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Black Friday Laptop Sales Buying Guide

BLACK FRIDAY LAPTOP BUYING GUIDE

We all know that purchasing a Black Friday computer is expensive, but exactly how much should you expect to pay when buying a new computer? You can buy a really basic computer for as little as £200-£300. The average consumer market tops out at somewhere between £2,000-£3,000, unless you are looking for something highly specialized, in which case you could pay substantially more. Why such a huge range?

£200-£300

For the £200-£300 range, you can get Chromebook or a do-it-yourself kit to build a computer on your own. Chromebooks are great if you know what you are buying – but if you do anything more than browsing the web, checking email, editing documents, etc… you probably don’t want to buy one. They’re intended to be connected to the internet at all times, so most of your files are stored online *in the cloud*, as they say. Also, they don’t run on Windows, so say goodbye to any Windows or specialty programs you use. Do-it-yourself desktop computer kits are a lot less intimidating than they sound, especially with the help of YouTube videos, but you’ll need some technical knowledge and some time on your hands if you’ve never pieced one together before. If you’re working on a tight budget but you need a moderately or very powerful computer, buying a kit might be the right solution for you.

£400-£500

The £400-£500 range will buy you an entry-level, basic computer that is fully capable and already assembled – the way most of us like them. These computers are great, and will suit the needs of most consumers. But beware – if you run more intense programs on your computer, run a lot of programs simultaneously, or only upgrade your computer once every 7-10 years, buying an entry-level machine probably isn’t a good idea. It’ll bog down on you immediately or in the not-so-distant future depending on your needs, so if this describes you, you should probably buy at least a mid-range computer.

£600-£800

Mid-range computers, £600-£800, will typically buy you a PC that’ll work for graphic designers, hobbyist gamers (but not hardcore ones), amateur filmmakers, and people that run a lot of programs at once or rarely upgrade their computers.

£900-£1000

Once you get into the £900-£1,000 range, you will have a selection of moderately powerful PCs to choose from. You can also afford to buy a MacBook Air, which is Apple’s light-duty computer. Computers in this price range are similar to mid-range computers, but they typically have a little more power, a few extra features, added durability, additional speed, etc… They are not workhorses like more powerful computers, but they are somewhere in-between mid-range and truly powerful options.

£1,100-£1,300

If you climb one more rung on the totem pole, you can finally afford a *real* Mac! Although Apple’s computers don’t typically look as powerful on their spec sheet, their resources go much further than PC computers because Apple’s hardware is designed specifically to run Apple software, whereas you have multiple manufacturers making parts for Windows computers. For £1,100-£1,300 you can purchase an entry-level iMac which is an all-in-one computer, or an entry-level MacBook or MacBook Pro, which are laptops. Even though their specs may not look as stacked as their PC counterparts in this price range, most entry-level Macs can handle the same workload as powerful PCs, aside from video-heavy activities like diehard gaming. Macs also hold their resell value better and run faster longer than PCs.

£1500-£1800

The next rung up would likely be somewhere in the £1500-£1800 range, in which case you are starting to get into pretty powerful machines. You’ll be able to afford mid-range Macs and mid-range gaming computers at this point, along with multiple PCs that would be great for more intense work like video editing, 3D modelling, etc…

£2000-£3000

Once you get into the £2,000-£3,000 range, you are buying a pretty powerful computer that will likely remain powerful for several years to come. These are great for professionals that do a lot of graphics or video work, engineers that do a lot of 3D modelling, and hardcore gamers that want a seamless gaming experience.