Wirecutter's best deals: Mackie CR3 computer speakers drop to $67

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Vizio P-Series F1 55-Inch 4K TV

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Street price: $700; deal price: $600

Back down to $600, this is a great opportunity to save on a 55-inch television that offers great value even at full price. While we initially saw this television released at $800, recent pricing has seen it closer to $700 with only one previous drop to this level that didn’t involve a quasi-rebate in the form of an eGift card. An added bonus is the available store pickup for those who don’t want to deal with potential delivery hassles.

The Vizio P-Series F1 55″ 4K TV is the top pick in our guide to the best LCD/LED TV. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Chris Heinonen wrote, “The 2018 Vizio P-Series F1 offers everything you need to enjoy a high-end TV experience today. The TV uses full-array local dimming, which produces superior contrast ratios for SD and HD content but also provides the best HDR experience on an LCD TV. The LCD panel has a native 120 Hz refresh rate, so films, TV programs, sports, and video games all look smooth, without excess judder or fake-looking motion interpolation. The preset calibrated image modes make it easy to get a good picture without an expensive calibration, and this TV has more HDMI inputs than the competition. Integrated streaming services and support for Alexa and Google Home control round out the essential features.”

HooToo USB-C Hub HT-UC001

HooToo

Street price: $40; deal price: $32 with clipped on-page coupon

If you’re in need of a USB-C hub right now and don’t need a microSD card reader or ethernet, this is a solid chance to save on this option, a slightly longer and less full-featured option than our top pick. You’ll need to clip the on-page coupon to drop the price of the grey color to $32, less than our top pick goes for currently but more than some of the best deals we’ve seen for that option. If you can wait or need the missing ports, our top pick may be the better option when it goes on sale, but this is still a nice drop and the lowest we’ve seen this model.

The HooToo USB-C Hub HT-UC001 is the budget pick in our guide to the best USB-C hubs and docks. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Nick Guy wrote, “HooToo’s USB C Hub HT-UC001 isn’t quite as full-featured or compact as Vava’s hub, but it offers many of the same ports for about two-thirds of the price. Providing three USB-A ports, HDMI output, USB-C power passthrough, and a full-size SD card slot, it’s a good option if you want to be able to use wired accessories and hook up to an external display but aren’t concerned about using a wired network connection.”

Mackie CR3 Computer Speakers

Mackie

Street price: $100; deal price: $67 with code DKL13

Use code DKL13 at checkout to drop this blue-trimmed version of these recommended computer speakers down to $67 in cart. Recommended for their affordable blend of sound quality and user-friendliness, this is the lowest price we’ve seen for the CR3, which still go for around $100 when not on sale. If you’re looking for a smaller set of speakers and don’t need or want Bluetooth, this is a great option at an excellent price.

The Mackie CR3 are the budget pick in our guide to the best computer speakers. Wirecutter Associate Staff Writer Daniel Varghese and John Higgins wrote, “If you’re willing to compromise a bit on sound quality and connection options to save money, consider the Mackie CR3 set. It has most of the same convenient features and design elements as the Mackie CR4BT but in a smaller form with a smaller woofer—which means the speakers can’t play quite as loud or as deep as the CR4BT. The CR3 also lacks Bluetooth, so it doesn’t connect as easily to your mobile devices. Still, these are by far the best-sounding computer speakers we’ve tested in this price range and a significant upgrade for anyone who has been using their computer’s built-in speakers.”

iPhone XR Smart Battery Case

Apple

Street price: $130; deal price: $102

If you’re an owner of an iPhone XR and are seeking additional battery life, this is a nice opportunity to save on the official Apple battery case. At $102 from $129, this is a solid drop for this model intended for use with one of Apple’s more affordable recent releases. This case offers a 77% charge, significantly more than other available battery cases, as well as nice to have features like access to the Lightning port and the ability to charge wirelessly.

The Apple iPhone XR Smart Battery Case is our battery case pick for the XR in our guide to the best iPhone cases. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Nick Guy wrote, “The Apple Smart Battery Case for XS, XS Max, and XR provides more charge to your drained phone than the competition, the most important feature of any battery case. On top of that, it offers advantages that come from the first-party integration of hardware and software, like still being able to use the Lightning port, and on-screen battery indicators. Unlike most battery cases, it can also charge wirelessly, so you don’t have to remove the case if you use a Qi charger.”

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Amazon Black Friday 2019: what deals to expect

The biggest shopping day of the year.
The biggest shopping day of the year.
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When it comes to Black Friday, there is one undisputed king of the jungle (or should that be rainforest?). Over the last Black Friday period, Amazon took a 26 percent share of the total retail industry in the UK. That means over a quarter of the UK’s Black Friday shopping in 2018 was done on the giant online marketplace.

Amazon’s share was actually up 3 percent on the previous year, showing that their Black Friday sales are still growing. We don’t know if this trend will continue, but we are sure that Black Friday is a massive event for Amazon and that the company will be celebrating it in an equally massive way. In fact, Black Friday is an integral part of Amazon’s retail policy and their preparations for it take place year-round.

Which means: massive savings and deals for you.

When is Black Friday in 2019?

This year, Black Friday falls on Nov. 29. Cyber Monday, the other big sales date during the Black Friday period, is on Dec. 2. Since Amazon’s Black Friday sales often run across a couple of weeks, we expect them to start mid-November and finish in early December.

Best Amazon Black Friday Deals 2019

Amazon Black Friday 2019 Amazon device deals

If you’re hoping to pick up an Amazon device like a smart speaker, tablet, or smart TV stick, Black Friday is the time to strike. Amazon always celebrates by discounting their own devices and last year Amazon devices were three out of five of the site’s top-selling Black Friday products.

The all-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) was the company’s second top-selling product, with almost 11 thousand purchases. Amazon slashed the price of their smart speaker in half, bringing it down from £49.99 to £24.99.

Next followed the Fire TV Stick, that was £15 off at £24.99, and the Echo (2nd Gen) that was down to £54.99 from £89.99. Making it into Amazon’s top 10 best-selling products at number eight was the Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, which was £15 off at £34.99.

In case you’re wondering, Amazon’s top-selling Black Friday product was the SanDisk Ultra 128GB Memory Card, with over 17 thousand purchases and a price fall of over £20.

Other Amazon devices you could grab at a discounted rate included the Echo Spot (£89.99, was £119.99), Kindle Paperwhite (£89.99, was £119.99), Fire 7 tablet (£29.99, was £49.99) and Fire HD 10 tablet (£99.99, was £149.99).

You could also make a saving if you bought an Amazon device as part of a bundle with a variety of other gadgets. For instance, a Philips Hue White Bulb E27 with Echo Plus bundle was £109.99 (previously £139.99) and £169.99 with the Echo Show (previously £219.99). You could also buy Amazon smart speakers with Ring Video Doorbell devices, like the Amazon Echo Spot and Ring Video Doorbell Pro Kit for £228.99, instead of £238.99.

Amazon also ran big savings on their subscriptions: 50 percent off Audible for 4 months (£3.99/month instead of £7.99), 75 percent off a Kindle Unlimited Membership for 3 months (£1.99/month instead of £7.99), and 3 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 99p (£23.97).

Amazon Black Friday 2019 TV deals

TVs are big-ticket items and they are always heavily discounted on Black Friday. If you need a new TV or are waiting to realise your full Ultra HD, 4K, wide-screen dream, there’s no better time to do it than Black Friday.

Last year you could pick up a state-of-the-art Philips 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with HDR Plus and 3-sided Ambilight (2018 Model) at over £500 off for £1,999. The still impressively sized 65-inch model was over 25 percent off at £599, down from £800, while the 50-inch model was £399 down from £450.

The 65-inch wide-screen Hisense 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV (2018 Model) was only £569 down from £699. Big savings could be made on the Sony Bravia 55-inch Android 4K HDR TV (£639, was £1,199) with £560 off, and there was £500 off the Sony Bravia 49-inch Android 4K HDR TV (£599, was £1,099)

If you were after something more compact, there were great deals on the Sony Bravia 43-inch Android 4K HDR TV (£539, was £899) and Samsung UE40NU7120 40-inch 4K TV (£343.50, was £529.99).

Amazon Black Friday 2019 laptop deals

Laptops are another big tech investment you’ll want to wait until Black Friday to make. Although not every laptop will be discounted, if you’re flexible about the model or make you buy, you’re sure to pick up a bargain.

The well-reviewed Microsoft Surface Go is a portable tablet and laptop hybrid, and the 8GB RAM model could be bought at a £50 discount for £449.99. The 4GB RAM model was also £27 off at £353.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 14-inch Notebook was £60 off at £619.99, the Huawei MateBook X Pro 13.9-inch was £200 off at £1,299.99, and the ASUS ZenBook 13 13.3-inch was £200 off at £699.99.

Those looking for a laptop with a bit of oomph for gaming could get an Asus 15.6-inch gaming laptop for £1,049.99 (was £1,399.99), an Aorus X7 DT v8 17.3-inch gaming laptop for £2,549.99 (was £2,999), or the ACER Aspire 7 15.6-inch Gaming Notebook for £599.99 (was £749.99).

Amazon Black Friday 2019 gaming deals

Gaming can be an expensive pastime when you factor in the console, games, and accessories you need to purchase before you can get started. That’s why we recommend going all in on Black Friday when you can make a big saving on your setup.

The biggest way to save is on bundles. Last year, there was a huge discount on the Xbox One S bundle with Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Spyro Reignited Trilogy (£199.99, was £329.99).

The latest Xbox, the Xbox One X 1TB, with in-demand games Fallout 76, Forza Horizon 4, and FIFA 19 was £130 off at £399.99. And the latest PlayStation, the PS4 Pro 1TB, with FIFA 19 and Fallout 76 was £50 off at £339. The Nintendo Switch, which usually costs £279, was £249.

There were also price reductions on must-have new releases like Red Dead Redemption 2.

Amazon Black Friday 2019 audio deals

Amazon offered discounts of up to 60 percent on speakers over the Black Friday period. There was up to £100 off SONOS speakers and up to 33 percent off microphones, too. Top brands were significantly reduced and we’re certain the same thing will happen this year.

Trendy Beats by Dre EP On-Ear Headphones were half price at £45 and Sony Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones were £70 off at £79.99.

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone was £94 off at £229, as were their Beoplay H5 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.

Amazon Black Friday 2019 other deals

There were discounts on smartphones, like £100 off the top-of-the-range Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (£769, was £869) and £100 off the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (£799, was £899).

Amazon slashed prices on appliances, like the Nespresso Lattissima Touch Automatic Coffee Machine (£149, was £279.99). Hardcore coffee fans could make a huge £300 saving on the Krups Evidence EA893840 Automatic Espresso Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, down to £599.99.

Health and beauty-wise, there was up to 40 percent off best-selling luxury fragrances and 35 percent off top protein powder and supplement brands. One incredible saving was on the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Electric Toothbrush with travel case, that was £55 down from £179.99.

How to get the best deals from Amazon on Black Friday 2019

If you’re serious about making the most of Amazon’s Black Friday sales, it’s worth signing up to be an Amazon Prime member. Prime members get early and exclusive access to offers like Lightning Deals, which only last for a matter of minutes or hours, and Prime-only deals.

An Amazon Prime membership comes with lots of perks, like free delivery (including Same-Day Delivery), exclusive savings, thousands of films and TV shows on Prime Video, eBooks, magazines and comics with Prime Reading, and music streaming with Prime Music. It costs £7.99 a month but you can sign up to a 30-day free trial if you need to test the waters. Students can get a free six-month trial and an Amazon Prime Student membership costs just £3.99 a month.

As well as Lightning Deals, Amazon runs Deals of the Day throughout the Black Friday period. These are exactly as they say on the tin – special offers that expire after 24 hours.

Unless you see a Lightning Deal or Deal of the Day offer on a product you want in the run up to Black Friday itself, we recommend holding your horses until Nov. 29 to buy that long-hankered for item, as this is when the big discounts really come out to play.

Post by Stephanie Soh of the BlackFriday.co.uk team. Originally appeared on BlackFriday.co.uk

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Wirecutter's best deals: Save $40 on an Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS)

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Shure MV5 USB Microphone

shure

Street price: $100; deal price: $80

Down to $80 from a typical price of around $100, this is a nice discount for this recommended USB microphone in two finishes. Historically, we’ve only seen this mic at $80 only around the holidays, so this is a little unexpected and a good time to pick one up. The Black/Red and Grey/Black finishes are both available at the discounted price. This is a smaller, more portable microphone versus our top pick that still sounds great, so if desk space is a concern for you this is a good option.

The Shure MV5 is the runner-up pick in our guide to the best USB microphone. Kevin Purdy and Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Lauren Dragan wrote, “If desk or storage space is at a premium, if you often move your mic between spaces, or if you want to save a few dollars and start small, the Shure MV5 scored well with our panelists in voice recording quality—some even ranked it better overall than the Yeti. The tradeoff is that the MV5 is not as sturdy, stable, or as tall as the Yeti, making you work to set it up at the proper height for recording. And it lacks for the Yeti’s multiple pickup patterns. But the MV5 has just enough recording features—a direct-monitoring headphone jack and impressive automatic gain control, and really helpful travel tools, including micro-USB and MFi-certified Lightning connections—to make it a solid pick for people who value a smaller size and portability over future-friendly capabilities.”

TravelCard Charger

TravelCard

Street price: $29; deal price: $23 with code 20NOW

Deals on this diminutive charger are relatively rare, so this is a solid opportunity to save as the code drops the price from $29 to $23—shipping is free. If you need the smallest possible battery pack, this is a convenient and reliable option that we’ve recommended for years. We probably won’t be seeing lower prices for some time. Use code 20NOW at checkout to get the 20% discount.

The TravelCard Charger is the pocket-sized pick in our guide to the best USB battery packs and power banks. Wirecutter Editor Mark Smirniotis wrote, “If you need the absolute smallest battery to keep your phone going through the end of the day when you can’t get to an outlet, the TravelCard Charger is the most convenient and reliable option. A little longer and wider than a credit card, and roughly three times as thick, the TravelCard stands out from other small batteries because it has two integrated cables: one with a standard USB-A plug to recharge the battery itself, and one with either a Micro-USB or Lightning-connector plug (depending on which TravelCard version you buy) to charge your device. Because you don’t need to carry any cables, there’s nothing extra to forget, and the TravelCard is always ready to go.”

Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) – 40mm with Sport Loop

Apple watch

Street price: $390; deal price: $350

Down to $350 from a typical street price closer to $390, this is the first notable discount we’ve seen for the Apple Watch Series 4. This deal is for the 40mm model in Space Gray with Black Sport Loop and Silver with Seashell Sport Loop. Seeking the 44mm? The Black Sport Loop version is discounted to $380, as is the Black Sport Band version.

The Series 4 is the top pick in our guide to the Apple Watch. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Nick Guy wrote, “…this year, we think the Apple Watch Series 4 is the best option for most iPhone owners, especially if you’re upgrading from an older model. It’s the first redesign since the device launched, and its bigger screen is a major improvement that you’ll notice no matter what you use your watch for—it’s a big enough difference that it’s worth paying the premium. A faster processor, more-reliable Siri, a new Digital Crown, and better heart-rate and health-tracking features only sweeten the deal. Of all the smartwatches we’ve tested—for both iPhone and Android—the Apple Watch Series 4 offers the best overall package.”

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp – Black

Black Diamond

Street price: $30; deal price: $25

The Black Diamond Spot can shine at up to 300 lumens, enough to light up a trail while you’re walking. We don’t often see these headlamps go below $30, which makes this drop in the black finish to $25 a great opportunity to save for those looking to venture out into the wilderness or just have a headlamp handy for power outages and housework.

The Black Diamond Spot is the top pick in our guide to the best headlamp. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Eve O’Neill wrote, “The Black Diamond Spot shone bright enough, far enough, and long enough in our tests for us to choose it as our favorite from a testing pool of two dozen options. It can shine at up to 300 lumens, plenty to light up a trail while you’re walking, and it also has a floodlight setting for looking at maps, cookstoves, and other objects up close. It lasts longer on three AAA batteries than anything comparable.”

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Fluance RT81 Turntable

fluance turntable

Street price: $250; deal price: $210

If you’ve been seeking an attractive turntable with good sound for the price and don’t need USB-out, this is a nice opportunity to save on this recommended model, down to $210 from a typical price of $250. For anyone who picked up some vinyl during Record Store Day only to find that their turntable could be better or just likes the RT81’s aesthetic, this option offers great value for the price.

The Fluance RT81 is the runner-up pick in our guide to the best turntable. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Chris Heinonen wrote, “The Fluance RT81 looks much like the Audio-Technica and sounds almost identical too. It has the same cartridge and a similar tonearm, but uses belt drive instead of direct drive (though unlike some other belt-drive models it lets you select between 33 RPM and 45 RPM without switching a belt). It also has an integrated phono preamp, but unlike the Audio-Technica, it will automatically stop the platter from spinning once the arm reaches the center of the record. (It does not, however, lift and return the tonearm as a fully automatic turntable does.)”

iPad Pro (11-inch, 256 GB)

apple ipad

Street price: $950; deal price: $800

Available for $800, this is a significant $150 drop and matches the low we’ve seen for our preferred configuration of this recommended tablet. In our guide, we praise this tablet for its performance, cameras, and color accuracy. This offer extends to both the Silver and Space Gray finishes. Some lesser discounts are available for other configurations.

The late 2018 iPad Pro (11-inch, 256 GB) is the new upgrade pick in our guide to the best tablet. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Nick Guy wrote, “if you need more power, a noticeably larger screen, USB-C input, better cameras, better color accuracy, more than 128 GB of storage, or prefer a nearly edge-to-edge antireflective display with Face ID, the 11-inch iPad Pro gives you all of that in a package that’s slightly taller (7.6 mm) and wider (9 mm) and a tiny bit thinner (1.6 mm).”

Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller

xbox controller

Street price: $50; deal price: $37

At $37 from $50, while this isn’t the best deal we’ve seen for this gaming controller, it’s a solid price at a few dollars under $40. The Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller is compatible with PC and our XBox console picks, so if you’re looking to get a versatile controller for PC gaming or need an extra for your Xbox, this is a good opportunity to save.

The Xbox Wireless Controller is the runner-up pick in our guide to the best PC gaming controller. Andrew Cunningham, “You might like Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Controller if you have larger hands, if you buy most of your games outside of Steam, if you want more color options, or if you simply prefer Xbox controllers. Microsoft has made significant improvements to the third-generation revision of the controller, most notably the addition of Bluetooth so that you can use the controller wirelessly with PCs and Macs without needing to buy a separate dongle.”

Incase Sling Sleeve Deluxe

Incase

Street price: $40; deal price: $26 with code WELCOME15

Down to just under $26 with code WELCOME15, this is a very nice deal on the black color of this hybrid messenger/sleeve from Incase. Usually $40 or more, this deal offers a rare drop under $30 for this bag. If you’re looking for an option that can replace a backpack or messenger bag and still provide protection for your laptop, this is a solid pickup.

The Incase Sling Sleeve Deluxe is the no backpack necessary pick in our guide to our favorite laptop sleeves and MacBook Pro cases. Daniel Varghese and Nick Guy wrote, “The Incase Sling Sleeve combines a great laptop sleeve with enough storage to carry most of what you’ll need to do your work—a laptop and its charger, your phone, a notebook, some pens, and cables. Every 13-inch computer we tested fit nicely in its internal pocket, with little space around the sides for the computer to bounce around, which made it stand out from other briefcase-style laptop sleeves we tested like the Targus Strata. The Incase bag is also padded and lined with soft faux fur, which helps it absorb shocks and drops.”

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Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500 On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Plantronics

Street price: $78; deal price: $53

Down to $53 in the black and just a dollar more in the teal finish, these sweat & moisture-resistant Bluetooth headphones are close to the best price we’ve seen for them. If you’ve been waiting for a good deal to pick up some on-ear headphones that you can take to the gym, these are a nice option at this price as they’ve largely been $70 or higher even when on sale until recent days.

The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500 are our on-ear pick for weightlifters in our guide to the best wireless workout headphones. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Lauren Dragan wrote, “Weightlifting at the gym means a lot of repping-in, spot requests, and plate borrowing, which also means you need to talk to the people around you. Earbuds can be a pain to put in and take out, so many weightlifters prefer the convenience of a traditional wireless headphone design. The Plantronics BackBeat Fit 500 fits comfortably but stays put and it’s sweat resistant and easy to keep clean. Simple-to-use controls allow you to change tracks, adjust volume, take calls, and access your phone’s digital assistant without pulling out your device. These headphones also have a fun, bass-forward sound and 18 hours of battery life.”

Aukey 12W Travel Charger

Aukey

Street price: $10; deal price: $6 with code X9VO4ZMI

Use code X9VO4ZMI to drop the white color of this charger back down to $6, matching the lowest price we’ve seen. We see similar deals with coupon codes with some regularity, but this is still a solid price on one of the cheapest options we speak highly of in our guide. While not the most powerful option we tested, the Aukey 12W offers two USB-A ports in an extra-compact pocketable form.

The Aukey Ultra Compact Dual Port 2.4A Output & Foldable Plug is a compact option we like in our guide to the best multiport USB charger. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Nick Guy wrote, “For an impressive amount of power in a tiny package, we like Aukey’s Ultra Compact Dual Port 2.4A Output & Foldable Plug. You get as much juice as you’d get with Apple’s iPad charger and an extra charging port, in a much smaller package—a scant 1.4 by 1.2 by 1.2 inches with its prongs folded in—for half the price. The Aukey is the smallest full-speed iPad/tablet charger we’ve found, and it’s a great travel companion for charging a tablet and phone overnight, for fast-charging two smartphones, or for just charging your phone and a Bluetooth headset or speakers. (It provides a total of 2.4 amps of current, which means it can fast-charge an iPad by itself; if you connect two tablets, or a tablet and a smartphone, those 2.4 amps will be split between them.)”

Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 60W 2-Bulb Starter Kit + Echo Dot

Philips hue

Street price: $105; deal price: $90

This deal is a great chance to pick up a bundle that includes two of our picks. The lighting kit is a two-bulb variant of the top pick. We’ve seen deals on the lighting kit at $80 and the speaker at $25, so $105 total—much of the time these two options are significantly more expensive individually, so the bundle savings are nice to get as well.

The Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 60W Starter Kit is a two-bulb variant of the top pick in our guide to the best smart LED light bulbs. Wirecutter Senior Editor Grant Clauser wrote, “We researched more than 20 smart LED bulbs and spent eight weeks testing 10 contenders to decide that Philips Hue is the best way to convert existing lamps and lights into smart lights without swapping out existing switches, and the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 kit is the best way to start. Hue’s top-of-class customizability, reliable mesh network, and large ecosystem—which includes support for all major smart-home platforms and many accessories—stand out among its increasingly cheaper, less-established competition.”

The Amazon Echo Dot is the affordable Echo pick in our guide to Amazon’s line of Echo smart speakers. Clauser wrote, “For a lot less than the full-size Echo, and with the ability to connect wirelessly to your choice of speaker or sound system, the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is a smart option. The new Dot is slightly larger than the old one, has a fabric cover like the main Echo, and overall looks less like a tuna can than the original. It includes volume and microphone buttons on top like the current Echo (and the original Dot).”

2TB Samsung T5 Portable SSD

Samsung

Street price: $410; deal price: $328

We’ve seen a few sales for the 2TB T5 in the last week, with one on Sunday and this one cropping up a few days later to match that price. This year in general has brought multiple drops for various capacities of this drive and even a bundle with a Samsung Chromebook in recent weeks, but this is the best price we’ve seen by a few bucks for the 2TB version. If National Backup Day didn’t serve to remind you that you’ve got data you can ill afford to lose, this drive deal might be just the kickstart you need.

The 2TB Samsung T5 is a larger storage capacity version of our top portable SSD pick and more storage pick, which should potentially make it even faster than those options as higher-capacity solid-state drives often provide slightly improved performance. Of the lower-storage 500 GB T5, Wirecutter Staff Writer Justin Krajeski wrote, “The T5 has one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port and includes cables to connect to new and old devices as well as AES 256-bit hardware encryption to protect your sensitive data. It has the most pleasant software to navigate, with a clean layout that looks less bloated than other portable SSD software, which makes it a breeze to set up encryption or check for updates. Plus the T5 has an indicator light that lets you know when it’s connected and comes with a three-year warranty.”

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