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10 of the best laptops for Windows 10

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is such a great Windows laptop that it might actually make devoted Apple fans blush and consider making the switch from Mac to PC. Why is that, you might ask? Well, the laptop is powerful with its Intel Core i7-8550U processor and Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card working together to deliver fantastic performance again and again. 
The laptop runs Windows 10 Signature Edition, so there’s no bloatware or free trial software slowing you down with annoying pop-ups and clutter. In fact, the Huawei MateBook X Pro gives you the best and cleanest Windows 10 experience yet, which makes it ideal for people thinking about making the switch.
Not to mention the laptop’s sleek and sexy design that looks pretty familiar. There’s no doubt about it, Huawei designed the MateBook X Pro to mimic the Apple MacBook Pro, which explains its name and design. In fact, the laptop even comes in Space Gray, as a possible way to attract Apple users to make the leap to Windows 10. 
However, the MateBook X Pro’s design is also functional thanks to the laptop’s impressive, near bezel-less display, which is also a touchscreen. Huawei achieves a massive 91% screen-to-body ratio with a clever design by eliminating the laptop’s webcam placement. Believe it or not, but the webcam is hidden as a handy pop-out in the keyboard itself. This design choice works to give more screen real estate to the display and to keep the webcam covered when not in use. (So there’s no need for unsightly tape to cover it up.) Although it’s already hidden and out of the way, it does give unflattering views when it’s on, which might get annoying if you’re always in video meetings or conference calls.
The laptop is compact and lightweight too, weighing just under 3 lbs. The Huawei MateBook X Pro is perfect for commuting and traveling, while the laptop has fantastic usability with an assortment of ports, such as one USB 3.0, one USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), one USB-C 3.1, an HDMI port, and a VGA port. While the laptop is a winner in most categories, the MateBook X Pro features a ho-hum battery life with an average of eight hours of use on a single charge. Overall, while there are some minor flaws, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is designed to impress and built for work and entertainment, as a brilliant Windows 10 laptop.
Although it heavily copies what makes the Apple MacBook Pro great, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is a legit MacOS alternative for Windows 10 users. With its sleek and sexy build and design, the laptop will turn heads, while also considered one of the best PC machines out there.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro starts at $1,199.99 on Amazon.

Get 2 of the new Echo Plus devices *and* an Echo Sub for $100 off with this Amazon pre-order deal

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In case you didn’t know, Amazon recently revealed a bunch of new Alexa-powered gadgets to the world, further giving us reason to hop on the smart home bandwagon.

Sound junkies can get especially amped (no pun intended) about the new Echo Plus and Echo Sub, AKA the voice-controlled speakers and subwoofer that will not only control every Alexa-compatible feature in your house, but also give a you room-filling, base-tastic wireless 2.1 stereo system. What’s even more exciting is that Amazon is now doing a pre-order bundle deal where you can get two Echo Plus devices AND the Echo Sub for $100 off.  The items will be officially released on Oct. 11.

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The Echo Plus comes equipped with new premium speakers powered by Dolby play 360° audio, so you’ll get crisp, quality sound pumping from every direction. It’s got seven microphones, plus beam-forming technology and noise cancellation, so giving Alexa directions will be a piece of cake, even when you’re speaking to her over music or room noise. 

Speaking of commanding Alexa: the Echo Plus has a built-in Zigbee hub so setting up your compatible smart home devices is super easy. Ask Alexa to check the weather, set alarms, turn off the lights, call a friend, and of course play music.

When you pair two of those babies with the Echo Sub you should get some serious audio. The Echo Sub has been designed to deliver down-firing, 100W deep bass sound through a 6-inch woofer, giving you that rich full sound that audio enthusiasts go nuts for. 

Getting these three new releases for just $330 is a damn steal — if you bought them separately it would run you $430. Get the deal here and happy listening. 

Pre-order the Amazon Echo Auto for $25 off and bring Alexa on the road

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Amazon announced a slew of updates and new devices recently in their efforts to take over the world. One of the hottest new gadgets is the Echo Auto, a dedicated device meant to bring Alexa into your car. Amazon is already ahead of the game, offering a discount for anyone invited (you can request an invite on the product listing page) to pre-order the device.

If you are among those invited by Amazon, you can pre-order the Echo Auto for $24.99. This will save you $25 on the listed $49.99 price that was announced for the car assistant.

This is the company’s effort to offer an affordable alternative to services like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you don’t have a new car with either built-in, aftermarket options for Auto and CarPlay can start at $300 and sometimes require you to replace the stock radio. In either case, you still have to plug your phone into the radio for apps to even work.

With the Echo Auto, you won’t have to worry about too many wires cluttering your dash. There’s just the car power adapter and there’s no need to plug in your phone. Simply mount it on the dash and connect your phone with the Alexa app. The Auto will piggyback onto your phone’s internet signal for a connection instead of relying on an additional signal source and, possibly, bumping up the price.

Once connected, ask Alexa to access the news, get directions, listen to music, podcasts, and more without ever having to pick up your phone. Also, since it’s an Echo device, you can link up the Auto to your home system so when you pull in the driveway, you can open and close the garage when you need to. And with eight microphones, the Auto should be able to hear you over road noise.

Submit an invite request here to get selected for the Echo Auto pre-order sale price at $25 off.

Snag a pair (or two) of Apple AirPods from Walmart on sale

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We’re pretty obsessed with everything Apple makes, but nothing more so than the AirPods. They’re small, wireless, non-invasive earbuds that make for the perfect companion to your new iPhone. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t exactly like offering discounts on them, so any deal is worth taking note of. 

Believe it or not: Apple AirPods are only $144.98 right now at Walmart.

Okay, that might only be $14 off the listed $159 price. But the exciting thing here is that AirPods are actually on sale.

This isn’t to say that you can’t find good deals on other products, like MacBooks and iPads. (The 2017 MacBook Pro is $400 off right now, for example.) But for some reason, deals on AirPods are rare. Granted, AirPods seem to sell extremely well, so I guess Apple doesn’t have much of a reason to discount them.

Regardless, when it comes to AirPods, any sale is a good sale. And if you’re looking for a backup pair or don’t want to deal with any pesky wires anymore, head over to Walmart while you can take advantage of this deal.

5 deals on Bluetooth speakers that are too good to pass up

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Elevate your listening experience with these Bluetooth speakers that are now on sale.
Elevate your listening experience with these Bluetooth speakers that are now on sale.

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A lot of us rely on smart speakers to do everything from reading us the news, and telling us the weather, to playing our favorite songs, and even naming our firstborns

But no matter how “smart” those devices are, a lot of them are still incapable of functioning without WiFi or being tethered to a power outlet. So until they can be brought along on adventures and not crap out when splashed with water, it’s still best to rely on good ‘ol Bluetooth speakers to jam outside of our homes.

Here are five deals on Bluetooth speakers that are too good to pass up:

Now 25% off.

Now 25% off.

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Most powerful speakers are big, beefy machines that are a pain to lug around. If that’s the case, then you might as well carry a monstrous amplifier to bump your tunes. Measuring in at a mere 1.1 inches tall, the Cube Stereo Speakers pack a punch for such tiny packages. Despite their minuscule sizes, they boast a variety of features, including powerful sonics, built-in microphone, voice control via your smartphone’s assistant, and magnetic backing. They even have a remote shutter you can use for taking selfies.

You can get your hands on two of these babies now for only $29.99 — 25% off the usual price of $39.99.

Now 55% off.

Now 55% off.

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Good things come in pretty packages. Featuring a sleek, compact shape, classy dual speakers, and wide-sound engineering, Vertrag BT churns out high-quality audio that harmonizes perfectly with extreme bass and treble frequencies. It’s crafted from HDAA™ wood to prevent vibration and leakage of sound and outfitted with Drone FX™ technology to enhance the detail in the entire frequency range.

Bring one home today for $79.99 — 55% off the regular price of $179.99.

Now 49% off.

Now 49% off.

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The whole point of Bluetooth speakers is that you get to have a portable sound system wherever you go. All-Terrain Sound can withstand basically any adventure, whether you’re cycling up the hill, hitting the slopes, rafting in the river, or just chilling by the beach. True to its name, it’s water, weather, and dust-proof, making it ready for all-terrain use. It floats in water and boasts rugged durability, withstanding drops from up to over 10 feet. It also features 14 hours of continuous playtime to keep up with whatever the day may bring.

Typically $59.95, you can buy it today for $29.99 — a savings of 49%.

Now 59% off.

Now 59% off.

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Unless you have a phone that can be fully submerged in water, you know the hassle of having to be extra careful with playing your tunes when you hold daily concerts in the shower. Upgrade your jam sessions with the FresheTech Splash Tunes Bluetooth Shower Speaker. Completely waterproof, it can be used to pump out and skip songs, adjust volume, and even answer calls while you’re lathering, rinsing, and repeating. With the built-in suction cup, you can stick it to any surface, so you’ll always have your tunes within arm’s reach.

Buy it now for only $19.99 — 59% marked down the usual sticker price of $49.95.

Now 56% off.

Now 56% off.

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Disco balls are so three decades ago. This one-of-a-kind Bluetooth speaker emits colorful LED lighting while delivering booming bass and lively treble, putting a funky spin on your listening experience. It easily pairs with your smartphone and also features an AUX line-in input and microSD card slot for flexibility.

Regularly $49.99, you can get it on sale now for $21.99 — a savings of 56%.