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February 5, 2016

The Wirecutter’s best deals: A Vizio smart TV and more!

by John_A

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

Vizio M43-C1 43-inch Smart LED TV

Street price: $550; MSRP: $600; deal price: $498

This matches the best price we’ve seen on this TV, which was set during Black Friday sales. We saw this price a couple times around then, from both Costco and Amazon, but haven’t seen it drop since.

The Vizio M43-C1 TV is our pick for the best TV around $500. Chris Heinonen said, “The Vizio M43-C1 offers the darkest blacks, the best contrast ratios, five HDMI inputs, superior daytime performance, and Ultra HD resolution for the best overall package.”

Jaybird X2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Street price: $144; MSRP: $180; deal price: $128

This isn’t quite the lowest price we’ve seen on these headphones, but it comes within $3 of that mark. We haven’t seen them drop this low since the holidays. This deal is for the Alpha color headphones, but you can also get the Ice and Midnight models for just $1 more.

The Jaybird X2s are the runner-up pick in our guide on the best wireless exercise headphones. Lauren Dragan said, “They are light, they stay put, they sound fantastic, they have a lifetime warranty against sweat damage (which, if you sweat through one pair of headphones a year, can really add up!), they charge pretty quickly (around 2 hours), they have a nice case, and you can wear them several different ways, depending on what works for you.”

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera

Street price: $750; MSRP: $900; deal price: $700

While this isn’t as good as the eBay deal (down to $600) we posted back in December, this is the best price it’s ever been at Amazon. Except for eBay, this camera has stayed firm at $750 pretty much everywhere. This $50 drop from street price makes for a good discount.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is the upgrade pick in our guide on the best superzoom camera. Amadou Diallo said, “The Panasonic FZ1000’s sensor is four times larger (and several times better) than the one in our main pick. Spending the extra money on this model gets you shallower depth of field, less image noise at high ISO settings, and a lens that lets in a lot more light. You do have to settle for a rather limited 16x zoom range, though.”

DeWalt DCBL790H140V MAX Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower

Street price: $332; MSRP: $370; deal price: $295

This is the best price we’ve ever seen on this model, beating the previous low by $12. This is the first time it has dropped below $320 in almost a year.

The DeWalt is the portable pick in our guide on the best leaf blower. Doug Mahoney said, “It offers power comparable to that of our corded picks, and with a 22-minute run time, it has twice the stamina of the four other cordless models we tested. We also liked its pro-grade durability and beefy design; it feels tougher than the other cordless (and corded) models we tried.”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The

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