Jeff Bezos himself cautioned against buying TVs, fridges and cars in the sales: “slow that down, keep that cash, see what happens.” And yet the Amazon machine rolls on. Here are WIRED’s top picks for the best Cyber Monday deals on tested and recommended tech, including the most worthwhile discounts in the sales at John Lewis, Argos, Currys and the rest. If something’s sold out or back to full price,
we’ll cross it out. And keep checking back over the weekend through to the end of Cyber Monday for updates.
While you can get £30 off the newer second-gen QuietComfort Earbuds, £110 off the original set surely has to be the bigger deal this year. They earned a 9/10 score from WIRED back in 2020 for their “outstanding” noise cancellation and “energetic” sound. While the shape and appearance of the new model may be a little sleeker, the performance per pound on offer here is excellent.
Whether you’re after an excellent solo speaker, or looking to build out a TV surround setup, the latest Sonos One is top quality. Along with supporting Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, it offers big and rich sound for such an unassuming speaker. It’s also the cheapest Sonos you can buy, if you’ve considered the brand but not wanted to shell out for its more costly offerings.
We never see gigantic discounts on current generation Apple products during Black Friday. But £20 should be enough to make some of your head for the checkout. This latest generation of AirPods Pro is fantastic too, with extremely effective noise cancellation and excellent sound quality.
Few wireless speakers have aged as gracefully as Naim’s 2nd generation 2019 mu-so. It’s a stylish tabletop unit with Wi-Fi for multi-room audio and Bluetooth for other sources. It also has an HDMI port with ARC, should you want to plug it into a TV. While pricey, this deal is about as cheap as your are likely to find the mu-so, until it is discontinued.
Smaller, more affordable and arguably more stylish than the large over-ear pairs that command so much attention, the Jabra Elite 45h deserve more attention at just £73. These are on-ear headphones, with a more reserved look than full-size pairs. And yet battery life is still 50 hours per charge.
Anker makes some of the best low-cost Bluetooth speakers. The Soundcore 3 offers up to 24-hour battery life, IPX7 water resistance, and Bluetooth 5.0. PartyCast lets you team this up with other Soundcore speakers and you can choose from Black, Silver, Blue, and Red colours to suit your setup too.
The price may seem high for a small Bluetooth speaker, sure, but the Beosound A1 belongs to a different class of portable: elevated style, great build quality. On top, the sound is top drawer too, with punchy bass and rich detail. Black, grey and gold versions are currently on sale.
While the in-ear WF-1000XM4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) don’t quite hit the heights of the full-size WH-1000XM4 thanks to their fiddly controls, you do get strong noise cancelling, impressive, sound quality, and industry-topping battery life. A big discount on one of the most popular true wireless pairs.
This portable speaker combines the at-home streaming brilliance of the classic Sonos models with portable-friendly features. These are Bluetooth and an integrated battery. 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.
Sony has come up with another winning pair of headphones. 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, these headphones only get more appealing.
They’ve been out over a year now but upon their release, WIRED gave the Galaxy Buds2 a 9/10, WIRED Recommends review. The high score stemmed from these earbuds setting a new benchmark in the mid-range, with a comfortable fit, decent active noise cancellation, and stylish colours. At a much cheaper price a year on, they’re an easy pick up for owners of Samsung phones—or any Android owners, to be honest.
A long-term Black Friday favourite, the Philips Fidelio X2HR are old headphones that just don’t seem to age. We first tried their predecessor the Fidelio X1 a decade ago, and were impressed. The X2HR look similar but benefit from a raft of tweaks and improvements. Don’t buy these for on-the-go use, though. They are ideal for late-night movie watching, close music listening at home or single-player gaming sessions where the lack of a mic won’t matter. This pair is also sumptuously comfortable.
While there aren’t many great entry-level turntable deals so far this Black Friday, Amazon does have a tasty discount on this mid-tier record player. The SL-100C is also a very recent release, having been announced back in August. It has a quality direct drive motor and solid vibration isolation, but lacks a phono stage — an important consideration if you are starting from scratch. There are a few on sale at the moment, like the Fosi Audio Box X1 at £28 (£8 off).
WIRED called this pair “Apple’s best earbuds ever” almost exactly a year ago. A lot can happen in a year, but many people who may never have considered a Beats pair before should look at the Fit Pro. They have a bass boost, but not bass as pronounced as some old Beats pairs. And these are partly workout headphones, so some extra low-end power is welcome. The Beats Fit also lack the dangly part of Apple’s AirPods Pro, while the silicone wing tips improve stability.
Phones, Tablets, and Accessories Deals
Small phones are dead, long live small phones. Apple may have ditched its miniature iPhone but Asus is still beating this drum with the 5.9-inch display-sporting ZenFone 9. It comes with the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip as well as surprisingly strong battery life.
Apple’s new “entry-level” tablet got a big price hike compared to the previous generation so, even this small discount, is a pleasing price cut. The new look of the 2022 iPad seems the bezels trimmed down and the home button finally ditched, along with the introduction of a brighter choice of colours. A 10.9-inch display and speedy A14 chip round out this adaptable device.
Nothing is headed up by one of the leading figures behind OnePlus. This is its first phone, attempting to revive the value-packed virality of OnePlus’s early years. One of the most stylish and well-built budget devices around, the Phone 1 is a great pick for under £400.
This year we saw Samsung merge its S and Note lines, making the Galaxy S22 Ultra an ultimate Samsung phone of sorts. It supports the S-Pen stylus, has an amazing camera array, including a 10x zoom. A true outlier, now with a more palatable price.
The Pixel 6a is a good buy at its normal price, and a top-tier bargain at under £300. It offers a great camera, powerful processor and a crowd-pleasing, small footprint design. It’s an advanced phone perfect for the less nerdy crowd.
Anker products can be absolute lifesavers when it comes to keeping your devices from conking out. The PowerCore Slim 10K is here to do just that. You’ll be able to get 1-2 charges out of this for your phone, depending on your smartphone model. It’s pretty compact too.
Like Samsung’s budget phones, the cheap Galaxy Tab A8 does a great job of bringing the company’s class down to a lower price. For well under £200, you get a good-sized 10.5-inch display, a great range of colours to choose from, and a sleek 6.9mm body. This is far from a multi-tasking potential laptop replacement but expect to enjoy your fave TV shows and browse social media on this with ease.
The Pixel 6 Pro was a revamp for Google’s phone series and, while the design received a mixed reception, the result was an impressive cut-price flagship. The Pixel 7 Pro is out now but this is still worth considering, especially at a big discount. Along with the excellent camera chops and smooth performance of the Pixel 6 Pro, you get the excellent A-Series buds bundled in too. Samsung’s latest range of tablets are the best Android options if you want strong performance and a stylish look. This is the standard Galaxy Tab S8, rather than the slightly larger S8+, or obscenely large S8 Ultra, and its simplicity is no bad thing. It’s easy to hold, the included S Pen is excellent and the display is crisp and colourful. Xiaomi has made a good name for itself at the value end of the phone market. Its Redmi Note series usually offers a shockingly good display and camera for the price, the Note 11 provides much the same. There’s a 50-megapixel quad camera setup, 90Hz AMOLED display, and 5,000mAh battery life. That’s a set of specs you’d typically find on a device at double—or, even, three—times this price.
This Rotate North watch combines a mechanical Seiko movement with 30ATM water resistance, which alone make this watch good value at its Black Friday discount price. Its face is Sapphire, the case 316L stainless steel. We picked out this particular model for the timeless quality of its diver’s watch styling, but other Rotate North watches are on sale too, including the smaller, lighter Terrain.
Laptops and Gaming Deals
The Series S is a remarkably cheap way to get into the latest generation of consoles. Even two years since its launch, it remains one of the best deals in gaming, alongside Xbox Game Pass. The only downsides are limited storage and a tame performance compared to its Series X stablemate. It’s a great buy, nonetheless, especially with this Black Friday discount.
This laptop from Huawei is a straightforward pick for those looking to do some productivity work and browse the web. It’s not the slimmest or lightest machine but the D15 gets the job done. Along with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and 8-GB RAM, there’s plenty of storage via a 512-GB SSD. A great machine for those who don’t care about fancy looks, and just want something functional.
Solid display, powerful RTX 3070 graphics card and a mature-looking design, the Legion 5 provides a lot for a little over a grab. 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.
This small and shock-absorbent external SSD is perfect if you want to carry a lot of data around and want faster access than a classic hard drive can provide. SanDisk does make faster drives, but not all computers have the USB ports to go beyond the 500MB/s this one supports.
You won’t find many laptops this cheap that are so capable of doing real work. The Vivobook 15 has an Intel Core i5 processor, 256-GB storage and 8-GB RAM, similar to the specs of some £800-plus laptops. It has a 10th Gen processor, which is a little old nowadays, but still a fantastic performer for the money.
A great tonic for Meta’s recent price hike of the Quest 2 is this Black Friday offer. It’s £50 cheaper than the usual price and you also get Resident Evil 4 VR as well as, one of our favourite VR games, Beat Saber bundled in. From fitness titles, and playful mini games to watching Netflix in virtual reality, there’s plenty to enjoy here.
There’s nothing all that special about SanDisk’s made-for-Switch memory cards. But their Nintendo-inspired designs have put a smile on the faces of Mario and Zelda fans across the world. With £2 off they also undercut SanDisk’s Extreme series.
The Surface Laptop Go 2 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the very best laptops of the year. This stylish machine brings high-end looks and quality down to a mid-range price. The keyboard is great, the speakers are surprisingly impactful, and there’s a great range of colours to choose from. We opted for the more generous storage option of 256GB here, but if you think you can manage with just 128GB (£549) that’s on sale now too.
This sub-£80 monitor is an easy way to expand your working from home setup. Samsung has made a 22-inch basic panel that sports a 1080p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and 5ms response time. It can be wall mounted if you fancy and there’s a 2-year guarantee in case any issues crop up.
This model of Blade 15 comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16-GB RAM, 512-GB SSD storage, and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card. So this isn’t the latest and greatest specs list but it’s solid mid-tier performance. The display has a 144Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution. Razer Blade 15 devices also come with an impressive keyboard and stealthy look.
If you like the idea of a laptop that can comfortably double as a tablet or sit in tent mode for watching movies and the like, the Galaxy Book2 360 is one of the few 2-in-1s that does this well. It’s extremely thin, which prevents it from feeling cumbersome, and the combination of a crisp AMOLED display with an excellent S Pen make it great for drawing.
Got a lot of space and a desire for immense gaming visuals? The Odyssey G9 is a 49-inch curved wonder. The rest of the specs include a 1440p resolution and high 240Hz refresh rate. AMD FreeSync is here too, for dodging screen tearing when you push those higher frames.
A 10/10, WIRED Recommends review for a gaming headset… an unprecedented feat but it did indeed happen. The HyperX earned much of its acclaim for its, frankly, unbelievably up to 300 hours of battery life. The total package is great too, with big sound and a great mic.
This is one of LG’s lower-end OLED TVs. But with this tech even humble models offer fantastic image quality. A 60Hz refresh rate is the pain point to consider, making it less of a perfect fit for the Xbox Series X, PS5 and high-end PC gaming. You still get flawless contrast, HDR support and low input lag, though.
Black Friday pricing puts this TV in the mid-range class, but back in 2021 when it launched you’d have paid £1899 for this set. For under £1,000, you get a colourful and contrasty OLED display with 4K resolution, HDR, and Google TV onboard. There’s HDMI 2.1 too, for getting the most out of your Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 consoles.#
Hisense makes some of the lowest-cost 4K TVs and this Black Friday deal fits right into that bracket too. Just £250 for a 43-incher is compelling enough but this set also supports Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HDR10.
Philips has quietly become one of the top names for folks who want a feature-packed OLED TV for at least slightly less than the bigger named demand. This 65-inch model is a mid-range pick in the Philips line-up, and it offers a 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision support and a wide range of apps through the Android TV interface. And as a Philips TV, it has Ambilight, which casts colour onto the wall behind the set, matching what’s on-screen.
You won’t find masses written about this TV online, but it’s a recent set that is very similar to last year’s C1 OLED TV, upgraded with a new processor. This does mean you don’t get the extra-bright Evo panel used in the LG C2. Everything else important is in-tact, from 120Hz with VRR to HDMI 2.1 support and Dolby Vision.
Sonos updated its Beam soundbar a year ago, giving it a faster processor and support for eARC and Dolby Atmos. It doesn’t have new speaker drivers, but the output of the Beam considering its size is extremely impressive. It’s just 56cm wide, 7cm deep. Less wide than a 32-inch TV, it does not require a massive TV to avoid looking out of place.
You can trust Amazon’s own-brand devices will be on sale each Black Friday and Prime Day period. The best TV deal this time around is probably the Fire TV Stick 4K. It offers 4K streaming, voice search, and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+. Some of you may want to consider the £10 upgrade to the Stick 4K Max version, which has Wi-Fi 6 and slightly more power, to allow for the picture-in-picture mode.
Smart Home Deals
Looking to accessories brand Anker for cut-price tech is always a reasonable bet and it’s no different for its security offshoot, Eufy. This video doorbell costs just £100, with today’s discount, and gives you a wireless camera, 2-way audio, and 16-GB of local storage. There’s no monthly subscription required either.
We’ve been fans of Braun’s multitool trimmers for some time now. Certain facial care brands may do specific things better, often at a higher price, but Braun gives you a whole lot of options, decent results, and at a low price. This 6-in-1 offers beard trimming, hair clipping, and some extra precision in its remit.
Dyson’s vacuum cleaners can cost a fortune, but their cordless models are hard to beat. Suction power is excellent and the battery lasts up to 60 minutes between charges. This particular model illuminates the path ahead to show up dirt, and has a screen that shows you the size of particles being picked up.
This simple-looking petite pod coffee machine uses Vertuo Next capsules. These spin during the brewing process, at up to 4000rpm, which Vertuo claims “liberates the flavours and aromas” in each pod. Fancy stuff, but we just care about the low-fuss quality coffee on offer.
It’s an expensive upgrade but if you live in a big house or your current Wi-Fi system just doesn’t cut it, mesh routers can fix your woes. This Netgear device offers up to 6,000 sq.ft of coverage and support for up to 40 devices connected.
This robot vacuum from Eufy can both suck up dirt and mop it away. It’s used in conjunction with the Eufy app, where you’re able to manage maps of your different rooms created while it gets to work. There’s plenty of settings to choose from, whether you want a timid clean or for the X8 Hybrid to go turbo and really get stuck in.
A simple upgrade to liven up your desk setup, this Nanoleaf lightstrip brings a dash of colour to your home office. Along with app control for choosing between millions of hues, there’s a physical controller for easily switching this on and off plus support for Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant. Sorry Alexa.