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The best Black Friday deals under $50

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If you’re looking to keep your Black Friday spending in check, we’ve put together a one-stop shop for all the best discounts that fall below the $50 mark.

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With all the deals, discounts, and promotions running around, it can be awfully tempting to spend a mint over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But for those trying to stay thrifty and keep their spending in check, we’ve gathered some of the Best Black Friday deals you can currently find for less than $50. There are plenty of worthwhile deals on wireless earbuds, smart home devices, and Bluetooth speakers that fall below the $50 mark, many of which we’d normally recommend picking up at full price.

If you’re planning to do some spending on bigger ticket items, we’ve also rounded up all the noteworthy discounts that are currently live at retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy, as well as the best early Black Friday deals overall.

  • Last year’s Roku Streaming Stick 4K is down to $24.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target (normally $49.99). The standard Streaming Stick 4K gets access to most major streaming services but only offers private listening through the Roku app, not the remote itself, unlike the more expensive 4K Plus Streaming Stick.

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K supports all the major streaming services, as well as HDR10 Plus and Dolby Vision. It is also compatible with all three voice assistants: Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

  • Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K Max streaming stick is available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target for $34.99 ($20 off). This device offers better performance than its predecessor and a large selection of streaming apps to choose from as well as Wi-Fi 6 support.

Amazon’s latest streaming stick offers improved performance and support for Wi-Fi 6. It continues to offer a terrific selection of streaming apps and an easy-to-use interface with the benefit of Alexa voice commands.

  • Alternatively, if you don’t need Wi-Fi 6 support, you can buy Amazon’s latest Fire TV Stick 4K on sale for $24.99 ($25 off)at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. While an older model, it still comes with an Alexa-equipped remote and offers support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, HDR, and HDR10 Plus.

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K packs support for 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10 Plus, along with an Alexa-enabled voice remote that controls most TV sets. Its audio output is capable of Dolby Atmos, too, and the compact device supports Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Prime Video, and all the major services.

  • The Google Chromecast with Google TV (4K) is normally priced at $49.99 but is currently on sale at Target, Amazon, and Best Buy for $39.99. Google’s streaming device shares many of the same features seen with other models from Amazon and Roku, including 4K playback, but it also allows you to directly cast content from other devices to your TV if it isn’t natively supported. It also features more intuitive access to live TV, allowing you to add all of your favorite channels easily.

The Chromecast with Google TV introduces a dedicated remote and new software. It brings together recommendations from all of your streaming services and supports 4K HDR content with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10 Plus.

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  • The Jabra Elite 3 earbuds are usually $79.99 but are currently discounted to $49.99 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. The Elite 3 earbuds offer consistent and reliable performance at a remarkably low price. While they don’t have exciting features like multipoint Bluetooth support or noise cancellation, the lightweight earbuds still provide great sound at a low price.

Jabra’s Elite 3 earbuds have a refreshed design that’s more stylish than the company’s past earbuds. While they don’t have many frills or extra features, they fare well in the key areas of sound quality, comfort, and battery life.

  • We haven’t had a chance to try out Skullcandy’s Dime XT 2 earbuds, but we feel pretty confident in saying that you’ll have a tough time finding a better pair of earbuds for $19 given their feature set. Normally $29.88, Walmart has knocked about $10 off the wireless pair, which feature Tile integration as well as IPX4 sweat and water resistance.

  • Sony’s excellent DualSense Wireless Controller is currently on sale for just $49 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $69). It can last for up to 12 hours on a single charge, features great haptic feedback and rear triggers with variable tension, and can be topped off using USB-C. Unfortunately, it’s only compatible with the PlayStation 5.

The midnight black DualSense controller sports the same hardware as the original — haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, etc. — only with a two-tone design reminiscent of PS2, PS3, and PS4 consoles.

The Xbox Wireless Controller runs on a pair of AA batteries and can last for up to 40 hours but can also be used with a wired USB-C connection. As you might expect, the wireless controllers are compatible with Xbox consoles but can also be used with PCs and mobile devices thanks to their Bluetooth connectivity.

The official Xbox Wireless Controller has a dedicated share button for saving clips and screenshots and sharing them online, Bluetooth support, and a USB-C port for charging up Microsoft’s play-and-charge rechargeable battery.

  • The white or blue colorways of the Logitech G435 Lightspeed are available at Amazon and Walmart for $29.99, the lowest price yet for what is normally a $79.99 gaming headset. The G435 Lightspeed is compatible with PCs, PlayStation, and the Nintendo Switch thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, and can still be used with Xbox by using its 3.5mm audio jack.

Logitech’s G435 Lightspeed is a lightweight and comfortable wireless gaming headset that won’t break the bank. It’s compatible with PlayStation consoles, as well as the Nintendo Switch and PC. It also supports Bluetooth, so you can listen to music or pick up calls while you game.

  • The Logitech G502 Hero is a long-standing icon of gaming mice. Normally $49.99, you can currently find the G502 on sale at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy for $34.99. The claw-shaped design houses a 25,600 DPI optical sensor and 11 programmable buttons that can be remapped using Logitech’s G software suite. It also weighs 121 grams out of the box and even comes with additional weights that can be added to the base for greater control.

Logitech’s G502 Hero has most of the same features as our top pick for the best gaming mouse, the G502 Lightspeed, except it’s wired. If you’re okay with that, this is an excellent mouse that you can usually find for $50 or less.

  • The Razer Orochi V2 is a gaming mouse that’s surprisingly portable, one that weighs in at less than 60 grams. Normally $69.99, you can currently find the V2 discounted to just $39.99 at Walmart and Amazon in its black colorway. You can pair the Orochi with devices using Bluetooth or 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity, and you can power it using either a AA or AAA battery depending on how much weight you want. It’s also equipped with an 18K DPI optical sensor.

The Razer Orochi V2 can run on a AA or AAA battery, offering up to 950 hours of play with a AA battery while connected to Bluetooth. Its 2.4GHz mode can run for up to 425 hours. It’ll last around a third of the longevity with a AAA battery inside.

  • The JBL Go 3 is usually $49.99 but is on sale for $24.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. The JBL Go 3 is small enough to fit in your back pocket and even comes with a handy loop to attach it to the outside of a bag if you run out of space. It can last for up to 10 hours on a single charge as well, and gets topped off via USB-C. The slightly larger JBL Clip 4 is also on sale for $44.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $79.99). It’s another waterproof Bluetooth speaker from JBL but comes with an integrated carabiner to clip it onto your bag.

Perfect for the pool or beach, the JBL Go 3 may not be quite as powerful as larger models in the JBL lineup but remains an excellent choice for a Bluetooth speaker that can fit in your pocket.

JBL’s Clip 4 is an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker that, as the name gives away, can be clipped onto just about anything. What’s most surprising is how good and clear it sounds despite its small size.

  • Tribit StormBox Micro, another solid Bluetooth speaker, is currently discounted to just $35.99 at Amazon, down from its usual price of $49.99. The Micro is a surprisingly loud speaker with an IP67 weatherproof rating that can last for up to eight hours on a single charge. You can also attach the tiny speaker to a belt loop, the handlebars on your bike, or whatever you’d like using the integrated elastic strap.

Tribit’s StormBox Micro is a small Bluetooth speaker that offers great sound for its size and can attach a variety of objects using its built-in strap.

You can buy Amazon’s fifth-gen Echo Dot for $24.99 from Amazon and Target instead of $49.99, and with a clock display for $39.99 ($20 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. The latest Echo Dot boasts a new temperature sensor, faster performance than the prior model, and all the same Alexa functionality as before, but you can also use it as an Eero Wi-Fi system extender. As an added bonus, Amazon is also offering a two-pack of white Philips Hue smart bulbs with each purchase.

The fifth-gen Echo Dot touts a temperature sensor, better sound, and faster response time than the prior model. It can also act as an extender for your Eero Wi-Fi system.

  • The third-gen Echo Dot offers the essential Alexa experience and is on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target for just $14.99 (normally $39.99). It isn’t as versatile as its screen-based siblings or newer Echo Dot models, but the 2018 smart speaker still puts outs decent sound for its size and is compatible with all your favorite Alexa skills despite its age.

This puck-like Echo Dot is the third generation of Amazon’s smart speaker. It offers better sound than its predecessor, a compact design, and all the smarts that come with owning an Alexa device.

Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is an ideal smart display for a nightstand. You can set alarms with Alexa using your voice, play music, control smart displays, get a weather report, and more. When the alarm goes off, you merely need to tap the top of the Echo Show 5 to snooze it.

  • You can also find the kid-friendly version of the second-gen Echo Show 5, which comes with parental controls and a splash of color, on sale for $39.99 at Amazon and Best Buy instead of $94.99.
  • The 2022 version of the Amazon Fire 7 tablet is discounted to just $39.99 ($20 off) in its ad-supported configuration. The ad-free model is also on sale but comes in at $54.99 ($20 off). The 16GB tablet can have its storage expanded by up to 1TB with microSD cards, however, its 2GB of RAM limits the capabilities of the Fire 7 to streaming media and light gaming.

  • Google’s Nest Mini is discounted to just $19.99 at Target and Walmart, or about $30 off the usual price. The Nest Mini can double as a compact speaker but serves primarily as an access point for Google Assistant, allowing you to control your other smart devices from any room in your home.

The Nest Mini is Google’s smallest smart speaker, and it can bring Google Assistant to almost any area of your home. You can even mount it to your wall with no additional hardware.

  • If you like the Google Nest experience but want a more powerful speaker, the Google Nest Audio is currently available at Target, Best Buy, and Walmart for $49.99 instead of the usual $99.99. The Nest Audio provides the same skills and other handy features included with the Google Nest Mini, but with a far more powerful speaker that can be paired in tandem with another Nest Audio to provide stereo sound.

Google’s Nest Audio offers better sound quality than the Google Nest Mini, and pairing two in stereo can provide a better experience while jamming to your favorite tunes.

Blink’s Video Doorbell is among our favorites if you’re looking for one that’s budget-friendly and offers motion-activated recording and alerts, night vision, two-way audio, and up to two years of battery life.

This adorable bundle includes the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 Plus camera and a 10-pack of film. The package comes in powder blue, mint green, coral, lavender, or pink.

This USB-C cable supports up to 100W of power output and 480Mbps data transfer speeds via USB 2.0. The built-in power meter also automatically shows the current power draw in watts.

  • You can also find singles of the Apple AirTag at Amazon and Walmart for just $24.99 (normally $29). The waterproof, coin-sized tracker uses Apple’s “Find My” network to help you pinpoint your lost valuables. Unlike the Bluetooth-based Tile trackers, however, you can see the whereabouts of your AirTag as long as it’s in relative proximity of an iPhone.

Apple’s AirTags can help you find your lost items with its UWB technology. You’ll get the best compatibility with an iPhone, though Apple recently released an Android app that can let you track an AirTag’s location.

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