While the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro designs certainly update the macOS platform, Apple has focused on creating a machine better suited for professionals needing power and flexibility – the “Pro” moniker feels relevant again. More than ever, these high-end laptops are not for everyone. Put aside the “new and shiny” thoughts and you’ll find some better choices in Apple’s portfolio for an all-rounder macOS laptop.
First up is the price. The entry level 14-inch MacBook Pro comes in at $1999 plus tax for the model with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage. As always you can bump up both the processor speed and the processor architecture (from the M1 Pro to the M1 Max), the available memory, and available storage. Max out all your options and you are looking at $5,899 with M1 Max and 32-core GPU, 64 GB of RAM and 8 TB of storage.
Keep that in mind, because these MacBook Pro laptops are very much targeted towards users who need an excess of power – media professionals and developers being two of the markets. They are going to look at those base specs and think “nope, I need more”.
If you’re looking at those specs and thinking they are more than enough for the job you want, then perhaps the new MacBook Pro hardware is simply overpowered. The current M1 powered MacBook Air, with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage comes in at $1,399. Is the extra inch of screen and spare headroom in the processor worth $600?
You also should think about the future of the MacBook Air.
Information from the supply chain suggests that the new design and technology in the MacBook Pro – most notably the miniLED screen with the curious choice of a notch – is destined for next year’s MacBook Air. Given Apple’s historic trend of keeping the ‘first’ MacBook in the portfolio at $999, I’d expect the next Air, with all the design benefits (and the notch) in the MacBook Pro to match that price.
Don’t forget just how accomplished the M1 powered MacBook Air has been. It has been more than enough for an army of early adopters, even in the entry level 8 GB RAM 256 GB storage version. Now take that, add in the new features on show in the MacBook Pro, and’ve got yourself a combination that feels perfectly suited for the consumer market.
Finally, on a more practical front, the new MacBook Pro laptops are already listed as being on backorder (ie out of stock) for up to six weeks. You already have a built in buffer to take your time and carefully consider if the new MacBook Pro laptops are right for you.
If you don’t need the excessive levels of power, if you are looking for a more affordable MacBook laptop, and if you need a new MacBook right now, the MacBook Pro is not for you. Whether you go with the current MacBook Air, or wait to see just how much of the new technology and design shows up in the next-generation Air, the answer is not always to go for a Pro.
If wearing headphones while you cycle is your thing, be that indoors or out, then there is a whole host of Black Friday headphone deals out there for you.
While there’s rarely a bad time to buy headphones, with the arrival of the Black Friday bike deals, the competitive nature of retailers’ pricing means there’s currently a richness of choice of discounted options. With that, this weekend represents a great time to treat yourself to a new pair, or perhaps get someone else their dream in-ear or over-ear headphones for Christmas.
Although Black Friday has technically been and gone, this weekend there are still plenty of bargains to be had, especially as we look towards Cyber Monday as well. There are plenty of Black Friday headphone deals to satisfy all different users; whether you’re someone who likes to wear a pair while you’re out and about, or want to listen to some pounding music while making the most of your recent Black Friday turbo trainer purchase.
Below you will find some of the best deals on headphones in the UK and the US, from Apple AirPods to the Sony WF-1000XM3 earphones.
The best Black Friday headphone deals in the US
The best Black Friday headphone deals in the UK
Whether you are more comfortable with over-ear or in-ear headphones, they can be great for helping you push through the pain barrier on those turbo sessions. While we don’t advise wearing them while cycling on the road, some people do find they really help with getting through the training kilometres.
AirPods are always top of the list thanks to their connectivity with iPhones, and the standout technology inside them. This is especially true of the AirPods Pro which have some great Black Friday offers this weekend. Do not discount offerings from Sony, JBL and other headphone brands too, if you aren’t an Apple loyalist.
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Whether you want one for yourself or for the bookworm in your life, now is the perfect time to buy a Kindle e-reader. They’re one of the most popular items for shoppers to buy on Black Friday, often seeing the best prices available all year — Prime Day aside.
The versatile devices make it easy to carry a library of reading around in the form of a small tablet. From the budget-friendly original Kindle to the full-featured Kindle Oasis, you’re sure to find the right model for you, at a sweet price. Find the best deals below, or check out our guide to the best e-readers to learn more about which is right for you.
Amazon revolutionized the e-reader with the Kindle Oasis’ daring design, great page-turn buttons, sharp screen, and giant ebook library. After extensive testing, it’s our pick for the best overall e-reader.
The Kindle Kids Edition was designed for kids to have access to thousands of books to read without distractions like games. It comes with a two-year warranty and a one year free subscription to Amazon Kids+. For $60, you can save 45% on the Kindle Kids Edition from Amazon.
Kindle is Amazon’s collection of tablet-like ebook readers. It’s also an app that lets you read ebooks from your phone or any other type of tablet. Supplementing the devices and app is Kindle Unlimited, a monthly membership that gives you unlimited access to more books than you can count.
As of right now, there are three different Kindle models to choose from. The high-end and full-featured Kindle Oasis, the mid-range Kindle Paperwhite, and the budget-friendly Kindle.
The Oasis is our pick for the best overall e-reader; it’s bright, waterproof, designed with page-turning buttons, and it has the biggest screen. The Kindle Paperwhite is a bit cheaper but still offers a sharp screen, long battery life, and lightweight design. If you want the cheapest Kindle available, the basic model is a solid choice with its long battery life and front light — but it’s not waterproof.
What is Kindle Unlimited?
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service grants you access to over a million ebooks for a low monthly fee. It’s a solid investment for avid and adventurous readers. You can even try 30 days free before buying.
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Listen up! Walmart has slashed prices on high-quality headphones and earbuds from brands like Beats, Samsung and Sony this Black Friday, with savings of up to $175! Pair those with the tablets that are also on sale, and you could afford to give someone’s tech setup a serious upgrade this holiday season.
Of course, you can save even more if you’re a Walmart+ member. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 15-day trial here, and a quick three-question survey will tack on an additional two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. (And by the way, those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)
Bold design and comfortable fit: Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones are now just $125, down (waaay down) from $300. Fast Fuel technology gives you three hours of play time with just a five-minute charge and a total of 40 hours of battery life on a complete charge. Simply power on and hold them near your iPhone to simultaneously connect them to your Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac for a seamless listening experience throughout your digital space.
Beats Solo3 feature comfort-cushioned ear cups made for everyday use and fold up for easy portability. Rock these wireless headphones and save $175 while you’re at it.
Sleek and powerful, the Galaxy Tab A 8″ Tablet lets you browse the web, watch your favorite shows and movies, play games and more on a machine that’s lightweight and comfortable in your hands. With a long-lasting battery and expandable memory, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0″ is built to keep up with you.
It’s got a binge-ready battery, so you can watch your favorite shows for up to 13 hours on a full charge. One fan raved: “It’s a tablet that definitely hits way above its weight class. As soon as I took it out of the box, I fell in love with the device.” And at $99, you will too.
Enjoy high quality sound for up to 18 hours at a time (thanks to the wireless charging case) with Sony Truly Wireless Headphones. Ergonomic for a secure fit, you can keep moving to the music through rain, sleet or sweat.
These buds are also voice-assistant–compatible: A simple press of the button will allow you to get directions, play music or chat with friends. Low audio latency makes for enjoyable video viewing, too. Score these bud-dies for just $130 now.
PC power with tablet mobility: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 will allow you to get work — or goofing off — done from anywhere. A fast-charging USB-C port will keep you powered up while on the move. This tablet comes complete with a redesigned, minimal-lag S Pen that lets you control a presentation or mark up documents and an expanded edge-to-edge screen for a better streaming, gaming and video-chatting experience.
Five star reviewers love its light weight, rave about the size, and say it has surprisingly great sound quality. At $150 off, this tablet may just be the upgrade you need for your work-from-anywhere setup.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ deliver rich sound from a small package. Selectively tune in or out environmental noise, so you can stay in the zone on a phone call or get lost in your favorite playlist. Switch on Ambient Aware to hear flight announcements, oncoming traffic or your takeout-order number while still enjoying your tunes or podcast.
Get up to 11 hours of nonstop music on a single charge, then pop your Galaxy Buds+ into the wireless charging case. Forgot to charge them the night before? Not to worry: Three minutes of charging gives you one hour of runtime, so you’ll have enough juice for your commute or a workout. Customization and comfort for $79? That’s what we like to hear.
Make learning fun and keep kids occupied on rainy days or long car rides with the Contixo 7″ Kids Bluetooth Tablet for Kids. This tablet comes with more than 20 educator-approved academic apps covering math, reading, writing, coding, music, problem-solving and creativity skills. And with 32GB of onboard storage and up to 128GB of added storage, it has plenty of room for cartoons, videos and e-books as well. Get up to 10 hours of battery power on a single charge.
The parental-control feature allows you to customize profiles for kids’ accounts, hand-pick content for them, control screen time and monitor browsing. These security settings can be adjusted as little ones grow to ensure the content is tailored to their age. Score a savings of over 40 percent now.
Seamlessly shift between Zoom meetings to streaming your favorite shows with the nimble HP Stream Laptop. At less than four pounds, this notebook contains a 14-inch diagonal HD BrightView display, a dual-core Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB SD RAM and a 64 GB Embedded Multi-Media Card.
Powerful Intel UHD graphics let you stream 4K content and play your favorite games in 720p, while the HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone makes video chats clear and smooth. Plus, you’ll enjoy full access to Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and 60 Skype minutes each month for a year. At $219, this laptop makes a perfect tech companion for work or school.
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