:get one before they disappear. The Lenovo Smart Display (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a smart speaker and display in one, and now that Lenovo has made security improvements to the model we initially recommended, we feel comfortable recommending it again. It’s a little more elegant-looking than Amazon’s Echo Show, but if you’re in Amazon’s ecosystem, the Show remains a solid option as well. Stick a smart display in your kitchen and you’ll never have to wonder about the conversions in a recipe, the weather forecast, or the traffic report while you’re making breakfast.
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If you’ve spent the past year trying to get your hands on an Xbox, this is your moment. While stock lasts, you can snag the most powerful next-gen console and a 1TB external hard drive, instantly giving you more room for games without having to delete the ones you’re still playing. You’ll probably need the extra storage, as the Xbox platform keeps getting better and more games are added to Game Pass on a regular basis.
The Sharpshooter map on Fortnite is a great place to get used to gaming on PC, as it has enough balance and chaos to allow you to get the hang of things before you’re unceremoniously fragged. Razer’s Huntsman is a reliable, speedy keyboard with braided cables and mechanical key switches, and the Basilisk X HyperSpeed wireless mouse comes with six programmable buttons, adjustable scroll wheel tension, and a sensor that scales up to 16,000 DPI. Best of all, Razer’s HyperSpeed wireless technology is virtually instantaneous, and the included dongle can connect to up to four devices at once if you want to use the same mouse with other systems.
PC enthusiasts, listen up. You need more than a keyboard and mouse for your gaming setup. A monitor! The Samsung CRG5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is a 24-inch, 1080p curved monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate. While laptops can be convenient, sometimes a desktop is the only way to go if you want to immerse yourself in your games, and this gorgeous display will do the immersive part justice. Don’t think for a second that a curved screen is a bad idea for gaming. Once you’re eye-deep flies into the first game, you’ll immediately see the appeal and convenience.
Apple keeps a tight stranglehold on the prices of its products. Even Walmart struggles to get a discount larger than 10 or 15% on the latest Apple devices, which has held true pretty much since Steve Jobs was topping CES and Macworld keynotes. This iPhone deal will last about as long as the average battery charge, which probably won’t be long given how often most of us use our phones. If you arrive to this sale a little late, as batteries often do, make sure to snag a charging cable or two. The included USB-C cable is capable of plugging into USB-A ports and charging at up to 20 watts, just make sure if you have a new iPhone you make sure your charging accessories are up to date.
Though the original AirPods were around first, the second generation included the H1 chip, allowing faster switching between devices, lower latency, and the ability to summon Siri with your voice in your ears. All your wired devices are intended to meet the same standard, so why shouldn’t your wireless ones too? Slap the charging (and wireless charging) case onto the pair. They can stick with you through several charge cycles away from an outlet, and the sound quality still stands up to competing earbuds that cost much more. Plus, with the new Find My integration, they’re nigh on impossible to lose.
With all the cinematic sound layer effects we’ve tested, it’s a marvel that the AirPods Pro can make the already immersive Marvel movies sound even more immersive and the sound of artillery make life-sized warfare even more intense. They’re also good for silencing the sound of arguments over where to go for dinner or tunes for focusing. Bundled with Apple’s lossless audio initiative on Apple Music, they’re a great option for getting in some good listening without needing to remember to charge two devices daily, even if they are good exercises for strengthening your memory. The only thing to be wary about with the Pros is remembering not to wash your ears with them in. That’ll go straight to our list of life pro tips and fantastic fails.
Unlike the earlier iterations of the iPad Mini, the fifth gen model is compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil. Though the lower-resolution screen isn’t optimal for intricate drawing or detailed designs, it’s still useful for quick sketches, taking notes, or keeping track of the exact color you need for your painting projects. And thanks to its small size, it’s a great travel companion or study aid and capable of lighting up your entire evening of reading, multitasking, or Netflix browsing.
Be sure to check out these early Black Friday deals from Walmart. Even if the crowds aren’t quite the same, the offers are worth a look. From home and kitchen gear to TVs, personal wearables, and gaming, you’ll find plenty of your favorite stuff discounted. Also, make sure to scope out Walmart’s early Black Friday Deals for the complete rundown.WIRED tests products year-round, so we’ve handpicked deals that are actually discounted based on their true worth. We’ll update this guide through November. And if you end up making a purchase through the links in our stories, we may earn a commission, which will help support our journalism.