We’re just days out from actual Black Friday. Yes, you may have thought we were already there given it’s presence, well, [gestures outwardly] everywhere already. WIRED has made the most of the early offers to bring you our curated selection of tech treats. This edit isn’t just about Amazon, with Black Friday and Cyber Week donning discounts from other retailers like John Lewis, Argos, Currys, and more as well.
Our top choices comes from the likes of Anker, Asus, Garmin, Google, and more, with products ranging from heavy-duty gaming laptops, to reasonably priced phones, top quality speakers, and a whole lot else. All these deals have been vetted by the WIRED team to make sure they are true deals and not the result of any cheeky price switcheroos leading up to the big day. So, have a browse below and come back throughout the next week to find the best offers as they come in.
Anker’s new MagGo is a wondrous range for iPhone users worried about battery life. Not only does it take advantage of the MagSafe tech to charge your phone up in a simple manner but, in typical Anker fashion, the prices are reasonable too. The 622 charger falls into this bracket and comes with a handy stand too.
PlayStation controllers typically don’t see a whole lot of discount so this is a cut that’s particularly welcome. This model comes in Midnight Black, ditching the brighter white colour scheme for something stealthy. A strong option to pad out your controller numbers ahead of any Christmas couch co-op.
Nothing’s phone may have not changed the way we think about phones in the way the company may have inferred but, nevertheless, it’s an appealing value for money pick that stands out from the crowd. One of the stylish and well-built budget devices around, the Phone 1 is a great pick for under £400.
Value-for-money titan Anker has whipped up another low cost Bluetooth speaker. The Soundcore 3 offers up to 24-hour playtime, IPX7 waterproofing, and Bluetooth 5.0. PartyCast lets you team this up with other Soundcore speakers and you can choose from Black, Silver, Blue, and Red colour options to suit your setup too.
After the Pixel 5a didn’t hit UK shores and the 4a 5G only flattered to deceive, we’re happy to declare the exciting value-proposition Google A-Series is back firing on all cylinders. The reined in version of Google’s flagship is an easy recommendation at under £300. It offers a solid display, strong performance, refreshing colour options, and impressive camera performance.
The Vivobook range has been a great cheap laptop pick for several years now, with the 14-inch AMD version of this device long being our top choice in the category. This 15-inch Intel model is down to an impressively low price. You are getting an older processor, Intel’s 2-year old 10th generation, but alongside 8-GB RAM and 256-GB SSD, this remains a good pick for those just looking to browse the web and word-processing tasks.
An essential upgrade for your Switch, a MicroSD card enhances the portability of your console further, allowing for plenty of digital games. There’s not a huge discount here but, on a product that is already sub-£20, it isn’t half bad.
Samsung’s latest and greatest lives up to expectations, offer ultra power in this typically costly package. But, this hefty discount has it down to nearly £900. The S22 Ultra saw a return to the “Note” formula, with a snug spot for the S Pen (and the stylus itself included). There’s supreme camera chops and top drawer Android performance all onboard too.
Like Apple, Sonos isn’t particularly known for its significant discounts. As such, £39 off for Black Friday is a pleasant surprise. This version of the Roam, the company’s first Bluetooth speaker, ditches smart assistant tech for those who’d rather not indulge in your “Alexa” and “Hey, Google” chats. It’s not the cheapest speaker but, with a 9/10, WIRED Recommends review given for its portable design, big sound, and water-resistance chops, it’s worth a look.
Apple got fitness-serious with its Watch Ultra launch recently but Garmin has been all up in the hardcore training game for many years now. The Fenix 6 Pro is chock-full of features to accurately track extreme adventuring, from oxygen activation to training workload and distance planning. High-end Garmins typically don’t come cheap but a hefty £150+ off here makes the price more palatable.
Hisense is one of the best in the game for low-cost 4K TVs and this Black Friday deal fits right into that bracket too. To save you from spending several hundred pounds on a new television, this one has been dropped to just under £250. For your money, you get a 43-Inch 4K display with Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HDR10 all on-board.
Some streaming sticks from the likes of Amazon and Roku are stunningly cheap, including this one. For less than £15, you’re getting Roku’s straight-forward interface, with access to all your favourite apps. This low-low price doesn’t get you 4K though. Look at the Roku Express 4K (£30) for that upgrade.
A lot of Samsung products don’t come cheap but it does offer phones, like the A13, that are wallet-friendly. If you’re used to the performance of phones priced £300 and above then it may be worth steering clear but, for a very basic user, this phone will offer Samsung’s pleasing built quality and a decent display.
We’re currently testing a similar 13-inch AMD model of this device and it’s looking to be a top drawer pick. The ZenBook 14 OLED comes with much the same components but an Intel flavour. You can expect a clicky keyboard with a surprising amount of travel for its unimposing package as well as a crisp and vibrant OLED panel.
Sony has another hit on its hands. With the XM5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends), it has redesigned its already excellent wireless headphone series to impressive ends. In his WIRED review, audio expert Simon Lucas called these “light and comfortable” and “accomplished sound in pretty much every respect.” High praise indeed. At under £300 in the run up to Black Friday, the appeal to snap up these quality cans gets a boost.
We’ll immediately apologise for this paltry discount but, with Apple products rarely reduced (especially newly released ones), you take what you can get. The new AirPods Pro weren’t a huge reinvention but, instead, a smart upgrade of audio and features. A neat £10 off probably won’t have you jumping on these if you didn’t already plan to acquire Apple’s latest buds, but it sweetens the deal anyhow.
If you’re a fan of the 360-hinge category of devices, few nail the tablet mode better than Samsung’s 2-in-1. It’s a thin device that’s comfortable to hold when folded and the S Pen, like with its phones, is excellent. With a large bottom bezel, it isn’t the most modern looking device and the trackpad isn’t up there with the best of them—but, at £599, you’re getting plenty for your money.
The ROG Zephyrus G15, and G14, have been some of our favourite laptops of recent years. Along with an impressive display and stellar gaming keyboard, this model comes with a Ryzen 7 6800H processor, 16-GB RAM, 1-TB RAM, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. A great way to take immense gaming power on the go.
Sony’s headphone expertise extends beyond its over-ears to its wireless earbuds too. The XM4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) don’t quite hit the heights of the WH-1000XM4 though, with fiddly touch controls and a fit that may be too big for some. However, you do get strong noise cancelling, impressive, sound quality, and industry-topping battery life.
A useful option for storing your photos if you don’t fancy shelling out for cloud storage, or for easing the load of your favourite games on your PC or laptop of choice, this well-sized 2-TB SSD from Sandisk fits the bill. Despite its strong amount of storage, it remains invitingly portable and the hefty discount for Black Friday adds to the appeal too.
Gaming laptop pricing can soar into thousands so nabbing this mid tier performer, with an RTX 3070 onboard, for just over a grand is a promising proposition. For your cash, you get an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16-GB RAM, 512-GB SSD, and that RTX 3070 all packed in. The display is only Full HD, rather than a higher 1440p option, but you do get a decent 165Hz refresh rate too.
If a large screen Nintendo Switch upgrade was on your radar, this might sway you. This bundle with the revamped OLED model and new Pokemon Scarlet game has had a decent reduction. The 7-Inch OLED display brings a greater immersive feel to the handheld and there’s an improved stand too—we can attest that the one of the OG Switch was a nightmare.
Anker is our go-to brand for battery packs, cables, and the like so this cheap as chips charger is an easy recommendation. It’s a good travel companion with its slim build and 10,000mAh charge, which should accommodate around 1-3 full top-ups of your smartphone depending on your device of choice.
Dyson vacs aren’t typically the cheapest vacuums you can buy, so a discount of over £100 is more than welcome. This Detect Slim model is equipped with an angled beam to help illuminate dust and dirt you may have otherwise missed. There’s an LCD screen that gives you all the info on your current cleaning sesh, and you’ll also be getting up to 60 minutes of runtime here.
This isn’t the biggest TV to take advantage of crisp OLED tech but, if you’re pushed for space, it remains a viable option. You get one of LG’s impressive 4K OLED evo panels, Dolby Vision IQ, and Dolby Atmos all onboard. For gamers, there’s HDMI 2.1, 0.1ms response time, and low input lag.
It may not be Samsung’s, frankly obscene, Arc monitor but the Odyssey G9 is another slice of gargantuan gaming glory. This 49-inch curved monitor offers an impressive 5120×1440 resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. It’s not the cheapest but this Black Friday deal brings it to under a grand, then your biggest challenge will be finding room for it.
Not everyone needs a super-luxe £200-plus pair of headphones, and this pair of sub-£100 cans are a solid tonic to those high prices. You get a stylish, compact, and lightweight design alongside 40mm speakers and up to 50 hours of battery life. There’s a solid range of colour options too, from Titanium Black to Gold Beige and more.
This luxe speaker from B&O might not quite represent the value many are looking for on Black Friday, but it’s one of the best-looking and well-built Bluetooth speakers around. On top, the sound is top drawer too, with punchy bass and rich detail. It’s a stylish addition to your home and its audio certainly won’t let you down.
This Sony TV is a great option for those looking to dive into OLED panel technology without having to break the bank. At under £1,000, you’re getting a colourful and contrasty OLED display with a 4K resolution, HDR, and Google TV onboard. There’s HDMI 2.1 too, for getting the most out of your games consoles.
Pod coffee machines are speedy ways to get a half-decent cup. Nespresso’s Vertuo series features 30 different blends, to hunt down your favoured taste, and this machine allows for five variations of cup size too. At almost half price as well as the ability to heat up in 30 seconds to quickly deliver your coffee, it’s a decent proposition.