The best year end tech deals from across the internet are here: Save on Apple, Sony, Bose, Samsung, and more

Rudie Obias
·10 min read

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Now is the best time to score deals on TVs, tablets, smart-home gear, and more. (Photo: Yahoo Life)
Now is the best time to score deals on TVs, tablets, smart-home gear, and more. (Photo: Yahoo Life)

It’s the last week of the year: The most amazing time to shop and save. While there are sales across categories right now, it’s the exceptional tech deals that make this week truly special. When it comes to discounts on TVs, laptops, headphones, tablets, smart home devices, and more, the end of the year is time to clear out (hence drop prices way, way down).

Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of markdowns, and unsure where to begin? Never fear. We’ve sifted through the offerings from top retailers—Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more—and assembled the absolute best deals. Want to set yourself up with smart home devices for the new year? Does someone in the family need a faster laptop for school or work? Did you get that video game you wanted from Santa? Make your list, and check it twice. From the micro (the small-but-mighty Apple AirPods) to the macro (a massive new Sony 4K Smart TV), we’ve got the very best year-end tech bargains right here.

This stuff moves fast, so don’t delay. Scroll and shop, and grab what you want before it’s gone.

TVs

Just $170 for a 39-inch smart TV? Yup. (Photo: Amazon)
Just $170 for a 39-inch smart TV? Yup. (Photo: Amazon)

Amazon has one of its bestselling TVs—the Insignia 39-inch Smart HD TV—Fire TV Edition on sale for $170 right now. This is the all-time lowest price we’ve seen for this model. Equipped with a Standard HD resolution of 720p, it’s the perfect size for a small space. And it lets you stream movies and shows from Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and more without adding a separate device.

“This TV is exactly what I wanted for my office,” raved a delighted five-star reviewer. “It is small in size, but big on picture quality and sound. It was easy to set up, just like my other Fire TVs; and, easy to use with voice- or remote-control. I have had no issues using the TV with Amazon Prime and all of the other apps I installed to stream television, movies and music.”

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Smartphones and tablets

Calling all Samsung fans. Save $285 on this Galaxy S20 FE 5G. (Photo: Samsung)
Calling all Samsung fans. Save $285 on this Galaxy S20 FE 5G. (Photo: Samsung)

Let’s be real: This Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is a game-changer, and a worthy rival for the iPhone 12. For the end of 2020, you can get a factory unlocked model for just $415—thats $285 off—at Samsung.com. Not only is it super fast, thanks to new 5GB cellular antennas, but it’s also incredibly powerful, with 6GB of memory and 128GB of on-board storage. Grab this deal while you can, and see what all the excitement is about. You won’t be disappointed.

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Work from home

Save $200 on this Lenovo IdeaPad 5 laptop. (Photo: Walmart)
Save $200 on this Lenovo IdeaPad 5 laptop. (Photo: Walmart)

Is it time for a laptop upgrade? Right now, the Lenovo Ideapad 5 is on sale for just $599 (down from $799) at Walmart. If productivity is your game, then this baby came to play. Its brilliant HD 14-inch LED display makes everything look stellar, from spreadsheets to YouTube videos. And thanks to a speedy and powerful AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core Processor paired with 8GB of memory and 256GB of on-board storage, this beauty can handle just about any task you throw at it.

“The laptop is really nice and works well,” shared a savvy shopper. “I find it easy to use and enjoy experimenting with it. I am a teacher and we are using Google Classroom to teach in person and if schools close again. This laptop is perfect for that!”

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Earbuds and headphones

Save more than 40 bucks on these Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earbuds. (Photo: Amazon)
Save more than 40 bucks on these Samsung Galaxy Buds True Wireless Earbuds. (Photo: Amazon)

If you’re looking for an excellent money-saving alternative to Apple AirPods, look no further. These Samsung Galaxy Buds work flawlessly with Samsung Galaxy and Android smartphones and are only $79—that’s $41 off their regular price.

Just open up the charging case and they’ll instantly sync up via the Samsung Wearable app for Android. The charging case (brilliantly) doubles as a wireless charging pad for your phone. It even works the other way around, to give the Galaxy Buds additional juice (something you can’t do with AirPods).

These earbuds have tens of thousands of positive reviews. One Amazon customer vouched for their comfortable fit: “Well, looks like I have a new daily pair of headphones,” shared the shopper. “Quality beats out my AirPods, by far. If you had the previous generation headphones, get these, they are by far better and they feel amazing in your ear compared to every headphone I've owned.”

Want to feel even better about the purchase? Compare the price of these Samsung Galaxy Buds price to the cost of Apple AirPods.

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Smart home

Save 40 percent on the all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation). (Photo: Amazon)
Save 40 percent on the all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation). (Photo: Amazon)

Released in late 2020 with an all-new sphere design, the fourth generation Echo Dot—which is marked down from $50 to just $30 at Amazon—is a small but powerful speaker with a glow-light base. It can stream tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM and more with clearer, more robust audio quality than earlier iterations.

It can even pair with another Echo Dot to create amazing stereo sound. Alexa is included for the latest news and weather. Shoppers love the compact dimensions, which make the Echo Dot great for smaller rooms.

“This is exactly what I was looking for,” raved a happy Amazon shopper. “The sound is loud and clear. Now I am able to hear all online stations with no interference. The design is space-saving, with rubber underneath to prevent sliding.”

Get two (for that stereo effect, or for two different rooms) and save $50 off original price with code DOT2PACK at checkout.

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Gaming

Get Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox Series X/S for 50 percent off. (Photo: Microsoft)
Get Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox Series X/S for 50 percent off. (Photo: Microsoft)

The Xbox Series X/S just came out a few weeks ago, so it’s very unlikely we’ll see the console or any of its games on sale anytime soon. But hidden deep on microsoft.com, you’ll find Watch Dogs: Legion on sale. Right now, you can score this title for half off, down from $60 to just $30.

This action/adventure game from Ubisoft takes place in a near future where London is on the verge of collapse. All-seeing surveillance state and private military are in control, while the fate of the city is in the hands of DedSec, a hacker group that wants to fight back for freedom. It’s as fun as it sounds. And for $30 off? A steal.

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