With Summer heat beaming down, now is a good time to upgrade your home listening, viewing, and air frying situation. We’ve scoured the web for the best weekend deals, and we found discounts on everything from TVs and computer monitors to wireless earbuds. Many of these picks are devices that WIRED’s Gear team has tested and loves.
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Home Theater Deals
The Vizio OLED (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorite TVs from 2020. It features HDMI 2.1 connections and a variable refresh rate for the latest 4K gaming consoles, and the deep blacks make darker shows like Loki and The Mandolorian look fantastic. At this size, you’ll actually benefit from the 4K resolution; any smaller and it’s pretty hard to notice the difference.
LG makes some of the best TVs you can buy, and while this isn’t a gorgeous OLED model like the new C1, it’s still a very nice TV for the money. The 65-inch model supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Homekit, so it will easily integrate with your smart home system.
Dell makes some of our favorite gaming monitors, and this 27-inch version is well appointed. It has AMD Freesync and Nvidia G-Sync, with support for a 144-Hz refresh rate for smooth gaming. The only downside is that it’s a 1080p monitor, but you won’t really notice the resolution difference at this size. That does mean it’s a great option for anyone with an older video card that can’t process higher resolutions anyway.
The price for this Dolby Atmos soundbar (9/10, WIRED Recommends) fluctuates, and it has dipped lower before, but this is still a great deal. It’s easy to set up, and the corner speakers turn to deliver room-filling and cinematic sound.
Everyone needs a soundbar, and Samsung makes good basic bars. If you’ve been listening to your tinny TV speakers, this 2.1-channel system with a wireless subwoofer is a great place to start, especially for a decent discount. It will even simulate surround sound, so you’ll get more immersion from your favorite films.
The Elite 85t are some of our favorite headphones for working out, thanks to a super ergonomic design and rugged IPX4 water-resistance rating. Six microphones make them some of the best earbuds for taking calls, and onboard noise canceling tech means you won’t be distracted by a noisy toddler while answering emails.
A dual-driver array and excellent onboard noise canceling make the Galaxy Buds Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) the best-sounding wireless earbuds we’ve tested so far. At nearly the same price as standard AirPods, these absolutely wipe the floor with them, with better battery life, a wireless charging case, and a sleeker design.
They were too expensive at their original $180 price, but for $130 the Pixel Buds are a great AirPods competitor for Android. They are super comfortable, instantly pair with any modern Android phone, and even come with a wireless charging case as standard.
The bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live actually sound pretty awesome, and they come with one of the most stylish designs in the wireless earbud space. Like AirPods Pro, they don’t entirely seal your ears, so you never get that weird plugged-ear feeling when listening on planes or in elevators.
It’s a pretty basic fitness tracker (and this is a frequent deal), but you’ll get decent data from the Charge 4 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) thanks to onboard GPS and heart rate monitoring. I like that it’s super lightweight, and the sleep tracking is pretty darn good.
The M1 chip inside last year’s Macbook Pro is awesome, and with this discount, it makes for a quality Apple laptop that’s more powerful than most comparable PCs. The MacBook Air is more than enough for most, but WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkatu likes the added battery life of the Pro, which makes it easier to rely on for a full workday.
As more of us return to regular offices, it’s a good time for the still-at-home crowd to splurge on a new microphone for Zoom meetings. This affordable model from JLab works great, and the little built-in tripod makes it super easy to position on your desk. It works great for podcasting, live streaming, or gaming with your friends on Discord.
Sony makes some of the best mirrorless cameras you can buy, and while this isn’t the newest model, it’s still a great camera for those looking to upgrade from a smartphone lens. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen, and you get a decent starter lens in tow.
It’s not likely that we’ll see a new Galaxy Note this year, but the Note 20 Ultra is still an excellent smartphone, especially if you must have a built-in stylus. It’s a huge phone, but it has a bevy of features that make it the ultimate Android phone.
If you’ve been chasing the perfect way to heat up your fries or tots, or are sick and tired of how gloopy your takeout gets in the microwave, now might be a good time to pick up this discounted air fryer.
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