The Best Black Friday Deals for Today: Nintendo Switch Bundle with Free Mario Kart 8, Apple AirPods Pro for $199, and More
Black Friday proper happens next week, but that’s not stopping several merchants from releasing some of their prized Black Friday deals a little bit early. These deals are mostly priced at the lowest we’ve seen for the entire year and they’ll unlikely to drop much more, if at all, on Black Friday. You’ll find deals on the newest gaming consoles, hard drives, memory cards, and SSDs, 4K TVs, Apple AirPods and iPads, and more.
Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 and 3 Months of Switch Online Membership for $299.99
If this deal sounds familiar, that’s because we saw something very similar last Black Friday. Nintendo isn’t exactly an innovator when it comes to Black Friday deals, but this is still very much the best Switch console deal we’ve seen this month. For the price of the Nintendo Switch console, you’re getting a free copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well as a 3 month Nintendo Switch Online membership.
$20 Off the New Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen
If you, like many others, are planning to pick up one of the new Apple AirPods Pro earbuds this holiday season, then this Amazon Black Friday deal shouldn’t be missed. The new 2nd gen Apple AirPods Pro has a starting MSRP of $249, but today Amazon is offering it for $199.99, a savings of 20% off and the first time we’ve seen the price drop below $200. That’s as good as we are going to expect for Black Friday.
4-Pack Apple Airtags for $79.99
If you’re like me and tend to misplace your wallet or keys pretty often, then you might want to jump on this Amazon Black Friday deal. Amazon is offering a 4-pack of Apple AirTags keyfinders for only $79.99. That’s 20% off the original MSRP of $100, or just about $20 per keyfinder. That’s the best deal we’ve seen for the best keyfinders on the market.
$50 Off the Meta Quest 2 VR Headset Plus 2 Free Games: Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4
Starting today, the Quest 2 has dropped back down to $349.99 for the 128GB model ($449.99 for the 256GB model) and includes two free games: Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4. That easily makes up for the price hike from earlier this year and probably makes it even better, since Beat Saber is a game you absolutely want in your VR library and Resident Evil 4 is still one of the best VR horror titles out there.
Sony PS5 DualSense Controller for $49
Amazon is offering the PS5 DualSense controller for the lowest price we’ve seen for the year. It’s normally $70, but today you can get it for only $49, a big 30% price drop. The DualSense controller is easily one of the most advanced controllers we’ve seen, with speakers and mic, haptics, sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer, the works. There’s no better controller for the PS5 console.
PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset for $69
Another outstanding PlayStation Black Friday deal has come early for those of you lucky enough to own a PS5 console. Amazon has the PS5 Pulse 3D wireless gaming headset starting at $69. That’s 30% off the MSRP of $99.99 and the lowest price we’ve seen, ever. Because this is a Sony manufacturer’s discount, you’ll find this deal at other vendors, and it’s highly unlikely the price will go down further on Black Friday.
20% Off LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime
Transforms from robot to truck
If you’re into complex LEGO builds, Transformers toys, or both, have we got an Amazon Black Friday deal for you. Amazon is offering the LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime for only $144.99, a 20% drop from its original $180 price point. The LEGO Transformers Optimus Prime is no small robot. It measures a respectable 14″ high, 11″ deep, and 8″ wide in its robot form and weighs in at about 4.5 pounds. The robot form features 19 points of articulation and several familiar accessories like the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, Energon axe and cube, ion blaster, and jetpack. The total brick count is 1,508 pieces, which averages to just under 10 cents per brick. The best feature of all is the ability to transform from robot to truck without taking the model apart.
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro for $174.99
Check out this Amazon Black Friday deal on one the most powerful streaming media players on the market. The NVIDIA Shield Android TV Pro normally retails for $199.99, but today Amazon has it marked down by $25 to $174.99. Without doubt this is the one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, 4K HDR streaming media player you’ll find on the market.
$299.99 Arcade1Up Cabinets at Best Buy
These are some crazy low prices on some of the newest and most popular Arcade1Up cabinets released. For those of you who want to recreate retro arcade gaming at home but don’t have the time, expertise, or money to set up your own MAME cabinet, Arcade1Up cabinets offer an easy-to-assemble, slick-looking package at a reasonable price. These cabinets are 3:4 scale replicas of the original product, complete with officially licensed artwork, preloaded with multiple games, and many of them even have the option to connect online, either to upload your scores to a WiFi leaderboard or even in some cases go head to head against a human opponent.
Xbox Series S for $239.99
This Xbox Series S is $260 cheaper than the Series X but can still play the same games. It doesn’t have quite the power of the Series X, so games are displayed at 1440p resolution instead of 4K in order to maintain the consistent 60fps-120fps you’ll find in most games.
Apple iPads Discounted for Black Friday
Some of the best Apple Black Friday deals have gone live ahead of schedule. As part of its Amazon Black Friday Sale, Amazon is offering the lowest prices we’ve seen on 2021 and 2022 Apple iPads, including the value-packed base iPad, the slim iPad Air, and the diminutive iPad Mini.
Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controllers from $39.99
If you do have an Xbox Series X or S, you could always use an extra controller. and you can grab one on sale today starting at $39.99 depending on what color you choose. The controller supports up to 40 hours of gameplay on a pair of Double A batteries, and it has a USB-C port for direct plug-and-play to either Xbox or PC. You can also seamlessly capture and share content with the Share button on the Xbox controller.
10% Amazon Cashback for Select LG Evo C2 4K OLED TVs for Amazon Prime Cardholders
Must be logged into your Prime account to see this deal
If you’re in the market for an OLED TV, now is a rare time to get one at a price that won’t bust your wallet. The 2022 LG Evo C2 4K OLED TV in 77″, 65″ and 42″ TVs have not only dropped in price, but if you’re an Amazon Prime Cardholder you can get it for even cheaper thanks to additional cashback savings.
If you’re NOT a Prime Cardholder but you ARE an Amazon Prime member, then you’re eligible for the no annual fee Amazon Prime Card, which is an amazing card to get because it gives you 5% cashback on all purchases on Amazon. For a limited time, instead of 5%, you’ll get 10% cashback on select LG Evo C2 TV purchases if you pay using your Prime Card.
Sony WH1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones
The Sony WH1000XM4 might have a generic name, but the quality of these headphones is anything but. In recent years, Sony’s WH1000XM series of headphones have shaken Bose’s longstanding reputation for having the best noise cancelling headphones on the market. Bose still has the edge in terms of better noise cancellation, but many reviewers tip their hats toward the Sony WH1000 for slightly better audio quality and more comfortable ergonomics. The WH1000XM4 also boasts up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge. If you run out, charging for 10 minutes via USB Type-C will give you 5 hours of playback.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) for $29.99
This is the best PS5 video game deal to come out of this year’s Sony Days of Play event so far. Ratchet and Clank is easily one of the best games on the PS5 still; it runs at a buttery smooth 60fps, even when you’re taking on swarms of enemies and jumping through portals to completely different worlds without any loading times. Combined with some gorgeous 4K visuals, excellent voice acting, a wacky array of weaponry, and lots of replayability, the game is most definitely worth the $29.99 price point.
HP Reverb G2 VR Headset for $299
For Black Friday, HP has just lowered the price of its HP Reverb G2 headset to only $299, a massive $300 price drop from its original $599 MSRP. That’s now $100 cheaper than the base model Meta Quest 2 and is now the VR headset to get for the budget conscious. The HP Reverb G2 is a phenomenal VR headset for VR sims like racing games and Microsoft Flight Simulator because of its superior display. It’s definitely a more recommended headset for that use than the Quest Pro, even when it was listed at a higher price. The Quest’s biggest claim to fame is untethered, standalone play, and that’s something no other VR headset can emulate. But if you don’t care for the untethered aspect, the G2 is a headset that’s superior to the Quest in many ways, and not just the price.
Samsung 980 Pro 2TB M.2 SSD for $179.99
Samsung SSDs need no introduction. They’ve made some of the most popular and reliable SSDs on the market. The 980 Pro has been out for a while now, and it’s still Samsung’s fastest M.2 PCIe SSD. It is fully PS5 compatible in terms of form factor and performance, with blistering speeds of up to 7,100MB/s. It goes toe to toe with other well-known options like the WD Black SN850 and the Seagate Firecuda 530. If you opt for the model with the preinstalled heatsink, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a very rugged heatsink that’s nothing like the flimsy paper-thin metal “heatsinks” you’ll find on some other SSDs.
Samsung 512GB Micro SDXC Card for $44.99
Nintendo Switch compatible
Today you can pick up the Samsung EVO Select 512GB Micro SDXC card the lowest prices we’ve seen this year. This is great news for Nintendo Switch gamers because both memory cards are fully compatible with the Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED gaming consoles. If you’ve started compiling a collection of digital games, you probably already know just how limited the Switch’s base storage capacity. With only 32GB of starting space (and some of it reserved for the OS), you’ll barely fit The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Sword or Shield, which tap out at 13.5GB each! There’s only one expansion slot in the Switch console so get the biggest card you can afford.
54% Off Samsung Galaxy Buds Live True Wireless Earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation
Walmart is offering the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live wireless earbuds for only $69, a big price drop from its original $149 MSRP. This is a fantastic deal for truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation. Many people prefer these earbuds over the AirPods in terms of comfort. They also have great audio quality and surprising bass thanks to the AKG-tuned 12mm drivers. At this price there’s really no other noise cancelling earbud that can match these Galaxy buds in terms of quality.
48″ LG UltraGear 4K OLED Gaming Monitor for $997
For those of you who love LG OLED TVs (for good reason) but don’t like the idea of using a TV for a computer monitor, there’s now an answer. LG has released its first UltraGear OLED gaming monitor. At first glance, the 48GP900 with its 48″ LG WOLED 10-bit color HDR display seems very similar to the 48″ LG C1 OLED TV. The panel is very similar, but there are some key differences. Instead of the semi glossy coating found on the OLED TV, the 48GP900 features an anti-glare low reflective coating that is undoubtedly a better fit for close up monitor usage. It also has DisplayPort connectivity and lacks the built-in Smart TV interface. It does carry over the HDMI 2.1 ports with 4K @ 120Hz compatiblity for PS5 and Xbox Series X owners, as well as VRR and G-SYNC support, but the 120Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 138Hz when used as a PC monitor. Last and certainly least important of all, there is subtle RGB backlighting on the rear of the monitor that isn’t present on the OLED TVs. This is one of the best gaming monitors you’ll find on the market right now.
Samsung T7 1TB Portable SSD for $89.99
The Samsung T7 Shield is a 1TB external solid state drive. SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives, and combined with the USB 3.2 Type-C interface, the T7 is capable of transfer speeds of up to 1,050MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write. As a comparison, a traditional portable hard drive is only capable of transfer speeds of about 100MB/s over USB 3.0. That’s a veritable order of magnitude in difference.
Crucial X6 1TB Portable SSD for $69.99
If you don’t need the extreme rugged durability of the Samsung T7 Shield, you can save yourself a bit of money and pick up this Crucial X6 external SSD instead. It’s also not quite as fast (800MB/s vs 1050MB/s) but it’s still far, far faster than any traditional portable hard drive on the market.
2020 Apple MacBook Air 13″ M1 Laptop for $799
This Amazon Prime Early Black Friday deal is back! The late-2020 Apple MacBook Pro 13″ laptop was one of the first MacBooks equipped with the Apple M1 chip. The M1 outperforms every Intel CPU found on previous generation MacBook Airs… in order to get a better CPU you’d have to pay hundreds more for an M2, M1 Pro, or M1 Ultra CPU.
Ameriwood Home Lumina Fireplace TV Stand
This unique TV stand normally sells for about $350 on Amazon, but today it’s dropped down to $260. There’s a lot going for it at the price, especially since you don’t see this kind of TV stand very often. The stand measures 65″ long and supports up to 120lbs of weight on the table top. The most distinquishing featuree is the 23″ wide electric fireplace insert that isn’t just for show; it’s warm enough to keep a 400 sq ft room nice and toasty. If you prefer to just enjoy the lighting effects, you can turn the heating element off separately. On either side of the fireplacement insert are self-illuminated cubbies that hold tempered glass shelving (each shelf holds up to 20lbs). There are over 7,000 reviews on Amazon with a 4.7/5 star rating, and keep in mind that nearly all of them paid more for this stand than will.
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