The Acer Spin 713 is one of our favorite Chromebooks. It has one of the nicest screens you’ll find in a Chromebook at this price, and the Intel i5 chip offers plenty of power for Chrome OS. The battery life is good as well. Just be sure that Chrome OS is up to all the things you want to do with your laptop. See our laptop buying guide for more advice on what’s best for your use case.
This light laptop is one of our favorites. The 11th-generation Intel Core i7 chip offers great performance and long battery life. This version has 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 1-terabyte drive, which should be up to just about everything you can throw at it. You also get a lot of ports—HDMI, two USB-A ports, and a USB-C (Thunderbolt 4 capable, and can double as a charging port). There’s also a headphone jack!
This 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.
Best Buy, Samsung
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.
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.
Amazon, Best Buy ($749)
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 machine, especially the Core i5 model on sale here.
Nothing will boost your work-from-home game like a huge screen. The monitors below are the best deals on our favorites.
Amazon, Best Buy
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.
This is a pretty solid deal for a Full HD monitor of this size. There’s AMD FreeSync support, plus HDR, something we don’t typically see at this price point.
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.
Target, Best Buy
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).
Netgear, Best Buy (2-Pack for $330)
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.
We’ve tested all of the following chairs and desks, which you can read more about in our Home Office Gear guide.
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.
Branch (Enter Code BFCM at Checkout)
This motorized standing desk is pricey, but it’s also one of the most elegant and smooth desks we’ve tested. It has a range of 25 to 52 inches tall, and there’s a hole to route your cables. Branch’s sale is site-wide, with chairs $20 off, 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.
Amazon (Click the Coupon Button), Flexispot ($250)
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.