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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.

Television

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.

Laptops

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.

HP Elite Dragonfly Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop

Elite Dragonfly

It has a unique blue finish,

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Terry McLaurin’s TD-saving, DK Metcalf-style tackle key play in win vs. Dallas

Over the past year and a half, Washington’s Terry McLaurin has quickly established himself as one of the best wide receivers in football. But in Thursday’s Thanksgiving victory over Dallas, McLaurin’s most impactful moment had nothing to do with catching a football.

Ahead by a touchdown midway through the third quarter, Washington was driving once again and threatening to enter scoring position. But then, Washington quarterback Alex Smith made a poor throw that landed in the hands of Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith with a whole lot of green grass ahead of him.

Smith took off for the end zone, and at first, it didn’t appear as if anyone was going to catch him. All of a sudden though, No. 17 in burgundy came flying into the picture, dodging a half-hearted block from Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch before eventually catching up to Smith, dragging him down at the five-yard line.

“I saw the ball intercepted and I was in range. I was like, ‘Man, I can run him down,'” McLaurin said postgame. “Then, I just saw me and him, and Vander Esch got in my way. But he didn’t get enough of me, and I was like ‘I can still run him down.’ I know Jaylon Smith personally, he’s a fast guy. I just wanted to keep playing until the whistle blew.”

For McLaurin’s teammates, the wide receiver’s exceptional effort came as no surprise. The play was just another example of why McLaurin was unanimously voted a team captain a few weeks back.

 

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Running back Antonio Gibson, who was caught in awe of McLaurin last week while Mic’d up, was extremely impressed with the wideout’s ability to chase down Smith.

“I knew there was one guy that was about to block him,” Gibson said. “I didn’t think [McLaurin] was going to get [Smith] when he [Vander Esch] pushed him. But then he took two or three more steps and I was like ‘Oh my god’ and he caught him. He saved us big time right there.”

For pass rusher Chase Young, who’s been teammates with McLaurin for years dating back to their Ohio State days, McLaurin’s effort on the play served as a microcosm for the type of player and person he is.

“I feel like everybody has to know what type of guy Terry is now,” Young said. “High character, he’s going to give it everything he has every time he steps on the field. Terry is one of those guys that you just know is gonna go every time he touches the field. Every time. He doesn’t stop until the whistle is blown, and you saw that today.”

McLaurin’s touchdown-saving tackle was not only an exceptional effort, but it came at a critical part of the contest. The play — and how Washington responded after the turnover — was a true turning point in Thursday’s victory.

“It’s a huge play because all it did was give us a chance,”

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