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Dell has revealed its first wave of Black Friday deals that consumers can look forward to this year, with popular and highly rated models including the XPS, Inspiron, and the company’s “G” series of gaming laptops.

They’re available at some of the best prices we’ve seen all year. Only the back-to-school season rivals Black Friday in terms of discounts, making now a great time to be in the market. 

The deals will be available on Dell's website and by phone (800-289-3355). Like other retailers, Dell will stagger the times when the offers go live. The juiciest of these deals, which the company calls “doorbusters” (even if there are no actual doors to bust through), begin on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28).

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Orders ship free, which is something we’ve seen from at least one other laptop maker this year (Lenovo). More laptop makers and retailers may also start offering free shipping to win your business. And check out our expert tips on finding great Black Friday deals on all kinds of other products.

We've highlighted the most interesting deals below—organized by East Coast starting times—but Dell could put more laptops on sale during the Black Friday weekend, so stay tuned.

Click on each model name below to see CR's full test results.


Go to Consumer Reports’ 2019 Holiday Central for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.
 

Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28)

Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1, $600, 2 P.M. ET
This is a decent deal for a midrange convertible that usually goes for around $750. There’s an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage, just the sort of specs you’d expect to see in a solid, mainstream laptop in late 2019. A very similar model did well in our tests. Our testers found performance to be fine for everyday tasks like browsing the web (including using social media), watching streaming videos on sites like YouTube, and getting actual work done using apps like Microsoft Word and Excel and Google Docs. And because it’s a convertible, you can bend the keyboard behind the display to use the laptop like a tablet (which is handy for watching videos) or prop up the laptop in what’s known as “tent mode” to more easily share the contents of the display with other people nearby, such as when you’re going over a presentation.

Inspiron 15 5000, $400, 6 P.M. ET
This is very similar to the Inspiron above, which goes on sale earlier in the day, except that this model is a traditional notebook and not a 2-in-1. The flip side is that it’s less expensive. It usually goes for closer to $650, so the $400 sale price is a good deal. The laptop has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage, making it a good choice for consumers. Our testers didn't find any major faults with the similar model we tested.

G3 15, $600, 6 P.M. ET
This is a 15-inch laptop that usually goes for $800. It’s part of Dell’s “G” series, aimed at consumers who have an interest in playing games but don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money to do so. (Gaming laptops and desktops usually have higher-end, expensive components that are necessary to run games at high settings.) To that end there’s an Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory, a 1 terabyte hard drive, and a dedicated Nvidia graphics card. This will play today’s popular games like “Fortnite” and “Overwatch” but you (or your children) may have to dial down some of the graphics settings to have things move smoothly. Our testers were largely impressed with this laptop but did note that the battery life (at around 5 hours while doing demanding tasks like watching a 4K video) may require you to keep a power cord handy.

Black Friday (Nov. 29)

Alienware m17, $1,900, 9 A.M. ET
Alienware is Dell’s sub-brand for high-end gaming laptops, and this model usually goes for about $2,400. It’s similar to the G3 described above but goes the extra mile in terms of offering beefier specs that make playing games (or, heck, even editing high-res video) at truly high settings possible. This 17-inch laptop packs an Intel Core i7, 16GB of memory, 512GB of solid-state storage, and a dedicated Nvidia graphics card—one of the company’s new “RTX” cards that enable even more realistic-looking graphics. You don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate this level of power, because it will enable you to easily do things like edit and render high-res video—handy, given how many smartphones today can shoot 4K video. We tested the 15-inch version of this laptop and noted great performance (as you may have guessed), but you will need to keep a power cord handy; all that performance chews through battery life.

XPS 13 2-in-1, $1,150, 12 P.M. ET
This is a 13-inch 2-in-1 convertible that usually goes for around $1,400, making it a good deal, especially because Dell’s high-end XPS laptops don’t go on sale as frequently as its more mainstream models, like the Inspiron. This would be a good pick for consumers who want decent power and the flexibility to use their laptop like a tablet but don’t have any particular interest in playing games. That translates to an Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage, all more than adequate for everyday tasks like browsing the web, watching streaming video, and using productivity apps such as Microsoft Word and Excel. Because we tested a 15-inch variant, it’s difficult to say with certainty what battery life looks like here, but it should easily beat Dell's gaming-oriented models. 

XPS 13, $800, 2 P.M. ET
This is very similar to the XPS model above, but it's not a 2-in-1 device. That means you won’t be able to use it like a tablet, but it’s also less expensive; it usually goes for around $1,200. The core specs are the same, with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage. Our testers gave the laptop a thumbs-up, noting strong performance and battery life (more than 11 hours while browsing the web).