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The MSI GS66 Stealth gaming laptop is cheaper than ever at Best Buy

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The Verge Deals team is ready to usher you in the week with some excellent savings on a variety of great technology. Our first deal of the week is the MSI GS66 Stealth gaming laptop, which is currently available at Best Buy for $1,299.99the lowest price we’ve seen yet for this configuration that typically costs $1,499.99.

The MSI GS66 Stealth is a sleek yet powerful 15.6-inch laptop that weighs just under five pounds. This laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU and an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, both of which should provide enough power to make good use of the 1080p display’s 240Hz refresh rate.

16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD round out the specs list of this powerful laptop (here are the rest, in case you’re curious† The GS66 is also equipped with a pair of USB-A ports and one of the two USB-C ports is Thunderbolt 4 compatible. The laptop does have an HDMI output, but unfortunately Best Buy’s website doesn’t clarify whether it can support 4K output above a 60Hz refresh rate. Some minor things that bothered us about this laptop were the somewhat crowded keyboard layout and how audible the fans can get under load. But, provided you’re willing to look beyond these caveats, the GS66 offers a solid amount of bang for the buck. Read our review


MSI GS66 Stealth

The MSI GS66 Stealth is a sleek, lightweight gaming laptop equipped with an 11th generation Intel CPU and an RTX 3060 graphics card. The 15-inch 1080p display also has a refresh rate of 240 Hz.

Costco subscribers can currently grab the ultra-wide Samsung CRG9 curved gaming monitor for the lowest price ever. This $1,199.99 monitor is on sale now for $899.99 from the big box retailer if you have a membership. This massive 49-inch monitor has a resolution of 5,120 x 1,440 and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. This not only provides an expansive field of view while playing your favorite games, but also more than enough real estate to support multiple open windows at once.

Some other cool gamer-focused features include support for AMD FreeSync 2, which aims to provide a smoother image while gaming by adjusting the screen refresh rate based on your system’s capabilities. The 4ms response time for this display is a bit below par compared to most high-end gaming monitors available today, but honestly it should have little to no impact on your overall experience if you’re not a professional gamer.

The CRG9 supports both HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, in addition to a variety of peripheral connectivity options. In total, the monitor has four USB-A ports and a 3.5mm audio jack. The included stand allows for height, tilt and swivel adjustments, but the CRG9 is also compatible with 100 x 100 VESA mounting brackets. Make sure your mounting solution can handle a minimum of 25 pounds, as this monitor isn’t particularly light.


Samsung 49-inch CRG9

This is Samsung’s 49-inch 1440p gaming monitor. The curved 1800R screen has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and support for FreeSync 2 adaptive sync.

The latest-generation model of the Asus Zephyrus M16 gaming laptop matches the lowest price ever at Best Buy. This configuration usually costs $1,849.99, but is currently on sale for $1,499.99 at Best Buy

This sleek and lightweight 16-inch laptop features a vibrant QHD 16:10 aspect ratio display with a 165Hz refresh rate. While the gaming performance could certainly be better, given the odd combination of an RTX 3060 and a high-end (but last-gen) Intel Core i9-11900H, it should be more than enough power to run modern titles at respectable frame rates. The M16 rounds out its list of specs with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, so it should be versatile when running apps in and out of gaming.

The M16 also includes a number of connectivity options, including a pair of USB-A ports, a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port, and another USB-C port. You’ll also find an Ethernet port, an HDMI 2.0b port and a microSD card slot. Checking out all specs here

This sale eliminates one of the bigger complaints we had in our review of this model last year, which was the price. And while this doesn’t address the issues we had with its finicky trackpad, a price like this makes the Zephyrus M16 a more attractive option for anyone looking for a gaming laptop.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 opened on a table.  The screen shows a silver ROG logo on a black and blue background.


Asus Zephyrus M16

The 16-inch Asus Zephyrus M16 offers a 16:10 2560 x 1600 display and is powered by an 11th generation Intel processor and an RTX 3060.

The SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Ultra-Light Gaming Mouse is currently discounted to $104.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, the lowest price ever for this mouse, which normally costs $139.99. Following the trend of other ultra-light gaming mice, the Aerox 5 gets slimmer by punching holes in as many places as possible without compromising functionality.

This design choice can be divisive, especially if you suffer from: trypophobia, but it’s hard to dispute the results when the Aerox 5 Wireless weighs a paltry 74 grams, just slightly heavier than a regulated tennis ball. While you might think that this form factor makes the mouse more susceptible to dust and water potentially damaging the internal components, don’t worry as the Aerox 5 Wireless also has an IP54 weather resistance rating.

The sensor used in the Aerox 5 Wireless can handle up to 18K DPI and has a total of nine programmable buttons. The mouse can reportedly last up to 180 hours on a single charge, and thanks to the USB-C connection, the battery can run for about 40 hours on just a 15-minute charge. The Aerox 5 Wireless is also compatible with a wide range of devices, thanks to 2.4 GHz wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. If you’re interested in learning more about the SteelSeries line of ultralight mice, Cameron Faulkner has provided a more detailed overview here.


SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless

The ultra-light SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless is an acceptable compromise between weight and performance. It weighs just 74 grams, features an 18K DPI sensor, and can connect to devices via Bluetooth or 2.4GHz wireless.

The Razer Iskur XL gaming chair has dropped to its lowest price ever on Amazon. Usually $599.99, this gaming chair is: currently discounted to $399.99, a whole $100 cheaper than the standard Iskur. The Iskur XL doesn’t change much from the design of the standard model, but it’s about 15 percent larger to provide a more comfortable experience for taller-than-average gamers. While the Iskur XL is recommended for anyone taller than six feet, there’s nothing to stop shorter gamers from using this chair, although their feet may struggle to stay flat on the floor.

Like the standard model of the Razer Iskur, the XL variant has integrated lumbar support, adjustable armrests, a leatherette finish and molded foam cushions that provide a firm platform for extended gaming sessions. The metal and plywood frame of the Iskur XL can withstand loads up to 400 pounds.


Razer Iskur XL Gaming Chair

Razer’s first foray into gaming chairs, the Razer Iskur features dense memory foam cushions covered with synthetic leather. The Iskur can also be adapted to different desk configurations and body types, and the chair’s armrests and lumbar support can be fine-tuned to ensure a comfortable and healthy sitting position.

A few chances and endings…

  • If you want to expand the capabilities of your iPad Air 2020 or 2022, the Logitech Combo Touch Folio cover is discounted by $151.23 at Amazon from the usual price of $199.99. Compatible with the 4th and 5th generation iPad Air, this sleeve allows you to turn Apple’s feather-light tablet into a laptop of sorts thanks to its integrated keyboard and trackpad.
  • The Tribit StormBox Micro is a pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker that discounted to about $38 at Amazon from the usual $59.99 when you clip the coupon on the product page. This is a good deal if you need a compact, waterproof speaker.

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