Walmart has already kicked of its Black Friday sale. That’s good news for anyone who wants to spend the day after Thanksgiving doing something other than shopping. The early Black Friday deals went live online today — Walmart+ members get a few hours of early access before everyone else — and will hit physical stores this Friday.
We’ve unearthed the best tech deals from this portion of Walmart’s Black Friday sale and gathered them here so you can start ticking gifts off your holiday list — or grab something for yourself at a discount. The highlights are probably the brand new Apple Watch Series 9 for $349 and the second-generation AirPods for $69 — both are all-time lows.
Apple Watch Series 9
If you’ve been waiting to get Apple’s brand new flagship smartwatch, your patience has paid off. The Apple Watch Series 9 is down to $349 for the 41mm, GPS-only model. That’s a $50 discount and the lowest price yet for the barely-two-month-old wearable. If you’d prefer a little more room on the screen, you can go for the 45mm case size for $379, also $50 and a new low price. The biggest improvement this time around is the S9 processor. It allows for a new Double Tap feature and onboard Siri processing for faster responses to your queries. It’s also got a brighter screen and, when paired with the Sport Loop, is carbon neutral. We gave the wearable a solid score of 92 in our review, praising the new features and the comprehensive fitness and health tracking.
Apple AirPods (second gen)
The second-generation AirPods are now on sale for $69, which is a $90 discount and their lowest price ever, thanks to Walmart’s sale. They are a little older at this point; we gave them a review score of 84 when they came out back in 2019. But they’re a good pick for someone who needs a knock-around pair of buds that pair seamlessly with an iPhone. Some people even prefer the smooth fit of the older model, which is more like Apple’s wired EarPods. To be sure, both the third-generation AirPods and the new, second-generation AirPods Pro have seen significant improvements in both sound quality and features like noise cancellation, Spatial Audio and Transparency mode. The newer buds may make more sense for audiophiles, but at this price, the second-generation AirPods will make a nice stocking stuffer for an iPhone user.
Canon EOS R50
We tested out the Canon EOS R50 mirrorless camera when it came out earlier this year and gave it an 87. During the early Black Friday sale, it’s $180 off, which is a new all-time low. We think this is a great camera for street photographers or travelers because it has a slim and light design and is capable of shooting 4K video. It offers fast shooting, has a reliable auto-focus and takes great images — particularly for the price point. And now that it’s on sale, you’ll be hard pressed to find a higher quality hybrid camera that can do pretty much everything vloggers and photographers need.
Sony WF-C500 earbuds
Sony’s WF-C500 earbuds are 70 percent off right now, which makes them $29 instead of $100. That’s a pretty great price, though the buds are about two years old at this point. Still, they’re our favorite budget pair of wireless headphones for working out. They were one of the lightest pair of earbuds we tested and though they have a more bulbous design, they were still comfortable. While they don’t have active noise cancellation, the shape does a good job of passively blocking out most sounds (but traffic noises still get through, which is important for outdoor workouts).
Roku Ultra LT
The Roku Ultra LT is 57 percent off thanks to the Walmart Black Friday sale. We’re fans of Roku streaming devices and recommend the Ultra set top box in our guide. The Ultra LT is a Walmart exclusive version that has a less-expensive starting price and a few tradeoffs over the regular Ultra. There’s a slightly different remote on the LT, that lacks to personalization buttons and there’s no Bluetooth connectivity and it lacks a USB port in the back of the set top box. But you still get one of the best smart TV interfaces plus support for 4K video and Dolby Vision. Plus at this price, it’s $65 cheaper than the other version.
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