It’s that time of year again, where the temperatures drop, the leaves start changing color, and every retailer on the planet starts emailing you about Black Friday deals.
While many of the so-called deals aren’t anything to get excited about, there are always a few worth jumping on. This year, I’ve decided to keep a running list of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that come across my inbox.
The focus is on consumer tech, whether that’s hardware, software, or services, with an eye towards travel and remote work. In other words, think of things like laptops, drones, and VPN subscriptions rather than televisions or smart fridges.
Here’s what I’ve found so far. I expect even more deals to show for the rest of this week and over the weekend, so assuming they’re worth talking about, I’ll add them here once they’ve live.
Last updated: 4:55pm on November 27th, EST.
- Anker is giving some big discounts across its wide range of chargers, batteries, cables, and everything else it sells: I’ve seen several items discounted by 40% or more. I talk about Anker stuff all the time on the site, and I doubt there’s a day that passes when I don’t use one of its accessories.
- Likewise with Soundcore (Anker’s audio brand): up to 60% off. One thing specifically worth mentioning is $40 off the Sleep A10 earbuds that I’ve been using every night for the last year (mentioned here): I really like these little buds.
- Speaking of sleep, QuietOn is discounting its noise-canceling sleep earbuds (my current top pick in this category) by fifty dollars, pounds, or euros, depending on where you live. I use these buds whenever I’m sleeping in a noisy room, and they work wonders. The discount will be automatically applied through until Nov 28.
- Zagg (the company behind mophie and other big accessory brands) has up to 70% off wireless and wired chargers, phone and tablet cases, and a bunch of other stuff until Nov 28.
- RAVPower has up to 55% off its range of chargers and power banks until Nov 29. I’ve used their gear for years, and it’s always been reliable.
- My current pick for best VPN service, ProtonVPN, is significantly discounted: the Plus plan (which is the one I use) works out at $3.99/month over a 30-month subscription, or $4.79/month over fifteen months. That’s around 40% off the usual price, and it’ll renew at the same rate in the future if you continue your subscription.
- Amazon has slashed the price of its Fire TV sticks, which are great little devices for streaming your favorite content on a hotel or Airbnb TV. I bought the 4K version recently (not on sale, unfortunately!) and have been impressed by it, but there are other discounted models to choose from as well.
- There are near-endless other Cyber Monday deals on Amazon at the moment; a useful tip is to filter by categories like ‘Electronics’ and ‘Computers and Accessories’ to find the tech bargains. Some of the better ones I’ve spotted include:
- up to 48% off a wide range of Samsung monitors for your home office.
- up to 28% off Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and about the same off Google Pixel phones.
- up to 40% off Bose’s range of premium noise-canceling earbuds and headphones.
- 30% off the new Samsung Galaxy Buds FE wireless earbuds that I reviewed and was super-impressed by last month
- You’ll get big discounts on Jackery portable electric power stations and solar panels until November 28. We were really impressed with the model that we reviewed: it’s a game-changer if you spend a lot of time camping or RV’ing off-grid.
- Mujjo, one of our favorite makers of premium cases for Apple laptops and phones, is having a sitewide sale: you’ll get 20% off across the board from Nov 22-28. There’s no coupon code required.
- I’ve often found Nomad has the best value eSIM options if you use a lot of data while traveling internationally: they’re offering 15% off for new users, or 10% for returning customers until Nov 28. You can see my full travel eSIM comparison here.
If you’ve seen any particularly great deals yourself, feel free to drop them in the comments. Happy bargain hunting!
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