14 Best Deals: Laptops, Phones, and TVs

It’s just about it’s time for back to school deals to start popping up. That means big discounts on student-friendly gear like laptops, phones and backpacks. We’ve already found a few this weekend, but you’ll also find goodies like deals on a TV we love and one of our favorite stores.

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Deals on laptops, home office and gaming

Check out our guides on the best laptops, the best cheap laptops and the best gaming laptops for more information.

Apple MacBook Pro M1 Pro

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This is the lowest price we’ve tracked on Apple’s 2021 MacBook Pro (8/10, Wired Recommends). It has a sleek redesign that offers a slightly larger 14-inch screen, a better 1080p webcam, impressive performance thanks to the M1 Pro chip and 16GB of RAM, plus a 1TB SSD. It has many more ports than previous MacBooks: an SD slot i an HDMI output.

This Inspiron is a good all-around laptop with a 12th generation Intel Core i5, 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 512 gigabyte SSD. The 14-inch 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display isn’t the brightest, but it gets the job done. The 2-in-1 design means you can use it as a laptop or tablet by flipping the screen. This offer is also available on eBay. (The seller is Best Buy.)

Lenovo IdeaPads regularly top our list of best budget laptops. We haven’t tested this exact model, but based on the specs and similar IdeaPads we’ve tested, this is a good, cheap and versatile machine. Get an AMD Ryzen 5 (5600H) processor, 8 gigs of RAM, a 512 gigabyte SSD, and a 16-inch 2.5K (2560 x 1440 pixels) display for under $500. This is sold on eBay, but the seller is Microsoft.

Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

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This is a cheaper version of the Corsair K100, which we like for its media wheel feature. The K55 lacks the wheel, but has the same keyboard layout and RGB backlighting. It may look like a mechanical keyboard, but it’s a membrane.

This 15-inch gaming machine from Asus features an AMD Ryzen 9 (5900HX) processor, Radeon RX 6800M graphics, 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 512 gigabyte SSD. We haven’t tested this exact model, but we liked the very similar 14-inch version (8/10 WIRED Recomends).

This HP gaming monitor features a 2560×1440 pixel display, with a 165Hz refresh rate for smooth graphics and a 1ms response time for low input lag. If your PC has an AMD graphics card, there’s AMD FreeSync Premium support to make sure your game looks as smooth as possible. The monitor has VESA support, so you can mount it on a monitor arm.

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WIRED contributor Julie Muncy called this installment of Super Mario “the kind of dizzying, absurd triumph that Nintendo hasn’t achieved in years.” Five years later, it’s still a good assessment. Here’s your chance to get a physical copy for the Switch.

This 1080p monitor is a fairly affordable way to expand your screen. You get VESA compatibility, so you can mount it on an arm and ditch the stand. If you don’t want to do that, the stand is quite adjustable; you can even put this monitor in portrait orientation. The bezels are slim, the screen looks decent, and there are built-in speakers (although they don’t sound great).

The exterior of this portable monitor is plastic and the IPS screen is a little lackluster, but it’s still relatively thin, offers a large screen, and has a sturdy built-in kickstand that makes it super easy to prop up anywhere. Just use a single USB-C cable and you can enjoy a second screen experience wherever you go, including at the coffee shop.

Offers for the home and the outdoors

Samsung Neo QLED QN90B

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This 2022 model is one of our favorites, especially if your living room is very bright. You get a central pedestal stand, which is great if your media console isn’t very wide, a 120Hz screen refresh rate, and Mini-LED backlighting for great contrast.

This is Ninja’s version of the single serving blender. We haven’t tried it, but it’s rated well online. The design is similar to the Nutribullet, which we like, and the downward-facing blades help prevent food from escaping the chopping action.

We’ve long recommended the 4-person version of this tent for its unusual combination of being lightweight yet reasonably priced. The 2-person is the same story, and this deal makes it even cheaper. The mostly mesh design provides great ventilation on warm summer nights (leave out the rain and you’ll have a great view of the stars, weather permitting). One thing to note about this tent is that MSR does not seal their lightweight tents at the factory, so you will have to source and do it yourself. If you need more space, the 3-person tent is also on sale for $292 ($110 off).

Nokia XR20

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One of our favorite budget phones, the Nokia XR20 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is a good, rugged smartphone with wireless charging support. There is a two-year warranty and this phone will receive three Android OS updates. Note that it doesn’t work on Verizon, and it won’t work on AT&T’s 5G, but it’s a solid phone for T-Mobile users, especially at this price.

This is a great low chair for relaxing on the beach. It’s well made, collapses for easy packing, and has stood up to six months of testing.

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