The Best Deals We Can Find
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Street Price: $130 MSRP: $140 Deal Price: $96
A new low on this polycarbonate Delsey spinner at just over $96. Deals on this suitcase tend to be rare and end pretty quickly, so pick it up soon if you’re in the market for hard-sided luggage. Currently, it’s available for this price in the Titanium color only. Shipping is free.
The Delsey Helium Aero 29-inch Luggage is our budget pick in the Best Checked Luggage guide. Kit Dillon writes, “… for travelers on a budget, or people who specifically want a hard-sided piece of luggage, the Delsey Helium Aero 25-Inch is a great bargain. Though many hard-shell bags in this price range are made with cheaper and less-durable ABS plastic, the Helium Aero is 100 percent polycarbonate. This gives it a sleeker finish and superior impact resistance. In fact, this is the same type of material used in the so-called “lower-end” models from Rimowa, such as the Salsa, which sells for about six times as much as the Helium. And in case anything goes wrong, Delsey backs this bag with a limited 10-year warranty. It also has a built-in TSA-approved lock for added peace of mind.”
Street Price: $200 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $150
Camping and outdoor gatherings ramp up this time of year and a canopy tent like this one is great to have in those settings. Thankfully, there’s a sale to make this one more affordable. Use code CELEBRATE25 to save $50, which knocks the price down to $150, matching the low we’ve seen for this shelter. Shipping is free.
The Coleman Mountain View 12×12 is our pick for the best canopy tent. Kalee Thompson writes, “Coleman’s new Mountain View 12×12 Screendome Shelter is our pick because it’s spacious and versatile and protects from sun and bugs. It’s a bit pricier than a basic shelter, but we think the additional features, like zip-off walls and a roomier domed design, make it much more livable.”
Thompson continues, “The Coleman Mountain View’s 12-by-12-foot, 27-pound structure has four mesh side panels, all of which can be fully zipped off, turning the tent into an open-walled, sun-blocking canopy. The other shelters we tested all had mesh doors that could be tied open, but the Mountain View is the only one in which the mesh can be completely removed, and from every side. If you don’t need the bug protection, this is a great feature, especially when you have a large group of people all trying to access a buffet of food laid out on a picnic table.”
Street Price: $1500 MSRP: $1600 Deal Price: $1250
This is a good price on a 12-inch MacBook that features the faster of the 2 processors offered for this model and a 512GB SSD, though we’d expect to see continuing sales. At $1250, it lowers the cost of this 12″ MacBook to $50 below what Apple is selling the lesser model (M3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD) for. This pricing is available for the Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver colors. If you’re in the market for one of the most purely portable laptops available and need the extra storage, this is a great opportunity to pick one up.
The 12-inch MacBook is our small and light option in our Which MacBook Should I Buy guide. Dan Frakes writes, “…if portability is more important to you, the 12-inch MacBook is an appealing option—with a few significant drawbacks. At just 11 inches wide, 7.75 inches deep, and 0.14 to 0.52 inch thick, the 2-pound MacBook is shockingly thin and light, and not much bigger than a 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard attached. Yet the MacBook sports a fantastic 2304×1440, 12-inch Retina display and a full-size keyboard (Apple’s new low-profile version), and it offers the same 10-hour battery life as other Mac laptops. (That’s Apple’s estimate. Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal [subscription required] got 8.5 hours in her automated Web-browsing tests.) It’s also the only MacBook available in four finishes: silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold.”
Street Price: $1000 MSRP: $1400 Deal Price: $700
Here’s a new low price on our former upgrade drone. While we’ve seen deals on this refurbished model in the past, this is about $35 below the previous best price. This refurbished Phantom 4 comes with the same standard warranty that a new DJI drone does – 12 months for major components and 6 months for most parts and accessories.
The DJI Phantom 4 is our former upgrade pick in our best drones guide. Mike Perlman wrote, “If you need advanced photo and video capabilities, and you want to fly for a longer duration, and you really want to make sure you don’t crash your $1,400 flying machine into the side of a barn, the Phantom 4 is for you. The Phantom 4 has a forward-collision sensing system that will stop the drone in its tracks before it gets too friendly with a tree. It also benefits from a longer battery life and rugged, redesigned body, including a totally new recessed gimbal that should better protect the camera assembly. Propellers can now be changed in the blink of an eye with a new press-and-lock system, and in addition to 4K recording, the Phantom 4 offers 120 frames per second at 1080p. Its newly designed lens cuts distortion significantly (compared to the Phantom 3) and it offers new modes including ActiveTrack (which automatically follows a moving subject), TapFly (which flies wherever the pilot taps on the FPV screen), and Sport Mode (in which the Phantom 4 can reach 45 mph for racing). Battery life has also been increased to a stated 28 minutes (about 22 minutes in our real-world testing). The Phantom 4 is the ultimate pick for seasoned photographers and videographers.”
Street Price: $400 MSRP: $400 Deal Price: $340
This is a new low price on our PS4 owner’s pick for best VR headset (for now). The PS VR hasn’t moved much from it’s $400 price point, and this deal brings it $10 below the previous lowest deal price. It should be noted that this is the standalone headset only – no Move controllers or cameras.
The PlayStation VR is our PS4 owners pick in our guide to the best VR headsets for PC and PS4. Signe Brewster wrote, “Sony’s PlayStation VR headset can’t track you quite as well as the competition can, but it’s good enough to provide a fun, solid virtual reality gaming experience. If you own a PlayStation 4 or 4 Pro (or would rather buy one than an expensive gaming PC), the PSVR’s $500 price tag makes it an easy pick. There are plenty of games to choose from—including PSVR exclusives like Rez Infinite as well as games like EVE: Valkyrie that are available on Vive and Rift—its camera and controllers are PlayStation accessories you may already own, and it’s easy to get into if you’re already familiar with the PlayStation’s user interface. Two of my testers also chose it as the most comfortable headset (the other two picked the Rift).”
Street Price: $450 MSRP: $480 Deal Price: $400
A very nice deal on an NAS device that’s an upgraded variant of our 4-bay upgrade pick, so you’re essentially getting an upgraded version of what is already an upgrade. This model has twice the RAM and a faster processor as compared to the standard TS-451 and is typically priced around $450, so this is a nice deal. Our upgrade pick is presently $400, the same price, so you’re getting some extras at no additional cost. Shipping is free.
The QNAP Turbo NAS TS-451 is our more bays pick for the best NAS. Nathan Edwards and Samara Lynn write,”A two-bay NAS is the best option for most people, but if you need more capacity or data protection, get the QNAP TS-451.
Of four-drive NAS devices, Edwards and Lynn write, “NAS with four or more bays gives you more storage options than a two-bay NAS does. For starters, you can opt for RAID 5, 6, or 10. These are data storage configurations that require three or more disks but provide better data protection and (depending on which RAID configuration you choose) can offer better performance. A four-bay NAS also lets you expand your storage capacity more easily. You can start with two drives and add more as needed, whereas the only way to expand the storage space on a two-bay NAS is to replace first one drive, then the other, with higher-capacity drives.”
They continue, “Four-drive NAS devices are typically more suited to professional settings—and if you want to use one, having a good understanding of RAID storage management will help. But if you have the extra dollars, want additional security and space, and don’t mind learning more about RAID, the TS-451 is a good bet.”
Street Price: $1100 MSRP: $1100 Deal Price: $990
Update: The price of this laptop jumped a tad to $990 and we’ve updated this post accordingly – as this matches the previous low this year before our last post, we still consider this a solid deal.
This is a somewhat rare deal on the non-touchscreen version of the XPS 13. We last posted this, our recommended config Intel Kaby Lake i5-7200, 256 PCle SSD, 13″ 1080p screen model at just under $1000. With this Memorial Day promo, you can apply code XPS10PERCENT to knock the price of one down a to match that $990 price (if you ditch the fingerprint reader, keeping it will cost $25 more and our guide pick doesn’t have one), the lowest price we’ve seen this year for the updated version of this Ultrabook.
The Dell XPS 13 is our top pick in our guide for the best Windows Ultrabook. Kimber Streams writes,”The 2016 non-touchscreen Dell XPS 13 is the best Windows ultrabook for most people because it’s thin and light; its battery life is among the longest we’ve seen; and it has a great screen, a good keyboard and trackpad, and a healthy mix of new and old ports. Previous versions of the XPS 13 have been our top pick since early 2015, but other laptops have gotten better while the XPS 13’s design has stood still—it’s not as far ahead of the pack as it once was, but it’s still the best Windows ultrabook for most people’s needs.”
Street Price: $600 MSRP: $600 Deal Price: $475
A very good price on a iPad Pro 9.7-inch 32GB at $475, an impressive $125 drop from full price. Currently, only the Silver and Gold colors are on sale with this discount. With the much-rumored iPad Pro refresh potentially on the horizon, we anticipate a number of deals on the Pro in the coming weeks, but this is still a nice deal if you don’t require more storage and are in the market for a Pro right now. Shipping is free.
The iPad Pro 9.7″ 128GB is our upgrade pick in our iPad guide. Dan Frakes writes, “If you need better performance for media editing, multitasking, or gaming; support for Apple’s fantastic Pencil stylus; better color accuracy; smartphone-class cameras; more storage capacity; or a huge screen, one of the two iPad Pro models is for you. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is essentially a souped-up Air 2 with a much faster processor, a better screen, the best cameras you’ll find in a tablet, and a few other hardware upgrades. The downside is that you’ll pay a hefty premium for these advantages.”
Street Price: $80 MSRP: $80 Deal Price: $64
A nice discount for those thinking ahead to school in the fall. L.L. Bean’s is currently offering 20% off the Quad Pack backpack with the use of a coupon code in cart. All colors are still available, but the last time we posted a 20% off promo on these backpacks several quickly sold and were moved to backordered status. Make sure to use code: SUMMER to get your 20% off and act quickly if you need a backpack in the near future. This promo runs through 5/31. Shipping is free.
The L.L. Bean Quad Pack is our top pick in our guide to the best school backpack for high school and college. Mathew Olsen writes, “Offering versatility at an appealing price, the L.L.Bean Quad Pack is a great backpack for taking to class, bringing on a walk through the park, or carrying on a day trip on the trails. First and foremost, the Quad is exceptionally comfortable even when loaded up in warm weather. It’s spacious, capable of carrying a lot in its sensibly organized pockets. The Quad also boasts a unique outer pouch that can be the only storage you need for a short outing. On L.L.Bean’s site the Quad has great reviews from high schoolers, hikers, law-school students, and archaeologists alike. It isn’t a revolutionary bag, but for this price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a backpack as thoughtfully designed.”
Street Price: $43 MSRP: $55 Deal Price: $36
While we’ve seen it for a couple bucks cheaper in the past, this is very close to the best price we’ve seen. We’ve seen this camping stove for $33 before, but that was only once and the deal lasted for less than a day. This is a nice $7 drop below the average street price of this year. And now that the camping stove is back in stock, it’s immediately available for Prime shipping.
The Coleman Classic Camping Stove is our top pick in our guide to the best camping stove. Kit Dillon writes, “Though it didn’t boil water the fastest or slow-cook the longest, we decided it just didn’t matter. Who cares if your water boils a minute faster or slower? The most important feature of the Coleman is that after getting tossed in and out of your car over and over again, it has the best chance of not breaking. With that in mind, it still boiled water faster—6 cups in 5 minutes on high—than anything except our upgrade pick. It is gentle enough to griddle golden-brown pancakes when turned down low, can cook with both burners on high on a single 16.4-ounce tank of propane for roughly an hour, and has the barest minimum of parts for easy maintenance. This model does not have a Piezo ignitor—that little red button you see on a lot of stoves that lights the gas—so you’ll have to bring a lighter. To us, that’s just one less thing to break (and they always break).”
Street Price: $50 MSRP: $50 Deal Price: $38
Here’s a nice deal on one of our upgrade kids camping backpacks, matching the previous low price we featured last November. We see these backpacks go on sale a few times a year, so we’ll probably see the Jet 12 on sale until the end of May. If it continues to follow historic trends, you’ll probably have another opportunity to pick up this backpack on sale during July, September, and November. But it should be noted that we haven’t really seen this backpack on sale for any lower than this, so this is still the best price we’re likely to see. This deal is available in red and teal.
The Osprey Youth Jet 12 is our upgrade pick for smaller kids in our guide to the best camping and hiking backpack for kids. Kalee Thompson wrote, “Osprey’s kid packs are identical in size to REI’s and have most of the same features. The Osprey packs cost more but arguably offer a couple of appealing upgrades to the REI designs that may be worth the extra cost if your kid is a more serious hiker and/or spends time hiking in hot weather. One, while the REI pack’s bladder pocket is on the inside of the bag’s main compartment, Osprey puts the bladder pocket on the outside of the bag. This has a couple of advantages. If the bladder were to leak, it’s less likely to get other gear wet. The design also makes it a tad quicker to refill (no need to unzip the main pack) and ensures that any splashed water ends up on the outside of the pack rather than the inside. Second, the pack is designed to be more breathable, with a piece of mesh-covered foam separating the back of the pack from the back of the child. (Osprey calls this the “airscape” system.) These advantages are probably relevant only if your child is using a hydration system or if they’re sweating a lot—in short, if they are a more serious hiker who is spending time in hot conditions.”
Street Price: $75 MSRP: $80 Deal Price: $60
A great price that matches the lowest we’ve seen on this highly regarded Bluetooth keyboard with an integrated number pad. At $60, this is a full $15 below the typical street price for the Logitech K780. Shipping is free.
The Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless is our “keyboard with a number pad” pick in our guide to the best Bluetooth keyboards. Kimber Streams wrote, “If you need a keyboard with a built-in number pad, we suggest the Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard. The K780 is very similar to the K380—offering the same round keys, multiple-device pairing, and estimated two years of battery life—but adds a number pad and a built-in stand for smartphones and tablets. It shares some of the K380’s flaws, too, namely a lack of backlighting and only one layout. The K780 also comes with Logitech’s USB Unifying wireless dongle (it’s the only Bluetooth keyboard we’ve tested so far with this option), so you can connect it to a computer without Bluetooth if you need to.
Street Price: $90 MSRP: $98 Deal Price: $80
This is a solid price on this Wi-Fi range extender, which typically has a street price between $85 and $90. While we’ve seen it as low as $68 twice, that pricing is more the exception than the rule and occurred once on Tech Monday and another time with a promo code. If you’re finding that your Wi-Fi could use a boost in certain areas of your home and don’t care to wait for a rock-bottom price, this is a nice opportunity to pick one up at a good discount. Shipping is free.
The TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450 is our top pick for the best Wi-Fi range extender. David Murphy writes, “If your router needs help getting the Wi-Fi signal to part of your house or apartment, give it a boost with the TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450. After spending 140 total hours researching Wi-Fi extenders and testing more than 20 over the past year and a half, we’ve decided that the RE450 is our new recommendation for most people.” He continues, “In all of our recent wireless tests, the TP-Link RE450 was faster than all 12 other extenders, including our previous pick, the Netgear EX6200.”
Street Price: $160 MSRP: $160 Deal Price: $120
Here’s a nice sale on our carry-on size travel backpack, coming in $5 below the last deal price we featured on our site. While we’ve seen this backpack in the $120 range a few times over the past year, this deal has rarely been available in every color and size. These previous sales are usually pretty short lived, so there’s a good chance that this deal won’t last longer than a few days. This deal is currently available in blue, red, and black, in both the small/medium and medium/large sizes.
The Osprey Farpoint 40 is our carry-on size pick in our guide to the best travel backpack. Geoff Morrison wrote, “It’s worth noting that even our carry-on–size pick is based on a rough average of what’s allowed by various airlines, and might not work on some flights. But if you don’t need a daypack, or if you want something that’s closer to average carry-on size, and you still want the other conveniences we’ve discussed, the Osprey Farpoint 40 is the best option—it’s similar, but not identical, to the Farpoint 55 without the daypack.”
Street Price: $130 MSRP: $130 Deal Price: $103
If you’re seeking a commuter-friendly backpack with a tech-centric design, this is a solid deal on this laptop backpack from Thule, $1 off the the lowest price we’ve seen. Shipping is free.
The Thule Paramount 24 Laptop Backpack is one of our weatherproof commuter picks in our guide to the best laptop backpacks. Wirecutter Staff write, “If you want a bag that has bike-commuter style but is designed to accommodate all your gadgets, check out the Thule Paramount 24. Its reliance on zippers for every pocket means it won’t be as water-resistant or durable over time as the Sanction, but it does have a 25-year warranty.”
The guide continues, “The main reason to get the Paramount instead of the Sanction is its tech-oriented design. It has one of the best laptop compartments we’ve ever seen. In addition to being fully padded and accessible without opening the main compartment, it has a semirigid skeleton built in to protect laptops up to 15.6 inches wide from minor falls. There’s also a padded tablet sleeve on the interior of the main compartment. Another great feature is a side zipper that gives you easy access to the full length of the main compartment.”
Street Price: $37 MSRP: $37 Deal Price: $30
This is a great price on our top pick toiletry bag from Eagle Creek. While it apparently has gone on sale for less in the past, that sale was incredibly brief. This is the lowest price we’ve featured it here. It’s available in black, blue, and red,
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Wallaby is our top toiletry bag pick in our guide to the best gear for travel. Meghan Miner wrote, “Hundreds of toiletry kit options exist, but an elite few make hauling your bathroom essentials along a pleasurable and organized experience. We tested six larger-sized toiletry kits, stuffing them with the same battery of full and travel-sized items typically packed on a week-plus long trip, zipped them up, shook them around and hung them up for use. In the end, the neatly compartmentalized three-tiered hanging format of the Eagle Creek Pack-It Wallaby stayed our top pick.”
Street Price: $38 MSRP: $40 Deal Price: $32
Update : These are now up $3 to $32.
While we’ve seen it at this price point before, the last time we featured a deal on these packing cubes was last September. We have seen a few other deals hit that price point between now and then, those deals have been sparse and often very short-lived. While this Strobe Green color won’t be winning you any fashion awards, it should help you keep track of the cubes when they’re not hidden inside your luggage. Hopefully very well hidden.
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specture Cube Set is the lighter packing cubes pick in our guide to the best gear for travel. Wirecutter Staff wrote, “If you value lightness over the ability to easily access your contents, Eagle Creek’s Specter packing cubes ($40 for three) are about 40 percent lighter than similarly sized competitors (62.1 grams for a medium cube, compared to 106.6 grams for non-Specter Eagle Creek medium cube). You can still use them to organize your garments, and they stack like cubes, but you still need to take everything out if you want to access what’s at the bottom of the cube.”
Street Price: $80 MSRP: $100 Deal Price: $69
This is a new low price on our runner-up pick earbuds under $100. If you have a Costco membership, they’re available for only $65. If you don’t have a membership, don’t fret – the $4 surcharge isn’t too much of a burden and doesn’t detract much from the great deal price. We normally see these earbuds stick close to the $100 price range with occasional drops down to $80, so this is a great deal price to pick them up. Shipping is free.
The 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones are our runner-up pick in our guide to the best earbuds under $100. Lauren Dragan wrote, “For iPhone or Android users that require a three-button remote, the 1More Triple Driver headphones are a wonderful choice. Via a switch (according to 1More), one model works with iPhones and most Android devices, too. Although our panel wasn’t as in love with the sound of the Triple Driver as we were with the Marshall, everyone agreed that the 1More performed vastly better than the majority of the other headphones we tested this round.”
Street Price: $35 MSRP: $49 Deal Price: $28
While we’ve seen Gears! Gears! Gears! a bit lower, the price of this building toy set typically hovers around $35, so at $28 this is a nice deal. If you’re seeking a cool STEM toy for your mechanically inclined young one, this is a nice opportunity to pick one up.
Gears! Gears! Gears! is a building toy we recommend in our Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love guide. Courtney Schley writes, “Gears! Gears! Gears! Is basically what you’d guess: a big box of colored gears that snap together with axles and extenders to create complex, moveable structures. The challenge is figuring out how to align and order the gears so they’ll all turn in unison and not get jammed up.
Wirecutter writer Chris Heinonen says his 4-year-old and 6-year-old have the gears set in their room and build with it all the time. “Lots of the time it’s just seeing how large of a thing they can build and still have all the gears turn.” Sweethome editor Harry Sawyers has a set as well, and his 2- and 4-year-old enjoy it together. He adds one caveat: “It’s pretty loud, especially on bigger projects, so keep that in mind if you have a baby or another kid sleeping nearby.””
Street Price: $155 MSRP: $155 Deal Price: $124
While this $4 more expensive than the last deal we featured this bike rack, the street price has subsequently risen by $5 over the past few months. It’s still a good deal price and the same amount of money off compared to the previous sale. It’s been a few months since the last time this bike rack was on sale, and these deals tend to be pretty short lived. Since weather is warming up and more people are getting ready to bike, this may be one of the last sales we’ll see before fall, according to historical trends.
The Saris Bones 2-Bike Rack is our pick for the best bike rack for cars. Kristen Hall-Geisler said, “After spending several perfectly lovely afternoons wrestling with a variety of bike racks on three vehicles, the Saris Bones 2-Bike rack emerged as the best bike rack for most buyers. Like all trunk racks, it can be used on nearly any kind of vehicle (pickups being the exception) without needing extra hardware, as roof or hitch racks do. The Bones is the lightest trunk rack we tested, so getting it onto the back of a vehicle was easy peasy—even on a hatchback, which offers little help in the way of a “shelf” to rest the rack on. If you need to clear a spoiler on your trunk, lifting the Bones into place won’t require a month of push-ups in preparation. The straps connecting the rack to the car are easy to pull very tight, and the hold-downs that keep bikes in place are coated to protect the frames. Once mounted, the Bones is sturdy and stable, and it provides three points of contact with the bike for less sway. Finally, when you’re done biking, it’s easy to fold nearly flat for storage.”
Street Price: $90 MSRP: $100 Deal Price: $69
Another nice drop on our budget instant camera, shaving $2 off our deal from earlier this month, which makes for the lowest price we’ve seen in several years. This small instant camera from Fujifilm has actually been steadily rising in price, and while there are sales elsewhere, stock seems to be in short supply for many of them and the prices aren’t quite this low. This is a nice $20 off the usual street price. These deals tend to be brief and sporadic, so it’s unlikely to stick around for long.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S is our budget pick in our guide to the best instant camera. Erin Lodi writes, “If all you need in an instant camera is a fun toy that can easily take snapshots, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S costs less than our top pick and creates photos that are nearly as good. Its compact body feels durable, and all the controls are intuitive enough for you to pass this camera around at a party without instruction. But its photos aren’t as sharp or saturated as those of our main pick, it doesn’t offer the same level of control, and it requires disposable CR2 batteries.”
Street Price: $430 MSRP: $480 Deal Price: $350
This deal matches the best price we’ve seen on the Denon AVR-S720W. The last sale we saw on this receiver was during Black Friday sales, and was over shortly soon after. Since this is a pretty big drop in price and stock is finally available, it’s hard to say how long this deal will last.
The Denon AVR-S720W is our top pick in our guide to the best receivers. Chris Heinonen wrote, “The Denon AVR-S720W is the best receiver for most people because it is the easiest to set up and has every feature most people will need. In our tests it sounded very good and didn’t distort even at high volume levels. It supports important wireless streaming standards, has enough inputs for most people, and supports future standards in case you decide to upgrade.”
Street Price: $500 MSRP: $750 Deal Price: $400
While we’ve been recently featuring a deal on a refurbished D3400, we feel as though the 1-year warranty (as opposed to the 90-day refurbished warranty) is well worth the extra $43 bucks. In addition to that, it’s just a great price overall, coming in at over $100 below the normal street price. Comes with a standard 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G kit lens.
The Nikon D3400 is our top pick in our guide to the best DSLR for beginners. Mike Perlman writes, “The Nikon D3400 is the best entry-level DSLR for those looking to improve their photography and learn the ins and outs of tweaking camera settings. The D3400 has some of the best image quality we’ve ever seen at this price, along with excellent battery life, Bluetooth connectivity, 1080/60p video, silent autofocus for video, easy-to-use controls, and a Guide Mode to help you learn—and it’s widely available for less than $500.”
Street Price: $400 MSRP: $400 Deal Price: $300
We haven’t seen this Olympus 45mm lens at this price since the end of last year. While we normally see this lens go on sale every few months, the last sale only dropped it down to $325, so this is a nice return to the previous low price. Even though we’ve seen it at this $300 price point a few times before, it’s still the best price you’ll find on this 45mm lens. It’s available in both black and silver.
The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 is our portrait lens pick in our guide to the first micro four thirds lenses you should buy. Amadou Diallo wrote, “If you’re interested in devoting some quality time to shooting portraits for your friends and family, we like the Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8. It’s a great, fast prime lens with a 90mm-equivalent field of view, the classic focal length for head-and-shoulder portraits.”
This lens is also well liked by other review sites. “The lens is praised by ePHOTOzine for its “excellent performance for a wide aperture lens;” PhotoZone dubs it “highly desirable” and say the quality is “very high” at f/4. PhotographyBlog highly recommends the lens, and Imaging Resource comments, “with excellent test results, this is a no-brainer of a conclusion – it’s a great and inexpensive addition to your Olympus PEN kit, especially if you’re a portrait shooter.”
Street Price: $1200 MSRP: $1200 Deal Price: $1000
While this isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, it’s still a nice $200 drop from the normal street price. It’s been a few months since we’ve seen it on sale, and any of the sales below $1000 have been incredibly brief, so this is still a great price to pick up this mirrorless camera.
The Olympus PEN-F is our compact street shooter pick for best mirrorless camera. Amadou Diallo wrote, “The Olympus PEN-F is an impressively specced camera in a small package that’s well-suited for street photography. Compact enough to fit in a coat pocket, it has the first new sensor we’ve seen from Olympus in years, plus an articulated screen. Its image-stabilization system is rated to let you handhold images at shutter speeds up to five stops slower than without stabilization. Unlike our top picks, though, this model isn’t weather-sealed. In addition, it uses a slower contrast-detect autofocus system that is much less able to track moving subjects than the hybrid systems found in our main picks.”
Street Price: $165 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $150
The first deal we’ve posted on this instant photo printer and the lowest price we’ve seen since the holiday season. Typically, the street price of the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 is around $15 higher. If you like to shoot on your smartphone but enjoy having prints to show for it, this is a nice opportunity to pick up a device that lets you do just that. The $150 price is available for the silver or gold color. Shipping is free.
The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 is our print photos from your phone pick in our Best Instant Camera guide. Erin Lodi writes, “If you want to keep shooting with your smartphone but like the idea and look of an old-school, tangible print, the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 is the best instant printer available. You can easily connect your phone to the printer via Wi-Fi and share access to your library of images with the free Instax Share app, which you can then use to do some minor editing and add a filter or a custom border. Press the print button, and the SP-2’s high-resolution 320 dpi print is ready in just 10 seconds.”
Street Price: $800 MSRP: $800 Deal Price: $710
While we have seen this monitor for lower once before, this deal brings it within $35 or the previous lowest price. We saw this monitor once at $675 in September of last year, but the few other deals have been in the mid-low $700’s. This is the lowest deal outside of the September sale and a great price to pick up this 4K monitor.
The BenQ BL3201PH 32-inch 4K monitor is our upgrade pick in our guide on the best 4K monitors guide. David Murphy wrote, “If you want a monitor that’s big enough to run 4K without scaling (which can help you avoid quality issues with third-party apps), the BenQ BL3201PH is a great option. Its gigantic, 32-inch screen offers great color accuracy—even though it isn’t factory-calibrated. This monitor comes with DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort connections, HDMI connections (1.4), a DVI port, and five USB 3.0 ports. It also has built-in sensors that will switch the monitor into a power-saving mode when you move away from your desk.”
Street Price: $244 MSRP: $250 Deal Price: $202
If you’re looking for a security camera but don’t want to get into the intricacies of wiring one up, this is a great opportunity to pick up the completely wireless Netgear Arlo Pro cam and siren Base Station at a discount. This is the second lowest we’ve seen this particular configuration.
The Netgear Arlo Pro is our top pick in our Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera guide. Rachel Cericola writes, “The Arlo Pro is a reliable outdoor Wi-Fi camera that’s compact and completely wireless, thanks to a removable, rechargeable battery that, based on our testing, should provide at least a couple of months of operation on a charge, and much more in quiet-traffic areas. It’s also the only device on our list that offers seven days of free cloud storage, and packs in motion- and audio-triggered recordings for whenever you get around to reviewing them. The Arlo Pro does everything we look for in a DIY security camera, and offers more convenience and value than the competition.”
Street Price: $250 MSRP: $260 Deal Price: $150
This is a new low price on our top family and car camping tent from Eureka. We’ve featured this tent before a couple of times, but those deals were all above $200. This is $50 below the lowest previous deal and an incredible savings on the normal +$250 street price. Shipping is free, and it’s also available in certain stores for in-store pickup. They offer a 60-day return policy.
The Eureka Copper Canyon 6 is our top pick in our guide for the best tent for family and car camping. Kalee Thompson wrote, “After examining more than 20 six-person tents online and comparing seven of them side by side on family car-camping trips, we concluded that the Eureka Copper Canyon 6 is the best tent for most car-camping families. It offers the best balance of generous interior space, ease of setup, good durability, and reasonable pricing of all the models we tested.”
Comparing it to the pricier, lighter competition, “For $150 to $200 more, you can get a tent from a more-elite brand that will weigh 5 to 10 pounds less, pack slightly smaller, and use arguably superior materials such as lightweight aluminum poles and coated nylon instead of steel, fiberglass, and coated polyester. But those higher-end tents—sometimes super-size versions of tents the same companies make for backpacking—are also less spacious, harder to set up, and arguably no more durable than the Eureka Copper Canyon, a tent that was clearly purpose-built for family car-camping.”
Street Price: $150 MSRP: $170 Deal Price: $127
While the G Pen Elite recently dropped in price, we were able to work with Grenco Science in order to get a special deal for our readers. Use the code: THEWIRECUTTER to get an additional 15% off, bringing it down to a very good deal price. This sale lasts until the end of the month, so you still have a little time to take advantage of this deal.
The Grenco Science G Pen Elite is our pick for the best portable vaporizer. Mark Smirniotis said, “This pint-sized vaporizer produces vapor that will convert any smoker and is easy to use thanks to high-end features like precision controls, a clear display, and Micro-USB charging.”
In terms of the features you get for that price, “Plus, the device has features you rarely see in the under-$200 price range like combination convection and conduction heating, a digital display for battery life, and precision temperature control”
Street Price: $100 MSRP: $100 Deal Price: $80
Here’s a nice deal on our upcoming computer speaker pick, the Mackie CR3. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on these desktop speakers, coming in at $20 below it’s unwavering street price. Seeing as how this is the first big sale we’ve seen these speakers, it’s hard to say how long this deal will last. But this is a nice big drop in price and makes for a great deal, so get it while you can.
The Mackie CR Series CR3 is our upcoming pick in our guide to the best computer speakers. Brent Butterworth wrote, “Our new recommended computer speaker, the Mackie CR Series CR3 speakers feature aux inputs, a headphone jack, volume knob and Bluetooth, plus they come with speaker wire and isolation pads. The built-in 50 watt amps give them plenty of power. They’re a clear standout for a sub-$100 speaker pair.
Street Price: $400 MSRP: $400 Deal Price: $350
This is a great deal on our top pick home Bluetooth speaker, matching the lowest price we’ve ever seen. We’ve only seen this speaker go on Dae once before at this price, and the sale was very brief. It’s unlikely that this sale will last much longer than a day or two, so if don’t expect it to stick around at this price.
The Peachtree Audio Deepblue2 is our top pick in our guide to the best home Bluetooth speaker. Seamus Bellamy wrote, “After considering 22 different speakers and conducting blind-listening tests of 11 with an expert panel, we feel that the Peachtree Audio Deepblue2 Home Bluetooth speaker is the best choice for most people. Our listening panel felt that it provided better audio clarity than the 10 speakers we pitted the Deepblue2 against. Other speakers came close to matching the score awarded to the Deepblue2 by our panelists—and one even scored higher than our pick did. But the Deepblue2’s combination of a reasonable price, excellent aural fidelity, and extras like an included IR remote, multiple auxiliary inputs, and the cables to make use of them won us over in the end.”
Street Price: $210 MSRP: $350 Deal Price: $172
Update 5 : After fluctuating from $214 to $221 to $208 and then $189, then $179, it’s now even lower at $172.
The Samsung Gear 360 continues to steadily drop, hitting a new low at $214. This 360 degree camera comes highly recommended for Samsung owners, and while the price has been trending downward, it doesn’t seem likely to get too much lower. While there is a new model coming soon, it’s not necessarily a guaranteed improvement since it takes a slightly different approach to 360 shooting.
The Samsung Gear 360 is our Samsung owners pick in our guide to the best 360 degree camera. Jeff Carlson wrote, “The Samsung Gear 360 would have been our top pick if not for its limited compatibility—it works with only a handful of recent Samsung phones. The Gear 360 offers better image resolution than the Ricoh Theta S in a compact two-lens design that lets you change settings and shooting modes directly without a connected smartphone. A removable battery and memory mean you can swap in spares as needed, and the included tripod/handgrip is useful and well-designed.”
Street Price: $135 MSRP: $150 Deal Price: $100
This is a nice drop in price on one of our alternate picks for best outdoor speakers. This $35 drop from its normal $135 street price is the best price we’ve seen, and the first good sale we’ve seen in over a year. Stock is already running fairly low, so it’s unlikely that this speaker will stay in stock at this deal price.
The OSD Audio AP670WHT is our bass lovers pick in our guide to the best outdoor speakers. Brent Butterworth wrote, “Last time, we picked the $150 OSD AP670 as the best choice for people who like a fuller, bassier sound. Geoff and Lauren both loved the AP670’s big, full sound; it was Lauren’s favorite in both tests, and Geoff’s top pick in the first test and second pick in this latest test.”
Street Price: $22 MSRP: $70 Deal Price: $15
This is a great deal on our pick from BlueAnt. We normally see the Ribbon stick close to its $22-$25 street price range, so this is the first deal we’ve seen below $20. At $15, it’s the best price we’ve seen and it comes with free shipping.
The BlueAnt Ribbon is our top pick in our guide to the best Bluetooth headphone adapters. R. Matthew Ward wrote, “The BlueAnt Ribbon is small and lightweight, has easy-to-use controls along with battery life comparable with that of most Bluetooth headphones, and it offers sound quality close to that of a wired connection. It’s also durable, clips easily to your clothing, and charges using a standard Micro-USB cable. The Ribbon also has a microphone for taking calls or using voice control, though the mic’s gain is a bit quiet for noisy environments.”