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LEGO Creator Treehouse Treasures Set for $19 + pickup at Walmart – CNET

Walmart offers the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Treehouse Treasures Set for $18.99. Opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping fee. That’s $3 under our February mention and the lowest price we could find by $11. This set features 260 pieces, two minifigures, and can be built into a treehouse, pirate ship, or skull cave.

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Walmart offers the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Treehouse Treasures Set for $18.99. Opt for in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping fee. That’s $3 under our February mention and the lowest price we could find by $11. This set features 260 pieces, two minifigures, and can be built into a treehouse, pirate ship, or skull cave.

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Black Friday 2020 phone deal: The OnePlus 7T hits an all-time-low $300 – CNET

The OnePlus 7T features, among other things, three rear cameras. Angela Lang/CNET This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family. In the old days, OnePlus made bargain phones. With the arrival of the OnePlus 8…

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The OnePlus 7T features, among other things, three rear cameras.
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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.
In the old days, OnePlus made bargain phones. With the arrival of the OnePlus 8 earlier this year, however, the company moved squarely into the premium category. No more bargains, then? Actually, here’s one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, B&H has the unlocked OnePlus 7T for $300. That’s the lowest price I’ve seen; previous deals had it $100 higher. You can choose between the glacier blue and frosted silver colors.Compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile networks, this phone isn’t even a year old. It’s notable for its lightning-fast processor, three rear cameras, smooth 90Hz screen and in-screen fingerprint reader. It comes with Android 10 right out of the box. Alas, there’s no wireless charging, which is a deal-breaker for me.

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I learned all that and more from reading CNET’s OnePlus 7T review, which you’ll want to read as well. At the time, $600 seemed like a pretty good deal for a phone with such high-end specs. Now it’s $300 less.Even so, the OnePlus 7T faces stiff competition from the newer likes of the Apple iPhone SE ($399), Google Pixel 4A ($349) and Samsung Galaxy A51 ($399). But, wow, this brand has legions of devoted fans, so if you’ve been waiting for a good deal to come along, this is it.Your thoughts?Read more: The best Black Friday phone dealsRead more: The best phones for 2020

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Simple, speedy mesh internet and a great foundation for Google smart homes – CNET

When I first pulled the lid off of the Google Nest Wifi box, the whole thing slipped out of my hands and the hardware inside toppled right out. I could only watch in horror as Google’s marshmallowy mesh router thunked to the ground and rolled across my living room’s hardwood floor.  Fortunately, this system is…

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When I first pulled the lid off of the Google Nest Wifi box, the whole thing slipped out of my hands and the hardware inside toppled right out. I could only watch in horror as Google’s marshmallowy mesh router thunked to the ground and rolled across my living room’s hardwood floor.  Fortunately, this system is idiot-proof — and not just when it comes to sudden, spontaneous drop tests. You plug it in, you do what the app says, and 10 minutes later your new mesh network is up and running and spreading a Wi-Fi signal throughout your house that’s about as speedy as you could reasonably expect. It’s as easy as setting up a smart speaker, because in addition to extending the Nest Wifi Router’s range, each Nest Wifi Point is, itself, a smart speaker. You get one of each — the Google Nest Wifi Router and a Nest Wifi Point with built-in microphones and surprisingly adequate bass — for $269 (£239, AU$399). The Nest Wifi Router, left, and a range-extending Nest Wifi Point. The holes on the top of the Point are for the far-field microphones it uses to listen for your Google Assistant voice commands.
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Between the presence of Google Assistant and the fact that you’ll run everything through the Google Home app, the Nest Wifi asks you to plant a foot in Google’s smart-home garden if you haven’t done so already. And it isn’t cheap. For comparison, the third-gen, three-piece mesh system from Amazon-owned Eero costs $249, or 20 bucks less than a Nest Wifi setup with just two devices. Meanwhile, a three-piece Netgear Orbi AC1200 mesh system costs $229 at Best Buy. That’s more than $100 less than the three-piece version of Nest Wifi. Still, the Nest Wifi proved fast, reliable and easy to use, and it edged out the Eero and Orbi in my speed tests (yes, even after I dropped it). It doesn’t support the latest, fastest version of Wi-Fi, called Wi-Fi 6, but that only really matters if you expect to have an internet connection that’s faster than 500 megabits per second or so within the next few years (don’t hold your breath). That all adds up to the mesh router I would tell most people to consider first if they were thinking about buying one right now. The winner of our Editors’ Choice Award, the Google Nest Wifi, is a great upgrade for anyone who’s already invested in Google’s internet ecosystem of services and devices, particularly those who would welcome the chance to expand Google Assistant’s footprint in their home. But those who aren’t committed to Google at this point would be wise to shop around, because better mesh values with comparable coverage are already available today. The Nest Wifi Router only comes in white, but the Nest Wifi Points come in your choice of three colors.
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Editors’ note, April 8, 2020: We have updated this review with testing data from additional products. Google Nest Wifi remains one of our top mesh router picks. A new design Google is currently working to center all of its smart home offerings behind a unified Nest brand. Hence, what was Google Wifi is now Google Nest Wifi. Google marked the occasion with a brand new design, faster top speeds, and the addition of Google Assistant voice controls in each each Nest Wifi Point. And, in a welcome touch for existing users, all of the new hardware is backwards-compatible with the previous-gen Google Wifi gear. Read more: Nest Wifi vs. Google Wifi: All the ways the two mesh routers are differentNest branding aside, you’ll control everything via the Google Home app, which requires you to have a Google account. The app is clean and fairly simple, and it does a great job of walking you through a setup process that’s easy to begin with. You just plug everything in, tell the app to connect with the router, and then scan a QR code on the bottom of each Point with your phone’s camera. A few minutes later, your mesh network will be up and running. The Google Home app lets you create groups of devices on your network and then pause their internet access whenever you like. Be afraid, unruly children.
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The app doesn’t offer quite as many features as something like a dedicated gaming router, but you still get some useful controls over your network. You can view the devices connected to it and group them together, then pause the connection to those devices at any time you like, including with a quick voice command. That’s basically a parental superpower, but it’s not exclusive to Google — most decent routers some form of device-blocking functionality at this point, and several can sync up with Alexa or the Google Assistant to let you turn the connection on and off for groups of devices using a quick voice command.The Nest Wifi can also prioritize traffic to any of the devices on your network, which comes in handy if you’re streaming 4K video or gaming online. Speaking of gaming, the system will automatically prioritize traffic for Google Stadia, the search giant’s cloud gaming platform. You only get one spare gigabit Ethernet port on the bottom of Nest’s router — and the Nest Wifi Point doesn’t include any Ethernet jacks at all.
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As for the hardware itself, the Nest Wifi Router and Nest Wifi Point each feature a simplistic, inoffensive design that’s built to blend into your home without needing to be hidden out of sight, where they won’t perform as well. To that end, the Points come in your choice of three colors, but the Router only comes in white.  One other quibble: The router only includes a single spare Ethernet jack, and there aren’t any Ethernet jacks on the Points at all. That means you only get a single wired connection for something like a gaming console or a smart home bridge before you’ll need to buy a separate Ethernet hub. It also means you can’t run a cable to the Nest Wifi Point to daisy-chain a wired connection for faster mesh performance. You can tap the top of the Nest Wifi Point to pause or resume playback, or to adjust the volume. Like with the Nest Mini, indicator lights will show you where those volume controls are located.
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Speaking of the Points, they’re functionally identical to Google’s Nest Mini smart speakers. They include access to all of the same, voice-activated Google Assistant features, as well as a microphone mute switch in the back and touch controls on top. Sound quality is more or less on par with the Nest Mini and with other small smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo Dot — which is to say that it’s ideal for casual listening, but likely to underwhelm at a house party. Like the Google Wifi before (and like most other mesh networks), the dual-band Nest Wifi doesn’t separate the 2.4GHz band from the faster 5GHz band. Instead, it automatically “steers” you between the two of them on a single network as you move throughout your home. This worked particularly well in my tests, where I moved from room to room, running speed test after speed test — I never noticed any hiccups in the signal whatsoever. Despite dropping the thing, it never once saw fit to return the favor and drop my connection.The mesh category is getting crowded — and increasingly affordable.
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Is Nest’s mesh best? At launch in 2019, the Nest Wifi’s top two competitors were the Eero and Netgear Orbi, two high-profile rivals who each launched new mesh systems around the same time as Google, each of them is less expensive than Nest. With the Eero, you get a three-piece mesh setup for $249. With the newest Netgear Orbi system, a three-piece setup costs $229. For comparison, a three-piece Nest Wifi setup costs $349.Since then, we’ve seen a number of new mesh systems hit the market, including several new systems that support next-gen Wi-Fi 6 speeds. They include a faster, fancier Netgear Orbi system and a more budget-friendly Netgear Nighthawk setup, as well as a new Wi-Fi 6 Asus ZenWiFi mesh system.

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Best Cyber Monday 2020 deals available now: $179 Chromebook, $15 smart plug, Dyson vacuum discounts and more – CNET

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family. Black Friday is officially over, but now begins the terminology morph into Cyber Monday. Full disclosure: Many of these are the exact same deals you’ve been seeing all Thanksgiving…

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Black Friday is officially over, but now begins the terminology morph into Cyber Monday. Full disclosure: Many of these are the exact same deals you’ve been seeing all Thanksgiving week, but there are a few newer ones that went live as of the morning of Saturday, Nov. 28. Those are the ones we’re highlighting at the top here. Whatever you call it, however, we’re highlighting the best deals we’re spotting at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and every other reputable retailer we can find. Read on for our favorite deals right now.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a cheaper laptop. This two-in-one convertible touchscren from Lenovo is a Chromebook with a MediaTek MT8173C processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage. The display is a 1,366×768-pixel HD IPS screen, and the laptop can be used as a standard clamshell, tented or flipped around into a tablet. It includes an HDMI port to output to a monitor or television and includes a card reader for photo (and other file) transfers.

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They’re usually $25, but you can snap up these handy Wemo Smart Plugs for just $15 on Cyber Monday. Use them to control anything you can plug in with Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant. About 45% smaller than the previous model, this plug won’t cover both outlets, leaving the second one free to use.

Dyson

If you’re going to spend up for a Dyson, you might as well go for one of the best models in the company’s vacuum line. The V10 Animal is a cordless stick vacuum that offers up to 60 minutes of runtime and (according to Dyson) delivers 55% more suction power than its V7 line. This model can also run in a handheld mode, and its specifically designed to suck up pet hair, too (thus the “Animal” name).

Amazon

The Fire HD 8 has an 8-inch display (the 8 is for its size, not a version number), 32GB storage and a 12-hour battery life. Usually $90, you can snag one for $55 right now.

Chefman

The Chefman ToastAir 6-Slice Convection Toaster Oven does double duty as an air fryer. It has a temperature range from 200 F to 450 F and includes seven presets for different baking tasks. The spacious 20-liter interior accommodates six slices of toast and most standard baking pans — you can even fit a 5.5-pound chicken without trouble.

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The Kindle Oasis usually sells for $250, but you can save $75 on Cyber Monday. This ad-supported model has 8GB RAM and a 7-inch 300 ppi Paperwhite display and is fully waterproof for casual bathtub reading.

Tineco

Tineco’s A10 Spartan is a lightweight cordless stick vacuum that has a 25-minute run time and a handy trigger lock for continuous power. It easily converts from a full-size vacuum to a handheld for small cleanups. The wall charger conveniently also stores the accessories.

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Amazon’s ever-popular Kindle Paperwhite comes in a handful of colors, is fully waterproof (because who knows where you’re going to want to do some reading) and, as the name suggests, has an easy-on-the-eyes Paperwhite display. The best part? The battery only needs a recharge about once every three or four weeks. It’s usually $130, but you can save $45 right now.

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The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are hard to talk about without comparisons to the iconic Quiet Comfort 35 II. They sound better, have more features (including Alexa and Bose AR and USB-C charging) and let you hear the world around you with transparency mode. Read our Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 review.

Linksys

This Linksys AC1200 dual-band router is regularly priced at $90. It has speeds up to 867Mbps, four Ethernet ports for connecting to your wired devices and one USB 3.0 connection for adding external storage devices to your network.

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HyperX

On Cyber Monday only you can save $40 on the HyperX Cloud Flight S Wireless Gaming Headset. It features 7.1 virtual surround sound and a 30-hour battery life with Qi wireless charging.

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CNET’s David Carnoy calls the Tribit StormBox Micro “one of the best-sounding pocket-size speakers I’ve heard.” Usually priced at $40, this speaker is fully waterproof and offers 8 hours of battery life. Read our Tribit StormBox Micro review.

Nixplay

Usually $260, you can save 15% on the Nixplay Seed Wave 13.3-inch Wi-Fi Digital Picture Frame from Cyber Monday through Dec. 6. It’s a wide-screen HD digital photo frame with a pair of built-in Bluetooth speakers. You can pair your phone, tablet or PC to stream music through the frame while displaying your favorite photos.

Linksys

The Linksys MR8300 is a tri-band router that promises to deliver speeds up to 2.2Gbps throughout your home. It has a four-port Ethernet switch built in and you can extend the wireless network by adding a Velop Mesh Wi-Fi node anywhere in your home.

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Bowflex

This deeply discounted Bowflex treadmill features a 7.5-inch full-color LCD console that displays information like distance, resistance and even calories you’ve burned in real time while the hand grip monitors your heart rate, and it includes Bluetooth connectivity as well. It’s powered by a 3.75-continuous-horsepower motor that drives a 20×60-inch tread belt. You can incline up to 15 degrees.

Dyson

Dyson’s V7 Animal is good for people with pets thanks to its ability to clean up pet hair from any surface in your home. It weighs less than 6 pounds and does double duty as a full-height stick vacuum or a handheld vac for smaller messes, and runs for about 30 minutes on a charge.

Hisense’s expansive 65-inch TV features a 4K LED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and DTS Virtual:X audio. The Android TV streaming video software can be controlled by voice via Google Assistant, plus it has Bluetooth and Chromecast support. 

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This is the latest, greatest entry-level iPad introduced in September of 2020. The only real downside is that you’re getting a relatively tight 32GB of storage. Amazon appears to have matched Best Buy’s earlier curbside delivery price of $280, at least on some colors. That’s about the lowest we’ve seen this season, but last year’s model sold for as low as $250 during this time in 2019.

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