It looks and acts like an autonomous robot, but as you watch the machine in action, you realize it’s drawing construction markings. This is HP, so of course, it’s a printer.
At Autodesk University, HP introduced and demonstrated its HP SitePrint robot. The automated robot draws complex construction site layouts in less time than the manual process. SitePrint removes a bottleneck in the construction process. HP noted that the robot can Improve productivity by as much as ten times. “The goal of SitePrint is productivity,” Xavi Juarez, director of construction services at HP, told Design News. “We had a team that started working on this more than four years ago. The objective was productivity gains. We did the testing at customer sites. We worked on more than 80 projects.”
SitePrint was designed for autonomous operation, including obstacle avoidance. Juarez noted it can print lines and complex objects accurately with consistent repeatability. The text-printing capabilities bring data from the digital model to the construction site. “The issue this solves is the time it takes to do this work while other construction work waits,” said Juarez. “It’s hard to find skilled people to do this work.”
The concept of SitePrint came from an internal idea competition at HP’s Barcelona research and development center. “It began as an innovation contest for employees. We set up teams that had to go through a process with milestones and validation with customers,” said Juarez. “This was the winning one. After an in-depth investigation, we funded the team for further development and testing.”
According to HP, SitePrint includes a suite of technologies designed to automate the site layout process. The technology includes:
HP brought customers into the development process of SitePrint to make sure the robot was able to deliver the accuracy of a skilled worker. “The existing manual layout process can be slow and labor intensive. Despite being done by specialists, there is always the risk of human error, which can result in costly reworks,” said Albert Zulps, director of emerging technology at Skanska, a construction and development company that utilizes SitePrint on two US projects. “Layout experts are a scarce resource who add a lot of value in terms of planning and strategy, but often end up dedicating most of their time to manual execution.”
HP’s SitePrint robot is available now to customers in North America through an early access program. The final product and a wider commercial launch are planned for 2023. “The manufacturing will be done in Barcelona.,” said Juarez.
Here’s a two-word summary: pretty well!
Upon opening the box you definitely get the feeling that this is more Timex than Rolex: It’s a mass-market device aimed at everyday consumers who don’t necessarily need (or even want) a premium laptop. It’s quite plasticy with a bit of flex to it. It sounds hollow when you tap it. The bezel (the border that frames the display itself) is pretty big compared with higher-end laptops. It’s covered in stickers.
All of the above are signs of a laptop that was designed to hit a low price. But you know what? When you’re actually using the laptop, it isn’t half bad.
In terms of specs, it has an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state storage. On paper, you’d be forgiven for thinking the laptop would be somewhat underwhelming.
Guess again. Browsing around the web, even on today’s ad-laden websites, proceeds smoothly. Watching HD video on YouTube is more or less identical to the experience you’d get on a much more powerful PC (such as the gaming PC this review is being written on), although you can really hear the laptop’s fans whirring while doing so.
Switching between different apps like Edge, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Word either using the keyboard shortcut alt-tab or by clicking the Windows Task Bar? No problems there, showing that despite being a lower-priced laptop, its everyday performance is more than adequate.
If you’re the type of person who immediately downloads a tool like GeekBench or Prime95 to see how fast your computer actually is, well, none of this may be too impressive. But if you’re not that person (and most of us aren’t), then it’s hard to find much fault here.
Promotion: technology brand HP has invited designers and architects to present a series of talks discussing how forward-thinking design can better meet user needs.
The brand's six webinars cover a range of topics, including changes in residential design following the coronavirus pandemic, designing for workplace environments, how drawing can be a powerful communicative tool, sustainable beach houses and the impact of small, everyday objects.
In the series, HP aims to showcase "how leading certified are helping to build a better world through smarter design and construction".
Swiss design studio Big-Game joined HP for the first webinar in the series, in which studio founders Augustin Scott de Martinville, Grégoire Jeanmonod and Elric Petit discussed "how everyday objects can Improve the spaces where we live and work".
The webinar describes a selection of Big-Game's furniture and products that represent the studio's ethos of improving living conditions through smart design and construction.
Robert Palomba, co-founder of interior design studio Palomba Serafini Associati, presented a webinar on the conditions of post-pandemic living standards.
In the talk, Palomba explores changes in how we use our homes following the Covid-19 pandemic and how design can reflect evolving habits.
"A lot of people are starting to think of their homes in a different way," he said. "Before it was just a place to go to sleep or have a shower before going out with friends. Now people are starting to feel their home as a place to stay and a place that has to represent ourselves."
Using their own architectural designs as examples, Brazilian studio FGMF Arquitetos partners Fernando Forete and Lourenço Gimenes led a webinar on the future of designing office spaces.
Forte and Gimenes discuss how workplace design has changed in the last decade and how architects can better meet user needs.
In a webinar titled Balancing Digital and Natural, owner of American practice Olson Kundig Architects Kirsten R Murray proposes office interiors should incorporate natural design elements.
Murray explains that as the workplace has become increasingly digitised, designers must reconsider how the working environment is designed and the importance of providing a connection to nature.
Based in Lagos, Nigeria, architect Tosin Oshinowo presented a talk on the sustainable evolution of West African beach houses.
In the webinar, Oshinowo explores how gaining independence influenced architecture in African countries, tropical modernist design and projects completed by her studio, CmDesign Atelier.
Oshinowo explains how CmDesign Atelier's beach house designs aim "to create comfortable spaces with passive systems of servicing while also being able to incorporate a social sustainability".
For the final webinar in the series, HP invited Two Worlds Design podcast host Hamza Shaikh to discuss the importance of drawings in sparking conversation and "creating a positive impact on society".
In the talk titled Drawing up positive change using architecture, Shaikh explains how he uses drawing as a tool for communicating and unpacks the progression of a sketch to a realised building.
To view more of its webinars visit HP's website.
This article was written by Dezeen for HP as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.
If you like to write, browse, game, or work in different parts of your home or office, a good laptop in 2022 is a necessity. There are many to choose from, but you can narrow down your options by looking at laptops from the most established and respected brands first.
Here’s a list of the best laptop brands in 2022 to get you started.
Dell’s work, particularly in the ultrabook field, has yielded an incredible new crop of ultraportable laptops that are powerful and have excellent battery life. If you need a PC for work or school and want it to last for as long as possible, Dell’s machines are a great choice. And Dell has arguably one of the best business laptops in its Latitude 7430 line, which offers a solid design and multi-day battery life.
This is especially true with its XPS models, which do everything to a high standard. They have the latest high-resolution screens, connections, software, and innovative materials. The latest 2021 XPS 13 is no exception, staying on top as the compact laptop with which to compare everything else. A new XPS 13 is on the way with a complete redesign and an update to 12th-generation Intel CPUs; we’ll update this list once we’ve had a chance to review the new machine. For those who like larger screens, the 17-inch XPS 17 is one of our favorite reviewed models this year.
And Dell isn’t resting on its laurels. It’s already released new versions of the XPS 15 and XPS 17 with Intel’s 12th-gen Alder Lake CPUs, leveraging the new hybrid design for increased performance and efficiency. Existing XPS models are some of our favorite laptops ever, ticking just about every box you can think of. Additionally, Dell models like the Inspiron 14 5000 are some of the most affordable options.
Dell’s laptops look great, offer decent internal hardware, and have heaps of style (and they have some of the best ruggedized options on the market). They’re made with premium materials, sport a solid battery life, and are light and portable. Some of Dell’s budget or business-oriented laptops can be a little lackluster, but in the XPS line, it’s hit after hit. And Dell’s getting experimental as well — the XPS 13 Plus adds some innovative features to the line such as a row of touch function keys and a haptic touchpad.
If there’s one thing that nearly everyone agrees on, it’s that Apple laptops are reliable and predictably high-quality, and they last a long time with updates that support older laptops long past when other brands have bit the dust. When you buy a MacBook, you know what to expect. You’ll get a fantastic screen, solid battery life, and a beautiful chassis with thin bezels. They do tend to be more expensive than their Windows counterparts, but when it comes to style, ease of use, and reliability, Apple laptops are top-notch.
Apple previously updated the MacBook line with its own faster CPUs and added connectivity while removing the controversial Touch Bar — all without raising prices. From fixing long-acknowledged problems with its keyboard design to shifting its laptops over to its own internal ARM M1 chip for the MacBook Air and the incredibly fast M1 Pro and M1 Max variants in the MacBook 14 and 16, it’s a great time to be an Apple fan. The Apple M2 is the latest chip, showing up in the MacBook Pro 13 M2 and the MacBook Air M2.
HP may not have always had the best laptop reputation, but the latest laptops from HP have taken some design cues from its contemporaries and have really raised the bar. Its current notebooks are fast, powerful, and easier for consumers to adopt for their personal projects. They’re also quite lovely, with a toned-down, gem-cut design adorning the Spectre line and a sleek, modern look to the latest Envy 15. Through it all, HP has earned a reputation for reliable laptops with very competent customer service.
Today, HP is a contender against some of the best laptop manufacturers in the world. Its Spectre x360 stole the show against the Surface Laptop in our head-to-head and continues to impress with HP’s consistent model upgrade philosophy. The OLED version of the Spectre x360 16 and Spectre x360 13.5 provide incredibly bright and vibrant displays that will please creative types and Netflix binge-watchers alike. If you need a thin laptop, be sure to check out the company’s latest Elite Dragonfly line.
Customer support options place HP in the top five of all manufacturers. With options for up to three years of a comprehensive warranty, you can net yourself some serious protection for your new laptop, too.
HP’s laptops may not always steal the show, but its lineup of hardware is stronger today than it’s ever been and well worth considering if you want an alternative to some of the above offerings.
A decade ago, no one would have thought that Microsoft would be one of the best laptop brands in the world, but today, it has a well-earned spot on this list. After a few iterations of Surface tablets with some reliability issues, Microsoft claimed a 99.999% reliability in 2017 on its new Surface devices and offers hardware that is often class-leading in its own way.
The Surface Book 3 has excellent battery life like its predecessor and adds even more power, and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 is one of our favorite 2-in-1s right now. Microsoft also updated its hardware lineup ahead of the launch of Windows 11. New to the list is the Surface Laptop Studio, which replaces the Surface Book for creative professionals, while the Surface Pro 8 mentioned above is a significant upgrade that adds refinement and polish at a cost.
Even more midrange devices like the Surface Laptop 4 (with both 13- and 15-inch versions) and a budget tablet like the Surface Go 3 help bolster Microsoft as one of the best laptop brands today.
The company also offers a standard one-year warranty for Surface products should new owners run into trouble, with 90 days of free technical support. If you are more interested in a tablet-like 2-in-1 for professional purposes, Microsoft has also updated the Surface Pro X (2020), which is an alternative to the iPad Pro with more connection options and Windows 10 on an ARM chip.
Not all Surface devices are fantastic, and their prices tend to escalate very fast as you choose higher specs, but they’re still some of the best task-oriented laptops on the market.
Asus laptops might not often take the top spot in our best-of lists, but they usually warrant a medal placing due to their fantastic all-around capabilities. The current crop of its laptops includes thin and light Zenbooks, affordable Chromebooks, and powerful gaming machines like the incredible 2020 ROG Zephyrus G14. And as much as anyone, Asus is leading the movement to tiny bezels that pack as much laptop as possible into the smallest chassis.
For the savvy consumer who favors attractive and distinct-looking tech, look no further than the Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED. This laptop features a beautiful OLED screen and an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U CPU for astounding performance in such a tiny laptop. There are other stellar choices in the Asus family, including the ZenBook Pro 16X which provides an innovative keyboard design and outstanding performance, and ZenBook Pro 14 Duo OLED which features not just one, but two, outstanding displays. Both of those laptops feature slim bezels, powerful performance, and well-built chassis.
Asus has also been bold with experimenting with new designs, and it’s one of the earlier companies to give its own take and spin on laptops with two screens, but in a more traditional form factor that we know today.
Asus strongly resembles David in the story of David and Goliath. The lesser-known company continues to stack up against giants like Dell, HP, and Apple. It makes reliable laptops at genuinely affordable prices — and the company takes it a step further by adding a year of accident- and spill-protection warranties for free.
Razer is well-known for its flashy gaming accessories, but the brand also offers a powerful line of gaming laptops designed to take even demanding games on the go or support a more versatile VR experience that doesn’t chain you to a desktop space. Razer laptops are built well and they last forever — at least until they’re no longer able to run the latest title at acceptable frame rates.
Just how good are we talking? The 2020 Razer Blade 15 introduced an incredible 300Hz refresh rate display, and the Blade line regularly makes our lists for the best gaming computers, offering the power, RAM, display, and cooling capacity that gamers need for the best results. And with the release of our pick for the best gaming laptop, the Razer Blade 14 with AMD Ryzen 6000 chips, the future looks very bright.
However, Razer doesn’t only impress with gaming laptops. The Razer Book 13, essentially a powerhouse stripped of gaming flair, impressed us so much we wondered if it was “nearly the perfect laptop.”
Lenovo is a brand that we have long associated with reliability, as its long-lived line of workhorse ThinkPad/IdeaPad computers have shown up in offices and classrooms year after year. They may not always look like much, but they’re durable and more than ready to get the job done. It’s something that the brand has become increasingly skilled at.
In recent years, Lenovo has made a push for extra-portable laptops and 2-in-1s without compromising on specs, and the results have been particularly impressive. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon line continues to be one of the best business laptops available, and the 10th-generation’s updates have been very welcome.
The Slim 9i emerged as one of the best 14-inch laptops in 2022, while the latest ThinkPad X1 Nano is one of the best choices for an ultra-portable laptop under 2 pounds. Meanwhile, the ThinkPad X12 with its detachable screen is a worthy alternative to Surface Pro and Surface Book computers. Lenovo announced a brand new line, the ThinkPad Z, at CES 2022, and it promises to be a formidable addition.
You’ll find that Acer laptops and accessories frequently show up on our recommendations for affordable or budget computing. And while the brand does have a respectable reputation for producing competent budget models like the Acer Aspire 5, Acer also has other specializations that help it stand out in the right situations.
Take the Acer Swift 5 2020, which we found to be one of the best showcases of Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors outside of Dell’s models; an ideal choice for a slim laptop that still packs a punch. Or the Acer Swift 3 OLED that comes with an amazing display for the price.
Then there are more ambitious laptops that manage to be the perfect solution for specific needs, like the Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel with a unique design (allowing six different positions) meant specifically for creative professionals and performance that wowed us. There’s a reason the ConceptD 7 Ezel won our Editor’s Choice Award upon review, and every artist should give Acer a look when upgrading to a new laptop.
Start looking for gaming laptops, and it won’t be too long before you’re looking at some of MSI’s creations. MSI has a reputation for producing extra-solid gaming machines without the flair and RGB add-ons. They’re no-nonsense laptops that get you playing fast and can put in a solid day’s work when needed.
Recent years have also seen a more streamlined focus from MSI that has produced good results and improved the brand’s products. The MSI Prestige 14 Evo, for example, is a strong choice if you are looking for a more affordable 14-inch laptop that can still handle gaming, while the MSI GE76 Raider is a reasonable option if Razer’s Blade laptops are looking a little too pricey for you. We also found the 2021 version of the GS66 Stealth is one of the best options for 1440p resolution gaming at 240Hz. That’s certainly an achievement for a 15-inch laptop!
If you’re in the Windows camp, now is an excellent time to start shopping for a new laptop. Microsoft launched its new Windows 11 operating system, so we’ll start seeing plenty of devices that are refreshed or upgraded to ship with the new OS. If you already have a fairly recent model running Windows 10, it will likely be upgradeable to Windows 11, and you won’t need to buy a new laptop. However, if you want the best performance for gaming, creative work, or general productivity tasks, you’ll want to consider Intel’s 12th-gen Alder Lake chips and AMD’s Ryzen 6000 series. For Apple fans, MacOS Monterey has been released, and the Mac-maker has recently launched updates to its MacBook Pro range with its own even more powerful silicon.
Thanks to the power of integrated graphics, only gamers or those doing 3D design work need a dedicated graphics card. If you find yourself playing high-end games or working in Adobe’s software suite frequently, you’ll likely want to choose a notebook with discrete graphics. AMD’s latest Radeon RX 6000 series and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3000 series are excellent options. There are tradeoffs to having a discrete GPU on a notebook — these laptops are generally thicker, heavier, and more expensive than models that lack it. If you’re a casual gamer, opting for a model with integrated Intel Xe or integrated Radeon graphics will be sufficient.
This all depends on what you intend to do with your laptop. Most users will be fine with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but if you’re doing video editing or need to store a lot of large files, you may want to go even higher. Upgrading the storage and memory will quickly drive up the cost of your laptop, so you’ll have to balance your needs with your budget. And with cloud-based PC solutions such as Microsoft’s Windows 365 Cloud PC subscription, you may not need to max out on your physical hardware, as your laptop will serve as the thin client to stream a desktop that’s hosted in the cloud. Be sure to check out our laptop buying guide to get an idea of what to look for and what to expect in 2022.
Absolutely! Gaming laptops and PCs are among the most powerful consumer systems on the market today, and you don’t need a dedicated system for play and one for work. Instead, get the most powerful system that your wallet can afford, and you can use it for a variety of tasks, including gaming, cloud and web applications, programming, creative edits, and general office tasks. Some systems, like Razer’s laptops, are generally well-built with subtle enough designs that won’t look garish or out of place if you take them with you into the boardroom. Many laptops that are specifically designed for gaming will come with more aggressive styling that may not look too professional for use at work, but they’ll still pack plenty of power to edit videos, apply creative touches to photos, and work in spreadsheets and Word documents.
There are many factors that go into making a laptop great. If you’re looking for a mobile solution, find something with a screen size ranging from 12 to 14 inches. This will give you a compact enough system with a large enough display to multitask and stay productive. If you care about the screen, choosing one with an OLED display will give you better contrast and colors, but they tend to be more expensive. Another factor to test on a laptop is the keyboard — most of your interactions will be through the keyboard and trackpad, so you’ll want to choose a model with deep key travel and a comfortable, ergonomic typing experience. A keyboard with shallow keys means that the keys will bottom out more quickly, leading to finger fatigue.
That will generally vary from person to person. If you’re not pushing your laptop with performance tasks, it should last you for years as long as you take care of it. Many PC models allow you to upgrade either the storage, memory, or both, allowing the system to grow with you as your needs change.
Singer doesn't necessarily have to be your go-to source when it comes to restomodding a Porsche 911 as UK-based Theon Design will also build your dreamy sports car. This 964-gen model started out in life as a Carrera 4, but now the engine's output is routed only to the rear wheels. It uses a six-speed manual gearbox modified from a transmission used by the newer 993 model and also gets a limited-slip differential for better traction.
Behind that striking purple paint are carbon fiber body panels to lower the car's weight to just 1,164 kilograms (2,566 pounds). At the heart of the classic 911 is a naturally aspirated flat-six engine with a 4.0-liter displacement. It pumps out a healthy 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet (476 Newton-meters) of torque. Theon Design mentions it's offering a variety of air-cooled flat-sixes (3.6 to 4.0 liters) that can be turbocharged or even supercharged for extra power.
With great power comes great responsibility, so the British certified uprated the brake with carbon discs and pads. There's also an active wing at the back while the front hosts a modern AC system to keep you cool on hot summer days. Codenamed CHI001, the custom 946-based creation benefits from a switchable exhaust and independent damping control with five selectable damper modes.
Commissioned by a customer from Chile, the new-old Porsche 911 rides on Fuchs-styled wheels measuring 17 inches. The exquisite interior also happens to be purple, and it's a sight to behold. It gets Recaro Club Sport front seats complemented by Touring seats in the back. Woven leather panels are noticeable just about everywhere you look, including the dashboard. To keep up with the times, a magnetic wireless smartphone charger has been added and there's also Bluetooth connectivity to control the Focal sound system.
With the risk of stating the obvious, an "OEM+" Porsche 911 by Theon Design is not exactly the bargain of the century. Prices start at £380,000 (about $418,000 at current exchange rates), but that doesn't include the donor car, shipping, and local taxes. Customers must also arm themselves with a lot of patience since it takes about 18 months to complete a build.
Another Amazon Prime Day sale, you say? No, don’t call it Prime Day Part 2. This one has been dubbed the Prime Early Access Sale. Whatever the name, the game is the same, and the WIRED team has sifted through all the deals—the good, the bad, and the unmissable. We're now into Day 2 of the PEAS (great acronym, right?) and the discounts are still rolling in. These are our top picks from the likes of Samsung, Microsoft, Razer, Google, and more.
The WIRED Gear team tests products year-round. We sorted through hundreds of thousands of deals by hand to make these picks.
Crossed-out products are out of stock or no longer discounted. Our Amazon Prime Day coverage page and our Prime Day Shopping Tips will help you avoid bad deals. Check out our live blog to find the best Lightning Deals. You can also get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 here.
Updated October 12, 2022: We’ve added more deals, like the AMD Ryzen 5900X processor, and struck out a few that sold out.
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Laptop and Accessory Deals
The Surface Laptop range may not be as stylish as some of the brand’s flashy, flexible, transforming sets, but most people just need a laptop. This is our pick for the best Surface for most people. Microsoft’s flagship laptop is now under $1,000 and offers 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storage. It’s worth bearing in mind that Microsoft just announced a new Surface Pro 5, which you can read about here.
This MacBook Pro model received a strong review (8/10, WIRED Recommends). We like it for its high-end performance, stunning display, premium build quality, and the welcome return of MagSafe. This isn't a great deal, but you might be buying one anyway.
In our Best Macbooks guide, we recommend this larger Pro version for its big and bright display and boosted battery life. It's a great on-the-go powerhouse that's great for editing and 3D work. It's pleasingly reduced to just over $2000 in this Prime sale.
The first M1 MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends) was a revelation. The new device brought Arm to Apple's laptops and it offered up a fanless design while still managing strong productivity performance as well as top battery. It's now under $800.
We really like the AMD version (8/10, WIRED Recommends) of this laptop, and the Intel model offers much the same. With an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 chip, 8 GB of RAM, 512-GB SSD, and Thunderbolt 4, it’s a great productivity combo for hybrid workers or students. The OLED display is bright and crisp too.
This is one of LG’s latest and greatest laptops, sporting a shiny new 12th-gen Intel chip. The 16-inch version of this device sits in our Best Laptops guide. The Gram range prides itself on being supremely light and, as it’s the smallest version, you’ll barely notice this machine in your bag. The rest of the specs include 16 GB of RAM and a 512-GB SSD, a strong combo for serious productivity.
Featured in our work-from-home guide, this laptop stand from ObVus can add some big height to your device while providing a nice spot for your phone too. It’ll accommodate between 10 and 17-inch laptops and is also pretty portable.
You might not have thought about the idea of including an SSD in your dongle, but it’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone. The adapter itself only features 2x USB-A ports, 1x USB-C, and a 4K HDMI, but the main attraction is the ability to add an M.2 SATA SSD for easy on-the-go storage.
Many MacBooks still feature a limited number of ports, and this is a great add-on to expand your connectivity horizons. You’ll find 2x USB-C ports, 2x USB-A ports, 1x HDMI port, 1x SD card slot, 1x MicroSD slot, and a Lightning (audio) port here, all for just $50 at the moment.
This is one of our favorite laptop stands and it's a versatile option, allowing you to work from a bed or couch. Our reviewer noted the ability to adjust part of the stand to a suitable angle while the offer section can stay nice and flat for note-taking or a hot morning coffee.
If you got used to more than one display while WFH-bound during the pandemic but are now required to be on the go once again, a slim portable monitor is a great option. This model (featured in our Work From Home guide) is a bit plasticky and the display is a little weak. But its reasonably priced, super compact, and has a convenient kickstand.
The Acer Nitro 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best cheap gaming laptops around, offering a great screen and typing experience for a reasonable price. This model packs a punch in a simple build. There are plenty of ports too. At under $800, it’s hard to find a better performance-to-value ratio elsewhere.
This laptop from Acer is delightfully sleek but manages to keep the price down. The Swift 3 comes with a high-end 11th Gen Core i7 chip, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256-GB SSD, a lot of horsepower at this low price. We were impressed by the battery life here too, as well as a good selection of ports.
With consoles like the Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, and Steam Deck around, gaming laptops can look pretty expensive. But if you want strong PC specs and a great display in a portable package, they remain the only option. This Dell G15 offers all of this at almost $300 off. It packs in one of Intel’s latest gaming chips alongside 16 GB of RAM, a 512-GB SSD, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060, which is an ideal combo for mid-tier PC gaming.
If you want a cheap laptop with some added flexibility, this 14-inch Pavilion machine from HP is an appealing option. With this sale’s discount, you get a strong 11th-Gen Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256-GB SSD. It’s a good combo for productivity users, such as students. The 360-hinge makes watching videos on this laptop a bit more comfortable too.
Chromebooks may be slated as devices for light web work, but there are plenty of folks who’ll want to push them hard. For that, the IdeaPad Flex 5i is our top choice for a ChromeOS powerhouse in our Best Chromebooks guide. The Intel Core i3 and 8 GB of RAM are more than enough to get a lot of performance from a Chromebook, with options for lower-powered Celeron chips and often 4 GB of RAM. The display also offers an anti-glare finish to dodge any pesky reflections.
Many gaming laptops, even those you’d classify as entry-level, can creep over the $1,000 mark. Thankfully, this HP Victus is well under that. This model gets you an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512-GB SSD. And it’s all in an understated package that doesn’t scream “gamer.”
Tablet and Accessory Deals
The Combo Touch from Logitech is compatible with a variety of 11-inch iPad Pro generations. It’s one of our favorite ways to get some light work done because it adds a keyboard and a trackpad. Not only is the case slim and the keys pleasing to type on, but the keyboard can also be removed when you don’t need it, keeping the iPad Pro’s supreme portability intact.
The 2022 iPad Air (8/10, WIRED Recommends) now packs an M1 processor, the very same one powering the iPad Pro and the MacBook Air, making this hands down the most powerful tablet for the money. This is the lowest price we’ve seen yet.
The revamped iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED Recommends) brought slim bezels and boosted performance to Apple's small tablet. There's also convenient Touch ID, USB-C charging, a front camera with Apple's Center Stage, and support for the second-gen Apple Pencil.
This is a good deal on our current favorite iPad for most people. In fact, it’s the lowest price we’ve seen. That said, Apple has updated the iPad around this time of year for the past three years. There could be a new model out soon, one that could be on sale for Black Friday.
If you're after a large Fire tablet, this is the one. This 10-inch machine (7/10, WIRED Recommends) comes with a 1080p display and can be made more smart home-friendly with Show Mode. There is also the Fire HD 10 Plus for $105 ($75 off) if you're after the most powerful Amazon tablet.
Amazon recently debuted a new Fire HD 8 that is available for preorder. But if you’re in the market for a cheap tablet, this 2020 model is still a good deal. The travel-friendly size, reasonably powerful processor, and USB-C make the Fire HD 8 series nearly as capable as their larger siblings. The Fire HD 8 is portable enough to take with you anywhere, and its screen won’t torture your eyes when you watch Netflix. You can even use our guide to install the Google Play Store, which makes it much more capable than it is out of the box.
The Google Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Android phone, and it also earned our top pick as the Best Cheap Phone. This deal is the lowest we’ve seen. Even when it’s not on sale, the Pixel 6A offers incredible value, with great performance, excellent cameras, impressive battery life, and a nice display. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this. The Pixel 6 Pro is also discounted to $649 ($250 off) if you want a bigger device and better cameras.
The Google Pixel 7 officially launches tomorrow, but you can get a free $100 Amazon gift card if you preorder it from the retailer for the same $599 MSRP. We'll have our review up soon, but you can learn more about Google's new smartphone here, and read our review for our thoughts.
This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on the S22 Ultra (9/10, WIRED Recommends). This device has an S Pen built in, so it’s great for doodling or writing notes. It also has a 10x optical zoom camera, so you can take stunningly sharp pictures from far away.
It costs a fortune. But it folds! And believe it or not, that extra screen real estate really is nice. Android 12L also makes life on a bigger screen easier, thanks to its improved multitasking. The battery life is good, and you get a bright, smooth screen—no crease on the fold.
The smaller of Samsung’s folding phones, the Z Flip4 feels like a “normal” phone when it’s unfolded, but fold it up and it’ll slip into some small pockets. It’s almost like a StarTak, but with a real screen. The battery will get you through the day, but not much longer. Still, if you’ve been wanting a folding phone, this deal is the cheapest we’ve seen.
This OnePlus phone (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is speedy, and it has a bright 120-Hz screen refresh rate and a pretty good software support window. Its cameras are not as good as the likes of the Pixel 6 or Galaxy S22. It’s worth noting that this is still more expensive than the newly announced Google Pixel 7.
This charger is the runner-up for our favorite Apple 3-in-1 wireless chargers. It's a compact and convenient design for topping up your devices overnight (or anytime, to be honest). It's got a stylish look too.
It’s great that so many brands offer cheap alternatives to MagSafe chargers, like this one. ESR also adds a fan to keep your device cool while charging. It’ll charge your watch and AirPods too. This pick gets an honorable mention in our 3-in-1 Apple chargers guide.
Anker’s MagGo range is just delightful for MagSafe-compatible iPhone owners. This will charge your phone on its tiltable pad at the top, which you can convert into a stand to prop the iPhone up. There's even a cozy little spot for charging AirPods as well.
Anker's MagGo range is tremendously convenient for iPhone owners and this charger is no different. It's one of our top MagSafe accessories. Not only does the stand charge your AirPods and iPhone, but the power bank can be detached and taken with you. It has a larger top-up than Apple's own MagSafe pack and at a cheaper price.
This Ugreen charger receives an honorable mention in our Apple 3-in-1 charger guide. We like it for its compact and stylish design as well as the ability to charge up to 15 watts. Its main downside is the lack of a power adapter, but you could always pick one up with the savings here.
WIRED reviewer Eric Ravenscraft loves this little cube and it’s easy to see why. It’s a simple way to expand your power options without taking up much room. The sockets and handy USB-A ports are extremely useful, and it’s all for under $20.
TV and Soundbar Deals
TVs of this high caliber (8/10, WIRED Recommends) don’t come cheap, but this is a pretty significant discount for one of the best TVs you can buy for bright rooms. If you’ve got a big family and a home with plenty of windows, this might be the move. It also has a 120-Hz refresh rate for gamers looking to get the most out of their consoles.
This TCL model is a bigger and newer version of our favorite entry-level device. It offers AMD FreeSync, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and Roku TV OS. We like the smaller model for its surprisingly deep contrast and easy-to-use remote.
This Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar allows you to get pretty immersive sound from a single unit, thanks to speakers that bounce sound off your walls and ceiling. This speaker previously cost upwards of $300, and the reduced price from one of our top-rated audio brands is an intriguing proposition.
If you’re looking to upgrade your TV setup, one of our favorite soundbars is now under $200. The Signa S4 is our top package if you want to grab both a soundbar and a subwoofer. The combo offers Dolby Atmos and HDMI ARC, as well as customization modes to get the right vibe. The addition of a subwoofer makes this ideal for when you want big sound, whether it’s a house party or your fave action flick.
Amazon's most powerful streaming stick boasts a speedy user interface, improved Wi-Fi 6, as well as support for Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+. Expectedly, you can control Alexa-supported devices right from this remote as well as feature your favorite apps like Netflix, Disney+, and more.
Apple’s latest streaming device scored a strong review (8/10, WIRED Recommends) from us. We rate it for its much-improved remote, useful user profiles, and ability to search across all of your subscriptions. It remains a pricey streaming box option, and that’s why this discount is worth a look.
We didn’t love the Fire TV Cube in our review (6/10, WIRED Recommends) but a lot of the criticisms were software-based, and if you are fully in the Alexa ecosystem, it’s the most powerful streamer you can get. It’s a pretty machine, with Alexa built in, and there are sensible parental controls.
The A80J is an OLED variation of one of our best TV picks, the X80J. Sony’s TV offers Google TV, Dolby Vision HDR, and Alexa compatibility. For PS5 owners, there’s HDMI 2.1 onboard, letting you get the best out of your console.
This is a top pick in our Best Noise-Canceling Headphones guide. The digital signal processing and advanced microphone array do a stellar job of blocking out noise and homing in on your voice. They’re also extremely comfortable and offer strong battery life. Like many top wireless noise-cancelers, they don’t come cheap, so getting more than $100 off is a great deal.
The 2nd Gen Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED Recommends) offer solid sound, speedy pairing, and, expectedly, easy-to-use voice controls. There’s also a range of ear tips and fins to make sure you can get a comfortable and snug fit. Wireless charging in the case is also here for added convenience.
The recently released AirPods Pro 2nd Gen (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are already discounted. We gave them a top review for the comfortable design, enhanced noise cancelation, improved charging case, and a strong overall sound.
Google’s latest wireless earbuds got a stellar review from WIRED associate editor Parker Hall (9/10, WIRED Recommends), with the Buds Pro getting props for comfort, great sound, seven hours of battery life with active noise cancellation (ANC), and pricing that’s now even further below that of the Apple AirPods Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends). There’s room for improvement with the microphones and the mid-tones, though.
The new AirPods Pro may have changed the game a bit but, upon the release of the Beats Fit Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends), our review called them “Apple's best earbuds ever.” They received this acclaim for their excellent battery life, impressive sound, useful physical controls, and great range of colors.
These are our best noise-canceling headphones under $100, with strong hybrid NC and up to 40-hour playtime. The sound is delivered via 40-mm silk diaphragm drivers. At this low price, they are admittedly a little fragile, so you'll have to treat them carefully.
If you’re after the best overall headphones, stick with Sony. The WH-1000XM5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) sound amazing, have great noise cancellation, and are just plain comfortable to wear.
The Arctis Prime Wired Headset got great marks in our review (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s one of our favorites, due to its comfortable ear cups, sleek look, and quality sound. Essential for gaming, it also has a crystal-clear microphone.
PC Component Deals
Samsung’s 980-series M.2 solid-state drives are some of our favorites for any PC build. They’re quick, super small, and usually offer a substantial amount of storage space. The Pro version (also on sale) is a bit quicker, and a bit more spacious, one of our top picks for gaming PC builds.
The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is officially a previous-generation graphics card now, but it’s still a good pick for mid-range gaming PC builds. They’ll have some trouble handling 4K content with all the settings cranked up, but as long as you keep your resolution between 1080p and 1440p, you should be good. It’s a great all-around graphics card.
It may have just been supplanted by the RTX 4090, but the RTX 3090 Ti is still a super-powerful card. It’ll handle most of what you can throw at it, running games in 4K, hitting those silky-smooth 120 FPS framerates. With the 40-series announced and on its way, it’s a great time to buy high-end cards from the 30-series.
The Asus ROG Strix lineup of motherboards has been on the list of our favorite gaming PC components for a while now. They’re user-friendly, packed with all the right ports, and even feature some subtle lighting.
The Asus Prime Z590 is the slightly cheaper version of the Strix Z590-E above. It has almost all the same features, except the M.2 slots don’t feature the same level of high-end cooling materials you get on the Strix. Otherwise, this one is just as good a pick.
AMD's 5900X processor is a super-fast choice for anyone doing heavy video editing or putting together an absolute monster of a gaming PC. With 12-cores and 24-threads it can handle just about anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat.
Other Tech Deals
While the LaCie Rugged SSD ($496) is our top pick for a rugged drive in our Best Portable SSD guide, the T7 Shield is our favorite alternative, and it’s far cheaper right now. It’ll bat away dust and water with an IP65 rating and is rated to survive drops up to 9.8 feet. There are other sizes available too if you’d like to spend more or less.
This is our favourite portable SSD for speed. The SanDisk is super swift and also offers top protection with an IP22 dust and water resistance casing. This 2TB model brings a whole lot of storage with you on the go.
Out of all the Amazon smart displays, the Echo Show 8 is our top pick, slipping into the Goldilocks “just right” size bracket. Along with making video calls, this screen is ideal for recipes and watching videos. It's the perfect size to sit on any counter top and not require you get too close to read it.
This is the largest version of the standing Echo Show before you get to the new picture-frame-like Show 15. As well as a big 10-inch display, you get improved audio quality and a screen that can rotate almost 360 degrees. This addition makes the top model a strong option for those who regularly use Alexa-supported devices for video calling or for following recipes.
The size of the screen here isn't ideal, but if you have limited space or you want a device to act as a smart alarm clock, it's still pretty good. Of course, you get Alexa support, allowing for speedy control of your smart tech. It's also really cheap.
This 15-inch screen is basically a blown-up smart display you can mount on your wall like a picture frame. It comes with a 5-MP camera for video-calling friends and family. You also get full access to Alexa to control your smart home devices.
The recently released Apple Watch Series 8 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Apple Watch, and it’s already on sale. (The 41-mm version is also on sale for $349.) Most people will be fine with the new second-generation Watch SE, but this model includes an electrocardiogram, an always-on display, a skin temperature sensor for better period tracking, a more accurate heart-rate monitor, and the ability to measure blood oxygen levels. Check our Best Apple Watch Accessories guide for additional recommendations.
This is the cheapest we’ve seen the Echo Glow, a handy night light for your kid’s bedroom. Unfortunately, there’s no Alexa built-in here, you’ll have to pair a separate Echo or use the Alexa app for that. Nevertheless, it’s a smart way to manage your kid’s night light in 2022.
While Amazon announced a new 5th-gen Echo Dot, there’s no upgrade for the standard Echo just yet, so this 4th-gen model remains the best on offer. It’s got great sound and, despite dwarfing the Echo Dot, remains a size that isn’t all that obtrusive. A strong addition to your Alexa-laden home, or for starting a new one.
We rated Insta360’s One RS (8/10, WIRED Recommends) highly in our review. The GoPro Hero series is still our top pick as the Best Action Camera, but this one brings interchangeable modifications to the party, including—you guessed it—a dual-lens 360-degree camera.
TicWatch isn’t a well-known wearable brand, but we’re fans of this model’s top battery life (it’s in our Best Smartwatch guide). It employs Wear OS and is slated to get the Wear OS 3 update later this year. It’s responsive, delivers notifications, counts steps, and features 24/7 heart-rate monitoring, all with an AMOLED display and two-day battery life. There’s a new TicWatch Ultra on the way with Qualcomm’s new wearables chipset.
This Blink video doorbell received an honorable mention in our Best Video Doorbell Cameras guide. It’s one of the cheaper options around and has Alexa compatibility. The bundle also comes with an outdoor camera system for expanding your home network.
It’s a cheap and cheerful smart plug, and that’s about the long and short of it. It integrates with your Alexa app, letting you add timers and schedules as you please. There’s also Alexa Guard to provide the illusion that you’re home when you’re traveling or on vacation.
This useful label printer is featured in our all-encompassing work-from-home guide and is a great way to save a couple of dollars on your shipping. The printer avoids the regular hassle of having to use ink, using heat instead. You’ll find useful instructions to get the sizing of your label just right.
All the functionality of Amazon’s Echo Dot and it looks like a panda, what more could you want? This is a kid-friendly take on the 4th generation, coming with typical Alexa functionality, one year of Amazon Kids+, and a range of parental controls.
Retailer Sale Pages
Other stores have started offering competing deals that don’t require an Amazon Prime membership (and more likely will). Here’s a list of merchants that may be getting in on the action.
BMW M is best known for sports sedans like the M3 and M5. But the performance division is going in many new directions as of late, and the new 2023 XM combines many of these fresh elements in a single vehicle—fitting, as this is meant to be M's new flagship. As an SUV that's available exclusively as an M, the XM also introduces a new plug-in-hybrid powertrain that's the first hybrid ever to wear the M badge. The concept version of the XM proved controversial when it made its debut last year, and now we have all the details on the production version that's slated to go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2023.
The XM's powertrain consists of a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 combined with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission. There's also a 25.7-kWh battery pack that enables an estimated electric driving range of 30 miles. Total output sits at 644 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and there will be an even more powerful Label Red version coming later on with a claimed 735 hp and 735 pound-feet. This makes the XM the most powerful current production BMW—and it'll need all that grunt to move around its 6062 pound mass.
Were it not an M exclusive, the XM might otherwise wear the X8 designation. It's considerably larger than both the X5 and X6, but smaller than the three-row X7, much like the relationship between Audi's Q7 and Q8 SUVs. The XM is a two-row model with five seats, and its interior features many of the wilder design elements seen on the concept version. A two-tone blue and brown leather color scheme is available, and the brown "vintage" leather is meant to look aged. There's also an interesting pattern in the headliner that's accompanied by LED lighting elements that pulse when you receive a phone call or try to open the door when an object is sensed outside.
The exterior design is more angular and imposing than many of BMW's other SUVs. The large kidney grilles up front are flanked by split headlights like those on the latest X7. A strong, accented character line rises along the side and kicks up at the rear doors as a nod to the classic BMW Hofmeister kink. There are BMW logos engraved into each upper corner of the rear window, and the aggressive-looking taillights wrap around the sides. Quad exhaust tips and diffuser elements give the rear bumper a racy look. 23-inch wheels are standard, but 22-inchers are optional, and BMW says the smaller size saves weight.
Adaptive dampers are standard equipment, as is an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. 48-volt active anti-roll bars are a feature new to BMW M, although the XM uses traditional steel springs rather than an air suspension. Our initial drive of a prototype XM earlier this year revealed a surprisingly engaging driving experience, largely thanks to the steering tuning, so we look forward to sampling the final version to see if the spry handling is preserved.
The XM will compete with other high-po SUVs such as the Audi RS Q8 and Mercedes-AMG GLE63, and is even aiming for higher targets including the Aston Martin DBX and Lamborghini Urus. It will start at $159,995, but options should add a considerable sum to that total, and the more powerful Label Red model will carry a sticker price of over $185,000. Like it or not, this super-SUV now represents the pinnacle of the M lineup, and it'll start arriving at U.S. dealerships early next year.
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The Maserati GranTurismo is back and the results are quite literally electric.
The brand’s sporty grand tourer will return to production for the 2024 model year. But this coupe will be available with either a twin-turbo V-6 or an all-electric powertrain, the latter of which makes the car the brand’s first EV.
Any conversation about the new GranTurismo has to start with the fully electric Folgore variant. Maserati has been teasing it since production of the model went on hiatus in 2019. The latest generation of the car is built on a modular platform that can support either an internal-combustion or battery-electric powertrain. The Folgore has the latter, which consists of three electric motors—one on the front axle, two on the rear powering each wheel. The trio of motors combines to generate 750 horses (not as much as had been predicted but still a lot) and 995 ft lbs of twist, which can be sent to all four wheels or just to the rear set. Thanks to this, the car can rocket from zero-to-62 mph in 2.7 seconds and is capable of reaching a top speed of 199 mph. It’s also the most powerful car Maserati has ever made.
The three motors get their power from a T-shaped battery pack with 83.0 kWh of usable capacity. Maserati says the car will be able to travel 250 miles on a single charge based on Europe’s WLTP test cycle. The EPA’s testing process is notoriously stricter, so don’t be surprised if that number is listed 15 to 20 percent lower on the US version. Neither range is anything to write home about, but it’s important to remember that the GranTurismo was clearly designed with an emphasis on performance rather than efficiency. Luckily, its 800-volt architecture will allow for DC fast-charging, though it’s unclear how long it will take to top off the battery.
Two other variants, the Modena and Trofeo, will be available when the 2024 GranTurismo launches. Both pack the same twin-turbo Nettuno V-6 found in the marque’s excellent MC20 sports car. In the entry-level Modena, the mill produces 489 hp and 442 ft lbs of torque. In the high-performance Trofeo, it generates 550 hp and 479 ft lbs of torque. The Modena can sprint to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 187 mph, while the Trofeo hits 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and shares a top speed with the Folgore. Both gas-powered models have an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. That means all three GrandTurismo variants offer all-wheel drive (albeit with a rear-wheel bias).
Unlike the GranTurismo’s hardware, the new model’s look isn’t all that different from the past generation. The car still sits low to the ground, has a long nose and a curvaceous shape, but those elements are more refined than before. The hood and fenders now form a unified segment that the brand is calling the “Cofango.” The grand tourer is also wider and has a new lighting package, similar to that found on the MC20. The three models all look the same, though the EV version has a more sculpted lower front fascia to maximize aerodynamic performance. It’s a subtle makeover, but one that improves a car already famous for its looks.
Surprisingly, no images of the car’s 2+2 cabin were available as of press time. Maserati did say the car will come equipped with a 12.2-inch digital gauge cluster, 12.3-inch infotainment system, an additional 8.8-inch touchscreen and a 14-speaker audio system. We imagine the space will undergo a more significant reworking than the exterior.
No official release date has been set yet, but you can expect the GranTurismo to arrive sometime next year. We’ll have to get closer to the launch date to learn the pricing info, though Car and Driver reports that Modena will likely start “just under” $200,000 and that the all-electric Folgore will be the most expensive version. Whether that figure turns out to be accurate remains to be seen, but it’s fair to say the car will run significantly higher than its $135,000 predecessor.
BMW's M division has been on a roll lately, introducing new generations of the M3 and M4 that have, multiple mid-range models like the new M240i, and even debuting , the first standalone M car since the 1970s. Now BMW has debuted , the second generation of the M brand's entry-level sports coupe based on the 2 Series.
Thanks to a series of low-quality leaks, we've already been privy to the M2's controversial looks, but I think its design is actually pretty cool and certainly looks better in these official images. Like the 2 Series, it's based on the new M2 has a boxier design with super wide fenders that remind me of a 1980s rally car -- BMW says it's 0.6 inches wider overall than the old M2 and has a 1.5-inch-wider front track. Its kidney grilles are still fairly small and appear molded into the bodywork, with large rectangular lower intakes echoing the shapes. Thankfully, there aren't any fake vents on the front quarter panels or bumpers, and the vertical reflectors in the rear bumper are a nice way to integrate parking sensors.
The M2 uses the same S58 turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine as the current BMW M3, just with a slightly less powerful tune. It puts out 453 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 48 hp over the old M2 Competition, but 20 hp down versus the M3. Peak power comes in at 6,250 rpm while peak torque is achieved between 2,650 and 5,870 rpm, and the engine revs to a 7,200-rpm redline. A six-speed manual with rev-matching is standard but an eight-speed automatic is optional, with both transmissions sending power to the rear wheels. BMW says the M2 will hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds with the manual or 3.9 seconds with the automatic, and top speed is 155 mph as standard or 177 mph with the optional M Driver's Package.
An active rear differential is standard, and drivers are able to select between 10 stages of the stability control. The M2 has a staggered wheel setup for the first time, with 19-inch wheels up front wearing 275/35 tires and 20-inch rear wheels with 285/30 tires. There are six-piston brake calipers with 15-inch discs up front and single-piston calipers with 14.6-inch brakes at the rear, and the M2 offers two settings for pedal feel. Other standard features include adaptive dampers, a variable steering ratio with two settings, and M-specific chassis bracing and suspension components.
The M2's interior gets BMW's lovely new display that pairs a 12.3-inch gauge cluster and 14.9-inch touchscreen in one curved housing, and the screens have a number of M-specific displays and performance pages. Like on the M3, the M2 has a built-in laptimer and drift analyzer. The door panels have illuminated trim panels that light up in the M colors, and leather sport seats are standard. The available Carbon Package adds a carbon-fiber roof, additional carbon trim and the same aggressive carbon bucket seats from the M3. Other options include adaptive LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display.
BMW's plant in Mexico will start pumping out the new M2 in a few months, with deliveries in the US commencing in the first quarter of 2023. It will start at $63,195, including a $995 destination charge, making the new M2 $3,300 more expensive than the old model but $10,600 cheaper than a 2023 M3.
Last year BMW unveiled the Concept XM, a crazy plug-in-hybrid SUV that was a preview for the brand's first M-only model since the 1978 M1 supercar. The productionis now here, and judging by the reaction to the Concept XM, as well as the reactions to most new BMWs (and high-performance luxury SUVs in general), most of you are probably going to hate it. That's too bad, because if you open your mind and expand your horizons you'll realize that the new XM is actually freakin' awesome.
Aside from ditching the concept's two-tone paint and gaining real door handles and less wild taillights, the production XM looks basically just like the concept. It's brazen and brash and honestly kinda ugly, but I think it works and is easily BMW's most interesting design. Overall the XM is about 2 inches shorter thanon which it shares a platform, but the XM is wider and 3 inches lower thanks to the rakish roofline. The rear glass is much more slanted than on the X7, but BMW isn't calling the XM a coupe.
Dominating the front end are two giant kidney grilles, the outline of which are illuminated. Combined with the prominent hood bulges, super slim LED running lights and the dark-tinted headlights "hidden" in the bumper below, the XM kind of looks like an angry cartoon pig. The fenders are nicely sculpted and have large black wheel arches that flow into the glossy lower body trim, and the XM has a tall beltline and wide haunches. The thin taillights wrap around onto the rear fenders like on the concept, with the real light itself only visible in the lens cover when illuminated, and there's a set of stacked hexagonal exhaust tips on each end of the rear bumper. Best of all, the production XM retains the awesome rear hatch glass of the concept, the top of which echoes the M1's rear end shape and contains two BMW roundels laser-engraved into the glass. (There's even a rear wiper!)
Like on the concept there's a piece of trim that wraps around the windows and continues along the beltline, which is normally gloss black but available in NightGold. That lovely gold trim can also be added to the outline of the kidney grilles and parts of the diffuser. Seven paint colors will be available at launch with more to come in the summer -- eventually over 50 BMW Individual hues will be available. The XM comes standard with 23-inch wheels wearing summer performance tires, but 22s with aerodynamic inserts are optional. BMW also offers a dual-color 23-inch wheel design that you see here, which has a center cap featuring a 3D BMW script.
Sadly the XM's interior does away with the three vertical air vents and grab handle on the center console, but it sets itself apart from the X7 with a unique dashboard design and some fascinating details. The larged curved iDrive screen is set into a matte carbon-fiber panel, and there's more carbon and pearl-effect chrome trim throughout. The XM has what BMW calls the M Lounge back seat; the three-across bench has recessed cushions, integrated headrests and wrap-around quilted leather panels that extend onto the doors. The XM is also available with Vintage Coffee Merino leather on the dashboard and door panels as a combination with the Silverstone or Deep Lagoon main colors. This leather was created with a unique finishing process that highlights imperfections usually omitted from normal high-end leather interiors, and it'll look a little different in each car. But the XM's real party piece is the headliner, which has a 3D sculpture effect to its Alcantara surface that is augmented by fiber-optic cables featuring 100 LEDs in the border around the roof panel.
The starting point for the XM's powertrain is an updated version BMW's twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that we know and love, which on its own makes 483 horsepower. But the XM is also fitted with a 29.5-kilowatt-hour battery pack (of which 25.7 kWh is usable) and a 194-hp electric motor integrated into the 8-speed automatic transmission. Total output is 644 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque, and BMW says the XM will hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and reach a top speed of up to 168 mph. In pure electric mode the XM will do an estimated 30 miles on a charge and run at up to 87 mph, and with 7.4-kW AC charging the battery can be replenished from 0 to 100% in under 3.5 hours.
BMW's rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system provides fully variable torque distribution from both the engine and electric motor to all four wheels, and an electronically controlled rear differential ensures maximum power delivery with minimal understeer and loss of grip. There's a 4WD Sport mode that sends even more power to the rear wheels for "M-typical" handling, and a 4WD Sand mode can be activated for low-traction surfaces. The XM also comes standard with a 48-volt active anti-roll bar setup, rear-wheel steering and adaptive suspension.
The XM will enter production at the end of 2022 in Spartanburg, South Carolina at the same plant that also builds the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7. It will start at $159,995 including a $995 destination charge, making it the most expensive BMW you can buy. Coming in the summer of 2023 will be the limited-edition XM Label Red, which boosts power to 735 hp and 735 lb-ft and comes with unique paint, wheels, trim and interior upholstery. The Label Red will start at over $185,000, and BMW says it will be followed by other special Label models.