The dealnews Guide to the Best Deals on Black Friday

Black Friday is this week. Already! To help you survive Santa's blitzkrieg, we've read and compared every Black Friday ad known to man and hand-picked the ones we're most excited about. You know, the ones our tight-fisted editors would spend their own money on. So whether you're shopping for family, friends, or yourself, below you'll find this Black Friday's best deals on electronics and computers.

Rumored & Confirmed Black Friday HDTV Deals
Not every HDTV deal out there is a homerun, but the deals we've selected below are the best we've seen. (The 50" and 55" deals in particular have surpassed our best Black Friday expectations.) However, keep in mind that we've yet to see Black Friday ads from MicroCenter and Fry's Electronics, the two heavy hitters for HDTV deals. (Keep an eye on our Black Friday ads page to see when they're announced.) The deals:

  • Westinghouse 32" 720p Widescreen LCD HDTV for $246 at Target
  • Samsung LN40B500 40" 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV for $600 at Sears
  • Syvlania 42" 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV for $500 (confirmed) at Meijer
  • RCA 46" 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV for $688 (confirmed) at Walmart
  • Sony BRAVIA KDL-46S504 46" 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV for $798 (confirmed) at Walmart
  • Sanyo 50" 720p Widescreen Plasma HDTV for $598 (confirmed) at Walmart
  • Vizio 55" 120Hz 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV (pictured) for $1,200 (confirmed) at Costco

Rumored Black Friday Netbook Deals
If the rumors are true, this Black Friday we'll see some of the best netbook deals ever, with OfficeMax leading the charge. However, OfficeMax's rumored netbook deal isn't in the official OfficeMax Black Friday ad, which means the rumor is dubious. Even without OfficeMax's doorbuster deal, we found several solid netbook deals in the sub-$200 range and one notable deal on a 12" netbook. The deals:

  • Acer Aspire One Intel Atom 1.6GHz 10" Netbook (pictured) for $150 at OfficeMax (dubious)
  • Intel Atom Netbook with 1GB RAM 160GB HDD for $180 at Best Buy
  • Acer Aspire One Intel Atom 1.6GHz 10" Netbook for $197 at Sam's Club
  • Acer Intel Atom 1.6GHz 10" Netbook for $200 OfficeDepot
  • Acer Intel Atom 12" Netbook for $250 at RadioShack

Rumored & Confirmed Black Friday Laptop Deals
If last year is any indication, you'll find better laptop deals during April and September than you will even on Black Friday. (See our price trend on laptops for more info.) That said, if you're in the market for a desktop replacement (laptops with screens of 16" or larger) we noticed many were heavily discounted. The deals:

  • HP Intel Celeron 16" Laptop for $300 (confirmed) at Staples
  • Sony VAIO Intel Dual-Core 17" Laptop for $399 at Best Buy
  • HP Core 2 Duo 17" Laptop (pictured) for $450 at Office Depot

Rumored & Confirmed Black Friday Game Console Deals
Although some retailers are charging full price for consoles (we're looking at you, Kmart and GameStop), not all hope is lost. Below are the best console deals for the gamer on your Christmas list. The deals:

  • Nintendo Wii with $50 gift card for $200 (confirmed) at Meijer
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite + Lego Batman + Pure Games + $60 gift card for $300 at Radio Shack
  • Nintendo Wii Fit (pictured) for $45 (confirmed) at Meijer
  • Sony PS3 + 2 blu-ray movies + 2 games for $300 (confirmed) at Meijer
  • Sony PS3 + 1 blu-ray movie 2 games for $299 (confirmed) at Walmart
  • Nintendo DSi + Brain Age + $20 gift card at Best Buy for $170

Rumored & Confirmed Black Friday GPS Deals
Generally speaking, Black Friday isn't the best time to purchase a new GPS navigator. (You'll see lower prices in April or on refurb models throughout the year.) However, the two deals below are noteworthy because of their brand name and extensive feature list. The deals:
  • TomTom One 125-SE 3.5" GPS Navigator w/ Text-to-Speech (pictured) for $59 (confirmed) at Walmart
  • Magellan RoadMate 1440 4.3" GPS Navigator for $70 at OfficeMax (dubious)

Rumored & Confirmed Black Friday Hard Drive Deals
Hard drives prices have plummeted so much that you can find a solid hard drive deal anytime of the year. That said, these are the standout deals you'll see this Friday. The deals:

  • Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop Hard Drive for $60 at Target
  • Seagate FreeAgent 500GB Portable Hard Drive (pictured) for $60 at OfficeMax (dubious)
  • Western Digital Elements 500GB Portable Hard Drive for $60 at Target

Rumored Black Friday LCD Deals
Like hard drives, LCD monitor prices have steadily fallen throughout the year. Prices hovering over $100 are commonplace these days. However, we found one that hits our Black Friday prediction. The deal:

  • Acer X223WBD 22" Widescreen Display for $100 at

Rumored & Confirmed Black Friday Camera Deals
Chances are, you know at least one person who wants a digital camera this Christmas. We found two that will cost you well under a Benjamin. The deals:

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930 10MP 3x Zoom Digital Camera + case (pictured) for $79 (confirmed) at Walmart
  • Olympus X905 10MP 5x Zoom Digital Camera for $50 at OfficeMax (dubious)
Before you rush to a store early Friday morning, read our Black Friday Strategy Guide, where you'll find (among other bits of advice) that you should check for these deals online first. Many, if not most, will be available for online ordering, saving you a trip to the store on the busiest shopping day of the year.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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