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Ataribox

Have you played Atari today? Once a jingle’s catchphrase as well as a legitimate query, a resurrected version of the brand is hoping you’ll soon be asking that question again with the forthcoming Ataribox.

Available to pre-order on Thursday for a special price via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the Ataribox is shaping up to be an amalgam of retro gaming console and living room PC. Details are mostly sketchy at this point, but we do know that it will be powered by some variant of Linux OS and will include over 100 Atari classic games pre-installed.

Unfortunately, for retro gaming fans, the full list of games isn’t known yet, nor do we know other key information like the Ataribox’s shipping date or its pricing…

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Amazon Cyber Monday deals include $100 Acer Chromebook, $999 Apple MacBook

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Some of Amazon’s Cyber Monday laptop deals.

As the biggest online retailer in the known universe, no one is more equipped to handle Cyber Monday than Amazon. Among all of the deals it will be touting today, including sales on its own Fire tablets, the shopping Goliath has a number of specials for those looking to buy a new computer.

Front and center in its deals of the day, Amazon is discounting a quartet of Chromebooks, including the Acer CB3-131-CESZ with Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and 11.6-inch display for just $99.99. You can double the RAM with the CB3-131-C8SZ for $30 more, or upgrade to one of two convertible Chromebooks: The Acer Chromebook R 13 runs on a MediaTek processor, and includes 4GB of…

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The best Office Depot and OfficeMax Cyber Monday laptop, desktop PC deals

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Office Depot/OfficeMax Cyber Monday ad.

The combined Office Depot and OfficeMax chain may still have plenty of brick-and-mortar locations left, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t ready to participate in Cyber Monday festivities, which it’s already kicked off. Just as with its Black Friday approach, the office superstore is focusing more on mid-range PCs rather than compete with the Walmarts of the world for the lowest prices.

In fact Office Depot/OfficeMax only has one Cyber Monday computer deal for under $200 in its ad, in the form of a HP Chromebook Chromebook 14-ak040nr with Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 14-inch screen for $180. A quick look on OfficeDepot.com, however, shows three other laptops…

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Dell offers numerous Cyber Monday deals on laptops, desktops, including $130 Inspiron notebook

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Dell’s Cyber Monday ad

Dell is traditionally the first tech retailer to release its Black Friday ad, but as an online seller of its computers, it’s embraced Cyber Monday with equal verve, offering a 12-page ad with plenty of deals on its laptops and desktops.

While some of its sales will be available for the duration of Dell’s event, starting Sunday and going through Tuesday, others will be virtual “doorbusters” available at select times on Cyber Monday itself. These include the lowest-priced systems Dell will be offering, such as the Inspiron 14 3000 (Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage) that’s available at 11 a.m. on Cyber Monday for just $129.99, and an Inspiron 15 3000 2 p.m. doorbuster with Celeron CPU, 4…

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The latest Amazon Black Friday deals on laptops, desktop PCs

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One of Amazon’s Black Friday deals of the day is a sale on gaming desktops and laptops.

Amazon’s Black Friday deal page is a sprawling mess that requires endless scrolling and filtering to see everything that’s available. Now that Black Friday itself is here, let’s cut through some of the online retailer’s clutter and focus on today’s PC sales.

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The best Black Friday deals on Apple iPads, MacBooks, Mac desktops

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Deals on Apple Macs from Best Buy’s Black Friday ad.

People don’t buy Apple products because they want the lowest price on a tech device, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take advantage of a discount if they can find one. Black Friday is one of the best times to score that discount, though usually not from Apple itself, which seems to get stingier each year with its “deals.”

Black Friday 2017

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  • Fry’s deals include $98 Samsung Chromebook, $244 iPad, $788 MacBook Air

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Fry's Black Friday deals include $98 Samsung Chromebook, $244 iPad, $788 MacBook Air

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Fry’s Electronics Black Friday ad.

Fry’s Electronics is a long-time regional electronics retail chain with numerous locations in California and Texas and outposts in several other Southern, Western, and Midwestern states. That’s a shame for people living in other states, as the store’s Black Friday deals have typically required an in-store purchase or pickup.

Black Friday 2017

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  • TigerDirect Black Friday ad features handful of laptop, desktop deals

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TigerDirect Black Friday ad features handful of laptop, desktop deals

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TigerDirect’s Black Friday ad

Longtime online tech retailer — and Newegg competitor — TigerDirect has had its modest three-page Black Friday ad leaked, adding even more HP PC deals to a lengthy list (including from the manufacturer itself).

In particular, TigerDirect has a pair of HP laptops and a desktop on sale, not including a couple of refurbished units it’s also advertising. (Newegg also puts refurbished products in its Black Friday ad.) The HP 17-x010nr notebook comes with an Intel Pentium N3710 processor, 4GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and a larger 17.3-inch screen; originally priced at $599.99, it’s cut to $349.99 for Black Friday, though it already appears to be available on that price on TigerDirect.com as of this writing.

The other…

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Lenovo's Black Friday ad offers deals on ThinkPad laptops, Yoga 2-in-1 ones

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Lenovo’s Black Friday ad is full of laptops, laptops, and more laptops.

When it comes to Black Friday ads from PC manufacturers, Lenovo’s skimpy two-page ad can’t compare to HP’s 15-pager, but what it lacks in length, it makes up for in a singular focus on laptops. From ThinkPad notebooks to Yoga 2-in-1s to Legion gaming laptops, Lenovo’s Black Friday deals are almost completely centered on portables, eschewing any sales on the desktops it also produces.

Black Friday 2017

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