Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
This smart soundbar comes with Amazon’s Alexa built in, so you can ask the voice assistant questions and control your smart home equipment. But more importantly, the soundbar and subwoofer combo delivers great sound. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Spotify Connect support mean it’s easy to stream your favorite tunes when you’re not watching Squid Game.
Target, Best Buy
Nearly every built-in TV speaker sucks. That’s why a soundbar is a quick and easy upgrade, and at this price, this Vizio is arguably the best and most affordable investment you can make in improving your home theater’s audio. You get dedicated wireless surround speakers and a wireless subwoofer.
Want Dolby Atmos support for the best audio fidelity when watching the latest movies and shows? This Vizio will do the job for much less than many competitors. There’s a dedicated subwoofer and rear surrounds that will make you feel like you’re in the theater.
Laptop and Home Office Deals
We’ve rounded up more laptop and home office deals here. Check out our Work-From-Home Gear guide, as well as our Best Laptops, Best Chromebooks, and Best Webcams guides for more.
The Dell XPS 13 remains the best 13-inch Windows laptop on the market (8/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s lightweight and powerful since this is the model with the Intel Core i5 chip (11th gen), 8 gigs of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte SSD. This model has a 1080p screen, which should satisfy most. There are 4K and OLED screen upgrades available, but those are not on sale.
Amazon, Best Buy
We are big fans of this lightweight laptop (9/10, WIRED Recommends), which has stellar battery life and a compact form. You will find Apple’s powerful M1 chip inside, along with 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. This MacBook has a 13-inch screen, nice speakers, and a good microphone, but the webcam could be better.
This Acer Windows laptop is in our Best Laptops guide. The Core i7 model offers great performance, a battery that lasts a full workday, and you can even play Fortnite on it! That’s not all, the Swift 5 packs several ports, like USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, and a headphone jack. It’s truly a jack-of-all-trades.
Microsoft, Best Buy
An excellent all-around machine, Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) has class-leading battery life for a 15-inch laptop. It runs fast and cool, and we like the large 3:2-ratio screen. We also appreciate the retention of the USB-A and headphone ports, but there’s no Thunderbolt and the keyboard isn’t satisfying to type on.
Do you mostly work out of a web browser? Then chances are a Chromebook will suffice (if you like using Google Chrome). You can access Android apps, but everything runs around Chrome. The Spin 713 has a speedy Core i5 chip and excellent battery life. It’s one of our favorite Chromebooks.
The Fully Jarvis is our favorite standing desk. You can smoothly adjust the height, and four height presets mean other folks in the home can quickly move it to their preferred height. The eco-friendly bamboo top is the cherry on top, but there are a ton of customizations you can make to personalize it further.
Amazon (Click Coupon Button), Flexispot ($250)
This is one of the most affordable (and great) standing desks around. You get height presets, an environmentally friendly chipboard top, and a motor that moves it up and down pretty smoothly and quietly. It’s hard to ask for much more at this price.
If your room runs very hot (and you can’t control the temperature much), then grab the X-Chair X2. It has a mesh seat and backrest that keep you very cool. It’s really comfortable, and you can add attachments like a headrest or a wider seat. You can read more about it in our Best Office Chairs guide.
This 1080p webcam might need some fine-tuning to get the picture just right using Razer’s Synapse software, but the image quality is crystal clear. It’s in our Best Webcams guide, and this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on it.
Best Buy (Sold Out)
Need the speediest transfer speeds? Of the portable solid-state drives we tested, this one was the fastest. The metal enclosure means it’s very durable, and you get a whole terabyte of storage to house your movies, photos, games, and—well, just about anything.
Amazon, Twelve South
If you want a mount for your iPad, try this one that we like. It’s easy to mount and dismount, and should be able to be used around your house too.
Video Game Deals
Hunting for more game deals? We’ve rounded up a sizable collection here.
I’ve been using this simple mouse for nearly two years, and it’s still as good as new. It feels wonderful in the hand (though it’s not as ideal for folks with large palms), the wireless connection is flawless, and the battery lasts for months before you need to swap out the single AA battery. Check out our Best Gaming Mice guide for more.
Amazon, Gamestop, Best Buy
The Roccat Kone Pro Air is one of our favorite gaming mice, not only because it has outlandish, semi-transparent LED buttons, but because of its deeply satisfying click. If you’re the kind of person to get an emotional high from clicky mechanical keyboards, then this mouse pairs well with your sensory palette. This is the lowest we’ve seen it.
Amazon, Best Buy ($96)
This deal on our pick for the best wireless mouse has been going since earlier this month, but it’s still a bargain. Designed for professional esports play, it’s quick and responsive, and the buttons are nice and clicky. It’s a perfect fit for a wide range of hand sizes, and it isn’t cluttered with extra buttons.
It’s hard to spend time on Twitch without coming across a streamer using this HyperX microphone. On top of delivering incredible audio quality for a USB microphone, it also includes prominent LEDs, which look so catchy on camera. Even if you don’t plan to turn your gaming habit into a production, it’s a good microphone for a great price.
Amazon, Best Buy
This is the cheapest price we’ve seen on what we consider the best small gaming keyboard. It’s a 60 percent keyboard, which means it has 60 percent of the keys normally found on a regular-sized keyboard. The Numpad and arrow keys are chopped off, and you’re left with the bare essentials. The Razer Huntsman Mini is my favorite of this size for gaming. It feels every bit as responsive and quick as a full-sized keyboard, but it takes up a lot less desk space.
Amazon, Best Buy
If you’re confused about all the different gaming subscriptions needed to get the most out of your PlayStation or Xbox, we break down all the differences here. PS Plus lets you play multiplayer games online, but you also get a few free games per month, and you can keep them as long as you’re a subscriber. If you have a PS5, the PS Plus Collection gives you 20 of the best PS4 games so you can play catch-up.
The Oculus Quest 2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is the best VR headset for most people. It’s super simple to use, you get a higher resolution than on its predecessor, and the library of games and apps you can access keeps increasing (Beat Saber remains a favorite). This isn’t a deal, but you can use the free Target gift card on anything at the retailer.
Amazon (Out of Stock), Walmart, Best Buy ($30)
When time becomes a loop, things can get messy. This exhilarating and original stealth shooter challenges you to end the lives of eight targets, but they are not going to make it easy for you. Beautifully crafted, with a psychedelic look you won’t soon forget, this one demands to be played.
Amazon, Best Buy ($300)
We have yet to try this router, but it has good reviews around the web, and the purported speeds will be a serious boon for any gamer who loves fast-paced multiplayer games. There’s support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard too, and you can access many of the router’s settings through Netgear’s Android or iOS app.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is one of the best deals in gaming right now. If you have an Xbox or PC, you get access to hundreds of games you can download and install, along with games from the EA Play library. You also get the ability to play online multiplayer, and Microsoft’s new game streaming service, xCloud, so you can play some games on your tablet or smartphone (the service is in beta). Some titles rotate in and out, and most of Microsoft’s first-party Xbox Game Studios titles appear as soon as they launch, like Halo Infinite. If you have a PC, the standard Game Pass three-month membership is $15 ($15 off).
Julian Chokkattu, Gear Team
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