Deals That Won't Break the Bank
From Thursday night into early Friday morning many national retailers will open their doors for the Black Friday doorbuster madness that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Tech gadgets are expected to be in big demand this year, with 62 percent of Black Friday shoppers looking for consumer electronics, according to Nielsen.
So have a gander at these deals on all kinds of tech goodies for your holiday shopping list including 1080p HDTVs, Blu-ray Players, laptops, tablets, netbooks, GPS units, massive storage devices, and cameras.
Once you've decided what you want to buy be sure to check out the Black Friday Retail Basics guide to plan your trip.
BEST BUY: Sharp 42-inch HDTV $200
List Price Savings: $300
Best Buy has a 42-inch 1080p LCD HDTV from Sharp with a 60Hz refresh rate for $200. The set features 4 HDMI ports, PC video input, and USB ports. Best Buy guarantees a minimum of 10 units per store.
AMAZON: Nikon Coolpix 10.1 MP, $250
List Price Savings: $250
The Nikon Coolpix P7000 advanced point-and-shoot features 10.1 MP resolution, a 3-inch LCD, 720p video capture (24 fps), a 28mm wide-angle lens, f/2.8 maximum aperture, and 7.1X optical zoom capability. The Coolpix P7000 received 4 out of 5 stars in PCWorld's review. Amazon has not announced exactly when this deal will become available.
WALMART : 47-inch 1080p LED 3D HDTV bundle, $800
List Price Savings: $400
This LG HDTV bundle from LG features a 47-inch LED 3D HDTV with 120Hz refresh rate, a 3D Blu-ray player, and four pairs of 3D glasses. The television features 3 HDMI inputs, as well as USB and PC inputs.
SELECT RETAILERS: 16GB RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, $200
List Price Savings: $300
The tablet features a 7-inch display with 1024-by-600-pixel resolution, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, rear- and front-facing cameras, and microUSB and microHDMI ports.
If you need more storage, the 32GB and 64GB models are also on sale for $300 and $400 respectively.
BEST BUY: Apple 16GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi Only, $455
List Price Savings: $45
If you're looking for a Wi-Fi only iPad 2 this holiday season, Best Buy is selling the 16GB model in black or white for $45 off.
The iPad 2 features a 9.7-inch screen with 1024-by-768-pixel resolution, a 1GHz A5 dual-core processor, 16GB of onboard storage, front- and rear-facing cameras, and up to 10 hours of promised battery life. Best Buy guarantees five per store.
GAMESTOP: Xbox 360 and PS3 Games, $10-$40
List Price Savings: $10 to $20
You can get Gears of War 3 or Forza 4 for $40, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition for $20, Sims 3 Pets ($30), and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 ($10).
RADIOSHACK: Netgear N600 Wireless N Router, $60
List Price Savings: $30
Netgear's N600 dual-band wireless-N router supports 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi at 2.4 or 5 GHz. The device also features a ReadySHARE USB port to provide shared access to an external USB storage device.
Visit Netgear's support page for a list of external drives compatible with the ReadySHARE feature.
WALMART: Toshiba 65-inch 1080p LCD HDTV, $998 (Available Friday, 8 a.m.)
List Price Savings: $700
Walmart's Black Friday deals are staggered. so this HDTV won't be available at the sale price until 8 a.m. Friday local time.
The 65-inch TV set features 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate, three HDMI inputs, and one USB.
Toshiba has a list price of $1700 on this set, and Walmart's sale price beats the prices at Amazon ($1400) and Best Buy ($1500).
STAPLES: 15.6-inch Hewlett-Packard Pavilion G6 Laptop, $350
List Price Savings: $200
This 15.6-inch laptop features a 2.5GHz AMD dual-core A4-3300M processor, 1366-by-768-pixel resolution, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD, a Webcam, and Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
The downside is that you only get $150 of savings at the cash register. The other $50 comes from a rebate you have to redeem online. Your rebate will be mailed to you 4-6 weeks later as a Visa debit card. This sale price is available online now.
BEST BUY: Asus Transformer 16GB TF101, $250
List Price Savings: $150
Asus' Wi-Fi-only Transformer tablet features the Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, a 10.1-inch screen with 1280-by-800-pixel resolution, 16GB of onboard memory, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, a microSD and microSDHC card reader, Bluetooth 2.1, and mini HDMI out.
Best Buy guarantees 10 per store.
BEST BUY: Toshiba Internet-Capable Blu-ray Player $40
List Price Savings: $40
If you're looking for a new Blu-ray disc player, this Toshiba model features apps for Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Picasa and Cinema Now.
Toshiba's BDX2150 features 1 HDMI output, 1 Digital Audio output, and a USB port. This model does not have built-in Wi-Fi or 3D capabilities. Best Buy guarantees a minimum of 20 per store.
WALMART: Sony CyberShot 16.1 Megapixel Camera, $129
List Price Savings: $70
This Sony point-and-shoot features 16.1 megapixel resolution, a 27mm-270mm zoom lens, f/3.5 to f/8.0 aperture, 10x optical zoom, a 3-inch LCD display and 720p video capture.
Memory card support includes Memory Stick Duo, SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. A nemory card is not included in the box.
TARGET: Acer 10.1-inch netbook, $157
List Price Savings: $93
If you need a basic laptop for Web browsing, email, and light productivity, then you might want to line up at Target for this midnight doorbuster.
This Acer netbook features a 10.1-inch screen with 1024-by-600-pixel resolution, a 1.66 GHz single-core Intel Atom N455 processor, a 250GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and Windows 7 Starter operating system.
WALMART: JVC Everio HD Camcorder, $129
List Price Savings: $70
This camcorder features 1080p output, a 40x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD display, HDMI out, a USB 2.0 port, a SD and SDXC card slot, face detection, and f/1.0 to f/6.3 aperture.
STAPLES: 17.3-inch Hewlett-Packard Pavilion dv7 Laptop, $700
List Price Savings: $80
Now we're talking. This HP laptop features a 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor, a 17.3-inch display with 1600-by-900-pixel resolution, 6GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, a Blu-ray player and Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
Just like the previous Staples special, this laptop also has a $50 online rebate to get the full savings. This sale price is available online now.
OFFICE DEPOT: Samsung 21.5-inch 1080p LCD Monitor, $120
List Price Savings: $50
A great buy for someone looking to replace their desktop monitor or someone looking to give their laptop a second monitor for home or the office.
This monitor has full HD 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution, and DVI-D and VGA ports.
SELECT RETAILERS: 160GB PlayStation 3 Plus Two Games, $200
List Price Savings: $170
Best Buy, Gamestop (according to BlackFriday.info), and Walmart are all selling a PlayStation 3 bundle. It includes the console with 160GB of onboard storage, one controller, a 30-day PlayStation Plus membership, and the games Little Big Planet 2: Special Edition and Rachet & Clank: All 4 One.
This deal will be available early at Walmart starting at 10 p.m. Thursday.
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