Black Friday sales on Apple AirTags, other Apple and tech items

Apple’s AirTag 4-pack drops to a new record low ahead of Black Friday

Pick up the bundle for only $80, or $20 less than usual.

V. Palladino, @valentinalucia

November 20, 2022 9:10 AM

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AirTags make great stocking stuffers for your loved ones who are constantly forgetting where they put their most important things. If you want to pick up a few, Amazon has the four-pack of AirTags for only $80 right now, which is the lowest price we’ve seen on that set. That also brings the price of each individual tracker down to $20, which is much cheaper than buying a single AirTag at its current $28 rate.

Apple AirTag (4 Pack)


Apple AirTag (4 Pack)

Pick up four of Apple’s Bluetooth trackers for only $80 – the best price we’ve seen on the bundle.$80 at Amazon

Apple joined the Bluetooth tracker space in 2021 with AirTags, which can help you keep track of your keys, wallet and other belongings. They pair quickly and seamlessly with iPhones (in a process very similar to that of AirPods), and you can digitally label them with the name of the thing they’re monitoring.

After that quick setup process, you can see the last known location of your things from within the Find My app, and you’ll even get alerts when, say, you’ve left your keys behind when you (and your iPhone) have moved to another location. From your phone, you can force AirTags to emit a chime to help you find your lost items more easily, and those with the latest iPhones can get on-screen directions to their missing things (as long as they aren’t too far away).

Our biggest gripe with AirTags is a very Apple-y one: the trackers don’t have a keyring hole, so you have to put them in a case, sleeve or another holder if you want to attach them to anything. Thankfully, most of our favorite AirTag cases [click thru to info on cases at] are even cheaper than the tracker itself, so it may be a good idea to pick up a case for your loved one to whom your also gifting the AirTag.

Also, it goes without saying that AirTags are only viable for people with iPhones, or those otherwise steeped in the Apple ecosystem. Thankfully, there are a number of other options out there for non-Apple users, including those from TileChipolo and Samsung.

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Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad drops to $270, plus the best early Black Friday deals so far

Including discounts on Sony headphones, the Xbox Series S, Google Pixel phones, and much more.

J. Dunn, @deffjunn

November 18, 2022 12:15 PM

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Though Black Friday is technically a week away, we’re already seeing a barrage of sales that we expect to carry over into the shopping holiday. Several of Apple’s iPadsApple Watches and MacBooks are available at their lowest prices to date, for instance, as are a plethora of devices from Amazon and GooglePlayStation and Xbox have kicked off their respective Black Friday sales, too, and there are numerous discounts on wireless headphones we like. We expect to see many more deals go live in the coming days, but for now, here are the best early Black Friday deals from this week that you can still get today.

Apple iPad 10.2-inch and iPad Pro

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It’s a good time to be in the market for a new iPad, as several of Apple’s tablets are back down to the lowest prices we’ve tracked. The entry-level iPad, for instance, is on sale for $270. That’s about $25 below the 10.2-inch tablet’s average street price over the last few months. We gave the device a review score of 86 last year; while it lacks the more modern design of Apple’s newer slates, we still consider it the best budget tablet you can buy.

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If you want a step up, the latest iteration of the 11-inch iPad Pro is $70 off less than a month after launch. We gave that one a score of 87, praising its top-of-the-line M2 chip and 120Hz display, though the iPad Air (currently down to $520) is still a better value for most. If money is no object, the 512GB version of last year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro isn’t that far off from the newer model; it’s down to $1,000, which is roughly $275 lower than its typical street price as of late.

Apple Watch Series 8

The Apple Watch Series 8 on a wrist held up in mid-air.

The Apple Watch Series 8 is down to $349 ahead of Black Friday, which matches its lowest price to date and sits about $40 below the typical price we’ve seen in recent months. That deal is for the 41mm model; if you’d like a larger case, the 45mm version is down to a new low of $379, which is also $40 off its usual street price. The Series 8 is the top pick in our best smartwatches guide: It’s probably not worth the upgrade if you’re coming from a Series 5 or newer, but it continues to offer the most robust blend of app support, fitness tracking, smartphone connectivity and style you can get in a wearable.Buy Apple Watch Series 8 at Amazon – $349

Apple MacBook Air

MacBook Air (M2, 2022)

Apple’s M2-equipped MacBook Air is still on sale for $1,050, which is the best price we’ve tracked and about $75 off its typical price online in recent months. We gave it a review score of 96 earlier this year, and it’s currently the top pick in our guide to the best laptops. This entry-level model suffers from slower storage speeds than pricier configurations, so it’s not ideal for pro-level work, but its premium-feeling hardware, vibrant display and powerful SoC should still make it a pleasure for more common tasks.Buy MacBook Air M2 at Amazon – $1,049 Buy MacBook Air M1 at Amazon – $800

If you want a cheaper route into macOS, the 2020 MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 SoC is back down to $800, which is about $100 off its usual going rate. That model is saddled with thicker bezels, tinnier speakers, a worse webcam, slower charging and slightly worse performance than the new Air, but its long battery life, still-speedy chip and comfortable keyboard and trackpad keep it a fine value for casual web browsing and basic work at this deal price.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd gen)

This one is more of a PSA than an ongoing deal: As spotted at Slickdeals, the latest AirPods Pro are set to drop to $199 at Target starting November 20, which is the lowest price we’ve tracked. If you can’t wait a couple days, the earphones are on sale for $230 now, which is $19 off Apple’s MSRP and about $10 off the average street price we’ve seen since the pair launched this past September. 

Either way, while there’s no shortage of good wireless noise-cancelling earphones these days, the AirPods Pro continue to offer powerful ANC, rich bass and particular ease of use with other Apple devices. Battery life and call quality are just average, though. Our review gave the pair a score of 88.

If you prefer a more open design, we’ll note that the second-gen standard AirPods are still available for $90, which is roughly $15 below its typical street price. Again, though, it might be best to wait, as Walmart’s product listing says that it’ll have that pair available for $79 starting next week.

Sony noise-cancelling headphones sale

Sony has discounted a number of its premier noise-cancelling headphones ahead of Black Friday, which include the flagship WH-1000XM5 marked back down to $348. That’s a $50 discount for the feature-rich cans, matching the all-time low for what we consider the best wireless headphones you can buy. If you want to save some cash, the last-gen WH-1000XM4s are back to a low of $228 themselves. That pair isn’t as comfortable as the newer model, but it delivers a similar feature set and bass-forward sound for less money. It also avoids the auto-adjusting ANC of the XM5, which some may prefer.Shop Sony noise-cancelling headphones sale at Amazon

Among in-ear pairs, the WF-1000XM4 and LinkBuds S are also on sale for $178 and $128, respectively. Again, both of those deals match the lowest prices we’ve seen. Between the two, the WF-1000XM4 offers more detailed sound, stronger noise isolation and a bit more battery life, though the LinkBuds S have a lighter and more comfortable fit. We gave the former a score of 86 last year.

Xbox controllers and games

Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controllers.

If you need an extra gamepad for your Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, or PC, Microsoft is selling its comfy Xbox Wireless Controller from $39 at various retailers. That isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, but it’s still about $10 less than the typical prices we see online. The sale applies to multiple colorways, though getting the controller in anything other than black, red or white will cost an extra $5-10. If you don’t want to deal with Bluetooth pairing on PC, you can also grab a bundle that pairs the gamepad a wireless adapter for $50. Just remember that the Xbox pad charges via AA batteries by default; a rechargeable unit costs $25.Buy Xbox Wireless Controller at Amazon – $39 Shop Xbox digital games sale at Xbox

Beyond accessories, Microsoft has also commenced its Black Friday sale for Xbox digital games. You can peruse through that for a full list, but some notables include Halo: The Master Chief Collectionfor $16, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Sagafor $30 and Doom Eternalfor $10. Amazon also has the more recent Halo Infinitefor a low of $20 if you’d like to try that FPS’ new campaign co-op mode; just note that co-op isn’t available to play locally and that the game’s multiplayer is still free to play.

Xbox Series S

Microsoft Series S gaming console.

We don’t expect most game consoles to be discounted for Black Friday, but the Xbox Series S is an exception. Right now, Target is selling the diminutive device for $250 and throwing in a $50 gift card with the purchase. Provided you use that gift card, that’s effectively a $100 savings. If you aren’t a frequent Target shopper, Amazon has console down to $240 on its own. Buy Xbox Series S + $50 gift card at Target – $250 Buy Xbox Series S at Amazon – $240

The Series S itself isn’t as powerful as the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5: It’s not built for 4K gaming or especially high frame rates, it doesn’t have a disc drive and it only includes 512GB of built-in storage. But it can play all the same games as the Series X, its SSD still allows for fast loading times and its compact design is easy to tuck away. It’s a fitting choice for a secondary TV or those who want a more casual route into the Xbox library. We gave the console a review score of 85 when it first released in late 2020.

PlayStation controllers, subscriptions and games

Sony's DualSense Wireless Controller for the PlayStation 5

If you’re prefer the PlayStation 5, Sony has dropped that machine’s DualSense controllers down to $49, which is a new low and $20 off their usual going rate. Again, this sale applies to multiple finishes, though most are not priced higher than the standard white model. There are other accessory deals, too: Sony’s DualSense Charging Station is back to its all-time low of $20, as is the PS5 Media Remote for those who often use the console as a media streamer.Shop PlayStation games and accessories sale at Amazon Buy PS Plus at PlayStation Store – 25 percent off

If you need to re-up your PlayStation Plus subscription, Sony has also cut the price of memberships to all three of that service’s tiers by 25 percent. This brings the basic “Essential” tier down to $45, the “Extra” tier to $75, and the “Premium” tier to $90. As a refresher, the Essential tier gets you access to online multiplayer, an allotment of cloud storage and a handful of free game downloads each month. The Extra tier adds an on-demand library with a few hundred games, while the Premium tier provides cloud game streaming and a selection of “classic” PlayStation games on top of that. 

Finally, the company has discounted a range of PlayStation games at both its online store and third-party retailers. Highlights there include The Last of Us Part IIand Death Stranding for $10; ReturnalGhost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart for $30; and Horizon Forbidden Westfor $40. All of those match the lowest prices we’ve tracked.

Roku Streambar

Roku Streambar soundbar on a white table.

Roku’s Streambar is down to $80 at multiple retailers, which is about $30 below its average street price in recent months and matches the lowest price we’ve tracked. This is a highly compact, 2.0-channel soundbar that doubles as a 4K HDR Roku streamer. You can get more expansive sound from other soundbars, but the Streambar will still outperform most built-in TV speakers, and having a streaming player built in is still useful for smartening up an older TV. We gave it a review score of 86 back in 2020. If you don’t need a soundbar, Roku’s excellent Streaming Stick 4K is still on sale for $25 as well.Buy Roku Streambar at Amazon – $80 Buy Roku Streaming Stick 4K at Amazon – $25

Google Pixel and Nest sale

A Pixel 6a lying face up on a wooden surface, and a white Pixel 6a laying next to it.

Google’s has set its annual Black Friday sale live, bringing solid discounts on a number of its Pixel and Nest devices. The notable offers here include the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro down to $500 and $750, respectively — both represent the lowest price we’ve tracked for what our review called “the best bargains in flagship phones.” Normally, the handsets have retailed closer to $595 and $880.Shop Google Pixel and Nest device sale at Amazon

The Pixel 6a, meanwhile, is back at its all-time low of $299, down from a typical street price around $385. We gave that device a review score of 89 this past July. It gets you the same clean software as the flagship models and excellent camera performance for the price, though it does sacrifice wireless charging and a higher refresh rate, among other perks, by comparison.

A range of Nest smart home gadgets are also on sale. The 7-inch Nest Hub Mini is the top pick in our guide to the best smart displays and a fine alternative to Amazon’s Echo Show if you prefer to use the Google Assistant or don’t want a built-in camera. It’s back down to $50 from its usual $80. The Nest Learning Thermostat is still on sale for $179, too, while the more basic Nest Thermostat is at a near-low of $90. Further deals on the Nest Hub MaxNest Audio, and Nest Mini are also available.

Fitbit Charge 5

Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker

With its built-in GPS and accurate activity tracking, Fitbit Charge 5 is the top pick in our guide to the best fitness trackers. Right now it’s on sale for $100, which is about $25 off its usual street price and marks an all-time low. Buy Fitbit Charge 5 at Amazon – $100

Amazon Fire TV Stick sale

Amazon's Fire TV Stick Lite media streamer.

All of Amazon’s Fire TV Stick streamers are on sale, with the Fire TV Stick 4K Max down to $35, the Fire TV Stick 4K down to $25, the Fire TV Stick down to $20, and the Fire TV Stick Lite down to $15. We’ve seen these deals numerous times in the past, but they match the best prices we’ve seen for the two 4K sticks and bring the 1080p models within $3 of their respective lows. Shop Fire TV Stick sale at Amazon

We did a quick breakdown of the differences between these streamers earlier this week. All of them saddle you with an ad-heavy UI that steers you toward Amazon’s own content, but they continue to work well for casual streaming, and they should prove convenient if you frequently use Alexa, Prime Video or other Amazon services already (or if you’d like to sideload unsupported apps).

Amazon Fire tablet sale

Amazon Fire 7

Not to be outdone, just about all of Amazon’s Fire tablets are at or near their best-ever prices as well. The pick of the bunch is the Fire HD 10 for $75, which matches its all-time low and comes in about $40 than its usual going rate. Like all Fire tablets, it’s not the most premium-feeling thing and its interface heavily promotes Amazon’s own content. Still, it’s faster than Amazon’s other slates, and its 10.1-inch 1080p display is more pleasing for web browsing and streaming video. At this price, it’s great value for casual tablet users or those who often take advantage of Amazon services. 

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The recently-refreshed Fire HD 8 isn’t a bad alternative if you want something smaller or cheaper, though. It’s down to $55, which marks a new low. The various Kids editions of these tablets are also on sale — as a reminder, those tack on a protective case, a longer two-year warranty, and a year-long subscription to the company’s Kids+ content service. The entry-level Fire 7 is also on sale for a low of $40, though we generally advise against buying that model given its non-HD display and sluggish performance. 

Amazon Kindle sale

Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, which was released at the end of October 2021.

Amazon’s sweeping device sale also extends to its Kindle e-readers. The crisp and comfortable Kindle Paperwhite, for one, is down to $95 from its usual $135. That’s a new low, but if you can spare an extra $10, the Kids version of the Paperwhite might be a better value — despite the name, it’s essentially the same hardware, just with a longer two-year warranty, a cover and no ads on its lock screen by default. It’s also at its lowest price to date.Shop Kindle sale at Amazon

The Paperwhite Signature Edition, meanwhile, quadruples the built-in storage to 32GB, adds Qi wireless charging and an auto-adjusting backlight. It’s down a new low at $130, and we gave it a glowing review score of 97 last year. The sale brings the top-end Kindle Oasis to a best-ever price of $205 as well; that one is overkill for most people, but it still has the largest display of any Kindle.

Amazon Echo sale

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock (2022)

Beyond that, a wide range of Amazon Echo speakers and Echo Show smart displays are available for low or near-low prices, too. Among the highlights, the recently updated Echo Dot is down to $25, which is the first major discount we’ve tracked and half off its street price up to now. The variant with a built-in clock is down to a new low of $40, while the fuller-sounding base Echo is down to $50. If you want a smart display, the Echo Show 8 is a worthy choice at $70; we gave it a review score of 87 last year and generally consider it the most appropriate mix of size, speed and audio quality among Alexa displays. Shop Echo speaker sale at Amazon Shop Echo Show sale at Amazon



Popular meditation app Headspace has kicked off its Black Friday promotion for the year, taking half off its annual and monthly memberships for new and returning subscribers. That brings the annual plan down to $35 and the monthly plan to $6.49 per month. If you take the plunge, just note that the discount only applies for the first year, after which the subscription will auto-renew at its normal going rate. Apps like this aren’t magical cure-alls for stress, but we’ve recommended Headspace in the past for its impressive breadth of guided meditations and accessibility for those new to the practice.Buy Headspace subscription at Headspace – 50 percent off



Masterclass has rolled out a Cyber Monday deal that gives two annual memberships to the online education platform for the price of one. Depending on what plan you pick, that’s either a $180, $240 or $276 discount. You can technically keep both years for yourself, but the offer is designed for you to gift the second year-long subscription to a loved one, as it’ll expire 365 days from your date of purchase if it’s not redeemed beforehand. Just note that both subscriptions will be set to auto-renew by default, and while the deal applies to any of the platform’s plans, the cheapest subscription doesn’t include offline downloads. In any event, Masterclass continues to offer a plethora of insightful courses taught by celebrities and field experts alike, covering everything from cooking with Gordon Ramsey to business strategy with Bob Iger.Buy two Masterclass subscriptions at Masterclass – 50 percent off

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

At $100 and $150, respectively, both the 1TB and 2TB versions of SanDisk’s Extreme Portable SSD are down to their lowest prices to date. For reference, the former usually sits closer to $120, while the latter usually runs closer to $190. This is one of the better portable SSDs on the market, offering a rugged, pocketable design and fast-enough transfer speeds for moving large files on top of the usual reliability of any SSD. It also comes with a five-year warranty.Buy 1TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD at Amazon – $100

Samsung storage device sale

Samsung 980 Pro SSD

Staying on the storage front, we’re also seeing discounts on a variety of Samsung SSDs and microSD cards. The 2TB model of the 980 Pro SSD is down to a new low of $180, for one, which is a roughly $50 discount. While Samsung recently launched a follow-up, this is still a well-performing PCIe 4.0 drive for those who want to upgrade their PS5’s storage. Similarly, the company’s Evo Select microSD card isn’t the absolute fastest you can buy, but it should more than enough for most needs — its 512GB variant is on sale for $45, which is $15 off its usual price and a new all-time low.Shop Samsung storage device sale at Amazon

iRobot Roomba 694

The Roomba 694 is back down to $179, which is about $45 off its usual street price and only $5 more than the lowest price we’ve tracked. This is a simpler “bump and run” robot vacuum, but it’s the budget pick in our guide to the best robovacs thanks to its easy-to-use app, sturdy design and decent cleaning power. If you’re willing to pay a bit more for something with smarter navigation and a dock for cleaning and charging, iRobot’s Roomba i3+ Evo is a nice step up that’s currently available for an all-time low of $350.Buy Roomba 694 at Amazon – $179

Anker Soundcore Life Q30

Anker's Soundcore Life Q30 headphones.

Here’s a good deal on a rare set of commendable noise-cancelling headphones priced below $100. At $60, this is $10 more than the lowest price we’ve ever seen for Anker’s Soundcore Life Q30 but still $20 off the pair’s usual street price. The Q30 offers a comfortable fit, a superb 40+ hours of battery life per charge and noise cancellation that, while a step behind the best premium models, belies its low price. Its mic isn’t great, and its sound goes very heavy on the bass by default, but it still offers a lot of headphone for the money.Buy Anker Soundcore Life Q30 at Amazon – $60

Beats Powerbeats Pro

Beats Powerbeats Pro earbuds

The Beats Powerbeats Pro are back down to their all-time low of $150, which is about $40 less than the typical street price we see. These earbuds are a pick in our guide to the best wireless workout headphones due to their stable behind-the-ear hook design, AirPods-esque ease of use with iPhones, nine-ish hours of continuous battery life and physical controls. Their case is enormous, though, and their partially-sealed fit may not be for everyone. 

If you want a more affordable set of true wireless buds, though, Jabra’s Elite 3 is another pair we like, and it’s back within $2 of its all-time low at $50.Buy Beats Powerbeats Pro at Amazon – $150

LG and Samsung TVs

Samsung The Frame

Black Friday is typically the best time of year to pick up a new TV, and sure enough, we’re starting to see new low prices on a few well-regarded sets. The 65-inch version of Samsung’s S95B OLED TV, for instance, has dropped to a new low of $1,798, which is about $200 below than the typical price we’ve seen over the past month. This set’s “QD-OLED” panel has earned rave reviews around the web for offering the excellent contrast of most OLED TVs without sacrificing as much in the way of brightness and color saturation.Buy 65″ Samsung S95B OLED TV at Amazon – $1,798 Buy 42″ LG C2 OLED TV at Amazon – $897 Buy 55″ Samsung The Frame TV at Amazon – $998 Buy 55″ Hisense U6H at Walmart – $368

LG’s C2 OLED TV is more prone to those issues, but it still provides inky blacks, wide viewing angles and gaming-friendly features like the ability to play in 4K/120Hz. It looks particularly nice in darker room. It’s also available in smaller sizes than the S95B, and its 42-inch model is currently down to a new low of $897, which is about $130 off its usual going rate. If you need something bigger, BuyDig has the 65-inch C2 for the same $1,697 price we’ve seen for the past month, but with a $150 gift card thrown in.

If you’re willing to sacrifice some picture quality for a striking design, we’ve previously sung the praises of Samsung’s Frame TV, which is built to look like a giant picture frame and can display art when you aren’t watching something. The 55-inch model of that LED TV is back to a low of $998, which is about $300 off its street price. If you’re on a tighter budget, Hisense’s U6H is a well-reviewed set that’s on sale for a more approachable $370, another all-time low.

NVIDIA GeForce Now

NVIDIA is running a promotion that doles out six months of the “Priority” tier of its GeForce Now cloud gaming service for $30, down from its usual $50. The company says this deal is only available to new members, free-tier members, Priority members currently on a 1-month subscription plan and “users on an active promotion or gift card,” so it’s looking to upsell customers who aren’t on one of the service’s higher-end plans already. Still, if you’ve been interested in giving the service a try, this is a more affordable way to avoid the limitations of its free tier. The promo is set to run through November 20.Buy GeForce Now (6-month, Priority) at NVIDIA – $30

As a refresher, GeForce Now lets you stream games you own on platforms like Steam or the Epic Games Store over the cloud, so it’ll work best if you have a well-sized library of PC games already. “Priority” is the service’s middle tier. You can stream in resolutions up to 1080p and frame rates up to 60 fps, which is a step behind the 4K and 120 fps support of the top “RTX 3080” tier but should be fine for most. You’re also allotted up to six hours per session instead of the one-hour session length of the service’s free tier.

Eero mesh router sale

Amazon eero

If you’re looking to upgrade your home WiFi to a mesh networking kit, Amazon’s Eero 6 routers aren’t necessarily the fastest or most customizable, but they’re generally reliable and particularly easy to operate. Right now, a number of Eero systems are on sale. The best middle-ground option is likely the Eero 6 Plus, a three-pack of which is back at its all-time low of $194. That’s well down from its usual $299, but if you have a smaller place, two-packs and solo routers are also available for lows of $155 and $90, respectively. Shop Eero 6 mesh router sale at Amazon

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The Apple Watch Series 8 is $50 off ahead of Black Friday

Get it in black, red or silver for $349.

Amy Skorheim

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November 14, 2022 4:03 PM

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At just $349, this is the lowest price we’ve seen on the Apple Watch Series 8. It’s gone this low before, but it never stays on sale for long. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading or getting your first Apple Watch, now might be a good time to move on it. 

Both the 45mm and 41mm sizes are $50 off, and the deal applies to the midnight, red and silver case colors. The starlight case is still regular price as of this writing. This is the GPS model, without cellular connectivity, so you’ll need your phone around to make calls and texts, but with its built-in capabilities, the watch can still track runs, play music and check your heart rate if you leave your phone behind

Apple Watch Series 8


Apple Watch Series 8

This deal puts Apple’s latest smartwatch back down to the lowest price we’ve seen.$349 at Amazon

The Apple Watch is our current favorite smartwach overall, as it’s a robust wearable that balances activity and health tracking with plenty of lifestyle and connectivity features, such as keeping up with podcasts or staying on top of your calendar. And of course, if you’re an iPhone user, adding an Apple Watch to the mix is a no-brainer. 

When we tested out the Series 8 upon its debut, we liked the extended battery life, quick charging and a low power mode that squeezed out an extra two hours of use after the watch ran down to 20 percent. New for the Series 8 are temperature readings (which can help track ovulation) as well as crash detection. While the look is pretty unchanged from the Series 7, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, particularly if you want that iconic, square Apple Watch look. 

In the end, we named the Apple Watch Series 8 the “new best smartwatch,” with our reviewer deciding to use it as her primary smartwatch. But like we said, this $50-off deal doesn’t tend to stick around long, so you might want to grab it now.  

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Amazon’s Echo is half off right now

The Echo Show 5 has also dropped to $35.

Igor Bonifacic

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October 23, 2022 4:41 PM

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If you missed the chance to pick up an Echo during Amazon’s recent Prime Day sales event, the retailer has discounted the smart speaker to its lowest price ever. This weekend, you can buy the Echo for $50, or half off its usual $100 price. We gave Amazon’s spherical smart speaker a score of 89 when it came out in 2020. Since then, it has remained one of our favorites in the category.Buy Amazon Echo at Amazon – $50

The Echo sounds great for its small size, outperforming similarly priced smart speakers like the Nest Audio and HomePod mini. It’s also versatile thanks to Amazon’s decision to include both Bluetooth connectivity and a 3.5mm audio jack. What’s more, the 50 percent discount makes it affordable to buy two speakers for a stereo pair and get even better sound.Buy Echo Show 5 at Amazon – $35 Buy Echo Show 8 at Amazon – $70

If you want a smart display, Amazon has also discounted the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8. The two devices are currently priced at $35 and $70, respectively. For the former, that represents a nearly 60 percent discount, while the latter is a more modest 46 percent off at the moment. In 2021, Engadget awarded the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 scores of 85 and 87, praising the devices for their minimalist designs, excellent displays and solid sound quality. In the case of both devices, our review found that competing options from the likes of Google offered more intuitive user interfaces. That may be still true, but it’s less of a potential deal breaker when the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 are discounted by as much as they are currently.

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Apple’s M2 MacBook Air is $150 off and back to its all-time low ahead of Black Friday

That brings the base version down to $1,049; the 512GB model is also on sale.

Jeff Dunn

J. Dunn


November 10, 2022 11:23 AM

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MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
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A quick PSA for anyone looking to pick up a new laptop ahead of the holidays: The base model of Apple’s newest MacBook Air is back down to $1,049 at various retailers, including Amazon and B&H. That matches the best price we’ve seen for what is currently the top pick in our guide to the best laptops. The notebook has hit this price a couple of times over the last month or so, but the discount still comes in $150 below Apple’s MSRP and roughly $85 off the average street price we’ve tracked online in recent months. 

Apple MacBook Air M2


Apple MacBook Air M2

This deal matches the best price we’ve seen for the 8GB RAM/256GB SSD model. Note that the “Midnight” finish isn’t discounted at Amazon as of this writing.$1,049 at Amazon

We gave the new MacBook Air a review score of 96 earlier this year, praising its thin and typically well-crafted design, vibrant 13.6-inch display, lengthy battery life, reliable keyboard and trackpad, and fast performance aided by Apple’s M2 system-on-a-chip. It’s a good ways pricier than the M1-based Air even with this discount, and you’ll have to get onboard with an iPhone-like display notch, but the extra cash gets you a sharper 1080p webcam (compared to a 720p unit before), much-improved speakers, slimmer display bezels and faster charging support with a dedicated MagSafe connector, alongside the slightly larger display. The M1 Air is still a fine laptop for everyday use if you’re looking to spend less — it’s currently available for $899 — but the M2 model is a clear upgrade.

The big caveat to note is specific to this entry-level configuration, which includes 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage. On this model (as well as the base 13-inch MacBook Pro), Apple uses a single NAND chip to hold all 256GB of storage. Higher-capacity SKUs and even the M1 MacBook Air, meanwhile, are equipped with multiple flash storage chips they can use in parallel. This means the base version of the M2 Air is markedly slower in benchmarks when it comes to read and write speeds. If you’re looking to do more involved tasks like high-res media editing, it’s likely worth stepping up to 512GB version, which is currently $150 off its MSRP as well.

However, for streaming 4K video, web browsing across a bunch of Chrome tabs, word processing, email, lighter editing, and other more common tasks, the real-world differences with this configuration shouldn’t be hugely noticeable. The bigger issue might be whether 256GB is enough space for you in the first place. If it is, this deal should still be a good value. 

In other Mac deals, the base 13-inch MacBook Pro is down to $1,149, which is within $50 of the lowest price we’ve seen. We have a harder time recommending that model over the M2 Air given its more dated design and similar storage limitations, but its battery lasts a little longer, and its built-in fan makes it a bit more performant for heavier tasks. If you can’t afford to step up to the more powerful 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, it may be worth considering.

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The best fitness trackers for 2022

Smartwatches aren’t your only options.

Valentina Palladino

V. Palladino


November 10, 2022 11:03 AM

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Fitbit Charge 5 fitness tracker
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The fitness tracker isn’t dead, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the people keeping these little devices alive. Smartwatches like the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch have all but taken over the mainstream wearable space, but the humble fitness tracker remains an option for those who want a gadget to do one thing right all the time. Despite the headwinds, there are still a bunch of fitness bands out there to choose from. Engadget has tested many of them and picked out the best fitness tracker for most people.

Engadget’s picks

What do fitness trackers do best?

The answer seems simple: Fitness trackers are best at monitoring exercise, be it a 10-minute walk around the block or that half marathon you’ve been diligently training for. Obviously, smartwatches can help you reach your fitness goals too, but there are some areas where fitness bands have the upper hand: focus, design, battery life and price.

When I say “focus,” I’m alluding to the fact that fitness trackers are made to track activity well; anything else is extra. They often don’t have the bells and whistles that smartwatches do, which could distract from their activity-tracking abilities. They also tend to have fewer sensors and internal components, which keeps them smaller and lighter. Fitness trackers are also a better option for those who just want a less conspicuous device on their wrists all day.

Battery life tends to be better on fitness trackers, too. While most smartwatches last one to two days on a single charge, fitness bands will last five days to one week — and that’s with all-day and all-night use.

When it comes to price, there’s no competition. Most worthwhile smartwatches start at $175 to $200, but you can get a solid fitness tracker starting at $70. Yes, more expensive bands exist (and we recommend a few here), but you’ll find more options under $150 in the fitness tracker space than in the smartwatch space.

When to get a smartwatch instead

If you need a bit more from your wearable, you’ll likely want a smartwatch instead. There are things like on-watch apps, alerts and even more robust fitness features that smartwatches have and the best fitness trackers don’t. You can use one to control smart home appliances, set timers and reminders, check weather reports and more. Some smartwatches let you choose which apps you want to receive alerts from, and the options go beyond just call and text notifications.

But the extra fitness features are arguably the most important thing to think about when deciding between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch. The latter devices tend to be larger, giving them more space for things like GPS, barometers, onboard music storage and more. While you can find built-in GPS on select fitness trackers, it’s not common.

Best overall: Fitbit Charge 5

Best overall

Fitbit Charge 5


Fitbit Charge 5

Built-in GPS is the star of the show here — the Charge 5’s sensor is fast and accurate, making it the best option if you want a do-it-all fitness tracker.$149.95 at Amazon

Fitbit’s Charge 5 has everything most people would want in a fitness tracker. First and foremost, it’s not a smartwatch. That means it has a slightly lower profile on the wrist and lasts days on a single charge while tracking activity and monitoring your heart rate and sleep. It also has a full-color AMOLED display — a big improvement from the smaller, grayscale screen on the previous Charge 4. That display, along with a thinner design, make Charge 5 feel more premium than its predecessor.

The Charge 5 has EDA sensors for stress tracking and it will eventually support ECG measurements and Daily Readiness Scores (the latter is for only for Premium subscribers). Those are on top of existing features that were carried over from the Charge 4 — most notably, Fitbit Pay support and built-in GPS. The former lets you pay for coffee or groceries with a swipe of your wrist, while the latter helps map outdoor runs, bike rides and other activities. Built-in GPS remains the star of the show here — it’s fast and accurate, making the Charge 5 the best option if you want a focused do-it-all wearable fitness watch.

Runner up: Garmin Vivosmart 5

Runner up

Garmin vívosmart 5


Garmin vívosmart 5

Garmin knows how to track fitness, and the Vivosmart 5 is proof that you don’t need to drop hundreds on one of the company’s fitness watches to get a capable device.$149.99 at Amazon

A more subtle-looking alternative is the $150 Garmin Vivosmart 5. It’s thinner than the Charge 5 and fits in a bit better with bracelets and other jewelry you might wear regularly. But its attractive design is only part of its appeal — Garmin knows how to track fitness, and the Vivosmart 5 is proof that you don’t need to drop hundreds on one of the company’s fitness watches to get a capable device.

It has a lot of the same features as the Charge 5, except for a built-in GPS. It does support connected GPS, though, so you can map outdoor runs and bike rides as long as you bring your phone with you. The Vivosmart 5 tracks all-day heart rate and activity, plus sleep and workouts, and we’ve always appreciated how many workout profiles Garmin has to choose from. You can customize which show up on your device and change them whenever you want. You’ll also get additional health information like Garmin’s Body Battery score, which tells you how long after a hard workout you’ll need to wait until you can train at peak performance again, pulse ox measurements, sleep stage data, women’s health monitoring and more.

The biggest disadvantages to fitness tracking with the Vivosmart 5 are the aforementioned lack of built-in GPS, plus its slightly harder to use mobile app. But on the flip side, Garmin devices can sync with Apple Health, whereas Fitbit devices still don’t have that feature.

Best budget: Fitbit Inspire 3

Best budget

Fitbit Inspire 3


Fitbit Inspire 3

The updated Inspire 3 has a sleek design and includes a color touchscreen and connected GPS, the latter of which lets you track pace and distance when exercising outside while you have your phone with you.$69.95 at Amazon

If you only have $100 to spare, the Fitbit Inspire 3 is the best option. It strips out all the luxury features from the Charge 5 and keeps only the essentials. You won’t get built-in GPS tracking or Fitbit Pay or Spotify control but you do get excellent activity tracking, automatic workout detection, smartphone alerts and plenty more. The updated version has a sleeker design and includes a color touchscreen and connected GPS, the latter of which lets you track pace and distance while you run or bike outside while you have your phone with you.

The Inspire 3 is definitely the more fashionable out of the two Fitbit devices on this list. Its interchangeable bands let you switch up the look and feel of your tracker whenever you want, and it’s slim enough to blend in with other jewelry you might be wearing. We were also impressed by its battery life: Fitbit promises up to 10 days on a single charge, and that checked out for us. After four days of round-the-clock use, the Inspire 3 still had 66 percent battery left to go.

Most fashionable: Withings Move

Most fashionable

Withings Move


Withings Move

We like the Move’s analog-watch design, its basic fitness tracking that monitors steps, distances and sleep, and its button-cell battery that lasts up to 18 months before needing to be replaced.$95.99 at Amazon

All of the previously mentioned fitness trackers are attractive in their own way (bonus points to those that have interchangeable bands), but they share a similar look. There aren’t many alternative designs for these devices anymore. The $95 Withings Move watch is an exception, and one of the most traditionally fashionable fitness trackers you can get. It’s an analog watch with a couple of health monitoring features including step, calorie, distance and sleep tracking, connected GPS, auto-recognition for more than 30 workouts and a water-resistant design. But we really love it for its button-cell battery, which can last up to 18 months before needing a replacement.

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