When I think of Black Friday, I think of my mother, with two TVs in her Target cart after waiting in line outside for hours. My aunt had to talk her out of buying both TVs—she had just been so excited to get her hands on them. Shopping for a great deal on expensive technology devices is a big appeal of all the sales around Thanksgiving, whether it be Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or the pre-holiday early sales. It’s an opportunity to get a great Christmas gift for a loved one, and maybe a chance to snag a device you’ve wanted but haven’t been able to afford until now.
This season, the pre-holiday sale event promises to deliver a plethora of amazing tech deals, from TVs and laptops to smartphones and smart home gear. Given that the buying frenzy has already begun, we decided to compile a list of some of the best Black Friday tech deals, everything from smartphones and mobile accessories to the best laptop deals around.
For instance, the LG C3 OLED TV is a firm favourite for gamers. It has been on offer at a significant discount since October, but the price cut is still a nice chunk off a pricey TV. The picture is vivid, with high contrast and loaded with detail but never overblown. Response times are fast at 9.2 milliseconds, and it supports all current gaming console features across its four HDMI ports. Not to mention, our other top pick, the TCL Q6, is a great TV that is currently on sale for an even better deal—something we have not seen in over six months. The Roku TV is also a fantastic starter TV, providing great colour and smart home support.
In addition to TVs, there is an array of great deals on home audio equipment. For those interested in a home theatre system, the Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is a fantastic option. This current model comes with several upgrades from its predecessor, including enhanced sound with support for Dolby Atmos, a faster processor, and an HDMI eARC port for higher-definition audio. For fans of Amazon Prime content, the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a must-have, offering faster streaming and double the storage compared to its predecessor. On the other hand, for households that prefer Google Assistant, the Chromecast With Google TV is a fantastic streaming stick that comes with a slick interface and built-in Google Assistant.
Moving on to laptops, we have also found some great Black Friday deals. The Lenovo 2-in-1 laptop is a budget-friendly option that is plenty fast enough for everyday office and web-based work. The HP Pro 9 from Microsoft is also a great 2-in-1 surface, now with a new 5G option. It has a powerful Intel Core i5 chip, integrated graphics, and a 15.6-inch IPS display. One of our favourites from HP’s Envy x360 line, the HP Envy x360 is a 2-in-1 laptop with enough power for most tasks and projects, plenty of ports, a bright touchscreen with great colour accuracy, and excellent battery life.
As for smartphones, Black Friday offers some of the best deals of the year. The Google Pixel 7A is our favourite and best Android phone for most people. It boasts a snappy performance, water-resistance, and wireless charging capabilities. The new Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are also seeing significant discounts for the first time, which makes them a very desirable option for those in the market for a new smartphone.
Samsung’s newest smartphone, the Galaxy S23, is a great option for those looking for a flagship phone. With its solid triple camera system, snappy performance, and wireless charging capabilities, it’s definitely a steal at its current price. For those who love photography, the Zenfone 10 is a compact smartphone with a headphone jack, offering good performance and wireless charging support. Additionally, OnePlus’s midrange phone is a fantastic option with a 120-Hz screen refresh rate, a decent camera system, and a battery that lasts more than a day.
Nothing’s Phone (2) is a unique Android smartphone with Glyph lights on the back that light up for notifications. It also features a countdown timer and ETA for your Uber ride. On the other hand, Samsung’s Flip5 is a sleek and compact phone with a larger cover screen, offering more functionality when the phone is closed. For those intrigued by the concept of a book-like folding phone, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a refined and durable option with a wide front screen and excellent cameras. Google’s Pixel Fold is also a standout option, providing a comfortable experience with all favourite apps on its wide front screen, as well as a much larger 7.6-inch screen for multitasking when it’s opened up.
In conclusion, Black Friday and the days leading up to it offer some of the best deals on technology devices of the entire year. From TVs and laptops to smartphones and smart home gear, there are a wide array of options to choose from, making it the perfect time to snag a device you might have been eyeing but been unable to afford until now. So if you’re in the market for new tech, now could be the ideal time to make your purchase and save big.