What's good in the Best Buy Black Friday ad? Everything.
Best Buy's Black Friday ad has a slew of great deals, from big screen TVs to tablets and headphones.
Honestly there are so many really great deals in the Best Buy Black Friday ad that we had a hard time narrowing it down just to a top few.
A few notes before we jump in. When putting together our returning deals lists, we generally steered clear of most TVs and laptops. The ever-shifting array of features, components, and technological improvements from one year to the next render most comparisons almost meaningless. If an item in one of these categories is a good buy, we added to our list of top Black Friday deals.
Likewise, this is one ad where we're not doing a side-by-side cover comparison. Best Buy has released their ad online for the last few years, so the format isn't exactly a traditional circular.
That said, Best Buy really has turned up with one of our favorite Black Friday ads of 2015.
Our Favorite Best Buy Black Friday Deals:
Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds - $99.99 (was $199.99)
This is easily the lowest price we've ever seen on a new pair of these madly popular Beats by Dr. Dre earbuds. In fact, the only lower price we've seen was on a refurb. And most of the time even the refurbs are priced higher. This one gets top marks. They also fit very nicely in a stocking.
60" Samsung 4K Ultra HD Smart TV - $799.99 (was $1,499.99)
The price $799.99 price tag here is the lowest price we've seen for a 60" 4K TV. Really, you can't go wrong with any of the 4K televisions listed in the Best Buy ad, all of which are listed at all-time price lows. The first draft of our list had no fewer than four before we took a deep breath and cut the field down to one to represent the whole. The $700 discount on this model gets it well under $1,000 and is very generously sized for the price.
49" Toshiba LED 1080p HDTV - $149.99 (was $429.99)
If you're not ready to shell out for 4K, this 49" Toshiba gives us an unheard of price for a TV of this size and quality.
24" LG LED 720p HDTV - $79.99 (was $149.99)
We have never seen this particular TV below $130 until now, and it's the cheapest TV we've seen anywhere so far this Black Friday. Also, note that it's an LG, not some no-name brand too embarrassing or insignificant to even mention like we've seen so many retailers do with cheap TV doorbusters over the years. Take all that together and not mentioning it on a list of best deals would just be wrong.
iPad Air 2 - up to $125 off
While the 16GB and 64GB match last year's Black Friday price from Best Buy, the 128GB model gets a $125 discount, which beats last year's price by $25. Even better is it looks like it's a proper discount, not just another gift card bundle - something that's fairly rare with Apple products on Black Friday.
iPad mini 4 - from $399.99
Deals on the iPad mini 4 are so rare that we've literally never posted one before. So we're very, very pleased to see Best Buy taking $100 off the 64GB and 128GB models for Black Friday.
13.3" Apple Macbook Pro 4GB Memory 500GB HD - $899.99 (was $1,099.99)
We saw this same Macbook at this price in July during Best Buy's Cyber Monday in July event, so it looks like Best Buy wasn't fibbing about the pricing being close to what you find on Black Friday. In this case it definitely is. The drop may not represent a new low price, but it matches the lowest we've seen.
HP DeskJet 2545 Wireless All-In-One Printer - $19.99 (was $79.99)
It's pretty common to hear people joke that printers have gotten so cheap that replacing the printer costs less than replacing the ink. In this case it's literally true. You really can't even replace the ink for so little, and it's a wireless all-in-one.
Jawbone UP2 Activity Tracker - $49.99 (was $99.99)
The fitness tracker trend shows no signs of slowing. The low price of this Jawbone UP2 beats our last mention by $18, making it an especially good entry-level option.
15.6" Asus Laptop 4GB Memory 500GB HD - $139.99 (was $249.99)
We won't labor under the illusion that this is going to be an incredible laptop. In fact it's going to be light on frills. But the $139.99 price tag here is too low to ignore.
11.6" Acer Chromebook 2GB Memory 16GB - $99.00 (save $70)
Chromebooks are cheap for a reason. Relying heavily on cloud storage to make up for its teeny tiny 16GB hard drive, it's really just an internet machine. That said, seeing any laptop under $100, even one as stripped down and basic as a Chromebook, is a major milestone.
Insignia Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker - $9.99 (was $39.99)
When a portable bluetooth speaker is this cheap, buying one for every room in the house suddenly seems like a good idea.
Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation + $50 Gift Card - $249.99
Discounts on the highly praised Nest Thermostat are rare. The effective price of $199.99 once you consider the value of the gift card matches the best price we saw last Black Friday. This is generally one of the only discounts we see all year, so make your move.
Nikon Coolpix L840 16.0-Megapixel Digital Camera - $169.99 (was $299.99)
It's hard to argue with 56% off a great camera. And it's purple! (Yes, you can get it in black, too. Or red.) Last year, the L830 sold for the same price, in the same shade of purple, but it's a reliably good price on a reliably good camera.
Keurig K40 Elite Coffeemaker + $15 Gift Card - $79.99
The addition of the $15 gift card makes the effective cost of this Keurig bundle $64.99 and soundly beats the best price on this model we found anywhere last Black Friday.
Better Than Last Year:
iPad Air 2 (128GB)
- 2015: $125 off
- 2014: $100 off
SanDisk Cruzer Glide 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
- 2015: $19.99
- 2014: $27.99
Samsung 400 Series 2.1 Channel Soundbar with 6.5" Wireless Active Subwoofer
- 2015: $147.99
- 2014: $157.99
Insignia Soundbar with Bluetooth
- 2015: $49.99
- 2014: $59.99
iTunes Gift Cards
- 2015: 40% off
- 2014: 15% off (advertised as $15 off $100 gift cards)
Zaggfolio Keyboards for Select iPad Models
- 2015: $29.99
- 2014: $49.99
Samsung Gear Fit Fitness Watch + Heart Rate
- 2015: $79.99
- 2014: $99.99
Solo Urban Laptop Briefcase
- 2015: $9.99
- 2014: $14.99
SanDisk Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drives, all sizes
- The 16GB and 32GB models both dropped $1, and the 64GB model dropped by $2.
Seagate Backup Plus 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive
- 2015: $69.99
- 2014: $79.99
Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Tracker
- 2015: $89.99
- 2014: $99.99
Misfit Flash Activity Tracker
- 2015: $14.99
- 2014: $24.99
GoPro HERO4 Silver Action Camera
- 2015: $399.99 + $80 Gift Card
- 2014: $399.99 + $50 Gift Card
Pioneer Built-In Bluetooth Apple iPod-Ready In-Dash Receiver
- 2015: $49.99
- 2014: $59.99
Samsung 28.2-cu. ft. 4-Door French Door Smart Refrigerator
- 2015: $2,099.99 + 28" Samsung Smart HDTV
- 2014: $2,099.99 + Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0-16.0GB
Samsung Washer and Dryer
- 2015: $479.99 each
- 2014: $499.99 each
Keurig K40 Elite Single Serve Coffeemaker
- 2015: $79.99 + $15 Gift Card
- 2014: $99.99 + $20 Gift Card
More Returning Deals:
- Insignia Fixed TV Wall Mount for Most 40" to 70" Flat-Panel TVs - $29.99
- Rocketfish Tilting Wall Mount for Most 32" to 70" Flat-Panel TVs - $49.99
- Klipsch Reference 5-1/4" Bookshelf Speakers - $124.99
- Klipsch Reference Dual 8" Floorstanding Speaker - $224.99
- Sony DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller for PS4 - $39.99
- Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller - $39.99
- Turtle Beach Ear Force XO ONE Wired Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One - $39.99
- Logitech M325c Wireless Optical Mouse - $8.99 - this is a new model of the same mouse for the same price
- Nikon CoolPix L840 16.0 Megapixel Digital Camera (compared to L830) - $169.99
This article first appeared in Brad's Deals.