Best buy is in the midst of its anniversary sale, giving you the chance to up your gadget game. As a tech geek, my husband lit up like a Christmas tree when I told him this. He hunted for the next essential additions to our home while I scoured it all to find the best deals on our favorite laptops, tablets, TVs, soundbars and headphones.
Check out the selection below with links to our specific coverage of each product where we have it and reasons to buy something where we don’t.
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This isn’t the latest Macbook Air, but the Air M1 is still our favorite Mac laptop we’ve tested. The battery life is exceptional, the M1 processor performs impressively well, and it’s light enough that your chiropractor won’t be too disappointed if you carry it in your tote bag. Macs are historically expensive and rarely go on sale, so whenever they do, it’s a good time to grab one. If you’re looking for a Macbook more suited to tasks like video editing, the Macbook Pro 16-inch is also available for $2,199 ($300 off).
When it comes to laptops, bigger is not always better. If you’re looking for a smaller gaming laptop, the 14-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus could be just the thing for you. Despite its compact build, the screen is crisp, the keyboard is great, and there’s a webcam so you can connect with your friends while you play. You can also pick up an older version of our favorite gaming laptop, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus M16 for $1,550 ($300 off).
The Acer Nitro is a pretty basic gaming laptop, but it holds up well enough to be a solid option for those looking to save a few bucks. The refresh rate is 144 Hz and the HD screen is fine, but the keyboard is probably the most impressive aspect. The Nitro is already more affordable than most other gaming laptops we’ve reviewed, and an extra discount is definitely a nice touch.
Not looking for a laptop-tablet hybrid? Surface 4 gives you everything you need in a laptop – a good battery, solid screen, etc. – with the benefit of the Microsoft system that many people love. Additionally, the Surface 4 has a USB-C port, making it more versatile than the Pro in that regard.
Read our best tablet guide for more advice and tips.
Get a gadget that can double as a laptop and a tablet. Microsoft Surface Pro 8 does just that with its powerful processing capabilities and versatile, intuitive design. Pro easily switches between tablet and laptop modes so you can more easily work on this week’s reports throughout the day and see The thread in bed when you’ve logged off.
The category is luxury, and it is the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra serves. The screen is truly 14.6 inches, clear and colorful – perfect for pretty much anything you need. It’s extremely expensive though, so it really only makes sense to get if you’re an avid Android lover and it’s on sale. The less flashy Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is on sale for $500 ($100 off) if you don’t want to pay that much.
Not only is this tablet less than $100, but it’s also brand new. No, literally, it’s the Amazon Fire HD 8 (10th Gen), and it’s our favorite of the budget tablets. The size makes it easy to pack into any bag, the screen performs well, and you can also use a solution to access more apps than are typically available. At halftime, it’s an absolute steal.
This tablet is truly something to marvel at. The Tab P11 Plus dazzles with an LCD screen, high processing speed and just the right size that outperforms every other Android tablet we’ve tested (some of which cost far more). At just over 15 percent off, this is a great deal for Android fans.
TV and Soundbar offer
Our best TVs and best soundbars guides have more details on the products below.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – the Sony A90J is fantastic. The OLED panel and top-tier processing will upgrade your viewing experience astronomically, and the Android TV interface makes it incredibly easy to use. This is definitely an investment, but it’s worth the dough, especially at a discounted price.
OLED is great, but it often comes at a higher price. The Vizio OLED is a great opportunity to dip your toes into the crystal clear waters of OLED screens without breaking the bank. The contrast is surprisingly high, the highlights are balanced, and you can even play games in 4K with a refresh rate of 120 frames per second. second. It was already a good deal, but at under $1,000 it’s even better.
Bright rooms really put a damper on your TV experience, but the Samsung QN90B can fix that. The combination of the high contrast and brightness allows you to see what you want, when you want, without worrying about how much the sun is shining.
Gather, gamers: this one’s for you. The LG C1 series brightens up pixel by pixel to provide clearer contrast, color and overall picture quality. Pair that with the 120-Hz 4K refresh rate and you’ve got a setup ready for endless rounds of Halo.
For those gamers looking to spend a little less on TVs (and more on that game you’ve been dying to get), the Hisense U8G series is a bargain. It doesn’t have the crazy blacks we love from LG above, but it does have the 120-Hz refresh rate that goes hand-in-hand with motion-heavy gaming. On top of that, it has a stylish center stand if you’re not interested in mounting it to your wall.
The TCL 5 series is the best entry-level TV on the market right now. But don’t let “entry-level” fool you—this TV has full-range local dimming zones and Roku smart features, and it’s even fine for gaming. If you want more perks, the TCL 6 Series is also on sale for $1,000 ($100 off).
The tiny Roku Streambar is compact, but it offers full, true stereo sound. This is great if you’re short on space and already a fan of the Roku interface and overall streaming system.
The Samsung HW-Q950A takes Dolby Atmos technology and perfects it. The 11.1.4 driver array speed lets sound travel quickly between each piece in the set, creating a more immersive audio experience. Want to know what’s even better? It provides all the great sound of a true wired system, but it’s wireless.
See our guide to the best wireless headphones for more choices.
Personal safety is top of mind for many these days, which often discourages people from listening to music, podcasts, or other content while on the go. Sony Linkbuds are great, discreet headphones that allow you to hear sound clearly while incorporating the sounds around you. This petite pair comes with a compact case and the studs sit comfortably.
“Call me, beep me if you want to reach me,” only goes as far as your best headphones. If you’re anything like Kim, the Bose Noise Canceling 700 headphones make it possible to hear and be heard better with a great built-in microphone, noise cancellation and long-lasting battery.
If you’re big on Apple, Airpods Pro is the best bet for headphones. They are more comfortable than their predecessor and even have built-in vents to avoid the feeling of “stuffed ear” or “tympanic membrane suction” when using the active noise reduction. This allows for a more dynamic bass and better overall sound quality.
Exercise requires a really good playlist, and it’s important to have quality earphones while you’re at it. The Jabra Elite 7 Active earphones offer great sound in a small package, so you don’t have to worry about bumping into messy wires when you’re strutting the treadmill to the new Beyoncé album. And if you’re working out somewhere that requires a little more awareness of your surroundings, the earbuds have an accompanying app that lets you customize how much outside sound they allow in. Safe and knowledgeable!