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The best Xbox One X games: what to play on the world’s most powerful console

What are its enhancements?

4K, HDR, 60FPS

We’ve had a chance to play Rise of the Tomb Raider at a recent preview event where we came away impressed by the work-in-progress patch.

The final version will support three modes, so you can tailor what exactly you want the console to prioritise with the game. High frame-rate has the game run at 1080p with enhanced textures, and upscaling to reach 4K. This mode is probably the worst looking of the three, but comes closest to maintaining a locked 60fps framerate.

Native 4K mode, as the name suggests, prioritises rendering a full 4K’s worth of pixels, even if this involves bigger hits to framerate, which can make the game judder in its more intense scenes, even though the game is targeting a more modest 30fps. However, since the version that’s been played so far isn’t final these performance problems may not be present in the final version of the patch.

Finally, the ‘Enriched 4K’ mode strikes a nice balance between the two. It features a more advanced form of upscaling, so even though it’s not native 4K, it’s close enough that it still looks decent.

In all three modes, the implementation of HDR was a treat. Light peeking into each tomb we explored had a fantastic brightness to it, while water had a fantastic level of glimmer and shine.

We won’t know for sure how well the game handles native 4K until the final version of the patch is released, but the amount of customizability on offer suggests there might just be something for everyone.

The best Argos Black Friday deals 2017

 

Look out – another discount-packed Black Friday is on the horizon, which means you’re going to need to know where the best deals are to be had. We’ve got your back with this list of the most tempting offers from Argos this year, so you can get a head start over all those other shoppers.

Argos always goes all-in for Black Friday, which we like, and it looks like this year’s extravaganza isn’t going to be any different. Of course Argos has a bewildering number of categories and departments to sift through, but we’re going to focus on all the best tech and gadget deals you can pick up, as well as a few extra surprises.

Save yourself some frantic clicking and scrolling by browsing through the selections below, which we’ll update before, during and after Black Friday 2017. If there’s an electronics deal that you need to know about, then you’re going to find it here – whether it’s a cut-price gaming console or a significant saving on a smartphone.

Don’t waste any more time reading this introduction – check out the best of Argos Black Friday 2017 below!

Argos Black Friday deals

To get you more in the mood for Black Friday 2017 here are some of the best deals that Argos announced during the shopping craziness that was Black Friday 2016.

Gaming Black Friday deals – Black Friday is usually the perfect time to pick up that games console you’ve had your eye on, and Argos made the purchase of a PS4 Slim that little bit more appealing by reducing its Call of Duty Infinite Warfare bundle down to £199.99.

More recently the price of a limited edition gold PS4 Slim, with a 500GB hard drive, was down to £249.99 – so you can see that if gaming is what you’re interested in, Argos is often the best place to go.

TV Black Friday deals – Argos usually comes up with the goods when it comes to deals on TVs, and Black Friday 2016 was no different, with the 43-inch LG 43LH570V Full HD Smart LED TV (complete with USB recording and playback capabilities) down to £295 on the day.

Gadgets Black Friday deals – as we’ve mentioned, one of the reasons we pay special attention to Argos on Black Friday is because it has so many gadgets on offer, including the full-sized Amazon Echo, which last year could be yours for the bargain price of £119.99.

Or what about £140 off the Dyson Light Ball Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, another deal we’ve spotted at Argos lately? It went down to just £199.99.

Smartphone Black Friday deals – Black Friday is also the perfect time to get that smartphone upgrade you’ve been promising yourself as there are so many decent deals around, such as £50 off the LG G4 at Argos last year, putting the price down to just £249.95.

Another great smartphone deal we’ve seen on Argos recently is a SIM-free Sony Xperia E5, yours for a mere £129.95.

Tablet Black Friday deals – if you were more interested in tablets than smartphones during Black Friday 2016, then Argos had you covered in this department too. The 32GB Wi-Fi iPad Air 2, for example, could be picked up for a mere £209 in silver or space grey.

Another Argos offer that caught out eye recently was the £30 you could get off the Samsung Tab S2, an 8-inch slate with 32GB of storage, yours for £299 – that’s £30 off the regular RRP.

Audio Black Friday deals – audiophiles really were spoilt for choice at Argos during Black Friday 2016, with a pile of offers available. One of the best was the Bose SoundSport audio-only in-ear headphones on offer at half price, just £39.99 of your hard-earned cash.

More recently the Google Home speaker has been knocked down to £99, which is £30 off the regular retail price.

Toy Black Friday deals – Argos is also a great choice for toys of all descriptions. One of the Black Friday deals that particularly caught our eye last year was the Disney Star Wars AT-AT U Command Figure for only £79.99, offering plenty of Star Wars fun for fans of all ages.

As well as that we’ve spotted Argos’ lowest prices ever on the colourful Furby Connect dolls, down to £34.99 online recently.

Argos on Black Friday 2017: what you need to know

The speedy ordering system, the wealth of categories, and the option to pick up your goods – all the stuff you’re used to from Argos – still apply on Black Friday, so it’s worth making it a priority for your holiday shopping.

You can do some preparation before Black Friday 2017 by making sure you already have an Argos account, so you’re all set to go when the big day arrives. Signing up for email updates is another way of getting to the best deals first, plus you have the option to spread the cost of purchases with an Argos Card (more details on the Argos website).

Deals go live right on the stroke of midnight as Thursday night turns into Friday morning – Argos says the quietest time on its website on Black Friday 2016 was from 3am to 4am, so if you want to beat everyone else to the bargains, you might consider a very early start. In stores, meanwhile, Argos says it’ll be putting on extra staff to give you a hand in your bargain hunt.

The top 5 Argos Black Friday deals last year

1. HP 15-ay020na laptop bundle

Black Friday is always a good opportunity to pick up a cheap laptop: last year Argos was selling the HP 15-ay020na laptop with a bag, mouse and a copy of McAfee for just £269.99.

2. Amazon Fire tablet

The Amazon Fire tablets are some of the best value slates around, especially on Black Friday – last year you could pick up an Amazon Fire 7 tablet with Alexa for only £29.99.

3. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The S6 Edge still holds up pretty well against the flagship smartphones of 2017, and last Black Friday at Argos the price of one of these handsets was discounted down to £419.95.

4. Sony KD55XD7005 4K TV

4K TVs have never been cheaper – for just £769 you could have bagged a Sony KD55XD7005 55-inch model running Android TV last year, more than £200 off the model’s original price.

5. The Force Awakens Interactive Darth Vader

Star Wars fans were spoilt last Black Friday at Argos, with this interactive Darth Vader toy figure reduced from £119.99 to just £24.99, a bargain whatever side of the Force you’re on.

The best stereo speakers in 2017

 

As technology continues to progress, we audiophiles haven’t changed a bit: At the end of the day, we want our sound clear, full, and true to the original source. Finding a set of speakers that checks our laundry list of requirements, however, is much easier said than done.

To find the best stereo speakers on the market, we reached out to some of the best audio companies on Earth to review and test a wide variety of stereo speaker setups, ranging from compact bookshelf speakers to room-dominating towers with built-in subs. We will be reviewing more units in the future and adding them to this list, so keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for that.

The testing process

In testing these speakers, we compared each stereo set at a comparable power level and tested the same tunes, plucked a variety of music genres.

Our test songs spanned the dynamic range of music and artists, from John Mayer to Tom Petty, and from U.K. prog-metal band TesseracT to the likes of John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Each song was chosen to test the dynamics offered by each set of speakers with some speakers reacting better to certain genre’s than others, depending on their design.

Of course, not all speakers are created equal in function. The Definitive Technology BP9080x towers, for example, are obviously made to cover a more broad frequency range than say the Edifier bookshelf speakers with a 4 inch woofer. We used to our best judgement in testing these speakers according to their individual purpose and affordability, and graded them with that in mind.

Since comparing bookshelf speakers to high performance towers is an obvious case of apples and oranges, we’ll at least try to make it clear which speaker is an apple and which is an orange. Sound good? Good.

Without further ado, these are the best stereo speakers we have tested so far.

1. Definitive Technology BP9080x

Incredible towers that earn their hefty price tag

Dimensions: 7” x 50.5” x 16” (W x H x D) | Weight: 62 lbs | Dolby Atmos / DTS:X enabled: Yes | Active or Passive: Active sub, otherwise passive | Subwoofer: 12 inch powered | Frequency response: 16 Hz – 40 kHz

These sound perfect

Dolby Atmos / DTS:X ready

Incredible bass that can be dialed in

Sleek low profile design

Pricy, but they back up the price tag

In life, money isn’t everything. In sound, however, it’s pretty important.

Case in point: the Definitive Technology BP9080x speakers. Right off the bat we want to make it clear that this stereo pair is a luxury item that is made only for the most avid audiophile on the market.

If that’s you, then let us tell you just how amazing these speakers are.

From beginning to end of the covered frequency range, the BP9080x speakers are crystal clear, articulate, and genuinely moving. The passive design is aided by an active subwoofer, giving the user independent control of the subwoofer volume on each tower, meaning it can be adjusted to fit any room with any standing waves.

The midrange is as full and clear as any speakers we’ve ever heard, never getting overworked or muddy no matter what songs and sounds we threw at it. The pitch-perfect mid range blends perfectly into the gorgeous treble frequencies that never got harsh, even when the windows were shaking from the volume. The clarity from the top of the frequency range to the bottom can’t be overstated.

On top of it all (literally) there are two “height channel” speakers that make this a perfect centerpiece in your Dolby Atmos or DTS:X home theater.

All of this audio goodness is wrapped in a tall and slender package made from premium materials that is impossibly discreet, especially considering the amount of volume it can pump out. All we can say is that if you’re looking to spend the money (and it is a lot of money), we can’t recommend Definitive Technology’s BP9080x speakers enough.

2. Klipsch Forte III

Powerful towers with impressive flexibility

Dimensions: 16.5” x 36” x 13” (W x H x D) | Weight: 72 lbs | Dolby Atmos / DTS:X enabled: Yes | Active or Passive: Passive, bi-amp or bridge | Subwoofer: 12 inch | Frequency response: 38 Hz – 20 kHz

Crisp mids with rounded highs

No noticeable distortion

Well built and designed

Expensive

Since 1985, the Forte floorstanding speakers from Klipsch have been the gold standard for home entertainment. Now, the Forte III speakers are on the market and hope to build on the success of their forebearers.

Of course, as you might expect, these speakers sound fantastic. Klipsch’s attention to detail on the fine tuning of the speakers is second to none, making way for a clear and intricate mid-high range. They’re also phenomenally designed and built, making a great addition to basically any living room. They are also very heavy, which can be a blessing and a curse. Once you figure out their place in the living room, these speakers aren’t going anywhere.

These speakers are built for bass, with a 12 inch subwoofer and a massive 15 inch passive radiator in the back of the speaker to help disperse the low frequencies. To get the most out of the bass speakers on these towers, you need to run two separate amps, or a single amp with multiple outs that is strong enough to get the subwoofer moving. Having separated or bi-amp control allows the user to control the power sent to the high and low channels, allowing them to get the exact balance they want.

The downside to these speakers is that they are even more expensive than the Definitive Technology BP9080x speakers and don’t have the powered subs or high-firing speakers that our number one pick has. Part of that premium is paying for the Klipsch name, but there is quality to back it up – just not enough value or pure sound power to topple the Definitive Technology BP9080x.

3. Klipsch RP-150M

Amazingly clear reference monitors

Dimensions: 7.67” x 14.57” x 10.67” (W x H x D) | Weight: 14.7 lbs | Dolby Atmos / DTS:X enabled: No | Active or Passive: Passive | Subwoofer: N/A | Frequency response: 48 Hz – 25 kHz

Clear and crisp high frequencies

Rich midrange articulation

Lightweight design

Good price

Lacking bass

If you’re not in the market for full-on entertainment behemoths like the Definitive Technology towers, the Klipsch RP-150M speakers are a surprisingly affordable bookshelf speaker option with a mid-range and high frequency clarity that rivals our top pick.

These light and passive reference speakers are beautifully designed and are a continuation of what Klipsch does best: honest and clear replication without over-coloring the sound. While the 5-inch woofer doesn’t do much in the way of bass, not coming audibly close to the 48 Hz promise on the frequency response, these speakers have a surprising amount of low-mid thump.

The mid range in these Klipsch speakers is completely clear and open, allowing for subtle articulation to come through that would be lost on lesser systems. The upper range never gets shrill and has a natural air under it that seems to be a signature in Klipsch products.

Overall, if you’re looking for a solid pair of stereo speakers for casual listening, studio work, or piecing together an entertainment system, these Klipsch RP-150M speakers are just about as good as they come, especially for the price.

4. Q Acoustics Concept 20

Clear and well-rounded bookshelf speakers

Dimensions: 6.69” x 10.43” x 11.10” (W x H x D) | Weight: 12 kg | Dolby Atmos / DTS:X enabled: No | Active or Passive: Passive | Subwoofer: N/A | Frequency response: 64 Hz – 22 kHz

Even and rich sound

Solid midrange

Low-profile design

Not much bass

If you’re an audiophile who’s in the market for compact bookshelf speakers but doesn’t want to sacrifice on sound quality, it’s time to look at the Q Acoustics Concept 20 speakers.

These extremely low-profile bookshelf speakers are rich in sound from the low-mids to the crispy highs. Even with the amplifier cranked (to safe power levels) the sound never broke up into distortion and remained clear, not shrill. Of course, with any speakers this size, there wasn’t much bass below the low-mid range to speak of, but what was there was full without being muddy.

What could be seen as a pro for some and a con for others, the Q Acoustics Concept 20 speakers are passive and require an external amplifier.

For audiophiles, this is a great excuse to drop even more coin on a high fidelity amplifier to get the best possible sound out these already great speakers. For casual listeners, however, it can be an inconvenience to worry about amplification with what should be small and discreet bookshelf speakers.

After testing songs of every conceivable genre, it’s clear that the Q Acoustics Concept 20 speakers are up to just about any challenge. For those looking to fill out the living room with clear, crisp, hi-fi sound, these bookshelf speakers from Q Acoustics are a no-brainer.

5. Polk Signature S60

A cheaper and worthwhile alternative to Definitive Technology

Dimensions: 11.67” x 44.5” x 15.7” (W x H x D) | Weight: 52 lbs | Dolby Atmos / DTS:X enabled: No | Active or Passive: Passive | Subwoofer: N/A | Frequency response: 26 Hz – 40 kHz

Good looking, discreet design

Clear and cutting mids

Plenty of treble…

…maybe too much treble

Pricy for the sound quality

The beauty of Polk Audio is in its ability to make quality speakers that compete with the biggest name brands while keeping a lower price tag. Do these beautiful full range Polk Signature S60 towers stand up to the prowess of the Definite Technology BP9060x towers? Well, not exactly, but these are stellar speakers in their own right.

Polk’s passive signature series speakers for home entertainment are designed to provide full and immersive sound, and for the most part, they hit the mark. The mid-range, which is the easiest to muddy up, is crystal clear and articulate no matter what sound is blasting through these almost four-foot tall towers.

The high frequency range is certainly lively, occasionally to the point of shrillness when the volume is really pushed, but never gets too harsh for comfort. As for bass frequencies, the packaging advertises a unique porting system that allows more low frequencies to travel more easily. However, to hear the bass really cutting through, the volume needs to be cranked quite a bit. Still, overall the sound quality is excellent in these Polk Audio speakers, the frequencies might could just use a little tweak with an external equaliser.

If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the Definite Technology towers, the Polk Audio Signature S60 speakers are a solid option that will likely outshine just about any other run-of-the-mill home entertainment system you’ll encounter. While they don’t handle the highs or the lows as well as our premium pick, we have no doubts that even the most critical ears will be happy with the signal these bad boys pump out.

6. Q Acoustics BT3

Surprisingly full Bluetooth speakers

Dimensions: 5.82” x 9.45” x 8.89” (W x H x D) | Weight: N/A | Dolby Atmos / DTS:X enabled: No | Active or Passive: Active | Subwoofer: N/A | Frequency response: N/A

Full frequency range

Bluetooth and Digital Optical audio

Stylish design

Occasionally on the shrill side

These stylish and compact Q Acoustic BT3 speakers are the most digitally integrated speakers on our list, featuring Bluetooth capability, a remote control, a 3.5mm input, a digital optical input, and active speakers. But how does the sound quality compare to the rest?

The sound that came out of these little speakers was shockingly full.

Q Acoustics designed these speakers primarily as a convenient bookshelf speaker, but also as a stereo alternative to the soundbar, and it was clear why. The BT3 speakers covered virtually the entire frequency range very evenly, with the exception of the sub bass. Still, the bass that was produced was thick and full and didn’t cause the signal to overly distort. The high range was also surprisingly manageable, though a bit more shrill than the pricier Concept 20 speakers or the Klipsch RP-150Ms.

While the BT3 speakers from Q Acoustics won’t replace your favorite reference monitors any time soon, they weren’t really designed to. These speakers have a lot of technological integrations that make them a perfect replacement to a traditional soundbar or a simple solution to bookshelf speakers. With Bluetooth integration and remote control, the BT3 speakers are perfect in the corner of the living room when you want to quickly blast your song through the house, and sound good doing it.

7. Edifier R1280T

Warm and compact desk speakers

Dimensions: 5.75” x 9.5” x 7” (W x H x D) | Weight: 12.45 lbs | Dolby Atmos / DTS:X enabled: No | Active or Passive: Active | Subwoofer: N/A | Frequency response: 75 Hz – 18 kHz

Affordable and lightweight option

Surprisingly well-balanced

No harsh frequencies

Highs and upper mids are muddy

The Edifier R1280T speakers are a popular choice on Amazon, and for good reason. These compact desk/bookshelf style speakers back an impressive sonic punch and look good doing it, all while keeping the price tag under $100 for the pair. Ok, it’s $99.99, but that penny really does count!

The standout features here include its active design, rich mid-range response, and surprisingly competent bass. Because of the small woofer size, these guys obviously don’t push much low-end, and because of the tweeter design, the highs aren’t as clear as the competition we tested. But other than that, the frequency response and clarity holds its own pretty well.

While they don’t compare to the encompassing power of the Definitive Technology BP9080x or even the clarity of the Klipsch RT-150Ms, these compact speakers certainly serve a purpose. If you’re looking for an affordable set of computer speakers, or better yet a warm stereo set up for your turntable, the Edifier R1280T speakers are a fantastic option for the money.

  • Check out our list of the best MP3 players.
  • These speakers are just one part of a great stereo experience, be sure to check out our list of the best turntables.

The best TV shows to stream on Stan

Sure, the original Twin Peaks series has been on this list for quite some time, so you may be asking yourself why the much-hyped series return would warrant its own entry. Those who have seen the first episodes of the 2017 version however, can certainly attest to this being an entirely different animal indeed. Darker and more twisted than before, the new Twin Peaks eschews the soap opera stylings of the ’90s version in favour of something more akin to co-creator David Lynch’s cinematic accomplishments. Prone to long stretches without dialogue and numerous trip-out sequences, this Twin Peaks recalls Lynch’s own films Lost Highway, Inland Empire and even his feature-length debut, Eraserhead. Of course, Lynch has also stated that his polarising Twin Peaks follow-up, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, is the key to understanding this new series, so that may offer some insight into what this new show is attempting to do. Both the original TV series and its cinematic sequel are available to stream on Stan, so you may want to catch up on those before jumping straight into this mind-bending revival. The new Twin Peaks is bound to divide audiences once again, but the only way you’ll only know which side you fall on is to take the plunge into this tenebrous abyss. 

Seasons on Stan: 1

Best Australian deals: Cheap laptops to buy in November 2017

If you’re looking for a cheap laptop or a mammoth saving on a premium portable computer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the web for savings – from the usual suspects to the niche deal sites – and rounded up all the genuine and worthwhile specials in one neat place. We’ve covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you’ll no doubt find something to match your needs.

Up the top, we’ve highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we’ve sniffed out, so you can reap the rewards of having your finger on the pulse. Below that we’ve covered some of the more popular laptops that often come up on special, and then included a quick list of the best prices on TechRadar’s pick of the latest best laptops.

If you’re from the US or the UK, check out our selections of the top laptop deals in the US or in the UK.

Best laptop deals this week

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 256GB 13-inch laptop ($2,063.20): It’s great news when an Apple product goes on sale, meaning you can get a premium machine for lesser. This particular model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar comes with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, alongside a 20% discount on the listed price on eBay. To avail the discount, use the code PIXELS at checkout and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can be yours for just $2,063.20, saving you over $515 on the listed price. Sale ends November 6.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 256GB 2017 model ($1,711.20): Got no need for the Touch Bar? You can still get a 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro for lesser than its retail value by heading to eBay and getting 20% off the listed price. Currently the 256GB 13-inch MacBook Pro is available for $1,711.20, down from a listed price of $2,139. But this discount is only available if you use the code PIXELS at checkout until November 6.

Apple MacBook Air 2017 13-inch 128GB laptop ($1,087.20): Looking for a lighter option than the MacBook Pros? You can save $271 on the 2017 model of the MacBook Air featuring 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage. Head to eBay, apply the code PIXELS at checkout and grab yourself a brand-new MacBook Air for just $1,087.20. Offer ends November 6.

Dell XPS 13 256GB 13-inch laptop ($1,439.20): Dell has managed to cram a 13-inch display into a 11-inch chassis by making the screen practically bezel-less. The 13.3-inch InfinityEdge display on the XPS 13 boasts Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, plus there’s a promise of great battery life, topping our list of the 10 best Ultrabooks of 2017. This XPS 13 laptop come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU. This flavour retails for $1,999 on Dell’s website, but the company’s eBay store has it already discounted by 10%. For an additional 20% off, add the code PIXELS at checkout to get the XPS 13 laptop for $1,439.20, saving you nearly $560. This offer ends November 6.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series 512GB 2-in-1 laptop ($1,279; usually $2,199): If you’re not too enthused with a traditional laptop and are in the market for a brand-new 2-in-1, you should head to eBay and consider this 15-inch Dell Inspiron. Featuring a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, a massive 512GB SSD, a Full HD display and an infrared camera for facial recognition, this machine usually comes with a premium price tag of $2,199. But until November 6, you can apply the code PIXELS at checkout and get the Inspiron 15 7000 2-in1 for just $1,279. That’s a massive savings of $920.

We’ll keep on updating the list of deals as and when we find them. Below, you’ll find up to date prices on five of TechRadar’s favourite laptop, so keep an eye out for those savings.

The best deals on our favourite laptops

Over the years we’ve reviewed plenty of laptops and, as a result, we’ve seen what to avoid and what to jump on when there’s savings to be had. We’ll keep track of the prices of some of the best we’ve seen so that you can snatch up a bargain when they do show up. Check out the prices below and see if anything has dropped enough to tickle your fancy.

1. Dell XPS 13

Dell’s latest Ultrabook is simply the best laptop in the world

CPU: Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520-620 | RAM: 8GB-16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch QHD+ (3200 x 1800) | Storage: 128GB-512GB SSD

Gorgeous bezel-less display

Faster than ever

Lightweight, compact frame

Saying that we’re very happy with Dell’s XPS 13 is a huge understatement. The slim profile, revolutionary design and small frame bely its powerful performance and gorgeous 13-inch screen. Typically you’d have to weigh up portability and performance, but the XPS 13 has managed to strike a fine balance between the two. With Intel’s latest Skylake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, the XPS 13’s starting price is certainly an impressive one. We’re so chuffed with it that it’s taken the top slot as the best Ultrabook, the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

2. Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

This gaming that doesn’t cost a fortune

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1920 x 1080 – UHD 3840 x 2160 anti-glare LED backlit | Storage: 1TB SSHD 8GB – 1TB HDD, 128GB SSD

Stellar battery life

Ports for days

Great value

There are some seriously expensive gaming laptops out there, once you get involved in the optimisation and the latest GPUs, things start get pricey. But if you’re after a capable machine on a budget, try out the Dell Inspiron 15-inch gaming laptop.

Read the full review: Dell Inspiron 15-inch gaming laptop

3. Asus ZenBook UX310UA

Feel old yet, MacBook Air?

CPU: 7th generation Intel Core i3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 4GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800)

All aluminium body

Backlit keys

Bendy keyboard

Meh battery life

A seriously sleek all-aluminium chassis, a higher resolution than the discontinued Asus ZenBook UX305, and an impressive swath of ports, including the latest USB-C interface, the latest UX310UA ZenBook is a serious contender for the MacBook Air and, if you’re a Windows person, is much better value.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

4. Lenovo Yoga Book

Is this the netbook of the future – the ultra netbook?

Insanely thin and light

Halo Keyboard surprisingly accurate

Excellent display

Clever Create Pad

Although the specs are modest, the forward-thinking design of Lenovo’s Yoga Book makes it a decent option for creative types and those that want a little more out of their laptops. Sacrificing a bit of raw power means you’ll get an innovative digital touchpad and drawing surface for a much more intuitive and precise approach to graphical art.

Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga Book

5. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The tablet that can replace your laptop

Weight: 766g/786g | Dimensions: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45mm | OS: Windows 10 Pro | Screen size: 12.3-inch | Resolution: 2736 x 1824 | CPU: Various | RAM: 4GB/8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: up to 9 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Larger, sharper screen

Vastly improved Type Cover

Built in kickstand

We know this is technically not a laptop, but it does come close to being a 2-in-1 (if you get the Type Case) and, most importantly, it has the power to get in the ring with some of its non-tablet competitors. Running the full-blown version of Windows 10 and having the option for a powerful Intel Core processor, this is by far the laptoppiest tablet available, and the price certainly isn’t that bad.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

If you’re after some more further info on the best laptops, check out some of our other dedicated articles:

Best cheap headphones: your guide to the best budget headphones in 2017

 

If there’s one thing that every electronics consumer values above anything else, it’s finding great technology at bargain prices. Especially when that tech doesn’t compromise on quality to deliver products at affordable prices. At TechRadar, from $1,000 planar magnetic headphones like the Oppo PM 1 to $8,000 OLED TVs like LG’s OLED W7, we have a reputation for covering the highest end products. But don’t worry, we know how to find the best cheap products as well.

As evidence of our expertise in finding the best cheap headphones, we present you with this guide. A list of all the best headphones that will take your podcasts and music to a whole new plane of existence, and the best part – you won’t have to tap into your savings account to get them.

In the process of compiling this guide, we sorted through headphone over headphone, whether in-ear or over-ear, and all from reputable headphone companies. Then we took all of these sets of headphones and put them into a music gauntlet to figure out which pairs were still standing at the end.

But, one thing we need to get out of the way: due to the subjective nature of headphones, it’s very likely that, despite all of our extensive testing and searching, we’ve missed your favorite pair of cheap headphones. We truly are sorry if we missed your favorite, but with the sheer number of cheap headphones on the market, it’s impossible to test them all. However, if you do really want us to test out your favorite cheap headphones, shoot us an email or reach out on Twitter, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

What to look for in cheap headphones

In order to create this guide, we’ve tested, listened to and compared over 25 headphones in every category, shape and size. When we found a great pair, we then put it against the rest back-to-back-to-back to make sure they still really deserved the title of ‘best cheap headphones’.

You might be wondering what we were looking for through all this expansive testing? Sound fidelity was clearly the most essential detail – but we also made sure to consider comfort, design and other features also.

Like most people, we prefer our music detail-rich and well-balanced. We can live with our music sounding a bit warm with an emphasis on the mids and highs, but we still like to be able to feel the bass. Also, it’s important to look for headphones with reasonable battery life if they’re wireless, a robust, durable build that will stand up to the trials of everyday commute and comfortable padding to help make longer listening sittings nice and comfortable.

Keep in mind though, that testing headphones will be, at least on some level, subjective, and our taste in tonal balance might not match yours (neither will the size of our head or the shape of our ears). Still, we’ve done our best to take subjectivity out of the equation and can present, through our expertise, the best cheap headphones that won’t hurt your wallet.

  • Best cheap earbuds: RHA S500
  • Best cheap wireless earbuds: Anker SoundBuds NB10
  • Best cheap on-ear headphones: Skullcandy Grind
  • Best cheap over-ear headphones: Monoprice 8323 Hi-FI DJ Style Headphones
  • Best cheap noise-cancelling headphones: CB3 Hush
  • Best cheap planar magnetic headphones: Tidal Force Wave 5 Headphones

Best cheap earbuds: RHA S500

These simply have no right to sound this good

Great clarity/precision

Good Fit

No cable noise

Can be fatiguing

No built-in microphone

Earbuds are loved for their portability and noise-isolating capabilities. They’re great for brief walks around the neighborhood, your morning commute or a day at the office. In this contested category, the RHA S500 is our top pick.

For its cheap price, the RHA S500 frankly has no right to sound as good as it does. We found it to have the best clarity and precision of any in-ear headphone we tested, along with a comfortable fit that doubled as a passive noise barrier. Plus, it offered solid, balanced sound with warm mids and highs and sturdy bass reproduction.

In a category with tons of great competition, the RHA S500 stands well above the rest.

Best cheap wireless earbuds: Anker SoundBuds NB10

Looking for a workout buddy, check out the Anker SoundBuds NB10

Really good bass response

Sweat-proof

Good fit

Chunky design

We knew going into this that Anker would end up on this list somewhere. Since bursting onto the scene a few years ago, Anker has destroyed the competition, offering good-sounding in-ear headphones (and battery packs, and chargers, and cables) all for unbelievably cheap prices.

When looking for a good pair of wireless in-ear headphones, We’re always on the hunt for something that sounds good (duh!), feels comfortable to wear for long periods of time and, most importantly, doesn’t fall out mid-workout. The Anker SoundBuds NB10 does all of the above perfectly.

What we loved most about the Anker SoundBuds NB10 is its warm sound and spectacular bass response. It’s not as heavy-handed as some other in-ear headphones, but that demureness makes it great both when you’re at the gym and when it’s time to hang up the towel.

Best cheap on-ear headphones: Skullcandy Grind

For movers and shakers, these are the best on-ears for the price

Hefty bass response

Built-in microphone

No volume controls

It was love at first listen with the Skullcandy Grind. These bass-heavy headphones bring a built-in microphone to the mix and offer amazing sound quality at a bargain basement price.

They do everything we want in a pair of on-ear headphones – they’re light, but not fragile. They’re powerful, but are directional enough that sound doesn’t spew out everywhere, alerting your neighbors that you’re listening to Taylor Swift again.

If Skullcandy’s low-end-heavy tone and teenager-esque style aren’t for you, there’s always the equally good Urbanears Plattan II – a more balanced pair of on-ears that cost almost exactly the same amount as the Skullcandy Grind.

Best cheap over-ear headphones: Monoprice 8323 Hi-FI DJ Style Headphones

Although they’re a bit fragile for on-the-go use, the 8323s are awesome at home

Flat EQ

Great clarity

Limited dynamic range

Plastic construction

It’s easy to spend an arm and a leg on good over-ear headphones. Barring the exception of noise-cancelling and planar magnetic cans, they are the top dogs of the audio world. Really good over-ears should be the most comfortable, most versatile headphones in your audio arsenal. They should be just as adept with Hi-Def audio sources of 16-bit/44.1KHz as they are streaming from Spotify, and they should do so without sacrificing either end of the audio spectrum.

In our testing we found a half-dozen that can do the job (the Status Audio CB-1 come to mind, as do the Sennheiser HD201 and Audio-Technica ATH-M20X) but, of them all, the Monoprice 8323 Hi-FI DJ Style Headphones are the cream of the crop. They’re a bit cheaper constructed than the others, but for their price they sound outrageously clear. Balanced and powerful, the Monoprice 8323 is the epitome of what the best cheap headphones should be.

Best cheap noise-cancelling headphones: CB3 Hush Noise Cancelling Headphones

Want to seal the noise out without draining your bank account? Try these

Insanely cheap noise-cancelling

Hip design

Distorted highs

Weird button config

If over-ear headphones are the swiss-army knives of headphones, noise-cancelling cans are the paring knives: they’re useful for certain purposes and not so much for others. What we mean here is that typically, noise-cancelling headphones trade overall audio fidelity for the ability to cancel out incoming sound waves – reducing or eliminating external noise.

The best noise-cancelling headphones can eliminate noise while maintaining Hi-Res Audio quality (cough, Sony MDR-1000X) while others accept the trade-off for what it is. The CB3 Hush are most definitely in the latter camp. But while we didn’t find them the best-sounding headphones of the bunch, the CB3 does deliver on its promise of cheap, effective noise-cancellation at under $100.

If you don’t mind some distorted highs and lack of low-end, the CB3 will cut out a fair amount of the external noise and should serve you well either in a busy office or on your daily commute. If you’re traveling longer distances on the regular you’ll want something a bit more heavy duty than this, but for the causal noise-canceller, the CB3 Hush will do nicely.

Best cheap planar magnetic headphones: Tidal Force Wave 5 Headphones

Planar magnetic for half the cost of the competition

Sound quality is outrageously good

Insanely immersive

Sturdy build

None really

If we’re going to explain what, exactly, planar magnetic headphones are, we’re going to need you to do something for us: please put on your nerd glasses – or simply put electric tape around the glasses you already own.

Most headphones you’ve likely heard in your life are dynamic driver headphones. They use a magnetic field to drive the diaphragm of the speaker – a.k.a. the big pulsating cone of sound. Planar magnetic headphones also use a magnetic field to move the diaphragm, but instead of a cone, it’s a thin sheet of coils that allows for much greater sound uniformity. Stay with us here. Dynamic drivers produce spherical sound waves that are unnatural for the ear while planar magnetic produce a planar wave, which sounds more natural and give the headphones their name. The result is a truer-to-life sound that is far more robust than anything you can hear from a dynamic driver-powered pair of cans.

Tidal Force’s Wave 5 Headphones utilize this technology and cost less than half of what other companies like Oppo charge. Said simply, they sound incredible – like almost bring-a-tear-your-eye amazing. If you’re an audiophile on a budget, you should do yourself a favor and check out the Wave 5.

The best Australian tech deals for October 2017

The new week brings massive savings on a 15-inch Lenovo laptop in two different configurations and even bigger savings on a gaming laptop from Asus.

If, however, you’re not after a brand-new work horse, you could consider indulging in some photography and save with Canon’s cashback offer.

Here are Monday’s deals:

New deals added Monday, October 30

Lenovo ThinkPad E570 15-inch laptop (from $899): Designed for work and portability, Lenovo promises that this 15.6-inch laptop will meet every business need in terms of storage, memory, graphics and your budget. There’s 8GB of memory and a cool 256GB of storage available. The cheaper model is powered by Intel Core i5 processor and comes with a saving of $530 – meaning you can get the i5 ThinkPad E570 for just $899. If you’re after a bit more grunt under the hood, the i7 model is now $1,149, down from $1,779, and features the same storage and memory configurations in addition to a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX950M graphics card. This sale ends November 2.

Asus ROG G752VY 17-inch gaming laptop ($1,999; down from $3,599): With 16GB RAM, a 1TB HDD and a 256GB SSD for a heck of a lot of storage, and an Intel Core i7 CPU alongside Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics, this 17-inch gaming laptop promises to give you the edge you need. What makes this device pack a bigger punch is the $1,600 savings. Right now, the Asus Rog G752VY gaming laptop is available for just $1,999 on Asus’ website, down from $3,599.

Canon EOS M3 24MP mirrorless camera + 18-55mm lens ($500 after cashback): Featuring a 24Mp APS-C format sensor and an excellent user interface the Canon EOS M3 promises plenty of happy snapping, especially when you can save $150 thanks to a cashback offer from Canon. Purchase the Canon EOS M3 kit which includes an 18-55mm lens for $600 from Digital Camera Warehouse, then head over to Canon’s website to redeem the offer – meaning the camera kit is yours for $500.

More hand-picked deals from the Australian TechRadar team

If nothing from today’s selection tickled your fancy, check out these other TechRadar-recommended deals:

Previous days’ deals that are still available

Deals added Friday, October 27

Marley Legend ANC noise-cancelling over-ear headphones ($149, down from $349): Active noise cancellation and style come together in the House of Marley Legend ANC over-ear headphones. These cans lend a touch of style with FSC-certified wood touches, comfortable leather ear cushions and a detachable tangle-free cable. It even comes with a built-in battery, if you want to go wireless. Better yet, you get to save a whopping $200 on these cool-looking House of Marley cans. They’re on sale at JB Hi-Fi for just $149.

Samsung SR400LSTC 400L top-mounted fridge ($748; down from $898): Samsung promises to keep your food fresher for longer with its Twin Cooling Plus technology that separates the cooling systems for the refrigerator and freezer sections. And with 400L of storage, that should see the family well fed. You can now save $150 on this fridge by getting the Samsung SR4000LSTC top-mounted fridge in stainless steel for $748 from Appliances Online.

Deals added Wednesday, October 25

Myer 20% off sale: This is a great time to snag a bargain from Myer. There’s plenty of tech on sale with 20% off on all items listed if you apply the code P20MYER at checkout, like the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256GB storage that can be yours for $1759.20, down from $2,199. Or you can grab yourself the latest Bose QC35 II in silver for just over $399, saving yourself about $100 in the bargain. So get grab your credit card, get comfy and take a grand ol’ gander at the Myer sale that ends October 30.

Deals added Monday, October 23

Audio Technica AT-LP120 USB turntable ($499; down from $599): Audiophiles would be thrilled to know that one of the best turntables available in the market today is on sale at Addicted To Audio. The Audio Technica AT-LP120 tops our list of the best turntables, featuring a high-torque direct-drive motor and an USB output. You can now get the AT-LP120 turntable for $499 with a $100 saving to invest on some amazing vinyls.

Sony ZX770BN noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones ($199; down from $299): Featuring 40mm drivers and digital noise cancelling, these over-ear cans from Sony promise great sound with up to 13 hours of battery life. So if you’re in the market for a pair of headphones that will effectively shut the world out when you want, the Sony ZX770BN noise-cancelling headphones are just $199 at Sony’s big sale, saving you $100 on the usual price. Keep in mind that this offer ends October 27.

The best Cyber Monday 2017 deals: where to find all of the early price drops

It’s almost time for Cyber Monday 2017 deals on November 27, and even though the official date is less than a month away, we expect price drops even sooner.

We’re already expecting Cyber Monday in the US to begin on Saturday, with most American retailers ready to make Cyber Week a thing on Saturday and Sunday.

What does that mean for your Cyber Monday 2017 plans? Well, early Cyber Monday ad leaks should come even sooner and we’ll see discounts on items like PS4, Xbox One, large 4K TV sets and GoPros for even longer than normal.

Of course, while this is good news, finding the best Cyber Monday deals is no easy take. There will be thousands of rollback prices at Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Target and more. And once a deal goes online, it can sell out instantly.

Truth be told, Cyber Monday this year may be the biggest shopping day in US history, simply because that’s exactly what we saw last year, according to Adobe Digital Insights, beating even Black Friday. The 2017 deals will be even bigger.

Need help fighting the rush to deals for great products? We’ll keep a close eye on all the Cyber Monday 2017 deals at the usual players.

When is Cyber Monday 2017?

Cyber Monday 2017 is November 27 this year. If you couldn’t tell, that date is a Monday. It’s always the Monday after Thanksgiving, which is also always the Monday after Black Friday.

The concept of Cyber Monday itself isn’t as old as Black Friday; the term “Cyber Monday” was first coined in 2004, but since then has become a huge deal on its own in the last decade, expanding outside of its US origins.

The weekend of Black Friday and Cyber Monday isn’t just significant for sales – it also represents the beginning of the holiday shopping season. It usually helps to have some idea of your holiday shopping lists before the weekend so you can take full advantage of all the sales at your disposal.

However, deals come in hot and fast on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and you’ll no doubt find great savings on tech and other items you didn’t even know you wanted.

What’s the big deal anyway?

Cyber Monday was arguably created as a response to the growing use of the internet when it comes to shopping. But even if the day wasn’t circled on the calendar, the end of November and December is an important time for shoppers.

In fact, even before Black Friday became the huge event it is, this time of year was a big shopping time because of the lead up to Christmas and other late-December holidays.

While it may not be true that we necessarily buy more thanks to Black Friday Cyber Monday, we certainly pay less for the things we do buy. That doesn’t mean there aren’t record-smashing sales though; in 2016, a massive $3.45 billion was spent on Cyber Monday deals, which was up a huge 12.1% over Cyber Monday 2015.

Cyber Monday also highlights changing trends in how people use the internet. Cyber Monday 2016 marked the first time ever that people spent more than $1 billion on products bought from their phone.

Not only that, but it also marks a shift in how retailers treat the holiday season. While they may have sold huge numbers of products during Black Friday, they need to make sure there’s enough stock for Cyber Monday sales, too,or risk losing out to competitors who have enough stock for both.

But enough about why Cyber Monday is such a big deal and what it is – on to the actual deals!

Best Cyber Monday deals a year ago

Every Cyber Monday we lock ourselves in our offices and scour the web for the best Cyber Monday deals around. Last year, there were a ton of them. Here are some of our favorite Cyber Monday deals from last year, which should give you an idea of what to expect from this year’s sales.

iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 was perhaps the star of the show during Cyber Monday last year, and for good reason – it’s an excellent phone. From T-Mobile, the 128GB iPhone 7 was selling for the price of the 32GB iPhone 7, representing a hefty $100 off. Not only that, but Best Buy was giving away the 32GB iPhone 7 for $1, though it did lock you into a two-year contract with Verizon. This year, we may see similar deals from iPhone X.

PS4

The PlayStation 4 was a big hit during Cyber Monday 2016. From Amazon, the 500GB PS4 Slim was available for only $249, which is a pretty significant discount. Not only that, but PS4 accessories were discounted too. PS4 controllers were available for $20 off, meaning they cost only $40.

Xbox One

The PlayStation wasn’t the only console to get some huge discounts. From GameStop, the Xbox One was also a hugely discounted console, coming in at only $249 for the Xbox One S bundle with Gears of War 4.

iPad

The iPad has long been an electronics go-to during the holiday shopping season, and every single iPad model saw some significant savings during Cyber Monday 2016. From Best Buy, every iPad model received a $100 discount. Not only that, but from Target, the iPad Pro 9.7 came in at only $449, down from its normal price of $599.

LG 4K TV

Cyber Monday is perhaps the best day of the year to go shopping for a TV, and Cyber Monday 2016 was no different. From Amazon, you could have bought an LG 55-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,797. That sounds like a lot, but the fact is it’s less than half price, meaning you paid $2,202.99 less than the original price of the TV.

Google Home

Looking to get some smarten up your home? Last year Google Home was a relatively new gadget and represented the cutting edge of smart home speakers. Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and Verizon were all offering the smart speaker for $99, which is $40 less than the normal price of $139.99.

Asus gaming laptop

Maybe smart homes aren’t your thing. Perhaps you’re more into gaming, in which case there were some great deals on gaming laptops last year. The Asus ROG GL552VW-DH71 was available from Amazon with a hefty $170 discount. Coupled with free shipping, the price you paid for the laptop was $829.99.

What to expect from Cyber Monday 2017

The tech landscape has shifted quite a lot over the last year, and we now have better phones, new TVs, updated smart home devices and more.

In the past few years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have merged into a solid week of non-stop deals, so it’s possible that we’ll see Cyber Monday deals start earlier in the weekend and last until Tuesday.

That doesn’t mean, however, you should wait until Tuesday to make your purchases as plenty of products will go out of stock during the weekend, and if you see a deal that fits what you want, you should probably pull the trigger.

Still, the deals did seem to get more exciting as time went on last year. At the start of the weekend, you’ll see good deals, but as Cyber Monday wears on, the deals will get even more intense. It’s a balancing act – you don’t want the products to go out of stock, but you still want to find the best deals out there.

The best way to go about your shopping is to keep an eye on this page as we get closer to Cyber Monday. We’ll keep this page updated as time goes on with the best Cyber Monday deals available.

Cyber Monday 2017 sales predictions

Now that you have an idea of what was on offer during Cyber Monday 2016, you can probably imagine the amazing deals that will be on offer this year. From the latest phones to smart home devices to speakers and more, here are the best Cyber Monday 2017 deals we expect to see.

iPhone 8 and iPhone X deals

We can expect Cyber Monday 2017 to do for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X what Cyber Monday 2016 did for the iPhone 7. From mobile carriers offering BOGO deals or credits for installment plans to retailers chopping the price and tossing in freebies, there may not be a better time to buy the iPhone 8 or iPhone X.

Apple Watch 3 deals

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X weren’t the only big announcements Apple had for us in September. It also introduced the Apple Watch 3, the first iteration to feature its own cellular connection. With a price tag of $399, getting to feel like Dick Tracy doesn’t come cheap. But you can rest assured that Cyber Monday 2017 will offer up discounts or deals to make the new smartwatch a more compelling buy.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 deals

Android users won’t be left in the dark when Cyber Monday 2017 rolls around. Samsung already has shown the kinds of killer deals it’s willing to offer on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note, and those weren’t even during Cyber Monday. Expect big discounts, especially on the Galaxy S8, and free mobile accessories thrown in.

PS4 Pro deals

The latest and greatest version of Sony’s PlayStation is the PS4 Pro, and it’s expected to feature heavily in Cyber Monday 2017 sales. In fact, we’re all but sure it ill be since during Cyber Monday 2016, we saw a ton of deals for its predecessor, the PS4 Slim. Most notably, PS4 Pro Cyber Monday deals will include can’t-miss bundles, complete with controllers, accessories, and games.

Xbox One X deals

The Xbox One has undergone a transformation; Microsoft’s so-called Project Scorpio has been revealed as the Xbox One X, and it’s quite a console. Not only does it feature full 4K gaming, but it also already has a massive 22 games to play, including titles like Forza 7, Anthem, and more. At launch, the Xbox One X price is $500, but you can expect it to be a lot cheaper and bundled during Cyber Monday 2017.

Nintendo Switch deals

A bigger focus will be placed on Nintendo this year as the company has finally unveiled the Nintendo Switch console. The Switch features a ton of great games, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but by the time Cyber Monday rolls around you can bet there will be a lot more ready to play. Expect some serious Nintendo Switch deals this year.

Everything with Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant

Amazon loves putting its line of inexpensive Fire tablets on sale, and it has frequently dropped the price of its Echo and Echo Dot devices, all of which feature Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa. And given Amazon’s dominance of the online market place, you can safely bet that it’s going to put its products front and center on Cyber Monday 2017 with hot deals that make them hard to resist.

4K TV deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have traditionally been great times to buy TVs, and this year will be no different. From LG to Samsung to Toshiba, expect massive deals on the best TV technology. You’ll get huge discounts on 4K TVs, as well as lower-resolution TVs, so no matter how much you’re willing to spend there should be a screen for you.

Camera deals

Cameras may not be as heavily featured as TVs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t see solid savings later in the year. DSLR cameras from the likes of Nikon and Canon, as well as GoPro cameras, will all get eye-catching discounts, namely through retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and more.

Laptop deals

If you’re looking for a new daily driver in terms of a computer, then Cyber Monday is a great time to go shopping. As we mentioned, last year there were lots of discounts on gaming laptops, but whether you’re into gaming or not you’ll be able to get a laptop for much cheaper than you otherwise would. That includes discounts on Apple’s range of MacBooks, including the MacBook Pro, standard MacBook, and more.

Headphone deals

From Beats to AKG, there are sure to be plenty of sweet savings on headphones. This year, the so-called “true wireless” form factor is a little more popular, so it’s expected we’ll see discounts on those headphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung. If you’re more into over-ear and on-ear headphones, you’ll still get access to plenty of discounts, so keep an eye on Amazon for those.

Cyber Monday 2017 FAQ

What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the biggest day for online deals of the year. It’s the Monday immediately after Thanksgiving, and the day when retailers shift their attention away from sales in-store and towards sales online.

When is Cyber Monday?

This year, Cyber Monday falls on November 27. Black Friday is on November 24, and that’s the day after Thanksgiving, which is on November 23.

Where are the best Cyber Monday deals?

Cyber Monday deals happen all over the web, but the best place to stay on top of them is, of course, right here on TechRadar. We’ll be updating this page with new deals as we find them, and we’ll tell you whether the discounts are really worth it or if you should keep looking.

How do I get the best Cyber Monday deals?

There are plenty of things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for new deals. For starters, it’s best to make a list of things you actually want so you can avoid falling into sales traps during the day and buying products that give you buyer’s remorse. It’s also a good idea to note beforehand how much you’re willing to spend as it’s easy to spend more than you otherwise might.

How do I stay safe while buying things on Cyber Monday?

We recommend always buying from companies that you know are legit. The likes of Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, Walmart, Target and other big names like these are your best bet for safety online, but even then it’s a good idea to look into things like return policies.

Be very wary of phishing emails as these can be a big source of income for scammers. In fact, even if an email does appear legitimate we recommend going straight to the website offering the products rather than clicking on links in emails.

WhatsApp now lets you 'unsend' embarrassing and accidental messages

We’re usually forced to live with our mistakes in this world, but WhatsApp is now giving us a way to erase our little embarrassments.

Starting now (at least for some users), if you accidentally send a message to someone, you’ll be able to delete it for everyone who can read it as long as you act within seven minutes. WhatsApp describes the process more thoroughly in an updated FAQ entry.

WhatsApp already gave the illusion of allowing this, but the truth was that only you would see the message deleted from your client.

Whoever else you sent the message to would continue seeing it until they deleted it themselves, which could be a problem if you sent the message to the wrong person or it “contains a mistake.” We suspect that’s likely a euphemism. 

The feature is clearly labeled, too, so you’ll now see an option called “delete for everyone” when you select the trash can option after holding down your thumb on the message. Whenever someone on the other end tries to read the message in the future, they’ll just get a notification saying, “This message was deleted.” Again, though, you’ll have to act within seven minutes of sending the message for it to work.

Update and wait

You may have to wait a while to enjoy the full benefits. For one, it’s a gradual rollout, so not every user has it yet. Secondly, both users must have the latest version of WhatsApp running for it to work properly. Otherwise you may hit “delete for everyone” and sadly find that everyone but you can still see it. WhatsApp won’t send you a notification if this turns out to be the case.

And then, of course, there’s always the chance that the recipient will see your message anyway, allowing them to screenshot your “mistakes” for everyone to see.

In other words, we’re glad the feature has made it to WhatsApp, but you might want to play it safe and just be better aware of what you’re sending when you send a message.

Rumors about the feature first dropped last month, and we’re happy to see it made it into the live build.

Australian iPhone X pre-orders open tonight

UPDATE: The time to pre-order the brand new iPhone X is almost upon us and, if you’re keen on getting your hands on these all-screen wonder any time soon, we recommend getting in quickly as there are reports of very limited stock in the first round of pr-orders.

Pre-orders will go live at 6:01pm this evening (AEDT) and you’ll be able to grab them from Apple’s online store, although you’ll be competing globally for the handset this way, as well as its physical stores. You can also try and pre-order it through a carrier as they will have their own stock, but we suggest being just as fast in order to snag one this way.

Original article continues below.

Months of rumours and hype have ended and we now know exactly how hard the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10) will hit our wallets. This tenth anniversary handset is Apple’s priciest, by far, but you can check out our iPhone X hands-on review for more details on its specs to see exactly what your money will be going towards.

Here, we’ll let you know how much the iPhone X will cost outright, and predict the cheapest contract you’ll likely see based on previous launches. Hold on to your hats though, it’s a doozy.

At the moment, you can pre-register your interest at most of the major carriers, but we don’t have any official indication of what the plans will look like, price-wise, but we have made an educated estimate further down the page.

Alongside the September 12 announcement of the iPhone X, we’ve also heard all about the latest entries into Apple’s flagship range. The iterative updates of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have landed, in the form of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

See also: iPhone 8 deals | iPhone 8 Plus deals | iPhone 7 deals | iPhone 7 Plus deals | Samsung Galaxy S8 deals | Galaxy S8 Plus deals

iPhone X price: how much does it cost?

This beast isn’t cheap. There are two versions of the massive iPhone X and the smallest of the pair, the 64GB model, will still set you back $1,579. Huge.

The other model has considerably more storage at 256GB, but this will come at hell of a premium. The iPhone X 256GB will cost you $1,829. Even huger.

When can I buy the iPhone X?

You won’t be able to grab the new iPhone X as soon as you can the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. You’ll have to wait until Friday, November 3rd to get your hands on this bezel-free marvel.

Pre-orders open on Friday, October 27 at 6:01pm so if you’re keen on this premium handset then now’s a good time to set a reminder.

Although the iPhone X will be here in time for our Black Friday deals , there’s a rather small window of time between the launch and the sales, so we may not see too many savings.

TechRadar predicts the best iPhone X deal

Given the $1,579 starting price of the handset, most people are going to want to pick it up as part of a plan. Like the outright prices, we’re expecting the plans to be steeper than the iPhone 7 Plus plans were to start with.

iPhone X | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $99pm
There’s bound to be certain deals with specific carriers and networks on launch, but considering the cheapest current plan for an iPhone 8 Plus 256GB is around the $90pm district, we can’t imagine that even the cheapest iPhone X plan will be much under $100. We’re hoping this is a conservative estimate, but deep down we’re concerned it’ll be even more than this. Total cost over 24 months is $2,376