Early Black Friday deals discount Sony WH-1000XM4 to lowest price
November 17, 2020
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Ars Technica

Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by an early Black Friday deal on Sony’s WH-1000XM4. The wireless noise-canceling headphones are currently on sale for $278 at various retailers, which matches the price we’ve seen advertised for upcoming Black Friday sales events and ties the lowest outright discount we’ve seen. (An Amazon Prime Day deal last month dropped the headphones down to $298 with a $25 Amazon gift card.) Normally, they retail for $350.

We recently recommended the XM4 in our home-office setup guide, deeming it the best pair of noise-canceling headphones on the market. Like its predecessor—another Ars favorite—the XM4 provides an excellent blend of comfort, convenient features, customizable sound quality, and, above all else, active noise cancellation that’s just about best-in-class. Now, though, it offers the ability to connect to multiple devices simultaneously as long as both devices use the AAC codec, which shouldn’t be an issue the vast majority of the time. The new XM4 also has a motion sensor that automatically detects when you’ve taken off the headphones and pauses playback accordingly, and it has a nifty “speak to chat” feature that can do the same when it detects you talking to somebody else. We’ve found the touch controls on the side of the earcups to be less hyper-sensitive than before, too.
Beyond that, the headphones still get a little over 20 hours of battery life per charge, which is solid, and charge over a USB-C port. They still have minimal issues in the way of Bluetooth connectivity and offer a useful “ambient sound” mode that lets you listen to music while better hearing outside noises. The mic quality still isn’t ideal, but it’s fine, and while the mildly bass-forward sound isn’t as detailed as you could get from a good wired pair, it’s still full, fun, and customizable thanks to the nifty EQ tool in Sony’s companion app. While we’d like the XM4 to offer the ability to tone down its noise-canceling strength a la Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, the overall package here is excellent.

If you’re not interested in a new pair of headphones, though, we also have deals on Ars-approved board games and the latest Apple Watch devices, plus an early Black Friday sale at Best Buy for those who have a (free) My Best Buy account. You can check out our full deals roundup below.

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Enlarge / The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 is Acer’s latest flagship Chromebook.

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop—Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $749 at Lenovo (use code: THINKNOV11—normally $1,050).
  • My Best Buy members only: Lenovo Yoga C740 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i5-10210U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $549.99 at Best Buy (normally $800).
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 713 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i5-10210U, 13.5-inch 2256×1504, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $549.99 at Best Buy (normally $630).
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 gaming laptop—Intel Core i7-10750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q for $1,249.99 at Best Buy (normally $1,580).
  • My Best Buy members only: 32-inch Dell S3220DGF curved gaming monitor—2560×1440, VA, 165Hz, FreeSync for $329.99 at Best Buy (normally $450).
  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus (1TB) NVMe internal SSD for $129.99 at B&H (normally $180).
  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus (500GB) NVMe internal SSD for $79.99 at Amazon and B&H (normally $95).
  • Samsung 860 EVO (500GB) 2.5-inch SATA internal SSD for $53.99 at Amazon (normally $72).
  • Samsung 860 EVO (1TB) 2.5-inch SATA internal SSD for $99.99 at Amazon, Samsung, and Adorama (normally $130).
  • WD Blue SN550 (500GB) NVMe internal SSD for $53.99 at Amazon (normally $60).
  • WD Blue SN550 (1TB) NVMe internal SSD for $94.99 at Amazon (normally $105).
  • My Best Buy members only: WD Easystore (14TB) external desktop HDD for $189.99 at Best Buy (normally $310).
  • SanDisk Extreme (1TB) portable external SSD for $139.99 at Amazon (normally $165).
  • SanDisk Extreme (2TB) portable external SSD for $229.99 at Amazon (normally $290).
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Enlarge / We found the recently released Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla to be one of the better entries in the long-running series.

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Video game deals

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Enlarge / Gloomhaven is a massive game for the most hardcore of board game players, but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun—and it doesn’t go on sale very often.

Gaming deals

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
Enlarge / The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

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TV and home entertainment deals

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Electronics deals

Sony's WH-1000XM4 sound great and have top-notch noise cancellation.
Enlarge / Sony’s WH-1000XM4 sound great and have top-notch noise cancellation.

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Headphones and audio deals

  • Sony WH-1000XM4 Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones for $278 at Amazon, B&H, BuyDig, and Adorama (normally $350).
  • EarFun Free true wireless earphones for $29.99 at Amazon (clip 10% coupon and use code: EFFREEBC—normally $45).
  • EarFun UBoom portable Bluetooth speaker for $35.99 at Amazon (clip 10% coupon and use code: EFUBOOMDL—normally $50).
  • Jaybird Vista true wireless sports earphones for $99.99 at Jaybird and Amazon (normally $165).
  • Jabra Elite 45h Bluetooth on-ear headphones for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $91).
  • V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless Bluetooth headphones for $199 at V-Moda (normally $320).
  • Apple AirPods Pro true wireless noise-canceling earphones for $199.98 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $225).
  • Beats Powerbeats Pro (Spring Yellow) true wireless sports earphones for $159.99 at Best Buy (normally $240).
The 12.9-inch 2020 iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard and Magic Trackpad peripherals.
Enlarge / The 12.9-inch 2020 iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard and Magic Trackpad peripherals.

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Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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