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.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Core i5/256GB storage - $599 (save $400)
Microsoft calls it "the tablet that can replace your laptop" for a reason, and they are shaving $400 off the price this holiday. The Surface Pro 4 is a full Windows 10 computer in a sleek tablet shell. Paired with the Surface Pen stylus (included) and Type Cover keyboard ($159), it's a terrific mobile work companion.
Amazon Echo - $139 (save $40)
Available from Amazon.com
Your new personal assistant is on sale this holiday for $40 off. Amazon's Echo is a wireless smart speaker that specializes in hands-free voice commands. It lets you check your daily schedule, add appointments to your calendar, retrieve information about the weather and traffic, set reminders and even get the latest news headlines – all without ever lifting a finger.
iPad Pro 9.7-inch- $449 (save $150)
Available from Target
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a versatile, work-ready tablet that's perfect for note-taking. It’s compatible with the Apple Pencil, a stylus that lets you sketch and take notes directly on the screen – but remember that the pen is sold separately for $100. You can also pair the iPad Pro with Apple's $150 Smart Keyboard accessory to use it like a laptop.
iPad Air 2 - $274 (save $126)
Available from Target
If you're looking for a great tablet for browsing email, checking your calendar and other basic work tasks, Apple's iPad Air 2 is a more affordable alternative to the iPad Pro. Just know that the display lacks pressure sensitivity, so it's not good for note taking. Also, while Apple's Smart Keyboard accessory does not work with the Air 2, there are plenty of compatible third-party keyboards that will let you hammer out email replies in a hurry.
Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge- $450 Best Buy gift card with phone purchase and trade-in
Available from Best Buy
Get a $450 Best Buy gift card when you trade in any working smartphone and purchase Samsung's Galaxy S7, our favorite overall business smartphone. The S7 offers long battery life, strong security – including built-in encryption – and speedy performance. To be clear, the Galaxy S7 is being sold at its regular price ($28/month for 24 months, or one payment of $672), plus an activation fee and a monthly data plan through Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. But if you were already eyeing the Galaxy S7, getting $450 to spend on additional gifts and gadgets from Best Buy isn't a bad deal at all.
Microsoft Office 365 Home 1-year subscription - $59 (save $40)
Available from Microsoft.com
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 and PowerPoint, OneNote and more.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon - $888 (save $381)
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. It also offers the most comfortable keyboard you'll find on a laptop this thin, and it's more than $380 off this holiday.