From its humble beginnings, “Black Friday” has now grown to become one of the biggest shopping days in the sales calendar, with retailers descending into a sales bonanza to make as much profit as possible.
As the unofficial start to the festive shopping season, Black Friday has always been known for its deals on technology – with IT supplies and gadgets being in high demand. This year is no exception with plenty of deals to be made, such as TVs, gaming consoles, tablets and all sorts of electronic goodies.
So it comes as no surprise that consumers fight tooth and nail to get the best deals possible, and with that in mind we thought it best to help you cut through all the jargon and get straight to the juicy stuff.
The technology in home entertainment is growing at such a rate that the products you bought at the start of the year will soon be outdated, none more so than your television. It feels like 4K televisions have only just arrived, but they’re already planning on introducing 8K sets to our homes.
With that in mind, prices on 4K TVs will drop considerably as manufacturers look to switch their displays, so there’s never been a better time to grab a deal.
Our choice: Samsung 48” 4K LED – (usual price £699)
- WiFi – Yes
- Screen Size – 48”
- Screen Resolution – 4K 3840 x 2160
- USB 2.0 Ports – x3
- HDMI (Input) – x4
- Height – 63.09cm
- Width – 108.71cm
- Depth – 6.33cm
- Weight – 11.4KG
- Screen Type – LED-backlit LCD TV – Smart TV
- Speaker Type – Built In
- Speaker Output – 2 x 10W
- Composite – Yes RCA
The biggest noise coming out of the tech sector at the moment is being made by its smallest device – streaming sticks. You will already be aware of online content services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime, but now there’s a better way to watch your favourite TV shows and films thanks to these streaming devices.
You simply plug them into your television and connect wirelessly to your laptop or computer to get super fast, clear pictures in an instant. There’s plenty of deals to be made this Black Friday, so keep an eye out.
Our choice: Google Chromecast – (usual price £30)
As far as we’re concerned, laptops will always play a pivotal role in the tech industry. As the need for lighter, more agile devices grows, thanks to smartphones and tablets, there is a danger that they could be on the decline.
However, 2015 saw the rise of the ultra-light laptop and so the need for the latest must-have equipment has never been better. They’re powerful, lightweight and can help you go about your work while on the move – a definite purchase.
Our choice: Dell XPS 13 laptop – (usual price £819)
- CPU – 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200 (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost)
- Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 5500
- RAM – 8GB DDR3 (1,600Mhz)
- Screen – 3,200 x 1,800 UltraSharp QHD+ touch display
- Storage – 230GB SSD
- Ports – USB 3.0 (2), mini DisplayPort (1), 3-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC) reader (1)
- Connectivity – 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera – Widescreen HD (720p)
- Weight – 2.8 pounds (1.27kg)
- Size – 11.98 (304mm) x 7.88 (200mm) x 0.6 (15mm) iSizenches (W x D x H)
Hand-held tablet devices are very much the go-to option of the electronics world, so if you have got your wits about you you’ll be on the lookout for a tablet deal this Black Friday.
Touchscreen technology is already occupying a large portion of the market and a major factor of this is down to the simplicity they provide, with users being able to perform tasks at a much faster rate than normal. Not only that, but tablets can be used anywhere, so whether you’re relaxing in the bath or out at the park, you can use them for whatever purpose you require.
Our choice: Apple iPad Air 2 – (usual price £479)
- IOS 8
- 264 pixels per inch
- Apple A8X processor
- Over 1 million apps available from the App Store
- Security – touch ID fingerprint sensor
- Storage – 64 GB eMMC
- Screen size – 9.7”
- Resolution – 2048 x 1536
- Battery life – up to 10 hours
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