As Amazon and eBay gear up for another yearly cavalcade of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, it’s easy to forget that pretty much every other retailer and eCommerce site is trying to beat them at their own game.
Here are some of the best (non-Amazon) deals we’ve seen going around for Black Friday 2019.
Oculus Quest @ Oculus for $569
Oculus' latest and greatest VR headset is discounted by $80 until the 2nd of December. As a result, you can buy it for a reduced $569 rather than the usual $649. If you're keen to kit up ahead of the arrival of Half Life: Alyx, it's a great option. Grab it here.
In our full review of the Oculus Quest, we said that "If you’re after the most advanced or capable VR headset, the ceiling for something like the HTC Vive Pro or Oculus Rift S is much higher than that of the Quest. But if you’re after a VR headset that’s easy to set-up and pack away between usage and one that you’re able to have fun with from the get go, this is the one to get.
ASUS TUF FX505 gaming laptop @ Microsoft Store for $1399
ASUS’ old school gaming laptop with modern specs is discounted down from $1599 to $1399 over at the Microsoft store.
In our review of the ASUS TUF FX505, we said that “Ultimately, the TUF FX505 is as much a testament to how much performance and power you can fit into an affordable gaming laptop nowadays as it is a throwback to the uncomfortable compromise that gaming laptops used to embody.”
20% off Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 @ Microsoft Store
Microsoft are slicing a clean 20% off the asking price for their new Surface Pro 7 tablet and Surface Laptop 3. This brings the starting price for the former down to $979 and the latter down to $1359.
Get in on the action over at the Microsoft store here.
Google Pixel 3a @ JB Hi-Fi for $579
JB are only knocking about $70 off the regular price of Google’s most affordable Pixel phone but, you know what, it’s still a steal. The Pixel 3a is one of our favorite phones of the year. In our review we said that “If you can live without things like wireless charging, water resistance and the ability to take photos of the moon, there are almost zero reasons to look and buying anything other than the Pixel 3a.”
You can buy it by clicking over to the JB Hi-Fi site here.
Apple HomePod @ Officeworks for $364
Made the mistake of buying a HomePod and want to hook yourself up with a second for stereo pairing on the cheap? Officeworks are shaving about $100 off the usual price, letting you get Apple’s smart speaker for $364 rather than the usual $469. Buy it here.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint @ OzGameShop for $45
If things got away from you and you couldn’t find the time to pick up a copy of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint when it first released, here’s a great reason to grab a copy over the weekend: it’s cheap as hell over at OzGameShop. Discounted down from the regular $86 to $45, you can buy it on PS4 here and Xbox One here.
Fitbit Versa @ JB Hi-Fi for $149
JB Hi-Fi have discounted Fitbit’s original Versa smartwatch down to a cool $149. In our review of the Versa, we said that “if its predecessor was the wearable that showed that Fitbit had the chops to make it in the smartwatch market, this is the one that you’ll actually probably want to buy.”
You can do exactly that by jumping over to the JB Hi-Fi website here.
Samsung Galaxy Watch @ Harvey Norman for $298
In our review, we said that “if you’re the kind of user who digs where non-Apple smartwatches are at, you’ll probably get a lot out of the Galaxy Watch. It’s got every smartwatch feature you could want and some of the best battery life out there.”
It’s also now a steal at Harvey-Norman, thanks to a discounted price of $298. Buy it here.
AirPods @ The School Locker @ $199
The School Locker have Apple’s second-generation true wireless earbuds at a discounted price of $199. $49 of savings isn’t a huge amount of savings but considering that we are talking about an Apple product here, it’s still a 20% discount on the usually steep price.
Take advantage by clicking here.
Samsung T5 1TB SSD @ Harvey Norman for $198
In our original review of the Samsung T5 SSD, we made the case that “If the idea of a portable SSD with shockingly fast transfer speeds and a form-factor to die for fills you with glee, this is absolutely the product you’ll want to get your hands on sooner or later.”
Now, Our favorite Samsung SSD is on-sale over at Harvey Norman. You can get a whole terabyte of storage for $198. Buy it here.
Google Pixel 4 @ JB Hi-Fi for $899
The Google Pixel 4 only launched a few weeks ago but you can already save hundreds of dollars on it through Black Friday deals. For example, JB Hi-Fi have cut $150 off the price of the regular Google Pixel 4, meaning you can grab it for $899 rather than usual $1049. Meanwhile, if you're keen on the Pixel 4 XL, JB are also running the same discount for the larger device. Instead of $1429, you can get the Pixel 4 XL for $1279.
Nokia 9 Pureview @ JB Hi-Fi for $699
Nokia's most expensive phone of the year has had a keen $500 shaved off its previously-too-high price-tag by JB Hi-Fi. In our review, we said "The Nokia 9 delivers great performance, a clean design and a camera that’s utterly like no other. However, it falls short when it comes to battery life, and is ultimately as hindered as it is empowered by its powerful photography hardware."
Still, $500 of savings is $500 of savings. Buy it here.
Sega Mega Drive Mini @ JB Hi-Fi for $99
Sega's delightful Mega Drive Mini is discounted from $139 to $99 at JB Hi-Fi, Target and Big W this weekend. If you're keen on diving into any of the Mega Drive Mini's 42 classic retro games (or pairing it up with a ridiculously expensive TV), you're in for a treat. Buy it here.
40% off iPhone cases @ Tech21
The only thing better than a quality case for your iPhone is a cheap quality case for your iPhone. Tech21's online store has plenty of the latter. Their main Black Friday promotion gives you a 20% discount on everything. What's more, if you need a case for an iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR, you get another 20% off.
Seen any other great deals going this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
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