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15 Best Deals on Tech, Travel, and Smart Home Gear

As much as we at the Gadget Lab love getting outdoors during winter, sometimes we just want to turtle up indoors and watch television or waste idle time online. Or better yet, board a plane to go somewhere new (and warm) and let our smart home take care of itself while we're away. Whatever you want to do, we’ve rounded up the best deals this week on TVs, streaming devices, tablets, travel gear, and smart home products that can help make winter a bit more enjoyable.

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TV and Home Entertainment Deals

Check out our guides to the Best TVs and Best Soundbars for more options.

  • Klipsch Synergy Black Label F-300 Floorstanding Speaker with Dual 8-inch Woofers, Pair for $400 ($700 off): Go beyond the tinny-sounding built-in TV speakers and build a proper 5.1 channel surround system. Each tower includes a dynamic 1-inch tweeter and dual 8-inch subwoofers so you get crystal clear highs and booming lows. At this price, they come highly recommended by WIRED's own audio gear specialist and reviewer, Parker Hall.

  • Vizio 65-inch LED P Series Quantum 4K Smart TV + $250 Dell Gift Card for $900 ($500 off): Vizio's 4K TV supports HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision HDR standards, so you won't be left behind if you come across a program or streaming network that only supports one over the others. It has a built-in Chromecast so you can stream video to the TV from your tablet, phone, or computer, and it'll pair with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices for voice-activated controls.

  • Nvidia Shield TV 4K for $130 ($20 off): As a platform that's programming-agnostic, like Roku, Nvidia won't try to isolate you from certain streaming channels the way Amazon and Apple do with their streaming devices. You can get all the major streaming networks without restriction. It upscales regular 1080p HD video into 4K UHD video and supports Dolby Vision HDR. It has Google Assistant built-in, but you can pair it with an Alexa device if you're invested in the Amazon ecosystem.

  • Amazon Fire TV Recast 2-Tuner 500GB DVR for $145 ($85 off): Cord-cutting has outlasted the predictions of being just a trend. A lot of people are ditching cable and satellite TV, but still want the basic stations with a subscription. The Recast lets you pause and record over-the-air broadcasts when hooked up to an HD antenna. You can record two programs simultaneously, and with 500GB of storage, it'll hold around 75 hours worth of shows before you have to start trimming for space.

Monitor, Tablet, Accessory Deals

For more recommendations, take a look at our Best Laptops, Best iPad, and Best Wirefree Earbuds guides.

  • Dell 32-inch LED Curved FreeSync Monitor with HDR for $370 ($80 off): Widescreen monitors like this one from Dell benefit from a concave curve that lets you see the edges better than a flat-screen. This monitor has a 2K resolution and a 16:9 aspect-ratio. Not to mention five USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort, and two HDMI ports, which means you won't have to make any hard decisions on what peripherals to choose over others. It has a 4 ms response time and 165 Hz refresh rate, and support for FreeSync makes it a solid monitor for gaming.

  • JBL Everest 110GA Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Google Assistant for $25 ($45 off): These Bluetooth earbuds are wireless, technically, in the sense that you don't connect them to your device, but there's still a wire joining the two buds together. You have to press a button to summon the built-in Google Assistant, but what did you expect for $25? The battery lasts for eight hours, and it only takes two hours to recharge fully.

  • Anker Wireless Charger 10W Max PowerWave Stand for $15 ($7 off): No need to remove your phone case, as this wireless charger will work through it. It'll quick-charge the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and any Galaxy from the S7 and newer at 10W, and iPhones from the 8 and newer at 7.5W. Other older phones, it'll still charge wirelessly, but at the standard 5W rate.

  • Apple iPad (10.2-inch, Wi-Fi, 128GB) for $330 ($99 off): The base-level iPad here uses the four-years-old A10 chip instead of the A12 chip introduced on higher-end models last year, but it's still a quick-enough for anything aside from the heaviest-duty work. You can also pick a 32GB up for $250 on a $79 discount if you plan to store practically nothing on it.

Travel Gear Deals

Hunting for more travel gear? Check out our favorite travel accessories, and the Best Kids Travel Gear guide.

  • SteriPEN American Red Cross Ultralight Purifier for $50 ($30 off): You won't always have clean water on your trip, even if you're staying in a city. To purify a bottle of water, you activate the light and stir for 90 seconds while it kills bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. It'll last for 20 uses before needing a recharge. Like any UV water treatment, if the water is cloudy with sediment, you'll have to filter it first so the pen can do its job.

  • Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set for $32 ($8 off): Compression bags are great for packing clothes without taking up all the space in your luggage. Once packed, you zip the compression zipper, and it mushes flat as the air is squeezed out. They don't add much weight to your luggage, either—about a half-ounce for each of the smaller bags and an ounce for the larger ones.

  • Mountainsmith Cotton Sleeping Bag Liner for $19 ($11 off): Bedsheets in hotels can be nasty, scratchy, or both. And that goes double for hostels. An old traveling trick is to bring a sleeping bag liner and sleep in that in bed. Cotton will keep you cooler than silk liners, and you can wash it easily during your travels.

  • YETI Rambler Bottle 36 Fl. Oz for $40 ($10 off): YETIs, in our experience, deliver on their promise of being leak-proof. This vacuum-insulated bottle keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours. Its BPA-free and dishwasher-safe stainless steel construction make it one of the toughest bottles we've ever used.

Smart Home Deals

If you're looking to build a smart home, a good place to start might be our guides to the Best Robot Vacuums and the Best Smart Speakers.

  • iRobot Roomba 960 for $395 ($255 off): The 960 was a near-top-level model until the i Series and S series debuted. The 960 still ranks well against the competition. It can be controlled remotely and put on a regular schedule through iRobot's smartphone app, and it has SLAM technology that maps out the rooms of your home by projecting a laser onto the ceiling for guidance, so it won't be bumping into nearly as many walls and chair legs as other robo-vacs.

  • SimpliSafe 5-Piece Wireless Home Security System (3rd Generation) for $132 ($118 off): The entry-level kit comes with a keypad that mounts wirelessly, an entry sensor, a motion sensor, a key fob, and a base station with cell-signal backup in case your Wi-Fi goes out. You can expand the system by buying more SimpliSafe sensors, plus temperature and water sensors and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It's also compatible with some third-party devices, such as Nest thermostats and August smart door locks.

  • Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit for $109 ($41 off): The starter kit comes with the Hue Bridge that lets you control lights remotely from your smartphone, set up schedules for when you're away, and turn on automatically when you arrive home and off when you leave. The flat-top Ambiance bulbs differ from the round-top A19 white bulbs in that these let you adjust the warmth of the light, from more yellow to more blue. And like all the Philips smart bulbs, you can adjust the brightness.

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