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If you’re hoping to find a great deal on a laptop or desktop, you don’t need to wait untilor this year — HP is already getting a jump on the holidays with its event, which features notable savings on laptops, desktops, all-in-one PCs, PC accessories and more. There aren’t any staggering discounts at present; most desktops and laptops are marked down by $50 to $150, but that’s still nothing to sneeze at when you’re considering a laptop deal.
The “Black Friday” sale started last week and this week’s update brings the latest deals to the table. The excellent HP Spectre x360 two-in-one laptop, for example, is now $150 off — up from last week’s $100 discount. Pricing is likely to continue to fluctuate between now and the end of December, so if you’re looking for live deals on popular laptop ranges, keep checking back.
Take a look below for the best deals that are currently on offer. If you’re not seeing anything in these live deals that strikes your fancy, be sure to check back for the latest deals. I’ll keep this story updated as HP adds new products to its holiday sale and adjusts pricing.
The 13-inch Spectre x360 is one of CNET’s favorite two-in-one convertibles for its premium styling, light weight and long battery life. The entry-level configuration of this customizable laptop features a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics and a 256GB solid-state drive. With a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution, the 14-inch touchscreen can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. The $200 discount also applies if you add upgrades, and I’d suggest spending $70 to upgrade to a 512GB SSD with 32GB of fast Optane memory, which brings the total to $1,070. Read our HP Spectre x360 13 review.
I wouldn’t usually recommend a humongous, 17-inch laptop unless it’s a gaming laptop, but these are not usual times. If you’re currently working from home and plan to continue doing so well into 2021, it might make sense to get a bigger laptop that you might lug from your kitchen to your living room to your bedroom instead of commuting with it to and from the office every day. The Envy 17t features Intel’s new 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors and next-gen integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics. The baseline configuration of this customizable model (17t-cg100) features an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a speedy 128GB SSD along with a 1TB hard drive for added storage. The roomy 17.3-inch display features a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and you can add touch support for no additional charge. The Envy 17t should not be confused with a gaming laptop, but Intel’s latest integrated GPU should let you play less demanding games at full resolution with some quality settings enabled.
HP’s premium thin-and-light is heavy on style and light on weight. It boasts an all-metal design and razor-thin bezels for a compact chassis that weighs less than three pounds. You can save $100 on this model (13-ba0085nr) that features a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce MX350 graphics and a 512GB SSD. That’s enough muscle for media editing in addition to the usual office chores. The 13.3-inch touchscreen has a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and is rated for 400 nits of brightness.
Now, this is a gaming laptop. HP’s Home 15t features an aggressive look and a wide range of configuration options. The baseline configuration of this model (15t-dh100) features a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU and GeForce GTX 1650 graphics, but you can upgrade to GeForce RTX 2060 graphics for $190 and still get the $50 discount. The 2060 is the budget card in Nvidia’s RTX lineup but still offers ray tracing, which reproduces how light behaves in the real world to give games a more photorealistic look. I’d also consider doubling the RAM from 8GB to 16GB for $90 and spending $100 to upgrade the display to a refresh rate of 144Hz. Those three upgrades will greatly aid performance and the system’s gaming capabilities and bring the total to a still reasonable $1,360.
HP’s 24-inch all-in-one PC gives you a choice of AMD or Intel processors and a black or white chassis. The white model features an AMD Ryzen 5 chip, 16GB memory, a 256GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive. The black model features an Intel Core i5 chip but only 8GB of RAM. Both models have a 23.8-inch full HD display, but only the AMD-based model offers touch support.
Want a bigger display? You can also save $100 on HP’s 27-inch all-in-one. In addition to the larger display, it also bumps you up to a 2K (2,256×1,504-pixel) resolution. The baseline model features a 10th-gen Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. The one upgrade I recommend for this customizable system is choosing a 128GB SSD as the primary drive, which doesn’t add to the cost, and then selecting a 1TB hard drive as the secondary storage drive for an additional $49. With this pair, you get the speed of an SSD along with the high capacity of the 1TB hard drive for a still reasonable price of $799. If you plan to use the system for more than browsing the web and watching movies, I’d also be tempted to spend the $150 to upgrade the CPU to a Core i5 chip. Along with the aforementioned hard drive upgrade, this CPU bump would bring the price to $949.