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The early Black Friday tech deals are coming on strong

The early Black Friday tech deals are coming on strong


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You made it to the weekend. Good job. In exchange for making it to arguably the best time of the week, we owe you some deals. That’s just how it works. Below, you’ll find a potent mixture of this week’s best tech deals.

Before we get started, however, a little bit of housekeeping. We published a massive holiday gift guide this week. Its art (by Richard Parry) is so good that I’ve attached it above for you to peep.

As we get closer to the holidays, you might want to subscribe to our Verge Deals newsletter. If you’re not the kind of person who checks deals every single day, we think you’ll appreciate our bi-weekly dispatch filled with the best deals we’ve seen during the week.

We also want to remind you that our sister site, The Strategist, whips up a great newsletter filled with other kinds of deals, shopping advice, and exclusives that you might want to have shipped to your inbox. If you’re interested — and you should be — you can sign up right here.

A photo of the blue Google Nest Audio in a living room
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The capable Nest Audio smart speaker is back down to $60

Google’s Nest Audio is the successor to the original Google Home from 2016. A lot has changed since then, and the Nest Audio features a better design and audio performance than its predecessor, along with the opportunity for stereo pairing. The reason I’m writing about it here, of course, is because it’s currently cheaper than usual. Normally $100, you can pick one up from a variety of retailers, like Best Buy and Target, for just $60 right now. Read our full review.

Google Nest Audio

$10040% off

Google’s smart speaker with better sound quality than the Google Home. Pairing two in stereo can provide a better experience while jamming to your favorite tunes.

Additionally, we’ve pulled together some other Google Nest deals that you might be interested in here. Also, if you’ve had your eye on the latest Google Nest Learning Thermostat, Verge readers can get it for $70 off at Wellbots through December 1st. Just use promo code THEVERGENEST to get it for $179 at checkout.

The second-gen AirPods are an insta-buy at $89 from Walmart

Whether you need an easy gift for someone close to you or you’d like to treat yourself, Walmart’s deal on Apple’s second-gen AirPods with the wired charging case cannot be beat. Most retailers sell them for around $110 to $120, but you can snag them online right now for just $89. This is a killer deal for iPhone or iPad users. The more Apple devices you use, the more you’ll get out of these AirPods, since they can seamlessly pair with any modern Apple device you’re signed into with your Apple ID. If that was’t enough, they also offer great battery life and solid sound. Read our full review.

Apple AirPods in front of Audeze MX4

These AirPods are Apple’s second generation of true wireless earbuds and the cheapest model in the AirPods lineup.

Image: Bose

Bose is hosting a refurbished sale on its best headphones

The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are currently available through Bose’s refurbished outlet for just $250. These normally sell for between $350 and $400 depending on the color you want. I know, reading “refurbished” can feel icky sometimes, but Bose says that these “occasionally have minor, nearly imperceptible blemishes” and goes as far as guaranteeing them with a one-year warranty and a 90-day trial. It’s a good deal in our book, especially for a pair of over-ear headphones that offer multipoint pairing and superb noise cancellation. Read our full review.


In addition to excellent noise cancellation, the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 have up to 20 hours of battery life between charges and can connect to two devices at the same time.

A long look at the workspace of one of The Verge’s leading tech enthusiasts.
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Fully’s excellent Jarvis standing desk and other products are 15 percent off

If your home office is in need of an ergonomic overhaul, check out the sitewide, 15 percent discount Fully is offering on its products right now. Fully makes the Jarvis standing desk, which a handful of Verge staffers own (and adore). Even if you don’t want to plop down the cash on a desk, you can still kit out your current space with clever accessories at a discount.


This standing desk has the same footprint and features as the Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk, but uses an erasable whiteboard as a topper, ensuring you’ve always got a writing surface handy for jotting down anything that comes to mind.

Amazon and Target are offering “buy two, get one free” on games, books, and more

For the last deal, you should check out the ongoing promotion currently happening at Amazon and Target, which will net you a free item of your choosing when you buy two others. Each retailer has its own respective list of qualifying goodies, but each of them have some of the newest releases in the world of gaming, movies, books, and more. 

At Amazon, you can get games like the new Call of Duty: Vanguard and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and catch up on the Dune hype with Frank Herbert’s original novel. Target seems to offer a wider swath of gaming releases, both new and a little older. Call of Duty: Vanguard is on its list, too, along with several first-party Sony titles for the PlayStation 4 (Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part Two) and PlayStation 5 (Demon’s Souls). People who enjoy board games may find something appealing here, too.

Correction: The Verge Deals newsletter on November 10th listed the Keychron Q1 as a 65 percent layout mechanical keyboard. The Keychron Q1 has a 75 percent layout. We regret the error.