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Presidents Day weekend is a great time to shop for mattresses and appliances, but you'll find some terrific deals on electronics products, too, at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

The bargains include Apple AirPods and iPads, a 13-inch Dell XPS laptop, a GoPro camera, and a 55-inch 4K smart TV for $480. Now that Samsung has unveiled new Galaxy S20 phones, the price has dipped on S10 models as well.

To ease your shopping anxieties, let us assure you that all the offerings listed below have undergone Consumer Reports’ rigorous lab testing.

Some of the discounts are designed to clear out last year's inventory, so don't delay—read up now and you’ll be empowered to act quickly the moment you see something you like.


13-Inch Dell XPS laptop
The deal: $800 from Dell.com
CR’s test results: Dell XPS 13
This is the rare situation where a new and powerful laptop goes on sale—here, for about $400 less than the regular price. The model features an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of solid state storage, making it well-suited for more demanding jobs, such as photo and video editing.

14-Inch HP laptop
The deal: $270 at Walmart
CR’s test results: HP 14
This is a basic laptop at a compelling price (thanks to about $200 in savings). The modest specs include an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, and 128GB of solid state storage. That won't help you tackle photo and video editing, but it's sufficient for routine chores such as checking email, browsing the web, streaming video, and editing office documents.

For more options, check out our story on Presidents Day laptop deals.


Samsung Galaxy S10
The deal: $749 at Amazon and Walmart for the 128GB unlocked model
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy S10
The S10 usually starts at $900, but following the announcement of the new S20 on Feb. 11, it's now $150 off at these two retailers. It features a bezel-less screen, an impressive rear camera, and admirable battery life. The S10+, which is larger and has an even longer battery life, is also $150 off at Amazon and Walmart, knocking it down to $850.

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Google Pixel 3a
The deal:
 $325 at Amazon for the 64GB unlocked model
CR's test results: Google Pixel 3a
If you need a new phone on a budget, the Pixel 3a might be a good bet—it usually sells for $400. Though it's not as impressive as more expensive models, the Pixel 3a boasts an HD camera and a fingerprint scanner for added security.

Google Pixel 4
The deal: $599 at Amazon for the 64GB unlocked model
CR's test results: Google Pixel 4
This slim, lightweight phone usually sells for $800, making this deal extra enticing. The Pixel 4 is more powerful than the 3a, with an ultra HD camera and wireless charging. It's not as durable as other phones we've tested, though, so invest in a good case. 


55-Inch TCL 4K Roku Smart TV
The deal: $500 at Amazon and Walmart
CR's test results: TCL 55R617
This set, in the top-performing 6 series, delivers a lot of bang for the buck, with admirable picture quality across the board, including HDR—a surprise at this price.

65-Inch Samsung 4K Smart TV
The deal: $480 at Sam’s Club
CR's test results: Samsung UN65NU6950
This set did well in our labs, including solid 4K (UHD) performance. The similar UN65NU6900 set is available for the same price at several consumer electronics retailers.

75-Inch LG 4K LED Smart TV
The deal: $800 at Dell and Walmart
CR's test results: LG 75UM6970PUB
This is a nice price for a set this size from a major brand. The TV did well in our ratings and even had decent HDR performance.


Samsung Galaxy Buds
The deal: $108 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart
CR’s test results: Samsung Galaxy Buds headphone
The Samsung Galaxy Buds are high-scoring portable Bluetooth headphones. That's all the more impressive given their "true wireless" design, which means there's no cord connecting the left earbud to the right. They produce nice audio quality packed into a pair of unobtrusive earpieces, complete with easy-to-use touch controls for playback, volume, and skipping tracks.

Apple Airpods (With Standard Charging Case)
The deal: $139 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart
CR's test results: Apple Airpods (2nd gen.) (with wireless charging case)
A week ago these were $10 cheaper, but this is still a good discount on a wildly popular product. Though they aren't exemplary when it comes to sound quality and you won't find features like noise cancellation, they work well, especially if you have an iOS device. The second-generation model with the convenient wireless charging case is $30 more, but that's still lower than the usual $200 price.

JBL Noise-Canceling Headphones
The deal: $150 at Amazon
CR’s test results: JBL LIVE 650BTNC headphone
These headphones are $50 off the $200 list price, which makes this a very nice deal (although they have sold for as little as $100 on Prime Day and Black Friday). These noise-canceling JBLs have impressive audio quality, and they don't skimp on features. The headphones come with a detachable audio cable for use with wired devices, a quick-charge function, the ability to simultaneously pair with multiple devices, and a generous 20-hour battery life, according to JBL. A free app adds extra functionality.


GoPro HERO8 Black
The deal: $350 from B&H, GoProTarget, and Walmart
CR’s test results: GoPro Hero8 Black
When mounted on a snowboarder's helmet or the fork of a motorcycle, a great action camcorder needs great image stabilization. And the Hero8 Black delivers solid performance in this regard. The Hero8 also has a new housing that removes the need for a separate mount, meaning you can pocket it and attach it to your helmet or other gear as needed. If you don’t need the latest bells and whistles, the Hero7 Black is $70 less expensive at Walmart. It gets equally high marks and includes an HDMI output, something the Hero8 forgoes.

Canon EOS M6
The deal: $449 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Canon EOS M6 w/ 15-45mm IS STM camera
This is a great price for a Canon that usually sells for around $800 and delivers solid scores among mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.


Apple iPad 
The deal: 
$249 at Amazon
CR’s test results: Apple iPad (10.2-inch, WiFi, 32GB)
This is the same low price that this 32GB, WiFi-only model sold for on Black Friday, though it's typically $330. In addition to having a slightly larger screen than the 9.7-inch model released in 2018, this one supports Apple’s Smart Keyboard cover, which attaches magnetically and doesn’t require charging or pairing like a Bluetooth keyboard does—handy for anyone planning to do a lot of typing.

Apple iPad Pro 11
The deal: $675 at Best Buy
CR’s test results: Apple iPad Pro 11 (64GB 2018)
If you need a powerful tablet that can handle most any laptop-esque task, the iPad Pro 11 might be a great bet, especially because it’s less than $700 at Best Buy, the lowest price we've found at any major retailer.

Sound Bars

JBL Sound Bar
The deal: $470 at Amazon
CR's test results: JBL Bar 5.1 sound bar
If you want a sound bar to enhance your home entertainment center, this model from JBL might be the right solution. It's $230 less than usual at Amazon right now, matching the sale price we saw over the holiday season. What makes this a good buy is the ability to add more speakers for a surround sound arrangement, but note that setup can be a bit more complex than with other sound bars.

Samsung 3-Channel Sound Bar
The deal: About $350 at Amazon and Best Buy
CR’s test results: Samsung HW-MS650 sound bar
Amazon is offering a savings of about $50 on this 3-channel model, which delivers impressive sound, making it a solid choice for those with a discerning ear for music and movie soundtracks. It also features a wand-style remote control and WiFi audio streaming capability. If you don't want to wait for two-day delivery, Best Buy has it for $25 more, and you may be able to pick it up right away at a nearby store.