Update 5:43pm ET: Amazon has matched Sam’s Club deal on the Apple Watch Series 6, bringing it down to $330. However, the only model at that new, lower price is space gray aluminum model with a black sports band.
We’re only one week away from the biggest shopping day of the year, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to find good deals. On the contrary — we’ve seen more solid early Black Friday deals than any previous year. This week in particular, the Apple Watch Series 6 received a $50 discount at Amazon (the biggest yet), a few Samsung smartphones were hundreds of dollars off and Apple’s latest M1-powered machines received surprisingly early price cuts. Here are the best deals we found this week that you can still buy today.
Apple Watch Series 6
The Series 6 has hit the lowest price since it’s release, $350. You can also get the GPS + Cellular model for $50 off, bringing it to $450. This is the latest flagship smartwatch from Apple and it earned a score of 89 for its improved performance, quicker charging and new blood oxygen measurements. If you’re a Sam’s Club member, you can actually get an additional $20 off, bringing the Series 6 down to $330.
MacBook Air (M1)
Not even a week after release, the new MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 chip has been discounted by $50. You can get the gold 512GB model for $1,199, down from $1,249. We were able to review the new laptop and gave it a score of 94 for its incredibly fast performance, excellent keyboard and trackpad, and new fanless design.
MacBook Pro (M1) and Mac Mini (M1)
The rest of Apple’s new M1 lineup has also been discounted on Amazon. The MacBook Pro has fallen to $1,250 while the Mac Mini is down to $670. While these are not huge discounts, they are significant considering Apple only announced these devices last week and they’re the first with the company’s ARM-based M1 system-on-chip design.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
A number of Fire TV devices have been discounted as Amazon kicks off its Black Friday sales. The best deal right now is on the new Fire TV Stick, which has dropped to $28. It’s 50 percent more powerful than the previous model and now comes with Dolby Atmos support and an Alexa voice remote. You can also grab the Fire TV Stick Lite for $18, the Fire TV Stick 4K for $30 and the Fire TV Recast for $130.
Amazon’s classic e-reader is back to an all-time low of $60. The standard Kindle doesn’t have a few of the advanced hardware features that the Kindle Paperwhite has, but it’s still a great little reading device with an e-paper screen that’s much easier on the eyes than a regular tablet display. We gave it a score of 91 for its new front light, improved contrast display and refined design.
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
The 128GB model of the Galaxy S20+ 5G is $250 off right now, bringing it to $950. It has a few differences from the S20 Ultra, with the biggest being its camera system, but we actually think it’s better for most people than the Ultra’s shooters. We gave it a score of 87 for its one-hand-friendly design, lovely display and long battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Although the Galaxy S20 FE came out in September, it’s already discounted by $150 at various retailers. This handset isn’t as premium as the standard Galaxy S20s or the Note 20 series, but it has a 6.5-inch, 2,400 x 1,080 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 128GB of storage. Samsung also included a Snapdragon 865 processor, 4,500mAh battery and an impressive triple-lens, rear-camera array.
OnePlus 8 Pro
Both the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro are on sale as part of an early Black Friday sale. The 8 is down to $599 while the 8 Pro dropped to $799 — and you can get a free pair of OnePlus Buds if you order directly from OnePlus. We gave the 8 Pro a score of 88 for its phenomenal screen, good performance, 5G support and new lightweight design.
Bose 700 headphones
Some of our favorite wireless headphones, the Bose 700, are back down to $299 — an all-time low that we haven’t seen since August. We gave the 700s a score of 90 for their comfortable design, excellent active noise-cancellation and easy-to-use touch controls.
New deal additions
Just Dance 2021
If you’re looking for a Switch game that can inspire physical activity, Just Dance 2021 is a good option and it’s on sale today only for $30. Not only can you dance to what you like by creating your own playlists, but you can also play with up to six people by using the companion mobile app — no additional Switch controllers required.
Aukey 10,000mAh portable charger
Aukey’s 10,000mAh portable battery pack with foldable kickstand is down to $27 when you clip the on-page coupon and use the code SVQJ4G5P at checkout. It’s a handy stocking-stuffer that lets you more easily use your phone to watch videos while charging thanks to the built-in kickstand that props it up. We also like that it has extra USB ports, so you can use it as a wireless charger or a standard, wired charging brick.
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