Best Electronics Deals Right Now

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    When you’re in the market for new headphones, a bigger TV, or other tech products, it can be hard to save money. And even though there are no big sales right now, we’re still seeing some great prices on everything from Bluetooth speakers and wireless routers to fitness trackers and laptops.

    Of course, the best sales involve more than a good price. You want the product you buy to work well, no matter how much you spend. So our experts look for price cuts on items that stand up to Consumer Reports’ rigorous testing. The list below features this week’s top picks.

    And if you don’t see what you want, you’ll be able to find even more savings soon. Target is holding a three-day Deal Days event Oct. 6 to 8, and shortly after is Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale on Oct. 11 and 12.

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    TVs
    Headphones
    Chromebooks
    Laptops
    Tablets
    Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches
    Bluetooth and Smart Speakers
    Soundbars

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    Spotlight Deal

    The Linksys Velop AX4200 (MX12600) is a great mesh router for those in large homes. It delivers terrific throughput speeds—how fast routers transmit data—in our mid- and long-range distance tests and above-average speeds at closer distances. It offers easy setup via mobile app or online wizard, and it provides automatic firmware updates, which helps to keep your data secure.

    Why it’s a good deal: With the on-page coupon, Amazon has this router system for almost $200 less than every other retailer right now.

    TVs

    The Toshiba 65M550KU may be a good choice if you want a smart 4K TV and don’t want to deal with a streaming device. This 65-inch set comes with the Fire TV platform built in, so you’re ready to stream as soon as you set up the unit. And while it doesn’t perform quite well enough to live among the best TVs CR has tested, it does get above-average scores for 4K UHD performance. It has a wide viewing angle, too, making it suitable for a family room or other commonly used space in your home.

    Why it’s a good deal: The price of this set is $20 lower than it was last week, making it the best price we’ve ever seen for this model.

    This set, the Samsung QN55Q80A, is in the company’s top regular QLED series for 2021 that doesn’t include Mini LEDs in their backlights. But this 55-inch set still manages to deliver very good overall picture quality, top-notch HDR, and above-average sound.

    Why it’s a good deal: This TV usually retails for around $1,000, so the discount isn’t quite as impressive as it looks, but it’s the lowest price we’ve seen since Prime Day.

    Anyone looking for a top-performing jumbo 4K TV should take a look at the Sony XR-77A80J, a 77-inch OLED TV from 2021 that’s one of the best sets we’ve tested. You’ll get great overall picture quality, effective HDR performance, and even top-notch sound. Like other Sony smart TVs, it uses the Google TV system with Google Assistant built in.

    Why it’s a good deal: This set is back down to its Prime Day price for the first time since the big sale.

    LG OLED65B1PUA

    This set, the LG OLED65B1PUA, is an entry-level, 65-inch 4K OLED TV in a series from 2021. We didn’t test this model but have tested the 77-inch version. That set delivers top-notch picture quality, with HDR effectiveness that’s a bit below what you’d get from the C and G Series models. We expect that you’d see similar high-level performance from this TV.

    Why it’s a good deal: This set is now back to its Prime Day price.

    This 70-inch 4K smart TV from Insignia, Best Buy’s house brand, is a fine overall performer, but its HDR performance is ineffective, mainly because of peak brightness limitations. It uses the Amazon Fire TV smart TV system, and Alexa is built in for using voice commands.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is the best price we’ve seen for this TV, an especially impressive bargain for the size.

    Headphones

    There are lots of great choices if you’re looking for budget noise-canceling headphones. One of our top picks is 1More ColorBuds 2, which offer the convenience of true wireless headphones, great sound quality, and superb noise cancellation, all for less than $100. 1More advertises a 6-hour battery life backed by a charging case that holds enough power for two full cycles.

    Why it’s a good deal: Already a bargain at full price, the on-page coupon makes it an even better choice.

    The Apple AirPods Pro aren’t the best-scoring noise-canceling headphones in our ratings, but they might be the most popular. And unlike the earlier generations of AirPods, they deliver when it comes to performance, with solid sound quality and fantastic noise cancellation. Apple just announced a new-and-improved edition, but we haven’t tested those yet.

    Why it’s a good deal: If you’ve been thinking about picking up a pair, these are now just $10 more than the Prime Day price.

    Here’s a great option if you’re looking for inexpensive true wireless earbuds. The 1More PistonBuds deliver great sound quality for the price, beating out competitors that cost far more. They have an advertised 3.5-hour battery life—fairly standard for a true wireless model—and come with a charging/carrying case that will recharge the earphones almost five times before the case needs to be plugged in again.

    The PistonBuds feature touch controls, and they plug in with USB-C. They’re also water-resistant, according to the company. 1More boasts the highest owner satisfaction rating in this category, based on surveys of CR members.

    Why it’s a good deal: These earbuds are back down to the lowest price we’ve seen.

    Chromebooks

    The 13-inch Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 lands in the middle of the pack among models CR has tested. Its processing speeds are midrange compared with other Chromebooks, while its battery life is below average at 11.5 hours of web browsing. In addition to the touchscreen display, this model has a built-in microSD card slot for expanding the storage beyond its internal 64 gigabytes.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is an impressive discount for an already low-cost machine.

    The Asus Chromebook C536EA-BI3T3 has one of the fastest processing speeds among the Chromebooks we’ve tested. The battery life is below average in our web-browsing tests at 9.75 hours, and the 4.3-pound weight makes it less portable than other models. But the convertible form factor allows you to fold it into tent mode for watching videos.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is a significant discount if you’re looking for a Chromebook with fast processing speeds.

    This 14-inch Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go has above-average battery life (12.75 hours for web browsing and 7.25 hours for video playback) and it’s one of the most budget-friendly options you can find. That said, the processing speed is below average and the display quality is just fair.

    Why it’s a good deal: At more than 50 percent off, this is one of the lowest-cost Chromebooks available right now.

    This 14-inch Chromebook from HP is good for people who simply need a functional laptop to do things like browse the web and check email. It has an Intel Celeron processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and 32GB of flash storage. As with other Chromebooks, the idea is that you’re going to be storing most files online. It scores okay in our tests, with our testers noting somewhat middling performance but highlighting its 13-hour battery life while browsing the web.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is a significant discount on an already budget-priced laptop, only $20 more than the lowest price we’ve seen all year.

    This HP Chromebook 13C-CA0013DX x360 has an impressive battery life, lasting 16.75 hours in our web browsing tests. It’s an excellent choice for keeping up on work while out on your travels, especially at its lower-than-average weight of just 2.8 pounds. It’s also a touchscreen, convertible model for added versatility.

    Why it’s a good deal: This model originally retailed for close to $1,000, making Walmart’s price the most impressive we’ve seen.

    The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is one of the highest-rated Chromebooks we’ve tested. It’s a 13.3-inch convertible with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and 256GB of solid state storage. Those specs are almost overkill for a Chromebook, so you can expect very good performance here. Our testers noted that they would have liked a little more battery life, given that it tops out at 13 hours on a single charge; we’ve seen more from similarly situated models. Still, this is a good price on a great Chromebook.

    Why it’s a good deal: Samsung’s deep discount beats the best price we’ve seen by $250.

    Laptops

    The 2021 LG Gram 17 can be a great option if you’re looking for a lightweight machine that can still perform. Its web browsing and video playback battery life is one of the longest of all the models CR has tested, a feat you don’t often see on 17-inch laptops. It has a solid state drive that can load up Windows and large programs quickly, and the large 2 terabytes of storage space is great for local backups. While not the best choice for gaming, it does have fast speeds that can handle complex spreadsheets and videoconferencing.

    Why it’s a good deal: A more than $300 discount is definitely worth considering if you need a workhorse of a laptop.

    The 15.6-inch LG UltraPC 15 has performance speeds that are faster than average to perform demanding tasks, including gaming. Its battery life is above average at 15.5 hours in web browsing tests. The display scores highly as well.

    Why it’s a good deal: A 17 percent discount can make a big difference to your wallet.

    This 16.1-inch HP Victus 16 laptop has performance speeds that challenge some of the fastest-rated models in our tests, including for graphics-intensive tasks like gaming and editing media. It has an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, a 512GB solid state drive, and a Nvidia Geforce RTX 3060 graphics card with 6GB of dedicated memory. Its battery life should last you through most of a workday.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is a fairly modest discount, but it’s still a decent savings if you’re looking for an impressive gaming laptop.

    The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15ACH6 is a 15.6-inch laptop that’s fast enough to perform most tasks. Its battery life is below average in web browsing at 8.75 hours and average at 7 hours in video playback for models of similar size, so it may be best if you’re able to stay plugged in while you use it.

    Why it’s a good deal: This gaming laptop typically costs significantly less than similar laptops CR has tested, and the discount makes it even more wallet-friendly.

    Microsoft has several Surface devices to choose from, but the relatively inexpensive Microsoft Surface Laptop Go could be a good option for consumers looking for a smaller laptop, especially at this hefty discount. It has a 12.4-inch display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 gigabytes of memory, and a sparse 64GB solid state drive, which you can supplement with cloud storage.

    The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go scores well in many of our tests, though the performance is a bit sluggish compared with other options. The model is lightweight (2.5 pounds), offers decent battery life (just under 12 hours in CR’s web-browsing test), and has a bright, color-accurate display. There’s a touchscreen for flipping through those photo galleries.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is the best discount we’ve ever seen for this model, beating the previous low price by $12.

    Tablets

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 is our top-rated small Android tablet, and this is a great discount off the usual price. iPads beat just about every other tablet in our tests, but an Android model could be appealing if you have an Android phone because it may be easier to sync up your apps, texts, and other information across multiple devices. It gets great ratings for performance and has a solid display.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is the first time this tablet has been on sale in months, though we’ve seen it selling for under $400 before, so the price may drop further closer to the holidays.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is our top recommendation for the average person who wants a budget-priced Android tablet, making it especially good for students. The screen looks good, and the device will handle just about any task unless you’re playing a graphics-heavy game or doing something like editing video. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite also delivers solid battery life, lasting just over 12 hours in our web-browsing tests.

    Why it’s a good deal: The sale price of this tablet usually swings between $280 and $350, so you could save a little more if you’re willing to wait and see if the price drops again.

    The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a solid option if you’re looking for a tablet. It aces CR’s tests for performance, convenience, and versatility. And the Samsung brand gets great scores for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction in our member surveys. The tablet boasts impressive speeds for everyday tasks as well as 128 gigabytes of storage and a bright screen with a wide viewing angle. Our testers found it easy to use.

    Why it’s a good deal: This tablet is at a great price right now. But it was $50 less last week, and the price may drop again for the next big sale, so you may want to wait and watch for a bigger discount.

    The Galaxy Tab S8 is a great option for people who want an Android tablet with high performance. Just keep in mind that top performance isn’t necessary for simple tasks such as reading email, watching movies, and surfing the web. The Galaxy Tab S7 is also on sale if you need a fast device but want something a little cheaper.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is back to the best price we’ve seen all year.

    Fitness Trackers and Smartwatches

    While technically a fitness tracker, this model offers a watchlike feel. You get a 1.3-inch monochrome display that shows your step count and heart rate. The Forerunner 35 has a built-in GPS and a claimed battery life of nine days, and we found in our testing that it makes good on its water-resistance claim of 164 feet. CR testers give the fitness tracker top marks for heart rate tracking and step-count accuracy as well as ease of use.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is the best price for this model right now, but we’ve seen it dip below $100 in the last few months, so you might want to wait for a bigger discount.

    In terms of sheer functionality, the Apple Watch SE probably sits at the sweet spot of Apple’s smartwatch lineup. It has the look and feel of Apple’s top-of-the-line watches, the outgoing Series 6 and the new Series 7, and most of the important functionality. The major differences? No blood oxygen and EKG functions, a slightly slower processor, and a smaller display than that on the 7. In our labs, the SE performs on a par with its more expensive siblings, too.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is the best price we’ve seen for this watch in months and only $10 more than the lowest it has ever been.

    The Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness tracker has been on sale since mid-April, but the price continues to fall. It’s now only $7 more than the lowest we’ve seen all year. It gets top marks from our testers for step-count and heart rate accuracy, and it earns a spot among the best fitness trackers for its ease of use, pairing, and readability in low light. The Inspire 2 also has a very generous claimed battery life of 10 days (we don’t test that characteristic) and built-in GPS, a feature not found on many other fitness trackers.

    Why it’s a good deal: The price is back to the best we’ve seen.

    If you’re looking for a versatile smartwatch under $200, the Fitbit Versa 3 may be a good option. It has a built-in GPS, which allows you to go for a run or ride without taking your smartphone along, plus a blood oxygen sensor, which enhances its sleep-tracking capabilities. It also has a mic and a speaker that allow you to take calls via a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. Our testers found the Versa 3 to be a solid performer for counting steps and tracking heart rate, and it’s easy to pair with a smartphone.

    Why it’s a good deal: This model has been on sale since Prime Day, and this is within a few dollars of the lowest price all year.

    Bluetooth and Smart Speakers

    The Stanmore II is a super-stylish wireless speaker, channeling the classic good looks of Marshall’s iconic guitar amplifiers. Our testers found this speaker quite easy to use, with large, clearly labeled knobs. Its sound falls short of what you get from the very best wireless speakers, with bass that’s a bit boomy and a midrange that’s slightly congested. The Stanmore II does provide enough volume to fill a large room. And the substantial discount makes it a much better value compared with its original list price.

    Why it’s a good deal: This is a decent discount, although it’s not the best we’ve seen. The price has dipped below $400 for major sales, so you may want to hold off if you’re interested but want to save more.

    For this sale price, this pocket-sized Sony SRS-XB13 is a bargain. It’s a take-anywhere speaker that can go to a park or beach without you worrying about an expensive piece of electronics getting lost, stolen, or destroyed by a less-than-careful child. The Sony’s bass isn’t very strong, and it lacks the smoothness and detail of more expensive speakers, but the speaker’s sound can fill a small room.

    Why it’s a good deal: This model hasn’t been on sale for a few weeks, but it’s back to its typical discount.

    Soundbars

    Stepping up to the 3.1.2-channel LG SP8YA soundbar in LG’s lineup gets you support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound. In addition to WiFi, it has built-in Bluetooth for streaming from portable devices and for connecting to an LG TV, and it works with Amazon Alexa, Apple AirPlay 2, and Google Assistant.

    Why it’s a good deal: This model typically retails for around $500, so an almost $90 discount is impressive.

    The LG S65Q is a fairly basic 3.1-channel soundbar in LG’s 2022 lineup that delivers impressive overall sound quality. It can connect to a TV using either an HDMI or an optical audio connection, and if you have a compatible LG TV, it can use LG’s Sound Sync feature to connect via Bluetooth.

    Why it’s a good deal: We haven’t seen this model on sale in some time, especially at such a steep discount.


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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).