The supply chain hasn’t been kind to anyone this year, but there’s still time to order some gifts before the holidays (even if a few might not ship in time). Many of us will be playing inside for the next few months due to the weather. We’ve found plenty of great deals on gaming hardware and accessories, and even a few upgrades for your home theater to play them on while you wait until spring.
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Home Theater Deals
It’s been a pretty great year for deals on some of our favorite TVs so far. 4K HDR sets have been around long enough that even if your budget is tight, you can find a display that looks crisp and bright. We’ve found a few deals on TVs and soundbars, some of which are even less expensive than we saw throughout Black Friday.
The HiSense U8G ULED TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorite televisions this year. It has excellent local dimming, a 120Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync—which is great for gaming—and somehow its price is slightly lower than we saw it over Cyber Week.
The thing we like the most about TCL TVs is their price-to-performance ratio. Even if they don’t match the picture quality of several-thousand-dollar TVs from higher-end brands, you can still get something pretty great on a budget.
The LG C1 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) was the best TV we tested in 2021. It supports G-Sync and AMD FreeSync at 120Hz and 4K, so it can keep up with all your new console and gaming PC upgrades. Better yet, it has deep black levels and a vibrant, high-contrast display, making it one of our favorites.
Soundbars’ biggest strength are their convenience, and Roku’s Streambar doubles down on that. On top of being a decent soundbar, it packs in Roku OS, letting you stream music or audio directly to the device, and control it all with voice commands.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Hopefully you managed to snag a console this year, despite the supply chain issues. But once …….