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Best early Black Friday deals: headphones, gadgets, and more


The majority of Black Friday deals will launch the day after Thanksgiving (November 26th) in the US as usual, but the pandemic has shaken things up in yet another way. The best deals will be happening online, with fewer in-person sales for the sake of safety. Better yet, some of those great deals are already available, so you can get started on your holiday gift (or personal) shopping. With this post, we’re rounding up the best early Black Friday deals from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Adorama, B&H Photo, Newegg, and anywhere else we find deals you should know about.

Headphones

Bose’s Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones (white)
Image: Bose

At Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo, you can get Bose’s excellent Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones for $299 in the white soapstone color. If you are not a fan of the color, no problem, the Silver and Black models are $40 off, bringing the prices down to $339. Usually, these headphones cost $379.

Apple’s AirPods Pro
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Apple’s AirPods Pro wireless earbuds are $190 at Woot right now. This is the lowest we’ve seen yet on Apple’s flagship earbuds. Compared to the standard AirPods, the Pro model features better sound quality and noise cancellation, plus support for Apple’s new spatial audio feature.


Apple AirPods Pro

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Apple’s flagship earbuds with better sound quality, noise cancellation, and spatial audio.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus, the best wireless earbuds for most people, pictured in a woman’s ear.

Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus wireless earbuds are down to just $110 at Amazon and Best Buy. This is the best price we’ve seen for this model, which usually costs $150 outside of any discounts. Compared to the standard Galaxy Buds, this upgraded model that launched alongside the Galaxy S20 series of phones has improved sound quality, microphones, and battery life.

If you are looking to buy two pairs of Galaxy Buds Plus, Best Buy has a few bundles, allowing you to buy sets for only $200. You can mix and match which color you want for both pairs and are available in blue, black, light blue, red, and white.

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Alongside the Plus wireless earbuds, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are discounted at Amazon and Best Buy. Normally, these earbuds would cost $130, but you can get them for $70 at either retailer.

Unfortunately, the color options are limited at both retailers, so you can only buy these earbuds in either black or silver.

Smartphones

The Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

If you are looking to upgrade your phone this year and Android is your preferred OS of choice, Amazon, B&H Photo, and Best Buy have discounted Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE 5G. You can get the unlocked model with 128GB of storage for $549 and $550 respectively at both retailers.


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (128GB, unlocked)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The fourth phone in the S line this year featuring a 6.5-inch display, a 120Hz refresh rate screen, and three 12-megapixel sensors.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20
Photo by Brennan King / The Verge

You can get an unlocked Galaxy S20 5G for $650 at Microsoft’s eBay store, the phone support all major phone networks in the US and comes with a full US warranty. The Galaxy S20 is available in three color options; blue, gray, and pink. If you have a Verizon as your phone carrier, unfortunately this model will not support mmWave 5G.


Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (128GB, Unlocked)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Usually $1,000, you can get an unlocked version with 5G support (not compatible with Verizon) for $650 at Microsoft’s eBay Store.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Plus 5G is down to its lowest price ever of $700 on Microsoft’s eBay store. Earlier this month the phone was $800 on eBay. Like the S20 deal, this phone is an unlocked model and comes with a full US warranty. Unlike the standard S20, this phone does support mmWave 5G if Verizon is your phone carrier.


Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G (128GB, Unlocked)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Normally $1,200, the Galaxy S20 Plus, Samsung’s second phone in the S20 line, is down to just $700 at Microsoft’s eBay Store. This model comes with an unlocked version and supports all major US phone carriers.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Photo by Avery White for The Verge

Normally, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra would set you back $1,300. But you can buy an unlocked S20 Ultra for $900 at Microsoft’s eBay store. You can choose either black and gray in this smartphone model.


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (128GB, unlocked)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Normally $1,300, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung’s high-end phone in the S20 line, is down to just $900 at Microsoft’s eBay Store. This model comes with an unlocked version and supports all major US phone carriers.

Laptops / tablets

The 2020 iPad Air has the same design and shape as the 11-inch iPad Pro

iPad Air (2020 model)
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

If you are looking to pick up an iPad Air this Black Friday, Walmart has a pre-Black Friday deal that brings the price down to $559 if you are looking for the 64GB storage configuration. But there’s a catch — you can only get it in either blue or green at the discounted price.


iPad Air (2020, 64GB, Wi-Fi only)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

This year’s iPad Air model that includes thinner bezels around the display and has relocated the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the power button, which is located at the top of the device.

Best Chromebooks 2020: Acer Chromebook Spin 713

Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge

Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713 is the best Chromebook you can currently buy, and it’s $80 off its normal price. Normally $629, it’s now $549. That might not seem like much, but it’s a good value if you want a high-end Chromebook experience, with a 3:2 aspect ratio display, a decent processor, and 128GB of SSD storage.

Other deals

Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

The Apple Watch SE was already the most affordable Watch that Apple made at $279, but it’s even cheaper at Target. You can score the 40mm GPS version for $230 or the larger 44mm Watch for $260 at Walmart. Each size looks similar to the more expensive Series 6 but lacks the always-on display and a few other features. The Apple Watch SE aligns more with the Series 5 in terms of specs, but at $230, it’s a fantastic value. Here’s an in-depth post on how the SE differs from other recent Apple Watch models.


Apple Watch SE (40mm, GPS)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Apple’s midrange wearable. Starting at $279, the Apple Watch SE serves as a step up from the Series 3, with similar features and design as the flagship Series 6.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is also cheaper than usual at Amazon, Target, and Walmart. Normally $400 for the 40mm GPS model, it’s down to $350 for the first time for Black Friday. Previously, just a $20 drop was noteworthy.


Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS)

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Apple’s latest flagship wearable features an always-on display and new sensors that provide the ability to monitor your blood oxygen levels.

Samsung T7 USB-C SSD

Samsung’s T7 USB-C SSD
Image: Samsung

Samsung’s fast T7 USB-C SSD with 1TB of storage normally costs $200, but you can buy this portable SSD for just $150 at Amazon and Best Buy. It features an optional password protection with AES 256-bit encryption and Samsung claims the T7 has up to 1,050MB/s transfer speeds. It’s compatible with a variety of operating systems, including Windows 10, macOS, and Android. Unfortunately, it will not work on iPad or iOS devices and it is not compatible as an external SSD for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Image: Peak Design

Peak Design has kicked off its “Super Massive Black Friday sale” with sizeable discounts on bags and tripods. It might be tough to imagine when you might next need a durable backpack that can fit a lot of gadgets within, but the company’s “Everyday” lineup of bags is 20 percent off. Its bigger “Travel” bags are also discounted.

If you’re into photography, Peak Design’s Travel Tripod and a few accessories that are compatible with it are cheaper than usual.

Gaming

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

If you’re having trouble narrowing down what games you want, why not get several? Target is hosting a “get three for the price of two” deal on video game purchases — even for newer titles like Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon, to name a few. The list goes on, though one thing that isn’t eligible are first-party Sony games for the PS5, like the Demon’s Souls remake, but you can pickup Godfall, which is available on Sony’s next-gen console (and on PC.) Even Cyberpunk 2077, a game coming out next month is eligible for this promotion.

Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs: Legion, the latest installment in Ubisoft’s hack-anything, open-world game, is down to $50 at Amazon, that’s $10 off, while it’s not the lowest we have seen this game go down, this title recently came out and this is still a good discount. What makes this deal even better is that each version will net you an upgrade to the Xbox Series X / S or PS5 copies for free. Even if you don’t have much interest in the game, it’s an affordable way to check out what impressive ray-tracing graphics look like on the new console hardware.

PC upgrades

Samsung 970 Evo Plus

This image shows the 1TB model, but the 2TB model detailed below looks the same.

If you want 2TB of fast storage for your PC, Samsung’s 2TB 970 Evo Plus NVMe SSD is $250 at Newegg and Amazon, beating the lowest price by about $40. Over the summer, the price was steady at $350. A PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD like this will fit in only certain kinds of motherboards (so check before you buy). Alternatively, it can also make for a very fast USB-C drive if you get an M.2 enclosure for it. Either route you take, you’ll get a lot of speedy storage.

Stay tuned for more deals.



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