It’s too much early to talk about Black Friday, but it’s at least objectively cooler to associate the phrase with Halloween than Thanksgiving. So we’ll forgive Best Buy for kicking off its sale a month early. Luckily, that also means you have more time to snag deals on a ton of electronics from the retailer this week.
Update October 27, 2022: We’ve added several new offerings, like the Pixel 6A and Hisense TV.
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Deals on phones and wearables
The Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED recommends) is our favorite Android phone. It offers many of the benefits of the high-end Pixel line, including Google’s Tensor chip, a crisp OLED display, and all the camera and AI magic that Google typically puts in its phones, in one package. a lot less expensive.
This budget OnePlus phone (7/10, WIRED Recommends) has a surprisingly wide range of features for the price, including an AMOLED (true blacks, vivid colors) display, all-day battery life, 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 inconvenients ? It will only get Android 12 (which already makes it obsolete). It only works on T-Mobile and AT&T, and with the latter carrier, you’ll only have access to 4G LTE.
It’s no surprise that the best smartwatch for iPhone is the Apple Watch. Although the Series 7 (8/10, WIRED recommends) isn’t the newest model, this discount makes it an attractive and affordable option.
Although Google is getting into the smartwatch hardware game, Samsung is still making one of the best smartwatches for Android users today. The Galaxy Watch5 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) has many fitness features comparable to the Apple Watch, though some, like EKG measurements, only work if you pair the Watch5 with a phone Samsung.
Apple introduced a new design with its latest MacBook Air (7/10, WIRED Recommends), which is also powered by the new M2 chipset. It’s got plenty of power for most day-to-day 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. Remember that the chipset does not allow you to connect this machine to more than one external display.
It’s our favorite gaming laptop if you’re looking for the best battery life. This model comes with a Ryzen 7 6800H processor, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics card and a 512GB SSD. The spacious 15-inch screen is nice, as is the screen refresh rate of 120Hz, and you’ll be able to play most games at high settings at around 60 frames per second. Read more about that in our guide to the best budget gaming laptops.
Usually a laptop with a 16 inch screen is bulky and heavy. Not the LG Gram. It’s light and thin, and it doesn’t compromise on performance. This model comes with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. It’s a great price for those specs. The downside is the keyboard, which isn’t as satisfying to type on because it doesn’t offer a ton of key travel.
These Beats headphones (8/10, WIRED recommends) are particularly great if you’re in the Apple ecosystem. They pair easily with iPhones and other Apple devices, boast incredible Bluetooth range, and boast at least 20 hours of battery life. Unfortunately, Android users might not enjoy the same battery life.
Our resident audiophile, Parker Hall, called the Galaxy Buds2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) “the new standard in mid-range wireless headphones.” They’re comfortable, with active noise cancellation and enough water resistance to survive your workouts.
If your workouts are more intense than those of the average person, you might prefer headphones designed to keep up with you. On that front, 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 excellent noise cancellation and at least eight hours of battery life.
Google may be a relative newcomer to headphones, but the Pixel Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) impressed us with seven hours of playtime, intuitive touch controls, and the ability to easily switch between devices. Unfortunately, they lack some features if you use them with iPhones.
We haven’t tested this specific model, but Sony’s WH-1000XM4 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) remains our top pick overall for wireless headphones. This model is normally slightly cheaper than other options, but today it’s downright affordable while still offering many of the benefits of Sony’s earphone design and expertise.
The GoPro Hero11 (9/10, WIRED recommends) is one of our favorite action cameras. This model adds a larger sensor that’s great for vertical video, if you’re into that sort of thing, and can record up to 5.3K of video, although you’ll need a new phone for that.
Sony’s A7 cameras are still among our top picks for most people, and while the A7 IV (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite, it’s also very expensive. If you don’t mind missing out on some new autofocus features, the A7 III is also a great choice, and it’s on sale right now.
Another step up from the A7 III (although it’s still a great camera in its own right), this AII kit comes with a 28-70mm variable lens. If this is your first mirrorless camera and you don’t have any Sony lenses yet, this is a great place to start without dumping a ton of cash.
Ecosystem lockdown is real in the camera world, and if you’re a hardcore Canon fan, the EOS-R is our top pick for you. It’s a heavy camera with satisfyingly machined metal tips, phase-detection autofocus, and even a handy cover that folds out to protect your sensor when you switch lenses.
Nikon gear sales aren’t too frequent, 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 excellent video quality. The interface is intuitive and the camera is comfortable to hold. The only strange thing? It uses dual interface cards: an XQD/CFexpress card and an SD card.
Home Theater Deals
This M-series soundbar from Vizio (9/10, WIRED recommends) strikes the perfect balance of detailed surround sound without breaking the budget. We especially like this one for gaming because it makes it easy to hear that enemy sneaking up behind you.
We haven’t tested the Hisense U8H, but its predecessor, the U8G (8/10, WIRED Recommends), remains one of our favorite TVs (especially for gamers). With this sale, the new model is priced in line with what we reviewed, so it’s easy to pick up the upgrade. There’s also a 55-inch model on sale for $700.
Smart home deals
Google’s Nest Hub Max (8/10, WIRED recommends) is our favorite smart display overall. It has great speakers, a large 10-inch touchscreen, and a camera for video calls. Google’s software can also identify specific members of the household to show only relevant reminders and events for that person, and it even has a guest mode so others can use it without seeing your personalized results. .
If you prefer your smart display without a camera (and there are plenty of reasons why you might), the smaller 7-inch Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED Recommends) 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 enter Google’s smart home ecosystem than with the Nest Mini (7/10, WIRED Recommends). At $20 each, you can put one in most rooms in your home. They don’t have the heavy-duty speakers of more expensive options, but if all you need is to set timers and get reminders, this is a great entry.
The Nest Audio (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is what you want if you primarily plan to stream music with a smart speaker. It still has Google Assistant inside, so you can ask the voice assistant all kinds of queries and use it to control your smart home devices. What makes it great is its audio quality: you get bold sound with plenty of bass. You can pair two for stereo sound.
The fourth-gen Echo (8/10, WIRED Recommends) provides a nice upgrade over the basics. It comes with room-filling sound, a 3.5mm output for connecting to a larger sound system, and the usual host of Alexa commands.
Lenovo makes some really great smart home accessories for the Google Assistant ecosystem (sometimes even nicer than Google itself). This alarm clock is a great example. It offers a 4-inch smart display and alarm clock functions to help you wake up, and it comes with a slot to charge your phone wirelessly at night.
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