Black Friday is inching closer, but today’s Dealmaster has still scrounged up a number of worthwhile deals from around the web. Our latest roundup includes a new low on Bose’s latest noise-canceling headphones; the best prices we’ve seen on 4K streaming sticks from Google, Amazon, and Roku; and good deals on Xbox Game Pass, Apple AirTags, Garmin fitness trackers, and Razer’s Viper Ultimate gaming mouse, among others. We’ve broken down the highlights alongside our full curated list below.
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Featured deals of the day
Bose QuietComfort 45 for $279 (usually $329) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target
This is the first major discount we’ve seen for Bose’s newest set of wireless active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones, the QuietComfort 45. While we haven’t reviewed the new pair on the site, we have been testing them for the past few weeks for future guides. The short takeaway: we still think Sony’s WH-1000XM4 is the best option for most people thanks to its stronger ANC mode, longer battery life (about 30+ hours, compared to a little over 20 hours here), and more varied feature set. Compared to the XM4, the QC 45 lacks useful bonuses like a customizable EQ tool for adjusting their sound profile to your like, an auto-pause feature that stops your music whenever you take the headphones off your head, and a “speak-to-chat” feature that pauses playback whenever it detects you’re speaking to someone else. Based on early Black Friday sales, we expect Sony’s pair to drop to $250 later this month as well.
That said, Bose’s pair could still be worth it for those who prioritize comfort above all else. The QC 45 is superbly lightweight and doesn’t clamp down as tight on the head, with just the right amount of padding on the headband and earcups. The XM4 isn’t uncomfortable by any means, but the QC 45 is more of a pleasure to wear for longer stretches. The headphones also have a more neutral sound profile than the XM4 by default—albeit with a slight bass bump compared to the older QuietComfort 35 II—and while their ANC isn’t quite as robust, it’s still among the better options on the market and plenty strong enough for most use cases. The new pair has a nicer build quality than the QC 35 II, too, alongside USB-C charging and a useful “transparency” mode for hearing outside noise alongside your music.
Google Chromecast with Google TV from $35 (usually $50) with Sling TV (1 month) at Sling TV (new and select former users only)
This deal requires you to jump through a couple hoops, but it ends up being the best price we’ve seen on Google’s Chromecast with Google TV, which we think is the best 4K streaming stick you can buy. Currently, new and “eligible former” customers of Sling TV can get the Chromecast for no extra cost if they prepay for a month of the streaming TV service, whose plans start at $35 a month.
If you have no interest in keeping your Sling TV subscription, you’ll want to cancel before you’re charged for subsequent months. If you don’t want to bother with any extra hurdles, note that Google plans to drop the Chromecast to $40 as part of its Black Friday sales later this month. And if you’re more of a Fire TV or Roku person, be aware that the comparable Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max and Roku Streaming Stick 4K are also on sale for $35 and $29, respectively.
Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale on select video games at Target
Much like the sale we saw at GameStop last week, Target is currently running a promotion where you can get three video games for the price of two. You can look through the list of eligible games at the link above, but adding three to your cart will knock off the price of the cheapest option at checkout. Note that we expect to see many game discounts during next week’s Black Friday sales, but if there are a handful of games you’re aiming to grab, this sale may still be a good chance to save.
Razer Viper Ultimate for $80 (usually $95) at Amazon and Best Buy
This deal is $5 off the lowest price we’ve tracked for our favorite wireless gaming mouse. It’s still not cheap, Razer’s Synapse app still isn’t the best, and we realize not everyone needs a mouse this high-end. But the Viper Ultimate remains exceedingly lightweight and accurate, making it an ideal choice for dedicated PC gamers.
Amazon Music Unlimited (3 months) for free (usually $20) at Amazon (new users only)
If you aren’t tied to any one music-streaming service and want to save a little cash, Amazon’s Music Unlimited service is largely comparable to Spotify or Apple Music and is currently offering a three-month trial to new users. The company runs this promotion a few times each year to gin up subscribers, but free is free. If you don’t want to pay beyond the promo period, just remember to cancel the service before the trial is up. Otherwise, it’ll set you back $8 a month if you’re an Amazon Prime member or $10 a month if you’re not.
Xbox Game Pass for PC (3 months) for $1 (usually $30) at Microsoft (new users only)
Speaking of subscription discounts, the three-months-for-$1 sale on Xbox Game Pass for PC that we noted in our previous Dealmaster roundup is still kicking. If you have a solid gaming rig and are interested in Forza Horizon 5 or Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer mode, this gives you a cheap outlet to try them, if nothing else.
Apple Mac Mini (2020) for $600 (usually $655) at Amazon and Costco
A higher-end model is reportedly coming in the next few months, but Apple’s current Mac Mini is still a fast, quiet, and efficient mini computer for casual users. This entry-level model only has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, along with Apple’s typically limited port selection, so professionals should steer clear. But for those who are looking for an affordable route into the Mac lineup and only need something for lighter work and web browsing, this deal matches the lowest price we’ve tracked.
- Bose QuietComfort 45 wireless ANC headphones for $279 (usually $329) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
- Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless ANC earphones for $248 (usually $278) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
- Garmin Vivoactive 4/4s smartwatch for $194 (usually $285) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
- Garmin Forerunner 245 Music running watch for $250 (usually $305) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
- Garmin Fenix 6/6S smartwatch for $350 (usually $530) at Garmin, Amazon, and Best Buy.
- Garmin Venu Sq smartwatch for $130 (usually $180) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
- Fitbit Luxe activity tracker for $100 (usually $150) at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
- SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2 (2TB) for $230 (usually $285) at Best Buy and Amazon.
Smart home device deals
Laptop and desktop PC deals
- Apple Mac Mini (2020) desktop PC for $600 (usually $655) at Amazon and Costco—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD.
- Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2021) laptop for $529 (usually $700) at Best Buy—Core i5-1135G7, 13.5-inch 2256×1504, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD.
- Lenovo Yoga 6 2-in-1 laptop for $750 (usually $950) at Best Buy—Ryzen 7 5700U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD.
- Microsoft Surface Laptop Go laptop for $550 at Microsoft and Best Buy (usually $650)—Core i5-1035G1, 12.4-inch 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD.
- 27-inch Gigabyte M27Q gaming monitor for $260 (usually $305) at B&H—1440p, IPS, 170 Hz, FreeSync.
- 27-inch Dell S2721DGF gaming monitor + $50 Dell e-gift card for $330 (usually $450) at Dell—1440p, IPS, 165 Hz (144 Hz over HDMI), FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible.