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Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is on sale at its best price yet for a limited time

Update at 5:19 p.m. ET, April 29: Woot currently has no consoles.

We’ve seen plenty of great deals on Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox Series S console recently, and today is no exception. That’s because Woot is currently selling the console for $249.99 instead of $299.99, which is one of the best prices we’ve seen. Note that you’ll need to download Woot’s mobile app to access this deal, though, and you’ll only get free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

As the Xbox Series X becomes more readily available these days – it’s available now through the Microsoft Store for $499.99, for example – the Xbox Series S is an affordable alternative that sells for less than half the price. It also plays the same games as the Series X, is backward compatible with original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games, and targets 1440p resolution and up to 120 fps in supported games (upgradable). 4K scale). If you don’t mind that it lacks a disc drive and only offers 512GB of internal storage, this is a smaller, Game Pass-compatible console that you can easily set up at your desk or anywhere else. in your house. Read our full review.

Microsoft Xbox series S

The Xbox Series S is smaller than the 4K-capable Xbox Series X, but it can still tackle the same digital games, but at 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution.

Amazon’s tiny second-gen Echo Show 5 is a great smart clock that you can put on your bedside table.

Amazon’s second-gen Echo Show 5 is a great Mother’s Day gift that’s also affordable, especially now that the smart display is selling for nearly half its usual price. Right now, Amazon sells the smart display for $44.99 ($40 off), which is its best price yet. Other retailers including best buyKohl and Target sell it for $49.99.

Mom can use the small 5.5-inch smart display for a variety of purposes, whether as a smart alarm clock for her bedside table or as an entertainment device for listening to music and streaming shows. She can also use the Alexa-enabled smart display to control other smart home devices, get weather reports and more. We also like that it produces robust sound for its size and that its improved 2MP camera comes with a physical shutter to block the view of the camera. Just note, though, that you can’t use this smart display to make Zoom calls. Still, if you’re looking for a relatively affordable smart device, this is a bargain and a freebie worth considering. Read our review.

(Of course, there are plenty of other great gifts that cost about the same if you prefer something else, which you can read more about in our Mother’s Day gift guide.)

Amazon Echo Show 5 (second generation)

Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is an ideal smart display for a bedside table. You can set alarms with Alexa using your voice, play music, control smart displays, get weather reports, and more. When the alarm goes off, just press the top of the Echo Show 5 to snooze it.

If you’re looking for a more affordable OLED TV, you can buy a 55-inch 2021 version of Vizio’s OLED TV for $893.67 now on Amazon. That’s a discount of $306.32 and a new all-time high. The TV has a fast 120Hz refresh rate and a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports as well as support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It also has Vizio’s SmartCast system and a built-in Chromecast, allowing you to cast content from your phone and access Netflix, Disney Plus and all your favorite streaming services. Note, however, that unlike LG’s more expensive OLED TVs, some users have complained that Vizio’s TVs have issues with its HDMI 2.1 ports and software. So read on TV before making the investment.

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2021 Vizio 4K OLED Smart TV (55-inch)

The 2021 version of Vizio’s 4K OLED TV sports a 120Hz refresh rate and a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports along with support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It also includes Vizio’s SmartCast system and built-in Chromecast.

Best cheap laptop 2022: Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo’s portable Chromebook Duet comes with a kickstand and keyboard.
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Are you looking for an affordable Chromebook? Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet is our top pick for those on a budget, and right now it’s on sale for $249 at Best Buy instead of $299 with the purchase of the model equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Despite its affordable price, the 2-in-1 device looks and feels great, and we like that it offers excellent battery life. In fact, it lasted nearly eleven and a half hours as we made Zoom calls and worked in a variety of tabs and apps, including Gmail, Slack, and Facebook. We also liked that you can easily take the lightweight Chromebook, which comes with a detachable keyboard and kickstand cover, with you as well.

Of course, given its relatively low price, there are a few downsides. It lacks a 3.5mm audio jack and only offers a single USB-C port. Moreover, its MediaTek Helio P60T processor is not particularly suitable for more advanced tasks than simple navigation and daily work. Still, it offers good value for money, especially with today’s $50 discount. Read our review.

Lenovo Chromebook Duo

The Chromebook Duet boasts long battery life and a 16:10 aspect ratio display to show more content at once. The Duet can be used as a tablet or laptop. On the downside, it only has one USB-C port and no 3.5mm headphone jack.

A few more good deals to note

Correction on April 29, 11:32 a.m. ET: this article originally claimed that Vizio’s OLED TV has Google Cast built-in. Although it includes this technology, Google currently calls it “Chromecast built-in”. We have adjusted the terminology in the message and regret the error.

Updated April 29, 4:09 p.m. ET: our primary offer for this item was originally an Xbox Series S bundle, which included an additional Xbox Wireless Controller for $294.99. This offer has since sold out at BuyDig, and we’ve replaced it with Woot’s current Series S offer.