Black Friday may be two weeks away, but don’t wait – Best Buy in the US has some pretty interesting deals right now. Here are some of the best deals we’ve found. As usual, we focus on smartphones and tablets, but this time we threw in a broader network and included headphones and even some streaming devices and smart speakers.
Here are some quick links for each category:
The Samsung Galaxy S22+ has dropped to $750 for an 8/128GB unit, and the move to 256GB storage is just $50. This is before any swap credit, keep in mind, so the final price can be lower.
The Motorola Edge (2022) is less than two months old and packs a 6.6-inch OLED screen at 144Hz for $500. It also comes with a Dimensity 1050 camera, a 50MP main camera (OIS) and 13MP ultra-wide cameras, as well as a 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.
The Motorola Edge (2021) is cheaper at $300, but it comes with its own 144-inch screen — a larger 6.8-inch LCD. Also, the Snapdragon 778 on the inside will give Dimensity for its money and you’ll get a 108MP main camera (no OIS, though). The 5,000mAh battery has 30W wired charging, but no wireless connection.
Finally, a couple of inexpensive options. The large Moto G Stylus (model 2021) has a 6.8-inch (FHD+) screen and comes with a capacitive stylus pen. The Snapdragon 480 is nothing to impress, but it does have 5G connectivity.
The Moto G Power (2022) is newer, but at just $50 less than the G Stylus, it’s probably not worth the savings. You lose 5G connectivity and despite the name “power”, the battery capacity is no bigger than the Stylus – 5,000 mAh either way.
Next up – Wireless headphones, who has a phone with a 3.5mm jack anymore? The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 are a solid mid-range choice from the TWS field and come in a variety of colors to match your phone.
If you want something on the cheap, JVC Marshmallow+ is down to just $30. There is no ANC like on the Galaxy Buds2, but there is a basic water resistance.
For those who prefer over-ear headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones come with comfortable faux leather pads and an adjustable headband. This is half off currently.
Windows tablets can help you work or study on the go — or at home if you can’t always use a desk. The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is a fairly high-end offering at $900 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor (8GB RAM, 256GB RAM) and a 13-inch display with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels. It comes with Windows 11 Home.
On the other end of the scale is the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 3i — at $200, this is one of the cheapest 10.3-inch tablets you can buy, Windows or otherwise. It’s Windows 11 Home in S mode in this case. It is powered by a Celeron N4020 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage.
Note that both tablets come with QWERTY keyboard covers included.
Roku or Google? 1080p or 4k? You can choose one of the four sticks below based on your answers. 1080p options are the cheapest way to update an old TV with some new smarts – it will cost you about $20.
If you want some high-quality streaming, 4K is a must (especially since some streaming services lock HDR behind the 4K layer—we’re looking at you, Netflix). In this case, Chromecast is cheaper ($40) and you get the Google TV experience. And it’s not everyone’s favorite, so you might want to get a Roku Ultra instead ($70).
If you’re into the Google ecosystem, you can get another $20 off the Nest Mini’s second-generation speakers. It’s nice to have Google Assistant always online and even to play some music.
The Lenovo Smart Clock Essential also costs $20 and can replace the alarm clock. It also lets you talk to the Google Assistant, but the screen is pretty basic – as is the actual alarm clock.
The second-generation smartwatch from Lenovo is only $15, but it is much more advanced – a 4-inch LCD screen can display information such as the weather and is a touch screen, which simplifies the user interface. Also, the speaker now aims forward for better sound.
The Meta Portal Go is the most advanced – with a 10-inch display and front-facing camera, you can use this for group video calls as well as control your smart home. For privacy awareness, there is a hardware cover that you can slide over the camera when not in use.