Staples’ best Black Friday deals: AirPods, laptops, gaming chairs and more
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BigBlack Fridaydeals aren’t reserved for just the biggest of the big box stores — retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy. Smaller merchants like Staples have just as good of deals — if not occasionally better ones. The nationwide chain that, yes, also sells staples, actually sells a whole lot more than just office supplies. So far this year they’ve offered deals as good or better than other retailers on products as varied as Apple AirPods, laptops and gaming chairs. Best of all, Staple’s stock levels seem to be holding fairly well, too.
We’ve made a list of our top choices from the store’s advertised discounts, but we update this list as new deals or added or old ones expire. Note that some items will drift in and out of stock throughout the shopping period, so while an item may not be available right now, it could be in even just a few hours, so it’s worth checking back if you’ve got your eye on something.
Expand your desktop workspace with this super slim 1080p monitor, which features VGA and HDMI inputs and comes with a three-year warranty. If that model sells out, there’s also an HP V24i for $90, though it has only a one-year warranty.
Yep, same AirPods deal you can currently find at Amazon and elsewhere. But maybe you have some Staples store credit to use up? Or you want to support retail? Whatever the case, here’s another chance to get one of the biggest AirPods discounts of the season.
A good gaming chair is essential gear these days. (It’s OK if you use it for actual work, too — secret’s safe.) This high-back seat looks pretty sweet, with contrasting black and red leather. There are blue, green and gray versions available as well. It has adjustable everything and a seven-year warranty.
I haven’t put my tush on one of these, but the chair scored a 4.5-star average rating from over 3,900 buyers.
Lenovo 15-inch IdeaPad 3 Core i3 laptop: $400
Looks like some of the great laptop deals are starting to get snapped up (see HP 17-inch Core i5 laptop at the bottom of this list), but there are still some pretty solid deals to be had. This Lenovo isn’t quite as big as the HP, and it’s processor is a bit slower, but it comes in $30 cheaper than the HP after discount, so we still think it’s a pretty good deal.
Portability isn’t really a necessity these days, so why not choose a new PC with a big screen and spacious hard drive? This 17-inch HP model offers some solid specs, including a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive and a 1TB hard drive. It’s not clear whether the RAM is expandable, though, the only thing that gives me pause.
Still, for everyday WFH activities, this should provide sufficient horsepower — on a much larger screen than you get on most laptops.
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