Today is Cyber Monday, which doesn’t mean as much this year because the related sales have been going on for much of November as retailers try to milk every available dollar they can. However, like you, I’m doing a lot of shopping, both for others (yes, I’m going to cheat and mostly give Amazon gift cards but some gifts) and myself.
Since this entire column is about products, I’ll skip the product of the week and focus on what I think are some of the best deals or products that stand out as game changers in their segment — and aren’t too expensive.
I was tempted to have a car section focused on electrics. Still, after watching this Audi E-Tron review, I’m reminded that all but the Tesla are Generation 1 cars, and the Tesla’s fit and finish are so bad I suggest waiting until the Gen-2 cars come out, and then we’ll revisit this.
Let’s get to it.
OLED TVs are the near-term future, since 8K TVs aren’t where they need to be yet in price and content. The best combination of technology and price in an OLED right now is the Vizio 65″ OLED TV at just under $1.5K at Best Buy while I’m writing this. It’s usually priced at $2K.
The reason for OLED over LCD is that each pixel has its light source, which gives you the darkest blacks in the market and colors that truly pop. After 65″ the price goes up a lot. So, this year, the sweet spot for price appears to be 65″ — and Vizio, which is known for using top-level components while having a very aggressive price, appears to have the best deal.
I’ll likely buy one of these myself this week, depending on the sales. Oh, and they’ve dropped their 55″ OLED to under $900 at Best Buy if you want something smaller.
Many of you likely have laptops you hate at the moment. This is largely because the pandemic brought on the sudden remote work-and- learn from home crisis that caused folks to purchase new equipment without putting a lot of thought into the product — or they were forced to grab what was available when inventories were scarce.
Given that I’m going to point you to what I think is the best product for the money that each vendor has, these won’t be the cheapest. But if you plan to keep the laptop for a few years, these are the ones I think you’ll be proud of on their last year of use, as well as their first.
HP Elite Dragonfly Convertible Laptop
For some time, I’ve advocated for PC vendors to build laptops that they, themselves, would use. While Steve Jobs was alive, Apple built products for Steve and he then sold them to us. The only vendor that has stepped up to that concept is HP with their Elite Dragonfly, built to Andy Rhodes specifications.
It has a unique blue finish,