eye-popping Black Friday tablet, computer & tech deals
Apple iPads, latest Android and Windows machines all in for big discounts. Oh, and free snow globes.
Retailers large and small started leaking their Black Friday circulars even before trick-or-treating began this year. Websites like BFads.net do a great job of rounding up the deals, and we poked around those sites as well as retailers’ sites to pick out those most of interest to the IT pros who read Network World. You will want to double check retailers’ websites for exactly when they open in your area, and whether deals are available only in person, or also online (pages we link to won’t always reflect the Black Friday price because the pages haven’t been updated). Time to start making your list…
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Sears: Mach Speed 9.7-inch Tablet (G2-9)
$130 ($40 off)
This Android 4.1 tablet boasts 8GB of storage and a dual-core processor, has rear and front cameras, and WiFi connectivity. Sears will offer an Amazon Fire HD for $140 as well, if that’s more your speed.
Staples: Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone
1 cent (usually $100), but yes, you do need to sign a 2-year carrier contract
This popular Android 4.2 phone with a 5-inch screen and excellent camera comes with 16GB of memory, expandable to 64GB.
Toys R Us: SanDisk 16 GB Cruzer USB Drive
$4.99 (down from $24.99)
Cheap file storage from SanDisk.
Home Depot: Belkin WiFi Switch (2-pack)
$60 ($80 if purchased separately)
These plug-in devices work with a free smartphone app to let you turn appliances on or off wirelessly.
Kmart: Sylvania 7-inch portable DVD player
$40 (33% off)
This little babysitter has a rechargeable battery and provides music/audio wherever you go.
OfficeMax: 8 oz. gas computer duster (2-pack)
$8 (usually $14)
Ok, just a little stocking stuffer here to keep things tidy.
Staples: Google Nexus 7 tablet (2nd generation)
$199 ($30 off)
This 16GB tablet running the Jelly Bean edition of Android claims 10 hours of battery use for normal use and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 1.5GHz processor.
Staples: Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet with Windows 8.1
$280 ($50 off the usual price)
For those with daring people on their list who want to give Win8.1 a shot, this device (presumably with 32GB of storage) appears to be slick and fast, sporting a new Intel Bay Trail Atom Processor.
PetSmart: Motorola Scout 500-2 Pet Monitor
$120 (usually $200)
This video monitoring system lets you keep an eye, via a handheld monitor, on what your pup or kitty is up to when you’re out. You’ll need a PetPerks card to take advantage of this deal.
Walgreens: Call of Duty Ghosts (PS3/Xbox 360)
$40 ($20 off)
The newest in the popular CoD series of first-person shooter games mixes in aliens. Walgreens chops the price by a third for those who didn’t need to have this game, rated Mature, in early November.
JCPenney: Free snow globes
OK, not a tech gift here, but apparently the very hottest items of the season are free snow globes that JCPenney doles out to the very earliest birds on Black Friday. JCPenney ruined the holidays for some last year by not giving out the knick knacks. There was even a Facebook page dedicated to the cause.
Walgreens: iHome Radio Alarm Clock with Apple charging dock
$49 ($30 off)
Take your pick with this alarm: Wake to iDevice music, FM radio or buzzing. Of course, you might want this to wake yourself up BEFORE Black Friday.
Microsoft Store: Dell Inspiron 15Z touchscreen laptop
Price: $399 ($450 off regular price)
This 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop boasts an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. It runs Windows 8.