Let’s end April with a barrage of great deals, shall we? For a limited time (Saturday only and until supplies run out), Woot is offering heavy discounts on both the standard Nintendo Switch (the non-OLED version) and the smaller, cheaper Switch Lite, and if you make your purchase through the Woot app (iOS, Android – just open the following Woot links on your phone and they’ll redirect), you’ll get up to $20 off. Not too shabby! Really, any price drop on Nintendo hardware is rare, so jump in on this if you’ve considered the investment.
Starting with the Switch, it normally costs $299.99, but Woot’s discount knocks $10 off and will set you back $289.99. By purchasing it through the app, the real discount takes place, with a little more being deducted from the price, totaling $269.99 before tax. This is less than the cost of some refurbished deals, and today you get a new-in-the-box model. Read our review of this model†
Now, for the Switch Lite. It normally costs $199.99, but Woot takes $10 off there too. But with the additional discounts, you save a total of $20, making the final pre-tax price just $180. Read our review of the smaller Switch Lite.
One of this week’s best deals came in on Friday. It’s a rare $20 discount on the Beats Fit Pro, which we called the best Beats earbuds yet in our review. Typically, several retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart, sell $199.99 for $179.99 — the lowest price yet. That price may seem a little hard to swallow, considering the AirPods Pro and third-generation AirPods typically cost less than this. But given the Fit Pro’s strengths, namely their comfortable and secure fit, and solid noise cancellation, they’re worth considering over both options. Not to mention, they come in four colorways.
If you’re a concert-goer, like to play loud instruments in a studio, or just have very sensitive ears, Etymotic’s ER20XS are high-fidelity earplugs that protect your hearing, but don’t completely attenuate the sounds you might want to hear. They include a carrying case and a neck strap. And unlike standard earbuds, these claim to reduce the noise level evenly, preserving speech and ambient noise, so it’s a less jarring effect overall. In my experience, they work exactly as Etymotic claims they do (I always have one around).
At Woot, you can buy a new set of standard-fitting Etymotic earbuds for $11.99 instead of $19.99.
65-inch QLED TVs can be pricey, but that’s not the case for TCL’s 5 Series model. This TV, which features built-in Google TV software, now costs just $648 at Amazon and $649.99 at Best Buy, well below its usual price of $899.99. This should be a good all-round model, and the full-array local dimming provides more even lighting than edge-lit panels. Keep in mind, though, that the specs aren’t particularly suited to high-end gaming. Unlike the $999.99 6 Series Mini LED model with a 120Hz refresh rate panel, it runs at 60Hz and lacks HDMI 2.1 ports for fast gaming.