Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is led by new lows on TCL’s 5-Series Roku TVs—the 55-inch model is down to $380, while the 49-inch set is down to $300. These two sets have gone for about $20 more for the past couple of months, but this is as cheap as either of them have gone to date.
In any event, both TVs here are a good value at these prices. They launched last year, and while they technically support HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR, they don’t support local dimming, so it’s hard to say they’re truly capable of displaying HDR content. They also only support a 60Hz refresh rate. But their contrast and colors are impressive for the price nonetheless, and their built-in Roku OS remains much more intuitive and useful than most smart TV interfaces. If you can afford to step up to something like Vizio’s P-Series, or if you can really splash the cash, LG’s OLED sets are clear steps up in picture quality. But if you just can’t spend more than $400, these should still please.
If you’re all set on the TV front, though, we also have deals on wireless chargers, gaming laptops, Ars-approved board games, and more. Have a look for yourself below.
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For the past few weeks, Amazon has offered a $30 off deal on a year of its Audible audiobook service that included a new Echo Dot for $1 extra. Now, it’s swapping out the latter for $20 worth of store credit. The same caveats apply: you need to be a Prime member who doesn’t subscribe to Audible currently, and you need to be in the US. This still isn’t the lowest we have seen a 12-month Audible subscription drop, but it’s a significant drop all the same.
This is the first noteworthy price drop we’ve seen on the Kobo Clara HD, which we dubbed the best non-Amazon option in our recent e-reader buying guide. It normally goes for $130. We still think the Kindle Paperwhite’s water resistance, Bluetooth support, and farther-reaching library make it a better choice for most people, but the Clara HD’s hardware is very similar otherwise—if anything, its front lighting system is better—and it doesn’t saddle you with lock-screen ads.
Laptop and desktop PC deals
Video game deals
We think this deal, which effectively takes $15-20 off a popular Switch game with a purchase of the console, is still solid, but we’re obligated to mention that a refreshed model with a fairly significant battery life improvement is coming next month.