Might Hotel Chocolat’s Velvetiser hot chocolate machine be the best Black Friday deal this week? At least one member of WIRED’s Gear team thinks so.
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.
The best early Black Friday deals
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 and the rest).
20% off the Fitbit Inspire HR | Down to £60
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.
Click here to get a Fitbit Inspire HR for £60
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£100 off a Razer Blade 15 | Down to £1,350
What is it? The Razer Blade 15 has been a stalwart of the gaming laptops market for many years now. Unlike many unsightly and sizable gaming machines, the Blade 15 manages to cram impressive gaming chops into a reasonably-sized chassis. This 2020 model bags you a 144Hz 1080p display, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. A strong combo for modern 1080p gaming.
What’s the real saving? While this Razer Blade 15 has been around for some time now, the specs represent a machine that is still extremely capable. The price is down to £450 off the RRP and, while it hasn’t been that for some time, the current price does represent £100 off recent prices.
Click here to get a Razer Blade 15 (2020) for £1,350
£59 off a Garmin Fenix 6 Pro | Now £450
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.
Click here to get the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro for £450
Apple’s AirPods Pro are £20 off | Down to £199
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.
Click here to get the Apple AirPods Pro for £199
£200 off an Asus ROG Strix G512LV | Down to £1,400
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.
Click here to get £200 off the Asus ROG Strix G512LV
£100 off a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE | Down to £599
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.
Click here to get the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G for £599
£48 off Nike’s Pegasus Turbo 2 – our top running shoe | Down to £112
What is it? Light, fast, durable and designed to be worn for all types of runs, the supremely versatile Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 has been our top running shoe for a while now. Good for training, speed sessions and racing.What’s the real saving? It’s just the Womens Turbo 2 on sale this week and one of the two styles has already sold out. But there’s still a few sizes left in the Pink Blast/Black colourway and, at 29% off, this is a great price for a formidable shoe.
Need the Mens Turbo 2? Use the code SHINE 2020 for 25% off Nike from November 24. We’re also currently testing the excellent Pegasus Trail 2 – down from £115 to £86 (with the code) in Nike’s sale.
Click here to get the Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 for £112
£70 off the Blink Outdoor (two pack) | Down to £110
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.
Click here to save £70 on the Blink Outdoor (two pack)
32% off the Anker Soundcore 2 | Down to £28
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.
Click here to get the Anker Soundcore 2 for £28
£60 off a Huawei Matebook 14 | Down to £689
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.
Click here to get the Huawei Matebook 14 for £689
£30 off a Ring Video Doorbell | Down to £59
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.
Click here to save £30 on the Ring Video Doorbell
The best TV in 2020 – LG’s OLED65GX – is £200+ off | Now £2,299
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.
Click here to get the LG OLED65GX for £2,299
Laptop and tablet deals
A decent showing already in laptops with discounts at a range of specs and price points.
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£150 off a HP Envy 13, down to £1,000
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.
Click here to get the HP Envy 13 for £1,150
£300 off the Asus ZenBook Duo, down to £1,399
What is it? The Asus ZenBook Duo UX481FL is a highly unusual laptop. It has two screens. One sits in the normal place, the other above the keyboard. This may seem like a gimmick but you can use it like a legit dual-display setup, with real benefits for creative apps in particular. The price may seem high but the spec is superb for a portable laptop, with an epic 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM and a ready-for-fun MX250 graphics chipset.
What’s the real saving? While researching these deals we saw this exact spec on sale for £1,799, which is even more than the Amazon-claimed RRP we’ve used here. This laptop may not be for everyone, but it’s a real deal. Some other retailers also have the 512GB SSD version for £100 less during Black Friday.
Click here to get the Asus ZenBook Duo for £1,399
£60 off the Kindle Oasis, down to £170
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.
Click here to get the Kindle Oasis for £170
£150 off a Samsung Galaxy Book S, down to £849
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. The Book S 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.
Click here to get the Samsung Galaxy Book S for £849
£70 off a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, down to £549
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.
Click here to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 for £549
£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.
£41 off a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, now £299: Nearly all Samsung’s tablets are on sale this Black Friday week, including the excellent Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. This one does not have an ultra-high resolution screen (“just” 1200p), but the (included) S Pen stylus is great. It’s the only budget tablet where real creative flair comes bundled.
£30 an 11-inch iPad Pro, now £739: Any money shaved off the iPad is worth mentioning, especially when it’s WIRED’s favourite iPad, even if it is just £30. This is a first-rate productivity tool.
Up to £50 off the Apple MacBook Air, from £919: For the cheapest Core i3 of the old-but-still-2020 Air, head to John Lewis or Currys where it’s £919 – £20 off recent prices, £70 off the RRP.
£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.
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£71 off Technics EAH-AZ70W earbuds, down to £150
What is it? It is hard to believe that these Technics earbuds are the brand’s first foray into the true wireless earbuds arena. You get a solid, punchy and spacious sound, along with noise cancelling and excellent bass, all in a design that marries comfort with Technic’s sharp aesthetic.
What’s the real saving? This is an excellent £70 discount considering these earbuds only came out in June and have sold for around £240 RRP not too long ago. It’s also identical to the Prime Day price so you know they won’t see steeper discounts from Amazon this year.
Click here to save £71 on the Technics EAH-AZ70W earbuds
£41 off Jabra Elite 75t earbuds, down to £129
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.
Click here to save £41 on the Jabra Elite 75ts
£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.
£15 off Rode’s NT-USB Mic, now £138: Rode is known for its audio equipment and this USB microphone brings its tech to the desktop. The USB connectivity, tripod and pop shield makes this an easy-to-use plug-and-play experience from a quality brand. At just under £20 off, the mic is down to its cheapest price since April.
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.
£20 off Amazon’s Echo Buds, now £100: The Echo Buds are Amazon’s truly wireless earbuds with Bose’s active noise reduction – not cancellation, you’ll note – technology, as well as a surprisingly comfy fit and Alexa integration. The Echo Buds usually cost £120, which in our opinion, is slightly too much for what these offer. But with £20 off, the Buds are a better buy. Note: they went down further to £80 on Prime Day, so may do again.
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.
£52 off Ultimate Ears Megaboom Wireless (Panther Edition), now £75: This stealth-styled version of UE’s excellent Bluetooth and waterproof speaker was actually already on sale for £127 earlier this week, now it’s down to £75.
£50 off Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds, now £79: You get an understated design, excellent battery life and balanced sound – but, most importantly, a reliable wireless connection.
£5 off Sony WH-CH510s, now £30: These budget-budget Sony headphones provide 35-hours battery life, quick charging, a minimalistic design and smart assistant controls. For just under £30, it’s an inviting way to get onboard with the Sony audio train.
Lots of smartphone potential here. Given the year the industry has had, it’s no wonder everyone is slashing prices.
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£40 off the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 | Down to £139
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.
Click here to get the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 for £139
£20 off Xiaomi’s Poco X3 NFC | Now £179
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.
Click here to get the Poco X3 NFC for £179
£30 off the Google Pixel 4a | Now £319
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.
Click here to get the Google Pixel 4a for £319
£20 off a Motorola Moto G8 | Now £139
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.
Click here to save £20 on a Motorola Moto G8
£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.
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.
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£299 off the Philips 48OLED+935 4K TV | Now £1,499
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.
Click here to save £299 on the Philips 48OLED+935 4K TV
£100 off a Hisense 55-in 4K TV | Now £549
What is it? This Hisense 55U7QFTUK TV has a couple of flaws if we’re being picky, such as slightly poor motion handling, but at a discount it’s well worth considering. On the plus side you get a decent HDR picture, plus good 4K colour and dark detailing. A good value set.
What’s the real saving? This is technically a saving of over £350 off the original RRP, but most retailers already have it discounted at £649 – so this is still the best deal around right now for this TV, by around £100.
Click here to save £100 on the Hisense 55U7QFTUK
£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.
£220 off the Panasonic TX-65HX580BZ 4K TV, now £679: We haven’t tested it but more than £200 off this big 65in Panasonic television is not to be sniffed at, especially as it’s still going for £800 on AO. Multi-HDR and Dolby Vision support round off the package.
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.
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£200 off Acer’s Nitro N50-610 | Now £1,150
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.
Click here to get the Acer Nitro N50-610 for £1,150
£55 off Logitech’s G29 racing wheel | Now £160
What is it? The Logitech G29 is a force feedback racing wheel for PS4, PS5 and PC. Check out the G290, on sale at the same price, if you are an Xbox gamer. This is a must-have accessory if you like more realistic racing games such as Gran Turismo Sport and Assetto Corsa. Force feedback makes these titles far more engaging. The package includes the wheel and an excellent set of pedals. Just make sure you have something sturdy to clamp the wheel base to.
What’s the real saving? Logitech’s G29 has been on sale many times. Its best ever price at Amazon was back in 2019, at £125. So why is this still a great deal? Racing wheel sales went through the roof when the first lockdown kicked in, and this is the first time we’ve seen the G29, or any good racing wheel, at a reasonable price since.
View the Logitech G29 racing wheel for £160
£20 off a SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB Portable SSD | Now £160
What is it? The SanDisk Extreme Pro is a portable SSD with a massive 1TB of storage. There’s an ultra-fast NVMe drive inside, letting it reach speeds of 1050MB/s when plugged into a fast enough USB port. It’s tiny too, and tough. SSD storage means there are no moving parts, the shell is rubberised and there’s a carabiner-ready grip on one side for the more outdoorsy among you.
What’s the real saving? This drive sells for £180 at SanDisk, and that’s about as hot a deal as you’ll usually find for the SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB. Its original price was £219. Don’t confuse this with the original “Extreme” version of the drive as the Pro is around twice as fast.
View the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD for £160
£25 off Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition | Now £105
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.
Click here to get the Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition for £105
£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.
£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.
£200 off PC Specialist’s Vortex S-TS, now £1,299: Ridiculous levels of power and a case that won’t make your house look like a 90s “hacker” film. What more could you want? This gaming PC has the superb Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics and a Core i7 CPU.
£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).
🏘️ All the smart home deals on Amazon
£29 off a GHD Helios hairdryer | Now £130
What is it? You might think WIRED would favour a Dyson Supersonic but no, in testing it’s the GHD Helios for us. It doesn’t shirk on the specs either with a 120kmh airflow and a powerful brushless motor. It’s light to hold with an ergonomic body, 3m power cable and, most importantly, it gets great results on both fine and thick hair.
What’s the real saving? The Helios hasn’t dipped below £159 on mainstream retailers like John Lewis, though you can currently pick it up for around £135 on industry sites.
Click here to get a GHD Helios for £130
£206 off a Neato D650 Robovac | Now £330
What is it? The Neato D650 Robovac is a high-end robot vacuum cleaner that originally cost north of £700. Neato’s D6 vacs have been around since 2018 but important core features are here, like advanced room mapping and good suction. The D650 also has Alexa integration, handy if you already own an Echo smart speaker.
What’s the real saving? The price of this robo vac has gone up and down like a yo-yo since 2019 but £329 is one of the lowest prices it has been to date. The claimed RRP here is not a fiction, but robot vacuum prices often move about through the months. You might also want to spend the extra £40 for the Neato D7 (£370).
Click here to get the Neato D650 Robovac for £330
£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.
£6 off Philips Hue Bridge 2.0, now £36: The Hue Bridge provides the focal point for adding smart tech all around your home. The latest version allows up to 50 Hue lights to be added to your home network as well as support for third party devices from the likes of Amazon, Google, Logitech, Samsung and more. The price has gotten this low before but often sits above £40.
£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.
£25 off a Shark cordless vac, now £199: Good brand, good price for this Shark IZ201UK cordless, which is full price on John Lewis but also down to £199 on Currys and Very right now.
£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.
£18 off Philips Hue Twin Pack, now £40: This simple Philips Hue smart light kit includes two white bulbs and a Smart Button, which you effectively get for free here. You don’t need a Hue Bridge, although consider getting hold of one if you want to control your lights with Alexa or Google Assistant.
£39 off a king size Emma Original mattress, down to £396: The Emma Original bed-in-a-box mattress is our recommendation for regulating temperature, based on our testing. We like the breathable foam construction, soft to the touch top coat cover and the support we got from the 25cm mattress. Amazon says it’s £191 off the king size – we beg to differ, making it more like £39 off the fairly standard Amazon price of £434.
£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.
👉 All the sports and outdoor deals on Amazon
£30 off a Fitbit Charge 4 | Now £99
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.
Click here to get a Fitbit Charge 4 for £99
£49 (or more) off an Apple Watch Series 5 | Now £380
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.
Click here to get £49 off an Apple Watch Series 5
£35 off Bose Frames Alto/Rondo | Now £125
What is it? We’ve got a real soft spot for the Bose Frames here. Not the most sensible mid-winter 2020 purchase but a hopeful one nonetheless. This is a line of audio sunglasses – Rondo pictured – with built-in Bose speakers for ‘open-ear audio’ which sounds terrible but in practice, works? The usual UVA/UVB protection is present and correct together with Bluetooth for connecting to your phone and a mic for calls and voice assistants.
What’s the real saving? Another product that becomes more appealing the closer it skirts to the £100 splurge line, the Bose Frames series is growing and these styles have bounced around, most recently around the £160 mark. Rondo is £135 currently, while the squared-off Alto is £125.
Click here to get the Bose Frames for £125
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.
£10 off a Garmin Forerunner 45, now £139: 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. Just £10 off for now – it went down to £110 on Prime Day.
£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.
£30 off the Huawei Watch Fit, now £89: Huawei’s Watch Fit looks like a stretched Apple Watch. And its lovely OLED screen means it looks a little like one in action too. But this fitness tracker lasts up to two weeks off a charge, not one day. It’s not a “true” smartwatch but it does have GPS, 24/7 heart rate tracking and even a blood oxygen monitor.
£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.
£38 off Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX, now £89: Pick up a pair of these Speedcross trail running shoes with cushioning and stability from EVA midsoles. As ever with shoes, the deal depends on the size and style.
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