Black Friday is supposed to be on the last Friday of November, but so many sales are already kicking off!
It started as a US-only thing, but quickly made the journey over the Atlantic to form a sales extravaganza for us in the UK. And as we all know, Black Friday is a lot more than just a one-day event — retailers are dipping their toes in the water with plenty of post-Black Friday price cuts.
This makes the next few weeks a perfect time for ticking off items on your holiday present list, and treating yourself to some tech upgrades. Right now, Amazon (opens in new tab) has great daily deals; Currys (opens in new tab) has a huge sale; and Dell (opens in new tab)'s got some impressive laptop deals to boot.
Retailers of all sizes are already wading and getting involved, and this month of sales looks like it's going to be a real treat!
Black Friday deals — Quick links
- Amazon: up to 50% off laptops, headphones, games and more (opens in new tab)
- Box.co.uk: up to £250 off Gaming laptops, monitors, TVs and more (opens in new tab)
- Currys: up to 40% off 4K TVs, laptops, headphones and more (opens in new tab)
- eBuyer: up to 50% off laptops, gaming systems and more (opens in new tab)
- John Lewis: up to £100 off TVs, laptops and more (opens in new tab)
- Laptops Direct: up to 40% off laptops, monitors and more (opens in new tab)
Is Black Friday really cheaper?
This is an interesting question to ask when it comes to electronics, because the answer isn’t as clear cut as other categories.
Doubly so now, as inflation has driven up some of the prices beyond its initial RRP. To help spot deals that are actually deals, we've got some steps to help you spot real savings in the midst of a weak pound (opens in new tab).
Black Friday Laptop deals
Asus VivoBook 15:
£449 £349 @ Very (opens in new tab)
Now £100 off, the Asus VivoBook 15 is one of the best cheap laptops for the money. The notebook in this deal packs a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, an Intel Pentium Gold CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
Apple MacBook Air M2:
£1,249 £1,119 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £130 on the M2 Apple MacBook Air at Amazon. It features an M2 8-core processor, 8-Core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. It packs a 13.6-inch (2560 x 1664) Liquid Retina display, Magic Keyboard, Touch Bar, and Touch ID.
MSI Katana GF66 with RTX 3060:
£1,099 £899 @ Overclockers (opens in new tab)
The discount may be small, but this is an insanely good price for a gaming laptop with these specs! It packs a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) 144Hz display, Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, 16GB RAM and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 GPU with 6GB of graphics memory. For storage and transferring files, there's a speedy 512GB SSD onboard.
Apple 2021 MacBook Pro 14 (512GB SSD):
£1,899 £1,725 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The newly released 14-inch MacBook Pro is already £100 off on Amazon. It starts with an 8-core M1 Pro chip (upgradeable to M1 Max), gorgeous mini LED display, 16GB RAM, 14-core GPU and 512GB of storage.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8:
£1,258 £699 @ Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £559 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch with an Intel Evo Platform Core i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. You'd be saving a steep $300 off of this tablet in either Graphite or Platinum colors.
MSI Katana GF66 with RTX 3070:
£1,399 £949 @ Very (opens in new tab)
The discount may be small, but this is an insanely good price for a gaming laptop with these specs! It packs a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) 144Hz display, Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, 16GB RAM and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3070 GPU with 6GB of graphics memory. For storage and transferring files, there's a speedy 512GB SSD onboard.
Asus C223 11.6-inch Chromebook:
£199 £179 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
No frills. No fancy features. This is just a dirt cheap Chromebook with enough power for the essentials. If you ever need something really inexpensive for school work, web browsing or light productivity, this is the one for you.
Dell Inspiron 15 3000:
£519 £459 @ Dell (opens in new tab)
This configuration of the 15-inch Dell Inspiron 3000 features an 12th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB DDR4 and 256GB SSD. All of this alongside an HD display and a sleek chassis make for a great option for quick day-to-day work.
MacBook Air (M1/8GB/256GB):
£999 £899 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
As you can read in our MacBook Air with M1 review (opens in new tab), the switch to an ARM-based processor presents a groundbreaking transformation with blistering performance and super-long battery life. All of this is crammed into a seriously sleek chassis and runs so cool, it doesn’t need a fan.
Asus ROG Strix G15 Gaming Laptop:
£1,699 £1,399 @ Overclockers
(opens in new tab)With a £300 discount, this powerful Asus ROG Strix G15 gaming laptop is worth grabbing. In our Asus ROG Strix G15 review (opens in new tab), we praise its great overall and gaming performance and excellent 10+ hour battery life. The laptop in this deal has a 15.6-inch (2560 x 1440) 165Hz display, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, AMD R9-5900HX GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD.
Razer Blade Pro 17: £2,999 £1,929 @ Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)
Now £1,070 off, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is one of the best gaming laptops around. This machine packs a 17.3-inch 1080p display with buttery smooth 360Hz refresh rate, Intel Core i7-11900H CPU, 32GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD. For graphics handling, it's outfitted with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 GPU.
Black Friday Tablet deals
Apple iPad Air:
£669 £569 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The latest Air copies a lot of the iPad Pro’s homework and offers us a great tablet at an even better price. As you can read in our iPad Air review (opens in new tab), we’re huge fans of the sleek design, powerful M1 Chip and awesome battery life.
Apple iPad Pro (11-inch 128GB):
£1,079 £1,033 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is a great option for those looking to get a tablet as their professional daily driver — a huge and gorgeous ProMotion display with P3 wide colour, M1 processor, four speakers and five high-quality microphones, and an awesome camera system round back with a LiDAR scanner. Plus, with a new model incoming, now's the best time to save big!
Black Friday Headphone Deals
Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Headphones:
£79 £61 @ Amazon with code WSCPFVXNXG (opens in new tab)
Right now, save £18 on Anker Soundcore Life Q30 headphones. With active-noise cancelling, excellent call quality and up to 40 hours of playtime (60 hours in standard mode), the Life Q30 gives you more bang for your buck.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3:
£289 £219 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Sennheiser’s top-tier earbuds are available at a shockingly low price — bringing that signature Sennheiser sound with 7mm dynamic drivers, customizable EQ, strong battery life, and active noise-cancellation, all in a sophisticated design.
Sony WH-1000XM5 Headphones:
£380 £299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Act fast to save £81 on Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Headphones at Amazon. They feature industry leading noise-cancellation powered by Sony's own integrated processor V1 and HD noise-cancelling processor QN1. Precise voice pickup technology and advanced audio signal processing ensure crystal clear hands-free calls. Lightweight with soft fit leather headband and on-ear cushions, Sony WH-1000XM5 promise up to 30 hours of comfortable listening.
Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones:
£250 £199 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Now £51 off, the Editor's Choice Sony WF-1000XM4 are at an all-time low price. In our Sony WF-1000XM4 review (opens in new tab), we rate them 5 out of 5 stars for their excellent music and call quality. They offer a lightweight and comfortable fit, powerful active noise-cancellation and tons of useful features. This is one of the best Black Friday headphone deals out there.
Soundcore Life P3:
£79.99 £49.99 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
A real combo breaker of awesome sound, long battery life, and gorgeous design, the Soundcore Life P3 earbuds transcend their low price point to give you something that is good enough to compete with even Apple’s AirPods at a far lower price.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro:
£129.99 £69.99 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Recommended by 10 Grammy Award-winning artists, I personally use a pair as my daily drivers and love them. The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro offers a clear, deep sound quality, great noise cancellation, an awesome app with a fully customisable EQ and powerful mics for good call quality.
Black Friday Gaming Deals
Xbox Series X:
£449 £419 @ Microsoft (opens in new tab)
The Xbox Series X has a ton of amazing exclusive games coming over the next 12 months, and you can save £30 by going refurbished. In our Xbox Series X review (opens in new tab), we gave a high rating of 4/5 stars for its powerful performance, ridiculously fast load times and its excellent backward compatibility. It's the Editor's Choice gaming machine.
Nintendo Switch OLED + 256GB SD card + Mario Kart 8:
£369 £349 @ Currys (opens in new tab)
Get £20 off everything you need to get started in the world of Nintendo Switch — including the fantastic OLED model, a 256GB microSD card for all your downloaded games and the brilliant Mario Kart 8.
Sony PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller: was £58.85 now £54.95 @ Amazon UK (opens in new tab)
Save a whopping £25 on the official PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller. Its most exciting features are its adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, mono speaker and an integrated mic.
Back 4 Blood (with AR Badge): was £59.99 now £10.99 @ Amazon UK (opens in new tab)
Only released in October, this Amazon exclusive offer brings Back 4 Blood down to just £29.99. As you'll find in our Back 4 Blood review (opens in new tab), this is the co-op zombie game to beat. Expect a gorgeous visual and audio feast, addictive gameplay, vast replayability, and the treasured Left 4 Dead formula with a modern twist.