Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Black Friday 2020: The best deals available

Black Friday 2020: The best deals available

The calendar doesn’t read Nov. 27, which is when Black Friday 2020 officially arrives, but there’s plenty of Black Friday activity happening right now: A lot of these prices represent historic lows, so inventory is likely to go quickly. In other words, do not wait for Black Friday if you spot great deals.

Below we’ve rounded up some favorites from the current early-deal pool.

Best early Black Friday deals available now

Eufy RoboVac 25C Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum

You don’t have to spend hundreds to add some automation to your house cleaning. The Eufy RoboVac 25C can be controlled via a mobile app or by voice with Alexa and Google Home. It is smart enough to differentiate between floors and carpet and can avoid stairs automatically. $99 You save $50

Instant Pot

These days, a multicooker is an essential kitchen tool, like a toaster oven or microwave. This Instant Pot Viva can get you in the multicooker business for about half-off. For $49 you get a nine-in-one gadget that works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sous vide, cake maker and more. It has a 6-quart capacity and comes with 15 preset programs for recipes that include soups, beans, rice, ribs and eggs.

The Instant Pot Viva will be on sale for $49 from Nov. 4 to 8.  $49 at WalmartApple AirPods (second generation)Save $59

Amazon swooped in just ahead of Walmart by offering Apple’s true wireless earbuds at the lowest price ever. Another option: Costco also has the AirPods for $100. Every store offering this price is likely to run out of inventory soon, so if this deal appeals, don’t wait.

Normally $30, the new-for-2020 Fire Stick Lite continues to see a solid discount ahead of Black Friday. This entry-level streamer delivers 1080p video with HDR support (but not 4K). The big missing apps are HBO Max and Peacock (for now), but the Alexa-powered voice remote is top-notch. $18 at AmazonTCL 55-inch Android TVSave $150

Best Buy

TCL is best known for its Roku TVs, and we like the Roku smart TV system better than the Android TV version in this television, but for this price you can just buy a Roku Streaming Stick Plus, attach it to this TV and still come out ahead. Aside from its smarts we expect this 4-Series TV to perform “good enough,” just like the Roku equivalent. 

Note that this was $50 cheaper last week, and therefore may be again — but for now it’s still a really solid deal on a 55-inch smart TV. $250 at Best BuyLenovo Yoga C940Save $400

Lenovo’s premium two-in-one, the Yoga C940, boasts a sturdy and sleek all-metal design and a touch display that can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. It includes an active pen and can also instantly wake from sleep, one of the phone-like features it received courtesy of Intel’s Project Athena.

This configuration features a 14-inch display with a 4K resolution powered by a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with 32GB of superfast Optane memory. A similarly configured Yoga C40 on Lenovo’s site works out to $1,650, so this deal is even better than it looks. And it already looked good. $1,200 at Best BuyBose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth HeadphonesSave $100


If ever there was a time to tune out the world, it’s now. (Because, you know, election, pandemic, murder hornets…) Sure, there are newer over-the-ear noise-canceling cans from Sony and even Bose, but this perennial favorite was great when it came out and it’s still great now — especially at this price, which rivals the lowest we’ve seen. (Original list price: $350.) $199 at AmazonEcho Show 8Save $65

The Echo Show 8 is simply a larger version of the Echo Show 5, but that makes it a better candidate for the kitchen and other places you might prefer a bigger display. (It’s definitely preferable for video calls.) This is also a Prime Day match of the lowest price on record.

Note that Amazon shows an in-stock date of Nov. 20, so head to Best Buy if you’d rather get this immediately.

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