46 Best Black Friday Laptop and Home Office Deals (2022): Office Chairs, Desks, and More
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and that means Black Friday laptop deals abound. But that’s not all. We’ve collected a bunch of deals on other home office necessities, from our favorite office chairs and standing desks to keyboards and mice. Take a look below. It’s a good time to improve your work-from-home setup.
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This HP device is one of our favorite cheap laptops, thanks to its reliability and solid specs. This model comes with that classic combo of an Intel Core i5 (11th-gen, in this case) and 8-GB SSD storage. The team-up is great for students or your average productivity user. We’re not quite sure about the 360-hinge formula, but you can whack this into tent or tablet mode for some different viewing angles.
It may not be as flashy as some high-end devices from Dell or HP, but we rate this Lenovo the best Windows laptop you can buy in our best laptops guide. Value is baked in with our favored Ryzen 5 and 16-GB RAM combination—and the added boost of 512-GB SSD storage. There are plenty of ports as well.
Apple’s latest MacBook Air (7/10, WIRED Recommends) didn’t knock our socks off as much as the previous model but it’s still a great device. New additions like MagSafe, improved M2 chip performance, and a larger display make it a strong productivity and light editing machine.
The Acer Nitro 5 is our top pick for a cheap gaming laptop. Despite its reasonable price, you get plenty of travel and a good level of feedback as well as a solid Ryzen 5 5600H and RTX 3060 team-up. You can expect mid-tier performance, like 60+ fps in visually demanding titles and the ability to hit 144fps on low to medium settings—all at 1080p.
The Razer Blade 15 remains a solid go-to for those looking to dive into portable PC gaming, and it holds a spot in our best gaming laptop guide. Its smaller sibling enhances the portability factor a step further while still packing immense power. You’ll find a great keyboard alongside a solid spec sheet of a Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3070 Ti, 16-GB RAM, and 1TB SSD. Razer devices don’t come cheap, so a $300 discount is very welcome.
Apple’s latest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models brought about a big redesign, including a controversial notch. Nevertheless, the new flavor offers a crisp new display, impressive power, and plenty of battery life. Fans of the former MagSafe connection on older MacBook laptops can rejoice too, as the tech has made a return. We are expecting updated models in the first half of next year, but this is a solid discount nonetheless.
Our favorite Surface launch of the year isn’t actually one of the brand’s higher-end devices. Instead, it’s this more wallet-friendly option. The Laptop Go 2 does a great job of walking and talking like a high-end productivity machine but with a few judicious tweaks, like a plastic base and year-old processor, to keep the price down. The changes don’t hurt all that much. Battery life is the main weakness here, but it’s a stylish student-friendly wonder, especially at this reduced price.
The Legion 5 Pro features in our best gaming laptops guide for its impressive AMD and Nvidia combination. This model almost hits the ideal specs we recommend too, falling just short by opting for 512-GB SSD over a larger 1-TB SSD. You’ll be getting a 16-inch 1440p 165Hz display, Ryzen 7 chip, and RTX 3070 graphics card.
A slightly smaller version of one of our best budget gaming laptop picks, this HP Victus 15 offers a reasonably priced way into portable PC gaming. The combination of an i7 chip, 16-GB RAM, and 512-GB SSD will let you achieve plenty more than 60fps at high settings in visually demanding titles. The keyboard doesn’t offer stunning travel, but the feedback is satisfying. At well under $1000, it’s a good deal.
The best 14-inch gaming laptop around, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is a mighty impressive machine. The device burst on the scene a few years ago, and while its value has diminished slightly as its price has risen, it remains the best combination of portability and PC gaming power. The specs add up to a solid mid-tier gaming machine, and the discount helps return this proposition to its former glory.
This is one of our favorite cheap laptops, with Acer showcasing a 1080p IPS display and great battery life on this machine. The rest of the value-for-money specs include an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 chip, 8-GB RAM, and 512-GB SSD. With $200 off for Black Friday, it’s a super cheap pick for students or hybrid workers.
The Pro 8 saw Microsoft’s flagship tablet get a much-needed redesign, trimming down both its bezels and thickness. The result was a sleeker device, making it even more portable. This is a decent discount, and you get solid specs (11th Gen Core i7, 16-GB RAM, 512-GB SSD), but it’s still pretty expensive, so you have to want to pay the premium for this stylish form factor.
Apple’s best MacBook combination of portability and power, the latest 14-inch Pro is ideal for creatives on the go. Our 8/10 WIRED Recommends review praised this model for its strong performance, stunning display, and durable build, as well as the long-awaited return of MagSafe. It is a tad heavy, and the battery life on the 14-inch version isn’t remarkable. You should also bear in mind that new models are expected early next year.
Even at two years old, Apple’s first laptop powered by its own silicon remains a great pick for students and productivity users alike, especially when discounted. The bezels may be big and ports limited, but it offers a lightweight body, good performance, and long battery life.
Office Chair Deals
Our recommendation for most people from the WIRED best office chair guide, this seat from Branch is a breeze to build and offers a range of adjustments to get the setup to your liking. Adjustable lumbar support is a big highlight. It lacks a bit of encouragement to keep your back straight, but that’s a singular flaw. The chair is also great for both taller and shorter people. Almost $50 off makes our top chair an even better buy.
We’re big fans of the regular Embody chair and this gaming model brings similar features but for a lower price. There’s additional foam inside, with a focus of keeping you cool and extra comfort. Herman Miller’s top drawer adjustability remains here too. With almost $500, this chair remains expensive but it’s a big discount to a high-quality chair.
Our top pick for a budget office chair, the Hyken features mesh fabric across the back and the seat to offer strong breathability. It’s been used for upwards of 3-years by our review team who found the mesh did begin to compress a bit. Nevertheless, it remains comfortable and the lumbar and headrest support is a big plus.
The Verve chair is the runner-up in our office chair list, with Branch once again knocking it out of the park. This office chair is essentially a level up from the brand’s excellent Ergonomic model. The price hike reduces the value proposition a tad, but you get more upright back support and plenty of adjustments. It lacks 3D-adjustable armrests though, as these only go up and down. The solid discount does soften the blow for this pricier chair.
A slightly less conventional chair from Herman Miller, the Zeph is another office chair fave of WIRED’s. This good-looking seat offers a ton of color options and a comfy place to sit. There’s a lack of adjustability, but that’s not a huge loss. This is an expensive chair, even with the discount, but it ups your style points and gives you a relaxing place to put your feet up.
This gaming chair from Logitech and Herman Miller’s team-up range is the current daily driver of WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu, and he’s a big fan. It does a great job of keeping your body upright and offers plenty of adjustability. Being a gaming chair, keeping you cool is essential and the mesh backrest really helps there. Almost $200 off for Black Friday helps further add to the appeal of this strong office chair pick.
Gaming chairs are rarely very comfortable, but Secretlab has broken the mold with its Titan Evo series. This seat still has that gaming-chair look, but it’s better built than similar competitors and offers more adjustability options. A neat feature is the magnetically removable headrest. It isn’t the best for long gaming sessions though, acting as a bit of a heat retainer.
A common theme in our top office chair choices is the use of mesh, it does a great job of keeping you cool in long sitting sessions. The Nouhaus is no different. The mesh doesn’t offer supreme comfort but it’s good enough. The chair has a good selection of adjustable settings as well as two sets of wheels to choose between.
We typically don’t recommend buying a chair this pricey outright; in our best office chairs guide, we advise looking for a used one. This Black Friday discount to the Aeron isn’t eye-popping, but it does make the cost a little less daunting. The chair itself comes in three sizes and has a stunning level of adjustment options.
Our luxury pick for an office chair, the Embody takes some getting used to, but you won’t regret it. Your back will love you for getting it more upright. Unlike many office chairs, it’s great at dispersing heat, and there are plenty of options for adjustment. The price remains high despite the $350+ cut, so it is still a big commitment.
Home Office Deals
This is our top standing desk pick in the WIRED work from home guide so it’s great to see a discount come around for Black Friday. The Fully Jarvis desk offers an easy motor-powered adjustable height with a bamboo desktop is stylish and nice to the touch. There’s a strong 15-year warranty on desk frame components and a 5-year warranty on desktop surfaces too.
Adobe’s apps are nothing if not premium, in terms of both price and range of features. This Black Friday discount helps rein the cost in a bit. You’ll get access to the full Creative Cloud set of apps, including Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, and more, for 12 months.
We like this monitor arm from Fully and it sits pride of place in our guide to working from home. The Jarvis Monitor Arm is VESA compatible, offers a five-year warranty, and supports up to 20 pounds. You’ll be able to keep things tidy too, with built-in cable management.
These are some of our favorite USB-C cables, because they’re attractive, made from certified recycled plastic and aluminum, and are BPA- and PVC-free. The braided design makes them quite durable, and they can carry up to 60 watts of power to your laptop. One of them is powering my laptop as I type, and after two years, it still looks and functions like new. You can choose between three sizes, all of which are on sale. Need a USB-C to Lightning cable? Nimble has a sale on those too.
The luxe SoundLink Revolve II nabs an honorable mention in our Bluetooth speaker guide. It’s not as functional as many rivals on that list, with lesser waterproofing and a higher price, but the sound is great and it’s a stylish piece of furniture. The $40 off makes it a better value too.#
We like this mesh router from Eero for its simplicity. If it’s your first time going mesh, to extend your coverage around your home, it’s an easy way to get started. The design is equally simple too, able to sit comfortably in any home style. It’s not necessarily a speedy system, if you’re looking for a boosted version, consider the Eero Pro 6 ($389).
This Netgear Orbi takes our favorite mesh router for large homes and adds a built-in modem for further convenience. This 3-pack system works for up to 40 devices and touts 7,500 square feet of range and support for speeds up to 4.2 Gbps. It’ll work with Xfinity, Spectrum, and Cox internet service providers.
The Ember Mug is a godsend if you, like me, are a slow or absent-minded coffee drinker. It can keep your beverage at your desired temp (via the app) for an extra 90 minutes. You can eek out even longer if you keep the mug on the charging coaster. The cup is also stylish and sturdy. A bit more battery life wouldn’t go amiss, and it isn’t cheap, but it’s a great gift at $100.
Branch isn’t only focused on its (excellent) chairs; it does desks too. They don’t come cheap, even with over $100 off, but this breezy standing desk is a delight. Featured in our work from home guide, the Branch transitions between heights with little fuss and is a stylish addition to any home office. There’s even a useful hole to route your cables through.
The boosted Pro version of our top affordable mesh router pick, the Deco XE75 Pro 3-pack offers up to 7,200 square feet of coverage, 6GHz band support, and a 2.5-G LAN port. The AI-driven mesh is here to make sure the system delivers the best Wi-Fi it can wherever you are on the network. The Deco app also allows for a quick and simple setup.
The Google Nest Hub (7/10, WIRED Recommends) does what it claims. It’s a smart assistant with a display, meaning you can set timers/alarms, play podcasts, and more, as well as checking on the weather and watching videos. There’s no camera, which is a bonus for the security-conscious but may disappoint anyone who likes making video calls from these pint-sized assistants. It isn’t the speediest device either. At half-price, it’s an affordable way into the Google Assistant ecosystem.
Laptop And Home Office Accessories Deals
Trust us when we tell you that WIRED rarely gives out 10/10, WIRED Recommends scores, but this HyperX headset received just that. Even at its original $200 price point, the Cloud Alpha Wireless is worth it for its vibrant sound, easy-to-use controls, and truly unbelievable battery life. It’s a delightful grind getting this headset down to 0 percent battery.
We’re big fans of Anker products for their convenience and value. The 623 is no exception and is part of the extremely useful MagGo range. It’s a wireless charging pack that takes advantage of Apple’s magnetic MagSafe tech. The battery is pocketable and easy to slap onto the back of your phone when you need a top-up. And the $20 off Black Friday deal is a solid discount on an already value-packed device.
You’ll find a similar deal at other retailers this Black Friday, but Walmart is throwing in a display stand and carrying case for the same price. The Sony WH-1000XM5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) was called “accomplished” and “absorbing” by WIRED freelancer and AV expert Simon Lucas. Sony’s over-ear form continues on from two excellent previous generations with these lightweight and intuitive cans.
This Corsair peripheral makes it into our best keyboards guide, thanks in large part to this keyboard’s interesting control wheel. Along with your typical gaming keyboard RGB, programmable macro keys, and a volume roller, the wheel lets you scrub through videos, as well as modifying lighting. Its $200-plus price was a bit off-putting, but a $50 discount makes it easier to swallow.
The Xbox version of this headset makes it onto our best wireless gaming headsets list, and this model is almost identical. It offers a secure and comfortable fit, delightfully broad sound, decent 20-hour battery life, and a mic that neatly retracts. The $120 offer is a great price for this headset.
This is our favorite USB flash drive for phones, and it’s easy to see why. The iXpand Luxe comes with both USB-C and Lightning connections for Android and iOS compatibility. It’s got a metal casing to protect your precious data from bumps and bruises, as well as a key ring loop so you can easily take it with you. It’s already a cheap product, and this discount makes it an easy purchase if you could use a phone-compatible drive.
If you have any model of PS5, first off, lucky you; second, you will want to beef up the paltry onboard storage. That’s especially true if you’ve opted for the digital-only version. WD_BLACK’s internal SSDs were already ideal for Sony’s latest console, but they haven’t teamed up with the manufacturer to fully certify them for PS5 use. This big discount makes an already necessary purchase a more appealing one.
This is our top pick for a small gaming keyboard. The Razer Huntsman Mini is a compact option that’s extremely responsive. As well as taking up less space, it’s understated and offers customizable key cap options. We liked this already, but the $70 price makes it an ever stronger option for upgrading a minimalist desk setup.
Looking to boost the audio recording capabilities of your WFH setup? We recommend this USB mic from our work from home guide. This Blue Snowball iCE USB Microphone is cheap yet brings impressive build and sound quality. It’s a solid starter option for those wanting to improve upon built-in mics on laptops, headsets, and the like.
The Crucial X6 is our top choice for a portable storage drive, with its extreme speeds driving much of the appeal. It’s also pretty lightweight. At well under $100 for Black Friday, the Crucial is a more than reasonably priced pick. The build isn’t the strongest though, so you’ll have to take care of this one.
We love this mechanical keyboard for creative professionals. The G915 Lightspeed is a large keyboard with keys that offer a ton of travel and pleasing feedback. The five macro keys make it great for creators. This keyboard is also sturdily built, making it heavy but robust. It’s traditionally a pricey device, so a discount that brings it under $200 is a nice touch this Black Friday.
WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu absolutely adores this camera bag from WANDRD, and it’s easy to see why. It looks good, is comfortable to wear, and, as Julian puts it, has “glorious, glorious pockets.” One thing that could make this “perfect” bag better? A cheaper price. Lucky for you, it’s almost $50 off.
Plans to get a new Xbox this holiday season? Or play more couch co-op? You might just want to add a controller to your desk setup. Either way, a $20 discount on Microsoft’s latest Xbox controller is all the more reason to consider picking one up.
Black Friday Retailer Sales
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.
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November 25, 2022 at 08:31AM