Best Holiday Sales on Electronics

Where to find great offers on TVs, headphones, laptops, and more for the holidays

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but there are still plenty of deals available for last-minute shoppers. You can find impressive discounts on TVs, headphones, laptops, smart speakers, and more.

Keep in mind, though, that shipping companies are experiencing higher volumes than ever before and you may not be able to receive your orders in time for the holidays. So pay attention to shipping options when ordering online and also look for opportunities for in-store or curbside pickup when possible.

If you plan to venture out, consult our coronavirus guide for tips on wearing a mask and taking other safety precautions.

Go to Consumer Reports’ Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.


Hisense 43-Inch 4K H55-Series Android Smart TV

We didn’t test this set, but in general, entry-level Hisense 4K TVs have scored fairly well for picture quality, though not for HDR (high dynamic range) performance, in Consumer Reports’ labs. Like other Android TVs, this one has Chromecast and Google Assistant built in. It’s priced about $30 higher than we saw for Black Friday, but this is still a significant discount.

TCL 50-Inch 4-Series Roku Smart TV

This Best Buy exclusive comes at a nice discount for a 4K TV this size, matching its Black Friday price. And though we can’t vouch for the set’s performance, we can say we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the overall picture quality of other models from TCL’s entry-level 4K series. But don’t expect them to ace HDR. Roku TVs are also easy to use and offer lots of streaming services.

LG 55-Inch CX-Series 4K OLED Smart TV

Though this 4K OLED TV from LG isn’t cheap, it’s almost at its lowest price of the year. (It was on sale for $100 less on Black Friday.) More important, it’s among the best TVs we’ve tested in 2020, with top-notch picture quality and effective HDR performance. It also delivers great sound, with support for Dolby Atmos immersive audio. And if you’re a Best Buy member, you’ll save an additional $50—it’s free to sign up.

CR’s test results: LG 55OLEDCXPUA 4K OLED smart TV

Sony 65-Inch X750-Series Android Smart TV

This 65-inch model from Sony's entry-level 4K series for 2020 scores well for overall picture quality, but it has limited HDR performance. It uses the Google Android TV platform, which features built-in Chromecast and the voice-enabled Google Assistant, but it’s also compatible with the Amazon Alexa digital voice assistant.

CR's test results: Sony KD65X750H

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Apple AirPods Pro Earphones

The AirPods Pro add active noise cancellation to Apple’s ever popular line of true wireless headphones. That’s not the only upgrade, either—our testers find that they have much better sound quality than their predecessors, and they’re the first AirPods model to earn a Consumer Reports recommendation.

CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Pro true wireless earphones

Beats Solo Pro Noise-Canceling Headphones

These noise-canceling headphones are usually a little too expensive to justify their performance, but this is a decent deal. The Solo Pro Wireless gets an above-average rating for sound quality in our tests, and the noise cancellation is superb. Before you pick them up, though, you may want to check out other noise-canceling options available for $200 or less.

CR’s test results: Beats Solo Pro noise-canceling headphones

Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

The 1000XM3 headphones are back down to their Black Friday price. They're a popular noise-canceling model from Sony with a true wireless design, meaning there’s no cable connecting the earpieces. They get solid marks in our ratings for audio quality and blocking out sound. And they have touch controls, adjustable levels of noise cancellation, a generous battery life, and a slew of other features.

CR’s test results: Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones

Sony WH-1000XM3 Over-Ear Headphones

Sony’s flagship noise-canceling headphone is one of the most popular models on the market, and it does well in CR’s tests. We give it high marks for sound quality, and it performs even better at blocking out unwanted noise from your environment. It has touch controls, adjustable levels of noise cancellation, a generous battery life, and a slew of other features.

CR’s test results: Sony WH-1000XM4 over-ear headphones

Laptops and Tablets

Lenovo 14-Inch Yoga Laptop

This laptop has good core specs for a midrange computer—an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and a 256GB solid-state drive. It will purr along easily while performing most tasks, and it’s convenient to use on the go. It weighs an easy-to-tote 3 pounds and provides plenty of battery life, and the 2-in-1 convertible design lets you prop it up in tent mode or use it like a tablet.

CR’s test results: Lenovo Yoga C740-14 laptop

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

This tablet is still available for its Black Friday price. It comes with an S Pen stylus for those who like to doodle and take notes on the screen and features a big, bright display, solid battery life, and plenty of speed for routine tasks. In this case, though, there’s only 64 gigabytes of storage. The model we tested had 128 gigabytes. But you can quickly and inexpensively expand the volume with a microSD card.

CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (128GB, WiFi)

Smart Speakers

Amazon Echo (4th Gen.)

The newest Echo—on sale at its Black Friday price—looks radically different from its predecessors, with globelike styling replacing the now-iconic cylinder of earlier models. The smart speaker capabilities haven’t changed much, mostly because the Echo, like all smart speakers, relies on remote servers to do the digital heavy lifting.

The model features a new Zigbee smart home hub that allows you to control compatible devices without using an app. The sound quality is also noticeably better, with improved bass and clearer treble.

CR’s test results: Amazon Echo (fourth generation) smart speaker

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen.)

The latest Echo Dot also features the new spherical look. In terms of smart speaker performance, it still works about as well as the company’s more expensive models. That’s because most of Alexa’s heavy-duty artificial intelligence work is done on Amazon’s cloud servers.

Music is another story. The speaker sounds somewhat better than its predecessors, with slightly clearer highs and a bit more bass, but it’s still best for listening to a podcast or weather forecast.

CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Dot (fourth generation)

Sound Bar Speakers

Insignia 2.0 Basic Sound Bar

A low-priced model that we haven’t tested, the Insignia NS-HMSB20 hails from Best Buy’s house brand for electronics. It’s a small model—only about 20 inches wide—and it lacks an HDMI input, so connections must be made using digital optical or RCA connections. It does have Bluetooth audio.

LG 2.1-Channel Sound Bar Speaker

The 2.1-channel LG SL4Y is a lower-priced but full-featured model that comes with a wireless subwoofer. It can be expanded to a 4.1-channel surround-sound system by adding an optional LG SPK8-S wireless rear surround speaker kit. The unit has built-in Bluetooth for streaming from a mobile device, and it can also connect wirelessly to LG TVs that support the company’s Sound Sync technology.

Streaming Devices

Amazon Fire TV Cube

The 4K-ready Fire TV Cube, now $20 more than we saw on Black Friday, is essentially a mashup of two popular Alexa-powered devices—the Fire TV streaming player and the Echo Dot smart speaker. It adds universal remote-control capability to the mix. The updated model has a more powerful processor, a faster response time, and Dolby Vision HDR. (All players support HDR10, and some additionally support Dolby Vision, HDR10+, or HLG.)

Unique among streaming players is the device’s ability to control a host of other compatible A/V gear, including TVs, sound bars, receivers, and even some cable and satellite boxes.

CR’s test results: Amazon Fire TV Cube streaming device

Amazon Fire TV Stick

We haven’t tested the updated Fire TV Stick, but it has a faster processor than its predecessor, according to Amazon, plus support for both HDR and Dolby Atmos 3D audio, despite being limited to HD (1080p, not 4K) video. (Formats include HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG.) The player also comes with an updated voice-enabled remote control; in addition to working with Amazon’s Alexa voice-powered digital assistant, it includes power, volume, and mute buttons that let you control a compatible TV, sound bar, or receiver.

Roku Premiere

The Roku Premiere is a good option for those looking for a fairly basic, low-cost 4K streaming player that supports HDR (HDR10). It comes with a simple remote, but as with other Roku models, you can download the free Roku app to add voice commands for searching, and enjoy privately listening to audio from streaming channels and live TV via headphones connected to your phone.

CR’s test results: Roku Premiere streaming device

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Samantha B. Gordon

I am an avid writer, editor, and consumer with an unusually deep love for finding amazing deals on amazing products, especially when those things can make my life, or yours, a little easier. When I'm not critiquing deals to find the best of the best, you can find me crafting on a barstool with a fancy cocktail or editing a science fiction novel (also with a cocktail). Follow me on Twitter (@sam_the_editor).