The best Black Friday deals

By Daniel Ionescu, PC World |  Personal Tech, Blu-ray, bluetooth

Today it's all about the turkey, but tomorrow it's all about the deals. After this year's sluggish economy, many electronics retailers are offering steep Black Friday discounts on popular tech items to fill their stores and get their cash registers ringing -- saving you a bundle in the process.

Rule number one before cracking open your wallet is to do your homework -- but this year, I did it for you. That's right, while you're stuffing your face and watching college football games on the couch I scoured the Web and put together this list of some of the best deals I could find.

If you're interested in browsing more deals, check out PC World's earlier Black Friday coverage, The Best Black Friday Deals, 2008.

Jawbone Bluetooth Headset - $48

Loads of noisy people roaming around? This Bluetooth headset virtually eliminates background noise so your calls are clearer. Sophisticated sensors inside the Jawbone headset isolate your speech from unwanted background noise so you won't have to shout anymore. And at such a low price (usually $60 to $80), this iconic headset is a must-buy -- if not for you, then as a gift.

Black Friday Deal from Newegg - Offer link

Sanyo Xacti 7MP Digital Camera - $59

You've got plenty of pictures to take this holiday season, and this camera's 7-megapixels are ideal for those family reunion shots. The Sanyo Xacti VPC-T700 also comes bundled with a 1GB SD Memory Card so you can store a whole weekend's worth of pictures.

Black Friday Deal from Walmart - Offer Link

Pentax 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera - $600

If you want to go pro with your pictures, then this is the right time to buy a digital SLR camera. The Pentax K2000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera is heavily reduced (usually $1000+) and comes with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DA L lens and AF200FG flash (pictured). This offer also includes a 4GB SD memory card, a Tiffen UV protection filter and a Pentax camera bag, all for the price above.

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TomTom ONE 125 Navigation System - $100

Never get lost again with this portable GPS navigation system that comes with great savings (usually $180). TomTom ONE 125 is powered by a 266MHz processor and has 1Gb of on-board flash memory (no SD slot though) for more maps (US maps preloaded). Also, the 3.5" touchscreen display helps you navigate in 3D with turn-by-turn spoken instructions.

Black Friday Deal from 6ave - Offer Link

Toshiba Regza 46" 1080p HDTV - $1000

No need to battle the parking, ticket, and concession lines when you get the urge to watch a movie with this HDTV. This Toshiba LCD TV set sports full 1080p HD pictures and brings great value for its screen size and resolution.

Black Friday Deal from Walmart - Offer Link

HDMI Cable 6ft. - $2*

Connect your PS3 or Xbox 360 to your HDTV with this HDMI cable to enjoy the best video quality from your console. Whether you rent HD movies from Netflix over the Xbox 360 or play Blu-Ray discs from your PS3, with this cable you can make the best of your console's video quality. Usually around $15, this cable is a real bargain. (*after $7 Mail-In rebate)

Black Friday Deal from Newegg - Offer Link

Memorex Blu-Ray Player - $146

A cool movie deserves to be watched in Blu-Ray. And with prices for Blu-Ray players still riding quite high, this offer is quite a bargain. The Memorex Blu-Ray player (usually $280) plays high definition discs at 1080p and can also do upscaling from 480p and 720p. Memorex's player can read regular DVDs and CDs as well, and it can decode 5.1 surround sound.

Black Friday Deal from Buy.com - Offer Link

Fantom G-Force 1TB External HDD - $99*

Backing up is always a good idea -- even though not many of us actually do so. But now there's no reason left not to save your documents, photos, music and movies anymore. The Fantom G-Force external HDD brings plenty of space for all your storage needs for under $10 per GB. (*after $20 Mail-In rebate)

Black Friday Deal from Newegg - Offer Link

Acer 19" Widescreen LCD - $99

Work more efficiently and play games better with this bargain Acer widescreen monitor. This display works great with movies as well as games -- with its 5ms response time, 300cd/m2 brightness and 2000:1 contrast ratio (good all-rounder). This could also be a good extension to you laptop's display when your screen real estate is just not enough.

Black Friday Deal from Newegg - Offer Link

Nextar 8" Digital Photo Frame - $50

To pimp up your living room with a cool gadget (or display's Grandma's pictures) grab this massive bargain 8" digital photo frame (usually $200). The Nextar photo frame can also play video and audio, and content can be uploaded on it from SD, MMC and Memory Stick/Pro memory cards.

Black Friday Deal from Buy.com - Offer Link

Do Your Homework

Just because it's labeled a Black Friday deal doesn't mean it is.

Staples has some great Black Friday specials. But I spotted a Canon PowerShot A2000 IS 10MP digital camera being sold at Staples for $205 (after an instant coupon) as part of a Black Friday promotion. Meanwhile the camera can be snatched up at B&H Photo and Dell.com for the everyday price of $188 and $190.

Good luck tomorrow. And watch out for your fellow shopper's elbows.

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