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Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones are 30 percent off, their lowest price yet


The off-white color scheme is $279 at Amazon, which is currently the only retailer to offer this deal. We also highlighted a great deal on Bose’s SoundLink Flex, plus several discounted PC games.

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Previous price cuts on Sony’s WH-1000XM5 over-ear, noise-canceling headphones took off $50 or so, but this new one at Amazon is a whopping $121 off. Whether you’re keeping track or not, this is the biggest price cut to date. Today’s deal is on the silver (more like off-white) color scheme only, which may be a disappointment if you prefer black. However, you’d be smart to try to get a price match from a different retailer, which may help you get the color you want, and get it from a store where you might have some holiday gift cards to spend. We have a whole article with all of the price-matching details.

At $279, you won’t find a set of headphones that are better than the XM5 at drowning distractions with superb noise cancellation. While the new design sets them apart from Sony’s previous models, their enhanced sound and voice call quality are bigger reasons to consider these. Pricier headphones might get you better build materials (the XM5 are clad in almost nothing but plastic), but they probably won’t get you a better overall value. Read our review.

With a fresh design, improved comfort, refined sound, and even better active noise cancellation, Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones offer a compelling mix of features for their premium price.

The Bose SoundLink Flex is our favorite Bluetooth speaker, thanks to its small size, slick design, and big sound. Just a couple of weeks ago, I noted in a deal roundup that it was $20 off in new condition, costing $129 at several retailers. This deal is still happening, but if you want to save even more, check out Bose’s refurbished site, where you can snag one for just $99 ($50 off the total cost).

While it’s a refurbished unit, Bose backs them with a one-year warranty and a 90-day risk-free trial period, though it may have “minor, nearly imperceptible blemishes.” If you or the recipient of this gift won’t mind, this is a smart way to save on 2022’s best Bluetooth speaker.

Bose’s newest Bluetooth speaker, the SoundLink Flex, offers pristine, detailed sound quality with a surprising amount of bass for its size — all in a rugged design that you can take anywhere.

Newegg is offering a slew of excellent price cuts on digital PC games redeemable on Steam. Notably, the selection is choice; these are some of the best games of this year and last year. Whether you need more games on PC or you’re loading up your Steam Deck handheld with titles, this seems like a great opportunity. These prices beat Valve’s offering during its Steam Winter Sale. Here are a few of my favorites:

Persona 5 Royal is an expansive and stylish RPG that came to PC in 2022. Get it for $36.99 when you enter the code SFSBZ2563 at checkout.

The reboot of the classic PlayStation franchise has finally made its way to the PC. Get it for just $21.99 with the code GWSAVE entered at checkout.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is a rerelease of the 2018 hit, which we once called one of the best superhero video games of all time. Get it for $33.99 when you enter the code SPMSAVE at checkout.

Elden Ring is set in a sprawling dark fantasy world full of unforgiving enemies and deep lore to uncover. Get it for $37.99 when you enter the code SAVE2 at checkout.

  • If you want some discreet USB-C storage for your laptop, tablet, Steam Deck, or another device, Samsung’s 128GB Fit Plus flash drive is just $14.99 at Amazon. It usually hovers at $20 or slightly less, so while this isn’t a sharp price cut, it’s a nice deal. I particularly like how small this thing is; it should barely jut out from your gadget, perhaps even less than a wireless receiver you might use for a mouse.
  • The Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf speaker that pairs nicely with Sonos speakers is still $20 off, costing $99.99 in black or white. One thing to note, which wasn’t applicable on December 22nd when I last wrote about this deal, is that Ikea may limit delivery of small orders within your ZIP code. So, you may need to go pick it up in person at one of its stores.

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