Black Friday 2021, inarguably the Super Bowl of retail shopping, falls on November 26. The best Black Friday deals from major and smaller retailers will offer jaw-dropping discounts on laptops, tablets, computer monitors and more.
However, if you want to start ticking off items on your holiday gift lift, it’s not too early to save. This month, retailers are testing the waters with offers of premature Black Friday-like deals.
Right now, Amazon’s Epic Daily Deals encourages holiday shoppers to get an early start. Best Buy will price match its competitors excluding clearance and open box deals.
Black Friday history tells us that Best Buy and Walmart may offer similar early Black Friday deals. We expect all official Black Friday sales announcements from stores in early November.
Not to be outdone, PC manufacturers like Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft are known to stage early Black Friday sitewide savings events.
With retailers dropping surprise deals and an early sneak peek sitewide savings — Black Friday 2021 is bound to be epic.
Is Black Friday really cheaper?
Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to also find the best deals on just about everything — even groceries.
Retailers discount just about all consumer tech so it’s the best time to get solid discounts on laptops, tablets, computer monitors, game consoles, TVs and more. Television sets and laptops in particular see the most generous price cuts as retailers make way for next-gen products at the top of the year.
Why is it called Black Friday?
The most popular explanation of how Black Friday came to be traced back to retailers. Its name correlates to the way retail companies would color-code their financial losses and earnings in their end-of-year closing books. Red would indicate losses whereas profits were recorded in black.
Traditionally, holiday shoppers would head to stores on the day after Thanksgiving looking for deep discounts. This translated into a hugely profitable day for retailers and therefore became known as Black Friday.
Will stores be open on Black Friday?
As a direct result of the global pandemic, retailers took a different approach to Black Friday last year. Big box retailers like Best Buy and Walmart were closed on Thanksgiving Day.
This year, we expect stores to offer online-only Black Friday deals to encourage shopping from home with optional delivery or curbside pick-up. Black Friday deals grow bigger each year, so we expect to see a plethora of jaw-dropping huge savings.
We’ll learn more about exactly which retailers will offer in-store shopping as we get closer to Black Friday 2021.
Black Friday 2021 deals predictions
Amazon Kindle: Amazon will dominate Black Friday as always. During Black Friday 2021, expect discounts on everything from the retailer’s all-new Fire HD 8 tablets to its Kindle Oasis reader.
Apple MacBook: So far this year, we saw the latest MacBook Air drop to $899. Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro sold for as low as $1,099 over the summer. Retailers could slash an extra $40 to $100 off on Black Friday.
Apple iPads: Apple’s coveted iPad and iPad Pro tablets will surely see price drops on Black Friday. The lowest price we’ve seen for the 2021 iPad Pro yet is $699. Retailers will likely revisit this deal during the holiday season.
Samsung Galaxy Tab: Samsung recently announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE in August. Although it’s too early to see a deep discount just yet, Amazon bundled Galaxy Tab S7 FE pre-orders with an $80 Amazon credit for future purchases. During Black Friday 2021, expect a modest discount on the Galaxy Tab S7 FE and generous discounts on the previous-gen Galaxy Tab S7 of $150 or more.
Sony PS5 console: Walmart is the king of game console deals and will rule Black Friday 2021. Finding a PS5 console in stock is a deal in itself these days. Much like a Jordan or Yeezy sneaker release, PS5 restocks sell out within seconds. Although we may not see a discount on the console, expect to see rock-bottom pricing of PS5 games.
Microsoft Xbox Series X console: Again, Walmart hands-down usually has the best Xbox deals. Like the PS5, Xbox Series consoles go in and out of stock within seconds. We doubt if the unit will get a discount, however, Black Friday Xbox deals will be abundant come Black Friday 2021.
When is Black Friday 2021?
Since Black Friday traditionally occurs on the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday 2021 falls on Friday, November 26 this year. While that’s the official date of this year’s Black Friday, the event generally kicks off early at several retailers.
Last year, Best Buy’s Prep for the Holidays Sale launched in early November with Black Friday pricing on everything from laptops to tablets to peripherals. Technically, Black Friday is a one-day shopping event, however, fantastic discounts can be had weeks before as well as after on Cyber Monday.
Although October is just getting started, we’re currently seeing sprinklings of Black Friday-worthy deals on many of today’s best gadgets. Here are the best Black Friday-like deals you can get right now.
Black Friday Laptop deals
Apple MacBook Air M1: was $999 now $929 @ Amazon
Apple’s MacBook Air M1-powered ultraportable is one of the best laptops to buy. The MacBook in this deal packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. As we note in our MacBook Air with M1 review, we were floored by its breathtaking performance, and slim, unibody design. We were also impressed by its lengthy battery life which tapped out at 14 hours and 41 minutes during testing.View Deal
Apple MacBook Pro M1: was $1,299 now $1,179 @ Amazon
The MacBook Pro with M1 chip is one of today’s most coveted laptops. Besides Apple’s M1 8-core CPU, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, an 8-core GPU, and a 256GB SSD. It scored a rare 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops on the market. View Deal
Galaxy Book Pro: was $999 now $849 @ Amazon
Currently $151 off, the Galaxy Book Pro is one of the best portable 15-inch laptops around, it packs a 15.6-inch AMOLED display and a rated battery life of 20 hours. The laptop in this deal is configured with a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7 14-core CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. View Deal
HP Envy 13: was $799 now $699 @ Walmart
Walmart continues to take $100 off the HP Envy 13. It’s a wise choice if you’re looking for a solid all-around laptop for work, school, and play. This model packs a 13.3-inch (1920 x 1080) display, 2.4-GHz Intel Evo platform Core i5-1135G7 quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Xe GPU and 256GB SSD. View Deal
Black Friday Tablet deals
Amazon Fire HD 10: was $190 now $99 @ Amazon
Amazon’s Epic Daily Deals takes $50 off the latest Fire HD 10 tablet — its biggest discount yet! With its bright, vivid 10.1-inch display and fast performance, the Fire HD is a great entertainment tablet. It’s a solid choice if you’re looking for an affordable entertainment tablet. View Deal
Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus: was $109 now $79 @ Amazon
Amazon’s Epic Daily deals also knocks $25 off the Amazon HD 8 Plus. Now just $5 shy of its lowest price ever, the Fire HD 8 Plus is one of the more affordable tablets out there. It features an 8-inch (1280 x 800) display, 2.0-GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. View Deal
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro: was $179 now $89 @ Amazon
At $50 off, Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Kids Pro tablet is back at its lowest price ever. Ideal for kids between the ages of 6 and 12, this Pro version packs a vibrant 8-inch HD display, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, dual cameras and a USB-C (2.0) port. The tablet’s 32GB of local storage is expandable via microSD up to 1TB. The Fire 7 Kids Pro is on sale for a record low $59 ($40 off). View Deal
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: was $129 now $85 @ Amazon
Now $45 off, the Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader to buy, It’s water-resistant, features a 6-inch, anti-glare flush-to-screen display, 5 LED front lights, and 8GB of storage. It includes a free 3-month Kindle Unlimited subscription for access to more than a million eBooks (valued at $30). Best Buy offers this same deal. View Deal
Apple iPad Pro 12.9: was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon
The latest iPad Pro 12.9 with Apple M1 chip is at its lowest price yet. Apple’s big-screen 2021 iPad Pro packs a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina Display with XDR, Apple’s blazing M1 processor, and a storage capacity of 128GB. The new iPad Pro 12.9 supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation) and works with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. Walmart has it for the same price. View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7: was $829 now $624 @ Amazon
The 256GB base model Galaxy Tab S7 Wi-Fi tablet is $105 off on Amazon for a limited time. The Galaxy Tab S7 has a gorgeous 11-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel IPS display, a snappy Snapdragon 865+ processor and it comes with an S Pen.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus: was $849 now $759 @ Amazon
Amazon is taking $80 off the 128GB model Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. With the best display on any tablet (yes, even better than the iPad Pro), the 12.4-inch Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is the ultimate slate for consuming content. It also has a fantastic S Pen and a comfortable Book Cover keyboard (optional).View Deal
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 w/ Keyboard: was $959 now $599 @ Best Buy
Save $360 off the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover Keyboard bundle. It packs a 12.3-inch (2736 x 1824) PixelSense display, a 10th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Even better, it includes a Type Cover keyboard (a $129 value). View Deal
Black Friday Monitor deals
HP Sitewide Sale: up to $328 off monitors @ HP
Save up to $328 on monitors at HP this week. The PC maker’s sitewide sale offers solid discounts its best monitors. Whether you’re looking for a monitor for your laptop, a gaming monitor or a dual monitor bundle, HP has a deal for you.
HP U27 27-inch 4K Wireless Monitor Bundle: was $999 now $899 @ HP
Go cord-free and save $100 on this HP U27 27-inch wireless monitor bundle. Reduced latency, lets you breeze through tasks and stream picture perfect content. Now you can enjoy the freedom to connect to your PC wirelessly, or wired. And with 4K resolution and built-in down firing speakers, you’ll enjoy an audio-visual experience unlike ever before. View Deal
Dell S2721Q 27-inch 4K UHD Monitor: was $499 now $315 @ Dell
If you need a monitor for your laptop, you can save $182 on the Dell S2721Q 27-inch 4K UHD Monitor. It has a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz, 4ms response time, and AMD FreeSync. View Deal
Black Friday Headphone Deals
Apple Airpods Max: was $549 now $469 @ Amazon
Currently $80 off on Amazon, the AirPods Max are the best wireless headphones to buy. These stylish ear cans feature Apple’s powerful H1 chip, nine microphones and 40mm drivers. With spatial sound, the AirPods Max provides an audio experience like no other. View Deal
Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $179 @ Amazon
Currently, $70 off, the AirPods Pro are the Editor’s Choice best wireless earbuds. We rate them 4 out of 5 stars for their decent noise cancellation, good sound quality and comfortable, sweat-resistant design. If they sell out, Walmart has them for the same price. View Deal
Beats Studio Buds: was $149 now $124 @ Amazon
At $25 off, the Beats Studio Buds are on sale for a record low price. These earbuds deliver powerful, balanced sound and feature active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and transparency mode. The earbuds ships with three sets of eartips for a secure, comfortable fit and acoustic seal. What’s more, the Beats Studio Buds are IPX4-rated sweat and water resistant and provide up to 8 hours of battery life (up to 24 hours combined with charging case).View Deal
Beats Powerbeats Pro: was $249 now $175 @ Amazon
Now $74 off on Amazon, the Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones are built with the active user in mind. They’re sweat-resistant and feature an ear-hook design and a stable fit. What’s more, physical buttons offer reliable control of music and calls. View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: was $199 now $159 @ Amazon
This Black Friday worthy deal from Amazon takes $41 off the Samsung Galaxy Pro — their biggest discount yet. Design-wise, the Galaxy Buds Pro are a mashup of the Galaxy Buds Live and Galaxy Buds Plus. They feature active noise-cancellation, IPX7 water-resistance and touch controls. Boasting a comfortable design and studio sound quality, the Galaxy Buds Pro among the industry’s best headphones.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus: was $149 now $99 @ Amazon
Save $50 on the Editor’s Choice Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus on Amazon. They feature a 2-way speaker, rich AKG sound and an adaptive 3-mic system for crystal clear calls. Now just under $100, the Galaxy Buds Plus are a wise choice if you don’t want to spend a fortune on earbuds. View Deal
Black Friday Gaming Deals
Lenovo Legion 5 w/ GTX 1660Ti GPU: was $1,299 for $899 @ Newegg
Save $400 on the Lenovo Legion 5 gaming laptop at Newegg. It has a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) 120Hz display, 2.5-GHz Intel Core i5-10300H 4-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. For graphics handling, it’s equipped with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. with 6GB of graphics memory. View Deal
Gigabyte Aero 17 w/ RTX 3070 GPU: was $2,499 now $1,899 @ Newegg
For a limited time, you can save $300 on the Gigabyte Aero 17 via rebate at Newegg. This machine packs a 17.3-inch (3840 x 2160) 4K display, 2.3-GHzi7-11800H 8-core CPU and 16GB of RAM. Rounding out its specs are an RTX 3070 GPU with 8GB of dedicated memory and a speedy 1TB SSD.View Deal
Nintendo Switch Console 128GB Memory Card Bundle: was $334 now $322 @ Amazon
Save $13 on the Nintendo Switch Console 128GB Memory Card Bundle. This bundle includes a Nintendo Switch Console (Neon Blue/Neon Red Joy-Cons and an officially licensed SanDisk 128GB Memory Card for Nintendo Switch. View Deal
Madden NFL 21 Next Level Edition for PS5: was $69 now $25 Amazon
Save $44 on Madden NFL 21 Next Level Edition for a limited time. This football game features Next Gen Player Movement fueled by real-world Next Gen Stats. Authentic new environments inside NFL stadiums for realistic gameplay like never before.View Deal
Marvel’s Avengers for PS5: was $40 now $20 @ Best Buy
For a limited time, Marvel’s Avengers for PS5 is 50% off at Best Buy. This character-driven story lets you assemble Earth’s mightiest heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow or Thor. Single player mode or coop missions let you unleash your inner super hero. Best Buy also offers the PS4 version for the same price. View Deal
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for PS5: was $60 now $30 @ Amazon
One of the best gaming deals today takes $30 off Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for PS5. Lead epic Viking raids against saxon troops and fortresses with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. View Deal
HyperX Cloud Revolver Wired Headset: was $149 now $102 @ Amazon
Looking for a wired gaming headset for your PC or game console? This gaming deal takes $48 off the HyperX Cloud Revolver Wired. It features 50mm directional drivers, an advanced USB audio control box and HyperX 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound. It also has memory foam cushions and a detachable noise cancelling mic. It works with PC, PS4|PS5 and is stereo compatible with Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and VR via 3.5mm plug. View Deal
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: was $59 now $39 @ Amazon
This Nintendo Switch game deal from Amazon takes $20 off Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. You get to compete in action-packed classic sports games like track and field and four brand new events to Tokyo 2020 — skateboarding, karate, surfing, and sport climbing. View Deal
NBA 2K21 for Xbox Series X: was $69 now $19 @ Amazon
NBA 2K21 is currently $50 off in this Black Friday-like deal. If you’re a basketball fan looking for a realistic gameplay experience, NBA 2K21 is a must-have. It features its own campaign and promises a “basketball role-playing experience.”View Deal