Sometimes you don’t need the thinnest or slimmest laptop. Sometimes a powerful gaming graphics card is not enough. Sometimes all you need is an Acer Aspire 5. Acer’s durable ‘Goldilocks’ laptop is an ideal all-rounder and is now available at a £100 discount.
The 15.6-inch device packs a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU and 16GB of RAM, making it perfect for desktop tasks. The 512GB SSD is big enough to hold loads of photos, music, videos and files. The GeForce MX550 graphics card is a slight improvement over Intel’s integrated GPU, so it should handle even a bit of light gaming. It was a good deal at full price, but during Black Friday you can get it at Currys for £699.
Acer Aspire 5: £699 – save £100 (curries)
Acer Chromebook Spin 513: £299 – save £100 (curries)
Acer Aspire Vero: £499 – save £150 (Amazon)
Acer Nitro AN515-57: £999 – save £300 (Curries)
Acer Predator X38S monitor: £999 – save £400 (curries)
Chromebooks are on the cheaper end of the laptop spectrum, but the Acer Spin 513 is cheaper than most thanks to a Black Friday price drop. This 2-in-1 doubles as a tablet, and thanks to an efficient Qualcomm chipset, should last up to 14 hours without AC power. It’s currently £100 off retail, meaning you can take one home for £299.
If you want your tech to be as eco-friendly as possible, the Aspire Vero is the laptop to look out for. It’s made from post-consumer recycled plastic and was designed with an upgrade in mind so you can easily access the 8GB RAM or 512GB SSD should you decide to swap it out later, and even the packaging doubles as a laptop case. Stand as soon as you take them out of the crate. Acer also plants 100 trees for every Vero sold and helps you donate old laptops to charity. Our range of models normally costs £650, but you can now get them on Amazon for £499.
Acer’s Predator gaming division will also be reduced for Black Friday. The pick of the bunch has got to be the Nitro AN515-57: it might be a mouthful of model names, but performance doesn’t come down to it thanks to an Intel Core i9-11900H processor, 16GB of RAM and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU. That’s more than enough gaming grunt to run titles at the 15.6-inch screen’s native 1080p resolution. It’s also a 144Hz panel, so movement should look super smooth. It normally costs £1299 but is available this week for £999.
Maybe you have a perfectly decent gaming laptop but want a bigger screen to connect it to? The Predator X38S should fill the bill. This gargantuan 37.5-inch curved ultrawide has a sharp 3840 x 1600 resolution and a fast 175Hz refresh rate, dual inputs (HDMI and DisplayPort) and a handy built-in USB hub to save on cables running through meander your desk. Before Black Friday it would have cost you £1399 but you can get one from Curries for £999.