor with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe SSD and up to 10 hours battery life - but the screen is only 768p!View Deal

In the run-up to Black Friday 2020 (and Cyber Monday), Walmart has what appears to be the most affordable Black Friday laptop deals around.

The HP 15-dy1091WM is almost the perfect device for bargain hunters after a balanced notebook, whether you’re looking for a student laptop or a business laptop.

It is far more powerful than anything else you'll find at this price point ($249/roughly £190). You get a 10th generation Intel Core i3-1005G1 which, despite being “only” a dual core CPU, scores a whopping 5200 points on the popular CPUBenchmark test.

There's also 8GB of fast DDR4 memory in one memory slot (sadly it doesn't support a dual channel configuration) with a 256GB PCIe NVMe M2. SSD, which is far faster than the usual SATA (or worst eMMC) storage.

It also features a 41Whr battery that, according to HP, can power the device for up to 10 hours. Multimedia options consist of a 720p HD True Vision webcam paired with an integrated dual array microphones and two speakers. And, as expected, there’s Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth with MU-MIMO support.

Last but not least, bean counters and accounting software users will love the full sized keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad - essential when entering ASCII codes.

The only big negative is the display. As we begin the third decade of this century, having to deal with a 1366 x 768 resolution on a 15.6-inch display is no longer acceptable. Not only will the picture quality look subpar, but the amount of content displayed on screen will be a fraction of what a full HD device can offer.

Still, if you plan to connect your laptop to a larger higher resolution monitor, then the 15-dy1091WM is an absolute bargain that shouldn’t be missed.

Bear in mind

  • If this product is unavailable in your region, you'll need to use a specialist parcel forwarding service to take advantage of the deal.
  • If you've managed to get hold of a cheaper product with equivalent specifications, in stock and brand new, let us know and we'll tip our hat to you.
Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology in a career spanning four decades. 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.