Best Black Friday 2019 deals under $250: Save on iPad, PS4, Xbox, Fire TV, Beats (updated)

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.

Black Friday is transitioning into Cyber Monday and it’s during this time that some of the biggest offers are coming to town. With loads more expected over the next few days as we blend seamlessly into Cyber Monday, we’re tracking the best bargains from the biggest retailers, including Best BuyAmazonWalmart, Target and Kohl’s. Below, we’ve listed our latest favorites that you can snap up for $250 or less. 

If you’re not finding exactly what you’re looking for, check out CNET’s holiday gift guides of top picks from our editors, based on our reviews. And if you’re feeling a little stressed already, visit our Holiday Survival Guide

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In Nintendo Switch Land, it’s a post-apocalyptic wasteland of expired deals and sold out stock. Virtually all of the deals and bundles are gone, but if you’re in the market for a Switch Lite, we can still save you $25. GameStop is offering the Lite for its regular price, $200, but is including a $25 gift coupon, which is nearly the same thing as saving 25 bucks. If you buy online, the coupon code will be emailed within a day after you receive an order confirmation email, In-store customers will get the code printed on their receipt. Either way, you can redeem it through the month of January 2020. Move fast — this is “while supplies last.”

And now Amazon is matching that offer, too: Use code UUDDLRLRBA at checkout, and it’ll send you a $25 credit within a week.

Read our Nintendo Switch Lite review.

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DJI, best known for drones like the new Mavic Mini, released its first action cam earlier in the year, the Osmo Action. If you’re looking for a feature-packed mountable camera that can compete with GoPro’s top cameras, this is it — and you can get it at an all-time low price. 

Amazon is selling it for $264 currently, but while supplies last you can get it for only $249 courtesy of Wellbots, an online retailer of drones, cameras and smart home products. The site normally sells the Osmo Action for $379 and it’s down to $279 for Black Friday, but if you use the coupon code CNETCAM, you get a $30 discount and free shipping. 

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Cutting the cord on cable this holiday season? This tiny DVR can help ease you into it. Hook up an antenna and you can record shows from its dual tuners. Plus, you get access to all the streaming services Fire TV offers. And if you feel like you need more storage and tuners, the 1TB, four-tuner version is also $100 off, down to $180.

Read our Fire TV Recast DVR review.

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Amazon put a bunch of its own products on sale starting today, including the 2017 version of its Kindle Oasis e-reader. Yes, Amazon just introduced a new Kindle Oasis this year that adds a color-adjustable integrated light that’s easier on the eyes. But that model is $250, and otherwise nearly identical to the 2017 model that Amazon is discounting now to $150. If you’re gifting something to a serious e-book fan, this is a pretty great choice.

Read our Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017 review.

Google’s Home Max is aimed at folks who want a smart speaker but would really like better audio quality at the same time. Think of it like a Sonos Play:5, but from Google. Of course, it builds in Google Assistant, so you can use it to control music, command smart home appliances and hear the news.

Read our Google Home Max review.

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It’s one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the Beats Studio3 Wireless, which has been out awhile, but they’re still very good noise-canceling headphones. They list for $350, but are usually available for around $280.

Read our Beats Studio3 Wireless review.

This top-rated internal SSD is arguably the single best upgrade you can install in a compatible desktop or laptop. Samsung provides the data-migration software (via download), but you’ll need to make sure you have any cables and adapters you might need.

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Most of Arcade1Up’s machines cost around $300. This one — which is a three-quarter-size version of the original — costs $150 once it’s in your shopping cart. And it looks, sounds and plays exactly like the old arcade machines. 

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This is a nice deal for those looking to pick up the Ring Video Doorbell and combine it with the Echo Show 5 for video monitoring from inside your home. 

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A triple pack of wireless security cameras from Blink, Amazon’s other security camera company. The cameras can be used indoors, but they’re also weather-resistant so outdoor use is a go, too. Plus, cloud storage is included, has two-way audio and two-year battery life on two AA lithium batteries.

Read our Blink XT2 hands-on.

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You can get $100 off this PS4 bundle that includes the 1TB console and the games God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition and The Last of Us Remastered. Best Buy has these games available separately for $10 each.


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Justin Jaffe, David Carnoy and Rick Broida contributed to this story. 

Originally published last week and regularly updated.