Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping events worldwide. Originally introduced in America, retailers in Germany are now also celebrating the bargain days with offers and discounts. Some are even particularly early on. For example, Amazon already offers the early Black Friday deals. But are they also worthwhile? TECHNOLOGY BUTTON did the check.
Black Friday traditionally takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving every year. This year it falls on November 27, 2020. But the hunt for the bargains begins the week before at many retailers such as Amazon, Media Markt / Saturn, Cyberport and Notebooksbilliger. In addition to Black Friday, Black Friday week, which this year begins on November 23, 2020, was created. The shopping days are closed on Cyber Monday, the Monday after Black Friday.
Here is an overview of the most important dates:
- November 23-26, 2020: Black Friday week
- November 27, 2020: Black Friday
- November 30, 2020: Cyber Monday
In November, bargain hunters have a few opportunities to make good deals. At Amazon, the offer days start even earlier. From October 26th to November 19th, the online retailer is offering daily changing offers as Deal of the Day or as a Blitzdeal. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON picks out the best bargains for you.
Early Black Friday offer on Amazon in check
With its early Black Friday deals, Amazon is promising up to 40 percent off thousands of items. In addition to technology deals, buyers will also find promotions from the toy, kitchen and household sectors. In contrast to Prime Day, those customers who do not have a Prime membership can also benefit from the Amazon Deals. However, Prime customers have 30 minutes early access to the lightning offers, which can be sold out quickly under certain circumstances.
- The Black Friday deals on Tuesday October 27th
- Anker Soundcore Flare Mini for 34.95 euros 25.99 euros (-26%)
- Anker Soundcore Life P2 for 43.95 euros 34.99 euros (-20%)
- Asus Zenbook 13 for 819 euros 699 euros (-15%)
- Sandisk SSD Plus 2 TB for 186.69 euros 159.99 euros (-14%)
- iRobot Roomba i7 + (i7556) + Echo Dot for 847, 72 euros 799.99 euros (-6%)
- Arlo Pro3 surveillance camera for 259 euros 209.99 euros (-19%)
The Black Friday deals on Tuesday October 27th
Anker Soundcore Flare Mini for 34.95 euros 25.99 euros (-26%)
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The Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Box is a mix of different features from the competition. It combines the shape of the Bose SoundLink Revolve Mini, the fabric cover from Ultimate Ears and the light effects of the JBL Pulse in one. The case shows quality and is accordingly robust. Thanks to the IPX7 certification, it can withstand a dive without any problems. The sound is good too. The bass of the Soundcore Flare is deep and can compete with much more expensive speakers like the Wonderboom from UE. The Flare Mini is only slightly unbalanced when it comes to the highs, which cannot be compensated for using the equalizer in the anchor app. Without the light effects, the box can reach the specified running time of approximately twelve hours. As is usual with modern Bluetooth boxes, several Soundcore Flare Minis can be connected to each other to play music even louder.
Amazon sells the small Bluetooth box as part of the early Black Friday deals for 24.99 euros. The next cheapest price on the Internet is 34.95 euros. This means that buyers save almost 10 euros or 26 percent.
Anker Soundcore Life P2 for 43.95 euros 34.99 euros (-20%)
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With the Soundcore Life P2, Anker offers true wireless headphones that are reminiscent of Apple’s AirPods. However, the in-ears from Anker are larger and also significantly cheaper. They get by without Noice Canceling, but offer a certain level of noise isolation thanks to their silicone plugs. Thanks to the included charging case, they have a running time of around 40 hours. The Soundcore Life P2 are suitable for both listening to music and making phone calls – thanks to their waterproof design with IPx7, they can also be used during sports if required. The built-in Graphene audio drivers ensure a balanced sound that doesn’t miss the bass either. Once paired via Bluetooth, the headphones automatically connect to the device again and again.
The Soundcore Life P2 from Anker is currently available at a price of 34.99 euros. The normal price is actually 43.95 euros. This means that you can save 20 percent in the run-up to Black Friday.
Asus Zenbook 13 for 819 euros 699 euros (-15%)
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With the Zenbook 13, Asus offers a small, stylish laptop with Windows 10. The ultrabook has a 13.3 inch full HD screen and is powered by the Intel Core i5 (10210U) with four cores. An SSD with 512 gigabytes (GB) is available as internal storage, plus 8 GB of RAM. Above all, the Asus Zenbook 13 impresses with its illuminated keyboard and the light construction despite the metal case. The ultrabook weighs just under 1.2 kilograms. The battery provides a runtime of up to 14 hours and is charged via USB-C. The other connections are also made via USB-C. With its equipment, the device is ideal for office applications and mobile use.
The notebook is available from Amazon today for 699 euros. Other retailers sell the Zenbook 13 for prices starting at 819 euros.
Sandisk SSD Plus 2 TB for 186.69 euros 159.99 euros (-14%)
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Solid state drive storage (SSD) is becoming cheaper and cheaper and therefore belongs in every PC. Not only does the fast memory shorten the boot time, programs load faster and the operating system reacts more promptly to inputs. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON therefore recommends using SSD storage for new PCs and breathing new life into older desktop PCs and laptops with a good speed boost. A model with high speed and a lot of storage space is the Sandisk SSD 2 TB. The manufacturer specifies the read and write speed of the hard disk at 545 MB / s and 450MB / s.
The Sandisk SSD with 2 terabytes of storage is usually available for around 187 euros. Amazon sells them as part of the early Black Friday deals for 159.99 euros. Users with a large photo, music or data library can therefore strike here with a clear conscience.
iRobot Roomba i7 + (i7556) + Echo Dot for 847, 72 euros 799.99 euros (-6%)
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The Roomba i7556 of the vacuum cleaner robot Primus iRobot is one of the best smart vacuum cleaners on the market. It is packed with technologies such as acoustic and optical dirt detection and precise room navigation, so that there is nowhere a speck of dust left. An obstacle sensor warns the vacuum cleaner robot of objects that are in the way. The Roomba i7556 has a smart mapping system that virtually saves objects in the room in order to keep track of where it has already vacuumed and where it still needs to be vacuumed. The vacuum robot can be controlled from anywhere via the iRobot Home App. In addition, the device can be integrated into Amazon Alexa and Google Home and is therefore suitable for smart homes. Simply tell the voice assistant which room should be cleaned and the robot is on its way. Amazon delivers an Echo Dot in the package for this.
The iRobot Roomba i7556 offers an operating time of around 75 minutes and drives independently to the supplied charging station, where the battery is recharged. It also contains a suction device that empties the 0.4 liter dirt tank of the device. Thanks to its special brushes, the Roomba i7556 is also well suited for animal hair.
Amazon sells the vacuum cleaner robot including suction station and Echo Dot for 799.99 euros. Another dealer in the network also sells the Roomba i7 + at this price, but without an Echo Dot (3rd Gen). This has a value of around 48 euros. The bundle on Amazon is therefore only slightly worthwhile in terms of price. But if buyers are planning to buy an Echo device for the robot vacuum anyway, they can’t go wrong with Amazon.
Arlo Pro3 surveillance camera for 259 euros 209.99 euros (-19%)
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If you want to secure your home with a surveillance camera, you can, for example, fall back on the Pro3 system from Arlo. Amazon is offering the camera as part of the early Black Friday deals at a price of 210 euros. Thanks to IP65, the Arlo Pro3 can be attached both outdoors and indoors and is integrated into the home network via a smart hub. Thanks to Zigbee support, the Amazon Echo with an integrated hub is also suitable for this. The system is also compatible with the Google Assistant and Apple Homekit.
The surveillance camera records videos in 2K QHD, while it covers an angle of 160 degrees – 30 degrees more than its predecessor Arlo Pro2. When it gets dark, they automatically switch to night mode. In addition, the Arlo Pro3 automatically sends a push message to a previously specified smartphone as soon as the motion sensor detects movement.
The cheapest offer on the Internet costs 259 euros. Amazon sells the Arlo Pro3 for 209.99 euros. This saves buyers at least 19 percent.
Amazon Extends Return Deadline
If you have clicked the order button too quickly in the heat of the moment or if the bargain turned out not to be the right one, you currently have longer time to return the products. Amazon has extended the return period in the run-up to Christmas. All products that Amazon ships between October 1 and December 31 can be returned by buyers until January 31, 2021. This also includes orders placed before and on Black Friday.
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