Score the best deals on everything from CPUs to laptops
Ready or not, the holidays are fast approaching. In fact, many retailers have already launched previews of their Black Friday deals. Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon are just a few of the major retailers giving us glimpses of their holiday sales.
So whether you’re shopping for deals on the best SSDs or looking for discounts on the best gaming laptops, you’ve come to the right place.
Below we’re rounding up the day’s best Black Friday deals along with some Black Friday tips and advice on how to make sure you score the best deals of the holiday season.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday is always celebrated on the day after Thanksgiving, which this year is Friday, November 29. In 2019, however, Black Friday deals kicked off in mid October. That’s because this year we’re facing a slightly shorter holiday shopping season, since Thanksgiving falls so late in the month.
In addition, another round of trade war tariffs are expected to begin on December 15, resulting in a 15% tax that could affect the price of gaming consoles, tablets, and laptops. As a result, retailers are wasting no time in launching their Black Friday sales.
Black Friday Deals: Stores to Watch
From 4K TVs to gaming laptops, Black Friday is typically the best time of year for deals on all types of consumer electronics. While the made-up holiday used to focus on off-brand devices, over the last few years we’ve seen excellent deals on all consumer electronics, including premium devices like OLED TVs and gaming consoles. Walmart, in particular, offered excellent PS4 deals dropping the price of the console to $199 with a free Spider-Man game. (That price is still good by today’s standards, but we predict it will drop by at least an extra $30).
Meanwhile, Amazon was the go-to store for just about everything. Smart home devices, were especially cheap with price starting as low as $19.99.
But that doesn’t means smaller retailers won’t participate in the holiday sales. Last year, Newegg, kicked off its holiday sales with a “Black November” sale that ran from November 1 through November 5. The sale offered discounts on power supplies, ATX cases, desktop memory, and entry level gaming laptops.
In fact, some of 2018’s best component deals were actually found at Newegg versus Amazon. The price differences weren’t that big, but at times Newegg offered bundles (like a free gaming mouse or gift card) with its deals, whereas Amazon didn’t.
Black Friday Deals: Finding the Best Prices
While the holidays bring about a lot of great deals, they’re also filled with plenty of fake deals. Oftentimes retailers raise prices and then offer anemic discounts in an effort to attract consumers.
As a result, we recommend that all shoppers use comparison engines like Google Shopping or PCPartPicker (best for components). There is no ultimate search engine that compares prices from every store, but as long as you use one or two while shopping, you’ll better your chances of scoring the best deal.
We’re also big fans of sites like CamelCamelCamel. The website displays the price history of any item sold on Amazon. Just drop in the product’s full Amazon URL in CamelCamelCamel and the latter will show you a chart outlining that device’s price history on Amazon. That way you’ll know if it’s truly an all-time price low or if it’s just a mediocre sale.
Black Friday Deals You Can Buy Now
Asus Gaming Laptop (GTX 1650 / 512GB): was $849 now $579
Best Buy has an incredible deal on this entry-level Asus TUF Gaming Laptop. The 15.6-inch system sports a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a generous 512GB SSD and Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics. At this price, even non-gamers can grab this as a family PC.
WD 8TB Elements USB HDD: was $179 now $124 @Amazon
If you need a ton of local backup space, this USB 3.0 drive provides it at cost of just 1.5 cents per GB. VIEW DEAL
Samsung 970 EVO 500GB SSD: was $149 now $89 @ Amazon
The Samsung 970 EVO is an M.2 2280 SSD that conforms to the NVMe 1.3 protocol and utilizes the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. It’s currently just $1 shy of its all-time price low.
Acer Aspire 5 w/ 512GB SSD: was $529 now $429 @ Walmart
The Aspire 5 is a mainstream laptop that packs above-average specs, including a Core i5-8250U CPU and 512GB SSD. It’s $100 off and one of the cheapest 512GB laptops we’ve seen. VIEW DEAL
Asus ROG Strix GL531GU: was $1,299 now $999
The Asus ROG Strix GL531GU is one of Asus’ premier gaming rigs. It boasts a Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and GTX 1660Ti GPU.
Dell 27″ P-Series 1080p LCD: was $299 now $194 @ Amazon
The Dell P2719H features 1080p resolution, ultra-thin bezels, and HDMI/DisplayPort/VGA connectivity. Amazon currently has it on sale at its lowest price ever.
WD Elements 5TB Portable HDD: was $129 now $109 @ Amazon
Expand your storage on the cheap with this 5TB WD Elements portable HDD.
PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset: was $99 now $67 @ Walmart
With stunning 7.1 virtual surround sound, the Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset immerses you in whatever game you’re playing. An array of hidden noise-canceling microphones let you chat with friends during multi-player gameplay.