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TCL’s excellent 6-series 4K TV is $290 off today

TCL’s excellent 6-series 4K TV is $290 off today

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TCL’s 6-series TV displaying the PS5 home menu screen, with Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection showing.
TCL’s 6-Series TVs combine Mini LED panels with two HDMI 2.1 inputs for gaming.
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OLED may be the pinnacle of TV panels, but they’re still pricey — even after discounts. One very good alternative, the Mini LED-backlit TCL 6-Series with HDMI 2.1 ports, has dropped to a new low price today.

TCL’s 55-inch 6-series model with Google TV is discounted to just $659.99 ($290 off) at Best Buy. Mini LED backlighting serves as a great substitute if paying OLED prices is off the table. It has excellent brightness with more control than standard LED and can maintain deeper black levels while displaying great color contrast. Sound a little familiar? It may not be quite as good as OLED, but it’s playing in the same ballpark.

Plus, this TCL TV has two HDMI 2.1 ports and support for variable refresh rates up to 120Hz at 4K resolutions — a perfect match to power the Xbox Series X, PC, and PlayStation 5. Additionally, it runs Google TV software and even supports Google Assistant voice commands with a built-in mic.

It’s hard to beat today’s deal if you’re in need of a TV that’s great for all-purpose use, especially if you watch / play in a brightly lit room and you’re on a budget. Read our review.

$619.99

TCL’s 6-Series Google TV improves on the Roku model with upgraded HDMI 2.1 ports (with two of them supporting 4K at 120Hz), a brighter picture, and hands-free voice controls.

If you’re on the lookout for an affordable smartwatch and want one with great battery life, the Amazfit GTR 2e is currently just $99.99 at Amazon. This smartwatch borrowed many of the features from its pricier GTR 2 brethren and made them more affordable. And now, the GTR 2e is $40 cheaper than usual.

While we haven’t reviewed the GTR 2e, our resident wearables expert, Victoria Song, has used its GTR 2 counterpart and considers them a solid option if you’re on a budget and you don’t mind that it leans more fitness tracker than feature-rich smartwatch. The Amazfit GTR 2e supports both iOS and Android phones and has many of the fitness and health features you may come to expect, including GPS tracking and heart rate monitoring for workouts as well as sleep tracking. Amazfit claims it can get up to 24 days on a single charge, though with features like an always-on display, it may fall short of that. The GTR 2e is not as expansive when it comes to notifications and tight software integration with your smartphone as something like an Apple Watch, but for around $100, you may be able to forgive that.

$100

Amazfit’s GTR 2e watch features fitness and health tracking, heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking combined with an extra long battery that lasts days or weeks depending on the selected settings.

For those of you who have an iPhone and would rather pony up for a more feature-rich Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 7 and SE are still on great discounts. First, the flagship Apple Watch Series 7 in its 41mm size with GPS and Wi-Fi is $329 ($70 off) at Amazon. It’s Apple’s latest and greatest watch, with a slightly larger screen that makes it easier to read details on your watch face with just a glance.

For those who want to spend less, the Apple Watch SE in its 40mm size with GPS and Wi-Fi is $229 ($50 off) at Amazon and Walmart. It largely retains the performance and specs of the previous-generation Series 6 — in the casing of the older Series 4 — but at a much nicer price, with the main drawback being a lack of ECG (electrocardiogram) and an always-on display.

Either Apple Watch makes for a great complement to an iPhone for fitness tracking, sleep tracking, and notifications on your wrist. They’re even better when you can get them at prices like these. Read our reviews of the Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE.

The Apple Watch Series 7 in green.
$349

The smaller Apple Watch Series 7 comes in a range of colors with either GPS or GPS and LTE.

$199

Apple’s midrange wearable, the Apple Watch SE, serves as a step up from the Series 3, with features and a design similar to the last-gen Series 6.

More deals? More deals!

  • Samsung’s Pro Plus 256GB microSD card is $39.99 ($15 off) at Amazon. This card claims to be a little faster than your average microSD, so it may be great for a GoPro or Steam Deck.
  • The WD Black 2TB external SSD is $179.99 ($90 off) at Amazon. It’s Xbox and PlayStation-ready if you prefer to offload some games onto external storage, though keep in mind that you can only play PS4 and Xbox One (or backward-compatible Xbox titles) straight off the SSD.
  • SanDisk’s 2TB Extreme Portable SSD is a speedy external SSD that is ideal for photographers, videographers, and creators on the go. It’s currently $239.99 ($220 off MSRP) at Amazon.
  • If you still don’t own The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch, you still have plenty of time to play it and beat it before the sequel, now that it’s delayed to 2023. The critically acclaimed title is currently $39.99 at Amazon, and it qualifies for the Buy Two Get One deal, so you can package it with two other games and save even more.

Update April 7th, 2:18PM ET: This article initially featured a deal on Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox and PlayStation at Best Buy, but it has since sold out.