Amazon Black Friday Live deals: 48-hour sale kicks off with ‘millions’ off

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Is the Oculus Quest Black Friday bundle any good?

Just a few months ago, Meta raised the price of the Oculus Quest 2 by $399 – a whopping $100 jump from the previous price of $299. Even in a time of high inflation and rising costs, it was a bomb.

So is the fact that you can now get an Oculus Quest 2 for $349 during Black Friday any good?

In our eyes, that’s actually pretty good, considering this year’s deal also includes the VR headset and two games for $349.

We rate it as one of best VR headsets you can buy, and of course you still pay more than you would have earlier in the year, but when you also factor in the value of the two games included, it’s actually a solid price.

And these aren’t two random or crappy games either. The first is Beat Saber: perhaps the most iconic VR headset title that takes rhythm gaming in a fun and exciting new direction. The other is Resident Evil 4 VR: a seminal survival horror game upon its initial release that translates impressively into the new format.

Read more: Meta’s best Oculus Quest 2 deal is finally live

13 of the best deals from Amazon’s Black Friday sale

Mackenzie Frazier, Deals Editor, TechRadar

I had a first stint at Amazon’s Black Friday sale, and many deals have carried over from the retailer’s early sales – but there are some new deals too. Here are 13 best deals that have caught my eye so far.

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Five-star headphones at their cheapest price ever

The excellent Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless headphones are currently on sale on Amazon at the lowest price we’ve seen so far.

We gave these top-tier Sony A-class buds a full five stars in our Sony WF-1000XM4 review. They offer stunning sound quality, strong active noise cancellation and a solid eight-hour battery life.

This discount isn’t exclusive to Amazon – Walmart is offering them for the same price this morning – but if you have Prime, you can get same-day delivery from Amazon so you can get them faster. Anyway, if you’re looking for a deal on some of the best noise canceling headphones this Black Friday, then you just found them.

And… we’re live!

Amazon’s 48-hour Black Friday sale has officially begun.

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Less than 30 minutes to go

Time is running out: Amazon’s Black Friday sale kicks off in 25 minutes. Stay tuned for “millions” of offers – we’re here to bring you all the best ones here, and we’ll also tell you which ones to avoid…

Should you buy the MacBook Air M1 (2020) – or the newer M2 (2022)?

Matt Hanson, Editor, Core Tech, TechRadar

The 13-inch MacBook Air (M1, 2020) has returned to its lowest price ever. There’s no doubt that it’s amazing value for money, but it’s no longer the newest model. So: should you buy the newer, more powerful MacBook Air (M2, 2022), or the better-value and still excellent MacBook Air (M1, 2020)?

It’s a delicate choice, which testifies to the quality of the old laptop.

The MacBook Air (M2, 2022) brings big changes, both inside, with the new M2 chip, and outside, with a radical redesign. If you want a modern experience and improved performance, this is 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 great upgrade.

However, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is much cheaper, which makes it incredibly tempting. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a laptop, choose this one because it offers great value for money, while still performing well. And that’s even truer now, now that the MacBook Air M1 is down to its lowest ever price on Amazon.

Read more: MacBook Air (M2, 2022) vs. MacBook Air (M1, 2020)

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It’s a good time to buy a MacBook Air M1

Allisa James, IT Writer, TechRadar

If you’re on the hunt for a MacBook Air, you’re in luck: The price of the 13-inch MacBook Air (M1, 2020) has dropped to only $799 on Amazon (opens in a new tab). That’s a $200 discount on the older but still excellent laptop, and brings it down to the cheapest price we’ve seen.

Even though the 2020 model has been replaced by the newer, more powerful (and more expensive) MacBook Air M2 (2022), it still sits third in our list. 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 is also ideal for watching movies.

Best Buy has the same case – but Walmart can’t match it this morning (the same model is $888.88 at Walmart).

Read more: The MacBook Air M1 returns at a record price

What to expect in the Amazon Black Friday sale

So what new deals will drop when the sale starts at midnight?

Well, it’s likely that many of the existing discounts will remain available. As we’ve seen over the past few years, many of the deals 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 we’ve seen in the past; instead, prices drop sooner and deals last longer.

That said, Amazon confirmed a few more in its initial sales announcement. They are:

  • Up to 50% off select Fire TV devices
  • Up to 30% off De’Longhi espresso machines
  • Up to 40% off select laptops, desktops and monitors from HP and Dell
  • Up to 40% off the NordicTrack S22i studio cycle
  • Up to 30% off selected Peloton accessories and apparel
  • Up to 30% off select toys from Play-Doh, Transformers and Nerf
  • Save on kitchen products from Cosori, KitchenAid, Ninja and Vitamix

Read more: Next Amazon Black Friday Details Announced

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A Black Friday classic: Echo Dot for $24.99

Here’s one you don’t have to wait until midnight to…

Amazon has already reduced the price of its latest Echo Dot by 50%, bringing the price down to $24.99. Amazon’s smart speakers are always a classic Black Friday bargain, and this deal is particularly noteworthy because Amazon only released the new 5th-gen Echo Dot at the end of September – it’s the first time it is on sale.

We haven’t reviewed it yet, but according to Amazon it has improved audio – specifically, up to 50% less distortion, 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 rated 4.5/5 stars in our Echo Dot 4th Gen review, so we would opt for the newer model. If you’re not sure where to start with smart home technology, here’s your answer.

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Welcome to our coverage of the Amazon Black Friday sale

Thank you for joining us this morning.

Wait, you might be thinking, haven’t there already been Black Friday deals on Amazon for most of November? That’s right, the retailer has had early bird deals for a few weeks, but tomorrow marks the true start of the Amazon Black Friday sale.

Whether that makes such a big difference remains to be seen, but Amazon said the event will run for 48 hours on November 24-25. Thousands of new deals are set to go live, including a selection of limited-time flash deals every 30 minutes.

These include price cuts of up to 70% on Amazon’s own smart home devices, coffee machines, toys, home appliances, Samsung, HP, Dell, Bose and Xbox – plus a brand new Nintendo Switch bundle.

Stay tuned for regular updates on some of the best early deals to come, then we’ll share our top picks from the new batch of Amazon deals once they go live at midnight. Whatever they are.

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