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Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is on sale for its best price to date for a limited time

Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is on sale for its best price to date for a limited time

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Woot is currently selling the Xbox Series S for just $249.99.
Woot is currently selling the Xbox Series S for just $249.99.
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Update 5:19PM ET, April 29th: Woot has sold out of consoles for now.

We’ve been seeing a lot of good deals on Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox Series S console recently, and today’s no exception. That’s because Woot is currently selling the console for $249.99 instead of $299.99, which is one of the better prices we’ve seen. Note that you’ll have to download Woot’s mobile app to access this deal, however, and that you will only receive free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

While the Xbox Series X is becoming more readily available these days — it’s available right now via the Microsoft Store for $499.99, for instance — the Xbox Series S is an affordable alternative that retails for less than half the price. It also plays the same games as the Series X, is backward compatible with original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games, and targets a 1440p resolution and up to 120fps in supported games (with 4K upscaling). If you don’t mind that it lacks a disc drive and only offers 512GB of internal storage, it makes for a smaller, Game Pass-ready console you can easily fit at your desk or elsewhere in your home. Read our full review.

Microsoft Xbox Series S

$299.9921% off
$238

The Xbox Series S is smaller than the 4K-capable Xbox Series X, but it can still tackle the same digital games — albeit at 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution. Use the code LABORDAYSAVE at checkout.

Amazon’s small second-gen Echo Show 5 makes for a great smart clock you can place on your nightstand.
Amazon’s small second-gen Echo Show 5 makes for a great smart clock you can place on your nightstand.

Amazon’s second-gen Echo Show 5 makes for a great Mother’s Day gift that’s also affordable, especially now that the smart display is retailing for nearly half its usual price. Right now, Amazon is selling the smart display for $44.99 ($40 off), which is its best price to date. Other retailers, including Best Buy, Kohl’s, and Target are selling it for $49.99.

Mom can use the small 5.5-inch smart display for a variety of purposes, whether as a smart alarm clock for her nightstand or an entertainment device to play music and stream shows. She can also use the Alexa-enabled smart display to control other smart home devices, get weather reports, and so much more. We also like that it produces robust sound for its size and that its upgraded 2MP camera comes with a physical shutter to block the camera’s view. Just note, however, that you can’t use this smart display to make Zoom calls. Still, if you’re looking for a relatively affordable smart device, this is a good deal and gift to consider. Read our review.

(Of course, there are plenty of other great gifts that are about the same price if you’d prefer something else, which you can read more about in our Mother’s Day gift guide.)

$44.99

Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is an ideal smart display for a nightstand. You can set alarms with Alexa using your voice, play music, control smart displays, get a weather report, and more. When the alarm goes off, you merely need to tap the top of the Echo Show 5 to snooze it.

If you’re in the market for a more affordable OLED TV, you can buy a 55-inch 2021 version of Vizio’s OLED TV for $893.67 now from Amazon. That’s a $306.32 discount and a new record low. The TV boasts a speedy 120Hz refresh rate and a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports along with support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, HDR10, and Dolby Vision. It also features Vizio’s SmartCast system and has a Chromecast built-in, allowing you to cast content from your phone and access Netflix, Disney Plus, and all your favorite streaming services. Note, however, that, unlike LG’s more expensive OLED TVs, some users have complained Vizio’s TVs have issues with its HDMI 2.1 ports and software. So, read up on the TV before you make the investment.

$998

The 2021 version of Vizio’s 4K OLED TV sports a 120Hz refresh rate and a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports as well as support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, HDR10, and Dolby Vision. It also features Vizio’s SmartCast system and built-in Chromecast.

Best Cheap Laptop 2022: Lenovo Chromebook Duet
Lenovo’s portable Chromebook Duet comes with a kickstand and keyboard.
Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge

In the market for an affordable Chromebook? Lenovo’s Chromebook Duet is our top pick for those on a budget, and right now, it’s on sale for $249 at Best Buy instead of $299 when you buy the model equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Despite its affordable price, the 2-in-1 device looks and feels nice, and we like that it offers excellent battery life. In fact, it lasted for nearly eleven and a half hours while we made Zoom calls and worked in a variety of tabs and apps — including Gmail, Slack, and Facebook. We also liked that you can easily take the lightweight Chromebook, which comes with a detachable keyboard and kickstand cover, out and about with you as well.

Of course, given its relatively low price tag, there are some downsides. It lacks a 3.5mm audio jack and only offers one USB-C port. Also, its MediaTek Helio P60T processor is not particularly well-suited for tasks more advanced than just simple browsing and everyday work. Still, it offers good value for its price, especially with today’s $50 discount. Read our review.

$189

The Chromebook Duet boasts long battery life and has a 16:10 aspect ratio display to fit more content on the screen at once. The Duet can be used as a tablet or a laptop. On the downside, it has just one USB-C port and no 3.5mm headphone jack.

A few more good deals to note

Correction April 29th, 11:32AM ET: this article originally claimed that Vizio’s OLED TV features Google Cast built-in. While it does include this technology, Google currently refers to it as “Chromecast built-in.” We’ve adjusted the terminology in the post and regret the error.

Update April 29th, 4:09PM ET: our lead deal for this article was originally an Xbox Series S bundle deal, which included an extra Xbox Wireless Controller for $294.99. That deal has since sold out at BuyDig, and we’ve replaced it with Woot’s current deal on the Series S.