Black Friday is gone, and a lot of techies may see their euphoria turn into melancholy and nostalgia, reminiscing about the killer deals that they've taken advantage of, but also mourning over products that they may not have acquired – but we're here to give you hope, and tell you that you haven't gotten hold of your dream gadget yet. As the iconic Freddie Mercury once sang: "the show must go on!" Cyber Monday surely gives us a chance to do so. New deals, new opportunities.
Our first tip to make the most of today's offers is to have a clear image of what you'd really like to have but didn't get the chance to buy on Black Friday. We know that's a tricky one, as people like us tend to find value in practically every type of gadget and tech device – after all, they've been made to facilitate our lives, so we can't help it but love them! Still, give it a go, find the zen in you and write down those wishes. With a list of priorities in hand, it'll be much easier not to get sucked into a black hole that could make you miss the offers that you actually need to find. And just like they did on Black Friday, the folks at Gearbest are helping us navigate through the flood of deals that takes us by storm at this time of the year. They've launched a special page with all sorts of Cyber Monday deals, like robotic vacuum cleaners, smartphones, and Bluetooth headsets, and that can be an easy way to take care of all your wishes at once. However, your struggle is our struggle too, so you also have our support! We've carefully selected deals that you might love (and that we're most likely gonna get ourselves).
As a techie, it's likely that you already have a smartphone with at least some of the new technology released this year, but how about the people around you? If you cringe every time your parents, partner or other loved ones pull a Paleolithic phone out of their pockets, Cyber Monday is the perfect opportunity to break this deadlock. Developed in partnership with the internationally celebrated designer Philippe Starck, this bezel-less smartphone with a four-sided curved ceramic body has a 5.99-inch display housed in a body that is even smaller than in typical 5.5-inch smartphones (!). As if its gorgeous design wasn't enough, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is a powerful machine, with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You may be now even considering giving your current phone to a loved one and keeping the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 to yourself... And that's OK. We'll never tell.
If you're a gamer or just someone with very high standards seeking a super fast router for media streaming and web browsing, look no further. The Asus RT-AC86U wireless router was designed with the needs of demanding gamers in mind, and this can benefit every profile of user: no more videos that take ages to load, no more ruining raids for all players because of your poor connection, no more having to reconnect a video call over and over again. This router features WTFast game acceleration technology for substantial ping time and variation reduction, as well as Adaptive QoS, which allows you to prioritize games within your network bandwidth. This powerful router is powered by a 1.8GHz dual-core processor, which promises up to 110MB/s of USB speed transfer and up to 1,600Mbps of WAN to LAN speed – and if you have no idea what these terms mean, just relax and enjoy the speed of this top-notch product.
For music and sports enthusiasts, this very light wireless Bluetooth headset is a great choice. With an ergonomic design and earbuds that are available in four different sizes, attach magnetically and are antiallergic, you’ll never get tangled up in cables. You can enjoy at least 6 hours of music on a single two-hour charge, and leave your Bluetooth connected for up to 45 hours. The Meizu EP51 has a nano-coating that protects it from sweat and water splashes, so you won't need to worry during workouts. The headset has a wide frequency range (20-20,000Hz) and a sound pressure level of 88dB, offering clear, high-fidelity sound.
The Y2 Plus Smartband is ideal for sports enthusiasts who want a stylish, yet durable device. With a high-resolution OLED screen and a comfortable silicone band, the device has all the functions you need to keep up a healthy lifestyle: activity tracking, sleep monitoring, heart rate measurement. It connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to your smartwatch and allows you to see incoming calls or messages. The device is waterproof (IP54 rating) and has a 60mAh battery, enough to keep up with your exercises for more than a day.
Sound quality is crucial for an immersive, life-like gaming experience. The Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset has all the features you need to feel like you are in the middle of the action. This lightweight headset is very comfortable. The ear cups are made from the company’s well-known HyperX memory foam material and rotate at a 90-degree angle, providing an adaptive fit. The volume control is placed conveniently on the ear cup and you can simply mute the microphone by flipping it vertically. The headset has a wide frequency range (18Hz - 23,000Hz) and large drivers (50mm) with neodymium magnets.
FuriBee X215 Pro is an excellent racing drone, with great specs at an affordable price. It has one of the latest flight controllers from Holybro, the Kakute F4, which features an on-screen display (OSD) that overlays flight information to your video feed. Looking at your FPV video, you’ll definitely feel a like a professional pilot. The drone has a durable carbon fiber frame and aluminum sheets for the fuselage. It’s powered by a 2600kV brushless motor with automatic voltage monitoring. The camera has a resolution of 1200TVL and a CCD sensor, assuring very low latency. The receiver supports 16 channels and covers a distance of 1.5km. To make sure that you can easily spot your drone during a tight race, there are LED lights on the back. Enjoy racing!
The Xiaomi Mijia is the perfect travel companion: compact and lightweight, you can easily carry it wherever you go and snap photos or shoot videos with the press of a button. It supports 4K video recording at 30fps and has time-lapse and slow-motion shooting modes. The electronic image stabilization (EIS) feature will help you record videos without shakes and motion blur, and the 145° wide angle lens allows you to capture panoramic videos.
Does your smartphone seem a little primitive, considering all the new technology released lately? It might be time to move on, and Black Friday deals include options that you may not have known before – such as the striking Xiaomi Mi 6. This is a powerful device, running on the Snapdragon 835 chipset and equipped with 6GB of RAM. This smartphone's camera system, which comprises two main cameras and one rear camera, is indeed so impressive, that it was featured on our list of best smartphone cameras of the year, with a thorough review of its photography features. You can't go wrong with this deal – the Xiaomi Mi 6 shall remain powerful for long, so next year you'll be able to focus on other tech and gadget products on Black Friday.
If design matters to you, you might be very pleased with the Huawei Honor 9, or could make a loved one very happy by choosing this phone as a gift. Its sandblasted metal frame definitely catches the eye, and gives the smartphone a very polished look. The Huawei Honor 9 is available in three beautiful colors: glacier grey, sapphire blue and midnight black. Asides from its modern, minimalist design, this smartphone features two main cameras with hybrid zoom, proving to be up to par with the latest innovations. Moreover, the Huawei Honor 9 is powered by the Kirin 960 chipset and brings both a sturdy 3200mAh battery and fast charging technology.
Shopping on a budget doesn't mean not being able to get hold of high-quality tech products, as proven by this deal for the Teclast Master T8 tablet. The product supports fingerprint authentication for secure access, and its 8.4-inch display with touch JDI and One Glass Solution technologies assures high-quality images – perfect to watch movies and to play games. The tablet features both front-facing and rear-facing cameras, with 13MP and 8MP respectively. As if that wasn't enough, the Teclast Master T8 boasts a 5400mAh battery, which translates into up to 6 hours of video playback. The device has dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and we couldn't fail to mention its powerful hexacore processor, as well as its 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a compatible card up to 256GB. All specs considered, this is truly a bargain.
For music and sports enthusiasts, this wireless Bluetooth headset is a great choice. With an ergonomic design and earbuds that attach magnetically, you’ll never get tangled up in cables. The silica gel material used for the earbuds makes this headset very comfortable to wear, even for long periods of time. You can enjoy up to 8 hours of music on one charge and the 130mAh built-in battery gets fully charged in only 2 hours. The headset is waterproof and rated with IP5X, so if you enjoy doing sports outside even on rainy days, you can be sure that your headset won’t get damaged. Great sound quality is assured by the fiber diaphragms and the 10mm drivers. The headset has a wide frequency range (20-20000Hz) and a sound pressure level of 93dB, offering clear, high-fidelity sound.
In case you feel like taking your Cyber Monday splurge even further (don't we all), we still have a couple of tips for you! You can check the Mega Flash Sale prepared by Gearbest, with all sorts of bargains – household items, GPS trackers, tablets, you name it! This is how it works: products are sold for insanely low prices (up to 50% off!) during fixed amounts of time, and you can also check out products that'll be featured in the next flash sale. Finally, a truly exciting tip is to get Lucky Bags. Offered at unbeatable prices, Lucky Bags will surprise you with premium products. Although you'll only find out which products you're getting once you receive your Lucky Bag (and that's the fun of it!), you can choose between multiple options – "top smart lighting," "top health care" and "top toys & hobbies" are just a few examples of many possibilities.
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