14 best deals: iPads, TVs, headphones and more

Poor Halloween. That feels a bit overshadowed this year. Half the internet seems to think that has already happened. Dealers are releasing “Black Friday” deals in October, which … well. There are at least a lot of trades going on. With shipping delays and supply chain problems piling up, maybe we should be thankful that we do not have to wait for good prices. Here is our weekly list of the best deals on the best stuff.

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Tablet and phone deals

Apple iPad Pro

Photo: Apple

This is not a huge discount, but if you’re in the market for a new iPad Pro, you can save $ 100 on the weekend. The device is quite expensive. See our full review (8/10, WIRED recommends) for full details on the new screen and powerful M1 chip.

The OnePlus 9 Pro (8/10, WIRED recommends) has a great camera system, and it’s very fast. It boasts good battery life and is charged both wirelessly and wirelessly. It does not work on AT&T, but otherwise this is a good deal on a solid top-class phone.

This is the lowest price we have seen on this phone this year. Motorola’s Moto G series has long been one of our favorite phones for the money. G Power is affordable and offers decent performance; the downside is its sleek camera and the fact that it will never be updated beyond Android 11.

Lenovo Tab P11 Plus has a bright, sharp 2K OLED screen and a great design. It does not cost a fortune and has good battery life. Using Android on a tablet is just not a good experience, but if you can live with it, this is a solid device.

TV and home offers

TCL 6 Series TV

Photo: TCL

So many TV sales are already underway that we wrote an entire guide to the best Early Black Friday TV deals. Read it if you missed it earlier in the week.

The TCL 6 Series (9/10, WIRED recommends) has been our favorite TV for most people for several years in a row. This 2020 model has mini LED backlighting for better black levels and a very usable Android TV interface. This deal is also available from Walmart.

Samsung’s 75-inch QN90A (8/10, WIRED recommends) has beautiful highlights and excellent contrast thanks to the mini LED technology (which is what the new iPad uses). You also get variable refresh rate for games up to 120 Hz at 4K for the latest consoles.

Ultra is Rokus faster and more powerful player. It has extras like dual-band Wi-Fi, voice search and an Ethernet port for more stable connections. There is also a headphone jack on the remote control so you can watch TV shows in private while others sleep. Check out our Roku guide to see which model is best for your needs.

Offers on laptops and accessories

Acer Swift 3

Photo: Acer

The Acer Swift 3 is a solid portable midrange. It has plenty of power for your average workload (document editing, web browsing, etc.), and at this price, it’s one of the best value laptops. See our guide to cheap laptops for some more budget options.

Samsung’s T5 series SSDs make good backup drives. At 540 megabytes per second, they are fast enough that backing up a large drive does not take forever, but the price is still reasonable. I would not try to edit video from them (see the next choice for it), but they are good for backup.

These drives are fast enough to be used as storage devices for any HD video you want to edit. I regularly edit 4K footage from this exact device, and it’s plenty fast enough. For some more portable SSD options, see our Portable Storage Device Guide.

We have not tested this model, but range extenders are one of our favorite ways to improve home internet speeds.

Games and audio offers

The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild

Photo: Amazon

Breath of the Wild drops the linear story of most Zelda games and instead offers a world of hidden secrets you can tackle as you please. It’s Zelda with less hand grip and more fun.

Sony WH-1000XM4s are the best wireless headphones. They are comfortable, have 30 hours of battery life and have the best noise reduction technology on the market. This is a good deal, we wrote a whole post about it if you want more details.

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