The Best Deals We Can Find
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Street Price: $1080 MSRP: $1250 Deal Price: $830
We featured a deal on this refurbished bundle a few months ago, but this deal comes in for a new low when combined with Canon’s current promotion. By using code: FRIENDS you’ll get an extra $120 off the order, bringing it down to $830. These refurbished items come with the standard 1-year Canon warranty.
The Canon EOS 80D is our runner-up in our guide to the best midrange DSLR. Amadou Diallo wrote, “If you plan to shoot video on a regular basis, or if you already have several Canon lenses you don’t want to replace, we recommend the Canon EOS 80D, which is a significant improvement over its predecessor (the EOS 70D, our previous runner-up). The image quality of this 24-megapixel DSLR isn’t quite as stellar as that of our top pick.”
Diallo continues, “In several areas, however, the 80D offers some very real advantages over our top pick. Its rear screen can tilt and rotate, making the camera easier to shoot with when you have to hold it at waist level or above your head. The screen is also touch sensitive, which makes for much easier menu navigation and much faster focus-point selection. The 80D’s large image buffer means you can shoot more raw images in a single burst (24 versus 18 on the D7200).”
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: $121 MSRP: $121 Deal Price: $105
While not the best deal we’ve seen on this uninterruptible power supply, this is the best price we’ve tracked on the the APC BRG1000G since June of 2016. If you’re in need of a well-regarded UPS with extra juice with any urgency, this is the best price you’re likely to find on this item. This deal is available to Prime members only.
The APC BR1000G is our upgrade pick for the best UPS. Mark Smirniotis writes, “If you’re going to have more devices plugged in—for example, your desktop computer and display—or if you need to be able to use them longer in a power outage, the APC BR1000G Back-UPS Pro offers some extra juice and is an excellent value. It’s almost twice the price of our top pick from CyberPower, but it will last more than twice as long when powering a 50-watt load such as a modem and Wi-Fi router—about 2 hours, 15 minutes in our tests. And if you have a workstation or some other high-power draw, such as audio equipment or a large display, you should step up to this size of UPS at a minimum.”
Of the power output, Smirniotis continues, “Though it seems like a 300 W model should be able to run a 300 W load, the reality is that the battery in such a small unit will run down in a frustratingly short time. If you want to have the power to do anything more than save your work, you shouldn’t load a UPS with more than 50 percent of its rated output. This means that if you’ll be plugging in around 300 W worth of equipment—that’s a desktop computer, a 27-inch LCD monitor, an external hard drive, a cable modem, and a wireless router, with some room to spare—your UPS should be rated around 600 W or more.”
Street Price: $75 MSRP: $90 Deal Price: $67
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on our top pick for best cheap scanner. We’ve seen a couple brief sales on the CanoScan LiDE220 in the past, but this is by far the lowest price we’ve seen. It’s been steadily dropping by a few bucks every day for a little over a week, so there is a chance of this scanner continuing to drop in price. If it doesn’t, this is still a great price to pick up this scanner.
The Canon CanoScan LiDE220 is our top pick in our guide to the best cheap scanner. Lizz Schumer wrote, “Because of its speed, image quality, accuracy, and ease of use, the Canon LiDE 220 ($90) is the best flatbed scanner for most users. An updated version of the LiDE 210, our flatbed scanner pick in 2013, It captures cleaner images than the competition, is easy to set up and use, accurately scans text documents, and can fit into small spaces when not in use. The LiDE 220 can scan documents, photos, artwork or other hard-copy materials quickly and with a minimal learning curve. While it does not scan photo negatives and stalls periodically when faced with high-volume scanning, it does what the average user needs it to do, without too many features most people will never touch.”
Street Price: $500 MSRP: $650 Deal Price: $354
A nice discount on a bundle that includes a refurbished model of our new best entry-level DSLR pick. At $354, this is the lowest price we’ve seen for this bundle, which includes the D3400 body, a NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, and a copy of Corel PaintShop Pro X8 (free gift, will reflect in cart). There is a coupon code that is auto-applied, AFFBCD73166003 – if you aren’t showing the deal price, you may need to apply it in cart, but we haven’t had to do so. The camera carries a 90 day factory warranty from Nikon. This price is set to expire 4/30/17.
The Nikon D3400 is our top pick in our Best DSLR for Beginners guide. 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: $320 MSRP: $400 Deal Price: $220
This is a nice deal on this refurbished 50mm lens from canon. It’s been about 6 months since the last sale on this lens, and this is still the best price we’ve seen. Canon’s refurbished lenses come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is the higher quality version of our prime lens pick in our guide to the first Canon lenses you should buy. Tim Barribeau wrote, “If you’re willing to spend a bit more, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 is higher quality—and capable of gathering even more light—but nearly three times the price. Of the company’s two 50 mm offerings, the f/1.4 version is undoubtedly a better lens, but if you’re just starting out and you aren’t sure what you want out of a lens, the f/1.8 version is supremely affordable and worth getting as you feel your way around.”
Street Price: $300 MSRP: $300 Deal Price: $225
Here’s a new low price on the Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-canceling headphones. These headphones tend to stick to its $300 street price, so this $75 drop down to $225 is a big sale and the lowest price we’ve seen. These headphones should be on sale up until the end of the month, so you have about a week to take advantage of this deal.
The Bose QuietComfort 25 is our top pick in our guide to the best noise-canceling headphones. Geoff Morrison wrote, “For the third year running, the QC25 are the best noise-cancelling headphones. Yes, the wireless QC35 offers very slightly more noise reduction on paper, but in subjective testing it was more of a wash, with a slight edge to these over the QC35. The amount of noise reduced is incredible: noticeably and significantly more than the vast majority of noise-cancelling headphones. In our testing, they dropped an average of 24.2 dB of noise, including over 30 dB at some frequencies, and more low-bass reduction than any headphone we’ve tested.”
Street Price: $9 MSRP: $15 Deal Price: $7
Another nice deal on this adapter 2-pack that allows USB 3.0 devices to be plugged into USB-C ports, matching the price from last month. With code AUKUSBC1, this pack of 2 can be had for just $7. Shipping is free with Prime.
The Aukey USB-C to USB 3.0 Adapter is our nub-style adapter pick for legacy USB 3.0 devices in our USB-C Adapters, Cables, and Hubs guide. Nick Guy writes, “Of the models we tested, our favorite nub-style adapter is Aukey’s CB-A1-2, available in a two-pack for less than $10. (If you want just one, there’s also the CB-A1, but having a handful of these around is useful.) The plastic-bodied dongle is a little over an inch from end to end (including its own USB-C plug), about half an inch wide, and barely thicker than the USB plug that you’ll connect to it—you can use two of the adapters side-by-side on a 2016 MacBook Pro, though it’s a tight fit. The CB-A1 is nothing fancy, but it works well, and it’s cheap enough that you could buy a few packs and just leave the adapters attached to the cables and plugs of your legacy peripherals.”
Guy continues, “In our tests, the CB-A1 provided average data write speeds of 104.3 MB/s and data read speeds of 247.0 MB/s; our ammeter measured a maximum power draw of 1.98 amps. In panel testing, some Wirecutter writers thought that the adapter’s USB-A port was tight, but we don’t think this is a dealbreaker, especially if you’ll be leaving the adapter on the end of a cable.”
Street Price: $340 MSRP: $340 Deal Price: $300
We recently featured a deal on this suitcase in olive, but now it’s available in black. If you’re in need of a capacious suitcase to check when flying, this Travelpro discount is around $40 off regular price. We’ve seen it lower, most recently in December, but those travelers looking with any urgency for a high-volume bag can get a solid deal on this one.
The Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 29″ is the larger version of our top pick in our guide on the best checked luggage. Kit Dillon writes, “If you need the maximum space allowable and don’t mind going over weight limits, the 29-inch model is the way to go.”
On the Platinum Magna 2 line, Dillon continues, “Internally, the Platinum Magna is well-organized across its main and lid compartments and comes with a built-in garment folder that includes a removable folding board (similar to the one in our Briggs & Riley upgrade pick). This makes it easy to pack and protect formalwear. However, the sheer size of bags such as this makes it very easy to exceed the 50-pound (22-kilogram) weight limit that most airlines impose. (A luggage scale comes in handy.) But even if you overpack, the Platinum Magna can withstand the extra weight. Travelpro tests its bags by filling them with 70-pound loads and passing each handle through 7,500 automated lift tests.”
Street Price: $2000 MSRP: $2000 Deal Price: $1455
Here’s a great deal on our top pick TV from Costco. Since this deal is from Costco, you’ll either have to have a membership or you can pay a $70 surcharge. Luckily, the 1-year membership to Costco is $55, meaning you can get the TV and a Costco membership for $1455 ($1400 + $55 for the membership). Even with the additional membership cost, it’s still $140 cheaper than the current deal from Best Buy. It comes with free shipping, and is also available for in-store pickup, depending on local availability.
The Vizio P65-C1 is our top pick in our guide to the best TV. Since the 2017 model of this TV is coming out in a few weeks, we asked Chris Heinonen his thoughts, “The 2017 models only change the remote, replacing a tablet with a larger remote with a keypad, and an updated matte finish. The TV hardware remains the same and all the software changes, including being able to stream from the TV directly without a tablet, will roll out to the 2016 versions”
On the image quality, Heinonen wrote, “Of all the LCD TVs we tested, the Vizio P65-C1 offers the best overall image quality across all types of content. The full-array local-dimming backlight provided superior contrast ratios and was the least noticeable in use with challenging content. Equipped with support for wide color gamut and high dynamic range, including both HDR standards, it’s ready for current and upcoming HDR content. The preset Calibrated and Calibrated Dark modes do a good job of producing an accurate image without requiring any work.”
Street Price: $200 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $150
While we normally don’t recommend this model over our top pick due to price, Nixplay is currently running a special Mother’s Day promotion that brings it under the price of our top pick. This Mother’s Day sale drops the price by 25%, or $50, bringing the price down to $150. Nixplay is also offering a deal on multiple frames in their digital store – if you buy 2 frames, you get 35% off, or 40% off for 3 frames.
The Nixplay Iris 8 is a digital frame we like in our guide to the best digital frames. Amadou Diallo wrote, “The Nixplay Iris is the company’s flagship model, with only minor differences from our top pick. A metal (versus plastic) frame offers a classier look, and the Iris employs an ambient sensor to match screen brightness to the room lighting. It also uses a noise sensor—rather than a motion sensor—to put the display to sleep. But at the time of this writing, the 8-inch model cost about $30 more than our 10-inch top pick. We just don’t see the added features as worth paying the extra cash or settling for a smaller screen.”
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: $80 MSRP: $110 Deal Price: $70
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB rarely drops below $80, so this discount to $70 is a solid one. If you’ve been procrastinating about backing up your data or just need the additional storage, time to take note.
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB is our top pick in our guide to the best portable hard drive. Justin Krajeski and Kimber Streams write, “The 2 TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim is one of the lightest, thinnest hard drives we tested, and it was consistently faster than the competition in our multifile music and photo transfer tests. More importantly, it’s reliable. The Slim was our top pick for two and a half years before being bested by the lighter, faster Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim. But the Ultra Slim’s reported failure rate skyrocketed after we picked it, so we no longer recommend it. We’ve switched our pick back to the tried-and-true Slim, which has a low 6.5 percent reported failure rate among nearly 9,000 user reviews. We recommend the 2 TB model because it’s the best value. Seagate includes handy backup software and 200 GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.”
Street Price: $90 MSRP: $100 Deal Price: $80
Update : B&H are currently offering a 1-day sale dropping the price on this Instax Mini 50S down to $60.
Here’s a nice drop on our budget instant camera, making for the lowest price we’ve seen in several years. While this small instant camera from Fujifilm has been steadily rising in price, this is a nice $15 drop from the recent average, and $10 off the overall 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 wrote, “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: $200 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $180
Since Thunderbolt 3 was introduced, deals on compatible docking stations have been rare. As a result, at a nice $20 discount from street price, the CalDigit TS3 Lite represents a solid deal if you’re in need of a Thunderbolt 3 docking station immediately.
The CalDigit TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station is our best Thunderbolt 3 dock (so far) in our Best Thunderbolt Dock guide. Nick Guy writes, “At least eight Thunderbolt 3 docks have been announced since Apple released the 2016 MacBook Pro—the first Mac with Thunderbolt 3—in October 2016, including several that we saw at the 2017 CES trade show. For now, the first such dock—the CalDigit TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station—is the best available. We found a few small quibbles, but it lives up to its promises.”
Guy continues, “It has a few limitations, from its port array to its power output, but it works as promised and is a suitable choice if you need a Thunderbolt 3 dock right now.”
Street Price: $68 MSRP: $80 Deal Price: $59
While we’ve seen this UPS lower once before, it’s only been as a lightning deal. Outside of that, this is the best price we’ve seen on the APC BE650G1, and a nice $9 drop from the usual street price. We’ve been seeing this UPS drop by about a dollar a day for the past week, and this is the prime deal time to pick it up. It may venture down a couple bucks lower, but it’s hard to say. If you see it sticking to a price for a couple days, it’s likely the lowest it’s going to be.
The APC BE650G1 Back-UPS is one of our top picks in our guide to the best uninterruptible power supply. Mark Smirniotis wrote, “When we tested the CyberPower CP685AVR alongside its closest competitor from APC, the APC BE650G1 Back-UPS, the CyberPower lasted longer and stayed truer to its stated rating, but the difference was less than five minutes of uptime on average—59.6 minutes of power versus 55.8. The similarities between the APC and the CyberPower don’t end there: Both units have surge protection on all eight outlets, with four of those outlets covered by the battery-backup protection. Both lack any sort of status display, though you can monitor and manage either device by connecting it to your computer via USB and installing proprietary software. The two systems even have the same three-year warranty. The CyberPower is our top pick, and it’s often a few dollars cheaper, but if you can get the APC BE650G1 for less, it will serve you just as well.”
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: $700 MSRP: $700 Deal Price: $500
This is a nice big drop on the KEF Q400b subwoofer, matching the previous lowest price we’ve seen. While this is a big $200 drop from the normal $700 price, be aware that we did see it at that price from October to December last year. It’s a popular subwoofer and is starting to run low in stock, but the stock indicates more is on the way. We don’t expect to see this subwoofer drop lower than this price, so this is likely the best price you’ll find it for a while.
The KEF Q Series Q400b is our upgrade pick for subwoofer in our guide for the best surround sound system for most people. Dennis Burger wrote, “If you’re willing to spend a good bit more for even better audio performance, all of our testers unanimously preferred the KEF Q Series for its extra sparkle, enhanced detail, and significantly deeper bass compared with the ELAC Debut system. The system’s Q400b subwoofer is an absolute beast. Despite being a little smaller than the ELAC S10EQ sub, with the same size driver and a roughly comparable power rating, the KEF delivers much deeper bass without sacrificing anything in the way of impact or overall sound output. It also blends with its satellite speakers just as well as the ELAC does.”
Street Price: $32 MSRP: $35 Deal Price: $28
If you’re looking for a way to bridge the gap while you transition between devices with legacy USB-A ports and a new device with USB-C ports, this is a nice deal on the Lexar 64GB JumpDrive C20c USB Type-C Flash Drive. It typically is priced around $32 and is presently out of stock at many places, so it’s a nice find at this price. This sale does not include the kickstand, but that shouldn’t diminish the functionality of the drive as the kickstand is simply an ergonomic add-on.
The Lexar 64GB JumpDrive C20c is our USB-C option in our Best USB 3.0 Thumb Drive guide. Patrick Austin and Ray Aguilera write, “If you own a device that has only USB-C ports, such as a MacBook, but still regularly work with computers that have Type-A USB ports, get the Lexar JumpDrive C20c, which has both ports—one on each end. (It can even double as a charging cable.) It’s not as fast as our pick or our runner-up, but its versatile design will come in handy if you move data between USB-C and USB-A devices frequently.”
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: $150 MSRP: $150 Deal Price: $120
One of the first deals we’ve seen below $130 on the BeatsX, available for $120 in Black, Blue, Gray and White. While we’d expect to see continuing deals on these that will likely get them closer to $100, this is a good deal on these given their street price now. We’ve also had staff and readers mention a $30 iTunes credit that comes with the BeatsX – that may be the case with these, which would certainly add more value here, but we can’t confirm it as there’s no mention of it in the listing.
The BeatsX are our Apple users pick in our Best Wireless Earbuds guide. Lauren Dragan writes, “If you need better call quality than sport headphones can provide, but don’t care for the bulky collar design of our other picks, the BeatsX is a great option—especially for iPhone users. The high price makes it a worse value compared with our other picks, but unlike our other picks’ stiff collars, the BeatsX’s flexible neckband can easily coil up into a pocketable package. In addition to being more portable, the BeatsX has a W1 Bluetooth chip (the same chip as in Apple’s AirPods), which makes pairing with Apple devices super-easy and also slightly improves switching between paired devices. The average battery life of eight hours should get you through most days, but these headphones don’t work while charging. However, Apple users will appreciate that they charge via Lightning cable—so you have one fewer cable type to bring while you’re traveling. The sound quality on the BeatsX is great, with the exception of a boosted and somewhat blurry bass frequency region. We usually like the fun of extra bass; it’s just that the BeatsX’s “thump” sounds a little more like a “thud.” It has some other downsides, too: The microphone quality, for starters, is about what you’d get from a corded set of earbuds, so your calls will sound okay, but this mic will pick up more background noise than our pick’s mic will.”
Street Price: $70 MSRP: $75 Deal Price: $35
While we’ve seen the street price drop since the release of this headset, as one might expect, we haven’t seen the HyperX Cloud drop below $60 new, which it has touched a few times while generally remaining between $70 and $80. As a result, at $35 shipped, this refurb model (with included 90 day warranty) presents a great opportunity to get a well-regarded gaming headset on the cheap.
The Kingston HyperX Cloud is our pick for the best gaming headset. Dennis Burger writes, “After a combined 125 hours of testing over the past two years, including listening to 12 new models this year, we still think Kingston’s original HyperX Cloud is the best gaming headset for most people. The HyperX Cloud offers the best mix of audio performance and comfort for the money. It’s beautifully built and comfortable on a wide variety of heads, and it sounds great. You won’t find a more neutral and versatile gaming headset unless you’re willing to spend roughly double what the HyperX Cloud costs.”
Street Price: $150 MSRP: $150 Deal Price: $130
A recurring deal on the Echo Dot, but one to take note of if you’re interested in affordably getting Alexa control and search features throughout the house or in giving Echos as a gift. You can get 3 dots for $130, $20 off the regular price, by applying code DOT3PACK in cart. Typically, the only other way we’ve seen to get Dots discounted has been bundled with other, more costly smart home elements, so this is a nice option for those seeking Dots only.
The Echo Dot is an option we like in our What is Alexa? What Is the Amazon Echo, and Should You Get One? guide. Grant Clauser writes, “For a lot less than the full-size Echo, and with the ability to connect wirelessly to your choice of speaker or sound system, the Echo Dot 2 is a smart option. The original Dot sold out almost as soon as it launched, but the new Dot 2 began shipping in October. The Dot 2 is only about 1½ inches high and includes volume buttons instead of the turnable knob of the Echo (and the original Dot). Amazon also covers the newer Dot in a glossy black or white finish rather than the flat black of the Echo and the first Dot.”
Clauser continues, elaborating on the Dot’s features, “In this smaller package, the Dot gives you all the Alexa control and search features, and it includes a speaker that’s good for hearing the Dot’s voice and alarms or listening to talk radio but isn’t nice enough for enjoying music. For music, you connect the Dot to any Bluetooth speaker or use a 3.5 mm” stereo jack for a wired audio connection. You can plug that into a powered speaker or an audio receiver. I hooked my Dot to my home theater receiver so that I could hear music from a 1,000-watt system (the Dot is technically stereo, but with an AV receiver you can output it through all your speakers). The downside of that arrangement is that you must have the connected speaker or sound system turned on to be able to hear the Dot’s voice responses. For example, in my home theater system, the receiver has to be on and set to the Dot’s input for me to hear it say “Okay” when I ask it to lower the room lights. That doesn’t sound like a big deal until you discover that you don’t know whether the Dot received your command unless you see the resulting action. If it didn’t hear you correctly, the only way you’ll know is that you’re sitting on the sofa for 20 minutes and the lights still haven’t changed.”
Street Price: $170 MSRP: $180 Deal Price: $118
Update 3: While we initially posted this at $130 and we saw it drop to a low of $116, it’s been $122 most of the time this deal has been active. Dropping down to $118 puts it just slightly above the best price we’ve seen.
At $130, this matches the low we’ve seen for an 8-pack of Tile Slims. These Bluetooth trackers are compact enough to fit in a wallet or be affixed to anything you want to keep track of and retain that item’s existing profile. An 8-pack is ideal for a small office or large family and as a single Tile Slim currently sells for $25, this multi-pack represents a nice discount.
The Tile Slim is our smaller, wallet-sized pick in our guide to the best Bluetooth tracker. Nick Guy wrote, “The Tile Slim is a wider but thinner tracker from the same company. Because it’s the thickness of about three credit cards, it can fit in your wallet or on other items for which the Tile Mate may be too thick. The Slim’s alarm isn’t as loud and its range isn’t as good, but it’s really the only tracker with a design this thin, and it still benefits from Tile’s crowd-finding reach.”
Street Price: $170 MSRP: $200 Deal Price: $127
Update 3 : We posted this at $150, which at the time, matched the best price we’d seen. Since then, it’s dropped to $140, then $132, and now $127.
We’ve only seen the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo hit this price once before, and it only spent one day at that price during that sale. This USB audio interface rarely ever goes on sale, so if you’re in the market for a quality USB audio interface, this is a great price to pick this one up.
The PreSonus AudioBox iTwo is our runner-up pick in our guide to the best USB audio interface. Al Griffin wrote, “While it costs more than our main pick, the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo is also well worth considering. The AudioBox iTwo received high marks from our listening panel for its sound quality, with comments citing its ability to capture the natural decay of acoustic instruments as well as maintain spaciousness and detail even during loud passages. The AudioBox iTwo’s iPad and MIDI support, along with the Studio One Artist software (a $100 value) that PreSonus bundles with the unit, also make it an appealing alternative for those looking to go beyond the confines of GarageBand and other free recording software.”
Street Price: $305 MSRP: $320 Deal Price: $250
Update 2 : We initially posted this at $266, it went up to $272, but now it’s down to $250.
Here’s a neat bundle that combines our top smart LED light bulb and a Google Home voice-controlled smart home controller. This deal matches the lowest price we’ve seen on the Philips Hue smart lighting kit plus the standard cost of a Google Home. All in all, you’re saving around $40 for getting these two smart home items bundled together.
The Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit is our pick for the best smart LED light bulbs. Grant Clauser wrote, “Philips Hue is not just a smart bulb; it’s a whole smart system. The color-adjustable A19 bulbs can remake the look of a room in seconds. Multiple app options and device compatibility make it the best overall choice.”
The Google Home is a voice-controlled speaker from our guide on the Google Home. Brent Butterworth and Grant Clauser wrote, “Google’s wireless speaker, digital assistant, and smart-home controller looks better than its biggest competition, reliably responds to most voice queries, offers solid multi-room audio, and sounds pretty good.”
Street Price: $110 MSRP: $130 Deal Price: $90
Update 5 : We’ve seen the price bouncing all over the place with this router. It started at $110 with a $20 off coupon, bounced higher, then dropped to $80 after coupon. It’s back to the price it started at, $110 with a $20 off coupon, but check a couple times in case it drops lower again.
This is a nice price when you clip an on-page $20 coupon (radio button immediately under the price listing) which knocks this router down to $90 once the coupon is applied in-cart. The Nighthawk R6700 is a variation of our upgrade router, the Netgear R6400. The differences between the two are processor (R6700 has 1GHz while R6400 has 800MHz), ports (R6700 has only 1 USB 3.0 port while R6400 has 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0), and footprint (R6700 is slightly larger).
The Netgear R6400 is our upgrade pick in our Best Wi-Fi Router guide. David Murphy writes, “The AC1750 Netgear R6400 costs a little more than our primary pick but provides (mostly) better performance and a much better array of features. Among them are a built-in VPN server for advanced users who want to secure their remote coffee-shop browsing, a QoS feature to prioritize your network’s traffic (to get better video-streaming performance, for instance), and support for Time Machine backups (which makes this model a good choice for Apple households). The R6400 also has better parental controls and faster USB ports than the Archer C7.”
Street Price: $450 MSRP: $500 Deal Price: $337
Update : Now dropping another $20 to the lowest price we’ve seen, it’s available for $337 from two third-party retailers with Prime shipping.
Here’s a nice $90 drop on our upgrade pick 360-degree camera, bringing it within about $50 of our top pick. We’ve only seen it drop below $350 once before, during last year’s Black Friday sale. While the price has fluctuated from its original $500 retail price a fair amount over the past few months, this is still a great deal. Outside of the rare holiday sale, this is the best price we’re likely to see on the 360fly camera. The last sale on the 360fly lasted only a few days, so this sale is unlikely to be any different.
The 360fly 4K is our upgrade pick in our guide to the best 360-degree camera. Jeff Carlson wrote, “If you’re willing to spend more for 4K video alongside water- and dust-resistance to go with your all-weather outdoor lifestyle, we like the 360fly 4K. Additional upgrades over our top pick include a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, non-assisted GPS, and eight times more internal memory. However, its single-lens design only captures 240 degrees of vertical visibility, meaning that resulting videos and images will either be missing a chunk of the sky or ground. It’s also annoying that the capture button only works for starting video recording; shooting still photos requires opening the app.”
Street Price: $580 MSRP: $580 Deal Price: $500
Similar to the 2-camera kit we saw last week, Amazon has a 3-camera kit bundle on sale coming in just under the best previous deal. It’s a nice $80 drop from the 3-camera bundle street price, and still a good saving compared to the 1-camera and 2-camera kits supplemented by add-on cameras. The add-on camera normally sticks to the $170 to $190 price range, so this deal matches or beats the best prices we’ve seen on the smaller camera bundles with the best prices on the add-on cameras. Most of the Arlo camera deals have been brief, so it’s unlikely that this deal will stick around for long.
The Netgear Arlo Pro is our top pick in our guide to the best wireless outdoor home security camera. Rachel Cericola wrote, “The Arlo Pro outdoor Wi-Fi camera does everything a DIY surveillance camera should, and tops the others we tested in convenience features and value. In our testing, the Pro’s rechargeable batteries lasted for months, saving you from having to plug the camera into an outlet. The company gives you seven days of free cloud-based video storage (and the option to pay for more), which will be plenty for most users. It also comes with a base station that allows users to wirelessly connect up to five cameras, with options to add more through a paid plan or even add professional monitoring if you want. That same base station packs in a piercing 100-plus–decibel siren and the ability to hook up your own USB drive for additional local storage.”
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: $250 MSRP: $350 Deal Price: $189
Update 3 : After fluctuating from $214 to $221 to $208, it’s now at a new low of $189.
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.”
Street Price: $64 MSRP: $64 Deal Price: $22
This is a great deal and the best price we’ve seen on our leather upgrade pick for touchscreen gloves for women. Currently the black small/medium gloves are out of stock, but everything else is in stock. When they run out of stock, they tend to take a long time to come back in stock, so don’t count on waiting till the black small/medium size is back in stock.
The U|R Powered Valori Leather & Tech Stretch is our women’s leather upgrade pick in our guide to the best touchscreen gloves. Nick Guy wrote, “Finally, if you’re willing to pay more for a more stylish glove, we recommend U|R Powered’s Derek Leather & Tech Stretch Gloves (for men) and Valori Leather & Tech Stretch Gloves (for women). They look like normal leather gloves at first, but they’re actually made of a warm, spandex-like material with leather stitched onto the back. This design gives them the warmth and the tight fit of a technical glove but the exterior appearance of a nicer leather glove. They also feature traction lines on the palm to keep you from dropping your phone. If you examine them closely, the Derek and Valori styles aren’t as fancy looking as all-leather gloves, but chances are, most people won’t notice the difference unless you point it out to them.”
Street Price: $40 MSRP: $60 Deal Price: $28
This is a nice deal on our super powerful USB battery pick, and a new lowest price ever. Just make sure to use code: RAV22000 in order to get the best deal price of $28.
The RAVPower 22000 mAh Ace Series is our more powerful pick in our guide to the best USB battery packs. Mark Smirniotis wrote, “If you require a lot of power—say, you need to charge your smartphone every night on a weeklong camping excursion, or to keep a couple tablets or large smartphones fully charged throughout an international flight—you should get the RAVPower Ace Series 22000 mAh Power Bank. Though only about 85 percent of the capacity of our previous large pick from RAVPower, the RAVPower 26800 mAh Xtreme Portable Charger, this newer pack can charge more devices faster than any other contender in our test group. Even though it was second place in overall capacity, it still had enough power to charge a smartphone every night for a week, and when it’s dead, it recharges faster than any other pack we tried.”
Street Price: $17 MSRP: $20 Deal Price: $10
This is a great deal on our top pick and just slides in as the best price we’ve seen. While this umbrella was already very affordable, this $10 deal now means you have no excuse for getting caught out in the rain without an umbrella.
The Lewis N. Clark umbrella is our top pick in our guide to the best umbrellas. Tim Heffernan wrote, “The Lewis N. Clark Umbrella is our overall pick as the best umbrella for most people because it offers more features and durability for the price than anything we’ve tested in the past three years. At 10 ounces, it’s the second-lightest in our test, and the shortest (when closed) at 11 inches (the company lists it at 10.25 inches; it’s not). Its 38-inch canopy (the company underestimates it as 37 inches) is right in the sweet spot for full-size umbrellas, and it performed satisfactorily in last year’s mannequin-in-the-shower test, keeping the head, shoulders, and upper torso dry. This year, it survived the battery of 20 consecutive inversions and continued to open and close without problem (though one arm appeared slightly bent afterward), and it has a handle that stays grippy when wet.”
Street Price: $200 MSRP: $210 Deal Price: $120
Update : This is another big drop on our top men’s boot, bringing the price down to $120. Some of the sizes are already out of stock, but all three colors are available in most sizes.
This is a nice deal on a winter boot that rarely sees sales, the Sorel Madson (in black). There is a 25% promotion through the end of March on these boots (while supplies last) as winter gear in general starts to see lower prices. Both the Nutmeg and Major colors are also available for this price, but we’ve seen them very competitively priced before. However, it’s surprisingly rare to see the black color this low in a broad range of sizes, something that’s difficult to find elsewhere.
The Sorel Madson (Men’s) is our men’s pick in our Best Winter Boot guide. Lisa Maloney writes, “Our top men’s pick provides impressive functionality with such good looks (in the black version, at least) that our tester was quite honestly shocked by how well they performed in Alaska’s challenging conditions. The Sorel Men’s Madson Original Boot offered surprisingly good traction in icy conditions, excellent waterproofing, enough insulation to keep feet warm down to about 20 degrees, and an amazingly flexible, easy-to-walk-in sole.”
Street Price: $170 MSRP: $250 Deal Price: $100
Update 3 : We posted these at $150, which at the time, matched a low. Since then, they’ve dropped to $120, and now, $100.
These speakers are back down to $150, the low price we saw in December. Prior to that, they hadn’t seen a single drop below $170 in a year. This price is available for the black color only.
The Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201 Speakers is our Bluetooth pick in our computer speakers guide. Brent Butterworth writes, “Our two top picks in computer speakers lack Bluetooth, but we did find a couple of pretty good systems that include it. One is the Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201, now selling on Amazon.com for $173. It’s a nicely designed set of two-way minispeakers with convenient controls on top of the right speaker.”