This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.
WalmartÂ continues to unveil new low prices as we approachÂ Black Friday. The big Walmart ad, linked below, hit last week — and we’ve got our arms around the bulk of the huge sales featured therein. You can expect to see massive discounts onÂ tablets,Â laptops,Â game consoles,Â TVs, streaming devices, toys, kitchen appliances, smart home devices,Â video gamesÂ and more. The main event kicks off online on Wednesday, Nov. 27 — the day before Thanksgiving — at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.Â
Note that Walmart will also have an early sale starting Friday, Nov. 22 (details to come), and it’s already discounted a wide variety of products. We’ve listed the highlights of what’s available right now below. Â
Acer’s Chromebook 715 has some premium features that are rare in the Chromebook class. You get a 15.6-inch Full HD display, eighth-gen Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB hard drive. And it’s tough: Acer says its all-aluminum chassis can survive drops from up to 4 feet.
Read our Acer Chromebook 715 preview.
When Lenovo introduced the IdeaPad 330s last year, it started at $500. Now, you can get a decent midrange configuration — with a quad-core AMD processor, a 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM — for under $350. Equipped with a sharp 15.6-inch display, the 330s has thinner-than-usual bezels and an aluminum lid.
Read our Lenovo IdeaPad 330s preview.
While CNET hasn’t reviewed this exact model (RTR3260-W) — and expectations for a $120 TV shouldn’t be too high — this 720p model has the Roku smart TV operating system (our favorite) and three HDMI inputs. Hard to complain about that feature set at this price if you’re looking for a small TV for the kitchen or kids’ room.
This Walmart exclusive, which includes Google’s tiny virtual assistant and Chromecast streaming device, turns any TV into a smart TV. Hook them up and use your phone (or voice) to stream Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, HBO Now and thousands of other apps and games.
Read our Google Home Mini review.
The price on this model was $599 last week — but even at $699, this is a solid deal on an older version of Apple’s iPad Pro. The 10.5-inch iPad was released in 2017, but Walmart’s loaded configuration (512GB of storage, Apple’s A10X processor) will do the job in 2019 and beyond.
Read our 10.5-inch iPad Pro review.
I bought this — actually two of them — last year for my kids, and it was a hit. You get a new, small Lego figure or ship for 24 days in a row. These usually sell out.
Most of Arcade1Up’s machines cost around $300. This one — which is a three-quarter-size version of the original — costs $170 once it’s in your shopping cart. And it looks, sounds and plays exactly like the old arcade machines. Walmart is also offering the Centipede edition for $180.
We’ve seen this discount come and go. Now it’s back. At $99, we’re big fans of the Ninja Coffee Bar, which provides an unequaled list of features and capabilities.
Read our Ninja Coffee Bar review.
Walmart deals that have expired (but are likely to return)
We reviewed the similar Legion Y545 and appreciated its edgy design and great components for the price. Walmart’s configuration comes stocked with solid components, including an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU.
Read our Lenovo Legion Y545 review.
The M-Series Quantum delivers excellent picture quality, with deep black levels, accurate color and very good 4K HDR performance. And its smart system is phone-friendly, with Google Cast and Apple AirPlay control.
And Walmart also has theÂ the 50-inch modelÂ for $467, but it’s the M7 series, whichÂ doesn’t deliver quite the same levelÂ of picture quality as that M8. It’s still a great price, however.
Read our Vizio M-Series Quantum review.
Lookin for the other end of the size spectrum? Check out this 70-incher from RCA. We haven’t reviewed it, and this brand isn’t exactly known for its picture quality. But it’s a friggin’ 70-inch 4K Roku TV for $550. Allowances can (and will) be made!
The Eufy RoboVac 35C connects via Wi-Fi to Alexa or Google Assistant, which means that you can tell it to clean up, and then walk away. We haven’t tested this particular model, which Walmart has discounted by more than $200, but we did review the similar 11S Max modelÂ (pictured above), which we found to be a solid performer on bare hardwood floors.
Read our roundup of robot vacuum cleaners.
How Walmart’s sale will work
Main sale prices will come online atÂ Walmart.comÂ at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Nov. 27. (In Walmart stores, doors open at 6 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.)
The company is already teasing current deals it’s dubbed “Buy Now Deals.” Those can be found atÂ walmart.com/buynow. (We’ve highlighted any worthy deals above.)
Walmart is also promoting a “Pre-Black Friday” event with a focus on toys and electronics that will start at 9:01 p.m. PT on Thanksgiving (12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 22). We’ll highlight those deals here as soon as we have them.Â
Walmart’s biggest deals coming on Nov. 27Â
Most of the deals are similar or identical to what we’ve already seen from Target, Best Buy and other early movers. But given its size and scale, Walmart will undoubtedly scoop up plenty of shoppers, too. These early deals don’t go live until after next week but here’s an overview of the highlights, with savings versus MSRP (unless otherwise indicated):
How to win Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2019
Originally posted last month. Frequently updated with additional deals and information.
CNET Holiday Gift Guide 2019
Realme 7i India Launch Teased by CEO Madhav Sheth, Appears on Support Page
Realme 7i is expected to be revealed soon as the company’s India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth teases the arrival of a Realme 7 series phone on Twitter. The Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro were launched in India at the beginning of this month and the Realme 7i debuted in the Indonesian market a…
Realme 7i is expected to be revealed soon as the company’s India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth teases the arrival of a Realme 7 series phone on Twitter. The Realme 7 and Realme 7 Pro were launched in India at the beginning of this month and the Realme 7i debuted in the Indonesian market a couple weeks ago. Now, Sheth has teased a new entrant in the Realme 7 series and it could be the Realme 7i. While the tweet shows a phone with a quad rear camera setup, no other details have been announced around the upcoming smartphone. The Realme 7i has also started appearing on the support page of the company’s India website, hinting at an imminent launch.Realme India and Europe CEO Madhav Sheth tweeted that “something new and exciting” is coming up and more will be revealed soon on the next episode of the ongoing Realme community Q&A series Ask Madhav. The image shared in the tweet shows the back of a phone that appears to be the Realme 7i in its Aurora Green variant, as suggested by its quad rear camera setup. The tweet does not include any information about the phone but from the Indonesian launch, we know pretty much all there is about the Realme 7i, except the Indian pricing.Additionally, the Realme 7i has also started appearing on the company’s India support page. Gadgets 360 independently verified that the Realme 7i has been listed under the Model sub-category on the search page. However, the page hasn’t been populated with any search results or further details as of yet.All of this seems to hint at an imminent launch of the Realme 7i in India.Realme 7i specificationsThe dual-SIM (Nano) Realme 7i runs Android 10 with Realme UI on top. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) display with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 662 SoC with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM.Speaking of optics, the Realme 7i packs a quad rear camera setup and the sensors are arranged in an L-shape placed within the rectangular camera module. It includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, a 2-megapixel black and white sensor with an f/2.4 lens, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter with an f/2.4 aperture. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 Sensor with an f/2.1 lens, housed in the hole-punch cutout located at the top left corner of the screen.The Realme 7i comes with 128GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card. The phone is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. The phone is offered in Aurora Green and Polar Blue colour options.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.
Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, Nokia 6.3 Tipped to Launch in November
Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3 smartphones are expected to launch in November, a report claims. Nokia licensee HMD Global is reportedly planning a major launch event in November where it is expected to unveil the aforementioned phones. The Nokia 9.3 PureView is expected to be a flagship offering from the company…
Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3 smartphones are expected to launch in November, a report claims. Nokia licensee HMD Global is reportedly planning a major launch event in November where it is expected to unveil the aforementioned phones. The Nokia 9.3 PureView is expected to be a flagship offering from the company and has been subject to leaks for quite some time now. The other two phones, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 6.3, have also seen their fair share of leaks.In its report, NokiaPowerUser cited sources who said that HMD Global is planning to hold a major launch event in November where it may unveil the Nokia 9.3 and the Nokia 7.3 5G. While the sources only mention these two models, the Nokia 6.3 is also expected to be announced at the same event. The report also mentioned that the launch event is still in the planning phase and can be postponed as well if there are any roadblocks. The report further claims that sources in retail also expect Nokia smartphone launches in November or December.Last month, it was reported that HMD Global is planning on holding a major launch event in Q4 2020 where it will unveil the Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3. If the latest report is to be believed, November could officially be the launch month for these phones.Nokia 9.3, Nokia 7.3 5G, Nokia 6.3: Specifications (expected)The Nokia 9.3 is expected to offer a 120Hz display, a 108-megapixel main camera, and 8K video recording. The Nokia 7.3 5G may feature a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with a hole-punch cutout. It is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC. It may feature a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. The smartphone may pack a 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.On the other hand, the Nokia 6.3 may feature a larger than 6.2-inch full-HD+ display with PureDisplay branding. The smartphone could be offered with 3GB/ 4GB/ 6GB RAM and 32GB/ 64GB/ 128GB storage options. The Nokia 6.3 may pack a quad rear camera setup, a 16-megapixel selfie camera, and 4,000mAh battery. It may be powered by a Snapdragon 670/ 675 SoC.Is Android One holding back Nokia smartphones in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
9 best kitchen gadgets under $20 that you’ll use every day – CNET
As much as I love my kitchen workhorses — the giant wooden cutting board, measuring cups, microplane and razor-sharp knives — there’s also a special place in my heart for the smaller extras that I don’t strictly need, but that make cooking (and eating!) smooth as butter.After singing their praises to (aka pushing them on) my family and…
As much as I love my kitchen workhorses — the giant wooden cutting board, measuring cups, microplane and razor-sharp knives — there’s also a special place in my heart for the smaller extras that I don’t strictly need, but that make cooking (and eating!) smooth as butter.After singing their praises to (aka pushing them on) my family and friends, I thought I’d share info on these cheap, easy-to-clean favorites with you. They’re all products I actually own and use in real life and that are simple to incorporate into your cooking routine. Most of all, they’re versatile tools you can use daily (I do!), which means they’re not just inexpensive, but also high-value. Here are the tools I never want to be without, and how I use them.
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The wide, saucer-shaped bowl, long handle and pleasant weight make these beautiful spoons perfect for almost everything — eating soup, curries, rice dishes, spooning yogurt out of the tub, spooning anything out of any tub, really. My Korean friend calls them “jjigae spoons” (a type of stew) or rice spoons, but in my family, they’re known as “life-changing spoons,” which is how I first convinced my family to adopt them. I hardly ever use “regular” spoons anymore. You can buy long-handled spoons online or in many Asian markets. My personal preference is to get a set with round handles, not the thin kind with the flat ends. Prices vary, but they’re not expensive either way — say $16 for a pack of 5 good quality spoons, or even $15 for a pack of 8.
I’m sure I could live without a pair of kitchen shears like this one from Henckels (also known for making reliable knives), but I don’t particularly want to. A dedicated pair of shears makes opening food bags, cutting meat and fish and trimming green beans dead-easy. Storing them with your knives or utensils keeps them accessible where you need them and eliminates cross-contamination with your other scissors. Sturdy shears can butterfly poultry and this model unhinges for dishwashing — it’s dishwasher safe if in need of thorough sanitizing, but it usually cleans easily with soapy hot water and a sponge. This particular model costs under $20 on sale.
Bench scrapers, also known as pastry or dough scrapers or cutters, are typically used to pry dough off a work surface, though I use mine multiple times a day for either scraping or lifting items from my cutting board to a pan or bowl. I used to use the side of whichever knife I had in my hand, but this useful kitchen tool shovels more diced onions at a time and is safer anyway. I’ve also used straight-sided bench scrapers, but the offset design is much easier for sliding under a pile of chopped food. It’s equally adept at its intended purpose of working with bread and pastry dough. This Tovolo bench scraper is the one I use and costs around $10.
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Small bowls are hardly interesting or new and I have plenty of them, especially fluted and ribbed ramekins. But these wonderful dip bowls have made cooking and serving food more of a delight. I just love them. They’re useful enough for daily prep and pretty enough to serve on. You can mound a surprising amount of food in the hollow, like lemon zest, olive oil, wasabi or even grated cheese like fresh parmesan. They cost $18 for a set of eight 3-ounce bowls.Here’s how I use them:Spoon restUsed tea bag holderSalt piggyEgg holderPrep bowl for ingredients like garlic, shallots, gingerPrep bowl for blending spices (the mix flows into the pan really easily, without getting stuck in creases)Garnish serverServer for individual desserts, like squares of chocolate, a brownie or a tiny scoop of ice creamSugar caddy for after-dinner coffee or teaRing valet (especially when taking off to work with slimy or sticky food)
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My dad endearingly referred to these as “rubber fingers.” This set of two — one with a pointy end (pictured) and one that looks more like a paddle, cost $8 and are awesome for scraping, scooping and pushing down all types of food. Think the last little bit of something gooey like peanut butter from the jar, or getting every little bit of beaten egg out of a small bowl. I still use full-size spatulas for large work bowls, pots and pans, but these nonstick minis work better than spoons or my finger and fit really well into drawer dividers. They’re machine washable, too.
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I had never heard of a pan or pot scraper until my colleague Rich Brown sang its praises. I have an elaborate and finely-tuned method for steaming and scraping off stuck-on crud from pots, pans and bakeware, but I started getting a lot of time back once I began using this $5 tool — or $8 for two.This kitchen gadget fits into your palm and easily scrapes away gunk with its flat and curved edges, which can also better reach into corners. Still expect a little sponge work, but mostly to wipe away loosened and leftover stuff. I was amazed with how my Lodge pot scraper obliterates the scum that builds up in a ring around the pan, say the leftovers of reduced marinara. It cuts through residue faster and more efficiently than a hard plastic spatula and it won’t gunk up the scrubby side of a sponge with cheese, egg or starchy buildup. I recommend keeping it visible on your sink, near your sponges and dish soap. I initially put it into a drawer and forgot about it, but now it’s top of mind.
My friend bought a fancy new dishwasher with built-in wine holders and gave me three purple silicone tubes that help keep your wine glasses safe in the machine. “Here, you like wine,” she said. “You should use these.”She was right. They may look derpy, but this perfect gift probably saved my wine glasses more than once. You fit one grippy end around your overturned stemware (as pictured) and slide the other end, a hollow tube, over a peg on the bottom rack of your dishwasher. A wire that runs two-thirds the length of the attachment supplies structure. If a glass feels extra wobbly in the center of the bottom rack, I’ve been known to clip on two of these silicone holders for extra stability, one on either side. I used to hand-wash my wine glasses and still managed to break one here or there. Not anymore. It costs about $12 for a set of eight. I’ve run them in the dishwasher on a weekly basis for almost two years.
Great for elegantly draining pasta, reaching for items on the top shelf, juicing lemons and even cleaning window blinds. A pair of 9-inch or 12-inch silicone-tipped tongs costs about $15 and has become a trusty kitchen companion that does far more for a chef than just flip browning veggies and meat. Here are seven clever uses for kitchen tongs.
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I love a small saucepan for so many reasons, including frying perfectly round eggs one at a time and reducing broth and sauces. Melting butter and making modest quantities of caramel or hot milk and cream are also great in an itty-bitty pan, especially if you’re trying to keep a small amount of liquid from evaporating too quickly.I bought a “cup measuring pan” that’s a lot like this one, with a long handle, and I like it, though it’s not as thick as some of my other kitchen pots. I’d also happily consider a butter melting pot for butter, sauces, warming milk and boiling single eggs, but I currently use a tiny milk frothing jug for that, intended for espresso. Whichever pan you get should cost between $15 and $25, tops. Mine was about $15.
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