Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Amazon Prime Day 2021 is in full swing with hundreds of markdowns on popular devices like the Amazon Echo Dot (fourth-gen). Right now, you can save 50% on the compact, orb-shaped smart speaker, which features Amazon Alexa built-in. Get expert shopping advice delivered to your phone. Sign up for text message alerts from the deal-hunting nerds at Reviewed.
BEST AMAZON DEVICE DEAL: Echo Show 5 -- $44.99 (save $35) BEST TV DEAL: Insignia 50-inch Fire TV smart 4K TV -- $299.99 (save $80) BEST APPLE DEAL: 2020 Apple iMac -- $1,499.99 (save $299.01) We're counting down the days until Amazon Prime Day (officially) starts on June 21, and in the meantime, there have already been some stellar deals to tide us over. We're of course seeing nice discounts on Amazon devices, but streaming channels, Apple products, and home appliances are already on sale as well. If you're itching to start shopping for your Prime Day haul, these are the best deals to shop early. The Echo Show 5 has been one of our favorites for a couple of years now.
It didn't take long to confirm what I suspected during my Vizio V5-Series review--the slightly more expensive M-Series Quantum offers a far better picture. It's not perfect perfect by any means, but the color is more accurate, and the screen uniformity far outstrips that of the V-Series. If you're shopping mid-range Vizio, the M-Series Quantum is what you want. Skip a couple of lunches to save up the extra cash. The M-Series, including the 55-inch class model M55Q6 that I tested, are 60Hz, 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD), 10-bit TVs.
Doubling up on Amazon's Echo speakers has its perks. You can pair them together to get stereo sound or use them to create a Home Theatre setup for your Fire TV. To get you to multiply, Amazon is offering two Echo Dots for $50 -- which is how much you'd normally pay for one -- as part of an early Prime Day sale. If you're signed up to Prime, you can grab the discount by using the code PDDOT2PK at checkout. Those seeking even bigger sound, should check out the $120 deal on two Echo speakers, activated with the ECHOPRIME code and also exclusive to Prime members.
No one should have to guess what's going on in that dark scene of The Handmaid's Tale. Since 2020, TV manufacturers have been pumping out large, affordable 4K panels at a wicked pace -- which means watching your favorite content with punchy colors, decipherable shadows, and smooth transitions doesn't have to be reserved for the movie theater. Each weekend, we'll be compiling a list of our favorite 4K and QLED TV deals from Samsung, LG, Sony, and more. Upgrading to 4K isn't as exciting when you've been watching a dated 4K TV for the past few years. The combo of accurate black uniformity, precise local dimming, crisp upscaling monitored by artificial intelligence, and robust brightness scale make this a one-of-a-kind watch experience that you won't get with 4K.
Apple has let use your iPhone and Apple Watch as digital car key. Come iOS 15, a new tool called Home Keys will let you do the same with a compatible smart lock to your home. It's one of several smart home-related features Apple showed off during WWDC 2021. Once you're inside your home, tighter integration between HomePod and Apple TV devices will allow you to control tvOS by issuing voice commands through one of Apple's smart speakers. For those who own both an Apple TV 4K and one or more HomePod mini speakers, the company will let you pair those devices together for a better audio experience.
The last couple of weeks brought new gadgets from Apple, Google and others. We got to work testing the new Apple TV 4K, which Devindra Hardawar says is much better than the previous model based on the remote alone. Billy Steele listened to the new Pixel Buds A-Series, which are just as comfortable as last year's version and cost $80 less. Devindra also tested the NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti, which provided him with some excellent ray tracing performance but will probably be difficult to get your hands on. And Mat Smith cleaned his apartment with the high-end Dyson V15, which uses lasers to help get your floors spotless.
It's safe to wear white, go swimming, and get absolutely melted by heat waves throughout the US. Staying indoors is one of my favorite summer activities. There's nothing quite like curling up with a brand-new game and drawing the curtains shut, clicking on the AC, and just settling into those cozy ice-cave vibes. It was with that in mind that we scoured the internet for the best deals around this weekend to help you build your own indoor ice cavern. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off).
With Vizio's 2022 series of TVs, it's releasing an updated version of the SmartCast platform with a redesigned guide that helps you navigate the free, ad-supported content that is such a key part of its business model. It's also launching Vizio Voice, which provides natural language search and control of the TV and its apps, whether you're using the accompanying Bluetooth-connected remote or the Vizio SmartCast Mobile app on your phone. As usual, SmartCast also includes streaming via Google Cast or Apple AirPlay 2, and Vizio says the latest version will be available on its 2021 and 2022 model TVs. The voice remote comes with new V-Series TVs and higher. Other than their gaming features, one thing buyers of Vizio's higher-end sets may appreciate is a redesigned stand.
As with all its smart TVs, Vizio's V-series brings the SmartCast interface to the table. It's best in show when it comes to effectively melding entertainment content from disparate sources (over-the-air, streaming, etc.). It also synergizes nicely with the company's minimalist remote, which now supports voice commands. The V5-series specifically is also relatively affordable. The 55-inch-class, model V555-J evaluated here retails for just $500.