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Black Friday is officially on November 26, but the Black Friday sales season is absolutely already well underway. Everyone from Amazon to Dell has their virtual shelves bursting with bargains, and that means there are seriously great deals out there. From SSDs to full gaming PCs to laptops, there's something for everyone and every budget, as long as you know where to look and what to look out for. And we're here to help.
We'd recommend starting your deal shopping early, because availability may be the watchword this year, rather than just the almighty 'deal.' Tech is only going to become more scarce as we approach the end of the year, so it's the early deals that stand the best chance of getting to you in time. And while there may be some last-minute deals on November 26, there are enough protection schemes from the major players that you won't miss out on grabbing an early bargain either.
One thing you're not going to see this Black Friday is any deals on graphics cards. While the likes of the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 XT are the best graphics cards upgrades we've seen in a long, long time, lack of availability means that these don't need price cuts to sell out. Plenty of gaming PCs built around such cards are out there though, and there are some healthy deals to be had if you're quick.
So there are deals and plenty of them. Maybe not on graphics cards, but plenty of other components are enjoying large price drops. By way of example, SSDs and memory are likely to get good cuts, not to mention the always-ubiquitous headsets. So, it's not all stock nightmares and chip shortage doom and gloom.
When is Black Friday 2021?
Black Friday 2021 will be on November 26, one full day ahead of last year’s date. That means Cyber Monday will fall on November 29 after a retail-heavy weekend.
Last year Black Friday almost lasted from the end of the delayed Prime Day in October. It will be a similar story this year, with everyone, from Amazon to MWave keen to lock in sales early to avoid shipping problems. So expect specific Black Friday deals and offers to start earlier than ever.
Where will the best Black Friday PC gaming deals be?
What deals can I expect on Black Friday 2021?
Obviously Black Friday graphics card deals are off the table for another year. I mean, being able to buy one for anything near RRP would be a start. But you will be able to find the latest GPU silicon in either a pre-built gaming PC or a new gaming laptop, and we fully expect there to be deals on those, especially with newer Intel Alder Lake PCs potentially making last-gen models more ready for discounts.
Along with the news there will be new Ryzen CPUs early next year, last-gen Intel and AMD processors could be cheaper too, in order to clear older stock from the inventory of retailers. With an imminent price correction on memory expected soon, we might see some other component deals, too.
The arrival of DDR5 might also make DDR4 kits more affordable, and there seems to have been a glut of great SSDs recently too.
Screens are another regularly discounted commodity around Black Friday, and we doubt this year will be any different. Which means both the best gaming monitors and the best TVs for gaming could get some tasty deals, too.
And there will always be gaming mice and keyboards on sale come Black Friday too.
What should I avoid buying on Black Friday 2021?
Anything you don’t need. It’s distressingly easy to be duped into dropping cash on something just because there’s a hefty discount attached to it… even though you have absolutely no use for it.
If you’re considering making a purchase around Black Friday, have a plan of attack. That probably sounds needlessly aggressive, but you need to know what you actually want to buy first or you’ll end up with no end of crap. Cheap crap, maybe, but crap nonetheless.
Do some research on the products you’d like to pick up in the sales (we offer detailed hardware buying guides), and maybe some alternatives in case those don’t pop up, and set yourself a strict budget too.
Products like graphics cards and processors have obvious tiers (though the different companies work damned hard to make product names as confusing as possible), and SSDs have rated speeds, but for peripherals it’s tougher to tell from the specs whether they’re worth the money. Checking for reviews, from such luminaries as ourselves, should guide you on your way, and checking price comparison sites like our sibling site Getprice will let you know if a deal’s more than just skin deep.
Are there any Black Friday tips and tricks?
If you haven’t already used it up during a credit card splurge around Amazon Prime Day, then you ought to take the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. That will get you early access to the Lightning Deals, and help you grab some of Jeff’s best deals of the day. It will also net you free shipping on a host of products and speedy delivery too, and at the very worst it’ll be handy when it comes to bagging some last-minute Christmas gifts for that aunt you always forget about.
But whatever happens around Black Friday 2021, we'll be on hand to see you through and make sure that you're told about the best PC gaming deals going down around the event, and hopefully put a stop to any potential buyer's remorse.
We're also deploying the full bot-powered might of our price comparison engine, to check for the best deals on the key PC gaming product categories every hour of every day.
Early Black Friday Gaming Laptop deals
Dell G15 | i7-11800H | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD |
If you want to enter the 30 series gen but don’t want to a) do battle with the rest of the world for a desktop card or b) pay much more than two grand, then you might be tempted by this FHD 120Hz lappy. Via Dell.
Alienware M15 R6 | i7 | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD |
Using the discount code META7, you can get a rather astonishing discount on this powerful Alienware which, in addition to the specs above, has a 15.6 inch FHD display with a 165Hz refresh rate. Via Dell.
Early Black Friday Gaming Monitor deals
Alienware 38 curved gaming monitor |
Pretty close to a grand off this curved 38 incher, which is a 3840×1600 affair with 144Hz refresh rate, a Nano IPS display and 1ms response time. You’ll need to use the code META7 at checkout to get this price. Via Dell.
Early Black Friday NVMe SSD deals
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Early Black Friday External SSD deals
Early Black Friday Gaming Chair deals
Early Black Friday Gaming Mice deals
Early Black Friday Gaming Keyboard deals
HyperX Alloy Origins 60 |
Maybe you not only love tenkeyless keyboards, but you actually hate the tenkeys. This mechanical red switch keyboard is incredibly small, but that doesn’t mean it can’t sparkle with the usual RGB niceties. One for the space poor or efficiency loving. Via Amazon.
Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless |
Not prepared to lay out AU$400 for a keyboard? What if a bit over AU$100 was shorn off that price? Still pricey, but this Logitech slab is not mucking around and is among the best wireless mechanical keyboards you can get. Via Amazon.
Early Black Friday Gaming Headset deals
HyperX Cloud Alpha S |
A nice discount on this 7.1 surround sound set of cans, with dual chamber drivers, memory foam and the reliable Cloud build quality. We rated its comfort, sound and design in our review. Via Amazon.
HyperX Cloud II Pro wired gaming headset|
One of these for less than AU$100 should not be ignored, particularly if you’re after a no-fuss wired set of cans with great sound and reliable build quality. Keep an eye out for the wireless edition during Black Friday proper. Via Amazon.