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Amazing Black Friday Laptop Deals Under $500

We’ve picked 10 of the best sub-$500 laptop deals worth fighting the crowds to get.

The Best Black Friday Laptop Deals for less than $500

It wouldn’t be Black Friday without some classic doorbusters--those dirt-cheap laptop deals tailor-made to get you in line at some ungodly hour. This year is no different, and we’ve picked 10 of the best sub-$500 laptop deals worth fighting the crowds to get. Plan ahead, make a beeline, and best of luck to you.

Best Buy: Asus Q200E 11.6-inch laptop for $450 (reg. $500)

Specs: 11.6-inch touch screen, Intel Core i3 processor (second-generation), UMA graphics, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, 1-megapixel Webcam, 3 USB ports (1 USB 3.0), multi-card reader, HDMI out, weighs 2.9 pounds, measures 0.9 inches thick.

Description: $50 off isn’t the biggest discount on Black Friday, but it’s still good price for a touch screen Windows 8 laptop with decent specs. [ More Info ]

Walmart: Acer S3 13.3-inch Ultrabook for $499 (reg. $648)

Specs: 13.3-inch (1366-by-768) display, Intel Core i3 processor (second-generation), Intel HD graphics, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive with 20 GB solid state, 1.3-megapixel camera, 2 USB 3.0 ports, card reader, HDMI out, weighs 3 pounds, measures 0.5 inches thick.

Description: Acer’s first-generation Ultrabook only received three out of five stars in our review, but that was a year ago, when the price tag was over $800. At Black Friday prices, it’s worth another look. [ More Info ]

Best Buy: Asus X401A 14-inch laptop for $250 (reg. $500)

Specs: 14-inch (1366-by-768) display, Intel Pentium B980 processor, UMA graphics, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, 1-megapixel Webcam, 2 USB ports (1 USB 3.0), card reader, HDMI out, weighs 4.1 pounds and measures 1.3 inches thick.

Description: It’s certainly not the most elegant laptop around, but it’s one of the cheapest you’ll find on Black Friday, and at least it’s got a decent amount of RAM. It’s selling in white, pink or green. [ More Info ]

Best Buy: HP Envy 15.6-inch laptop for $499.99 (reg. $699.99)

Specs: 15.6-inch (1366-by-768) display, Intel Core i5 processor (third-generation), Intel HD graphics, 8 GB RAM, 750 GB hard drive, DVD drive, HD Webcam, fingerprint reader, 4 USB ports (3 USB 3.0), card reader, HDMI out, weighs 5.3 pounds and measures 1-inch thick.

Description: For the money, it’s hard to find specs like this outside of Black Friday. Though it’s not the most portable laptop, It’s worth considering if you need that Core i5 performance. [ More Info ]

Best Buy: Lenovo G585 15.6-inch laptop for $188 (reg. $400)

Specs: 15.6-inch (1366-by-768) display, AMD E-300 processor, Radeon 6310 integrated graphics, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, 720p Webcam, 3 USB ports (2 USB 3.0), weighs 5.7 pounds and measures 1.4-iinches thick.

Description: This laptop is clearly nothing special, but what do you expect for under $200? If your computing needs are simple, this is the one time of year you’ll be able to nab anything this cheap. [ More Info ]

Dell.com: Dell Inspiron 14z 14-inch laptop for $300 (reg. $600)

Specs: 14-inch (1366-by-768) display, Intel Core i3 processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive.

Description: Dell hasn’t given too many details on this online doorbuster, but don’t confuse it with the current Ultrabook of the same name . This model appears to be the 1424BK, whose specs include Intel HD graphics, a DVD drive, 3 USB ports (2 USB 3.0), a card reader, a weight of 4.4 pounds and a thickness of 1.1 inches. Keep in mind you’re likely looking at a second-generation Core processor, and the software is Windows 7 Home Premium, rather than Windows 8. Still, for $300, you’ll have hard time finding anything better. They’ll go quick at midnight Eastern time. [ More Info ]

Walmart: Compaq Presario 15.6-inch laptop for $179 (reg. $300)

Specs: 15.6-incn (1366-by-768) display, AMD C-60 processor, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, DVD drive, 3 USB ports, card reader, up to 5.5 hours of battery life, weighs 5.2 pounds and measures 1.43 inches thick.

Description: Walmart wins the award for cheapest laptop on sale this Black Friday. Don’t expect much from this machine, but if for some reason you need a practically-disposable clunker, this could be the one. [ More Info ]

Staples: Toshiba Satellite L955-S5370 15.6-inch laptop for $499.99 (reg. $699.99)

Specs: 15.6-inch (1366-by-768) display, Intel Core i5 processor (third-generation), Intel HD graphics, 6 GB RAM, 640 GB hard drive, DVD drive, 3 USB ports (2 USB 3.0), card slot, HDMI out, weighs 5 pounds and measures 0.97 inches thick.

Description: In terms of specs, this laptop isn’t quite as good as the HP Envy you’ll find over at Best Buy on Black Friday, but it’s a bit thinner and lighter, and it’s still a solid machine for the money. Also, if you don’t feel like fighting the crowds, Staples has the laptopon sale this week for $550, after a $50 mail-in rebate. [ More Info]

Costco: HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14-inch laptop for $399

Specs: 14-inch (1366-by-768) display, Intel Core i5 processor (third-generation), Intel HD graphics, 6 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, 3 USB ports (2 USB 3.0), card slot, HDMI out, weighs 3.96 pounds and measures 0.83 inches thick.

Description: HP’s not-quite-Ultrabook combines solid specs with a portable figure. Though Costco doesn’t have its regular price listed, HP sells a similar model (with less RAM) for $530, so this is at least a $130 discount. Just keep in mind that battery life isn’t stellar, at about 4 hours on a charge, though it is removable. [ More Info]

Target: Gateway 15.6-inch Laptop for $349 (reg. $530)

Specs: 15.6-inch (1366-by-768) display, AMD A8-4500M processor, Radeon HD 7450G graphics, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, DVD drive, 3 USB ports, card slot, HDMI, weighs 5.73 pounds and measures 1.3 inches thick.

Description: $349 is a solid deal for a quad-core AMD laptop, and the integrated Radeon HD 7450G graphics could even help with light gaming. Otherwise, it’s the typical mix of decent RAM and storage in a somewhat bulky frame. [ More Info ]