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The best tech deals in the January 2022 sales: Nintendo, Apple, Currys and more

The sales extravaganza is still full steam ahead – and these are the savings to shop

Alistair Charlton
Monday 10 January 2022 12:34
<p>From televisions and smart speakers to games consoles and laptops, there are plenty of discounts to be shopped</p>

From televisions and smart speakers to games consoles and laptops, there are plenty of discounts to be shopped

It was a somewhat muted New Year’s Eve for many, but we’ve finally made it to 2022. And, in true celebratory fashion, the January sales are still going strong.

While it might lack the fanfare of Black Friday, the New Year sales still pack a punch. We won’t see discounts like these until Amazon’s Prime Day event in the summer, so now is the time to snap a deal up.

Although the January sales are traditionally held in-store, complete with crack-of-dawn opening times for only the most hardcore of bleary-eyed shoppers, there are plenty of online deals to be had too. And when it comes to tech, the likes of Argos and John Lewis & Partners are all cutting their prices.

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Much like Black Friday, you can currently bag a bargain on popular products like the Nintendo Switch, plus everything from TVs, games and smart speakers to vacuum cleaners and plenty more besides.

To make sure you stay very much in the know, we’re on hand to help. We’ll be updating this guide regularly with all the latest news and deals as soon as they drop. Read on for everything there is to know about the January sales and how you can save money on your next tech purchase.

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Best January tech deals 2022

Nintendo Switch: Was £279.99, now £254.98, Amazon.co.uk

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most recognisable games consoles out there, and you can’t get much better than this deal at Amazon. So if you want the most versatile games console, now is the time to snap it up. This package includes the device and Switch dock in black and the contrasting Joy-Con controllers that allow for individual or two-player action. From long car journeys to commuting, play on-the-go with up to nine hours of battery life. “The Switch console, first released in 2017, is a perfect example of [Nintendo] getting it just right,” our writer said in their round-up of the best games consoles.

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Huawei matebook X pro, 2021: Was £1,599.99, now £1,099.99, Huawei.com

You can save a whopping £500 on this super sleek bit of kit in the Huawei January sale. Available in both a sophisticated space grey and an emerald green, you can have the full 13.9in screen quite literally at your fingertips, thanks to the touchscreen display, while the brand also claims the battery will last all day – great if you’re often on the move.

We featured this model in our round-up of the best laptops of 2021, where our tester said: “Huawei’s latest flagship lifts the best design elements from both the surface book (£1,599, Johnlewis.com) and the MacBook pro (£1,149, Currys.co.uk) resulting in a device that looks so smart that it’s hard to begrudge Huawei copying its rivals’ homework.”

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4: Was £299, now free with phone contract, EE.com

New and existing EE customers can claim a free Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4 when they sign up to a 24 month phone plan. The offer is available with the flagship Samsung Galaxy S21 and S20 smartphones, the former of which we rated highly in our review. The laptop itself is fast and secure, and runs on Google’s own web-based Chrome OS operating system. That means it’s always up to date, with a long-lasting battery, and perfect for everyday tasks such as writing, editing and browsing.

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Apple Watch series 6 GPS, 40mm: Was £379, now £279, Johnlewis.com

It’s not often we see deals on Apple’s newer products, so this offer is definitely one to shout about. Prior to the launch of the latest series 7, our reviewer called the series 6 the most advanced Apple watch yet. “The screen has beautifully curved corners, a big speaker, a microphone and so on,” they said. Noting the advanced health and sleep tracking features, they added that if fitness and wellness are important to you, then the series 6 is for you. It also has contactless payments, a built-in GPS, water resistance and a blood oxygen sensor. With £100 knocked off the price right now, there’s no better time to invest. And if you have an old Apple watch, trade it in and claim up to a further £120 off its value.

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Canon pixma G4511 megatank all-in-one wireless inkjet printer with fax: Was £269.99, now £199.99, Currys.co.uk

Who said you needed to fork out a fortune on home printing? Currys has knocked £70 off this wireless inkjet printer from Canon – and it’s not a one trick pony, as the machine also copies, scans and faxes too, so you’re getting plenty of bang for your buck. Printing in black and white as well as colour, you can expect up to 12,000 pages in black and white on just two bottles of black ink, and you’ll even be able to print from your phone via the Canon Print app.

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Hisense QLED 65in A7G 4K UHD HDR smart TV with Alexa and Google Assistant: Was £999, now £679, Box.co.uk

Electronics retailer Box has discounted dozens of TVs for its January sales, with savings of up to £700 to be found on top-rated 4K sets from 2021. We don’t know how big your living room is, so we’ve picked out the 65in Hisense QLED screen here. You can poke around the Box site to find smaller or larger versions of the same set with a similar January sales discount. The A7G offers pin-sharp picture quality and comes equipped with the major streaming apps, while the adjustable feet mean you can make room for a sound bar, or position the set on a narrow TV unit.

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Apple iPhone 12 mini 64GB: Was £50 per month, now £25 per month, Three.co.uk

The daintier variant of the iPhone 12 is a cute and compact smartphone that’s comfortable to use in one hand. It’s since been supplanted by the iPhone 13 mini, but comes highly recommended for anyone who wants to spend a little less per month, without compromising on performance or style.

With this deal you get the first six months of your contract at half-price – that’s £25 per month – after paying the upfront cost of £29. You get 100GB of 5G data, which is oodles, plus unlimited minutes. Over the course of the 24 month plan you’ll save over £200.

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Fitbit sense: Was £279, now £179, Very.co.uk

Heads up fitness enthusiasts, you can now save 35 per cent on Fitbit’s sense smartwatch courtesy of Very’s festive price drop. In our review of the sense, it was dubbed a solid rival to Apple and Samsung’s wearables. Clearly fitness focused but with a holistic edge, the device features a heart rate monitor, oxygen saturation tracker and stress management features. Our tester also noted how comfortable it was to wear, while “the face size is in the goldilocks zone of versatility – we could see this working for everyone from bodybuilders to ballerinas.”

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Google Pixel 6 with Pixel buds a-series: Was £45, now £37 per month, EE.com

You’ll save £192 on the new Google Pixel 6 phone over the course of your contract when you take advantage of EE’s January sales deal. After an upfront cost of £3 you can pay £37 per month for the 10GB data plan, which comes with 5G connectivity. EE will also throw in a pair of the latest Pixel buds, which are designed to work seamlessly with the phone. Check out our Pixel 6 versus Pixel 6 pro comparison, where our reviewer recommended the phones to “Android fans who want to experience the first truly premium handset from Google, a high-end luxury smartphone to rival the best that Apple and Samsung can offer.”

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Apple AirTag, pack of 4: Was £99, now £86.89, Amazon.co.uk

Always misplacing your precious things? Start the year off right by attaching them to one of Apple’s trusty AirTags. The AirTag is an object tracker for iOS users, and it’s a lot smarter than the current crop of Tile trackers on the market right now. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen on the pack of four, so it’s well worth buying before the price goes back up. “The AirTag doesn’t just rely on Bluetooth to help track down your missing stuff,” our writer said in their review. “Ultra-wideband will also help direct you toward it. You’ll get handy arrows telling you which direction to turn in and how far away the AirTag is from your current location.”

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Xiaomi 11T 5G smartphone: Was £549, now £349, Amazon.co.uk

There’s £200 off the excellent Xiaomi 11T in the January sales. The 5G-enabled Android phone features a silky smooth 120Hz AMOLED display, a high-end all-glass design, and a 108 megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. In our review of the Xiaomi mi 11 lite 5G – a similar, but less premium version of this device – we called it “a smart, polished operator that delivers when it comes to multimedia usage.”

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Apple MacBook Pro 13 2020 touch bar, space grey: Was £1,999, now £1,599, Johnlewis.com

Offers on Apple products tend to be few and far between, so this discount on Apple’s 2020 MacBook pro model is worth your attention. Currently reduced by £300, the 13in device boasts a speedy 10th-gen Intel core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage for all your files and media, as well as a touch bar and touch ID button. John Lewis & Partners is also offering up to £450 off the model and three months of Apple TV if you trade in your old Macbook.

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Fitbit versa 3, black: Was £199, now £159, Currys.co.uk

Fitbit’s versa model is among its most successful and it’s easy to see why, with the third iteration of the range offering everything you’d want out of an everyday smartwatch and fitness tracker. “This is the smartwatch for fitness-focused users that still want a good-looking, contemporary-styled product with enough smart features to help in everyday life,” praised our reviewer. And while the versa 3 definitely has its main focus on the fitness market, there’s also heavy investment in general wellness, through ECG, sleep and blood oxygen saturation sensors.

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Apple AirPods, 3rd gen: Was £169, now £159, Amazon.co.uk

The third generation AirPods might lack some of the features of the AirPods pro, such as active noise cancellation, but they strike the perfect balance between comfort, function and audio quality.

In our AirPods 3 review, our tester noted that they were a “very big step up from the second generation model”, adding that the “improved audio is noticeable, especially with spatial audio and the new shape”. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen the AirPods 3, so it’s never been a better time to snap these up.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, with Galaxy Watch 4: From £28 a month, save £288, Virginmedia.com

As part of its winter sale, Virgin Media has a deal on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE smartphone, which includes a free Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch. The handset, which is offered in cloud blue and has 128GB of storage, is available from £28 per month, with no upfront fee. This Virgin Media deal sees a saving of £288 over the course of the 36-month contract. The same amount can be saved if you increase the data allowance to a more generous 30GB, which ups the price by just £6 to £34 a month.

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Samsung galaxy buds 2: Was £139.99, now £99, Johnlewis.com

If Apple’s AirPods don’t do it for you, why not try Samsung’s Galaxy buds2 – currently reduced in the John Lewis January sale. With ambient mode, active noise canceling and a three-mic system, they’re packed with savvy features that helped land the pair a spot in our round-up of the best wireless earbuds. “The neat little Galaxy buds2 are light, making them very comfortable to wear,” praised our reviewer. “Samsung has come up with an appealing design, including snazzy colours such as lavender, that make these earbuds stand out from their rival,” they added.

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Apple iPhone 13 pro: Was £71 per month, now £35.50 per month, Three.co.uk

Mobile network provider Three is offering the all-new iPhone 13 pro, with its stellar camera system, at half the price for the first six months of your contract. While you do have to pay £69 upfront on the 128GB pro model, you’ll get unlimited texts, calls and access to 5G data speeds. Plus, you’ll also receive a £10three months free Apple TV+. In our review of the iPhone 13 pro, our writer said: “The swathe of photographic improvements alone are worth upgrading for, made possible by a faster processor and better camera sensors.”

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Virgin Media M100 TV, phone and broadband bundle: Was £38 a month, now £29.99 a month, Virginmedia.com

A shop sign for Virgin media in central London.

Virgin Media’s winter sale features savings on its TV, phone and broadband packages. This bundle, called the M100, includes up to 108Mbps broadband, over 100 TV channels and unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers. The bundle has had its price cut from £38 to £29.99 per month, which means you’ll save £162 over the course of the 18-month contract. The set up fee is £35 and after the initial contract ends the price increases to £59 a month.

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Jabra elite active 75t: Was £179.99, now £99, Amazon.co.uk 

Looking to take up running this year? You’re going to want to pick up some wireless earbuds., and our pick for the best noise cancelling pair for running are currently a massive 45 per cent off in Amazon’s January sale, saving you a whole £80.99. “From different sizes of ear gels to a grip coating on the buds themselves that keeps them in place, the Jabras really mould to the contours and profile of the ear to give worry-free running,” our writer said in their round-up of the best running headphones. “Excellent noise cancellation, adjusted via a slider on the accompanying app, gave a really immersive audio experience and enabled us to lose ourselves in our playlist and take our mind off the miles ahead.”

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‘Fifa 22’ for Xbox one: Was £59, now £34, Ao.com

EA dropped the good news of the new edition, plus the official reveal trailer, just hours ahead of the Euros final back in July, while also confirming a number of new gameplay features including “hypermotion” technology, described by the EA as “the biggest animation refresh in Fifa history”. There’s also a brand new goalkeeper system and highly anticipated updates including player “humanisation”, composed ball control, new attacking tactics, real-world data, an option for explosive sprints, attacking tactics and over 100 of football’s all-time giants, meaning the latest edition of Fifa may just be the best yet. And you can save £24 on the game right now.

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Samsung AU8000: Was £549, now £368, Amazon.co.uk

This entry-level 4K television uses an LED display that, while not as rich as a higher-end OLED or QLED screen, produces a vibrant colour palette and a dynamic contrast ratio. It has Alexa built-in, so you can control your smart TV with just your voice a very handy feature.

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Turtle Beach recon 70 gaming headset: Was £29.63, now £19, Amazon.co.uk

If you’re looking for an entry-level gaming headset that won’t break the bank, look no further than the Turtle Beach recon 70. It landed a spot in our guide to best gaming headsets, with our writer noting that while there is “no memory foam support, the ear cushions feel good and the 40mm drivers go some way to ensure you still get an immersive experience, able to spot where someone is coming from via sounds”. And because it’s wired, it’ll work with your PS5, PS4, Xbox series X, Xbox one, Nintendo Switch, PC and basically anything with a headphone jack. Plus, it has a mic that’s easy to flip up. Simple yet effective.

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Samsung QE43QN90 43in smart 4K TV: Was £1,099, now £899, Currys.co.uk

Here we have a £200 saving on a 43in 4K smart TV by Samsung. Although fairly small for an Ultra HD television, this model has all of the features you need for the best picture quality, including HDR10+ and HLG. It also has Samsung’s QLED tech for more accurate backlighting, and being smart means it has all of your favourite TV and movie streaming apps.

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JBL tune 125 true wireless earbuds: Was £89, now £39, Very.co.uk

After a new pair of wireless earbuds that won’t break the bank? Why not pick up these JBLs that are a steal at just £39 right now. Pair with any Android device and simply open the case and start listening to all your favourite records, audiobooks and more. With 32 hours of battery life and a compact charging case, they’re ideal for listening on the go or while working out. In our review of a similar JBL pair of earbuds, we said they were “bang on the money, especially in the audio integrity stakes, while also giving a snug, secure fit via the wingtips” – so it’s safe to say we’re fans of the audio brand.

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Sony bravia KD55X85JU 55 smart 4K ultra HD HDR LED TV: Was £999, now £779, Currys.co.uk

Upgrade your home entertainment setup with this Sony bravia TV, which is reduced by an impressive £220 right now. Boasting a 4K processor, it promises a more vibrant and colourful display when watching your favourite films or box sets, while the advanced motion technology enables smooth, lag-free visuals. You can also activate voice control and have the assistance of Google, as well as get access to all the latest content across Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Now and much more.

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How long do the January sales last?

The January sales officially launched on New Year’s Day, which meant we could shake off any post-Christmas gloom and pick up an exciting deal.

January sales can vary from lasting a few days to extending right through the month. Last year, we even saw some savings continuing until the end of January.

That means the time January sales last depends on the individual retailer, as do the reductions. While it’s always worth seeking out final markdowns, if there are products you have a keen eye on, you’ll want to check those sale additions first. Bookmark ourJanuary sales guide to avoid missing out on new offers.

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For discounts on all kinds of tech ahead of the sales, try the links below:

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The best January deals to shop – our hand-picked selection of the very best offers across tech, beauty, fashion and more

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