Jabra Elite 65t Earbuds on a colorful background

With the holidays behind us, you might expect a big drop in deals, but retailers are now offering discounts to clear shelf space for 2021 models. In fact, some headphones, laptops, and other electronics from 2020 are still available at their Black Friday prices.

With the Super Bowl approaching, it’s also a good time to start weighing deals on TVs and home theater equipment.

For more info on other tech gadgets, check out the ratings for all the electronics products we test at Consumer Reports.


Toshiba 32-Inch LED Smart TV

    This set, the Toshiba TF-32A710U21, was on sale for $10 less on Black Friday. We didn’t test it, but other Toshiba Fire TVs have received decent scores for high-definition picture quality.

    LG 55-Inch CX Series 4K OLED TV

      This 4K OLED TV isn’t cheap, but it's still at its Black Friday price, which is the lowest we saw it go in 2020. Better yet, it ranks among the best TVs we tested last year, with top-notch picture quality and effective HDR (high dynamic range) performance. It also delivers great sound, with support for Dolby Atmos immersive audio. And if you’re a Best Buy member (it’s free to sign up), you’ll save an additional $50. 


      CR’s test results: LG 55OLEDCXPUA

      Sony 65-Inch 4K Smart TV

        This entry-level set is sold mainly via warehouse clubs. We tested the 55-inch version (Sony KD55X75CH), and it had very good overall picture quality, though only limited HDR effectiveness. Also, unlike step-up Sony models, it doesn’t support Dolby Vision HDR.

        Onn 70-Inch 4K Roku Smart TV

          TVs from Walmart's Onn house brand were so popular during the retailer's Black Friday sales event that many disappeared almost immediately. This one—the Onn 100012588—is still available at the holiday price. It's not technically discounted, but under $500 for this size is a bargain. We didn’t test the set, but a 65-inch 4K Roku model had only middling picture quality, plus ineffective HDR. Other Onn TVs have done a bit better in our ratings.

          TCL 75-Inch 4K 6-Series Roku Smart TV

            This Roku smart TV from TCL’s step-up 6-Series is the bigger sibling to the TCL 65R615, which ranks among the best big-screen bargains we saw in 2019. And right now the set is even cheaper than it was on Black Friday. We didn’t test the model, but it probably delivers the same great overall picture quality and effective HDR performance found in other 6-Series sets. The R615 models—Best Buy exclusives—are much like the R617 sets sold elsewhere, but they come with a basic Roku remote, not a voice-enabled one.

            Headphones and Speakers

            Amazon Echo Show 5

              This smart speaker is still on sale for the same low price we saw on Prime Day and Black Friday. It’s not going to wow you with its audio quality, according to our testers. But it’s a nice option if you just want a smart speaker with a screen that won’t break the bank.


              CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker

              Apple AirPods (With Wireless Charging Case)

                Though the second-generation AirPods don’t get high marks for sound in Consumer Reports’ testing, there’s no denying the appeal of these true wireless earphones for many Apple fans—especially at a $40 discount. If you have a wireless charging pad (sold separately), you can power the case cable-free just by setting it down.


                CR’s test results: Apple AirPods true wireless earphones

                Apple AirPods Pro

                  The AirPods Pro are still available for their Black Friday price at P.C. Richard & Son and Woot. Amazon and Walmart have discounts as well, but they're not as steep. The earbuds add active noise cancellation to Apple’s ever popular line of true wireless headphones. That’s not the only upgrade, either. Our testers found 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 Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones

                    These noise-canceling headphones are usually a little too expensive to justify based on their performance, but they’re a decent deal at $180 (in select colors). 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

                    Jabra Elite Active 65t True Wireless Headphones

                      Like Apple's AirPods, this sports-oriented model has a true wireless design, so you don't have to deal with cords. It 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 true wireless headphones


                      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

                        Lenovo 11.6-Inch Chromebook Flex 3

                          This is a nice option for anyone in need of a Chromebook for browsing the web and doing simple productivity tasks, and it's only $40 more than we saw on Cyber Monday. Thanks to the convertible design, you can also fold the touch-screen display behind the keyboard to use the device like a tablet. A similar model performed well enough in our labs to earn a recommendation from our testers, and this one has even better specs: a MediaTek processor, 4GB of memory, and 32GB of flash storage.

                          Microsoft 12.3-Inch Surface Pro 7 Laptop

                            Our testers recommended this model when it was released a year ago, which makes it an even better value at this price (the same we saw on Cyber Monday). Because it’s a 2-in-1 detachable, you can separate the touch-screen display from the keyboard and use it like a tablet. The specs are midrange—an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and 128GB of solid-state storage—but should be sufficient for everyday tasks like browsing the web, managing office documents, and even editing the occasional photo. Keep in mind that the keyboard, which detaches so you can use the touch screen as a tablet, costs an additional $130.


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

                            Sound Bars

                            Insignia 2.0 Basic Sound Bar

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

                              Samsung 2.1-Channel Sound Bar

                                This 2020 model—the Samsung HW-T410—is on sale at its Cyber Monday price. We haven’t tested it but in general, lower-priced Samsung sound bars have had decent, if unexceptional, sound quality. It’s a lower-priced 2.1-channel system with a separate wireless subwoofer, plus Bluetooth audio for streaming music from a mobile device. 

                                Samsung 5.1.2-Channel Dolby Atmos DTS:X Sound Bar

                                  This model, the Samsung HW-Q850T/ZA, appears to be a Best Buy exclusive. It sold for $700 on Black Friday. It’s a full-blown surround-sound system with a separate subwoofer and wireless rear speakers; it supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound formats. Designed to work with Samsung’s QLED TVs, the model synchronizes with the TV’s speakers to produce a fuller sound. The robust feature selection includes built-in support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.