The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online This Weekend

Specs: Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

This laptop might not look flashy, but it’s solid, and WIRED reviewer Scott Gilbertson likes the keyboard a lot. It isn’t the most powerful editing or gaming machine, but if you aren’t looking to do anything too CPU-heavy, it’s a safe bet.

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 for $479 ($91 off)

Amazon

Specs: Intel Core M3 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD

This is our favorite Chromebook. It strikes a good balance between price, power, and features. The 2-in-1 design allows for a tablet mode when you’re watching movies (or using Android apps), but you can simply stick to the traditional laptop mode too. The screen is sharp compared with other Chromebooks, and the battery lasts all day.

Home Office Deals

Standing desk

Fully Jarvis

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We rounded up even more deals on work from home gear here.

Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk (30×24) for $475 ($44 off)

Fully

Many of us at WIRED love this standing desk. It’s easy to adjust the height, and if you don’t mind paying for them, you can choose from several options to customize the desk further. If you’re tired of sitting all day while working from home, this is a good way to sneak in some more activity.

Staples Hyken Mesh Task Chair for $150 ($80 off)

Staples, Amazon ($170, $50 off)

Ask WIRED reviews editor Jeffrey Van Camp which budget-conscious chair you should get, and this is what he’ll recommend. It’s comfortable and supportive, and a good chair can make a big difference when you’re sitting at your computer all day.

LG 34-Inch Ultrawide Full HD Monitor for $330 ($50 off)

Amazon, Best Buy, Adorama

WIRED’s Jeffrey Van Camp uses and likes this LG monitor. It has HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, a sharp pixel resolution, and a quick response time. If you tend to have way too many tabs open, ultrawide monitors are the way to go—they can simultaneously display two full-size browser windows side by side.

Aukey KM-G12 Keyboard for $40 ($25 off)

Amazon (Click the Coupon Button)

The best budget mechanical keyboard is cheaper than ever before. Seriously, this is a steal. Be sure to click on the coupon, then an additional discount will be applied at checkout, bringing the price down to $40.

pAukey HD Webcamp

Aukey HD Webcam

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Aukey HD Webcam for $30 ($20 off)

Amazon

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Burn Off That Turkey With These Black Friday Fitness Deals

Women’s: Backcountry, Moosejaw

Sweaty underwear is a surefire way to drag down your hike from enjoyable escape to soul-sucking drudgery. Damp cloth chafes, which can rub your skin raw, and when it’s cold outside the sweat will chill out. Swap out your everyday cotton undies for a pair of quick-drying, sweat-wicking synthetics.

Solo Stove Bonfire for $230 ($110 off)

Solo Stove

Solo Stoves are more efficient wood-burners than traditional campfires, emitting less smoke and leaving less ash behind. We reviewed a similar version recently if you want to learn more, but the Bonfire is much more portable. Just toss it in the truck and take it wherever you plan on pitching camp for the night.

An even smaller and lighter version, the Solo Stove Lite, is available for $70 ($20 off). It’s great for cooking dinner or just boiling water. The company is running a BOGO offer on the Lite, so if you buy one you can gift another to your hiking buddy for free. Stoves like the larger Titan and larger-still Campfire are also on sale and have the same BOGO free offer.

Solo Stove Grill Ultimate Bundle for $550 ($225 off)

Solo Stove

If you’re less concerned with moving quickly to cover ground and just want to go car camping, the charcoal-fed Ultimate Grill is big enough to cook for everyone. The Ultimate Bundle comes with two stands of different heights, a grill cover, grilling tools, starter nuggets (for starting the fire), charcoal briquettes, and a carry case.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket for $139 ($60 off)

Women’s: BackcountryMen’s: Backcountry, Dick’s Sporting Goods

You’ll rarely hike in a puffy jacket—they’re just too warm. These are best for when you’re stopped to eat a meal or stepping out of your tent at night to tighten the guylines. The Nano Puff is a lightweight, compact synthetic-insulation jacket that’s plenty warm enough for subfreezing temps.

Climbing Gear Deals

women's climbing harness

Photograph: Backcountry

If you can’t wait to climb, then don’t wait. I learned in 40-degree rain on granite slab, and I swear it taught me balance and poise better than if I had learned on toasty, dry rocks in the summer.

Black Diamond Solution Harness for $56 ($19 off)

Backcountry, Moosejaw

This is enough harness for any sport climbing route, outdoors or indoors at a climbing gym. It’s what I use, because it’s well padded and easy to adjust, so you won’t mind spending a full day at the climbing gym in your harness. There’s a women’s version, too.

Petzl Grigri Belay Device for $82 ($28 off)

Backcountry, Moosejaw

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You Really Should Peek at These Black Friday TV Deals

Vizio’s first-ever OLED is also the cheapest new OLED we’ve ever seen, with a shocking $400 discount right now. It’s one of the best-looking TVs we’ve seen all year, with fantastic black levels and HDMI 2.1 ports that mean you’ll get up to 120 Hz at 4K resolution with consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X—the same performance you’d get with the LG CX we list next, but without the added benefits of the Nvidia G-Sync that television has.

Best Picture—LG CX OLED TV for $1,400 ($400 off)

Best Buy, Walmart ($1,648)

LG’s CX OLED is one of the prettiest TVs of 2020, which makes this sale one of the best you’ll find this Black Friday. It’s got a super-low refresh rate option and Nvidia G-Sync for working as a computer monitor, and it’s also one of the few models that can do 4K at 120 frames per second to make video games look even better on next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

LG BX OLED for $1,197 ($403 off)

Amazon, Target, Walmart ($1,300), Best Buy

If you don’t need the super speedy 120-Hz 4K for gaming, the step down from the LG CX is an astonishing deal this Black Friday. For just under $1,200, you can get very nearly the same image quality as you do with LG’s higher-tiered models, with some of the best contrast on the market.

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Sony A8H

Photograph: Sony 

Sony A8H OLED 65-Inch TV for $1,798 ($500 off)

Best Buy, B&H

WIRED reviewer Jess Grey says this is one of the prettiest TVs she’s ever seen, and I’m inclined to believe her. If you’re after a shockingly beautiful screen to complete your fancy quarantine theater, look no further.

Samsung Q80T 55-Inch TV for $1,048 ($252 off)

Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy

Samsung’s Q80T has smart backlighting and quantum dot (QLED) technology, offering some of the best contrast you’ll find on a non-OLED TV. I also like that it has a central pedestal to stand on, so it will fit on older TV stands that aren’t excessively wide.

Samsung Q60T 50-Inch TV for $498 ($152 off)

Walmart, Best Buy

TVs smaller than 55 inches are not so common these days, but this is a good option for those who need to squeeze a television into a smaller space. It has Samsung’s quantum dot technology for brighter colors, and it comes with a decent smart interface for streaming your favorite channels.

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Early Cyber Monday Deals on Pandemic Supplies

We like these masks so much that we included them in not only our Best Face Masks guide, but also our 2020 Wish List. Buy the size that fits, use the head tie to adjust the fit, and cut off the excess strap for comfort.

Baggu Fabric 3-Mask Set for $24 ($8 off)

Baggu

We also like Baggu’s reusable masks, which were comfortable enough to sleep in when a WIRED staffer’s parent got Covid-19. There are fun designs here, but they’re selling out fast. You’ll see the discount at checkout. Baggu is also having a 25 percent off sale sitewide through Cyber Monday.

Disposable Face Masks for $8 ($22 off)

Amazon

This pack of face masks fell to the same price on Amazon Prime Day. Disposable face masks are not the most environmentally friendly option—we do recommend investing in some reusable masks—but these are lightweight and effective. They’re a good option if you’re prone to dreaded mascne.

Con.Struct Face Mask 6-Pack for $17 ($7 off)

Amazon

We are genuinely shocked by how well made and durable these masks are for the price. Right now, they’re less than $3 per mask, and the double-layered cotton (with a filter pocket) is thick enough to block light and, hopefully, any infectious respiratory particles.

Cleaning and Medical Device Deals

hand sanitizer

Photograph: Olika

Don’t panic—you don’t need to frantically sterilize everything nearby as we did in the spring. Still, it can’t hurt to clean your hands and keep high-traffic areas wiped down. These may help.

Olika Hand Sanitizer Multipacks for $34 ($8 off)

Amazon (click the coupon button)

Amazon will apply additional coupon savings at checkout. If you don’t want to make your own hand sanitizer and you’re tired of vodka-scented mass-produced sanitizer, this deal might be up your alley.

iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer for $24 ($20 off)

Amazon

This thermometer usually costs between $30 and $50. It uses an infrared beam to give a body temperature reading in just one second, so you won’t have to deal with probing under a sick kid’s tongue.

Kinsa QuickCare Smart Thermometer for $20 ($5 off)

Amazon (click the coupon button)

Click the on-page coupon to get this deal. We don’t love that this product requires an app, but if you’re OK with pairing it to your phone and sharing your temperature data, the price is good. The app allows you to track your data over time, so you can see if your temperature is trending higher or lower.

Cleancult Home Cleaning Bundle for $80 ($57 off)

Cleancult

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The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online

The very cute Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with some parental controls and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+. Alexa can read your kiddo bedtime stories, play age-appropriate music, and more. Keep in mind that the Kids+ subscription automatically renews at $3 per month, so don’t forget to cancel if you’re not interested in paying for it.

Echo Dot for $29 ($21 off)

Amazon

This recently-updated spherical speaker has Alexa built in. Our tester loves it so far, and says it has better sound than previous versions. You can bundle it with a Sengled Smart Bulb for the same price.

Echo Show 5 and Blink Mini Camera for $50 ($30 off)

Amazon

The Echo Show 5 isn’t our favorite gadget, but it’s a good option if you want a small smart display for your kitchen counter or front entryway. You’ll get a mini indoor camera bundled in, too. Alternatively, you may want to check out the bigger Echo Show 8 for $20 more (the camera can be bundled for an additional $5).

a pink round nest mini speaker on white background

Nest Mini

Photograph: Google

Nest Mini for $19 ($30 off)

Target, Walmart

If you, like us, prefer Google Assistant to Amazon’s Alexa, this is a good deal on Google’s smallest smart speaker. Check out our review for more.

Nest Hub for $50 ($40 off)

Target, Walmart, Best Buy

This little hub doesn’t have a camera or great speakers. It’s best suited for entryways to manage your smart home devices or to see upcoming calendar events and reminders. You can also use it to check your security cameras. The Walmart deal includes $20 in Vudu credit if that’s something you want (yes, you can watch movies and shows on this hub, too).

Nest Learning Thermostat for $199 ($50 off)

Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy

Use the Nest app to adjust your home’s temperature remotely or set schedules to avoid paying for unnecessary heating and cooling. Nest learns as you use it—so, for example, it’ll keep your home cooler while you’re asleep and not moving around. Check with your energy provider—you might be able to get a rebate for installing a Nest thermostat.

Headphone and Speaker Deals

Read all our Black Friday Headphone and Speaker picks.

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Apple AirPods Pro

Photograph: Apple

★ Best for iPhone—Apple AirPods Pro for $169 ($80 off)

Amazon, Walmart, Target ($200), Best Buy ($200)

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The Best Black Friday Phone, Tablet, and Watch Deals

Want a stylus with your phone? Samsung makes the best one (nearly the only one). The massive Note 20 Ultra (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a sprawling 6.9-inch screen, and the S Pen stylus is tucked away for you to pull out for scribbling or marking up documents. It’s one of the most powerful Android phones around with the Snapdragon 865+ processor, and it delivers great battery life, 5G, excellent cameras, and all the bells and whistles you’d want. If you buy it directly from Samsung, you can get a chunk extra off the phone if you trade-in an eligible device.

samsung galaxy phone

Galaxy A71 5G

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Google Pixel 4A for $300 ($50 off)

*Best Buy (Requires Activation), Amazon ($350 Unlocked, But Still a Good Deal)

The Pixel 4A is a good deal if you want a solid phone, don’t care (yet) about 5G network compatibility, and aren’t in need of the Pixel 5’s higher-end specs. In short, it’s all the phone you really need, and that’s why WIRED’s smartphone reviewer extraordinaire Julian Chokkattu gave it a coveted 9/10 in his review. Like with the Pixel 5 deal, you have to activate the phone at the time of purchase on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, and Sprint will also give you a total of $150 off if you open a new line.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G for $500 ($100 off)

Amazon, Best Buy, Samsung

There are better phones, even at this discounted price (like the Google Pixel 4A 5G), but if you want to stick with Samsung, the A71 5G is solid. It runs well, delivers more than a day of battery life, and has perks like expandable storage and a headphone jack. However, it doesn’t have the brightest screen, the cameras aren’t amazing, and there’s no water resistance or wireless charging.

the front and back of the new oneplus 8 phone

OnePlus 8

Photograph: OnePlus

OnePlus8—12 GB Ram and 256 GB Storage—for $570 ($130 off)

B&H, OnePlus ($599

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The Pixel 4A is a good deal if you want a solid phone, don’t care (yet) about 5G network compatibility, and aren’t in need of the Pixel 5’s higher-end specs. In short, it’s all the phone you really need, and that’s why WIRED’s smartphone reviewer extraordinaire Julian Chokkattu gave it a coveted 9/10 in his review. Like with the Pixel 5 deal, you have to activate the phone at the time of purchase on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, and Sprint will also give you a total of $150 off if you open a new line.

Stadia Premiere Edition—Game Streaming—for $70 ($30 off)

Best Buy, Google

WIRED’s Jess Grey was lukewarm about the Stadia when it launched last year. But despite its drawbacks, she still recommends it as being a way cheaper path into console gaming than buying a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. Faster-paced games tend to suffer from lag, but she found the gameplay of slower-paced titles was pretty good.

Smart Speaker Deals

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Nest Hub Max

Photograph: Best Buy

Google-enabled smart speakers and displays act as hubs to give smart devices a way to communicate with each other. Whether you choose a command center with a screen or just a speaker, having a hub (or several) to tie the rest of your devices together makes all of them run a lot more smoothly.

Nest Mini for $19 ($30 off)

Target, Walmart

You don’t need a screen in every room, but Nest Minis add a way for the Nest system (they all link together) to hear and respond to you when you’re away from your main hub. As WIRED’s Scott Gilberston noted in his review, don’t expect stellar sound quality for playing music. It’s a speaker designed to communicate with you, not substitute for a Sonos.

JBL Link Portable Google Speaker for $90 ($90 off)

Home Depot, B&H (backordered 2-4 weeks), JBL Store

The Link Portable is the best Google Assistant-enabled speaker that you can move from room to room, dock, or use as a Bluetooth speaker out of the house. It gets about 8 hours of battery on a charge and can take commands as well as any Google speaker, though it doesn’t have as accurate a microphone array for listening as many of the stationary speakers, so it will occasionally miss a command if you don’t speak up.

Nest Hub for $50 ($40 off)

Target, Walmart, Best Buy

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Our Favorite Black Friday Deals for $50 or Less

I never thought I’d spend more than $10 on leggings, and then I tried these. They’re high-waisted (I have a long torso and most “high-waist” pants barely reach my belly button), aren’t see-through, and you won’t be pulling them up or readjusting as you move. They’re also made of 25 plastic bottles and 79 percent recycled polyester, and comes in recycled packaging. Once you’ve outgrown or have thoroughly worn them out, you can send them back to Girlfriend Collective to be recycled again (and you’ll get a gift card).

If you don’t need high-waisted leggings, there’s also mid-rise leggings on sale for $34; everything else is 30 percent off, like the Paloma Bra I also love.

Bombas Socks

20 percent off at Bombas with code CHEER20

Some of our favorite socks for running come from Bombas. The company also makes excellent compression socks for post-workout recovery sessions. The coupon code CHEER20 is good for 20 percent of everything Bombas sells—all the socks, plus T-shirts and other apparel.

Colgate Hum Battery-Powered Smart Toothbrush for $45 ($20 off)

Amazon

The Colgate Hum is an electric brush done right—you don’t need to stare at your phone every time you brush your teeth to map your progress and get feedback—and it’s cheaper than most smart brushes out there. This deal is only under $50 for the battery-operated version on Amazon (now $45); the rechargeable version is $60 with this sale. Prices are always more expensive on Amazon than on Colgate’s site but today these sale prices are $5 and $10 less, respectively, on Amazon than Colgate’s site.

Disposable Face Masks for $8 ($22 off)

Amazon

This pack of face masks fell to the same price on Amazon Prime Day. Disposable face masks are not the most environmentally friendly option—we do recommend investing in some reusable masks—but these are lightweight and effective. They’re a good option if you’re prone to dreaded mascne.

Society6 Face Masks for $12 ($4 off)

Society6

WIRED staffer Kim Chua loves these face masks. (Here are more of our favorite masks.) They come in several eye-catching designs, and they’re not too expensive.

Baggu Face Mask 3-Pack for $24 ($8 off)

Baggu, Amazon ($26)

These are some of the Best Face Masks—when a WIRED staffer’s relative was sick with Covid-19, she found them comfortable enough to sleep in. We prefer the ear loop style to the tie-back style. Baggu makes awesome reusable bags, too (a sustainable alternative to plastic), which are part of the sitewide Black Friday sale.

Olika Hand Sanitizer Multipacks for $34 ($8 off)

Amazon (with the coupon)

Amazon will apply additional coupon savings at checkout. If you don’t want to make your own hand sanitizer, and you’re tired of vodka-scented mass-produced sanitizer, this deal might be up your alley.

iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer for $24 ($20 off)

Amazon

This thermometer usually costs between $30 and $50. It uses infrared to read body temperature in just one second, so you won’t have to deal with probing under a sick kid’s tongue.

Lifestraw for $13 ($7 off)

Amazon

If you hike, camp, or have a disaster kit at the ready, a LifeStraw is a good thing to include. It filters contaminated water without batteries or other accessories. We’ve seen it dip to $10 before, so you may want to wait and see if the price dips even more.

Final Reusable Straw for $20 ($5 off)

Amazon, Final

These are reviewer Louryn Strampe’s favorite reusable straws. They fold down neatly into the included case, and when it’s time to use them, they automatically unfurl and snap together as you pull them out. They’re pretty, they’re easy to clean, and the soft rubber tips keep them comfortable. More importantly, they cut down on unnecessary plastic. Final’s reusable sporks are also on sale (matched at Amazon)—the sporks are weighty and easy to eat with.

Eagle Creek Compression Packing Cube Set for $22 ($17 off)

Amazon, Eagle Creek

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Our Fave Headphone and Speaker Deals for Black Friday

The WH-1000XM4 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are our favorite wireless headphones AND noise-canceling headphones, thanks to awesome sound, a great app, and a super comfy fit. They get an impressive 30 hours of battery life, have excellent touch controls, and can even detect when you’re speaking, so you can hear quarantined housemates when you’re talking to them.

PowerBeats Pro charging case

Powerbeats Pro

Photograph: Beats

★ Great for Workouts—Beats Powerbeats Pro for $160 ($90 off)

Amazon, Target, Best Buy

This sale is only for specific, less desired colors (like electric yellow), but who cares what color your ears are when you’re working out. The Powerbeats Pro are some of our favorite headphones for breaking a sweat, especially for $90 off retail.

Beats Solo Pro Headphones for $170 ($130 off)

Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart ($198), B&H ($200)

The Beats Solo Pro are great headphones at this new lower price, with the excellent metallic build quality, and pretty darn good noise-canceling, not to mention a cool foldable design that makes them easy to throw in a backpack or purse.

JBL Live 650BTNC Headphones for $100 ($100 off)

Amazon, JBL, Walmart, Best Buy

JBL’s Live 650BT sound great. Until October, they hovered between $150 and $200. Now that they’re down to $100, they’re a steal. I love that they have 30-hour battery life, a comfortable cloth headband, and cozy fake leather earpads. Even the noise-canceling is decent—more than adequate enough to quiet down kids or noisey roommates during the quarantine work week.

V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless for $200 ($80 off)

Best Buy

The Crossfade 2 Wireless are an excellent pair of over-ear headphones that are also pretty dang life-proof. They feature replaceable shells on the outside, and a sturdy metal headband that’s got a firm grip, even on small heads. I also like that the hardcase comes with a built-in carabiner, which means they don’t take up precious backpack space when moving around.

Bose Sport Earbuds for $159 ($20 off)

Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy

These new sport earbuds from Bose are some of our favorites of 2020, with sticky earfins and comfortable silicone eartips for lengthy workouts. They’ve also got pretty great microphones, for pre- or post-sweat calls.

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Bose Noise Cancelling 700

Photograph: Bose 

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 for $339 ($40 off)

Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy

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This Vizio OLED Is Our Favorite Black Friday TV Deal

I’ve been obsessed with the perfect contrast of OLED displays for years, but they’ve always been pretty darn expensive. Until recently, a 55-inch OLED would cost you upward of $1,500—on sale. That’s why I’m so excited about Vizio’s Black Friday special. It has cut the price of its 55-inch 4K TV by $400, meaning you can finally get OLED for under $1,000.

OLED (organic LED) TVs work differently than traditional backlit displays, because each pixel acts as its own backlight, instead of being lit by a separate light source. It means one thing: nearly perfect black levels. When a pixel is “off” on an OLED, it’s truly off—no light bleed at all. This makes shows like The Mandalorian, which uses a lot of dark contrast, look astonishing.

For comparison, LG’s cheapest OLED TV costs about $1,200 and the excellent Sony A8H OLED TV is about $1,500.

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Is Vizio’s 4K OLED TV Right for You?

Vizio's OLED TV Is the Best Black Friday TV Deal This Year

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I haven’t spent enough time with the Vizio OLED to write a full review, but I currently have one in the testing room and have been putting it through its paces for about a week. So far, so good. It looks every bit as fantastic as its more expensive counterparts from LG, with gorgeous contrast and a super-thin screen. That’s no shock, given that the panel inside the Vizio is made in LG’s factory (as are all OLED TV panels on the planet).

Another thing Vizio’s TV has in common with LG models is HDMI 2.1 ports, which enable it to play 4K games at a 120-Hz refresh rate with next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It lacks Nvidia G-Sync support though, something you’ll find on the pricier LG CX, so serious PC gamers should probably look elsewhere.

As far as the TV’s interface, I like Vizio’s SmartCast system. It allows you to easily access media from phones and built-in apps. It’s even got a center pedestal mount instead of feet on each side of the TV, so you can easily fit it on old TV stands from the pre-flatscreen days.

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