Black Friday, Cyber Monday Tech Deals: Apple, Sony, Amazon
From Airpods and TVs, to laptops and drones, here are the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday tech deals to shop this year.
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still the best days in the year to get new tech, whether you’re looking for a new TV, computer monitor, laptop or headphones. And unlike the past, the best deals aren’t relegated to brick-and-mortar stores so you can save big from the comfort of your home.
From Walmart to Best Buy to Amazon, here are the best tech deals to shop this year. Check out our full Black Friday roundup here, in addition to sales on TV sets and Amazon devices.
The newest Apple AirPods are worth the buy even when not on sale, considering the five hours of music playback and automatic recharging capabilities. If your AirPods are starting to wear out, it may be time for an upgrade. The Pros are known for a longer lifespan, but the most exciting feature is their noice cancelling functionality, which allows you to drown out all external audio with a simple touch of the bud. The Airpods 2 are also down to just $115 today.
Sony’s best-selling headphones, currently $100 off, are known for its impressive ANC (active noise cancellation), which uses microphones and speakers to reduce background and surrounding noises. While drowning out distracting noises like keyboard typing or office chatter, they also deliver crystal clear audio. They boast a powerful low-frequency response and an impressive lack of distortion at high volumes. Plus, in addition to helping with ANC, the microphones can also be used to record voice memos or talk to Siri on connected devices.
JBL is one of the best portable speakers on the market. Their normal retail price is already a bang for your buck but this Black Friday deal slashes the price tag by nearly 50%. It’s packed with powerful, room-filling audio that you can wirelessly play from your smartphone or tablet. Better yet, it delivers up to 10 hours of non-stop play and features a waterproof design.
The Nest Mini not only has a sophisticated and slim design but features rich audio with a powerful bass. In addition to its quality speaker, it also features a voice-controlled Google Assistant for hands-free access to the weather, news, reminders, alarms and more.
A Magic Keyboard is really all you need to transform your iPad or tablet into a fully functional laptop, with a top-notch typing experience, a full-sized trackpad and backlit keys. It magnetically connects to the tablet after which you can smoothly adjust to the perfect viewing angle.
Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook gets supercharged with the M1 chip in this new iteration, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice functionality and speed for a sleek design. It features a blazing fast 8-core CPU so you can tackle intensive video and graphic-based projects, while a 16-core neural engine allows for accelerated machine learning tasks. Plus, it has the longest battery life ever at 18 hours with no charge.
Apple devices rarely go on sale so it’s always a good idea to take advantage of their slashed prices on big deals days. The Apple Watch SE is packed with all the smart watch essentials for a lower price: you can take calls and reply to texts right from your wrist, track your daily activity and see your trends in the Fitness app, sync music, podcasts and audiobooks, and make secure payments through Apple Pay.
Amazon best-selling smart speaker is nearly half off for Black Friday. A sleek and compact design is perfect for any nightstand or desk. Alexa can help out with anything: setting alarms and timers, asking questions about the weather or news and even help you control other smart devices in your home such as lights, thermostats and door alarms. The 3rd generation is also 50% off. Check out our roundup for more Black Friday deals on Amazon devices.
Charge all your devices in one place with this handy Anker station, which comes with two wireless charging surfaces, a Lightning connector dock and a USB-C port. It’s great because it’s compatible with a wide range of devices, from Apple Watches and AirPods to iPhones and other Qi-enabled phones. Plus, you don’t have to take off your phone case thanks to PowerWave technology that transmits charge through surfaces up to 5mm thick.
For only $250, Toshiba’s Smart TV offers everything you need for a premium at-home entertainment experience. An Alexa voice remote allows you to sift through live TV and launch apps, while the Fire TV comes with access to more than 500,000 streaming movies and shows. Check out more Black Friday TV deals here.
Take your home movie theater to the next level with the high-tech LG soundbar, whose booming audio comes at a great price with this limited-time deal. The lightweight 300W speaker kit is made with a carbon diaphragm that reduces distortion for clean, crisp audio while Adaptive Sound Control automatically adjusts settings for optimal quality. Plus, it comes with a wireless subwoofer for intense bass.
Streaming is given a serious upgrade with Roku’s new streambar, which pairs high-quality picture and sound for a premium viewing experience. The compact device features brilliant 4K UHD alongside crisp audio and, like all of Roku’s devices, offers access to more than 500,000 movies and TV shows, with easy-to-use voice controls and bluetooth compatibility.
Binging TV and movies is made seamless with Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, which uses Alexa voice control to search and launch shows across apps. Plus, you can control power and volume on your TV and sound bar from one stick so you don’t have to worry about multiple remotes that all serve different functions.
Get Google’s best-selling Nest Thermostat for less than $100 this Black Friday. The smart gadget allows you to save energy and stay comfortable, allowing you to program temperatures to match your own schedule and automatically turns itself down when you leave. A handy remote control gives you the option to control the temperature wherever you are, and you can even use the Savings Finder app to track your own consumption and find ways to be more energy efficient. Check out our more eco-friendly items to shop this holiday season in our roundup here.
This all-encompassing drone bundle gives the thrill of immersive flight, packed with valuable gadgets that are worth well more than its current sub-$1000 price tag. It comes with Goggles V2 and super-wide 150-degree FOV for a sleek and aerodynamic aircraft, also packed with HD video transmission up to 120 pfs. With a choice between S, N or M modes you can control the device at any level you feel comfortable with, all featuring safety features such as obstacle sensing so you can fly worry-free.
Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Photographers
ByPublished On November 26, 2021
There are lots of great Black Friday deals still left for photographers, and almost all of them carry over to Cyber Monday. Here are some of the ones that stand out to me.
Until November 29 at 11:59pm ET, everything in KEH’s catalog is 10% off. KEH is one of my favorite stores for used photography equipment, with very reasonable prices (often even cheaper than eBay) and a great return policy. Since they sell used equipment, you’re taking 10% off what are already low prices. Black Friday shoppers on a budget should strongly consider them.
One of the best deals this year comes from Fuji, with a monster discount on a 50-megapixel medium format camera. The Fuji GFX 50R normally sells for $4500 but is $3000 today. While we do have some issues with the camera from an ergonomics standpoint (see our full review), the image quality is out of this world. A medium format digital camera for $3000 is pretty remarkable.
The Nikon Z5 has sold at $1000 a couple of times in the past, but now that camera gear is trending more expensive, it’s exciting to see the deal back. This is a very good full-frame mirrorless camera that punches far above its price tag (which is typically $1400). To put it another way, you’ll end up with better image quality by picking the Nikon Z5 with some great lenses compared to a more expensive camera like the Nikon Z6 II with cheap glass.
Some of the top discounts this Black Friday and Cyber Monday are from Olympus, which has put almost all of its newer cameras on sale. The biggest discount is for the pro-grade E-M1X: normally $3000, now $1700. But the E-M1 III and E-M5 III also have heavy discounts. Here are a handful of the best, although I recommend clicking on different lens configurations to see if a different deal works better for you:
Sony has some good discounts across many of their mirrorless cameras and lenses, but the two that stand out the most are the A7R IIIA and A7R IVA (the slightly newer versions of the A7R III and IV). These cameras are normally $2800 and $3500 respectively; now they’re $2000 and $3000. If you’ve been waiting for a good deal on a high-resolution full-frame camera, these are very impressive sales. There are also some good lens discounts at the moment, including $400 off the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8.
If you’ve wanted to record video over HDMI on your camera, the steep prices of external recorders may have turned you away. But today’s Black Friday deals might be enough to make it worthwhile. Atomos has put most of their equipment on sale for some very good prices, from the basic Atomos Ninja V (normally $650, now $500) to their high-end 8K-capable Ninja V+ with a fast SSD (normally $2250, now $1500).
One of our all-time favorite APS-C sensor cameras is the Fuji X-T3. It’s normally a pretty pricey camera at $1500, but even then is worth the money if you need a good travel camera. At $1100, it’s an amazing deal. (See our full Fuji X-T3 review.)
The 36-megapixel full-frame Pentax K-1 Mark II is currently $1700, compared to the usual price of $2000. This is a very good deal for a high-end camera if you’re considering the Pentax ecosystem. The high-FPS aps-c Pentax K-3 III also has a $300 discount when bought with a battery grip, bringing its price down to $2000.
Canon didn’t go as strong on Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals this year as some of the other companies, but they do have a good $300-off deal on the original EOS R – plus some nice accessories like a Rode microphone – to make it $1600. (And when the camera first came out, it was $2300, so this is a bigger deal than it may seem at first glance.) Even though the Canon EOS R3, R5, and R6 have been gaining the headlines recently, the standard EOS R is still a very good camera. See our review here.
One of the most desirable Nikon lenses in recent years has been the 500mm f/5.6 PF, a lightweight telephoto prime made for sports and wildlife photography needs. It was almost impossible to find in stock for about a year after its release, and even since then, its availability has been sporadic. Today, it’s not only in stock but also on sale. The lens is selling for $3300, down from the usual $3600.
This year, Apple’s discounts are generally in the $50-150 range, but they are selling one specific configuration of their excellent late-2020 MacBook Air for $200 off. It’s the 512GB version with 8GB of RAM in silver, which normally costs $1500 but is $1300 today. (For whatever reason, any other configuration of storage space, RAM, or color will get you $150 off at best). I bought a variation of this computer a few months ago and consider it a nearly perfect travel laptop.
These are just some of the many Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts that stood out to me for photographers. You can see more detailed lists below:
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I’m Spencer Cox, a macro and landscape photographer based in Denver. My photos have been displayed in galleries worldwide, including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and exhibitions in London, Malta, Siena, and Beijing. These days I’m active on Instagram and YouTube.
Black Friday shopping: Should you wait until Cyber Monday for deals?
Black Friday 2021 has fewer deals than past years but there are still tips and strategies to stretch your dollars. Cyber Monday also brings savings.
There are new rules for scoring the best Black Friday deals.
It used to be that to get the best deals on televisions or one of the limited number of video game consoles, you had to camp out Thanksgiving, if not days earlier, in Best Buy, Walmart and Target parking lots.
Think back to the viral images and videos from past Black Friday shopping frenzies with all the pushing, shoving and fights over getting one of the biggest bargains – be it a TV, toy or towel.
Now it’s about being the fastest to click “add to cart” and then checking out online days before Black Friday proper.
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The pandemic finished off what the increase of online shopping started to slash years earlier: in-store-only doorbusters. It also has shelved Thanksgiving Day in-store shopping at Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl’s and more, as well as cut it permanently at Target.
Last year, retailers chopped the in-store doorbusters to limit crowds and began offering all deals online amid the pandemic. They also started rolling out deals early to spread out demand.
I see this as a good thing in the name of safety and convenience. Shop early and send your gifts out earlier with the possibility of further delays looming.
Yet this year, the goal post has been moved again.
Between inflation being at a 31-year high and supply chain disruptions, fewer deals and fewer items are available. Frankly, with product shortages and high demand, retailers don’t have to discount items.
Still, it’s possible to be a smart and savvy shopper in another unusual shopping season. Here are my new rules for scoring the gifts on your list and maybe a few bargains along the way.
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It has been a broken record. Since October, experts and retailers have recommended shopping early and warned of possible disappointment for not acting.
Stores held early Black Friday sales ahead of Halloween, and November has seen a series of savings events. Now we’re in Black Friday season, and prices will be among the best of the year.
This year, Hanukkah starts Sunday night before Cyber Monday. But because the Jewish holiday lasts eight days, it’s possible to shop for gifts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Just be wary of shipping gifts or having them sent by retailers, because they might arrive after the eighth candle is lit.
Retailers haven’t shared many details about Cyber Monday yet and often release information while Black Friday sales are underway.
♦Shopping tip: Save your receipts in case prices drop lower or if you can’t find the right size or color for a future even exchange.
My official Black Friday shopping started at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday at Kohl’s, and I checked out twice within eight minutes.
My best deal? An air fryer toaster oven (regular price $89.99) and a small waffle maker (regular price $24.99) that combined were $27.55 after two coupons ($10 off a $50 home purchase and 15% off most items), $15 Kohl’s Cash on the purchase and a $12 rebate. Plus, I’m earning 5% back with Kohl’s Rewards.
After a few more Kohl’s checkouts – I often do smaller orders that are planned in advance where I can get free shipping to avoid products selling out – I headed to Target where I bought a toy for my 9-month-old nephew that I’ll save for his birthday in February.
I will mail in my rebates on the waffle maker and a few other small kitchen appliances early next week and set a reminder to use the Kohl’s Cash before it expires on Dec. 8.
♦Pro shopper tip: If you are not going to submit the rebate or use the rebate card when it arrives, look for another deal. Rebate offers can save you the most, but if you’re not going to follow through, it’s not worth it. Also, keep in mind you’ll have to cut the UPC off the product, and that can be a giveaway to your gift recipient that you saved money. Redemption deadlines also are important with Kohl’s Cash and other retailers’ rewards.
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Have your heart set on getting a PS5 or Xbox Series X, two video game consoles released last year? Prepare for disappointment and to watch social media to learn when future batches might go on sale.
Walmart started its third and final Black Friday sale Monday and gave paying Walmart+ members a head start. The consoles went on sale at 4 p.m. ET, and I was online and ready to shop after signing up for a month of the membership program at $12.95.
I was able to get on virtual lines for the Sony and Microsoft devices immediately, but my wait time went back and forth and the products sold out before I could add them to my cart. Like others who took to Twitter to voice disappointment, I failed in my mission.
In most cases, you’ll have to shop online for the in-demand items, but GameStop is opening some of its stores on Thanksgiving. As of Tuesday, the retailer hasn’t posted a Black Friday ad, but last year the game stores were the site of campouts.
♦Shopping tip: Sign up for in-stock alerts from retailers. This helped me find an iPad, and it has helped others get a console. While some people have gotten lucky with limited drops of the consoles, more have walked away disappointed claiming bots and professional shoppers are scooping up supplies. Perseverance combined with in-stock alerts and following social media rumors on drops can make the difference.
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Online orders get canceled all the time. Packages get lost and delays happen.
Curbside pickup, where shoppers can pick up online orders without leaving cars, rolled out as an option at some store locations years ago, but since the pandemic the trend has grown dramatically and is a much larger part of Black Friday sales than ever.
Stores also offer in-store pickup, and the advantage of both is getting your purchases faster. It also helps cut shipping fees and can be a safer option in a world of porch pirates.
♦Shopping tip: Use in-store pickup or curbside whenever available. Some retailers allow you to add pickup people to the order. Be sure to check your order before leaving the parking lot to make sure you got the right products. Learn more about the retailers offering pickup services with this list.
In the past, I’ve found Black Friday sales to bring the best prices of the year on iPads. While I set my sights on the newest iPad in September, I wasn’t ready to buy it.
Then in October, Target launched its holiday price-match guarantee program and extended holiday return period, and I decided to order the Apple tablet. Problem was, it was out of stock. But the same day I signed up for in-stock notifications on the iPad, I got my first bite and ordered it.
Target’s holiday policy works if the retailer’s price drops, not competitors’; but because I used my Target RedCard, I did save 5%.
♦Pro tip: Watch prices and read store price guarantees. Some policies will be suspended through Cyber Monday sales, but this doesn’t stop the dedicated shopper from repurchasing if the price drops. Beware of open-box rules if the gifts have already been used.
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You tried and were unsuccessful with the online Black Friday sales. Now it’s time to plan to head to stores to see if you can luck out.
Retailers often have holiday items that are not counted in online inventory to give shoppers who visit stores a chance to save. That also means that in-store inventory checkers might not be accurate during the sales.
If you are stuck on gift ideas, seeing what’s available can help come up with ideas.
♦Shopping tip: Come up with a game plan based on store hours. Here’s when stores open Friday.
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