The weekend’s best deals: Apple Watch Series 7, LG C1 OLED TV, and more

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a new low price on the 45mm version of the Apple Watch Series 7, which is currently down to $370 at various retailers. That’s about $40 off the average street price we’ve tracked in recent months and $60 off Apple’s MSRP. The discount only applies to certain colorways as of this writing, but it’s still decent savings for the top pick in our guide to the best smartwatches. If you’d prefer to pay a little bit less for a smaller version of the watch, note that the 41mm variant of the Series 7 is on sale for $349, which is $10 more than the lowest price we’ve tracked.
Elsewhere, our deals roundup also includes a new low price on LG’s near-universally well-reviewed C1 OLED TV, the 65-inch version of which is currently down to $1,650 at Amazon subsidiary Woot. That’s about $175 off its usual going rate over the past few months. While LG has already announced its OLED TV lineup for 2022 and promised improved peak brightness on the C1’s successor, we wouldn’t expect that model to reach this deal price until several months after launch. If you’re willing to buy last year’s models, now is typically a good time of year to snag a TV deal; this discount isn’t cheap by any means, but it’s a relatively good value for those interested in upgrading to the improved contrast of a quality OLED panel.

Beyond that, the Dealmaster has good prices on Fitbit’s Charge 5 activity tracker, SSDs from Samsung and WD, SanDisk microSD cards, the iPad Air, and several video games we like, including HadesPsychonauts 2Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and more. You can check out our full curated list below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm) smartwatch for $370 ($410) at Amazon, Walmart, Sam’s Club (41mm for $349)
  • LG C1 (2021) 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,650 ($1,825) at Woot
  • Apple iPad Air (64GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $500 ($565) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Hades (Switch, PC) for $16 ($20) at Nintendo eShop, Epic (also on Game Pass)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker for $119 ($160) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Samsung 980 Pro (1TB NVMe) PCIe Gen 4 internal SSD for $150 ($175) at Newegg (use code: EMCBP543)
  • Aura Mason digital photo frame for $179 ($195) at Aura Frames, Amazon (Prime users only)
  • SanDisk Ultra (400GB, U1) microSDXC card for $40 ($47) at Amazon
  • Roku Streambar Pro 2.0-channel soundbar + 4K HDR media streamer for $150 ($165) at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H
The Apple Watch Series 7 is our pick for the best smartwatch you can buy.
Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7 is our pick for the best smartwatch you can buy.

Corey Gaskin

Electronics deals

Fitbit's Charge 5 activity tracker.
Enlarge / Fitbit’s Charge 5 activity tracker.

Fitbit

  • SanDisk Extreme (1TB, V2) portable SSD for $100 ($130) at Costco (Costco members only)
  • Kobo Clara HD 6-inch e-book reader for $89 ($110) at Walmart, Kobo
  • LG C1 (2021) 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,650 ($1,825) at Woot
  • Hisense U7G (2021) 55-inch 4K TV for $600 ($650) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Samsung QN90A (2021) 55-inch 4K TV for $1,300 ($1,500) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Roku Streambar Pro 2.0-channel soundbar + 4K HDR media streamer for $150 ($165) at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H
  • Sonos Beam (Gen 1, refurb) smart soundbar for $259 ($319) at Sonos
The LG C1's picture quality has received near-universal praise from reviewers around the web.
Enlarge / The LG C1’s picture quality has received near-universal praise from reviewers around the web.

LG

Video game deals

<em>Hades</em> topped our best games of the year list in 2020.
Enlarge / Hades topped our best games of the year list in 2020.

Supergiant Games

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) for $20 ($25) at Walmart, Amazon, GameStop
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5, PS4, PC) for $28 ($35) at PSN, Epic
  • Doom Eternal (PS4, Xbox, PC) for $20 ($30) at Best Buy, Amazon, PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (PS4) for $5 ($15) at PSN (Xbox for $7)
  • Hotline Miami Collection (PS4) for $4 ($15) at PSN
<em>Final Fantasy VII Remake </em>is a thrilling reimagining of the classic PlayStation RPG.
Enlarge / Final Fantasy VII Remake is a thrilling reimagining of the classic PlayStation RPG.
<em>Psychonauts 2</em>, meanwhile, was our game of the year for 2021.
Enlarge / Psychonauts 2, meanwhile, was our game of the year for 2021.

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • HP Envy x360 2-in-1 laptop (Ryzen 7 5800U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $900 ($1,100) at HP
  • Lenovo Yoga 7i 2-in-1 laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB) for $700 ($830) at Lenovo (use code: YOGAOFFER1)
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 713 2-in-1 laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 13.5-inch 2256×1504, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $499 ($675) at Best Buy
  • LG 32GP850-B 32-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, 180 Hz, IPS, G-Sync, FreeSync) for $377 ($500) at Amazon, B&H
  • WD Black SN750 SE (500GB NVMe) PCIe Gen 4 internal SSD for $50 ($57) at Amazon, Walmart
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB NVMe) PCIe Gen 3 internal SSD for $110 ($130) at Amazon
  • Samsung 980 Pro (1TB NVMe) PCIe Gen 4 internal SSD for $150 ($175) at Newegg (use code: EMCBP543)
  • Samsung 980 Pro (2TB NVMe) PCIe Gen 4 internal SSD for $300 ($345) at Amazon, Best Buy
Apple's iPad Air.
Enlarge / Apple’s iPad Air.

Samuel Axon

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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