Wirecutter’s best deals: Mackie CR3 speakers drop to $70
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You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at 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.
Mackie CR3 Computer Speakers
Street price: $100; Deal price: $70 with code OCTOBER17
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on our top computer speakers after you apply coupon code OCTOBER17 in cart. Once applied, the price falls to $69, $10 cheaper than usual deal pricing and over $30 off the current street price. Shipping is free. The Mackie CR3 speakers are our top pick in our guide to the best computer speakers. John Higgins wrote, “With more inputs, outputs, and control features than most speakers, plus solid audio performance, we think the Mackie CR3 pair are the best active computer speakers for most people. Their sound profile favors the midrange and vocals, and they create nice open highs, though the small woofer size limits the low end. Their price makes them an easy upgrade for anyone looking for decent speakers for music, movies, or computer games.
Proform 505 CST Treadmill
Street price: $600; Deal price: $500
At $500, this is the best price we’ve seen on this treadmill. As it usually costs $600, this is an excellent time to pick one up for yourself or the avid runner or walker in your life as winter approaches. While stock is somewhat low, more are on the way. Shipping is free.
The ProForm 505 CST Treadmill is the top pick in our guide to the best treadmill. Shannon Palus wrote, “The ProForm 505 CST has all the features most people need while also being one of the least expensive treadmills that we considered. The machine goes up to 10 miles per hour, inclines up to 10 percent, and has a speedy motor that can adjust those settings much faster than some of its pricier competitors. The ProForm comes with 18 interval programs, and the buttons in the interface are intuitively laid out. The console has two large water bottle holders, and there are two big media shelves that make it easy to read or watch a tablet while you work out. The belt is 55 inches long and the weight capacity is 325 pounds, specs that accommodate most walkers and runners. (If you are an especially tall runner, over 6 feet, look to our upgrade pick.) The warranty is the best we’ve seen for treadmills in its price range. Like all treadmills we tested, the belt on the 505 CST folds up to save a small amount of floor space when it’s not in use.”
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote + Echo Dot
Street price: $90; Deal price: $60
A nice bundled deal that includes two of our picks for just $60. The Amazon Fire TV stick has had a typical street price of $40, while the Echo Dot has had a street price of $50. While both have seen regular deals that drop them into the $30s, it’s very rare to see either of them stick at a deal price for long. While Amazon is offering some newer streaming stick options and a bevy of new speaker options, this is still a tremendous deal to get these two at this price. Shipping is free.
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is our runner-up pick in our guide to the best media streamers. Chris Heinonen wrote, “Improved search features and an overhauled interface make the Amazon Fire TV Stick our new runner-up. You can’t customize the interface as much as you can with the Roku, and its app selection is more limited, but it includes Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled assistant, letting you make queries far beyond just a movie’s title. It’s starting to offer direct access to titles inside your favorite streaming services without having to launch the corresponding app, but it still does push Amazon content over other companies’ offerings and it isn’t quite as fast as the Roku.”
The Echo Dot is an option we like in our in our guide on Amazon Echo vs. Google Home. Grant Clauser wrote, “For a lot less than the full-size Echo, and with the ability to connect wirelessly to your choice of speaker or sound system, the Echo Dot 2 is a smart option.”
L.L.Bean Signature Leather Briefcase
Street price: $250; Deal price: $200 with code FALL20
Get 20 percent off with code FALL20 on our budget leather briefcase pick. When applied in cart, the code knocks the usual price of $250 down to $200, an excellent discount on an item that rarely sees sales. Shipping is free.
The L.L. Bean Signature Leather Briefcase is our budget leather briefcase pick in our guide to our favorite briefcases. Tim Barribeau wrote, “If you’re interested in a fairly informal leather briefcase but are deterred by the $400 to $500 price tags on many designs, you might like the L.L.Bean Signature Leather Briefcase, a nice bag with soft leather available for much less. It gives you some of the cultural cachet of a leather bag but at a lower price—and it also comes with L.L.Bean’s lifetime guarantee, so if anything happens to this bag, you know the company will deal with you fairly.”
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