The news on Black Friday tech specials this year keeps dribbling out. Best Buy teased a doorbuster deal on an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7", and now Staples has provided a taste of its sales. Most notably, it plans to discount a Chromebook.
The company announced that an HP Pavilion Chromebook will be available for $179.99 and claims that that is a savings of $150. Ironically, the Staples website lists three models, none of which is sold for $329.99, so it's unclear which particular Pavilion Chromebook is the special (though they all use Intel Celeron processors and come with a 14-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB solid-state drives). Unfortunately, the Stapes PR contact I got in touch with had no other information, so we'll need to wait until next week to find out the specifics.
That goes for the tablet special Staples has teased for Black Friday as well. It's selling an Amazon Kindle Fire with special offers for $79.99, but official word does not detail which Kindle Fire it is. Again, despite saying it's providing a savings of $80, the company's site doesn't sell a Kindle Fire for $159.99. The closest is the 7-inch HD model with 16GB, which currently goes for $169.99 and is the same one that Best Buy is offering as a doorbuster. If that's the case, Staples is selling it for $20 less than Best Buy, making a good deal even better (albeit for a last-generation tablet, as it's being replaced with the Kindle Fire HDX 7" version).
Staples is more specific in revealing one other laptop deal: the Toshiba C55D-A5382 for $249.99. However, this notebook is currently not for sale online that I can find -- at Staples or anywhere else -- suggesting it's a SKU specifically for holiday shopping deals. As a result, we once again know little else about this laptop, other than Staples telling us it's providing a savings of $200 off its price.
Like an ever-growing number of retailers, Staples will be open on Thanksgiving in addition to early (6 a.m.) on Black Friday, though its Thanksgiving hours will only be from 8 p.m. to midnight. Is the Chromebook deal worth you getting out to a Staples near you on Thanksgiving night? Let us know in the Talkback section below.