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Memorial Day isn’t just the kickoff to summer, it’s the perfect time to shop for some of those tech essentials that you’ve been meaning to buy. Movie lovers will find lots of amazing deals this holiday weekend, from TVs to mini-movie projectors and Blu-ray players, now’s the time to save big on must-have items.
Even if you’re not a cinephile, Memorial Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, so don’t hesitate to scoop up a pair of Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Earbuds, dash cams, telescopes, and a bunch of other necessities at a discounted price. To make your search a tad bit easier, we combed through the web to find you some of the best tech sales from major retailers including Walmart, and Amazon. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get free two-day shipping on almost every item in their massive online store (if you’re not a member, click here to sign up for $12.99 a month, which includes access to Prime Video where you can stream tens of thousands of movies and TV shows.)
Below, find a list of discounted gadgets and gizmos to buy. For additional tech recommendations, check out our picks for best smart watches, portable TVs for camping and more, and best gifts for tech savvy grads.
4K TVs are the new wave, but you can still find a great TV with a lower resolution, and Toshiba is among the best for the price. This 32” Smart TV is available in 720p and 1080p HD with built-in Fire TV, and the set-up couldn’t be easier. Just plug it in, and sign into WiFi to begin streaming. The TV has an Alexa-controlled voice remote so you can utilize voice commands to watch live TV, launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more.
For every expensive Blu-ray player there’s always a cheap alternative. If you’re going to spend less than $100 on a Blu-ray player, the LG BP175 will help you make the most of your budget. The compact, lightweight Blu-ray player boasts Full HD 1080 video and other useful features such as Blu-ray & DVD playback. It’s not wireless though, so you’ll need an ethernet cord to connect to the web.
Go big, or go home. Samsung’s 75″ 4K QLED TV is awesome for movies and more. It boasts razor-sharp clarity, striking contrast (thanks to LED backlighting), and a powerful Quantum Processor. It can also double as a mega-gaming monitor, and features Ultra Viewing Angle, which is designed to reduce glare and enhance color so every scene looks crisp and clear, regardless of where you’re sitting. For more options to shop, check out our selection of best 4K TVs.
It’s not just for movie night! The Cinemood Pocket Movie Projector brings loads of content right to your fingertips, and it’s perfect for a child’s room. The 360-degree VR projector features parental controls and timers, up to 120” projection in a dimmed or dark space, 32GB of internal memory, and screen mirroring. The iOS and Android phone app makes an easy remote control so you can stream Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ (in beta), ESPN, HULU, and more directly from the Cinemood menu screen. The mini projector comes pre-loaded with Disney content including 40 e-books, and 25 short safety videos, and cartoons.
Curate exactly what you want to hear with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus. The earbuds are equipped with a two-way speaker and boosted driver for rich sound and crisp base. Noise cancellation allows you to block everything out, but if you want to filter in sound from the outside world, you can switch modes to Ambient Aware2. Available in black, white, red, and blue, these Galaxy Buds are compatible with Android and iOS. They get up to seven hours of talk time, and 11 hours of playtime on a single charge (three minutes in the charging case equals one hour of playtime).
Looking for an affordable dash cam? The VAVA Dual HD Dash Camera features a two-inch LCD display with four infrared LEDs that records video and takes pictures. The camera includes a built-in battery, APP control, Bluetooth snapshot, and GPS. It records 2K video in 1080p resolution — and it’s less than $200.
Massage guns are ideal for relieving shoulder, neck, waist, and back pain. This deep tissue massage gun from Dark Iron features four different settings, noise reduction technology so it doesn’t get too loud, and 15 massage heads. It helps relieve fatigue, pain, muscle soreness and stiffness, and works for up to six hours on a single charge.
This mega charging station is a great item to take camping or any outside adventure that requires a power source, and of course you can use it for emergencies. The HALO Portable Power Station contains a 388wh internal battery, offering up enough power to charge your laptop, smartphone, headphones, and other devices (it can even power a small appliance). The 10.2” x 7.5” x 7.7” charing station features USB ports, DC ports, AC plug ins, and it weighs just over 13 pounds.
If you’re already an iPhone user, chances are you’ll want a pair of the Apple Airpods Pro. The Airpods Pro include active noise cancellation for an immersive sound experience, and there’s transparency mode for hearing and connecting with the surrounding world. These sweat-resistant and water-resistant earbuds feature three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips for a customizable fit, and a wireless charging case that delivers more than 24 hours of battery life.
Love star gazing? A telescope will get you even closer to outer space and it’s good for beginners. The Gskyer Astronomical Refracting Telescope has 70 mm aperture and 400 mm focal length for precise, high-resolution images (the aperture diameter divided by the focal length calculates the telescope’s magnifying power). The full packages includes an aluminum alloy tripod, a telescope tube, finder scope, zenith mirror, two eyepieces, Barlow lens, a phone attachment and Bluetooth remote, an accessory tray, carry bag, and user manual.