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


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The majority of 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.

Best Buy is a big contributor to the deals below because it’s currently running its My Best Buy Early Access sale, where several of its products across various categories are discounted. Just to note, you will need to sign up for a free My Best Buy account (and be logged in to the website) for the sales prices to appear.

Headphones

I love seeing this $72 off deal on Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones (pictured above). It’s happening again at Amazon and Best Buy, matching the lowest price we’ve seen yet. This model of headphones released for $350 in August, improving on the excellent audio quality, sound-dampening noise cancellation, and long battery life of the XM3 from 2018. This newer model doesn’t bring revolutionary changes in either category, but adding multipoint Bluetooth connectivity and auto-pausing sensors makes the XM4 worth seeking out.

Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus wireless earbuds are down to just $110 at Amazon. This is the best price we’ve seen for this model, which usually cost $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.

Laptops / tablets

The eighth-generation iPad is the latest of Apple’s most affordable tablet, and it’s $50 off at Best Buy. Normally $330, it’s $280. The design is the same as the previous generation, but the one big upgrade is its leap in processing power, jumping from the A10 (used first in the iPhone 7) to the A12 Bionic (the same CPU used in the 2019 versions of the iPad mini and iPad Air). Simply put, it’s a fast, affordable tablet.


Apple iPad (2020, 32GB)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Apple’s new eighth-generation iPad with 32GB of storage is on sale at Best Buy. Normally, this configuration costs $330. This model looks exactly like the previous iteration, but it has a faster A12 Bionic processor.

Image: Samsung

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab A7 has a 10.4-inch display with slim bezels and a design that looks more like the flagship Galaxy Tab S7, but it costs a whole lot less. You can pick one up in a 32GB storage configuration for just $150 at Best Buy. This is probably a good option if you don’t want to spend as much as the iPad above costs, but you want decent performance.

Best Chromebooks 2020: Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge

Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713 is the best Chromebook you can currently buy, and it’s $80 off its normal price. Normally $629, it’s now $549. That might not seem like much, but it’s a good value if you want a high-end Chromebook experience, with a 3:2 aspect ratio display, a decent processor and 128GB of SSD storage.

Lenovo Legion 5i

Photo by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

Lenovo’s Legion 5 gaming laptop with AMD’s capable Ryzen 7 4800H processor, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and 16GB of RAM is just $850 as part of Amazon’s deal of the day. This configuration, which also features a 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 512GB of expandable storage, normally costs $1,000. I reviewed the Intel-based version of this machine, and while I encountered a few issues that stuck out more at the $1,289 price point (like the lack of an SD card reader or Thunderbolt 3), this is a solid machine for $850.


The Legion 5i seen running Disco Elysium

Lenovo Legion 5

Prices taken at time of publishing.

This gaming laptop is $150 off for Amazon’s deal of the day leading up to Black Friday.

Misc. deals

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

The Apple Watch SE was already the most affordable Watch that Apple made at $279, but it’s even cheaper at Amazon, Walmart, and Target. You can score the 40mm GPS version for $230 or the larger 44mm Watch for $260 at Amazon or Walmart. 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 $230, 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, Target, and Walmart. Normally $400 for the 40mm GPS model, it’s down to $350 for the first time for Black Friday. Previously, just a $20 drop was noteworthy.


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.

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

If you’re having trouble narrowing down what games you want, why not get several? Amazon 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.

Watch Dogs: Legion, the latest installment in Ubisoft’s hack-anything, open-world game, is down to $30 — a 50 percent price cut. It released in late October, so this is a staggering drop in price for such a new game. What makes this deal even better is that each version will net you 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.

Persona 5 Royal for the PS4 is $20 at Best Buy, which is the lowest price we’ve seen yet. This is the definitive edition of the popular JRPG from Atlus, so get this if you’re looking for the most complete version of the game. PS5 owners with a PS Plus subscription can enjoy the base version of the game for no extra cost, but you’ll miss out on some of the extra content in the Royal version.

PC upgrades

Samsung 970 Evo Plus

This image shows the 1TB model, but the 2TB model detailed below looks the same.

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.

Lenovo’s 27-inch Q27h-10 IPS monitor that supports QHD resolution with 75Hz refresh rate is $280 at Amazon. It normally costs $327, and it will be discounted for the rest of today as part of Amazon’s deal of the day. Laptops that can use USB-C for video output can connect to this monitor in that manner, and it can pass through 80W of power to keep them charged. The monitor also supports HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2. Other notable specs include 99 percent coverage of the sRGB color gamut and a 4ms response time.

Stay tuned for more deals.



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