Black Friday 2018: The Absolute Best Tech Deals Online

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We know how you’re feeling. You’re full of turkey (or maybe Tofurky!) but the deals are happening, and they’re happening right about now. Well, fear not. We here on the WIRED Gear team have been patrolling every online deal we could find for the past week. We’ve produced half a dozen or so guides covering a good swath of the tech world, and this guide has our absolute favorite sales. It has super expensive, amazing TVs and $5 smart plugs, side by side. Keep this page bookmarked, too. It will also become our home for Cyber Monday deals in just a few days.

Note: Deals tend to flow and out of availability at a rapid rate during Black Friday, and some may not be available until 12 a.m. Friday, or early in the morning. Please bear with us. We will continue to update this list as we learn about new deals, and items sell out. You can read more WIRED Black Friday 2018 Deals guides here.

TV Deals

LG OLED C8 55-Inch 4K TV for $1,697 ($400 off)

Amazon

Once you spend a day with LG’s OLED screen tech, you won’t go back. Visually, nothing compares to it. The contrast and inky blacks are as good as they come, and the LG C8 is a perfect example. OLED TV’s have yet to get cheaper than $1,500, which is a shame, but if you want the best, they’re worth the extra cost. Read our C8 review to learn more.

43-Inch TCL 4K Roku TV for $320 ($80 off)

Amazon

You can find cheaper TVs, and some of them may also be from TCL with Roku built in, but this is the one you want. The TCL 5 Series strikes a really good balance between beautiful picture quality and price. And, as always, since it has a Roku inside it, the interface and remote are easy to use and great for streaming out of the box.

Headphone and Audio Deals

Lenovo

Sonos One for $174 ($25 off)

Amazon, Sonos

The Sonos One is the Best Smart Speaker you can buy. It sounds incredible and is a perfect starter speaker to a larger Sonos world. The thing that’s best about Sonos is that the speakers network together around your home, and you can easily group and ungroup them, and play music from just about any streaming service. The One also has Alexa built in, works with Apple AirPlay 2, and will connect to Google Home in early 2019, we’re told. It’s rarely discounted, but this weekend you can also get $50 off the Beam, and $100 off the Sub.

Lenovo Smart Display for $99 ($100 off)

Walmart

Lenovo’s Smart Display is one of the Best Google Speakers you can buy and a top Smart Speaker, too. We like Google Home a bit more than Amazon’s Alexa right now for its ease of setup and use. This was Google Home’s first smart display (now, there are many), and it does a great job of making itself a relevant addition to the kitchen, especially. It has interactive recipes and delivers morning video news reports.

Sony WH1000XM2 for $200 ($150 off)

Amazon

These Sony 1000XM2s can’t quite match the Bose QC35 headphones(see below), but they’re pretty close. (The 1000XM3 are even better.) They cancel noise incredibly well, and if you put your hand over the right earcup, it amplifies the sound around you, so you can hear the bus driver or pilot say something you hoped would be important.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II for $299 ($50 off)

Amazon, Jet, Dell

Bose’s killer travel headphones are on sale! Almost nothing can match the noise canceling abilities of these cans. They’re a rock-solid pick, all around, but even at a discount… they’re pricey.

Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones for $200 ($150 off)

Amazon, Best Buy (Available Now), B&H, Target

Starts Friday. The Studio3 get excellent battery life, work remarkably well for phone calls, connect especially well to iPhones, and cancel noise better than you’d think. They are very underrated. Yes, they are a bit bassy like most Beats, but they sound pretty great.

Google Home Hub for $99 ($50 off)

Walmart, Google

Google, or Amazon? Amazon, or Google? If you’re a Google household, there are a couple good deals on the new Home Hub right now.

Home, Kitchen, and Toy Deals

Furbo

Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart for $70 ($30 off)

Amazon, Walmart, Target, Macy’s

It wouldn’t be a shopping holiday without a sale on the Instant Pot, the multi-purpose cooking device which has saved dinner for millions of parents across the country. Naturally, it’s on sale for Black Friday.

iRobot Roomba 960 for $499 ($200 off)

iRobot, Amazon, Best Buy, Target

iRobot’s Roomba 900 series is one of our favorites, with smart navigation, Dirt Detect to sniff out gross spots, and AeroForce cleaning tech to suck up debris with a typhoon’s force.

Amazon Smart Plug for $5 ($20 off) with any Echo Purchase

Amazon

We have a separate list of our favorite Amazon devices that are on sale for the holiday. But if you’re in the process of setting up your smart home, it’s hard to go wrong with a simple smart plug that’s basically free.

Furbo Dog Camera for $135 ($114 off)

Furbo

One of our favorite devices for pet parents who have to work out of the home is over $100 off for the holiday.

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide for $159 ($40 off)

Amazon, ChefSteps, Sur la Table

Are you cooking a large hunk of meat over the holidays? This smart sous vide immersion wand will take a lot of stress out of the process.

Kiwi Crates starting at $8 ($12 off)

KiwiCo

Our favorite kid’s gift subscription has boxes with fun age-appropriate activities for ages 0-14. For the holiday, you can get 60 percent off your first month’s box.

Fitness and Outdoor Deals

Fitbit

Fitbit Versa for $149 ($51 off)

Target, Walmart

The Fitbit Versa is one of the most effective, attractive, and affordable fitness watches you can buy. The Apple Watch Series 3, also an excellent fitness watch, will also be $80 off.

Fossil Sport Smartwatch for $179 ($76 off)

Fossil, Amazon

Confession: Our tester model is still en route to the office, but word on the street is that this sport smartwatch is an excellent value for the money, and we’re very excited about checking it out. We would be remiss to not point out that it’s on deep discount right now.

Mission Workshop The Rhake for $292 ($73 off)

Mission Workshop

Mission Workshop’s burly bags are a favorite around the WIRED offices. Through November 26, you can get 20 percent off all purchases, plus a $20 gift card, plus a free bag of coffee!

Brazyn Collapsible Foam Roller for $51 ($17 off)

Huckberry

All of Huckberry’s Black Friday deals are worth checking out, especially if you have an outdoorsy man in your life. Our pick is this lightweight, collapsible foam roller, which is easy to pack if you fear for the state of your IT band while traveling over the holidays.

Arc’teryx Gamma MX Hoody for $262 with code TAKE25ARC ($87 off)

Backcountry

Arc’teryx’s jackets are durable, weatherproof, and cut to allow you maximum freedom of movement while still looking svelte. But they’re too expensive to buy without a discount. Backcountry is currently offering 25 percent off one full-price Arc’teryx item through November 26.

Burley D’Lite Bike Trailer for $517 ($172 off)

Burley

If you and your child want a bike trailer for Christmas, Burley is offering 25-30 percent off bike trailers and bundle deals through November 28. The D’Lite can seat two children and convert to a stroller, a jogger, or a sled.

Free Belt Plate, Skid Plate, and $50 Gift Card with Boosted Mini S Purchase ($749)

Boosted

Boosted is currently offering free accessories with the purchase of the Boosted Mini S.

Gaming Deals

Catch all of our favorite Black Friday Gaming Deals in our official guide, updated regularly.

Nintendo

PS4 Slim with Spider-Man for $200 ($160 off)

Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop

Marvel’s Spider-Man is one of our favorite games of 2018 and is a perfect starter if you’re entering the PS4 world. There are a ton of fantastic games to play and the Slim looks good on any TV.

Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Bundle for $300 ($60 off)

Walmart, Best Buy

Everyone likes Mario Kart, and it’s one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch. If you don’t yet own the system, pick one up. There are quite a few really amazing games on it already. When you’re ready to up your game, check out our list of fun Switch accessories.

Two Nintendo Labo Kits for $99 ($40 off)

Best Buy

The Nintendo Labo is like Legos meets videogames, and we love it. Using on-screen instructions, you put together crazy cardboard contraptions like a fully functional steering wheel, and then use them in a game by plugging the Nintendo Switch display or Joy-Con motion controllers into slots in the cardboard. Building is fun for adults, but kids will have a blast doing this alone or with parents. The Vehicle Kit is our favorite, but the Variety Kit is also a lot of fun. Both Kits come with multiple things to build that will take at least a dozen hours of focused fun. Then you get to play!

Laptop, Phone, and Device Deals

For all our computing recommendations, read our Black Friday Laptop, Tablet, and Phone Deals roundup.

Amazon

Apple iPad 2018 for $249 ($80 off)

Amazon, Apple

Starts Friday. If you have any leanings toward a new iPad, this is the time to buy it. The 2018 iPad is fantastic and now compatible with the Apple Pencil. There are no real surprises about it: it just works very nicely for casual tasks and has more worthwhile games and apps than any other tablet.

Samsung 11-Inch Chromebook 3 $99 ($100 off)

Walmart

If your needs are few and your expectations are in check, this Chromebook might satisfy your computing needs. It can check email, browse the web, and do other basic tasks. That’s all we ask of a $100 computer.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 with Keyboard for $799 ($260 off)

Microsoft, Newegg (+$20 gift card)

The Surface Pro 6 is a hybrid laptop/tablet that WIRED Recommends). We particularly like this Black Friday deal because it bundles in the magnetic keyboard.

Kindle Paperwhite for $80 ($40 off)

Amazon

You’ve seen a Kindle. You know what the Kindle is all about. If you need to read, and want to do it with a nice backlight, this 7th gen Kindle gets the job done at a lower price than we normally see during Amazon sales.

Nokia 6.1 for $180 ($75 off)

Amazon, Best Buy, B&H

The Nokia 6.1 is one of the only budget phones to get updates straight from Google, making it one of the most secure and up-to-date phones you can buy—all for less than $200 during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you’re looking for a good affordable phone, try this. It’s not a beast like the Galaxy S9, but it’s completely usable and has a durable metal unibody.

Samsung Galaxy S9 for $520 ($200 off)

Amazon, Walmart, Samsung, Best Buy, B&H

Most high-end phones cost $800 – $1,100 this year. That’s ridiculous, which is why we’re happy to see the Galaxy S9 on sale for around $500. It’s worth that amount of money and has a camera, processor, and display that’s competitive with any other phone on the market.

Black Friday Sale Pages for 2018

We’ve sifted through the mess of deals, but if you want to look for yourself, here are some links. Many of these prices may not be live until day-of.

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