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Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale: There are still discounts on TVs, laptops and smart speakers


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Begone, Black Friday FOMO! Best Buy has announced a slew of products selling at “guaranteed Black Friday pricing,” meaning the prices are guaranteed to not go higher until Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) ends. Even better, Best Buy’s Black Friday sales circular is already available, so we can tell you what many of the best deals will be when the sale finally arrives. The circular reveals that the retailer’s many deals are divided into three sales: One kicking off on Sunday, Nov. 22 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving), the next on Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Day) and one last blitz on Saturday, Nov. 28. 

That said, you don’t even need to wait. Best Buy ran a pre-Black Friday sale last weekend, and many of those sale items are still heavily discounted. Take a look below for the best current deals, and keep scrolling to see the best of what’s coming starting on Sunday, Nov. 22.  

After all that, if you’re still in a sales mood, check out Walmart’s upcoming Black Friday sale, which starts Wednesday, Nov. 4. For more about Black Friday deals, you can sign up for Cheapskate deal alerts via text message! Only one text per day, opt out anytime.

Here is the official Best Buy sales circular for Black Friday:  

We’ve pored over the flyer and rounded up our favorite deals for the upcoming sale. Here’s what we think will be worth your time and attention — and be sure to check back, because we’ll be adding more as we get closer to the big sale.  

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The first TV up is this Fire TV Edition from Insignia, model NS-32DF310NA19. We don’t like Amazon’s Fire TV as much as Roku because Fire TV menus push Amazon content too much and are more confusing in general compared to the simplicity of Roku TV. But this model does have built-in Alexa, pairs well with an Echo Dot (pictured) and its price is still $20 cheaper than the equivalent Roku at Amazon.

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This deal is also available at Amazon and elsewhere but it’s good enough to include here, too. The LG CX OLED TV is our favorite high-end TV of 2020 and this price is a new low, $200 less than the previous low — making it $100 MORE than the 48-inch size. 

This was $100 cheaper during last week’s pre-Black Friday sale, but it’s still a good deal. 

And if you’re in the mood for something bigger, the 65-inch size is also at a new low: $1,850.

Read our LG OLED CX series review.

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The “middle child” Echo Show is also available at Prime Day pricing. If you’re looking for something to sit on a kitchen counter or the like, this is almost certainly a better option than the 5.5-inch Show 5 — and for just $20 more.

Or $25 more, if you opt to pick up a Blink Mini indoor camera at the same time. That gets you out the door for $70, a significant savings over the regular prices of buying these separately.

Lenovo’s premium two-in-one, the Yoga C940 boasts a sturdy and sleek all-metal design and a touchscreen that can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. It includes an active pen can also instantly wake from sleep, one of the phone-like features it received courtesy of Intel’s Project Athena.

This configuration features a 14-inch display with a 4K resolution powered by a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with 32GB of superfast Optane memory. A similarly configured Yoga C40 on Lenovo’s site works out to $1,650, so this deal is even better than it looks. And it already looked good.

Read our Lenovo Yoga C940 review.

This entry-level Samsung soundbar is half off. It supplies 2.1-channel sound by way of a soundbar with four 40-watt stereo speakers and a 130-watt subwoofer for a total output of 290 watts. That’s a good amount of power for the price. 

Beats

The Beats Powerbeats Pro regularly hit $200 and sometimes get a little bigger discounts but $160 for the lava red version is near the lowest price we’ve seen. Read our Powerbeats Pro review.

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The Beats Solo Pro are a very good set of on-ear noise-canceling headphones. The only issue is they’re overpriced at $300. At $180, they’re downright enticing. This is below the earlier sale price of $200 that we were seeing a few weeks back. Read our Beats Solo Pro review.

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Upon spotting this deal, I immediately took a walk around my house looking for a spot for this beauty. I spent a number of years on the Golden Tee golf tour — back in the days when people could go out to bars.

There are certain arcade games that can’t be replicated on a console, and Golden Tee is one of them. But this machine includes the all-important trackball controller, which is why I’m determined to find a place for it under my roof. Given the number of quarters I used to feed into the real deal, this thing will likely pay for itself within a few weeks.

Dyson

In typical Dyson fashion, the Cyclone V10 is awesome but pricey. Knock $150 off its price, however, and this powerful, cordless stick vacuum becomes a more attractive proposition.

Read our Dyson Cyclone V10 first take.

Check to see if you can fit an 85-inch TV through your door — this 4K set employs quantum dots for over a billion colors, with HDR support for enhanced dynamic range and a 240Hz refresh rate. The Tizen-based smart TV interface supports a wealth of channels including HBO Max, something Roku doesn’t yet feature. It also offers voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Best Buy deals starting Nov. 22

Sony

Want to upgrade to an OLED screen? This 65-inch A8H Series TV is $1,000 off for Black Friday. The 4K display is powered by Sony’s X1 Ultimate processor allowing for per-pixel changes in black level. The set includes a built-in subwoofer so you don’t need to connect it to a separate sound system, and it has extras like Alexa and Google Assistant control. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 22.

HP’s excellent Spectre two-in-one convertible comes with an Intel Core i7 CPU with a generous 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The most impressive part of this system, though, is the 4K touchscreen, which sets this convertible a step above most other two-in-ones that clock in around $1,000. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 22.

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This compact media player turns virtually any TV — smart or dumb — into a Roku TV with 4K and HDR content. It delivers thousands of streaming channels including Apple TV Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney Plus and cable TV alternatives like Sling, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 22.

Best Buy deals starting Nov. 26

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It’s no secret that we prefer Roku to Fire TV, but this Fire-based set delivers 50 inches of 4K UHD goodness for a 32-inch TV price. It also has Alexa built in along with HDR for added dynamic range. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 26. 

KitchenAid

This KitchenAid stand mixer is 60% off, making this a great choice for all those holiday cakes and cookies. It comes with a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, has 10 speeds and is compatible with about a dozen attachments and accessories for making pasta, burgers, ice cream and more. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 26. 

Dyson

The Dyson V10 Animal is a cordless stick vacuum that’s designed for homes with pets — one of the accessories is a mini-motorized tool for removing pet hair from upholstery and tight spaces. Dyson says it has 55% more suction power than the Dyson V7 and switches easily from a full-size stick to a handheld mini-vac. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 26.

Best Buy deals starting Nov. 28

Bose

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are hard to talk about without comparing to the iconic Quiet Comfort 35 II. They sound better, have more features (including Alexa and Bose AR), USB-C charging and let you hear the world around you with transparency mode. Read CNET’s full review of the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 for more details. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 28.

Linksys

This Linksys AC1200 dual-band router is regularly priced at $90. It has speeds up to 867Mbps, has four Ethernet ports for connecting to your wired devices and has one USB 3.0 connection for adding external storage devices to your network. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 28.

Bowflex

This deeply discounted Bowflex treadmill features a 7.5-inch full-color LCD console that displays information like distance, resistance, and even calories you’ve burned in real time, while the hand grip monitors your heart rate, and it includes Bluetooth connectivity as well. It’s powered by a 3.75-continuous-horsepower motor that drives a 20×60-inch tread belt. You can incline up to 15 degrees. 

Look for this deal starting Nov. 28. 

Expired deals

These products now appear to be out of stock. We’ll update if and when we see them reappear.

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TCL and Hisense aren’t the only brands deeply discounted in this sale. Once again we don’t expect this hige Samsung to match the image quality of our favorite TVs in this size class, but if you prioritize the combo of big screen and prestige brand over other stuff, it’s mighty tempting. We expect to see other 70-inch sets on sale around $500 as we inch closer to Black Friday, but this is still a crazy low price for right now.

Lenovo

This basic laptop is a good pick for students looking for an affordable machine for remote learning. Currently offered at a $150 discount, it costs less than most Chromebooks. It runs Windows 10 and features a 10th-gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The 15.6-inch display features a full HD (1,920×1,080-pixel) resolution, which offers a finer image than the 1,366×768-pixel resolution you get with most entry-level laptops.

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The 13-inch Spectre x360 is one of CNET Reviews’ favorite two-in-one convertibles for its premium styling, light weight and long battery life. And this isn’t a case of a retailer using a deep discount to move out an older product. This 13.3-inch two-in-one is discounted by a hefty $250 and features Intel’s latest silicon with a 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU. Getting a 512GB SSD instead of 256GB of storage is also a boon as this price.

Read our HP Spectre x360 review.

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Sony’s newest noise-canceling headphone — and arguably the top noise-canceling headphone out there — recently went on sale for $300 as part of Amazon’s Prime Day. It’s now available for $278, its lowest price yet.  Read CNET’s review.

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Jabra’s Elite Active 75t are the slightly more rugged version of the Elite 75t, which are also on sale (they’re $140 or $40 off). Both models are among the best true wireless earbuds out there and now can be upgraded with active noise canceling via a software upgrade (new models that shipped to stores recently may already be equipped with the upgrade). 

The Elite Active 75t looks nearly identical to the Elite 75t, but upon closer inspection, you’ll notice the finish on the case and earbuds is slightly different. Instead of the hard smooth finish of the Elite Active 75t, the Active 75t have a soft-to-the-touch finish with a touch of grip to it. Or, as Jabra put it, it’s “built with a durable coating for dust and sweat resistance and features an increased IP water-resistance rating from IP56 (of the Elite Active 75t) to IP57, making them waterproof.” Read CNET’s review.

UE

UE’s Megaboom 3 has been discounted to as low as $120, but we haven’t seen it for less than that, so this is a solid deal on a very solid portable Bluetooth speaker. Granted, it was released in 2018. Only the black color is on sale for $100.

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The Jabra Elite 85h at $150 is a good value alternative to pricier premium noise-canceling headphones from Bose and Sony. It features good sound, a comfortable fit and excellent voice-calling performance, which makes it a good option for working from home. Amazon also has it for this price. Read CNET review.

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We haven’t reviewed this Hisense (it’s a Best Buy exclusive) but we don’t expect it to perform nearly as well as some of best 65-inch TVs out there. And just like the TCL above, Roku > Android. But forget all that for a minute: this is a 65-inch 4K TV for $250. That’s doorbuster-level, people, and we don’t expect this model to last.

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TCL is best known for its Roku TVs, and we like the Roku smart TV system better than the Android TV version in this television, but for this price you can just buy a Roku Streaming Stick Plus, attach it to this TV and still come out ahead. Aside from its smarts we expect this 4-Series TV to perform “good enough,” just like the Roku equivalent. 

KitchenAid

This top-rated, widely loved mixer features a 5-quart stainless-steel mixing bowl, a dough hook, a flat beater and a wire whisk. There’s also an accessory hub for adding things like peelers and meat grinders. It’s available in your choice of four colors.

That’s our list! If you’ve found any other standout deals from Best Buy’s sale, share them in the comments!



Source: CNET News, Author: Matt Elliott

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