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Memorial Day 2021 Shopper’s Guide to the Best Deals on Electronics

Written by Deanna Nguyen | May 14, 2021

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Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, is not only a federal holiday that honors and mourns those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces but is also an opportunity for shoppers to hop on Memorial Day sales events. Retailers drop prices on a wide range of products, from mattresses to electronics. But don’t assume that you only have the three-day weekend to find the best deals from your favorite stores and brands; some sales start weeks in advance, typically mid-May.

If you can’t wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on electronics, you’re in luck: Memorial Day weekend offers discounts on TVs, smartphones, gaming gear, and a whole lot more. The best part? We laid out all the best deals right here for your convenience, so you know what to expect when you shop during the Memorial Day sales event.

TVs

Hisense - 55" Class H65 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Android TV

Price: $399 $379.99 at Best Buy

Instead of an HD TV, why not level up even higher with a 4K UHD TV to watch all your favorite movies and TV shows in crystal clear resolution at home? If you’re an Android fan, the Hisense 55" Class H65 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Android TV is your perfect match. Packed with advanced features like voice control, bluetooth audio, built-in Wi-Fi and integrated apps, and Google Assistant, this TV elevates your entertainment experience for the low price of $379.99. Plus, the resolution is 1260p, so the visuals are breathtakingly realistic. The TV fits any large rooms, including the living room, so the whole family can watch Netflix or Disney+ comfortably.

Insignia™ - 50" Class F30 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV

Price: $379.99 at Best Buy

Are you someone who values visual and audio qualities for their TV? If so, the Insignia™ - 50" Class F30 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV checks off the boxes with 4K UHD resolution and DTS studio sound, which has a two-speaker playback that immerses you into the show or movie you’re watching. The TV comes with an Alexa voice remote, allowing you to launch apps, start and pause shows and movies, switch inputs, and more just by using your voice. It’s also wall-mountable, saving you space and money from buying a TV stand. If you have kids, built-in parent controls will help you choose what they can watch and access with a simple PIN. The TV’s price dropped from $379.99 to $339.99, which is a pretty great deal for a TV chock-full of enhanced features.

LG 65" Class 4K UHD 2160P OLED Smart TV with HDR

Price: $2,299.99 $1,796.99 at Walmart

For a TV on the pricier side (but discounted!), the LG 65" Class 4K UHD 2160P OLED Smart TV with HDR offers stunning visuals, built-in Google Assistant, G-SYNC compatibility, faster HDMI speeds, motion control, and much more. As the #1 selling OLED TV, LG reigns supreme in picture quality for their TVs. This TV is not only a worthwhile splurge for your cinematic entertainment but also for your gaming experience. Originally $2,299.99, the TV’s price dropped to $1,796.99. While not the most affordable TV on the market even when it’s on sale, it’s the type of luxury to invest in if you’re after OLED display tech and other advanced features and capabilities.

Gaming

Super Mario 3D All-Stars - Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Price: $59.99 at Best Buy

“It’s a-me, Mario!" Are you a Super Mario fan and want to play the best 3D platforming adventure games on your Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite? Now’s your chance to snag Super Mario 3D All-Stars $10 cheaper than the standard retail price! Nintendo video games rarely go on sale, but when they do, it’s beyond worth it. The game includes three classics: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. From running around Peach’s castle to cleaning up the beachy shores to traveling across the galaxy, you get to play as Mario and go on all sorts of adventures — before on Nintendo’s older gaming consoles, now on their newest one. Whether you’re playing these games for the first time or replaying for the nostalgia trip, you don’t want to skip out on the discounted bundle as it offers endless fun.

OMEN Gaming Headset and Case Bundle

Price: $129.98 $84.99 at HP

Are you a fan of HP’s OMEN series? You’re in luck: the OMEN Gaming Headset and Case Bundle is currently $84.99 instead of $129.98, so it’s more bang for your buck! The bundle comes with the OMEN Blast Headset and the OMEN Gaming Headset Case. For features, the headset offers 7.1 surround sound, 24-bit USB DAC, a retractable noise-canceling mic, and RGB. As for the case, it has a shockproof five-layer hard shell so your headset is safe when you take it with you on-the-go. There’s nothing worse than watching all your expensive gaming gear become useless and broken; keeping them protected and organized while you travel saves you from paying for repairs or replacements should they get damaged. For a value deal, this bundle is worth every penny.

PowerA - Enhanced Wired Controller for Nintendo Switch - Pokémon: Pikachu Grey

Price: $24.99 at Best Buy

Do you frequently experience Joy-Con drift on your Nintendo Switch? Maybe it’s time to look for a separate controller — one that won’t make your characters start walking on their own in random directions. Here’s a solution: the PowerA - Enhanced Wired Controller for Nintendo Switch - Pokémon: Pikachu Grey. Featuring a cute logo of Pikachu’s backside and a black and yellow aesthetic, the wired controller is the perfect complement to any Pokemon fan! The ergonomic design with the Nintendo Switch’s button layout allows for comfortable gaming sessions. The only downside is that the controller is wired, so you’ll have limited range from where you’re sitting to where you placed your Nintendo Switch. All that aside, at least you won’t have to worry about the annoying Joy-Con drift again!

Smartphones & Smartwatches

Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Price: Buy one ($999.99 or $33.33-$43.33/month), get one free at Verizon

If you’re Team Apple, listen up: Verizon offers a buy one, get one free deal for the Apple iPhone 12 Pro. All you need to do to qualify is add a new line to a qualifying Verizon Unlimited plan and pay a one-time activation or upgrade fee of $35. TheiPhone 12 Pro comes in four colors: Pacific Blue, Gold, Graphite, and Silver. Storage capacity comes in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. The iPhone 12 Pro is also 5G-compatible, so you’re getting fast and reliable data speeds on the newest cellular network. It has four times the optical zoom range compared to iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini. The LiDAR Scanner allows for better capturing in Night Mode portraits with faster autofocus in low light, a feature that the other two iPhone 12 models don’t have. So, whether you’re already a Verizon customer or planning to switch, this deal is too good to miss.

Apple Watch SE 40mm

Price: Buy two, get one free at AT&T Wireless

Sometimes it’s easier for us to glance at our watches for the time rather than checking our phone screens. But what if you could do more than that? The Apple Watch SE is a smartwatch that is currently offered by AT&T Wireless via a buy two, get one free deal. You must add at least one new line in order to qualify for the deal. The max credit is also $330, which is the retail price for the Apple Watch SE. Aside from checking the time on the smartwatch, you can track your fitness and workout goals, set bedtime routines, and make calls or answer texts without your phone around. It’s convenience packaged up in one smartwatch, which comes in colors like Gold Aluminum Plum Sport and Gold Aluminum Pink Sand Sport. Give your family the perfect wrist companion by upgrading or making the switch to AT&T Wireless!

Samsung Galaxy A02S

Price: Get it for free at Verizon

Another Verizon deal to watch out for is the Samsung Galaxy A02S, which is free if you add a new line and stick to the contract term which is 24 months. Taxes and fees may apply, and there’s a $35 activation fee, but a free phone outweighs all the minor charges. Just make sure you have an eligible Verizon Unlimited plan. The Samsung Galaxy A02S is the newest smartphone model that was unveiled last year, so to see it pop up in the U.S. market this year via a free deal is pretty huge. With features like an edge-to-edge display, expandable storage, and a versatile multi-camera system, the Samsung Galaxy A02S offers peak and reliable performance for all your smartphone needs and wants.

Laptops

HP Laptop 15t-dw300

Price: $669.99 $499.99 at HP

Set your eyes on a reliable and high-performance laptop — specifically the HP Laptop 15t-dw300. Core specs include Windows 10 Home 64 operating system, Intel Core i5 processor, Intel Iris graphics, 15.6" diagonal HD display, 8 GB memory, and 256 GB storage space. With a long-lasting battery, you’ll be able to get work done without rushing to find your charger. Plus, the expansive display lets you stream, browse the internet, and perform tasks better. The generous storage space also allows you to download videos, save photos, store important files, and a whole lot more so you don’t have to worry about picking up an external hard drive. For a laptop, it packs a mighty punch full of features!

Lenovo - Ideapad 3 15 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop

Price: $449.99 at Best Buy

Lenovo is a brand that doesn’t appear as often as HP or Mac, but now’s the time to put it on your radar! The Lenovo - Ideapad 3 15 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop runs on Windows 10 with a 15.6" HD 10-point multitouch screen, 8 GB of system memory, 256 GB of storage space, Intel UHD graphics, and tons of other advanced and convenient features. Plus, a 30-day free trial of Microsoft Office is included, giving you all the necessary tools right off the bat to stay productive and get work done. Weighing at 4.07 pounds and measuring 0.78" thin, this laptop is light and portable, so you don’t have to lug around a laptop that feels like a brick when you travel. Lenovo is just as dependable and up-to-date with top brands like Mac and HP, so don’t miss out on the discounted price!

OMEN Laptop 17T-CB100

Price: $1,079.99 $999.99 at HP

Back with another OMEN deal at HP, but this time it’s the OMEN Laptop 17T-CB100. Whether you’re unable to afford a desktop or prefer taking your gaming sessions to-go, this laptop has desktop-grade power with NVIDIA graphics and an Intel Core processor, letting you immerse yourself in different worlds through quality visual and sound. If you’re playing a first-person shooter (FPS), expect fast and fluid gameplay without missing your target. The 17.3" display also expands your video games’ worlds, helping you see more and take in your surroundings. Don’t underestimate the power of an OMEN laptop, as it’s on par with other desktops. The biggest advantage is that you can game anywhere, anytime.

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