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46 Best Black Friday Laptop and Home Office Deals (2022): Office Chairs, Desks, and More

Thanksgiving has ended, and that means there are Cyber Monday laptop deals abound. But that’s not all. We’ve collected a bunch of deals on other home office necessities, from our favorite office chairs and standing desks to keyboards and mice. Take a look below. It’s a good time to improve your work-from-home setup.  

Updated November 28: We’ve added new deals like the Samsung T7 Shield 2-TB, Anker PowerCore 26,800 mAh Portable Battery, and a variety of mechanical keyboards. We’ve also updated prices and retailers throughout.

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Branch Ergonomic Office Chair

Photograph: Branch

Our recommendation for most people from the WIRED best office chair guide, this seat from Branch is a breeze to build and offers a range of adjustments to get the setup to your liking. Adjustable lumbar support is a big highlight. It doesn’t keep your back as upright, but that’s one of its few flaws. It’s great for both tall and short people.

This is our favorite budget office chair. The Hyken features mesh fabric across the back and the seat to offer strong breathability for folks that tend to sweat in their seat. It’s been used for upwards of 3 years by our review team who found the mesh did begin to compress a bit. Nevertheless, it remains comfortable and the lumbar and headrest support is a big plus.

A common theme in our top office chair choices is the use of mesh as it does a great job of keeping you cool in long sitting sessions. The Nouhaus is no different. The mesh doesn’t offer the best sensation against bare skin, but it’s still a relatively comfy seat. It has a good degree of adjustments you can make, as well as two sets of wheels to choose between depending on your floor type.

Branch Verve

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The Verve is the runner-up in our office chair guide, with Branch once again knocking it out of the park. This office chair is essentially a level up from the Ergonomic model. You get a more upright seat and nearly the same level of adjustments, plus a lot more polish. It lacks 3D-adjustable armrests though, as these only go up and down.

WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu bought the original Embody during the pandemic (when the price was much lower) and he says it helped solve his back issues after years of sitting on a crappy gaming chair. The Embody will take some time to break in, but it’s comfortable, well-built, fully adjustable, and comes with a 12-year warranty. This is the gaming version of the chair, which honestly doesn’t have many differences from the original, which is also on sale for $1,516 ($379), depending on the frame and upholstery you choose.

Herman Miller Zeph

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A slightly less conventional chair from Herman Miller, the Zeph is another office chair fave. This good-looking seat offers a ton of color options and a comfy place to sit. There’s a lack of adjustability, but that’s not a huge loss as it’s designed to cushion your back in all the right ways without needing to make any tweaks. You can save some cash by nixing the seat pad and armrests, but we recommend those additions.

We typically don’t recommend buying a chair because you can usually find it used for much cheaper. The price of this chair has been astronomically high these past few years, but this discount brings things down a smidge, even if it’s still expensive. There’s a reason why the Aeron is used in offices worldwide. It’s comfy, has a range of adjustments, and just works really well.

This chair seems to dip to this price often, so it’s not an amazing deal. If you’re after this particular racing chair aesthetic, then the Secretlab Titan Evo (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is what you should snag. It’s adjustable, has a magnetically removable head pillow, and it’s comfy. It isn’t the best for long gaming sessions though as it traps heat in the lower back area.

Full Jarvis 

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This is our favorite standing desk pick in our Work From Home Gear guide. The Fully Jarvis offers an easy motor-powered adjustable height with a bamboo desktop that is stylish and nice to the touch. There’s a strong 15-year warranty on desk frame components and a 5-year warranty on desktop surfaces too.

This discount is only available for Amazon Prime subscribers. It’s one of the best cheap standing desks around, especially at this price. After years of use, the single motor still works reliably, and the chipboard desktop looks just as great with minor scuff marks. It’s not the easiest to assemble, but it’s affordable and has a good range of height. If you want to save a little more, the Flexispot EG1 Essential Adjustable Standing Desk is also on sale for $138 ($160 off) with the coupon and the promo code FLEXISPOT.

Fully Nolan

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Standing desks all typically look the same with oblong legs at the base. The Fully Nolan (8/10, WIRED Recommends) tries to change this with a more traditional desk design. The telescoping legs can smoothly move the whole thing up and down thanks to four motors.  It’s elegant, easy to assemble, and very stable. 

Branch makes great desks too. WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has had the Branch Executive Standing Desk for more than a year and says it was easy to assemble, spacious, and has smooth motors that reliably push the desk up and down. There’s even a useful hole to route your cables through. 

Check out our guides to the Best Cheap Laptops and the Best Touchscreen Laptops for more. 

HP Pavilion X360 14

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This HP device is one of our favorite cheap laptops, thanks to its reliability and solid specs. This model comes with that classic combo of an Intel Core i5 (11th-gen, in this case) and 8-GB SSD storage. The team-up is great for students or your average productivity user. We’re not quite sure about the 360-hinge formula, but you can whack this into tent or tablet mode for some different viewing angles.

It may not be as flashy as some high-end devices from Dell or HP, but we rate this Lenovo as the best Windows laptop you can buy in our Best Laptops guide. Value is baked in with our favored Ryzen 5 and 16-GB RAM combination—and the added boost of 512-GB SSD storage. There are plenty of ports as well.

Apple’s latest MacBook Air (7/10, WIRED Recommends) didn’t knock our socks off as much as the previous model but it’s still a great device. New additions like MagSafe, improved M2 chip performance, and a larger display makes it a strong productivity and light editing machine.

Acer Nitro 5

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The Acer Nitro 5 is our top pick for a cheap gaming laptop. Despite its reasonable price, you get plenty of travel and a good level of feedback as well as a solid Ryzen 5 5600H and RTX 3060 team-up. You can expect mid-tier performance, like 60+ fps in visually demanding titles and the ability to hit 144fps on low to medium settings—all at 1080p.

The Razer Blade 15 remains a solid go-to for those looking to dive into portable PC gaming, and it holds a spot in our best gaming laptop guide. Its smaller sibling enhances the portability factor a step further while still packing immense power. You’ll find a great keyboard alongside a solid spec sheet of a Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3070 Ti, 16-GB RAM, and 1TB SSD. Razer devices don’t come cheap, so a $300 discount is very welcome.

Looking to up your productivity while on your laptop? The LG Gram 16 is our favorite big screen to do so. It’s large enough to work in multiple windows, and the processor is powerful enough to support multiple applications without bogging it down. And it’s lightweight to boot!

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

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The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top pick in the Surface lineup for most people. (The new Surface Laptop 5 doesn’t offer enough upgrades to justify the extra cost.) The Laptop 4 comes with a nice 13.5-inch high-resolution display (the 15-inch version is also on sale), along with a good keyboard and glass trackpad. You can choose between an AMD Ryzen chip or an Intel processor—we’ve tested both, and while they each have their pros and cons, either will be capable of handling most tasks.

This laptop was released barely a month ago and this is the best price we’ve tracked. There aren’t many differences between the Surface Laptop 5 and its predecessor (see above). You’re better off saving money and going with the Surface Laptop 4. But if you must have the latest, this one has 12th-generation Intel chips. Read more in our Microsoft Surface Buying Guide. 

This deal is for the Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 256-gigabyte SSD model. Our favorite Surface launch of the year (8/10, WIRED Recommends) isn’t actually one of the brand’s higher-end devices. Instead, it’s this more wallet-friendly option. The Laptop Go 2 does a great job of walking and talking like a high-end productivity machine but with a few judicious tweaks, like a plastic base and year-old processor, to keep the price down. Battery life is the main weakness here, but it’s a stylish student-friendly wonder.

Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro

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Apple’s latest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models brought about a big redesign, including a controversial notch. Nevertheless, the new flavor offers a crisp new display, impressive power, and plenty of battery life. Fans of the former MagSafe connection on older MacBook laptops can rejoice too, as the tech has made a return. We are expecting updated models in the first half of next year, but this is a solid discount nonetheless.

All the configurations are on sale, but we suggest snagging the 11th-gen Intel Core i7 model with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD. Last year’s Pro 8 saw Microsoft’s flagship tablet get a much-needed redesign, trimming down both its bezels and thickness. The result is a sleeker device that’s even more portable.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

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The best 14-inch gaming laptop around, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is a mighty impressive machine. The device burst on the scene a few years ago, and while its value has diminished slightly as its price has risen, it remains the best combination of portability and PC gaming power. The specs add up to a solid mid-tier gaming machine, and the discount helps return this proposition to its former glory.

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is our favorite of all the Chromebooks—a major feat given how many we’ve tested over the years. You get all the benefits of a laptop and a tablet, so you can easily switch from streaming your favorite show in bed to logging on to your 9 am meeting. The screen is clear and bright, the processor works well enough, and the size is just right for either mode.

This is one of our favorite cheap laptops, showcasing a 1080p IPS display and great battery life. The rest of the value-for-money specs include an 11th-gen Intel Core i5 chip, 8 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB SSD. This isn’t the craziest discount, but it does make it a super cheap pick for students or hybrid workers.

Apple MacBook Air M1

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Even at two years old, Apple’s first laptop powered by its own silicon (9/10, WIRED Recommends) remains a great pick for students and productivity users alike, especially when discounted. The bezels may be big and ports limited, but it offers a lightweight body, good performance, and long battery life.

Apple’s best MacBook combination of portability and power, the latest 14-inch Pro is ideal for creatives on the go (8/10 WIRED Recommends). Our review praised this model for its strong performance, stunning display, and durable build, as well as the long-awaited return of MagSafe. It is a tad heavy, and the battery life on the 14-inch version isn’t remarkable. You should also bear in mind that new models are expected early next year.

The Legion 5 Pro features in our Best Gaming Laptops guide for its impressive AMD and Nvidia combination. This model almost hits the ideal specs we recommend too, falling just short by opting for 512-GB SSD over a larger 1-TB SSD. You’ll be getting a 16-inch, 1440-pixel resolution, 165-Hz display, a Ryzen 7 chip, and an RTX 3070 graphics card.

A slightly smaller version of one of our best budget gaming laptop picks, this HP Victus 15 offers a reasonably priced way into portable PC gaming. The combination of an i7 chip, 16-GB RAM, and 512-GB SSD will let you achieve plenty more than 60fps at high settings in visually demanding titles. The keyboard doesn’t offer stunning travel, but the feedback is satisfying. At well under $1000, it’s a good deal. The Ryzen 7 version of this laptop is also on sale for $700 ($268 off).


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Deals on Laptop Stands and Monitor Mounts

ObVus Solutions Tower Laptop Stand

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This is our top recommendation in our Best Laptop Stands guide. It’s lightweight and sturdy, plus you can raise it to various heights and positions. You can go from sitting to standing, though it does take some force to change the height and angle. Our laptop has never fallen off of it after more than two years of use. 

Got a dual-monitor setup? This lets you put them both on a stand to reclaim some precious desk space underneath. It can support up to 220 pounds, which is more than enough for monitors and other desk accessories, and it’s super easy to put together. It’s made of powder-coated steel legs and oak or walnut wood. The base of the legs is cork, so it won’t scuff up your desk.

We like this monitor arm from Fully and it sits in pride of place in our Work From Home Gear guide. The Jarvis Monitor Arm is VESA compatible, offers a five-year warranty, and supports up to 20 pounds. You’ll be able to keep things tidy too, with built-in cable management.

Satechi Desktop Tablet Stand.

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This stand is one of our favorite tablet accessories. It’s super stable and packs down easily for travel. The adjustable angle is compatible with screens big and small. Use it to hold your iPad next to your desk and see the screen at the same time. 

Like a little filing cabinet for your screens, this stand corrals your laptop and tablet or phone to keep your work surface neat and tidy. The base is hefty, so laptops won’t topple over, and there’s a silicone mat on the inside to protect your devices. 

It might be cheap, but Vivo proves that you don’t need to spend much at all on a monitor arm mount. This one has been holding two monitors up side-by-side in our tester’s office for several months with no issues whatsoever. You can’t move the monitors around as easily, but it’s great for just keeping them in place and saving you desk space. 

This deal is for Amazon Prime members only. The Nnewvante may have a strange name, but it’s a nice little bamboo table you can use to prop up your laptop above your lap whether you’re on the couch or in bed (or, you know, just use it for breakfast in bed). The left side can be angled up, making it great for sketches or for idly watching a movie on a tablet. There’s even a little drawer for storing a charging cable or some other tchotchke. 

Eero 6

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We like this mesh router from Eero for its simplicity. If it’s your first time going mesh, to extend your coverage around your home, it’s an easy way to get started. The design is equally simple too and won’t look horrendous in your living space. It’s not the fastest system; if you don’t mind spending more, get the Eero Pro 6 ($389) for better performance.

The boosted Pro version of our top affordable mesh router pick, the Deco XE75 Pro 3-pack offers up to 7,200 square feet of coverage, 6-GHz band support, and a LAN port. The AI-driven mesh is here to make sure the system delivers the best Wi-Fi it can wherever you are on the network. The Deco app also allows for a quick and simple setup.

It’s a small deal, but this is our favorite Wi-Fi router. It has great performance for medium-sized homes, offers a stable connection, and delivers the speed you need. It also has all the router specs you want, from WPA3 encryption to beamforming antennas for the best signal. There are four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports on the back, so you can hook up a bunch of devices. Read more in our Best Wi-Fi Routers guide.

Razer Huntsman Mini

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This is our top pick for a small gaming keyboard. The Razer Huntsman Mini is a compact option that’s extremely responsive. As well as taking up less space, it’s understated and offers customizable key cap options. We liked this already, but the $70 price makes it an ever stronger option for upgrading a minimalist desk setup.

This ultra-slim mechanical keyboard connects via Bluetooth to your PC and still offers a tactile click despite the low profile. It’s super compact, has RGB lighting (if you’d like), and can last around four to five days on a single charge before you need to plug in a USB-C cable (you can also just use it with the cable). 

Logitech G915

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We love this mechanical keyboard for creative professionals. The G915 Lightspeed is a large keyboard with keys that offer a ton of travel and pleasing feedback. The five macro keys make it great for creators. This keyboard is also sturdily built, making it heavy but robust.

This Corsair peripheral made it into our Best Keyboards guide, thanks in large part to this keyboard’s interesting control wheel. Along with your typical gaming keyboard RGB, programmable macro keys, and a volume roller, the wheel lets you scrub through videos, as well as modify the lighting. 

If you’re interested in customizing your mechanical keyboard, but don’t know where to start, we recommend the NZXT Function. Using the company’s builder tool, you can pick your preferred switches, keycaps, and cable color for your keyboard, and they’ll put it together for you. If you want to customize it further, it also ships with tools to remove the switches and keycaps.

Das Keyboard 5QS

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Das Keyboard 5QS is our favorite smart home-compatible mechanical keyboard. Using IFTTT shortcuts, you can train the keyboard to flash a specific key for reminders, alert you when someone leaves the garage door open, or even dim your smart lights. It’s a well-designed gaming keyboard too, complete with a customizable knob for additional controls and RGB lighting.

Roccat’s switches are specifically designed to feel responsive, quick, and tactile—making this keyboard extremely satisfying to type on. But it’s also incredibly loud—which is something to take into account if you plan on using this keyboard while working around other people. With thin key caps and bright, customizable RGB lighting, the switches are also both visible and illuminated.

This is our favorite wireless mouse. It has an understated design and fits a wide range of hand sizes pretty well. It’s simple but effective. You get snappy response times, clicky buttons, and a great wireless range. 

Speaker, Headphone, and Microphone Deals

Sony WH-1000MX5

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The Sony WH-1000XM5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite wireless headphones for most people. They have some of the best audio you’ll find for the money, good microphone quality for Zoom calls, and excellent noise-canceling tech. Read our Best Wireless Headphones guide for more.

These headphones retain the classic design of Bose’s QuietComfort series but improve the active noise canceling to drown out the world around you. The battery life is solid, it’s comfy, and it sounds pretty good. 

HyperX Cloud Alpha

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Trust us when we tell you that WIRED rarely gives out 10/10, WIRED Recommends scores, but this HyperX headset received just that. Even at its original $200 price point, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is worth it for its vibrant sound, easy-to-use controls, and truly unbelievable battery life. It’s a delightful grind getting this headset down to  0 percent battery.

The Logitech G735 is one of our new favorite headsets. It connects via a 3.5-mm cable, Bluetooth, or the included wireless dongle. The plush earcups and lightweight construction make this super comfy to wear, even for long periods of time—a hard-to-find feature when it comes to wireless headsets. 

The Xbox version of this headset makes it onto our best wireless gaming headsets list, and this model is almost identical. It offers a secure and comfortable fit, delightfully broad sound, decent 20-hour battery life, and a mic that neatly retracts. 

SteelSeries Arena 7

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These flashy speakers (8/10, WIRED Recommends) boast “incredible” sound, according to WIRED reviewer Eric Ravenscraft. You get tons of connectivity options, from optical to Bluetooth, built-in RGB LEDs for classic gaming setups, and robust software to fine-tune settings.

If you can spend a little more, this Blue Yeti is still affordable and will elevate your sound while streaming your Elden Ring sessions. Just plug it into your PC, and that’s it. We have other tips and recommendations in our Best Podcasting Gear guide.

Looking to boost the audio recording capabilities of your WFH setup? We recommend this USB mic from our Work From Home Gear guide. This Blue Snowball iCE USB Microphone is cheap yet brings impressive build and sound quality. It’s a solid starter option for those wanting to improve upon built-in mics on laptops, headsets, and the like.

The luxe SoundLink Revolve II nabs an honorable mention in our Best Bluetooth Speakers guide. It’s not as functional as many rivals on that list, with lesser waterproofing and a higher price, but the sound is great and it’s a stylish piece of furniture. 


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Deals on Desk Lights and Webcams

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This is a great way to illuminate your desk surface without taking up any desk space. It hangs on top of your monitor, without interfering with the screen at all, and shoots an adjustable light down at your desk. It’s a small deal but it rarely goes on sale. 

Webcams often need a lot of light to deliver sharp results on your Zoom calls. One easy way to fix this is to install a desk lamp and I particularly like ones that can clamp to the desk frame. The Lume Cube Edge Desk Light can get really bright, and offers varied color temperatures with brightness controls. You can adjust it but it doesn’t move smoothly and might require some force to get it into the right position. 

WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has been using this webcam for more than a year with zero issues. It automatically wakes up and points at him when he starts a Zoom call and automatically faces away when the call ends. The video quality is pretty good, and Obsbot’s software lets you set preset positions to set the angle of the camera and the crop, in case you don’t want your coworkers to see the mess behind you. Read more about it in our WFH Gear guide.

Dell Curved Gaming Monitor

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You don’t have to game to get all the goodness out of the Dell 27-inch Curved Gaming Monitor. It has a 1440p LCD TFT display, so you’ll be able to see any higher-resolution media in all its glory. The stand isn’t too obtrusive, but you can mount it due to the VESA support. Read our Best Monitors guide for more.

Portable monitors are great for anyone in a hybrid work environment, or if you just like mixing things up by working at the local coffee shop. Why work on just one cramped laptop screen when you can add a second monitor for better multitasking? The Espresso display is one of the thinnest and lightest screens around. This deal is on the 15-inch touchscreen model and technically just nets you the magnetic stand for free with the code. 

This portable display doesn’t have the highest-quality screen, but it does the job and comes with a built-in kickstand that’s quite sturdy, so you can prop it up pretty much anywhere. All you need is a single USB-C cable to run between your laptop and the monitor for that multi-monitor setup. 

Anker PowerExpand+. 

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Manufacturers might keep eliminating ports from our computers, but that won’t stop our constant need for more of them. We recommend this hub in our guide to gear for remote workers. It’s easy to use and pretty affordable, especially thanks to this deal. The dock converts your laptop’s USB-C port into a multi-port wonder with two USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, and 48-watt pass-through USB-C charging. There are also a couple of slots for MicroSD and SD cards as well as an HDMI port for connecting an external monitor. 

Got a MagSafe iPhone? You can put it on the face of this dock to recharge it at your desk wirelessly and magnetically. But look around the back and you’ll see three AC outlets, two USB-C ports, and two USB-A ports. It’s great for simplifying the cables around your desk. 

This cylinder-shaped charger has a platform on the top that flips up, allowing you to use the power of MagSafe to use the charger like a stand. The platform also serves as a pedestal for wirelessly charging your AirPods. A cable and adapter are included.

With the ability to charge an iPad several times and Samsung Galaxy S8 more than six times, this portable battery from Anker is a great option for those who spend most of their days on long commutes and away from power sockets. And since it’s not too large or heavy, it’s easy to carry around in your backpack or tote.

Stealtho Office Chair Wheels

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The cheapest way to upgrade your current office chair is to replace its wheels. Traditional casters might scuff up your floors (or might move poorly on carpet), but rollerblade wheels can help fix that. These are affordable and slot into the wheelbases on most office chairs. 

Put a desk mat on your desktop to keep it scuff-free (and eliminate the need for a mouse pad). This one from Satechi looks and feels lovely, despite the low price. You get two color options on the front and back, so you can change things up every now and then. 

Satechi’s wall charger can charge up to three USB-C devices up to 108 watts. So, that means it can easily power up your iPad Air and 16-inch MacBook Pro simultaneously. 

Crucial X6

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The Crucial X6 is our top choice for a portable storage drive, with its extreme speeds driving much of the appeal. It’s also pretty lightweight. The build quality isn’t the toughest though, so you’ll have to take care of this one.

This one isn’t as padded as our favorite LaCie Rugged SSD, but it’s a great alternative if you’re looking for something more affordable with similar speed. It doesn’t have a fingerprint reader like the Touch Model, but it still has built-in security features like hardware-based encryption. It’s durable too—with an IP65 rating, it’s water-resistant. And according to Samsung, can also surface a fall from 9.8 feet.

These are some of our favorite USB-C cables because they’re attractive, made from certified recycled plastic and aluminum, and are BPA- and PVC-free. The braided design makes them quite durable, and they can carry up to 60 watts of power to your laptop. One of them is powering my laptop as I type, and after two years, it still looks and functions like new. You can choose between three sizes, all of which are on sale. Need a USB-C to Lightning cable? Nimble has a sale on those too.

SanDisk iXpand

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This is our favorite USB flash drive for phones, and it’s easy to see why. The iXpand Luxe comes with both USB-C and Lightning connections for Android and iOS compatibility. It’s got a metal casing to protect your precious data from bumps and bruises, as well as a key ring loop so you can easily take it with you. It’s already a cheap product, and this discount makes it an easy purchase if you could use a phone-compatible drive.

It might be licensed for the PS5, but this SSD will also work with PCs (provided you have an M.2 port with space for the heatsink). It’s fast, packs a whole terabyte of extra storage, and this price makes it even sweeter.

This dock doubles as a microphone for video calls, speakers to pump out tunes, and a hub with an array of ports at the back so you can declutter your desk of those annoying wires. However, we like it for one special reason: right before your video call starts, it’ll light up with a chime. Just press the center button and your video-calling app will launch. It’s a great way to join meetings if you have a tendency to forget they’re about to start. It works with several calendar clients and video-calling apps. 

Ember Mug2 

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The Ember Mug is a godsend if you, like me, are a slow or absent-minded coffee drinker. It can keep your beverage at your desired temp (via the app) for an extra 90 minutes. You can eke out even longer if you keep the mug on the charging coaster. The cup is also stylish and sturdy. A bit more battery life wouldn’t go amiss, and it isn’t cheap, but it makes a great gift at $100.

The Google Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED Recommends) does what it claims. It’s a smart assistant with a display, meaning you can set timers/alarms, play podcasts,  check on the weather, and watch videos. There’s no camera, which is a bonus for the security-conscious but may disappoint anyone who likes making video calls from these pint-sized assistants. It isn’t the speediest device either. At half-price, it’s an affordable way into the Google Assistant ecosystem.

Moment MTW Tote Bag. 

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This is our favorite traditional tote. It’s weatherproof and has a closure that fully zips, preventing pesky raindrops or would-be pickpockets from getting into your bag. It distributes weight evenly and has a ton of pockets for keeping everything organized. It’s a great little thing to carry your laptop to and from the coffee shop.

We like this padded bag’s chunky, reliable zipper and built-in luggage loop. We just wish it were made of a more sustainable material. Dagne Dover doesn’t hold sales very often. 

We like this laptop bag for its no-frills design and ease of use. It doesn’t have many bells or whistles, but it has enough room for most people and enough pockets to be useful. It’s also made from recycled materials. 

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This deal has been running for a few weeks, but it’s still a good one if you’re looking to grab AMD’s screaming powerful 5900X. This is a killer CPU for high-end 4K or 144-Hz gaming, but there are a couple things to note. First, this is just the chip, you need a motherboard and graphics card as well to build out a system. And if you do need a motherboard, the bundled motherboard is also on sale for $491. Second,  this chip gets so hot there’s no way you should put it into a PC without a liquid cooler like Asus ROG Ryujin II Liquid Cooler. If you’re new to building your own PC be sure to check out our guide to building your own PC.

If you don’t need all the power of the Ryzen 9, this makes a good budget alternative. It’ll still make for a system that’s powerful enough for most things and won’t get bogged down by your games, as long as you add the GPU horsepower to pull most of that weight.

We haven’t seen any deals on Intel’s i9 series to compete with the Ryzen 9 above, but the i7 chips are still very powerful, and a bit cheaper. This version offers 10 cores and runs at up to 5.0 GHz.

Western Digital Black SSD

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With speeds up to 7,300 MB per second, this drive is ridiculously fast. The drive my the laptop I am typing this on is barely half that fast and it still feels fast. If you’re looking for extremely low latency to minimize stutter and give you smooth games, look no further. This one comes in sizes up to 4 terabytes and there’s a version with a built-in heat sink, though none of those are quiet as good a deal.

If you prefer to build out a budget Intel system, this deal will save you a few dollars on the latest Intel i5 desktop chip.

If you’re looking to get into medium-end gaming, this card strikes a good balance between power and price. Also a great pick for an office computer that will do some video editing or some light gaming.


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