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If you’re looking for great deals on electronics this week, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to save. Even though there are no major sale events happening right now, we’re seeing nice prices on laptops, headphones, routers, and even the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra phone. (See details below.)

But a discount on a product isn’t a great deal if that product doesn’t perform as desired. So we look beyond the price to find savings on items that have scored well in CR’s rigorous tests. Here, we’ve identified the week’s best offers on items tested in CR’s labs.

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Headphones and Speakers

Apple AirPods Pro True Wireless Earphones

    The AirPods Pro reduce unwanted distractions with active noise cancellation and provide interchangeable ear insert tips. The sound quality should satisfy even critical listeners of music and movie soundtracks. We recently saw the price for these earbuds dip to $200, but this is still a nice price.

     

    CR’s test results: Apple AirPods Pro earphones

    Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Headphones

      This sports-oriented model also has a true wireless design, which means the earpieces are totally untethered. In fact, you can use just the right-hand earpiece alone to listen to music or podcasts. The model delivers high-quality audio and comes with convenient features, such as a quick-charge function that boosts your battery for an extra 1.5 hours in little more than 15 minutes, according to Jabra. The advertised battery life of up to 5 hours falls in the midrange for true wireless models.

       

      CR’s test results: Jabra Elite Active 65t headphones

      Marshall Stanmore II Smart Speaker

        This Amazon Alexa-powered smart speaker is a great choice if you want something unique to enhance your décor, and it recently dropped an extra $70. It’s designed to mirror the look of Marshall’s iconic guitar amplifiers. Our testers found the knobs to be well-placed, clearly labeled, and easy to use. The sound quality is less refined than that of rival speakers, with a somewhat boomy bass and a midrange that’s slightly congested, but the unit provides enough volume to fill a large room. 

         

        CR’s test results: Marshall Stanmore II Voice smart speaker

        Microsoft Surface Headphones

          These headphones usually sell for about $100 less than comparable options from Sony and Bose, but they’re marked down even more at Amazon and Best Buy right now. According to our testers, this model is great for listening to music and watching movies, which means you can transition from work to relaxation with ease.

           

          CR’s test results: Microsoft Surface headphones

          Printers

          HP LaserJet Monochrome Printer

            This black-and-white laser printer is a great value, especially at the sale price. It’s best suited for low-volume users. It prints on both side of the page and takes up little space. Just note that it accepts only HP toner cartridges and does not connect via WiFi. To print remotely from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you need to use a mobile app.

             

            CR’s test results: HP LaserJet Pro M404dn printer

            Computers and Tablets

            Acer 17-Inch Nitro 5 Laptop

              If you’re into gaming, consider the Acer Nitro. It’s one of the best laptops of 2020, according to CR’s testers, with impressive specs for a device at this price, including a dedicated Nvidia graphics card, an Intel Core i5 processor, and plenty of memory and storage. It’s a little heavy, but that’s no surprise, given the 17.3-inch screen. 

               

              CR’s test results: Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-56YW laptop

              Apple 16-Inch MacBook Pro Laptop

                Yes, the new MacBook Pro is expensive, but you can now get one at a decent discount. The laptop combines raw power with a sleek package and an improved keyboard for consumers who need more oomph than the MacBook Air offers. It delivers strong performance and is fully capable of handling the most demanding tasks. (The model we tested had 12 gigabytes of memory; this one has 16GB.) 

                 

                CR’s test results: Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch laptop

                HP 13-Inch Envy Laptop

                  This is a well-equipped laptop for the price, with a bright 4K touch-screen display, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and a whopping 512GB of solid-state storage. The step up from an i5 to an i7 processor helps with heavy-duty tasks such as editing high-resolution video—though you might find a 13-inch screen somewhat small for that job.

                   

                  CR’s test results: HP Envy 13-AQ1013DX laptop

                  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

                    LG 14-Inch Gram Laptop

                      The LG Gram practically defines thin-and-light design. The 14-inch version weighs a feathery 2.2 pounds—you almost want to hold it down if the wind kicks up. Better yet, it logged 19.5 hours’ worth of battery life in our web-browsing tests. (For video watching, the figure is closer to 9 hours.)

                       

                      CR’s test results: LG Gram 14 (2020) laptop

                      Microsoft 12-Inch Surface Pro 7 Laptop

                        With fast processing speeds and a convenient touch screen, the Surface Pro 7 does very well in our tests. Keep in mind that the keyboard, which detaches so that you can use the touch screen as a tablet, costs an additional $130. 

                         

                        CR’s test results: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (Core i5) laptop

                        Home Theater Equipment

                        LG 60-Inch 4K Smart TV

                          LG’s entry-level 4K set from 2019 does well in terms of overall picture quality, though it doesn’t deliver a compelling HDR experience (which generally produces enhanced contrast and brighter highlights). The viewing angle is somewhat limited, too, so this set might not be your best option for movie night in a family room.

                           

                          CR’s test results: LG 60UM6900PUA 60-inch 4K smart TV

                          TCL 65-Inch 8 Series 4K TV

                            If you’re in the market for a big-screen TV at a decent price, this is a good option. The set has impressive 4K picture quality, and the built-in speakers deliver solid sound, a rare quality in any TV these days. It’s one of the brightest sets we’ve tested, but it loses a few points for limited viewing angles. 

                             

                            CR’s test results: TCL 65Q825 TV

                            Routers

                            Linksys Mesh Wireless Router

                              Ideal for large houses, this three-unit mesh router system offers automatic firmware updates and easy setup via smartphone app, plus admirable WiFi signal relay at a full range of distances, according to our testers.

                               

                              CR’s test results: Linksys Velop AC6600 (3-pack) wireless router

                              Netgear Nighthawk Wireless Router

                                This model is well suited to small and midsized homes in need of reliable wireless internet for the school year. In addition to solid performance, it delivers the protection of automatic firmware updates and is easy to set up via a smartphone app. 

                                 

                                CR’s test results: Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 (R7000) wireless router

                                Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers

                                Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS only)

                                  That’s a great price for an Apple Watch. The Series 3, introduced in 2017, has a smaller watch face than newer models. It’s also missing a few cutting-edge features: the fall detection and do-it-yourself electrocardiogram in the Series 4, the always-on display, international emergency calling, and compass app rolled out with the Series 5, and the blood-oxygen sensor in the new Series 6. Otherwise, it’s a solid performer. CR tested the 38-mm version with GPS and cellular. This one is 42 mm and GPS only.

                                  Garmin Forerunner 35 Fitness Tracker

                                    Though technically a fitness tracker, this model feels like a watch. And it’s now priced $20 less than usual in all four colors (black is a few dollars cheaper, too). It has built-in GPS and a 1.3-inch monochrome display that shows your step count and real-time heart rate. Claimed battery life is nine days.

                                     

                                    CR’s test results: Garmin Forerunner 35 fitness tracker

                                    Smartphones

                                    Google Pixel 4

                                      Google recently discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, opening the door for great deals on the two models. The 4 has a top-notch screen, a nice rear camera setup (featuring an extra zoom lens and optical image stabilization), and wireless charging capability. The battery life is a little low, though, at 20.5 hours. This is the price for the 64-gigabyte model. If you prefer more storage space, the 128GB version is on sale, too.

                                       

                                      CR’s test results: Google Pixel 4 smartphone (64GB)

                                      Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

                                        This is a terrific deal on the new 5G-compatible Galaxy Note20 Ultra, one of the highest-scoring smartphones in our ratings. The OLED display is slightly bigger and brighter than the one on last year’s model. The battery life clocks in at a significantly improved 36.5 hours. And the top-notch camera setup includes a 5x lens.

                                         

                                        CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphone