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Roku’s Streaming Stick 4K hits a new low of $25, plus the rest of the week’s best tech deals


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Black Friday doesn’t officially arrive for a few more weeks, but we’re already starting to see retailers run early holiday sales on several gadgets we recommend. Roku’s Streaming Stick 4K, for instance, has fallen to a new low of $25, while Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones are back down to the price we saw during Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale last month. There are offers on Amazon and Google devices beyond that, plus discounts on Roombas, MacBooks, Logitech gaming mice, and Samsung storage gear, among others. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.

Roku Streaming Stick 4K

Roku

This drop to $25 represents a new low for Roku’s Streaming Stick 4K, which is currently the top streaming stick in our guide to the best streaming devices. The streamer has normally retailed closer to $40 in recent months. While it’s not as luxurious as a new Apple TV 4K, the Streaming Stick 4K still gives you the essentials in a more affordable package. It’s fast enough, it supports all the major streaming services (apart from Twitch), and it works with the big HDR standards (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG). Its tile-based interface is relatively basic and not devoid of ads, but it remains dead-simple to navigate and not as intense about pushing you toward certain services as other streamers. The device also works Apple’s AirPlay protocol, so you can beam video to it straight from an iPhone or iPad. 

Buy Roku Streaming Stick 4K at Amazon – $25

Note that Roku also sells a Streaming Stick 4K+ with an upgraded remote that adds hands-free voice search, a built-in headphone jack for private listening, a rechargeable battery and a lost remote finder function. That device retails for $70, however, and it’s not on sale as of this writing. You can still use the Roku app for private listening with the non-Plus model, too. If you prefer a set-top box design and need an Ethernet port, the Roku Ultra is currently discounted to a new low of $70 from its usual $95. And if you prefer the more personalized interface and (far) superior search capabilities of Google’s 4K Chromecast, another streamer we recommend, that one is still on sale for $40.

Sony headphone sale

With upgrades to design, sound quality and active noise cancellation, the WH-1000XM5 keeps its place above the competition. These headphones are super comfortable as well, and 30-hour battery life is more than adequate. The M5 makes it clear that Sony won’t be dethroned anytime soon.

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Sony has discounted a number of its most popular wireless headphones ahead of Black Friday, including deals on its best noise-cancelling and true wireless models. Perhaps most notably, the Sony WH-1000XM5 are back down to $348. That’s a roughly $50 discount, matching the lowest price to date for what we consider the best wireless headphones you can buy. We gave that pair a score of 95 in our glowing review, but if you want something a bit more affordable, the older but still-capable WH-1000XM4s are available for $228, which also matches an all-time low. (Yes, the names of these things still aren’t great.)

Buy Sony WH-1000XM5 at Amazon – $348
Buy Sony WH-1000XM4 at Amazon – $228

The active noise cancellation on both pairs is still among the most effective you can buy, and both headsets come with useful features like a “Speak to Chat” function that automatically pauses your music when you start speaking to someone. The battery on both headphones lasts around 30 hours per charge, which is good, and the two each come with a fun, bass-heavy sound profile out of the box that can be adjusted to something more neutral through an EQ in Sony’s companion app.

That said, the XM5s are generally more comfortable to wear for extended periods, and they have a better microphone for making calls. We also found the newer pair to be a bit better at muting out higher- and mid-range noises like human voices, though some may not like that its automatic adjustment system — which re-optimizes the headphone’s ANC profile based on your surroundings — can’t be turned off. The XM4s can also fold up for easier storage, unlike the more recent model. If you prefer physical control buttons to touch inputs or a more neutral default sound, we’ll also note that the similarly comfortable Bose QuietComfort 45 is still on sale for $250, though that pair trades away some battery life and extra features by comparison.

If you’re looking for noise cancellation in a true wireless form factor, the WF-1000XM4 are available for $178, which again matches the lowest price we’ve tracked. While Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds II have this pair beat when it comes to raw ANC strength, Sony’s earbuds are still far from ineffective, and our review found them to be more well-rounded when it comes to overall features and sound quality. Plus, the Bose earbuds cost $300, and we don’t expect them drop this low for Black Friday. Sony’s LinkBuds S, meanwhile, are on sale for an all-time low of $128; that model’s ANC is a step down from the others noted here, but its design is lighter and more comfortable in the ear.

Buy Sony WF-1000XM4 at Amazon – $178
Buy Sony LinkBuds S at Amazon – $128

Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon Fire HD 10

Amazon

At $75, this isn’t the all-time lowest price we’ve seen for Amazon’s 10.1-inch tablet — the device briefly dropped to $55 at Target earlier this year — but it does match the deals we saw during last year’s Black Friday sales and this year’s pair of Prime Day events. Discounts on the Fire HD 10 haven’t been uncommon over the past year, but most of those sales have dropped the device to either $100 or $110. 

Buy Fire HD 10 at Amazon – $75

When it’s discounted to this extent, the Fire HD 10 is a strong value for those who just want a competent tablet for media consumption on the cheap. Amazon’s Fire OS still omits access to the Google Play Store and heavily steers you toward the company’s own services, but the Fire HD 10’s general performance and 1920 x 1200 resolution display are perfectly solid for the money. The device gets a good 12 or so hours of battery life per charge, and a useful “Show Mode” feature lets it double as an Alexa smart display if desired. This deal comes as part of a wider sale on Amazon slates, but of those, the Fire HD 10 should provide the best blend of price and performance for most people.

Apple iPad Air (2020)

A rear view of Apple's 2020 iPad Air.

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The 256GB variant of Apple’s fourth-gen iPad Air is currently on sale for $499 at Walmart, which marks the lowest price we’ve seen. Now, hear us out on this one. If money is less of a concern, then no, you shouldn’t get the 2020 iPad Air when the 2022 model is right there (and still on sale) with its faster M1 chip, upgraded camera, and improved USB-C port. The entry-level 10.2-inch iPad is still a better value for those who just want the essentials, too. However, if you were specifically thinking of getting the new 10th-gen iPad, the last-gen Air packs the same A14 Bionic chip and a nearly identical design (save for a camera on the landscape edge) without giving up support for the second-gen Apple Pencil or a laminated display with a wide color gamut.

Buy Apple iPad Air (2020) at Walmart – $499

The 256GB version of the 10th-gen iPad is priced at $599, so if you must have more than the base 64GB of storage and you can’t afford to step up to the current Air, this last-gen model is the better buy despite being two years older. Just note that this deal only applies to certain colorways. Since this looks to be an inventory-clearing situation, we wouldn’t be surprised if stock runs dry sooner rather than later, either.

Samsung storage device sale

Samsung's T7 Shield rugged portable SSD.

Samsung

If you’re running out of space on your PC, game console, camera or whatever else, Amazon is still running a sale on various Samsung storage devices. Not every deal in the sale is a winner, but the highlights include the 1TB T7 Shield, a ruggedized and water-resistant version of the T7 portable SSD we recommend, marked down to a new low of $90. Though Samsung recently launched a faster 990 Pro internal SSD, the prior 980 Pro is still a fine PCIe 4.0 drive for newer PCs or a PlayStation 5 (with a heatsink), and it’s back down to a low of $120 for 1TB. If you need a speedy microSD card, meanwhile, the 256GB Evo Select is a decent buy at $23; that doesn’t quite match the all-time low of $20 we saw earlier this year, but it’s the best price we’ve tracked otherwise. 

Buy Samsung T7 Shield (1TB) at Amazon – $90
Buy Samsung 980 Pro (1TB) at Amazon – $120
Buy Samsung Evo Select (256GB) at Amazon – $24

NVIDIA GeForce Now

NVIDIA's GeForce Now

NVIDIA

Though no cloud gaming service feels quite as fluid as playing a game locally, NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is one of the better takes on the concept, particularly if you already own a hefty library of games on PC. Right now, NVIDIA is running a promotion that doles out a six-month subscription of the “Priority” tier of the service for $30. Normally, that would cost $50. NVIDIA says the deal is only available to new members, free-tier members, Priority members currently on a 1-month subscription plan and “users on an active promotion or gift card,” so the idea is to upsell customers who aren’t on one of the service’s higher-end plans already. This promo is set to run through November 20.

Buy GeForce Now (6-month, Priority) at NVIDIA – $30

As a refresher, “Priority” is GeForce Now’s middle tier: you don’t get the 4K/120 fps support of the pricier “RTX 3080” subscription, but you can still stream in resolutions up to 1080p and frame rates up to 60 fps. You’re also allotted up to six hours per session instead of the one-hour session length of the service’s free tier. (The RTX 3080 tier, meanwhile, allows up to eight-hour sessions.) It’s also worth remembering that GeForce Now doesn’t follow the same model as other cloud services like Google Stadia (RIP) or Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming: The idea is that you bring games you already own on platforms like Steam or the Epic Games Store, then GeForce Now will let you stream them elsewhere when you’re away from your gaming PC. Just make sure enough of your games are actually supported before you take the plunge, and note that your subscription will be set to auto-renew by default.

Google Pixel 6a

Google's Pixel 6a falls to a new all-time low of $299

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A quick PSA for anyone looking to buy a good Android phone on a budget: the unlocked Google Pixel 6a is still on sale for $299, which matches the lowest price we’ve tracked. The handset has a list price of $449, but we’ve typically seen it float between $350 and $400 over the past few months.

Buy Google Pixel 6a at Amazon – $299

We recommend the Pixel 6a in our best smartphones guide, and we gave it a review score of 89 back in July. Like past Pixel phones, the main perks here are stellar camera performance and a clean take on Android, with OS and security updates guaranteed into 2025 and 2027, respectively. The first-gen Google Tensor chip and 6.1-inch OLED display compare favorably to most phones in this price range, and while its back is made of plastic, the design doesn’t look cheap. It’s also IP67-rated for dust and water resistance. The 6a isn’t without flaws: There’s no headphone jack or wireless charging support, the display is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and the battery life, while good, isn’t top-of-the-line. Still, for less than $300, it’s difficult to do better.

Amazon Echo Show 5 

The Amazon Echo Show 5, photographed on a beige carpet.

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It’s a good week to be in the market for a smart display, as nearly all of Amazon’s Echo Show devices are on sale. Among the highlights, a two-pack of the diminutive Echo Show 5 is down to $60 when you use the code SHOW52PK at checkout. That’s about a $20-25 savings off a two-pack’s usual street price in recent months. Individual models are on sale for $35, which is a price we’ve seen a handful of times lately but still a solid value. We gave the 5.5-inch display a review score of 85 last year: You won’t want to use it for more involved smart home tasks or video calls, but it works particularly well when used as a smarter alarm clock.

Buy Echo Show 5 (2-pack) at Amazon – $60

If you’d prefer something bigger and faster, both the 10.1-inch Echo Show 10 and 15.6-inch Echo Show 15 are still available for a low of $170, though our reviews for those devices had a few more reservations by comparison. If you prefer to use the Google Assistant instead of Alexa, meanwhile, Google’s seven-inch Nest Hub also plays nice on a bedside table, adding a modicum of sleep tracking functionality and removing any built-in camera. We gave that one a score of 89 last year, and it’s currently back to its usual deal price of $50.

Buy Google Nest Hub at Walmart – $50

iRobot Roomba 694

iRobot's Roomba 694 robot vacuum.

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At $179, this deal matches the best price we’ve seen for iRobot’s Roomba 694, the top pick in our guide to the best budget robot vacuums. We’ve seen this price a few times over the course of the year, though over the past few months the device has retailed closer to $225 on average. 

Buy iRobot Roomba 694 at Amazon – $179

We’ve found the Roomba 694 to be a dependable and easy-to-manage robovac, with decent battery life of at least 45 minutes per charge — and potentially longer depending on the mix of surfaces in your home — and a sturdy design that’ll survive its inevitable bumps into your furniture. Since it’s WiFi-enabled, you can turn it off and on, and set cleaning schedules, through the iRobot app. You still get what you pay for: Pricier robovacs will be more robust at cleaning larger spaces, and they’ll do so in a more orderly fashion than the semi-random, “bump and run” style of the 694 here. (A couple of higher-end Roombas are also on sale as of this writing.) If you only need to clean a smaller area, though, or if you’re willing to trade some cleaning smarts for something a bit more affordable, the 694 should do the job at this deal price.

Logitech G Pro X Superlight

Logitech G Pro X Superlight

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Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight is a high-performing gaming mouse we like for both work and play, and right now it’s down to its all-time low of $110, or about $25 off its usual street price. That’s still not cheap, but G Pro X Superlight stands out for being exceedingly light (at roughly 63 grams), quick to glide (with its PTFE feet), and consistently responsive in faster-paced games. It has a particularly comfortable scroll wheel, too. You only get a couple of customizable shortcut buttons, and the whole thing only connects over a USB dongle, not Bluetooth. Still, we’ve found the design comfortable for most hand sizes and grip types. You should still only get a mouse like this if you’re serious about PC gaming, but if that’s the case, this one should serve you well in and out of those twitchy FPS games. Note that this discount is just one of a handful of deals currently available for mice we recommend.

Buy Logitech G Pro X Superlight at Amazon – $110

Apple MacBook Air M1

Apple MacBook Air M1

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We’ve seen Apple’s M1 MacBook Air fall to $799 a few times in recent weeks, but if you missed out before, this is still a nice opportunity to save on what remains a commendable laptop for lighter work and casual use. The average street price for this SKU has sat around $920 in recent months. 

Buy Apple MacBook Air M1 at Amazon – $799

If you can afford to step up to the newest MacBook Air model based on Apple’s M2 chip, you still should: it packs a refreshed design, a bit more performance, a vastly superior webcam and speaker system and a brighter display, among other upgrades. But if you could use the savings, the M1 chip in found in the 2020 MacBook Air is still plenty performant for most tasks, while the notebook’s battery life, keyboard, trackpad and overall build quality remain excellent. The 720p webcam, on the other hand, is a disappointment, and the 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage in this specific SKU aren’t well-suited to heavier-duty work. But for everyday browsing, streaming and word processing, the M1 Air remains a solid value at $799.

48-inch LG A2 OLED TV

LG's A2 OLED TV

LG

The 48-inch version of LG’s A2 OLED TV is still available for $570 at Best Buy, which is the best price we’ve tracked and matches the lowest price we saw for last year’s A1 model in the same size. This is LG’s entry-level OLED TV, so it’s limited to 60 Hz and lacks gaming-friendly features like a variable refresh rate or HDMI 2.1 ports. If you’re looking for a secondary TV away from the living room, though, the A2 still gets you the deep contrast, vibrant colors, and wide viewing angles you’d expect from a good OLED TV. Best Buy is advertising this offer as part of an ongoing “early Black Friday” sale, so we’d expect this to be the lowest price we’ll see for this model over the holidays. If you’re willing to trade some picture quality for a more striking design, meanwhile, we’re still seeing sales on Samsung’s The Frame TVs as well.

Buy 48-inch LG A2 OLED TV at Best Buy – $570

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