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Black Friday Deals Start This Weekend

Black Friday isn't for another three weeks, but some sales start this weekend.

Major retailers are jumping the gun on Black Friday by offering doorbuster specials this weekend, including $200 Windows laptops and 32-inch LCD HDTVs. For tech enthusiasts with a serious bout of bargainitis, now may be the time to shop.

Deal-hunting site Black Friday 2011 reports that Best Buy has several trample-thy-neighbor bargains in its Shop Early Save Big sale, which runs Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5.

Most noteworthy is the $200 eMachines laptop, which features a 14-inch display with 1366-by-768 resolution; 2GB of memory (expandable to 4GB); an Intel Celeron Processor 925 (1MB cache, 2.3GHz, 800MHz front side bus); a 320GB hard drive (5400 rpm); a 4-cell lithium-ion battery; a DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; and Windows 7 Home Premium Edition.

OK, so maybe it's not the fastest laptop on the block--note the measly 2 gigs of RAM--but it's a still a pretty good buy at $200. (Regular price is $350.)

Other Best Buy deals include: a Dynex 42-inch LED HDTV for $400 ($100 off); an Insignia high-definition camcorder with a 3-inch LCD screen for $40 ($60 off); and a Motorola Xoom Family Edition tablet with a scratch-resistant InvisibleSHIELD for $360 ($70 off).

Starting Sunday, Nov. 6, Target has a few doorbusters too, including a Westinghouse 32-inch LCD HDTV (720p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate) and an Acer laptop with an 11.6-inch display. Each sells for $197. That's a $102 off the laptop's regular price, and $82 off the TV.

Here's a sneak peek at Target's Nov. 6 newspaper ad, posted early by Black Friday 2011.

Walmart, meanwhile, has a few electronics specials in its Super Saturday shindig starting Nov. 5. These include:

  • Sanyo 42-inch LCD TV for $400 (regularly $450).
  • Nook Color eReader for $200 (regularly $250, but reportedly dropping to $200 anyway with the arrival of Barnes & Noble's new Nook Tablet).
  • Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect, $400 plus a $50 Walmart Gift Card
  • Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect, $300 plus a $50 Walmart Gift Card

Granted, Walmart's specials aren't so special, particularly its Xbox 360 deals. Best Buy, by comparison, is offering a $100 gift card with its Xbox 360/Kinect bundles.

Will you shop early this holiday season? Wait until Black Friday? Hand out lumps of coal?

Contact Jeff Bertolucci at Today@PCWorld, Twitter (@jbertolucci) or jbertolucci.blogspot.com.

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