How did the day after Thanksgiving become known as "Black Friday"? Although the name originally described the stock market panic of 1864, the name really took on its modern day meaning in the late 60's, when newspapers used "Black Friday" to describe the throngs of shoppers hitting stores after Thanksgiving. The day also marked the time when retailers would see their largest (or first) profits and mark the accounting books "in the black". The name has since stuck and steamrolled into a cultural consumer phenomena, with many of the best and biggest discounts in clothing, toys, housewares, appliances, and of course, electronics (according to one sales site*, 70% of brick and mortar Black Friday deals are available online). We've made it a tad easier by handpicking what we believe are some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday tech deals out there for nearly every room of the house...Living Room:
Beginning on Black Friday and running through Cyber Monday, the 1st generation Nest Learning Thermostat is on sale for $229 $198 in-store at Lowe's and also online at Lowes.com.
What's Black Friday and Cyber Monday without a big screen television deal? Target is luring buyers with a door buster deal for the Samsung UN50EH5000 50" 1080p LED HDTV (Friday only from 4AM to noon) $1,049.00 $699.00
The Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle at Best Buy with 250GB Console, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Forza Motorsport 4, Wireless Headset, Wireless Controller at $299.99 $199.99 is probably the best price deal happening on the Xbox 360 front, with the $229 WalMart Black Friday Xbox 360 package nearly as good if you're looking for a Kinect enabled package (Xbox Dance Bundle With 4GB Console, Kinect Sensor, 2 Wireless Controllers with Kinect Disneyland and Kinect Adventures for $229).
If you've ever wanted to upgrade to a Dyson upright, canister, or hand vacuum, Cyber Monday gives you a good excuse with a 25% discount available across the line. If you're a pet owner, we highly recommend the Dyson line of hand vacuums (check out our review of the older Dyson Animal DC31). Also the Dyson line of blade-less heaters, tower fans, and table fans are all on sale. Example: Dyson DC44 Animal $399.99 $299.99Home Office:
The Sit4Less Herman Miller Black Friday and Cyber Monday 15% Off Sale includes free shipping with no sales tax, including free returns. That means the Yves Béhar designed SAYL can be had for $399.00 $339.15 or the flagship Embody starts at $1,199.00 $934.15. Sale prices good till December 10th.
Bluelounge makes some of our favorite stylish home technology and home office organization products, including the CableDrop and CableBox. Every item in the Bluelounge online store catalog will be available for 20% off starting Black Friday at midnight and good until November 28th. Just enter coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" during checkout. Sale example: CableBox $29.95 $23.96.
It's not as sexy as big screen HDTV or a new laptop, but the Belkin N300 Wireless N Router is a solid upgrade for anyone looking for network transfer and download speeds of up to 300Mbps (at least theoretically). $44.99 $19.97
Best Buy is throwing in a Targus laptop sleeve, Logitech M317 Wireless Optical Mouse, and PNY Attaché 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive with the Samsung 15.6" Laptop with Intel Core i3-2370M processor, 4GB Memory , 500GB Hard Drive all for $574.95 $349.00Kitchen:
An induction stovetop is a perfect hi-tech solution for small space dwellers, using half the energy of a conventional stove while utilizing 90% of the energy for cooking as a plug-in and easy to store away appliance. The cooking surface heats up from 140°F to 430°F in a matter seconds, while the area around the burner stays cool to the touch. The Fagor 670041470 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop is a Smarthome Black Friday deal at $199.99 $149.99.
We just reviewed the Braun Series 7-760CC's top-tier sibling, the Series 7 - 790cc Pulsonic Shaver and loved its combination of performance and comfort. The Series 7-760CC is a notch lower, but also includes a cleaning and charging station, OptiFoil and ActiveLift trimming technology, and a tiny info display so you know when it's time to charge your shaver back up. Best Buy's Black Friday Deal slashes the price from $249.99 down to $149.99.
The Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale is to body weight scales as Nike+ is to fitness tracking devices, providing a style conscious tech solution for automatically transmitting your weight to your iOS or Android device wirelessly, but also graphs your weight, BMI, and lean and fat mass via free downloadable app. MacMall has this down for a $19.00 discount, $159.00 $139.99Bedroom:
Who doesn't like to cuddle up to a good book during a cozy autumn or winter evening to end the day? More and more of us migrating from books and now cuddling up with a tablet or eReader device these days. Now is the time to nab the NOOK Simple Touch by Barnes & Noble at half price, $99.99 $49.00
Allergy sufferers can save a $100 via this Amazon Home & Kitchen Black Friday discount on the Winix WAC9500 Ultimate Pet True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology. The unit includes a remote, with reviewers singing the praises of the unit's energy efficiency, reasonable filter replacement costs, and quiet bedroom performance in auto sleep mode. Available for $349.99 $249.99 with free Super Saver Shipping.
Is there anything worse than being tucked comfortably in bed only to remember you've forgotten to turn off the light in the living room? You'll probably appreciate the plug-and-play automation of the WeMo system for iOS devices. This is the first time we've seen the switches on sale (albeit a very modest one): $49.99 $44.99
* DealNews reports that 70% of the in-store Black Friday deals checked were available online for the same price or less, and if you include items that would receive free shipping with a minimum order, that number jumps to 85%.