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Dell Black Friday and Cyber Monday: what to expect this year

Dell Black Friday and Cyber Monday: what to expect this year
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Looking for a killer Dell product on Black Friday 2018? Here’s how to make sure you score a real bargain.

Dell Black Friday deals in 2018 have officially started. The computer hardware maker jumped the gun ahead of every retailer to reveal its Early Black Friday deals. You don’t want to miss out on anything this year – luckily, we’re here to help you pick out the best deals.

Not only has Dell unleashed a bevy of savings you can grab now, the company also shared its Black Friday deals, including hourly door busters that will go live starting on November 22rd. While you won’t be able to take advantage of these discounts appearing later into the month just yet, we can prepare our game plan and wallets for the big day.

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Early Black Friday Dell deals live right now

This is where we’ll feature the newest, hottest early Black Friday deals for you to gobble up ahead of Thanksgiving. Keep checking back as stock changes, old deals expire and new deals pop up.

Dell XPS 13 for only $1,199 – was $1,469
One of the most sought-after consumer laptops is enjoying an early deal on an advanced configuration. Get an Intel Core i7 processor and 256GB of SSD space for an impressive$270 off list priceat Dell.View Deal

Dell Alienware Aurora for just $999 – was $1,199
Dell has cut the price of this gaming desktop, helping yousave $200. It comes with an Intel Core i5 processor and Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card, and is available on Dell’s website.View Deal

Inspiron Gaming Desktop for only $1,149 – was $1,269
Save$120 offthis great gaming desktop. It features an Intel Core i5 processor, Windows 10 Home, 8GB RAM and Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card – on Dell’s website.View Deal

Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset for just $109 – was $169
Save $60off this great wireless gaming headset from Dell. Features brilliant sound quality and crystal-clear communication, all in the iconic Alienware style – available at Dell.View Deal

How to get the best Dell deals on Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Dell has some sick deals on products during almost all of November in an attempt to get ahead of the competition. In fact the company started doling out the deals as early as November 1st this year.

Out of the gate Dell delivered some awesome Black Friday laptop deals and desktop PC deals, but that’s only the start of things. Dell also shared its entire catalog of Black Friday Deals including hourly doorbuster discounts that start on November 22nd at 10am ET.

We’ve highlighted the best Dell deals coming later into the month, so you can get a sense of the savings to come and start preparing for the incoming price cuts. 

Dell Black Friday deals coming later this month:

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RAM counts

The next piece to mull over is system memory, or RAM. Ideally, you want at least 4GB, though 8GB is the preferable option for future-proofing and any type of gaming. Some more affordable laptops still run with 2GB of RAM, but these days that really is not enough to run Windows 10 well – even though it’s technically within the system requirements for the OS. 

Sometimes, the speed of the RAM is denoted in MHz, but don’t fret about that too much; it’s the amount of RAM that’s more important than speed in terms of performance.

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Graphics and display 

Most Dell laptops will have integrated graphics, meaning the GPU is hardwired to the CPU, and you’ll usually find that visual performance is rather limited as a result. With integrated graphics – referred to as Intel HD Graphics or Intel Iris, when it comes to Intel chips – you’ll be able to play casual games, but nothing more than that.

This will be OK for the average laptop user, but those who want to play some more heavy-duty games will need a discrete GPU – a graphics processing solution that sits separate from the general processor.

As an example, the GeForce MX150 is Nvidia’s current (Pascal-based) ground-level mobile GPU, but you may need to fork out for something a little more powerful than that for really strong performance. An example of a more powerful GPU would be the GeForce GTX 1060, but it should be noted that prices can soar swiftly when it comes to stronger and stronger GPUs.

As far as screens are concerned: most mid-level laptops will offer a Full HD display as standard, which is a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080.

However, when you move down the price spectrum towards more affordable models, you’ll still find there are plenty of products which only offer a resolution of 1,366 x 768. Don’t let this scare you, though.

This resolution is actually perfectly fine, especially on smaller-screened laptops. Indeed, a smaller resolution is often a benefit to a laptop with less powerful hardware driving it, as it means there are fewer pixels for the CPU and GPU to shift, making things more likely to run smoothly.

This is something gamers might want to keep in mind as well. Though a 4K display looks and sounds like an amazing idea, it’ll take a major toll on your machine’s core components. Sometimes, it’s worth sacrificing a bit of image quality for a smoother frame rate. 

High-resolution 4K displays will also use your laptop’s battery much faster. Given this is an area in which gaming laptops already struggle, you may want to consider what you’re losing to gain 4K.

Stick with TechRadar to get the best Black Friday deals

On Black Friday (and Cyber Monday), the day itself can be a bit overwhelming as so many online retailers vie for your hard-earned dollar. While this means there are very competitive deals to enjoy, it also unfortunately means there are some deals that aren’t as decent as they first appear.

That’s why you should stick with TechRadar to guarantee you get the best Black Friday deals. We track all of the top retailer’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, and highlight the very best savings on the top laptops.

For the latest info, breaking deals and the biggest savings as soon as we know about them, make sure you follow TR Deals on Twitter so you don’t miss out on any incredible Black Friday laptop deals. 

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