It’s technical one day, but “Black Friday” is now a marketing catch-all. Retailers use it to hype sales all year round. However, the actual Black Friday comes only once a year. It’s not just a day event anymore; it is now the one time to be aware of all sales. Be sure to do it online. You should not take unnecessary trips to any store where the Covid-19 pandemic is getting worse. Retailers are offering deals that run longer than ever online to help you stay home and reduce the spread.
The WIRED Gear team’s stock deals all year round. The discounts below appear to be at or below their upcoming, announced Black Friday prices. You should not buy something that is not on your shopping list, but if something catches your eye, we believe these choices are worth your time and money.
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Early Black Friday sale
Most major stores offer early deals now through Friday. We have the link to their pages below. Remember to do your price survey and check out our Black Friday tips for more helpful advice.
Apple Watch SE for $ 230 ($ 50 off): This is the best basic Apple Watch. If you just go into the watch’s ecosystem and you do not need the most advanced features that come with the more expensive Series 6, this is a good option. Compare the different models here.
Apple Watch Series 6 for $ 350 ($ 49 off): If you’d rather have the latest and greatest health tracking tools, such as Blood Surveillance, baked into your watch, this is the version you’re looking for. It also has an always on screen. You do not necessarily need to upgrade if you currently have a Series 4 or 5 on.
Amazon Kindle for $ 60 ($ 30 off): Have you read a ton when the days get darker? Amazon’s standard Kindle is on sale this Black Friday, and it’s one of our favorite e-readers. Compare the different models here.
Amazon Fire HD 10 for $ 80 ($ 70 off): Fire HD 10 is our favorite Amazon tablet. It has a relatively fast processor and a decent 1080p screen, which makes it great for both movies, books and games. Compare all the different models here.
JBL Flip 5 to $ 70 ($ 50 off): This discount applies to almost all available speakers. We did not include Flip 5 in our best Bluetooth speaker training, but it is a good speaker and we generally like JBL’s products.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet for $ 249 ($ 50 off): This is one of the best Chromebooks you can get for the price. We recommend Duet, but it’s not without flaws (like the lack of a headphone jack or SD card support). Still, it’s still worth getting a $ 50 discount on something you put some work (or schoolwork) on, in this climate.
Apple AirPods Pro for $ 200 ($ 49 off): AirPods Pro has been on sale very recently. They are great for iPhone owners (or if you also use an iPad or MacBook) as they pair almost instantly and can switch between Apple devices seamlessly. The sound quality is excellent and they have good active noise reduction. They are the first version of AirPods to have silicone ear tips, so they are much more comfortable than the non-Pro model, plus you can just pick them up on a wireless charger to recharge.
Beats Powerbeats Pro for $ 160 ($ 90 off): This sale is only for specific, less desirable colors (like electric yellow), but who cares what color your ears have when you train? Powerbeats Pro are some of our favorite sweat headphones, especially for $ 90 in retail.