The best early Black Friday deals on ZDNET’s tested and recommended products

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We’re still in the early days of Black Friday, but take a peek at ZDNET’s live blog to see just how many deals are on the table this year. Whether you’re shopping for a new TV, a pair of headphones, a laptop, a tablet or even a robot vacuum, we’ve got you covered.

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But if you feel overwhelmed, or unsure of what to expect actually Worth buying, let this roundup serve as a guiding light for your Black Friday shopping. Over the years, ZDNET has sold hundreds, if not thousands, of smart home appliances from smartphones to personal computers, and our highest rated products at this time of year.

The list below contains not only gadgets and gizmos that are heavily discounted but ultimately worth the investment, as our writers and editors can attest.

Early Black Friday 2023 deals on ZDNET’s top rated products.

  • Current price: $899
  • Original price: $1,199

I tested Samsung’s flagship smartphone back in February, and to this day, it’s still the most complete handset money can buy. From the big and bright AMOLED display to the competent quad-camera setup to the integrated S Pen stylus, there’s not much that’s missing from the Ultra model.

Read Review: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • Current price: $1,499
  • Original price: $1,699

If you had told me at the beginning of the year that OnePlus, not Google or Samsung, would make the best foldable phone you could buy, I would have disbelieved. But nearly 12 months later, I’m here to report that the OnePlus Open is indeed the best in its class, with a form factor, software suite and price that overshadows its competition. Right now, a trade in any the phone any The condition is $200 off the OnePlus Open, making this a great foldable deal.

Read Review: OnePlus Open

  • Current price: $374
  • Original price: $499

Google’s Pixel A series offers the essentials at a reasonable price, and the latest Pixel 7a model is the perfect example. Even at the standard price of $499, you’re getting a flagship-level camera system, the same software features found on Google’s more expensive Pixel, and a great 90Hz display. Now, for less than $125, one of the best-value phones on the market just got even better

Read the review: Google Pixel 7a

  • Current price: $199
  • Original price: $329

Bose consistently tops ZDNET’s best headphones rankings, and for good reason. Its flagship QuietComfort 45 model features immersive noise cancellation, a sleek and timeless design, and some of the best audio output that ZDNET’s headphone expert, Jada Jones, has heard. Right now, the same pair can be had for $130 off, making it a great pick-up for audiophiles and casual listeners alike.

Read the review: Bose QuietComfort 45

  • Current price: $229
  • Original price: $249

The iPhone’s recent move from Lightning to USB-C means Apple’s most popular accessories must follow suit. Fortunately, the new AirPods feature more than just a different look, they also support conversation awareness and a more responsive adaptive audio experience, meaning they’ll adjust your volume levels as you go from listening to music to talking to someone nearby.

Read Review: Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)

  • Current price: $1,049
  • Original price: $1,299

The 15-inch MacBook Air offers the best of both worlds, combining Air portability with the big-screen experience of Apple’s MacBook Pro line. This is a recipe for success, especially if you are someone who is always on their feet. We’re looking at one of the best discounts on the latest MacBook model on Black Friday, bringing it down to just $1,049.

Read Review: Apple MacBook Air (15-inch, M2)

  • Current price: $75
  • Original price: $150

A 50% discount makes it harder to argue against buying Amazon’s Fire HD 8 kids tablet ZDNET’s Maria Diaz decided to buy one over the regular iPad earlier this year and has no regrets. Fire HD 8 Kids is built to withstand children’s rights and supports customizable parental controls so you always know what your child can and can’t do.

Read Review: Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids

  • Current price: $449
  • Original price: $800

Hisense may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of TVs, but its new U6K model is definitely worth considering. ZDNET’s Artie Beatty reviewed the 65-inch model and praised it for offering plenty of entertainment features at a more accessible price than Samsung, Sony and LG.

Read review: Hisense 65-inch U6K TV

  • Current price: $1,044
  • Original price: $1,499

You’ll find plenty of robot vacuum deals during the holiday shopping season, but the Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni might be the one to buy. The model has just been released and features both vacuuming and mopping capabilities, a self-cleaning station and some powerful suction power that we tested at 8,000 Pa.

Read Review: Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni

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