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The best tech deals in the January sales

There are big savings on TVs, laptops, phones and more

Steve Hogarty
Tuesday 02 January 2024 18:37 GMT
The January sales round off a season of major deal events
The January sales round off a season of major deal events (The Independent)

Now that 2024 is underway, the January sales have officially begun. The annual shopping event sees big discounts applied to everything from air fryers and fashion to mattresses and dehumidifiers. Tech such as laptops, TVs, smartphones, speakers, and headphones and earbuds are among the most popular purchases during the January sales each year.

Major retailers such as Currys, Argos, John Lewis and Amazon are all offering their own impressive deals on products from big-name brands, including the likes of Sony, Google, Apple, Samsung, LG and more.

In our experience, lots of retailers tend to reheat their Boxing Day deals as we enter January, so it pays to do some research before you shop around. To help you find the very best tech deals in the January sales, our team of IndyBest experts is on hand to highlight the biggest discounts on tech we’ve tested and can recommend. Happy shopping!

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Best tech deals in the January sales

Sony WF-1000XM5 wireless earbuds: Was £259, now £219,


Sony’s best-in-class, noise-cancelling wireless earbuds are still at their Black Friday price at Currys. The earbuds hold the top spot in our round-up of the best wireless earbuds, with our writer praising the noise-cancellation and sound quality, saying they boast “a level of deft clarity and forensic detail that makes every part of the music soar, from vocals to mid-range and bass”.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 3: Was £399.99, now £249.99,


Here’s a £150 saving on the Lenovo IdeaPad 3, a decent and affordable everyday laptop with excellent build quality, a 15in full HD screen, an HDMI port for an external monitor and a comfortable keyboard. This model runs on an AMD Ryzen 3 processor with 4GB of RAM, so it’s powerful enough for schoolwork, light gaming and other everyday tasks.

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iPhone 14 with 300GB data: £38 per month,


You can get the iPhone 14 with triple the usual data allowance at Fonehouse for just £38 per month for 24 months, with nothing to pay up front. The phone usually costs £699 SIM-free, which means this contract has you effectively paying around £8.90 per month for 300GB of 5G data with Three.

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iPhone 15 with 400GB data: £42 per month,


Affordable Mobiles has one of the best iPhone 15 deals going. You pay nothing up front, then £42 per month on a 24-month contract for 400GB of 5G data from Vodafone. At the end of two years, you’ll have paid £1,008 (not including the usual mid-contract price increase), meaning you’re effectively getting the £799 phone plus unlimited calls, texts and 400GB of data for around £8.70 per month.

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Xbox Series S: Was £249.99, now £233,


The Xbox Series S is a smaller and cheaper version of the Xbox Series X. It plays all of the same next-generation games as the Xbox Series X, but uses slightly less powerful hardware, so you sometimes miss out on some higher-end graphics features. It also doesn’t take physical discs. Instead, games are bought from the Xbox Store, downloaded and stored on the console. Right now, you can save seven per cent on the Series S at Amazon.

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Fitbit luxe activity tracker, black: Was £129.95, now £97.06,


Looking to be more active in 2024? Chart your progress in style with this reduced Fitbit luxe, which is currently discounted by 25 per cent. Boasting up to five days of battery life, sleep tracking and personalised insights, our reviewer said it “does the essentials when it comes to fitness”. They “found navigating the luxe easy” and described the watch as a “fashion-conscious wearable”.

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Hisense 50A6KTUK 50in 4K UHD smart TV: Was £329, now £279,


There’s a £50 saving to be had on this already cheap 50in Hisense TV at Currys. The 4K LED set supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision for improved contrast and detail during darker scenes. Built-in Alexa means you can control smart speakers around the home and use voice commands to play music, movies and TV shows on demand.

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Sony SRS-XG300 wireless speaker: Was £259, now £149,


When it comes to soundtracking the best moments of 2024, you may want a portable speaker at hand. This wireless model from Sony has been tried and tested by us, and took the top spot in our round-up of the best Bluetooth speakers. It was described as “fantastically rugged” by our tester, who also noticed it “packs a serious punch, blasting out crisp, clear sound”. Bag the speaker right now, and you can save more than £100.

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Ring indoor camera: Was £49.99, now £29.99,


If you need an indoor camera to keep an eye on the fort while you’re away from home, don’t miss this 40 per cent discount on Ring’s indoor camera. When we reviewed this model for our round-up of the best security cameras, our tester noted it was absolutely tiny, with an excellent field of vision, and offered “plenty of privacy and security features.”

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Garmin Forerunner 55: Was £179.99, now £138.99,


The Garmin Forerunner 55 is a budget-friendly way to dip your toe into the world of fitness wearables, and makes an excellent running watch for beginners. It has a built-in GPS tracker and can play music and podcasts over Bluetooth, so you can comfortably go for a jog without a phone in your pocket. There’s currently 27 per cent off at Amazon.

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Lenovo IdeaPad gaming 3: Was £1,049.99, now £999.99,


Running on the latest Ryzen 5 processor and a dedicated GeForce RTX 4050 graphics card, the Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 is a powerful gaming laptop that’s easily capable of running the newest PC releases. There’s a £50 saving at Box right now, too.

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LG OLED evo C3, 42in: Was £1,499.99, now £999,


The LG C3 is one of the best televisions you can buy and, in the January sales, it’s now hovering around its lowest-ever price. OLED displays are the best quality you’ll find, offering near-perfect contrast and colour vibrancy, and the LG interfaces comes with the smart features and streaming apps you’d expect, such as Netflix and Disney+. The 48in model is discounted too (was £1,599, now £1,077,

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Google Pixel Watch, white: Was £379, now £189.05,


The Pixel Watch is the natural choice for Pixel phone owners. While it’s been superseded by the new Pixel Watch 2, the original is still a great device and cheaper than ever. Our reviewer called it an “excellent Android smartwatch with health-tracking powered by Fitbit,” adding: “It looks sleek and stylish on the wrist.”

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Lumie vitamin L SAD light: Was £99, now £59.99,


SAD lamps can help combat January blues caused by the lack of sunlight throughout the winter months. This model in particular was voted the best for easy use in our round-up of the top SAD lamps on the market. Even better, it now comes with a generous discount of almost 40 per cent at Amazon. Our tester said: “Great if you travel a lot or want to take an SAD lamp to work, this model is super slim and lightweight.” They added: “It barely takes up any room, so it’s great for use on a desk or perhaps even a kitchen worktop, while you make the packed lunches.”

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When will the best January sales tech deals begin in 2024?

The January sales officially started on 1 January (unsurprisingly) but, as with other big sales events, such as Black Friday, you’ll likely have spotted extra-keen retailers kicked off their sales early. When it comes to tech deals, discounts have been appearing since Boxing Day.

When will the best January sales tech deals end?

The January sales typically run for the entire month, but most retailers focus their efforts on the first two weeks of the year. The sale is often used as a way to clear out old stock to make way for newer products – particularly when it comes to TV deals – so, the most popular discounts are likely to sell out before the month is over.

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