This deal is just $50 higher than the best price we’ve seen on our favorite MacBook. You get powerful performance, a sharp and colorful 13-inch screen, all-day battery life, and total silence thanks to the fanless design. Be sure to have a look at our MacBook buying guide to see which model is right for you.
This 13-inch laptop from Razer packs a respectable 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512 gigabyte SSD. But its most striking feature is the vibrant 4K touchscreen display. The bezels surrounding this screen are thin enough to occasionally forget they’re even there.
This deal started back in October, but it’s still a pretty good one. Once upon a time, this was the nicest Chromebook on the market. These days that prize would probably go to the Galaxy Chromebook above, but this is still a solid 13-inch machine, especially the Core i5 model on sale here.
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If you like the size and weight of the MacBook Air but prefer the keyboard and Windows-based features of a ThinkPad, the 13-inch X1 Nano is for you. It’s thin and light (just shy of 2 pounds), but it has the ThinkPad pedigree—a great keyboard, the red nub, and buttons at the top of the trackpad. This model features an 11th-generation Intel Core i5, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte SSD. Beware that it won’t ship for two months.
HP’s Spectre x360 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has been a perennial favorite of ours. It’s a great-looking laptop, and the specs on this 14-inch model make it plenty for most people. You get an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 512-gigabyte SSD. For another $90 you can up the RAM to 16 gigabytes, which is well worth it since the RAM here is soldered to the board.
Similar to the 14-inch model above, this 13-inch Spectre is slightly smaller and cheaper. With an Intel Core i5 chip, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte SSD, you get enough power for editing documents, browsing the web, editing photos, and other everyday tasks, though won’t want to edit video on this one.
Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the nicest Chromebooks on the market. It’s got a solid, lightweight aluminum body with a build quality that surpasses many pricier laptops I’ve tested. The bright, color-rich screen isn’t quite as nice as the original 4K model, but it’s still far better than most Chromebooks. The original Galaxy Chromebook is also on sale for $599 ($100 off). It has impressive specs, but the battery life isn’t very good.
This is a good deal on the AMD version of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends). It’s a solid, well-built laptop, with a nice 3:2-ratio screen that gives extra room for reading and working on documents. Other, more powerful, more expensive AMD configurations are also on sale. Have a look at our Surface buying guide for some other options.
An 11th-gen Intel Core i7 processor in a laptop for less than $800? That’s not very common, and it means you can get heaps of power for a respectable price. The Swift 3 is in our Best Cheap Laptops guide, and we like its no-nonsense design and IPS LCD display. It scored well in our battery tests and has plenty of ports.
Nothing will boost your work-from-home game like a huge screen. The monitors below are the best deals on our favorites.
With a speedy refresh rate (144 Hz) and support for both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, this curved monitor delivers smooth graphics. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this monitor, and it’s particularly a good option for gamers.
The G3 is a slight step down from the G7 above, with the resolution going from Wide QHD to Full HD, but it still has the same refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support, and it’s less than half the price.
We haven’t tested this monitor, but it’s received positive reviews around the web. It’s ideal for gaming, with a max 270-Hz screen refresh rate (with Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync support), a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution, and an IPS panel for great colors.
WIRED contributor Simon Hill uses this monitor every day and loves it. It has an IPS LCD panel, meaning you’ll get some nice colors, and there’s a 144-Hz screen refresh rate in case you want to use it for gaming after work (or during work, you do you). There’s VESA support for mounting and a 1,440-pixel resolution.
Networking and Router Deals
No matter how fast your internet is … it could be faster. Upgrading your router is one of the best ways to upgrade your home internet experience. Below are our favorite deals, but be sure to read through our guide on speeding up your home internet, and our Best Mesh Router Systems guide for more suggestions.
We have not tested Netgear’s Nighthawk XR1000 gaming router, but it purportedly offers impressive speeds, apps for iOS and Android, and support for Wi-Fi 6.
This is one of the easiest mesh systems to set up, according to our Best Mesh Wi-Fi Systems guide, and it also includes Wi-Fi 6 support, giving it a bit of future-proofing. You get a router and two nodes to place around your house, and speeds were consistent with no drops in our testing. There’s Alexa support, though we didn’t like that it’s missing some extra features like Quality of Service for prioritizing activities, and the inability to separate Wi-Fi bands.
The Netgear Orbi AX4200 is our favorite mesh system for large homes. It’s not the easiest to set up, but fortunately, you only need to do that once. When you’re done, you have a system that easily covers large spaces and delivers very good speeds, with satellite nodes very nearly as fast as the main router.
Google’s Nest mesh system is easy to use and provides good coverage. It lacks support for the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, but at this price, it’s still a good buy. If you don’t have a large space to cover, a single unit (just the router) is $139 at Amazon ($30 off).
We’ve tested all of the following chairs and desks, which you can read more about in our Home Office Gear guide. Read our Best Office Chair guide for seating recommendations and tips.
This is our favorite motorized standing desk. It has the ability to store four height presets and features an eco-friendly bamboo top. There are also numerous ways to customize it to your liking.
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This motorized standing desk is pricey, but it’s also one of the most elegant and smoothest standing desks we’ve tested. It has a range of 25 to 52 inches tall, and there’s a hole in the center of the rear to route your cables. Branch’s sale is site-wide, with chairs $20 off (the Ergonomic Chair is our top pick), and there’s a desk-chair bundle for $120 off.
Secretlab’s metal Magnus desk is expensive and heavy, but your inner neat freak will love the way it makes managing cables a breeze. Reviews editor Julian Chokkattu says the Magnus will solve your cable clutter and deliver peace of mind. Read more about it here.
This is arguably the best standing desk you can get for the money. Reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has had it in his bedroom for the past year and while its installation instructions aren’t the best, it’s worked as advertised every single time. There are height presets, a relatively smooth motor to raise the desk up and down, and it doesn’t feel cheap in any way.