Our post on this week’s opening offers is full of great offers, many of which are currently at their best prices to date. Both the 65-inch and 77-inch models of LG’s C1 OLED, for example, are available at their lowest-ever prices on Amazon, with the 65-inch panel costing $1,596.99 instead of $2,499.99. Other sizes are also available for a discount, but you’ll want to direct your attention to either the 65- or 77-inch models for the best value.
While we never reviewed the C1, Several employees own the 2021 model and can’t seem to shut up – not only because it offers excellent visual fidelity, but also because of its list of excellent, gamer-focused features. In addition to 4K resolution and support for Dolby Vision – which allows for spectacular color depth – the C1 has a “Game Optimizer” function that allows you to switch between Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, a technology that enables an ultra -Smooth playback offers picture for its 120Hz refresh rate. Combine this with the panel’s 1ms response time and you have one of the best TVs for gaming available today.
The C1 also has a number of excellent quality of life features, including support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants, HDMI 2.1 and Apple’s AirPlay 2. In total, the LG C1 has four HDMI ports with a single eARC connector, three USB ports and a single optical audio connection.
Right now, you can get a free Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 when you buy an unlocked Samsung S22 Ultra 128GB for $949.51 from Amazon. The Galaxy Watch 4 typically retails for $230, and the 128GB version of the S22 Ultra typically retails for $1,199.99. The S22 has seen some pretty substantial discounts since its debut, but the addition of a Galaxy Watch 4 makes this the best price we’ve seen on this phone so far.
The S22 Ultra is the biggest phone Samsung has offered since its Note series (RIP). The phone’s huge 6.8-inch screen has a resolution of 1440 x 3088 and is powered by a fast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor that offers excellent responsiveness and performance. The expansive display also comes with Samsung’s S Pen, a stylus that docks conveniently in the phone’s body, and an impressive camera array consisting of a 108MP standard shooter, a 10MP telephoto lens and a 12 MP ultrawide. There’s also a 40MP front camera for selfies.
Our biggest gripe – aside from the lackluster night mode for selfies – is the battery, which struggled to get through the day without needing to be topped up. However, despite its downsides, we still think the S22 Ultra is an excellent phone and certainly worth a look if throwing a free smartwatch into the mix.
Note that the Galaxy Watch 4 model on offer here has a 44mm face and unlike the LTE-enabled version, is the Bluetooth-only configuration of this watch. Our consensus on this wearable was a bit mixed, given its reliance on Samsung’s ecosystem of apps, but it remains one of the best smartwatches out there thanks to its fast performance and robust health-tracking capabilities. Read our reviews of the S22 Ultra and Galaxy Watch 4.
The featherweight 256GB configuration of the M1 MacBook Air is currently available at Best Buy for just $899.99 ($100 off). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for this $999.99 laptop since January, making it an ideal choice for anyone already thinking about the new school year. There are certainly newer and more powerful Apple laptops out there, but the current discount makes the aging Air worth considering.
This 13-inch laptop sports a 2560 x 1600 Retina display, and while it may lack a touchscreen, it still comes with Apple’s True Tone technology, which adjusts the screen’s color temperature to match your current lighting environment. In addition to the fast M1 CPU, which allows the Air to run Intel-based apps in addition to those native to macOS, the Air also packs 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The M1 CPU also helps extend the Air’s battery life, allowing it to run for up to 18 hours on a single charge.
MacBook Air’s slim profile only allows for a pair of USB-C ports, but both are Thunderbolt 4-compatible, allowing the laptop to be paired with a dock for additional connectivity. The 720p webcam definitely leaves something to be desired, but otherwise the M1 MacBook Air remains a solid laptop, especially for the college grad. Read our review.
The Logitech MX Master 3 wireless mouse normally retails for $99.99 and is currently available in black or gray from Office Depot for $74.99. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for the productivity-focused peripheral. In addition to the typical button layout, the Master 3 has a pair of buttons under the thumb for navigating through your browsing history, a side scroll wheel, and a hidden button in the thumb rest that can be assigned any function using Logitech’s software. The chassis has a grippy, ergonomic design and a scroll wheel that’s honestly worth the price of admission alone. You can also toggle the wheel to step-move or spin freely, allowing you to quickly scroll through large walls of text.
The sensor used in the Master 3 has a maximum of 4K DPI, and while it won’t be the first choice for gaming, it still offers precise tracking and allows the battery to stretch up to a remarkable 70 days on a single charge. The mouse is also compatible with Windows or macOS and can be paired with devices using either 2.4GHz radio or Bluetooth. The only real drawback here is that the mouse is only made for right-handers (sorry, right-handers).
The excellent Blue Yeti microphone is currently available in silver for the lowest price ever on Amazon. Now priced at $79.99 instead of $129.99, this rounded mic is often considered a staple for streamers, podcasters, and anyone who doesn’t like sounding like they’re underwater during Zoom meetings.
This capsule-shaped mic can be set up for a variety of pickup patterns using the onboard controls that allow you to fine-tune gain and volume. The Yeti also comes with a sturdy kickstand and a convenient front and center mute button in case you’re suddenly interrupted by something you don’t want to broadcast on the internet.
Compatible with both Windows and macOS, the microphone connects to devices via a mini-USB cable, allowing you to make adjustments via proprietary Blue VO!CE software. The bottom of the mic also has a 3.5mm audio output if you want to connect monitor headphones so you know how you sound to the rest of the world.