Gift Guide: Black Friday tech deals that really are worth looking at

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It’s, somehow, that time again! Thanksgiving hours are away, which means it’s time to figure out what you want to buy on Black Friday.

needed Do you buy anything on Black Friday? depends on. Some people are able to make a game out of it and save a heap on the things they were going to buy anyway. Others run away from sales that aren’t actually sales or end-of-life TVs repackaged under new model numbers.


there definitely Huh Definitely deals to be found – you have to be smart about it. Some things we like to keep in mind:

  • Buying stuff you already wanted, at a discount? Good. Buying stuff you didn’t want to, just because it’s probably cheaper? not that good.
  • Make sure what you’re buying is actually on sale, and that they didn’t temporarily increase prices yesterday just for today’s “discount”. Historical price trackers like camel camel camel can help with that.
  • Check the model number on everything you are buying. If you can’t find any signs of it being more than a few weeks old, something may be wrong.

With all that said, here are some generally good deals we found on the web – stuff that’s solid, battle-tested and we’d probably recommend Filled up cost. We’ll be adding more throughout the week as we find them.

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Not too long ago, discounts on Apple gear were a rare sight — nowadays, though, it’s not too hard to save at least a buck or two.

For example: Amazon just got the latest non-pro AirPods down $155 (usually $179), AirPod Pro $159. till (usually $190+) and over-ear AirPods Max $429. down to (from $549)

Amazon just got the best iPad Pro deal ever, taking anywhere from $100 to $150 off the 2021 12.9″ model — so $999 for the 128GB base model, for example, instead of $1099.

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Best Buy generally has a more budget-friendly 40mm Apple Watch SE $219. marked up to, normally $279. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest Apple Watch, your best bet is probably Amazon again, where the Series 7 has been. reduced to $379 instead of $399 – but know that inventory seems limited and you may not get the color/band you want.

Big discounts on M1 Macs seem rare right now – which is understandable, as they’re still relatively new. When they do pop up, stock appears to be limited or shipping is delayed well into next year. Apple is offering a $100 gift card with purchases of eligible Macs (which, sadly, appear to exclude 14″ and 16″ M1 MacBook Pros) but the deal doesn’t start until the actual morning of Black Friday. It happens

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Amazon usually gives pretty deep discounts on its own gear for Black Friday, and that’s true this year.

For example, the 4K Fire TV Stick is $25. down to (usually $50).

Meanwhile, his latest-generation Kindle is $70. down to (usually $110) if you buy the version that doesn’t come with ads printed around the interface. If you don’t mind ads, It’s $50. Is (usually $90).

Got a smart home full of Echo devices and want to add a few more? The latest (4th gen) model is $60. down to (usually $80-$100). The 2021 Echo Show, with its cameras and 5.5″ display, is $45. down to (usually around $80), and the itty-bitty (if possibly at the end of its lifetime) Echo Dot is puck $20. down to (usually $30).

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Not to be outdone, Google has got a bunch of discounts on its devices as well.

Chromecast with Google TV (Chromecast with Remote) $40. down to (usually $50).

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Most of the company’s Nest accessories are marked down – the Nest Audio smart speaker is under $60 (usually $100), their Nest WiFi router mesh access point under $30 each And the latest Nest Hub Smart Display has been given $50. discount up to (usually $100.) There’s even Nest’s relatively new outdoor camera $150. till (usually $180).


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Want to stay out of the Apple/Google/Amazon ecosystem but still want a solid streaming device for your TV? Roku has a few options: Roku Streaming Stick 4K is $30. till (usually $50), while one of their sound bars—the smaller Streambar, not the Streambar Pro—is $80. down to (Usually $130.)

Oculus Quest 2

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Oculus’ Quest 2 virtual reality headset is about as good as entry-level VR gets right now. If you just want to dabble or otherwise don’t want to spend a billion dollars on a megapowerful VR rig, the Quest 2 is really a good place to start. I’ve happily recommended this to a bunch of people at full price… so at a discount? Absolutely.

The best deal I’ve found so far is Target, where you’ll get a $50 Target gift card. 128 GB ($300) or 256 GB ($400) model.


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If you often use your iPhone* for things like Apple Arcade or playing games remotely on Xbox or PlayStation, Backbone is a great, very Nice controller add-on. It breaks down quickly, it’s solid as a rock, and it Way More comfortable than trying to claw at the touchscreen.

I thought it was too cheap at around $99 but now they have marked it down Down to $85 for Black Friday — and they’ve thrown in three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for good measure. It’s a steal, honestly.

(*They recently added support for controlling other devices via wired USB, but that’s a neat bonus and less of a main draw.)

Apps & Services

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Some tried-and-tested apps and services are offering deals, though often with caveats. for example:

  • Hulu will give you a year ad supported hulu 99 cents per month instead of $7 per month. Hunt? This is only for people who are new and “return” customers, with the latter defined as people who haven’t paid for Hulu in the past month.
  • If you don’t already have Disney+, Amazon is rolling out a kind of confusing deal in the form of a tie-in with Amazon Music Unlimited. If you already have Amazon Music Unlimited, they’ll give you three months of Disney+ for free. If you don’t already have it and are willing to sign up for the service for $8 per month, they’ll give you six months of Disney+.
  • Plex is selling its lifetime pass option, usually $120, $90. For,
  • Adobe is selling its “All Apps” package—so access to Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Audition, and everything else that Adobe builds under the Creative Cloud umbrella—for $30 per month, down from $52. Sadly the terms only specify “first time customer”.
  • The popular password manager is LastPass Plan offer for 25% off This week. Use a password manager.
  • guided meditation app headspace There’s a 50%-60% discount right now, depending on whether you’re paying monthly or annually. If monthly, it’s 60% off – $4.99 per month instead of $12.99. If yearly, that’s a 50% discount—which may seem like a small discount, but at $35 (normally $70) for a year, you can earn about $2.91 per month (usually for $6 a month). around). The first year after both the plans are renewed at their respective full prices.

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