Best Black Friday PC gaming deals: gaming laptops from $850 and RTX 30-series gaming PCs with serious discounts


We're into Black Friday week proper now. Every retailer on the planet has been pumping out Black Friday deals since the start of the month, but things are truly ramping up as we get closer to the double whammy of Thanksgiving and Black Friday. But, given the struggles with supply and shipping, it makes sense to jump on these deals early if you want a chance of bagging your tech before 2022 rolls around.

We've only seen a few of the deals actually drop in price from their initial listing earlier in the month, and quite a few going off sale entirely. So, if you have your heart set on something, it might be best not to wait and play chicken with the looming out-of-stock truck.

One thing you're not going to see this Black Friday are deals on graphics cards. While the likes of the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 XT are the best graphics cards upgrades we've seen in a long, long time, lack of availability means that these don't need price cuts to sell out. That said, we have seen one RX 6900 XT deal. At 50% higher than the price of the reference card, though still below the ASRock MSRP. But plenty of gaming PCs built around such cards are out there though, and there are some healthy deals to be had if you're quick. 

So there are deals and plenty of them. Maybe not on graphics cards, but plenty of other components are enjoying large price drops. By way of example, SSDs are enjoying some awesome cuts already and system memory is looking pretty tasty too. We're seeing plenty of healthy discounts on monitors and TVs too.

So, it's not all stock nightmares and chip shortage doom and gloom.

Where will the best Black Friday PC gaming deals be?

Today’s top Black Friday deals

iBuyPower RDY SLMBG205 | Core i7 11700KF | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,199 $1,899 at iBuyPower (save $300)
It’s all about speed with the RDY systems, and that 2-day rush service means you can get hold of your brand new gaming system within days. But then the actual rig is all about speed too, with an eight-core CPU and RTX 3070 GPU doing the gaming good stuff, and a 1TB PCIe SSD making Windows 11 feel super slick.

Dell XPS Desktop Special Edition | Intel Core i7 11700 | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 32GB | 1TB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD | $2,099.99 $1,469 at Dell (save $630)
It’s not often you find an RTX 3060 Ti in a system these days, and that’s a shame because it’s one of our favourite graphics cards this generation. This PC is surprisingly a good deal, too. It has a great GPU, CPU, and comes with a generous 32GB of RAM and 1TB of speedy SSD storage, and a 1TB HDD as backup, too.

ABS Gladiator Gaming PC| Intel Core i5 11400F | Nvidia RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 1TB NVMe SSD | $1,799 $1,599 at Newegg (save $200)
Here’s a major discount on a prebuilt gaming PC that was already a good deal. With a stock RTX 3070 and a respectable 11400F CPU packed in there, the ABS Gladiator will run pretty much everything you can throw at it out of the box. 

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop | Ryzen 3 5300G | RTX 3060 | $969.99 $869.99 at HP (save $100)
Set the graphics card to an RTX 3060 in the configuration screen, and you can get a 30-series gaming PC for a mere $870—saving $100 on the normal price. You’d ideally want to up the CPU to a Ryzen 5 5600G, RAM to 16GB, and SSD to a 512GB model too, but you’ll soon find yourself way over $1,000 if you do. 

Asus ROG Zephyrus GA503 | 15.6-inch | Ryzen 9 5900HS | RTX 3070 | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,849.99 $1,549.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
This is probably the best-value RTX 3070-powered gaming laptop we’ve found this year. Not only do you get that high-performance GPU, but it packs in AMD’s octacore Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, and a 1440p QHD screen running at 165Hz. That’s a notably step-up in image quality from 1080p and will make this 15-inch screen feel super-crisp.

MSI GF65 Thin | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 10750H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB NVMe SSD | $1,299 $1,049 after $100 rebate at Newegg (save $250)
A decent CPU combined with an RTX 3060 for just over a grand, you can’t go wrong really. With a nippy 144Hz monitor, and 16GB of ram keeping it chugging along, you can bet it’ll see you right for most gaming as it’s been one of our favourites for a while.

MSI GF65 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i5 10500H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1080p | 144Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,099.99 $849.99 at Best Buy (save $250)
This gaming laptop comes in a familiar chassis, one we’ve used a whole lot. It houses an RTX 3060 GPU, which will be plenty to run the laptops 144Hz panel at 1080p with high frame rates. A little more memory and storage would be nice, but this is a great budget machine. Some Best Buy members also get their money back if this deal goes down in price any further, so a little peace of mind for early shoppers.

Gigabyte M27Q | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 170Hz | $359.99 $279.99 at Newegg (save $80)
Flick through the specifications of this gaming monitor and you’ll be surprised to see how much is on offer at this price: 170Hz, FreeSync Premium, IPS panel, 0.5ms response time. All good stuff, and there are tons of really positive reviews for this one online, including this one from our sister site Tom’s Hardware, which makes it look like quite the deal. 

LG UltraGear 32GN600 | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | $349 $249 at Walmart (save $100)
High-refresh 1440p monitors are where it’s at right now, and this LG UltraGear screen is a great example of why that’s the case. Big, bold, and bright, it’ll make pretty much everything you play look great, and that 165Hz refresh rate will make it silky smooth too. This is a great deal.

Oculus Quest 2 | 128GB | 1832 x 1920 | 6GB RAM | $299 at Amazon with $50 store credit using checkout code ‘OCULUS50’
This new Oculus Quest 2 is a great compromise on storage capacity for a fantastic price. If you’re not looking to have all your games downloaded at once, then why not opt for this? It’s the same price as the old 64GB one anyway!

Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Black | 4D armrests | $599 $469 at Secretlab (save $140)
This is our pick for the best gaming chair, and you’ll know why once you sit in it. Or read our review. As for this specific design, it is one of the more understated of the lot. Its not as sensual to the touch as the Softweave fabric choice, but still boasts immaculately upholstered, premium quality Neo Hybrid Leatherette, and of course fantastic ergonomics. 

ASRock Radeon RX 6900 XT Phantom Gaming D | RDNA 2  | 5,120 cores | 16GB GDDR6 | 2,340 MHz Boost clock | $1,599.99 $1,499.99 at Newegg (save $100)
The fact that we’re at a stage where finding a new GPU at MSRP is cause for celebration means that when one turns up with an actual discount it’s a red-letter day. The Radeon RX 6900 XT is a very powerful graphics card, and will deliver 4K gaming performance on a wide variety of games. You also get 1 month of Xbox Games Pass and free copies of Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village. 

Black Friday gaming PC deals

OMEN 30L | Intel Core i7 10700K | Nvidia RTX 3080 | 16GB RAM | 512GB WD Black NVMe SSD | $2,319.99 $2,219.99 at HP (Save $100)
For a machine with an RTX 3080 inside, this is already a good price without the discount. When configured with slightly more storage and RAM than the base model (which would have been just 256GB and 8GB respectively), it’s a little more to the average PC enthusiast’s taste. And that’s a WD Black NVMe SSD in there, one of our favourites.

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop | AMD Ryzen 3 5300G | AMD RX 5500 4GB| 8GB RAM (dual-channel) | 256GB SSD |  $649.99 $549.99 at HP (save $100)
Another HP unit, here. This really is a budget PC, too, but with it comes the capability for 1080p gaming and the option to upgrade down the line. It’s an all-AMD machine, too, and the 5300G and RX 5500 combo should prove decent if you’re planning to get really into CS:GO or League of Legends.

CyberPowerPC Gamer Master | Ryzen 5 3600 | RX 6600 XT | 8GB RAM | 500GB SSD | $1,149.99 $999.99 at Best Buy (save $150)
Grabbing a gaming PC with a last-gen CPU can be a great way to bag a Black Friday PC deal this year, especially as they often come strapped to a current-gen GPU. This RX 6600 XT is a very capable 1080p graphics card, and the 500GB SSD will keep enough of your most oft-played games installed. The 8GB of memory is a little low these days, but serviceable, and easily upgraded, as is the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU.

iBuyPower RDY SLMBG205 | Core i7 11700KF | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,199 $1,899 at iBuyPower (save $300)
It’s all about speed with the RDY systems, and that 2-day rush service means you can get hold of your brand new gaming system within days. But then the actual rig is all about speed too, with an eight-core CPU and RTX 3070 GPU doing the gaming good stuff, and a 1TB PCIe SSD making Windows 11 feel super slick.

iBuyPower Gaming RDY SLHRG208 |AMD Ryzen 7 5800X |Nvidia RTX 3070 | $2,249 $1,999 at iBuypower (save $250)
This iBuypower gaming PC manages to strike a great balance between performance and value. Packing an RTX 3070 and a Ryzen 7 5800X for under $2,000 is no easy feat, but iBuypower has managed it without cutting any corners. Windows 11, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB NVMe SSD are all present and correct. This is a great deal. 

CyberPower Gamer Supreme | AMD Ryzen 9 5900X| AMD RX 6700 XT | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD | $2,289.99 $2,099.99 at Microsoft (Save $190.00)
Here’s a juicy, all AMD gaming PC with a decent chunk of money off. It’s not the greatest deal, as that graphics card isn’t quite up to par with others at this price range, but certainly worth a look if you’re wanting to get the full AMD experience and a high core count CPU. Plus, that’s a nice chunk of storage to keep you going.

CyberPower Gamer Supreme | Ryzen 7 5800X | RX 6700 XT | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,899.99 $1,599.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
A slightly different version of almost the same all-AMD gaming PC, but this time from Best Buy… and with a healthier discount. You get the eight-core rather than 12-core CPU, though, and there’s no 1TB HDD to back up the SSD, but at this price it’s not a bad spec at all.

Dell XPS Desktop Special Edition | Intel Core i7 11700 | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 32GB | 1TB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD | $2,099.99 $1,469 at Dell (save $630)
It’s not often you find an RTX 3060 Ti in a system these days, and that’s a shame because it’s one of our favourite graphics cards this generation. This PC is surprisingly a good deal, too. It has a great GPU, CPU, and comes with a generous 32GB of RAM and 1TB of speedy SSD storage, and a 1TB HDD as backup, too.

Alienware Aurora R12 | Core i7 11700F | RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512GB NVMe SSD | $1,999.99 $1,371.99 at Dell (save $628)
One of our favourite Alienware models, with a very juicy config, is now just $1,371.99 at Dell. It won’t be around for long, but while it’s here you can get an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and 11th gen, Intel Core i7 CPU for a massive saving.

ABS Master Gaming PC | Core i5 10400F | RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,599.99 $1,399.99 at Newegg (save $200)
This sort of $1,400 mark seems to be the sweet spot for RTX 3060 Ti-based gaming rigs this Black Friday deals season. We have seen better systems with more powerful CPUs, but if the Dell deals go out of stock again, the six-core, 12-thread Core i5 10400F will still see you right.

ABS Master | Intel Core i5 11400F | Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,699.99 $1,499.99 at Newegg (save $200)
This isn’t quite as good a deal as the above Dell systems, but it does come with three free games from Intel and Nvidia. Plus it looks the part and comes with out of the box components, so some might prefer that to the more pre-built Dell systems above. Worth considering then, with a decent discount. 

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme | Intel Core i5 11600KF | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 1TB NVMe SSD | $1,469.99 $1,229.99 at B&H Photo (save $240)
This is a tasty deal on a gaming PC that will gobble up your games and spit out a smooth frame rate at 1080p. The RTX 3080 is core to this deal, although the six-core, 12-thread Core i5 11600KF is worth highlighting too. The rest of the spec is on point, with a healthy amount of RAM and storage, and it’s all contained in a vibrant, blinged-out chassis. You even get a keyboard and mouse while saving $240 off the normal price.

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop | Ryzen 3 5300G | RTX 3060 | $969.99 $869.99 at HP (save $100)
Set the graphics card to an RTX 3060 in the configuration screen, and you can get a 30-series gaming PC for a mere $870—saving $100 on the normal price. You’d ideally want to up the CPU to a Ryzen 5 5600G, RAM to 16GB, and SSD to a 512GB model too, but you’ll soon find yourself way over $1,000 if you do. 

Dell XPS Desktop | Intel Core i5 11700 | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 32GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,799.99 $1,322.99 at Dell (save $477)
The understated styling of the XPS will appeal if you’re not interested in lighting up your room while playing games maxed out at 1080p and pushing 1440p at high refresh. This system has plenty of surprises, too. The 32GB of RAM and great 11th Gen Core i7 processor make it a serious all-rounder for gaming and more. 

iBUYPOWER gaming desktop | Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti | Intel Core i7 11700KF | 1TB SSD | 16GB DDR4 | $3449.99 $2,699.99 at Newegg (save $750)
It’s not an easy task, buying an RTX 3080 Ti graphics card. That’s why a prebuilt gaming PC is one of the best ways to go, providing you need the rest of the PC parts, too. This is still a high-end build with a high-end price tag, but sadly it’s likely cheaper than building it yourself out of parts. Or at least quicker.

Black Friday gaming laptop deals

Razer Blade 15 Advanced | Nvidia RTX 3070 | Intel Core i7 10875H | 360Hz 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,599.99 $1,799.99 at Microsoft (save $800)
That’s a colossal saving on a prime slice of gaming real estate, packing quality hardware from Intel and Nvidia to make sure it demolishes your games. The RTX 3070 is a great option for this thin and light chassis, as it’ll knock out killer frame rates and make the most of the 360Hz display for a buttery-smooth experience too. A great saving on a great laptop.

Asus ROG Zephyrus GA503 | 15.6-inch | Ryzen 9 5900HS | RTX 3070 | 1440p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,849.99 $1,549.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
This is probably the best-value RTX 3070-powered gaming laptop we’ve found this year. Not only do you get that high-performance GPU, but it packs in AMD’s octacore Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, and a 1440p QHD screen running at 165Hz. That’s a notably step-up in image quality from 1080p and will make this 15-inch screen feel super-crisp.

MSI GF65 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i5 10500H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1080p | 144Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,099.99 $849.99 at Best Buy (save $250)
This gaming laptop comes in a familiar chassis, one we’ve used a whole lot. It houses an RTX 3060 GPU, which will be plenty to run the laptops 144Hz panel at 1080p with high frame rates. A little more memory and storage would be nice, but this is a great budget machine. Some Best Buy members also get their money back if this deal goes down in price any further, so a little peace of mind for early shoppers.

Gigabyte Aero 15 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3080 | 4K AMOLED | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,199 $1,899 at Newegg after rebate (save $1,100)
This beauty may only come with a 60Hz screen but it’s 4K and AMOLED (even better than OLED). That GPU will spit up mega frame rates, even at such ultra-high resolution, too. And paired with a powerful 11th Gen Intel CPU, plenty of RAM, and masses of storage, it’s great value even before the rebate.

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i9 11980HK | 32GB RAM | 1TB + 512GB SSD | 4K IPS | $3,649.99 $2,749.99 after rebate at Newegg (save $900)
This is worth making the most of considering it’s a machine with an RTX 3080 and 11th Gen Core i9 chip. That’s topped with a gorgeous 4K IPS screen and boatloads of RAM—so great for multitasking any high-res antics. Plus lots of space to store all your games, and their high fidelity textures. This really is a steal for under $3,000.

Gigabyte Aorus 15P YD | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,399.99 $1,949.99 at Newegg (save $450)
No immense 4K screen here, only 1080p, but who needs super high resolution when you can have speed? This RTX 3080 and Intel 11th Gen lappy is topped with a 300Hz panel and more ram than you could shake a… stick at. Right now, at under $2K, its worth a look.

Gigabyte Aorus 15P YD | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,349.99 $1,899.99 at Best Buy (save $450)
This is an almost identical spec to the Gigabyte machine above, but comes in $50 cheaper thanks to the fact it’s rocking a 240Hz 1080p screen instead of a 300Hz option. If you feel you can tell the difference then spend the extra cash, if not, this is one of the most affordable RTX 3080 machines out there right now.

MSI GP66 Leopard | Nvidia RTX 3080 | Intel Core i7 11800H | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,299 $1,799 after rebate at Newegg (save $500)
For a laptop with an RTX 3080 and 11th Gen Intel CPU, this is a pretty good get. Not only do you get a smashing 240Hz screen to cater for the sky-high framerates it’ll be pumping out, you also get a good amount of storage, too.

Alienware M15 R6 | i7 11800H | RTX 3080 | 1080p | 2TB SSD | 32GB RAM | $2,859.99 $2,508.79 at Dell (save $351.20)
With an RTX 3080, and an 11th Gen Intel core i7 11800H you’ll be flying through those frame rates with the gaming laptop. And it’s topped with a super speedy 360Hz panel, with 1ms response and Nvidia G-Sync for a competitive edge, along with boatloads of RAM and 2TB of M.2 PCIe storage to keep it all chugging along nicely.

Razer Blade 14 | Ryzen 9 5900HX | RTX 3070 | 1440p | 1TB SSD | 16GB RAM | $2,199.99 $2,000.99 at Microsoft (save $199)
Listed as the ‘most desirable compact gaming laptop‘ in our guide, the Razer Blade 14 is a juicy gaming companion in any configuration. This one combines an AMD CPU and Nvidia GPU to take on todays top games even at 1440p, that’s with a tasty 165Hz refresh rate, too.

Dell G15 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1080p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,518.99 $1,273.99 at Dell (save $395)
If you want a really well-rounded RTX 3060 gaming laptop, this Dell G15 is the way to go. It’s well prepared with 16GB of RAM, an eight-core CPU, and it comes in a great chassis we like at this price. Plus that 165Hz refresh will keep your games running silky smooth.

Dell G15 Special Edition | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1080p | 165Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,638.99 $1,331.81 at Dell (save $257.18)
It’s not what we’d call a smashing deal, but it’s one worth considering. There’s not a great deal of storage, but for a machine with 30-series card, a good CPU and a tasty 165Hz screen to top it off, it’s not terrible, especially in this day and age.

MSI GL66 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3060  | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,499 $1,099 after rebate at Newegg (save $400)
We’ve two of the GL66 on this list: this one with an RTX 3060, and the one down below with an RTX 3050 Ti. Of course, we like this model for its more powerful graphics, especially at only $100 more, but it also offers a decent array of specs to keep you gaming with high frame rates, including an eight-core/16-thread CPU. That’ll do wonders for working or editing on this laptop, and puts this laptop ahead of the GF65 below in our books.

MSI GF65 Thin | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 10750H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB NVMe SSD | $1,299 $1,049 after $100 rebate at Newegg (save $200)
A decent CPU combined with an RTX 3060 for just over a grand, you can’t go wrong really. With a nippy 144Hz monitor, and 16GB of ram keeping it chugging along, you can bet it’ll see you right for most gaming as it’s been one of our favourites for a while. Plus, it’s eligible for Black Friday Price protection.

Gigabyte G5 KC | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i5 10500H| Nvidia RTX 3060 | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,199 $999 after at Newegg (save $200)
We love an RTX 3060 gaming laptop with a discount, and for under $1,000, this is almost as good as it gets. That GPU and CPU combo will make for great 1080p, high-refresh gaming, and while there’s not a huge amount of storage, those can be easily upgraded. As can the battery, and you can even add in a HDD if you so fancy.

MSI Pulse GL66 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti | 1080p | 144Hz | 16GB RAM | 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD | $1,299 $999 after $100 rebate at Newegg (save $300)
A laptop with a great CPU and a pretty nippy current-gen GPU for under a grand is not to be taken lightly. It’s a step-down in terms of GPU to the laptop above, which isn’t ideal if you’re purely gaming on this machine, though it comes with far more storage space and a better eight-core CPU for more editing and productivity smarts.

Asus TUF Gaming | 17.3-inch | Intel Core i5 11260H | Nvidia RTX 3050 | 1080p | 60Hz | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $899.99 $679.99 at Best Buy (save $220)
If you’re on a tight budget, this Asus TUF laptop offers a way into PC gaming for relatively little. Its slimmed down specs mean you’ll get the entry-level RTX 3050 to power your games, though this is DLSS-compatible for extra performance if supported.

Gigabyte Aero 15 | 15.6-inch | Intel Core i7 11800H | Nvidia RTX 3060 | 4K OLED | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $1,899.99 $1,249.99 at Best Buy (save $650)
The Gigabyte Aero 15 is a great laptop that we’ve had a lot of experience with on team. We’ve taken it travelling and used it in the office, and enjoyed its blend of sleek structure and high performance. This model is especially interesting, as though it only comes with a 60Hz screen, it is 4K and OLED. That makes this laptop amazing for creative folks that require the extra screen space.

Black Friday office laptop deals

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 | 13-inch |Intel Core i7 1165G7 | Integrated Intel Xe Graphics | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,719.99 $1,273.99 at Dell (save $446)
This XPS 13 2-in-1 is the newer model of our Jacob’s treasured personal laptop, and it’s simply better for it. It’s slim, quick, the screen is vibrant as heck, and the keyboard is surprisingly decent to type on for a thin device. The only thing is that it’s quite a bit more money than your usual XPS 13, and if you’re really not going to use it as a tablet then your money is better saved on the cheaper, conventional laptop.

Dell XPS 13 laptop | 13-inch |Intel Core i5 1135G7 | Integrated Intel Xe Graphics | 1080p | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD | $949.99 $649.99 at Dell (save $300)
This XPS 13 is one of the most portable and bag-friendly Windows laptops around. It folds down to an incredibly slim size, though maintains a high level of durability and quality. We’ve used these laptops plenty, and we really rate them. This one is pretty much as entry-level as it gets, but it’s a decent price for a very well-made laptop that would be great for school. 

ASUS VivoBook SB55 | i5 1135G7 | 1080p | 512GB SSD | 8GB RAM | $689.99 $499.99 at Staples (save $190)
With an 11th gen Intel processor, this thin, light lappy is bound to see you right for $540. It doesn’t have the mega core-count of some chips, but Hyper-Threading means performance is practically doubled from previous generations. It can also boost up to 4.9 GHz from 2.4 GHz if your workload depends on it.

ThinkBook 15 Gen 3 AMD | 15-inch | AMD Ryzen 5 5500U | Integrated AMD Radeon Graphics | 1080p | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,129 $654.82 at Lenovo (save $474.18)
If you want a portable machine for remote access to your documents in the cloud, this ThinkBook offers a decent processor at a good price. It doesn’t offer particularly beefy specs, and you definitely won’t be able to game on this one, but it offers enough for a lightweight and backpack-friendly work or school laptop. Make sure to use coupon code EARLYDEALS3 for the full discount. 

ThinkPad L14 Gen 2 Intel | 14-inch | Intel Core i7 1165G7 | Integrated Intel Xe graphics | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,369 $1,184.50 at Lenovo (save $1,184.50)
Lenovo may have been a little generous with its reported saving on this one, but nonetheless, this laptop comes with a great processor backing it up: Intel’s Core i7 1165G7. This chip is fast and quick, and comes with the top Intel Xe graphics that we’ve tested out ourselves in gaming. Combine that with great storage and RAM capacity, and you’re looking at a do-it-all productivity pad. Make sure to use coupon code THINKSNOV16 for the full discount.

Dell XPS 13 laptop | 13-inch |Intel Core i7 1165G7 | Integrated Intel Xe Graphics | 1080p | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | $1,299.99 $979.99 at Dell (save $320)
The XPS 13 is one of our favorite compact Windows laptops. It comes packed into a sleek and smart chassis, and it’s pretty touch given its compact stature. This particular model comes with plenty of RAM and the top graphics chip from Intel’s mobile 11th Gen, which we’ve tested a similar model of ourselves. The SSD is a little slim on this model, but having used the XPS 13 2-in-1 with the same size SSD day-to-day ourselves, it’s not so bad if you’re largely relying on files up in the cloud.

Black Friday gaming monitor deals

Alienware AW3821DW | 38-inch | Ultrawide | IPS | 144Hz | $1949.99 $1,299.99 at Dell (save $650)
From the ‘go big or go home’ school of monitor design, this curved monster is for anyone that wants to hit that truly immersive gaming experience. At 3840×1600 it has the same horizontal resolution as a 4K panel, but it isn’t quite as tall—it’ll still punish your graphics card though. The 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response times, and VESA DisplayHDR 600 round out an impressive overall package. 

Samsung Oddysey G9 | 48.7-inch | Ultrawide | QLED | 240Hz | $1,399.99 $999.99 at Amazon (save $400)
Here, you’re getting supreme 5120 x 1440 pixels spanning 49 inches to wrap yourself in your favorite game worlds. It’s QLED, so not as impressive as OLED tech, but you do get a speedy 240Hz monitor from a trusted manufacturer, and AMD Freesync and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility.

Cooler Master GM34-CW | 34-inch | Ultrawide | VA | 144Hz | $749 $629 at B&H Photo (save $120)
The impeccable colour you get from this immense 34-inch screen in pretty nice, and the contrast isn’t bad either. This is a 3440 x 1440p VA panel which is a good resolution for this size monitor. For gaming you get a 144Hz refresh to make the most of high frame rates, and G-Sync and Freesync, to boot.

Samsung Odyssey G7 | 28-inch | 4K | IPS | 144Hz $799.99 $649.99 at Best Buy (save $150)
Samsung’s G7 is a popular screen, and that’s no doubt thanks to its great panel quality and high refresh rate. It’s definitely not the cheapest 4K monitor going, but for that extra cash you get a great build quality and rapid speed, perfect for competitive gaming. It also supports both Nvidia and AMD variable refresh rate technologies, and comes with a flattering IPS panel.

Aorus FI32U | 32-inch | 4K | IPS | 144Hz | $999.99 $899.99 at Newegg (save $100)
4K is best viewed above 32-inches, and you don’t really want to forgo on picture quality when you’re paying for extra pixels. That’s why this 32-inch, IPS is a great fit for gaming, helped along massively by a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. Now all you need is a great graphics card to feed it with a constant flow of frames.

Aorus FV43U | 43-inch | 4K | VA QLED | 144Hz | $1,099.99 $849.99 at Newegg (save $250)
If you want to go bigger than your peers, then this 43-inch monitor is a good fit. You lose out on the quality IPS of the smaller screen, but instead, you get a VA with Quantum Dot tech. Note this is an ‘open box’ discount, so it’s worth checking you’re happy with that before buying.

Samsung UE57 | 28-inch | 4K | TN | 60Hz | $349.99 $249.99 at Amazon (save $100)
You know we said don’t settle for a 60Hz or a TN panel? Well, here we are recommending both in just one panel, but this is a 4K monitor from a good brand at a really tempting price, so we’ll make an exception. A 28-inch panel at 3840×2160 makes for a pleasing 157ppi and if you need to work as well as play, then 4K does make for a more productive time. 

Dell S3221QS | 32-inch | 4K | VA | 60Hz | $432.99 $399.99 at Amazon (save $33)
If image fidelity is your priority over the ability to parse extreme frame rates, this is a very sweet monitor indeed for the price. It may not have the greatest ergonomics, but there’s a good contrast ratio going on, and it handles reflections pretty well, too. Plus, it’s curved for extra immersion.

Gigabyte M27Q | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 170Hz | $359.99 $279.99 at Newegg (save $80)
Flick through the specifications of this gaming monitor and you’ll be surprised to see how much is on offer at this price: 170Hz, FreeSync Premium, IPS panel, 0.5ms response time. All good stuff, and there are tons of really positive reviews for this one online, including this one from our sister site Tom’s Hardware, which makes it look like quite the deal. 

Alienware AW2721D | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 240Hz | $1,109.99 $799.99 at Dell (save $310)
This Alienware monitor hits that 1440p sweet spot at an impressive 240Hz refresh rate and a 1ms (GtG) response time. This thing is fast. And at 450 cd/m2 it’s pretty bright too. This would normally set you back $1,110, but right now you can pick it up for a penny under $800. That’s a quality saving on a quality screen. 

Acer Predator XB271HU | 27-inch | 1440p | IPS | 144Hz | $469.99 $379.99 at Amazon (save $90)
For Acer’s flagship monitor this is a great deal. We hold a special place in our hearts for the Predator. The IPS panel may not have the best colours and contrast around, but it’s built for performance. With a 4ms response time and an overclockable 144Hz refresh, you’ll be flying in competitive games.

MSI Optix MAG321CQR | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 144Hz | $479.99 $299.99 at Amazon (save $180)
This is a huge saving on a quality 1440p VA panel that can make for some silky smooth refresh rates. The 1800R curve is subtle enough to add to the immersive experience without getting in the way too. It’s FreeSync and G-Sync compatible too.

Dell S3222DGM | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 165Hz | $529.99 $329.99 at Dell (save $200)
Coming in with a massive saving, this QHD, curved Dell gaming monitor boasts AMD FreeSync, as well as 2ms grey-to-grey response and a very tasty 165Hz refresh rate. At $200 off RRP, it’s a bit of a steal.

Asus TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B | 27-inch | 1440p | VA | 165Hz | $329.99 $239.99 at Newegg (save $90)
With a curved panel and a rather nice 165Hz refresh, not to mention the 1ms response time, this Asus TUF gaming monitor is not to be sniffed at. It’s one of our favorite monitors and the model is only a couple of years old. Not a bad buy.

LG UltraGear 32GN600 | 32-inch | 1440p | VA | 165Hz | $349 $249 at Walmart (save $100)
As we said at the beginning, high-refresh 1440p monitors are where it’s at right now, and this LG UltraGear screen is a great example of why that’s the case. Big, bold, and bright, it’ll make pretty much everything you play look great, and that 165Hz refresh rate will make it silky smooth too. This is a great deal.

Acer XG270HU | 27-inch | 1440p | TN | 144Hz | $349.99 $289.99 at Newegg (save $60)
You may be able to get IPS and VA panels for this sort of cash, but there’s still something to be said for this speedy TN screen for gaming. High-refresh rates and 1ms response times make it a punchy offering, and viewed straight on the colors are decent. It’s got a tiny bezels on the top and sides for multi-screen setups, and also supports AMD FreeSync for smooth gaming.

AOC C32G2ZE | 32-inch | 1080p | VA | 240Hz | $329.99 $279.99 at Amazon (save $50)
32 inches may make 1080p seem a tad stretched, but this is still a pretty good deal on a vast, curved gaming monitor—that’s even without the ridiculous 0.5ms response, and 240Hz refresh rate. Here you’re getting excellent contrast, accurate color, and AMD FreeSync to help reduce screen tear.

Alienware AW2521HF | 25-inch | 1080p | IPS | 240H | $524.99 $364.99 at Dell (save $160)
It may not be the widest, screen nor the highest resolution around, but with a true 1ms grey-to-grey response and a ridiculous 240Hz refresh, it’ll give you some serious speed—provided your PC can pump out the high frame rates it deserves.

Samsung Odyssey G3 | 24-inch | 1080p | VA | 144Hz | $279.99 $199.99 at Amazon (save $80)
One of our favorite gaming monitors is an Odyssey, this is just the toned-down version. At 144Hz, with a 1ms response, it can still hold its own. It even comes with Freesync, which is great for those packing an AMD GPU.

Sceptre E275B-FPT165 | 27-inch | 1080p | IPS | 165Hz | $227.48 $199.97 at Amazon (save $27.51)
It’s not the highest resolution monitor, but a nice 165Hz refresh and 1ms response time is not to be sniffed at for that price. It’s more built for speed than image fidelity. Plus, you’re looking at nice 27 inch IPS panel, so there’s that.

Samsung T350 | 1080p | IPS | 4ms response time | 75Hz | $189.99 $109.99 at Best Buy (save $80)
Now we’re talking cheap monitors, let’s look at the Samsung T350 on offer at Best Buy. This is actually a monitor we’ve come in contact with a lot, as Jacob used to have a pair of these at home. These don’t offer the most amazing picture quality in the world, but if you’re looking for a cheap way to buy two monitors at once, this is it.

Asus ROG Swift PG259QN | 24.5-inch | 1080p | 360Hz | $599.99 $489.99 at Amazon (save $110)
This 1080p gaming monitor offers a ridiculously fast refresh rate, and so will need one of the newer G-Sync compatible graphics cards to make the most of it. ROG Swift’s IPS panels are great, though, offering deep, clear colors while still providing good response times. It’s a little on the small size, but if you’re short of space, this is worth your consideration.

Black Friday TV deals

Sony Bravia XR A80J | 65-inch | OLED | 4K | $2,299.99 $1,799.99 at Best Buy (save $500)
This high-end TV from Sony uses OLED tech to produce one of the best experiences around. Near-infinite contrast, excellent color gamut, and a quick response time make it as great for gaming as it is for watching movies. 120Hz refresh rates and HDMI 2.1 round out its next-gen capabilities.

LG 65 Class C1 Series | 65-inch | OLED | 4K | $2,099.99 $1,799.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
Why settle for a 55-inch TV when you could go massive and grab this 65-inch bad boy instead. You still get support for 120Hz gaming via HDMI 2.1 and wonderful picture quality thanks to the OLED tech that makes this screen tick. A decent saving on a quality screen.

Samsung 4K QLED (2021) | 65-inch | Quantum Dot | $1,699.99 $1,197.99 at Newegg (save $502)
This Samsung 4K QLED is actually a pretty good fit for gaming. You know why? It comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, and for a TV its response time isn’t all too bad at 13ms either. Nice.

Samsung Q60A | 32-inch | QLED | 4K | $497.99 $397.99 at B&H Photo (save $100)
This Samsung screen is a great fit for most living rooms. It’s not rapid-fast like some of the others on this list, but say you only want to play Stardew Valley on the big screen, it’s pretty darn good. Similarly, it’s good for, you know, watching TV.

LG 55 Class C1 Series | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | $1,499.99 $1,299.99 at Best Buy (save $200)
LG makes some beautiful panels, and its TVs are some of the best for gaming, too. This particular screen is fit for 120Hz gaming and harnesses the full capability of OLED for wonderfully deep picture quality and contrast.

Vizio OLED55-H1 | 55-inch | OLED | 4K | $1,299.99 $999.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
This 55-inch 4K television was a big hit in the sales last year, and it’s already enjoying some money off right now. The 120Hz refresh rate and support for HDMI 2.1 mean you can plug your consoles into it as well as your PC and enjoy some big-screen gaming. 

Black Friday NVMe SSD deals

Samsung 980 Pro | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | $229.99 $184.99 at Amazon (save $45)
Samsung’s premium next-gen internal SSD may not top the charts, but it’s still a solid performer and has enjoyed some healthy price cuts since its launch. Strong 4K performance and solid real-world performance make for a quality option, particularly at this price. 

SK Hynix Gold P31 | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $129.99 $110.49 at Amazon after 15% coupon applied (save $19.50)
This is the newer model of SK Hynix’s contribution to the NVMe market. It’s got it’s own controller, and has NAND flash memory that rivals top-tier storage like the Samsung 970 EVO Plus. For just over $100 for a terabyte, it’s certainly one worth considering.

Seagate FireCuda 530 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | $249.99 $189.99 at Newegg (save $54)
The FireCuda 530 is one of the fastest drives around but is held back somewhat by its high price. With the SN850 and 980 Pro offering roughly the same performance but for a lot less, it’s been hard to unreservedly recommend Seagate’s drove. This $40 saving helps on that front, and if you’re looking for some super speedy storage, this won’t disappoint. 

WD_Black SN850 | 2TB | PCIe 4.0 | $529.99 $339.99 at Amazon (save $190)
The fastest NVMe SSD you can buy today also happens to be a bit of a steal right now. With a massive 36% saving off its list price, you can enjoy speedy access not just for your OS, but for all of your games as well. This is the stuff dream machines are made of.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus | 2TB | PCIe 3.0 | $329.99 $229.99 at Best Buy (save $100)
It wasn’t that long ago that this was the overall best SSD you could get your hands on. While we’ve had faster PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs recently, this is still a decent buy, especially at this price. 2TB of speedy NVMe storage will cover you for a good chunk of your steam library, and it’ll make Windows fly too.  

WD_Black SN750 SE | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | $139.99 $99.99 at Newegg (save $40)
This Special Edition take on the SN750 supports PCIe 4.0, although the throughput of 3,600MB/s is only just better than the best PCIe 3.0 drives. It is however a decent price for a 1TB SSD that offers decent 4K read and write performance. Not the fastest drive around, but at under $100, it’s not a bad deal by any means.

Kingston NV1 | 2TB | PCIe 3.0 | $199.99 $144.99 at Adorama (save $60)
This is absolutely a budget NVMe SSD, but one that rolls in at such a good price that it’s almost impossible to ignore. The performance won’t trouble other NVMe drives, but it’ll still leave any SATA drive eating dust. It’s DRAM-less and fairly barebones, but for the money, you can’t really complain.

WD_Black SN850 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | $229.99 $181.94 at Amazon (save $48.05)
Out of all the next-gen PCIe 4.0 SSDs we’ve tested, this is the one that stands out as offering the absolute best performance around. It runs a bit on the toasty side, so you’ll need good airflow in your system, but once you’ve got that sorted you’ll enjoy incredible performance in your games. 

Black Friday SATA SSD deals

Samsung 870 QVO | 2TB | SATA | $229.99 $179.99 at Best Buy (save $50)
This is a pretty good price for a big ol’ chunk of SSD storage. If you’re looking to boot the hard drives out of your rig, then this is one of the more affordable ways of doing so. Samsung’s a good brand, and while the 870 QVO is nothing to get excited about in terms of performance, it’ll serve you well. 

Samsung 870 EVO | 1TB | SATA | $169.99 $109.99 at Best Buy (save $60)
 This is a pretty nippy little sata SSD, renowned for its consistency in 530MB/s read and around 510MB/s write speed averages. And there’s enough space here to rid yourself of that pesky HDD for good—and it’s especially worth is for that price.

Western Dgitial Blue | 1TB | SATA | $189.99 $89.99 at Best Buy (saving $100)
Best Buy may be pushing it a bit with that saving as this drive hasn’t been that much for years, but this is still a 1TB SATA drive from a respected brand for under $90. It’ll outperform a hard drive any day of the week, and it won’t be as hot or noisy when doing so. Reads peak at 560MB/s with writes a little slow at 530MB/s, but both are close to the interface’s maximum throughput. 

Black Friday External SSD deals

Adata SE800 | 1TB | USB 3.2 | $179.99 $99.99 at Amazon (save $80)
This is our fave external SSD even when it’s selling at its normal price, so with this chunky 33% saving, it’s a steal. Seriously speedy reads and writes, impervious to dust and water, and all for a bargain price. You’ll do well to find anything better right now—you will need a speedy USB 3.2 port to get the very best from it mind.

SanDisk Extreme Portable | 1TB | USB 3.2 | $239.99 $119.99 at Best Buy (save $120)
This IP55 rated drive is dust-proof and water-resistant, is sturdy enough to survive being dropped, and features hardware encryption to keep the contents private too. With transfer speeds up to 1,050MB/s over USB 3.2 Gen 2 it’s no slouch when it comes to throwing files around either. And hey, it looks pretty good too.

WD_Black P50 | 1TB | USB 3.2 | $249.99 $199.99 at Best Buy (saved $50)
This speedy external SSD managed to grab the second-place slot in our external SSD guide recently, making it a quality offering. Great overall performance and a sleek, rugged casing make it a great performance drive for console and PC gamers alike. 

Black Friday gaming chair deals

Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Black | 4D armrests | $599 $469 at Secretlab (save $140)
This is our pick for the best gaming chair, and you’ll know why once you sit in it. Or read our review. As for this specific design, it is one of the more understated of the lot. Its not as sensual to the touch as the Softweave fabric choice, but still boasts immaculately upholstered, premium quality Neo Hybrid Leatherette, and of course fantastic ergonomics. 

Secretlab Titan Evo 2022 Plush Pink | 4D armrests | $619 $489 at Secretlab (save $130)
Nothing makes a statement like a baby pink gaming chair, but of course there are other colours to chose from. It’s a standout choice for the Softweave Plus Fabric design, and is a top tier design, pink or not.

Secretlab Omega Classic | 4D armrests | $499 $359 at Secretlab (save $140)
Wrapped in Secretlab prime 2.0 PU Leather, this Classic Omega gaming chair is the more reasonably priced choice. It may not come with magnetic headrests but it’s highly adjustable, and there are more designs to choose from than with the Titan. 

Secretlab Omega SoftWeave 2020 Series | 4D armrests | $429 $389 at Secretlab (save $30)
Until the latest refresh, the Secretlab Omega was our favorite gaming chair, and it’s still a great option. With a modest discount it’s still not ‘cheap’ but this SoftWeave version is beautiful to sit on, and super comfortable too.

Razer Iskur | 299 lbs max | 4D armrests | $499.99 $349.99 at Best Buy (save $150)
Razer knows what it’s doing when it comes to good quality peripherals, and its chairs are no different. With a loud green trim and subtle snakeskin design, the Iskur is a distinctive gaming chair, from a trusted brand.

Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody | 300 lbs max | 2D armrests | $1,595 $1,355.75 at Herman Miller (save $240)
Herman Miller x Logitech G Embody is one of our favorite gaming chairs. It has incredible back support, cooling material for active gaming positions, and a 12-year warranty. It’s pricey, but worth it, and we rarely see it discounted.

Anda Seat Kaiser 2 | 441 lbs max | 4D armrests | $499.99 $349.99 at Amazon (save $150.00)
The Kaiser 2 is one of the top dogs on our best gaming chairs guide. The main drawback is some minor armrest rattle, but otherwise it’s a great, well-built chair, and perfect for the bigger-framed gamers among us.

DXRacer Master | 353 lbs max | 4D armrests | $629.99 $528.89 at Walmart (save $101.1)
It’s not the easiest thing to put together, but the DXRacer Master has earned a place among those on our best gaming chairs guide for a reason. It’s not the cheapest option but its the most modular, highly ergonomic and we’re totally convinced it could survive a nuclear blast.

AKRacing Core Series EX | 330 lbs max | 3D armrests | $479 $311.99 at Best Buy (save $167.01)
Usually almost $500, this is a hulking saving. It’s not the most well padded and in full recline apparently feels a little precarious, but it’s comfortable, well built, and great for wider folks.

Herman Miller Aeron Chair | Three sizes | Adjustable arms | $1,545 $1,313.25 at Herman Miller (save $231.75)
The Aeron has long been office chair royalty. It’s highly customisable, like the Embody above, but is made from lighter, mesh fabrics. It’s very comfortable, too, though we do prefer the gaming stylings of the Embody as well. Still, the Aeron is a great option if you’re willing to invest in your desk setup with a superb ergonomic chair.

Vertagear SL5000| 330 lbs max | 4D armrests | head cushion | $459.99 $389.99 at Vertagear (save $70)
The Vertagear SL5000 offers all the features you’d expect from a gaming chair at this price, and that means plenty of adjustability and style. One thing it offers that others don’t, however, and it is an expensive optional extra, is RGB LED lighting around the top of the chair. I mean if that’s your style, it certainly has a unique selling point. It is $239.99 on sale, though. Ouch. 

Vertagear PL1000 | 330 lbs max | 2D armrests | head cushion |$329.99 $279.99 at Vertagear (save $50)
This chair is a fairly simple beast, but that means you get the basics done well and none of the fluff. Head cushion, back support, and a selection of nicely stitched finishes compliment the PL1000’s price.

Black Friday gaming microphone and streaming deals

Razer Seiren Mini | USB | Supercardioid | $49.99 $34.99 at Amazon (save $15)
The Seiren Mini is the mic I have sat on my desktop right now, and it’s a beauty. It’s a little lozenge of microphone joy for the casual user, with a price tag to match. You can get it in white or pink, too, but the biggest discount is on this unassuming black version. It’s a super-simple mic, using the internals of more expensive options within a basic package. I mean, there’s not even a mute button… 

Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone | USB or XLR | Unidirectional Cardioid | $249 $219 at Amazon (save $30)
This is our favorite microphone and is on sale for the cheapest price we’ve ever seen. Sure, the Shure MV7 at $219 sure ain’t cheap, but it’s a mic capable of impeccable sound reproduction on an almost professional level. The fact it offers both XLR and USB connections are proof positive of that, too.

Blue Yeti Nano | USB | Multiple pickup patterns | $99.99 $69.99 at Amazon (save $30)
Blue mics have been the gold standard for streaming microphones for the longest time, and the Yeti Nano carries on that tradition with an affordable, accurate, but simple design that packs all sound quality of the Yetis that have gone before it. And it’s got a great name. Makes me think of a tiny abominable snowman, and that pleases me.

Elgato HD60 S Capture Card | 1080p | 60 fps | $179.99 $129.99 at Amazon (save $50)
This is our pick of the best capture cards around for its ease-of-use and general all-round power. It’s capable of capturing up to 1080/60 making it perfect for any capture and streaming you might want to do without the massive overheads of a 4K resolution.

Elgato HD60 Pro | 1080p | 60 fps | $170.99 $99.95 at Amazon (save $71.04)
The HD60 Pro might just be the step-up in quality you need to take your recordings to the next level. It’s the perfect beginner’s capture card and will take the encoding load off your GPU at bitrates up to 60 Mbps.

Black Friday Gaming Mice deals

EVGA X17 gaming mouse | 16,000 DPI | 8K Hz polling rate | $79.99 $29.99 at Newegg (save $50)
EVGA recently decided to do away with the more traditional 1,000Hz polling rate in favour of an 8K one, which it says is that much faster for competitive gaming. The X17 is the wired mouse with said high polling rate, and it’s a pretty nifty mouse besides that, too. 

Razer Naga Pro | Wireless | 20,000 DPI | Right handed | $149.99 $99.99 at Amazon (Save $50)
Another of our favourites, this is a nice weighty option. One that comes with three interchangable side plates for a host of play-styles. Just make sure you don’t lose the cable because nothing else fits.

Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed | Wireless | 16,000 DPI | Right-handed | $59.99 $34.99 at Best Buy (save $25)
Wireless shouldn’t mean expensive, and in the case of the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed wireless mouse, it doesn’t. Especially with this deal over at Best Buy. You can also rest assured this is a high quality mouse from a reputable brand with a great ergonomic shape.

Razer Viper Ultimate | Wireless | with dock | 20,000 DPI | Ambidextrous | $149.99 $89.99 at Amazon (save $60)
With swathes of battery life, and a… razer sharp sensor (sorry) this super light mouse comes in at 74g and can be wielded in either hand. It’s one for the competitive gamer’s who like to fling their rodent about the place.

Logitech G203 | Wired | 8,000 DPI | Right handed | $39.99 $19.99 at Amazon (Save $20)
Already listed as the best cheap gaming mouse around on our best gaming mouse guide, this is a great choice for people just starting out, or who’ve already blown their budget on high-powered components, but who still want to go with a trusted brand.

Razer DeathAdder V2 Mini gaming mouse | 8,500 DPI | 62g | $49.99 $44.99 at Razer (save $5)
A lightweight and compact mouse with a great sensor. Though it’s not got the highest DPI in the business, it boasts great ergonomics and decent build quality, too—there’s not much more you can ask for that price.

Razer Basilisk Ultimate | Wireless | Charging dock included | 20,000 DPI | $169.99 $99.99 at Best Buy (save $70)
If you want to go all out on your gaming mouse, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate is the way to go. It’s a fan favourite, and we’re big fans too, although clearly it’s a lot pricier than your average gaming mouse, even a wireless one. With the included charging dock, though, you can take the hassle out of charging your battery.

SteelSeries Prime | 18,000 DPI | 80g | $129.99 $90.99 at Amazon (Save $39)
It’s not a huge saving on this wireless rodent, but for the competitive prowess it exhibits, it’s certainly worth a look. The TrueMove Pro sensor is great, and it’s nice and light for FPS players looking to fling it around the mouse pad. 

Black Friday Gaming Keyboard deals

Corsair K100 | Optical Mechanical linear switch | 4K Hz polling rate | per-key RGB | $229.99 $179.99 at Amazon (save $40)
Top of our best gaming keyboards, this opto-mechanical wonder is super responsive, and nicely premium when it comes to build quality. For under $100 it’s certainly worth a look, though you’ll have to get both Elgato and iCue softwares to make it work. Still, the only other downside was the price. Not so much right now.

EVGA Z20 | Optical Mechanical linear switch | 4K Hz polling rate | per-key RGB lighting | $174.99 $64.98 at Newegg and Amazon (save $110)
This EVGA keyboard is a bit of a steal at that price, as it’s one of the more recent arrivals from the company and fully mechanical. That said, it has tracked at this price for a few months on Amazon, but that doesn’t make it any less of a deal today if you’re in the market.

SteelSeries Apex Pro | Omnipoint adjustable | $199.99 $163.46 at Amazon (Save $36.53)
A full size Apex pro with omnipoint adjustable key switches will see you right at this price. We’ve singled it out as the ‘best gaming keyboard for per-key actuation,’ so it’s for those who hold speed as a top priority.

SteelSeries Apex 5 | Hybrid Mechanical Blue | per-key RGB | $99.99 $66.94 at Amazon (save $33.05)
If you like the look of the Apex Pro but can’t quite stretch your budget, the Apex 5 is a good alternative. It uses a switch that’s, at its heart, a membrane switch, but has some mechanical feel thanks to a hybrid construction. That’s where you save some cash, but otherwise it offers a lot of what you’d find on the Pro.

Logitech G413 | Mechanical Romer-G switch | USB Passthrough | $89.99 $59.99 at Amazon (save $30)
Logitech has put together a very safe keyboard in the G413, and one we’ve come to appreciate for its simplicity and function. It’s mechanical, using Logitech’s own Romer-G switches, and is built to last. Only thing is it’s available with red lighting and not RGB. I know that’ll be a dealbreaker for some, but for a mechanical keyboard it’s great value.

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2| Orange Switch (tactile) | $139.99 $125.99 at Razer (save $14)
The BlackWidow Tournament Edition offers a compact and plush board for when mouse maneuverability is key.

Havit mechanical keyboard | Red silent | $59.99 $42.99 at Amazon (save $17)
A 60% keyboard with boatloads of style, and PBT keycaps. We don’t know these red key switches it’s touting, but they’re rated at 50 million keypresses. And silent ones too, so none of that clicky-clacky nonsense.

Black Friday gaming headset deals

Razer Kraken X | Wired | Closed-back|  $49.99 $29.99 at Amazon (40% off)
If you’re after a lightweight, stylish headset for gaming, these will see you right. They can be a little inconsistent, but the mic is top tier, you’ll be gaming in incredible comfort with these babies strapped to your brainhole.

HyperX Cloud II | Wired | Closed-back | $99.99 $80.01 at Amazon (save $19.98)
As the wired version of the Cloud II, you don’t get the same freedom as the wireless model, but you still get some supreme quality cans. And with a detachable mic, 7.1 surround, and a sturdy, light frame, these will see you right in comfort.

HyperX Cloud Alpha S | Wired | Closed-back | $129.99 $79.99 at Best Buy (Save $50)
Similar to the Cloud II, the Alpha S has great quality sound and reliable build quality behind it, with a little more frequency range. Its USB adapter also makes it more versatile for cross-platform usage. We gave it an 82 in our Cloud Alpha S review, so you can bet it’s a cracking headset, but particularly so at this price.

Razer BlackShark V2 X | Wired | Closed-back | $59.99 $34.99 at Best Buy (save $25)
With a spectacular range of sound, and impeccable comfort this is already a great headset, and that’s without mentioning its understated look with sharp, distinctive Razer green accent. Along with 7.1 surround sound, all this makes for a cracking deal.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition | Wired | Closed-back | $99.99 $49.99 at Amazon (save $50)
This Razer Kraken headset is Razer’s bread and butter. It’s simple, works great, and its USB connectivity means you have the option to adjust volume and mute your mic with the in-line controls. This headset tends to drop down to this price, but nonetheless, this is still cheap for this one.

Logitech G432 | Wired | Closed-back | $79.99 $39.99 at Amazon (save $40)
This pair of Logitech headphones offers the basics done well. It’s usually a bit expensive for our tastes, but at 50% off we’re more than happy to recommend it. Logitech makes good gear, and while simple, sometimes there’s not much more you want in a gaming headset.

Drop + Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset | Wired | Open-back| $120 $95 at Drop (save $25)
The EPOS (née Sennheiser) Game One’s have been a very popular gaming headset for a while now, and these Drop versions take that formula and deliver it at a decent price with discount. It’s not often we see many open-back gaming headsets, with a microphone included, and that makes for a more open, wider sound without having to buy separate gear.

Drop + Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones | Wired | Open-back | $220 $179 at Drop (save $41)
This pair of headphones is based on the venerable Sennheiser HD 650s, which our Jacob just so happens to own. He loves his pair and couldn’t recommend them enough if you’re just getting into high-end audio. These HD 6XX are reportedly as much a match for the HD 650s, too, though they come in a swanky blue instead of Sennheiser’s grey. You’ll want an amp/DAC for these, which Drop also offer in the O2, though Jacob recommends a Schiit combo. He’s not joking. 

Drop + Sennheiser HD 8XX headphones | Wired | Open-back | $1,100 $949 at Drop (save $151)
The Sennheiser HD 800 S are our Jacob’s dream headphones, and these HD 8XX from Sennheiser and Drop are made in their image. They’re pretty darn similar, too, with the same construction and factory of origin. Yet the HD 8XX have been tweaked a little bit, which reportedly makes them slightly less neutral sounding than the HD 800 S, and so ultimately offer a different listening experience.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro | Wireless | 24hr battery | Closed-back | $179.99 $129.99 at Walmart (save $50)
The BlackShark V2 Pro is the pro version of the headset at the top of our list. With a banging frequency response and the added convenience of a wireless design, we cant recommend these enough.

Corsair Void RGB Elite | Wireless | Closed-back | $99.99 $69.99 at Amazon (save $30)
Corsair’s aggressive-looking gamer headset offers comfort and quality, which you might not find many wireless headphones do at this price. It’s currently sitting at the cheapest price we’ve seen it at all year, and if you enjoy it’s gamer aesthetic, it’s definitely a good buy.

Corsair HS70 Pro | Wireless | 16hr battery | Closed-back | $99.99 $74 at Amazon (save $25.99)
Corsair impresses with its budget take on the wireless headset, featuring impressively robust build quality and an overall no-nonsense headset. The sound quality is really impressive for the money too. The battery life isn’t as strong as some, but it’s still a decent offering, especially at this reduced price. 

Logitech G935 | Wireless | 12hr battery | Closed | $169.99 $115.99 at Amazon (Save $54)
A little edgy looking, but still a well rounded headset. You don’t get the immense frequency response range that some have, but they’re comfortable, and come with surround sound. Being wireless they’re also freeing, so that’s nice.

Steelseries Arctis 9X | 20–22,000Hz | 20hr battery life | $199 $147.88 at Walmart (Save $39.20)
It may not have the surround sound capability of the Arctis 7, but the mic trumps its sister model no contest. The Arctis 9X also has cross-platform compatibility, so you can use it on your PS5 or XBox series X, too. And being wireless is an extra win.

Black Friday CPU deals

AMD Ryzen 5900X | 12 Cores, 24 Threads | 3.7GHz to 4.8GHz |$569.99 $484 at Amazon (save $85)
The AMD Ryzen 5900X has never had a price this low before. This is one of our favorite CPUs for gaming with its 12 cores and 24 threads and a 4.8GHz boost. Keep in mind, you’ll need a CPU cooler too.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X | 3.8GHz | 8-Core| AM4| Cooler not included| $449.99 $299.99 at Micro Center (save $150)
$150 off makes this the cheapest we’ve ever spied the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800X, so if you’re in the market, definitely jump on this while you can. Even without such a hefty discount, this chip is a seriously good deal for gaming and content creation.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X | 16-core, 32-thread | 105W | $799.99 $779.99 at B&H Photo (save $25)
If you need true CPU power, then this is the processor you want. It’s still a big pile of cash for a processor, but if you’re a gamer that also has a creative bent, then this will pay for itself quickly enough. 3D rendering, video encoding, and raw number-crunching all benefit from the huge amount of cores on offer here. That it’s an awesome gaming chip as well is just the icing on the cake.

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G | eight-Core, 16-thread | 65W | $359 $309 at Best Buy (save $50)
This isn’t a massive saving, to be fair, but given you don’t need a graphics card with this capable APU for some light gaming, it’s still a decent bargain. You get a full-fat eight-core, 16-thread chip that will handle serious tasks every bit as well as more expensive offerings. We liked this chip a lot when we reviewed it. It comes with a cooler too.

Intel Core i3 10100F | four-core, eight-thread | 65W | $129 $91.90 at Amazon (save $37.10)
There was once a time when a four-core/eight-thread CPU such as this would’ve ruled the lineup as the top Core i7. Those days are over, and have been for a while, and now you can find a chip that’s equally as good for gaming under $100. Pick up a cheaper 400-series chipset and you’ll be able to build a more than capable gaming PC with this at its heart. Just bear in mind you will need a discrete GPU for this, as there’s no iGPU on the chip.

Intel Core i5 11600K | six-core, 12-thread | 125W | $299.99 $229.99 at Newegg (save $70)
Of all the 11th Gen chips, it was the Core i5 11600K that stood out to us as a good deal for gamers. That said, it’s recently been replaced by the more capable Core i5 12600K, though you can’t find that for anywhere near as cheap. Bonus here is you can also save cash on a cheaper motherboard, so it’s all-round a great pick for a budget PC.

Intel Core i9 10900K | 10-core, 20-thread | 125W TDP | $469.99 $458.99 at Newegg (save $11)
You might look at the 10900K and think it’s getting on a bit with Intel’s 12th Gen arriving on the scene, but it’s a more than capable 10-core processor. It’s actually our preferred choice compared to the 8-core i9 11900K, and the saving, however small, can go towards a compatible Z490 motherboard.

Intel Core i7 10700K | 8-core, 16-thread | 125W | $349.99 $329.99 at B&H (save $20)
Intel’s 8-core 10700K is still a force to be reckoned with in gaming. While the newer Core i7 12700K should give it a run for its money, it won’t be found for this little for a long ol’ time. Might be worth considering this chip then, if you can’t make your budget stretch any further.

Black Friday RAM deals

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB | 2x 8GB | 3200MT/s | C16 | $102.99 $62.99 at Amazon (save $40)
This is a great memory kit for both AMD and Intel-powered machines, with a decent speed and low latency. It’s not quite the rapid pace of DDR5, which has now entered the scene, but it’s a great kit nonetheless. The price of this kit fluctuates weekly, but this is a low asking price for this RAM over the past year.

When is Black Friday 2021?

Black Friday 2021 will be on November 26, one full day ahead of last year’s date. That means Cyber Monday will fall on November 29 after a retail-heavy weekend.

Last year Black Friday almost lasted from the end of the delayed Prime Day in October. It will be a similar story this year, with everyone, from Amazon to Newegg keen to lock in sales early to avoid shipping problems. So expect specific Black Friday deals and offers to start earlier than ever.

What deals can I expect on Black Friday 2021?

Obviously, Black Friday deals on graphics cards are off the table for another year. I mean, being able to buy one for anything near MSRP would be a start. But you will be able to find the latest GPU silicon in either a pre-built gaming PC or a new gaming laptop, and a few deals have already started to appear on that front. Intel has just released Alder Lake CPUs too, which should mean price cuts on 11th-Gen PCs too.

Along with the news that there will be new Ryzen CPUs early next year, last-gen Intel and AMD processors could be cheaper too, in order to clear older stock from the inventory of retailers. With an imminent price correction on memory expected soon, we might see some other component deals, as well. 

The arrival of DDR5 might also make DDR4 kits more affordable, and there seems to have been a glut of great SSDs deals. 

Screens are another regularly discounted commodity around Black Friday, and we doubt this year will be any different. This means both the best gaming monitors and the best TVs for gaming could get some tasty deals, too.

And there will always be gaming mice and keyboards on sale come Black Friday too, so they’re worth taking a look at. It’s a great time of year to treat your butt to a quality gaming chair as well, which tend to enjoy some healthy price cuts this time of year.

What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2021?

Anything you don’t need. It’s distressingly easy to be duped into dropping cash on something just because there’s a hefty discount attached to it… even though you have absolutely no use for it. 

If you’re considering making a purchase around Black Friday, have a plan of attack. That probably sounds needlessly aggressive, but you need to know what you actually want to buy first or you’ll end up with no end of crap. Cheap crap, maybe, but crap nonetheless. 

Do some research on the products you’d like to pick up in the sales (we offer detailed hardware buying guides), and maybe some alternatives in case those don’t pop up. Set yourself a strict budget too. 

Products like graphics cards and processors have obvious tiers (though the different companies work damned hard to make product names as confusing as possible), and SSDs have rated speeds, but for peripherals, it’s tougher to tell from the specs whether they’re worth the money. Checking for reviews, from such luminaries as ourselves, should guide you on your way, and checking price trackers such as CamelCamelCamel will let you know if a deal’s more than just skin deep.

Are there any Black Friday tips and tricks?

If you haven’t already used it up during a credit card splurge around Amazon Prime Day, then you ought to take the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. That will get you early access to the Lightning Deals, and help you grab some of Jeff’s best deals of the day. It will also net you free shipping on a host of products and speedy delivery too, and at the very worst it’ll be handy when it comes to bagging some last-minute Christmas gifts for that aunt you always forget about.

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