Black Friday Tech Guide
Canadian Black Friday may pale compared to it's U.S. counterpart, but it remains an abundant source of rebates and excitement. It is also followed by Cyber Monday, then Cyber Week. Needless to say, it's an important day for all deal hunters out there.
This year, Black Friday takes place on Friday, November 23rd.
How are we faring so far?
Before we start comparing specific products, let’s take a look at the market’s pulse. Here’s a comparison of how this year’s rebates are evolving compared to the same period last year:
This graph helps visualize how abundant and how generous (on average) rebates are at any given date. Last year's dates have been shifted so Black Friday lines up on both years.
As a result, getting a good deal when frequency is high is usually easier, but rebates on days of high generosity tend to be more substantial. With that said, keep in mind that the computers you’re interested in could go on sale at a different time. If the computer you want gets a nice discount (you can tell because TekAdvisor will label the rebate as "Best price yet!"), it's probably not worth waiting for another sale.
Recommendations by Scenario
If you were to go shopping right now, the following products would probably be among my top recommendations.
For Typical Homework, Web Searches, etc.
The following will cover everyday needs with ease while offering the best value.
For Creative Experimentation
Working on a picture, a piece of music or a video is more demanding of a computer than text and numbers. The following will let you experiment more freely with digital art.
Would you Rater have Something Portable?
Laptops might sacrifice comfort and life expectancy, but they're ideal if you can't dedicate space to a computer at home or if your activities often take place away from your desk.
Video Games feature among holiday favourites. You might be tempted to game on the same machine you use for your homework, but it's often inefficient, especially if that device is portable. Still, sometimes compromises cannot be avoided, so here are a few options.
Gaming Desktop PCs
With the option to upgrade your video card, it's much easier to keep gaming on a PC beyond the 3 years mark.
If you often play games away from your desk or can't dedicate a spot for your gaming rig, the following laptops could be worth a look.
Are you more of a Console Gamer?
If you're not a just PC Gamer and would rather play on a couch with a controller, a console is a natural fit. (They're not always the most economical in the long run, however.)
Those are not the most powerful gaming PCs out there but will help relieve stress. Need more power? The following pages could come in handy.
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