The first $99 Black Friday laptop deal is here — what you get for the money

Lenovo Ideapad 1 laptop with a Tom's Guide deal tag
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Best Buy Black Friday deals are now live. The electronics retailer isn’t waiting any longer to start discounting hundreds of popular products, and it's currently offering one of the cheapest Windows 11 laptops we’ve ever seen. 

Right now, the Lenovo Ideapad 1 14” laptop is on sale for $99 at Best Buy. That’s a $150 discount compared to its full retail price of $249, and the lowest price for this device. It’s not only one of the strongest Black Friday deals of the year so far, but one of the best cheap laptop deals we’ve come across. 

Lenovo Ideapad 1 HD laptop: $249 $99 @ Best Buy

Lenovo Ideapad 1 HD laptop: $249 $99 @ Best Buy
Best Buy's current Black Friday deals include $150 off this Lenovo Ideapad laptop with a 14-inch HD display, Intel Celeron N4020 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. It's an ideal low-cost pick for everyday use or light work tasks, and thanks to its 10 hours of battery life it's a great device for use on the go as well. 

We’ve flagged laptop deals of this quality before, but typically it’s Chromebooks that drop to below $100. A laptop powered by Windows 11 on sale at this price is fairly rare, and this Lenovo Ideapad makes a strong case for itself at such a relatively low price point. 

The Lenovo Ideapad 1 definitely isn’t a powerhouse laptop, and you’ll need to tolerate some limitations. But considering its price, it’s hard not to be impressed by this machine. It comes sporting a 14-inch HD display, Celeron N4020 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC. You won’t be tackling performance-heavy tasks such as video editing, and high-level gaming is certainly out of the question, but if you need a dependable machine for everyday use this Lenovo laptop will do the job without fuss. 

This Lenovo laptop is ideal for working on the go with a highly-portable chassis that weighs just 3 pounds. Plus, it's rated for up to 10 hours of battery life, which should get you through long journeys without needing to reach for a charger. It also packs a built-in webcam with a privacy shutter, HDMI output for connecting to an additional display and Intel UHD Graphics that can be used for basic photo editing or simple gaming.

Black Friday is rapidly approaching, and retailers are offering some of the best deals earlier than ever this year. So, make sure to keep it locked to Tom’s Guide for comprehensive coverage of the sales events across every major retailer. We’ll make sure you don’t miss a must-have deal.  

Rory Mellon
Entertainment Editor (UK)

Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team. 

  • Kakvik
    I actually picked up this deal the other day. I too was surprised it wasn't a Chromebook. Being in the IT industry, I have a steady supply of aged laptops and an msdn subscription to use as "bash around" devices. Start ordering replacement batteries or drives and you'll get to the 99 dollar mark real quick. The drawbacks are actually a positive, it's not upgradable and comes with Windows 11 S, a locked down smaller footprint OS that blocks anything outside of Microsoft approved things to be installed. You can remove that mode, or enter a key for a different version all together. It's perfect for a jumpbox laptop or even something for aging relatives that isn't 1000 dollars with both malware and coffee cup stains on it. Worked even better when I linked my Google drive to it.