It’s a lot too asked to talk about Black Friday, but it’s at least objectively cooler to associate the phrase with Halloween than with Thanksgiving. So we’ll forgive Best Buy for starting sales a month earlier. Luckily, it also means you’ll have extra time this week to score deals on a ton of retailer electronics.
Updated October 27, 2022: We’ve added several new offerings such as the Pixel 6A and Hisense TV.
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Phone and portable offers
The Pixel 6A (8/10, recommended by WIRED) is our favorite Android phone. It comes with many of the benefits of the pricier Pixel line — including Google’s Tensor chip, a bright OLED display, and all the camera and AI wizardry Google usually puts into its phones — in a much cheaper package.
This budget OnePlus phone (7/10, WIRED recommended) packs a surprisingly large number of features for the price, including an AMOLED display (true black, vibrant colors), an all-day battery and excellent performance. It even includes NFC for contactless payments, a MicroSD card slot and a headphone jack. OnePlus will also provide it with security updates for three years. The cons? It only gets Android 12 (which already makes it obsolete). It only works on T-Mobile and AT&T, and with the latter carrier you only have access to 4G LTE.
It’s no surprise that the best smartwatch for iPhones is the Apple Watch. While the Series 7 (8/10, WIRED recommended) isn’t the latest model, this discount makes it an attractive, affordable option.
Despite Google getting into the smartwatch hardware game, Samsung is still making one of the best smartwatches for Android users right now. The Galaxy Watch5 (7/10, WIRED recommended) has many fitness features similar to the Apple Watch, although some, such as electrocardiogram readings, only work if you pair the Watch5 with a Samsung phone.
Apple introduced a new design with its latest MacBook Air (7/10, recommended by WIRED), which is also powered by the new M2 chipset. It has plenty of power for most everyday tasks, solid battery life and a 1080p webcam. You also get a MagSafe connector so the laptop won’t fly off if you trip over the cable. It’s more expensive than its predecessor, but this discount helps remedy that. Just remember that the chipset doesn’t allow you to connect this machine to more than one external display.
This is our favorite gaming laptop if you’re looking for the longest battery life possible. This model comes with a Ryzen 7 6800H processor, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, and a 512GB SSD. The roomy 15-inch screen is nice, as is the 120-Hz refresh rate, and you’ll be able to play most games on high settings at around 60 frames per second. Learn more about it in our Best Budget Gaming Laptops guide.
Usually a laptop with a 16 inch screen is cumbersome and heavy. Not the LG Gram. It is lightweight and slim and does not compromise on performance. This model comes with an Intel 12th generation Core i7 chip, 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 1 terabyte SSD. It’s an excellent price for those specs. The downside is the keyboard, which doesn’t feel as satisfying to type on as it doesn’t offer many keys.
These Beats headphones (8/10, recommended by WIRED) are especially great if you’re in the Apple ecosystem. They pair easily with iPhones and other Apple devices, get incredible Bluetooth range, and have at least 20 hours of battery life. Unfortunately, Android users may not have the same battery life.
Our resident audiophile, Parker Hall, called the Galaxy Buds2 (9/10, recommended by WIRED) “the new standard in mid-range wireless earbuds”. They’re comfortable, with active noise cancellation and enough water resistance to survive your workouts.
If your workouts are more intense than the average person’s, you may prefer headphones designed to keep up with you. In that regard, the Jabra Elite 7 Active is our favorite. In our tests, they fit people with vastly different ear sizes without falling out. They also have great noise cancellation and a battery life of at least eight hours.
Google may be a relative newcomer to the world of earbuds, but the Pixel Buds Pro (9/10, recommended by WIRED) impressed us with seven hours of playtime, intuitive touch controls and the ability to easily switch between devices. Unfortunately, they lack some features when you use them with iPhones.
We haven’t tested this particular model, but Sony’s WH-1000XM4 (9/10, WIRED recommended) is still our top pick for wireless headphones. This model is normally a little cheaper than other options, but today it’s downright affordable and offers many of the benefits of Sony’s headphone design and expertise.
GoPro’s Hero11 (9/10, recommended by WIRED) is one of our favorite action cameras. This model adds a larger sensor which is great for vertical video, if you’re into that sort of thing, and can record up to 5.3-K video, although the latter will require a new phone.
Sony’s A7 cameras are always among our top picks for most people, and while the A7 IV (9/10, recommended by WIRED) is our favorite, it’s also very expensive. However, if you don’t mind missing out on some newer autofocus features, the A7 III is also a great choice, and it’s on sale now.
Another step back from the A7 III (although still a great camera in its own right), this AII kit comes with a variable lens from 28 to 70mm. If this is your first mirrorless camera and you don’t already own Sony lenses, this is a great place to start without wasting a ton of money.
Ecosystem lock-in is real in the camera world, and if you’re a die-hard Canon fan, the EOS-R is our best bet for you. It’s a hefty camera with satisfyingly machined metal bits, phase-detection autofocus, and even a handy case that pops out to protect your sensor when you switch lenses.
Sales of Nikon gear are rare, although this is a small discount on what is arguably one of the company’s best cameras. There’s excellent dynamic range, a super-fast autofocus system and great video quality. The interface is intuitive and the camera fits comfortably in the hand. The only strange thing? It uses cards with two interfaces: one XQD/CFexpress and one SD card.
Home Theater Deals
This M-series soundbar from Vizio (9/10, recommended by WIRED) strikes the perfect balance between detailed surround sound audio without breaking the budget. We especially like this one for gaming, as it makes it easy to hear that enemy sneaking up behind you.
We haven’t tested Hisense’s U8H, but its predecessor, the U8G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) remains one of our favorite TVs (especially for gamers). With this sale, the price of the newer model is in line with the price we reviewed, so it’s a good idea to take the upgrade. There is also a 55-inch model on sale for $700.
Smart Home Deals
Google’s Nest Hub Max (8/10, WIRED recommended) is our favorite smart display overall. It has great speakers, a spacious 10-inch touchscreen and a camera for video calls. Google’s software can also identify specific members of the home to display only the memories and events that are relevant to that person, and it even has a guest mode so other people can use it without seeing your personalized results.
If you’d rather have your smart display without a camera (and there are plenty of reasons for that), the smaller 7-inch Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED recommended) does most of what the Max can, in a cheaper package. It supports gesture control so you can pause videos with a wave of your hand, which makes it great in the kitchen, but it can also use radar to track your sleeping habits, so it’s a solid option for the bedroom too.
There’s no cheaper way to access the Google Smart Home ecosystem than with the Nest Mini (7/10, WIRED recommended). For $20 each, you can place one of these in most rooms of your home. They don’t have the robust speakers of more expensive options, but if all you need is to set timers and get reminders, this is an excellent entry.
The Nest Audio (8/10, WIRED recommended) is what you want if you mainly plan on pumping music with a smart speaker. There’s still Google Assistant in there, so you can ask the voice assistant all kinds of questions and use it to control your smart home devices. What makes it great is the sound quality: you get a powerful sound with a lot of bass. You can link two together for stereo sound.
The fourth-generation Echo (8/10, WIRED recommended) offers a nice upgrade over the base. It comes with room-filling sound, a 3.5mm output to plug into a larger sound system, and the usual range of Alexa commands.
Lenovo makes some pretty smart home accessories for the Google Assistant ecosystem (sometimes even more fun than Google’s own). This alarm clock is a good example of that. It offers a 4-inch smart display and alarm clock functions to help you wake up, and it comes with a place to charge your phone wirelessly overnight.