early black friday tech deals

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We review a lot of gear here at Popular Mechanics. From finding the best gaming mice to testing the most efficient electric snow shovels, we take pride in finding, testing, and recommending the best gear.

The only problem is the best gear is often expensive. Premium brands like Apple make some of the best products, yet they’re priced so high that the average person can’t always afford them. Luckily, there comes a time when prices for the best gear get slashed, giving us all the chance to enjoy quality tech at an affordable price. That time is Black Friday, and it’s here.

In the past, Black Friday and Cyber Monday were a rush of events, a two-day shop-a-thon full of energy and chaos. But with the rise of online shopping, this shopping weekend has ballooned from one or two big days to a whole month of great deals. We’ve had our eyes peeled for the best sales from your favorite retailers, like Amazon, Lowe’s and Wayfair, and are here to share some of the best early deals of the Black Friday season.

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1

Part TV, Part Home Decor

Samsung 55-Inch Frame TV

SAMSUNG
amazon.com

$1,499.99

$972.99 (35% off)

Samsung’s frame TV, sometimes just called “The Frame,” is unique in the world of TVs. Unlike most TVs, the Frame TV is meant to be wall-mounted, and boasts a quality QLED display that, when set up, doubles as wall art or a custom slideshow. 

Besides making for excellent decor, the Frame TV is an amazing television with a gorgeous 4K display and loads of smart features. The 55-inch model is currently on sale for less than $1,000.

2

For Traveling Workers

Microsoft Surface Go Laptop

Microsoft
walmart.com

$549.00

The Microsoft Surface Go is not a cutting edge laptop. It’s not trying to be. Instead, the Surface Go is built for professionals on-the-go, those whose job is less about heading to the office and more about heading to clients or job sites.

With a small form factor, responsive touch screen display, and solid webcam, the Surface Go Laptop is a no-fuss solution for working while moving. Right now you can pick it up for an affordable $550.

3

A Dependable Storage Solution

SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD

SanDisk
amazon.com

$129.99

For folks working with large video or photo files, flexible storage is a must. Luckily, SanDisk’s Extreme Portable SSD makes storing and transferring files between all your devices easy.

Aside from providing fast file transfer through modern USB-C 3.2 connectivity, we are big fans of the Extreme Portable’s design. The open carabiner-shaped corner makes it easy to slid into hooks and loops, while the IP55-rated exterior can take a ding or splash without issue.

4

For Calls and Everything in Between

New Apple AirPods Pro

Apple
amazon.com

$249.00

$199.99 (20% off)

Apple’s AirPods are incredibly popular, and for good reason. The AirPods Pro are perhaps the best wireless earbuds around, with every feature one could ask. Not only are they great for making calls and listening to music on the go, they sport a robust feature set including active noise cancelling, transparency mode, spatial audio, force-touch controls, and even sweat resistance. We spotted the latest second generation AirPods Pro for under $200.

5

Ditch the TV

VANKYO Performance V620 Projector

VANKYO
walmart.com

$119.99

$249.99
$119.99 (52% Off)

While previously relegated to stuffy meeting rooms, projectors have enjoyed a boost in quality and popularity thanks to advancing technology and affordable pricing. VANKYO’s V620 projector is a great beginner’s projector, offering intuitive connectivity, built-in stereo speakers, and quality 1080p projection. With a steep discount, now is the time to move the TV over and try projecting your screen.

6

Start Your Smart Home

Nest Hub

$99.99
$49.99 (50% Off)

The idea of an interconnected smart home can seem intimidating, especially with tons of different brands that may or may not be inter-compatible. Google’s Nest Hub makes managing your smart devices a little easier, all while remaining a capable smart device on its own. 

With a bright display, Google Assistant functionality, and clear speakers, it makes for a great hub device, no matter where it stays in your home. Right now, you can grab it for less than $100.

7

An Amazing, Affordable Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Tablet

SAMSUNG
amazon.com

$729.99

$649.99
$499.99 (23% Off)

Having a great time with a tablet isn’t exclusive to iPads anymore. Samsung’s S7 tablet combines an amazing screen, responsive speeds, excellent speakers, and a wondrous stylus to create one of the best non-Apple tablet we’ve seen. And unlike an iPad, the S7 includes a stylus, making it a great option for kids and artists alike. We’ve seen great prices on the 128GB version this month.

8

Fitness Tracking Made Simple

FitBit Inspire 2

If you want the tracking features of something like an Apple Watch, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars, check out FitBit’s Inspire 2 fitness tracker. This simple smartwatch monitors your heart rate, workouts, steps, and sleep, all in a simple and easy-to-use package with up to 10 days of battery on a single charge. Usually around $100, you can grab it now for around $60.

9

A World-Class TV Screen

LG OLED C1 65-Inch TV

If you are in need of a serious TV upgrade, or are looking for the best-in-class, look no further than LG’s C1 series. This 65 inch OLED model is huge on quality, features, and, at the moment, savings. 

With a massive 4K OLED screen, built-in AI processing, HDR, and plenty of smart features, the C1 makes for some cutting edge television. Anyone with a next-gen gaming console will also love the C1’s smooth 120Hz refresh rate. Normally more than $2,000, you can find it for about $1,800—for now.

10

The Best Workout Earbuds

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds

Beats
amazon.com

$249.95

$149.95 (40% off)

The best headphones for your desk and the best headphones for your gym are very, very different. While something like Sony’s WH-1000XM4 are amazing for the office and commutes, Beats’ Powerbeats Pro are the best earbuds for working out.

The combination of eartips and adjustable earhooks give these headphones a wonderful fit, and keep them secure even during jumps and sprints. Everything from the dual audio controls to the battery life are top notch. Currently, they are steeply discounted at $150.

11

Digitize the Bookshelf

Amazon Kindle

While flashier models like the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis tend to soak up the limelight, the baseline Kindle remains the budget-friendly option, even more so this month at a discounted $50 total. 

For that price, you still get most of what makes the Kindle series great: a clear display, long battery life, and a comfortable form factor.

12

Cut the Cable

Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon
amazon.com

$49.99
$29.99 (50% Off)

With the plethora of streaming services available today, it’s no small wonder that cable TV is on the decline. One of the best ways to enjoy all your favorite online content is through a dedicated streaming device like Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. 

Simply plug it into your TV, sign in to your favorite streaming accounts, and suddenly, your TV is a cable-free streaming and entertainment hub. The Fire TV Stick 4K is particularly well-suited for 4K TVs with built-in HDR and Dolby Vision support. And it’s nearly half-off its usual price.

13

Expand Your Mobile Storage

SanDisk 128GB MicroSDXC Licensed for Nintendo

SanDisk
amazon.com

$20.94

Don’t let the Nintendo branding fool you, this micro SD card isn’t just for your Nintendo Switch. While it makes for an excellent Switch accessory, the SanDisk 128GB microSDXC card is a great storage solution for any device supporting expandable storage via microSD card. Usually over $20, we’ve seen it dip into the $19 and $18 range this month.

14

A Sprawling Viking Adventure

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

One of the biggest and best Assassin’s Creed games in recent memory, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla places you in the shoes of Eivor, a 870s Viking embroiled in a deep conflict. The game is stunning, with a vast, beautiful Nordic landscape to explore, an epic story to enjoy, and challenging foes to defeat. Usually on sale for $35, it’s currently a steal at $20.

Available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series consoles.

15

Best Over-Ear Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 are some of the best noise cancelling headphones we’ve tested. Critically acclaimed from nearly every site out there, these over-ear headphones have industry-leading noise cancelling, battery life, and comfort. 

Gesture controls on the right earcup and physical buttons on the left offer great hand-free control in any situation. Normally around $300, they’re on sale for $250.

16

Greek Gods and Monsters

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Ubisoft
amazon.com

$25.95

Part The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, part Assassin’s Creed, Immortals Fenyx Rising is an open world action-adventure game steeped in Greek myth. Greek gods Aphrodite, Athena, Ares, and Hephaistos recruit Fenyx (that’s you) to restore their power and return order to the world. 

With great visuals, fun puzzles, and an entertaining story, Immortals Fenyx Rising is a great game most can enjoy. Everyone can certainly enjoy its currently discounted $20 price point. 

Available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch consoles.

17

Full-Fledged Gaming Keyboard

Razer BlackWidow TE V2 Keyboard

As recommended in our best mechanical keyboards list, this gaming keyboard from Razer is the complete package. With fully programmable RGB lighting, a comfortable TKL layout, and an integrated wrist rest, long gaming sessions are no match for the BlackWidow TE V2. With a steep discount ahead of black Friday, you can get a jump on the competition early.

18

Precision Wireless Control

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse

Logitech G
amazon.com

$149.99

$114.99 (23% off)

Quality gaming mice tend to be pretty pricey, especially if you want wireless connectivity. Thanks to early sales, however, you can get one of the best of the best wireless gaming mice for $100 in the Logitech G502 Lightspeed.

Featuring solid build quality, wireless connectivity, USB recharging, and amazing button variety, the G502 is one of the most responsive and versatile gaming mice around. Normally $150, you can snag it for $99.99 while supplies last.

19

Restore the Jedi

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Electronic Arts
walmart.com

$19.93

$33.88
$19.88 (42% Off)

Despite the middling conclusion to the latest Star Wars film trilogy, Star Wars as a whole is hot right now. From the massively successful The Mandalorian to the diverse anthology Star Wars: Visions, there are tons of ways to enjoy the Star Wars franchise. With Fallen Order, you can embody rogue Jedi Cal Kestis on an action-adventure journey through the galaxy as he attempts to rebuild the fallen Jedi Order.

Available for PS4 & Xbox One consoles.

20

For Console Competitors

Razer Wolverine Ultimate Controller

As seen in our best xbox controllers list, Razer’s Wolverine Ultimate controller gives any competitive console gamer the perfect tool to achieve peak performance. This controller adjusts to your needs, with a variety of swappable thumbsticks and D-pads, a built-in profile switcher, and additional shoulder and paddle buttons. Any PC or Xbox gamer looking to get a deal on this controller should take note.

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