Black Friday proper happens next week, but that’s not stopping several merchants from releasing some of their prized Black Friday deals a little bit early. These deals are mostly priced at the lowest we’ve seen for the entire year and they’ll unlikely to drop much more, if at all, on Black Friday. You’ll find deals on the newest gaming consoles, hard drives, memory cards, and SSDs, 4K TVs, Apple AirPods and iPads, and more.
Xbox Series S for $249.99
This Xbox Series S is $250 cheaper than the Series X but can still play the same games. It doesn’t have quite the power of the Series X, so games are displayed at 1440p resolution instead of 4K in order to maintain the consistent 60fps-120fps graphics you’ll find in most games. For those of you who don’t have a 4K TV, or feel like the $250 could be better spent elsewhere (likes games), then this deal is currently unbeatable.
Nintendo Switch OLED + $75 Dell eGift Card
The Nintendo Switch OLED features a larger, more vibrant OLED touchscreen display, an upgrade to the terrible OG kickstand, an ethernet port on the docking station, and an exclusive white Switch shell and matching Joy-Cons. If you have the budget to spring for this one, we definitely think it’s worth the upgrade over the vanilla Switch.
The Dell eGift Card carries a 90 day expiration and can be used on pretty much anything at Dell.com, including video games, gaming consoles, controllers, PCs, monitors, and more.
Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controllers from $39.99
If you do have an Xbox Series X or S, you could always use an extra controller. and you can grab one on sale today starting at $39.99 depending on what color you choose. The controller supports up to 40 hours of gameplay on a pair of Double A batteries, and it has a USB-C port for direct plug-and-play to either Xbox or PC. You can also seamlessly capture and share content with the Share button on the Xbox controller.
Apple iPads Discounted for Black Friday
There’s a new 2022 iPad out this year, and guess what? Apple raised the base price to a whopping $449! Right now the 2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad costs only $269, a $60 price drop from its $329 MSRP and $180 less than the base model 2022 iPad. It features a 10.2″ Retina display with TruTone paired with an Apple A13 Bionic CPU and 64GB of internal storage.
The 2022 Apple iPad Air was released earlier in March and starts at $519 (normally $519). It represents a healthy upgrade to the 10.2-inch iPad in nearly all aspects. It boasts a larger screen size (10.9″ vs 10.2″) with both True Tone and P3 wide color. It has the same powerful Apple M1 chip found in the 2021 iPad Pro. Despite the more powerful hardware, the iPad Air is roughly the same size as the 10.2-inch iPad (thanks to the slimmer bezel) and weighs a bit less as well. Charging is done through the universal USB Type-C connector.
The 2022 Apple 11-inch iPad Pro was released about a month ago and so far this is the best price we’ve seen. The biggest upgrade and one that makes the jump to the 2022 model worth it is the new M2 processor (the previous iPad Pro has the M1 chip). The 11″ model also features a Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color, 128GB of storage, and a USB Type-C connector.
The 2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro has also been succeeded by the 2022 iPad Pro with the M2 chip. For you guys who appreciate value though, save the $300 and score the 2021 M1 model for $799. The performance gap seriously isn’t worth the price difference. The iPad Pro boasts the best-in-class 12.9″ Mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion, Tru Tone, and P3 wide color, and the M1 chip is faster than any other tablet chip outside of the M2. Charging is done through the universal USB Type-C connector.
HP Reverb G2 VR Headset for $299
For Black Friday, HP has just lowered the price of its HP Reverb G2 headset to only $299, a massive $300 price drop from its original $599 MSRP. That’s now $100 cheaper than the base model Meta Quest 2 and is now the VR headset to get for the budget conscious. The HP Reverb G2 is a phenomenal VR headset for VR sims like racing games and Microsoft Flight Simulator because of its superior display. It’s definitely a more recommended headset for that use than the Quest Pro, even when it was listed at a higher price. The Quest’s biggest claim to fame is untethered, standalone play, and that’s something no other VR headset can emulate. But if you don’t care for the untethered aspect, the G2 is a headset that’s superior to the Quest in many ways, and not just the price.
Samsung 980 Pro 2TB M.2 SSD for $179.99
Samsung SSDs need no introduction. They’ve made some of the most popular and reliable SSDs on the market. The 980 Pro has been out for a while now, and it’s still Samsung’s fastest M.2 PCIe SSD. It is fully PS5 compatible in terms of form factor and performance, with blistering speeds of up to 7,100MB/s. It goes toe to toe with other well-known options like the WD Black SN850 and the Seagate Firecuda 530. If you opt for the model with the preinstalled heatsink, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a very rugged heatsink that’s nothing like the flimsy paper-thin metal “heatsinks” you’ll find on some other SSDs.
Samsung 512GB Micro SDXC Card for $44.99
Nintendo Switch compatible
Today you can pick up the Samsung EVO Select 512GB Micro SDXC card the lowest prices we’ve seen this year. This is great news for Nintendo Switch gamers because both memory cards are fully compatible with the Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED gaming consoles. If you’ve started compiling a collection of digital games, you probably already know just how limited the Switch’s base storage capacity. With only 32GB of starting space (and some of it reserved for the OS), you’ll barely fit The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Sword or Shield, which tap out at 13.5GB each! There’s only one expansion slot in the Switch console so get the biggest card you can afford.
54% Off Samsung Galaxy Buds Live True Wireless Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation
Walmart is offering the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds for only $69, a big price drop from its original $149 MSRP. This is a fantastic deal for truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation. Many people prefer these earbuds over the AirPods in terms of comfort. They also have great audio quality and surprising bass thanks to the AKG-tuned 12mm drivers. At this price there’s really no other noise cancelling earbud that can match these Galaxy buds in terms of quality.
$20 Off the New Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen
It has been almost three years since the first gen Apple AirPods Pro was released, so there are plenty of upgrades under the hood, even if the new AirPods Pro looks cosmetically identical. The biggest upgrade is the new Apple H2 chip, which promises better audio quality and improved active noice cancellation. There’s also a new feature called “Adaptive Transparency Mode”. This mode actually amplifies the ambient sound so that you can hear your surroundings better. In-ear earbuds traditionally have very good noise suppression even without active noise cancellation enabled, so this is a great way for people to listen in on the outside world without having to remove the earbuds.
2021 Apple iPad Pro (WiFi, 512GB) for $999.99
The Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro is normally $1399 for the 512GB model, but today you can get it for nearly $400 off. There’s a newer 2022 iPad Pro with the M2 chip, making this 2021 variant the second most powerful tablet you can buy right now. There’s not a big performance gap, so bargain hunters would be better off pocketing the $400 difference between the two. The iPad Pro boasts a 12.9″ Mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion, Tru Tone, and P3 wide color, and it’s paired with the class-leading Apple M1 chip.
10% Amazon Cashback for Select LG Evo C2 4K OLED TVs for Amazon Prime Cardholders
Must be logged into your Prime account to see this deal
If you’re in the market for an OLED TV, now is a rare time to get one at a price that won’t bust your wallet. The 2022 LG Evo C2 4K OLED TV in 77″, 65″ and 42″ TVs have not only dropped in price, but if you’re an Amazon Prime Cardholder you can get it for even cheaper thanks to additional cashback savings.
If you’re NOT a Prime Cardholder but you ARE an Amazon Prime member, then you’re eligible for the no annual fee Amazon Prime Card, which is an amazing card to get because it gives you 5% cashback on all purchases on Amazon. For a limited time, instead of 5%, you’ll get 10% cashback on select LG Evo C2 TV purchases if you pay using your Prime Card.
The Evo C2 is an outstanding gaming TV. It has four HDMI 2.1 ports and a native 120Hz panel that supports true 4K @ 120Hz passthrough when paired with a PS5, Xbox Series X, or RTX 30 series equipped PC. There’s also variable refresh rate (VRR), which is this TV’s version of adaptive sync technology, as well as auto low latency mode (ALLM), where the TV automatically switches to a lower latency when it detects gameplay. The LG C2 also supports HGiG, which is automatically calibrated tone mapping specific to your TV model.
48″ LG UltraGear 4K OLED Gaming Monitor for $997
For those of you who love LG OLED TVs (for good reason) but don’t like the idea of using a TV for a computer monitor, there’s now an answer. LG has released its first UltraGear OLED gaming monitor. At first glance, the 48GP900 with its 48″ LG WOLED 10-bit color HDR display seems very similar to the 48″ LG C1 OLED TV. The panel is very similar, but there are some key differences. Instead of the semi glossy coating found on the OLED TV, the 48GP900 features an anti-glare low reflective coating that is undoubtedly a better fit for close up monitor usage. It also has DisplayPort connectivity and lacks the built-in Smart TV interface. It does carry over the HDMI 2.1 ports with 4K @ 120Hz compatiblity for PS5 and Xbox Series X owners, as well as VRR and G-SYNC support, but the 120Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 138Hz when used as a PC monitor. Last and certainly least important of all, there is subtle RGB backlighting on the rear of the monitor that isn’t present on the OLED TVs. This is one of the best gaming monitors you’ll find on the market right now.
86″ LG UQ7590 4K Gaming TV for $996.99
Features 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 for 4K @ 120Hz gaming
The 2022 85″ LG UQ7590 TV dropped down to $1199.99 earlier this month, but the deal has gotten way better. For Black Friday, Amazon has knocked yet another $200 off the price, finally lowering it to under $1K. This TV has everything going for it: size, price, and features, and it’s even gaming-ready. It boasts a native 120Hz panel as well as two HDMI 2.1 ports so it can output 4K @ 120Hz when connected to a PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16″ AMD Ryzen 7 6800H RTX 3060 Gaming Laptop for $1099
Walmart is offering an outstanding deal on the high-end Lenovo Legion 5 Pro laptop equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 6800H CPU and RTX 3060 GPU. The RTX 3060 GPU has TGP rating of 130W, which is the maximum TDP rating you’ll find for a mobile RTX 3060 graphics card. Higher TDP means more power is supplied to the graphics card, and that directly equates to better performance in games.
Upcoming Black Friday Deal: $50 Off the Meta Quest 2 VR Headset + Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4
The Meta Quest 2 suffered a $100 price hike earlier this year, raising the MSRP from $299.99 to $399.99 for the 128GB model. Fortunately, starting this Friday November 18, the Meta Quest will drop back down to $349.99 for the 128GB model ($449.99 for the 256GB model) and include two free games: Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4. That easily makes up for the price premium compared to before and probably makes it even better, since Beat Saber is a game you absolutely want in your VR library and Resident Evil 4 is still one of the best VR horror titles out there.
Samsung T7 1TB Portable SSD for $89.99
The Samsung T7 Shield is a 1TB external solid state drive. SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives, and combined with the USB 3.2 Type-C interface, the T7 is capable of transfer speeds of up to 1,050MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write. As a comparison, a traditional portable hard drive is only capable of transfer speeds of about 100MB/s over USB 3.0. That’s a veritable order of magnitude in difference.
Crucial X6 1TB Portable SSD for $69.99
If you don’t need the extreme rugged durability of the Samsung T7 Shield, you can save yourself a bit of money and pick up this Crucial X6 external SSD instead. It’s also not quite as fast (800MB/s vs 1050MB/s) but it’s still far, far faster than any traditional portable hard drive on the market.
2020 Apple MacBook Air 13″ M1 Laptop for $799
This Amazon Prime Early Black Friday deal is back! The late-2020 Apple MacBook Pro 13″ laptop was one of the first MacBooks equipped with the Apple M1 chip. The M1 outperforms every Intel CPU found on previous generation MacBook Airs… in order to get a better CPU you’d have to pay hundreds more for an M2, M1 Pro, or M1 Ultra CPU.
Ameriwood Home Lumina Fireplace TV Stand
This unique TV stand normally sells for about $350 on Amazon, but today it’s dropped down to $260. There’s a lot going for it at the price, especially since you don’t see this kind of TV stand very often. The stand measures 65″ long and supports up to 120lbs of weight on the table top. The most distinquishing featuree is the 23″ wide electric fireplace insert that isn’t just for show; it’s warm enough to keep a 400 sq ft room nice and toasty. If you prefer to just enjoy the lighting effects, you can turn the heating element off separately. On either side of the fireplacement insert are self-illuminated cubbies that hold tempered glass shelving (each shelf holds up to 20lbs). There are over 7,000 reviews on Amazon with a 4.7/5 star rating, and keep in mind that nearly all of them paid more for this stand than will.
Looking for more discounts? Take a look at our guide to the best Black Friday deals.