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Black Friday is coming, Walmart is ready

Black Friday is Nov. 23 this year, but the biggest retailers have revealed their Thanksgiving holiday sales early. And one of the biggest is Walmart.

The massive discount retailer's big circular is available at walmart.com, featuring low prices on game consoles, tablets and much more.

Walmart's sale will start at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but it will run on its website all day. The online sale starts Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. ET. Prices are valid through Friday, while supplies last. That means you'll be able to get these deals without having to visit a Walmart store.

So which of Walmart's Black Friday deals really are deals? Fear not, we've got a squad of CNET editors busy culling the list. Read on for our favorite picks.

Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured here. 

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65-inch 4K smart Roku TV: $398

This is an insane price on a big TV with Roku, the best smart TV system CNET has ever tested. 

Walmart's ad says the TV is either the TCL 65S4 or the Sharp LC‑65Q7300U, and that brands and models vary per store. We haven't reviewed either model directly, but the specifications look similar to the 55-inch 55S405 we reviewed in 2017 (pictured). We expect similar picture quality -- decent but nowhere near the much more expensive TCL 65R617, for example. Still, at this size, price and level of smart TV convenience, these sets are a steal.

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55-inch Hisense 4K Roku TV: $248

This is basically the 55-inch version of the deal on the last page. Again, we haven't reviewed this particular model -- it seems to be exclusive to Walmart -- but we're betting its picture quality and great Roku smart TV-ness line up well with the TCL 55S405. But the Hisense is much cheaper.

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40-inch Hisense 1080p TV: $99

We'll be honest: We haven't reviewed this Hisense (model 40EU3000), but we're guessing its image quality is on the bottom end of "acceptable," at best. But this is the lowest price we've ever seen for a 40-inch TV. Just last year we were excited about 32-inch TVs for $99. Insanity.

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Google Home Mini: $25 (half price)

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Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa is a tiny, always-listening speaker that responds to "OK, Google" with everything Google Assistant has to offer. At this price it's easy to put one in a secondary room.

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This deal is also available at Target and other retailers.

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Google Home Mini + Chromecast bundle: $45 (save $29)

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If you want to get Google's voice control paired with a TV, this bundle is the cheapest way to do it. Also known as the "Google Smart TV Kit," it includes the newest Chromecast streaming dongle and a Home Mini speaker for a substantial savings.

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Google Home Hub: $99 ($50 off)

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This is Google's version of Amazon's Echo Show: a smart speaker with a built-in screen that responds to "OK Google" and shows all kinds of useful stuff, from recipes to smart home controls.

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Apple iPad 2018, $249 (save $80)

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It's the best new tablet available, unless you count the super expensive new iPad Pro. But since that thing starts at $800, this one is a much better value.

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This deal is also available at Target and elsewhere.

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Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, $299 (save $70)

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The hottest game console on the planet, the Nintendo Switch is normally $299 by itself. This bundle includes the system's best party game, a $60 value, basically for free.

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This deal is also available at Target and elsewhere.

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PlayStation 4 Slim (1TB) + Spider-Man: $199 ($160 savings)

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If you haven't bought a next-generation console yet, here's one of the best prices yet to convince you to pony up. This is the 1TB PS4 Slim version with the excellent Spider-Man, all for $200.

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PlayStation VR with AstroBot bundle: $199 (save $100)

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This is a solid price on Sony's virtual reality headset, and includes a free game. It doesn't include the company's Move controllers though. If you want those too, Target's $250 bundle is a better bargain.

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Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB with Minecraft bundle, $199 (save $100)

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If Xbox is more your speed, this deal can save you a bundle (ha ha, get it). Walmart's other Black Friday Xbox One S bundles with games other than Minecraft are $230.

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This deal is also available at Target and elsewhere.

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Xbox One X: $399 (save $100)

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The newest, most powerful Xbox promises enhanced graphics on compatible games such as Red Dead Redemption 2. This price doesn't include any games, but Walmart is offering $70 off its Xbox One X bundles too.

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iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus: $400 gift card

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From the most expensive new game console to the most expensive iPhones...of last year. You'll pay full price for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, but a $400 gift card (that's four Insignia 40-inch TVs!) is hard to pass up if you're a frequent Walmart shopper. You'll need to activate through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. 

This deal is in-store only: Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.

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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR: $300 gift card

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Wait, you want a new iPhone? That'll cost you even more, and net a lower-value gift card. But if you get the cheaper XR ($750) it's a solid deal and might be worth heading to Walmart to make it happen.

This deal is in-store only: Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.

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Samsung Galaxy S9, Note 9, S9 Plus, S8, S8 Plus: $300 gift card

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Similar deal where you have to pay full price in-store, but with a cheaper phone. The S9 from 2018 starts at $650, while the S8 models from 2017 are even cheaper. If you're not wedded to the iPhone, these Samsungs are pretty sweet bargains with the gift card.

This deal is in-store only: Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6 p.m. Activations begin at 8 p.m.

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Samsung Galaxy S7: $200 (save $130)

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Now we're getting to the really inexpensive phones. Straight Talk customers can snatch up 2016's prepaid Galaxy S7 for $200. You'll get it in black, with 32GB of storage.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown: $80 (save $110)

The Galaxy J7 Crown is a midrange phone with a 5.5-inch screen and 13-megapixel cameras on both the front and back. It sells through Walmart's Straight Talk service.

The same phone is available at Best Buy for $100 through Total Wireless or Simple Mobile.

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LG Optimus Zone 4: $50 (save $65)

This Verizon prepaid phone comes with a 5-inch screen and has an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with a 5-megapixel camera on the front. This is an entry-level phone through and through, but what do you expect for 50 bucks?

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Roku Ultra 4K HDR streamer: $50 (half price)

You expect great 4K HDR streaming for 50 bucks? OK.

The highest-end Roku improves on our favorite 4K streamer, the Streaming Stick Plus, with a headphone jack on the remote, a remote finder and, new for 2018, JBL headphones, a $30 value. 

This price is also available at Target and elsewhere, but Walmart throws in a $35 credit for Sling TV with purchase of a Roku player and one free month of Showtime, an $11 value, to get you to buy it there. (Disclosure: Showtime is a division of CBS, parent company of CNET.)

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Roku SE: $20

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Walmart bills the SE an an "exclusive" but according to Roku it's the same as the Roku Express, which we reviewed in 2017 and really liked for the $35 price. At $20 it's an epic streaming bargain. 

Walmart also includes the same Sling TV and Showtime credit with purchase.

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Nvidia Shield TV with remote: $140 (save $40)

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One of the most powerful streamers around, the Shield throws together Android TV and Google Assistant thanks to the voice remote. This version lacks a game controller, but you could always get one later (they cost $60).

This price is available now from Walmart and other retailers.

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Bose Soundsport Wireless: $99 ($50 off)

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Bose's popular SoundSport Wireless sports earphones aren't completely wireless like Apple's AirPods -- there's a wire between the earbuds -- but the connection to your player is wireless Bluetooth. Still, they're among our favorite wireless sports headphones.

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This deal is also available at Target and elsewhere.

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BeatsX wireless headphones: $75 (save $30)

A cheaper version of those Bose neckband-style sports headphones with the advantage of a big "B" on the ear, these are comfortable, lightweight, water-resistant... and priced really well.

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HP Stream 11: $159 (save $40)

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Yes it's ancient and underpowered for a Windows laptop with almost no storage (32GB), but that's kind of the point. The Stream aims for a mostly browser-based experience, like a Chromebook, and at this price it's cheaper than most actual Chromebooks.

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Samsung Chromebook series 3: $99 (save $100)

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If you thought that HP was a good deal, here's an actual Chromebook for less than three figures. It has even less storage (just 16GB) and similar specs otherwise, so don't expect blazing fast performance. In fact our reviewer called it "sometimes sluggish" when we reviewed it more than half a decade ago. 

Still, it's a laptop for $99.

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HP Pavilion X360 with Intel Core i3 and 1TB hard drive for $499 (save $400)

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Looking for a real laptop? This deal offers a slower but perfectly decent Core i3 CPU, 16GB of RAM and an enormous 1TB hard drive.  

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Sam's Club has a similar deal but its configuration has 8GB RAM and a faster Core i5. 

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HP Pavilion gaming laptop with Nvidia GTX 1050Ti for $599 ($230 off)

Here's a solid $200+ markdown a 15.6-inch laptop from HP. You get a respectable collection of entry-level gaming components, including an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU. 

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Samsung 32-inch curved monitor: $168 ($61 off)

We're no fans of Samsung's curved TVs, but monitors are another story, especially for gaming, where they can definitely increase your sense of immersion. Don't expect the kind of performance we loved in the CF791, but at this price it's not too much more to stay ahead of the curve.

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Netgear Nighthawk AC2600 Wi-Fi router: $99 (save $100)

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The best solution for Wi-Fi trouble is a new router, and the powerful Nighthawk is one of the best, especially for larger homes where the fringes don't get bars. To get one for under $100 is a steal.

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Samsung soundbar with wireless rear speakers: $169 ($70 off)

Walmart does feature some cheaper sound bar deals early in its ad, but this is likely the best since it includes wireless rear speakers for more immersive sound. If Samsung's bar (model HW-KM38) sounds nearly as good as the Vizio SB3261 for this price, it's a great deal. 

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Fitbit Versa: $149 (save $50)

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We're fans of the Fitbit Versa. It's a little expensive at its list price of $200, for $150 it's a great alternative to the much more expensive Apple Watch.

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This deal is also available at Target and elsewhere.

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Dyson V6 Origin cordless vaccum: $159 (save $40)

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Normally $200, the V6 is one of the best "stick vacs" on the market. The Origin variant is a Walmart exclusive, but includes the floor and handheld attachments we liked so much in the standard V6 (pictured).

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Instant Pot Lux 8-Qt. pressure cooker: $59 (save $40)

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If you don't have an InstantPot yet, here's yet another reason to get one. One of the better InstantPot deals we've seen this Black Friday is a steep discount on the large-capacity Lux 6-in-1, which we really liked. 

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PacMan or Galaga retro arcade console: $249 ($50 off)

We prefer the multigame versions of these throwback stand-up arcade consoles, but if you really like PacMan or Galaga, Walmart has the exclusive and a nice discount.

That's it for the best Walmart Black Friday 2018 deals we've found. For even more great deals, check out CNET's Black Friday 2018 hub.

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