Black Friday

Black Friday
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Black Friday is the perfect time to pick up some productivity-boosting gadgets. The biggest shopping day of the year will include some killer deals on smartphones, tablets, laptops and software to help you do your job. Whether you're buying for yourself or for your favorite professional, here are some of the best deals to jump on this Thanksgiving weekend.

Microsoft Office 365 Home 1-year subscription - $59 (usually $99)

Microsoft Office 365 Home 1-year subscription - $59 (usually $99)
Available from Microsoft.com starting Nov. 25.

Microsoft Office is the gold standard in productivity software, and it's available for nearly half-off this month. For just $59, you get access to web-connected versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and more.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - $650 (usually $799)

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - $650 (usually $799)
Available from Microsoft.com starting Nov. 25.

Microsoft calls it "the tablet that can replace your laptop" for a reason, and the company is shaving $150 off the price this holiday. The Surface Pro 3 is a full Windows 10 computer in a sleek tablet shell. Paired with the Surface Pen stylus and Type Cover keyboard, it's a terrific mobile work companion.

Samsung Galaxy S7 - $240 (usually $672)

Samsung Galaxy S7 - $240 (usually $672)
Available from Verizon stores starting Nov. 24.

Our pick for the best overall business phone is dirt cheap this November if you buy it from Verizon. The Galaxy S7 offers long battery life, strong security — including built-in encryption — and speedy performance. It's available for $10/month for 24 months, or a single payment of $240 with no contract required. Monthly data allotment varies by plan.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch — $474 (usually $599)

iPad Pro 9.7-inch — $474 (usually $599)
Available from Best Buy stores on Nov. 24.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is one of the most versatile, work-ready tablets that's perfect for note taking. It comes with the Apple Pencil, a stylus that lets you sketch and take notes directly on the screen. And you can pair this tablet with the Smart Keyboard accessory to use the slate like a laptop. The whole package is now about 20 percent off.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon - $888 (usually $1,269)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon - $888 (usually $1,269)
Available from Lenovo.com starting Nov. 25

Commuters and frequent travelers will love Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which offers plenty of power in a thin-and-light package. The machine also offers the most comfortable keyboard you'll find on a laptop this thin, and the Carbon is more than $380 off this holiday.