Our roundup of this Friday’s deals includes a variety of sales on laptops and phones. Our first entry today is the HP Envy x360 15, which typically costs $1,029.99 but is on sale at Best Buy for $729.99, the lowest price ever. This 2-in-1 is definitely starting to show its age, but remains an excellent value for a convertible laptop.
The Envy x360 is a great application of AMD hardware in HP’s compact and sturdy 2-in-1 form factor. The 15-inch, 1080p touchscreen is backed by an AMD Ryzen 5 5700U CPU and 8GB of RAM, giving it more than enough power for most productivity applications. But even with AMD’s integrated graphics, the Envy 15 is also able to pull its weight in the gaming space.
In addition to a pair of USB-A ports, the Envy also has a USB-C port and a microSD card slot. However, the USB-C ports lack Thunderbolt 3 support. This unfortunately limits this laptop’s data transfer speeds, but unless you need a laptop that you’ll want to dock regularly at a desk, the Envy x360 2-in-1 is a solid recommendation at this price. Read our review†
Best Buy has discounted the HP Specter x360 14 2-in-1 laptop to $1,479.99 from the usual price of $1,729.99. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for what we consider to be the best 2-in-1 money can buy. A beautiful combination of form and function, this 14-inch 2-in-1 has a long battery life and a bright OLED display with a 3000 x 2000 resolution. It even comes with a handy magnetic stylus with this laptop out of the box to take full advantage of the touchscreen and easily attaches to the side of the laptop when not in use.
The Specter x360 is powered by an Intel Core i7-1195G7 CPU and 16GB RAM. Some additional hardware featured by this configuration includes 1TB SSD storage in addition to 32GB Intel Optane memory. The inclusion of Optane memory improves performance and transfer speeds for your most important applications.
A number of versatile connectivity options round out this laptop, with a pair of Thunderbolt 4-compatible USB-C ports, a single USB-A port and a microSD card slot. Despite the addition of some bloatware out of the box and a somewhat stiff touchpad, the HP Specter x360 is an excellent productivity laptop for anyone cool with its slightly higher price tag. Read our review†
Normally $499.99 is the Lenovo Chromebook Duet: currently on sale for $379 at Best Buy, the lowest price of the laptop to date. The 13-inch Duet may be a little too thick to be a proper tablet, but it can be used well as a Chromebook in most situations thanks to its detachable keyboard. The 1080p OLED display is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 CPU and features 128GB of onboard storage. The 8GB of RAM is also more than enough for most multitasking applications, especially if you’re working within the Chrome OS ecosystem.
There are some missed opportunities here though, such as a lack of biometric authentication and the absence of a prepackaged stylus to take full advantage of the touchscreen display. However, the included keyboard mount is perfect for getting work done while away from your desk, especially considering the Duet can run for up to 12 hours between charges. It also features a 5MP webcam and a pair of USB-C ports for charging and additional connectivity. Read our review†
The 256GB model of Samsung’s foldable Galaxy Z Flip 3 is on sale at Amazon for $849.99, matching the lowest price we’ve seen for what would otherwise be a $1,049.99 smartphone. The Z Flip 3 folds into a 4.2-inch square with a 1.9-inch screen on the front on which you can quickly check notifications. However, this phone’s most useful trick is its ability to flip open to reveal a 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED display.
Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor allows the Flip 3 to keep up with other phones in this price range, but its less-than-great collection of cameras could be a deal breaker for some. Its long-term durability also has yet to be proven, but if you’re looking for a foldable phone that feels almost normal, the Flip 3 is worth checking out. Read our review†
The last-gen model of the 64GB iPad Air is currently discounted for its lowest price ever at Walmart. This lightweight tablet normally costs $599.99, but you can currently buy it for $469 at walmart† The iPad Air 2020 has been at this price for a while, which is not surprising given the age of this tablet, but still worth considering.
This older model of the Apple tablet may not have a blazing fast M1 chip, but the A14 Bionic processor can still deliver plenty of power and should be fast enough for most apps. The tablet is also compatible with several iPad Air accessories, allowing you to transform it into an ad-hoc laptop using add-ons such as Apple’s Magic Keyboard. The 10.9-inch tablet offers a great Retina display with a resolution of 2360 x 1640 and a wide color gamut, not to mention a USB-C port for charging. Read our review.
Some sell on Bluetooth speakers and earbuds
- When the weather warms up where you are, it may be worth investing in a Bluetooth speaker. Right now you can find both the JBL Flip 5 and Go 3 for sale on Amazon. the bigger one JBL Flip 5 normally retails for $129.95, but retails for $99.95While the Pocket-sized JBL Go 3 retails for $29.95 instead of the usual $49.95. Both speakers have a weatherproof IP67 rating, making both ideal for outdoor excursions.
- You can pick up the Anker Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro now on sale at Amazon for $129.99, lower than their usual price of $169.99. This equates to the best price we’ve seen for the well-rounded pair of true wireless earbuds, which offer decent noise cancellation, powerful sound and Bluetooth connectivity. They even support the LDAC audio codec, which enables higher quality audio over Bluetooth. Read our review†