Maxwell Barna has hunted down some of the best Black Friday tech bargains you’ll find anywhere.
What I love about Black Friday — aside from all the insanely cheap shit — is that it’s literally the everyman’s holiday. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Christian, Muslim, or Jewish, or even Pagan or Atheist. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Mexican, or African, or Chinese. It doesn’t matter where you grew up, what you believe, or what holiday you celebrate. The only thing that matters is that you like insanely cheap shit — enough so to leave your family on the one holiday out of the year where we’re supposed to be thankful for things like our family, and go shopping with a bunch of other angry, desperate people trying to do all their Christmas shopping in one miserable night.
More importantly, there’s something out there for everyone on Black Friday, and that’s definitely part of the allure. Tailored suits to big screen TVs, to patio furniture and sporting equipment — whatever you’re into, it’s out there on Black Friday.
But this article is all about tech gear. What kind of stuff can you expect to see out there next week? Well, I sifted through all the BS come up with my top 10 picks for Black Friday’s best tech goodies. And before any of you jump on me in the comments, keep in mind that there is a literal metric shit-ton of great tech deals. These are the ones that stood out most to me. Enjoy:
$50 Off Xbox One Plus Additional $25 Gift Code At Microsoft — $249.99
A lot of people are running a $249.99 Xbox One promotion next week, but none beat the one being offered by Microsoft themselves. For $249.99, you’ll get the 500GB Xbox One, along with one select game and an additional $25 gift code. They don’t make mention of any of the games that’ll be available, but I’m positive none of them will be trash.
Samsung 50” 4K Motion Rate 120 Smart Ultra HD TV — $397.99
If there’s any one deal on this list that really makes me want to go out and wait in those lines, it’s this one from Target. According to their circular, one of their big doorbusters will be this 50-inch 4K Motion Rate 120 Smart Ultra HD TV from Samsung, with a normal retail value of $749.99. That’s literally almost 50 percent off.
$150 off 9.7-inch iPad Pro — $449.99
Everyone is trying to throw some kind of Black Friday deal together for Apple products, but the best on iPads — by far — also goes to Target, who will offer the 9.7-inch iPad Pro for $449.00 — more than $150 off the original price. If you’re looking for something a little less expensive, they’re also offering the iPad Air 2 for $274 ($125 off the regular price) and the iPad mini 2 for $199.79 ($70 off the original).
Nintendo 3DS Gets a Discount at Target — $99
Target’s Black Friday deals kick off on Thanksgiving Day, so you can already snap up some deals. One of the most unreal we’ve found on Target’s site is the discounted Nintendo 3Ds for the near-stupid price of $99. There are also nice reductions on games as well, meaning there really is no reason for you not to head over there at 6pm (when the sale starts) and grab this handheld console. Not only a great Christmas present, if you’d prefer to use it yourself then all we can say is you’re about to have a very, very good holiday season.
Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR with WiFi, Bag, and Lenses — $449.99
Here’s a statement I never thought I’d make in my life: “Kohl’s is coming out swingin’ this holiday season.” Jokes aside, of all the decent DSLR packages I came across, this one was probably one of the hands-down best. No frills, no bullshit, just the essentials — the T5 body, standard 18-55 kit lens, Canon’s basic 75-300mm zoom lens and a Canon bag. The T5 is a little older at this point, but it’s still a wonderful entry-level DSLR. Today, it retails in the $400 range, so for the extra 50 bucks, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth. All you need after that is one of Canon’s cheap little 50mm f/1.8s and you’ll have everything you need to start really delving into digital photography.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for $0 Down w/ Purchase of Plan at Target (+$250 Target Giftcard) — $549.99-$749.99
The best deal on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus I was able to find is also coming from Target — buy either the 7 or 7 Plus for zero money down with the purchase of a qualified network plan. But you also get a $250 Target gift card for your troubles. And before you talk shit on Target, don’t forget about that time you needed that random space heater in the middle of winter when your electric went out, or when you needed to go buy $120 worth of Rubbermaids when you were moving. This stuff comes in handy.
LG 60” Class LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD TV — $599.99
I really didn’t want to throw two TVs on this list, but I couldn’t help myself with this one. Another doorbuster deal from Best Buy, this 60-inch Class LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD TV from LG will come with a price tag of just $599.99. No, it’s not a gimmick or some fake bullshit. A 60-inch for less than $600 bucks, with all the fixings you could ever really wish for. If it fits your budget, by all means, player — go for it!
Apple Watch Series 1 — $198.00
If you’re still trying to get in on the Apple Watch phenomenon happening right now, but don’t really feel like toss away four bills on an the Series 2, Target will offer the Series 1 for $198, which is $71.99 off the original—a pretty massive savings. And if you’re trying to get in on the Series 2, Kohl’s is offering the best deal there: $369.99 (which is what basically everyone else is doing), but it also includes an additional $105 in Kohl’s cash.
13.3” MacBook Air and 21.5” iMac — $799.99 and $899.99
It’s really cool to see the prices of Apple’s incredible computers taking a slow dip in recent history, and BestBuy’s knocking even a little more off the top by offering $200 off on both the 13.3-inch MacBook Air (Intel Core i5, 8GB memory, 128GB Flash Storage, etc.), and the punchier 21.5-inch iMac (Intel Core i5, 8GB memory, 1TB hard drive). At $800 and $900, that’s far more than reasonable.
Roku 3 — $50.00
There are a lot of great TV streaming sticks to choose from out there — and most of them are on some kind of sale this Black Friday — but the Roku 3 made my list because it’s literally 50 percent off one of its most feature-rich models. Easy searching with Roku Search, a voice search function, better remote, a microSD card slot, etc. It usually retails for $99.99, but you’ll be able to snatch one for a quick $50, if you’re feeling so inclined. Of all the streaming sticks I’ve sampled, Roku is one of my favorites — second only to Chromecast. If you’re looking to drop cable or dish altogether, this is the perfect opportunity to try Roku on for size.
Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless Headphones — $150.00
Oh come on — you didn’t think I was going to throw a Black Friday deals list together and not include at least one set of headphones, did you? Sennheiser is one of the best listening device technology companies in the entire world, and if you know anything about quality headphones, they consistently rank near the top of every audiophile’s list. Amazon has a lot going on for Black Friday, but these wireless powerhouses will go for $150, down from $299.99. That’s as good a deal as you’ll find anywhere else.
Huawei Honor 8 32 GB and 64 GB — $299.99-$349.99
With all the bullshit surrounding the smartphone market this year, the folks at Huawei made a lot of noise in the industry by putting out a phone that could go knuckles up with the iPhone and not catch fire or explode in the process. A 5.2-inch screen, dual 12MP rear cameras, all for a price on Black Friday that can’t really be beat by any other phone in its class. From November 25 through November 28, you’ll be able to find the Honor 8 in 32 GB and 64 GB for just $299.99 and $349.99, respectively. From what I know, Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and B&H Photo Video will carry the special.
For more of the best Black Friday deals going around, be sure to read this article for hot sales.