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The best early Black Friday tech deals you can already get

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It’s official: Halloween is over, and the 2023 holiday season has arrived. And if you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping, retailers like Target and Best Buy have already launched their early Black Friday promos, dropping prices on tablets, wireless earbuds, laptops, and even OLED TVs. What’s more, Amazon and other retailers are matching prices in some cases, letting you save no matter where you shop.

We may see better deals arrive as we get closer to November 24th, but what’s discounted so far is still worth a look. For example, Apple’s updated AirPods Pro with USB-C have already returned to the all-time low they first set during Amazon’s recent Prime Day event. A range of other gadgets and gizmos are also on sale, from the fifth-gen Echo Show 5 and 15-inch MacBook Air to next-gen games like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

To make your lives a little easier, we’ve rounded up the absolute best deals available so far. We’ll also continue to update this page as we get closer to Black Friday and more retailers launch their holiday savings events, so stay tuned.

The best headphone and earbud deals

  • Normally $179.99, you can currently buy Sony’s unique LinkBuds for around $128 at Best Buy and Target. The earbuds offer crisp sound quality, great voice call performance, and use an “open-style” design that allows for better spatial awareness. Read our review.
  • The more conventional-looking Sony LinkBuds S are also on sale for around $128 ($71 off) at Best Buy, Amazon, and Target. Along with a lightweight build, the earbuds offer active noise cancellation and support for Sony’s higher-quality LDAC Bluetooth codec. Read our review.

The best tablet deals

  • Apple’s 10th-gen iPad is also on sale for $399 ($50 off) at Target in its base configuration with Wi-Fi. The tablet offers a 10.9-inch screen along with USB-C support and a speedy A14 Bionic processor, though it also ditches the headphone jack found on Apple’s cheapest model and is only compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil. Read our review.

The best laptop deals

  • The M2-powered Mac Mini is down to $499 ($100 off) at Best Buy with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The excellent desktop computer is a great choice for everyday computing, though bear in mind you’ll have to supply your own mouse, keyboard, and monitor. Read our review.

The best smart display deals

  • The second-gen Echo Show 8 is available for just $59.99 at Target and Best Buy, down from $129.99. Although it can’t act as a smart home hub like the newer third-gen model, it’s still a good smart display for making Zoom calls, controlling other smart home gadgets, watching videos, and carrying out a range of other Alexa-enabled tasks. Read our review.
  • Google’s Nest Hub Max is down to $129.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy and Target. The smart display features a stunning 10-inch screen with an integrated camera for making video calls. It also delivers personalized information based on whoever is looking at the screen and supports Google Assistant, much like other models. Read our review.

The best gaming deals

  • The Nintendo Switch version of Octopath Traveler II, a tactical RPG, is on sale for $39.99 ($20 off) at Best Buy, matching the game’s all-time low.
  • The Turtle Beach Recon Cloud is on sale for $29.95 ($50 off) at Best Buy. The slick-looking wireless controller can connect via Bluetooth on Android phones and Windows PCs or in a wired configuration on Xbox Series X / S consoles. It also comes with an excellent mobile phone mount. Read our hands-on impressions.
  • Both the PS5 and Xbox editions of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla are on sale for $14.99 ($25 off) at Target.

The best smart home deals

  • Google’s wired Nest Cam is on sale for $69.99 ($30 off) at Target and Amazon. The 1080p indoor camera offers 24/7 recording as well as smart alerts for people, pets, and more. Read our review.
  • Target is currently selling a pair of 1080p Blink Mini cameras, which easily mount to the wall and integrate well with Alexa, for $39.98 ($25 off). Note that you’ll have to pay extra for that cloud storage if you don’t already have a Blink subscription. Read our review.

The best TV and streaming device deals

Miscellaneous deals

Update November 1st, 9:17PM ET: Added a deal for the Beats Studio Pro.

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