The 4th of July weekend is fast approaching and hopefully you can enjoy some quality time with friends and family (and lots of delicious food). That Verge Deals has compiled the best deals in honor of America’s birthday, but today I want to bring you a smaller, fresher selection of deals that may not last over the holidays. Frequent visitors to the site may recognize one or two of them, but I’ve tried to throw in a few new offerings for your reading. I wish you a nice weekend.
Sonos is hosting another of its sales events for refurbished audio products (in mint condition and backed by a one-year warranty), offering the full range of its most affordable and expensive hardware. starting at the bottom, The Sonos Roam retails for $139, less than the $169 price you would pay for a new model. The only downside here is that the color choices are limited to black or white. Read our review.
Sonos has a number of other products at reasonable prices, and I suggest you check them out. I’m only going to praise another refurbished Sonos device because it’s the best price I’ve ever seen. The first-gen Sonos Beam soundbar costs $191 in black, white or shadow grey. This model originally sold for $399, but stocks are harder to come by as Sonos has replaced it with $449 Second generation model.
Comparing the two models doesn’t differ much, apart from the more powerful HDMI eARC (compared to HDMI ARC in the Beam, eARC has bandwidth for the HDMI 2.1 specification) and the addition of Dolby Atmos support. My colleague Chris Welch said it’s not worth upgrading for current Beam owners. Read our review of the original model.
You may have seen my colleague Sean Hollister write the bold caption: “The GPU shortage is over‘, and based on GPU availability over the past week, it definitely seems to be true. Graphics cards that were so (so!) hard to find for almost two years are coming down in price and are easier to find in stock. We knew that day would come eventually, but it’s awesome to actually experience it.
There’s perhaps no better sign of this than that Nvidia’s own Founders Edition cards are easier to buy – at least some of them. Since Thursday evening we can put Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti Founder Edition in the shopping cart at Best Buy. It only costs $599.99, the price at which it should always be sold. I know, maybe not the kind of deal you were looking for. But it’s a steal compared to paying someone an inflated price. Read our review of the 3070 Ti. Alternatively you can for $100 less Grab Nvidia’s RTX 3070 for $499.99 at BestBuy.
Microsoft’s Xbox Series S console is $30 off at Woot for the next four days (unless it sells out before then). Normally $299.99, You can snag one for $269.99. This console lacks a disc drive, but is otherwise functionally similar to the more powerful Series X console. Rather than aiming for 4K resolution gameplay, it’s shooting for 1440p, which still looks great. It’s just a solid, budget-friendly Xbox that won’t take up much room in your entertainment center. Read our review.