Best early Black Friday deals: headphones, gadgets, and more

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Best early Black Friday deals: headphones, gadgets, and more

Most Black Friday deals will launch the day after Thanksgiving (November 26th) in the US as usual, but the pandemic has shaken things up in yet another way. The best deals will be happening online, with fewer in-person sales for the sake of safety. Better yet, some of those great deals are already available, so you can get started on your holiday gift (or personal) shopping. With this post, we’re rounding up the best early Black Friday deals from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Adorama, B&H Photo, Newegg, and anywhere else we find deals you should know about.

Smart speaker and audio deals

Sono’s portable Move speaker.
Photo by Dan Seifert / The PoliticSay

If you are looking for a Dolby Atmos soundbar complete with rear surrounds and rotating speakers, Vizio’s Elevate soundbar is $700 right now at Best Buy. The Vizio Elevate features 18 speakerstota and comes with a wireless eight-inch subwoofer. Normally, this product would set you back $1,000 dollars.

Vizio Elevate Soundbar

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Vizio’s rotating soundbar that includes 18 speakers, a wireless eight-inch subwoofer, and supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Sonos has slashed the prices on several of its speakers ahead of Black Friday. Three of its popular models are $100 off right now, a savings of up to 25 percent. You can buy the Sonos Move, the company’s first portable speaker, for just $299 right now at Sonos and Amazon or $300 at Best Buy.

Sonos Move

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The Sonos Move is the company’s first portable speaker, allowing you to move it from room to room or place to place and play music for up to 11 hours on battery.

If you’re looking for a compact and inexpensive smart speaker, both of the latest Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices are on sale. The 4th Gen Echo Dot is down to $29, which is the lowest price we’ve seen since its launch this fall.

Amazon Echo Dot (2020)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The fourth-generation of the Echo Dot, which features a more spherical in design than an actual dot.

The Echo Dot’s compact design might not be appealing to everyone, but if you are looking for an Echo Device but want something a bit bigger, you can grab the Amazon Echo’s fourth-generation speaker for $70 right now at a few retailers, including Amazon and Target. Like this year’s Echo Dot, the Amazon Echo has an updated design that makes it more spherical in shape. It also has much improved audio quality and the ability to connect Zigbee smart home devices.

Amazon Echo (2020)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Amazon’s latest Echo speaker takes a new approach to its design, opting for a spherical look rather than a cylinder. More notably, though, for the same price as the previous generation, it sounds much better.

Over at Adorama and Best Buy, you can buy a Google Nest Audio two-pack for $170 right now. A two-pack for this smart speaker would normally set you back $199.

Google Nest Audio (two-pack)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Google’s smart speaker with better sound quality than the Google Home. Pairing two Google Nest Audios in stereo can provide a better experience while jamming to your favorite tunes.

Headphone and earbud deals

AirPods Pro
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You can get Bose’s excellent Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones for $299 at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Dell. The price is only available in “soapstone white,” unfortunately, at all these retailers.

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Bose’s flagship over-the-ear headphones allow you to connect two devices simultaneously and have a more modern design compared to other Bose headphones.

Apple’s AirPods Pro wireless earbuds are $190 at Woot right now. This is the lowest we’ve seen yet on Apple’s flagship earbuds. Compared to the standard AirPods, the Pro model features better sound quality and noise cancellation, plus support for Apple’s new spatial audio feature.

Apple AirPods Pro

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Apple’s flagship earbuds with better sound quality, noise cancellation, and spatial audio.

Over at Amazon and Best Buy, you can buy the Samsung’s bean-shaped wireless earbuds the Galaxy Buds Live for just $140. Aside from an unorthodox design, my colleagues, Chris Welch and Becca Farsace, pointed out in their reviews that the Galaxy Buds Live also produce a powerful sound and come with a lengthy battery life.

Each retailer has four colors, but one color is exclusive to each site; if you want the Galaxy Buds Live in red, the sale is only available at Amazon. Over at Best Buy, you can buy them in blue for $140. Additionally, both retailers also have the earbuds on sale in black, bronze, and white.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Samsung’s unconventional wireless earbuds shaped like beans, but produce a powerful sound and come with a lengthy battery life.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus wireless earbuds are down to just $110 at Amazon and Best Buy. This is the best price we’ve seen for this model, which usually costs $150 outside of any discounts. Compared to the standard Galaxy Buds, this upgraded model that launched alongside the Galaxy S20 series of phones has improved sound quality, microphones, and battery life.

If you are looking to buy two pairs of Galaxy Buds Plus, Best Buy has a few bundles, allowing you to buy sets for only $200. You can mix and match which color you want for both pairs and are available in blue, black, light blue, red, and white.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus wireless earbuds

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The Galaxy Buds Plus are a successor to the Galaxy Buds. The biggest change from this model is the improved battery life is nearly doubled compared to the Galaxy Buds.

Alongside the Plus wireless earbuds, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are discounted at Amazon and Best Buy. Normally, these earbuds would cost $130, but you can get them for $79 at Amazon or $80 at Best Buy.

Unfortunately, the color options are limited at both retailers, so you can only buy these earbuds in either black or silver.

Samsung Galaxy Buds

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Samsung’s earbuds that include a tiny case with wireless charging and better sound isolation than Apple’s AirPods.

Laptop / tablet deals

MacBook Pro (late-2020).
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This month, Apple released new MacBook Pros powered by its own Apple silicon processors. If you are interested in buying the new MacBook Pro (late 2020) model with the new M1 chip, the base model, which comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage for $1,249 at Amazon and B&H Photo, knocking $50 off its normal retail price.

If 256GB of storage is not enough for you can buy the same model but with 512GB of storage for $1,449 at Amazon and B&H Photo.

If you are looking for an iPad in a smaller size, Amazon has the latest iPad mini with 64GB of storage on sale for $379. The 2019 iPad Mini features a 7.9-inch display and all the same specs as the iPad Air. Nevertheless, this is the best tablet for people that want an Apple device to watch movies, read books or play games, but want a something that is bigger than a phone but not as big as a laptop.

iPad Mini (2019, 64GB)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The 2019 iPad Mini features the same has a 7.9-inch display as its predecessors, but includes a powerful A12 Bionic processor, the same one used in the iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

If you are looking to pick up an iPad Pro this Black Friday, Amazon and Best Buy have Apple’s high-end iPad Pro for $729 and $730 respectively. This model includes an 11-inch display and a 128GB storage configuration. If 128GB is not enough storage space for you, both retailers are taking $100 off the 256GB configuration, bringing the price down to $800, which is what you would normally pay if you bought the entry-level 11-inch iPad Pro with the lowest storage configuration.

The iPad Pro’s 12-inch model with 128GB of storage is also on sale for $899 at Amazon and $900 at Best Buy. Normally this model and storage configuration would set you back $1,000. If you need a bit more storage, the same 12-inch iPad Pro, but with 256GB of storage is also discounted, bringing the price down to $999 at Amazon and $1,000 at Best Buy.

iPad Pro (2020, 11-inch, 128GB)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The latest iPad Pro model uses a USB-C port instead of Lightning and features a dual-lens rear camera array and Face ID. This high-end Apple tablet also includes a 120Hz refresh rate, 4K rendering for video editing apps, and enhanced AR performance.

Wearable and smart watch deals

Apple Watch SE.
Photo by Dan Seifert / The PoliticSay

If you like Fitbit’s wearables and prefer to have a smartwatch by the company, you can get the Fitbit Sense smartwatch for $280 at Fitbit’s website or at Best Buy and B&H Photo. Normally this model costs $330 and allows you to track your stress levels and measure your blood oxygen levels.

Fitbit Sense

Prices taken at time of publishing.

One of Fitbit’s more recent product releases, the Sense includes FD clearance and allows you to track your stress levels in addition to measuring your blood oxygen levels. The watch also includes Google Assistant support.

The Apple Watch SE was already the most affordable Watch that Apple made at $279, but it’s even cheaper at Amazon and Best Buy. You can score the 40mm GPS version for $259 or the larger 44mm Watch for $289 at Amazon and Best Buy. Each size looks similar to the more expensive Series 6 but lacks the always-on display and a few other features.

The Apple Watch SE aligns more with the Series 5 in terms of specs, but at $259, it’s a fantastic value. Here’s an in-depth post on how the SE differs from other recent Apple Watch models.

Apple Watch SE (40mm, GPS)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Apple’s midrange wearable. Starting at $279, the Apple Watch SE serves as a step up from the Series 3, with similar features and design as the flagship Series 6.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is also cheaper than usual at Amazon and Walmart. Normally $400 for the 40mm GPS model, it’s down to $330 — but there’s a catch. You must buy this model in either red at Amazon and Walmart.

Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Apple’s latest flagship wearable features an always-on display and new sensors that provide the ability to monitor your blood oxygen levels.

Smart home deals

Google Nest Wifi.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The PoliticSay

If you have a large home and want to make sure all of the rooms in it have internet and no dead zones, Amazon and Best Buy has discounted the Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi router. You can get three units for just $479.

Eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi router (three-pack)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The Eero 6 Pro mesh router is designed for large homes with fast (up to one gigabit) internet connections. It supports the new Wi-Fi 6 protocol as well as Zigbee connections for smart home devices.

Ahead of Black Friday, Google has discounted several of its products, including the Nest Wifi, and you can buy a two-pack for $219. The Nest Wifi system is easy to set up, and with two units, you can cover up to 4,400 square feet.

Google Nest Wifi

Google Nest Wifi two-pack

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Google’s Nest Wifi system is a Wi-Fi 5 mesh router with easy setup, reliable connectivity, and fast speeds up to 500Mbps. A two-pack is designed to cover up to 4,400 square feet.

If you need a mesh router system that will cover more square feet in your home, you can buy a three-pack Eero 6 mesh router for $223. The mesh routers also include a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, allowing you to connect and control select devices with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.

Eero 6 mesh router

Eero 6 mesh router (three-pack)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The Eero 6 mesh router system covers up to 5,000 square feet and is good for internet speeds up to 500Mbps. It also supports Zigbee for connecting smart home devices.

If you prefer Netgear products, you can save 22 percent on a two-pack for the company’s Nighthawk mesh router system. It’s designed for homes that have up to 400Mbps of internet speeds. Netgear says its Nighthawk mesh router system provides up to 3,000 square feet in coverage and support for 25 or more devices.

Netgear Nighthawk mesh two-pack

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The Netgear Nighthawk is a Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system designed for internet speeds up to 400Mbps.

At Amazon and Best Buy, you can save $140 on an eight-piece Ring Alarm home security kit, and it comes with a free third-gen Amazon Echo Dot with purchase. Normally $290, this kit will only cost you $150.

Ring Alarm eight-piece kit with a free Amazon Echo Dot

Prices taken at time of publishing.

A Ring Alarm kit is perfect for those looking to add security for their house. The eight-piece alarm kit includes the base station, a keypad, four contact sensors, a range extender, and a motion detector. This deal also includes a free Amazon Echo Dot.

Circling back to Netgear, its $450 flagship mesh router system is also discounted. You can buy the Orbi RBK752 Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system for $280 at Best Buy right now. This is a great product if you need something that will have the bandwidth to stream multiple videos in 4K or 8K resolution in your house.

The SimpliSafe base next to the keypad.
Photo by Dan Seifert / The PoliticSay

SimpliSafe’s home security systems are 50 percent off for Black Friday, starting at $114 for the most basic bundle. Each bundle includes a free SimpliCam (a $99 value).

Other deals

Samsung T7 USB-C SSD

Samsung’s T7 USB-C SSD.
Image: Samsung

Samsung’s Wireless Charger Trio is a charging pad that allows you to simultaneously provide power to three electronic devices — a smartwatch, earbuds, and phone, or a smartwatch and two phones. Amazon and Best Buy have the charging pad on sale for $20 off, bringing the price down to $79.

The Trio wireless charging pad can also charge iPhones (iPhone X or newer), but its right pad only supports charging for Samsung Galaxy smartwatches. Fortunately, you can charge your AirPods on the pad if you have a wireless charging case.

Samsung Wireless Charger Trio

Prices taken at time of publishing.

A successor to the Wireless Charger Duo that supports wireless charging for up to three devices.

Samsung’s fast T7 USB-C SSD with 1TB of storage normally costs $200, but you can buy this portable SSD for just $150 at Amazon and Best Buy. It features optional password protection with AES 256-bit encryption and Samsung claims the T7 has up to 1,050MB/s transfer speeds. It’s compatible with a variety of operating systems, including Windows 10, macOS, and Android. Unfortunately, it will not work on iPad or iOS devices and it is not compatible as an external SSD for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Samsung T7 USB-C SSD (1TB)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Samsung’s portable external SSD that features an optional password protection with AES 256-bit encryption and transfer speeds up to up to 1,050MB/s.

Image: Peak Design

Peak Design has kicked off its “Super Massive Black Friday sale” with sizeable discounts on bags and tripods. It might be tough to imagine when you might next need a durable backpack that can fit a lot of gadgets within, but the company’s “Everyday” lineup of bags is 20 percent off. Its bigger “Travel” bags are also discounted.

If you’re into photography, Peak Design’s Travel Tripod and a few accessories that are compatible with it are cheaper than usual.

Gaming deals

Watch Dogs: Legion.

Watch Dogs: Legion, the latest installment in Ubisoft’s hack-anything, open-world game, the PS4 and Xbox One versions are down to $30 at Amazon and Best Buy. If you are looking for the PC it is down to $45 at Ubisoft’s official website. This title recently came out and this is still a good discount.

What makes this deal even better is that if you buy the Xbox One or PS4 version of the game, you get an upgrade to the Xbox Series X / S or PS5 copies for free. Even if you don’t have much interest in the game, it’s an affordable way to check out what impressive ray-tracing graphics look like on the new console hardware.

Watch Dogs: Legion

Prices taken at time of publishing.

A sequel to 2016’s Watch Dogs 2. Players have the chance to play as multiple different characters that can be recruited and control at any time as you complete missions around London.

The Last of Us Part II is one of the most popular PS4 games released this year. If you have yet to experience Naughty Dog’s latest title, you can pick it up for $30 at Amazon, Best Buy, or GameStop. This is the lowest price the game has been marked down to date. If you recently purchased a PS5, you can also play this game via backwards compatibility.

The Last of Us Part II

Prices taken at time of publishing.

A sequel to 2013’s The Last of Us that follows Ellie’s journey as she goes down a path of revenge.

Speaking of popular PS4 games that released this year, Ghost of Tsushima is also on sale at its lowest price ever of $40 at Amazon and Best Buy. Even better? If you purchased a PS5, you can transfer your save data from your PS4 and experience the game in 60 frames per second, a feature exclusive to Sony’s next-gen console.

Ghost of Tsushima

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Set in late 13th century Japan, Ghost of Tsushima has players controlling a samurai who is tasked with protecting Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion.

If you’re having trouble narrowing down what games you want, why not get several? Target is hosting a “get three for the price of two” deal on video game purchases — even for newer titles like Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, to name a few. The list goes on, though one thing that isn’t eligible are first-party Sony games for the PS5, like the Demon’s Souls remake, but you can pick up Godfall, which is available on Sony’s next-gen console (and on PC.) Even Cyberpunk 2077, a game coming out next month is eligible for this promotion.

PC upgrade and accessory deals

Logitech’s G502 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The PoliticSay

If you want 2TB of fast storage for your PC, Samsung’s 2TB 970 Evo Plus NVMe SSD is $250 at Newegg and Amazon, beating the lowest price by about $40. Over the summer, the price was steady at $350. A PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD like this will fit in only certain kinds of motherboards (so check before you buy). Alternatively, it can also make for a very fast USB-C drive if you get an M.2 enclosure for it. Either route you take, you’ll get a lot of speedy storage.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe SSD (2TB)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Samsung’s PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD like this will fit in only certain kinds of motherboards with read and write performance levels of up to 3,500MB/s and 3,300MB/s.

If you are in the market for a new gaming mouse, the Logitech G502 lightspeed wireless gaming mouse is $100 at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop. Normally this gaming mouse is $150. It features It features eleven programmable buttons, a 25600 DPI, and fully customizable RGB lighting.

Stay tuned for more deals.

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