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Black Friday is looming. It’s without a doubt the biggest day of the year for retailers; where consumers, flush with cash and suffering from delayed onset fatigue brought about by eating too much mashed potatoes and turkey are waking up early. They’ll fight the frigid winter air and their throbbing headaches, and they’ll make their way to the stores. Why? To find a killer bargain!
However, you don’t have to leave your house to find yourself a good deal on technology this Black Friday. Here are some incredible deals you can get your hands on from the comfort of your own bed. Have at it!
>Nikon L320 – $99 (was $230)
Want something other than a cell phone to take photos but can’t afford a DSLR? Bridge cameras offer a nice middle-ground, bringing to the table a decent lens, but without the eye-watering price tag that comes with most professional-quality snappers.
The Nikon L320 boasts 26x optical zoom, 16 megapixels and a 3-inch LCD screen. You can grab this deal from Target.
Intel 530 Series 240GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive – $159.99 (was $300)
If you’re looking to speed up your computer, get your hands on a SSD. They make a huge amount of difference, in terms of reliability and read-write times. Sadly, Solid State Drives can be pretty expensive. Even though they’ve been on the market for a while now, they’re still much more expensive than traditional platter-based hard drives.
Fortunately Amazon has a great offer on at the moment, where you can get one of these for $159.99.
GoPro HERO 3 – $199 (free $30 Walmart voucher)
The GoPro is a popular line of camcorders. They’re small enough to fit on a helmet or bicycle handlebars, but they still take pretty incredible footage being favored by sportsmen and adrenaline junkies alike.
Also available at the same price on Amazon, but at Walmart you can the deal is sweetened further with the inclusion of $30 worth of Walmart credit.
HP Pavilion 14-inch Chromebook – $229 (was $299)
HP’s non-melty Chromebook hasn’t had the same degree of adoration that it’s younger, more colorful brother has had. Which is a pity, because it’s a totally capable machine that is ideal for college students and people who just need a computer for casual web browsing.
The HP Pavilion 14-inch Chromebook comes with a 16 gigabyte solid state drive, an Intel Celeron processor and four gigabytes of RAM, and can be found at Best Buy. It even comes with $30 worth of free Google Play credit to be used against music, movies and apps.
Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball Mouse 64327 – $26 (was $45)
It may sound strange, but some people cannot use mice. That could be because of an arm injury, or because they lack the desk real-estate for one. Fortunately, Kensington has a pretty awesome compromise. It’s a mouse in terms of form factor, except you control the pointer by moving a trackball that is mounted within the mouse.
Some people swear by them, and think that they’re the height of ergonomic greatness. Amazon has them on sale for $26.
Windows RT wasn’t quite the iPad killer that Microsoft hoped it would be. With over $900 million in unsold stock gathering dust, retailers are eager to get rid of Surface RT tablets and are selling them at firesale prices.
Microsoft’s loss is your gain. You can get a 32 GB Surface RT tablet for the same price of a Chromebook, and in many ways you might find that this is more suited for your needs. The Surface has some incredibly rugged, well built hardware, and the touch keyboard cover is a joy to use. It also comes built in with Microsoft Office 2013, and can be bought at this incredibly low price from Frys.
I’ve been a fan of HP printers for some time now, having found them to be reliable, functional devices with ink that is (comparatively) affordable. The HP Envy 4501 comes from esteemed stock, and brings to the table the ability to the print from anywhere in the world by email.
It also supports tablets and phones, and can print up to 21 pages per minute. You can get your hands on this amazing deal from Walmart.
Samsung HW-FM45C Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer – $164 (was $269)
Depending on how you look at it, the Samsung HW-FM45C is either an affordable way to make your home theatre system that bit more immersive, or the quickest way to earn yourself a noise abatement order. Either way, for $164 you’d be hard pressed to find yourself a better sound system. Let alone one which comes packing with a meaty subwoofer that promises to make the floor shake, Bluetooth and HDMI connectivity.
You can grab this sweet deal at Costco. It even comes with free shipping!
AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz with MSI Micro ATX Motherboard – $95 (was $109.98)
Looking to build a computer on a budget? Why not have a look at grabbing this great value APU and motherboard combo? Packing a Direct X 11 ready Radeon HD 7540D graphics chip, this APU is capable of everyday computing, and some gaming. Just don’t expect it to play Crysis on full whack.
This deal is available from NewEgg, and does not come with free shipping.
Samsung BD-FM59C 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player – $84.99 (was $119.99)
Whilst Samsung apparently lacks a flair for a knack for snappy names, they apparently know how to pack a Blu-ray player with more features than a Swiss Army Knife. With the ability to play 3D discs, a full web browser and DLNA, it should keep even the most ardent AV geek happy. Just don’t play Gigli on it.
You can get your hands on this at Costco. Shipping costs extra, and will set you back $5.
No matter what you’re in the market for this Black Friday, you can be assured of finding something that takes your fancy. Get anything good? Find any incredible deals? Tell me about them in the comments below.