Black Friday Cheat Sheet: 20 Must-Have Deals For Techies

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Savvy Black Friday shoppers know prepping for a post-turkey-day olympic shopping excursion doesn't just include sneakers and elbow pads. The most important preparation is research.

In an effort to help with your Black Friday homework and connect you with the best tech-centric Black Friday deals worth scrambling for -- either at your local big-box retailer or online -- here is CRN's 2014 Black Friday cheat sheet.

HP Pavilion 23-h050 23-Inch TouchSmart All-In-One Desktop

Black Friday Price: $600

Specs: Hewlett-Packard's 23-inch all-in-one desktop PC runs an AMD "Kabini" 2GHz quad-core processor, and has 4 GB RAM and a 1-TB drive.

Where: BJ Wholesaler via

Regular Price: $700

Samsung Gear Fit Fitness Tracker Smartwatch

Black Friday Price: $100

Specs: The Samsung Gear Fit is part fitness tracker and part smartwatch. It can track activities via S Health app, including sleep times. It also receives pop-up notifications from compatible Samsung phones and tablets that include messages, voicemails and email alerts.


Regular Price: $150

11-inch MacBook Air

Black Friday Price: $780

Where: Best Buy

Specs: The 11.6-inch Apple MacBook Air laptop (latest model) features Intel's Core i5, 4 GB of memory and a 128-GB flash storage hard drive.

Regular Price: $900

Creative Labs D80 Speakers

Black Friday Price: $20

Specs: Bluetooth wireless indoor 2.4-pound speakers are available in four colors (black, green, blue and pink) featuring AUX-in port, volume rocker and AC cord.


Regular Price: $40

Uniden UDR744 Outdoor Cameras With 7-Inch LCD Touch-Screen (Black)

Black Friday Price: $180

Specs: This easy-to-use wireless, weatherproof surveillance camera system includes a portable tablet-style color monitor. Cameras can transmit from up to 500 feet away.


Regular Price: $290

Nikon Coolpix L330 20.2 MP Digital Camera With 26x Zoom, 35mm NIKKOR VR Lens And FULL HD 720p (Black)

Black Friday Price: $100

Specs: This camera's long-zoom lens, supporting 720p video mode, is powered by 4 AA batteries that are rated to take 370 to 960 pictures per battery life.

Where: Target

Regular Price: $250

Asus X205TA

Black Friday Price: $100

Specs: This 2.2-pound basic 11.6-inch netbook-class laptop sports Intel's 1.33GHz Atom CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 32-GB SSD hard drive and runs Windows 8.1.

Where: Staples (in-store only)

Regular Price: $200

Acer 20-Inch LCD Monitor

Black Friday Price: $70

Specs: Acer 20-inch (model: S200HQL) has an LED backlit monitor, 1,600-x-900 screen resolution, with a 100M:1 dynamic contrast ratio display.


Regular Price: $90

Microsoft Surface 2 (32 GB)

Black Friday Price: $300

Specs: This 10.6-inch tablet runs the stripped-down Windows 8 operating system, Windows RT, and comes with a 32-GB storage, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor. It weighs 1.5 pounds.

Where: Best Buy

Regular Price: $350

iPad Mini (16 GB And Wi-Fi only)

Black Friday Price: $200

Specs: This is the original iPad mini (model MD531LL/A) with 16 GB, Wi-Fi only, sporting the 7.9-inch Retina (2,048-x-1,536) screen and the A7 chip.

Where: Walmart (in-store only)

Regular Price: $250

Dell 15.6-Inch Inspiron 15R Laptop PC (Touch Screen)

Black Friday Price: $550

Specs: This 15-inch Dell Inspiron 15R laptop sports Intel's fast Core i7 CPU, a big 1-TB hard drive, 8 GB of memory and a 15.6-inch touch-screen display.


Regular Price: $730

SanDisk Cruzer Glide 128-GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Black Friday Price: $28

Specs: This flash drive features a compact design. It offers an easy and secure way to share, move and back up important files. Its retractable USB connector makes it convenient for those who need portable access to their personal files.


Regular Price: $55

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Black Friday Price: $1,000

Specs: This high-end Yoga 2 Pro model features a foldover convertible 13.3-inch laptop/tablet design. It has Intel's Core i7 processor, a 256-GB SSD hard drive, 3,200-x-1,800 touch-screen display and runs Windows 8.1.


Regular Price: $1,200

Beats By Dre Solo HD Drenched Headphones

Black Friday Price: $97

Specs: These headphones come in every color of the rainbow (and then some) and boast deep bass, excellent midrange and "cleaner" undistorted highs. Apple also said these headphones are so comfy they are "long-wearing" (whatever that means) and keep the sound in and the noise out.


Regular Price: $170

Toshiba C55 15-Inch Laptop

Black Friday Price: $400

Specs: Toshiba C55-B5356 features an Intel Core i5, 2.70GHz, 8-GB memory, 1-TB hard drive and 15.6-inch TFT display.


Regular Price: $550

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (10.1-Inch/16 GB)

Black Friday Price: $250

Specs: This Samsung tablet features an HD (1,280-x-800 resolution), 10.1-inch display and a quad-core 1.2GHz S5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It is .31-inch thick and weighs 1.1 pounds.


Regular Price: $300

Lenovo C260 All-In-One

Black Friday Price: $300

Specs: The Lenovo C260 (model 57327824) features Intel's 2.41GHz Celeron processor, with 3 GB memory, 1 TB of storage and a 19.5-inch, 10-point touch-screen display.


Regular Price: $320

Roku LT Streaming Media Player

Black Friday Price: $28

Specs: The Roku LT offers 1,000 channels, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, Amazon Cloud Player and Vudu. This is virtually the same as Roku's recently released space-saving $50 Streaming Stick, which essentially replaces the Roku LT.


Regular Price: $40

Xbox One (Bundled With 'Assassin's Creed Unity' And 'Black Flag')

Black Friday Price: $330 (plus an additional $50 Target gift card)

Specs: The Xbox One bundle includes the console with games "Assassin’s Creed Unity" and "Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag." On top of that, Target throws in a $50 gift card.

Where: Target

Regular Price: $400

Element 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV

Black Friday Price: $120

Specs: Element's 40-inch 1080p LED HDTV (model ELEFT406) has a refresh rate of 120Hz and features three HDMI ports and inputs for one Component video.

Where: Target (in-store only)

Regular Price: $350