This is easily one of the most competitive holiday seasons we’ve seen in a long time, and shoppers will be the real winners on Black Friday as manufacturers like Microsoft are jumping into the fray offering some amazing great tech deals. Check here for all the updated store hours of all major retailers.
Keeping checking our Black Friday section as we’ll continually update it along with Cyber Monday for your shopping convenience. You can also check out Amazon’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals here as they’ll keep changing as fast as a Kardashian’s Instagram page.
Typically the best Black Friday deals don’t come from manufacturers. Dedicated retailers usually lead the way (like Amazon) as they firesale old or unpopular items to get customers through their physical or virtual front doors. But for Black Friday 2015 Microsoft is about to break this pattern in spectacular style…
The company has announced plans for a massive Black Friday blowout sale across many of its most popular items including the Xbox One, Lumia, Surface and Office ranges as well as hot products from its partners. Before Black Friday, it will also be offering daily flash sales with some remarkable savings. More deals are being added all the time, but let’s break down what we know.
Xbox One Deals
$50 cuts off the following bundles can be found on the Microsoft Store:
- Xbox One $299
- Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Bundle $449
- Xbox One Elite Bundle $449
- Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle $349
- Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle $299
- Xbox One Rise of the Tomb Raider Bundle $349
- Save $50 on an Xbox Live Gold membership
- Save $30 on select Xbox One controllers
Starting November 26th Microsoft also claims further savings of up to $150 including a $60 Xbox gift code and Assassin’s Creed Unity. Here are more Black Friday discounted games for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Highlights include:
- Up to 40% off Forza 2 Horizon (30% Xbox Silver members)
- Up to 40% off Halo: The Masterchief Collection (30% Xbox Silver members)
- Up to 40% off Mortal Kombat X (30% Xbox Silver members)
- Up to 50% off Battlefield 4 Premium Edition (40% Xbox Silver members)
Microsoft also promises “New weekend deals will be announced on November 27, with huge savings on games like Witcher 3, Rare Replay, Destiny: The Taken King”. Understandably Microsoft is making a lot of noise about this:
While Lumia has yet to gain anything like the traction of iPhones and Galaxies, Microsoft does have some good deals on offer here:
- Lumia 640 for just $29.99 off-contract (but locked to AT&T)
- Lumia 950 XL purchase (from Microsoft Store) gives you a free Microsoft Display Dock (worth $99) – Microsoft is advertising this as a Black Friday deal but the promotion will run throughout all of 2015.
- Buy a Lumia 950 or 640 XL from AT&T and get $200 off a Surface 3 LTE edition with a ‘Work & Play’ bundle ($149 and includes one-year subscriptions to Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Skype Unlimited World, unlimited Wi-Fi, Assure Software Support, plus a $60 Windows Store/Xbox Store gift card).
Surface and Surface Pro
Shop via the Microsoft Store from November 25th and you’ll find offers of:
- $200 saving on the Surface Pro 3
- $150 saving on the Surface 3
There’s nothing as yet proposed for the new Surface Pro 4, but with time still on the company’s side that may change.
Laptops and Monitors
Various laptop offers are already floating around the Microsoft Store right now, but the best offers begin on November 26, including:
- Save $500 on a Samsung ATIV Book 9 NP930X2K Signature Edition Laptop ($1,399.00)
- Save $300 on an Acer Aspire V3-574T-534M Signature Edition Laptop (normally $499.00)
- Save $400 on a Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved 27-inch DP700A7K-S02US Signature Edition All-in-One PC (normally $1,299.00)
- Save $70 on an ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-UHBF Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC (normally $349.99)
- Save $60 on a Dell 27-inch E2715HM monitor (normally $229.99)
- Save $150 on a Dell 34-inch UltraSharp U3415W monitor (normally $849.99)
- Save $150 on a Dell Inspiron 13 i7359-2436SLV Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC (normally $649.99)
Speakers and Headphones (Beats blowout)
Despite becoming part of Apple, Beats products feature prominently in Microsoft‘s best Black Friday speaker and headphones discounts:
- Save $75 on Beats Solo 2 Wireless On-Ear Headphones (normally $299.95)
- Save $130 on Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (normally $299.95)
- Save $50 on Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphones (normally $379.95)
- Save $100 on Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones (normally $199.99)
- Save $60 on Beats Pill 2.0 Wireless Speaker with Bluetooth (normally $199.99)
- Save $100 on V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Headphones (normally $249.99)
- Save $90 on Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 500X Headphones for Xbox One (normally $229.95)
10 Days of 10 Cent Deals
Microsoft has also kicked off what it is calling ‘10 days of 10 cent deals’ on the Windows Store and it includes some incredible deals on movie rentals and games. These deals are constantly changing but have already included some top offers such as:
- 10 cent movie rentals on Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
- 10 cent tracks from the likes of Pitbull, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber and Robin Thicke
- 10 cent games including Angry Birds ‘Star Wars’ edition, Hitman Go and Rayman Fiesta Run
Microsoft Edge Deals
Finally, Microsoft is aiming to grow support for its new Edge browser by providing Cortana-based coupons at over 100 retailers including Macy’s, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us. To recoup them Microsoft says you need to use Edge with Shopular, deals won’t be recognised by using any other browser.
Impressive With One Big Omission
I suspect you’ve noticed this by now, but I find it somewhat strange there are no offers at all on Window 10. Granted most will get it via a free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 Home/Professional but there will still be demand for standalone licences and additional copies. With Microsoft pushing hard on driving up adoption, so colour me confused.
That said, overall I’d argue Microsoft’s Black Friday deals are perhaps the most impressive I’ve seen this year, and it places pressure on rivals to respond. With plenty of time still until Black Friday, let’s hope they do.