This story is part of
, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.
Black Friday will be here before you know it, and the deals are only getting better. Amazon’s Happy HoliDeals page is a cornucopia of Amazon-branded products with a slew of gadgets and accessories all on sale before the big day. However, you may want to take a minute before buying an Echo smart speaker, Fire tablet and Kindle e-reader. The online retail giant released its full slate of Amazon Black Friday device deals, some rivaling what we saw at Prime Day. In the meantime, the newly-released received a price drop to $235 (though they are currently available on backorder). It’s not a big drop in price, but these were just released in early November.
If you’re planning to buy any Amazon device from the Happy HoliDeals offerings, you should sign up for TopCashback first — the cash-back service is offering an unparalleled 10% rebate on Amazon devices. And yeah, you may think you’re already a pro at saving money on Black Friday sales, but I recently discovered a few tricks that you may not know about. So check out my advice on .
Here’s a list of our favorite gear that’s on sale at Amazon right now, followed by the Amazon device deals that start as of Nov. 22.
Amazon Black Friday deals available now
As expected, some of the best early discounts are on Amazon devices (though some of the items below will be even cheaper in a few weeks, as noted above). But I found a few noteworthy non-Amazon deals as well, so check those out, too.
Released in early November, the AirPods Pro are available for a cheaper price. Regularly priced at $250, the small discount for the noise-canceling earbuds is great for those needing to upgrade their previous AirPods or those who want to dive into a truly wireless audio experience.
It’s not even released yet, but Amazon just trotted out its first-ever discount on the Echo Show 8. It’s basically a larger version of the super-popular Echo Show 5 (which is currently on sale for $80, FYI), and therefore better suited to places like the kitchen, where the 8-inch screen makes it easier to view cooking videos and the like.
Actually, this app-powered garage-door controller originally sold for $130, so in a way you’re saving $100. It’s been steadily creeping down in price, but this is the lowest I’ve seen it. It’s compatible with most garage doors, and its usefulness cannot be overstated. Arguably the best $30 you can spend on your house right now.
Got some saliva to spare? Send a little to 23andMe and receive back over 125 DNA-based reports on your health, wellness, ancestry and the like. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this kit, which normally runs $199.
Sure, there’s an avalanche of competition out there, with more noise cancelling headphones than you can soundlessly shake a stick at. But Bose always seems to lead the pack with superb comfort, noise cancelling, and overall sound quality. Right now, you can get Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for $70 off at Amazon. If you don’t care about getting a dedicated Google Assistant button, you can still find otherwise identical, refurbished copies of the original Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones at Amazon as well. That said, the price has been fluctuating a bit — we saw the QuietComfort 35 II for as low as $235 recently, so there might still be some surprises between now and Black Friday. But you certainly shouldn’t pay more than $279 if you’re in the market between now and the new year.
Actually, there are savings to be had on several Insignia models, including the 32- and 39-inch ones. But if you just need something small for the den, bedroom or the like, it’s hard to beat a full-featured Fire TV for $100.
Between Bose, Sony and now Apple AirPods Pro, active noise-canceling headphones are all the rage. And now, we’re seeing an old favorite from Sennheiser that’s currently just $80 at Amazon — down from $200. We reviewed the nearly identical Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC two years ago, and found it to be a formidable Bose competitor at that $200 price. That model is down to $108 on Amazon, but this model — the HD 4.50 SE — has literally the exact same specs, aside from some cosmetic color differences.
While Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones showed up to party at $228 very briefly last week, we can’t be sure that wasn’t just a pricing error rather than a deliberate effort to undercut Bose. Nonetheless, it’s now priced at $278, and we’d be surprised if it went any lower before the holidays. There’s little doubt that these excellent-sounding headphones are the ones to beat right now, which is great, since they’re priced about the same as its chief competitor Bose QuietComfort 35 II.
Samsung Galaxy phone owners in need of a new timepiece can get their hands on a discounted Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch. It also works fine with other Android phones and can even connect to an iPhone. The fully-featured watch is regularly more than $200 so seeing it drop below that mark is a deal.
Amazon deals starting Friday, Nov. 22
Amazon deals starting Sunday, Nov. 24
Amazon deals starting Wednesday, Nov. 27
Amazon deals starting Thursday, Nov. 28
That’s it for now! Have you spotted any other great deals in Amazon’s super early sale? Share them in the comments.
Originally published earlier this month. Updated as new deals arrive and others expire.
CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our , and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page.