Google is expanding its User Choice Billing (UCB) pilot program with Spotify among the first participants. It’s now officially allowing the music platform’s customers to set up service payments outside Google’s Play Store.
Back in March, Google teamed up with Spotify to launch the program by giving people the ability to use different payment options. UCB was first available to users in Japan, Australia, and several European countries. Now it’s coming to the United States, Brazil, and South Africa after Google got a “positive response and [feedback]” from the first round (opens in new tab). In the coming weeks, Spotify will roll out the third-party payment option to Android users only, so they can choose how they want to pay for a Premium subscription.
Open and fair platform
After it rolls out, people who want to subscribe to Spotify Premium will see another option to use the platform’s own service instead (opens in new tab). The main difference so far is you can’t track your subscription on Spotify’s billing service, whereas you can with Google. Other than that, it’s business as usual: you enter your credit card information to pay and you’re done.
Google is currently allowing other non-gaming apps on the Play Store to enroll in the UCB pilot program (opens in new tab). Developers do have to follow certain UX guidelines (opens in new tab) created by Google that detail how to implement the feature. Looking at the guidelines, developers must include an information and billing choice page whenever a user is trying to purchase a service. The displayed price must also be upfront and center.
The full list of UCB participants is unknown, but we do know that the dating app Bumble will soon join the program “in select countries [within] the coming months.”
Spotify says it champions UCB because it sees the program as “Google [allowing] more choice and competition” on the Play Store. The company wants more platform fairness for apps to thrive and “give users of [the free service] the ability to subscribe and make purchases directly [on the] app.”
We asked Google what it hopes to achieve with UCB for users specifically, plus why gaming apps are currently excluded from the program. This story will be updated if we hear back.
The future of app stores
As for Apple and its popular App Store, we strongly doubt users will see anything remotely resembling UCB. Apple has made it abundantly clear it does not like third-party payment options on the App Store. It recently forced Telegram to crack down on iOS users creating paid posts because the tech giant wasn’t getting a cut. And then there’s Apple’s 2021 court battle with Epic Games after Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store because of similar actions.
Change, though, may be inevitable. The Open Markets Act is a proposed antitrust bill aimed at stopping both Google and Apple “from engaging in harmful behaviors towards their competitors.” Google appears to be more than willing to play nicer, but it remains to be seen if and when Apple will decide to do the same.
Cesar Cadenas has been writing about the tech industry for several years now specializing in consumer electronics, entertainment devices, Windows, and the gaming industry. But he’s also passionate about smartphones, GPUs, and cybersecurity.
Cyber Monday 2022 may as well already be here. Yes, the biggest online shopping day of the year officially starts tomorrow, November 28, but thousands of deals have already launched. We’re covering the Cyber Monday sales live today, bringing you all the latest news and discounts, plus expert tips and tricks from across the TechRadar team for finding the best products at the lowest prices.
If you’re just looking for a list of the very best offers, head over to our best Cyber Monday deals page – we’re busy keeping that up-to-date with the latest discounts on everything from TVs and coffee makers to toys, home and beauty items. Otherwise, stick with us and follow the action here as it happens.
Amazon was the first major retailer to switch its deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday yesterday. Best Buy is also now running a Cyber Monday sale, with 50% off all manner of products, but Walmart doesn’t go live until midnight tonight.
So far the deals themselves are largely the same ones we’ve seen all week – and we’re not expecting to see many dramatic prices drops tomorrow, other than on products retailers are desperate to shift, and they’re not necessarily the ones we’d recommend. Still, there’s always an element of unpredictablily – and there are some superb deals live now – so stay tuned…
TechRadar’s deal editors have been running this Cyber Monday deals live blog throughout the weekend, with a little help from across the team. Right now, you’ve got Matt Bolton, Managing Editor. I’ll be sharing tips, tricks, and expert product insight from the whole TechRadar team, to help you grab the gear and gadgets you want at the lowest possible price.
We’re busy searching all the top retailers for discounts on the top-performing tech, home, fitness and wellness products that have made it through our tough testing process. Sometimes we’ll surface great deals here on interesting items that we haven’t tested, too (we’ll tell you when we haven’t used a product ourselves.) And if we can find a better offer on the same product at another retailer, we’ll share that as well.
Verizon’s Cyber Monday deals are offering some fantastic opportunities to get a discounted phone today and some serious freebies. Regardless of whether you’re looking for an iPhone or Android device, you’ll find all of today’s best promotions laid out just down below.
So far, our favorite Cyber Monday Verizon deals are on the iPhone 14 Pro and Google Pixel 7, which are both being offered with a free smartwatch, tablet, and pair of buds. Note, these free gifts stack on top of the usual trade-in rebate or BOGO promos that you find on these devices, which means you could potentially be looking at an added value of over $1,500.
Not looking to trade in? Check out the iPhone 14 Plus, which is currently going for just $10 per month right now without the need for handing over an old device. Prepaid users will also find a whopping $300 discount up for grabs across all of the latest iPhones – a rare promotion considering Verizon’s usual deals only cover devices bought in conjunction to unlimited data plans.
One of the best surprises of this year’s Black Friday weekend has been the biggest-ever price drops on Sonos soundbars. Normally, big Sonos deals have been super-rare, but the company went hard this year.
I use a Sonos Arc at home myself, and the price of $719 is excellent for a big Dolby Atmos soundbar that’s as good with music as it is with movies. But the biggest bargain is the Sonos Beam Gen 2 for $359. There’s no other soundbar that’s as compact and sounds as good for the same price. It’s big, it’s expansive, it’s exciting, and it does it for smaller TVs without demanding the space for a separate subwoofer.
Hi folks, this is Matt Bolton – Managing Editor, Entertainment here at TechRadar – and I’m taking over the live blog for the next few hours. My specialism on the site is TVs, audio and streaming, though I’ll be helping you with much more than just that.
That said, I’m still gonna start with some soundbars, because no one can stop me…
Time for a quick recap
There are loads of Cyber Monday deals today. And I mean loads. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the best ones we’ve seen so far – and you’ll find hundreds more discounts (literally hundreds) over in our dedicated Cyber Monday deals roundup.
Upgrade your kitchen with a KitchenAid stand mixer and attachments
If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen’s gadgets then you can’t do much better than a KitchenAid stand mixer. This appliance is the perfect companion for bakers and cooks alike as it can help you prepare all your ingredients for a range of recipes.
But it’s not just a mixer; grab some attachments and you can turn your KitchenAid gadget into a whole host of useful appliances. Below you’ll find our favorite KitchenAid mixer deal from this year’s Cyber Monday and Black Friday sales, as well as a few discounted attachments that we love.
5 of the best Lego deals out there
If you’re looking to spend a few evenings or even a whole weekend away from your tech and unwind from your digital life for a while then building a Lego set is a fantastic option for you. Here are a few of the best Lego Cyber Monday deals out there right now that you do not want to miss out on.
3 of the best TVs you can buy
There are looooads of Cyber Monday TV deals available. But sometimes you just need a bit of guidance, so we asked TV expert and good TechRadar friend Henry St Leger to chose three of his favorite TVs at three different price points: budget, mid-range and premium.
He’s picked them on the basis on their performance and usual value for money – but the good news is all three are on sale today, so even better value for money than usual.
1. Sony XR-A95K
The best TV for image quality you can buy today
Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch | Resolution: 4K | Display technology: QD-OLED | Smart TV: Google TV | Refresh rate: 120Hz
Stunning pictures and sound
Exceptional build quality
Only in two sizes
This 2022 Sony TV could well be the best TV ever, thanks to its exceptional build quality, with some of the most stunning images to ever grace a television screen.
This is a QD-OLED TV, meaning it makes the most of both OLED panels (great darks and brightness control) alongside Quantum Dot filtering (boosted color and contrast).
Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio feature quite literally vibrates the screen to emit sound, too – it won’t compete with a dedicated Dolby Atmos soundbar, but it’ll certainly enhance whatever is on the screen. Voice recognition capability will make it easy to control playback from the comfort of the couch as well.
It’s certainly pricey, though you’ll also get premium gaming features like HDMI 2.1, 120Hz frame rate, and VRR –though only on two ports, which is pretty cheap for a premium TV.
The LG C2 is one of the best TVs out there today – its images aren’t quite as strong as the Sony A95K’s, but it’s costs a huge amount less. It features a stunning OLED display with an Alpha a9 Gen. 5 processor, offering incredible images, motion processing, and vibrant colors in every pixel. At this price, you’re getting a truly astonishing level of picture quality, including good motion processing and a 120Hz screen to keep everything clear even when the action gets fast.
The webOS platform is one of the best in the business, too, making it easy to navigate your favourite channels and apps. The sound quality is ample as well, with 40W of volume and a 2.2 channel speaker system – perfectly good for sports, though you may miss some nuance when switching over to watch an action movie on Netflix. It’s got four future-proof HDMI 2.1 ports for next-gen gaming too.
After a capable TV deal that doesn’t cost the earth? Check out this mid-range Samsung TV, the Q60B. The QLED screen will offer improved color and contrast over cheaper LCD models, though lacks the more impressive backlights in the screens higher up – this isn’t a match for OLED or Neo QLED when it comes to brightness or cinematic depth.
However, Samsung is a reliable TV brand with a base level of picture quality even at this price range, and the wide mix of screen sizes will give you plenty of flexibility in choosing the right model for your home. Samsung motion processing is good, though getting a TV at this price means a 60Hz screen instead of 120Hz, so motion is a little less fluid and clear. But if you want a big punchy screen, it’s great value.
Hulu’s streaming TV deal of the year ends tomorrow
Yes, this is technically a Black Friday deal. But it’s Cyber Weekend, and the deal’s still running, and it’s VERY good – so here you are.
Here’s what our Entertainment reporter Tom Power has to say about it:
“This year, Hulu is facing competition from other streamers in the Black Friday sales, with HBO Max leading the charge with its own 80% off Black Friday deal. While that sounds incredibly enticing, it’s Hulu’s Black Friday offer that I’ll be buying – and here’s why.
“For starters, Hulu’s back catalog is surprisingly fantastic. There are a number of great shows to check out, covering a wide range of genres so fans of all kinds will find something worth streaming.
“There are plenty of great Hulu movies to discover, too. From Palm Springs and Run, to Prey and Fresh, Hulu runs the gamut of genres to deliver a great package of the best Hulu movies around.
“Away from its original content, a Hulu subscription also provides other benefits. Stumping up the cash gives you the option to try out HBO Max, Warner Bros Discovery’s streaming platform, for free for a week.
“By signing up to a Hulu subscription, you can select an add-on to grab a seven-day HBO Max free trial. Even with HBO Max’s own Black Friday deal, Hulu’s add-on represents significant value for money as it’s the only way you can try out HBO Max for nothing, and catch up on House of the Dragon and The Batman. Not too shabby, eh?”
Welcome to anyone just joining us
I’m Julia Sagar, Content Director of Ecommerce here at TechRadar, and I’m in the driving seat for the next hour or two. I’m busy scanning the sales for the latest Cyber Monday deals and news, so stay tuned for the best bargains you can buy now (and a heads-up on what to avoid).
Save big on Sennheiser’s five-star August-issue Momentum 4 Wireless
Missed out on the Sony XM4 steal we listed mere moments ago? It’s OK, lots of us did… But this deal, on the excellent Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless, which sees them slashed in price to just $298.72 at Walmart (from $349) (opens in new tab) is the next best thing!
If you’re keen to upgrade your coffee-making equipment in time for the holidays, then you’re in luck: a large chunk of this year’s Cyber Monday coffee maker deals are essentially carbon copies of their Black Friday equivalents.
In most cases, retailers including Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy have simply replaced the ‘Black Friday’ label with ‘Cyber Monday’ (those cheeky so-and-sos!).
Our pick of the bunch under $100 is the mega-popular Keurig K-Mini, which Amazon is still offering for half price ($50) right now. You’ll have to opt for the dark green model to get the biggest saving – other colors are priced slightly higher – but this is the smartest-looking option, in our humble opinion.
Samsung’s best monitors are getting big price cuts for Cyber Monday
If you’re really adventurous, you can even save big on one of the most innovative gaming monitors of the decade, the 55-inch Samsung Odyssey Ark for $2,749.99 at Amazon, a $750 price cut on one of the premiere gaming monitors out there.
Of course, when it comes to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period, TVs are often at the top of many people’s shopping lists. This year has seen some brilliant deals – in fact, I treated myself to an LG OLED TV myself, as I’d been meaning to upgrade for a while.
With OLED sets, you’re getting absolutely stunning image quality, especially when it comes to contrast ratio, and with support for Dolby Vision HDR, as well as Nvidia G-Sync for when I play my PC, I do wonder what took me so long to make the leap.
If you’re thinking of going OLED, then here’s some great deals we’ve found:
Make sure you check out these links as well for more great TV deals:
Throughout the weekend (and long before, to be honest), I’ve been keeping an eye on all manner of Cyber Monday deals, especially when it comes to laptops, and by far the best deal I’ve found is for the M1 MacBook Air, which is just $765.11 from Amazon. This is for a refurbished model, but having bought refurbished devices in the past, I heartily recommend it, as they are great ways to save money. From trustworthy retailers, refurbished devices are thoroughly tested to make sure they work perfectly, and they come with a warranty as well.
The M1 MacBook Air remains one of the best laptops you can buy right now, I actually prefer it to the newer M2 MacBook Air, if only because it represents such good value for money – especially with this epic deal.
If you’ve been looking to upgrade to a current-gen console then now’s the time to pick up the Xbox Series S while it’s discounted over Cyber Monday.
The Xbox Series S has fallen to its lowest price at Amazon and is now $239.99 for the holidays.
The Xbox Series S is easy to see as merely a less powerful version of the Xbox Series X. And while that’s technically true, that doesn’t mean the Xbox Series S isn’t without its benefits.
For one, it’s much smaller than the monolithic Series X, meaning it’s much easier to slot into a space-tight home setup. The Xbox Series S is also a very capable console. Support for up to 1440p at 120fps means that compatible games look sharp and run smoothly. All Xbox games play on both consoles, too, so consider pairing it with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to get access to a library of new and old games.
Even though there’s a day to go until Cyber Monday is officially here, we’re still inundated with deals on Sunday.
Amazon continues to lead the way following the launch of its Cyber Monday sale immediately after the conclusion of Black Friday. We’ve had a snoop around the site this morning but haven’t spotted anything especially new just yet – but you can be sure there’s more to come from tomorrow.
There have been a few price changes here or there on some products, though. We’ve seen a few extra discounts this morning so it looks like the deals are ramping up again, ready to launch into Cyber Monday strong. All the best ones we’ll share right here over the next few hours.
Out of stock messages are popping up more frequently in other areas, too, though. Once again, it’s the popular and affordable Amazon devices that are most affected by this, with the Echo Show 5 and Echo Dot unavailable at some stores. We’d suggest if there’s an offer you like the look of today you bag it now to avoid missing out.
The Cyber Monday electric toothbrush deals are here, and there’s loads of good stuff on offer from handsets affordable and expensive. If you’ve not made the switch from a manual brush, now’s a good time to do so, as research (opens in new tab) suggests powered toothbrushes are more effective at reducing instances of plaque and gingivitis than a manual toothbrush.
However, the best deals for our money are on the ludicrous Oral-B iO Series. With multi-directional brush vibration and smart gyroscopes incorporated into the handsets, these toothbrushes encourage you to open your phone so it can show you in real-time, with a heat-map of your mouth, whether you’re doing an effective enough job brushing your teeth.
The iO Series 9 is discounted heavily to $249.99 at Amazon, and is even bundled with three replacement brush heads which are usually sold separately. If you replace your brush head every three months, that’s a full year of clean teeth. We’ve also linked our favorite Waterpik deal below, so you can have fun firing streams of water between your teeth in the mornings and use less disposable floss.
As TR’s resident active person, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the Cyber Monday Garmin deals and Cyber Monday Fitbit deals as they’ve been happening over the weekend. Many have come and gone, but there are still a few excellent buys waiting for people at either end of their fitness journey.
If you’re just thinking about buying your first fitness watch to help you take running a little more seriously, a Garmin is a great shout, thanks to its accurate multi-band built-in GPS and its ability to tell you information about your distance, speed, heart rate, and more. Where on your route were you slowest? What’s your average stride length? What’s the best five-kilometer, completely circular route to take me to and from my door? A Garmin can help.
Right now, the excellent entry-level Garmin Forerunner 45 is just $118.99 at Amazon, a better buy than most Fitbits at this price. For more experienced runners and adventurers, we’ve got something for you too: last year’s awesome Garmin Fenix 6X Sapphire with its price cut by a massive $280.
Caffeinating the country, one Nespresso machine at a time
Nespresso machines are taking over households all over the US. They are among the most popular appliances to buy this sale season, and Cyber Monday Nespresso deals continue to pop up.
Though I’m more of a French press (and Jot coffee, when I’m in a hurry) coffee addict, I’ve used my share of Nespresso coffee makers, and I totally get the appeal. They’re a convenient way of getting your caffeine fix in the morning and chasing away that 2pm slump.
If you’re thinking of joining the Nespresso revolution or gifting a machine for the holidays, I found the best early Cyber Monday deals below. (Just please be sure to take advantage of that Nespresso recycling program when you get yours.)
The Dyson Airwrap must be a lot more popular than it looks on paper, seeing as the only proper discount you could get this Black Friday-Cyber Monday season is a 20% deal if you were a past Dyson customer. If you haven’t bought a Dyson product at their online store before, the only “deal” you could get is a “free accessories” one if you pay full price.
And that, we’re sorry to say, isn’t likely going to change this weekend or on Cyber Monday. Not that we’re not still holding on hope. Crazier things have happened.
If you’re just tired of waiting, however, lots of hair-styling consumers are turning to Dyson Airwrap dupes (and lots of fashion and lifestyle magazines are recommending the same). They’re much less expensive – some under $50; they’re just as effective; and best of all, they’re already on sale for Cyber Monday.
You could wait until November 28 for that deal that might never come, or you could take advantage of these Cyber Monday Dyson Airwrap dupe deals now and save yourself the disappointment.
Earlier tonight we had our first “ring and run” in ages. Some teenagers scrambled to our front door, knocked, and then dashed off. We missed them, but our video doorbell did not.
It’s hard to put a price on home security and knowing what’s happening outside the front of your home when you’re not there, or knowing who is standing there and knocking on your door (or running away). People still do silly things at other people’s front doors but now we have a record because of all these video doorbells.
This Blink Video Doorbell, which has a motion detector and a camera, was on sale for Black Friday and Amazon is letting the good times toll with the $34.99 sale (was $49.99) still in place and now listed as a Cyber Monday Deal.
One nice thing about this model is that it can be wire-free (battery-operated), which makes for super-easy installation. You can hook it up to existing wiring if you want.
Instant Pots still hot
We know a lot of the holiday buying heat now revolves around Air Fryers, but Instant Pots remain an excellent gift-giving choice. They’re easily as versatile as Air Fryers just without all the excitement of oil-free-crisping.
The other thing worth noting is that Black Friday Deals keep on rolling right into Cyber Monday. These two Instant Pot options are not officially listed as Cyber Monday deals on Amazon, but they certainly are Cyber Weekend ones.
There’s the classic 10-in-1 model for just $99.99 and an Instant Pot with, you guessed it, air fryer capabilities for $169.95. They’re both solid deals that might be around through Monday or could evaporate at any minute. You might have to move fast.
Amazon device deals are still live
Amazon always cuts the price of its own devices for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and this year’s deals are pretty good.
Both the 3rd and 5th Gen Echo Dots are down to record lows (admittedly the 5th Gen only released fairly recently), ditto for the Fire TV Stick Lite and 4K, and likewise for several Fire tablets, Kindles and Ring doorbells. We’ve included our nine favorites below.
3 of the best air fryer deals
Air fryers were (once again) in great demand over Black Friday, and we’re pretty sure Cyber Monday will see plenty of great discounts.
In fact, there are still lots of deals available on products from the likes of Ninja and Instant. Here are three of our favorites.
A seriously big discount on a great laptop
No, this one’s not an Amazon deal – but we still wanted to mention it.
Lenovo knows a thing or two about making productivity laptops and we’re big fans of its Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon series. The latest Gen 10 model is a stellar professional laptop for Windows fans – and even better, it’s $1,289 down from $2,879 on Lenovo’s website.
Bonus: it’s available in a variety of configurations, all heavily discounted, with the biggest reduction on the high-end $4,169 model, which has had a staggering $2,255.43 slashed off the retail price to bring it down to $1,913.57.
Should you buy the Kobo Libra 2 or Amazon Kindle Paperwhite?
Screen size: 7 inches
Battery life: 6 weeks
The Kobo Libra 2 is the best all-round ereader there is. It has far more storage than the Kindle Paperweight, Bluetooth support for audiobooks, and is packed with useful features the Kindle doesn’t have, such as OverDrive support to let you borrow library books. If you’re looking for the most value for money, this is it.
Erratic battery charging
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)
Screen size: 6.8 inches
Battery life: 10 weeks
The Kindle Paperwhite offers a very comfortable reading experience, with a clear display that’s easy to look at. It beats the Kobo Libra 2 on battery life (10 weeks versus six), but it’s more complicated to upload books that haven’t come from the Amazon store and falls short on features in comparison.
Large and clear display
Faster USB-C charging
Limited to Amazon’s store
Choosing the best ereader isn’t easy. Do you go for the market leader, Amazon’s Kindle, and if so, what’s the best Kindle? Or do you try a different brand, like Kobo (which has also been around a long time, since 2010)?
Both are at their lowest price ever today in the Amazon Black Friday sale. Both have front lights, both are waterproof and both have a ‘dark mode’.
However, the Libra 2 is good value with no confusing options, more storage by default and a better ergonomic design. It’s also got a very slightly larger display. we gave it a full five stars in our Kobo Libra 2 review.
The Paperwhite, meanwhile, costs more and lacks page-turn buttons, but it has a glass front and a faster processor. And if you go for the more expensive Paperwhite Signature Edition ($129 down from $189.99 at Amazon) you’ll also get wireless charging and an auto-adjusting display. We gave it 4.5/5 in our review.
For us, the winner is the Kobo Libra 2. Newer models from other brands have arrived since its launch, but it’s a a fantastic all-around champion that still holds strong to its place as our #1 choice of ereader.
Obviously not every Cyber Monday deal is quite as good as it first looks, so we can forgive anyone who looks at this Oculus Quest 2 bundle deal with a degree of cynicism. But in this case, we think it’s a genuinely great offer.
For starters, Meta increased the price of the Quest 2 by $399 just a few months. That was a massive jump from of $100 from its previous price of $299, so a 33% rise.
A $50 saving over the newly increased price is certainly worth having, but where this deal really earns its corn is in the fact that it also come with two games. So, not only are you getting one of the best VR headsets, but those bundled games take the overall value way up. Overall, it more than makes up for the price rise.
Both games are pretty good, too; Beat Saber takes the rhythm game in a fun and exciting new direction, while Resident Evil 4 VR is a seminal survival horror game.
This one-time best-in-class cordless vacuum is selling fast, mind you – at the time of writing, Amazon only has 20 models left in stock. Go, go, go!
5 cracking Keurig coffee maker deals
Almost all of Amazon’s Black Friday Keurig coffee maker deals have been repackaged as Cyber Monday deals for the weekend, meaning you can still bag best-selling models including the K-Mini, K- Slim, K-Classic, K-Supreme and K-Elite for exceptionally low prices.
We don’t anticipate seeing any of the below deals improving as we approach Cyber Monday proper, so our advice is to act now if you’re keen to upgrade your coffee-making hardware to one of Keurig’s popular machines.
Amazon’s excellent Braun Series 9 Pro deal has rolled over from Black Friday into Cyber Monday, meaning you can still pick up the German brand’s best-ever electric shaver for the handsome price of $259 (down from $330) (opens in new tab). That’s 21% less than usual, and just $10 shy of being Amazon’s best-ever price.
I’m in the process of reviewing the Series 9 Pro for TechRadar’s best electric razors and beard trimmers guide, and honestly, my biggest gripe so far concerns its typically astronomical retail price. Black Friday weekend, though, has made that figure much, much more reasonable, meaning the Series 9 Pro is an easier recommendation than ever right now. If you’re keen to upgrade your shaving game in 2022, now is absolutely the time to do so.
Wouldn’t life be boring if every ear you saw had an ice-white Apple stem hanging out of it?
Maybe you want the portable, wire-free music experience but you don’t want to follow the herd. Maybe you prefer a slightly more vintage aesthetic – albeit one benefitting from all of the latest wireless Bluetooth technology.
We get it. Marshall (or, to give the company its full moniker, Marshall Amplification) does too, for it is a gloriously rock-steady UK audio outfit founded in 1962 by Jim Marshall.
Every Marshall product somehow looks like a guitar amp, even when it’s a set of tiny earbuds. And that is what we have here, as well as a stunning pair of wireless on-ears, both discounted for Black Friday and both as cheap as we’ve ever seen them.
More cheap deals – under $25
So far we’ve mostly rounded up pricey buys on tech, but it’s well worth checking out Amazon’s excellent ‘under $25’ Cyber Monday section if you’re still on the hunt for some gifts this holiday season.
Should you buy the MacBook Air M1 (2020) – or the newer M2 (2022)?
The MacBook Air (M2, 2022) has a fantastic design, bigger screen and incredibly long battery life, but also a much higher price tag. Think of it more as a replacement for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it starts to make a lot more sense. Read more: MacBook Air (M2, 2022) review
Great new design
Long battery life
Larger, brighter screen
Much more expensive
Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is phenomenal value for money, which makes it incredibly tempting. It’s no slouch in the performance stakes, although if you’re looking to do heavy graphics editing and multitasking go for the M2. Read more: MacBook Air (M2, 2020) review
Excellent value for money
Great all-around performer
Good battery life
Silent in use
The 13-inch MacBook Air (M1, 2020) has returned to its lowest-ever price. There’s no question that it’s incredible value for money, but it’s no longer the newest model. So: should you buy the newer and more powerful MacBook Air (M2, 2022), or the better-value and still excellent MacBook Air (M1, 2020)?
It’s a tricky choice, which is a testament to just how good the older laptop is.
The MacBook Air (M2, 2022) brings some big changes, both inside, with the new M2 chip, and on the outside, with a radical redesign. If you want a modern experience and upgraded performance, it’s the way to go. The new design is great, it’s more portable, and the screen is a big step up. The M2 could also prove to be a big upgrade.
However, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is a lot cheaper, which makes it incredibly tempting. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a laptop, choose this one, as it offers excellent value for money, while also being a great all-around performer. And that’s true even more so today, now that the MacBook Air M1 is down to its lowest price ever at Amazon.
Amazon’s Cyber Monday TV deals seem to get cheaper and cheaper every year, so much so that, incredibly, you can now buy a smart display for under $100. It’s true that at this price you tend to see the real budget models or own-brand displays, but we’re always surprised by how cheap the retailer offers them over Cyber Monday.
Take this one, for example:
We haven’t reviewed it here at TechRadar, but we can give you our honest opinion, based on the fact that we review dozens of TVs every year.
So, yeah, it’s 24 inches, which is tiny in comparison to most common TV sizes today (it’s more like a computer monitor). That said, it has got some surprisingly good features for the money.
The biggest positive of this display is that it has Amazon Fire TV built right in, so you don’t have to pair it up with a Fire TV Stick or equivalent to get full access to all the best streaming services or compatibility with Echo devices. It’ll basically work right out of the box and get you streaming Amazon Video or Netflix in no time – and it’s small enough to fit on nearly any desk or tabletop.
What we don’t like is the 720p resolution. For a display in 2022 – even one that’s 24 inches – that’s lacklustre. The 32-inch version for $99 features this same 720p resolution, too, which will look even worse on a slightly bigger screen size.
Based on that, if you can afford it, we’d recommend opting for a slightly bigger display like this one.
This 43-inch Amazon-branded display has the same handy Fire-TV smart features as the cheapo Insignia but has a much, much improved 4K resolution. It also supports HDR 10, HLG, and Dolby Digital Plus for an improved picture quality overall.
5 popular deals at Amazon yesterday – that you can still get now
Following on from my previous post – Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals are…very similar to its Black Friday deals. That’s to be expected though: most retailers will be rolling their existing deals into their Cyber weekend sales over the next few days.
These five deals are all ones we either first noticed yesterday or during the week before. But they’re all great value, so they’re definitely worth checking out.
We’re in the awkward period right now between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with some retailers – notably Amazon – having already switched their headline banners over to the latter sale. Basically, the vast majority of deals that are available today are holdouts from the earlier sale, which is generally what we expect these days.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen these big seasonal one-day sales transform into a kind of ‘deals season’, so generally speaking, there are a lot of similar promotions going on. That’s not to say the deals are bad, however, most of the listings we’ve found are still at their lowest prices all year – or at least matching their lowest prices.
Take the MacBook Air M1 we just posted below as an example, which is currently $799 at Amazon. This model is generally found at prices ranging from $899 to $929 at Amazon, and it’s been on sale for $799 a couple of times in the last month. Those holding out for a ‘record-breaking’ price may be disappointed with this one but it’s still a very strong deal overall.
Super-low Nintendo Switch OLED bundle alert – but not at Amazon
This one isn’t in the Amazon Cyber Monday sale, but we think it’s too good to miss…
If you have a Nintendo Switch already and know you mostly play in handheld mode, or you think that’s how you’ll use it if you buy one, the Nintendo Switch OLED is an upgrade that’s well worth considering. Its larger, brighter screen is a marked improvement over the original Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.
The console itself is going for the historic low price of $349 at Amazon, but this bundle deal at Dell is excellent value if you’re looking to set yourself up with some games and accessories. For $399.99 you can get the console, a third-party Switchplate controller and a copy of Splatoon 3 – one of the best first-party games on the Nintendo Switch.
If you’re in the market for a MacBook Air, you’re in luck: the 13-inch M1 model from 2022 plummeted in price to just $799 a few days ago and it’s still looking like this amazing $200 deal is sticking around for Cyber Monday. For the record, this is the lowest price yet on this fantastic ultrabook.
Even though the 2020 model has been superseded by the more powerful (and more expensive) new MacBook Air M2 (2022), it still sits at number three in our best laptops guide.
We gave it 4.5/5 stars in our Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review: its performance is incredible thanks to the powerful M1 chip, and the battery life is excellent. It’s easily the best value laptop money can buy right now, and a great choice for work or school. It’s also great for watching movies.
Get Sony’s five-star earbuds for the lowest price ever
The excellent Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds are on sale at Amazon as part of the retailer’s early Cyber Monday sale – for the lowest price we’ve ever seen.
We awarded these top-tier, class-A Sony buds the full five stars in our Sony WF-1000XM4 review. They deliver stunning sound quality, strong active noise cancellation and a solid eight hours of battery life.
If you’re looking for a deal on some of the best noise-cancelling earbuds ahead of Cyber Monday, then we don’t expect this price to be beaten on the day itself. Snatch them up while you can.
Good morning all! We’re kicking off our Cyber Monday deals coverage for 2022 a little earlier this year, giving plenty of time to find any highlights – and post a couple of our favorite holdouts from yesterday’s sale.
You think Black Friday is over just because it’s Saturday? Not by a long shot – Amazon Black Friday deals are still going strong, and we’ve got all the best offers still live on everything from TVs, AirPods, and smart home devices to robot vacuums, Nespresso machines, Christmas trees, and more. So whether you’re going through your family’s gift list or treating yourself to Black Friday gadgets, we’ll help you find the best Amazon Black Friday deals still available now.
Below you’ll find Amazon’s most popular sale categories if you want to jump straight to the site, followed by more of today’s best Amazon Black Friday deals. Remember that the hottest offers are going fast, and today’s bargains aren’t guaranteed to return at the Cyber Monday deals event, so we recommend acting quickly if you see a price you like.
Mackenzie Frazier is the deals editor in the US for TechRadar at Future plc. She’s been sharing deal advice for Future for the past three years and loves to find products that the consumer wants at the best possible price. She’s had eight years of experience working in the e-commerce space and loves being a mom to her baby boy.
Introduced in 2019 as the successor of the T20 and T40 series, the Creative T100 desktop speakers come with a peak power of 80 W and multiple connectivity options, including Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5 mm AUX, and optical. The ongoing 55% discount offered by Amazon pushes the list price of US$177.85 down to a very attractive US$79.99.
For most computer users, desktop space is quite precious, so using a compact set of speakers is one of their basic needs. In addition to being compact, the minimalistic Creative T100 2.0 speakers come with a wide range of connectivity options and excellent audio quality. Although some potential users might consider the Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity a weak point, the ongoing 55% off Amazon deal (US$79.99, down from US$177.85) turns the Creative T100 into a quite tempting product.
Next to the Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity mentioned above, the Creative T100 also comes with optical and 3.5 mm AUX inputs, as well as the ability to play hi-res lossless tracks from USB flash drives. The list of audio formats supported includes FLAC, WAV, and MP3. Unfortunately, the size of the USB devices that can be used with the Creative T100 in optimal devices must be up to 32 GB, with a FAT32 file system.
In charge of the sound are a set of 2.75-inch full-range drivers with improved BasXPort technology and a digital amplifier. Thanks to the latter, the 40 W RMS can be pushed up to a peak of 80 W. In addition to the speakers, the remote package also includes an IR remote and a 3.5 mm stereo to stereo cable.
The Creative T100 2.0 desktop speakers hold a global customer rating of 4.5/5 on Amazon, after 71% perfect scores and 15% 4/5 ratings. The breakdown by feature includes a 4.4 sound quality score, followed by 4.3 for volume control and value for money, 4.2 for remote control and bass quality, and 3.7/5 for the Bluetooth connectivity part.
Last, but not the least, it should be noted that Creative Labs US has this product listed with a regular price of just US$99.99, which is currently down to US$79.99 as well.
Disclaimer: Notebookcheck is not responsible for price changes carried out by retailers. The discounted price or deal mentioned in this item was available at the time of writing and may be subject to time restrictions and/or limited unit availability.
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