Black Friday 2012 laptops, desktops, and tablets

Shopping for a new PC or tablet? We’ve got a list of the best Black Friday deals, and a few to avoid at any price.

As Black Friday expands into a week-long marathon of deals (followed by the now-requisite Cyber Monday), a new laptop, desktop, or tablet may be high up on your shopping list. And withWindows 8 launching dozens of new computer models, that’s just one more reason to upgrade. Perusing the major retailers for PC deals, I found a few noteworthy ones, as well as a few you should be warned away from.

Black Friday laptops, desktops, and tablets (pictures)

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There are decent discounts on some mainstream full-power laptops, as well as on newer touch-screen Windows 8 systems. Tablet deals were less common, largely restricted to no-name brands. A few stores listed Apple’s iPad, but at full price, with the promise of a store gift card thrown in to make it feel like a Black Friday sale.

The picks shown here include some of my favorite Black Friday computer deals, and a few you should definitely avoid. There must be a giant warehouse somewhere filled with Celeron and Pentium laptops and desktops that exist solely to get trotted out each year for sub-$200 doorbuster specials. I would generally stay away from those, but if you find a better Black Friday laptop, desktop, or tablet deal worth sharing, post it in the comments section below.





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