40-plus eye-popping Black Friday 2016 tech deals

iPhones, iPads, Android tablets, Windows 10 laptops, Xbox bundles, big cheap TVs & even some drones among hottest electronic deals for Black Friday 2016

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Black Friday frenzy

Some have begun referring to this month as Black November since Black Friday sales have stretched far beyond Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 25. But who’s complaining when hundreds of dollars are being lopped off the prices of the hottest smartphones, tablets, PCs and gaming systems. Here’s a look at some of the best deals.

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macbook air 13.3laptop

Best Buy: MacBook Air 13.3” laptop

This model of the Apple MacBook Air is powered with an Intel i5 processor, has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Best Buy is cutting $200 off the regular price to sell it for $800.

philips earbuds

Rite Aid: Philips Earbuds

This pharmacy isn’t exactly a treasure trove for high tech items, but if you happen to be at one, these $6 Philips Earbuds ($10 off, plus you get $6 in Plenti Points for their reward system) with soft rubberized caps make for a nice stocking stuffer.

bunker hill wireless surveillance

Harbor Freight Tools: Bunker Hill wireless surveillance system

Harbor Freight is knocking $80 off this this 4-channel security system and 2 cameras, which will sell for $200 as a Black Friday deal. Keep track of entrances and exits using a 7-inch monitor screen, which displays video from up to 4 cameras and records video using an optional 32GB SD card.

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Verizon: $10/month for Android smartphones

Verizon is offering phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, Pixel Phone from Google and Moto Z Droid for $10/month for 24 months, 0% APR, which is a savings of up to $400 on these devices.

striker drone

True Value Hardware: Striker Drone

This glow-in-the-dark hovering machine, which is 2.4GHz WiFi-enabled and can record video to your smartphone/tablet, is being marked down by 40% to $70. The drone can be used indoors/outdoors, and weighs in at 3 pounds. For True Value, “Black Friday” extends from Nov. 16-29.

samsung galaxy tab e lite tablet

Shopko: Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite tablet

Shopko’s Black Friday sales start online the day before Thanksgiving and online at 4pm Thanksgiving Day. Among the deals, this 7-inch Android tablet for $70, which is $60 off the regular price. It comes with 8GB of storage and can be expanded via a 32GB microSD card.

polaroid 10 inch tablet bundle

Shopko: Polaroid 10-inch tablet bundle

Perhaps not the first name the comes to mind for tablets, but yes, Polaroid makes this 10-inch system featuring Android 6.0 and comes with a Bluetooth keyboard in this bundle for $60 ($140 off the regular price). Boasts 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. Loving the promo language on the Shopko website about “Keep yourself nice and occupied by purchasing this…”

linksys ac2400 router

Sam’s Club: Linksys AC2400 Router

This 4x4 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, marked down from $120 to $80, pumps data at up to 1733Mbps and is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU. Includes 4 Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and eSATA/USB2.0 ports. Sam’s Club deals run from Nov. 25-27.

samsung galaxy tab a tablet

BJ’s Wholesale Club: Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet

BJ’s is offering this 7-inch Android tablet with 16GB of storage, plus a bonus 16GB microSD card, for $90, which is $50 off the regular price. BJ’s is offering this deal from Nov. 18 through Nov. 29, though stores are closed on Thanksgiving.

hp 15.6 inch laptop computer

BJ’s Wholesale Club: HP 15.6-inch laptop computer with Microsoft Office 365 Personal

Lop $220 off the price of this bundle to come in at $500 for the package. The machine boasts 1TB of storage, 8GB of memory and an Intel Core i7 processor.

inspiron 11 3000 2 in 1

Dell: Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1

Dell is marking down this flexible laptop/tablet from $350 to $200 online for Black Friday. The machine, which weighs in at just over 3 pounds, boasts Windows 10 Home, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

inspiron micro desktop

Dell: Inspiron Micro Desktop

This compact desktop will run you just $100 (!), half off of Dell’s usual price (though we’ve seen it listed for as much as $350 too). The machine runs Windows 10 Home, has 4GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. It’s powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i36100 processor.

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Kohl’s: Apple Watch Series 1 & 2

Apple and Kohl’s have buddied up so that the retailer better known for its clothing sales will be adding Apple Watches to the accessories it sells. The Series 1 & 2 watches will sell for $269 and $369, respectively, which is no bargain, but Kohl’s sweetens the deal for holiday shoppers by including $105 in Kohl’s cash for Series 2 buyers and $75 in Kohl’s cash for Series 1 buyers.

tzumi dream vision virtual reality headset

JCPenney: Tzumi Dream Vision Virtual Reality Headset

Okay, this isn’t exactly an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive setup, but if you aren’t ready to pull the trigger on one of those advanced virtual reality systems, you could get a taste of VR for $10 with this deal (half price). The promo on the JCPenney website says “ready for most phones,” but that would seem to be limited to Android ones.

haier 49 inch 4k tv

Kohl’s: Haier 49-inch 4K TV

Get this TV – regularly $350 -- for $250, plus get $75 in Kohl’s cash to spend on whatever later. Sale starts on Black Friday at 1pm and is good while supply lasts online/in store.

envy 15t laptop

HP: Envy 15t laptop

This 15-inch touch-optional Windows 10 laptop is powered by an Intel i7 processor, has 6GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. Regularly priced at $830, HP is selling it for $600 starting on Thanksgiving Day.

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HP: Omen Desktop 870-120st

This Windows 10 Home 64 gaming system, marked down from $1,800 to $1,300, cranks via an Intel Core i7-6700 CPU (four cores), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, 8MB shared cache, 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage.

elite slice x2

HP: Elite Slice X2 1012 G1 2-in-1

This 12-inch touch display tablet/laptop combo usually starts at more than $2,000, but the price has been slashed nearly in half for HP’s Black Friday sale. The system runs Windows 10 Pro 64 and boasts a 6th generation Intel Core m processor and Intel HD Graphics 515 processor. It has 4GB of memory and 180GB of storage.

amazon fire hd 8 inch tablet

Staples: Amazon Fire HD 8-inch tablet

Staples, which opens its doors on Black Friday at 6am but is closed on Thanksgiving, is axing the price of this tablet from $130 to $80.

microsoft surface pro 4 i5

Staples: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 i5

This high-end tablet is going for $800 at Staples on Black Friday, down from the usual price of $1,000. This Intel Core i5 processor-powered tablet has a 12.3-inch display and runs Windows 10. It includes 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Keep in mind that while this tablet comes with a Surface Pen, it doesn’t include a detachable keyboard – that’ll run you another $100 or so.

sharper image virtual reality viewer

Michael’s: Sharper Image Virtual Reality viewer

Even the arts/crafts supply retailer is getting the VR bug, offering this viewer, which it claims works with most smartphones. The gadget usually sells for $50, but comes in at $20 for Black Friday shoppers, and even less if you grab one of the 25% to 50% coupons Michael’s is making available over the Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend.

xbox live gold membership card

Dollar General: Xbox Live Gold membership card

The store is offering 50% off the usual 3-month Microsoft Xbox Gold Membership card, listed at $25.

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Sears: Amazon Echo digital assistant

This could be a big seller during the holdays, and Sears is cutting the price from $180 to $140. Too lazy to look up the weather on your phone or look outside? Want a more mobile music system for the house? Echo could be for you (though let’s see how Amazon prices it too this holiday season).

iphone 7

Target: iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

Put $0 and sign up for a 24-month installment plan ($36 for 128GB Plus, $31 for 128GB iPhone 7) and you’ll get a $250 Target gift card

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Sears: Samsung 40-inch LED TV

Sears has plenty of TVs on its sales list this holiday season, and among them is this 1080p HDTV set marked down from $400 to $250.

samsung galaxy tab a 7 inch tablet

Kmart: Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7-inch tablet

This Android device with 8GB of storage regularly goes for $150, but Kmart is selling it for $100 and including $50 of Shop Your Way Reward points to use at a later time.

xbox one s 500gb bundle

Target: Xbox One S 500GB Bundle (Battlefield 1 or Minecraft) or PS4 500GB Slim bundle with Uncharted 4

Get either gaming bundle for $250 ($50 off the regular price) plus a $40 Target gift card

apple ipad pro inch tablet

Target: Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch tablet

Get the big Apple iPad with 128GB of storage for $450, which is about $150 off via this deal. Supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE cellular connectivity.

eero wi fi access points

Best Buy: eero Wi-Fi access points

Blanket your home with Wi-Fi coverage via a three-pack of these 802.11ac dual-band APs from eero for $400 ($100 off)

kylo ren voice changing mas

Overstock: Star Wars Kylo Ren voice-changing mask

Hours of amusement, we’re sure. And 25% off at $30 for the Star Wars fan who has everything.

new nintendo 3ds portable

Various retailers: New Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system

Nintendo announced two special-edition models, one white and one black featuring Mushroom Kingdom characters/imagery, for $100, at least $50 off what the 3DS usually goes for. Gaming system provides 3D-like effects without the dorky glasses.

50 inch led hdtvs from class element and emersen

Walmart: 50-inch LED HDTVs from Class Element and Emersen

Perhaps not household names, but might one of these make it into your household for $225?

amazon fire tablets

Best Buy: Amazon Fire tablets

Best Buy is cutting $30 off the price of the Amazon Fire 8-inch tablet with 16GB of storage to $60, and is shaving about $17 off the price of a 7-inch Amazon Fire tablet with 8GB of storage for a final price of $33.33 (will be interesting to see how Amazon marks these tablets down itself).

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Best Buy: MacBook Air 13.3” laptop

This model of the Apple MacBook Air is powered with an Intel i5 processor, has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. Best Buy is cutting $200 off the regular price to sell it for $800.

drone vr

Walmart: Dji Drone Phantom Standard 3 or Promark 3D Virtual Reality HD Drone

Go high-end with the Dji model, marked down from about $500 to $370, or the more affordable Promark, which zooms in at $99 ($49 off)

hp 15 inch windows 10laptop

Office Depot/Office Max: HP 15-inch Windows 10laptop This system

 boasts an Intel i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and comes in at $450, or $400 off the usual price. Note that other HP systems from Office Depot/Office Max can also be had for $270 and $330 with less powerful processors.

lg 60 inch 4k smart ultra hdtv

Best Buy: LG 60-inch 4K Smart Ultra HDTV

The retailer is lopping $200 off the price of this LED set, for a final price of $600.

pad mini 2 tablet

Walmart: iPad mini 2 tablet

Walmart is making the price on this pretty mini, by cutting $70 off the usual $270 price for this 32GB model.

microsoft surface pro 4 tablet

Best Buy: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet

You can get this Windows tablet with a 12.3-inch screen, signature type cover and Intel Core m3 processor for $600 ($400 off). Note that the pen is sold separately.

samsung 11.6 inch chromebook laptop

Walmart: Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook laptop

You’ll be able to get this Celeron dual-core processor-powered laptop with 16GB of storage (expandable to 2TB!?)

tp link ac1900 wi fi router

Office Depot/Office Max: TP-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi router

This dual-band 802.11ac wireless router has been slashed from $150 to $90 for Black Friday by Office Depot/Office Max. Features 3 external dual-band antennas, a high-power amplifier 4 Gigabit LAN ports and 1 Gigabit WAN port.

samsung galaxy s7 or s7 edge vr kit

Best Buy: Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge bundled with VR kit

Best Buy will sweeten the purchase of a new Android phone, which costs about $28 per month for 24 months under an installment plan, by tossing in a $250 store gift card PLUS A Samsung Gear VR viewer.

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