Hhgregg Black Friday 2014 deals include $299 iPad Air, $60 Toshiba Android tablet doorbusters

The retailer, with locations throughout the eastern half of the U.S., is also selling the iPad mini 2 for $20 off and a Samsung Chromebook for $50 less than the normal $249 price.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor

With stores from Louisiana to Wisconsin to Florida to New York, hhgregg has been a growing retail presence on the eastern half of the U.S., letting it join in the Black Friday parade of stores promoting deals on tablets and PCs. That includes the all-important sales on Apple iPads, which the chain is offering on a couple of different models.

Like many other retailers, hhgregg is pushing its Black Friday specials into Thanksgiving, so if you want its doorbusters, you'll need to eat an early (or late) holiday meal as locations will open at 4 p.m. You'll be able to pick up a first-generation 16GB iPad Air for $299 during this time, a price that beats the $319 price Staples is offering. It may also appeal to those you don't want to pay $397 at Walmart with the promise of a $100 store gift card. You can alternately grab an iPad mini 2 (either 16GB or 32GB) at any point over the Black Friday weekend, but you'll only get $20 off, whereas Staples will sell the 16GB version for $239.

The other Thanksgiving tablet doorbuster is the Toshiba Excite Go, a 7-inch Android KitKat 4.4 model powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G processor that's available for just $59.99, or about $40 less than Toshiba is currently selling it for on its own website. Another Android tablet is a doorbuster starting on Black Friday morning at 7 a.m., but the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is available for the same $99.99 price at a number of other retailers without the doorbuster hassle. Other Samsung tablets are also on sale, but they are the same models and pricing as the competition, though hhgregg does stand out for taking $50 off the regular $549.99 price of the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2.

There are also a pair of laptops being sold as Thursday night doorbusters, including another sub-$200 Windows 8.1 laptop in the form of a Toshiba Satellite C55 with Intel Celeron CPU, 2GB of RAM, 500GB, and 15.6-inch display for $199.99. Note that Office Depot/OfficeMax is selling a similar notebook for $40 less, however. The other laptop doorbuster is an Asus Transformer Book 2-in-1 device with a 10.1-inch detachable touchscreen, Atom Z3735F processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, and Windows 8.1 for $279.99, $50 less than the current price.

Two other laptops in the ad are under $200, though the HP Stream 11 is the same $199.99 price as it is today, and Walmart will offer it with a $25 gift card. Better in theory is the 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook that is $249.99 on the Samsung website, but is already being sold for $199.99 today at hhgregg. In other words, neither is a deal beyond what you can get right now. If you want a more powerful portable, there's an HP with an AMD A4-5000 processor, 4GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and 15.6-inch touchscreen for $379.99 or an HP Envy with a Core i7-4710HQ quad-core chip, 8 gigs of RAM, 750GB hard drive, DVD burner, and 15.6-inch display for $749.99, $150 lower than today's price.

Lastly, hhgregg has deals on a couple of all-in-one PCs, one from Dell and the other from HP. The Dell comes with an Intel Celeron N2830 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and 19.5-inch screen for $299.99, or $50 off the current price, while the HP Pavilion includes the same amount of RAM and hard drive space, but an AMD E2-3800 processor instead of having Intel inside as well as a 23-inch 1080p HD display. The extra screen real estate and resolution bumps the HP's price up to $479.99, though that's $60 lower than what it costs today.

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