Dealmaster: Get a TCL 55-inch 4K Roku TV for a new low of $380

Dealmaster: Get a TCL 55-inch 4K Roku TV for a new low of $380

Dealmaster: Get a TCL 55-inch 4K Roku TV for a new low of $380
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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is led by new lows on TCL’s 5-Series Roku TVs—the 55-inch model is down to $380, while the 49-inch set is down to $300. These two sets have gone for about $20 more for the past couple of months, but this is as cheap as either of them have gone to date.

In any event, both TVs here are a good value at these prices. They launched last year, and while they technically support HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR, they don’t support local dimming, so it’s hard to say they’re truly capable of displaying HDR content. They also only support a 60Hz refresh rate. But their contrast and colors are impressive for the price nonetheless, and their built-in Roku OS remains much more intuitive and useful than most smart TV interfaces. If you can afford to step up to something like Vizio’s P-Series, or if you can really splash the cash, LG’s OLED sets are clear steps up in picture quality. But if you just can’t spend more than $400, these should still please.

If you’re all set on the TV front, though, we also have deals on wireless chargers, gaming laptops, Ars-approved board games, and more. Have a look for yourself below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

For the past few weeks, Amazon has offered a $30 off deal on a year of its Audible audiobook service that included a new Echo Dot for $1 extra. Now, it’s swapping out the latter for $20 worth of store credit. The same caveats apply: you need to be a Prime member who doesn’t subscribe to Audible currently, and you need to be in the US. This still isn’t the lowest we have ever seen a 12-month Audible subscription drop, but it’s a significant drop all the same.

  • Dell G5 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for $1,149.99 at Best Buy (normally $1,399.99).
  • Microsoft Xbox One S (1TB) for $179.99 at Newegg (normally $229.99).
  • Twitch Prime only: The Last of Us Remastered (PS4) + $15 Amazon credit for $14.99 at Amazon (normally $32.99).
  • Anker PowerWave Pad wireless charging pad + Anker PowerWave Stand wireless charging stand for $25.99 at Amazon (normally $31.99).
  • Kobo Clara HD e-reader for $99.96 at Walmart (normally $129.99).

This is the first noteworthy price drop we’ve seen on the Kobo Clara HD, which we dubbed the best non-Amazon option in our recent e-reader buying guide. It normally goes for $130. We still think the Kindle Paperwhite’s water resistance, Bluetooth support, and farther-reaching library make it a better choice for most people, but the Clara HD’s hardware is very similar otherwise—if anything, its front lighting system is better—and it doesn’t saddle you with lock-screen ads.

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Dell G5 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for $1,149.99 at Best Buy (normally $1,399.99).
  • Lenovo Ideapad S340 laptop – Intel Core i3-8145U, 15.6-inch 1080p TN, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $289 at Walmart (normally $329.99).
  • Education price only: Apple MacBook Air (2019) – Intel Core i5-8210Y, 13.3-inch 2560×1660, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD + Beats Studio 3 Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones for $999 at Apple (normally $1,349.99).
  • Education price only: Apple MacBook Pro (2019) – Intel Core i5, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD + Beats Studio 3 Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones for $1,199 at Apple (normally $1,549.99).
  • 24-inch ViewSonic XG2402 monitor – 1080p, TN, 144Hz, FreeSync for $199.99 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $229.99).

Video game deals

Gaming deals

We think this deal, which effectively takes $15-20 off a popular Switch game with a purchase of the console, is still solid, but we’re obligated to mention that a refreshed model with a fairly significant battery life improvement is coming next month.

TV and home entertainment deals

Electronics deals

Accessories deals

Published at Tue, 23 Jul 2019 16:55:22 +0000

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