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Black Friday 2013: Nvidia Shield for $249.99 with free carrying case

Black Friday 2013: Nvidia Shield for $249.99 with free carrying case

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If the only thing stopping you from purchasing an Nvidia Shield was the Android gaming handheld's $300 price tag, now is the time to buy. Starting today for Black Friday, and running through Cyber Monday, you can get the powerful portable for just $249.99.

Newegg seems to have the best deal

Newegg, Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, MicroCenter, NCIX, and Nvidia itself are all running the promotion, which also comes with some extra goodies depending on where you shop. Most online retailers are bundling the Shield with its optional (but very nice) carrying case, which normally retails for $39.99, and many are offering free shipping in the bargain. Newegg arguably offers the best deal, throwing in an official Shield T-shirt and a free two-month subscription to Hulu as well, while Amazon should probably be your last pick: it doesn't include anything. GameStop, meanwhile, replaces the carrying case with a $25 Google Play gift card.

The Shield isn't the right handheld for everyone, to be sure. Even though Nvidia has been continually rolling out fixes and new features, you still can't experience all it has to offer without also owning a gaming PC with a recent GeForce graphics card. Be sure to read our detailed review of the Shield before you decide.