Our deals we’re posting today have something for everyone, from laptops and peripherals to a soundbar that doubles as a 4K streaming device. To kick off we have the LG Gram 17 2021, a lightweight laptop with a heavy weight. Normally, this 17-inch laptop configuration costs $1,849.99, but it currently retails for just $1,398.94 on Amazon, nearly matching its best price yet.
The LG Gram 17 uses a sleek, elegant design, but packs some serious power under the hood. The 17-inch display has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and is powered by an Intel Core i7-1195G7 and 16 GB of RAM. The included 1TB SSD also offers plenty of space for all your files and applications, but the Gram 17 also has a microSD card reader if you want to expand the storage later. In addition to the microSD card slot, the laptop has an HDMI port, a pair of USB-A ports, and two Thunderbolt 4-compatible USB-C ports.
In addition to weighing in at just under three pounds, the LG Gram 17 offers better battery life and performance than its previous version. It also has the added benefit of being extremely quiet under load. Even with its clunky keyboard layout and the trackpad’s tendency to register your palms as an unwanted input, we can still recommend this laptop to anyone looking for a lightweight ultrabook. Read our review†
Do you want to expand your gaming arsenal? A slew of HyperX peripherals are currently on sale from multiple retailers, many of which match their lowest price to date. Some highlights include full-size, 60-percent configurations of the Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard, QuadCast streaming microphone, and Pulsefire Dart wireless mouse.
The first is the Alloy Origins line. The $89.99 Origins Core is on sale for $64.99 at Amazon when you clip the coupon on the page, and the $99.99 Origins 60 is discounted to $69.99 at Amazon and Best Buy. These prices match the best price we’ve seen for both keyboards. However, this price only applies to models that use the linear red keyswitch, which is definitely suitable for gamers and provides smooth action with every keystroke. Both keyboards are also available with switches that provide audible clicks or tactile bumps to your keys, but the other configurations are not currently for sale.
Except for the layout, both keyboards are quite similar in terms of features. They both have an all-aluminium chassis, per-key RGB lighting, and a detachable USB-C connector. The main difference between the two is that the Origins 60 comes with PBT keycaps while the Origins Core does not.
The HyperX Quadcast S condenser microphone is perfect for anyone looking to improve their streaming game or simply make their Zoom conversations sound better. The premium microphone is virtually identical to the standard Quadcast and is currently available from Amazon and Target for $119.99, which is the best price yet, as opposed to the typical retail price of $159.99. Like the standard Quadcast, the microphone has a handy tap-to-mute function, a rotary knob on the bottom to adjust the gain and four different recording patterns. However, the Quadcast S also features integrated RGB lighting that can be customized via HyperX Ngenuity software. Those who can do without the RGB lighting are also welcome to pick up the standard Quadcast for the discounted price of $99.99 from Amazon.
The HyperX Pulsefire Dart, a gaming mouse with a 16K DPI optical sensor and a 1000 Hz polling rate, is also currently on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for $49.99 ($50 off), which is the lowest price. up to now. It lasts up to 50 hours between charges and can be charged via USB-C; it’s also compatible with Qi chargers if you want to finish it without wires.
The Dart uses an ergonomic design specifically suited to right-handed users (sorry left-handers) and comes with textured handles on both sides. In addition to the DPI switch and regular mouse buttons, the mouse also has a few extra buttons under your thumb. And, like all of HyperX’s RGB-compatible products, you can adjust the lighting via the Ngenuity software package.
Both the Roku Streambar and Streambar Pro match their lowest prices ever. The standard 14-inch Roku Streambar usually retails for $129.99, but is on sale now on Amazon for $99.99, while the larger 32-inch Streambar Pro costs $149.99 over the usual $179, 99 at both Amazon and Best Buy.
These well-rounded soundbars come with the 4K/HDR and Roku OS baked in, meaning they act as streaming devices and are a great way to consolidate devices in your living room. They certainly aren’t the largest or most powerful soundbars on the market, but since a Roku Streaming Stick typically costs $49.99, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better soundbar with comparable features for under $100.
Both models connect to your display of choice via an HDMI ARC port and have an additional port for optical cables. They both support playback for PCM and Dolby Audio, in addition to 4K HDR video playback. Both devices also play well with Google’s and Alexa’s voice assistants, but neither has a built-in microphone. Finally, while both are Bluetooth compatible, the standard Streambar uses Bluetooth 5.0 with the Pro limited to 4.2, which can lead to potential connectivity issues in particularly crowded wireless environments.
The standard Streambar model uses four 1.9-inch speakers, which is sufficient for smaller rooms, but can be difficult to fill a larger space. Thankfully, if you need something with a little more power, the Streambar Pro uses four 2.5-inch speakers, and the wider profile also supports virtual surround sound. The Roku ecosystem is also compatible with Roku’s wireless satellite speakers and subwoofers (sold separately) if you find the sound is still missing.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro external SSD has much better transfer speeds than the standard SanDisk Extreme and is currently available at Amazon and Best Buy for the lowest price ever. Originally $309.99, both retailers discounted this 1TB SSD to $179.99.
This rugged external drive has USB 3.2 support and has a transfer speed of up to 2000 MB/s, as opposed to the older model which only supported up to 1050 MB/s. This drastically reduces the transfer time required for large files, and while you can transfer data using USB-A or USB-C, you should use the latter for optimal speed.
Built to withstand its fair share of knocks and drops, the Extreme Pro even features IP55 weather resistance making it fairly resistant to water and dust. Not that you plan on taking this external drive out camping or anything, but just in case, the Extreme Pro even has an integrated loop that lets you attach it to a clip or carabiner for easy access.
One for the road…
- Elden Ring, the fantasy opus developed by From Software in collaboration with author George RR Martin, is currently being discounted. Right now you can buy physical copies for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 for $49.99 instead of their usual $59.99 price from both Amazon and GameStop. Read our review†