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Vizio’s excellent Atmos 5.1.2 M-Series soundbar is a bargain for $350


If your TV’s built-in speakers just aren’t cutting it, a soundbar like Vizio’s M-Series 5.1.2 can dramatically improve sound quality. This particular Vizio soundbar is one of our favorites, offering a full Dolby Atmos soundbar system for a more immersive surround sound experience for well under $500. The Bluetooth-equipped soundbar comes with a 6-inch wireless subwoofer, backlit remote, and two wired rear speakers, which replicate the kind of sound you might expect to hear from ceiling speakers . Other companies usually ask you to buy them separately, which makes this system great value for money, especially today when it’s only $349.99 at GameStop. That’s a $150 discount and a new all-time low.

Vizio M512a-H6 soundbar

Vizio’s Dolby Atmos M-Series soundbar comes with a subwoofer and wired rear surround speakers, all for around $500.

Vizio’s excellent Atmos 5.1.2 M-Series soundbar is a bargain for $350

When bright, the Samsung Galaxy A53 captures good quality images with saturated colors.
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Looking for an economical smartphone? Then you might want to check out today’s deal on the Samsung Galaxy A53, which is currently on sale for just $349.99 ($100 off) at Amazon and Samsung. The A53 5G is our favorite Android smartphone for under $500, not least because it’s a great all-around device that offers several impressive features for the price. This includes a 6.5-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for a smooth scrolling experience as well as all-day battery life. Plus, its 64-megapixel main camera stands out from mid-range phones with optical image stabilization, which helps your photos come out sharper when the lighting isn’t great.

Our favorite feature, however, is the fact that Samsung promises five years of security updates – the longest software support policy offered by Android phone makers. That, combined with Samsung’s promise of four years of Android OS version updates and an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, means this phone should last you a long time. Read our review.

Vizio’s excellent Atmos 5.1.2 M-Series soundbar is a bargain for $350

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (128GB, Unlocked)

A good all-around device for its $449 MSRP, the A53 5G offers solid performance, all-day battery life, a 6.5-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and an IP67 rating.

If you wanted the AirPods Pro but the nearly $200 price tag put you off, you might want to check out the OnePlus Buds Pro. These true wireless earbuds offer better noise cancellation and a superior IP55 rating for dust and water resistance, but for a lot less money. Typically $149.99, Amazon is currently selling the true wireless earbuds in black or white for $119.99 — a record high — with the wireless charging case included.

Not only do these headphones sound great, but their voice call performance is also better than others in this price range. They’re lightweight and comfortable, and we consider them among our favorite noise-canceling headphones on the market. They are not suitable for large ears, noted Chris Welch in his review. But that aside, they’re generally good – especially for OnePlus fans – and they’re great value for money overall. Read our review.

Vizio’s excellent Atmos 5.1.2 M-Series soundbar is a bargain for $350

OnePlus Buds Pro

While undeniably resembling AirPods, the OnePlus Buds Pro manage to match Apple’s high-end headphones in comfort and surpass them in sound quality.

If you want to add some color and artistic lighting to your space, the Nanoleaf Lines Smarter Kit is a great option. The kit includes nine lines, which are backlit LED light bars that can be controlled via Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant, and they support the Matter smart home standard. Lines can display a variety of colors and patterns as well as an array of preloaded scenes that you can activate with the press of a button or a voice command.

As a result, you can create a soothing sunset in your living room or a nightclub vibe that feels more real since these lights are also able to pulse in real time with your music. Plus, if you choose to stick them behind your TV or gaming monitor, you can enable a screen mirroring feature that prompts the lights to match the colors actively displayed on your screen.

Unfortunately, you can’t link the lights with other Nanoleaf panels given their unique design, and the kit isn’t particularly cheap at $200. Luckily, though, you can grab the Smarter Kit right now for just $179.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. It’s only a modest $20 less than their normal asking price, but it’s also the lowest price we’ve seen. Read our review.

Vizio’s excellent Atmos 5.1.2 M-Series soundbar is a bargain for $350

Nanoleaf Smart Line Kit

The Nanoleaf Lines Smarter Kit comes with an adapter and nine LED light bars, allowing you to add color to your wall in a variety of patterns. The lights can also sync to your music and reflect colors on your screen or use an assortment of preloaded scenes through a companion app.

For those who can live without noise cancellation in a pair of true wireless earbuds, Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 are exceptional value for under $40. They’re some of the best budget headphones you can buy right now, especially since they’re currently on sale through Amazon and Soundcore for $38.99 instead of $79.99.

The Liberty Air 2s are worth considering if you do a lot of voice calls, mainly because they offer excellent microphone performance for the price. They also impressed us with their sound quality and long battery life, which lasts up to seven hours without the case or up to 28 hours with it. While you can live with the sometimes fiddly touch controls, these are otherwise solid headphones that won’t break the bank.

More deals to get you through the midweek crisis

  • The Asus Chromebook Detachable CM3 is one of the best budget laptops around, featuring a folding kickstand, impressive battery life, and a built-in stylus. Regularly $369.99, you can buy it from Amazon with a MediaTek 8183 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage for just $299.99.
  • If you prefer over-ear headphones to headphones, Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless 3 are currently on sale for $249.98 down from $399.98 at Best Buy. These comfortable earbuds deliver great bass-rich sound and software features like a customizable EQ. Read our review.
  • Instant cameras are fun, but the film they eat up can make them an expensive purchase in the long run. Luckily, you can buy a 20-pack of Instax Mini prints today on Amazon for $13.98 instead of $20.75.


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