Get those wish lists ready, boys and girls, Acer is ready to kick off Black Friday

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It’s not Black Friday yet, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from kicking their deals off early. Acer is likewise incapable of waiting for the formal shopping season ice-breaker and has already set its promotional wheels in motion.

Five upcoming computing bargains have been previewed by Acer, two of which will go live on Sunday, November 23. A third begins next Thursday, on Thanksgiving Day, and the final two are saved for the actual Black Friday, i.e. a week from today.

First things first, the Aspire ES1-111M-C7DE Windows notebook and Aspire ATC-120-UC22 desktop go on sale at Target and CostCo respectively. The former is a lightweight 11.6 incher running Windows 8.1 with Bing, and typically priced at $229.99. Obviously, it’s no powerhouse, with an Intel Celeron N2840 CPU inside and 2GB RAM. But at $179.99, it should give students a solid Chromebook and HP Stream alternative. As for the ATC desktop, it’s probably the least attractive deal on Acer’s slate.

Currently available at $450, it’ll be dropped to $400. The spec sheet includes decent but far from outstanding features: a quad-core 3.7GHz AMD A10-6700 chip, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD.

Moving on, don’t forget to be thankful for the Aspire E5-571P-59QA. This Windows 8.1 15.6-inch touch-supporting laptop is $499 now over at Microsoft, with Redmond planning to shave an extra $100 off the $599 MSRP.

Is it worth 400 bucks? You bet, since it’s a respectable multi-purpose notebook, equipped with Core i5 Haswell processing power, 4GB RAM, a 500GB HDD, and 7-hour battery.

Tempted by the Aspire ES1 but wish it trudged deeper on low-cost Chromebook territory? Excited at the prospect of a $150 Chrome OS laptop but wary of Rockchip’s Western credibility (or lack thereof)? Then it’s time to rejoice, as Acer’s Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C8UB will be discounted to $149.

The 11.6 incher tips the scales at less than 2.5 pounds, and can last up to 8.5 hours on a single charge, thanks to Intel Celeron Bay Trail’s frugality. Normally priced at $199, it’ll be up for grabs at $149 from Best Buy.

Finally, Walmart physical stores will slash the Aspire V5-122P-0408 from $268 to $199. This is yet another fierce Chromebook rival, and offers touch interaction, Windows 8 productivity, as well as 4 generous gigs of random-access memory. Not a bad way to gear up for the holidays, right?