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Engadget's Black Friday 2011 roundup

Joe Pollicino

Black Friday is just around the bend -- in less than 36 hours, many a deal hunter will be camping outside their prospective Wally Worlds searching for prey. Thankfully, we've eagled-up in advance and thrown together a few deals in the meantime that should cause a sparkle in at least a few eyes. (Just to be safe, we've also included links to each store's full line-up of deals.) So, join us after the break, read along and see if anything strikes your interest. What's to lose, really? A chance to miss out on a good deal, of course! Feel free to thank us later or let us know about anything else you spot in the comments below.

Deals and deals and deals

Flipping through Best Buy's ad booklet, it seems that the store has a some great finds for gamers out there looking to snag a new console (and willing to wait in line two hours prior to 12am).

Those vying for team Redmond can pick up a 250GB Xbox 360 Holiday bundle complete with a three month Live Gold card, headset, controller, Fable 3 and Halo Reach for a mere 200 bucks "after savings." Better yet, you can also grab a Kinect for $100 while you're at it. (P.S. If you're not so keen on leaving your house, that Holiday bundle will also be offered over at Newegg.) Update 12:00PM ET (11/24): this deal is already live on Best Buy's website.

More into the DualShock 3-controlled side of things? How does a 160GB PS3 with the latest Ratchet & Clank, Little Big Planet 2 and 30 days of PlayStation Plus for 200 bucks sound? Pretty awesome, duh. You'll find this particular deal over at Best Buy and Walmart.

Like your gaming to be more of the casual variety? Well then, if you casually head on over your local Walmart at 10pm on Thanksgiving night, you'll be able to snag yourself a Limited Edition Blue Wii complete with a matching Wiimote Motion Plus and Nunchuck -- all for just a single Benjamin. Update 12:00PM ET (11/24): forget waiting in line, this deal is now live on Wally World's website.

...and more deals

Hungering for a tasty Android Honeycomb tablet? ASUS's Transformer Prime may have just gone up for pre-order in North America, but the ol' 10.1-inch Transformer 16GB WiFi model will be on sale at Best Buy for a tempting $250, with its keyboard dock priced at $100.

Moving right along, both Staples and Sprint (whose sale notably extends through the 27th) will offer the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB variant for a Kindle Fire-matching $200. Surely that's enough to quell the sting of its still-missing native email app. Update: 2:40PM ET (11/24): We've just gotten word from RIM that it's also currently offering the PlayBook for $200 on its webstore, noting that Best Buy is, too.

Apple is also getting on the discounted-fun with iPad 2's starting at just $458. In total, you'll be saving between $41 to $61 dollars depending on which model you choose. Update 7:25PM ET (11/24): Best Buy is currently selling iPad 2s for $45 off their regular prices on its website. Update 4:00AM ET (11/25): Apple's online sale is now live. Check out the US store for $100 discounts on a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, along with more substantive deals on other accessories.

On the e-reader side of things, Staples will add in a $15 gift card alongside the purchase of a Kindle with Offers at its regular $79 price, while Barnes and Noble will be happy to sell you its Nook Touch for the same.

...and even more deals!

Alright, how about this scenario: you're a deal seeker, seeking a new smartphone. Simple right? Well, if you're okay with two-year contracts, you'll be pleased to know that there are loads of deals to be had on and around Friday.

Walmart will be happy to give you a $100 gift card with any device you select, AT&T will offer all of its Windows Phone 7 wares for a single penny on Saturday the 26th and Amazon is already throwing a similar one-cent deal on a bevy of smartphones (from a variety of carriers), which lasts until Cyber Monday.

It doesn't stop there, though. Sam's Club members can choose a Photon 4G, Droid Charge or AT&T's Galaxy S II for just 96 cents, while T-mobile will offer a variety of rebates and a "buy two get one free" deal on accessories until the 27th. Verizon will also sport some decent rebated discounts, but most notably, a special red HTC Droid Incredible 2 for free after a $50 mail-in rebate.

The deals train keeps on chugging...

Of course, there are many more deals to be had than we've currently listed for this coming Black Friday weekend -- not to mention that we'll also have another roundup in store to cover Cyber Monday. Surely enough, though, as they quickly approach us, you can be sure that we'll be updating this roundup with even more opportunities to save as we sort through them. So, stay tuned and don't forget to check back a few times before and after you've had your share of Turkey Day fixins' tomorrow. Happy hunting!

More deals as of 3:45PM ET (11/24):

Thanks to everyone whose alerted us to more deals! We'll be continuously combing through and posting 'em today as we promised. Now, here is another batch for ya below!
  • ToykoFlash is currently offering 15 percent off any of its famous LED watches from up until Nov. 27th at 5AM ET with code "BLACK".
  • Dell's having a sale on its webstore starting at midnight where you'll find a variety of discounts. Said to be included among other things, are its 23-inch S2330MX monitor that will be up for $170 instead of its current 200 dollar price and a "limited amount" of Inspiron 15R laptops priced at $600 (normally $650) packing a Core i5 CPU, 6GB RAM, a 640GB HDD and a Bluray drive.
  • Keeping on the computer front, Lenovo is cutting prices on a plethora of its machines through the 27th at its webstore and you'll be able to save "over 50 percent off" MSRP. From what we're seeing you can basically except around 100 to 200 bucks off on massive amount of machines.
  • Need a new primo vacuum? Dyson will be slashing prices up to $170 on its cleaning wares through Cyber Monday, but you'll need to sign-up on its website to be notified of when the deals go live.
  • Dealzon has done some stellar work parsing the internet for videogame-related Black Friday deals on hardware, software and accessories, and the site is currently maintaining a spreadsheet of all the deals. It includes goodies like 4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect Bundle with a $50 giftcard for $200 from Walmart, which will be available at 10PM tonight in stores.

More stuff as of 7:25PM ET (11/24):
  • Sure, Apple's online store won't be setting its sale live for a few more hours in the US, but that doesn't mean you can't already get a sweet deal on some of its goods. Among other Apple-related deals, Best Buy and Amazon are currently selling the baseline 11-inch MacBook Air for $850 (normally $1000), while Amazon has the 13-inch MacBook Pro priced at $1050.
  • SwiftKey is dropping the price of its keyboard apps in Android Market by 50 percent from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
  • Sony's also getting in on the fun via its online store, most notably with a variety of discounts on its VAIOs and TVs.
  • (8:43PM ET 11/24) Nikon's 1 series interchangeable lens cameras can currently be had for 50 bucks off over at Amazon!
  • (9:22PM ET 11/24) HP's giving 50 percent off printers, along with big savings on laptops and desktops too.

More savings as of 3:00PM ET (11/25):
  • For anyone who could some extra WiFi coverage, the folks over at BearExtender just sent this deal our way: "The BearExtender team is proud to offer Engadget readers a 40% Off coupon code for Black Friday, with Free Shipping and a Free 5 dBi Antenna upgrade. Use code ENGADGET2011BLACKFRIDAY during checkout."
  • Origin PC is loading up some of its gaming PCs with free upgrades and games like Battlefield 3 up until the 28th
  • (4:40PM ET 11/25) ThinkGeek is selling its iCade for just $60 today ($40 off)!
  • (6:52PM ET 11/25) Looking for an awesome set of headphones? Amazon is currently selling Klipsch's x10 in-ear headphones for a tempting $95 bucks and the iDevice-compatible x10i for $280 (normally $350).

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