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Best Black Friday 2021 tech deals at Walmart

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Walmart's Black Friday sale is home to some of the best tech bargains of 2021. (Photo: Walmart)

Walmart’s Black Friday sale is home to some of the best tech bargains of 2021. (Photo: Walmart)

Following oodles of early deals in the month of November, Black Friday proper is underway at Walmart. And with that comes some major discounts on tech products.

Below, I’ve rounded up what I consider to be the best of those tech deals, and at this writing, they’re all in stock. That could change in a heartbeat, though, so if you spot something you want, grab it before it’s gone!

(Pro tip: Want to score free shipping? Make sure you’re signed up for Walmart+. Not yet a member? No problem: You can sign up for a free 15-day Walmart+ trial here, and a quick three-question survey will add two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. Those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)

Game time! Save over $200 on Lenovo's well-appointed Legion 5 gaming laptop. (Photo: Walmart)

Game time! Save over $200 on Lenovo’s well-appointed Legion 5 gaming laptop. (Photo: Walmart)

There are casual gamers who can get by with a modest PC, and then there are gamers who want the horsepower to, as they say, “blow stuff up real good.” Powerful processor, dedicated graphics subsystem, game-friendly cooling hardware and so on.

The Legion 5 series has earned raves from reviewers and everyday gamers alike. This model features a 3.3GHz AMD Ryzen 5 processor, an extra-roomy 17.3-inch screen, GeForce GTX graphics and lots of expansion ports — most of them located at the rear so as no to interfere with gameplay (or desktop aesthetics).

With only 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, however, some expansion might be in order — but that’s easy enough to do.

$699 $910 at Walmart

Spin to win: The Chromebook Spin 713 is a convertible laptop, offering a full-size keyboard for work chores and a full-on tablet mode for anything else. (Photo: Acer)

Spin to win: The Chromebook Spin 311 is a convertible laptop, offering a full-size keyboard for work chores and a full-on tablet mode for anything else. (Photo: Acer)

The Spin 311 is an 11.6-inch convertible, meaning it has a touchscreen on a 360-degree hinge. So in addition to operating like a traditional laptop, it can spin (see what Acer did there?) to become a full-fledged tablet.

In fact, Google’s Chrome operating system offers not only school-friendly tools like Google Docs and Classroom, but also compatibility with millions of Android apps. This is a decidedly capable little machine, especially for the price.

$226 $299 at Walmart

Treat your ears and your wallet: A mere $99 buys you the top-rated Beats Solo Pro on-ear headphone, which originally sold for $300. (Photo: Apple)

Treat your ears and your wallet: A mere $99 buys you the top-rated Beats Solo Pro on-ear headphone, which originally sold for $300. (Photo: Apple)

Some folks don’t like sticking things in their ears. If you’re looking for a more traditional listening experience, consider the Beats Solo Pro, which is an “on-ear” headphone. That means the cups don’t fully cover your ears, but rather rest gently on them.

Apple-owned Beats has crafted a winning product in the Solo Pro, which offers active noise-canceling (ANC) and up to 22 hours of battery life — or up to 40 if you don’t use ANC. They fold up for easier transport/storage when not in use and automatically power on when unfolded.

Previously available in three colors (now only the gray version is left), these originally sold for $300. At $99 they’re an outright steal.

$99 $149 at Walmart

At $69, the lowest price in history, the Fitbit Charge 4 is hard to, er, wrist-sist. Sorry, it's early, I need more coffee. (Photo: Fitbit)

At $69, the lowest price in history, the Fitbit Charge 4 is hard to, er, wrist-sist. (Sorry, it’s early, I need more coffee.) (Photo: Fitbit)

It’s not too early to start on your New Year’s fitness resolution, and a fitness band can really help you achieve your goals. Especially this one: It features GPS, a heart-rate monitor, sleep-tracking and a battery that’s good for up to seven days. Over at Amazon, where it’s currently selling for $145, it has a 4.5-star average rating from over 66,000 (!) buyers.

Walmart’s deal blows away the previous best, which was $99. So here’s a question for the ages: Does a fitness band make a good gift? Or is that like telling someone, “Hey, you could stand to lose some weight”? Discuss.

$69 $150 at Walmart

Here's a rare chance to get the Nintendo Switch and a game for $299. (Photo: Nintendo)

Here’s a rare chance to get the Nintendo Switch and a game for $299. (Photo: Nintendo)

Nintendo’s insanely popular game system is always hard to find around the holidays, and it normally sells for $299 all by itself. Here you’re getting it bundled with the popular Mario Kart 8, which normally sells for $50 all by itself. I call that a double-win.

The Switch is notable for being a handheld game system that can also dock with your TV to become a more traditional console. This version comes with the blue and red controllers; the bundled game is delivered via download.

$299 $349 at Walmart

Even if you don't need the Roku part of this sound bar, $80 is a superb deal on a sound bar! (Photo: Roku)

Even if you don’t need the Roku part of this sound bar, $80 is a superb deal on a sound bar! (Photo: Roku)

The Roku Streambar kills two birds with one stone — or, as my enlightened friends like to say, feeds two birds with one scone. First, it’s a sound bar, something every TV owner absolutely positively needs (because built-in TV speakers all point down or back, exactly where your ears aren’t).

Second, it’s a Roku streamer, able to sling everything from Netflix to HBO to YouTube. That’s great if you’re upgrading a “dumb” TV or seeking an alternative to your existing streaming setup. (Example: Perhaps you don’t like the user interface afforded by your LG TV.)

The Streambar is a top-rated product, featuring 4K streaming and a voice-powered remote, and this is the lowest price on record. 

$80 $130 at Walmart

For just $99, your TV viewing experience is about to get a whole lot better -- thanks to this huge upgrade to your TV listening experience.(Photo: Samsung)

For just $99, your TV viewing experience is about to get a whole lot better — thanks to this huge upgrade to your TV listening experience.(Photo: Samsung)

Remember what I said above? About everyone needing a sound bar? Absolutely true, but not everyone needs Roku streaming baked into it. If you’d rather have bigger, more robust sound, and don’t mind spending another $19, Samsung’s rig is definitely worth a look.

Not only is the bar itself physically larger than Roku’s, it comes with a wireless subwoofer. Anyone into action movies, live concerts or anything else that benefits from bass will appreciate the extra oomph a subwoofer affords.

$99 $149 at Walmart

I’ll make it quick: AirPods Pro for $159. That’s $90 off the list price and the largest discount in the product’s history. Consequently, this deal won’t last long.

If you miss it, or think $159 is still too much to pay for earbuds, I feel you: Here’s a roundup of great AirPods alternatives priced $100 and less.

Looking for more great Walmart deals? Check these out:

TV deals:

Headphones and earbud deals:

  • JBL Endurance JUMP Waterproof Wireless Sport In-Ear Headphones, $40 (was $70), walmart.com

  • Bose Sport Earbuds, $149 (was $179), walmart.com

  • JLab Audio Studio ANC On-Ear Wireless Headphones, $40 (was $60), walmart.com

  • Sony WIC200 Wireless In-ear Headphones, $25 (was $33), walmart.com

  • Mpow 65Hrs Bluetooth Headphones, $20 (was $48), walmart.com

  • Sony WH-CH510 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $38 (was $58), walmart.com

  • Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, $190 (was $350), walmart.com

Video game deals:

  • FIFA 22 (Xbox One), $26 (was $60), walmart.com

  • PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups — Save Adventure Bay (Nintendo Switch), $18 (was $40), walmart.com

  • Death Stranding (PS4), $20 (was $40), walmart.com

  • Playstation Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS4), $30 (was $60), walmart.com

  • Days Gone (PS4), $20 (was $60), walmart.com

  • LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game (PS4), $13 (was $60), walmart.com

  • Monster Energy Supercross The Official Videogame 3 (PS4), $30 (was $60), walmart.com

Smart-home deals:

  • La Crosse Technology Digital Soluna Sunrise & Sunset LCD Light Alarm Clock, $23 (was $50), walmart.com

  • RGB Floor Lamp, $71 (was $122), walmart.com

  • Cricut Joy Machine -DIY, Label Maker and Paper Cutter, $129 (was $149), walmart.com

  • Muscle Massage Gun Deep Tissue Percussion Muscle Massager, $50 (was $130), walmart.com

  • MillonEssentials V4SHARK Deep Tissue Massage Gun, $50 (was $80), walmart.com

  • Wyze Color Bulb (two-pack), $18 (was $27), walmart.com

  • Honeywell Home Smart Color Thermostat, $87 (was $149), walmart.com

Vacuum deals:

  • iRobot Roomba 676 Robot Vacuum, $177 (was $275), walmart.com

  • iRobot Roomba i1 (1152) Robot Vacuum, $279 (was $400), walmart.com

  • Ionvac Smartclean 2000 Robovac, $99 (was $180), walmart.com

  • Anker eufy HomeVac S11 Reach, Handstick Vaccum Cleaner, $99 (was $199), walmart.com

  • Anker eufy HomeVac H11 Pure, Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, $29 (was $50), walmart.com

  • iHome AutoVac Nova Self Empty Robot Vacuum and Mop, $249 (was $600), walmart.com

Fashion deals:

Kitchen deals:

  • Ninja Professional 1000-Watt Blender, $69 (was $84), walmart.com

  • Keurig K-Duo Essentials Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker, $79 (was $99), walmart.com

  • The Pioneer Woman 25 Piece Ceramic Nonstick Aluminum Easy Clean Cookware Set, $119 (was $159), walmart.com

  • Presto Dorothy Rapid Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $45 (was $80), walmart.com

  • Pyrex Glass 3-Piece Measuring Cup Set, $18 (was $23), walmart.com

  • The Pioneer Woman Frontier 5-Piece Non-Stick Aluminum Cookware Set, $45 (was $55), walmart.com

  • Air Fryer Toaster Oven Family Size Countertop Oven, $150 (was $300), walmart.com

Beauty deals:

  • CHI 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron, $40 (was $70), walmart.com

  • REN Skincare Glyco Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, $27 (was $55), walmart.com

  • Obagi360 Retinol, $51 (was $69), walmart.com

  • Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Face Moisturizer, $28 (was $52), walmart.com

  • Bosley BosRevive Color Safe Conditioner, $33 (was $48), walmart.com

  • CHI Infra Treatment, $19 (was $32), walmart.com

Bedding deals:

  • Stearns & Foster Medium Standard Bed Pillows, $45 (was $120), walmart.com

  • Tempurpedic Memory Foam Essential Support Pillow, $35 (was $79), walmart.com

  • Electric Heated Mattress Pad $76 (was $130), walmart.com

  • Mainstays Paris Night 8 Piece Comforter Set, $30 (was $35), walmart.com

  • PharMeDoc Blue Cooling Memory Foam Pillow, $25 (was $49), walmart.com

  • Casper Original Pillow, Standard, $58.50 (was $65), walmart.com

Toy deals:

  • Hover-1 Matrix UL Certified Electric Hoverboard, $99 (was $198), walmart.com

  • Thomas & Friends Ready to Play Trackmaster Sodor Favorites Model Train Set, $20 (was $35), walmart.com

  • KidKraft Uptown Espresso Wooden Play Kitchen, $99 (was $200), walmart.com

  • Barbie Chelsea Color Reveal Doll with Confetti Print & 6 Surprises, $7 (was $10), walmart.com

  • Spider-Man Titan Hero Figure 6-Pack, $30 (was $60), walmart.com

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