Are real human hair extensions the best Black Friday deal this week? Unlikely so we’ve already started our big edit of discounts on headphones, smartphones, laptops and, you know, our Gear editor’s favourite bin.
With Black Friday coming up this week on Friday, November 27, retailers such as Amazon, Currys and John Lewis promised us decent discounts before the day itself. Those have – sort of – materialised, certainly in some tech categories more than others. So check out our guide for the actual savings and genuine deals on products we’ve tested (or otherwise strongly recommend) with the real, genuine saving on recent prices listed. We’ll be updating our list of WIRED editors’ picks through until Cyber Monday, which is November 30.
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These are the most worthwhile deals we’ve found so far. If none hit the spot, take a look through our recommendations by category (TVs, smartphones etc).
Just spotted: Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds are down to £225: These stupendous QuietComforts just knocked Apple’s AirPods Pro (£20 off, down to £199) off the topspot for WIRED’s go-to pair of true wireless earbuds. And even though they’re new – we reviewed them mere weeks ago – they’re already £25 off at Amazon. Simply the best noise cancelling on any wireless earbuds – it’s verging on witchcraft – with a robust, energetic sound and a comfortable, secure fit.
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£43 off the Apeman A100, now £58: Most no-brand action cameras are terrible. The Apeman A100 is not. It’s capable of capturing 4K video much sharper than the GoPro Hero White’s 1080p. It beats every other action we’ve tried at under £100. Stabilisation isn’t quite GoPro grade, but at under £60 this is a steal. [Ends 23:30 today or when all claimed]
What is it? The Sonos One (gen 2) is one of our go-to multi-room speakers if you are looking to start a house audio set-up or just add extra rooms. The One also includes voice control, so Alexa and Google Assistant can be called upon to do your bidding. It also works with Apple’s AirPlay 2.
What’s the real saving? This is a saving of £40 is a nice discount, and although the One hit this low price on Amazon back in May, it has not gone lower this year. We have found an even lower price on this, though – you can get an extra £10 off at Very [https://www.very.co.uk/sonos-sonos-one-gen2/1600350164.prd] if you’re quick.
What is it? The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite nets you 5G for a penny under £200. It has a glass back, solid cameras and a large, high-quality screen. The day-to-day experience really isn’t too far off that of a top-end phone. That next-gen connectivity also means it will stay fresh for much longer than a slightly cheaper 4G alternative.
What’s the real saving? You may only get £30 off the previous price, but Xiaomi phones like the Mi 10T Lite were already extremely competitive on pricing. You can’t do much better, so £30 is actually a good cut for the cost-conscious.
What is it? Fitbit’s Inspire HR ticks a lot of boxes as an affordable everyday tracker. It’s light, waterproof for swims, with heart-rate monitoring as well as steps and sleep tracking. It might sound minor but there’s also button to help with navigation for anyone who hates tiny, fiddly touchscreens. Battery life is a very handy five days too.
What’s the real saving? Since May or thereabouts, the Inspire HR has been down as low as £75 and hovering around the £80 mark on Amazon, so it’s really a £17 saving, rather than the £27 that Amazon suggests. This is already a great value fitness tracker though – plus it would make a nice gift. The Inspire HR sells for £90 elsewhere online. Don’t need heart rate monitoring? Try the basic Fitbit Inspire, down to £39.
What is it? The Razer Blade 15 has been reigned supreme among gaming laptops for some time, offering an impressive blend of minimalism and power. The combo has earned the Razer Blade 15 a spot on our Wired Recommends list for the best laptops around. This model provides you with an extremely capable team up of a 144Hz 1080p display, an Intel i7 processor, 16GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 1660Ti. Those looking for more power and storage can pick over £400 off the Razer Blade 15 Advanced right now too.
What’s the real saving? You’re getting a true hefty discount on the Razer Blade 15 right now, with it down £300 from its regular Amazon pricing. The deal looks even better given the premium Razer laptop was priced as high as £1,600 just at the end of August.
What is it? Perhaps the best Garmin for many people, the Forerunner 245 is a long-lasting runner’s watch with some more advanced features like the ability to connect to other fitness hardware. It’s also a lot lighter and smaller than the high-end Garmins.
What’s the real saving? The Garmin Forerunner 245 has never been this low at Amazon, bar a very short stint a few days ago. It is usually sold for between £230 and £240. It’s not an old model either, released in late 2019.
What is it? Apple’s AirPods Pro fixed practically everything that was wrong with the AirPods 2 to make the Pros one of the best in this headphones category. A better design than Sony, perfectly good ANC and an adaptive EQ that auto tunes the low- and mid-frequencies to the shape of your ear makes these a no-brainer. No need for noise cancelling? The AirPods 2 are down to £125, or £157 with the wireless charging case.
What’s the real saving? This deal is technically a saving of £49 as Apple sells the Pros for £249. Amazon has sold them for £218 in recent weeks – £208 on Prime Day. Amazon’s stock has been up and down – AO and Laptops Direct also have the £199 price.
What is it? The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G was released half a year after the original S20 range. It gets you much of the same substance, including an arguably superior Snapdragon 865 processor, at a lower price. Highlights include a 3x zoom, 120Hz OLED display and IP68 water resistance. Where’s the catch? It has a plastic back rather than glass, but that won’t matter if you use a case.
What’s the real saving? This phone is so new it hasn’t had a chance to sell for much below its original asking price. It has sold for £699 at Amazon since it arrived in September. It’s a true £100 saving. The 4G version is also available at £100 less if you’re not fussed about 5G.
What is it? The Blink Outdoor is part of WIRED’s favourite budget smart security camera system. With a compact design and Alexa integration, Blink cams are a cinch to set up and give you the basics of 1080p recordings with a 110 degree field of view. Plus the batteries can last up to four years: handy.
What’s the real saving? As Blink is an Amazon company it’s no surprise that this is actually a £70 saving – even though this model just now went on sale. You’re essentially getting two security cams for the price of one here.
What is it? The Anker SoundCore 2 is a solid speaker with a ginormous 24 hours of battery life. The sound quality is pretty impressive for a speaker which was already fairly cheap. It’s solidly built, boasting IPX5 water-resistance from its sturdy rubberised exterior; its Bluetooth range is impressive and it even has a built-in microphone for handsfree calls and smart assistance. It’s our best budget Bluetooth speaker.
What’s the real saving? The SoundCore 2 usually costs £41 on Amazon. That £13 saving makes this speaker even more affordable than it already was – it’s identical to the Prime Day price too.
What is it? The Huawei Matebook 14 is a power laptop that’s thin and light enough to be used as an ultraportable. It has the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, which easily sails past the Core i5-10210U processor you might see in some laptops in this class. All that power means Huawei had to use better cooling, resulting in slightly above average 1.49kg weight. But if you want to edit video or use other demanding apps, the performance matters much more. It’s also attractive, with a sleek aluminium casing.
What’s the real saving? Huawei currently sells this laptop direct for £749. This is already a good buy, and the £60 saving makes the deal even better. We profit off the PR problem Huawei currently has, which affects its phones but not really its laptops.
What is it? The Ring Video Doorbell is the Sellotape/Hoover/Fitbit of smart doorbells. You might think that by now everyone has come down on either the side of fandom of Ring’s connected butler skills or concern about the dangers of an Amazon-controlled surveillance network. Not so as Ring continue to shift video doorbells; this latest model does the basics of Full HD video with upgrades to its motion detection and night vision.
What’s the real saving? As advertised. Like Blink, Kindle and the rest, this is Amazon. In testing we were also impressed by the higher end Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus which is down £70 to £129 this week and offers nifty four second monochrome previews of what happened before its motion sensors were triggered.
What is it? Quite simply the best TV you can buy right now. Full stop. The LG 65GX is stylish and sophisticated with exceptional picture quality and surprisingly good sound, given the slim chassis, with Dolby Atmos. Plus its smart TV system webOS is still best-in-class.
What’s the real saving? It’s down at least £200 from recent Amazon and Currys prices in the past few months though the price has been steadily falling since the summer with Amazon selling it for £2,499 in October. The good news is that you can take your pick with this £2,299 Black Friday price from Currys, John Lewis and Amazon.
Laptop and tablet deals
A decent showing already in laptops with discounts at a range of specs and price points.
What is it? The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 provides one of the most premium Windows experiences you can buy. The thin aluminium chassis makes for a sturdy yet stylish build. With this model, you’ll get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD. These specs combine with one of the best laptop keyboards on the market and a 3:2 display to make for a solid productivity machine.
What’s the real saving? While the Surface Laptop 3 has been priced this low before, it has rarely stayed as such for long. The price regularly sits at a price of £879 or higher on Amazon and similarly comes in at well over £800 on other retailers like Currys. While John Lewis is also offering this Surface Laptop 3 deal at the reduced £779 price.
What is it? The HP Envy 13 is HP’s mid-price premium portable laptop. But it has the same charms as some of the most expensive models, like a full aluminium case. This Black Friday deal is also for a turbo-charged version of the Envy 13, with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and Nvidia’s MX350 graphics card. It’s ready for real work, and some light gaming afterwards.
What’s the real saving? The saving is exactly as Amazon promises. We checked the prices at HP’s store and, sure enough, the legit price for this spec is £1,150. You’re essentially getting a high-end spec upgrade for free. Which is nice.
What is it? Save £60 off Amazon’s finest ereader, the Kindle Oasis. It’s waterproof for bath time and has a better grip and bigger screen than the Paperwhite. More than that, the Oasis is simply a beautifully made device. The higher-end 32GB version (£200) is available too, but you don’t need that extra storage if you’ll just read books. Perfect posted gift material, too.
What’s the real saving? What it says on the tin, though Kindles are on the Amazon sale cycle with Echo devices. Note: Amazon has sold quite a few of these already so stock is showing as available from 4 December.
What is it? Samsung had been absent from the UK/EU laptop scene for years until the end of 2019, when it announced the Galaxy Book S, Galaxy Book Ion and Galaxy Book Flex. All three are on sale. All three are tasty. Let’s focus on the Galaxy Book S because, at £799, it’s the most affordable. It is also the most laptop-like of the three, with no touchscreen or stylus. But the Book S anything but ordinary. It weighs less than a kilo and has battery life of up to 25 hours thanks to its Snapdragon-series CPU. Buy the Ion or Flex if you want to run Photoshop, but this is a dream for ultra-portable use with the basics.
What’s the real saving? The Samsung Galaxy Book S has sold at Amazon for £999 since its launch, aside from a couple of days when it dropped down to £849. For sheer bang for your buck, the Huawei Matebook 14 (above) is arguably a better buy. However, it is significantly heavier than the Book S.
What is it? The Galaxy Tab S7 is Samsung’s top iPad alternative. And unlike an Apple tablet, you get a smart stylus in the box. Samsung switched to an LCD screen for this generation, but it’s an 120Hz display, which also allows for incredible 9ms response times for the S-Pen. Those desperate for OLED colour pop can buy the last-gen Galaxy Tab S6 (£499) instead. The Tab S7 is also as powerful as any Android phone. It uses Qualcomm’s blazing Snapdragon 865+ processor, ready for anything Android can throw its way.
What’s the real saving? The deepest Black Friday discounts are often those on older products, from less popular brands than Samsung. You save £90 off the original price, but that standard retail price is exactly what you’ll pay elsewhere 95 per cent of the time making this discount worth your time. The Tab S7 and Tab S7+ only went on sale at the tail end of August: they are still pretty new. The larger 12.4in Galaxy Tab S7+ is also on sale if the bigger display appeals.
£69 off Acer Swift 3 SF313-52, now £800: The cheaper version of the Swift 3 sits proud of place as Wired Recommends best lightweight budget laptop. This model comes with a stronger spec lineup while not ditching that lightweight body, including a Intel Core i7-1065-G7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD and a QHD display.
£120 off Microsoft Surface Pro 7, now £659: Get an Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 7 for less than the usual price of the less powerful Core i3 version. This is a terrific Windows 10 laptop-tablet hybrid. Pick up the excellent Surface Type Cover (£94) if you want to use it for work – the keyboard isn’t bundled as standard.
£100 off Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15.6-inch laptop, now £279: Missed the back-to-school discounts or laptop conked out? Lenovo is our go-to for budget Windows laptops and this AMD machine is down below £300 at Currys.
£92 off a Samsung LS34J550WQUXEN monitor, now £259: This ultra-wide 34-inch monitor is perfect for gaming and multi-window spreadsheet joy. It supports AMD FreeSync, but bear in mind refresh rate is a standard 60Hz. Still, at this price we don’t mind so much.
£60 off an Amazon Fire HD 10, now £100: You can get a whopping £60 off the Fire HD 10, a fantastic deal given this slate has a perfectly good Full HD 10.1-inch screen i.e. all you need for Netflix. Plus it’s pretty damn good for gamers.
£15 off an Amazon Fire HD 7, now £45: A big-brand tablet for less than £50? This Amazon Fire HD 7 deal looks like a mis-price but it’s a neat family buy for a throwaround tab. Note: The version without lock screen ads has a two to three month wait time.
Headphones and audio deals
We’re still waiting for our absolute faves to show up in premium headphones and speakers but there’s plenty of neat Prime Day repeats here.
What is it? The Sonos Move is the long-awaited and much-lauded weather-proof portable outdoor speaker from the multi-room audio brand. Being Sonos setup is a doddle, using it is much the same, and the sound is superb. The EQ even auto adapts to where you place the Move.
What’s the real saving? This is a saving of £100 and as far as we can see this is the best price this speaker has been sold at on Amazon ever. But you can also get it at this amazing discount right now at John Lewis [https://www.johnlewis.com/sonos-move-smart-speaker-with-voice-control/p4361194], Currys [https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio-and-headphones/audio/hifi-systems-and-speakers/sonos-move-portable-wireless-multi-room-speaker-with-google-assistant-amazon-alexa-black-10198356-pdt.html] and a few other places, too.
What is it? It is not for nothing that some have branded these Jabra Elite 75t earbuds as the best AirPods alternative you can get. A better, smaller design means they’re more comfortable, but still offer great sound quality with loud bass. An improved carrying case now means you get a boosted 28 hours of total audio playback.
What’s the real saving? This is a small but welcome saving of £41 as John Lewis and Currys are selling these at £170 when we last checked. And now matching the lowest-in-2020 Prime Day price.
£100 off Sonos Sub Gen 3, now £599: No Sonos home theatre is complete without the Sonos Sub, now available at £100 off. It has a force cancelling design, to help deliver deep 25Hz sub-bass without unwanted vibrations. And it’s wireless, obviously.
£20 off the Jabra Elite 45h, now £69: £20 off a pair of Jabra on-ears isn’t much but when it’s the Elite 45hs, which were already our best pair of wireless headphones under £100, we pay attention. Enormous 50-hour battery life, a punchy, controlled sound and all manner of controls – touch, voice and app – are all present and correct. The £69 price at Amazon is matched at John Lewis and Currys this week.
£20 off Sony’s XM3 earbuds, now £149: Get £20 off the Sony WF-1000XM3s, which are still the best-sounding true wireless earbuds in their class. They have active noise cancellation, and battery life of six hours per charge. Just super reliable for day-to-day use too.
£36 off Anker’s Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro, now £84: Anker has firmly branched out from its charging pack popularity, creating some value for money headphones. And at £84, Anker’s flagship earbuds, with a 32-hour battery life, are down to their lowest price since August.
£30 off Lypertek Tevi earbuds, now £69: Little-known Lypertek makes some of the best value true wireless earbuds around. At £69 the Tevi are a steal. They offer good sound quality, excellent battery life and a reliable connection.
The Beats Solo Pro are down to £159: We were pleasantly surprised by the Beats Solo Pro when we tested them, finding the inoffensive-looking on-ears to be well made, with good audio quality and excellent noise cancelling. Down from an RRP of £270 in 2019 but recently selling for £189. Only the black model is really on sale – the remaining colourways are still up at £185.
AKG’s Y500 wireless headphones down from £13 to £69: Great sound quality, a build to match, nice design and good features. And at this price these already superlative cans are amazing.
£50 off JBL’s Xtreme 2, now £149: The JBL Xtreme 2 is one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers around. It looks a little bullish but sound quality is genuinely refined. And it can go very loud if you want it to. The shoulder strap is particularly handy for picnics in the park, for when the weather improves.
£60 off Bowers & Wilkins PX7s, now £220: B&W’s excellent noise-cancellers have impressive sound and three levels of noise cancelling to go with the quality design. Recently going for £315, they’ve sold for as low as £280 in the last few months.
£8 off Anker SoundCore mini, now £17: This diminutive 5W Bluetooth speaker has a 15-hour playtime to go with solid bass performance and a noise-cancelling microphone for calls.
Lots of smartphone potential here. Given the year the industry has had, it’s no wonder everyone is slashing prices.
What is it? The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 hasn’t been given the attention it deserves. It should lure some of you budget buyers away from the Moto G series. It has a, for the price, fantastic screen. Full HD resolution and a 6.53-inch diagonal, the display doesn’t seem far off that of a £1,000 phone. Battery life is also superb thanks to a 5,020mAh cell. The Note 9 was a bargain at £180, and is only a better deal at £140.
What’s the real saving? While Amazon claims the Note 9 sells for £180, it has actually priced the phone at £155 before. Still, this is an “every penny matters” purchase, so even a £15 drop is worth celebrating. Xiaomi has dropped the price to £149 on its own store the day. You can buy direct if you’d prefer.
What is it? The Poco X3 NFC by Xiaomi is one of the best budget phones of the year. It has a large, bold screen, good general performance and battery life that outlasts almost all £1,000-plus phones. This phone is a dream to live with. And any missing parts are to be expected at the price. Its back is plastic and pricier phones take better low-light shots.
What’s the real saving? You may only get £20 off here, but the Poco X3 NFC was already one of the most aggressively priced phones of 2020. Even a slight discount is only going to increase the appeal. Xiaomi has sold the phone at a similar price at its own store a couple of times, but now you can get it direct from Amazon.
What is it? The Pixel 4a is Google’s affordable phone for 2020. But the cuts are less severe than you might guess. The phone still has a superb best-in-class 12MP camera, a full HD OLED screen and day-to-day performance similar to a top-end phone. Its back is plastic rather than aluminium and it has 4G mobile internet, but the Pixel 4a feels surprisingly similar to the Pixel 5 in use.
What’s the real saving? This is the cheapest the Pixel 4a has been to date from a mainstream retailer. That’s no surprise when the phone is only a few months old. However, judging by the price history of the Pixel 3a, we don’t expect to see it drop much lower for a while either.
What is it? The Motorola Moto G8 is part of our most-often-recommended series of affordable phones. While there are now more cheap choices than ever, like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (£215), this one is still a big hit at £139. It offers good battery life, a reliable Snapdragon 665 CPU and clean-looking software.
What’s the real saving? Another Prime Day repeat and a good deal. Its standard price is £160 these days, not the £180 Amazon suggests. But a £20 saving is still a significant one at this level.
£50 off Oppo A5 2020, now £100: Want a cheap phone that lasts two days between charges, has a nice screen and runs well? The Oppo A5 2020 is your ticket to a low-stress smartphone life. Ultra-long battery life was the main draw at launch, and now the price is just as sweet.
£62 off a Realme 6, now £187: Four cameras, gaming-friendly components, fast charging and a big 90Hz display for less than £200. A budget Android phone with a lot going for it.
£50 off Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, now £379: The 5G model of Samsung’s hugely popular A51 mid-ranger is down below £380 for the early Black Friday sales.
£140 off Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G, now £559: Oppo launched its upper mid-range phone amongst tough competition but this price reduction makes its strong combination of premium design, range of camera features and superfast 65W charging an appealing one.
£130 off Sony RX100 III, now £349: This camera has been around almost since the beginning of time. It launched in 2014. But it still really does hold up in 2020 and has some advantages over a top-end phone camera. You get a traditional 3x optical zoom and a relatively large 1-inch sensor. It’s better for stills fans, as video tops out at 1080p.
TV and home cinema deals
More options than you might think in TVs, and the home cinema haul is improving as the days go on.
What is it? The Sonos Beam is one of the easiest-to-recommend soundbars. It’s not too big. It’s not too expensive. And it sounds great. The Beam has four full-range drivers, three passive radiators for more powerful bass than you’d imagine and a single tweeter. We don’t know how it gets away with using one dedicated treble driver, but it does. That’s Sonos magic for you. Supports Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
What’s the real saving? Sonos products rarely get huge discounts, so this £100 saving is not to be missed. It’s around the price Sonos usually sells refurbed Beam soundbars for. The step-up Sonos Arc costs £800, so is probably not in contention.
What is it? According to our own WIRED Recommends guide, this is the best small OLED TV you can buy, with amazing sound via Bowers & Wilkins. As for the pictures, expect exceptional OLED picture quality, and pleasingly good design and even Ambilight thrown in for good measure. Next-gen gamers should note there’s no HDMI 2.1, but the £300 off here sorts the only other gripe, the punchy standard price.
What’s the real saving? The RRP of this set is £1,799 and you really are getting £300 off here – we only reviewed the thing last month.
£325 off Viewsonic X10-4k, now £974:
An award-winning late 2019 model, the Viewsonic X10-4k is a good option if you want a true 4K projector but don’t have a dedicated cinema room. It’s small, it’s bright enough to deal with some ambient light and you can easily move it around your home. You get a big, bright image with minimal fuss. And the LED light source means no worries about replacing bulbs.
The Sonos Playbase is down from £699 to £499: Dropped by Sonos like an unloved child, we always liked the Playbase. Great build quality meets matching sound performance. And being Sonos, set up is a breeze. Note: the lack of HDMI may put off some.
£400 off LG CineBeam HU70LS, now £1,249: Put this slick-looking 4K projector in a room with a reasonable level of light control and you can expect stunning cinematic images at up to 140 inches. It supports HDR, and the LED light source means it’s rated to last for 30,000 hours, rather than the 3,000 you might get from a lamp-based projector. It’s a reasonably new model so the £450 saving is a good one – it’s selling for £1,650+ elsewhere.
£300 off the Sony A8 OLED TV, now £1,299: Black Friday is the best time to buy an OLED TV. Sony’s A8 has the best image processing of the lot, for cineaste colour and OLED’s usual cinema-beating contrast. This deal’s over at John Lewis.
PC and gaming deals
A few real PC and gaming laptop deals but not much; take a look at these fun peripherals and add-ons by way of distraction.
What is it? This Asus ROG Strix G512LV is a high-end gaming laptop at a reasonable price. It has all the specs we tend to look for in a performance machine. That means Nvidia’s excellent RTX 2060 GPU plus a 240Hz screen, a nice pairing. You get hardware level ray tracing support and enough power to see frame rates of well over 60fps in all but the most challenging games, at 1080p. A 1TB SSD offers plenty of room for games and 16GB RAM is a blessing for other non-gaming jobs.
What’s the real saving? This laptop is £1,600 at Overclockers. And at Amazon it has cost £1,600 ever since it landed on the site in June (aside from bopping down to £1,400 briefly on Prime Day). An Alienware m15 with a similar spec would cost you around £2,100.
What is it? The SanDisk Extreme 400 GB microSDXC Memory Card + SD Adapter
offers a speedy way to expand the storage capacity of your camera, smartphone or Nintendo Switch. You get plenty of room for your videos, phones and more with 400GB, all at a fast 160MB/s. For creatives, you’ll be glad to hear this purchase comes with an SD adapter for those still in need of the slightly larger option.
What’s the real saving? This SanDisk MicroSD card was recently priced at around £83, which makes this a real saving that’s quite a bit less than the touted 75% off. However, this MicroSD card hasn’t been this low all year and didn’t even get down to under £60 last Black Friday. The £23 saving is definitely not to be sniffed at.
What is it? The Acer Nitro N50-610 is a pre-built gaming PC for those who don’t fancy getting down and dirty with CPU pins to make their own. It has the excellent RTX 2060 graphics card, a high-end Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. There’s a 1TB hard drive for files that won’t benefit from SSD speed too. You even get a keyboard and mouse.
What’s the real saving? Hardcore PC gamers may turn their noses up at pre-built desktops, but this is a good deal. Retailers like Very and Ebuyer sold this spec for £1,350 before Black Friday. You’d normally be looking at a step-down GTX 1660 graphics card at this price.
What is it? Razer’s Huntsman Tournament Edition is not your average mechanical-style keyboard. It uses optical switches made by Razer, which should suffer from wear even less than traditional mechanical keys. The keyboard also has on-board memory, letting it save presets on-device rather than on your computer. Razer doesn’t depart entirely from tradition, though, with classic full RGB backlighting. It’s our current top pick for gaming keyboards.
What’s the real saving? You don’t have to pay the £150 original price for this gaming keyboard anymore, but it usually sells or around £130 at Amazon. This is a healthy saving, lower than plenty of used models on eBay. Note: it did go down to £77 last week.
£19 off Corsair M65 ELITE RGB Optical FPS Gaming Mouse, now £41: This Corsair gaming mouse offers 18000 DPI, eight programmable buttons, 3-zone RGB multi-colour backlighting and Xbox One compatibility for a price that’s at its lowest since Prime Day.
£50 off HP Pavilion 15-dk1019na, now £1050: This HP Pavilion laptop offers a strong entry-level on-the-go gaming experience. The Intel Core i7-10750H, Nvidia GTX 1660Ti, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD lineup will give you decent 1080p gaming performance along with basic creative work capabilities too.
£398 off Razer Blade Pro 17, now £2,499: The Pro model of Razer’s popular line lives up to the moniker, with a mammoth 17-inch 300Hz display, an Nvidia RTX 2080 Super, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.
£60 off a Secretlab Titan gaming chair, now £339: We just named Secretlab’s Titan the best gaming chair you can buy in our WIRED Recommends for its robust construction, supreme comfort and versatile adjustment options. This £60 off comes from Secretlab direct and the Omega, which we also like, is down from £349 to £279.
£22 off ADATA SD700 512GB External SSD, now £58: ADATA’s SSD provides military-grade shockproof protection for those who need a speed file-transfer device in a durable case. The SSD has an IP68 for batting back dust and water damage.
£300 off ASUS ZenBook S13, now £1,000: Asus’ Zenbook S13 is one of its really rather stylish ultrabooks. More than that, though, the Intel i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and Nvidia MX150 graphics will pack a strong productivity and light gaming punch. The S13 is down to its lowest price since it was first listed on Amazon in early October.
£500 off an Acer Predator X35 gaming monitor, now £1,700: You may look at this Acer Predator X35 and think the price is crazy, but this is a gaming monitor with a pro-grade focus on quality. Brightness, colour, contrast and lag are all excellent. And it really does sell for £2,200 elsewhere.
£200 off Acer’s Predator Titan 300, now £1,299: An Nvidia RTX 2070 laptop for the price of an RTX 2060 one, this Currys deal bumps you up a league in performance for free. It also has a Core i7 CPU, 144Hz screen and a capacious 1TB SSD. No slow HDD here.
£68 off Seagate’s 9TB External HDD, now £112: Need a big backup drive? This one works out at around 1.35 pence a gigabyte. And that’s pretty good. The Seagate Desktop 8TB is an innocuous desktop drive that will play nice with PCs and Macs. And this is an Amazon exclusive model.
Smart home deals
Plenty. Just plenty to look at in smart home and grooming and not just the obligatory bed-in-a-box mattress deal. (Though that is here too).
What is it? Netatmo’s Smart Indoor Camera is one of our top picks, so it’s no surprise that the Smart Outdoor Security Camera should be a recommendation here. Movement detection combined with night vision and an integrated floodlight should put minds at ease, as will the real-time alerts via your smartphone.
What’s the real saving? At £181, this is a hefty chunk off the RRP for the Outdoor Security Camera, and even though this smart cam has been down to this low price once earlier this year, it hasn’t been sold lower on Amazon in 2020.
What is it? This Joseph Joseph Totem Max bin is the kind of thing that would come out of Cupertino if Tim Cook had instructed his minions to fashion a multi-tiered recycling and waste bin. As it happens, this hi-tech trash can hails from the decidedly English houseware brand Joseph Joseph. Two 30-litre compartments with odour control stack on top of each other while a 3-litre removable food waste caddy nestles inside. Tidy.
What’s the real saving? At £131, not only do you get an Apple-worthy waste bin you need not hide away, this is also the first time as far as we can see it has been on sale on Amazon, so this is a genuine deal.
£10 off Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Gen, now £159: The Nest Thermostat offers a strong entry point for adding your home heating into your smart home ecosystem. You can adjust the temperature using your phone as well as allowing the thermostat to smartly manage your heating throughout the day, saving you money. While it’s not a huge saving, the price is at its lowest on Amazon since Black Friday last year.
£60 off Cubo’s Ai Plus smart baby monitor, now £279: Likewise, a lot of our tried-and-tested fave baby monitors – like the Arlo Baby (£140) look like they’re discounted when in fact they’re around their regular, mostly good value, price points. One that is? The bird-like Cubo Ai Plus, which offers in-depth sleep stats and geofencing, is down to £279 from £339 on Amazon and direct.
£20 off an Echo Dot (4th gen) + Philips Hue Colour Starter Kit, now £99: Amazon has brought together its entry-level smart speaker with the terrific Philips Hue smart bulbs for this handy starter kit. You can also pick up a couple of Philips Hue Spotlights for £11 each (£5 off)right now too. [In stock on November 30].
£22 off a Philips Series 6000 Wet & Dry, now £108: The Philips Series 6000 Wet & Dry electric shaver has three tilting heads for a comfortable shave, and offers 60 minutes run time off an hour’s charge. This particular model sold for £185 before the Black Friday discount kicked in, though prices were hovering around £130-£135 for the couple of months prior.
£45 off a Lumie Zest wake-up light, now £105: ‘Tis the season of S.A.D., and we all have enough to worry about so why not knock dark mornings on the head with a Lumie Zest. It’s a high-quality 2000 lux wake up light, at £45 off. If that’s too pricey, check out the Lumie Bodyclock Rise 100 (now £55) and Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock (now £60). Both are on sale today.
£26 off a Roku Streaming Stick+, now £34: An excellent all-round video streamer, with stable 4K picture, fast buffering and an easy-to-use interface. Or pick up the even cheaper Roku Express for £18, down from £30.
£220 off a De’Longhi Eletta Bean to Cup machine, down to £549: This is advertised as a whopping £510 off the RRP of £1,000. In fact this rather swanky automatic coffee machine – for cappuccinos, espressos etc – is down around £220 on Amazon’s recent prices of around £769.
Wearables and fitness deals
Fitbit, Apple, Garmin and GoPro are all here.
What is it? The Charge 4 is Fitbit’s top dedicated fitness tracker. It has all the essential runner’s watch features, including an optical heart rate sensor and its own GPS. It’s a good deal at £100, and last up to a week off a charge.
What’s the real saving? Fitbits are not discounted all that often, because it has acquired the status of a sort-of “Apple of fitness trackers”. The Charge 4 has spent the whole of 2020 hovering around £130 at Amazon.
What is it? The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is an incredible running and fitness watch, one so packed with features you could study a degree in this thing. Highlights include 36 hours of GPS tracking per charge, a screen that loves sunny days and an exceptional ability to hook up to third-party fitness gear. If you want to get serious about fitness, this is the watch you want.
What’s the real saving? £599 is the RRP for this Gorilla Glass version of the Fenix 6 Pro. Some other sites sell it for around £509, but at the time of writing John Lewis has the best deal in town. You save around £150 off the RRP or £60 off competitor prices.
What is it? The Apple Watch Series 5 is no longer the most bang-up-to-date Cupertino smartwatch; it doesn’t have the new energy efficient S6 chip or the blood oxygen sensor of the Series 6. But if you decide you can get on without the updates, there is still plenty of advanced health monitoring, including ECG sensing, as well as more mainstream smartwatch features.
What’s the real saving? Now, let’s be clear this deal isn’t about getting the absolute cheapest Apple Watch with the spec you’re looking for. You can get a Series 5 for £329 these days and the Series 6 itself starts at £379. No, these are discounts on specific materials and finishes for those who care more about the styling and feel of their wristwear than every last spec, starting with say a 40mm aluminium case. Have a browse around sizes and styles.
£70 off Fitbit Versa 2, now £129: Fitbit’s fourth smartwatch offers heart rate tracking, sleep and fitness tracking. It also has built-in Alexa and Spotify integration. It’s now just £129, which is the lowest it’s ever been on Amazon.
£60 off Merrell Men’s Moab 2 GTX Low Rise, now £60: These Merrell walking shoes are great all-rounders. The low-rise style makes them better as everyday shoes, while the Gore-Tex water protection and Vibram sole are great for the hikers. Non Gore-Tex versions are available at Amazon for less money too.
Get a renewed Apple Watch Series 3 for £152: Scroll up for discounts on the fully-featured Series 5 but if you just want an Apple Watch, and you don’t mind ‘renewed’ (refurbished, like new), a 38mm Space Grey Series 3 is now down from £199 to £152 – and in stock.
Up to £51 off Salomon Alphacross GTX Trail, now £50: The Salomon Alphacross GTX Trail are excellent all-rounder trail running and walking shoes; they have a Gore-Tex water resistant layer and a Contragrip sole. Both men’s and women’s versions are on sale.
£40 off a Garmin Forerunner 45, now £109: The Forerunner 45 is our WIRED Recommends best budget running watch at its regular price. There’s no apps or contactless payments, but as a running watch that suits beginners, there’s no beating it. Easy to use, with 13 hours of GPS battery life, music playback controls and Garmin Coach support. It’s gone down by a massive £40, which is lower than it was on Prime Day and earlier this Black Friday.
£28 off Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX, now £90: You need to sign up for Go Outdoors’s Discount card to get this 50% saving but at just £5 it’s worth it just for this deal on WIRED’s top walking boots. The Quest 4D 3 GTX are supremely comfortable boots in any conditions with a Gore-Tex water resistant membrane. Ankle support is solid and, as hiking boots go, they don’t look too bad either.
£20 off the Fitbit Ace 2 kids tracker, now £50: Fitbit’s kids tracker is built with children aged six and older in mind: waterproof to 50m for swims, fun goal celebrations and a protective band/bumper. Also down to £50 at Argos and Currys.
$45 off a Nomad Base Station, now $105: WIRED-approved accessory makers Nomad have 30% off a whole bunch of its cases and chargers, including this Base Station for 10W wireless charging of your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.
£70 off the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, now £129: This is the first version of the Galaxy Watch Active, not the second, but it’s still an excellent smartwatch and fitness tracker. You get full GPS, a gorgeous OLED screen and the ability to download additional apps. It’s so much cheaper than the Active 2 and Watch 3, this 2019 watch is a solid deal.
£50 off a GoPro Hero7, now £100: The perfect budget family action cam at £50 off via Argos. It doesn’t have 4K video, but the audio quality and stabilisation will beat anything else you’ll find at the price. Record those memories without the judder.
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