Our verdict on this morning’s deals
How’s it going? James Pickard here, tagging in from Julia Sagar to bring you the latest on this year’s Amazon Black Friday sale.
So, just how good are the deals this morning?
In terms of new offers, one that stands out immediately is the record-low price for the LG C1 65-inch OLED TV. This was a hot product in previous years – and while it’s now a slightly older display – it’s still a fantastic TV. As we said in our five-star review, the LG C1 is the best TV from 2021 with excellent picture quality and support for high-performance gaming on current-gen consoles.
And that’s just one of the new offers.
Outside of TVs, there are big savings on gaming laptops, smart home tech, PCs, toys, appliances and more. I’ll pick out some highlights over the next few hours, or you can just through to Amazon now and browse for yourself.
These earbuds are a bit rock n roll
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.
Marshall Minor III earbuds: was
$129.99 now $99.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
They’re back down to their lowest-seen price! If you want an AirPods-y design but more beautiful than AirPods (just look at that rubberised snake-skin effect case!) you might have just found them. We haven’t reviewed this particular set of true wireless buds from Marshall, but you’re getting 12mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.2, a 25-hour total battery life and on-ear touch controls – all of which are bang on for this money. No ANC, but for this price we don’t mind.
Marshall Major IV wireless headphones: was
$149.99 now $99.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Not a model we’ve tested, but they launched in October 2020 boasting an incredible (incredible!) 80-hour wireless battery life and we absolutely love the styling. And in case you’re worried (given the retro aesthetic), no, they do charge via USB-C, and you also get a 3.5mm cable in the box. No ANC, but you do get Marshall’s iconic gold-tone multi-directional knob for all on-ear playback and volume controls. Road trip coming up in the new year? This is the lowest we’ve seen them and, we think, a very tempting proposition.
More cheap deals – under $25
We’ve already rounded up some great deals under $50 – but if your budget is lower than that, there are also hundreds of items under $25 at Amazon for Black Friday.
Under $25 at Amazon: toys, tech, kitchen gadgets, gifts ideas, and more (opens in new tab)
If you’re looking to spend no more than $25, Amazon has a wide range of cheap products, including toys, tech gadgets, kitchen tools, clothing, beauty, and more. It’s a great place to look if you need a fun secret Santa gift or stocking stuffers for the whole family.
9 deals under $50 at Amazon
There are hundreds of cheap gift ideas in the Amazon Black Friday sale – here are 14 that caught our eye.
1. ThisWorx Car Vacuum Cleaner:
$39.99 $19.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
ThisWorx car vacuum cleaner is a top seller on Amazon’s gift ideas list, and it’s currently on sale for just $19.99 at Amazon’s early Black Friday sale. The handheld portable vacuum allows you to clean your car in no time with handy attachments like a carrying case and an extra-long 16-foot cord.
2. Toy Rocket Launcher for kids: was
$29.99 $19.99 now at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Toy Rocket Launcher is a top-selling gift idea on Amazon, and it’s on sale at just $19.99 for Black Friday. Designed for ages three years and up, you can enjoy endless hours of fun by running and jumping on the rocket and watching it soar into the air.
3. Amazon Basics 48 Pack AA High-Performance Batteries: $16.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Batteries are always an easy buy during the holiday season, and Amazon has this 48-pack of AA batteries for just $16.49. While the batteries aren’t on sale, Amazon’s price beats most competitors, and you can save an additional 15% if you select subscribe and save.
4. Echo Dot (5th generation): was
$49.99 now $24.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon’s latest Echo Dot is on sale for $24.99 for Black Friday – a massive 50% discount, and the first price cut the smart home speaker has received. With Amazon Alexa on board, the Amazon Echo Dot allows you to control your smart home setup, play music or podcasts, or simply ask for the forecast.
5. myQ Chamberlain Smart Garage Control: was
$29.98 now $19.98 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
For just $19.98, you can control and monitor your garage from anywhere, so you never have to worry about if you shut your garage door. The smart garage control has a compatible app that sends alerts to your phone anytime your garage is open or closed or is left open.
6. Kasa Smart Plug Mini 15A: was
$29.99 now $22.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
These smart plugs come in handy, especially around the holidays, and this four-pack is on sale for just $22.99. The smart plugs work with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, so you can control your appliances completely hands-free.
7. Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows for Sleeping:
$49.99 $30 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A great idea for anyone on your list, these top-rated pillows were a best-seller at this year’s Black Friday sale, and the queen-size pillow set is currently on sale for $30 when you apply the additional 54% coupon at checkout. With over 149,000 positive reviews, who wouldn’t pass up that price?
8. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:
$50 $14.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
LifeStraw’s personal water filter has become a breakout star during holiday sales and Amazon has the nifty device on sale for just $14.99 right now – only $5 more than the lowest price we’ve ever seen. Perfect for camping or hikes, the hand-held LifeStraw filters bacteria & parasites to provide clean and safe drinking water.
9. Stanley Adventure Reusable Quencher Tumbler: $40 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Our gift section wouldn’t be complete without the best-selling Stanley Quencher in stock at Amazon for $40. The 40oz tumbler keeps your beverages hot, cold, or iced for hours and conveniently fits in your car cup holder. While the Stanley cup isn’t on sale, this tumbler is a Black Friday best seller, and today’s price is the best deal you can find.
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.
- Asymmetric design
- 32GB storage
- Audiobook support
- Erratic battery charging
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
- Reading experience
- 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.
Is the cheapest TV on Amazon worth buying?
Amazon’s Black Friday 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 Black Friday.
Take this one, for example:
Insignia 24-inch F20 Series HD Smart Fire TV (2022):
$89.99 $79.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This 24-inch Insignia set is on sale for a record-low price of just $79.99, and it’s the cheapest Black Friday TV deal we’ve spotted so far. While the Insignia F20-Series display lacks 4K capabilities, the HD TV does include smart features with the Fire operating system and hands-free control with Amazon Alexa. You can also get a larger 32-inch model for just $99 (opens in new tab) right now.
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.
Amazon Fire TV 43-inch 4-Series 4K smart TV:
$369.99 $229.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Get the all-new Amazon 43-inch Fire TV on sale for just $229.99 – the cheapest price we’ve ever seen. This budget Black Friday TV deal includes the Fire TV experience for easy streaming and includes a handy voice remote so you can control your TV completely hands-free.
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.
And now for a change of pace: let’s take a look at Amazon’s TV offers. It’s no secret that we’ve seen some fantastic Black Friday TV deals over the last month – not just at Amazon but across all major retailers.
This morning, Amazon has a superb selection of deals on everything from our best-rated TV of 2022, the LG C2 OLED TV – which is on sale for a record-low price of $1,296.99 (opens in new tab) – to smart displays under $100. If you’re struggling to decide what you need, we’ve got some advice coming up…
Super-low Nintendo Switch OLED bundle alert – but not at Amazon
This one isn’t in the Amazon Black Friday 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.
Nintendo Switch OLED + Splatoon 3 + controller: was
$439.99 now $399.99 at Dell
(opens in new tab)Save $40 – This is an excellent deal for the flagship Nintendo console. Considering the bonuses of Splatoon 3 and a Switch plate controller, you don’t want to miss this discount.
However, if you plan to mostly play the console in docked mode on your TV, have a look at our Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals round up instead, because you won’t feel the benefit of the OLED’s upgrades, and you may get a better offer on the older model.
This must-have Xbox Series X accessory just got a major discount
If you regularly have to delete games off your Xbox Series X|S to make room for more, consider picking up a 1TB Seagate Expansion Card, which is currently discounted to under $200 at Amazon (opens in new tab). All you have to do is slide the card into the back of your console and, hey presto, you get extra storage.
While a 512GB option is available, we recommend the 1TB as it provides plenty of extra space to hold a multitude of great Xbox Series X games, including chunky titles like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
It’s still a hefty price tag, and we’ve seen the card drop lower in price than this before (only by $10 though), but it’s a decent Black Friday Xbox Series X deal for one of the best Xbox Series X accessories around.
Seagate Xbox Storage Expansion Card: 1TB: was
$220 now $199.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Seagate Storage Expansion card for Xbox is a hassle-free, must-have accessory for anyone who wants to increase their console’s storage. While we’ve seen this card drop $10 further in price before, this $20 discount takes this handy storage device below $200.
Right, we’re seeing some great gaming deals at Amazon at the moment. Incoming…
Amazon Black Friday vs Amazon Prime Day
Aside from Black Friday, the next biggest sale held by the retailer is Amazon Prime Day in the summer – so how do the events compare?
The main difference we often see between the two is around the offers on Amazon’s own devices such as the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick, Kindle and so on. Usually, the biggest discounts are reserved for Amazon’s members-only event, and they’re either repeated (or slightly less) during other sales such as Black Friday.
We’ve already seen that this year: Fire TV Sticks were available for up to $5 less during Amazon Prime Day, for example.
So, for those kinds of devices, it’s often better to buy in the summer.
However, the sheer variety of products on sale over Black Friday can make up for those extra discounts over Prime Day. Even in the early sales, there are countless items that are available for their lowest prices ever – including TVs, laptops, appliances and much more.
PS5 DualSense controller drops to its lowest price
On the hunt for great Black Friday PS5 controller deals? You’re not alone. While the PlayStation 5 console comes bundled with a DualSense controller as standard, you may be looking to upgrade on Sony’s original offering or simply to add more gamepads to your collection for when friends come around.
Right now, the DualSense is at its lowest price yet in the US: $49 – down from $69. Amazon isn’t the only retailer with this deal: Walmart has also reduced the PS5 controller by $20, as has Best Buy, so you can take your pick.
Meanwhile third-party manufacturer Scuf is offering 20% off all its custom PS5 controllers. There’s also a decent discount on one of our favorite premium alternatives.
Read more: Great Black Friday DualSense discounts
PlayStation DualSense Midnight Black: Was
$70 now $49 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $20 – This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on the Midnight Black DualSense controller, so if you’re after a player 2 gamepad for less, you can’t really go wrong here.
Scuf Reflex Pro | Customized: 20% off with code CYBER20 (opens in new tab)
Scuf is currently offering 20% off all its custom controllers right now, including the Scuf Reflex Pro which works with PS5 and PC. Prices start at $219.99, so this is a pricier option than the DualSense but 20% off certainly helps take the sting out (a bit).
Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller: Was
$180 now $114.35 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 36% – Supported by the PS5 and the PS4, the Nacon Revolution Unlimited Pro Controller (opens in new tab) is a premium controller option that’s not quite as pricey as the Scuf. It’s high quality and truly ergonomic but doesn’t boast the haptic feedback of the DualSense.
Is the Oculus Quest Black Friday bundle any good?
Just a matter of months ago, Meta increased the price of the Oculus Quest 2 by $399 – a huge jump of $100 from the previous price of $299. Even in a time of high inflation and increasing costs, it was a bombshell.
So, is the fact you can now get an Oculus Quest 2 for $349 during Black Friday any good?
In our eyes, it’s actually very good, considering this year’s offer also includes the VR headset and two games for $349.
We rate it as one of the best VR headsets you can buy, and sure, you’re still paying more than you would have earlier in the year, but when you factor in the value of the two games included as well, it’s actually a solid price.
And these aren’t two random or rubbish games, either. The first is Beat Saber: perhaps the VR headset’s most iconic title that takes the rhythm game in a fun and exciting new direction. The other is Resident Evil 4 VR: a seminal survival horror game when originally released that translates impressively to the new format.
Oculus Quest 2 (128 GB) Black Friday Bundle: was
$469.99 now $349.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you’ve been after an Oculus Quest 2, this is the perfect time to pick one up. In our four-and-a-half-star review (opens in new tab) we commended the Quest 2’s solid specs and easy-to-use nature. Plus, there are some great games on the platform and this bundle includes two of them: Beat Saber and Resident Evil 4 VR.
13 of the best deals in Amazon’s Black Friday sale
I’ve had a first-pass at Amazon’s Black Friday sale, and many of the deals have carried over from the retailer’s early sales – but there are some new offers as well. Here are 13 top deals that have caught my eye so far.
1. Toloco Massage Gun: was
$259.99 now $69.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This top-rated massage gun is getting a massive discount at Amazon’s early Black Friday sale, down to $69.99 from $259.99, when you apply the additional $30 coupon at checkout. The Toloco massage gun features 20 different speed levels and 15 replaceable massage heads to relieve pain on all parts of your body and has over 31,000 positive reviews on Amazon.
2. Magic Bullet Blender: was
$39.88 now $25.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A blender for $25? Yes, please. Amazon’s Black Friday deals include the top-rated Magic Bullet Blender for just $25.49 when you apply the additional $4.50 coupon at checkout. The blender chops, mixes, blends, whips, grinds and more and includes three different cup sizes.
3. Danjor Linens Queen Size Bed Sheets Set: was
$49.99 now $17.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Treat yourself to a new set of bed sheets with this fantastic early Black Friday deal that brings the Queen Size sheets down to just $19.77. The super soft sheets are available in several different color choices and include fitted and flat sheets and pillowcases with deep pockets. With over 134,000 positive reviews and an incredible price – this early Black Friday deal is a no-brainer for those looking for new sheets.
4. Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation):
was $249 now $199 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Another fantastic early Black Friday deal on AirPods is the best-selling AirPods Pro 2 on sale for $199 – a new record-low price and $30 less than last week’s deal. Apple’s all-new earbuds include improved audio quality and noise cancellation and include a wireless charging case that provides more than 24 hours of battery life.
5. Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker: was
$49.99 now $29.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This best-selling crock pot is getting a massive 40% discount this Black Friday, which brings the price down to a record-low of just $29.99. The seven-quart slow cooker serves up to eight people and is dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleanups.
6. Amazon Echo Auto:
$49.99 $14.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
For those looking to take Alexa on the road, the Amazon Echo Auto is looking particularly tempting right now. You’re grabbing this excellent gadget for its lowest price yet here, which is even more impressive considering we rarely see too many discounts on this device outside of sales periods.
7. Revlon One-Step Volumizer PLUS 2.0 Hair Dryer:
$69.99 $27.64 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Always a hot item during holiday sales events, Amazon has the best-selling Revlon One-Step hair dryer on sale for a record-low price of $27.64. Thanks to the unique oval brush design, the hairdryer delivers a salon-like blowout with brilliant shine and extra volume.
8. Blink Mini security camera:
$34.99 $29.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Blink Mini was a Black Friday best-seller at last year’s sale, and Amazon just dropped the smart security camera to $29.99 – just $10 more than the record-low price. The indoor HD camera works with Amazon Alexa and alerts your smartphone whenever motion is detected.
9. Apple iPad 10.2 2021 (64GB):
$329 $269 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has Apple’s entry-level iPad on sale for $269. While it’s not the speediest tablet in the range, a decent screen, quality design, and relatively speedy chip make this the iPad that suits most people’s needs the best. For streaming, shopping, and doing a few light work tasks, it’s a great choice, and today’s deal is a record-low price.
10. Fullstar Vegetable Chopper: was
$39.99 now $23.88 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A fun gift idea, this vegetable chopper has over 69,000 positive reviews on Amazon and is on sale for a record-low price of $23.88. Chop your favorite veggies in a flash with the four interchangeable blades that allow you to julienne, chop and slice vegetables.
11. Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee and Espresso Maker by De’Longhi: was
$159 now $118 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Similar to the Nespresso Vertuo Next, the Vertuo Plus can make 5, 8, 14, or 18 oz coffees and espressos, but the difference here is that the Plus has an automatic open for pods and a rotating water tank. You’ll lose out on the Next’s Wi-Fi connectivity, mind, but your water (and therefore your coffee) will stay fresher. Amazon is offering a giant $41 off the gray variant of the Vertuo Plus right now, which is the same as Walmart’s equivalent deal (opens in new tab).
12. Apple Watch 8 (GPS, 41mm): was
$399 now $349 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is only the second time we’ve seen the latest Apple Watch 8 discounted at Amazon. The smartwatch has only been available for less than two months, but you can already save $50 in this early Black Friday deal. Updates are incremental compared to the previous version but do include an upgraded S8 processor, all-day 18-hour battery life, and a suite of new health and fitness functions thanks to watchOS 9.
13. Samsung 85-inch AU8000 Crystal 4K Smart TV: was
$2,200 now $1,297 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Samsung’s largest-size version of its AU8000 Crystal series 4K LED TV has again reached its lowest price, one that was last recorded in January of this year. The AU8000 models omit fancy features like a local dimming backlight, quantum dots, and 120Hz input for gaming, but if you’re looking for a great Black Friday TV deal on a really big TV, this here is it.
Five-star earbuds at their cheapest price ever
The excellent Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds are currently on sale at Amazon for the lowest price we’ve seen so far.
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.
This discount isn’t exclusive to Amazon – Walmart has them at the same price this morning – but if you’ve got Prime, you can get same-day delivery at Amazon so you’ll get them faster. Either way, if you’re looking for a deal on some of the best noise-cancelling earbuds this Black Friday, then you’ve just found them.
Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds: was
$279.99 now $178 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Black Friday offers like this don’t come along very often. We briefly saw them dip to $198, but this is a whole $20 cheaper than we’ve ever seen them. Sony’s immersive LDAC, excellent ANC, eight hours of battery life from just the earbuds and stunning five-star sound quality all for $100 off the RRP? Yes, please.
And… we’re live!
Amazon’s 48-hour Black Friday sale has officially started.
Less than 30 minutes to go
The clock is ticking: Amazon’s Black Friday sale launches in 25 minutes. Stay tuned for “millions” of deals – we’re on hand to bring you all the best ones here, and we’ll tell you the ones to avoid too…
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
- Upgraded performance
- Long battery life
- Larger, brighter screen
- Much more expensive
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
- Not as powerful
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.
It’s the right time to buy an M1 MacBook Air
If you’re in the market for a MacBook Air, you’re in luck: the 13-inch MacBook Air (M1, 2020) has plummeted in price to just $799 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s a $200 discount on the older-but-still-excellent laptop, and returns it to the cheapest price we’ve seen.
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.
Read more: M1 MacBook Air returns to record-low price
MacBook Air M1 (256GB): was
$999 now $799 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
We very rarely see the MacBook Air this low so now is the time to buy if you’re interested in the excellent Apple laptop. It equals the record-low we’ve seen in previous years. This top-of-the-line device features Apple’s powerful M1 chip and premium chassis – and sits as TechRadar’s best value-for-money pick in our best laptop guide.
What to expect in the Amazon Black Friday sale
So what new deals will drop when the sale gets underway at midnight?
Well, it’s likely that many of the existing discounts will remain available. As we’ve seen over the last few years, many offers that go live in early November actually stay the same through Black Friday and into December. Increasingly Black Friday doesn’t have the huge price-drop spike that we saw in the past; instead prices drop earlier and the deals run for longer.
That said, Amazon did confirm a few more in its initial sale announcement. They are:
- Up to 50% off select Fire TV devices
- Up to 30% on De’Longhi Espresso Machines
- Up to 40% on select laptops, desktops, and monitors from HP and Dell
- Up to 40% on the NordicTrack S22i Studio Cycle
- Up to 30% off select Peloton accessories and apparel
- Up to 30% on select toys from Play-Doh, Transformers, and Nerf
- Save on kitchen products from Cosori, KitchenAid, Ninja, and Vitamix
A Black Friday classic: Echo Dot for $24.99
Here’s one you don’t need to wait until midnight for…
Amazon has already cut the price of its latest Echo Dot by 50% – dropping the price to $24.99. Amazon’s smart speakers are always a classic Black Friday bargain, and this deal is particularly notable because Amazon only released the new Echo Dot 5th Gen at the end of September – this is the first time it’s been on sale.
We’ve not reviewed it yet, but according to Amazon it has improved audio – specifically, up to 50% less distorting, and yet up to twice the bass at the same time – as we reported at the time.
Right now, it costs the same as the excellent fourth-gen version, which we awarded 4.5/5 stars in our Echo Dot 4th-gen review, so we’d go for the newer model. If you’re not sure where to start with smart home tech, here’s your answer.
Echo Dot (5th Gen): was $49.99 now $24.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The latest generation Echo Dot smart speaker offers a step up in audio quality to deliver clearer vocals, more powerful bass and a more vibrant sound overall. Apart from that, it’s capable of exactly the same features as previous models. It’s the first time the brand-new Echo Dot has been on sale since launch, so it’s a rare deal, and it’s exactly the same price as the older version, too.
Welcome to our coverage of the Amazon Black Friday sale
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Hold on, you may be thinking, haven’t there been Black Friday deals at Amazon for the majority of November already? It’s true, the retailer has had early offers for a few weeks, but tomorrow marks the true start of the Amazon Black Friday sale.
Whether it makes that big a difference remains to be seen, but Amazon has said the event will run for 48 hours across November 24 and 25. Thousands of new offers are set to go live – including a selection of limited-time lightning deals every 30 minutes.
These include price cuts of up to 70% on Amazon’s own smart home devices, coffee machines, toys, appliances, Samsung, HP, Dell, Bose and Xbox – as well as a brand new Nintendo Switch bundle.
Stay tuned for regular updates on some of the best early deals in the run-up and then we’ll share our top picks from the fresh batch of Amazon offers once they go live at midnight. Whatever they may be.