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9 Hot Gadgets To Watch This Black Friday Weekend

It's that time of year again: Black Friday madness right after the turkey dinner. If you're a geek, or have to buy a gift for one, here are nine hot tech gadgets to check out between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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A record-setting 91 million Americans expect to purchase a tech gadget or tech accessories during this year's Black Friday Week -- the Monday before Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday -- according to figures from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

Among the top items drawing the attention of consumers are video game consoles (the most desired item), televisions, tablets, notebooks, smartphones, headphones, and digital cameras.

"Even a few years out from the next generation of video game consoles, these devices jumped to the top of the Black Friday list in advance of the important shopping period," Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research with the CTA, wrote in a November 18 report.

"Many families are still upgrading to the latest generation consoles and it appears they will be using Black Friday and the surrounding shopping period to do so. We are also expecting strong interest in digital toys and smart watches as they rise in popularity and become hot items during the shopping week," DuBravac added.

In total, a record 155 million US consumers plan to shop during Black Friday and the surrounding week. However, Black Friday is expected to remain the most popular day for in-store shopping, with 25% of those surveyed planning to shop the day after Thanksgiving.

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With such an insane flood of products, more shopping options (53% of consumers surveyed said they expect to use a mobile device such as a smartphone or a tablet while shopping), and of course the crush and frenzy of the crowds, InformationWeek has put together a list of some of the hottest tech products this holiday season.

At least this way, if you don't manage to get your hands on one of these items, you'll know exactly which trendy new gadgets you missed out on. Is that the holiday spirit or what?

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Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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SunitaT0
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11/26/2015 | 3:18:34 PM
UHD TVs
I think this black Friday would see emptying shelves of UHD TVs and flagship phones and gaming consoles more than anything on that list.
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11/26/2015 | 10:46:45 PM
Even fewer
I don't think large screens will save tablets. Large screen tablets have even fewer use cases. So these will sell even less.
SachinEE
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11/27/2015 | 12:22:36 AM
Re: Even fewer
Yeah that is true because I can do everything on my Note 5 that I can do with any tablet. Probably more. Phablets are the best investment. I think even tablets will fade out of the equation.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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11/27/2015 | 12:24:08 AM
Re: UHD TVs
Flagship phones: check. Gaming consoles: check Computer peripherals: check. UHD TVs? not sure about them. They cost too much even for black Friday deals.
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11/27/2015 | 7:15:22 AM
Better idea for Black Friday Gadgets!
You should link a portable personal projector to this. Can connect a smartphone or tablet and create a 100" screen anywhere! Who would have thought you could fit a PC with 100" screen in your jeans pocket!
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11/27/2015 | 12:22:20 PM
Re: Even fewer
I think there is really no need for people upgrade their tablet on a regular basis like people do with smartphones.  I think adding accessories and support will be the best idea.  I am tempted for the two in one, or phablet or like Microsoft surface. I think those will be the ones that would really take off.  As you used it more, the components will brake and people will need to replace them more often.   
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nasimson,
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11/27/2015 | 9:16:42 PM
Memory cards
Memory cards are undermarketed. They offer an awesome value for money. I had to buy one even for my HP laptop which had limited memory of 128GB. Kingston also offers good quality.
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11/30/2015 | 11:33:50 AM
Re: Even fewer
@nasimson: Truly the case. Phablets aren't interesting anymore. It is hard enough to walk around with a tablet, even if its light, its cumbersome.
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11/30/2015 | 11:36:06 AM
Re: Memory cards
@Nasimson: Memory cards are good. Ever since phones started offering 128 GB storage, I started backing up all crucial data on my phone. Can you believe I used to have a 128 gb hard drive around 8 years ago? 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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11/30/2015 | 11:39:03 AM
Re: Even fewer
@PedroGonsalez: Wasn't there Project Ara to make phones modular? I think tablets can only be saved if they give us customization options like Project Ara. 
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