Is this Amazon Oculus Quest bundle any good?
Obviously not every Cyber Monday deal is quite as good as it first looks, so we can forgive anyone who looks at this Oculus Quest 2 bundle deal with a degree of cynicism. But in this case, we think it’s a genuinely great offer.
For starters, Meta increased the price of the Quest 2 by $399 just a few months. That was a massive jump from of $100 from its previous price of $299, so a 33% rise.
A $50 saving over the newly increased price is certainly worth having, but where this deal really earns its corn is in the fact that it also come with two games. So, not only are you getting one of the best VR headsets, but those bundled games take the overall value way up. Overall, it more than makes up for the price rise.
Both games are pretty good, too; Beat Saber takes the rhythm game in a fun and exciting new direction, while Resident Evil 4 VR is a seminal survival horror game.
Read more: Meta’s best-ever Oculus Quest 2 deal is finally live
This Amazon deal definitely isn’t collecting dust
On the subject of home appliances, Amazon’s Black Friday Dyson vacuum deals have also remained active for the weekend, with many now labelled as dedicated Cyber Monday deals. The excellent Dyson Cyclone V10, for instance, is still available for 23% less than its usual retail price (now $538 from $699.99) (opens in new tab).
This one-time best-in-class cordless vacuum is selling fast, mind you – at the time of writing, Amazon only has 20 models left in stock. Go, go, go!
5 cracking Keurig coffee maker deals
Almost all of Amazon’s Black Friday Keurig coffee maker deals have been repackaged as Cyber Monday deals for the weekend, meaning you can still bag best-selling models including the K-Mini, K- Slim, K-Classic, K-Supreme and K-Elite for exceptionally low prices.
We don’t anticipate seeing any of the below deals improving as we approach Cyber Monday proper, so our advice is to act now if you’re keen to upgrade your coffee-making hardware to one of Keurig’s popular machines.
Get a fresh cut for a cut price
Axel Metz, Staff Writer, TechRadar
Amazon’s excellent Braun Series 9 Pro deal has rolled over from Black Friday into Cyber Monday, meaning you can still pick up the German brand’s best-ever electric shaver for the handsome price of $259 (down from $330) (opens in new tab). That’s 21% less than usual, and just $10 shy of being Amazon’s best-ever price.
I’m in the process of reviewing the Series 9 Pro for TechRadar’s best electric razors and beard trimmers guide, and honestly, my biggest gripe so far concerns its typically astronomical retail price. Black Friday weekend, though, has made that figure much, much more reasonable, meaning the Series 9 Pro is an easier recommendation than ever right now. If you’re keen to upgrade your shaving game in 2022, now is absolutely the time to do so.
These earbuds are a bit rock n roll
Becky Scarrott, Senior Audio Staff Writer, TechRadar
Wouldn’t life be boring if every ear you saw had an ice-white Apple stem hanging out of it?
Maybe you want the portable, wire-free music experience but you don’t want to follow the herd. Maybe you prefer a slightly more vintage aesthetic – albeit one benefitting from all of the latest wireless Bluetooth technology.
We get it. Marshall (or, to give the company its full moniker, Marshall Amplification) does too, for it is a gloriously rock-steady UK audio outfit founded in 1962 by Jim Marshall.
Every Marshall product somehow looks like a guitar amp, even when it’s a set of tiny earbuds. And that is what we have here, as well as a stunning pair of wireless on-ears, both discounted for Black Friday and both as cheap as we’ve ever seen them.
More cheap deals – under $25
So far we’ve mostly rounded up pricey buys on tech, but it’s well worth checking out Amazon’s excellent ‘under $25’ Cyber Monday section if you’re still on the hunt for some gifts this holiday season.
Should you buy the MacBook Air M1 (2020) – or the newer M2 (2022)?
Matt Hanson, Managing Editor, Core Tech, TechRadar
Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
The MacBook Air (M2, 2022) has a fantastic design, bigger screen and incredibly long battery life, but also a much higher price tag. Think of it more as a replacement for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it starts to make a lot more sense. Read more: MacBook Air (M2, 2022) review
- Great new design
- Upgraded performance
- Long battery life
- Larger, brighter screen
Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is phenomenal value for money, which makes it incredibly tempting. It’s no slouch in the performance stakes, although if you’re looking to do heavy graphics editing and multitasking go for the M2. Read more: MacBook Air (M2, 2020) review
- Excellent value for money
- Great all-around performer
- Good battery life
- Silent in use
The 13-inch MacBook Air (M1, 2020) has returned to its lowest-ever price. There’s no question that it’s incredible value for money, but it’s no longer the newest model. So: should you buy the newer and more powerful MacBook Air (M2, 2022), or the better-value and still excellent MacBook Air (M1, 2020)?
It’s a tricky choice, which is a testament to just how good the older laptop is.
The MacBook Air (M2, 2022) brings some big changes, both inside, with the new M2 chip, and on the outside, with a radical redesign. If you want a modern experience and upgraded performance, it’s 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 big upgrade.
However, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) is a lot cheaper, which makes it incredibly tempting. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a laptop, choose this one, as it offers excellent value for money, while also being a great all-around performer. And that’s true even more so today, now that the MacBook Air M1 is down to its lowest price ever at Amazon.
Read more: MacBook Air (M2, 2022) vs MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
Is the cheapest TV on Amazon worth buying?
Amazon’s Cyber Monday TV deals seem to get cheaper and cheaper every year, so much so that, incredibly, you can now buy a smart display for under $100. It’s true that at this price you tend to see the real budget models or own-brand displays, but we’re always surprised by how cheap the retailer offers them over Cyber Monday.
Take this one, for example:
We haven’t reviewed it here at TechRadar, but we can give you our honest opinion, based on the fact that we review dozens of TVs every year.
So, yeah, it’s 24 inches, which is tiny in comparison to most common TV sizes today (it’s more like a computer monitor). That said, it has got some surprisingly good features for the money.
The biggest positive of this display is that it has Amazon Fire TV built right in, so you don’t have to pair it up with a Fire TV Stick or equivalent to get full access to all the best streaming services or compatibility with Echo devices. It’ll basically work right out of the box and get you streaming Amazon Video or Netflix in no time – and it’s small enough to fit on nearly any desk or tabletop.
What we don’t like is the 720p resolution. For a display in 2022 – even one that’s 24 inches – that’s lacklustre. The 32-inch version for $99 features this same 720p resolution, too, which will look even worse on a slightly bigger screen size.
Based on that, if you can afford it, we’d recommend opting for a slightly bigger display like this one.
This 43-inch Amazon-branded display has the same handy Fire-TV smart features as the cheapo Insignia but has a much, much improved 4K resolution. It also supports HDR 10, HLG, and Dolby Digital Plus for an improved picture quality overall.
5 popular deals at Amazon yesterday – that you can still get now
Following on from my previous post – Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals are…very similar to its Black Friday deals. That’s to be expected though: most retailers will be rolling their existing deals into their Cyber weekend sales over the next few days.
These five deals are all ones we either first noticed yesterday or during the week before. But they’re all great value, so they’re definitely worth checking out.
Today’s sales – where do they stand?
Alex Whitelock, deals editor, TechRadar
We’re in the awkward period right now between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with some retailers – notably Amazon – having already switched their headline banners over to the latter sale. Basically, the vast majority of deals that are available today are holdouts from the earlier sale, which is generally what we expect these days.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen these big seasonal one-day sales transform into a kind of ‘deals season’, so generally speaking, there are a lot of similar promotions going on. That’s not to say the deals are bad, however, most of the listings we’ve found are still at their lowest prices all year – or at least matching their lowest prices.
Take the MacBook Air M1 we just posted below as an example, which is currently $799 at Amazon. This model is generally found at prices ranging from $899 to $929 at Amazon, and it’s been on sale for $799 a couple of times in the last month. Those holding out for a ‘record-breaking’ price may be disappointed with this one but it’s still a very strong deal overall.
Super-low Nintendo Switch OLED bundle alert – but not at Amazon
Julian Benson, Editor in Chief, TechRadar Gaming
This one isn’t in the Amazon Cyber Monday sale, but we think it’s too good to miss…
If you have a Nintendo Switch already and know you mostly play in handheld mode, or you think that’s how you’ll use it if you buy one, the Nintendo Switch OLED is an upgrade that’s well worth considering. Its larger, brighter screen is a marked improvement over the original Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.
The console itself is going for the historic low price of $349 at Amazon, but this bundle deal at Dell is excellent value if you’re looking to set yourself up with some games and accessories. For $399.99 you can get the console, a third-party Switchplate controller and a copy of Splatoon 3 – one of the best first-party games on the Nintendo Switch.
This weekend is a great time to buy a MacBook
Allisa James, Computing Staff Writer, TechRadar
If you’re in the market for a MacBook Air, you’re in luck: the 13-inch M1 model from 2022 plummeted in price to just $799 a few days ago and it’s still looking like this amazing $200 deal is sticking around for Cyber Monday. For the record, this is the lowest price yet on this fantastic ultrabook.
Even though the 2020 model has been superseded by the more powerful (and more expensive) new MacBook Air M2 (2022), it still sits at number three in our 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’s also great for watching movies.
Read more: M1 MacBook Air returns to record-low price
Get Sony’s five-star earbuds for the lowest price ever
The excellent Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds are on sale at Amazon as part of the retailer’s early Cyber Monday sale – for the lowest price we’ve ever seen.
We awarded these top-tier, class-A Sony buds the full five stars in our Sony WF-1000XM4 review. They deliver stunning sound quality, strong active noise cancellation and a solid eight hours of battery life.
If you’re looking for a deal on some of the best noise-cancelling earbuds ahead of Cyber Monday, then we don’t expect this price to be beaten on the day itself. Snatch them up while you can.
Good morning all! We’re kicking off our Cyber Monday deals coverage for 2022 a little earlier this year, giving plenty of time to find any highlights – and post a couple of our favorite holdouts from yesterday’s sale.