14 Great Deals on TVs, Wireless Earbuds, and Soundbars
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s a pretty dark and cool time of year, which makes it a good time to consider your indoor tech essentials. From TVs to wireless earbuds, this weekend’s list of deals is sure to keep you occupied inside. Be sure to check out our deals roundup from earlier in the week, where you’ll still find discounts on work-from-home gear and more headphones.
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Headphone and Speaker Deals
The Arctis 1 gaming headset is hard to beat for the price. It works well with PS4/5, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PCs; has a detachable microphone; and is pretty darn comfy. This headset doesn’t have any wireless capabilities, so it’s strictly for anyone wanting to plug in via the 3.5-mm headphone jack.
If you have the budget to upgrade, the Arctis 9 is a great wireless gaming headset. I like the comfortable headband, and the included mic pops out of the headphones so that you don’t look like a dork wandering around town listening to music.
These active noise-canceling earbuds from Sennheiser have basically no business costing this little. They offer a solid fit (though you may want to avoid them if you have smaller ears). I really like the audio quality that comes through the custom transducer drivers. They even have an IPX4 splash-resistance rating, which makes them great gym buds.
Sometimes we just need a cheap pair of earbuds to carry us through our commute, workouts, and other daily tasks. If you don’t need noise canceling, it’s worth checking out this pair from Jabra, which have the same great ergonomics as the brand’s more expensive models but without the fancier tech and processing.
It frequently drops to this price, but this is still a great deal. This Polk (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is easy to set up and works via an HDMI Arc connection. You can choose between different sound profiles, like Cinema or Night, and you’ll get room-filling sound. The wireless subwoofer gives it some nice oomph too. Read our Best Soundbars guide for more.
Sony makes excellent soundbars that fit easily under TVs, but they tend to cost a few hundred dollars more than their counterparts. That’s why now is a great time to grab one of these soundbar/wireless subwoofer combos on sale. You’ll get higher build quality than similar bars from Vizio and Samsung, and this thing can even simulate Dolby Atmos for more immersive audio.
A solid little Bluetooth speaker like this one from Anker can quickly become one of your best musical friends. I like how simple and easy to touch the controls are (great for no-look presses from the shower). And with 24 hours of playtime between charges, you’ll get a lot of bathing in before you need to plug in a USB-C cable.
The Xtreme 2 from JBL is a perfect accessory to bring with you camping, on road trips, or to set up on the patio. I like that it has 15 hours of playtime (more than enough for that post-ski dance party) and that it’s 1PX7-rated waterproof, so you can chuck it in a pool. We’ve seen this price before, but it’s still a great deal on a large Bluetooth speaker.
TV and Home Deals
I don’t know how easily you can hide a 75-inch screen anywhere, but if you want to make your screen disappear into the background as much as possible, check out The Frame. Between viewing sessions, this gorgeous screen masquerades as artwork on the wall, with thousands of famous paintings to choose from. It’s a pretty neat party trick, and great for those who have design-focused living rooms.
You won’t get the steepest discount ever, but if you want a bigger screen to watch the final couple of NFL games before the Super Bowl, now is a solid time to buy this Neo QLED from Samsung. In addition to the excellent color you’ll get from quantum dots, this TV comes with a center pedestal stand, which makes it easier to place the hulking thing on existing furniture.
We’re not the biggest fans of its trackpad, but we do like that this 2-in-1 actually works well as a tablet. You can flip the screen over the keyboard and use the impressive OLED display to doodle, take notes, or do anything you’d do on a touchscreen. Just know that Samsung is expected to announce new versions of these laptops soon, which is likely why the prices are dipping now.
We are pretty big fans of the latest Macbook Pro (7/10, WIRED Review) for its solid performance and battery life. We do wish that this smaller version had the same number of ports as the larger 14- and 16-inch variants, but that makes this model easier to lug around and work on anywhere.
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on Amazon’s highest-end tablet (7/10, WIRED Recommends). We like it for reading Kindle books, listening to Audible, and watching Amazon Prime Video. It’s nice that you can add a microSD card to expand storage if you need to. The only downside is that the camera is poor.
You might be fine with streaming, but if you have a higher-end TV and sound system, you’ll be shocked at how much better content can come across in 4K Blu-ray. With its significantly higher bit-rates and lossless audio, I highly recommend this Sony unit if you’re looking to up your home viewing game.
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