Black Friday has begun. With massive global supply chain issues persisting, don't be surprised if deals are going out as fast as they come. To make your shopping trip a little more effortless, we've curated a list of the most up-to-date and bang-for-your-buck deals on tech this Black Friday, including sales on iPhones, TVs, speakers, headphones, laptops, and more.
Best TV deals
Another great value option if you're in the market for a big-screen panel is the Hisense 70'' Class A6G 4K TV. Now for just $549.99 ($300 off), you get all the bells and whistles of a modern smart TV, including built-in Google voice assistance, streaming services pre-installed, and a superb 4K panel.
You can't have a Black Friday sale without door-busting offers on TVs. For a limited time, Best Buy has its Insignia 55'' Class F30 Series 4K TV discounted to $299.99 ($250 off). For the price, you get a decently-sized 55'' inch 4K panel, smart features including Fire TV, and all the slots you need -- three HDMI, one USB, and even an Ethernet port. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more capable TV for less than $300.
Best Buy currently has a $150 discount on Samsung's 70'' Class TU6985 4K TV, pricing it at just $599.99. At that price, the product competes well in a sea of TV deals during Black Friday -- with its standout feature being the crisp and color-accurate 70'' panel. That said, don't expect this deal to last long.
This one's for those who are ready to pay to play. For one of the best TVs out now, the Samsung QN84A Neo QLED TV, you'll have to fork out $1,899.99 to put it in your living room. But for the price -- which includes a whopping $900 discount -- you're getting 75 inches of sharp, cinema-grade visuals that outpaces the competition. If you plan to own the TV for years to come -- which you probably will once you lay your eyes on this -- the $1,899.99, in my opinion, is a worthwhile investment.
Best phone deals
At launch, the OnePlus 9 Pro -- though stocked with flagship features and hardware, was hard to justify buying at $1,069. If you've been on the fence, Amazon has a deal that may finally get you off of it. For a limited time, the retailer has the OnePlus 9 Pro at just $799.99 ($269 off). That puts the handheld neck and neck with the newly released Google Pixel 6 Pro. The device comes unlocked, 5G-ready, and with 256GB of onboard storage.
Google just launched the Pixel 6 lineup, and we had a lot to say about it. Most of it, though, was good. With its foray into the premium market again, Google made some notable hardware improvements to the Pixel 6 lineup, including a polarizing camera module, a glass build, and higher refresh rates (120Hz on the Pro model). Still, the company managed to nerf the pricing of the phone, starting at just $599.
If that price tag wasn't compelling enough for you, Best Buy currently has the Pixel 6 selling for $499 (if you activate a line at the store or online), or $549 off-contract.
The Google Pixel 5a 5G is not a high-end device -- and that's fine. The device is perfect for those who seek a clean, stock Android experience, timely software updates, excellent battery life, and 5G support. All of that, priced at a Black Friday-low of $399 makes the Pixel 5a 5G a steal of a phone, period. And I haven't even mentioned Google's software fix-ins yet, including call screening, computational photography, and more.
If you're on the T-Mobile network, the un-carrier is currently running its Black Friday promotion which can save you up to $1,000 on an iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, or iPhone 12 series purchase, and a free pair of AirPods (2nd-gen) to go along.
The catch? You need to purchase any of the iPhones under a Magenta MAX contract for 30 months, and trade in an eligible device (any Pro variant of the 11 and 12 series qualifies for the $1,000 off).
If you're not on the Magenta MAX plan, T-Mobile will still credit you with upwards of $500 with qualifying a trade-in and 30-month contract. Basically, if you're willing to remain loyal to T-Mobile, it'll reward you with a hefty discount.
Remember when Apple said, "5G just got real"? Well, it certainly has, especially in the mid-range phone market. For less than $500, you can pick up a OnePlus 8T 5G and reap the benefits of 5G speeds. However, you shouldn't buy the phone simply because it supports the network. For the discounted price, you get a smooth 120Hz display, fast performance, and even faster charging. It also comes with 256GB of internal storage -- a great feat for gamers and photographers.
Best gaming console deals
The Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe edition is nothing new. But, the two-year-old bundle continues to make for a doorbuster deal every Black Friday thanks to its limited supply and great value. For the sale price of $299.99, you're essentially getting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for free, along with a three-month membership of Nintendo Switch Online.
The Oculus Quest 2 sits at the top of our best VR and AR headsets list, and with its recent price drop to $299 for the 128GB model, the deal can only get sweeter at Best Buy. If you purchase the headset on November 21, Best Buy will bundle in a $50 e-gift card for you to spend on other Black Friday goodies.
Best wireless earbuds and headphone deals
Possibly the cheapest we'll be seeing the Apple AirPods Pro, Amazon currently has the active noise-canceling earbuds going for just $159.99 ($90 off). These are arguably the best wireless earbuds you can buy, whether you're an audiophile or not. It's the earbud to buy for family, friends, coworkers, or yourself if you want excellent sound quality, a secure and comfortable fit, and all the Apple magic when paired to an iPhone.
You don't have to pay a premium to get excellent audio when it comes to wireless earbuds. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, now for just $79 ($70 off), makes for the perfect Black Friday treat to yourself, or a stocking stuffer come Christmas. ZDNet's Jason Cipriani reviewed the earbuds when first released and labelled them as the go-to for Android users or those who weren't a fan of Apple's AirPods.
Luckily, you don't have to settle for Apple's AirPods Pro if you want premium wireless earbuds. The Sony WF-1000XM4 is a mouthful of branding but packs just as much through audio quality and features. It's argued by many to produce the best sound of its competition. And now, you can buy a pair for yourself at a discounted price of $248 ($31.99 off).
Competing against the Bose QuietComfort 45 is the Sony WH-1000XM4. When ZDNet's Matthew Miller reviewed the premium headphones, he praised the device for its stunning audio performance, immersive active noise-cancellation, and extensive battery life -- among other positives. To summarize, the headphones from Sony "make the world better through a flawless music listening experience." You can snag a pair for yourself for only $248 ($102 off) at Best Buy.
When it comes to premium over-the-ear style headphones, the Bose QuietComfort 45 is a solid alternative to the Sony WH-1000XM4. Toss in a $50 discount and the new $279 asking price is one that will surely entice audiophiles and non-audiophiles alike.
Best laptop deal
Act fast, because for a limited time, you can pick yourself up an ASUS 11.6'' Chromebook for just $99 at Best Buy. The $120 off device is no MacBook Pro, but gets the job done if you want a laptop for browsing, emailing, or Black Friday shopping! It comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC memory, but most importantly, a $99 price tag. That may be enough to convince anyone to hit the buy button.
The MacBook Air has always been a go-to option for most consumers, especially students. So when Apple upgraded its 2020 model with an in-house M1 Chip and buffed the battery life, it became a no-brainer for any best laptops lists. Now, the 13-inch model can be yours for just $849 ($150 off). For the price, you get 256GB of built-in storage and a sleek-looking design.
Typically, 2-in-1 laptops are underwhelming as manufacturers put half of the effort towards the touch screen interface and another half towards the traditional laptop design. Lenovo's Yoga series, however, sets itself apart with a robust experience on both ends. The latest Yoga 9i 14 laptop is an excellent offering at $1,349.99 ($400 off), with a built-in Intel Evo Platform Core i7, 512GB SSD, and Windows 11. And of course, you get the timeless 360-degree flip-and-fold design.
More tech deals
The Monoprice Zero-G, a curved monitor with an ultra-wide, 35-inch display is currently on sale for $329.99 ($81 off). For the discount, you can expect a UWQHD 3440 x 1440 maximum resolution and AMD FreeSync technology for improved graphics rendering. Best yet, it's priced competitively among other ultra-wide monitors.
Robot vacuums on the market today can also include mop features and the Bissell model SpinWave model is one of them. This product is able to vacuum your floors and carpets as well as scrub and mop floors. A sensor ensures that carpets are not touched in mopping mode.
The Apple Watch SE is Apple's "smartwatch for everyone" offering. It doesn't have the flashy wrist bands and big display like the higher-end Series 7 but gets the job done for anyone who wants an iPhone companion that just works. It's also much cheaper than the Series 7 or 6 Apple Watches, currently selling for a Black Friday low of $219 ($60 off).
You don't have to fork out $300 or more for a premium smartwatch. Try $180. For a limited time, Best Buy has the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (41mm) on sale for just that. At the price, you get most, if not all, of the benefits of a competitive smartwatch: ECG monitoring, health tracking, Bluetooth connectivity, and waterproofing. The watch is listed in both Mystic Bronze and Mystic Silver colorways -- though I'm personally a fan of the former.
Whether you're a fitness expert or just getting started, BJ's currently has the Garmin Vivosmart 4 on sale for $79.99 ($20 off). The smart fitness watch comes in a sleek, black design and bundled with a bonus charger. It's also water-resistant, making it the perfect fitness pal in the rain.
As always, we will be monitoring all the deals available on tech gadgets and gizmos over the next month. Be sure to follow this page for the most up-to-date promotions available.