eye-popping Black Friday tablet, computer & tech deals
Apple iPads, latest Android and Windows machines all in for big discounts. Oh, and free snow globes.
Retailers large and small started leaking their Black Friday circulars even before trick-or-treating began this year. Websites like BFads.net do a great job of rounding up the deals, and we poked around those sites as well as retailers’ sites to pick out those most of interest to the IT pros who read Network World. You will want to double check retailers’ websites for exactly when they open in your area, and whether deals are available only in person, or also online (pages we link to won’t always reflect the Black Friday price because the pages haven’t been updated). Time to start making your list…
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Target: iPad mini & iPad Air
$300, plus $75 Target gift card; $480, plus $100 Target gift card
Retailers aren’t allowed to discount Apple product prices but get around this by offering gift cards, as Target is doing here with doorbusters on the Apple iPad mini (non-Retina display) with WiFi and 16GB of storage and the WiFi model of the iPad Air with 16GB of storage.
Costco: HP Envy Touchsmart 15.6-inch laptop with Windows 8
$800 ($200-$400 off)
This touchy bad boy has 16GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive and a fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor.
Best Buy: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet
$99 (usually double that)
For Android tablet fans who don’t need the new HDX model and can put up with the special offers ads that appear on the lock screen, this is a sweet deal.
Target: Element 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV
$229 (regularly $600)
A 50-incher for $229? Element might not be the biggest brand name out there, but this Target deal should be hard to beat.
Best Buy: Asus 15-inch touchscreen laptop with Windows 8
$250 (half price)
This Win8 ultrabook boasts 6GB memory and a 500GB hard drive.
Walmart: iPad Mini (first generation) 16G version
$299 (the usual price, but you also get a $100 Walmart gift card)
Expect Apple to slide in late in the game and discount some of its products, but you often will get better deals from other retailers who throw in decent gift cards.
RadioShack: 2200mAh Portable Power Bank
$10, regularly $30
Keep your devices powered up, even when there’s no outlet available, with this device. It provides up to 6 hours of talk time and charges quickly from any USB port. Most RadioShack stores will open at 8 am the day after Thanksgiving, but local store operators will have leeway to open earlier.
Gamestop: Battlefield 4 for the PS3, Xbox 360 or PC
GameStop ((look to replace link with black Friday link) is knocking $30 off the usual price of this new first-person shooter game being published by Electronic Arts.
Toys R Us: Impecca Portable Dual-Screen 7-inch DVD Player
$99.99 (down from $129.99)
Toys R Us is offering this DVD player with headphone jack for both screens; built-in stereo speakers; SD MMC cards reader; carry case and bag included.
Best Buy: LG 55-inch LED TV
$500 (half price)
This big TV boasts 1080p resolution and a 120hz refresh rate, plus built-in WiFi and Internet readiness.