The 2021 Black Friday shopping season kicked off a bit early this year, and Liliputing’s got an in-depth roundup featuring hundreds of deals on computers, gadgets, and accessories. But if you don’t feel like digging through all of that and you’re just looking for some of the best deals, some that truly stand out from the pack.
Here are some of the best Black Friday tech deals I’ve found so far. Have other favorites? Let us know in the comments.
Best Amazon device deals
As usual, Amazon is offering discounts on most of its first-party hardware including Fire tablets, Fire TV media streamers, Kindle eReaders, and Echo smart speakers and displays. But some deals are more compelling than others.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet, for example, is on sale for $75 and up, which is half the usual price for Amazon’s biggest, fastest tablet. If you’re looking for something smaller and cheaper, the Fire HD 8 is a steal at $45 and up, which is also half off the usual price. At this price, I wouldn’t even think about picking up the Fire 7 just to save $10, as you’ll get a bigger, higher-res display and a faster processor with the 8 inch model.
And while Amazon’s tablets ship with Fire OS rather than Android, it’s pretty easy to install the Google Play Store on them, which opens the possibility to installing millions of apps that aren’t available from Amazon’s Appstore.
Looking for a distraction-free reading experience rather than a multi-purpose tablet? Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $105, but I’d strongly recommend considering the Kindle Paperwhite Kids at $115 instead.
For $10 more, you get exactly the same device, but it comes with a protective cover, there are no ads on the lock screen that you have to pay extra to remove, and you get a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. All you have to do is set up a Kids profile when you first turn on the Kindle, but then you can disable and delete it if you’re not using it.
If $115 seems like a lot to spend on an eReader, there’s also the entry-level Kindle which is on sale for $50 right now (or you can buy two for $80). And Amazon offers trade-in deals which can bring the price of any Kindle way down if you’re replacing an older model (I ended up paying less than $60 for the new Kindle Paperwhite Kids last week by trading in my 2016 Paperwhite).
Amazon is also running deals on most of its Fire TV products, with prices starting as low as $18 for a Fire TV Stick Lite. But the best deal of the bunch might be the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max at $35.
This recently-released model has a faster processor and WiFi 6 support, and it’s on sale for $20 off less than two months after launch.
Amazon’s eero 6 mesh WiFi routers are also on sale at their lowest prices to date, and the Echo Dot smart speakers is on sale for $35. The 2nd-gen Echo Buds true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation are also on sale for $70, which is a great price even if you have no plans to ever use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.
Best Chromebook deals
Looking for a cheap Chrome OS laptop or tablet? It doesn’t get much cheaper than the Lenovo 10e which is a 10 inch tablet selling for $99 right now, although you’ll have to pay extra if you want a keyboard.
Meanwhile, the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 is an 11.6 inch laptop with similar specs, but a 360-degree hinge that lets you use it like a tablet. It’s on sale for $149. And the Lenovo Chromebook Duet is a 10 inch 2-in-1 with a detachable keyboard and slightly beefier specs for $229.
Best Windows laptop deals
There are some great deals on Windows laptops at the moment, and it’s hard to narrow down this portion of the list, so I strongly suggesting checking out our full Black Friday Mobile Tech Deals.
But if you’re looking for a convertible notebook with strong specs and a great display, it’s hard to do much better than a 13 inch Samsung Galaxy Book Pro with a 13 inch AMOLED display, an Intel Core i7 Tiger Lake processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $900.
Looking for something a little cheaper? The Lenovo Yoga 7i 14″ convertible with a Core i5 Tiger Lake processor, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is just $750. And Lenovo’s ThinkBook 13s clamshell notebook with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage is $779.
Amazon, meanwhile, is selling an Acer Swift 3 14 inch thin and light notebook with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for just $585.
And if you’re looking for something a lot cheaper, the HP Stream Pro 11.6 inch laptop with an Intel Celeron processor is just $179 and the Samsung Galaxy Book Go with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor is just $250.
Meanwhile B&H is offering a heck of a deal on Acer’s unusual-looking ConceptD 3 Ezel Creator laptop with an easel-style display that you can pull forward for touch and pen input. You can pick up a 15.6 inch model with an Intel Core i7-10750H processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage for $999, which is $700 off the list price.
Best tablet deals
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 series tablets are some of the best Android tablets around, but also some of the most expensive. Even after deep discounts, they’re selling for $499 and up.
Best media streamer deals
Best downloads, streaming & subscriptions
Amazon Prime Channels and the Roku Channel are both offering deals on streaming video channels that allow you to pay $1 per month for up to 2 months on a dozen or more channels to get you fill of TV shows and movies. You can find plenty of gems whether you’re looking for kids programming, British mysteries, horror films, or documentaries.
Hulu is also offering subscriptions for $1 per month for up to 12 months – just keep in mind that this is for the ad-supported version of Hulu. You’d have to pay more to go ad-free.
AMC+ is offering a 1-year subscription for $24 (which comes to $2 per month).
And if you’ve never signed up for an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, you can get 3 months for free right now.
Pretty much every major PC game store including Steam, the Epic Games Store, GOG, and the Humble Store is also running a Black Friday and/or fall sale right now, offering chances to save money on games. The Microsoft Store is getting in on the action too.
Best Wireless headphones & earbuds
Sony’s WH-1000XM4 wireless, over-ear noise-cancelling headphones are widely considered to be some of the best around, but with a $350 price tag, they’re not exactly cheap. Today you can pick up a pair for $248… still not cheap, but a lot cheaper.
Want the same excellent noise cancellation technology in a smaller package? The Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds are also selling for $248.