Sony’s class-leading earbuds just got a huge Black Friday discount at Amazon
Regular readers and audio lovers will need no further fanfare from us regarding the excellent Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds.
But just in case: these little beauties are the flagship offering within Sony’s considerable earbuds ouevre – and because of this they’ve got the best, top-tier, class-A tech Sony can manage, including active noise cancellation. We gave them a full five stars in our Sony WF-1000XM4 review.
And now there’s almost £100 off at Amazon UK in its Black Friday sale, making them the cheapest they’ve ever been.
Amazon launches Black Friday week
Amazon launched a 10-day long Black Friday sale in the UK at midnight. This morning there are now thousands of deals on everything from air fryers to TVs, with all the usual Alexa device discounts, games consoles offers and more – and some of the offers are excellent.
We’re covering the event live – and we’ll continue to round up all the best deals from Amazon here in our Black Friday deals live blog.
Is it Black Friday today?
We’ve all seen the Black Friday 2022 ads. The weather’s getting colder. So as we speed towards the close of November and hit the end of the working week, it’s a valid question: is it Black Friday today?
The short answer is: no. Black Friday proper doesn’t officially start until November 25 – next Friday.
But in many ways Black Friday has started. There’s a huge influx of Black Friday deals already, and the annual sales event is in full swing at several major retailers.
Today – one week before Black Friday – marks our entrance into peak discount season. It used to be that the best deals of the year appeared on Black Friday itself, but that’s no longer the case. Last year, most of the biggest offers launched in the seven days leading up to Black Friday – and then remained relatively static as we moved through Black Friday weekend into Cyber Monday.
In fact, there were very few new deals in many of the largest product categories on either shopping day last year – and some of the best offers from earlier in the month didn’t return. And that’s a trend we expect to see again this year.
From today, then, our advice is to keep your eyes peeled. We’re expecting to see some serious Black Friday deals appearing from now – so if you see a great saving on a product you’ve had your eye on in the coming days, we recommed grabbing it.
Welcome back to our live coverage of Black Friday 2022. We’re with you all day, bringing you all the latest news and deals, plus pro tips and tricks for saving money on the products you want to buy. But first, the most pressing question of the day…
A great monitor can make all the difference
If you’ve got yourself a new gaming rig or even just a new computer for work, having the best monitor you can afford can make or break your experience with your PC.
While 4K monitors get all the glory and accolades, a 1440p monitor can be just as gorgeous, especially at smaller sizes, and the right Black Friday monitor deal can save you a lot of money that you can put towards getting a more powerful PC.
The Lenovo Legion Y27Q20 is a 27-inch 1440p display that features a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms pixel response time, making it a great gaming monitor, but it also covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, making it a fantastic monitor for creative professionals.
Right now, UK shoppers can snag a real deal on this monitor and get extreme 1440p performance for the price of a 1080p display, making it a very hard deal to pass up.
The best Windows laptop just got even better
We consistently rate the Dell XPS 13 as the best Windows laptop on the market thanks to its robust performance, outstanding design, and ultraportability – and that’s before we even factor in its accessible MSRP starting at just $999.00.
But, as it does every year, Dell is running a fantastic Black Friday deal on the XPS 13 that makes it a must buy for anyone looking for a everyday laptop that you can take anywhere and do all of your day-to-day work, wherever you are.
Gaming laptops for less – on both sides of the pond
Black Friday has made its way to the UK in recent years and has become a major holiday sales event long after it had become a tradition in the US. This is good news for British gamers looking to score some outstanding gaming performance on the go as retailers in both countries are aggressively cutting prices on gaming laptops, which are consistently one of the best selling holiday items year after year.
PC deals for days
Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to buy a new PC thanks to a cornicopia of discounts from major retailers across the spectrum, from budget workstations to best gaming PC with high-performance hardware.
It can also be daunting to have to cull through so many options, especially if you aren’t as well-versed in reading a spec sheet full of model numbers, ratios, and figures.
Fortunately, we’ve reviewed so many PCs over the years that we can spot a great PC deal from leagues away, and we’ve pulled together some of the best sales happening right now, no matter what kind of PC you’re looking for.
Reading all about it
What’s great about Amazon’s Kindle ereaders is that they don’t do much, but what they do, they do really well.
The Oasis is perfect-built for reading and for doing it for hours on end. I know I love to take my Kindle to the beach and read for hours without a single concern that it’ll run out of juice before the sun sets over the ocean. They typically have battery life that can last all week long.
The only problem with the Oasis, which has a waterproof body and a crisp 300ppi screen is that it’s normally almost $300 (for the 3GB model). Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale, though, puts it at just $184.99 (opens in new tab). That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this model.
Just keep in mind that this early deal is only on until Nov 19. Will you see cheaper Kindle Oasis readers after that? We’re not sure.
On the Surface of things
True story, I am writing this deal on the very same Microsoft Surface Pro 8 that is currently on sale at Curry’s for £699 (opens in new tab).
The UK retailer is selling my 2-in-1 laptop (okay, okay, not mine, but one just like mine) for one of the best discounts I’ve ever seen. I know, you thinking, it’s just £100 pounds cheaper than the typical roughly £799 Surface Pro start price, but this sticker price includes the Surface Signature TypeCover.
For as long as I’ve been using and writing about Surface Pros, I’ve been telling people you have to buy it with the keyboard, that’s how this Windows 11 PC becomes a truly useful work-and-play device. Normally the Surface Slim Pen 2 comes in with this keyboard, but there’s no mention of that here, which is a shame because it’ll cost you another $129.
The Core i5 in here is decent, though I prefer running a Core i7 model, and the 256GB SSD is a bit light, but this is still a cracking-good deal.
Dot’s the one
Like clockwork, Amazon has started lowering (dare I say cratering) the price of its popular Echo Dot speaker. The 3rd-gen Echo Dot is just $14.99 at Amazon.com (opens in new tab). That’s among the lowest price we’ve seen and what you might call the impulse-purchase level. It’s not the newest Echo Dot – there isn’t even a clock readout under that mesh, but in our original review, we applauded it for clear call quality and a good design.
I’ve always liked the Echo Dot because it’s small, smart, and ever since the fabric redesign, not bad to look at either. Now, to be fair, some people find devices that you can almost hide away and that are always listening for their name a little off-putting, but I appreciate ready access to answers and, of course, music.
Speaking of music, the cool thing about introducing an Echo Dot to your home now is that, assuming you have Amazon Prime (why have a Dot if you don’t?), you now get access to Amazon Prime Music’s complete library. That’s a lot of holiday music.
The deal drives a solid-state bargain
Remember when none of us could get a PS5? I remember people texting and calling me, assuming I had the inside track, on how to get a PlayStation 5 for their child.
Sadly, I couldn’t help any of them. These days, PS5’s gaming consoles are no less desirable, but there do seem to be decent supplies. And that means we can think about other gaming components – that connect to the PS5, of course.
Let’s assume that last year or sometime in the last 12 months you got your child a PS5 and now they’re complaining about the lack of storage (the PS5 starts with 667GB of usable storage). They need an external storage option.
Good news. It looks like early Black Friday Deals have you covered. Granted, I’ve never heard of the Adata brand, but our pals at TRG vouch for the speed of the 1TB PS5 SSD that’s selling for just $89.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab).
That’s a really good price for that much storage. Sounds like a decent stocking stuffer to me. – LU
If you’ve been holding off on buying a tablet, now might be your time. Apple’s iPad 10.2 is on sale at Best Buy for $269.99 (opens in new tab), that’s about $60 off its original $329 price.
I know, this is not the sexy, new iPad 10.9 that Apple introduced just a few months ago, but that lovely device, which I admittedly really liked, is also, at $449, the most expensive base iPad in ages.
This slab, which is well under $300, offers many of the same core features as its more expensive counterpart, but they’re all running on an older – though still peppy- A13 Bionic. We still have a couple of models like this around my house and love them.
I’d argue this is a perfect gift for a student or youngster who wants to play games, watch videos and, if you throw in a $99 Apple Pencil (supported, of course), draw for hours.
Naturally, there’s a timestamp on this deal. It ends on Nov. 19 (well before the real Black Friday). You could wait and see if there’s a better deal in the offing, but my guess is that older models = limited supplies.
If you still want the bleeding edge iPad, there are deals to be found there, too.
Tik-Tokkers are going crazy for this obscure gaming console
According to a reliable source – who may or may not be someone sitting next to me in the office – the ‘Kids’ are going crazy for a handheld gaming console called Powkiddy right now.
I have to admit – my alarm bells are ringing with this one. I’ve seen cheap emulators like this crop up over the years and they’re always a little rough and ready (not to mention, sometimes loaded up with unlicensed games).
Overall, It’s either a fad throwaway toy or an awesome little deal for those with a taste for retro games. Sitting at $99 puts this one at the cusp between “why not” and “expensive stocking filler” for me. Your mileage may vary.
We haven’t personally reviewed this device at TechRadar, but the specialist gaming site RetroDodo has done a fairly detailed run-down of the device (opens in new tab) that’s well worth checking out. Overall, the biggest selling point for this device appears to be the display, which does look pretty rad from the pictures.
Glancing at the above Walmart listing, it appears that this particular Powkiddy model comes with 15,000 pre-loaded games that “Recalls your childhood memory”. According to the RetroDodo review, this includes everything from old-school 16-bit games to Dreamcast games. Unsurprisingly for a device with 1GB of RAM and a 1.5Ghz processor, it doesn’t appear to handle the latter particularly well.
As always with these emulators, you can load up your own games. Just remember that it’s illegal to share and download ROMs on the internet unless you specifically own that game. It’s a very, very grey area with these devices, so definitely read this excellent post from HowToGeek on the legality of ROMS.
The Google Pixel 6a is at its lowest ever price in the UK
The official Google Store in the UK has launched its Black Friday sale today and it’s offering – among other things – an absolutely awesome deal for those on the hunt for a reasonably priced Android flagship.
We were a little on the fence when we reviewed the Google Pixel 6a earlier this year, namely because of the fairly high asking price at launch. With this deal, that complaint is very much out the window now.
At £299, you’re getting a really powerful Tensor chip (the same as the Pixel 6’s), a great camera system, and a design that’s easy on the eye. Slight drawbacks include a plastic shell (as opposed to the Pixel 6’s glass), and a 60Hz display, which is a little sluggish compared to some mid-range devices. For outright features though, this one’s a real winner for the price and a great buy if you’re on a budget.
Ending today – Samsung’s excellent early Black Friday phone deals
Cue sad music please – one of the best early-bird sales you’ll find anywhere online in the US is ending today. You’ve only got a few hours left to take advantage of the official Samsung Store’s excellent range of discounts on its high-end smartphones. Here’s a quick selection of the best deals:
Will they be back again next week? It’s hard to say, but we think it’s fairly likely considering these devices are the flagships from the brand. Samsung may tweak up the formula, or offer something a little different like freebies on the pricier devices. Last year, we saw free smartwatches and even a free Chromebook being given away with some models – although the upfront discounts weren’t quite as good as the outgoing deals this week.
Either way, bookmark our Samsung Black Friday deals page if you’re interested in more specific coverage from this merchant. Hopefully we’ll have plenty more excellent deals on smartphones, TVs, and Galaxy Watches just around the corner…
This just in… one amazing early Black Friday deal from Verizon
The US carrier Verizon has just launched another round of early Black Friday deals and we’re busy picking through them while we update our bespoke Verizon Black Friday deals page. There’s one deal that’s really, really caught our eye:
I’ve not been able to take my eyes off the iPad Air (2022) deals at Amazon in the UK. The latest generation of Apple’s mid-range tablets includes an M1-chip – helping it to serve up a laptop-class performance at a fairly budget-friendly price. Plus it comes with a 12MP ultra wide front and and a 12MP wide back camera to be able to take some fairly decent snaps too
Every single version of the iPad Air (2022) is discounted at Amazon right now, but my favorite is the cheapest one: you can get the 64GB Wi-Fi only model for £569 (opens in new tab) (saving you £100). But if you want the extra storage space the 256GB iPad Air (2022) is only £719 (opens in new tab) (instead of £849) which is another big saving.
My girlfriend really wants an iPad and everyday that I see this deal I edge one step closer to hitting Buy Now and getting it for her.
Want a super-cheap laptop that isn’t super-ugly? This Lenovo Chromebook deal at Walmart in the US is the way to go according to one of our experts.
Unfortunately a lot of this year’s early bird deals aren’t that impressive but this deal on Lenovo’s IdeaPad 3 Chromebook is a cut above the rest. What makes this such a good deal? Well, it’s a full two-thirds down from the current retail price of $300, bringing it down to just $99 at Walmart (opens in new tab).
You shouldn’t expect this to be the flashiest laptop on the planet, but it looks a heck of a lot better than the average $99 laptop. At this special Black Friday price, the IdeaPad 3 Chromebook puts our normal ranking of the best cheap laptops to shame.
… and here are the best headphones deals in the UK.
Black Friday is almost always the perfect time to pick up a new pair of cans as it’s pretty much a guarantee that headphones and earbuds from brands like Sony, Bose, Beats, and Apple.
You can check out our full guide for the best Black Friday headphones deals of 2022, but here are a few that we think might be the best deals of the year so far in the US…
5 of the best Black Friday air fryer deals in the US
I’m still expecting the best air fryer deals to come when we’re a little closer to Black Friday, but a handful of record-low prices have already popped up.
If you’re looking to get some early holiday shopping done, the Chefman 6.3 Quart Digital Air Fryer+ is now $109.46 at Amazon (opens in new tab), giving you over 25% in savings. Meanwhile, the Bella Pro 8-QT Air Fryer is now only $49.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab). Here are five of the best Black Friday air fryer deals I’ve seen so far…
Starting tomorrow (November 18) Meta will be selling the Oculus Quest 2 for $349.99 and $429.99 for the 128GB and 256GB models respectively – and we’re expecting it’ll be £349.99 and £429.99 in the UK, though Meta has yet to confirm our suspicions. While it’s technically still going to be more expensive than its pre-August 2022 price (when it was $100 / $100 less before its massive price hike) there’s more to this deal than meets the eye.
That’s because you’ll not only get the VR headset, but you’ll also get two free games: Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4 VR (usually worth $70 / £53 together).
Beat Saber is effectively a crossover between Guitar Hero and Star Wars. While jamming out to your favorite tunes from artists like Lizzo, The Weekend, Linkin Park, and LMFAO you have to slice notes in time to the music as they fly past. Do well and you might get a new high score, but if you fail the music will stop. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to get active.
Resident Evil 4 VR on the other hand is an immersive remake of the classic action horror game. Just like the original on the GameCube, the gameplay is superb with RE 4 VR managing to strike the perfect balance between making you feel like a badass while also keeping the stress levels appropriately high as you fight off hordes of monsters. This is the best way to experience the iconic Capcom game, and it’s perfect for newcomers and longtime fans alike.
7 of the best Black Friday deals in the UK
What are some of the best Black Friday deals in the UK right now? Here are a few that stood out to our deals experts…
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has some surprising Black Friday advice for prospective shoppers: slow things down a little.
When asked by CNN (via The Telegraph (opens in new tab)) whether people should carry on as normal or if they should “batten down the hatches” with the increasingly difficult financial situation many of us are finding ourselves in, Jeff Bezos said that people should “take some risk off the table.”
He added, “If you’re an individual and you’re thinking about buying a new large-screen TV, maybe slow that down. Keep that cash, see what happens. Same thing with a refrigerator or a new car, or whatever.”
While that advice is certainly nothing groundbreaking, it is interesting to hear it coming from the founder of the world’s largest online retailer ahead of the biggest shopping event of the year. Even more so considering that Amazon has faced a much more difficult year than normal – now more than ever it likely needs shoppers browsing its Black Friday deals.
Regardless of his reasoning behind the statement, Bezos’ words ring true; with energy prices and inflation on the rise money is tight and we’d definitely recommend thinking twice before buying a new gadget. If it is something you desperately need then Black Friday is a great time to pick it up at a bargain price, but if you can hold off for a few more months or even another year you likely won’t regret it.
Though for those of you looking for a bargain we’ll be here to collect all of the best deals we can find online.
There are some great deals at Amazon in the US right now on Ring doorbells and cameras that’ll give your home’s security a boost. They include savings on older models and even devices that launched earlier this year. Here are a five of our favorites.
Grab a 65in 4K TV for $500 off!
We’re sure to see plenty of great deals on big 4K TVs this Black Friday, but we doubt many will be better than this Best Buy offer on the Hisense U8H.
First off, this is a really good TV even at full price – we awarded it 4/5 stars in our Hisense U8H review and were full of praise for its high brightness, strong blacks, rich colors and gaming-friendly features. But best of all it’s not full price right now: it’s 37% off, saving you $500 and bringing it down to $899. Don’t miss this one.
…and today’s best Lego deals in the UK
Lego is a worldwide favorite of course, and we’ve also found three great deals for UK shoppers to check out. We’re particularly taken with the Star Wars Advent Calendar one!
Today’s best Lego deals in the US
Whether you’re buying them for your kids or yourself, this year’s Black Friday Lego deals will help you pick up some great sets at even better prices.
Here are three of our favorite deals available right now in the United States.
Beats Studio Buds get a $50 price cut before Black Friday
Let’s start with a great headphones deal. The Beats Studio Buds are easily the best-sounding earbuds Beats has ever made and earned 4/5 stars in our Beats Studio Buds review. They’re comfortable, sound great and have active noise cancellation.
OK, so their call quality isn’t perfect and they’re missing Apple’s H1 Wireless Chip. But at $99.99 – which is their current price at Amazon, down from $149.95 – they’re a lot cheaper than Apple’s AirPods Pro 2, which cost $234. We think they’re an absolute bargain for a premium pair of noise-canceling earbuds.
Hello, and welcome to TechRadar’s Black Friday deals live blog. We’ll be bringing you the pick of the biggest discounts on the best products in the world, to help you save money as we move into the holiday season.
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