This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.
These are some of our favorite Black Friday deals that cost between $100 and $250 and are available now, along with a few that have already been announced that are coming later this week. There’s sure to be some surprises in the next couple days from the big retailers, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Kohl’s, with deeper discounts still to come straight through to Cyber Monday. If you’re not finding exactly what you’re looking for here, pop over to CNET’s rundown of everything Black Friday and CNET’s holiday gift guides of top picks from our editors, based on our reviews. And if you’re feeling a little stressed already, visit our Holiday Survival Guide.
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The latest 10.2-inch iPad is now available from Best Buy for $250. (You need to sign into your My Best Buy account to see the offer.) With just 32GB of storage, however, it’s only a good deal for those who don’t mind using cloud storage and regularly deleting files and apps. Otherwise, go with the 128GB version that’s discounted to $330 — $99 off.
Amazon put a bunch of its own products on sale starting today, including the 2017 version of its Kindle Oasis e-reader. Yes, Amazon just introduced a new Kindle Oasis this year that adds a color-adjustable integrated light that’s easier on the eyes. But that model is $250, and otherwise nearly identical to the 2017 model that Amazon is discounting now to $180. If you’re gifting something to a serious e-book fan, this is a pretty great choice.
Google’s Home Max is aimed at folks who want a smart speaker, but would really like better audio quality at the same time. Think of it like a Sonos Play:5, but from Google. Of course, it builds in Google Assistant, so you can use it to control music, command smart home appliances and hear the news.
Read our Google Home Max review.
It’s one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the Beats Studio3 Wireless, which has been out a while but they’re still very good noise-canceling headphones. They list for $350 but are usually available for around $280.
Most of Arcade1Up’s machines cost around $300. This one — which is a three-quarter-size version of the original — costs $170 once it’s in your shopping cart. And it looks, sounds and plays exactly like the old arcade machines. Walmart is also offering the Centipede edition for $180.
This is a nice deal for those looking to pick up the Ring Video Doorbell and combine it with the Echo Show 5 for video monitoring from inside your home.
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It’s mark-your-calendars time. These deals won’t be available till on or around Black Friday. Exact dates and times are noted with each item.
Starting Nov. 27 you’ll be able to pick up a triple pack of wireless security cameras from Blink, Amazon’s other security camera company. The cameras can be used indoors, but they’re also weather-resistant so outdoor use is a go, too. Plus, cloud storage is included, has two-way audio and two-year battery life on two AA lithium batteries.
Despite its age, this is still a great Apple Watch and Walmart has it at the lowest price anywhere. The prices are valid online starting Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET), in stores Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
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Justin Jaffe, David Carnoy and Rick Broida contributed to this story.
Originally published last week and regularly updated.