15 Black Friday doorbuster tech deals that are worth the money

Not every Black Friday tech sale is worth it. Here are the ones that are.

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Black Friday is a great time to find deals but, to save a few bucks during the mad rush, you must be wary of retailers advertising “sale items” they've been selling at the same price for months.

Check out these real 15 Black Friday doorbuster values we've found. We believe that all of these deals will be in effect in the brick-and-mortar stores; check to see if they are also online.

Let's start with a great buy on a an HDTV.

Walmart: 60-inch Vizio HDTV E601I-A3E, $688 (reg. $998)

Specs: A 60-inch, 1920-by-1080 LED backlit display, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 176-degree viewing angle, four HDMI ports, Vizio Internet apps, no mount or stand.

Description: Walmart's Black Friday deals are not expected to be too exciting this year, but this Vizio HDTV is worth checking out. Gamers looking to upgrade their HDTV for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One would love to see this at their homes. The only question is where are you going to hide it until the big day?

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Best Buy: iPad 2, $299 (reg. $399)

Specs: A 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels, 16GB of storage, an A5 processor, iOS 7, Wi-Fi.

Description: The iPad 2 may be a few generations old, but it is still a great device, albeit typically overpriced. At $299, you can finally pick it up for what its regular price should be.

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Target: Nook HD 7-inch tablet, $80 (reg. $129)

Specs: A 7-inch display with a resolution of 1440 by 900 pixels, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1.3GHz OMAP processor, HDMI-out, one USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader.

Description: It's hard to go wrong with an $80 Nook tablet that offers full access to Google Play for apps and a nice piece of hardware.

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Best Buy: Xbox 360 250GB bundle, $190 (reg. $300)

Specs: An Xbox 360 console with 250GB of storage, an Xbox 360 headset, and the games Batman: Arkham City, Darksiders II, Halo 4, and Tomb Raider.

Description: A ton of previous-generation consoles are for sale this Black Friday, but, as usual, most of them are either the 4GB Xbox 360 console or the 12GB PlayStation 3. Neither has a great amount of storage, which is why this 250GB Xbox 360 is a top value in 2013. The only downside is that you'll have to buy the Kinect separately.

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Staples: Apple TV, $90 (reg. $99)

Specs: An A5 processor, HDMI out, output up to 1080p, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.

Description: It's only a $10 savings compared with regular prices, but it's still cheaper than normal, and bargain hunters will see this deal often this weekend--Best Buy is also selling the Apple TV at this price.

The Apple TV is a fantastic set-top box for streaming movies, TV shows, viewing pictures, watching Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube. An ideal gift for cord cutters.

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Office Max: Canon Pixma MG 3220, $30 (reg. $80)

Specs: Copy, scan, and print capabilities; 802.11 Wi-Fi, AirPrint-enabled, 4800-by-1200 dpi maximum.

Description: It doesn't have fax capability, but you can print directly to this Canon Pixma all-in-one from iOS devices and all your PCs at home. At $30 it's hard to go wrong--unless you need a fax machine.

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Gamestop: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC games: $20-$25 (reg. $50)

Specs: Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) for $25; Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Asylum bundled together (Xbox 360, PS3) for $20.

Description: Gamestop is expected to have some nice deals on games this year. Early looks at the Gamestop circular suggest that Xbox 360 gamers still looking for Battlefield 4 will appreciate this deal, as will any Batman fans out there.

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Target: iPhone 5s plus a $30 Target gift card, $180 (reg. $200)

Specs: A 4-inch display with a resolution of 1146 by 640 pixels, 16GB of storage, an A7 processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, iOS 7, front- and rear-facing cameras.

Description: A few Apple deals are available this year. While they don't offer massive price cuts, you are still getting some of the most popular gadgets on the market for less than they usually cost.

This iPhone 5s is available on AT&T or Verizon with a new two-year contract, and you get a $30 Target gift card to boot.

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Dell: 23-inch widescreen monitor E2313H, $100 (reg. $200)

Specs: 1080p, a 60Hz refresh rate, VGA, DVI-D.

Description: This could be a perfect addition for the home office worker, especially those who work with only one external monitor. Give them a treat this year with an extra monitor that Dell is expected to sell on Black Friday.

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Office Depot: 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, $170 (reg. $230)

Specs: An 8.9-inch display with a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels, 16GB of storage, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a front-facing camera.

Description: A great idea for Kindle readers and Amazon Prime subscribers. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD isn't the latest version of Amazon's tablet. But you save $60 off a solid tablet that hooks right into Amazon's digital services that include movie and television rentals, Kindle books, and music.

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Best Buy: Blu-ray movie titles, $8 (reg. $15-$25)

Specs: Pacific Rim, Prometheus, Skyfall, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Taken 2, World War Z,

Description: Cheap Blu-ray movies are always reliable stocking stuffers. These six selections are some of the highlights of the $8 range, which include up to 150 different titles depending on availability at your local Best Buy.

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Staples: Netgear N600 dual-band router, $60 (reg. $80)

Specs: 802.11n 600-mbps wireless router, one USB 2.0 port.

Description: Netgear routers are a perennial favorite for electronics retailers on Black Friday. Give your family a gift by dumping your ISP's router for something with a little more power.

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Best Buy: iPad Air 16GB (Wi-Fi), $450 (reg. $499)

Specs: A 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels, 16GB of storage, an A7 processor, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a front- and a rear-facing camera, iOS 7.

Description: This latest version of the iPad brings us closer than ever to a tablet that can do PC-like intensive tasks. Early benchmarks rated the iPad Air as equivalent in speed to a 2010-era MacBook Air. It's only a $50 savings, but keep in mind that any kind of deal on the latest model iPad is rare.

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Dell: 1TB external hard drive, $50 (reg. $90)

Specs: 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive, USB 3.0 capability, 5400 rpm.

Description: This portable drive--expected to go on sale from Dell--can store nearly 230 two-hour high-definition movies at around 4.5GB each. That's a lot of storage for videos, photos, music, and whatever else you want to pack with you on the road.

Dell says this device works with numerous compatible devices including televisions, Blu-ray players, and PCs.

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Target: 47-inch 1080p LED backlit HDTV E470-A0, $380 (reg. $520)

Specs: A 47-inch display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, a 60Hz refresh rate, one USB 2.0 port, three HDMI ports.

Description: If Walmart's 60-inch HDTV is still too pricey, Target has a respectable Vizio on sale for $380 on Black Friday. This model doesn't have the Internet apps the Walmart version does, but if you combine this with a Roku or Apple TV set-top box you'll have a solid HDTV setup for the holidays.

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