A nice rug can really tie a room together, but I think a good soundbar has similar powers. Sonos’ refurbished outlet is offering two color schemes of the first-generation Beam soundbar for $80 off its usual selling price. The plain black and shadow black Beam are $239 each. Unlike most soundbars, there’s no wireless subwoofer that comes with the Beam; all of the sound (and a surprising level of punchy bass) emanates from the soundbar itself. It’s easy to set up, and it can be incorporated into a larger set of Sonos speakers connected via Wi-Fi for a fuller sound. Here’s our review from 2018.
You may know that Sonos has a newer second-generation Beam that has some minor design refinements plus Dolby Atmos support. It’s a better soundbar that costs significantly more at $449. My colleague Chris Welch has a really helpful guide to the best Sonos products to get, explaining their pros and cons in case you want to fill your home with speakers.
The top pick in our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers to buy in 2022 — Bose’s SoundLink Flex — is $20 off in every color at Amazon and Best Buy. Normally $149, it’s $129 (but a dollar pricier at Best Buy) and could make for a thoughtful gift if you know someone who wants to be accompanied by good-sounding audio wherever life takes them. This speaker beat some tough opponents from Ultimate Ears, Sonos, JBL, and more, and it all comes down to its great sound quality. Our sound expert, Chris Welch, said this of the SoundLink Flex:
“Despite only having a mono driver (which isn’t uncommon for Bluetooth speakers), the SoundLink Flex delivers expansive sound with a genuinely surprising amount of bass. And crucially, that low end isn’t muddy or boomy. Everything about this speaker is rich and clear.”
We don’t typically highlight phone carrier deals in our roundups because they’re complicated. While they promise to save you money, those savings come further down the road, not at the time of purchase. That’s the case with this one from AT&T, but it might be worth checking out if you’re a new or existing customer who wants an upgrade. If you order sometime on Friday, December 16th, new and existing customers can get the iPhone 14 Plus for $5 per month, no trade-in necessary. Here’s our review of that phone.
Here are the requirements to get the deal: at checkout, you’ll be responsible for paying the full amount of taxes on its retail price ($899), a $35 activation fee, and you’ll sign up to pay $25 per month for 36 months on an installment plan. AT&T will begin to pay you back in billing credits within three billing cycles, reducing your out-of-pocket amount to $5 per month. Over the course of 36 months, you’ll get $720 back in billing credits.
The iPhone 14 Plus uses the same A15 Bionic chip as the standard iPhone 14 but has a larger 6.7-inch screen. The starting configuration of the Plus is available with 128GB of storage and larger models reach up to 512GB.
Apple’s fast 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD is back down to its Black Friday price at Amazon of $1,999.99. This laptop has been floating at or below the $2,200 mark for the past few months, but now is a good chance to get it for its best-ever price. In terms of how it stacks up to previous MacBook Pros, we have no reservations calling this the best MacBook Pro that Apple has ever made by several metrics. It’s more powerful, has more ports, a better screen, and louder, clearer speakers. It’s the full package. Read the review.
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a creative powerhouse equipped with Apple’s latest silicon. Configurable with either the M1 Pro or M1 Max, the 16-inch screen can be lent out to up to three external displays and a 4K TV simultaneously thanks to its vast array of ports.
A couple more deals before we send you off
- Newegg is offering the best deal on Bose’s QuietComfort 45 over-ear noise-canceling headphones, but only when you apply a promo code at checkout. Like other retailers, its sale price is $229, but typing SSBZA627 in the promo code field will knock an additional $14 off. The code may be applied automatically. Check out our review of this model.
- This Apple Smart Keyboard for up to the ninth-generation iPad and the pre-2018 range of iPad Pro models is discounted at Amazon. Normally $159, it costs $111.99, but it won’t arrive until after Christmas, in case that impacts your buying decision. I suggest double-checking compatibility with your iPad at Apple’s support site before hitting “buy.”
- You can get Amazon’s third-gen Echo Dot smart speaker bundled with a pair of its latest second-gen Echo Buds wireless noise-canceling earbuds for just $69.99. This is the current cost that Amazon is offering for the Echo Buds by themselves, so with this deal, you’re getting a free smart speaker with purchase. Read our review of the second-gen Echo Buds.