We’re still in the early days of Black Friday, but all it really takes is a peek at ZDNET’s live blog to see how many deals are on the table this year. Whether you’re shopping for a new TV, a pair of headphones, a laptop, a tablet, or even a robot vacuum, we have everything you need.
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But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of deals you’ll be making, or unsure of what they are In reality Well worth the buy, let this tour serve as a guiding light for your Black Friday shopping. Over the years, ZDNET has tested and reviewed hundreds, if not thousands, of consumer electronics devices, from smartphones to PCs to smart home devices, and many of our top-rated products are on sale during this time of year.
The list below contains tools and gadgets that are not only heavily discounted, but ultimately worth the investment, as our writers and editors can attest.
Early Black Friday Deals 2023 on top-rated ZDNET products
- Current price: $899
- Original price: $1,199
I tested Samsung’s flagship smartphone back in February, and to this day, it remains the most complete phone money can buy. From the large, bright AMOLED display to the competent quad-camera setup to the built-in S Pen, there’s not much, if anything, missing from the Ultra model.
Read the review: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Current price: $1,499
- Original price: $1,699
If you told me at the beginning of the year that OnePlus, not Google or Samsung, would make the best foldable phone you could buy, I wouldn’t have believed you. But nearly 12 months later, I’m here to report that the OnePlus Open is actually the best in its class, with looks, software suite and a price that overshadows its rivals. For now, trade in any Phone in any The case is seeing a $200 discount from OnePlus Open, making it a great deal for a foldable device.
Read the review: OnePlus Unlocked
- Current price: $374
- Original price: $499
Google’s Pixel A series offers the basic necessities at a reasonable price, and the latest Pixel 7a is the perfect example. Even at its standard price of $499, you get a groundbreaking camera system, the same software features found in Google’s more expensive Pixel devices, and a gorgeous 90Hz display. Now, for $125 less, one of the best value phones on the market just got even better.
Read the review: Google Pixel 7a
- Current price: $199
- Original price: $329
Bose has consistently been at the top of ZDNET’s best headphones rankings, and for good reason. The flagship QuietComfort 45 model features immersive noise cancellation, a sleek and timeless design, and some of the best sound output ZDNET’s headphone expert Jada Jones has ever heard. Right now, the same pair can be had for $130 off, making them a great choice for audiophiles and casual listeners alike.
Read the review: Bose QuietComfort 45
- Current price: $229
- Original price: $249
The iPhone’s recent switch to USB-C from Lightning means Apple’s most popular accessory will have to follow suit. Fortunately, the latest AirPods feature more than just a different look, they also support conversation awareness and a more responsive audio experience, meaning they’ll adjust volume levels as you go from listening to music to talking to someone nearby.
Read the review: Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
- Current price: $1,049
- Original price: $1,299
The 15-inch MacBook Air offers the best of both worlds, combining the big-screen experience of Apple’s MacBook Pro line with the portability of the Air. This is a recipe for success, especially if you are someone who is always on your feet. We’re seeing one of the best discounts on the latest MacBook model this Black Friday, with it coming down to just $1,049.
Read the review: Apple MacBook Air (15-inch, M2)
- Current price: $75
- Original price: $150
The 50% discount makes it hard to argue against purchasing Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Kids tablet. ZDNET’s Maria Diaz decided to buy one over the regular iPad earlier this year and has no regrets. The Fire HD 8 Kids is built to withstand the cruelty of kids and supports customizable parental controls so you’re always aware of what your child can and can’t do.
Read the review: Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids
- Current price: $449
- Original price: $800
Hisense may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of TVs, but its new U6K model is definitely worth a look. ZDNET’s Artie Beaty reviewed the 65-inch model and praised it for offering plenty of entertainment features at a more accessible price than Samsung, Sony, and LG.
Read the review: Hisense 65-inch U6K TV
- Current price: $1,044
- Original price: $1,499
You’ll find plenty of robot vacuum deals during the holiday shopping season, but a discounted Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni might be the one to buy. The model was just released and features vacuuming and mopping capabilities, a self-cleaning station, and some of the strongest suction power we’ve tested at 8,000 Pa.
Read the review: Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni