The Week's Best Electronics Deals

Octavio Blanco

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The Black Friday deals are now coming fast and furious. In the last few weeks, we've been flooded with info on November electronics sales at Best Buy, Costco, Dell, Kohl's, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart.

That means we're starting to see significant price drops on TVs, laptops, headphones, smartphones, and more.

Among the more notable deals for this week are a 58-inch Hisense 4K TV, an Apple HomePod smart speaker, a pair of Apple MacBook laptops, Bose QuietComfort headphones, and a half-priced Bluetooth speaker.

Meanwhile, prices continue to fall on last year's offerings as retailers clear the shelves for products introduced in recent months by Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

Here are the details on the week's best electronics deals. Before you rush out to the store, take a moment to consult our Black Friday shopping tips.

And, before buying an item below, be sure to ask the retailer if it will guarantee the price as the lowest of the season. That way, you can request a refund if the price drops even lower on Black Friday.

Deals of the Week

58-inch Hisense 4K Android TV
The deal: $298 at Walmart
CR's test results: Hisense 58R6E
This set seems to be available mainly at Walmart; the retailer had it on sale at the same price in September. We tested the model, and while it did well for HD picture quality, it had sub-par 4K performance and ineffective HDR. For more TV deals, check our look at Walmart's pre-Black Friday sale

Apple HomePod Smart Speaker
The deal: $199 at BestBuy
CR's test results: Apple HomePod smart speaker
This speaker normally sells for $299, making it a hefty investment compared with other smart speakers, but it's also one of just five models to receive a Very Good rating in sound quality from our testers. This deal at Best Buy knocks $100 off the list price. For more Apple products—including Airpods—at bargain prices, check out our Apple Deals story.

13-Inch Apple MacBook Air Laptop
The deal: $800 at Walmart
CR's test results: Apple MacBook Air 13-inch
This model usually sells for closer to $900 these days. It's not as fast as other Apple models in our labs, but it's certainly adequate for office work and other basic tasks. It comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and a 128GB solid-state drive.

13-Inch Apple MacBook Pro Laptop
The deal: $1,200 at Costco (online only)
This model usually sells for just under $1,500. It appears to be a 2018 MacBook Pro, which is, of course, plenty powerful. We tested a version with an Intel Core i7 processor. This one has a Core i5, 8GB of memory, 256GB of solid-state storage, and a battery that provides you with around 16 hours of web browsing. As long as you’re not planning to play high-end video games and edit lots of high-resolution videos, the model will do just about anything you ask of it.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise-Canceling Headphones
The deal: $279 at Amazon, BestBuy, and Walmart
CR’s test results: Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II headphone
These Bluetooth-enabled, over-ear headphones are among the highest-scoring models in our tests for noise-canceling and sound quality. And they're on sale now at roughly $70 off the list price. They come with integrated call, volume, and playback controls, and a dedicated smart-assistant button, which can also be used to cycle through the model’s variable noise-canceling function to let in more or less ambient sound.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker
The Deal: $40 at Target
CR's test results: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom
The price is right—the $40 sale price is half off the normal $80—which brings this speaker into the stocking-stuffer range. However, the Wonderboom didn’t fare particularly well in our sound quality testing, with a midrange that’s “thin, gritty, and a bit echoey.” If you’re willing to trade sonics for a low price, our testers did find the Wonderboom to be quite easy to use.



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