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– Jun 22, 2022 2:33 pm UTC
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a strong discount on the 44 mm version of the Apple Watch SE, which is currently down to $229 at Amazon and Walmart.

We generally recommend the higher-end Apple Watch Series 7 as the best smartwatch for iPhone users, but the Watch SE remains a compelling alternative for those on a tighter budget. For roughly $100 less, you retain most of the Series 7’s core features, including the same messaging, heart rate tracking, and general watchOS support. You lose the larger, always-on display of the flagship model—i.e., its screen won’t stay on when you put your wrist down—plus more advanced features like blood oxygen monitoring, ECG support, and slightly faster charging speeds. It’s also worth noting that we’ll likely see new Apple Watch models introduced this fall. But if you need to save cash, the Watch SE is a fine product, and it should represent a solid upgrade for those coming from an older Apple Watch model (think the Series 3 or below).
If you don’t need a new wearable, our roundup also includes the lowest price we’ve tracked on a wellreviewed (and massive) OLED gaming monitor from Gigabyte, as well as a new low for LG’s A1 OLED TV. The latter is a year-old model that sacrifices gaming-friendly features like a 120 Hz panel, variable refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1 ports, but it still brings the deep contrast you’d expect from an OLED display, so if you don’t plan to game heavily, it’s a strong value at its current price of $1,000 for a 65-inch model.
Elsewhere, we have Apple’s (older but still great) MacBook Air for $100 off Apple’s MSRP, plus more lower-than-usual prices on recommended gaming laptops and peripherals, speedy PCIe 4.0 SSDs for those wishing to upgrade a PS5’s storage space, and more. Check out our full curated list of deals below.
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