NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Black Friday is usually a great time to get some decent discounts on tech. Major retailers like Best Buy (BBY) and Walmart (WMT) always push discounts on giant TVs and inexpensive laptops, resulting in long waits Thanksgiving night and a rush on Friday morning as shoppers try to get their hands on devices they may not want.
While there are a myriad of TVs, laptops, and tablets on sale for Black Friday, a lot of them aren't very good and are sometimes a bit cheaper on days that aren't Black Friday. The truth is, sometimes that super-cheap device you paid less than a hundred bucks for on Black Friday really just isn't that great. This list contains 10 devices and products on sale this Black Friday that are actually worth buying.
Here you'll find tablets, headphones, game consoles, and smartphones you might actually want to buy the other 364 days of the year that are on sale this Black Friday.
In no particular order, here are the 10 best tech gadget gifts for this holiday season...
1. Beats Headphones
Beats headphones, the headphones NFL players are willing to accept fines for, and audiophiles love to hate, are a popular item in Black Friday sales this year. Beats Solo headphones normally cost $169.99, but are available for less than half that at some retailers. Several stores also have discounts on the higher-end Beats Studio headphones, which normally sell for $299.99.
Beats Solo headphones for $99.99 at Staples (in store)
2. Dell 24 Monitor - E2414Hr
With so many Ultra HD or 4K PC displays currently available from Dell and many other manufacturers, some may balk at the idea of buying a 1080p monitor. But not everybody needs a super-high-resolution display. For those who are in the market for a good 1080p monitor, Dell is selling its Dell 24 Monitor for $99.99 on Black Friday, less than half of the usual price of $229.
3. Amazon Kindle
While it lacks the backlight display of the Kindle Paperwhite and the high-resolution display of the Kindle Voyage, the base model is still a great way to read e-books without spending too much money on the device itself. The six-inch e-ink device typically costs $79, but will be on sale in Staples (SPLS) stores for $49 on Thursday and Friday.
Black Friday is also a great time to load a new (or old) Kindle with e-books. Amazon's (AMZN) Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales also include a number of popular Kindle books, with the options changing daily.
4. Xbox One
Microsoft (MSFT) already discounted the Xbox One by $50 for the holidays at the beginning of November, but many retailers are offering deeper discounts and bundles for the console on Black Friday. Most bundles include the two Assassin's Creed titles available for the console, while Walmart has an exclusive Halo bundle for the big shopping day. The list of deals is as follows:
5. PlayStation 4
A year after its release, Black Friday 2014 is as good a time as any to pick up the PlayStation 4. Several bundles for the console include The Last of Us: Remastered, a fantastic remake of a classic PlayStation 3 game with an added photo mode, and Grand Theft Auto V, an updated version of the latest GTA game that came out near the end of the last generation that includes a new first-person mode. Here's a few of the best bundles for Sony's (SNE) new console:
6. Wii U
Nintendo's latest home console hasn't exactly seen a ton of success compared to competing consoles from Microsoft and Sony, but after the release of some great first-party Nintendo games, it's a great choice for anyone looking for some great games that almost anyone can enjoy.
Best Buy is offering a Wii U bundle with Nintendoland as well as the fantastic Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Mario 3D World, and Donkey Kong: Jungle Freeze for $359.97 on Black Friday, a $50 discount from the normal price.
7. Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is currently one of the best Android smartphones on the market, which means it typically starts at $199.99 on a two-year contract. On Black Friday, however, those interested in upgrading to one of Samsung's newest smartphones only have to pay as little as one cent for the privilege. Here's a list of some of the best deals for the 5-inch smartphone this Black Friday:
8. HP Stream 7
The HP (HPQ) Stream 7 Signature Edition tablet is a 7-inch Windows 8 tablet that can run regular Windows apps (albeit on a much smaller screen). During its Black Friday sale Microsoft is offering the tablet for just $99, making it almost an impulse buy.
The big story for this deal, however, is that the HP Stream 7 comes with a year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which normally costs $69.99. That gives you a year of updates for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the tablet and some of your other computers.
9. Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Let's face it, most Black Friday sales for laptops aren't great, as most retailers simply offer $100 off an already inexpensive laptop that might be slower than some tablets. The Surface Pro 3 is better than those cheap laptops, even if it is a bit unique. The laptop is more of a tablet with a keyboard attachment, but it's one of the best Windows 8 devices around, or at least one of the most unique.
On Black Friday, Microsoft will offer a $150 discount on the base model Surface Pro 3, bringing the price down to $849 from $999.
10. iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 is the newest and best tablet available from Apple (AAPL) that's only a few months old. The incredibly thin tablet features a laminated display, TouchID, and Apple Pay, which help make it a marked improvement over the last generation. There aren't too many deals available for the tablet this year (Apple is notoriously bad at Black Friday deals, offering gift cards instead of discounts), but Best Buy is knocking $100 off all models of the tablet this Black Friday. That means the base 16GB model will cost $399.99, and the 64GB model will cost $499.99.
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