Game on: Your Black Friday Guide to Electronics, New Tech and Smart Appliances
Electronics, smart appliances and tech toys oh my! For videophiles, tech geeks and gamers, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is one of the most anticipated day of the year.
Sure there are good deals to be had on the latest technology, but shoppers also need to educate themselves and know exactly what they're getting-especially when it comes to smart or high-definition TVs and laptops where there can be tremendous differences in quality and performance.
To help today's busy Black Friday buyers navigate this complex electronics and appliance landscape, we've pulled together some quick tips and trends. Let's start with some of the hot items for the 2019 season.
Best big-screen TV buys
Want to upgrade your TV to something more binge-watching worthy? Looking for a bigger screen or better quality picture? Black Friday can be a good time to get a great deal on a new Smart or high-definition TV.
Once upon a time, Black Friday meant steep discounts on television-but mostly on obscure off-brands. But according to Tom's Guide, this year retailers are relying more on brand recognition. Keep your eyes open and you should find some fantastic deals on top TVs.
Game consoles and accessories
Like turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving, game consoles are a Black Friday staple. In addition to the game systems themselves, there's all the associated games and gear-headsets, high-performance controllers and more. This holiday doesn't feature any major, next-gen system release, but there will still be deals galore on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch systems. Be sure to check out bundled gaming packages. It's a great way to get console you want-as well as some of the system's hottest games all in one.
Smartphones... and smarter homes
While it's nice to ring in the new year with a new smartphone, it's even better when that expensive gadget comes with a significant Black Friday or Cyber Monday discount.
Direct savings on the latest smartphones can be hard to come by (we're looking at you iPhone 11). The deepest discounts typically come from individual carriers when you switch services or activate an additional line. But if history is any indicator, retailers will continue dangle store gift cards as an additional incentive-sometimes as much as $300.
If you don't need the latest tech or are looking for a good deal on a reliable smartphone for your kid, you'll certainly be able to find some great prices last-generation devices like the iPhone 10 or Samsung Galaxy S9. And remember 5G is coming. Currently only a handful of smartphones are 5G ready, but that should change significantly in 2020.
The popularity of "smart home" technology like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and other devices continue to rise. These cool gadgets can offer the ease and convenience of voice activated or automated entertainment (music and TV control), comfort (area lighting and temperature), security (whole-home video monitoring and doorbell cameras) and more. If you haven't yet tried to up your home's IQ with new tech, Black Friday is your chance to get a great deal on smart home technology.
A good time to go all in on smart appliances
Looking to get a great deal on the latest smart appliances for your home? Now's the time. After electronics, smart refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and other appliances are some of the most popular items out there on Black Friday.
From self-setting microwaves that know what you're cooking to refrigerators with touch screens and cameras that offer you sneak peek inside so you can see if you're low on milk while you're at the grocery store, these smart appliances can take your home to whole other level of comfort and convenience.
If you're taking advantage of Black Friday deals online, make sure you know the shipping terms and times. You can usually find free shipping on most big-ticket appliance over a certain dollar amount, but it's always safe to check. Even if you're dealing with brick-and-mortar retailer, ordering from their online store can sometime circumvent additional delivery charges.
Don't forget about our electronics and appliance retail partners
As you game plan your Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping, be sure to check out our Synchrony electronics and appliance retail partners.
Not only can you find some awesome deals, but you can also take advantage of promotional financing that will help you keep more of your money in pocket this holiday season.* And who doesn't have that on their holiday wish list?
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