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150 Best Black Friday Deals for 2021: Amazon, Target, Best Buy and More

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Enlarge / A sample of the best Black Friday deals we’ve found.

The turkey has been consumed and the football games are over, which means the flood of Black Friday deals has begun. To help you get around the barrage of retail promotions out of breath, we’ve analyzed every so-called deal we can find, checking price history and investigating whether a product is worth buying in the first place to bring you this carefully curated rundown of the deals we can find the most. they’re worth it.

If you’ve been following the first few Black Friday sales that have taken place over the past two weeks, many of the offers below may seem familiar. However, there are many devices and equipment that we like available at good prices. We will update this list continually, so feel free to bookmark this page in case something you wanted is discounted later.

The new Kindle Paperwhite (left) has a 6.8-inch screen, which is much larger than the 6-inch screen on the previous model.
Enlarge / The new Kindle Paperwhite (left) has a 6.8-inch screen, which is much larger than the 6-inch screen on the previous model.

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All the offers in this guide were selected by us. Ars Technica may obtain compensation for the sales of the links in this post through affiliate programs.

Google Chromecast with Google TV for $ 40 ($ 50) on the target, Best Buy

The latest Google Chromecast is our favorite streaming device under $ 50. It’s quick to load apps, it’s compatible with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos, and it has a neatly organized interface that does an excellent job of offering really useful suggestions for seeing new things. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for the 4K streamer outright. (However, if you are willing to subscribe to Sling TV, you may grab the device for $ 5 less through a promotion there.)

If you’ve gotten used to using a streamer from Roku or Amazon, keep in mind that many of those devices are also for sale. the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max it is up to $ 35, while the recently released Roku Streaming Stick 4K it is available for $ 29. Both offers match the lowest prices we’ve tracked, but keep in mind that the latter may loose access to an official YouTube app in the next few weeks.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for $ 105 ($ 140) on Amazon

We gave Amazon’s newest Kindle Paperwhite a glowing review last month. It updates our long-held pick for the best e-book reader for most people with a bigger screen, USB-C port, better front light, and improvements in battery life and performance. This offer is the first big discount we’ve seen for the device. It also comes with four months of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited e-book service, but keep in mind that this subscription will be set to auto-renew by default.

Apple AirPods Pro for $ 170 ($ 205) on Amazon, Walmart

As we notice in Our roundup of the best Black Friday noise-canceling headphone deals, the AirPods Pro remain a quality option for iPhone users looking for a pair of true wireless noise-canceling headphones. The five-hour battery life is average and its built-in mic isn’t ideal for calls, but they do well to block out outside noise, with well-balanced sound and tons of user-experience amenities if you’re using other Apple devices. While the headphones dropped as low as $ 159 earlier in the week (and they can go back there again), this bargain price is still $ 20-30 lower than their usual online rate.

If you are looking for a different set of Apple headphones, the second and 3rd generation AirPods they are also for sale for $ 100 other $ 150, respectively. The former is $ 10 off the best price we’ve tracked, while the latter is a new low.

Sony WH-1000XM4 for $ 248 ($330) on Amazon, objective, Best Buy

For a pair of over-the-ear noise cancellers, we think Sony’s WH-1000XM4 is the best choice for most people as it offers a wonderful mix of comfort, powerful ANC, useful functions and customizable sound. This deal has been active for much of the past month, but it matches the best price we’ve tracked.

From left to right: Apple AirPods (2nd generation), AirPods (3rd generation), and AirPods Pro.
Enlarge / From left to right: Apple AirPods (2nd generation), AirPods (3rd generation), and AirPods Pro.

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$ 100 Apple Gift Card + $ 15 Store Gift Card for $ 100 ($ 115) on the target, Best Buy

Here’s a simple one: If you plan to buy something new from Apple in the future, whether it’s a subscription or new hardware at a physical Apple store, you can get an additional $ 15 credit at the Target or Best Buy store when you choose up to one. $ 100 Apple gift card. We’ve seen other retailers offer deals like this in the past, but getting a bonus credit never hurts with a purchase you were going to make anyway.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months) for $ 25 ($ 45) on the target, Amazon, GameStop

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Live Gold, which enables online play for many Xbox games and access to a growing library of games that really pay off. If you like to jump from game to game, it’s a good value at its normal rate, but this offer matches the best price we’ve seen on a three-month membership for all users. If you are playing strictly on PC and want to try Game Pass for the first time, keep in mind that you can get three months of PC version of Game Pass for $ 1.

Sony PlayStation Plus (12 months) for $ 40 ($ 60) on Amazon, objective, Best Buy

Sony PlayStation Plus is required to play most PlayStation games online and network subscribers a couple of free PS4 and / or PS5 games every month. While this is not the absolute lowest price we have seen in a year of service, it is still a good discount for those who need to increase their membership again.

Catan board game for $ 22 ($ 40) on Amazon, objective

Catan is a strategic board game that tasks up to four players with collecting and exchanging resources to create roads, settlements, and cities, earning points along the way. It can cause some internal fights with your fellow players, especially if there are sheep involved, but it has long been a gateway game for those interested in taking board games as a hobby. This deal is one dollar less than the best price we’ve tracked.

The 2020 Apple MacBook Air.
Enlarge / The 2020 Apple MacBook Air.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 for $ 75 ($ 140) on Amazon, objective, Best Buy

Unsurprisingly, Amazon has discounted its all fire tablet lineup for Black Friday. While the 8-inch Fire HD 8 has a good value in its current sale price of $ 45, the new Fire HD 10 A larger screen and slightly faster performance make it a better choice for casual web browsing and video streaming. This offer matches the lowest price we have recorded.

Apple MacBook Air (2020) for $ 850 ($ 925) on Amazon, Best Buy

A renewed model can arrive next year, but for those who need a laptop for general use cases today, the The 2020 MacBook Air remains Fast, durable and well built. This entry-level configuration comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, so it’s not for professionals, but we’ve only seen it drop below this price a couple of times in the past.

Headphone and audio deals

See our full list of recommended noise canceling headphone deals here.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Headphones.
Enlarge / Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Headphones.

Jeff Dunn

The Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker.
Enlarge / The Marshall Emberton Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

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