Black Friday: Best Deals on PCs, HDTVs, and BluRay

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Much interest was generated by readers over the story on Apple's rumored Black Friday deals; as such, we're upping the ante with a larger list of super bargains rumored to hit stores this weekend.

Best Buy's $197 HP PC

Number one on the list may be a sub-$200 Hewlett-Packard laptop offered by big box retailer Best Buy. Packing 2GB of RAM (expandable to 4GB), a 160GB hard drive, wireless, 15.6-inch screen and running Microsoft's new Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) operating system, this Celeron-powered PC should generate lots of interest amongst consumers hoping to stick an affordable computer under the tree this holiday season.

Consumers should note that only visitors to Best Buy's store locations will have access to the $197 price, so unfortunately you won't be able to avoid the insanity by clicking around on the retailer's web site. (Source:

Matching Best Buy's deal is retail goliath Wal-Mart, which recently unveiled a $198 eMachines machine also boasting 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, 15.6-inch screen, and Win 7 Home Premium.

If you're looking for something smaller, Office Depot is rumored to have the popular Acer netbook with 10.1 inch screen and Intel Atom N270 processor for $199.99.

Best Buy, Sears, Wal-Mart Slash HDTV Prices

Besides its cheap HP machine, Best Buy is also rumored to be featuring a Dynex 32-inch 720p HDTV for $299.99 and Blu-ray movies from $7.99 and up. Kmart is matching the Dynex deal with a Sony 32-inch 720 HDTV for the same price. If both sound a bit too pricey, then check out Target; according to reports it'll be featuring a Westinghouse 32-inch HD television for just $246.

If you're willing to spend a bit more and get an ever better television, Sears might have them all beat: the New York Times says the company will have a Samsung 40-inch 1080p set for $599.99, about $300 off the regular price. Wal-Mart will be countering that with a massive 50-inch Sanyo plasma (presumably 720p) for a dollar less. It'll also give you a deal on a cheap Magnavox Blu-ray player, reportedly ready to sell for just $78. (Source:

Those are just a few deals. Keep your eyes open as tech retailers try their best to get people online and in-store this recession-plagued holiday season.

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