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TCL’s 55-inch LED-backlit 6-series mini TV is $659.99 today

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OLED may be the pinnacle of TV panels, but they’re still pricey – even after discounts. A very good alternative, the Mini LED-backlit TCL 6 series with HDMI 2.1 ports, has dropped to a new low price today.

TCL’s 55-inch 6-Series model with Google TV is discounted from just $659.99 ($290 off) at Best Buy. Mini LED backlights serve as a great replacement when paying OLED prices is off the table. It has excellent brightness with more control than standard LED and can maintain deeper black levels while displaying great color contrast. Sounds a bit familiar? It may not be rather as good as OLED, but it plays in the same ballpark.

In addition, this TCL TV has two HDMI 2.1 ports and support for variable refresh rates up to 120 Hz at 4K resolutions – a perfect match to power the Xbox Series X, PC and PlayStation 5. Plus, it runs Google TV software and even supports Google Assistant voice commands with a built-in microphone.

It’s hard to beat today’s deal when you need a TV that’s great for general use, especially if you’re watching/playing in a brightly lit room and on a budget. Read our review

TCL 6 Series Google TV (R646, 55″)

TCL’s 6 Series Google TV improves upon the Roku model with improved HDMI 2.1 ports (two of which support 4K at 120Hz), a clearer picture and hands-free voice control.

One of the biggest – and most controversial – games of 2020 is so cheap these days that you might be able to afford it with loose change you find in the bank. Cyberpunk 2077 is only $4.99 for both Xbox or play station physical versions at Best Buy today. We saw this game drop to $10 in 2021 a while ago, but apparently Best Buy still has a lot of discs to sell at an even lower price — a price that could even turn a profit at this point if you traded in at GameStop

CD Projekt Red’s big-budget first-person RPG has had its ups and downs, but a recent patch has added the highly anticipated next-gen improvements for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, along with new content and more fixes. Today’s deal is on the Xbox One and PS4 versions, but there are free upgrades for the Xbox Series X consoles and PS5 versions. It’s a lot of gameplay for only five dollars, especially now that the game has come much further. Read our review

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 released in fall 2020. After a disastrous launch, the team updated the game several times to improve performance and fix bugs. Recently, Patch 1.5 added content and updated the game for improved performance on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

If you’re looking for an affordable smartwatch and want one with a long battery life, the Amazfit GTR 2e is currently only $99.99 at Amazon. This smartwatch borrowed many of the features from its more expensive GTR 2 brethren and made them more affordable. And now the GTR 2nd is $40 cheaper than usual.

While we haven’t reviewed the GTR 2e, our resident wearables expert, Victoria Song, has used its GTR 2 counterpart and considers them a solid option if you’re on a budget and don’t mind it leaning more towards a fitness tracker than a feature-packed smartwatch. The Amazfit GTR 2e supports both iOS and Android phones and has many of the fitness and health features you would expect, including GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring for workouts and sleep tracking. Amazfit claims it can last up to 24 days on a single charge, but with features like an always-on display, it can’t live up to that. The GTR 2e isn’t as comprehensive when it comes to notifications and tight software integration with your smartphone as something like an Apple Watch, but at around $100 you might be forgiven for that.

Amazfit GTR 2nd smartwatch

The GTR 2e watch from Amazfit offers fitness and health tracking, heart rate monitoring and sleep tracking combined with an extra long battery that lasts for days or weeks depending on the settings selected.

For those of you who have an iPhone and would rather buy an Apple Watch with more features, the Apple Watch Series 7 and SE still offer great discounts. First the flagship Apple Watch Series 7 in its 41mm format with GPS and Wi-Fi costs $329 “ ($70 off) at Amazon. It’s Apple’s latest and greatest watch, with a slightly larger screen that makes it easier to read details on your watch face at a glance.

For those looking to spend less, the Apple Watch SE in its 40mm format with GPS and Wi-Fi costs $229 ($50 off) at Amazon and walmart† It largely retains the performance and specs of the previous-generation Series 6 – in the housing of the older Series 4 – but at a much nicer price, the main drawback being a lack of EKG (electrocardiogram) and an always-on screen.

Either Apple Watch is a great companion to an iPhone for fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and notifications on your wrist. They are even better when you can get them for such prices. Read our reviews of the Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE (40mm, GPS)

Apple’s midrange wearable, the Apple Watch SE, serves as a step up from the Series 3, with features and design similar to the last-generation Series 6.

More offers? More offers!

  • Samsung’s Pro Plus 256GB microSD card costs $39.99 ($15 off) at Amazon. This card claims to be slightly faster than your average microSD, so it could be great for a GoPro or Steam Deck.
  • The WD Black 2TB external SSD costs $179.99 ($90 off) at Amazon. It’s ready for Xbox and PlayStation if you prefer to put some games on external storage, but keep in mind that you can only play PS4 and Xbox One (or backward compatible Xbox titles) directly from the SSD.
  • The 2TB Extreme Portable SSD from SanDisk is a fast external SSD ideal for photographers, videographers and creators on the go. It is currently $239.99 ($220 off MSRP) at Amazon.
  • If you still don’t own it The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch, you still have plenty of time to play it and beat it for the sequel, now that it’s been delayed until 2023. The critically acclaimed title is currently $39.99 at Amazonand it qualifies for the Buy Two Get One Dealso you can combine it with two other games and save even more.

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