Black Friday is all but here, and you can already start snapping up worthwhile tech deals on Amazon. After an early trickle of discounts that began at the start of the month, the good sales are now coming at us fast. You can’t wait anymore on what you see, because everyone else is shopping now, too.
To make it easier to snap up the best deals, we’ve sifted through the offerings and pulled out those worth attention. These bargains meet our usual criteria for a good deal: The price is near an all-time low or is a larger discount than usually available.
Fancy features are well and good, but sometimes you only need a TV that handles the basics well. Enter the Q60A, one of Samsung’s quantum-dot 4K TVs: It sports both warm and cool LED backlights for better contrast, along with support for HDR, HDR10+, and HLG. Upscaling HD video sources to 4K is automatic via Samsung’s Quantum Processor Lite. And you can skip the remote with built-in Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung Bixby, too. Gamers even get an auto low latency mode to help minimize lag.
You can grab a smart TV for good prices already. These two particular models sport Amazon’s Fire TV software for streaming video and music, and include an Alexa-powered remote. They also have three HDMI 2.0 inputs and a single HDMI 2.1 eARC port.
Vizio crams a stunning number of features into this 65-inch 4K HDR TV. It’s the perfect companion for an over-the-top PC gaming setup: You get FreeSync for liquid-smooth gaming at a max refresh rate of 120Hz over HDMI, as well as Dolby Vision. This TV’s screen also sports a brightness of 1200 nits, allowing the color depth you get from Dolby Vision to shine. And as a smart TV, it can stream from your favorite services without needing a separate device—plus whatever else you want from other devices thanks to built-in Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast support.
Don’t want to hassle with finding a remote to issue voice commands to your TV? You’ll want one of these Omni versions of Amazon’s smart TVs, which integrate a mic in the TV. That means you get hands-free Alexa support for launching apps, looking up info on the web, and controlling compatible smart home devices.
These days, you don’t have to spend out the nose to get loads of premium features. Case in point is one of our favorite mid-range 4K TVs, which is discounted close to its all-time low. Not only does this 65-inch Hisense Class U8G 4K TV offer excellent brightness, image processing, and 4K upscaling, but it also supports the major types of HDR (Dolby Vision, HLG, Samsung HDR10+) and variable refresh rate (FreeSync) for gamers. Oh, and it sports IMAX Enhanced certification, too.
Don’t like clutter in your home theater setup? This affordable soundbar is what you’ve been looking for. It’s a top-notch, budget-friendly soundbar with superb 2.0-channel audio and AirPlay 2 support—and it also has a built-in Roku streaming player compatible with 4K HDR. At almost 40 percent off, the Streambar is an easy choice.
A built-in subwoofer gives this budget all-in-one soundbar lots of punch, and the inclusion of virtualized DTS:Virtual X audio support makes it a great value buy. With its price slashed for Black Friday, it becomes hard to resist—especially since the SR-B20A packs features like Clear Voice mode, which enhances dialog output, and dead-simple installation. You just have to plug it into your TV’s HDMI-ARC input.
Balancing sound quality against the amount of available space can be a delicate act for audiophiles, but not so with this Samsung soundbar. This top-tier model comes packed with a total of 22 drivers that make the most of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X experiences. You also get room-correction tech, support for Alexa and AirPlay 2, and the ability to sync with speakers on supported Samsung Q-series QLED TVs.
Finding a good, cheap streaming device for your TV is easy this year. For just $20, you get a TV stick loaded with all the apps you could want (plus no disputes about YouTube) and access to Alexa. Support for Amazon’s voice assistant means you just speak aloud to launch apps and search for content, as well as control compatible smart home gear. Need a higher resolution or want faster hardware? The Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max versions are on sale now too.
This Sony WF-1000XM4 competitor brings a lot to the table, including a unique semi-open design, multi-device support, and superior active noise-cancelling. In our experience with these earbuds, we also liked their more secure fit. At a solid 35 percent off (and close to their lowest price ever), they’re an easy pick over more expensive rivals. If that’s still too rich for your blood, other popular Jabra models like the Active 75t and standard 75t are available at steep discount, too.
Not only does Fitbit’s entry-level tracker keeps tabs on the most important fitness stats (including sleep and heart rate), but it can display smartphone notifications, too. At full price, the Inspire 2 is already a solid buy, especially since it includes a 1-year trial subscription to Fitbit Premium—when you get a full 40 percent off, it’s almost a steal.
Fitbit’s top-of-the-line smartwatch is cheaper than ever right now, with a hefty $100 discount for Black Friday. This model upgrades the Versa 3’s experience by packing in more sensors for monitoring multi-path optical heart rate, taking ECG and EDA readings, and measuring skin temperature. At this price, it’s the far better deal of the two smartwatches, as it costs only $20 more than the Versa 3’s sale price.
Amazon’s entry-level Kindle is back at an all-time low—just in time for holiday gift-giving. This model sports a front-light for easy reading in dim locations, along with 8GB of storage space for keeping thousands of books at hand. At this price, you’ll get the ad-supported version, but you can choose to eliminate those later with an additional fee.
The Kindle Paperwhite got a revamp just a last month, but the Kids version is already on sale. In addition to the e-reader, you get a 1 year subscription of access to thousands of kid-friendly books (Amazon Kids+), a cover, and a two-year “worry-free” guarantee that covers mishaps. At $115, this device is an excellent deal, especially given that the “adult” ad-free model has the same list price, but without the kid-friendly accessories and parental controls bundled in.
Switching to a mesh Wi-Fi setup at home is extremely affordable this Black Friday. This three-pack set covers up to 5,500 square feet and supports Wi-Fi 5 speeds up to 867Mbps over 5GHz and 300 Mbps over 2.4GHz (AC1200). Each node also comes with two Gigabit ethernet ports, allowing for wired backhaul. Given the Deco S4’s speed and features, this deal feels like a steal at this price.
Sometimes a traditional router is the right choice—no need to spend on a mesh system if you don’t need its level of Wi-Fi coverage. The same philosophy applies to speed. Sure, fancy Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) routers scream along, but Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) routers still have plenty of zip and cost a lot less. Take this TP-Link Archer A7 router, down to $50 for Black Friday. You get speeds up to 1,300Mbps over 5GHz and 450Mbps over 2.4GHz, which is plenty fast for streaming movies and browsing the internet. Why pay more if you don’t need to?
Need a bump up in transfer rates? Have a peek at the TP-Link Archer A8, a Wi-Fi 5 AC1900 router down to $60 right now. (Be sure to clip the $20 coupon before adding it to your cart.) Over 5GHz, you get a max of 1,300Mbps; over 2.4GHz, 600 Mbps.
New technology usually costs more, but if you grab this router, you won’t pay that much for a blazing fast Wi-Fi 6 router. And it is fast. The Archer AX21 may not seem so at first glance at its raw transfer rates, which Wi-Fi 5 routers can match—however, the magic of Wi-Fi 6 is its ability to better handle home networks with many devices all accessing the internet at the same time. (AKA the situation at most homes these days.) Ensuring smooth, congestion-free internet browsing was never so affordable.
At 33% off, our favorite smart thermostat becomes even more appealing. We loved the Ecobee SmartThermostat in our review, giving it a 4.5 out of 5 stars along with an Editor’s Choice Award. You get a responsive device with better sensitivity than previous versions, and it integrates with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon’s Alexa. Making your home’s environmental controls smarter is both easy and cheap with this sale.
Here’s a fun one: If you download the Alexa app for your phone (or have an Alexa-enabled device), you can ask for a sweet deal. Saying “Alexa, order Kasa Smart Mini Plug” gets you this popular smart plug with energy monitoring for a whopping 84% off. Don’t want to finish the transaction via voice? It goes to your cart first, so you can check out on a PC.
No hub needed for this smart bulb—Kasa Smart bulbs run on your Wi-Fi network. At 50 percent off, the KL130 can’t be ignored. When it comes to tuning its color, this bulb is extremely flexible: Not only can you can pick from rainbow hues, but white color temperature can be adjusted between warm and cool.