Black Friday 2013 Laptop Buying Guide

Under $200

The sub-$200 has really come into its own this year, with some respectable choices that won't break the bank. Remember that these are budget units that are suitable to tasks like homework, web browsing, listening to music, or watching DVDs, but will leave something to be desired should you try to watch HD video or play video games.

Our Pick

Dell Inspiron 15.6" Laptop w/ Intel Celeron, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HDD (I15RV-1952BLK)
$177.99 at Best Buy

Best Buy takes this category handily with their sub-$200 door buster, which is the lowest-priced laptop this Black Friday (by just a penny). This Celeron notebook is equipped with 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard drive. It's also available from Dell.com for $20 more, so if you prefer to shop from home or you're in a state that adds no sales tax on Dell.com, you may want to look there before heading out into the cold.

Honorable Mention

HP Black Licorice 15.6" Laptop PC w/ AMD E-300 Accelerated Processor, 500GB RAM, 4GB Memory & Windows 8 (2000-2D09WM)
$178 at Walmart

Walmart takes our runner up with their AMD E-300 based laptop. It's got 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, and while the E-300 processor cannot go pound for pound with the Dell's Celeron, its integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics card is great for those looking to do light gaming on the go.

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November 20, 2013
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