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You know the old expression, fortune favors the bold? This year, fortune favors the early shopper. As you've probably heard, supply-chain disruptions and anticipated delivery delays could result in you missing out on the gifts you want.
Thankfully, Best Buy is repeating last year's efforts to mitigate these issues: Guaranteed Black Friday pricing right now. That means lots of items are already on sale and won't go any lower at the end of the month — so there's no downside to shopping early. In fact, it's all upside.
Below I've rounded up a few standouts from this sale, which includes some genuinely great deals on TVs, audio gear and laptops.
Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless ANC headphones: $248 (save $102)
Widely regarded as one of the best active noise-canceling headphones you can buy, the WH-1000XM4 has a list price of $350. I often see it on sale for around $279, but $248 ties the lowest price on record.
Available in three colors, Sony's over-the-ear "cans" boast a comfortable fit, great sound and virtually unrivaled ANC. Whether you're trying to work in peace or eliminate the stress-inducing drone of airplane engines, trust me when I say this yields amazing results.
There are cheaper ANC 'phones out there, absolutely. But if this is on someone's wish-list, don't miss your chance to grab this deal.
See all the other early Black Friday headphone deals at Best Buy.
HP 11A 11.6-inch Chromebook: $99 (save $160)
This is bonkers, without question the best laptop deal I've seen in 2021. I mean, it's a full-fledged Chromebook, capable of running not only browser-based software but also Android apps!
Okay, yes, the screen is on the smaller side at 11.6 inches, and screen resolution is a lower-end 1,366 x 768 pixels. The Celeron N3350 processor won't win any speed awards, and the 32GB of onboard storage may run out fairly quickly.
But here's the thing: For the intended audience, namely students, this will absolutely get the job done. The Chrome operating system doesn't need a lot of horsepower, and the storage is easy to expand by way of external media (flash drive, memory card, etc.).
Meanwhile, look to the reviews: The HP 11A earned a very respectable 4.5-star average from over 2,300 buyers. Do. Not. Miss. This.
See all the other early Black Friday laptop deals at Best Buy.
Insignia F30 Series 58-inch 4K UHD Smart TV: $350 (save $230)
Not every living room can accommodate a huge screen. If you're looking for something a little more modest, size-wise, consider this 58-inch model from Best Buy's house brand.
Hang on, why no user ratings? This particular size is a new addition to the F30 series. If you look at the 55-inch version (which is currently selling for $20 more), you'll see it has a 4.6-star average from around 550 buyers.
Why all the love? Simple: Sharp, colorful picture; a remote that understands Alexa voice commands; and Amazon's Fire TV interface, which serves up all the popular streaming apps and some great games you can't get on a Roku-powered TV.
See all the other early Black Friday TV deals at Best Buy.
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