Pre-Black Friday Deals: Save Big on the AirPods Pro 2, a 4-Bay NAS, Arcade1Up, and More

Black Friday isn’t what it used to be when it first started in 1951. Instead of running around town on Friday for the best discounts or waiting in lines on Thursday night, it’s now an all-month event. Early Black Friday sales kicked off weeks ago, and you can already find big deals on gadgets, TVs, headphones, accessories, and much more.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed, but this week, we found Apple’s AirPods Pro 2 (with USB-C) at their lowest price yet, Arcade1Up’s Mortal Kombat 2 countertop arcade machine for $80 off, and TCL’s 65-inch QLED TV for an all-time low.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

$190 $249 Save $59

Enjoy significant enhancements to the Apple AirPods Pro with this 2nd generation release, powered by Apple’s H2 processor. Delivering twice the active noise cancellation, spatial audio, and more. 

Apple’s newest 2nd generation AirPods Pro, the ones with USB-C and excellent ANC, are down to an all-time low price of only $189. These are Apple’s best in-ear earbuds, and they could be the best earbuds, period.

While you can choose from a few different styles of AirPods, what makes these great is the snug in-ear design. You’ll get better noise cancelation, and excellent sound quality, not to mention spatial audio and Transparency mode to hear things around you when necessary.

Finally, these charge over USB-C and still feature MagSafe wireless charging. Grab a set today and enjoy a richer audio experience, then take advantage of all these helpful controls and gestures.

Terramster F4-210 Diskless 4-bay NAS
TerraMaster F4-210

The TerraMaster F4-210 packs a lot of punch for a low price. With four bays, you’ll get extensive RAID options, Ethernet and USB-A 3.2, and solid performance for your Plex media server or home backups.

If you’re looking for a great entry-level NAS (network-attached storage) device that’s fairly affordable and powerful, we have you covered. TerraMaster is known as a “budget” brand, but this is more than enough if you’re looking for a home backup or Plex server solution.

TerraMaster’s F4-210 is a diskless 4-bay system powered by a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM for only $232. On the back, you’ll find two USB A 3.2 ports and a 1 GB Ethernet port.

It’s compatible with 3.5″ and 2.5″ SATA HDDs, and 2.5″ SATA SSD. Each bay supports up to 20 TB, for a total of 80 TB in Raid0. That’ll potentially give you read speeds of 114 MB/s.

While it might not be as fast and powerful as the TerraMaster F4-423 we reviewed late last year, it has a user-friendly design, runs on the TOS operating system, has cloud and remote backup options, and gives you a reliable NAS system without breaking the bank.

Arcade1Up Mortal Kombat 2 Counter top arcade machine
Arcade1Up Mortal Kombat 2 Countercade

$150 $230 Save $80

Arcade1Up specializes in making faithful recreations of your favorite arcade machines from yesteryear. Mortal Kombat 2 is a fan favorite, and this two-player countercade unit will surely deliver endless entertainment for the whole family. 

We’re big fans of Arcade1Up machines, even if they take up a lot of space. These classic arcade cabinets deliver endless nostalgia. However, not everyone has the space for a Golden Tee 3D or Terminator 2 arcade. If so, consider the Arcade1Up Mortal Kombat Countercade machine for only $150.

As the name suggests, this countertop arcade machine is perfect for any game room or office. And because it easily sits on the counter, you’ll surely have enough space or can take it out for events like a birthday party.

Arcade1Up’s Mortal Kombat II machine is as good as it gets. You’ll enjoy officially licensed graphics that look just like the real thing, a slew of controls for all your finishing moves, and an 8-inch screen. You can adjust the volume, turn on the light-up marquee, and then get to fighting. More importantly, it comes with MK I, II, III, and III Ultimate all built-in.

Echo Dot 5th Gen for Kids
Amazon Echo Dot Kids (5th Gen)

$28 $60 Save $32

Amazon’s kid-friendly smart speaker is perfect for learning skills, music, stories, and more. This latest 5th Gen model has a fun Owl design to blend in with your kid’s room decor, along with powerful parent controls. Give it a try today. 

It wouldn’t be Black Friday week without a heavy dose of discounts on Amazon tech. You probably already have a smart speaker or two in your home, but this one is for kids. The latest (2022) 5th-gen Echo Dot Kids comes in several fun designs like this Owl, and they’re all 53% off.

Amazon’s kid-friendly Echo Dot units come packed with age-appropriate content from National Geographic, Disney, Barbie, and more. Your curious kiddo can ask questions or play music, and parents can set up a calendar, so a child can ask what day they have soccer practice.

Of course, you’ll have a full suite of parental controls to tailor the experience. It may not have a built-in clock like the regular Echo Dot 5th gen, but your child will love the Owl or Dragon design.

TCL-Q6 65-inch QLED Fire Smart TV

$500 $700 Save $200

The TCL 65-Inch Q6 QLED 4K Smart TV with Fire TV (65Q650F) is the latest 2023 model in the QLED lineup. It features a stunning 4K Direct LED display, 120 Hz, and plenty of ports. It’s a great option for movie night, game day, and more. 

The holiday season is typically the best time to buy a new TV, and that couldn’t be truer with this hefty $200 discount on a stunning 65-inch 4K QLED TV from TCL. If you’ve always wanted a QLED TV, the 6-series sits right between the affordable 4-series and the high-end Q8.

And while we don’t recommend buying some no-name TV on a doorbuster deal, this is a TV from a brand we know, use, and trust. The TCL Q6 QLED runs on the Amazon Fire TV platform, not Roku.

You’ll enjoy a voice remote with Alexa, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, HDR10, and a smooth 120 Hz motion rate. Finding a 65-inch QLED for under $500 is rare, so jump on this while you can.

More Deals

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Given the time of the year, those are just a few of the multiple deals floating around right now. If you’re looking to get ahead on some holiday shopping, take advantage of all the savings, or replace an old and outdated phone, there are plenty of other discounts you’ll want to consider.

Score a set of customizable and modern outdoor string lights from Govee for nearly half off, get a 4-pack of AirTags, save $300 on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra, upgrade your office with Anker’s 4-port 240W USB-C Charger, and much more.


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