Review on the new 55-inch Fire TV Omni: A cost-effective way to show off your art pieces in a wall-mounted monitor
All right, now for a much larger Samsung display that demands to be shown off like art. The new version of the 55-inch Frame TV is on sale at Amazon and Target for just over $1,000. That’s about $500 off this excellent TV that allows you to dress up your living space a little since you can display some artwork on its matte display while it’s not in use. The Frame uses a screen that is less reflective than the previous generations, which makes the art pieces look more convincing. It can be mounted to a wall since the ports are on a box that hides them out of sight.
It is possible to get a better dedicated TV and purpose- built monitor, but the M8 is a good compromise for both purposes, even if you don’t have the room or budget. Read the review.
4K resolution at 120Hz is supported by the Frame, but most of its other features are in the “ok” department. It doesn’t have any local dimming. If you are interested in interior design, this may be the best bet for now. The new Fire TV Omni is clearly intended for the same crowd. Read what we see.
Comparison of Paperwhite, Scribe, and other Paperwhite Amazon products at a 20% discount on the Shark Artificial Intelligence Ultra X
You can get the newest ad supported Kindle Paperwhite for $84.99 from Woot, which is about 40% cheaper than a new model currently sells for. This is cheaper than Amazon’s refurbished model. There is a 90-day warranty that comes with the one on sale, as opposed to the one on sale from Amazon.
The Paperwhite is better than the one before it with a larger 7.8-inch display, a bigger battery, and the ability to change the color of the screen. If you find yourself liking the ads, you have the option to remove them for $20 later. The Paperwhite is a good reading experience that doesn’t cost much, even with the high price of the Scribe. Read our review.
There are all kinds of robot vacuums out there, but not all of them feature lidar, which is helpful in preventing your bot from bumping into your furniture and leaving marks over time. This third party seller, which is owned by Amazon, has a sale on the Shark Artificial Intelligence Ultra X for $3699.99, a savings of over $200. This discount is just $20 away from the Shark’s all-time low price, which we saw during the recent Amazon Prime Early Access Sale.
The SAMSUNG Week Deals – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Deals for New Technicolor and a New Phone
The company has a deals event that runs through November 1 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. There is a wide range of sale items including the QLED 8K Smart TV and the new Galaxy Z Fold4 folding phone. Some items are discounted all week but the company is offering a few daily deals until the event ends so make sure to check back if you want a device on sale just yet. Right now, there are a few great deals.
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The deals we’ve picked below list the standard discount pricing if you do not have a device to trade-in, but you can get a significantly lower price for almost everything if you use the SAMSUNG trade-in program. If you’re looking for a new phone, you can get one that’s in good condition and even cracked from a variety of brands. However, you should always check elsewhere first to see if you can get more for your device. You can use a few services and websites here. Make sure you factory-reset your old device before you trade it in.
The company reserves the right to disabled its new product if you do not send in your trade-in device or if it does not meet eligibility requirements.
The S8 Ultra and the S8+: A Deal for a Small Smartphone with a 120-Hz Screen and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Chipset
The Fold4 is for people who like to live on the edge of technology. The large screen on this device makes it good for multitasking and just watching your favorite show in bed. The normal phone functions can be accessed on the exterior screen if you close it. You will have to sacrifice a lot for that tech because it’s a large device. The deal888-607-888-607-888-607-3166 is also available at Amazon.
I miss the dramatics of physically hanging up a phone at the end of a conversation. If you’re looking for that “slamming your phone shut” moment, the Flip4 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) might be for you. It looks like a normal smartphone, but it folds in half to become a really compact device in your bag or pocket. Yes, you can end calls by closing the device.
Would you like to spend as little as possible? You can usually find the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) on sale for around this price, but that doesn’t stop it from being a good deal. It’s got a bright, 120-Hz screen, more than a day of battery life, a decent camera, and solid performance. Plus, Samsung will support it with four OS upgrades and five years of security updates. That’s a rarity for a phone at this price.
The Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is the most extra Android tablet you can find. It has all the high-end specs of a 120-Hz screen refresh rate, as well as a big 14.6-inch screen. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset too, so it has heaps of power. There is some light work that can be done with the DeX mode. And while Android on a tablet has some quirks, Google has plans to improve the platform over the course of the year, so this machine should get better with time. This deal is also available at Amazon.
The Tab S8+ is the most appropriate choice for people who like the S8 Ultra. You get a large, 12.4-inch AMOLED screen and many of the same specs as its pricier sibling. This is an alternative for a large-screen iPad Pro. This deal is also available at Amazon.
HW-Q990B, WIRED’s Spectacular Soundbar, and GeForce Now for the 2020 iPad Air
This is an amazing soundbar, and the name HW- Q990B is terrible for a product. The Atmos sound can make a room fill with clear dialog and crisp music. It’s similar to a traditional home theater setup.
It sounds like vain, but the WIRED recommends the QN900B. The screen is thin, yet you get an uncompromising visual spectacle. With its 8K resolution, you’re getting the most detailed, colorful picture and the highest quality processing available. The only downsides: Samsung’s interface isn’t great, and there’s not much 8K content to consume … yet. This deal can be purchased at Amazon as well.
The A2 OLED from LG is an excellent value, and it is an amazing looking display. It lacks the high refresh rate panel and brightness of the pricier LG C2, but the A2 costs less for fantastic picture quality.
Stock of this 2020 iPad Air has depleted at almost every major retailer, so it might be worth picking this up if you’ve been considering a new iPad. The deal made for some fun chatter in The Verge, especially about how it compares to the new 10th-gen iPad. For $100 less, this iPad Air has similar specs, plus compatibility with the superior second-gen Apple Pencil. Read our review of the 2020 iPad Air.
Nvidia announced a limited-time discount on a subscription to its GeForce Now cloud game streaming service. The Priority tier is only $29.99 for six months. This tier provides 60 frames per second, six-hour game sessions, and access to a faster virtual gaming PC that can display ray-traced graphics compared to the free tier. This promotion runs until November 20th.
In case you aren’t aware, GeForce Now lets you remotely play games that you own on Steam, Epic Games Store, and Ubisoft Connect through one cloud streaming portal. You can launch the app (available on Android, Google TV, ChromeOS, PC, macOS, and some smart TVs) and access them over Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Connecting via ethernet will give you the best results, but I’ve had good experiences with streaming via Wi-Fi.
Black Friday Revisit: A Primer on Black Friday Deals for Beginners and Non-Standard Video Gamer’s Companions
Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping before the Black Friday madness begins? Despite the fact it’s still a few weeks away, many major retailers are already launching early Black Friday sales, making the days leading up to the shopping event an ideal time to avoid the rush.
There are some of the best deals currently available and we wanted to make it simpler for you. These are the cream of the crop, but they’re far from being the only discounts available. If you want to keep up with the latest Black Friday deals from Best Buy, Target and Walmart, you should check out our retailers-specific Black Friday recaps, which we will continue to update throughout the month.
There is a dedicated remote and new software with the Chromecast. It brings together recommendations from all of your streaming services and supports 4K HDR content with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10 Plus.
Amazon and Target are both offering a buy two, get one free promotion that includes video games, books, toys, and more. The current sales include new and discounted titles, letting you save on everything from Elden Ring to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.
The j7 Plus is good at avoiding obstacles, features good battery life, and includes an auto-emptying docking station. If the vacuum becomes over-ridden by pet waste within the first year, iRobot will replace it for free.
The LG C2: A Light, Light, and Robust 4K TV, and Its Importance to Audio, Soundbars, and WebOS
Apple’s revamped iPad Mini ditches the home button and opts for a larger edge-to-edge display. It also comes outfitted with a faster processor, support for USB-C, and a top-mounted power button that moonlights as a Touch ID sensor.
A 4K TV is an impressive device that has top-notch picture quality and the best-in-class gaming performance. Even though the higher-tier and more expensive G2 is LG’s flagship and offers a brighter display, the C2 is easier on your wallet and still delivers a viewing experience that can wow anyone sitting in your living room.
Only one of the main improvements made to the C2 will be apparent to you before you power it on. The TV design is light and notable. By switching to composite fiber materials, LG has reduced the heft in a big way. The 65-inch model I’ve been testing weighs 40.8 pounds with the stand or 36.6 pounds without. Stack that up against last year’s version, which came in at 71.9 pounds with the stand attached or 52.9 pounds without, and the difference is substantial. The larger C2s have a less weight than previous models and so there will be no need for you to help out when setting them up. The pedestal stand is also now lighter, narrower, and appreciably taller; my Sonos soundbar partially obstructed the screen with my old CX, but that’s not a problem thanks to this stand’s extra clearance.
As for the HDMI ports, all four are capable of 120Hz 4K gaming and the whole array of HDMI 2.1 features. It’s nice that no one is worried about which device gets plugged into what port. Obviously, you’ll want to ensure your soundbar is running through the eARC HDMI port, but the rest provide ample flexibility. LG has been doing this for years, and while some TV makers are finally catching up and going full-bandwidth on every HDMI port, others like Hisense and TCL still limit some of the most important features (like 120Hz) to two ports instead of the whole lot.
webOS has grown very busy, bloated, and random. There may be a lot of features. Sure. One example is the C2 supporting the Amazon, Google Assistant, and even the voice assistant of the manufacturer. HomeKit and AirPlay 2 are in there as well. But LG is trying to do too much, and it all feels messy. The top of the homescreen has seen some iteration and experimentation over the last few months, none of which has resulted in much progress. It was mostly a mixture of weather, tips for using TV features, and ads.
Reviewing Smart Media Device Agreements Using the Alienware QD-OLED OLEDs and Their Impact on Audio and Video Capabilities
Every smart device has a set of contracts that you have to sign before you are allowed to use it. We can not read and analyze every single one of these agreements. We are going to count how many times you have to agree to use the devices when we review them since they are agreements most people don’t read.
I don’t know many people who choose to use an OLED TV only to have its built-in speakers, but if you don’t have a surround system for a long time, the C2’s audio output is better than mediocre. The company uses artificial intelligence to maintain good balance at moderate volume levels, but doesn’t expect a lot of bass. The C2 speakers are fine as a stopgap, but you will want to upgrade its sound system to make sure it matches up with its visual one.
Setting price aside — come on, let’s be excited! OLEDs are being made just for gaming. The advancements made on the TV side of the business have trickled down, and these monitors have specs that speak directly to gamers, like DisplayPort, HDMI 2.1 ports, support for USB-C video, and a lot more.
I like the 27 inch version for a number of reasons. It is shocking to see a big screen TV that is not a small device, but rather a tall desk hog with a terrible stand. It might be on the small side for some, but it looks great at QHD and probably won’t be a problem for most people. Not to mention, QHD doesn’t require the latest GPUs to pull off, and the latest games consoles support 1440p just fine.
I also like that the 27-inch model can pivot 90 degrees if you want your OLED in portrait mode (the 45-inch model can’t, though both can swivel 10 degrees to the left or right). You can wall-mount the monitor or attach it to a monitor arm if you prefer not to use the included stand. Both monitors have a number of audio and video ports.
According to the claims made by the company, both of these monitors are able to reach 400 nits of peak brightness. If you watch on them, it is possible that they will deliver lower brightness in reality. The Alienware QD-OLED monitor with the same True Black spec delivered a more accurate picture than the new TVs and monitors, as demonstrated by their all white screen.
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I would be sitting in front of the Odyssey G95SC. Thankfully, it can wrap itself around my head instead. It has a super wide 32:9 aspect ratio and a 1800R curve. The model has a fast refresh rate. There is no price tag attached to it at this time.
The hope is that these panels will exhibit a longer life span than existing TVs since the pixels aren’t working as hard. Samsung Display is using three layers of blue OLED material for each pixel, and that could preserve their longevity.
There are monitors that can be used to connect to powerful consoles and PCs but also support a controller that can be used on cloud streaming services. They have a Smart Hub that allows them to view smart TV apps. In terms of ports, both of them feature Mini DisplayPort, Micro HDMI 2.1, and USB-C charging of up to 65W.
Unfortunately, they are not accessible in terms of pricing. The models are in the range of about $1,000. That’s the price of LG’s UltraGear OLED, which is the model that’ll arrive the fastest to your door if you order one now. If you’re willing to trust a lesser-known company that doesn’t have the best track record for releasing products on time (or at all), Dough claims it will offer a 27-inch model for $649 later this year.
The Xbox Wireless Controller doesn’t offer the same level of customization as premium models like the Xbox Elite 2 or even the Xbox Elite 2 Core, but it’s a fraction of the cost, especially now that it’s on sale starting at $44 in a range of colors at Target, Walmart, and direct from Microsoft. This is one of the best prices to date.
The Apple Watch Series 8 in its 41mm version is on sale at Best Buy for $329, its lowest price to date. It offers much of the same functionality as the last-gen Series 7 but comes with a few extra perks, most notably Crash Detection and a new temperature sensor that allows for cycle tracking.