Twas the Monday before Black Friday and all through the web, the deals were stirring, yes, it’s that time of year again, let’s prep. That’s how it goes, right? As you may have noticed, it’s Black Friday this week, but instead of waiting until the big day itself, dozens of retailers like Currys PC World have started their discounts early, letting you beat the crowds and bag that all important deal before the masses start clicking feverishly at any saving they can find.
There are loads of Black Friday products on sale at Currys PC World right now, with more being added all the time. Many products, for instance, have a handy ‘Black Friday Price Now’ sticker next to their listing, telling you their prices won’t change between now and the day itself. Others require you to enter a code on checkout.
Are they all good deals? Not necessarily. Black Friday’s a notorious time for retailers to get rid of unwanted stock and generally unwanted tat items, but we’ve done our best to round up what we think are the sales highlights. Of course, if you also fancy a new TV, camera, soundbar, fridge, washing machine or microwave oven, then you’re on your own.
Black Friday Best Laptops:
HP 15-bs559sa – £349
This 15.6in general purpose laptop is aimed at everyday working and comes with a Core i3-7100U processor, 4GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and a 1920×1080 display. It’s also available in gold, white and red with exactly the same spec.
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKBN – £599
It doesn’t have a dedicated graphics chip sadly, but this high performance laptop comes with a Core i7-7500U processor, 8GB of RAM, 2TB of storage and a 1920×1080 display.
HP Pavilion x360 14-ba051sa – £449
You’ve got to love HP’s model numbers, but this hybrid two-in-one laptop is another general purpose device that’s been designed with both work and play in mind. With its 360-degree hinge, the screen can fold flat to become an extra large tablet – handy when you’re short on space on a crowded train and want to watch a film. Specs-wise, you get a Core i3-7100U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a 14in 1920×1080 IPS display, so colours should be pretty decent. It’s also available in silk gold if the default silver version doesn’t take your fancy.
Lenovo 80XL03FVUK – £499
Another great all-round laptop, this one, with a Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM, 2TB of storage and a 1920×1080 display. Again, no dedicated graphics, but this is a still a decent price for a powerful, general purpose laptop. There’s also a plain black version too.
Asus ZenBook UX530 – £999
Asus’ ZenBook laptops are always stunning to behold, and the UX530 looks to be no different. Equipped with a Core i7-7500U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it certainly won’t let you down when it comes to everyday computing tasks. Admittedly, its Nvidia GeForce 940MX may feel a bit old hat now, but at least it’s something to give your games a bit of a boost when you’re on the move. Don’t expect to play the latest games on max settings, but this should serve you well enough when you find a quiet moment away from work.
Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX940 – £1399
If you want something even slimmer than the UX350 above, then the Deluxe UX940 is absolutely top of the line. Measuring just 13mm thick and weighing 1.3kg, this Core-i7-7500U-powered laptop is seriously swish. You also get 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 14in 1920×1080 display. If you don’t like the blue version, then it’s always available in grey as well. Alternatively, you can get a non-Deluxe model, the regular ZenBook 3 UX940, which comes with a 256GB SSD and a Core i5-7200U processor in either blue or grey for £1000 (down from £1400).
Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370 – £1099
As its name suggests, this two-in-one laptop also has a 360 degree hinge – only it’s a lot more upmarket than HP’s version above. Here, you get a Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, a 13.3in 1920×1080 display, and that excellent Asus build quality.
Black Friday Best Monitors:
AOC G2460PF – £170
This 24in 144Hz monitor is an absolute bargain. Read our review for a more detailed verdict, but let me tell you, this is a great deal. Image quality is great, and its flexible, height-adjustable stand makes it a doddle to setup. It also has AMD FreeSync support and a four-port USB2 hub. What more could you ask for at this price?
HP Omen Quad HD 27in – £549
This 27in, 2560×1440 monitor is quite the looker. With a super slim stand and slender bezels, this is one monitor you won’t be ashamed to have on your desk. It also comes with Nvidia G-Sync support and a three-port USB3 hub.
Samsung C27F396 – £180
This curved monitor is another one that will look very nice on your desk. Its 27in display only has a 1920×1080 resolution, but its IPS panel should produce pretty great colours.
Black Friday Best Peripherals and Headsets:
Roccat is doing a 30% off deal on a number of its keyboards, mice and headsets. Helpfully, Currys only has their original price listed on the actual website, so we’ve done the maths and put what you’ll actually be paying in the list below. Just make sure you enter the relevant code when you hit checkout to get them.
In keyboards, you can save on:
- TKL Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – £62.98 (which has brown Cherry MX switches)
- Suora Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – £52.50 (which has brown TCC switches)
- Suora FX RGB Illuminated Frameless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – £84.00 (a fancier version of the above which also has brown TCC switches)
- Isku+ Illuminated Gaming Keyboard – £49.00 (which is decidedly non-mechanical)
- Skeltr Bluetooth Gaming Keyboard – £136.50 (also a membrane keyboard, but has the handy extra of being wireless via Bluetooth)
To get the discount, just enter GAMINGKEYBOARDS30 at checkout. As for mice, we’ve got:
- Lua Optical Gaming Mouse – £17.50
- Kone EMP Optical Gaming Mouse – £49.00
- Kone Aimo Optical Gaming Mouse – £49.00
- Kiro Optical Gaming Mouse – £24.50
To get this one, just type in the code GAMINGMICE30 at checkout. Alternatively, all-cap GAMINGHEADSET30 to get discounts galore on the following headsets: