Black Friday is more than just an excuse for bargain hunters and cheapskates to scour the circulars and line up for the door-busting deals. It’s often the best time of year for gadget geeks and casual users to replace old tech — and maybe even buy a tech gift or two. Quality laptops, smartphones, printers, tablets, digital cameras, and accessories are all deeply discounted, often to the lowest prices of the year.
All the retailers are competing for dollar, and as TechnologyGuide warned earlier this month in our Black Friday shopping tips, not all deals are created equal. In fact, some are just outright lousy… just a retailer ploy to unload gadget junk. Wading through all the ads can be a challenge, so that’s where the team at TechnologyGuide comes in.
The experts at NotebookReview, Brighthand, TabletPCReview, DigitalCameraReview, DesktopReview, and PrinterComparison have combed through all the ads to filter out the best deals and best values… really the steals that all shoppers are hoping to find on Black Friday.
Check out what the experts think is worth your time and dollar this Black Friday.
Retailers typically offer up discounts on already low-cost laptops and budget notebooks, but there are a few high-quality laptop on sale this year, including a few Ultrabooks.
Software can be expensive, especially when it comes to upgrading an operating system or purchasing photo and video editing software, but Black Friday brings some great deals on popular software. NBR has compiled a list of the latest deals on Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2013, Pinnacle Studio, and more; some even for free.
Expect the carriers to discount popular smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S III, which can be had for as little as $48 with a two-year contract. Unfortunately, the iPhone 5 is unlikely to see a price cut as it’s still new and Apple rarely discounts new iPhones, and Apple already has trouble keeping it in stock.
Retailers are literally slashing hundreds of dollars on digital camera prices. Luckily, DCR has not only the deals listed, but also the digital camera reviews. Find out if any of the Editor’s Choice digital cameras are on sale.
The experts at PrinterComparison put it best: “…some of these “amazing deals” are actually just cheap printers being sold for cheap.” Don’t get swindled by an attractive printer price tag. PrinterComparison has the deals and the printer reviews to guarantee you’ll get the best printer deals on Black Friday.
No, you won’t score a mega deal on the new iPad. But, some retailers are offering gift cards with an iPad purchase. Check out the best Black Friday tablet deals, including similar bargains with Samsung and Amazon tablets, on TabletPCReview.
Black Friday deals on desktops are popping up everywhere, and DTR has compiled a list of deals on desktops, monitors accessories, storage, and more to help keep track of the best deals. Before making a purchase this Black Friday, stop at DTR to make sure the deal is worth it.
It can be hard to keep track of gaming deals, since multiple stores will be offering varying Black Friday deals; but DTR has a list of the best gaming deals and where to find them. Whether its Target, Walmart, Amazon, or Toys ‘R’ Us, DTR has the deal, and makes it easy to cross reference prices and offers at different stores.