While Black Friday may land on the US national holiday Thanksgiving Weekend, making some sense of it being a five-day online shopping bonanza, here it arrives… at the end of November. While we’re all working. In a normal week well before any Christmas festivities have landed. We do have I’m A Celebrity, though, mind you.
Well, no matter. A good deal is a good deal whenever it comes along. Now, the trouble is there are many good deals during the Black Friday sales that are so far from actually being “good” or indeed any kind of “deal” that it requires considerable determination and fortitude to sift through the detritus and unearth the genuine bargains. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard yards for you here, so you can sit back and effortlessly happen upon the finest gear on offer right now i.e the best Black Friday deals. Our deal edits will keep rolling through to the Cyber Monday ‘sales events’ for Amazon, John Lewis, Currys, Argos and more.
The Surface Laptop 4 is one of the best looking ultrabooks around and the Laptop Go is a pared back but still refreshingly stylish budget-friendly equivalent. This high-quality student-aimed laptop is extremely well made and is ideal for writing essays and the like with a Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM. Microsoft offers three subtle yet appealing colour options for a fresh look too.
Apple updated its lauded AirPods Pro earphones this year, with a case that supports MagSafe charging. The rest remains largely the same, but that’s no bad thing. You get very effective noise cancellation and much better sound quality than the standard AirPods, including the latest-generation version. Typical of an Apple Black Friday deal, this reduction is not jaw-dropping, but does mean now is the right time to buy.
Bose doesn’t like to discount its newer products, so this means the QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds’ £70 reduction is not only a strange occurrence, it’s also very welcome indeed. With possibly the best earphone active noise cancellation around, having taken on competition from the Sony WF-1000XM4 and AirPods Pro, these buds are not to be ignored. Yes, they have slightly boosted bass, but they are still a quality listen all-round.
The Soundcore 2 is one of Anker’s most popular lines, a small Bluetooth speaker made for those who don’t want to spend too much on portable audio. At £28 it’s a bit of a no-brainer, even though it has been this price several times before. The Soundcore 2 spends most of the year at £40, dropping down to £28 at Amazon for just a handful of days, a couple of times a year. Now is the time to jump, in other words. It’s a highly useful little speaker, as it is highly water resistant and can generate a lot of bass and impressive sound scale considering its size.
When you get the same stylish design as the 9 Pro as well as the slick Snapdragon 888 processor, the OnePlus 9 seems to be a diddy version of one of our fave Android phones, but hold up… there are some vital differences. The 6.55-inch display has a 120Hz refresh rate, but crucially it’s not variable in this model, and this means the battery will take a hit, and the 1080p resolution won’t make your socks roll up and down, either. And the triple-lens camera could be better, too. However, a sizable Black Friday discount bringing this blower down way below £500 makes it an appealing pick nonetheless.
Come on, it’s a discounted Dyson, and a good discount at that. This hoover is one of the very best around, and is usually priced closer to £600, so grab one while you can. Auto floor detection adjusts the floorhead depending on what surface you’re cleaning, while the colour display gives necessary info (why it needs to be colour is anyone’s guess). Three battery modes and a 60-minute runtime rounds out a quality cleaner.
Amazon’s video doorbell brand is a useful way to save you some time when it comes to checking your front door as well as an extra layer of security. This model is wireless, making setup a breeze as well.
This Braun beard trimmer is truly a jack-of-all-trades, with a whopping 10 attachments. We’ve tested this one thoroughly and despite its versatility it is far from just a master of none, getting the job done no matter the attachment.
Yes Apple dominates in the smartwatch arena, but they’re not the only game in town. Fitbit offers cheap and cheerful fitness trackers, and they’re well worth your consideration. The Charge 4 is one of our top picks and has GPS, swim tracking and sleep monitoring all for less than £100. What’s more, the battery life on offer here (at up to seven days) knocks Apple’s efforts into a cocked hat. Aside from fitness tracking, you get phone and app notifications, such as timers and weather reports etc, too.
Amazon’s smallest Echo Show is a neat way to add a visual element to your Alexa requests. It’ll display the weather, show your playlist and support video calls too. There’s also a manual off switch for the camera and microphones.
This is our favourite budget phone at the moment, with a spec sheet that belies the relatively low price tag. There’s a 6.67-inch AMOLED display that runs at a silky smooth 120Hz, a respectable quad-lens camera, and fast-charging support. The distinctly ordinary Snapdragon 732G processor, and the lack of 5G, wireless charging, and water-proofing are all that give away its budget nature.
The MateBook 14 offers a ton of power under the hood and a high resolution display at an extremely competitive price. You’ll find an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD here—a combination that’s ideal for heavy productivity workloads. The 2K display makes your movies and TVs crisp while a fingerprint sensor makes your logins speedy. There’s also value to be had with a MateBook 14, earbuds and monitor bundle (£1,038) that’s on offer right now too.
The iPad Air got a delightful iPad Pro-flavoured redesign last year, making it a strong contender for the best value device around. There’s a useful Touch ID fingerprint sensor, luxurious 10.9in Liquid Retina Display and a blazingly fast A14 chip onboard. Apple expanded the colour options to add a bit of pizazz too, with Rose Gold, Green and Sky Blue available alongside its typical grey and silver varieties. If you fancy yourself a digital artist, the Apple Pencil 2nd Gen (down to £99) is also discounted right now too.
The Surface Laptop remains one of the most well-built and stylish ultrabooks on the market. Microsoft won’t forgive us for saying but it’s very much the MacBook of Windows machines—a sturdy, thin and luxury unibody design. At £700, there’s tremendous value for money to be had, especially with the addition of an AMD Ryzen processor to the 13in model this year. This laptop makes for one of the very best options for student life.
The tablets under £100 market is pretty dominated by Amazon and with good reason. The Fire HD range offers bump-friendly builds, compatibility with all the apps you expect and long battery life. The Fire HD 10 is one of the larger options and provides a 10.1in Full HD display—boosted by 10% more brightness since the last generation. As it’s an Amazon device, there’s quite obviously support for the Kindle app and Alexa commands here too.
Sometimes cheap laptops can be a bit chunky and unsightly but this Acer device is supremely thin and can even be picked up in a striking pink colour option. It isn’t blessed with tons of power but, as a first laptop or a device for the odd word-processing task, social media browsing or movie-watching, it’ll do the job. Despite its low price, it remains eligible for a nice new Windows 11 upgrade as well.
Budget laptops may not seem so budget to many, with quite a few offerings boosting the price steadily to gain attention with traditionally higher quality features. You can forget all that with the HP Stream. This laptop is ideal for a child’s first laptop or a device for those with extremely low requirements. It’s an unassuming device with decent battery life and a simple design.
It’s rare to see a discount this chunky on a laptop that was just recently released but that’s exactly what we have here with this stellar Asus machine. Asus VivoBook range is known for its reliability with some impressive budget options. However, this Pro model takes things to another level with a crisp 4K OLED display, the latest 11th Gen Core i5 processor from Intel and an Nvidia GPU onboard. It’s an impressive combination that’s enhanced further by a hefty 1TB SSD and decent 16GB RAM.
Samsung’s recent laptop releases have represented good form after a few years of inconsistency. The Galaxy Book Pro is super thin at just 11.2mm thick and weighs in at just 868g—making it an ideal commuter device. Despite its light weight, it still packs a ton of power and impressive battery life. You’ll be able to upgrade this device to Windows 11 as well towards the end of this year or early next.
Lenovo’s hybrid Chromebook is a great option if you’ve looked at this style of tablet before but not wanted to pay premium Microsoft Surface or Apple iPad prices. It’s extremely portable, making it ideal for taking to class or working in a coffee shop. You are slightly limited by ChromeOS but, if your workload is writing essays, browsing the web or watching movies, this is ideal.
Access to Adobe’s popular suite of creative programs doesn’t come cheap so having its price cut by a third is an offer not to be sniffed at. This plan gives you Photoshop CC, Lightroom and 20GB of cloud storage for one year and it’s redeemable on PC or Mac.
Lenovo is one of the best when it comes to budget laptops and this well-priced device offers a 2-in-1 design to boot. It isn’t spoilt with power, with just an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB RAM. However, that’s enough for an entry-level laptop if you’re someone who likes to do tasks or watch videos one at a time. You’re also getting a device with a robust build and a solid up to 10 hours of battery life.
Apple is doing amazingly well with its iPad range, with smart upgrades to its Pro, Air and Mini models of late. While the Android market overall isn’t quite as strong, this is the tablet to get if you want the best of the best outside of Apple’s iPad Pro. The 12.4in 120Hz QHD+ panel is a sight to behold while the included S Pen works like an absolute dream. You won’t need to worry about Android performance here, with flagship specs onboard, and there’s a range of accessories for adding to the capabilities of this machine—like a keyboard case (£168).
Smart Home Deals
For those who aren’t yet into robot vacuums and prefer to put a bit of elbow grease into it, this Shark vacuum is invitingly well-priced. Its Anti-Hair Wrap technology is at the forefront, preventing the peskiest of vacuum jams. The vacuum itself will run for up to 40 minutes and comes with a simple removable battery for easy charging. The flexing stem also makes this cleaner ideal for getting under furniture and the like.
Black Friday inevitably brings plenty of discounts on Amazon products, with the Echo Dot being a sales season staple. But this bundle sets you up nicely to get your smart home rolling, with two Echo Dots and a handy Smart Plug. These are the previous version of the Echo Dots, which may appeal if the latest orb-shaped versions don’t take your fancy. If you think you may just be in need of a new smart plug, then the Amazon Smart Plug (down to £15) is a tenner off all on its own.
Robot vacuums are an absolutely godsend, saving achy backs everywhere. Maker of useful cables and battery packs Anker obliged and launched a home-focused sub brand Eufy to bring its budget RoboVacs to market. The 30C carefully navigates your rooms, dodging obstacles via included boundary strips you can place down and, when done, it’ll return to its base for a rest and a battery top-up.
Air fryers are very much all the rage, offering up oil free cooking but still with crispy results. This Proscenic air fryer is our best budget air fryer, based on our testing. It has plenty of room with a 5.5ltr capacity and a basket that’s dishwasher friendly. On the tech side, there’s a simple LED touch screen as well as an app for idea inspiration.
Smart home security is available now with all the bells and whistles but this reasonably priced single camera system from Blink is a simple way to keep an eye on your home through your phone. This wire-free camera can be placed up on a wall and, along with HD recording and motion detection, has infrared to keep watch during the night too. If you want an all-encompassing system, check out the 4-camera system (£145) down from £275.
Faffing with your age-old thermostat will have likely been a pain in your neck for many years. Now, smart thermostats have been around for a quite a while and this cheap and cheerful Tado can help you out if you’ve not yet upgraded. Along with a simple device to stick on your wall and control things there, you can use the Tado app to keep things in check from your phone. If you’re feeling particularly chilly, there’s Heating Boost to quickly get things toasty in 30 minutes as well as Smart Schedules to accommodate your home’s routine.
Those who have made the switch from instant or pod coffee to a bean-to-cup coffee machine will be able to wax lyrical about the difference it can make—and it doesn’t have to be a timely process. This automatic espresso and cappuccino maker offers simple options for customisation and can brew two cups at once. The grinder itself is silent and there’s also a milk frother built-in too. If you’re worried about the cleaning, this machine comes with an integrated clean function that runs after each use.
We’re big fans of the Eve mattress and crowned it our favourite bed-in-a-box pick for those who suffer from restless nights. The 1,500 full sized springs aim to help you to feel weightless while sleeping—a particularly impressive feat for a mattress that comes in a tightly packed box.
Yes, this is on the pricey end of the scale, but we’ve previously badged the Sony A7 III “the best all-round mirrorless camera under £2,000”, but now it’s considerably cheaper thanks to this tasty Black Friday deal. This top-quality full-frame snapper is equally at home capturing 24.2MP stills or 4K video, is a solid bargain at this price. One important warning, however: the £400 discount on offer here includes £200 cashback that you’ll have to claim back from Sony after you buy.
Of course, Amazon’s latest and greatest smart speakers have received a discount. The Echo Dot 4th Gen ditched the puck look for a less pedestrian and more futuristic orb design. Along with the revamped build, you get improved sound and microphones, with this model coming with a handy clock too.
New AirPods 3 (£169) may have just hit the shelves but a price hike for the 3rd Gen earbuds from Apple may be a key point of persuasion for sticking to the older models. For under £100, there’s no frills, with just wired charging on offer from this case. However, you get the extreme convenience of using these alongside your iPhone, decent sound and support for issuing voice commands to Siri.
The best all-round true wireless earphones right now. The Sony WF-1000XM4 are new-for-2021, and combine excellent sound quality with smart active noise cancellation and long battery life, for a true wireless pair. Sony also improved the shell design. It made the earpieces smaller and got rid of the slightly Bluetooth headset-adjacent look of the still-great Sony WF-1000XM3 (down to £113).
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless are wireless headphones from the new era of Beats. Soft, unrefined bass has been traded in for a more balanced and refined signature, making them genuinely very competitive with any brand you might mention at the Black Friday price of £95. Their battery lasts for up to 40 hours off a charge, they have an iPhone-friendly Apple W1 chipset and an excellent transparency mode — useful for those who go for runs on city streets.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 are last-generation headphones, but they have barely aged. Good headphones don’t tend to, which is why these are such a good buy at £160. They originally cost £330. Highlights include top-tier sound quality, highly effective noise cancellation and comfortable pads. The newer WH-1000XM4 have slightly more refined and revealing sound, but it may not be worth the additional £90, or more, for everyone.
This is the cheapest the Jabra 75T Active true wireless earphones have been to date on Amazon. They are among the best sports earphones you can buy, thanks to their IP57 water resistance and powerful sound, which can help when you’re flagging during a run. Unlike the newer Jabra 85T, this pair did not launch with active noise cancellation, but Jabra added a moderately effective version of the feature in a firmware update. Other Jabra paris including the less water resistant Jabra 75T and newer Jabra 85T are on sale as part of Black Friday too.
Most Black Friday headphone deals are for the trendy kind of pair: wireless ANC headphones or true wireless earphones. The Sennheiser HD 660 S are old-school, a pair of open-back hifi headphones that will blow most lifestyle sets out of the water for transparency and width. You can only really wear them indoors, they are cabled and they leak sound freely. But if you want a set for late-night movies or gaming, they are excellent. Amazon’s pricing is, just as promised, the lowest price you can get, at £85 lower than that of most other retailers.
These mid-range open back headphones excel at home listening. Their open air cups keep your ears cool and lead to a much more, you guessed it, “open” sound. They will thoroughly outclass almost all sub-£100 wireless headphones for audio quality. However, don’t buy them for outdoors use. This “special edition” is simply a custom colour only sold at Amazon. This deal represents a roughly £50 saving, but some retailers sell this pair for £88 more.
JBL’s Bluetooth speakers have established themselves as some of the best around. Its headphones? Not so much. However, that is why we get such a good Black Friday deal for one of the company’s higher-end pairs, the JBL Club 950. These are full-size headphones with active noise cancellation that originally sold for £220, but sat at around £120 before the Black Friday period. Despite the “Club” of the name they don’t make it sound like you’re stuck in a basement club, delivering clear, open and punchy audio. There is a bass boost mode for those who want and extra-hyped low-end, mind.
The Forerunner 245 is one of the most accessible Garmin watches, which become almost terrifyingly expensive at the top-end. This one offers everyone most of us need for £150. And it typically costs £199 at the times you should ordinarily consider buying one, £250 when you shouldn’t. That is online pricing for you. For an entry-level watch the Forerunner 245 is pretty advanced. It offers VO2 Max readings, Garmin’s Training Effect — which analyses your workout habits — and up to 24 hour GPS battery life. It should last a week when not tracking marathons. Buy one of these over the Forerunner 45. It’s better. This is not the Music version, which can sync songs from Spotify, but as that is left out of the Black Friday sale, the £90 upgrade is not justified.
Billed as the ultimate multi-sport smartwatch, the Fenix 6S is built for the great outdoors with a 3-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter joining the usual GPS, heart-rate tracker, and pulse oximeter. It also has an always-on display, Garmin Pay support, and long battery life. We liked the Fenix 6 Pro, and the Fenix 6S Pro is also on sale for £389 (£221 off).
Unless you are desperate for the latest and greatest, we would steer you towards the bigger savings that are available on last year’s model, but that’s not to say we don’t appreciate the charms of the Charge 5. It has everything the Charge 4 has and adds a colour screen and a slimmer design with a stainless steel case.
The Oppo Watch might be as close as you can get to an Apple Watch for Android, at least in terms of looks. The 1.6-inch AMOLED display is a highlight, and the fitness tracking is solid. It also features NFC, GPS, and heart-rate tracking, but there’s no escaping the derivative design (not necessarily a bad thing), and the battery life is limited.
Probably the best choice for Android phone owners seeking a slick smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch4 marks a departure for Samsung as it leaves Tizen OS behind and adopts Wear OS 3, Google’s smartwatch platform. The Watch4 boasts a lovely screen, smooth performance, and granular fitness tracking. Sadly, battery life for the smaller model is limited, and app support on Wear OS is still lacking.
When fitness is your main priority, Fitbit has you covered. We appreciate the long battery life, fitness and sleep tracking, and the built-in GPS in this smartwatch. It also has Alexa and Google Assistant on board, but your choice of apps is limited.
Refreshingly lightweight with a slick interface and real depth in its exercise tracking, the Garmin Venu 2 is a great pick for regular exercisers looking to get more out of those workouts. You can expect strong battery life, water resistance, GPS, and heart-rate tracking. There’s NFC, too, but not every bank supports Garmin Pay, and apps are limited.
The flagship Fitbit Sense includes everything that makes the Versa 3 great but comes in a more premium package that includes some interesting health features. The Sense can read electrodermal activity, check your blood oxygenation, and perform an ECG scan. This gives you a warning about any breathing difficulties while you sleep or irregular heart activity that you should have checked out by a doctor.
We praised the long battery life and smart looks of the Huawei GT 2 in our best smartwatches guide but noted that the feature set is quite basic. A sharp 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen sits in a stainless steel case, and there’s built-in fitness and health tracking with support for inboard music. But you don’t get any mobile payment support or apps to download.
Discounts on the ever-popular iPhone are rare. We preferred the regular iPhone 12 to the Pro model in our review, but more than a year on, the 12 Pro doesn’t look as unnecessarily advanced any more, and the iPhone 13 range only offers modest improvements. Apple’s slick smartphone has an excellent triple-lens camera and boasts lightning-fast performance. It’s also a more manageable size than many of the other phones here.
Quite simply the best Android phone you can buy right now, Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra is a premium behemoth that does it all. Samsung’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach means you get a huge, 6.8-inch display that runs at 120Hz, a versatile quad-lens camera, fast charging, and speedy performance. The only downside to this powerful and stylish curved glass sandwich is the so-so battery life.
If you can get to grips with the quirky software, Xiaomi offers impressive hardware at affordable prices. This is a speedy phone, thanks to the Snapdragon 888 processor, and it has a high resolution 3200 x 1440 display that runs at 120Hz. It also offers a triple-lens camera, and fast wired and wireless charging, but battery life is average at best.
If the Ultra feels like overkill, you might prefer the regular Galaxy S21. It has a 6.2-inch AMOLED with the same coveted, buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate. You also get a versatile triple-lens camera, Samsung’s Exynos 2100 processor, and reasonably good battery life, though it can’t charge as quickly as its superior sibling.
While the quality of OnePlus phones has been steadily rising, so have the prices. The OnePlus 9 Pro is a strong alternative to Samsung’s flagship. It has a 6.67-inch AMOLED that runs at 120Hz, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a quad-lens camera developed in partnership with Hasselblad. It is the best shooter the manufacturer has turned out yet, though it can be a little inconsistent.
This little-known brand has been quietly turning out some impressive budget phones, and the F3 might be its best so far. There’s a 6.67-inch display, a Snapdragon 870 processor, a triple-lens camera, and fast wired charging. On the downside, it sports a dull design, the camera disappoints, and there’s bloatware onboard.
Landing just over a year ago, the OnePlus 8T was the unloved middle child. But it has a 6.55-inch 120Hz AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 865 processor, and a quad-lens camera, all of which means it’s still a compelling prospect today. There’s no wireless charging, and it’s a little chunky, but this is a solid Android phone.
Cutting-edge features and premium design touches are quicker than ever to filter down to the budget end of the smartphone market today, and the Galaxy A52s is a prime example. With a 6.5-inch, 120Hz, Super AMOLED display, a quad-lens camera, and IP67 water resistance, this is a lot of phone for the money. It lacks wireless charging and can stutter from time to time.
The headline here is the unbelievably fast 120W wired charging, but you do also get a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a fairly good triple-lens camera, though it does lack a telephoto lens. There’s also no wireless charging, and Xiaomi’s software can take some getting used to.
Ridiculous to some, an object of desire to others, the Bang & Olufsen Beosound 1 is a high-end wireless multi-room speaker that also supports Chromecast and AirPlay 2. Its cone-like aluminium shell gives the Beosound 1 an appearance far more striking than almost any other wireless speaker, and it is not a living room dominator at 33cm tall. Notions of value have to be somewhat set aside with these style speakers, but this is a genuine £300 reduction from the standard price.
The Beosound A1 looks unassuming, but might quietly be Bang & Olufsen’s best speaker. It is one of the best-sounding micro speakers money can buy, and this Black Friday discount should make fewer baulk at its price. Bang & Olufsen approaches the small portable format by treating it, as much as it can, like a hifi speaker. It has one large mid-range/bass driver, plus a tweeter. This lets it create sweeter treble and a much more convincing mid-range than almost all the cheaper alternatives. 18-hour battery life in an enclosure this petite impresses too.
This cheap Samsung 4K TV deal is undercutting other retailers over on Argos, with a TV10 discount code making it £47 less than competing Black Friday deals merchants. Despite its low price, this 55in TV still offers up 4K, HDR10+, Adaptive Sound and all your essential smart apps too.
This is the best deal for a 65-inch OLED TV at the time of writing. On the face of it, Argos’s price is actually £50 more than the competition at £1,299. However, its TV10 code takes off 10%, bringing the cost down to £1,169. Deal achieved. This is the entry-level smart TV model in LG’s OLED line-up. It misses out on a 120Hz refresh rate and VRR, variable refresh rate, but these are only must-haves for gamers. Peak brightness is also a little lower than the LG C1. However, we find we don’t often use maximum screen power when watching movies anyway. It’s a lot of TV for a very reasonable amount of money.
This relatively small and light 4K projector is rated at 1500 lumen brightness, suitable for indoors use at around 100-140 inches. It also has its own smart interface based around WebOS. The laser light source means you don’t have to worry about replacement lamps, as its lifespan is upwards of 30,000 hours, similar to a TV. You need to be a little careful about positioning as there’s no lens shift, but it’s otherwise a good buy. This projector has sold at the same price in brief windows during the last few months, but typically costs between £1,300 and £1,600.
Q Acoustics 5.1 speaker sets have been top recommendations for those with sensibly cautious budgets for a decade. Their petite but not tiny satellites don’t have to compromise to the extent of a more lifestyle-driven system. And as such, they are fit for music as well as movie soundtracks. This set includes two rears, two front left/right units, a centre and a subwoofer. The original price Richer Sounds claims (£950) is slightly rich, but this setup typically costs £120 more.
PC & Gaming Deals
Standing proud atop our best gaming mice guide, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate is the complete package. The sensitivity, speed, and accuracy are top-notch, you get no fewer than 11 programmable buttons, and there are 14 customisable RGB LED lighting zones. This is a comfortable gaming mouse that performs beautifully. It also looks like a mini desk sculpture when you slot it onto the bundled charging dock.
Not all LEGO deals are on Amazon are as good as they appear according to our research. But this LEGO Technic Porsche 911 kit is as solid as they come. You get around £60 off the RRP, £30 off recent pricing on Amazon. This kit looks intimidating, but perhaps that’s childhood memories of LEGO Technic talking. LEGO rates it as suitable for those aged 10+, and it is made up of 1580 pieces. That should keep you going for a while.https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08KY32HFR
When you absolutely, positively, must have the best gaming keyboard you can buy, we recommend the Corsair K100 RGB. These mechanical switches have laser-beam actuation for a crisp, speedy feel that translates thought into action as swiftly as possible. It’s also robust, has customizable per-key RGB lighting, macro keys, media keys, a volume roller, a multi-functional scroll wheel, and even a wrist rest.
Listed in our best gaming monitors guide, the Odyssey G7 is more affordable and manageable than the enormous G9, but it has the same 1000R curve radius, which dials up the immersion when you’re gaming. The resolution is 2,560 x 1,440, so it doesn’t need a super-powerful PC to run at up to 240Hz. It’s a VA panel with solid image quality and a 1ms response time, but HDR is distinctly average.
A good webcam is essential these days. The Razer Kiyo is our pick as the best webcam for streaming, as it can record in 720p at up to 60 frames-per-second, and it has a smart rotating ring light around the outside. Image quality and autofocus are great, if on the warm and saturated end of the scale. But because the audio is just passable, serious streamers will want a separate mic.
Modern games are growing larger all the time, so extra storage is a must. Crucial is a trusted brand for solid-state storage, and this drive promises sequential read/write speeds up to 560/510mb/s and random reads/writes up to 95k/90k. If you need even more space, the Crucial MX500 2TB SSD is also on sale at £134 (£80 off).
We are fans of this mechanical keyboard because it offers virtually unrivaled customisation options. You can configure the actuation point on the excellent optical switches, deciding precisely how far you need to press to trigger a response, and you can set dual actuation points to add a second function to a key. There’s also per-key RGB LED lighting, a magnetic wrist rest, and a USB 3.0 port, but it’s noisy and probably overkill for most gamers.
If you want fast solid-state storage to plug into your motherboard, Samsung has you covered. The sequential read speeds can theoretically go all the way up to 7,000mb/s with this SSD, though it depends on your rig. If you’re tempted but want more space, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 is also on sale for £161 (£279 off).
If you prefer simplicity in a gaming mouse, the elegant design and relative affordability of the ever-popular DeathAdder V2 might tick your boxes. It offers up to 20,000 DPI, great accuracy, and serious speed. There are eight programmable buttons, storage for five profiles onboard, and a lightweight cord—but it is still wired, and the RGB lighting is minimal.