Black Friday sales have arrived with a bang, bringing many great discounts on technology from the hottest brands including Apple, Samsung, LG and more. Australians are expected to spend more than $6 billion during the sales, as good an indication as any that we’ve adopted the overseas retail event as our own.
Last year’s sales saw huge discounts on devices from many of the biggest brands, including phones, computers, and home entertainment. If you could name it, it was likely on sale. Black Friday is officially 24 November, with discounts typically running through to 27 November, on a day known as ‘Cyber Monday’. Despite this, many retailers have had discounts live for a while now, and even advertising deals for the rest of the month.
Check out the best Black Friday technology deals below, which will be updated regularly as new sales go live. While you’re at it, make sure to keep an eye out for scams during the increased shopping activity.
Belong supercharges its affordable mobile plans with more data
Belong, the budget-friendly telco owned by Telstra, has a Black Friday bonus for data-hungry users. If you sign up for an eligible monthly plan from now until 18 January 2024, you’ll get an extra 20GB per month for 12 months at no extra cost. $35 for 60GB is pretty nice if you regularly chew through your data allowance.
Regularly among the cheapest SIM plans, Belong doesn’t lock you into a contract, and includes unlimited talk and text from the outset. They’re also offering a bunch of deals through a pop-up store at the Highpoint shopping centre in Melbourne, including discounted NBN plans and half-price SIMs.
$200 off iPhone 15 with an Amaysim SIM plan
Discounts on Apple devices are rare so soon after launching, and this is a decent little saving on the reliable iPhone 15 via Amaysim, a carrier operating on the Optus network. Down to $1,299, the catch is that the deal requires you to purchase a corresponding SIM. Despite this, you can always opt for the cheapest $30 plan and swap back to your original plan, still saving $170 in the process.
There’s also plenty of savings on other iPhones, too, in addition to discounted SIM plans.
iPhone 11: $479 (was $679)
iPhone 13: $1,029 (was $1,229)
iPhone 14 (base model): $1,199 (was $1,399)
iPhone 15 (base model): $1,299 (was $1,499)
Optus X-Lite: $29 (was $59)
Optus X-Sight 2: $49 (was $99)
Samsung A13 4G: $150 (was $329)
$10 for Unlimited 15GB
Save $8 and get bonus 5GB on the first renewal
$12 for Unlimited 60GB
Save $18 and get bonus 28GB on the first renewal
$15 for Unlimited 100GB
Save $25 and get bonus 20 GB on the first renewal
$24 for Unlimited 120GB
Save $26 on the first renewal
$130 for Unlimited 150GB
Save $40 on the first renewal
$170 for Unlimited 200GB
Save $50 on the first renewal
Amaysim’s Black Friday sales are live now until 10 December 2023 on its website.
Sustainability has been a big focus lately for HMD Global, the brand that makes Nokia phones. You can repair the Nokia G22, and its souped-up 5G Nokia G42 cousin, yourself, keeping costs down and preventing unnecessary waste. Plus, the sturdy Nokia XR21 is built from recycled materials.
If the idea of a sustainably-made phone you can fix at home appeals to you, check out the Black Friday deals live now until 29 November.
Black Friday deals on outdoor and power technology
Save up to $1,399 on Bluetti portable power stations
A reliable portable power station brand, Bluetti is one of many brands with early Black Friday sales. This includes sizable discounts on devices like the AC180 power station and B80 expansion battery. Big deals are also available on bundles that come with a bonus solar panel to recharge from anywhere. Some of the highlights are below, with the full on-sale range listed on the Bluetti website.
Bluetti AC300 + B300 bundle $4,998 (was $6,397)
Includes a bonus PV350 solar panel valued at $1,299
Bluetti EP500Pro $6,299 (was $7,698)
Includes a bonus PV350 solar panel valued at $1,299
Bluetti AC200P $1,999 (was $2,799)
Bluetti AC180 + B80 bundle $2,598 (was $2,898)
Take up to 38% off EcoFlow portable power stations
On sale now until 3 December 2023, save $800 on the 3.6kWh-capacity DELTA Pro portable power station. There are also hundreds of dollars off many other devices for an outdoor trip glow-up, like camping fridges and air conditioners. We’ve got the full rundown, with some highlights below:
EcoFlow DELTA Pro portable power station $5,799 (was $6,599)
A flashy way to add ambience to any room, Nanoleaf’s extensive range of smart lights is heavily discounted during Black Friday. Included in the sale is the nifty Nanoleaf 4D Screen Mirror kit, producing different-coloured light based on your TV’s action.
Although the excellent Kobo Elipsa 2E isn’t part of the Black Friday sales, you can still save on several other eRreader models. Kobo is a good option if you like borrowing books from your local library, as it works with eBooks on Libby.
Black Friday deals on computers, laptops and peripherals
Big savings of up to $450 on Asus laptops
From now until 3 December 2023, save hundreds on Asus laptops via its online store and at tech retailers. Eligible laptops also come with up to three months of Adobe Creative Cloud Membership at no extra cost. For purchases of selected Expertbook business laptops, you also receive a complimentary Asus SimPro Dock valued at $250.
There are also some great deals on the brand’s gaming laptops further down. For now, here are the highlights from Asus’ lifestyle laptop range:
Netgear slashes prices on Wi-Fi mesh systems by up to $500
Mesh Wi-Fi systems are a straightforward way to improve your home’s internet coverage, and the Netgear Orbi range comes highly recommended. We reviewed the Orbi 860 earlier in the year, finding that it delivered on its network-expanding promises.
Up to 45% off Cricut DIY art cutting and heat transfer machines
Known for its devices aimed at DIY creatives, various Cricut models are discounted by up to hundreds of dollars. These nifty gadgets let you make labels, precisely cut materials, heat transfer designs onto apparel, and more. Check out the on-sale range at retailers including Spotlight, Big W, Harvey Norman, Officeworks, and JB Hi-Fi.
Save more than $200 on PS5 Spider-Man 2 bundle and controllers
Arguably one of the most popular early Black Friday deals so far, you can grab a PS5 bundle on sale with an included copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 for well under $700 at several retailers. Both items collectively retail for $904.95 at full price, making this one heck of a deal.
EA Sports FC 24 Standard Edition (PS4 | PS5): 50% off
NBA 2K24 (PS5): 50% off
Assassin’s Creed Mirage Standard Edition (PS4 | PS5): 20% off
Diablo IV Standard Bundle (PS4 | PS5): 40% off
$150 off Xbox Series X consoles, discounted controllers and games
Through the Microsoft Store during the Black Friday sales, you can get a sweet discount on an Xbox Series X console. However, the real savings come from other retailers dropping the prices even further. At the moment, EB Games and Amazon have the console for $649, a saving of $150.
As for what’s available via the official Microsoft Store, here are the details:
More than $200 off SteelSeries headsets, keyboards & mice
One of the best video game peripheral brands, SteelSeries has some huge discounts on its premium-level devices. Heaps of stuff is on sale during Black Friday until 29 November, with some of the highlights below. Standouts include the cheapest prices ever on the brilliant Arctis Nova Pro headsets and a huge price drop on the Apex Pro TKL Wireless Keyboard. Amazon has taken some of the discounts even further for bigger savings.
$200 off ROG Ally, up to $700 off Asus gaming laptops
One of the very few handheld gaming PCs available in Australia, the ROG Ally is a decent alternative to importing a Steam Deck. At $200 off, it’s even more tempting for hardcore gamers wanting portability. All the while, Asus has several strong deals across its gaming laptop range, with decent specs at a reasonable price.
Check out the deals via the brand’s website and computer retailers: