The Morning After: Black Friday has begun

The Morning After: Black Friday has begun

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are making informed decisions on any Black Friday sales. This morning (and throughout the week), you could save substantially on a new smartphone, wireless headphones, streaming devices and Alexa-powered Amazon devices — if you didn’t have one already. We’ve got some of the latest deals below, as well as our verdict on the Echo Flex, Amazon’s newest, smallest smart speaker.

Echo Flex review: Amazon’s Alexa gateway drug
” data-reactid=”23″>It’s versatile, it can go almost anywhere and it’s only $25.
Echo Flex review: Amazon’s Alexa gateway drug

Intel is losing against AMD
” data-reactid=”34″>Everywhere it’s trying, AMD is beating its rival.
Intel is losing against AMD

When AMD launched its third-generation Zen 2 Ryzen processors earlier this year, Intel had to be sweating. Its rival had developed an all-new architecture with improvements to clock speed, core count and instructions per clock and promised performance that matched — and even beat — Intel’s CPUs.

Surprise: The Instant Pot is discounted for Black Friday (again)
” data-reactid=”37″>Instant Pot sales are the one constant.
Surprise: The Instant Pot is discounted for Black Friday (again)

getting the most out of your Instant Pot.” data-reactid=”47″>Black Friday deals equal giant TVs on sale and Instant Pots. Yep, the upgraded pressure cooker is back again, trying to convince you to free up the counter space for one — and you’ll need a fair bit. The best offer is $85 off the Instant Pot Ultra 8-quart model. Regularly priced at $180, it’s on sale for $95. If you do get one and don’t know where to start, we’d suggest reading our guide on getting the most out of your Instant Pot.

Roku’s latest Ultra streaming player is 50 percent off for Black Friday
” data-reactid=”48″>It’ll be $48 instead of $100 until Monday.
Roku’s latest Ultra streaming player is 50 percent off for Black Friday

Google’s Pixel 3a drops to $300 on Amazon for Black Friday
” data-reactid=”63″>The budget camera phone might be a tempting gift.
Google’s Pixel 3a drops to $300 on Amazon for Black Friday

If you missed out on the Pixel 3a’s price drop last week, don’t worry — you’ll have a second shot now Black Friday is here. Google’s starter 64GB smartphone is selling for $300 until December 2nd at 3AM Eastern. That’s a full $100 below the official price.

Yes, it’s a mid-range phone in terms of processing power, and it lacks water resistance, but you’ll still get that exceptional Pixel camera quality, healthy battery life and a quality screen. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a headphone jack you won’t find on the Pixel 4? (That model is also on sale…)

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