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Best fitness tracker deals UK: Top deals ahead of Black Friday 2017 from Samsung Gear to Apple Watch

Lee Bell

1 day 3 hours ago
Best smartwatch 2017 UK: Samsung Gear S3

Whether it’s the leftover turkey your mother insists needs to be eaten by Boxing Day, or the stacks of mince pies you take it upon yourself to wolf down, come January many of us are in deep stupors of regret and self-hate, probing our past selves as to why we ate so goddamn much.

As a result, we’re more likely to partake in glutton-inspired activity once the New Year is in full swing. So, it’s only right that we list the best activity tracker deals right now so you can get a good price on something you’re likely to want to help you get fit again right after Xmas.

READ NEXT: Our pick of the very best Black Friday deals available right now

Here are the best Black Friday fitness tracker deals online so far. And remember to keep checking back, as this page will be updated frequently with our pick of the best deals before the big event on the 24 November.

1. Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch (was £349.95, now £249.95)

The Samsung Gear S3 Classic isn't just a pretty classic watch face, boasting up to four days' battery life, a built-in microphone and GPS. The 1.3in super AMOLED display can be altered as it also comes with a number of downloadable timeless face designs. Check out Argos' latest Black Friday deal that means you could pick it up for £100 less than the RRP.

Buy now from Argos

2. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch (was £349.95, now £249.95)

The Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch blends a premium design with some pretty nifty features, making it easy and effortless to use. The Frontier edition is best for the adventurous among us as it features a more robust feature set, such as IP68 dust, dirt and water resistance up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. This model is also on offer at Argos with the same £100 saving for the week of Black Friday.

Buy now from Argos

3. Huawei Unisex Watch 2 (was £329, now £290)

The Huawei Watch 2 is compatible with both Android and iOS, and features built-in GPS, heart-rate monitoring and real-time coaching. If you're looking to get a good deal on it before Xmas, there's £40 off with the 12% discount over at Watch Shop at the moment for Black Friday. Just use the retailer's BFE17 promo code at checkout.

Buy now at Watch Shop

4. Apple Watch Series 2 (£100 off various configurations)

If you're an Apple user, the Apple Watch is probably the go-to fitness tracker for you, because as creatures of comfort, we like to remain within the same ecosystem. The Series 2 combines a fast dual-core processor with a screen that's twice as bright as previous models, and best of all, John Lewis is offering the wearable with £100 off right now.

Buy now from John Lewis

5. Apple Watch Nike+

If you're looking for a slightly more sporty version of the Apple Watch, there's always the Apple Watch Nike+, which has all the innovative features of the Apple Watch Series 2, but is designed to help you stay more active. Featuring built-in GPS and water resistance to 50 metres, it's great for any kind of watersports, too. And with £100 off at John Lewis, you can keep tabs on your health without the extra concern of whether you can afford to eat come January.

Buy now from John Lewis

Posted on 17 November 2017 | 10:51 am

 

Best camera deals UK: Top camera deals ahead of Black Friday 2017 from compact to DSLR and even 360

Lee Bell

1 day 19 hours ago

If you’re planning a big trip this Christmas, or just want some good-quality photos to capture the memories of your family reunions and mountains of festive foods, chances are you’ll want a decent camera to snap them on.

The only problem is, a good camera is pricey, and Christmas is expensive enough without having to shell out for some start of the art photography equipment, too. Well, luckily, it’s almost the time of the year again when we can get all we want from Santa a month before the big day for much cheaper. That’s right: it’s the Black Friday sales.

Coming on 24 November across hundreds of retailers, including Amazon, Currys PC World and Argos, the sales bonanza is bound to feature plenty of camera deals to get your snap happy fingers all over. In fact, some retailers have started already.

So whether you're looking for a compact, DSLR or even a pocket camera, here’s a list below of the best camera deals that are already live for this year’s Black Friday. And be sure to keep checking back as we’ll be updating this page regularly with new additions as the days pass.

1. Sony DSCWX500 Digital Compact High Zoom Travel Camera (was £330, now £270)

The Sony DSCWX500 digital compact snapper boasts a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 30x optical zoom lens for extra clear pictures as well as an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor for higher image quality, even in dark. There's £50 off right now on Amazon in the lead-up to its Black Friday sales event, so grab it now before they run out of stock.

Buy now from Amazon

2. Nikon D750 Digital SLR Camera (was £1,799.99, now £1,499.99)

Saving a whopping £300, the 24.3-megapixel Nikon D750 Digital SLR is quite the bargain over at Amazon right now. featuring an FX-format CMOS sensor for wide dynamic range with clean performance across all sensitivities and images with stunning sharpness and rich tones, it's one of the best deals in our Black Friday lineup. 

Buy now from Amazon

3. Canon IXUS 185 Digital Camera (was £179.99, now £99.99)

Featuring a 16x zoom with super easy-to-use controls, the Canon IXUS 185 digital camera is a perfect pocket companion if you're looking to upgrade your snaps from the likes of a camera phone. It's also on offer with £80 on Amazon's Black Friday deals page, making it even more of a worthy purchase. 

Buy now from Amazon

4. Nikon D3400 Digital SLR in Red (was £449, now £374)

This the lightweight Nikon D3400 is a great camera for those looking to create high-definition photos and movies. You can shoot for longer and capture up to 1200 shots on one charge thanks to the camera’s low-energy design and the high-capacity battery, and best of all, there's £75 off at Jessops right now for the sexy red model. Although note that you'll need to add the firm's promotional code when checking out to get the discount. It's NIKONDISCOUNT in case you were wondering...

Buy now from Jessops

5. Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera (was £299.99, now £229.99)

Not quite your conventional camera, but who cares? This tiny gadget is capable of shooting 360-degree spherical images at the touch of a button. It will also allow you to take spherical videos up to 25 minutes long and even live streaming of 360-degree images. Perfect for kooky social posts! It's also currently on offer with a £70 Black Friday discount on Amazon.

Buy now from Amazon

Posted on 17 November 2017 | 9:54 am

 

Cyber Monday 2017: Our guide to the best UK deals

Jodie Dewberry

17 Nov 2017

The countdown for Cyber Monday has begun, so here’s everything you need to know to bag a bargain

You’ve probably heard of Black Friday by now, but have you heard of Cyber Monday? Whether you’re a seasoned Cyber Monday shopper or new to the name, we’ve put together this handy guide to answer all your questions in time for the big day. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for the Cyber Monday sales and find the best deals around.

We’ll be adding all the latest Cyber Monday updates as we hear about them, as well as listing all the announced deals closer to the date, so make sure you keep checking back to stay in the know.

READ NEXT: Our pick of the very best Black Friday deals available right now

Cyber Monday 2017 Guide

What is Cyber Monday?

Given its name, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to computers, VR and other technology. That’s not quite the case, but it’s certainly a day that technology lovers will want to note in their diary. That’s because, even though Cyber Monday isn’t a day for celebrating computers, it’s a day when you’ll definitely want to get online.

Cyber Monday is basically a second Black Friday, only all of the deals are online - and that means you can snap a deal from the comfort of your own home. It used to be that bargain hunters would flock the high street to fight over heavily discounted TVs, laptops and other bargain goods on Friday and the online retailers would reduce their prices on the Monday. Now, you can find loads of online deals on Black Friday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great deal on the Monday. In fact, many retailers will drop their prices even more on Cyber Monday, so it can be worth waiting it out.

We won’t know exactly what deals they have in store for us until closer to the day, but there’s one thing you can be sure of: whether you connect on your laptop, phone or tablet, there will be plenty of discounts on everything from technology to DIY supplies.

the Best Black Friday Deals

When is Cyber Monday 2017?

Cyber Monday takes place on the first Monday following Black Friday. Given that Black Friday 2017 will take place on Friday 24 November 2017, Cyber Monday will fall on Monday 27 November 2017. That’s less than a month before Christmas, which means it’s your last chance to snap up a bargain before the January sales - and your last chance to pick up Christmas presents at a more affordable price.

What deals can I expect on Cyber Monday?

Retailers will begin to announce their Cyber Monday deals closer to the date, but if last year was anything to go by there will be plenty of discounts across most UK stores. We'll keep you updated with a curated list of deals and best buys before and during Cyber Weekend, as well as sharing our best Cyber Monday shopping tips. We're expecting great deals from retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco, Currys PC World, Game and Carphone Warehouse, so get ready for lots of great discounts.You’ve probably heard of Black Friday by now, but have you heard of Cyber Monday? Whether you’re a seasoned Cyber Monday shopper or new to the name, we’ve put together this handy guide to answer all your questions in time for the big day. Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for the Cyber Monday sales and find the best deals around.

We’ll be adding all the latest Cyber Monday updates as we hear about them, as well as listing all the announced deals closer to the date, so make sure you keep checking back to stay in the know.

READ NEXT: Our pick of the very best Black Friday deals available right now

Cyber Monday 2017 Guide

What is Cyber Monday?

Given its name, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to computers, VR and other technology. That’s not quite the case, but it’s certainly a day that technology lovers will want to note in their diary. That’s because, even though Cyber Monday isn’t a day for celebrating computers, it’s a day when you’ll definitely want to get online.

Cyber Monday is basically a second Black Friday, only all of the deals are online - and that means you can snap a deal from the comfort of your own home. It used to be that bargain hunters would flock the high street to fight over heavily discounted TVs, laptops and other bargain goods on Friday and the online retailers would reduce their prices on the Monday. Now, you can find loads of online deals on Black Friday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great deal on the Monday. In fact, many retailers will drop their prices even more on Cyber Monday, so it can be worth waiting it out.

We won’t know exactly what deals they have in store for us until closer to the day, but there’s one thing you can be sure of: whether you connect on your laptop, phone or tablet, there will be plenty of discounts on everything from technology to DIY supplies.

When is Cyber Monday 2017?

Cyber Monday takes place on the first Monday following Black Friday. Given that Black Friday 2017 will take place on Friday 24 November 2017, Cyber Monday will fall on Monday 27 November 2017. That’s less than a month before Christmas, which means it’s your last chance to snap up a bargain before the January sales - and your last chance to pick up Christmas presents at a more affordable price.

What deals can I expect on Cyber Monday?

Retailers will begin to announce their Cyber Monday deals closer to the date, but if last year was anything to go by there will be plenty of discounts across most UK stores. We'll keep you updated with a curated list of deals and best buys before and during Cyber Weekend, as well as sharing our best Cyber Monday shopping tips. We're expecting great deals from retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco, Currys PC World, Game and Carphone Warehouse, so get ready for lots of great discounts.

Posted on 17 November 2017 | 9:00 am

 

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges review: The must-have Christmas gift for the Star Wars obsessed

Vaughn Highfield

2 days 57 min ago
Price when reviewed 
250

Any Star Wars fan who says they haven’t dreamed of being a Jedi or Sith is lying to you. Flat out lying. Being able to wield a lightsaber has such a strong allure it’s become a sport in its own right. Aside from buying one of those big expensive real-effects lightsabers, though, there’s never really been a way to realise that dream – until now.

Thanks to a partnership between Disney and Lenovo, Lenovo has released Star Wars: Jedi Challenges. This is no simple game, however, it’s a complete be-your-own-Jedi kit that comes with Lenovo’s ingenious Mirage augmented-reality headset and replica lightsaber. It may seem ridiculous at first, but for any avid Star Wars fan, it’s a dream come true.

With anything like this, there’s always the danger that it winds up being little more than a child’s plaything. But, rest assured, there’s an awful lot more to Lenovo’s £250 Star Wars: Jedi Challenges than meets the eye and it’s likely this will be one of the hottest gifts this Christmas.

Buy Star Wars: Jedi Challenges now from Argos

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges review – Hardware specs

Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges bundle is so much more than just a toy; it’s a technical marvel. It takes some incredibly simple technologies and combines them to make a device that works incredibly well, even though it really shouldn’t.

Lenovo’s Mirage AR headset makes up the bulk of the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges bundle, (and before I go any further, it’s worth noting this isn’t the same as its Windows mixed-reality headset, the Lenovo Explorer). As headsets go, it’s rather chunky and plasticky but it’s meant to be. It’s made to be worn comfortably and to survive bumps and scrapes. Its front is a huge piece of curved plastic, allowing you to look through and see your environment clearly around you, and there’s plenty of ventilation so it feels less claustrophobic and uncomfortable than the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It’s on par with the PlayStation VR, but isn’t as heavy on the head.

What makes the Mirage headset so interesting isn’t its design, it’s the technology that makes it work. As Star Wars: Jedi Challenges runs solely on a mobile app, Mirage only requires the addition of a compatible smartphone to work. The headset’s twin fish-eye inside-out tracking cameras work out spacial positioning by tracking the lightsaber’s blue tip and a node light you drop on the floor in front of you. Your phone does all the processing and handles motion via its gyroscope and it’s amazing how well it works.

The way it creates an AR “mixed reality image”, combining the real-world environment around you with images created by your phone is even more clever. Again, there’s no wizardry involved, it’s just simple physics but it's surprising just how well it all comes together.

The headset uses your phone’s display and a two-way mirror to reflect an image onto two transparent lenses placed in front of your eyes. This gives the illusion of a projected image floating in mid-air, and it looks fantastic, particularly in this context. With Jedi Challenges, Lenovo has played to the Mirage’s strengths, making the projections look like holograms from Star Wars, meaning it doesn’t really matter that image is slightly washed out, nor that image quality and brightness will change depending on the phone you’re using to play with and the environment you’re playing in.

The lightsaber, which is included in the package, is also meticulously put together. Its fingerprint-prone chrome finish is gorgeous and, while it’s a little light, it feels sturdy enough to survive the odd battle or two. When Lenovo and Disney announced Star Wars: Jedi Challenges they said the lightsaber would be of collector-grade quality and I have to say it does look and feel like that’s the case.

Buy Star Wars: Jedi Challenges now from Currys PC World

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges review – Gameplay

The real joy of Star Wars: Jedi Challenges comes from actually playing with the thing. Sliding headset over your head and seeing all the challenges unfurl from a mechanical box on the floor in front of you is amazing. You quickly forget it’s just your phone running the whole experience as you see your lightsaber’s blue blade erupt from its hilt right before your eyes.

Taking on Sith in Jedi battles really does feel tense, watching their holograms dance around you in your living room. The basic controls are relatively straightforward, with on-screen prompts helping you line up where you need to block incoming blows and highlighting opportunities to strike. This isn’t frantic slashing; it’s the art of a Jedi battle, and it's exhilarating even if you’re really just waving a plastic lightsaber around in an empty room.

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges won’t let you dive right into facing off against a Sith Lord, that would be foolhardy. Before you can go up against the likes of Darth Maul or Vader himself, you need to take on two combat trials against increasingly difficult foes. These trials usually take the form of waves of enemies approaching your position. You can employ your lightsaber to deflect bullet fire (this is very, very satisfying) and make use of The Force to throw enemies around your virtual battlefield.

If you’d like a slower pace of play there’s an interesting Strategic Combat mode to delve into. Here you lead an army of rebel forces in a bid to crush the Empire in RTS-style play. Think of it as a mix of tower defence and a watered-down Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.

Finally, there’s an even more relaxed mode to get to grips with: Holochess. It’s wonderful fun, if not accidentally impossibly hard if you’re not very good at tabletop strategy games, and an interesting take on an AR game, although I’m not convinced by its the control method. To pick and move pieces, you use the lightsaber a bit like a wand.

If these three different game variants sound a bit short on depth, don’t worry too much because there's loads to do. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges takes place across five planets and one final level at the galaxy’s core. Each planet ups the difficulty of the games contained within and each planet also contains three levels in each of the three modes to complete. Doing the maths reveals that you’re left with 54 levels to work your way through if you want to totally complete everything.

Thankfully, Star Wars Jedi Challenges doesn’t punish you if you don’t fancy playing any Holochess or Strategic Combat. If all you want to do is work your way through lightsaber battles, you can do just that.

Buy Star Wars: Jedi Challenges now from GAME

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges review – Verdict

Now comes the tough question, is it worth it? It’s undeniable that Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is a lot of fun, but asking £250 for the privilege is a bit much. If Disney and Lenovo had managed to bring the price down to £100, or even £150, it would be a definitive yes without hesitation. As it is, £250 is quite the leap of faith for a product that – so far – is geared towards just one game.

If Lenovo can work with other partners, or Disney once more, to create new experiences using the Mirage AR headset, it will be a different matter. I hope that will be the case, especially if they can think of other uses for the lightsaber, too. For £250, Lenovo has built the best AR headset I’ve ever used. Its field of vision is fantastic, it’s incredibly lightweight and it works perfectly as an entertainment tool. Heck, I could even see it working well as an educational tool given the right applications.

Despite my concerns about price, it’s obvious that many Star Wars fans will pay up, simply for the opportunity to be a Jedi. But if you’re simply curious about AR, I’d advise waiting until Lenovo or Disney make it clear they’re going to support the Mirage AR headset with more titles.

Posted on 17 November 2017 | 5:14 am

 

Best washing machine deal UK: Top 5 washing machines deals ahead of Black Friday 2017

Lee Bell

2 days 1 hour ago

Has your washing machine broke? Or is your current one on its last legs? Then you're probably on the hunt for a new one. While almost everyone needs a washing machine to keep their knick-knacks clean, nobody loves buying one. It's an expensive household necessity that you don't want to splurge on but at the same time, it needs to stand the test of time.

So when you're looking for a new washer, it's important to grab a bargain and get as good a machine for your money as you can, right?

Well, it's the perfect time to do just that. Black Friday is almost upon us and, as you've probably already guessed, there will be plenty of washing machines with substantial discounts when the big day comes on Friday 24 November. 

READ NEXT: Best washing machines

Better yet, some sites are offering a raft of Black Friday deals available much earlier. Amazon has announced that it's starting its Black Friday sale a week early on 17 November, while Currys PC World has kicked off its Black Friday sales bonanza with a 'Why Wait' Black Friday sale, alongside AO.com, who has started offering some daily deals.

But instead of spending hours searching these sites looking for a few pennies off, we’ve compiled a top list of some of our favourite washing machine bargains that could see you save hundreds of pounds.

1. Candy Grand'O Vita GVS169DC3 (was £300, now £219)

With a 9kg drum, this washer is ideal for medium-sized households. It’s economical too, thanks to the handy KG Detector, which uses sensors to weigh each load and automatically adjust the settings, so only the perfect amount of time, energy and water is used in every wash. A pretty clever machine for such a bargain price.

Buy now from AO.com

2. HOOVER Dynamic Link DHL 1482D3 (was £319, now £219)

This nifty washing machine has built-in NFC with one touch control and downloadable functions, making it a rather smart appliance, especially for the dosh. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also an Intelligent Wash System for a deep-cleaned wash, which is ideal if you’re prone to getting food down yourself.

Buy now from Currys PC World

3. HOOVER DHL 14102D3 (was £500, now £270)

This versatile washer has one of the biggest Black Friday discounts in the whole roundup, which means you’re getting the best deal for your buck. This machine also features a 10kg maximum load and a superfast 1400 spin to get those robes as dry as possible. One of the best bargains in our list.

Buy now from Currys PC World

4. HOOVER Dynamic Link DHL 1492D3 (was £400, now £250)

Saving you £150, this deal offers a good-quality machine with some impressive savings. When you're washing a smaller load, the machine can provide an ‘A' rated wash in just 59 minutes. A great washer for under £300.

Buy now from Currys PC World

5. AEG ProSense L6FBI842N (was £580, now £330)

With AWG’s ProSense technology, this washing machine provides tailored washes no matter the load size. There’s also quality certifications from Woolmark, Ariel and Lenor, so you know you’re getting the real deal. It’s one of the most expensive machines in the lineup, but also has some of the best savings, with a whopping £250 discount. One of the best Black Friday washing machine deals if you ask us!

Buy now from Currys PC World.

Posted on 16 November 2017 | 1:57 pm