Best gaming accessories deals on Cyber Monday: Xbox controllers, gaming mice and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

The holiday season can be a great time to pick up some sweet, sweet discounts on some great gaming gear. Black Friday has passed, but with everyone gearing up for Cyber Monday, there are fantastic deals available on controllers, mechanical keyboards, mice, headsets, monitors and more.

You won’t find reduced prices on this year’s hottest products like the Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or their newest accessories, or on the latest RTX 30-series Nvidia GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs — if you can even find any of them in stock. Nor are there any reasonable deals, as far as I can tell, on any graphics cards. Even the old models seem overpriced for what they offer.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 Switch game deals: Walmart is dropping Mario, Zelda and more to $30 starting Wednesday

All that said, it was hard to winnow things down — there are a ton of good prices, notably from Logitech, Razer and HyperX — so be on the lookout for those. All of these are available now, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more as the discount season progresses.

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Featured on our list of best Nintendo Switch controllers, the PowerA Enhanced Wireless is the closest you’ll find to Nintendo’s own Pro. It’s normally sold for around $40-$50, so even if you’re technically not saving $30, it’s still another $10 off. How low the price is depends on which model you buy, from Pokemon to Overwatch.

Microsoft

Gaming controllers don’t last forever and eventually you’ll need a replacement. This deal slices $20 off the regular price so you can stock up. It’s not the new controller that comes with the Xbox Series X and S, but it’s still one of the best.

Logitech

Ask any gamer who makes the best wireless accessories and Logitech’s Lightspeed line is usually at the top of the list for keyboards and mice. A bunch of its gaming gear is on sale right now, but the G502 is one of the most highly recommended in its class, so it’s a good time to snap one up.

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The Kain 120 Aimo is one of our picks for best budget gaming mice, and that’s at $70. For its seemingly perpetual discount down to $30, it’s a no-brainer buy if you’re on a budget.

LG

This monitor from 2017 is no spring chicken, but for its sub-$400 discounted price you get quite a bit: quad-HD resolution (2,560×1,440) and 144Hz refresh with AMD FreeSync support. 

Logitech

Lauded by the car aficionados at our sister site Roadshow as one of the best racing wheels they’ve tried, the Xbox One-compatible G920 and PS4-compatible G29 have earned some attractive Black Friday savings.

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Best gaming accessories deals on Black Friday: Xbox controllers, gaming mice and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Black Friday can be a great time to pick up some sweet, sweet discounts on some great gaming gear. We’ve cherry-picked a generous handful of good Black Friday (or just current) deals on controllers, mechanical keyboards, mice, headsets, monitors and more that we think are actually worth buying. 

You won’t find reduced prices on this year’s hottest products like the Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or their newest accessories, or on the latest RTX 30-series Nvidia GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs — if you can even find any of them in stock. Nor are there any reasonable deals, as far as I can tell, on any graphics cards. Even the old models seem overpriced for what they offer.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 Switch game deals: Walmart is dropping Mario, Zelda and more to $30 starting Wednesday

It was hard to winnow it down — there are a ton of good prices, notably from Logitech, Razer and HyperX — so be on the lookout for those. All of these are available now, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more as the discount season progresses.

Josh Goldman/CNET

Featured on our list of best Nintendo Switch controllers, the PowerA Enhanced Wireless is the closest you’ll find to Nintendo’s own Pro. It’s normally sold for around $40-$50, so even if you’re technically not saving $30, it’s still another $10 off. How low the price is depends on which model you buy, from Pokemon to Overwatch.

Microsoft

Gaming controllers don’t last forever and eventually you’ll need a replacement. This deal slices $20 off the regular price so you can stock up. It’s not the new controller that comes with the Xbox Series X and S, but it’s still one of the best.

Logitech

Ask any gamer who makes the best wireless accessories and Logitech’s Lightspeed line is usually at the top of the list for keyboards and mice. A bunch of its gaming gear is on sale right now, but the G502 is one of the most highly recommended in its class, so it’s a good time to snap one up.

Josh Goldman/CNET

The Kain 120 Aimo is one of our picks for best budget gaming mice, and that’s at $70. For its seemingly perpetual discount down to $30, it’s a no-brainer buy if you’re on a budget.

LG

This monitor from 2017 is no spring chicken, but for its sub-$400 discounted price you get quite a bit: quad-HD resolution (2,560×1,440) and 144Hz refresh with AMD FreeSync support. 

Logitech

Lauded by the car aficionados at our sister site Roadshow as one of the best racing wheels they’ve tried, the Xbox One-compatible G920 and PS4-compatible G29 have earned some attractive Black Friday savings.

SteelSeries

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PC gaming Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Monitors, mice, keyboards & games

We’ve got ideas for games, mice, keyboards, monitors, and more!

Because gamers who enjoy playing on PC are often picky about their hardware and software purchases, it can be stressful trying to buy a gift for them. Therefore, Shacknews compiled this list of gifts that should suit the PC gamer in your life well. Don’t worry, though; we even have options if you’re just not ready to commit to a particular piece of hardware or software.

PC games

We play a lot of PC games at Shacknews, so instead of listing a bunch here, I’m just going to link you to our best PC games of 2020 list. The thing is, buying a PC game as a gift can be difficult, so you might want to consider one of our next two options, the Amazon gift card, or the Steam gift card.

Amazon gift card

Look, if you simply don’t believe you can buy a good gift for the PC gamer in your life without asking them directly for a list, an Amazon gift card is solid option, so we’re giving you an easy way out right off the hop. I have built several PCs buying from Amazon, and most products listed in this guide can be bought there. Hook up the PC gamer in your life with an Amazon gift card and you’re probably good to go.

Steam gift card

Almost every PC gamers knows what Steam is and has it installed on their system. Steam is a platform that players can buy and launch PC games from. If you don’t know which games the person on your list has or likes, a Steam gift card a great option. Steam is free to install, so even if they don’t have it, you can’t go wrong.

HyperX Pulsefire Haste gaming mouse

If the PC gamer in your life has said they need a new mouse, there are lots of fantastic options to choose from. Provided they didn’t list a specific manufacturer, the HyperX Pulsefire Haste gaming mouse is a good bet. Our own TJ Denzer reviewed this mouse not long ago, praising its lightweight design and non-existent drag on movement.

SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless gaming mouse

Another mouse option for those that want to go wireless. Just check that the PC gamer in your life is good with that, as we’re a finicky bunch. I would never go wireless but have friends that are all wireless. If you know wireless is an option, read our SteelSeries Rival 3 review, and consider picking this up if you think it’s a fit.

Anda Seat Fnatic Edition Gaming Chair

We’re going big here with the Anda Seat Fnatic Edition Gaming Chair. I reviewed this chair personally, and I’m still sitting in it today as I write this gift guide. This chair won’t be cheap, but it’s a can’t miss option for the PC gamer in your life that’s sitting on an

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Power Banks, Mice, Game Controllers & More Gifts Under $50

The pandemic forced many people to be quite careful when it comes to spending money. Still, you cannot really avoid buying gifts for your loved ones. Well, to soften the blow, we’ve compiled a list of rather affordable gifts that you can consider buying. The list we’re talking about contains gift ideas that are all more affordable than $50.

In this list, you’ll find 12 products that are all technology-related, one way or the other. Truth be said, the vast majority of them are tech products. You may find one or two that are tech-related, but not necessarily tech themselves. In any case, these products are not listed in any specific order, and if you’re interested, the list is down below. In it, you’ll not only find products and their price tags, but also purchase links, and below that more information about each of these products.

Amazon Echo Dot

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If you’re considering getting a good smart speaker to someone, and $50 is your budget, the Amazon Echo Dot is a great choice. This is the company’s newest Echo Dot speaker, the 4th-gen one. It offers a brand new design, and it does look both futuristic and homey at the same time. It basically looks like an orb with a splash of living room furniture on it, at least that’s the impression I’m getting.

This smart speaker does come equipped with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. You can also stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and more. Controlling other smart home devices via this speaker is also possible, thanks to Alexa. This smart speaker is priced at $49.99, and it comes in three color variants. It comes in Charcoal, Glacier White, and Twilight Blue color options.

Amazon Echo Dot – Amazon, Best Buy

Anker PowerCore 10000

Anker PowerCore 10000 image

If you know someone who constantly charges its smartphone, and / or other devices, then a power bank is the way to go when it comes to gifts. The Anker PowerCore 1000 is a great choice, no doubt. This power bank comes with a 10,000mAh battery built into it, and that’s plenty of power to go around. It can charge most smartphones twice over, before it’ll require a charge.

This power bank is not much to look at, truth be said, but that’s the whole point. It’s supposed to blend in with everything else you’re carrying, and just be there when you need it. You can charge up a wide range of devices using this power bank, and it also includes LED notification lights on its body. Those lights will indicate the charging status, and the battery status of the power bank itself.

Anker PowerCore 10000 – Amazon

Logitech K480

Logitech K480 image

Having a really good keyboard is important. It’s more important for some people than others, to be quite honest. More people require a multi-purpose keyboard these days, as they use it on more than one device. Well, if you know someone with such needs, the Logitech K480 keyboard is an excellent choice. This

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‘The Witches’ Review: A Tale of Mice and Women, Toil and Trouble

There’s no eye of newt or toe of frog in “Roald Dahl’s The Witches,” Robert Zemeckis’s take on the 1983 book — just a mischief of mice, a cantankerous cat and an occasional s-s-snake. There are people, too; some buzz around in the background while others push the story forward. Chief among these are an unnamed orphan, call him the Boy (Jahzir Bruno, sweetly sensitive), and his loving grandmother (Octavia Spencer), who form a wee bulwark against witches who appear fair but are most foul.

Narrated by a distracting Chris Rock, the story primarily takes place in flashback, in 1967, starting with an accident that kills the Boy’s parents. He moves into the Alabama home of his Grandma, whose warm embrace eases his pain. Zemeckis, working from a script written with Kenya Barris and Guillermo del Toro, handles this setup effortlessly, with his two cozily inviting leads, low-key visual panache and customary restive camerawork. Within minutes, Zemeckis has created a vibrantly inhabited world, even if the golden oldies on the soundtrack are overly familiar, as is his habit, and Grandma’s caky cornbread looks more Northern than Southern.

The witches sidle in, disguised and cunning. One materializes in a once-upon-a-time tale; another pops up in the present. Amid intimations of doom, Grandma and the Boy decamp to a resort hotel, a nonsensical turn that’s effectively a narrative contrivance. There, they soon find themselves facing down a coven of witches stirring up trouble. United by their hatred of children, the twisted sisters are led by the Grand High Witch (an amusing Anne Hathaway), who arrives with a black cat, a trunk stuffed with cash and a vile plan. Speaking in a vaguely Eastern European accent with Nordic notes, she has a cavernous mouth and jagged teeth right out of del Toro’s imaginarium.

Zemeckis improves on the first film adaptation, a 1990 oddity directed by Nicolas Roeg. There’s more heart in the new version and more emotion, qualities which can go missing in those Zemeckis movies that get lost in his technical whiz-bangery. Here, the Boy feelingly mourns his parents, creating a tangible sense of loss that strengthens the story and raises its stakes. As the Boy heals, Zemeckis pumps up the design and sets his cameras to giddily flying. Everything is slicker and grander in this iteration, including the hotel, which now looks like a supersized plantation. The movie doesn’t do much with this iconography, but it resonates simply because the heroes are now Black.

Mostly the movie is all shivers and silliness until the High Witch and her minions gather. By that point, she has peeled off her wig and bared her sharp teeth, exposing her true evil self. Witches may look like women, as Grandma warns the Boy, but they’re demons. Roeg literalized that idea by revealing the High Witch (Anjelica Huston) as a blobby, warty monster who speaks with a German accent and calls her cat “Liebchen.” Hathaway’s witch largely retains her human shape, which only makes her more

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