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Overwatch 2 Season 11: Pick Up the First-Ever Mythic Weapon Today

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This is a big season for Rein mains. Shortly after getting an Optimus Prime skin, the tank hero is getting the game’s first mythic weapon, which adds special effects to every attack and elimination.

Overwatch 2 season 11 started June 20, following the Mirrorwatch theme of season 10 with an action-packed Sentai-inspired battle pass theme. As usual with Blizzard’s multiplayer online shooter, we’ve got a new battle pass, a new balance patch and a new season of ranked play to start grinding. There’s no new hero this season, but we did get another Push map, which brings the total up to four.

Season 11 also brings new hero mastery courses, a new mythic skin and a new Kiriko shop skin. Here’s what to know about the latest Overwatch 2 season.

New mythic weapons

Now you can spend your mythic prisms on an all-new type of item: mythic weapons. Everyone’s favorite Crusader is getting the first mythic weapon, called Bound Demon — an ax-like hammer that glows like lava and has special fiery effects for earning final blows. The base mythic skin costs 50 prisms, which you can unlock in the premium battle pass or purchase in the shop. Reinhardt is also getting a mythic weapon bundle in the shop, which unlocks the base weapon skin and tosses in 2,000 coins and 20-tier skips in the battle pass. This is the first mythic weapon skin, but Blizzard has said to expect new ones every season.

Transformers event

Overwatch, roll out? The game added several Autobots and one Decepticon to the game in the form of skins for Reinhardt (Optimus Prime), Bastion (Bumblebee), Illari (Arcee) and Ramattra (Megatron). The new skins were available in the shop, and other cosmetics were available as rewards. 

Screenshot of Transformers skins in Overwatch

We couldn’t have a Transformers event without a skin for Bastion.

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Overwatch season 11 battle pass

If you saw the Super Sentai Genji skin and wished everyone could get that treatment, season 11 was made just for you. The new season is themed around Ultrawatch — the game’s colorful take on Power Rangers — with Genji, Cassidy, Sojourn, Ana and Wrecking Ball getting themed skins. There’s also a lifeguard theme in the battle pass, including skins for Junkrat and Lucio, and other skins available in the shop.

Screenshot of Ultrawatch Sojourn

Sojourn is ready to face off against the forces of evil in her Ultrawatch form.

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New mythic skin

The heroes of Ultrawatch aren’t just fighting against any old villain — they’re facing off against Mythic Calamity Empress Ashe. The leader of the Deadlock Gang trades in her cowgirl hat for a very Rita Repulsa headdress and some dark magic. As a reminder, mythic skins have been taken off the battle pass and now exist exclusively in shops where you can spend mythic prisms, which you can earn in the premium battle pass or buy directly from the shop.

Screenshot of the new Ashe mythic skin

Ashe is my main damage character, so I’ve got high expectations for her mythic skin.

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New map: Runasapi

We got a fourth Push map this season, and this one shows off Illari’s home in Peru. The season 11 blog post says we’ll get to see the Inti Warrior Historical Museum and Monument, which pays tribute to the group that trained Illari before she became the sole survivor. 

Screenshot of new Runsapi push map

This Runasapi area shows off a tragic piece of Illari lore.

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The Pink Mercy skin supports cancer research

One of the most coveted skins in Overwatch has been the Pink Mercy skin — a limited-time cosmetic from 2018 that supported breast cancer research. After years of fans begging Blizzard to bring back the skin, the cosmetic finally returned in season 11, although it left the shop after July 7.

Screenshot of new rose gold Mercy skin

The new Rose Gold Mercy skin gives the hero a shiny, strawberry-blonde look.

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Other new stuff

There are a few other changes happening in season 11:

  • The game added new hero mastery courses for Kiriko and Soldier:76.
  • Our cries have finally been heard: The glass is gone from Colosseo.
  • Weekly challenges are easier, and you can catch up if you miss a week.
  • The devs adjusted matchmaking to better handle narrow and wide groups.

Screenshot of Kiriko's Lifeguard skin from the shop

Fine, take my money.

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For more game coverage, check out how to get started with Valorant’s console beta and find the best online games to play with friends.

Today’s NYT Mini Crossword Answers for July 23

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The New York Times Crossword Puzzle is legendary. But if you don’t have that much time, the Mini Crossword is an entertaining substitute. The Mini Crossword is much easier than the old-school NYT Crossword, and you probably can complete it in a couple of minutes. But if you’re stuck, we’ve got the answers.

The Mini Crossword is far from alone in the Times’ stable of games. Our home page also always has the answers for Wordle, Connections and Strands.

Let’s get at those Mini Crossword clues and answers.

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NYT Mini Crossword Puzzle completed for July 23, 2024.

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Mini across clues and answers

1A clue: Food that fills both blanks of “___ce of ___”
Answer: PIE

4A clue: Wide display.
Answer: ARRAY

6A clue: Quintessentially boring color.
Answer: BEIGE

7A clue: Founder of Amazon.
Answer: BEZOS

8A clue: Type of beer.
Answer: ALE

Mini down clues and answers

1D clue: Game show contestant’s hope/
Answer: PRIZE

2D clue: “Othello” villain.
Answer: IAGO

3D clue: They’re never open 24/7.
Answer: EYES

4D clue: “Mamma Mia!” group.
Answer: ABBA

5D clue: Film spool
Answer: REEL

How to play more Mini Crosswords

The New York Times Games section offers a large number of online games, but only some of them are free for all to play. You can play the current day’s Mini Crossword for free, but you’ll need a subscription to the Times Games section to play older puzzles from the archives.

Apple HomePod Smart Speakers as Low as $80 During Best Buy’s Great Summer Sale

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CNET’s experts consider the Apple HomePod Mini to be one of the best smart speakers you can buy, especially if HomeKit is your preferred smart home platform. The HomePod Mini has strong audio features and comes in fun colors to choose from. If you want to get everyone out on the dance floor, the larger HomePod is a better option. Both smart speakers are solid buys; it just depends on what your needs are. However, they can be a little expensive — after all, they are Apple products. Thanks to Best Buy’s Great Summer Sale, you can get some decent discounts on both the Mini and the second-generation HomePod of up to $30 off. Both speakers also come with three free months of Apple Music, Apple Fitness and Apple TV, plus four free months of Apple Arcade.

Best Buy’s sale covers both of Apple’s smart speakers, with the HomePod Mini available in white for just $80 right now. The speaker still manages to fill a room with 360-degree audio despite its diminutive size, while you can pair a couple of them with an Apple TV for some high-quality stereo audio. AirPlay support also makes them great for playing audio from an iPhone, iPad or Mac as well. Each HomePod Mini has built-in microphones for making Siri requests and more, too.

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Prefer your HomePod to have a little more oomph? The larger HomePod is where it’s at, and now you can get one for $270 as part of this sale, a $30 savings. It comes in either white or midnight, and you’ll get all of the same features as the smaller model but with the addition of even better sound. The larger size allows for improved acoustics and deep, thumping bass.

For good measure, Best Buy is throwing in three free months of Apple Music with HomePod purchases (for new or returning subscribers) so you’ll have endless music to stream. And don’t forget it’s also bundling in three free months of Apple TV Plus and Apple Fitness Plus, as well as four free months of Apple Arcade. 

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Best Meal Delivery Services of 2024

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Meal kit vs. prepared meal delivery

Salmon and roasted broccoli meal

Meal kits or prepared meals? It’s the first decision you’ll have to make. Some services offer both, however.

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The first big decision you’ll make is whether you want meal kits, which require some prep and cooking, or a prepared meal service that sends fully cooked meals that are ready to heat and eat. Meal kits will demand more of your time and energy but they’ll also cost a little less per serving. Prepared meals require almost no time and energy, other than what it takes to actually eat the food, but typically run a few bucks more per serving.

Cost

steak meal kit ingredients

If you opt for a cheaper meal kit service, you might not get as many steak and seafood options.

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After you’ve picked between meal kits or meal delivery, you’ll want to find a service within your budget. There are meal kits with recipes for as cheap as $5 a serving with basic menus and no-frills recipes. More expensive services include recipes with more exotic ingredients, high-end cuts of meat and organic produce but can cost as much as $15 or $20 a serving. Here I’ve outlined all the best cheap meal delivery services for 2024

Healthiness

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Daily Harvest is one of the healthiest meal delivery services we tried.

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While most meal delivery services have healthy options, some are much healthier than others. If you’re keen on eating low-calorie, low-carb, plant-based or pescatarian food, certain meal kits and meal delivery services will be better than others. Our list of the healthiest meal delivery services for 2024 is a good place to find all the most nutritious options. 

Number of meals per week

Fresh n' Lean meals

With most services, the more meals you choose per week, the cheaper the price per meal.

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Lastly, you’ll want to hone in on exactly how much food you’ll want sent to you per week. If you can’t imagine yourself cooking more than twice per week, don’t order more than two meal kits because they typically won’t last more than a week in the fridge. 

Most prepared meals either arrive frozen or can be frozen after unboxing. That means it’s less of an issue if you order too many meals on your first go around. Most services allow you to change the number of meals or servings in your plan even after you’ve started.

With nearly every service, the more meals your order per delivery, the cheaper it is per meal. 

How to Fix Your Windows PC Impacted by the CrowdStrike Outage Blue Screen of Death

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A Microsoft outage starting Thursday evening crippled airlines and financial, health-care and energy companies across the world, resulting for many in a “blue screen of death” on their work computers. In response, Microsoft on Saturday released a recovery tool to help repair Windows machines affected by the bug, a day after CrowdStrike provided instructions for how to fix a crashed PC.

CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm whose software protects small businesses and large companies from cyberattacks and other online threats, said it caused the outage when it sent out a software update with a glitch, crashing Windows computers running the company’s software. The bug does not affect Mac and Linux computers. “We understand the gravity of this situation and are deeply sorry for the inconvenience and disruption,” the company said in a statement. 

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The fallout has been massive. Airport travelers have been stranded. Hospital appointments have been delayed or canceled. And employees have been unable to work, all because of this software update, which has caused the infamous blue screen of death on Windows PCs with the CrowdStrike glitch.

Now, while most people simply have to wait for the issue to be solved, if you’re on the other side of the problem, and you’re the one dealing with the blue screen of death on your PC, there is a fix, which CrowdStrike itself has posted on its website.

blue screen of death

If you see this, it means your system crashed.

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How to fix your Microsoft Windows PC impacted by the CrowdStrike bug

Microsoft on Saturday released on its Microsoft Download Center a USB tool that it said can help IT administrators with the repair process. The tool requires you to have administrative privileges and a BitLocker recovery key for each Windows PC. Microsoft also posted recovery steps to fix PCs continually restarting because of the faulty CrowdStrike update.

On Friday, CrowdStrike said it has identified the issue and has sent out a fix. “We refer customers to the support portal for the latest updates and will continue to provide complete and continuous updates on our website.”

The first thing you should try to solve the blue screen of death is to restart your Windows computer until CrowdStrike’s fix comes through. CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz on Friday appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and said “Many of the customers are rebooting the system and it’s coming up operational because we fixed it on our end.”

This has in fact worked for many people. This user on X had success after rebooting their computers several times. Microsoft has also said that they’ve received feedback that several reboots (as many as 15) has been effective.

However, if you’re still having issues even after rebooting, CrowdStrike recommends booting up into safe mode and then deleting the corrupted file. This is what the company details on the CrowdStrike website:

  1. Boot your Windows computer into Safe Mode or the Windows Recovery Environment.
  2. Navigate to the %WINDIR%System32driversCrowdStrike directory.
  3. Locate the file matching “C-00000291*.sys” and delete it.
  4. Boot the host normally.

Note: Bitlocker-encrypted hosts may require a recovery key.

If you’re dealing with a public cloud or another virtual environment, there’s a different fix for you that CrowdStrike recommends, which you can check out over at its website

Today’s NYT Mini Crossword Answers for July 21

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The New York Times Crossword Puzzle is legendary. But if you don’t have that much time, the Mini Crossword is an entertaining substitute. The Mini Crossword is much easier than the old-school NYT Crossword, and you probably can complete it in a couple of minutes. But if you’re stuck, we’ve got the answers.

The Mini Crossword is far from alone in the Times’ stable of games. Our home page also always has the answers for Wordle, Connections and Strands.

Let’s get at those Mini Crossword clues and answers.

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NYT Mini Crossword completed puzzle for July 21, 2024.

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Mini across clues and answers

1A clue: Space between two teeth.
Answer: GAP

4A clue: Rural waterway … which sounds like a haunted house noise?
Answer: CREEK

6A clue: Wind-___ (carried by the wind).
Answer: BORNE

7A clue: Golf lesson topic.
Answer: SWING

8A clue: French word before a maiden name.
Answer: NEE

Mini down clues and answers

1D clue: Fully adult … which sounds like a haunted house noise?
Answer: GROWN

2D clue: Lingerie and loungewear brand from American Eagle.
Answer: AERIE

3D clue: Slender pasta tubes
Answer: PENNE

4D clue: Network with an eye logo.
Answer: CBS

5D clue: The beer is here
Answer: KEG

How to play more Mini Crosswords

The New York Times Games section offers a large number of online games, but only some of them are free for all to play. You can play the current day’s Mini Crossword for free, but you’ll need a subscription to the Times Games section to play older puzzles from the archives.

Learn a Language for Less With This $450-Plus Discount on a Babell Lifetime Subscription

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Since Prime Day has now come to an end, many retailers have stopped offering any deals for the time being. Not StackSocial, though. The retailer has continued to challenge Amazon with quite a few tasty offers, one of which reduces the asking price of a Babbel lifetime subscription by a massive $469, making it up for grabs for only $130. The only catch for obtaining the language learning software at such a low rate is that this price is only available for the next 48 hours. 

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide to everything you need to know and how to find the best deals.

Babbel is one of our favorite language-learning apps, offering an online school-type experience. It’s easy to use, and its design helps you stick to your learning goals. At $130, this offer even beats the current discount you can get from Babbel by over 50%. This one-time payment gives you permanent access to Babbel’s language courses, which you can tackle at your own pace without worrying about recurring fees.

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Babbel’s extensive language software includes Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Swedish, Indonesian, Portuguese and more. The lessons are short and to the point, allowing you to practice in 10- to 15-minute intervals that can fit into any schedule. Real-life topics include travel, family, business, food and others. A variety of skill levels are available, ranging from beginner to advanced, so the program can grow with you as you improve.

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Babbel

The speech-recognition technology will give you immediate feedback on pronunciation, so you don’t just learn to read and write but how to listen and speak as well. You’ll also get personalized review sessions to reinforce what you’ve learned. The program works across desktop and mobile devices. 

Although the internet is required most of the time, there is also an offline mode available where you can access courses, lessons and reviews without Wi-Fi, so long as you download them beforehand. Babbel also syncs your progress across your devices so that you can jump in from wherever is most convenient. 

Becoming fluent in a new language is a great way to stay engaged in learning, and the transferable skills you gain can open doors for leisure, work and beyond. Note that while you can access this program on as many devices as you want, this subscription offer is available only for new users.

Babbel is a great value when compared with other online courses, especially with this current discount. So whether you’re a lifelong learner or just want to pick up some basics for your globe-trotting adventures, this is a solid deal.

If you’re looking for a new laptop to learn these languages on, make sure to read up on our roundup of the best Prime Day laptop deals still available. 

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Today’s NYT Connections Hints, Answers for July 20, #405

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Need the answers for the New York Times Connections puzzle? To me, Wordle is more of a vocabulary test, but Connections is more of a brainteaser. You’re given 16 words and asked to put them into four groups that are somehow connected. Sometimes they’re obvious, but game editor Wyna Liu knows how to trick you by using words that can fit into more than one group. Read on for today’s Connections hints and answers.

Want more game answers? Here’s the Wordle answer for today, and here’s the answer for Strands. And do you solve the NYT Mini Crossword? Here’s today’s answer for that.

Read more: NYT Connections Could Be the New Wordle: Our Hints and Tips

Hints for today’s Connections groups

Here are four hints for the groupings in today’s Connections puzzle, ranked from the easiest, yellow group to the tough (and sometimes bizarre) purple group.

Yellow group hint: Easy, trouble-free movement.

Green group hint: Hard labor.

Blue group hint: Needed when your phone is on 1%.

Purple group hint: Coke and Pepsi, in the Upper Midwest and other regions.

Answers for today’s Connections groups

Yellow group: Effortless.

Green group: Exertion.

Blue group: Energy for an electronic device.

Purple group: What “pop” might mean.

Read more: Wordle Cheat Sheet: Here Are the Most Popular Letters Used in English Words

What are today’s Connections answers?

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NYT Connections completed puzzle for July 20, 2024.

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The yellow words in today’s Connections

The theme is effortless. The four answers are fluid, graceful, natural and smooth.

The green words in today’s Connections

The theme is exertion. The four answers are effort, labor, sweat and work.

The blue words in today’s Connections

The theme is energy for an electronic device. The four answers are battery, charge, juice and power.

The purple words in today’s Connections

The theme is what “pop” might mean. The four answers are burst, dad, mainstream and soda.

How to play Connections

Playing is easy. Winning is hard. Look at the 16 words and mentally assign them to related groups of four. Click on the four words you think go together. The groups are coded by color, though you don’t know what goes where until you see the answers. The yellow group is the easiest, then green, then blue, and purple is the toughest. Look at the words carefully and think about related terms. Sometimes the connection has to do with just a part of the word. Once, four words were grouped because each started with the name of a rock band, including “Rushmore” and “Journeyman.”

Best 55-Inch TVs for 2024: Hisense, Samsung and More

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$1,200 at LG

Best high-end 55-inch TV

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$2,300 at LG

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Best high-end TV runner-up

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$298 at Walmart

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Best budget 55-inch TV for picture quality

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It’s not easy to choose the right TV. Getting the size right is crucial. Ideally, you want a screen that is big enough that you can see it clearly but not so big that you’ll have to stretch your neck to watch it. A 55-inch TV is a sweet spot for smaller rooms.

A 55-inch television is a mainstream choice: You can get pretty much any TV feature you’d want in this size. They come loaded with smart TV features, which include the ability to stream your favorite shows and films on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus and more. If you’re looking for more advanced features, you can get those too, including full-array local dimming, OLED screens120Hz refresh rate4K UHD resolutionhigh dynamic range and a bunch of HDMI ports.

As such, to help you pick the best one for you, we’ve put together the best 55-inch TVs of 2024 below. Now is also a great time to get 2023 TVs on sale.

At CNET, I review TVs side by side in a state-of-the-art testing lab, taking hundreds of measurements with specialized equipment, comparing gaming, home theater and bright-room image quality. My 20 years of experience as a TV reviewer helps me determine not just the best 55-inch TV overall but also the best 55-inch TV in your price range.

What is the best 55-inch TV right now?

The Hisense U8 Series appears on our list of best TVs for a number of reasons. It offers superb picture quality and an affordable price, plus gaming features like 4K/120Hz input and variable refresh rate that can get the most out of consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X. When friends ask me what TV to buy at 55 inches, and money is still an object, I tell them to get the Hisense U8K.

There are plenty of other excellent choices, so although the Hisense U8K is my current favorite for most people, it might not be right for your preferences or budget. 

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Best 55-inch TVs in 2024

If you’re looking for the best TV for the money and the TCL QM8 is just too big, the Hisense U8K should be your go-to. I compared the two TVs side-by-side, and while I liked the QM8 just a bit better, the U8K has one medium-size advantage: a 55-inch screen option. If 65 is too large for your room, your budget or your tastes, the choice between the two is simple: Get the 55-inch Hisense UK8.

Both offer excellent image quality and affordable prices thanks to mini-LED backlights and full-array local dimming, as well as similar gaming features and the Google TV operating system. Both cost hundreds less than you’d have to pay to get similar image quality from a better-known brand.

Note that while I tested the 65-inch size in the U8K series, the prices shown here are for the 55-inch size.

The C3 represents better picture quality than any non-OLED TV on this list at a higher price but is still not outrageously expensive. Its perfect black levels, unbeatable contrast and superb off-angle viewing kept it a notch above the mini-LED models in my comparison tests, and while its overall brightness isn’t quite as impressive, it’s still an incredible performer in all kinds of room lighting.

In 2023 we awarded the G3 the title of the best TV for picture quality, and this year’s version, the G4, is even better. In our side-by-side comparisons it beat its predecessor in brightness and overall image quality with the kind of jaw-dropping images you can only get from a topflight OLED TV.

In a bright room, the G4 fell short of the performance of its direct competitor, the Samsung S95D, which is the best TV for picture quality that we’ve seen this year. The Samsung uses an all-new matte screen finish, which in our tests did a better job fighting reflections than the more typical glossy screen of the LG. The S95D’s matte finish has its downside, namely a reduction in contrast, but overall we preferred its bright-room image quality over the G4’s.

The major caveat here is that both TVs performed well (and practically identically) in a dark room. So unless you routinely have a bright viewing environment, the G4 performs just as well as the S95D. The G4 also comes in significantly more sizes than the S95D, making it a more versatile option.

Glare-free or not, here’s where we mention that most TV viewers will be perfectly satisfied with something less expensive but still excellent, like the step-down LG C4 or a mini-LED model. The G4 is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a high-performance television and is willing to pay for it.

The Samsung S95D’s matte finish does more than reduce reflections, it nearly eliminates them, improving image quality in bright rooms more than any OLED TV we’ve tested. Some non-OLED models have matte screens, but this is the first time they’ve been available in an OLED TV, a display technology that has always delivered the best picture available. That matte finish really works, reducing windows and other glare to dimmer blobs instead of super-bright, mirror-like distractions. The S95D also has an external box, allowing for a cleaner look with the option to store HDMI connections and the power cord out of sight.

Between its versatile matte screen and awesome picture overall, the Samsung S95D delivers the best image quality of any TV we’ve tested, beating both the G4 and last year’s winner, the G3, as well as any other non-OLED TV. It also costs a ton, and most people — even those with bright rooms — will be perfectly happy with a less expensive TV.

The price shown below is for the 55-inch TV.

When we compared the best budget TVs side-by-side, the picture quality of Vizio’s V-Series clearly emerged as the leader of the pack. The Vizio offered the most balanced and accurate picture during our comparisons, and it comes with some useful extras such as Dolby Vision support, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth compatibility and a variable refresh rate for potentially smoother gaming. The biggest downside of the Vizio is its smart TV platform, Vizio SmartCast. It’s crowded, slow and littered with ads for platforms such as Tubi and Kidoodle TV. Even when you factor in the cost of adding a new streaming device, the V-Series remains the best overall entry-level TV that we tested. 

Vizio didn’t launch a 2023 version of the V-Series, but we may see a refresh in 2024.

The picture quality of the TCL 4-Series Roku TV was a step behind the Vizio V-Series (see below) in our budget TV test, but the differences between the two are slight enough that you’d really have to have them set up side by side to notice anything at all. The 4-Series lacks Dolby Vision, Bluetooth connectivity and AMD FreeSync with a variable refresh rate, all of which the Vizio offers. 

The 4-Series’ advantage over the Vizio is that it comes with the excellent Roku Smart TV system built in. That makes it a great choice for those looking for a one-stop smart TV solution, without having to add an external streaming device.

Note that TCL has been selling the 4-Series for the last few years with little to no change in image quality or features in our tests, although it has recently added some larger screen sizes, including an 85-inch option.

Samsung is the brand that sells more TVs than anyone and one of its most popular is the Q60 series. Its sleek QLED screen design stands out compared with the other TVs on this list — even though the ultrathin OLED models are sleeker — and it offers better features, image quality and more sizes than models like the TCL 4-Series and Sony X80K. The TVs listed in this article are all superior values, but if you want a Samsung TV and can’t afford the QN90B, this is a great choice.

This is a 2022 model, but the 2023 version, the Q60C, looks largely similar in terms of features, design and price. We haven’t reviewed it, but we expect it to have similar image quality.

Competition among TVs in the middle pricing band is heating up and the Plus Series is the latest entrant, which came out in 2023. It adds a couple of step-up extras, including QLED and full-array local dimming, which help deliver a better picture than the TCL 4-Series, for example. It’s not as impressive as the Vizio MQX, since it lacks 120Hz for gaming and has worse picture quality overall. If you value those extras, the Vizio is worth saving for, but if not the Roku Plus Series is a very good value.

This is the first TV Roku has produced under its own brand, as opposed to partnering with a brand like TCL, Sharp, Pioneer or Hisense. The company also released a version with fewer features and no local dimming, called the Roku Select Series.

With all the TVs available today, and all the technical terms and jargon associated with television technology, it can be tough to figure out what’s important. Here’s a quick guide to help you cut through the confusion.

Price: TVs range in price from $100 to more than $2,000. Smaller screens are cheaper, well-known brands are more expensive and spending more money can also get you better image quality. Most entry-level TVs have a good enough picture for most people, but TVs last a long time, so it might be worth spending more to get a better picture. It’s also best to shop for a TV in the fall when prices are lower.

Screen size: Bigger is better in our book. We recommend a size of at least 43 inches for a bedroom TV and at least 55 inches for a living room or main TV — and 65 inches or larger is best. More than any other “feature,” stepping up in TV screen size is the best use of your money. One of the most common post-TV-purchase complaints we’ve heard is from people who didn’t go big enough. We almost never hear people complain that their TV is too large.

Capability: Among entry-level TVs the most important feature is what kind of smart TV system the TV uses. Among midrange models, look for a feature including full-array local dimming, mini-LED and 120Hz refresh rate, which (unlike some other extras) do help improve the picture, in our experience. Among high-end TVs, OLED technology is your best bet.

For more TV buying advice check out How to Buy a TV.


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Our TV reviews follow a rigorous, unbiased evaluation process honed over nearly two decades of TV reviews. Our primary TV test lab has specialized equipment for measuring light and color, including a Konica Minolta CS-2000 spectroradiometer, a Murideo Sig-G 4K HDR signal generator and an AVPro Connect 8×8 4K HDR distribution matrix. We use Portrait Displays CalMan Ultimate software to evaluate each TV we review. In every CNET TV review, three or more similar TVs are compared side by side in various lighting conditions playing different media, including movies, TV shows and games, across a variety of test categories, from color to video processing to gaming to HDR. Our reviews also account for design, features, smart TV performance, HDMI input and gaming compatibility and other factors.

One important aspect of image quality we test is overall brightness. Here’s how it compares in nits across select TVs listed above.

Check out How We Test TVs for more details.

Is a 55-inch TV big enough?

It depends on your room size, seating distance and personal taste. For a standard master bedroom or smaller living room, a 55-inch TV is fine, but for bigger rooms, we recommend a larger TV, say a 65- or even 75-inch model, if you can afford it. If you sit closer to the screen, you don’t need as large a TV for the best experience. For maximum theatrical impact, according to THX and SMPTE, you should be between 5.5 and 7 feet from a 55-inch screen, which is relatively close. Nearly every 55-inch TV has 4K resolution, and if you have 20/20 vision you can sit as close as about 4 feet and still not discern individual pixels. 


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How wide is a 55-inch TV?

Most 55-inch TVs measure between 48 and 49 inches wide. Because the frames around newer TV screens are typically quite narrow, 55-inch TV widths don’t vary much. Models with very slim frames are on the lower end — the 55-inch LG C2 measures 48.1 inches wide for example, while the slightly thicker-framed 55-inch TCL 4-Series is 48.7 inches wide. If you’re not planning to wall-mount the TV, you generally want the piece of furniture supporting the TV to measure at least as wide as the TV itself, and preferably a few inches wider. Refer to the manufacturer’s website for the exact dimensions of a particular 55-inch TV.


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How much does a 55-inch TV weigh?

A 55-inch TV weighs between 25 and 50 pounds with its stand, but this varies significantly depending on the type of TV. Removing the stand — which often consists of a pair of little legs under the panel — allows you to wall-mount the TV and reduces its weight slightly (stands weigh between 1 and 8 pounds). Shipping weight (box, accessories, etc.) of 55-inch TVs ranges from 35 to 63 pounds. Refer to the manufacturer’s website for the exact weights of a particular 55-inch TV.


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Missed Out on Prime Day? We Found The Best 140+ Deals Still Available

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Although we’ve officially said goodbye to Amazon Prime Day the discounts on popular products at Amazon aren’t all gone. Our team of shopping experts is keeping up with any remaining deals still happening, along with continued deals on headphones, laptops, monitors, TVs, and home and kitchen appliances.

We are also continuing to scour thousands of Amazon and anti-Prime Day sales so you don’t have to, finding you the best products for the best prices, including deals that are under $100 and even $10 or less.

And CNET shopping experts are taking care to update the list of Prime deals with in-stock products that weren’t simply marked up and then back down again but are actually on sale right now, like the Neakasa M1 self-cleaning cat litter box, which is 33% off for $400 as of 12:30 a.m. ET. Keep checking the latest CNET deals to make the most of what’s left of Amazon’s Prime Day event.

Best Prime Day deals

Skip the line at Starbucks and have your espresso, cappuccinos and lattes in the comfort of your own kitchen. And yes, this model has a built-in grinder for even more convenience. 

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It’s hard to beat the sturdy design of a Yeti tumbler. This stainless steel vacuum-insulated Rambler comes with a MagSlider lid and holds up to 20 ounces of hot or cold liquid — and right now it’s discounted by 30%. 

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Apple’s premium AirPods Pro 2 support spatial audio and feature advanced active noise cancellation and earned an Editors’ Choice Award as well as spot as one of our favorite wireless earbuds of 2024. Right now they are a whopping $80 less — that’s the lowest price we’ve seen.

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Meal prep can be a lot of work. Cut the effort in half with this incredible deal on an excellent vegetable chopper. Be sure to clip the on-page coupon to score the savings.

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Our favorite robot vacuum of 2024 is marked down by $140 right now, making it a great time to snag one for yourself. It has a self-empty base that holds up to 45 days worth of debris and with 4,000Pa suction power, you’ll be able to let this vacuum take on the daily cleaning for you. *editor’s top pick!

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While a 32-inch screen may not be the right size for your entertainment space, it’s an excellent choice for kids, your bedroom or even your office. At just $75, this deal can’t be beat. It even comes with an Alexa Voice Remote for easy searching.

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Never lose your keys again! These nifty item trackers will help you keep up with your bag, wallet and much more, so that you can always find your essentials. And right now they’re just $75 — that’s under $19 each!

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This floor lamp instantly adds ambiance to your space with RGBIC colors. It has a mode to sync with your music, works with Alexa and can be customized via the Govee Home app — and it’s just $70 right now when you click the on-page coupon.

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Prime Day TV deals from TCL, Samsung, Fire TV, LG and more

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Amazon Prime Day is one of the perfect times to ditch that old and busted TV and upgrade to something a little more befitting the latest must-binge TV show. Here are some of the deals that are still available. If none of these are working for you, check out our full list on the best Prime Day TV deals.  

Prime day headphone deals on Beats, Airpods, Bose QuietComfort and more

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If you’d like to save some money on a set of new headphones or earbuds, these are the deals for you. We’ve gathered our favorite Prime Day headphone deals here, but like most Prime Day deals, while they’re still available they likely won’t hang around for long.

Prime Day tech deals on smartwatches, power banks and more

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Whether it’s a new phone or a way to smarten up that old TV, Amazon Prime Day is always a good bet for those who want to get some new tech. The deals have been flowing for almost an entire week now, but with the event having passed, this is likely to slow down. If you’re planning to make a purchase, here are the deals that are still available. And if you want a view into more Prime Day tech deal finds — that are still available — check out our hubs on the best Apple, gaming, and monitor deals.

Prime Day laptop deals for MacBooks, Acer, Lenovo and more

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There are so many great laptops available these days that it’s very difficult to buy a bad one, but it never hurts when you also manage to pick one up at a discount as well. Bellow is a roundup of the lingering laptop deals from this Prime Day. If you want to look beyond these options for more amazing savings on laptops, take a look at our hub of the hottest Prime Day laptop deals that are still available.

Prime Day tablet deals for Kindle, Samsung Galaxy, iPads and more

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Looking for something more portable? You can get a solid tablet for a lot less right now, whether you’re a fan of Apple or Android.

Prime Day smart home deals on Blink, Ring, Echo and more

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Smart lights, security cameras and so much more make the world of smart home and technology more exciting than ever. Setting up a smart home can be costly, but these deals certainly help lighten the load. If you want to make your home the smartest one on the block, check out more Prime Day Amazon device deals that are still available to see what else you can add to your home. 

Prime Day home and kitchen deals from KitchenAid, Ninja, Shark and more

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Whether you’re looking to replace your old kitchen blender or upgrade your cleaning tools in your home there are many devices, and more importantly, deals — that are still available — that can help you out. If none of these speak to you, check out the whole list we created of the best Prime Day deals under $100, which we are updating regularly.

Prime Day health and fitness deals from Apple, Fitbit, TheraGun and more

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Keep track of your health and wellness journey or grab great tools to stay healthy all at a great price.

Prime Day beauty deals from Skimi, Revlon, Braun and more

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We know quality beauty products and gadgets can be expensive, which is why we’ve gathered all the best Prime Day beauty deals still available right now. Whether you’re looking for a brighter smile or a fancy styling tool, we’ve got you covered. 

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What is Amazon Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s annual shopping event that has exclusive deals for Prime members. If you’re not a Prime member there still may be a few deals for you, but members get the best of the best deals on this day. If you’re not a member there are ways to sign up, possibly even for free. This year there were deals in just about every category possible, including tech, home, kitchen, toys and more. Your favorite brands love to celebrate this unofficial holiday such as Apple, Roku and more, so we saw plenty of discounts there as well — and some are sticking around, for now. 

Do you need to be an Amazon Prime member to shop Prime Day deals?

Yes, Amazon’s Prime Day deals require a Prime subscription if you want to nab any of the Prime-exclusive deals. You don’t have to be a paying subscriber, as long as the event falls within your Prime trial period. That means you can start your monthlong trial just before the event and get in on the savings for free. For more info on that, check out our guide to getting Amazon Prime perks without paying for a subscription.

How does Prime Day work?

The idea behind Prime Day is pretty simple: Subscribers to Amazon’s Prime service can get exclusive discounts on thousands of products and services across the site during a limited period. The products, while still available to non-Prime members, have extra savings for members, with many prices dropping down to new all-time lows.

When you’re logged in to your Prime account and looking at a product landing page, you’ll see the discounted price if it’s on sale. You don’t need any special coupon codes, nor is there a need to use a specific payment method to get the discounts. If you spend your money wisely each year, you can easily make back your Prime membership cost in savings during the event.

What products go on sale for Prime Day?

Since Amazon sells pretty much everything, its Prime Day bonanza features deals on pretty much everything too. Whether you’re shopping for tech, kitchen gear, outdoor furniture or everyday essentials, Prime Day will always offer something in the way of savings for you.

In past sale events, some of the best savings have been on Amazon devices. This includes Kindle readers, Echo speakers, Fire TVs and more. It’s not just Amazon’s own brands that see steep discounts. There were great deals across a variety of big-name brands this year, including significant savings on items like laptops, TVs and fitness gear, to name a few.

Are Amazon Prime Day deals worth buying?

In short, yes. Some of the deals have hit all-time low prices, and there is no telling how much inventory is available or how long the price cuts will last. It’s possible that some items could see further reductions, but the prices you see on the deals now will likely be the best price, especially if they have dropped to a new low or match the lowest price we’ve seen. As the event has ended, prices may start to tick back up, but we’re keeping an eye on deals and updating this page as deals expire.

How do I find the best deals during Prime Day?

With so many deals coming out left and right in honor of Prime Day, it can get difficult trying to choose which deals to run for and which ones to pass on. A few things to remember when shopping any major event, especially Prime Day, is to keep an open mind, grab what you want before it sells out and don’t be scared to branch out to other retailers. Competitors such as Best Buy and Walmart launch competing sales to keep up with Amazon and some of the great discounts have hung around a little past the event. 

And most importantly, continue to keep tabs on us. We have many different hubs for different types of deals. We have updated all of these hubs regularly and are continuing to do so, saving you the time and effort of digging through thousands of deals. Some of our hubs include the best Prime Day deals on headphones, TVs, Amazon devices, laptops, and even graphics cards. Plus so much more. And for the budget-savvy shopper, we have hubs for Prime Day deals under $100, under $50, under $25, and even under $10, helping you save some really big coin. Check out all of our Prime Day content so you don’t miss any of the post-event bargains. 

When do Prime Day deals end?

Prime Day generally lasts for two days. It usually kicks off at midnight Pacific and ends 48 hours later.

Amazon’s Prime Day and Prime Day-like events haven’t been single-day affairs since 2016, spanning two days for the first time in 2017 and continuing to be 48-hour bonanzas since then. Many of the deals launching at the sale’s opening time remain available throughout the event, supplies permitting, with other, more limited-time Lightning deals launching and expiring within two days. Generally speaking, the deals ended at midnight on July 17 this time around. You will find a few still lingering for a limited time.

Will there be a second Prime Day event in 2024?

As of now, Amazon has announced only one Prime Day sale event for 2024, which took place July 16 and 17. There is no official word yet on whether there will be another event later this year, although we wouldn’t expect to hear about it until nearer the time. Looking at past years, there has been a second Prime Day-style sale in October for the past two years now. It started in 2022 as the Prime Day Early Access sale. In 2023, the trend continued with the Prime Big Deal Days sale, so we anticipate Amazon will once again utilize this spot on the calendar for a sale.

Where can you find deals right now?

The CNET Deals team covers all of the best price drops, discounts and deals daily from all the top retailers. Whether it’s a one-day promo at Woot, a weekend sale at Best Buy or a coupon code for a product at Amazon, if it’s a great deal, we’ll be covering it.

Be sure to check out all of the great deals each day at CNET.com/deals and sign up for our CNET Cheapskate newsletter for a daily digest of deals delivered to your inbox. You can also sign up for CNET Deals text alerts for curated deals during major events, and install our CNET Shopping browser extension to help ensure that purchases you make all year round will be at the lowest price available.