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MobileSyrup’s Black Friday Shopping Guide [2022 Edition]

Black Friday is just around the corner, and to help you out with your pre-holiday season shopping needs, MobileSyrup has put together an editorial shopping guide to highlight some of the best tech deals available in the Canadian market right now.

It’s worth noting that this guide is being published almost three weeks prior to Black Friday (November 25th). Naturally, not all Canadian retailers have come out with their Black Friday deals. The products you see mentioned below are from retailers that are already offering Black Friday pricing on some of their products. Further, the pricing mentioned in the guide is expected to be the same during Black Friday week.

Also worth noting is that this guide will be updated with hot new sales from different retailers as they go live, so keep an eye out!

This year’s list includes discounts on smartphones, smart lights, TVs, audio offerings and more.

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  • 13.3-inch 2020 MacBook Air with M1 chip

    The 2020-released 13.3-inch MacBook Air was one of the first Macs to transition to Apple's M1 silicone, alongside the MacBook Pro and Mac mini.

    The laptop features an 8-core CPU to deliver up to 3.5 times faster performance than its 2019-released predecessors, and even benchmarks better than the 2020-released intel MacBook Pro.

    On the battery side of things, the laptop is good for roughly 15-18 hours of usage, while two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports make charging convenient.

    It has a slimmer look than the newer 2022-released MacBook Air and also does not feature a big notch as the newer model does.

    Notably, the laptop features Touch ID, a three-mic array with directional beamforming, an HD webcam, a headphone jack, Dolby Atmos support with Spatial Audio

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  • 2021 Apple MacBook Pro with M1 chip (14-inch and 16-inch)

    Apple's 2021-released MacBook Pro, with its in-house M1 silicon, brings back MagSafe support, alongside an HDMI Port, and an SD Card reader to the laptop.

    It features a stunning Liquid Retina XDR 3,024 x 1964 pixel resolution display with 1,000 nits of brightness and a 120Hz refresh rate. "Everything from scrolling through Twitter to playing games and watching video content looks incredibly smooth on the display," wrote MobileSyrup Editor-in-Chief Patrick O'Rourke in his review of the machine.

    Elsewhere, for better or for worse, the laptop gets rid of the Touch Bar in favour of function keys for brightness, Spotlight, Do Not Disturb, quick multi-tasking, volume, and more.

    The 14-inch MacBook Pro stands good for roughly 11 hours of wireless web browsing, while the 16-inch Pro features 14 hours of wireless web browsing per charge.

    The 16-inch 2021 MacBook Pro is currently available for $2,749, while the 14-inch 2021 MacBook Pro is available for $2,199.

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  • 2nd-gen Nest Hub

    Google's 2021-released second-gen Nest Hub is a very capable smart display, with a focus on sleep tracking.

    It features a 7-inch, 1024- x 600-pixel resolution LCD display, perfect to be used as a bedside clock, alongside fulfilling all features you'd desire from a capable smart display like controlling smart devices, playing music, setting alerts, reminders and more!

    It can tell precisely when you went to bed, how long it took you to fall asleep (I spend far too much time on my phone before bed), whether you snored or coughed, and if you got out of bed during the night

    Notably, the smart display can learn your most common commands over time, allowing it to process them locally and, in turn, speed up how quickly it responds.

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  • A collection of Nintendo Switch games

    Walmart has over 15 Switch titles available at a discounted price as part of its Black Friday deals, with titles like Mortal Kombat 11, Cars 3: Driven to Win, LEGO DC Super-Villains, Warner Bros. LEGO The Incredibles and more up to 17 percent off.

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  • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (2021)

    Amazon's 2021-released Fire TV Stick offers full content control via the included Alexa Voice Remote and delivers 4K Ultra HD streaming at up to 60fps.

    It supports content in HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos Audio.

    The tiny device plugs right into your TV or monitor's HDMI port, and allows you to stream content from thousands of channels and services, including Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV, Crave, CTV, NHL, Amazon Prime Video and more.

    Added to the streaming benefits, thanks to support from Alexa, you can also control all of your Alexa-compatible smart home gadgets directly from your Fire TV.

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  • Elgato Stream Deck

    If you're looking to get into live streaming
    The Stream Deck is a USB keypad that has 15 LCD keys, each of which can be assigned a custom task on your PC, allowing you to add all the controls you'll need while streaming in a central, glanceable spot.
    The 15 LCD keys let you launch up to 210 actions, while direct integration with software like Game Capture, OBS, TipeeeStream, Twitch, and more allows you to concentrate on streaming while having controls, alerts, media, audio, and more right at your fingertips.

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  • Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (256GB)

    One of the best smartphones available on the market right now is Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra. What makes the device even better is that it is 24 percent off at Walmart for Black Friday.

    What's special about the S22 Ultra is that it takes Samsung's (supposedly) discontinued Note devices' S Pen and shape, and merges it with the S series. Previous iterations of the S series have had support for the S pen, however, users had to buy the stylus separately. The S22 comes with the S-Pen built-in, giving you access to cool features like 'Air Gestures', 'AR Doodle,' 'S Pen to Text' and more on the go.

    The device features a huge 6.8-inch 3040 x 1440-pixel resolution display that offers a 120Hz variable refresh rate that can drop as low as 1Hz, while its 5,000mAh battery allows the device to stay alive throughout the day.

    The S22 Ultra also features the best camera system out of the S22 series, with a quad back camera setup and a selfie camera. On the rear, the device features a 108-megapixel primary shooter, a 10-megapixel periscope shooter with 10x zoom, a 10-megapixel telephoto camera with a 3x zoom and a 12-megapixel sensor paired with a 120-degree ultrawide lens. On the other hand, or I should say the other side, the device sports the same 40-megapixel sensor that it did last year with the S21 Ultra.

    On Samsung's website, the flagship starts at $1,379 for the 128GB model. At Walmart, you can get the 256GB model for $1,375.

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  • Nanoleaf Shapes Mini Triangle Panels - Smarter Kit - 5 Panels

    Nanoleaf's 2020-released Mini Triangles is a set of five triangle-shaped lights equipped with more than 16 million colours and white light that can be voice controlled via Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit.
    The lights offer you your creative freedom, as you can place them on your wall with pre-attached double-sided tap in whatever design you fancy.
    The Mini Triangles feature a built-in 'Rhythm Music Sync' that allows the panels to react to all genres of music in real time, while the Nanoleaf app offers you full freedom over light colour customization, custom scenes and colour motions, alongside the ability to set scheudles.

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  • Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

    Google's October-released Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are already being discounted on the Google Store,

    The Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro, regularly available for $799 and $1,179, are currently available for $649 and $879, respectively.

    The former of the two sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ 90Hz display, while the Pro Pixel 7 features a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz adaptive refresh rate display. Both devices feature a 50-megapixel (primary) + 12-megapixel (ultrawide) camera system, while the Pixel 7 Pro also includes a 48-megapixel (telephoto) lens with a x5 optical zoom.

    Both devices run on Google's updated Tensor G2 chipset for advanced photo and video features, alongside improved security, speech recognition and roughly 72 hours of battery with Extreme Battery Saver turned on.

    Check out our reviews of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro to decide which device is better for you.

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  • Pixel Watch (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi)

    It's just been a little over a month since the Pixel Watch came out, and it is already discounted!

    The (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) model of the watch, which normally costs $449.99, is currently listed for $379.99 at the Google Store.

    The watch comes in a single 41mm size, and weighs in at 36g, making it one of the lighter smartwatches on the market. Pixel Watch is available in ‘Chalk,’ ‘Charcoal,’ ‘Hazel,’ and ‘Obsidian colourways, alongside seven different types of bands.

    The WearOS watch's top display glass is reinforced with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It uses a 320ppi AMOLED display with up to 1000 nits of brightness, and a 294mAh battery that is good for roughly 20-22 hours on average,

    It's worth noting that the Pixel Watch doesn't work with the iPhone.

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  • PlayStation 5 DualSense controller

    Sony's PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is $30 off for Black Friday at a variety of Canadian retailers.

    All the colourways, including new ones, like the Red, Blue, Pink, Purple and Grey Camo variants, are included in the deal.

    The controller, which is an upgrade from Sony's previous DualShock line of controllers, features a built-in speaker and mic, alongside a touch bar and light indicators. Its build makes it more comfortable to hold, while its triggers and analogue sticks are larger and more pronounced.

    It is Sony's first controller to feature adaptive triggers, a feature that allows you to actually feel the tension and resistance of drawing a bow or pulling the trigger of a gun.

    The controller is compatible with an iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows PCs, Android smartphones, and more.

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  • Ring Wired Wi-Fi Video Doorbell - Black

    If you're thinking about upgrading your regular doorbell to a smart, video-enabled one, Amazon's Ring Wired Doorbell is an affordable entry into the smart home security market.

    The good thing about Ring's wired doorbell is that it connects to your existing doorbell's wiring, which means you do not have to worry about charging it time and time again. The doorbell offers an HD video feed, two-way talk, advanced motion detection, and real-time alerts, all of which can be accessed from your phone or an Alexa device.

    At its affordable price tag, the Ring Wired Doorbell also offers night vision with sharp contrast, allowing you to monitor your front door be it day or night.

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  • Samsung 11.1.4 Channel Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer & Up-Firing Rear Speakers

    If you've got a nice TV setup at home, and are looking to up your audio game to the home theatre level, Best Buy's Black Friday discount on the HW-Q990B is something worth considering.

    The HW-Q990B is a top-of-the-line audio system offering from Samsung that offers versatile performance, be it with movies, music or games.

    It features a built-in wireless Smart TV-to-soundbar Dolby Atmos connection, alongisde smart calibration features that allow the soundbar to analyze the room it is in and automatically calibrate the audio and to create an optimal audio experience. Additionally, the included subwoofer also automatically calibrates to provide optimal bass depending on its surrounding.
    For added convenience, if you have a Samsung Smart TV, you can control key soundbar functions, like its power, volume and sound effects with your TV remote.

    The soundbar also features Alexa built-in, alongisde Apple AirPlay support.

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  • Samsung's 75" 2022 The Frame Art

    Samsung's The Frame is in a league of its own.

    Samsung has the 75-inch version of The Frame available for $1,000 off as part of its Pre-Black Friday sale. The discount is applicable until November 10th, and we're not certain if Samsung will discount the TV again for its main Black Friday sale. Regardless, this was an offer too sweet to leave out.

    The TV is designed to showcase artworks and photos when it is not being used as a TV, hence, it sports ultra-thin bezels on all sides. Further, the bezels attach to the TV magnetically, so you can easily change the bezel to a different colour one to match the TV's surroundings.

    The Frame sports a quantum dot colour panel that supports 4K HDR at a 120Hz refresh rate, alongside an updated matte display introduced with the 2022 model to prevent glare. Further, the TV sits completely flat against the wall, just like an actual painting or picture frame and features Samsung’s One Connect single-cable connection — because no one wants to see a bunch of wires hanging around a piece of art.

    The TV features four HDMI inputs, Wi-Fi support and Bluetooth 5.2 to seamlessly stream music wirelessly. It can also be easily integrated with smart home tech thanks to built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assitant support.

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  • Xbox Series S

    Microsoft's current-gen entry-level Xbox Series S is a solid entry to the console gaming world. It offers support for all the same games as the more powerful Xbox Series X at the same frame rates (up to 120fps), and a lower resolution (max 1440p). It is Microsoft's digital-only console, while the Xbox Series X can run digital and physical games.

    The console is backwards compatible, which means several Xbox One and Xbox 360 games can be played on the Series S console, offering solid value for the money spent.

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  • iRobot J7+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum

    The iRobot J7+ features nearly all of its higher-end vacuum counterparts' functionality at a more affordable price tag.

    The J7+ comes with a self-emptying base that charges the robot and also stores the dust and debris that it collects. It features a built-in camera and an LED light on the front that allows the robot vacuum to detect obstacles in its way and not suck up things that it's not supposed to, like pet poop or ram into objects like table legs.

    Through the iRobot home app, users can map a route for the robot vacuum to follow, while obstacles that the j7+ uncovers on its route show up via an in-app notification.

    If you’re in the market for a capable robot vacuum that is capable of cleaning your home efficiently and smartly, the j7+ is one of the best options in iRobot’s lineup.

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