27 Best Early Black Friday Deals (2021): Laptops, TVs, Headphones


Samsung T7 Portable SSD.

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Amazon ($130 for 1 TB), Best Buy

In our guide to the Best Portable Storage Drives, we highlight this as the best option when it comes to speed. The transfer times are blindingly fast. Typically, the biggest drawback is its price, but this deal matches a low we’ve seen just once before (during last year’s holiday shopping season). Smaller size options are also on sale. 

Amazon, Best Buy 

This ain’t your average hard drive. It’s an absolute powerhouse, a beefy behemoth meant to be used for big backups. We recommend it in our guide to the Best External Hard Drives. It’s not speedy, but that’s not what this is meant for. You don’t need to go all out and get this in the largest capacity; other, smaller sizes are also on sale. Check our guide on How to Back Up Your Digital Life for more guidance.

Amazon, Best Buy ($359)

The newer, snazzier version of this, the Flex 5i, is featured in our guide to the Best Chromebooks. While we like the 5i more, the Flex 5 is still a good little machine, especially at this price. The 2-in-1 design gives you the option to use the laptop as a tablet, and the processing power is just fine for anyone doing schoolwork or typical browsing.

Best Buy

We generally like the Surface Laptop Go. The design is sleek and modern, the machine is lightweight and portable, and the battery life is decent. Our biggest concern is with the low-resolution display. For frequent travelers or remote workers that hop from place to place, it’s still a solid choice. Check our Microsoft Surface Buying Guide for additional advice.

Amazon, Best Buy

The OnePlus 8T goes on sale basically every shopping holiday. This price compares to what we’ve seen during other seasonal events. The phone has a gorgeous display, decent cameras, and an appealing aquamarine option. We think it’s usually overpriced, but this sale makes it more palatable.

TV, Smart Home, and Home Office Deals

Razer Kiyo Pro.

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The Razer Kiyo Pro is one of our favorite webcams, but its MSRP is too high. This is a much more reasonable price for this 1080p camera. It has a much bigger sensor than its more affordable sibling, allowing it to deliver great picture quality, though you’ll need to fine-tune some of the settings in Razer’s Synapse app. This deal was $20 cheaper earlier in the week, but the $150 price is still decent. If you wait, it may drop down again. 

Target, Amazon, Best Buy

The ambidextrous design of the Viper allows for easy clicking, scrolling, and kiting, no matter whether you’re a rightie or leftie. Its more expensive sibling made our list of the Best Gaming Mice. The built-in RGB lighting and physical switches allow for more customization, and the small footprint won’t get in the way of doing what you do best: throwing the entire game. (Is that just me?)

Best Buy

This little smart display can show you the weather and time at a glance, and it also has Google Assistant built-in (though the functionality is a bit compromised by the tiny 4-inch screen). We like the built-in USB-A port, which can be used to charge your other smart gadgets without quite so many cords cluttering up the bedside. This deal has popped up a few times, but it’s still a good way to upgrade your nightstand without spending a ton of cash.