The wait is over–Amazon Prime Day 2020 is officially live, but you don’t have to be a Prime subscriber or even shop at Amazon to get amazing deals today. That’s because this has effectively become a precursor to Black Friday, and competing retailers are getting in on the action with steep discounts on games and tech this week. Best Buy is one of those retailers running a big anti-Prime Day sale of its own, and it made the biggest move we’ve ever seen to compete with Amazon by announcing its first Black Friday deals will go live this week.
Select deals from Best Buy’s Black Friday ad have gone live today, and they feature fantastic discounts on laptops, tablets, and 4K smart TVs along with Arcade1Up cabinets. Notably, you can buy a Samsung 70-inch 4K smart TV for $530, down from its usual $750–just in time for next-gen gaming. There’s not too much in the way of video game deals–the better prices are at Amazon today–but you can grab The Last of Us Part II for just $40.
The early Black Friday deals are live October 13 and 14, overlapping neatly with Prime Day, but this won’t be the last you see of Best Buy’s Black Friday sale. Best Buy plans to release its full Black Friday ad and offer even more deals later this month.
The retailer is also offering a Black Friday price guarantee this year. If you buy anything during the sale that gets an even better deal before November 28, you’ll be reimbursed the difference. The holiday return period for products has also been extended–anything you buy starting October 13 can be returned for a refund through January 16, 2021.
Check out some of the best deals live so far in Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale below. Plus, check out more of the best deals floating around during Prime Day 2020, including deals for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
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One of Best Buy’s biggest Black Friday deals so far is a $220 discount on this 70-inch Smart Tizen TV with 4K UHD resolution and HDR. If you’re looking for a new 4K TV for next-gen gaming, there are better options out there, as this one doesn’t have HDMI 2.1 or a 120Hz refresh rate, but they’re also way more expensive. For $530, you can’t beat the price on this Samsung TV, which will still work great with next-gen consoles and for streaming movies and TV as well. We expect this deal will sell out fast, so hop on it.
TCL is one of our favorite smart TV brands, and you can snag this 50-inch 4K Smart Android TV for just $230 during Best Buy’s Black Friday sale, down from its usual $350. It features three HDMI inputs for connecting your consoles and other devices, a customizable home screen for organizing all your various apps and streaming services, and Google Assistant integration.
The brand-new Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 gets a significant discount at Best Buy this week. Normally $830, the tablet is $150 off for the next two days (or until it sells out), so you can grab it for $680 ahead of the holidays. It’s a 2-in-1 device that can be used laptop-style with a clip-on keyboard, though unfortunately the keyboard is sold separately. It also comes with DeX mode, which allows you to throw your screen up on a monitor or TV. If you have access to Xbox cloud gaming (available free with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate), you’ll be able to stream games on this tablet as well using a paired controller. Check out our sister site CNET’s great breakdown of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 for more details.
A good soundbar will give you a much richer audio experience when watching movies or playing games. This Samsung soundbar offers 2.1 channel surround sound and can connect to your TV via Bluetooth for a wireless experience. It also comes with a wireless subwoofer and a remote to control the power, volume, sound effects, and more.
Turtle Beach often slashes the prices on its already affordable gaming headsets, but it has an even better deal on the Recon 200 gaming headset in Best Buy’s sale. Normally $60, the headset is down to $30 for a limited time, and it’s compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X along with the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
Another one of Best Buy’s spotlight deals, JBL’s Free True Wireless earbuds are $90 off right now. They pair wirelessly to your device using Bluetooth, stay charged up to four hours, and have a built-in microphone as well for taking calls.
Best Buy is slashing $200 off the Asus Tuf Gaming A15 laptop, which features an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1920×1080 full HD display. This is all backed up by an RTX 2060 graphics card and 512GB SSD. It’s more than enough power to handle the vast majority of modern games at decent settings, though with its six-hour battery life, you’ll likely want to stay plugged in while you play.
One of our favorite arcade cabinets has gotten a major discount at Best Buy this week. For $250, you can get the Arcade1Up Golden Tee cabinet, which comes with four classic games: Golden Tee Classic, Golden Tee 2K, Golden Tee ’99, and Golden Tee ’98. It also features a 17-inch high-res LCD screen and a riser to make standing play more comfortable.
The upcoming Ms. Pacman Head-to-Head Arcade Table from Arcade1Up isn’t even out yet, and it’s already getting a nice little discount during Best Buy’s Black Friday sale. You can save $50 off the $500 list price for Ms. Pacman, which releases October 26. Made for multiplayer, this cabinet would look great in a family game room or office.
Bose is one of the leading brands for premium headphones, and you can snag one of their best pairs for $100 off. The QuietComfort 35 II are wireless, noise-canceling headphones with a comfortable over-ear fit, up to 20 hours of battery life, built-in integration with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and clear audio quality for phone calls.
Corsair’s HS60 Pro wired gaming headset is down to $40 from its usual $70 today and tomorrow and delivers 7.1 surround sound for immersive gaming, a detachable microphone that filters out ambient noise, and adjustable memory foam ear cups.
This gaming keyboard from Corsair features tactile Cherry MX mechanical switches, RGB backlighting, and a lightweight but durable aluminum frame. It comes with a detachable palm rest as well.