Black Friday is still more than three weeks away, but Dell has already raised the curtain on a full slate of deals for popular items like computers (including desktops and laptops), TVs, and video games and accessories.

 

While the vast majority of deals don’t go into effect until Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23), Dell does have a select number of deals that are live right now.

 

To help you sift through the assorted deals, Consumer Reports has highlighted the items we feel are worth paying attention to—particularly at these sale prices. (We've reported on the TV deals separately.)


Visit Consumer Reports' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more. And be sure to check our Daily Gift Guide.
 

Deals Live Now (Nov. 1-3)

Inspiron 14 3000, $130
(down from $230 on Dell.com and $240 on Amazon as of Oct. 31)
This 14-inch, entry-level Windows 10 laptop has an Intel Celeron processor, 32GB of storage, and 3GB of memory. Impressive specs? Not at all—but that doesn't matter for all users and for all tasks. And just look at the price—a full Windows 10-based laptop for $130 is hard to ignore. 

While Dell has offered deals on this same model in the past, the company says this is the lowest price so far. Consumer Reports has not tested this specific model, but has tested similar Inspiron laptops in the past, such as the Inspiron 13 5000, described below, and found them to be more than adequate for most everyday computing tasks.

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Inspiron 15 3000, $300
(down from $400 on Dell.com as of Oct. 31; largely replaced at other retailers with a 7th-generation Intel model)
For a slightly larger laptop, consider this Dell model, which has a 15.6-inch display, a faster 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 1TB of storage, and 4GB of memory.

Consumer Reports has previously rated a version of this model(albeit one with a faster Core i5 processor) and found it well-suited for everyday tasks like web browsing and word processing. The slightly less capable processor shouldn't change that equation much—or the appeal of the $300 price tag.

Deals Live Nov. 23-25

Dell 27 Gaming Monitor (S2716DG), $340
(down from $600 on Dell.com and $500 at Micro Center as Oct. 31)
Dell’s 27-inch gaming monitor has two things going for it that might make it worth your while: a speedy 144Hz refresh rate (which is useful when playing faced-paced games) and support for Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which helps prevent a graphical glitch known as screen tearing from ruining your gaming session.

Nest Learning Thermostat, $199
(down from $249 on Dell.com and $247 on Amazon as of Oct. 31)
The Nest Learning Thermostat is a highly rated smart thermostat. With its slick interface, users can easily program their preferred temperature with just a few taps of its associated app or twists of the dial. Over time it learns your heating and cooling preferences and can create its own operating schedule.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Canceling Headphones, $179
(down from $280 on Dell.com and $279 on Amazon as of Oct. 31.)
These over-the-ear Bose noise-canceling headphones are highly rated by our testers and offer excellent sound quality, and they do a good job of blocking the din of your environment. And the price is right. The only potential downside? This is the wired (3.5mm analog headphone jack) model, which means you’ll need to use a dongle when plugged into newer iPhone models.

Microsoft Xbox One S (500GB), $190
(down from $249 on Amazon; models with one bundled game go for around $280)
This specific Xbox One model does not come with a pack-in, or bundled, game (while different models do) but it does represent a compelling savings compared with what you’d find at online retailers like Amazon. Beyond playing games, the Xbox One S can also play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, which is handy for someone who doesn’t want additional set-top boxes near their TV.