Ah, 'tis the season again. The season of Christmas sales!
This year's sale season begins on Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) and extends to Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving in the US), and it's when companies and retailers offer deep discounts to encourage copious amounts of holiday shopping.
So, check your bank accounts and figure out how many pay cheques you have left before Christmas, because we've rounded up a selection of the best tech-related deals that are worth your hard-earned cash. Some are week-long store sales, while others are early online previews, etc.
Good luck out there. And try not to get trampled.
Amazon is offering early deals on its own devices, but then has a phased roll-out of deals on 18 and 22 November - and getting progressively better. We've listed the deal below - but we'll be updating as deals go live over the next week.
• Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet, now just $69.99 ($30 off) The regular Amazon Fire tablet is a 7-inch tablet, powered by a quad-core processor and offering Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB for charging and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. It has a plastic build. View the Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet deal on Amazon
• Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, now just $89.99 ($40 off) The Amazon Fire comes in 8GB or 16GB storage options, and with or without "special offers". Special offers means lock screen advertising, but if you really want to protect your kids, opt for no special offers. View the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet deal on Amazon
• Fire HD 10 tablet with Alexa, now just $99.99 ($50 off) There are few tablets available for so cheap, and few that deliver as much as Amazon is offering in the Fire HD 10. It's definitely a tablet that should appeal to those wanting big screen entertainment, with a definite leaning toward those Prime customers who will have access to plenty of content. View the Fire HD 10 tablet with Alexa deal on Amazon
• Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet, now just $149.99 ($50 off) One of the best tablets for kids is the Amazon Fire, for a number of reasons. First, the price. Second, Amazon has put a lot of effort into providing parents with controls to ensure that the Fire is a safe place for kids. This model is the biggest of the three Kids Edition tablets Amazon offers. View the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet deal on Amazon
• Fire HD 10 and Show Mode Dock bundle, $129: This is great if you've been wanting an Echo Show and a Fire tablet, because you get both experiences in one. View the bundle offer on Amazon.
• Fire TV Cube 4K, $59: Ever want to control your TV and home theatre equipment by voice? Now, you can, with Fire TV Cube, via Alexa. Plus, you get to watch everything in ultra HD clarity. View the Fire TV Cube 4K offer on Amazon.
Fire HD 10, $99: This is the biggest Fire tablet you can get. If you want an ultra cheap alternative to iPad Pro, here ya go. View Fire HD 10 offer on Amazon.
• Echo Dot (second-gen), $24: This is the cheapest Echo available. You can play music through it and talk to it, or hook it up to external speakers. It's versatile and inexpensive. View Echo Dot offer on Amazon.
• Amazon Smart Plug, $5: In order to get this sale price, you need to buy an Echo, which, honestly, is a good deal, since you can control anything plugged into this outlet by voice via Alexa - as long as you got an Echo. View Smart Plug offer on Amazon.
• Fire HD 8 and Show Mode Dock, $109: This is like an ultra cheap Echo Show, only it's more portable because you can take the tablet on the go. It's also not as unwieldy as a 10-incher. View bundle on Amazon.
• Fire HD 10 and Show Mode Dock, $149.99: Save $50 bucks on the same deal as above, but with a larger slate. View bundle offer on Amazon.
Best Buy will open at 5pm local time on Thanksgiving and stay open until 1am on 23 November. Doors will reopen at 8am on Black Friday. Select deals are already live now through 11 November. When it comes to all the online deals, prices are valid through 24 November.
The best deals we could find were the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 12.3-inch with keyboard for $600 (was $960), the Ring Doorbell 2 + Amazon Echo Dot third-gen for $140 (was $199), the Apple Watch Series 3 (32mm) for $229 (was $279), and the Ultimate Ears Megaboom for $100 (was $249).
• Microsoft Surface Pro 6 12.3-inch with keyboard, $600: If you've been waiting to buy Microsoft's hybrid slate, now is the time. You won't find a deal like this until the next Surface Pro comes around. View Surface Pro 6 offer on Best Buy.
• Ring Doorbell 2 + Amazon Echo Dot third-gen, $140: You've seen the viral videos. With this device, you could catch a porch thief in action. It gives you a sense of security, plus internet fame. View Doorbell 2 offer on Best Buy.
• Apple Watch Series 3 (32mm), $229: This isn't the latest Apple Watch. It's only a year old and super cheap, however. View Apple Watch offer on Best Buy.
• Ultimate Ears Megaboom, $100: This is a popular Bluetooth speaker. Get it if you find yourself wanting to listen to music loudly while on the go. View UE Megaboom offer on Best Buy.
Costco will close its doors the night before Thanksgiving and reopen at 9am local time on Black Friday. Many of Costco's deals will be available both in stores and online, while others will be exclusively online. Costco already previewed a slew of deals on its website, including $70 off an iPad 9.7. And thanks to BestBlackFriday, which published the retailer's ad scans, you can get a more detailed to glimpse at what to expect.
For example, you can get Surface Pro 6 with Type Cover and Surface Pen for $800 (was $1,000), the Dell XPS 13 for $1,500 (was $2,000), the Google Home Mini (3 pack) for $70 (was $100), and Bose On-Ear Wireless for $100 (was $160).
• Surface Pro 6 with Type Cover and Surface Pen, $800: If you've been interested in a hybrid device, look no further, as this bundle from Microsoft comes with a keyboard case and stylus. View Surface Pro 6 bundle on Costco.
• Google Home Mini (3 pack), $70: This is a great way to outfit every bedroom in your house with Google Assistant smarts, but on the cheap. View Home Mini multi-pack offer on Costco.
• Bose On-Ear Wireless, $100: Want an inexpensive pair of premium wireless headphones? Look no further. View Bose offer on Costco.
Dell's online Black Friday sale includes Dell's full product line. The best deals are "doorbusters" that are only available for a limited time.
• Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1, $149 (starts Nov. 23 at 8am) Ever want a Surface-like hybrid, but don't want to spend over $1,000 bucks? Then check out Dell's alternative option, starting at just $149. View Inspiron 11 offer at Dell.
• Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11, $199.99 (starts Nov. 22 at 10am) There are quite a few brands making Chromebooks, and Dell is one of them. Grab this deal if you've been waiting for a Chromebook to hit below the $200 mark. View Chromebook offer at Dell.
• Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop, $499.99 (starts Nov. 22 at 10 pm) Got a kid who loves to game on the PC? He or she will love you if you get this for them. And at under $500, it won't break the bank. View Gaming Desktop offer at Dell.
• Dell G5 15 gaming laptop with Core i7, $999.99 (starts Nov. 23 at 8pm) If you got more money to spare, this portable gaming laptop is also a great deal for someone who loves to game on the PC. View gaming laptop offer at Dell.
eBay has some early Black Friday deals going live, and there are some excellent options for gamers, like Red Dead Redemption 2 for $47.99. This is one of the biggest games of the season. You can also save $30 off the Nintendo Switch. As for deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, eBay said it will be launching new deals every hour beginning at 6am ET to 9pm ET (3am PT to 6pm PT).
• Red Dead Redemption 2, $47.99: OMG. This is the game of the year. Just get it already. View Red Dead offer on eBay.
• Nintendo Switch, $269: Yeah, we know. It's not a huge discount. But it's the best you'll find. View Switch offer on eBay.
GameStop is your one-stop shop for all your gaming needs. It has pre-Black Friday, Black Friday, and Cyber Week deals.
• Xbox One S Minecraft Creators Bundle, $199 ($100 off) This is one of the best deals we've seen on the console, and it's a bundle no less. View Xbox One S bundle offer at Gamestop.
• Any Xbox One X or Xbox One S console, $70 off If you don't like the bundle offer above, Gamestop is still offering $70 off any Xbox console. View Xbox One X or S offer at Gamestop.
• PlayStation 4 1 TB Spiderman Bundle, $199.99 ($100 off) And here is a PS4 deal for those of you who prefer that platform. View PS4 bundle offer at Gamestop.
• Select video games for up to $20 off Need a new game to go with your new console? Score $20 off select ones at Gamestop. View video game offer at Gamestop.
• PS VR Bundle, $249.99 This bundle includes headset, the Creed: Rise to Glory game, and the Superhot game. View PSVR bundle offer at Gamstop.
Google Store and Nest
Google and Nest have announced several deals , with some sales starting as early as 18 November. The best deal we could find starts 18 November: the Google Pixelbook laptop for $699 (save $300). After that, you can get the Nest Learning Thermostat for $129 (save $70) from 21 November, the Nest Cam Indoor for $129 (save $70) from 21 November, and Nest Protect for $99 (save $20) from 21 November.
• Pixelbook, $699: This is an ultra-slim, 2-in-1 laptop that runs Chrome OS. It's super lightweight, very fast, and great for students or people who mostly use their devices to browse the internet or work online. View Pixelbook offer on Google.
• Nest Learning Thermostat, $129: Google-owned Nest makes IoT devices for smart homes and offices, and with this product from the company, you can intelligently control your home's temperature. View Learning Thermostat offer on Nest.
• Nest Cam Indoor, $129: When we reviewed this indoor smart camera, we loved it. Definitely one of the best you can get. View Cam Indoor offer on Nest.
• Nest Protect, $99: This rounds out Nest's home safety line, with a smart smoke and CO sensor. A must-have for those of you who also own Nest's thermostat. View Protect offer on Nest.
• Chromecast Ultra, $49: With this, you can beam video from your phone or laptop to your TV over Wi-Fi. It's easy to set up and super cheap. View Ultra offer on Google.
• Chromecast Audio, $15: This works like Chromecast, but it throws audio to speakers over Wi-Fi instead. View Audio offer on Google.
HP will offer a plethora of all-time lows on laptops to USB-C power banks, VR headsets, and more. The deals will start on 22 November. One of our favourites is the Spectre x350 Laptop 13t. Usually over $1,100, it'll be $850 on Black Friday.
• Spectre x350 laptop 13t, $850: HP's Spectre laptops are some of the most versatile, popular Windows 10 laptops it makes. Grab this if you've been waiting for a deal on one. View Spectre x350 Laptop 13t offer on HP.
Jet is online only and will be holding a Black Friday sale starting 21 November at 10pm ET. We like the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones ll deal for $299 (was $350), as well as the Apple iPad 2018 with 32GB for $249 (was $330), the Bose SoundSport wireless headphones for $99 (was $149), and the Google Home Mini Chalk 2-pack for $50 (was $78). The Google Home Mini and Chromecast bundle for $45 is also good.
• Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones ll, $299: Bose makes some of the best headphones in the world, and these noise-cancelling headphones are one of the most popular and well-received. View QuietComfort 35 offer on Jet
• Apple iPad 2018 with 32GB, $249: Here is another great deal on Apple's tablet. If you don't want to shop on Jet, look elsewhere on this guide, because the latest iPad is reduced for the holidays at several places. View iPad offer on Jet.
• Bose SoundSport wireless headphones, $99: If you're an active person or an athlete who wants a new pair of wireless headphones, consider these sweat-proof headphones from Bose. View SoundSport headphones offer on Jet.
• Google Home Mini Chalk 2-pack, $50: Google's smallest Home Mini is just as smart as the other Home devices; it's just cheaper, more compact, and not quite as powerful for sound. This is a two-pack deal. View Home Mini offer on Jet.
• Google Home Mini and Chromecast bundle, $45: Want a Home Mini plus a Chromecast? Here's a bundle that has both. View Home Mini bundle offer on Jet.
Lenovo's Black Friday sale will start at midnight on Thanksgiving and continue through 8pm local time on Black Friday. You can get 10 per cent off sitewide if you use the code BLACKFRIDAY10. That starts Black Friday. Other deals we liked were the ThinkPad T470s for 54 per cent off, 45 per cent off the Yoga X1 second-gen, 54 per cent off of the X1 Carbon fifth-gen, 57 per cent off of the IdeaPad 130s-11IGM, and $200 off the new Yoga C930 2-in-1.
• 10 per cent off sitewide, with code BLACKFRIDAY10: Who doesn't love a site-wide coupon sale? View promo code sale on Lenovo.
• ThinkPad T470s for 54 per cent off: It's over half off! Now that is a deal! View ThinkPad offer on Lenovo.
• 45 per cent off the Yoga X1 second-gen: HP's Yoga X1 is a critically acclaimed powerful hybrid. View Yoga X1 offer on Lenovo.
• 54 per cent off of the X1 Carbon fifth-gen: The Carbon edition of the X1 is even more premium, but it's over half off here. View X1 Carbon offer on Lenovo.
• 57 per cent off of the IdeaPad 130s-11IGM: Again, it's hard to ignore a laptop deal when you're saving nearly 60 per cent! View IdeaPad offer on Lenovo.
• $200 off the new Yoga C930 2-in-1: We love the Yoga 2-in-1s so we had to include this great sale. View Yoga C930 offer on Lenovo.
The Microsoft Store is probably the best place to buy Microsoft devices. But it also has deals on devices from other manufacturers. Its Black Friday sale will go live at midnight (EST) on Thanksgiving.
• Surface Go base model, $399 ($50 off) This is Microsoft's entry-level Surface device, and it's the cheapest we've seen it yet. View Surface Go offer at Microsoft.
• Surface Pro 6 base version bundle, $799 ($260 off) If you don't want the base model Pro 6 featured in this deal, Microsoft is also discounting different configurations of the device at its store. View Surface Pro 6 offer at Microsoft.
• Save $300 off the new Surface Laptop 2 Microsoft's Laptop 2 isn't cheap, but it's worth a look at $300 off. View Surface Laptop 2 offer at Microsoft.
• Asus VivoBook Flip with Intel Pentium Silver, $279 ($120 off) Asus' device is nearly a third off in this deal. View Flip offer at Microsoft.
• Lenovo Flex 2-in-1 with Core i5, $499 The Flex is a great alternative to the Surface Pro, but we think the Surface Go might be a better buy for your money. Still, if you love Lenovo, it's worth checking out this deal. View Flex offer at Microsoft.
Newegg is online only. Some of its deals are live and are limited-time only, while others will start 20 November and on Black Friday itself. It recently also held a 24-hour early Black Friday sale, and now, it is offering early flash sales on everything from TVs to computers. Starting 20 November, for instance, you can get the Asus ROG Strix Scar laptop for $800 (was $900) and Acer Switch Alpha 12 for $520 (was $750).
Another great deal is the Nvidia Shield for $140 (was $180).
• Asus ROG Strix Scar laptop, $800: This is a wonderful deal on a mid-level gaming laptop. View ROG Strix Scar offer on Newegg.
• Acer Switch Alpha 12, $520: Here is one of the cheapest hybrid deals we've seen so far. View Switch Alpha offer on Newegg.
• Nvidia Shield TV, $140: The Shield TV doubles as a lightweight console and a TV media streamer. View Shield offer on Newegg.
Office Depot and Office Max
Office Depot and OfficeMax will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but it will do online sales from 12:01am ET Thanksgiving Day and in-store at 8am local time on 23 November. In terms of deals, we like the HP Pavilion 15.6-inch 2-in-1 laptop for $699 (was $1,100), as well as the Lenovo Flex 5 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop for $499 (was $799), and the Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch laptop for $319 (was $500).
• HP Pavilion 15.6-inch 2-in-1 laptop, $699: There are so many laptops, but you can't go wrong with a Pavilion, especially if you need it for basic web browsing and computing. View Pavilion offer on Office Depot.
• Lenovo Flex 5 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop, $499: Lenovo's ultra-cheap touchscreen laptop is even more affordable with this deal. View Flex 5 offer on Office Depot.
• Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch laptop, $319: Looking for a super basic machine for your kid that won't break the bank? Here you go. View Inspirion offer on Office Depot.
Aside from Black Friday on 23 November, Samsung is holding a pre-Black Friday sale on 10 November. Two of the deals are particularly great for gamers. You can get a PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB for $229 ($40 off), or you can get an Xbox One S 1TB bundle that comes with three months of GamePass, three months of Xbox Live Gold, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and Destiny 2 for just $300.
• PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB, $229: If you still haven't bought a PS4, first of all, why? Second of all, grab this great deal. You won't regret it. We love our PS4 Slim. View PS4 offer on Sam's Club.
• Xbox One S 1TB bundle: More of an Xbox fan? No worries. Here is Microsoft's starter console on sale. View Xbox One S offer on Sam's Club.
• $50 off select models of Apple Watch: It's hard to find deals on Apple devices, so any time you can find a deal that saves you even $10 - let alone $50 - grab it. View Apple Watch offer on Sam's Club.
• $150 off the 10.5-inch iPad Pro: You likely won't find the iPad Pro on sale any other time of the year, so if you really want one, Sam's Club is offering a nice discount for its one-day sale. View iPad Pro offer on Sam's Club.
• $30 off Apple's AirPods: Apple's AirPods are the most popular wireless earbuds on the market. Now you can save $30 on them. View AirPods offer on Sam's Club.
• $50 App Store and iTunes gift card pack, $42.98: It's only a $7 savings, but hey, every little bit counts. View Apple gift card offer on Sam's Club.
For Black Friday, most of the discounted prices should be available on Thanksgiving Day. You can get the Amazon Echo Dot for $24 (was $50), the HP Pavilion 14 for $360 (was $410), the Lenovo Flex 6 2-in-1 for $529 (was $629), and Google Home Hub for $99 (was $149).
• Amazon Echo Dot, $24: Echo Dot is the entry-level Echo. A great way to get your foot in the door of the Alexa ecosystem. View Echo Dot offer on Staples.
• HP Pavilion 14, $360: Here is another great laptop deal. Perfect for students and young kids. View HP offer on Staples.
• Lenovo Flex 6 2-in-1, $529: If you want a hybrid, here is a great deal at Staples. View Flex offer on Staples.
• Google Home Hub, $99: Google's Home speakers now come with a touchscreen! Save on it with this deal. View Home Hub offer on Staples.
The retailer's doors open at 5pm on Thanksgiving and close that night at 1am. Then it will reopen on 23 November at 7am. Online prices are valid through 24 November. Its leaked Black Friday ad includes the 9.7-inch iPad for $249.99 - $80 down from Apple's price. Target has also matched Dell with with a doorbuster special on an 11.6-inch HP Chromebook, too. It will be $80 off.
Other deals we like include the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones for $90 (was $199), the Fitbit Versa for $150 (was $199), the TCL 55S405 55-inch 4K HDR Roku TV for $350 (was $449), the Amazon Fire TV Stick for $25 (was $39), and the Roku Streaming Stick for $30 (was $49).
• 9.7-inch iPad, $249.99: Target of course has to offer its own iPad deal. View iPad offer on Target.
• 11.6-inch HP Chromebook: This is one of the most popular, reliable Chromebooks you can buy. And cheap! View Chromebook offer on Target.
• Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones, $90: These are Apple-owned and a great alternative to the AirPods. View beats offer on Target.
• Fitbit Versa, $150: Fitbit's smartwatch is hardly on sale, so you'll want to jump on this if you've been wanting it. View Fitbit offer on Target.
• TCL 55S405 55-inch 4K HDR Roku TV, $350: Roku TVs come with built-in Roku, and this happens to be a 4K set from TCL. View Roku TV offer on Target.
• Amazon Fire TV Stick, $25: Did you know this is Amazon's most popular device? For good reason. It lets you stream just about any movie or show you can think about. View Fire TV Stick offer on Target.
• Roku Streaming Stick, $30: This is a wonderful alternative to Fire TV Stick and pushes Prime Video a lot less. View Roku offer on Target.
The first Walmart holiday ad has arrived. Walmart’s also has a Early Access Pre-Black Friday sale, which includes the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s bundle for $55 ($16.94 off) and a Lenovo Tab E7 for $59 ($40.99 off). Walmart's store event kicks off at 6pm local time on Thanksgiving, and the online deals start at 10pm ET on 21 November. Online prices are valid through 23 November.
The best deals we could find are the 65-inch TCL 65S4 4K Roku TV for $398 (was $598). 65-inch Sharp LC‑65Q7300U 4K Roku TV for $398 (was $498), Samsung Chromebook 3 for $99 (was $199), and RCA Cambio 2-in-1 for $89 (was $149).
• Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s bundle: OMG. We love this cute little camera. It reminds us of the old Polaroids. View Fujifilm offer on Walmart.
• Lenovo Tab E7, $59: This is probably the cheapest tablet you'll find outside of Amazon's Fire slates. View Lenovo Tab E7 offer on Walmart.
• 65-inch TCL 65S4 4K Roku TV, $398: Another Roku TV on sale from TCL. These are great 4K TV sets with access to Roku. View Roku TV offer on Walmart.
• 65-inch Sharp LC‑65Q7300U 4K Roku TV, $398: Prefer Sharp over TCL? No problem, this Roku TV is on sale too. View Roku TV offer on Walmart.
• Samsung Chromebook 3, $99: You likely won't find a cheaper Chromebook than this. View Chromebook 3 offer on Walmart.
• RCA Cambio 2-in-1, $89: And you likely won't find a cheaper Windows 10 device than this. View RCA Cambio offer on Walmart.