Top Ten Tech for Black Friday

Black Friday is officially this Friday the 25thth November, but many retailers have read the room and are already offering some very substantial discounts. Computing has compiled a top ten list of some basically discounted technologies that are supposed to help keep the recipient entertained, productive, fit, clean, and caffeinated.

Of course, whether or not you choose to gift any of these is entirely up to you.

Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones

Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones

Headphones make for an extremely popular gift choice, for music lovers, gamers, people who take a lot of long-haul flights, and just about anyone who lives in a multi-occupancy household and wants to be able to focus on work or entertainment. a movie. Sony’s award-winning H-1000X series remains the top choice for serious headphone wearers for its combination of incredibly effective noise cancellation, sound quality and lightweight, comfortable design.

John Lewis is offering 21% off £349 – £299.

Samsung Jet Bot+ VR30T85513W robot vacuum cleaner

Samsung JetBot+
Samsung JetBot+

Brave is the man who gives his female companion a vacuum cleaner for Christmas, but robot vacuum cleaners are part of the family in homes up and down the country. For the uninitiated, robot vacuums will work while you sleep, leave the floor as clean as a whistle, and send themselves back to a charging station when they’ve had enough, allowing you to wake up to hotel floor cleaning standards.

This Samsung Jet Bot+ is the voice-activated Rolls Royce of robot vacuum cleaners and is currently spectacularly discounted to £369.99 from £899.99 – 59% savings on Amazon. Hurry up.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra tablet

If an Android tablet is on someone’s wish list this Christmas, this is a great place to start. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra 14.6″ is designed with entertainment and creativity in mind, rather than work.

The 5.5 mm thick tablet has a resolution of 1848 x 2960 which offers rich colors and sharp contrast. The speakers are superb, so the tablet is perfect for audio-visual entertainment. It also comes with a natural-feeling S Pen, Clip Studio Paint and no fewer than three cameras, so perfect for those with a social media profile to maintain.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultra

John Lewis is offering a £200 discount to bring it down to £799 and is also offering further discounts when swapping in older devices.

Garmin Fenix ​​​​​​6X Pro

The Garmin Fenix ​​​​​​6X Pro is ideal for the Ironman in your life, if you happen to have one. Plus all the usual Garmin features – heart rate tracker, GPS, VO2 max calculations, stress monitor etc. this particular device features preloaded TOPO maps, ski maps for over 2,000 ski resorts worldwide, multiple global satellite navigation systems (GLONASS and Galileo in addition to GPS), and built-in sensors for 3-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter.

Garmin Fenix ​​​​​​6X Pro

It’s discounted from £649.99 to £339.99 on Amazon.

Garmin makes a huge range of watches and they are, without a doubt, the best when it comes to providing really detailed fitness metrics via companion apps. However, their watches are not designed with women in mind because they are often too large and bulky for women to wear comfortably, especially during long runs, bike rides, and any other activity that requires wrist flexion.

It’s not just Garmin. Virtually all smart watch makers seem to think it’s enough to market a similarly sized watch to women that’s simply the default men’s standard in white or rose gold trimmings. This in itself is discriminatory, but none of these designs are discounted enough to qualify for inclusion on this list, so women are essentially paying more for a kit that wasn’t designed for them.

LG OLED42C24LA (2022) OLED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, 42 inch TV

If you’re on the hunt for a new TV, John Lewis currently has the LG OLED Evo 42″ 2022 model reduced from £200 to £899. As well as outstanding picture quality and Dolby Atmos for immersive sound, the TV also comes with Freesat and all the usual preloaded platforms.

LG OLED Evo television

It’s a device truly designed with gamers in mind, but it also makes for great sports and movie watching experiences.

It’s also apparently more sustainable than some of its competitors. LG uses a higher percentage of recycled materials in its composite plastics, and packaging is kept to a minimum for safe transportation.

Tefal Actifry Genius+ air fryer

When it comes to cooking, air fryers are definitely having a moment. Their initial appeal was that they delivered super-crispy fried bites using almost no oil, so they were a big improvement on traditional deep frying from a health standpoint.

Tefal Actifry Genius+

New generations like this are smaller, faster, and programmable. They’re also a much cheaper alternative to turning on the oven, which is no small feat at a time when energy conservation is vital if we’re to avoid blackouts and ruinous bills in early 2023. There’s a companion app ( of course there’s is) with hundreds of recipes included in case your usual repertoire seems a little tired. This model is reduced from £219.99 to £158 here

Amazon EchoDot

Alexa isn’t proving to be the huge money spinner Amazon had hoped for a decade ago. It would seem that Echo Dots users are happy to use their devices to get a weather forecast or find a playlist, but have been more reticent when it comes to spending money directly on the devices.

However, their loss could be your gain because Amazon is currently offering some amazing deals on Alexa. The all new, 5th The globe-shaped Echo Dot is currently on sale on Amazon, naturally for £26.99 – a 51% saving.

If you can cope with a third generation model, you can grab one for £16.99 which represents a 58% saving.

HP 14s-dq2507na 14″ Intel® Core™ i3 Laptop

Currently 45% off at retail survivor Currys, this 14″ screen laptop is perfect for hybrid workers and students. The combination of a nine-hour battery life and a weight of 1.46kg makes it perfect for work while you’re out and about.

HP 14s-dq2507na 14″ Laptop

The processor is a Dual Core Intel® Core™ i3-1115G4, providing speeds of 1.7GHz / 4.1GHz and a 6MB cache. Storage is 128GB SSD and 4GB DDR4 (3200MHz) or RAM.

The screen resolution is a perfectly reasonable 1920 x 1080p and the laptop comes bundled with a year of Microsoft Office 365. It doesn’t have a touchscreen but at this kind of price that doesn’t seem unreasonable.

The laptop comes with Windows 10S as standard but can be upgraded to Windows 11.

GHD styling tools

GHD is such a respected and revered brand in the hair styling tool market (it stands for Good Hair Day in case you were wondering) that they rarely offer discounts. The consensus among celebrities, stylists and beauty influencers is that they’re worth the money, which is more than can be said for their much more expensive Dyson competitor. GHD’s classic iron straighteners have won countless awards.

Original GHD hair straightener

The GHD website is currently offering Black Friday discounts of up to 22% on a variety of hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, and accessories.

Tassimo by Bosch Style TA1103GB coffee machine

We’ve saved the biggest discount until last.

Hybrid workers spend most of their working days at home and it’s not good if they don’t get enough caffeine. It is therefore the perfect time to invest in one of these delightful coffee machines that serve coffee to perfection, thanks to Intellibrew technology, and all without taking up too much of the kitchen worktop.

TASSIMO by Bosch Style Coffee

The Tassimo is currently available here for £29, which is a 73% reduction off the usual RRP of £109.

It’s worth pointing out that if you’re regularly losing several pounds at a time at one of our many high street coffee chains, this machine will pay for itself within two weeks.

This completes our roundup of 2022. Ready, stop, click!


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