7 Great Early Black Friday Deals from Best Buy

7 Great Early Black Friday Deals from Best Buy

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Believe it or not, the holiday shopping season is already upon us. And this year, Best Buy tried to get ahead of the curve by marketing their concurrent Prime Day sales as early Black Friday deals. Though we weren’t too impressed with the caliber of deals we found during its “Black Friday in October” event, Best Buy has redeemed itself this week by unleashing a slew of deals on Amazon devices that match the Bezosian behemoth’s Prime Day prices. If you were on the fence about an item or missed out on some of those Prime Day deals, this is your second chance. Here are the best of the bunch we’ve found so far from Best Buy.

Our favorite ebook reader

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation) Ebook Reader
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation) Ebook Reader
Deal price: $80; street price: $130

If a Kindle tops your list but you missed out on the first day of Amazon’s Prime Day sales, you’re in luck—the Kindle Paperwhite Ebook Reader is now back down to the lowest price we’ve seen. Available for $80 in black and blue, the Paperwhite is the best e-reader out there. The display and lighting on our top pick is unmatched by any of the competition, providing a crisp, easy-to-read display, and, since the Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof, you can even move your reading to the bath without worry. Whether you’re planning ahead to how you’ll kill the time indoors this winter or just looking for an easier way to hold thousands of books in the palm of your hand, there’s never been a better time to pick up Wirecutter’s favorite ebook reader.

Read our review of the best ebook readers.

A budget tablet that gets the job done

Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (10th generation)
Photo: Ryan Whitwam

Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet (10th generation)
Deal price: $55; street price: $90

If you need a tablet but don’t want to spend the big bucks on an iPad (which we think are the best tablets out there), the newest Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is a good compromise. As the most recent iteration of the Fire HD 8, the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) recently replaced its predecessor as our budget pick for the best Android tablet. It’s a considerable upgrade from the previous model, with more RAM and a faster processor. If you’re looking for a cheap tablet to use for casual media consumption (like binge watching every episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or making your way through a recently-released novel), this is a great deal on the newest Fire HD 8 tablet that matches the low we saw during Prime Day.

Read our review of the best Android tablets.

Stay in touch with family with a smart display

Amazon Echo Show Smart Display (2nd Gen)
Photo: Rozette Rago

Amazon Echo Show Smart Display (2nd Gen)
Deal price: $150; street price: $230

Amazon Echo Show 8
Deal price: $65; street price: $100

This Thanksgiving will look a lot different than the Turkey Days of years’ past. If you’re celebrating separately from your family, a smart display screen will help you feel connected to your loved ones no matter the physical distance spanning between your homes. As a cross between a smart speaker and a tablet, the Amazon Echo Show and the slightly smaller Echo Show 8 are the perfect devices to video call family with. The Echo Show and Show 8, with a 10-inch screen and 8-inch screen respectively, function similarly with crisp screens, nice speakers, and decent cameras. And for home chefs, both Show devices can be used for recipe prep in the kitchen, too. Down to $150 for the Echo Show and $65 for the Echo Show 8, these smart displays can be used to help your family feel a little more connected this year.

Read our review of the best smart displays.

A smart display that can double as an alarm clock

Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display
Photo: Rozette Rago

Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display
Deal price: $45; street price: $70

Maybe you’re trying to limit your screen time before bed because you’ve read that it can potentially mess with your sleep schedule. Or maybe waking up to the Marimba alarm tone every morning has finally pushed you to your wits’ end. Whatever your reason for moving away from using your phone as your alarm clock, a smart display can be a good replacement. The Echo Show 5 is a good choice because it does everything that the larger Echo Show can do but it’s smaller, making it easier to fit on your nightstand. It also adjusts its screen brightness to the room’s lighting, so it won’t keep you up at night. The Show 5, back down to $45, can also act as your personal assistant as you get ready for the day in the morning: You can ask it to give weather updates, find traffic reports, or play your favorite morning radio show.

Read our review of the best smart displays.

A high-quality Alexa speaker

Amazon Echo Studio Smart Speaker
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Amazon Echo Studio Smart Speaker
Deal price: $150; street price: $200

If you’re looking for a high-quality smart home speaker that’s compatible with your Android and keeps you within the Amazon ecosystem, the Echo Studio is just the pick for you. Twice the size of the standard Echo, the Echo Studio is easily the best sounding Alexa speaker since it is Dolby Atmos capable, and it has louder, more detailed sound with significantly improved bass. If you have an Amazon Fire TV, you can easily connect the speaker wirelessly for amplified sound that will outperform your built-in TV speakers. Though it wasn’t chosen as our upgrade pick, we still speak highly of it in our guide, calling it a great speaker, “especially for the price.” This deal matches the previous low we saw on Prime Day—those discounted speakers sold out quickly, so this is a great opportunity to pick one up for the same price if you missed out last week.

Read our review of the best Alexa speakers.

A good beginner smart speaker

Amazon Echo Dot
Photo: Sarah Kobos

Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker (3rd Gen)
Deal price: $19; street price: $35

The Echo Dot is the perfect choice for a beginner looking to dip their toes into the world of smart speakers. Affordable and compact, the Dot gives you a surprisingly good sound for something so small, along with all the control and features of Alexa (and if you find that you want better sound, you can easily connect the Dot to any Bluetooth speaker you may already have at home). For folks already entrenched in the Alexa ecosystem, adding another Echo Dot to another part of your home can extend your smart assistants’ range and allow you to seamlessly keep the music going, no matter where you are. Though we see deals for this starter smart speaker fairly often, the price doesn’t normally drop this low, making this a nice opportunity to pick up an Echo Dot for cheap.

Read our review of the best Alexa speakers.

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