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Xbox Game Pass closes out November 2021 with a ton of indies

Amid all the hubbub of launching Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer early yesterday, Microsoft has also revealed the titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in the second half of November. Admittedly, November’s second batch of games is a bit more reserved than the first, but then, it’s hard to top a content drop that added titles like Forza Horizon 5, One Step From Eden, and It Takes Two in the span of just two weeks. In any case, there are still some games worth checking out with this next round of additions.

New games for the second half of November 2021

In this case, the additions have already gotten underway, as both Dead Space and Dragon Age: Origins are now available on Xbox Cloud Gaming through EA Play. These are two undeniable classics, and now you can play them on your phone without having to download them first. Just keep in mind that in order to access Xbox Cloud Gaming, you’ll need to have an active subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as it isn’t included in the standard console and PC subscriptions.

Tomorrow, we’ll see Next Space Rebels join the cloud, console, and PC versions of Xbox Game Pass, but the biggest day for new additions is definitely November 18th. On that day, Exo One, Fae Tactics, My Friend Pedro, and Undungeon will all be joining Xbox Game Pass, and all of them will be available across cloud, console, and PC. It’s worth noting that all of these games were published through the ID@Xbox program, with Undungeon even being a day-one release for the service.

On November 23rd, we’ll see Deeeer Simulator and Mortal Shell join, while Evil Genius 2 will close out the month on November 30th. Once again, all of these games will be available through the cloud, console, and PC versions of Xbox Game Pass, and all of them were published via the ID@Xbox program for indie developers. Outside of Dead Space and Dragon Age: Origins, we’re getting a constant stream of indie games to close out the month.

Xbox Touch Controls come to more games

In addition to these new releases, Microsoft also announced that 17 new games are getting Xbox Touch Controls. As the name suggests, Xbox Touch Controls allow players to control cloud games with their smartphone’s touchscreen instead of pairing a controller.

The 17 games getting Xbox Touch Controls with this update include Aragami 2, The Artful Escape, Dandy Ace, Echo Generation, Flynn: Son of Crimson, Football Manager 2022: Xbox Edition, Frostpunk, The Good Life, Lost Words: Beyond the Page, Might Goose, Moonglow Bay, Phoenix Point, The Procession to Calvary, Skatebird, Superliminal, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, and Yakuza 5 Remastered.

There are, of course, a collection of games leaving the service this month as well. At the end of November, eight games will be leaving the Xbox Game Pass: Call of the Sea (cloud, console, and PC), FIFA 19 (console and PC), Football Manager 2021 (PC), Football Manager 2021 Xbox Edition (console and PC), Haven (cloud, console, and PC), Hello Neighbor (cloud, console, and PC), Morkredd (cloud, console, and PC), Va-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action (PC).

On December 8th, Destiny 2: Beyond Light will be departing the cloud and console versions, too, so Microsoft is warning us about that one early. Needless to say, if you’re currently playing any of the games listed above, you should probably finish them as soon as possible because they won’t be around much longer.

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New World’s massive November update is here

Earlier this month, Amazon launched a public test realm for New World. Alongside that PTR launch, Amazon began testing a massive patch for New World that, among other things, added a new weapon, new enemies, and new quests to the game. Fast forward a week later and now that patch is ready for prime time, with Amazon launching it on live servers today.

What’s changing with New World’s big November update

It’s hard to understate just how big this update is in terms of content. The lengthy patch notes tell the tale better than we can, and there are more changes, fixes, and tweaks than we can hope to cover here in a single article. However, there are some highlights to this update, and perhaps the biggest one is the introduction of the Void Gauntlet.

Introduced last week when the PTR launched, the Void Gauntlet is a new weapon that blends offense and support. Since it scales using both Intelligence and Focus, it could be a good choice for Life Staff users, who previously had no other Focus-scaling weapon option. With that in mind, don’t be surprised to see the Void Gauntlet become a popular weapon right off the bat.

As outlined last week, this update also introduces new enemies called the Varangian Knights, though it seems they’ll mostly be encountered by lower-level players. Amazon is trying to prompt players to flag for PvP when leaving cities more often, too, as those who are flagged will receive a whopping 10% luck bonus and a 30% gathering luck bonus as they run around the world.

The update also launches new PvP missions and links all of the trading posts in the world, which could have a rather dramatic effect on the economy. Gone are the days when you’d need to run between cities in search of a good deal, as you can now purchase any listed item from any trading post in the world. We’ll see how this changes prices, but we expect them to fluctuate somewhat in the wake of this massive change.

Tweaks for every weapon in the game

Not only does this patch bring a lot of additions, but it also contains many weapon tweaks. In fact, every weapon in the game has been changed in some way by this update, with many weapons having their less popular abilities buffed and popular ones nerfed. For instance, the Ice Gauntlet’s Ice Storm has been nerfed, with the time between damage ticks increased. Several bugs associated with the ability have been quashed as well.

That’s really just scratching the surface of the changes, though. Each weapon has seen a wide variety of changes, so check out the patch notes to see how your personal weapon combo has been impacted. In general, however, it seems that magic users have been nerfed a bit, so if you’re an Ice Gauntlet or Fire Staff user, you’ll definitely want to take a close look at the patch notes.

Today’s update is quite possibly the biggest one that New World has received since its launch. New World came up from maintenance just a short time ago, which means the update is now live. So, if you’re a New World player, dive in and take it for a spin.

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‘Battlefield 2042’ won’t have voice chat when it debuts on November 19th

When  comes out in about a week on , it won’t ship with built-in voice chat. Series developer DICE told the feature won’t be available until sometime after launch. The studio didn’t provide a reason for the decision. Whatever the case, the absence of voice chat will likely be keenly felt by Battlefield fans, especially on PC, Xbox Series X and S, and PlayStation 5 where matches will include as many as 128 players.

For what it’s worth, you can still use Discord or the party chat feature on your console to communicate with friends, but that won’t help you when you’re trying to play with strangers. In those instances, you’ll need to rely on the ping system, which is apparently on the cumbersome side. According to Polygon, you have to navigate through multiple menus before you can get to the right ping. All told, it sounds like Battlefield’s already chaotic matches will be a tad more unpredictable in the first few weeks that 2042 is available.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy November patch: PS5 is first in line

Game developer Eidos Montreal is ready to deploy its biggest update for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy since launch, announcing patches for the PS4/PS5 and Xbox consoles, as well as PCs. PlayStation players are first in line with the patch rolling out today, and at this point, it looks like PC gamers will be the next to get the update. Xbox players will have to wait a few days longer.

Patch release dates

According to the update announcement published on the official Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Twitter account, patch version 1.004 is rolling out to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles starting today, November 4.

PC gamers, meanwhile, will “tentatively” receive the update tomorrow, though it is possible the rollout will come later. Patch version 1.5 will hit Xbox One consoles next week, as will patch version 2.5 for the Xbox Series consoles. Specific release dates for the Xbox update weren’t provided, however.

Bug fixes

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy‘s November update brings a bunch of bug fixes for the new title, addressing some of the issues players have reported, as well as general adjustments for the game. For example, the patch brings “multiple improvements” for Star-Lord’s navigation, including for collisions and boundaries. “Occasional issues” with Guardian navigation have also been fixed with this update.

The full patch notes, as listed by the developer on Reddit:

– General: Multiple improvements with Star-Lord navigation across multiple maps, including improvement of world boundaries and collisions.
– General: Multiple fixes for occasional issues with Guardian navigation.
– General: Fixed an issue where the user might become stuck in Guardians ability menu after spamming interaction button.
– General: Fix for multiple rare issues where enemies may become stuck into walls and block combat completion.
– PS4: Fixes for some of the Audio corruption encountered by PS4 users.
– New Game Plus: Fix for an issue where cancelling your action during the NG+ creation flow may lead to creating a normal New Game instead.
– Photo Mode: All costumes will now appear correctly in photomode.
– Chapter 1: Fix for an issue where Gamora’s tutorial might be bypassed under certain conditions.
– Chapter 2: Fix for an issue where the user might become stuck after banter selection.
– Chapter 3: Fix for an issue where reloading the checkpoint after backtracking through a funnel on may cause the user’s progression to be blocked.
– Chapter 3: Fix for a rare issue where the user might instantly die at one of the QTEs with Gamora.
– Chapter 3: Fix for an issue where the user might become stuck in the workbench UI under certain conditions.
– Chapter 5: Fix for an issue where the Grenadier would occasionally not spawn.
– Chapter 6: Fix for an issue where Star-Lord might get stuck into a shop’s counter top.
– Chapter 7: Fix for an issue where a checkpoint after the Helmet room would not trigger.
– Chapter 7: Fix for an issue where Drax could be ordered to pull the crane before the Centurion fight begun.
– Chapter 7: Fix for the Crane puzzle in Hangar Bay.
– Chapter 10: Fixed an issue where the user might become stuck in the fog fight.
– Chapter 12: Fix for an issue where the user might become stuck in the Workbench UI under certain conditions.
– Chapter 13: Fix for an issue where the camera could become stuck on the Milano cockpit when landing.
– Chapter 13: Fix for an issue where Star-Lord may get stuck in a funnel.
– Various other fixes.

First big update

This is the first big update for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which was released on October 26. Players shouldn’t anticipate any big changes to the game’s features, but it will make any gameplay going forward smoother by scrubbing some of the bugs that have popped up over the past week.

Eidos Montreal acknowledges that some bugs remain, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy players can utilize some troubleshooting tips the developer has provided until additional bug fixes are rolled out. A list of known issues and any available workarounds are posted in a thread on the /r/PlayGOTG subreddit, though not all of them may work for impacted players.



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Spider-Man will hit ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ on November 30th, but only on PS4 and PS5

At long last, Crystal Dynamics has revealed Spider-Man will arrive in Marvel’s Avengers. The iconic superhero will join the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game on November 30th as a PlayStation exclusive.

There will be a hero event to accompany Spidey’s debut. After discovering AIM’s plan to make its Synthoid army unstoppable, Spider-Man teams up with the Avengers to tackle the threat. Crystal Dynamics hasn’t offered a proper look at its take look on the hero yet, unfortunately.

The studio initially said it would add Spider-Man , but that obviously didn’t pan out. and Clint Barton (both of whom have been known as ) also arrived in Marvel’s Avengers later than planned.

Along with Spider-Man, an update later this month will add more cosmetic items (including outfits inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe), a new type of enemy called Echoes and a Klaw raid. The resource and gear upgrade systems will also be reworked and the power level cap will be increased.

The Spider-Man announcement follows an especially rough week for the game. , Square Enix called Marvel’s Avengers “an ambitious title for us in that we took on the GaaS (Games as a Service) model,” though the game had “unfortunately not proven as successful as we would have liked.” The report also notes that “the new challenge that we tackled with this title produced a disappointing outcome.” Yikes. Crystal Dynamics also removed the widely reviled XP and resource booster microtransactions on Tuesday.

The initial sales of Marvel’s Avengers were lower than Square Enix expected, and the company posted a loss of around $67 million for the quarter in which it was released. There’s been a bit of a turnaround since then, though. The was well received and the game recently landed on Xbox Game Pass. However, Xbox players won’t be able to swing into battle with Peter Parker.

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Pokemon GO Dia de Muertos 2021 starts November with a bang

Dia de Muertos was launched in Pokemon GO on November 1, 2021 giving the game a whole new lease on life. This event began at 10AM local time and was set to last until November 2, 2021 at 8PM local time. After an absolutely excellent candy-filled rager of a Halloween, Pokemon GO is back to costume-free Pokemon and a bunch of sweet returns to Pokemon that’ve been in storage for far too long.

Before you go anywhere, make sure you peek at the in-game shop in Pokemon GO to find the latest in a line of free event boxes. This event box includes 20 Pokeballs and a single Incense. This Incense (and other Incense, if you have them) will last 90 minutes per toss*, so long as it was tossed during the standard hours of the event. During the event this Incense will attract all of this event’s “Featured event Pokemon.”

The Featured event Pokemon for this event include Cubone, Murkrow, Houndour, Sableye, Yamask, Drifloon, Roselia, Sunkern, and Sunflora. Aside from Sunflora, every one of the Featured event Pokemon have the potential to be Shiny Pokemon in the wild.

UPDATE: In addition to those Pokemon listed above, Incense and Lures will attract Alolan Marowak. Alolan Marowak also has the potential to be a Shiny Pokemon in the wild.

Field Research tasks have the potential to release Cubone, Alolan Marowak, Sunkern, and Roselia. Make a Great Throw releases Sunkern, Nice Curveball Throw releases Cubone or Roselia, and “Win a Trainer Battle in the GO Battle League” releases an Alolan Marowak.

There’s a new Collection Challenge that’ll require the user to catch Sunkern, Roselia, Murkrow, Cubone, Houndour, Sableye, Sunflora, and Drifloon. The reward for completing this challenge is a single Incense, Poffin Berry, and an encounter with Shedinja!

If you are in the Latin America or Caribbean regions of the world, you’ll find additional bonuses during this event. Bonuses include Increased Featured Pokemon for Incense and Lures, Increased Featured Pokemon in the wild, and +1 Bonus Transfer Candy for all Pokemon.

*Bonuses for all regions in the world include 90 minute Incense, 90 minute Lures, and 2x Catch Stardust. All regions will also have access to a new Dia de Muertos t-shirt avatar item for free. Take a peek at the timeline of links below for more information on the Raid Battles you’ll be fighting during this event as well.

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The Chinese version of ‘Fortnite’ will shut down on November 15th

Epic Games and Tencent are shutting down the Chinese version of Fortnite. Would-be players are no longer able to register or download the game, and the servers will be closed on November 15th, according to an announcement on the battle royale’s Chinese website.

“The test of Fortress Night has come to an end,” the message reads (via Google Translate). “We will shut down the server in the near future.” No reason was given for the game’s closure.

Players who dropped into that version of Fortnite had a different experience to those elsewhere, as PC Gamer notes. There was a separate health bar for damage sustained in the storm, and several players could earn a Victory Royale if they survived for long enough.

Though it’s not clear how many Fortnite players there were in China, it never officially launched in the country, according to analyst Daniel Ahmad. Fortnite‘s Chinese incarnation was in beta testing for over two years and the government didn’t grant Tencent, which published the game there, a license. As such, Tencent was unable to monetize Fortnite with in-app transactions. Engadget has contacted Epic and Tencent for comment.

Ahmad also pointed out that battle royale titles are “strictly regulated” in China. The original version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds had no monetization functions in the country. Tencent launched a more patriotic, gore-free replacement in 2019 called Game for Peace, to which regulators gave the green light.

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Xbox Game Pass gets one big game after another to start November

We already had a feeling that November was going to be a big month for Xbox Game Pass, and now Microsoft has confirmed it by sharing the new arrivals for the first two weeks of the month. For many, the main draw in the first half of November will be Forza Horizon 5, the latest first-party game from Microsoft Game Studios. However, there are still plenty of big additions to look forward to aside from Forza Horizon 5.

The new arrivals begin tomorrow, with the additions of Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on the PC version of Game Pass. There are some key differences between these two versions, with the biggest one being that the Java Edition allows for mods and modded servers. In the days before Microsoft acquired Mojang and unified the Minecraft experience across various platforms with the Bedrock Edition, the Java Edition on PC was all we had.

While playing with mods sounds cool – and it is – it should be noted that Minecraft: Java Edition players can only play with other Java Edition players. That means those who want cross-platform play will have to stick with the Bedrock Edition, which is more of a curated version of Minecraft that offers features like the Minecraft Store. So, in short: if you want to play with mods or on modded servers, pick the Java Edition, but if you want cross-platform multiplayer, the Bedrock Edition is the version for you.

On that same day – November 2nd – we’ll also see Unpacking launch on the cloud, console, and PC versions of Xbox Game Pass. Unpacking, a day-one release for Xbox Game Pass, is a puzzle game where you’ll be unpacking boxes and decorating new spaces on moving day.

On November 4th, we’ll get two more additions to the Xbox Game Pass lineup: It Takes Two (cloud, console, and PC) via EA Play and Kill It with Fire (cloud, console, and PC). It Takes Two is the big star here, with its co-op multiplayer storyline that involves two parents who try to fix their struggling marriage after magically transforming into dolls. It’s a fantastic co-op game from Hazelight and should be a priority when it lands on Xbox Game Pass later this month.

If there’s a single “big day” for Xbox Game Pass in the first half of November, it’s November 9th. On that day, we’ll see Football Manager 2022 (PC), Football Manager 2022: Xbox Edition (cloud, console, and PC), and Forza Horizon 5 (cloud, console, and PC) join. The Football Manager games need little introduction after all these years, but it’s worth pointing out that the Xbox Edition will feature Xbox touch controls through Cloud Gaming, meaning you don’t need to pair a controller to your phone to play it.

Forza Horizon 5 is undoubtedly the big star of the month, and this time around, we’ll be heading to Mexico. We’ve already seen a lot of gameplay footage from Forza Horizon 5, and it looks to be another solid entry in the series. If you’re looking to get particularly excited, be sure to check out the full Forza Horizon 5 map, which is completely free of any icons so you can see all the roads, highways, and even trails you’ll be able to drive.

While November 9th might be a big day for Xbox Game Pass, November 11th certainly gives it a run for its money. On that day, we’ll see Grand Theft Auto: San Andres – The Definitive Edition (console) and One Step from Eden (console and PC) join Xbox Game Pass. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: The Definitive Edition is one part of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition, giving players a taste of the remade PS2-era GTA games.

One Step from Eden, on the other hand, is an indie deck-building strategy game that takes inspiration from titles like Slay the Spire and Mega Man Battle Network. It’s one of the higher-profile indie games in recent memory, and it’s worth the bandwidth for anyone who wants a fresh take on the very popular roguelike genre.

With a new round of additions comes a new round of departures, and on November 15th, it’ll comprise Final Fantasy VIII HD (console and PC), Planet Coaster (cloud and console), Star Renegades (cloud, console, and PC), Streets of Rogue (cloud, console, and PC), The Gardens Between (cloud, console, and PC), and River City Girls (cloud, console, and PC). Those are some big titles, and if you’re currently playing any of them, you’ll want to finish up before the 15th rolls around.

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Best Touchscreen Laptop Deals for November 2021

Touch displays add a lot of versatility to a laptop, whether it’s a more traditional clamshell design or one of the 2-in-1s that are all the rage nowadays. The market for these has exploded, though, and with so many options before you, choosing the right touchscreen laptop (and finding a great bargain) can be time-consuming — but we’re here to help. We’ve already combed all the touchscreen laptop sales to bring you a curated selection of the best picks at the lowest prices, and to make things even easier, we’ve put together a buying guide to help you choose the right one. So, if it’s time for a new PC and a touch display is what you want, read on to see this month’s best touchscreen laptop deals. And don’t worry, we’ve incorporated the latest Black Friday deals into this guide too, since retailers kicked things off super early this year — earlier than ever, actually! If you like touchscreens and want some extra versatility, then check out these 2-in-1 laptop deals once you’re done perusing these offerings.

Today’s best touchscreen laptop deals


The new Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is here, bringing the great design of the Surface lineup along with solid hardware and superb build quality.

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Whether you need a tablet or a laptop to work, Dell can provide you with both in one device: the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1. Now, taking notes or making sketches is easier and more convenient.

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From streaming to video editing, the Dell Inspiron 14 7000 can handle it all. Along with powerful performance, this 2-in-1 boasts a lovely touchscreen.

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Don’t have a Prime membership? Don’t sweat it: This is a fantastic discount on the high-end Surface Laptop 2 that boasts beefy specs for just about any workload you can throw at it.

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Save on this Microsoft Surface Laptop Go thin laptop with a 12.4-inch touch screen, Intel CPU, 8 GB memory, and 128 GB solid state storage. This model configuration is right for work, home, or school.

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If you need a 2-in-1 laptop that doesn’t trade hardware performance for gimmicks, this XPS 13 is the one. Along with its FHD+ touch display, this thing packs plenty of muscle under the hood.

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Looking for a modern 2-in-1 with up-to-date hardware that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? This HP Pavilion x360 is a highly versatile convertible work machine that won’t break the bank.

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For the price, it doesn’t get much better than the Lenovo Chromebook Flex if you’re looking for a compact 2-in-1 laptop that can pull double duty as a tablet.

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Get the best of both worlds with this 2-in-1 laptop/smart tablet from Lenovo. The laptop powered by AMD Ryzen is thin, has a widescreen display, and is easy and comfortable to use and set up.

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With its lovely QLED touch display, 2-in-1 capabilities, and PC-like hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is one of our favorites that’s perfect for working at home and on the go.

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This deal bags you an excellent 2-in-1 laptop that doubles as a tablet, making it perfect for carrying on the go and sitting down to some serious work wherever you are.

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With a vibrant 4K display, great hardware, and a gorgeous gem-cut design, the HP Spectre x360 is easily the best 2-in-1 Windows laptop you can buy right now.

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If the 4K Galaxy Chromebook is too pricey, this one still gets you a gorgeous 1080p QLED display. Add that to a 2-in-1 design, and you get a portable laptop that’s perfect for work and study.

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Need a new laptop for work and play? This deal on a Dell XPS 13 will sort you out with its Core i7 processor and beautiful 4K display.

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Looking to switch to a 2-in-1 but don’t want to give up hardware performance? The Dell Inspiron 14 can get you there thanks to its gorgeous 14-inch touch display and new Ryzen 7 CPU.

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Dell’s answer to the ThinkPad, the Latitude E7470 is a sturdily built laptop made for serious workloads — and it even sports a touchscreen.

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If you need a powerful laptop with style, then this Dell XPS 13 has what you need: Thin bezels on a 4K touch display, a spacious SSD, and a robust Intel Core i7 processor.

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With its solid specs and 13.4″ 16:10 120Hz touch display, gamers will find themselves completely immersed in the Asus ROG laptop. Enjoy vivid graphics and great performance in a sleek package.

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Designed for everyday versatility, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 is a laptop that can convert into a screen or tablet in seconds, making it perfect for students and professionals working on-the-go.

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A true entertainment PC, the Dell XPS 15’s display is optimized for your viewing and streaming pleasure as it features a 15.6-inch 4K panel and CinemaStream to reduce buffering.

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There’s no sacrificing power for portability with the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go. It has a Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and a gorgeous 12.4-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

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The HP Envy x360 can adapt to whatever you need it for. It boasts a 360-degree hinge for form versatility and has a touchscreen which further expands its functionality and convenience.

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The Inspiron 15 3000 pairs a budget-friendly build with some welcome updates, most notable of which is the addition of a handy touchscreen.

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You can work or play all day long with this Microsoft Surface Laptop 3. At less than 3 pounds and a 13.5-inch display, the Laptop 3 is faster than the Laptop 2 and has a more complete port set.

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The unique ConceptD 3 Ezel convertible touchscreen laptop is purpose-built for creative users, with a unique easel-like display hinge that gives you more adaptability than your typical 2-in-1.

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For your multitasking needs, the HP Envy x360 15 has you covered. It’s powered by a solid Ryzen processor and features a 2-in-1 convertible touchscreen for do-it-all versatility.

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How to choose a touchscreen laptop

Touch displays are hardly bleeding-edge technology in 2021, and both laptops and some all-in-one desktops are increasingly sporting these panels. There are even a few gaming laptops with touch displays (although they’re still pretty rare); the only place you won’t find touchscreens is on MacBooks. For whatever reason, Apple — usually no stranger to innovation — has declined to add touch displays to its iconic laptops. That, unfortunately, means that Mac OS fans are out of luck in terms of touchscreen laptop deals, but if you’re happy with Windows or Chrome OS, you’ve got plenty to choose from.

Before you dive into any of these touchscreen laptop sales in search of a new machine, however, you should do some pre-shopping research and planning. First, set a budget. There are plenty of good touchscreen laptops out there today, so don’t assume you have to spend a huge premium to get this feature. There are even some very affordable 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop deals if you want a convertible. The cheapest, and some of the best 2-in-1 laptops, are still Chromebooks, but you can find some budget-friendly Windows models, too.

Your budget will be the obvious limiting factor for what features and specs you get, but before you worry about bells and whistles like fold-flat displays or higher screen resolutions, remember that the hardware under the hood is what counts the most. The CPU and RAM, in particular, are the components that actually perform the computing tasks you need a PC to do. In general, we recommend the latest 10th- and 11th-gen Intel Core processors, as well as AMD Ryzen CPUs, along with at least 8GB of RAM. Those are solid specs for basic work tasks and general everyday use.

If you’re on a really tight budget or really only need a laptop, then Chromebook deals are probably a better bet than Windows machines. Chrome OS software is largely cloud-based and less of a resource hog than other operating systems. Mobile CPUs (such as Celeron, Pentium, AMD A-series, and MediaTek) along with 4GB and pared-down flash storage are common on Chromebooks and are OK so long as you understand that these computers aren’t made for anything other than basic use. If that’s all you need, though, then there will be plenty of touchscreen laptop deals in this bracket.

If you can stretch your budget, then stronger hardware is always going to translate to better performance as well as additional future-proofing. Intel Core i5, i7, and even i9 processors, as well as AMD Ryzen 5, 7, and 9 CPUs, are what we recommend, and 16GB RAM is arguably the sweet spot when it comes to memory. You’ll also find larger 512GB to 1TB solid-state drives once you move past the $600 to $700 price range for touchscreen laptop deals, entering the upper echelon of the best touchscreen laptops.

Moving past the $1,000 mark gets you into the high-end touchscreen laptop sales, where you’ll find some of our own favorite models like the Dell XPS, HP Spectre, and Lenovo ThinkPad X series of ultrabooks and 2-in-1s. These typically boast better displays and improved build quality over their competitors, and you will pay a premium for that. Some, like the Dell XPS 15, may even sport discrete Nvidia GeForce GPUs, making them suitable for gaming and for graphically demanding jobs like video rendering. Core i7, Core i9, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 9 CPUs paired with 16GB to 32GB of RAM are what you should look for at these prices.

If the sky’s the limit and you want one of the best laptops on the shelves, then it’s time to start looking for value-added features beyond simple hardware upgrades (as important as they are). Consider upgrading to a QHD or 4K touch display, for example, and you’ll see at least a few of those when shopping through touchscreen laptop sales from top brands like Dell and HP. The aforementioned Dell XPS and HP Spectre lines often feature these Ultra HD panels, to name just two. Some other extras to look for are included stylus pens or even completely detachable keyboards, as in the case of certain Microsoft Surface models.

Finally, a note on size: Touchscreen laptop deals range in size from 11-inch Chromebooks to beefy 17-inch desktop replacements, so pay attention to weight and dimensions when shopping. Chances are good that you already have a laptop size you feel comfortable with, but if you find standard 15.6-inch screens too bulky, now might be a fine time to move down to 14 or even 13 inches. Some makers like Microsoft and Acer have also been introducing smaller laptops with 3:2 screens (instead of the standard 16:9 aspect ratio), giving you more vertical screen real estate that is great for productivity.

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Best Staples Laptop Deals for November 2021

If you need a new computer, don’t make the mistake of sleeping on the best Staples laptop deals. Today, Staples is much more than just an office supply store, as this big-box outlet has become one of the best places to save printers, computers, furniture, and other pricey office essentials. Fortunately, regular Staples laptop sales are a sure way to save a nice chunk of change if you’re in the market for a new mobile workstation. Staples has a large catalog, but we’ve already sorted through it all to scoop up all the best Staples laptop deals (along with some shopping tips) right here. We’ve even incorporated the latest Black Friday deals, which went live super early this year to combat supply shortages and shipping delays!

Today’s best Staples laptop deals


Designed for both work and leisure, the Vivobook features its ErgoLift hinge design for a more proper and comfortable typing and boasts its 88% screen-to-body ratio for a more immersive experience.

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If you’re a professional in need of a larger screen and some extra storage space, this HP laptop has over 1 terabyte of storage for all your clerical and office-related needs.

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With the perfect specs and the perfect size at just about the perfect price, this Asus VivoBook 15 might be the ideal do-it-all laptop for work, study, and everyday use.

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Acer remains one of the top brands when it comes to cheap laptops, and its Chromebooks carry that pedigree proudly. This one has a nice 14-inch display, too, if you don’t like the smaller Chromebooks.

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Whether you’re a lightweight or heavy-duty user on the move, the Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 is a well-rounded laptop that can do it all at an above-average quality, making it a great jack-of-all-trades.

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This notebook is slim and powerful. It sports a long battery life, making it perfect for students or professionals on the go.

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The thin and light Surface Laptop Go will push you through your day with plenty of power under the hood, but you’ll also enjoy it’s gorgeous 3:2 display.

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HP’s sleek notebook includes a long-lasting battery to help you accomplish your day-to-day tasks and entertain yourself without scrambling for the nearest outlet.

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Say goodbye to interrupted work or game time as the Lenovo IdeaPad 5i is packed with beefy hardware and a reliable battery life for all-day use.

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There’s no sacrificing power for portability with the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go. It has plenty of power to get the job done along with a gorgeous 12.4-inch display featuring a 3:2 aspect ratio.

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HP, Lenovo, Dell, and ASUS laptops will be discounted up to $300 off. If you’ve been looking for a budget laptop, Staples has a great selection of laptops, including 2-in-1 touchscreens.

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If you’re looking for perhaps the cheapest name-brand Chromebook you can buy, then the 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook 11 fits the bill for just 200 bucks.

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Should you buy a laptop at Staples?

Most people shopping for a new laptop probably head to Best Buy, Walmart, or even Amazon, which means that many overlook the regular Staples laptop sales. You don’t want to sleep on these, as Staples runs pretty great deals year-round. That includes holiday sales like Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well. Like other big-box stores, Staples has grown its online presence in recent years, making it easy for you to shop for deals online and enjoy free home delivery (or store delivery) on most items.

A major advantage of buying from Staples is that, as a big-box retailer, there are physical stores dotted all across the country. That lets you take advantage of things like ship-to-store and in-store returns. Sometimes, an item you’re purchasing might even be in stock at a nearby Staples retail location, meaning you can simply buy it online and then go pick it up at your leisure. If you’re still doing some market research, it might not be a bad idea to go to your nearest Staples and check out the laptops they have on display. Even if you’re not going to buy one then and there (you might find better Staples laptop deals online, anyway), that’s a fine way to compare different laptop models, sizes, features, and so on.

If you’re interested in Staples laptop deals but also find yourself running to the store regularly for things like office supplies, then you might want to consider signing up for the Staples Rewards program. Rewards members get some perks like free shipping, exclusive coupons and deals, and up to 5% back on many purchases. Staples Rewards is free to join, but you can unlock higher tiers (and more perks) depending on how much money you spend.

How to choose a laptop at Staples

Staples always has good Windows laptop deals as well as some Chromebook deals on tap, but unfortunately, MacBook deals are pretty much nonexistent online (although other Apple products, like iPads and AirPods, do get discounted pretty regularly). That’s bad news for dedicated Mac OS fans looking for Staples laptop sales, but if, like the majority of folks, you’re a Windows or even Chrome OS user, then you’ve got plenty of bargains to pick over.

Before you dive in, though, determine what you need, what you can live without, and — most importantly — what you’re actually willing to spend. Most people use Windows laptops, but if you perform much of your work or studies online and/or you’re on a really tight budget, you might want to think about going for a Chromebook instead. These unique Chrome OS-powered computers have become really popular lately, thanks to their simplicity and value. The cloud-based Chrome OS software is great for working online, and it also now shares a software ecosystem with Android (meaning you can use many Android apps on your Chromebook). That’s worth considering if you own an Android phone and want to sync it with your laptop.

Chances are good that you’ve got your sights set on a Windows machine, though, and the selection here is always going to be the widest. Those who don’t want to spend too much should look for Intel Core i3 or Ryzen 3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and at least a 128GB solid-state drive. Those are basic specs but will suffice for light everyday use. If you can up your budget, though, we recommend a Core i5 or Ryzen 5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and at least a 256GB SSD as the sweet spot for a laptop. You’ll get more juice and a longer lifespan for not a lot of extra money.

Moving above the $400 to $600 price range, you can start looking for boosted specs (Core i7 and Ryzen 7 CPUs, for example), as well as modern features like touchscreens or even 2-in-1 convertible laptops. These 2-in-1s are a hot item today, as they give you a fold-flat touch display that lets you use your laptop much like a tablet. You can also use tent mode, which is great for things like creative work and entertainment. Many 2-in-1s even include stowaway stylus pens for this purpose.

If money is less of an object, and you want something that’s powerful and built to last for years and years, you’ll find plenty of great Staples laptop deals on pricier models in the $1,000-plus bracket. Past this price threshold, keep your eyes peeled for high-end laptop models like the Dell XPS, HP Spectre, and Lenovo ThinkPad X lines. Also, look for some value-added features like higher-resolution QHD (1440p) or 4K displays, as well as touchscreens and 2-in-1 designs. You may even find some work laptops with discrete GPUs, which are great for resource-heavy tasks like editing and rendering videos.

Speaking of GPUs, Staples hasn’t forgotten the gamers out there, so don’t hesitate to look for some gaming machines when hunting through these Staples laptop deals. You’ll have to pony up some more cash for these because of their beefier hardware, but there are still plenty of good gaming laptops for less than $1,000. Under that limit, you’ll usually find Nvidia GTX 16-series GPUs paired with 8GB of RAM. Moving past the $1,000 price point gets you upgrades like boosted memory, larger SSDs, and Nvidia RTX or Radeon 5000M-series GPUs.

Don’t overlook the displays, either. For gaming, we recommend sticking with laptops that feature a 120Hz refresh rate or more, which allows for smoother gameplay at higher frame rates. Acer, Asus, MSI, and Lenovo are the names to look for among Staples laptop deals if you’re specifically after a gaming machine.

We strive to help our readers find the best deals on quality products and services, and we choose what we cover carefully and independently. The prices, details, and availability of the products and deals in this post may be subject to change at anytime. Be sure to check that they are still in effect before making a purchase.

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