While it is the way It’s too early to talk about Black Friday, it’s objectively better to associate the phrase with Halloween rather than Thanksgiving. So we’ll forgive Best Buy for starting selling it a month in advance. Fortunately, it also means you have extra time to score deals on a slew of electronics from the retailer this week.
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The GoPro Hero11 (9/10, WIRED recommended) is one of our favorite action cameras. This model adds a longer sensor which is great for vertical video, if you’re into that sort of thing, and can record up to 5.3K video – although you’ll need a new phone for the latter.
Sony’s A7 cameras are always among our top picks for most people, and while the A7 IV (9/10, WIRED recommends) is our favorite, it’s also really pricey. If you don’t mind missing out on some of the newer autofocus features, the A7 III is also a great pick, and is now on sale.
Another step down from the A7 III (although it’s still a great camera in its own right), this AII kit comes with a 28 to 70mm variable lens. If this is your first time not using mirrors and you don’t already have Sony lenses, this is a great place to start without shelling out a lot of cash.
Locking the ecosystem is a real thing in the camera world, and if you’re a die-hard Canon fan, the EOS-R is your best pick. It’s a massive camera with machined metal parts, phase-detection autofocus, and even a handy cover that pops out to protect the sensor when changing lenses.
The Beats headphones (8/10, WIRED recommended) are especially great if you’re in the Apple ecosystem. They pair easily with iPhones and other Apple devices and they get an incredible Bluetooth range and at least 20 hours of battery life. Unfortunately, Android users may not have the same battery life.
Our resident audiophile, Parker Hall, called the Galaxy Buds2 (9/10, WIRED recommends) “the new standard in mid-range wireless earbuds.” It’s comfortable, with active noise cancellation and enough water resistance to survive your workouts.
If your workouts are more intense than those of the average person, you may prefer headphones designed to keep up with your condition. On that front, the Jabra Elite 7 Active is our favorite. In our tests, it fits people with different ear sizes without falling out. They also have great noise cancellation and at least eight hours of battery life.
Google may be relatively recent in the earbud realm, but the Pixel Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Rec recommended) impressed us with seven hours of gameplay, intuitive touch controls, and the ability to easily switch between devices. Unfortunately, they lose some features if you use them with iPhones.
Although we haven’t tested this specific model, the Sony WH-1000XM4 (9/10, WIRED recommendations) is still our best overall pick for wireless headphones. This model is usually a bit cheaper than the other options, but today it is quite affordable while boasting many of the advantages of Sony’s headphone design and expertise.
Vizio’s M-Series speakers (9/10, WIRED recommendations) achieve the perfect balance of detailed surround sound—without breaking the budget. We especially like this for gaming, as it makes it easy to hear that enemy sneak up on you.
Despite Google’s return to the smartwatch game recently, Samsung is still making the best smartwatch for Android users at the moment. The Galaxy Watch5 (7/10, WIRED recommended) has a lot of fitness features comparable to those on the Apple Watch, although some — like electrocardiogram measurements — only work if you pair the Watch5 with a Samsung phone.
Not surprisingly, the best smartwatch for iPhone is the Apple Watch. Although the 7 Series (8/10, WIRED recommends) isn’t the latest model in the block, this discount makes it an attractive and affordable option.
smart home deals
Google’s Nest Hub Max (8/10, WIRED recommends) is our overall favorite smart display. It has great speakers, a 10-inch touch screen, and a camera for video calls. Google can also select specific home members to show only reminders and events related to that person, and it has a guest mode so others can use it without seeing your personal results.
If you prefer your smart screen without a camera (and there are plenty of reasons you might), the smaller 7-inch Nest Hub does most of what the Max can do, in a cheaper package. Supports gesture control so you can pause videos with a hand movement, which is great in the kitchen.
There is no cheaper way to get into the Google smart home system than the Nest Mini. For $20 each, you can fit one of these in most rooms of your house. They don’t have powerful speakers for more expensive options, but if all you need is to set timers and get reminders, this is an excellent entry.
In the Amazon ecosystem, the Dot serves the same basic entry purpose. It provides a basic set of voice commands to play music, organize your calendar, and set timers. While $20 isn’t the cheapest we’ve ever seen, it’s pretty close.
The fourth generation Echo (8/10, WIRED Recommendations) provides a nice upgrade on the basics. It comes with room-filling audio, a 3.5mm jack for connecting to a larger audio system, and the usual Alexa commands host.
Lenovo makes some great smart home accessories for the Google Assistant ecosystem (sometimes even prettier than Google itself.) This alarm clock is a great example. It offers a 4-inch smart screen, alarm features to help you wake up, and comes with a place to wirelessly charge your phone at night.
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