the Verge Deals The team is ready to guide you through the week with great savings on a variety of awesome tech. Our inaugural deal of the week is the MSI GS66 Stealth gaming laptop, which is currently available at Best Buy for $1,299.99the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this configuration which usually costs $1,499.99.
The MSI GS66 Stealth is a slim yet powerful 15.6-inch laptop that weighs just under five pounds. This laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-11800H processor and an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card, both of which should provide enough power to make good use of the 240Hz refresh rate of the 1080p display.
16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD complete the list of specifications for this powerful laptop (here’s the rest, in case you’re curious). The GS66 is also equipped with a pair of USB-A ports, and one of its two USB-C ports is Thunderbolt 4 compatible. The laptop has an HDMI output port, but unfortunately the website from Best Buy doesn’t specify whether it can support 4K output beyond a 60Hz refresh rate. Some minor things that bothered us about this laptop were the slightly cluttered keyboard layout and how the fans can be audible under load. But, provided you’re willing to look past those caveats, the GS66 offers good value for money. Read our review.
Costco subscribers can currently grab the Samsung CRG9 ultra-wide curved gaming monitor for its lowest price ever. This $1,199.99 monitor is on sale now for $899.99 at the big box retailer if you have a subscription. This massive 49-inch monitor boasts a 5120 x 1440 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. This not only allows for an expansive field of view while playing your favorite games, but also more than enough space to support multiple windows open simultaneously.
Some other great gamer-centric features include AMD FreeSync 2 support, which aims to provide a smoother picture while gaming by adapting the screen refresh rate to suit your system’s capabilities. The 4ms response time for this display is a little below average compared to most high-end gaming monitors available today, but frankly it should have little to no impact on your overall experience. if you are not a professional level player. .
The CRG9 supports both HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, in addition to a variety of peripheral connectivity options. In total, the monitor has four USB-A ports and a 3.5mm audio jack. The included stand allows for height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, but the CRG9 is also compatible with VESA 100 x 100 mounting brackets. Just make sure your mounting solution is rated to support at least 25 pounds, because this monitor is not particularly light.
The latest model of the Asus Zephyrus M16 gaming laptop is matching its lowest price ever at Best Buy. This configuration typically costs $1,849.99 but is currently on sale for $1,499.99 at Best Buy.
This thin and light 16-inch laptop features a vivid QHD 16:10 aspect ratio display with a 165Hz refresh rate. Combining an RTX 3060 and a high-end (but last-gen) Intel Core i9-11900H, it should be more than enough to play modern titles at respectable frame rates. The M16 rounds out its spec list with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, so it should be versatile for running apps in and out of games.
The M16 also includes a number of connectivity options, with a pair of USB-A ports, a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port and another USB-C port. You’ll also find an Ethernet port, an HDMI 2.0b port, and a microSD card slot. To verify all specs here.
This sale eliminates one of the biggest gripes we had our opinion of this model last year, which was the price. And while that doesn’t fix the issues we’ve had with its finicky trackpad, a price tag like this does make the Zephyrus M16 a more attractive option for anyone looking for a gaming laptop.
The SteelSeries Aerox 5 Wireless Ultralight Gaming Mouse is currently discounted to $104.99 at Amazon and best buy, the lowest price ever for this mouse which usually sells for $139.99. Following the trend of other ultralight gaming mice, the Aerox 5 slims down by punching holes in as many places as possible without compromising functionality.
This design choice can be divisive, especially if you suffer from trypophobia, but it’s hard to argue with the results when the Aerox 5 Wireless weighs just 74 grams, just a little heavier than a regulation tennis ball. While you might think this form factor makes the mouse more susceptible to dust and water that can damage internal components, don’t worry, as the Aerox 5 Wireless also has an IP54 weatherproof rating.
The sensor used in the Aerox 5 Wireless is capable of up to 18K DPI, and it has a total of nine programmable buttons. The mouse can last up to 180 hours on a single charge, and the USB-C connection allows the battery to get around 40 hours of operation from just 15 minutes of charging. The Aerox 5 Wireless is also compatible with a wide variety of devices, thanks to its 2.4 GHz wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. If you want to know more about the SteelSeries line of ultralight mice, Cameron Faulkner did a more detailed breakdown here.
The Razer Iskur XL gaming chair has dropped to its lowest price ever on Amazon. Usually $599.99, this gaming chair is currently discounted to $399.99, a whole $100 cheaper than the standard-sized Iskur. The Iskur XL doesn’t change much to the design of the standard model, but it’s about 15% larger to provide a more comfortable experience for taller than average players. While the Iskur XL is recommended for anyone over six feet tall, there’s nothing stopping shorter gamers from using this chair either, although their feet may struggle to stay flat on the floor.
Just like the standard model of the Razer Iskur, the XL variant features built-in lumbar support, adjustable armrests, a leatherette finish, and molded foam cushions that provide a firm platform for extended gaming sessions. The metal and plywood frame of the Iskur XL is designed to support loads of up to 400 pounds.
A few odds and ends…
- If you need to expand the capacity of your iPad Air 2020 or 2022, Logitech Combo Touch Folio cover is reduced to $151.23 at Amazon from its usual price of $199.99. This case is compatible with the fourth and fifth generation iPad Air and lets you convert Apple’s featherweight tablet into a kind of laptop thanks to the built-in keyboard and trackpad.
- The Tribit StormBox Micro is a pocket-sized Bluetooth speaker that is reduced to around $38 on Amazon from its usual $59.99 when you clip the coupon on its product page. It’s a bargain if you need a compact, waterproof speaker.