In the mood for new hardware? There are some great deals on smartphones, headphones and gaming accessories right now, and as if that wasn’t enough, Sony has an excellent sale on PlayStation games with up to 75 per cent off a wide range of titles. Happy bargain hunting!
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Check out our guides to the best Android phones and best cheap phones for more recommendations.
This is our absolute favorite phone. The Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is powered by Google’s Tensor chip, giving it some of the smartest features of any phone, including Assistant Voice Typing for truly responsive speech-to-text typing, as well as top-notch photography capabilities. It doesn’t hurt that while it’s one of the best phones, it’s also one of the cheapest, even more so with this deal. Keep in mind that Google is expected to announce a successor, the Pixel 7A, in May.
In the Android world, there’s no better value for money than the Pixel 7 (8/10, WIRED Recommends). This handset has all-day battery life, some of the best cameras on a smartphone, Face Unlock, and all the smarts that Google brings to the entire Pixel range. If you want a great 5x optical zoom camera and a slightly larger screen, then go for the Pixel 7 Pro, which is also available for $749 ($150 off).
This is one of the lowest prices we’ve ever found for the OnePlus 10 Pro (7/10, WIRED Recommends), last year’s Android flagship from the company. It’s one of the most powerful phones you’ll find for this price. So if you are looking for a fast smartphone, this is a good option. It will get two more OS upgrades and three more years of security updates.
If you need a barebones phone and want to spend as little money as possible, the Galaxy A14 5G (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top pick for Android phones under $200. It offers two days of battery life, solid performance and a decent screen considering its price. It works on every major US network.
Most phones aren’t really built for hardcore gaming, but the Asus ROG Phone 6 is one of the few that are. It packs a huge 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with a 165Hz refresh rate and 12 gigabytes of RAM. The large battery and cooling technology can keep you gaming for a long time, and Asus has some unique accessories to enhance the experience. A ROG Phone 7 is on the way, but this is still a good buy.
Read our guides to the best wireless headphones and best wireless earbuds to learn more.
Apple’s AirPods Max (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are our top pick for wireless headphones if you’re an iPhone user. They feature rich bass, a handy volume control and excellent integration with Apple devices. They don’t come on sale very often and when they do the discount isn’t huge, but this is one of the best prices you’ll find.
The Pixel Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are our favorite AirPods Pro alternative if you’re an Android user. They come in a variety of colors, have excellent noise-cancellation, and offer seven hours of playtime on a full charge. You can also easily switch between multiple paired devices.
These Bose headphones are equipped with excellent digital signal processing (DSP) that helps isolate your voice from background noise. This makes it a great option for anyone who needs to make regular calls or chat in games.
These Sony earphones (7/10, WIRED Recommends) have excellent noise-cancelling technology to drown out the world around you. The case supports wireless charging, there’s quick pairing with Android phones (they connect to iPhones with ease), and they’re topped off with a staggering eight hours of battery life. If you have small ears, they may not be for you. Read how they stack up against the competition here.
It’s a small thing, but every little bit can help. These already affordable headphones are great for kids, as they limit volume to the doctor-recommended maximum of 85 decibels to protect their tiny ears. Check out our guide to the best kids headphones for more information.
Video Game Deals
The Elgato Stream Deck is a surprisingly capable device, even for non-streamers. You can use it for a variety of productive purposes, including running autohotkey scripts, managing your music, and tracking your work hours.
There is a huge number of games on PlayStation Store including but definitely not limited to some of our favourites:
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