Roku’s streaming stick supports 4K resolution and Dolby Vision for just $25. | Image: Roku
With all the deals, discounts, and promotions running around, it can be awfully tempting to spend a mint over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But for those trying to stay thrifty and keep their spending in check, we’ve gathered some of the Best Black Friday deals you can currently find for less than $50. There are plenty of deals on wireless earbuds, smart home devices, and Bluetooth speakers that fall below the $50 mark, many of which we’d normally recommend picking up at full price.
If you’re planning to do some spending on bigger ticket items, we’ve also rounded up all the noteworthy discounts that are currently live at retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy, as well as the best Black Friday deals overall.
The best Black Friday streaming device deals
Last year’s Roku Streaming Stick 4K is down to $24.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target (normally $49.99). The standard Streaming Stick 4K gets access to most major streaming services but only offers private listening through the Roku app, not the remote itself, unlike the more expensive 4K Plus Streaming Stick.
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max streaming stick is available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target for $34.99 ($20 off). This device offers better performance than its predecessor and a large selection of streaming apps to choose from as well as Wi-Fi 6 support.
Alternatively, if you don’t need Wi-Fi 6 support, you can buy Amazon’s latest Fire TV Stick 4K on sale for $24.99 ($25 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. While an older model, it still comes with an Alexa-equipped remote and offers support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, HDR, and HDR10 Plus.
The Google Chromecast with Google TV (4K) is normally priced at $49.99 but is currently on sale at Target, Amazon, and Best Buy for $39.99. Google’s streaming device shares many of the same features seen with other models from Amazon and Roku, including 4K playback, but it also allows you to directly cast content from other devices to your TV if it isn’t natively supported. It also features more intuitive access to live TV, allowing you to add all of your favorite channels easily.
The best Black Friday earbud deals
The Jabra Elite 3 earbuds are usually $79.99 but are currently discounted to $49.99 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. The Elite 3 earbuds offer consistent and reliable performance at a remarkably low price. While they don’t have exciting features like multipoint Bluetooth support or noise cancellation, the lightweight earbuds still provide great sound at a low price.
We haven’t had a chance to try out Skullcandy’s Dime XT 2 earbuds, but we feel pretty confident in saying that you’ll have a tough time finding a better pair of earbuds for $19, given their feature set. Normally $29.88, Walmart has knocked about $10 off the wireless pair, which feature Tile integration as well as IPX4 sweat and water resistance.
The best Black Friday gaming deals
Sony’s excellent DualSense Wireless Controller is currently on sale for just $49 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $69). It can last for up to 12 hours on a single charge, features great haptic feedback and rear triggers with variable tension, and can be topped off using USB-C. Unfortunately, it’s only compatible with the PlayStation 5.
Various colorways of the Xbox Wireless Controller are currently on sale at Amazon. The price varies depending on which color you get, with the black or red colorways going for $39.99 (normally $59.99) and the blue camo colorway going for $44.99 (normally $64.99). If Amazon doesn’t have the color you want, Best Buy and Walmart are also offering similar discounts right now.
The Xbox Wireless Controller runs on a pair of AA batteries and can last for up to 40 hours but can also be used with a wired USB-C connection. As you might expect, the wireless controllers are compatible with Xbox consoles but can also be used with PCs and mobile devices thanks to their Bluetooth connectivity.
The white or blue colorways of the Logitech G435 Lightspeed are available at Amazon and Walmart for $29.99, the lowest price yet for what is normally a $79.99 gaming headset. The G435 Lightspeed is compatible with PCs, PlayStation, and the Nintendo Switch, thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, and can still be used with Xbox by using its 3.5mm audio jack.
The Logitech G502 Hero is a long-standing icon of gaming mice. Normally $49.99, you can currently find the G502 on sale at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy for $34.99. The claw-shaped design houses a 25,600 DPI optical sensor and 11 programmable buttons that can be remapped using Logitech’s G software suite. It also weighs 121 grams out of the box and even comes with additional weights that can be added to the base for greater control.
The Razer Orochi V2 is a gaming mouse that’s surprisingly portable, one that weighs in at less than 60 grams. Normally $69.99, you can currently find the V2 discounted to just $39.99 at Walmart and Amazon in its black colorway. You can pair the Orochi with devices using Bluetooth or 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity, and you can power it using either a AA or AAA battery, depending on how much weight you want. It’s also equipped with an 18K DPI optical sensor.
Target is featuring a handful of sales on physical and digital copies of games that would typically cost $59.99. If you’re gaming on a PC or Xbox console, you can find discounts on download codes for Microsoft Flight Simulator (now $29.99) and Forza Horizon 5 (now $34.99). You can also pick up a physical copy of Halo: Infinite for Xbox for just $19.99.
Nintendo Switch owners, on the other hand, can find Walmart discounting a number of physical and digital games to just $29 instead of their usual $59.99. This includes new releases like Sonic Frontiers, as well as favorites like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more.
The best Black Friday Bluetooth speaker deals
The JBL Go 3 is usually $49.99 but is on sale for $24.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. The JBL Go 3 is small enough to fit in your back pocket and even comes with a handy loop to attach it to the outside of a bag if you run out of space. It can last for up to 10 hours on a single charge as well and gets topped off via USB-C. The slightly larger JBL Clip 4 is also on sale for $44.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $79.99). It’s another waterproof Bluetooth speaker from JBL but comes with an integrated carabiner to clip it onto your bag.
Tribit StormBox Micro, another solid Bluetooth speaker, is currently discounted to just $35.99 at Amazon, down from its usual price of $49.99. The Micro is a surprisingly loud speaker with an IP67 weatherproof rating that can last for up to eight hours on a single charge. You can also attach the tiny speaker to a belt loop, the handlebars on your bike, or whatever you’d like using the integrated elastic strap.
The best Black Friday deals on Amazon devices
You can buy Amazon’s fifth-gen Echo Dot for $24.99 from Amazon and Target instead of $49.99, and with a clock display for $39.99 ($20 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. The latest Echo Dot boasts a new temperature sensor, faster performance than the prior model, and all the same Alexa functionality as before, but you can also use it as an Eero Wi-Fi system extender. As an added bonus, Amazon is also offering a two-pack of white Philips Hue smart bulbs with each purchase.
The third-gen Echo Dot offers the essential Alexa experience and is on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target for just $14.99 (normally $39.99). It isn’t as versatile as its screen-based siblings or newer Echo Dot models, but the 2018 smart speaker still puts outs decent sound for its size and is compatible with all your favorite Alexa skills despite its age.
If you’re looking for an affordable Alexa-enabled smart display, the second-gen Echo Show 5 is on sale for $34.99 at Amazon ($50 off), Best Buy, and Target. You can also get one bundled with the Blink Mini camera from Amazon for $49.99 ($69.99 off). The diminutive screen on the Echo Show 5 isn’t quite large enough for content streaming but still lets you see your schedule, look up the weather forecast, or just stay appraised of current events.
You can also find the kid-friendly version of the second-gen Echo Show 5, which comes with parental controls and a splash of color, on sale for $39.99 at Amazon and Best Buy instead of $94.99.
The 2022 version of the Amazon Fire 7 tablet is discounted to just $39.99 ($20 off) in its ad-supported configuration. The ad-free model is also on sale but comes in at $54.99 ($20 off). The 16GB tablet can have its storage expanded by up to 1TB with microSD cards; however, its 2GB of RAM limits the capabilities of the Fire 7 to streaming media and light gaming.
The best Black Friday smart home deals
Google’s Nest Mini is discounted to just $19.99 at Target and Walmart, or about $30 off the usual price. The Nest Mini can double as a compact speaker but serves primarily as an access point for Google Assistant, allowing you to control your other smart devices from any room in your home.
If you like the Google Nest experience but want a more powerful speaker, the Google Nest Audio is currently available at Target, Best Buy, and Walmart for $49.99 instead of the usual $99.99. The Nest Audio provides the same skills and other handy features included with the Google Nest Mini but with a far more powerful speaker that can be paired in tandem with another Nest Audio to provide stereo sound.
Amazon is offering discounts on its Blink Video Doorbell systems. Right now, you can buy the battery-powered Blink Video Doorbell for just $34.99 instead of its usual $49.99. The standalone unit can be powered by a pair of AA batteries and provides you with alerts to your phone or Echo devices. Amazon has also discounted a bundle that includes the Sync Module 2 to $54.99 (normally $84.98), which allows you to store recorded footage locally without the need for a Blink subscription plan.
Walmart has discounted the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 Plus bundle — which includes the instant camera and a pack of 10 exposures — to $49 (normally $78). It’s tough to imagine a scenario that isn’t made more fun by the presence of a camera that delivers physical keepsakes of your favorite candid moments.
If you’re tired of misplacing your valuables, you can currently pick up the latest Tile Mate at Amazon for just $17.99 (normally $24.99). The platform-agnostic Bluetooth tracker can help you locate lost objects up to 250 feet away by showing you their location on the Tile app and by emitting a ring when you get close.
While some of Nomad’s accessories skew toward the more expensive side, there are plenty of discounted options below $50 worth checking out. Nomad’s leather AirPods cases are currently on sale for $21.95 (normally $29.95), for instance, while its leather Apple Watch bands are discounted to just $44.95 (normally $59.95).
If you need more charging accessories, there are a few worthwhile recommendations that fall below $50. Anker’s five-foot Power Strip Surge Protector is normally $35.99 but is discounted to just $25.99, while the Anker 735 65W USB-C charger is on sale for $44.99 (normally $59.99). And just because we love LED readouts on charging cables, you can currently pick up the four-foot SooPii 100W cable for a little under $9 when you apply the on-screen coupon before checkout (normally $13.99).
You can also find singles of the Apple AirTag at Amazon and Walmart for just $24.99 (normally $29). The waterproof, coin-sized tracker uses Apple’s “Find My” network to help you pinpoint your lost valuables. Unlike the Bluetooth-based Tile trackers, however, you can see the whereabouts of your AirTag as long as it’s in relative proximity to an iPhone.