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The limited edition Days of Play PS4 is on sale for $249.99 at Walmart

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The custom steel black finish and Dualshock touchpad are the best Days of Play devices in years.
The custom steel black finish and Dualshock touchpad are the best Days of Play devices in years.

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TL;DR: The beautifully-designed PlayStation 4 Days of Play Limited Edition console is on sale for $249.99 at Walmart, saving you $50.

Oh, loyal PlayStation fans. As if the impending release of PS4 exclusives like God Eater 3, Days Gone, and Concrete Genie weren’t enough to pump you up, there’s something else that can make your gaming experience even better. (As if it didn’t already take up enough of your time as it is.)

The Limited Edition Days of Play 1TB console, baby.

It’s usually $299.99, but you can get it at Walmart for $249.99 with free delivery.

The looks of your console aren’t as important as what’s inside, but the creators made sure that this would like nice sitting in your living room. The top half is decked out in custom steel black, a gorgeous happy medium between matte and glossy that’s smooth to touch and resistant to fingerprints. Your eyes likely immediately darted to the sacred PlayStation symbols, branded across the top in what resembles stainless steel. If you weren’t a monochrome fan before, you are now.

The matching Dualshock controller has the same steel treatment, a touchpad on the top, improved controls, and a sensitive SIXAXIS motion sensor. 

The graphics quality is just what you know and love from the PS4 Slim: Sharp graphics, blistering speed, and innovative second screen features for endless ways to play. As the grand finale, 1TB of storage is more than enough room for every game, app, and recorded footage you could want.

Regularly $299.88, you can save $50 and get it for $249.99.

Sony crowdfunded a personal air conditioner, but only in Japan for now

Who among us hasn’t wished for a personal, private air conditioner during our climate change-addled world’s increasingly brutal summers? Well, Sony’s apparently been listening.

The company introduced a product called the Reon Pocket through its only-in-Japan First Flight crowdfunding program. It’s a unique kind of portable air conditioner; instead of blowing processed air with the aim of cooling an entire space, it’s a body-mounted device that works by lowering you internal body temperature.

As a short video demonstrates, the app-controlled device slides into the pocket of a specially designed undershirt. The pocket is situated right between your shoulder blades and it uses thermoelectric currents to provide cooling and heating.

(There’s no script for this video, it’s all visual, so you don’t need to understand Japanese to pick up on what’s happening.)

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The First Flight page for Reon Pocket notes that the device is capable of lowering a wearer’s body temperature by 13 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit), or raise it by 8 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit). A fully charged device should give you 24 hours of personal climate control.

The Reon Pocket weighs in at just under three ounces, so it shouldn’t be too much of a nuisance to wear in that undershirt pocket, especially if you’ve got heavier clothing to wear over it. The First Flight pitch page definitely plays up the appeal of wearing something like this under the kind of suit a person might wear to work.

It doesn’t, however, offer any options that cater specifically to female customers. That’s not to say a woman couldn’t wear the undershirt, but the pitch case makes it seem like men in business suits are the primary audience. Hopefully just for now.

The project is already fully funded just a few days after it launched. Pricing on First Flight starts at around $117, but again: it’s only available in Japan. It’s also not going to be shipped out until 2020. But as climate change plunges us into increasingly brutal summers, products like the Reon Pocket could be exactly the thing heat-sensitive folks like me end up leaning on to get by.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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Sony Extra Bass portable speaker is just $20 at Walmart

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This small but mighty speaker goes wherever you go.
This small but mighty speaker goes wherever you go.

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TL;DR: The powerful Sony SRS-XB01 portable speaker is on sale for $19.99, saving you $15.

Sometimes buying an older model of a tech product means you can score a good-quality item at a desirable price. Portable speakers are no exception — you can find a well-reviewed Bluetooth speaker for cheap if having the latest and greatest model isn’t a top priority for you.

The Sony Extra Bass series has gone through a couple iterations, but the SRS-XB01 still provides good sound quality, and you can get it on sale for $19.99 at Walmart, down from $34.99. (The price is shown once you add the speaker to your cart.)

As you can probably tell from its name, this small but mighty speaker provides excellent bass that will have your music bumpin’. In addition to the bass, the SRS-XB01 has clear, punchy sound.

The speaker is small enough that you can take it virtually anywhere. Hopefully the pool or beach are on your summer destination list because this speaker is water resistant and can handle some water splashes. 

You’ll get up to six hours of battery life on a single charge, and if you don’t want to connect via Bluetooth, you have the option to plug in to the audio input port.

Grab the Sony SRS-XB01 for just $20 at Walmart.

Soundbars on sale: Save up to $600 on Samsung, LG, Sony, and more

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Samsung's Harman Kardon 5.1.2ch soundbar (shown here) is 42% off in the PCMag Shop.
Samsung’s Harman Kardon 5.1.2ch soundbar (shown here) is 42% off in the PCMag Shop.

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TL;DR: Get these premium soundbars for up to $600 off when you shop sales at Walmart, Best Buy, and in the PCMag Shop (which, full disclosure, is owned by the Mashable’s parent company Ziff Davis).

Today’s electronics manufacturers are in an arms race to make the sleekest, flattest TVs possible, a task made easier recently by developments in OLED technologies. That’s fine and good for the displays themselves, but not so great for their sound systems; there’s just no room in a wallpaper-thin TV for decent speakers.

Enter: the soundbar, a long, rectangular device packed with speakers that you can pair with your TV to beef up its audio quality. 

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite soundbars on the market, and in the process learned that you could easily spend upwards of $1,000 on a really, really nice piece of equipment for your home theater setup. 

But since we also know that price point is a tad unrealistic, we’ve rounded up the following deals on top-of-the-line soundbars made by Samsung, LG, Sony, Bose, and Vizio. If you take advantage of them anytime between now and Sunday evening, you’ll save up to a whopping 46%.

Check them out:

Engineered with Wi-Fi functionality and Amazon Alexa compatibility for hands-free voice control, Samsung’s 13-speaker Q80R soundbar features Dolby Atmos — arguably the best surround sound technology ever made — for a gorgeous, multi-dimensional home theater experience. It’s got dual HDMI ports so you can connect multimedia devices, and comes with a wireless subwoofer for deep, pulsing bass.

The Q80R soundbar typically retails for $1,199.99, but you’ll pay just $699.99 if you order it from the PCMag Shop — a 42% savings.

Slightly smaller with seven Atmos-equipped speakers, Samsung’s wireless Q70R soundbar can support Spotify, Alexa, Bluetooth, and HDMI connections and comes with its own subwoofer, too.

Normally $799.99, you’ll pay just $489.99 when you order the Q70R soundbar through the PCMag Shop — a 39% savings.

This high-end Dolby Atmos soundbar from LG features cinema-quality Meridian audio technology (for advanced signal processing) and Bluetooth connectivity (for easy pairing). It includes both a built-in Google Assistant *and* Google’s Chromecast streaming media adapter, plus a wireless subwoofer.

Buy it from the PCMag Shop and you’ll pay just $699.99 — 46% off its usual price of $1,299.99.

The most upscale device on this list, Sony’s Wi-Fi-enabled Dolby Atmos soundbar utilizes S-Force PRO front surround and wavefront technology to create a breathtakingly natural sound field with the help of its companion subwoofer.

Typically $1,499.99, this Sony subwoofer is on sale in the PCMag Shop for just $999.99 — a 33% savings.

On a budget? Bose’s Bluetooth-equipped Solo 5 soundbar makes it easier to hear the dialogue on your TV, and Walmart has it on sale for less than $200.

Order it today for just $199 — 20% off its suggested retail price of $249.

One of the best values on the market, Vizio’s Dolby Atmos soundbar includes Wi-Fi functionality, the Google Assistant, Bluetooth connectivity, a wireless subwoofer, and two bonus rear surround speakers. 

Normally $499.99, you can order it from Best Buy right now for only $299.99 — a 40% savings.

This 49-inch Sony 4K TV is perfect for a dorm and $250 off at Walmart

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Movie nights and post-homework gaming will look sweet on Sony's Triluminos display.
Movie nights and post-homework gaming will look sweet on Sony’s Triluminos display.

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TL;DR: This 49-inch Sony 4K Bravia TV is the optimal dorm size and is on sale for $499, a savings of $250.

Back-to-school shopping is (somehow) upon us again. Clothes, a laptop, and dorm supplies are obvious musts for adulting, but there’s another item we think every college student should have: a nice TV.

This 49-inch 4K TV from Sony’s highly-rated X800E line is on sale for $499 — a savings of $250 to $399, depending on which original price you see. (Walmart has it at $898 and Sony has it at $749, but you’re saving a ton regardless.)

Hear us out: If it’s not used as a distraction from homework, a TV is that one item that immediately makes a dorm feel homey, and is the perfect way to make friends via movie nights. When you’re living alone or far from home, a TV can have a serious positive impact on loneliness. 

The Sony X800E Bravia Series is praised as one of the best models in countless “best 4K TV” lists on Google. Sony’s Triluminos display maps colors from a 50% wider palette than traditional LCD TVs, heightening vibrancy and color saturation without needing a backlight. If you’re really into the science behind it, check out this deep dive article on the Triluminos display.

This TV being an Android TV makes it hella easy to operate, too. Google Assistant is built-in, it’s compatible with Alexa, and your phone can be used as the remote.

Regularly $749 on Sony’s site, you can save $250 and get it for $499 with free two-day delivery.