203 Cyber Monday Deals Still Going Strong Right Now
CYBER MONDAY IS officially over, but many of our favorite deals are still available. If you took an extended holiday from screens or celebrated Buy Nothing Weekend, fear not, some deals remain. We combed through our many Cyber Monday guides and picked out the items still on sale. It’s unclear how long they’ll last, and many may even expire before the day’s end, but have a look if you’re still hunting for holiday bargains.
Phone and Tablet DealsChargers and Cable DealsSmartwatch DealsSmart Home DealsHeadphone and Speaker DealsOffice Chair and Desk DealsOther Home Office DealsLaptop DealsKeyboard and Mouse DealsTV and Streaming Device DealsSoundbars and Speaker DealsGaming DealsKitchen and Coffee DealsVacuum and Air Purifier DealsHiking and Outdoor DealsEbike and Scooter DealsSex Toy DealsHome DealsCamera and Binocular DealsWe test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing will be crossed out. We’ll update this guide throughout the week.
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Phone, Tablet, and Accessory Deals
Check out our Best Cheap Phones and the Best iPhones guides for more recommendations and context. You can also find more picks in our Best Tablets, Best iPads, and Best Amazon Fire Tablets guides.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
Samsung’s fourth-gen folding phones still have a futuristic feel you won’t find elsewhere, but the technology is more refined now, and these models are far more durable than their predecessors. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) opens to feel like a small tablet and is packed with software trickery to make the most of the extra screen real estate. Even with the discount, this is a pricey phone, but it will turn heads. You can bag an even better deal if you have a phone to trade in.
Much more pocket-friendly than the Fold4, the Flip4 has a snazzy style all its own. Unfolded, it feels like a regular smartphone, but folded in half it slips easily into pockets and bags. It has plenty of processing power and a bright, sharp screen. Samsung has also made its folding portfolio more durable with this latest generation.
We like the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (8/10, WIRED recommends) because it offers a lovely, big OLED screen with a high refresh rate, decent camera, dependable battery life, solid performance, and extras—like 5G support and NFC for contactless payments—that don’t always make it into budget phones. The camera isn’t especially good, and there’s no wireless charging or even a charging brick in the box. This is a tempting discount, but just know that it isn’t rare.
OnePlus 10 Pro
This year’s flagship phone from the self-proclaimed “flagship killer” was the OnePlus 10 Pro (7/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s an accomplished smartphone that excels at the basics with a big, bright screen; solid battery life; fast-charging capability; and the highly customizable OxygenOS on top of Android 12. The cameras fall short of our favorites, and there’s no speedy millimeter-wave 5G service, but this is a good alternative if you aren’t going for a Google or Samsung.
You will find this phone as the pick for “best under $200” in our Best Cheap Phones guide after it was swiftly discounted from the $300 MSRP, so this deal isn’t as good as it first appears. But the Moto G Stylus (6/10, WIRED Review) is one the cheapest phones with such a big screen, and it boasts decent battery life and a wee stylus for doodling. It doesn’t have a particularly good camera, or 5G and NFC, though if you want the latter two, you can also pick up the Moto G Stylus 5G for $300 ($139 off).
Some phones can get a shattered screen from glancing too long at a concrete floor, but this one from Nokia (7/10, WIRED Recommends) can take the ground in a fight. It’s got solid performance, a day-long battery, and wireless charging, but its main distinguishing feature is its rugged body and durable glass that can take a hit. It’s a year old, but Nokia offers decently lengthy software support. This deal was a little better over the weekend, but it’s still good.
Asus Zenfone 9
The small but mighty Asus Zenfone 9 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) boasts great battery life and a silky smooth 120-Hz AMOLED screen. It also boasts loud stereo speakers and even has a headphone jack. There’s no Verizon support or wireless charging, but this is our favorite small Android phone right now.
There are few handsets you could truly call a “gaming phone” but this one from Asus fits the bill. With a 165-Hz display, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, and a frankly excessive 12 gigabytes of RAM, it can handle anything mobile gaming can throw at it. Plus its oversized 6,000-mAh battery can last up to two full days with regular use, so gaming shouldn’t kill it so quickly. Asus has tons of accessories—and software to map virtual buttons to physical controls—that make this phone a pleasure to play on.
The newer Sony Xperia 1 IV may be on sale for $1,398 ($200 off) but for our money, the 1 III is still where it’s at if you’re looking for a high-end Android phone with a headphone jack. Usually, if you want a headphone jack, that preference comes with sacrifices, but not this one.
Apple iPad 10.2
The fifth generation iPad Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) boasts a fantastic Mini LED display and plenty of power for most folks. Unless you really need the M2 chip and Apple Pencil hover feature in the sixth-generation iPad Pro, we recommend saving your money and opting for this model. It also has a camera that follows your face for better video calls and offers 5G and Thunderbolt support.
Even though Apple added a 10th-generation iPad to the lineup last month, it’s too expensive for an entry-level iPad. The ninth-generation tablet (8/10, WIRED Recommends) remains the best iPad for most people. This deal was a little better over the weekend ($280), but you can still save some money.
We like this large-screen Android tablet. The discount was a little better over the weekend, but it’s still a decent price. The FE stands for Fan Edition, and it boasts a spacious 12.4-inch LCD screen with great speakers, which makes it a good pick for watching movies. Samsung has also included its S Pen stylus, and this tablet supports DeX mode, which is a desktop-style experience for when you’re feeling productive. We recommend opting for the 128-GB model, which also bumps the RAM up to 6 GB but costs $500 ($100 off).
Charges, Cables, and Accessory Deals
Compact, but packing 10,000 mAh of power and capable of fast charging, this is our favorite portable charger. It supports Power Delivery and Quick Charge 4, has one USB-C and one USB-A port and is relatively quick to recharge. It’s also made of recycled materials.
This is a much larger capacity than the battery above, capable of charging an iPad several times. It’s not too heavy or large either, making it a good choice for those with a long commute away from power sockets.
If you need a charging adapter for your smartphone, we recommend the Nano Pro from Anker. It is tiny and can charge up to 20 watts, which is enough to fast-charge iPhones and most Android phones.
Enter code BFCM25 at checkout. Satechi’s Apple 3-in-1 wireless charger is compact, but you can rest assured there’s room for all of your gadgets. Your iPhone (MagSafe only) can float on the stand nearby (in portrait or landscape orientation) while the Apple Watch charges in the back and your wireless earbuds at the front of the base.
Anyone with a MagSafe iPhone (iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone 14) will like this minimal mount. It sticks securely into your air vent, holds your iPhone in place magnetically, and wirelessly charges it via the included car charger.
Our favorite car phone mount is comfortable to use one-handed and keeps your phone safely cradled and easy to glance at when you hit the road. It sticks securely to the dash and is fully adjustable. The CD-slot and vent models are also on sale.
This is our favorite eco-friendly wireless charger. It’s a simple charging pad made from recycled silicone and can charge phones at up to 15 watts (it can charge AirPods, too). Nimble is also throwing in a 20-watt Wally wall charger. If you have a MagSafe iPhone, it will be easier to align with the magnets in this charger.
Enter code BFCM25 at checkout. Satechi’s wall charger can charge up to three USB-C devices up to 108 watts. So, that means it can easily power up your iPad Air and 16-inch MacBook Pro simultaneously.
It’s a shame that the 3-in-1 stand isn’t on sale, as it’s our favorite 3-in-1 charging station for Apple fans. Still, this 2-in-1 stand is good if you only have an iPhone and AirPods to charge. It looks stylish, holds your MagSafe iPhone securely in portrait or landscape orientation, and supports 15-watt charging.
Mophie 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Stand
This is our favorite 3-in-1 charging stand for older iPhones that don’t have MagSafe. The upright magnetic puck for the Apple Watch means your watch can take advantage of Nightstand mode (basically, a digital clock), and the center stand lets you place your iPhone vertically or horizontally. There is also an indented spot for AirPods cases, so they won’t slide off easily.
If you don’t have USB ports in your car, then this dual charger from Belkin will come in very handy. It slots into your car socket and provides one USB-C port that supports PPS PD for fast-charging Samsung phones at up to 25 watts. There’s also a USB-A port that goes up to 12 watts for a second device.
The Courant Mag:1 is more luxurious than your standard charger, complete with matte aluminum and Italian leather. You’ll also get a super nice 6-foot braided cord. However, despite what Courant claims on its website, it’s worth noting this charger will recharge your iPhone at 7.5 watts and not the faster 15 watts.
Satechi Desktop Tablet Stand.
Enter code BFCM25 at checkout. This stand is one of our favorite tablet accessories. It’s super stable and packs down easily for travel. The adjustable angle is compatible with screens big and small. Use it to hold your iPad next to your desk and see the screen at the same time.
Enter code BFCM25 at checkout. Like a little filing cabinet for your screens, this stand corrals your laptop and tablet to keep your work surface neat and tidy. The base is hefty, so laptops won’t topple over, and there’s a silicone mat on the inside to protect your devices.
Enter code BFCM25 at checkout. Hang your headphones on the aluminum arms and charge your iPhone at the base on the MagSafe charger. It’s a handy two-in-one solution to help declutter your desk.
Nimble Powerknit USB-C to USB-C Cable
As the eco-friendly option in our best USB-C cables, this handy cable is made from certified recycled plastic and aluminum. It also has a cool knitted fabric design and can deliver up to 60 watts. Nimble’s other USB-C cables are on sale, including ones with Lightning connectors.
Right now you can get 15 to 30 percent off with the code BF2022. Casetify makes some of our favorite MagSafe-friendly phone wallets. They come in a variety of customizable styles and shield your credit cards from magnetic damage.
You will stand out from the crowd with one of these brightly colored, rectangular cases for your iPhone. The buttons are great, the cutouts are all accurate, and there’s MagSafe support.
There are plenty of third-party MagSafe chargers out there, but Apple’s official charger will power up your iPhone the quickest (15 watts) because it aligns precisely with the spot that allows for the best power transfer. But with an annoyingly short 3-foot cable, it’s tough to use your phone while it’s charging unless you’re right next to where it’s plugged in.
Nomad’s Base Station charging pad will charge your iPhone (or two), and it can also charge your Apple Watch. The watch charger itself being an odd shape is usually left out of charging docks like these, so it’s nice to see a place to drop all your gadgets at the end of the day that can get them ready for the next.
If you want a flash drive to back up and copy photos and other files from your smartphone, we like the iXpand Luxe. It has a Lightning plug for iPhones and iPads at one end and flips to reveal a USB-C plug at the other, so you can transfer files to or from Android devices and laptops.
Nimble MagSafe Disc Case
Nimble’s MagSafe Disc Case is our favorite clear case for the iPhone 14. It feels great—and not weirdly sticky like some clear cases out there. It’s also made out of recycled discs. You’ll get MagSafe support too (which is they there’s a white ring on the back), so you can magnetically attach it to other MagSafe accessories. We’re also fans of Nimble’s Sustain Glass Screen Protector which is on sale as well for $22 ($8 off).
Society6 makes cute and affordable iPhone cases that’ll help you show off your personality, with fun designs like cats and ghosts. The cases are available for a white range of iPhones starting with the iPhone 6 to the current iPhone 14. The deal was slightly better over the weekend.
Satechi makes some incredibly sturdy and great-looking stands, which is why they’re some of our favorites. They’re made of robust aluminum and stay in place even with heavy tablets on top.
Logitech Combo Touch
Our pick for the best iPad keyboard case is the Combo Touch from Logitech features a built-in keyboard, trackpad, and kickstand. It’s finished in a lovely fabric, it’s detachable via Apple’s Smart Connector, and it is slim. This deal is for the iPad, but there are other versions on sale.
This handy Bluetooth tracker is ideal for slipping on a key ring or a bag to ensure you don’t lose it. You can check the location in the app, it’s water resistant, and it has a 250-foot range.
Whether you want extra storage space for your photos, music, or games, this speedy MicroSD card from Samsung delivers. We’ve seen it this low before, but this is still a good price for a high-capacity card.
Check out our Best Smartwatches and Best Fitness Trackers guides for more.
Samsung Galaxy Watch5
As our current favorite smartwatch for Android phone owners, the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is an elegant, comfortable, and durable timepiece that offers accurate sleep and fitness tracking. The 40-mm model is also on sale for $229 ($50 off).
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Watch4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is also on sale, and it’s still worthy of a place on your wrist. There’s a bright, round OLED screen, smooth performance, and accurate fitness tracking. It’s also a very comfortable smartwatch, with plenty of app support, but battery life is a weakness.
The Classic version of the Galaxy Watch4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) has the same bright OLED display, fitness tracking features, and zippy performance, but it adds a classy stainless steel case, giving it a more traditional look and feel.
Google Pixel Watch
The long-awaited Google Pixel Watch (6/10, WIRED Review) is good-looking, comfortable to wear, and benefits from Fitbit fitness tracking. Naturally, there is tight integration with Google apps, but the screen is a bit small, the battery life is limited, and it lacks a few features we see on competing watches.
For the more athletically inclined, the Garmin Fenix 7S Sapphire Solar Smartwatch (8/10 WIRED Recommends) is on sale. This watch features a satellite connection, giving you better tracking data when you’re running around the block or snowboarding on the slopes. While some fitness-forward smartwatches are more utilitarian, this is as sturdy as it is aesthetically pleasing.
We rate the Charge 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) as the best all-around fitness tracker for its affordability and its bevy of biometric sensors. There’s a smart alarm that determines the best point during your sleep cycle to set an alarm, ECGs for monitoring your heart rate, sleep analysis tools that measure your blood oxygen levels at night, and more. You do have to pay $10 a month, or $80 a year, for a Fitbit Premium subscription to get the most from the Charge 5, though.
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra
This is one of our honorable mention Wear OS smartwatches. It comes with a speedy processor and has some of the best battery life in a Wear OS smartwatch. It’s bulky though, and not suited for all wrists.
The Skagen Jorn is an elegant option if you’re looking to see basic data like steps, heart rate, and even the weather without sacrificing looks. You can also see what app notifications are pinging your phone, but it also has long-lasting battery life—it lasted over a week in our testing.
Google Nest Indoor and Outdoor Camera
The Nest Cam (Battery) is one of our top picks for outdoor security cameras, particularly if you want to stick to the Google Assistant ecosystem. It has a simple magnetic mounting plate and its battery will last a little more than a month before needing a recharge. The 1080p quality is pretty great, even when night vision kicks on in low light. A Nest Aware subscription isn’t required, but it adds a few helpful features. There’s a version with a floodlight for $190 ($90 off), and the corded version of this Nest Cam (for indoors) is also on sale for $70 ($30 off).
The latest-generation Nest Thermostat can control your heating and central air, and it learns your patterns over time to intelligently adjust the temperature as needed. In some cases, it can help cut down on energy costs by turning your systems off when you’re not at home while getting your house back to a comfortable temperature before you return.
The Chromecast With Google TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) finally brought the Chromecast in line with other streaming sticks that have a physical remote and a full TV interface. It’s one of the easiest streaming sticks (well, dongle really) to use, and we particularly like that you can add movies or TV shows to your watch list from Google search results and they’ll show up in the Chromecast’s interface. If your TV isn’t a 4K set and only has 1080p resolution, consider Google’s new HD version which is also on sale for $20 ($10 off).
The Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED Recommends) makes a great centerpiece for a smart home. It can show calendar events and reminders, display the video from smart doorbells, and even control other smart devices. You can do all of this by tapping the screen or asking Google Assistant to do it for you. The assistant is also great at answering random queries you might have, like how much whiskey you should use for a whiskey sour. There’s no camera, so it’s nice for more private areas like bedrooms.
The Nest Hub Max (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a camera, so you can use it for video calls on Google Meet and Zoom, among other platforms. The larger screen size here makes it great for the kitchen, where you can use it to follow along with recipes.
The trend of smart speakers dropping to bargain bin prices during the holidays continues. Google’s second-gen Nest Mini (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the easiest ways to get started with a smart home. You can use it to set timers, play music, and control smart-home gadgets like your lights or thermostat. These little pucks are much more than half off right now, making it almost impulse territory to pick up a few for all the rooms of your house.
Lenovo Smart Clock and Dock
Lenovo’s Smart Clock (2nd Gen) Smart Display and Dock has been a WIRED favorite since the earliest iteration came out. The second generation has an LCD touchscreen and better-sounding speakers than earlier version. At half-off, it’s definitely a good deal to add to your cart.
If you’re not overly concerned with the audio quality of your smart speaker, then you can save a lot of money with the Echo Dot. It’s smaller, with simpler speakers (though they’re still not bad), and can do all the same things that a full-size Echo can.
The Amazon Echo Show 8 is our favorite Alexa-powered smart display. The 8-inch screen is a great size for making video calls (there’s also an auto-pan and zoom feature to keep you in frame), reading recipes, and streaming content. Its compact size makes it super ideal for your kitchen counter or nightstand too. There’s a physical switch that cuts power to the camera and mic for added privacy. If you want a compact display for your bedside table, consider the Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) for $35 ($50 off).
Speaker, Headphone, and Microphone Deals
The Sony WH-1000XM5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite wireless headphones for most people. They have some of the best audio you’ll find for the money, good microphone quality for Zoom calls, and excellent noise-canceling tech. Read our Best Wireless Headphones guide for more.
These headphones retain the classic design of Bose’s QuietComfort series but improve the active noise canceling to drown out the world around you. The battery life is solid, it’s comfy, and it sounds pretty good.
The Logitech G735 is one of our new favorite headsets. It connects via a 3.5-mm cable, Bluetooth, or the included wireless dongle. The plush earcups and lightweight construction make this super comfy to wear, even for long periods of time—a hard-to-find feature when it comes to wireless headsets. This comes with a Sims 4 Spa Day pack.
HyperX Cloud Alpha
Trust us when we tell you that WIRED rarely gives out 10/10, WIRED Recommends scores, but this HyperX headset received just that. Even at its original $200 price point, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is worth it for its vibrant sound, easy-to-use controls, and truly unbelievable battery life. It’s a delightful grind getting this headset down to 0 percent battery.
This deal is not as good as it was over the weekend. These Sony earbuds (7/10, WIRED Recommends) deliver some of the best audio quality you’ll find in such a tiny package. There’s noise canceling to quiet down the outside world, quick pairing with Android phones, and a wireless charging case. The only drawback is that they can be a bit big for small ears.
The luxe SoundLink Revolve II nabs an honorable mention in our Best Bluetooth Speakers guide. It’s not as functional as many rivals on that list, with lesser waterproofing and a higher price, but the sound is great and it’s a stylish piece of furniture.
UE Boom 3
Our favorite overall Bluetooth speaker, the UE Boom 3 (9/10 WIRED Recommends) has great sound quality, including improved bass from its predecessor. It’s waterproof, has a 100-foot Bluetooth range, and sounds pretty darn great. You can also sync up multiple speakers in this line to create a surround sound experience for parties.
This deal isn’t as good as it was over the weekend. Apple owns Beats, and WIRED associate editor Parker Hall says these are his favorite Apple-made headphones to recommend to most people (9/10, WIRED Recommends). They’re extremely comfortable, sound great, and pair seamlessly with all your Apple devices (just like standard AirPods). They also come in many colors and look a lot more stylish than Apple’s own earbuds. These are especially great for workouts as they have earfins to better stay in your ears.
Google Pixel Buds Pro
The Pixel Buds A-Series (8/10, WIRED Recommends) perform just as well as Apple’s standard AirPods (if not better), and they’re way cheaper to boot, especially now. They work seamlessly with Android phones, as they’ll instantly pair and have easy access to Google Assistant (though they’ll work with iPhones with some limitations). You get crystal clear sound, sweat resistance, and touch-sensitive buttons on the buds for music control. The five-hour battery life isn’t great, but it’s easier to stomach at this price. The case only recharges using USB-C and doesn’t have wireless charging.
This deal wasn’t as good as it was over the weekend. Still worried about your earbuds falling out? The Powerbeats Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) offer an even more secure fit that will stay put. These also sound better than Apple’s standard AirPods and get nine hours of battery life from a single charge. They’ll automatically pause your music or move a call back to your phone when your take one out of your ear. Read our Best Wireless Earbuds for Working Out guide for more recommendations.
If you’re an Android phone user, Samsung’s Buds2 Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are one of the best options for mobile audio. They’re light and comfortable to wear, and the battery life is solid—5 hours with noise canceling on, 7.5 hours with it off). But the companion app only works for Android, so iPhone users won’t get the added benefits of EQ controls and finding lost buds.
Jabra Elite 7
Photograph: Best Buy
Block out gym noise with active noise cancellation to gain a little peace and quiet. The Elite 7 Active headphones were our favorite headphones for workouts, as mentioned in our Best Wireless Earbuds guide. With eight hours of battery life between charges, you’ll have more than enough time to finish even the longest workouts without running out of power. In our testing, they fit people with wildly different ear sizes without falling out. They also have IP57 dust and sweat resistance.
Looking to boost the audio recording capabilities of your WFH setup? We recommend this USB mic from our Work From Home Gear guide. This Blue Snowball iCE USB Microphone is cheap yet brings impressive build and sound quality. It’s a solid starter option for those wanting to improve upon built-in mics on laptops, headsets, and the like.
Office Chair and Desk Deals
Herman Miller Embody
Photograph: Herman Miller
WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu bought the original Embody during the pandemic (when the price was much lower) and he says it helped solve his back issues after years of sitting on a crappy gaming chair. The Embody will take some time to break in, but it’s comfortable, well-built, fully adjustable, and comes with a 12-year warranty. This is the gaming version of the chair, which honestly doesn’t have many differences from the original, which is also on sale for $1,444 ($420 off), depending on the frame and upholstery you choose.
This is our favorite budget office chair. The Hyken features mesh fabric across the back and the seat to offer strong breathability for folks that tend to sweat in their seat. It’s been used for upwards of 3 years by our review team who found the mesh did begin to compress a bit. Nevertheless, it remains comfortable and the lumbar and headrest support is a big plus.
A common theme in our top office chair choices is the use of mesh as it does a great job of keeping you cool in long sitting sessions. The Nouhaus is no different. The mesh doesn’t offer the best sensation against bare skin, but it’s still a relatively comfy seat. It has a good degree of adjustments you can make, as well as two sets of wheels to choose between depending on your floor type.
Herman Miller Zeph
Photograph: Herman Miller
A slightly less conventional chair from Herman Miller, the Zeph is another office chair fave. This good-looking seat offers a ton of color options and a comfy place to sit. There’s a lack of adjustability, but that’s not a huge loss as it’s designed to cushion your back in all the right ways without needing to make any tweaks. You can save some cash by nixing the seat pad and armrests, but we recommend those additions.
We typically don’t recommend buying a chair because you can usually find it used for much cheaper. The price of this chair has been astronomically high these past few years, but this discount brings things down a smidge, even if it’s still expensive. There’s a reason why the Aeron is used in offices worldwide. It’s comfy, has a range of adjustments, and just works really well.
This gaming chair from Logitech and Herman Miller’s team-up range is the current daily driver of WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu, and he’s a fan. It does a great job of keeping your body upright and you can adjust the seat depth, recline, armrests, and even headrest. If you tend to lean forward when you game (after work of course), this seat will still keep your back supported. It’s a new chair so this is the first major discount we’ve tracked.
This is our favorite standing desk pick in our Work From Home Gear guide. The Fully Jarvis offers an easy motor-powered adjustable height with a bamboo desktop that is stylish and nice to the touch. There’s a strong 15-year warranty on desk frame components and a 5-year warranty on desktop surfaces too.
Standing desks all typically look the same with oblong legs at the base. The Fully Nolan (8/10, WIRED Recommends) tries to change this with a more traditional desk design. The telescoping legs can smoothly move the whole thing up and down thanks to four motors. It’s elegant, easy to assemble, and very stable.
This chair seems to dip to this price often, so it’s not an amazing deal. If you’re after this particular racing chair aesthetic, then the Secretlab Titan Evo (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is what you should snag. It’s adjustable, has a magnetically removable head pillow, and it’s comfy. It isn’t the best for long gaming sessions though as it traps heat in the lower back area.
We like this mesh router from Eero for its simplicity. If it’s your first time going mesh, to extend your coverage around your home, it’s an easy way to get started. The design is equally simple too and won’t look horrendous in your living space. It’s not the fastest system; if you don’t mind spending more, get the Eero Pro 6 ($389) for better performance.
Portable monitors are great for anyone in a hybrid work environment, or if you just like mixing things up by working at the local coffee shop. Why work on just one cramped laptop screen when you can add a second monitor for better multitasking? The Espresso display is one of the thinnest and lightest screens around. This deal is on the 15-inch touchscreen model and technically just nets you the magnetic stand for free with the code.
Put a desk mat on your desktop to keep it scuff-free (and eliminate the need for a mouse pad). This one from Satechi looks and feels lovely, despite the low price. You get two color options on the front and back, so you can change things up every now and then.
Satechi’s wall charger can charge up to three USB-C devices up to 108 watts. So, that means it can easily power up your iPad Air and 16-inch MacBook Pro simultaneously.
Netgear’s Orbi range is so vast, even we have trouble keeping them straight. This three-pack of mesh units will cover a whopping 7,500 square feet, making it best suited for a large home. Setup can take a while. But we like the curved design, and the LED light system is handy for signal issues.
The boosted Pro version of our top affordable mesh router pick, the Deco XE75 Pro 3-pack offers up to 7,200 square feet of coverage, 6-GHz band support, and a LAN port. The AI-driven mesh is here to make sure the system delivers the best Wi-Fi it can wherever you are on the network. The Deco app also allows for a quick and simple setup.
It’s a small deal, but this is our favorite Wi-Fi router. It has great performance for medium-sized homes, offers a stable connection, and delivers the speed you need. It also has all the router specs you want, from WPA3 encryption to beamforming antennas for the best signal. There are four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports on the back, so you can hook up a bunch of devices. Read more in our Best Wi-Fi Routers guide.
WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has been using this webcam for more than a year with zero issues. It automatically wakes up and points at him when he starts a Zoom call and automatically faces away when the call ends. The video quality is pretty good, and Obsbot’s software lets you set preset positions to set the angle of the camera and the crop, in case you don’t want your coworkers to see the mess behind you. Read more about it in our WFH Gear guide.
Webcams often need a lot of light to deliver sharp results on your Zoom calls. One easy way to fix this is to install a desk lamp and I particularly like ones that can clamp to the desk frame. The Lume Cube Edge Desk Light can get really bright, and offers varied color temperatures with brightness controls. You can adjust it but it doesn’t move smoothly and might require some force to get it into the right position.
Check out our Best Cheap Laptops and Best Touchscreen Laptops guides for more.
HP Pavilion X360 14
This HP device is one of our favorite cheap laptops, and the sale is slightly better than what it was on Cyber Monday by a few dollars. This model comes with that classic combo of an Intel Core i5 (11th-gen, in this case) and 8-GB SSD storage. The team-up is great for students or your average productivity user. We’re not quite sure about the 360-hinge formula, but you can whack this into tent or tablet mode for some different viewing angles.
Even though the M1-powered MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends) came out in 2020, it’s still one of the most powerful laptops you can buy for this price. And it’s our favorite budget MacBook to recommend. It has great performance, battery life (it’ll easily last you a full workday), and an improved keyboard (that won’t break). It’s also slim and lightweight, which makes it great for travel.
All the configurations are on sale but most are out of stock. In any case, we suggest snagging the 11th-gen Intel Core i7 model with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD. Last year’s Pro 8 saw Microsoft’s flagship tablet get a much-needed redesign, trimming down both its bezels and thickness. The result is a sleeker device that’s even more portable.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 4
The Surface Laptop 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is the best option for most people (the new Surface Laptop 5 doesn’t offer enough upgrades to justify the extra cost). The Laptop 4 comes with a great 13.5-inch high-resolution display (the 15-inch version is also on sale), along with a nice keyboard and glass trackpad. Microsoft does skimp on ports, but you get a USB-C port and a USB-A port. You also have the choice between an AMD Ryzen chip or an Intel processor—we’ve tested both and, while they each have their own pros and cons, either will be capable of handling most tasks.
This laptop was released barely a month ago and this is the best price we’ve tracked. There aren’t many differences between the Surface Laptop 5 and its predecessor (see above). You’re better off saving money and going with the Surface Laptop 4. But if you must have the latest, this one has 12th-generation Intel chips. Read more in our Microsoft Surface Buying Guide.
This deal is for the Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 256-gigabyte SSD model. Our favorite Surface launch of the year (8/10, WIRED Recommends) isn’t actually one of the brand’s higher-end devices. Instead, it’s this more wallet-friendly option. The Laptop Go 2 does a great job of walking and talking like a high-end productivity machine but with a few judicious tweaks, like a plastic base and year-old processor, to keep the price down. Battery life is the main weakness here, but it’s a stylish student-friendly wonder.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
The best 14-inch gaming laptop around, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is a mighty impressive machine. The device burst on the scene a few years ago, and while its value has diminished slightly as its price has risen, it remains the best combination of portability and PC gaming power. The specs add up to a solid mid-tier gaming machine, and the discount helps return this proposition to its former glory.
The Razer Blade 15 remains a solid go-to for those looking to dive into portable PC gaming, and it holds a spot in our best gaming laptop guide. Its smaller sibling enhances the portability factor a step further while still packing immense power. You’ll find a great keyboard alongside a solid spec sheet of a Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3070 Ti, 16-GB RAM, and 1TB SSD. Razer devices don’t come cheap, so a $300 discount is very welcome.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is our favorite of all the Chromebooks—a major feat given how many we’ve tested over the years. You get all the benefits of a laptop and a tablet, so you can easily switch from streaming your favorite show in bed to logging on to your 9 am meeting. The screen is clear and bright, the processor works well enough, and the size is just right for either mode.
Razer Huntsman Mini
Razer’s Huntsman Mini has 60 percent of the keys normally found on a regular-sized keyboard. The number pad and arrow keys are chopped off, but you have the essentials. The Razer Huntsman Mini is our favorite of this size for gaming.
We love this mechanical keyboard for creative professionals. The G915 Lightspeed is a large keyboard with keys that offer a ton of travel and pleasing feedback. The five macro keys make it great for creators. This keyboard is also sturdily built, making it heavy but robust.
If you’re interested in customizing your mechanical keyboard, but don’t know where to start, we recommend the NZXT Function. Using the company’s builder tool, you can pick your preferred switches, keycaps, and cable color for your keyboard, and they’ll put it together for you. If you want to customize it further, it also ships with tools to remove the switches and keycaps.
Das Keyboard 5QS
Photograph: Das Keyboard
Das Keyboard 5QS is our favorite smart home-compatible mechanical keyboard. Using IFTTT shortcuts, you can train the keyboard to flash a specific key for reminders, alert you when someone leaves the garage door open, or even dim your smart lights. It’s a well-designed gaming keyboard too, complete with a customizable knob for additional controls and RGB lighting.
We like this monitor arm from Fully and it sits in pride of place in our Work From Home Gear guide. The Jarvis Monitor Arm is VESA compatible, offers a five-year warranty, and supports up to 20 pounds. You’ll be able to keep things tidy too, with built-in cable management.
This one isn’t as padded as our favorite LaCie Rugged SSD, but it’s a great alternative if you’re looking for something more affordable with similar speed. It doesn’t have a fingerprint reader like the Touch Model, but it still has built-in security features like hardware-based encryption. It’s durable too—with an IP65 rating, it’s water-resistant. And according to Samsung, can also surface a fall from 9.8 feet.
The Crucial X6 is our top choice for a portable storage drive, with its extreme speeds driving much of the appeal. It’s also pretty lightweight. The build quality isn’t the toughest though, so you’ll have to take care of this one.
It might be licensed for the PS5, but this SSD will also work with PCs (provided you have an M.2 port with space for the heatsink). It’s fast, packs a whole terabyte of extra storage, and this price makes it even sweeter.
This deal has been running for a few weeks, but it’s still a good one if you’re looking to grab AMD’s screaming powerful 5900X. This is a killer CPU for high-end 4K or 144-Hz gaming, but there are a couple things to note. First, this is just the chip, you need a motherboard and graphics card as well to build out a system.Second, this chip gets so hot there’s no way you should put it into a PC without a liquid cooler like Asus ROG Ryujin II Liquid Cooler. If you’re new to building your own PC be sure to check out our guide to building your own PC.
TV and Streaming Device Deals
Check out our Best TVs and Best Streaming Devices guides for other options. Our How to Choose the Right TV guide might also come in handy.
LG C2 OLED
LG OLEDs have the best black levels on the market because each pixel on the screen acts as its own blacklight. This model has even brighter colors than before, and it is the perfect size to use as a giant computer monitor when you’re not streaming your favorite shows. It does 120 frames per second at 4K, so it’s super smooth with the latest gaming consoles and PCs too. The 48-inch model is also on sale for $1,047 ($150 off). If you want to go big or go home, Buydig has the 77-inch model on sale for $2,697 with a $200 Visa gift card.
This is one of the best TVs I’ve ever seen (8/10, WIRED Recommends) for bright spaces. The giant, pedestal-mounted screen gets so bright it nearly hurts your eyes, and it has a super wide viewing angle that makes it great in bigger rooms. The backlighting system is also excellent, making this a great TV to watch darker content on.
This is a Best Buy exclusive model, which means it was likely made with shopping holidays and doorbuster prices in mind. It’s not the fanciest set out there, but we generally like LG TVs. The price is right for what you’ll get—a big ol’ screen, integrated voice assistants, and good photo quality. It has LG’s own smart system baked in, so you may want to supply your own streaming stick.
The U8H (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best-value TVs for the money. It has mini-LED backlighting for deeper blacks and a super-fast refresh rate for gaming with the latest consoles or PC. The only downside? Some slightly awkward feet that make this too deep to fit on some consoles.
Roku regularly makes our top picks for streaming devices, and the Roku Ultra is one of the most powerful ones out there. While it’s not the convenient stick that plugs directly into your TV, this box has one of the most powerful processors in a streaming box, so you won’t see lag even when playing 4K HDR footage.
If you’re big into the Amazon ecosystem, then the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is our top pick for you. It has a faster processor than its siblings and supports Wi-Fi 6, making it the best-performing Fire TV stick. However, if you don’t need the extra power, you can also pick up the regular Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 ($25 off). And if you haven’t upgraded to 4K yet, you can save even more by going with the HD-only Fire TV Stick Lite for $15 ($15 off).
Soundbar and Speaker Deals
Read our Best Soundbars guide for more details. We also have a How to Buy a Soundbar guide to break down some of the terms and what to expect.
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The Polk Signa 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) can easily fill an entire room with rich, Dolby Atmos-powered sound. It comes with three different sound modes, including a Night mode that limits your subwoofer so you don’t end up bothering the neighbors.
I am normally not a huge fan of bars this expensive that don’t come with a subwoofer, but the Bose Soundbar 300 has pretty robust bass, and built-in Alexa makes it easy to play Spotify and set timers when you’re in the living room.
The Roku Streambar is an excellent compact option if you want to upgrade a TV’s sound and its ability to play your favorite shows and movies. This little soundbar has a built-in Roku streaming interface, making it a good all-in-one solution for smaller spaces.
It’s not every day that WIRED editor Parker Hall refers to a soundbar as having “some of the most advanced processing and audio quality we’ve ever heard from a single bar.” The Sennheiser Ambeo earned this high praise given its support for immersive Dolby Atmos audio, standalone surround sound, and overall richness. Given the high everyday cost, it’s nice to grab this on sale.
Not much is worse than a giant bundle of tangled wires. The Platin Monaco (8/10 WIRED Recommends) is a completely wireless system that’s super easy to set up and control with the SoundSend app. The five-speaker sound system is really balanced and immersive, filling up small rooms especially well.
This is a great way to get immersive surround sound inside smaller living rooms or apartments. Editor Julian Chokkattu likes that you can use the HEOS app to link it to other speakers for streaming, but his favorite feature is the dialog button, which makes it easier to hear what people are saying onscreen.
Xbox Series S
Whether you’re struggling to secure the Xbox Series X (since it’s constantly fluctuating in stock) or you don’t need such a powerful console, the Xbox Series S is a great alternative. It’s smaller and doesn’t support discs, but can power games up to 120 frames per second (at 1440-pixel resolution and not 4K). This is also the lowest price we’ve tracked for the Series S.
Microsoft is offering deals on more than 900 titles. A lot of these are included in its Game Pass subscription service, which you can get for $1 right now for the first month. Here are a few of our favorite Xbox Series X/S games currently on sale:
Sea of Thieves for $20 ($20 off)Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for $30 ($30 off)Ori and the Will of the Wisps for $10 ($20 off)Outriders for $18 ($22 off)Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla for $20 ($40 off)Hitman 3 for $21 ($39 off)If you’re a PC player, Steam’s autumn sale is also going on right now, and ends today.
KitchenAid Professional 5 Quart Stand Mixer
This highly coveted countertop accessory is on sale yet again for Cyber Monday. While it typically sits on registries galore, the KitchenAid Professional 5 Quart Stand Mixer is almost 50 percent off, which is basically the next best thing to getting it as a gift.
If you love to start your day with a smoothie or prefer homemade nut butters to store-bought, the Vitamix 6500 Pro Blender has a strong motor that is plenty capable to take on either of those tasks and more. It’s not the top-of-the-line Vitamix, but it’ll still be able to handle anything you throw at it.
I love a smoothie, but I don’t always want to deal with a big-ass blender for my mango-flavored musings. We haven’t tested the Ninja Nutriblender Pro, but we’re confident it’s a solid solution for folks in the same scenario as I am. The downward-facing blades keep food from escaping, and the single-serve size makes it easier to blend when you’re on the go.
Nothing sounds better than having a fresh pizza straight out of the oven, with its bubbly cheese and thin, charred crust. DiGiorno can’t quite replicate that taste, but the Gozney Roccbox could. It’s a little hefty for a pizza oven—though not as big as the Gozney Dome—but it’s great for hosting pizza parties … or just making and eating a ton of pizza.
This isn’t just an Instagram accessory for foodies and homemakers—Le Creuset Dutch Ovens are also heirloom-worthy kitchen items. These are great for stews, stocks, and even baking bread. We recommend the 7.25-Quart version, but this 5.25-Quart dutch oven is great, too.
The Thermapen One is one of the best ways to improve your grilling/roasting/baking game. It gives accurate temperature readings in less than a second, the battery lasts forever, and it’s easy to read the display no matter what weird angle you have to use it at. It rarely goes on sale, and this is the lowest price we’ve seen this year.
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Trade Coffee tops our list of great coffee subscriptions. Trade Coffee’s specialty is bringing a small roaster to your door. Trade doesn’t roast its own beans, rather it partners with hundreds of small roasters around the country to bring you the best small-batch beans out there. There are a variety of deals on the site right now, and most orders will get you a free bag of coffee in addition to the discount. Sparrow’s Chocolate and Coffee Gift Box for $59 ($10 off, plus a free bag of coffee) looks especially tempting.
One of the first steps you should do when upping your coffee game is to use fresh coffee beans. You can search for local roasters, or use a coffee subscription service to get freshly roasted beans to your door. Atlas is one of our favorite services because it brings you coffee from around the world.
Stasher is having a sitewide sale. These bags are a WIRED Gear team favorite. They’re a silicone replacement for single-use ziplock bags, and they come in multiple sizes for all your needs, like sandwiches and snacks, or something smaller to hold your bolts and screws together. They’re dishwasher-, freezer-, and microwave-safe,
Breville Barista Express
This espresso machine is our top pick for all-in-one machines for most people. It comes with a built-in burr grinder, pressure gauge, and a hot water dispenser. You can even tweak the brewing temperature a bit if you want to experiment.
The Barista is plasticky, so you’ll have to steady it as your twist the portafilter into place. This was a better deal over the weekend, but you can still save a few bucks.
The Solis Barista Perfetta Plus is an excellent standard espresso machine. It brews a clean, consistent shot of espresso, and doesn’t take up much counter space. Its compact frame is one of its best features, and it fits in right between a toaster and a rice cooker without needing any major countertop rearranging.
Breville Barista Pro
The Breville Barista Pro is a coffeehouse in a box. The built-in pressure-activated conical burr grinder gives you fresh grounds however you like them, and the pressure gauge and options let you adjust the water temperature and shot amount. You can froth your own milk with the steam wand, and you can also get hot water from the machine to brew tea or make an Americano.
Our favorite cold brewer for perfectionists, Oxo’s Good Grips 32-ounce cold brewer (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a cold-brew connoisseur’s dream rig that’s meant to sit proudly on your kitchen counter. It’s the best purchase if you want bucket-style immersion brewing that allows for greater experimentation. It also has the potential to produce richer, more robust flavors, thanks to the design, which includes a “rainmaker” lid that trickles the water onto your grounds to encourage the bloom.
A good drip machine should evenly shower your coffee grounds, and it should have some programmable features. This machine excels at both and even includes a built-in scale for measuring out just the right amount of coffee. But maybe its best trick is that you can use it as a manual pour-over dripper in addition to all its other features.
Cafe’s Drip Coffee Maker is everything you’d want from a high-end drip machine. It brews excellent coffee that’s well-balanced with no burned flavors. The water nozzle ensures the grounds get watered uniformly and quickly, the two keys to great coffee from a drip machine.
One of our favorite coffee grinders, the Oxo Conical Burr Grinder is our number one pick for anyone stepping up their coffee game and picking up a burr grinder for the first time. It’s inexpensive, reliable, and provides a level of consistency (and precision) you just can’t get out of a blade grinder. No matter how you make your coffee, a burr grinder will make sure you get the most out of your beans. The fancier version with a built-in scale is also on sale for $240 ($60 off).
A solid all-around burr grinder, the Solis Scala Zero is a good pick for newcomers. It can grind fine enough for espresso or coarse enough for pour-over–or anything in between. It’s also pretty small for a burr grinder, which is always a plus in smaller kitchens.
The Java is our top pick for those in search of an ultra-sturdy hand grinder. The sleek, slender tube of aircraft-grade aluminum is solid enough to double as a weapon, yet (relatively) lightweight. The handle is clever too. It folds out and provides a lot of leverage while you grind, Then it folds up, screws into the top and you can use it as a hook to hang the Java up when you’re done. The Java is capable of grinding everything from French-press coarse to espresso-fine.
It might not be the kind of mug you’d replace all your mugs with, but the Ember Mug2 is a fun desk gadget for any work-from-home setup. It has a little charging pad that doubles as a coaster, and keeps your coffee at peak hotness well after a standard mug would’ve let it go cold.
This flask is on our wish list, and for good reason. On top of being an 8-ounce flask, it also includes a bottle opener, compass, four-mode LED flashlight, and a compartment to hold a pair of collapsible stainless steel shot glasses.
If you want to improve your coffee brewing, get a scale. You need it for weighing beans, pour-overs, espresso pulls and more, the only way to reproduce your results is if you know what you did. This scale is a budget-friendly model that still offers everything you need.
Don’t want coffee? How about some tea? We love to get our tea locally, but not everyone lives near a good tea shop. I’ve come to rely on the Tea Spot, which offers everything from loose-leaf tea to fantastic brewing mugs to tea subscriptions. This deal is good site-wide, including two of my favorites, Morning Mojo and Climber’s High Chai.
Vacuum and Air Purifier Deals
Dyson Cyclone V10
Whoever coined the phrase “it’s raining cats and dogs” must have been cleaning up after their pet because they make a mess absolutely everywhere. The Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal makes it easier to clean up with its cordless design and powerful suction. This isn’t the lowest we’ve seen this cordless vacuum go on sale, but it’s still a pretty good deal.
Dyson’s V12 Detect Slim (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is excellent for studio or one-bedroom apartments with mostly hard floorings and the occasional carpet or rug. The compact but nimble vacuum has powerful suction and comes with a variety of useful attachments. But our favorite one is the Laser Slim Fluffy cleaner head—it shoots out a green light that helps you spot and catch microscopic dust that’s typically invisible to the naked eye.
The Roomba J7+ is the best of the best as far as robot vacuums are concerned. The precise navigation paired with powerful suction is top-of-the-line, giving you the ease of hands-free cleaning and peace of mind that it’ll be done well. It even auto-empties the dustbin, so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with the debris too often.
Blueair Pure Fan Auto
The Pure Fan Auto is perfect for light sleepers since it’s whisper-quiet. In addition to its purifying capabilities—it can cycle air five times an hour in a 326-square-foot room—it also has a fan that can help cool you down a bit. There’s also a Night mode that turns the fan to its lowest setting and shuts off the air quality indicator light. There’s also the more simple Blueair Pure 411 Auto, which automatically turns up the fan speed when it detects particles. It’s on sale for $98 ($42 off).
WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has been testing this air purifier for a few months and likes it. It can clear the air in a 517-square-foot room within 26 minutes. When it detects particles in the room (like when he cooks bacon, for example) it roars alive—but it’s not terribly loud. It is, however, on the larger side so you’ll need to make space for it. It also connects to the Smartmi app, allowing you to control it remotely (with support for Google Assistant and Alexa). He’s also testing the Smartmi P1, complete with HomeKit support. It’s also on sale for $108 ($69 off) and better for smaller rooms.
The sweet spot for a daypack is between 15 and 25 liters—enough to hold rain layers, a fleece, maps, water, sunscreen, lunch, and snacks, plus room for a book or camera gear. Feature in our guide, Hiking 101, the Flash 22 has dual exterior water bottle pockets, comfortable padded straps, and weighs only 14 ounces. There’s a version with various prints on sale for the same price.
The Hubba Hubba (7/10, WIRED Reviews) hangs at the premium end of the backpacking tent market. While it’s minorly outclassed by its competition from other manufacturers, it served reviewer Matt Jancer well in the wilds of Southwest Texas with its leakproof design, effective ventilation, and light weight. For $480, it’s hard to swallow when the competition does premium ultralight tents a little better for the same money, but for $360 I’d recommend it to somebody who goes on long overnight trips where they’re carrying all their gear on their back and can appreciate the sub-3-pound weight.
It can be tough to choose a tent that’s lightweight and big enough for the whole family or friend group. At about 13 pounds for 83 square feet of floor space, the Habitude 6 qualifies on both accounts. Senior associate reviews editor Adrienne So found its color-coded poles easy to set up, and its interior storage pockets, places to hang tent lights, and vestibule made it feel like home away from home. The downside is that it doesn’t have quite as much airflow as other tents we tested.
Lifestraw’s Personal Water Filter has long been a hit with WIRED writers and readers. Just sip out of it like any regular straw and it’ll filter out 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria from up to 1,000 gallons of water.
Ditch the plastic silverware your get with your takeout meal and use this elegant set of stainless steel cutlery instead. The Cliffset is more than just a nice fork, it’s everything you need when you’re out and about. There’s a case to keep your silverware clean in your bag, and a cloth and cleaning liquid so you can wash up after you use it.
If you have multiple spare batteries for various devices, several cables, neutral-density filters, and solid-state drives scattered around in your bag then you need Moment’s MTW organizer. It will kit your shit and keep your bag organized. In addition to the organization, these bags are water-resistant with a 350-denier recycled nylon exterior that holds up well to life in your bag. And if you’re looking for a tote bag, the Moment MTW 19L Tote Bag is on sale for $100 ($30 off).
Photograph: Certain Standard
Carrying around too much junk is annoying, but this umbrella by Certain Standard is really pretty. It has colorful designs, it doesn’t weigh too much, and it’s not that much of a bother to carry around. On top of everything, this umbrella is pretty sturdy, so it’s a solid investment to stay dry.
The secret to being organized is to divide your stuff into kits. A good kit does three things well. First, it has to hold all the stuff you need in that kit. Second, it has to be easy to get whatever you need in and out. Third, it has to take up no more room than is necessary. All of these things are true of Rux’s 70L, um, packing system. Rux likes to say that its 70L “packs like a box, carries like a bag.” I think that’s a fair slogan that gets to the heart of why I like it. It’s all the good parts of a box combined with all the good parts of a bag. It’s not cheap, but this deal saves a few dollars.
We recently tested a Monos carry-on and found that it compared favorably to Away. The main difference is the zipper—I noted in our review that the Away zipper seemed like a possible point of failure but the Monos zipper is much sturdier and withstood being overstuffed on a recent trip. It will be added to our Best Travel Luggage roundup soon.
Darn Tough Hiker Boot Socks
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Made in Vermont, these socks have a lifetime guarantee. You wear ’em out and Darn Tough will replace them, although you have to pay to ship the old socks to their headquarters. Made of merino wool with just a hint of stretchy elastane, these are favorites around the WIRED Gear Team for their thickness, softness, and durability.
Base layers, worn next to the skin, need to wick away moisture and dry quickly to prevent chafing. For any labor-intensive purposes, we recommend the polyester Give-N-Go Briefs. They’re silky soft and form-hugging, yet they dry out quickly, even after truly legendary hikes and runs.
Good shoes are the foundation of a good hike. We prefer low-top, non-Gore-Tex mesh trail shoes, like these from Salomon, for the vast majority of hiking. They’ll dry out much more quickly when wet than Gore-Tex-lined shoes, and as long as you’re moving they’ll keep your feet warm enough down to about 40 degrees.
Smartwool Merino 150 Beanie
Down with itchy beanies. Smartwool’s merino wool is as itch-free as wool can get, and it doesn’t make your forehead perspire as much as a synthetic materials would. There’s a hint of elastane in the fabric for an easy-fitting stretch.
It’s getting cold out there, so instead of hibernating until spring, put on this insulating base layer under your running pants to add warmth. We named these the best cold-weather running tights in our Best Running Gear guide for their high waist and drawstring that keeps them from sagging during runs. They kept our reviewer warm in 30-degree temps, and they have lasted for years with little wear. They only come in a 28-inch seam, though, so taller runners may be out of luck.
It’s cold outside in many parts of the world, but that doesn’t mean you wanna stop enjoying the great outdoors. The Solo Stove Yukon (7/10 WIRED Recommends) burns hot, looks good, and lights easier than most compact fire pits.
Cowboy 4 ST
The Cowboy 4 ST (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a beautiful, low-maintenance bike that’s easy to put together. It has a removable battery, and lights that automatically turn on when it’s dark. It’s best for folks taller than 5-foot-6, but the 250-watt motor might not be powerful enough to get you up and over the steepest hills.
Only select colors are discounted. Ride1Up’s Prodigy was a little overpriced for what you got. However, it’s hard to get more affordable than Ride1Up’s easy commuter. We haven’t tested this version yet, but it has an aluminum alloy frame and a 350-watt Class 3 Shengyi motor. If you want a nicer motor, the aforementioned Prodigy is also $250 off.
The Propella Mini is easy to assemble, ride, and carry around. It weighs just 33 pounds, and it’s affordable. We’re also fans of the Propella 7S.
This Wing ebike (7/10, WIRED Recommends) has strong acceleration and its speed can be unlocked to hit up to 24 miles per hour. It’s not terribly heavy at 39 pounds, and you can have accouterments like a headlight, taillight, and an alarm with a keyfob.
Enter code BLACKFRIDAY to see the discount. The older Gotrax G3 is our Best Budget Scooter. This version has a longer range and comes with a few built-in locking mechanisms so you can run a (quick) errand without fear. Gotrax has other models on sale too.
This is reviews editor Julian Chokkattu’s favorite tiny scooter. It includes a free accessory bundle that’s worth $147. The package has a folding lock, a cellphone holder, and some awesome yet ridiculous fingerless gloves.
MysteryVibe Crescendo 2
MysteryVibe’s Crescendo 2 flexible vibrator has been on our best-of list since the very beginning. This thing is kind of amazing. It’s flexible, it can bend to contour to your body no matter how you’re using it, and it packs a whopping six internal motors. Using the MysteryVibe app, those motors can be individually customized too, so you can create your very own symphony of vibration patterns and intensities.
If you’ve never used a suction toy, you’re in for a life-changing night in, and the Sona 2 Cruise is the best. It’s perfectly sized and shaped for comfortably holding in your hand, and there’s a number of intensities for nearly all preferences. The Cruise part of the name stands for Lelo’s Cruise Control, which increases intensity if you press it hard against your body.
A sleek and powerful wand vibrator, Lelo’s Smart Wand 2 features a soft and flexible unibody design with a polished metal grip. It honestly looks kind of like a lightsaber, this thing is gorgeous. With that beauty though comes a surprising amount of brawn, it’s powerful at its highest settings and gentle at its lowest settings, and the diffuse vibrations make it a good pick for just about any erogenous zone.
The price of the Sila has gone up since we first tried it, but this is still a discount (it used to be $135). This toy irked me at first for being way too soft, until I realized the slow build was worth it—it focuses more on surrounding erogenous zones than similar toys, and your long-lasting o will thank you.
An excellent all-around everyday lube, Dame’s Alu is a water-based personal lubricant that goes on clean and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky. A little bit goes a long way, and a single bottle can last anywhere from weeks to months depending on usage. It’s a good lube to use with any silicone toys, and it’s condom-safe.
As iconic as the rabbit vibrator, but arguably much more accessible (and fun), Magic Wands are known for their intense rumbly vibrations. This miniature version gets rid of the mandatory extension cord of its predecessor. It still has the broad vibrating head, which works well for both broad and targeted stimulation.
Layla Two-Sided Foam Mattress
Mattress deals are not usually as good as they present themselves, but this actually isn’t a bad one on a mattress we like—it’s still $949 on Layla’s website. This all-foam option has one medium-firm side and one medium-soft side, so you can figure out what’s best for you. There are a few other beds discounted, too.
There are more powerful electric toothbrushes, but the Colgate Hum (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is the best smart brush and it rarely gets this cheap. The app is the best of all the smart brushes we tried, so you can get accurate tracking info.
Skip the smart toothbrush and get a more powerful cleaner with Oral-B’s Pro 1000. The Pro 1000 has been around for a while and continues to outshine more expensive models with fancier features. The price is right and it’s rechargeable, but the whole thing is chunky and can easily get grimy from toothpaste. You need to rinse it thoroughly after every brush.
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We tried the Bluetooth version of the Pro-Ject record player. This one doesn’t include Bluetooth connectivity but it’s beautiful, minimalist, and well-built. The setup is really easy, playback is smooth, and there’s a built-in phono preamp so it’ll work with most speakers.
Everything at Orangewood is on sale, but I think Orangewood’s Oliver Jr. for $180 ($45 off) is the way to go. The Jr. is the perfect travel guitar; it’s small, portable, and not too expensive, and it sounds great, too. My (Scott’s) son loves his Orangewood ukulele.
Gravity makes some of the best weighted blankets we’ve tried. Most of them are quite expensive, but the Basics is anything but. It’s available in a 15-pound weight and is made from nice, cool cotton. You can get a cover for $20, and they feel crisp and cool too. Adding a cover isn’t necessary for any blanket, but it’s not a bad idea, because washing a weighted blanket can be a chore.
Philips Hue Gradient Lightstrip
Philips Hue makes some of the best (and to be honest most expensive) smart lights around. These light strips can create gradients of colored light throughout your home. You can even cut the light strip to get the exact size you need.
This tall, slim floor lamp has embedded RGB LEDs in them so you can splash some color on your walls without having to paint them. It has eight different sections in it, which can all be controlled independently, so you can really get creative with it. You can also add accents in your home with Govee’s RGB light strips for $26 ($11 off when you click the coupon) or their LED smart light bars for $54 ($26 off).
WIRED writer Matt Jancer says Minted is a great place to look for gifts. You can find basically anything from customizable gifts like pillows or wall art, to unique sculptures and table wear. Some pieces can get pricey, so it’s a good opportunity to buy, now that everything is 25 percent off.
Camera and Binocular Deals
GoPro Hero 11
Our top pick action camera, the Hero 11 Black (9/10, WIRED Recommends) features a new sensor that’s nearly square. That means you can shoot and then quickly edit to horizontal-format video (sane, as it used to be called) or vertical formats.
If you divide your time between GoPro-style action cam video and 360 video, the One RS (8/10, WIRED Recommends) makes a good best-of-both-worlds solution. The interchangeable lens mean you can quickly go from shooting traditional action footage to 360 footage. The video quality is on par with the GoPro above (though I would give GoPro the edge when it comes to stabilization) and Insta360’s included editing software is top-notch.
Sure, the A7RIII is not the latest model in the Sony Alpha line, but you’re getting a lot for under $2,000. The 42-megapixel full-frame sensor delivers sharp images and excellent dynamic range, and the camera is light enough to carry all day. The image stabilization is pretty great, and you have access to a dizzyingly large selection of lenses.
This deal has been coming and going for a few months now, but this is still a great price on an excellent camera. The S5 is our top pick for those wanting to shoot video with a full-frame sensor. It’s a fine still camera too, but what really sets it apart are the high-end video features—like support for Log recording, anamorphic 4K support, and uncropped 4K at 30 frames per second.
Polaroid’s Now+ (7/10, WIRED Review) straddles the analog and digital worlds. It’s a traditional Polaroid camera, but with an optional companion app. This bundle gets you a bevy of filters and the Plus model has an Aperture Priority mode, which lets you select an f-stop to control background focus and obtain moderate levels of bokeh. We didn’t like the app, but we do like the filters. If you don’t want either, the fully analog Now is available for $99 ($20 off).
This 60-watt Godox LED can make even a tiny, dark room look like a studio. There’s a knob on the back to tweak how bright it gets. You can also use the included remote to change the light’s color temperature, making it appear more orange (warm) or blue (cold). Pair it with this light stand ($55) for a studio-style setup.
Our favorite of Aputure’s many lights, the MC is a versatile little thing. It puts out around 400 lux at 0.5 meters, which isn’t a lot, but with a lot of them, you can do some creative stuff. Each light has a pair of magnets on the back, making them easy to mount without stands. It’s hard to overstate how handy they are on a shoot when you need an extra fill or some extra color on a scene.
Here’s a chance to save a few bucks on our top binocular pick for most people. Nikon’s Monarch 5 binoculars strike an excellent balance between optical power, quality, and price. The glass in these provides nice, bright views with very little chromatic aberration (the distortions or fringing that you sometimes see around objects in bright sunlight), and the 8×42 magnification is the most versatile. For $10 more you can get a bundle with a nice harness and cleaning pen.
I have not tested these extensively, but I’ve used them enough to know that they’re lightweight (10.9 ounces) and deliver a very good, sharp image. They have 8x magnification and come with a nice rugged, waterproof case. These aren’t just light, either. The folding design means they also easily fit into your pocket.
Want a flying camera? The Skydio 2+ (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has the best collision-avoidance and navigation system of any drone we’ve tested, making it great for newcomers and those who want to focus on the shot. The 1/2.3-inch sensor is capable of 4K footage at 60 frames per second. That’s not quite as nice as the 1-inch sensor in the DJI Air 2S, but most of us aren’t going to notice the difference
Long Weekend Monterey Sling
This camera bag can be worn as a sling across your body or as a fanny pack. It’s comfy whichever way you and the design will turn eyes, but know that its 2-liter capacity means this is meant for carrying a slim point-and-shoot, phone, or compact mirrorless camera, not a huge DSLR kit.
The best everyday sling bag, Wandrd’s Roam comes in three sizes: 3, 6, and 9 liters. We like the largest, which is what’s on sale here. It can be carried as a sling, messenger, or waist pack, and because the soft padding conforms to your back, it’s comfy to wear for long periods. The mix of 840-denier and 1680D ballistic nylon and water-resistant YKK zippers make it feel like it’s worth twice its price too. You can also get the Wandrd Hexad Access Duffel Backpack for $140 ($139 off), and our absolute favorite Wandrd Prvke 2 Photo Bundle for $259 ($65 off).
Moment’s rugged camera sling is aimed at street photographers who trek around all day. It has a modular organization system inside, and its weatherproof fabric is made from recycled sails (technically it’s recycled polyester fiber and film, made by Northsail). There’s a large zippered front pocket that makes it easy to get to your gear, and the “winged” rear padding design makes it super comfortable on your back.
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