The best early Black Friday deals 2017

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Black Friday 2017 is less than two weeks away – and with it thousands of Black Friday deals for savvy designers, illustrators and artists. But bagging the best bargain isn’t easy when new offers are thrown into the mix and snapped up every minute. So how can you get your hands on the best Black Friday offers in the UK and US for creatives this year?

The short answer is to bookmark this page: we’ll be updating it with the best creative bargains as they’re announced. From workstations to graphics tablets, 4k monitors, speakers, headphones, cameras and more – through the best art pencils, pens and paints – we’ll curate the hottest Black Friday 2017 deals and deliver them to you right here. 

Whether you’re a freelancer, in-house designer, studio owner or student, we’re here to help you make huge savings on creative kit.

And you don’t have to wait until the biggest shopping day of the year. We’ve rounded up the biggest retailers in the UK and US below, some of whom are already rolling out the sorts of deals we can look forward to seeing more of on Black Friday 2017.

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When is Black Friday 2017?

This year, Black Friday 2017 falls on 24 November. Marking the start of the Christmas shopping season, the bargain bonanza is always the day after Thanksgiving in the US – and it’s always followed by Cyber Monday (this year on 27 November). More recently, the event has appeared closer to a Black November, with retailers increasingly look to beat the competition by releasing early deals.

Last year, Black Friday 2016 broke records with $3.34 billion spent online. And if you include the shopping done on Thanksgiving day, the total rises to $5.27 billion. 

The best early Black Friday deals of 2017

As we predicted, many UK and US retailers have already launched early Black Friday sales – many of which are of benefit for creatives. Currys has started its Why Wait campaign, with a number of top products reduced – you’ll find the best ones below, as well as in our Best Currys Black Friday deals 2017 article.

Meanwhile, The Black Friday Sale begins on Friday 17th November, marking the start of 10 days of deals on thousands of must-have gifts across a number of categories. 

But as of Wednesday 15th November, you can already grab some fantastic early Black Friday deals – which we scooped up for you below. Here are the best pre-Black Friday deals for creatives…

01. Smart home / studio deals

New Amazon Echo: now £69.99 (normally £89.99)

Save £20 on the Amazon Echo. The smart speaker and voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service (Alexa) has an all-new compact design, delivering next generation far-field performance and room-filling sound. Perfect for the design studio as well as at home.

Add a TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug to any Echo device order, and you’ll get the TP-Link plug for £9.99 (down from £29.99, saving 60%).  

Amazon Echo Dot: £34.99 (normally £49.99)

Save £15 on Amazon’s  hands-free, voice controlled Echo Dot. With similar far-field voice recognition to Amazon Echo, you can connect Echo Dot to speakers with a 3.5mm audio cable or via Bluetooth, and add voice-control to your home stereo system or existing speakers. 

Add a TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug to any Echo device order, and you’ll get the TP-Link plug for £9.99 (down from £29.99, saving 60%).  

02. Mobile phone deals

Black Friday is a fantastic time of year to buy a new phone, especially if you’re going with a contract. Our sister site TechRadar says that all the best prices on the best phones appear in November, with the best deals going live on Black Friday itself. 

Of course, Black Friday is also a good day to pick up SIM only deals. Keep your eyes on, Mobile Phones Direct and Carphone Warehouse for brilliant deals.

SIM Only | 12 month deal | 5GB data | 500 mins | Unlimited texts | £6.50 per month
We’ve joined forces with Vodafone and Mobile Phones Direct to offer CB readers the cheapest-ever 5GB SIM only deal in the UK. It comes with £84 cashback, essentially giving you this SIM plan for just £6.50 per month.

Get this 5GB Vodafone SIM only deal now

iPhone 8 64GB | £225 £175 upfront (with TR50IPH8 code) | Unlimited calls and texts | 12GB data | £32pm
With this iPhone 8 deal you can get the iPhone 8 with 12GB data for just £32 per month and £175 upfront (to get the £50 discount, use voucher TR50IPH8). As well as being around £150 cheaper than equivalent iPhone 7 tariffs, this deal is a whopping £500 cheaper than current iPhone X deals. Total cost over 24 months is £943

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Discount code: TR50IPH8

Samsung Galaxy S8+: £586.49 (normally £779.00)

Save £192.51 – Amazon has taken £179 off the Samsung Galaxy S8+ 64GB sim-free smartphone, meaning you can pick it up for just £586.49. Launched in April 2017 for £779 in the UK, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ received 4.5 out of 5 stars from our sister site, TechRadar – you can read the review here.

03. Consumer electronics deals

Microsoft Surface Pro (12.3-inch): £1,129 (normally £1,249)

Save £120 at Amazon on a Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro (12.3-inch) PixelSense Tablet PC, in silver. Here are the all-important specs: Intel 7th Gen Core i5-7300U 3.5GHz, 8GB RAM, 256 SDD, Intel HD Graphics 620 and Windows 10 Pro. We gave it four out of five stars in our review. It’s great for creatives: it looks the part, is fast and has an excellent screen. 

Wacom Intuos Draw: £49.99 (normally £59.99)

Save £10 on Wacom’s Intuos Draw graphics pen tablet (small) in white. You can get it for just £49.99, rather than the usual £59.99. It’s ‘Amazon’s choice’ for Wacom, works with Mac and PC, and comes with a free creative package – including downloadable creative software and online tutorials – to help you get started. Size: 16.9 x 21 x 1.1cm.

Nikon D3400 SLR: £359.99 (usually £399.99

Save £40 on the Amazon pre-order price of the excellent Nikon D3400 (our best cheap DSLR camera of 2017).  It features a 24.2MP sensor with a keen eye for detail and full-HD video recording, and also adds bluetooth connectivity. This is a brilliant camera for anyone on a budget – and Amazon’s deal makes it an even better bargain. 

US: Consumer electronics deals 

Apple MacBook Air (13.3-inch): $888.98 (normally $1,599)

Save $710.02 – Amazon has slashed the price of this 13-inch MacBook Air because there’s a newer model out. It’s a fantastic machine, though, with the following specs: Intel Core i5 1.6GHz, 128GB Flash, 8GB RAM, OS X El Capitan and an LED-back-lit 1440 x 900 res screen.

Wacom Intuos Pro: $299.95 (normally $349.95)

Save $50 – Amazon’s selling the new Wacom Intuos Pro digital graphic drawing tablet (medium) for a smooth $299.95. Billed as Wacom’s finest creative pen tablet to date, the Intuos Pro supports  multi-touch gestures as well as Express Keys,works with Mac and PC, and the pen boasts 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Wacom CDS600P Bamboo Spark with Tablet Sleeve: $59.99 (normally $129.95)

Save: $69.96 – if you don’t mind buying an older version of the Bamboo Spark, this drastically reduced model (which comes with a bonus tablet sleeve) is an incredible bargain for anyone who wants a quick, easy way to digitise their handwritten notes. 

Amazon US also currently has a deal on the newer Wacom Bamboo Slate Smartpad Digital Notebook – get it for $99.95, down from $129.95. 

Google Home: $79 (normally $129)

Save $50 – Target has slashed the cost of Google’s wildly intelligent and versatile smart home command centre, Google Home. It’s powered by the Google Assistant, so you can ask it questions and order it to do things, like turn off the studio lights. Handy.

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