This week, Apple announced and set the release date for the new MacBook Pros and both Amazon and Best Buy rushed to offer a slight discount on pre orders. Amazon also knocked a hefty 40 percent off many of their Fire Tablets, including the new Fire HD 8. Bose’s QC II earbuds are back down to $250, and a couple robot vacuums are on sale, including the best budget vac we’ve tried, iRobot’s Roomba 694. We also found a few deals on SSD cards from both Samsung and Crucial, plus a tidy 32 percent discount on one of our favorite tiny Bluetooth speakers. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.
Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet
Amazon’s own tablets are already among the most affordable out there but right now, you can grab the latest eight-inch HD model for just $60. That’s a 40 percent discount off the usual $100 price tag and while it’s not quite the all-time low we saw for Black Friday, it’s still an extremely low price for a tablet. For a moderate upgrade the Fire HD 8 Plus adds an extra gigabyte of ram, wireless charging and improved cameras. Right now it’s 33 percent off, for a sale price of $80. You can save a larger percentage on the 10-inch models like the Fire HD 10. It’s down to $85, or 43 percent off the list price. It’s important to note that these are all ad-supported models, meaning you’ll see ads from Amazon on your lock screen. The non-ad-supported models are currently full price.
While Fire tablets don’t have the level of processing power or performance that you’d get from a more expensive iPad or Galaxy Tab, they’re decent options for casual web browsing, e-reading and video streaming. The Fire HD 10 Kids Pro is what we recommend for kids in our latest tablet guide and the sale brings it down to $140 or $60 off the list price. Fire tablets for kids don’t have ad-supported versions and include a year of Amazon Kids+ which offers thousands of kid-oriented games, apps and videos. Plus it comes with a protective case with a handle that doubles as a kickstand.
Amazon Kindle Kids
It was just released back in September, but the new 2022 Kindle Kids just got its first discount at Amazon. The kid-focused e-reader is $85 right now, which is $35 less than its usual $120. The Kindle Paperwhite for Kids is also on sale for $110, or $50 off the usual price. The Paperwhite edition adds waterproofing, adjustable warm light, and a slightly larger screen (6.8 inches vs the Kindle Kids’ 6-inch screen). The deal isn’t the lowest we’ve seen, but it’s only $5 more than its all-time low during last year’s holiday sales.
Both kid-focused Kindles include a year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which grants access to thousands of age-appropriate e-books and audiobooks. They also have a Parent Dashboard to set age filters and device time limits. The new Kindle Kids ups the storage capacity to 16GB, while the Paperwhite is available in either an 8GB size or a 16GB size. You can also snag the same deals on the Kindle Kids at Best Buy or Target if you prefer.
Microsoft Surface Pro 9
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9 usually retails for $1,100, but right now it’s $ 929, which is cheaper than it’s been since its release back in October. The slab is our current favorite Windows tablet thanks to its laptop-like capabilities with a slim tablet design. With Windows 11 and a 12th-gen Intel Evo i5 processor, the tablet is built for productivity. You also get a beautiful display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate and improved stereo speakers. There’s a front-facing camera that allows for facial recognition for easier log-ins. Unlike many tablets, you can access and upgrade the SSD as needed. The larger app icons and touch-friendly controls in Windows 11 make it easy to use as a tablet, or you can add a keyboard and mouse for a full laptop-like experience.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
If you want to shut out the world, we recommend going with Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds II. They usually sell for $300, but right now at Amazon the earbuds are down to $250. We’ve seen the buds dip to this price a few times in the past, and it matches their sale price for Black Friday last year. While $250 still isn’t cheap, if you’re ready to invest in a set of earbuds with the best noise cancellation we’ve tried, saving $50 could help. We gave them a score of 87 in our review, giving them kudos for their sound quality, comfort and ambient (transparent) sound — in addition to the phenomenal ANC.
Apple M2 MacBook Pro Laptop
The latest Apple laptops haven’t even been released, yet the base configuration of the new MacBook Pro with the brand’s fastest M2 Pro processor chip is seeing its first discount both on Amazon, which has it for $50 off, and Best Buy, where members can get a $100 gift card along with a pre-order. It’s rare for new Apple products to get discounts this early, but the two retailers are hoping the savings will help you click Add to Cart through their sites. Announced earlier this week, the new computers have the new, faster M2 Pro chip, plus support for WiFi 6E and an HDMI port that supports 8K up to 60Hz and 4K displays up to 240Hz. Battery life has also been upgraded with lifespans of up to 22 hours, the longest ever on a Mac, according to Apple.
Note that Amazon’s $50 discount applies to the space gray colorway in the base configurations of the 14- or 16-inch models. The 14-inch base model has a 10-core CPU, 16‑core GPU and 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. The 16-inch model has 12-core CPU, a 19-Core GPU, 16GB RAM and 12GB of SSD storage. The Best Buy gift card offer applies to more configurations, but is only available to TotalTech members, a $200-per-year membership that you can sign up for with your pre-order. Compared to the list price of $2,000 for the 14-inch base model, these aren’t huge discounts, but if you were planning on getting Apple’s latest release anyway, you may as well save yourself a little cash. The computers will release next Tuesday, January 24th.
Sony X95K Series Bravia XR Mini LED TV
Sony’s 65-inch X95K Bravia mini LED TV is $1,000 off right now, bringing the price down to $1,798. That’s the lowest price the set has gone for since its release last May. If you want a bigger screen, the 75-inch model is $500 off, bringing that one down to $2,498. Amazon is offering other Sony sets at a discount as well, including some high-end OLED and 4K LED sets like the 55-inch Sony Bravia XR A80K Series 4K Ultra HD TV, which is 35 percent off or $1,298.
A slightly more affordable TV, Sony’s Sony 65 Inch 4K Ultra HD TV is 30 percent off its usual $1,000 price tag, bringing that set down to $698. All the sets come with Google’s smart TV OS, Google TV, which we liked for its super simple streaming interface. And since Sony also makes the PlayStation, many of these sets include bonus features designed to enhance the look of your PS5 gaming. With the Super Bowl in the US around the corner, this might be a good week to upgrade if you’ve had your eye on a Sony.
Samsung 980 Pro SSD 2TB
When your PC or console edges close to its storage limits, it might be time to grab an SSD or memory card. Right now Amazon is hosing a sale on Samsung storage options, including the 980 Pro SSD in the 2TB capacity. We named it the best SSD for your PS5 in our guide (and included instructions on how to install it). Right now it’s a steep 53 percent off, bringing it down to just $180. It’s a fast PCIe Gen4 NVMe drive with read speeds up to 7,000MB/s, but it also has a reputation for reliability. Also on sale is the 256GB Evo Select microSD card for just $20, that’s a 52 percent discount on a card that’ll expand the storage of a tablet, Android phone or a Nintendo Switch.
Crucial MX500 SSD
Storage from Crucial is also on sale at Amazon right now, with the 1TB option down to $62, which beats its Black Friday price. The MX500 SSD is a good option for adding extra storage to a computer that’s nearing capacity, either extending the life of an older device or simply upgrading what you’ve recently picked up. The 2.5-inch design should fit most laptops and desktops, and it supports read speeds up to 560MB/s and write speeds up to 510MB/s. AES 256-bit hardware encryption is built in and also comes with power loss immunity to protect your saved data it the power goes out. We also appreciate that the MX500 comes in a number of capacity options. The 1TB is arguably best for most people, but you can get it as low as 250GB or as high as 4TB — and all configurations are discounted right now.
iRobot Roomba 694
This turned out to be a great week for anyone looking to dive into automated cleaning for their floors. Our current “best overall” pick in our budget robot vacuum guide is just $174 at Amazon right now. That’s $95 off its usual price and just $4 more than it was for Black Friday. We like iRobot’s Roomba 694 machine for its good cleaning power and simple app. We think iRobot’s app is great, and even those new to robot vacuums will feel comfortable setting schedules for a mostly hands-free experience (you’ll still need to empty the vac once its full).
iRobot Roomba Combo j7+
We had a chance to try the iRobot Roomba Combo j7+ a couple of months ago and liked the way it worked its way into a daily cleaning routine with minimal fuss (after contending with the initial mapping of the floor plan). The unit self-empties into the base and the app is “beautifully simple.” We feel that the water reservoir might need refilling to get a full clean in larger homes, but the fact that it lifts up the mop pad when not in use to avoid dripping on your carpet is a nice touch. The price is steep, usually going for $1,100, but right now both Wellbots and Amazon are knocking $200 off the list price, making it a slightly more manageable $900.
Logitech Pebble Wireless Mouse
One of our favorite mice for general productivity is the Pebble mouse from Logitech and right now, the blue and tan colorways are down to $22. We liked the mobile mouse for its slim portability that still had enough heft to feel reassuring in the hand. It’s got a simple, two button plus a wheel configuration and can connect via Bluetooth or with the included USB dongle (which conveniently stores in the battery compartment). The long battery life can get up to 18 months on a single AA and while it might not be the most comfortable for extended use, you can’t beat the price for an on-the-go mouse.
Tribit StormBox Micro 2
A carryover that’s still going strong this week, Tribit’s StormBox Micro 2 is down to $48 from its usual $70 at Amazon right now. It’s one of of the Bluetooth speakers we recommend in the sub-$200 range thanks to its compact size that manages to pump out decent volume. It’ll get up to 12 hours of play time on a charge and you can even use the unit as a USB-C power bank to charge your phone. Pair up two of them for stereo sound and is waterproof enough to handle a dunk into water.
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