The problem with Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Sometimes a deal is so good it’s gone before you can hit the checkout button. Apple’s latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro was one of those devices that hit an all-time low during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but of course seemed to sell out quickly. Fortunately, the new Wi-Fi-enabled iPad Pro is back on sale from Amazon in space gray with 128GB of storage for $999 ($100 off).
In addition to Apple’s new M2 processor, the 2022 iPad Pro will support Wi-Fi 6E, if you have the right router. It also comes with a new “hover” feature exclusive to M2-powered Apple devices that detects when the second-generation Apple Pencil is 12mm or less above the screen. As a result, you can preview where you’ll be making a mark on screen, so you can mix watercolor paints, for example, and decide if you like the combination before applying them to your digital painting. Read our review.
Aside from incremental improvements, Apple’s latest iPad Pro is very similar to last year’s M1-powered model, which is still available for the Cyber Monday price in some configurations. It shows the same design and a beautiful Mini LED display that supports refresh rates up to 120 Hz along with long battery life and excellent performance. So if you need more storage space and can do without future-proof features like Wi-Fi 6E support, it might be a better idea to M1 powered, 2021 model with 256 GB of storage, that is currently on sale for $899.99 ($300 off) at Best Buy. Read our review.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly Christmas gift, from Amazon fifth generation Echo Dot with a simple LED display makes for a versatile gift that is both entertaining and useful. The Alexa device is an excellent smart speaker that your giftee can use to stream music, control various smart home devices, play games, and extend internet coverage in their home, assuming they have an Eero mesh Wi-Fi system. to use. The latest model also offers faster performance and a temperature sensor, which allows your giftee to set up Alexa routines and use them to turn up the heat when they get cold. Right now you can pick up the fifth generation Dot for just $39.99 ($20 off) at Amazon, Targetand Best Buy. Read our review.
Don’t worry if you missed out on a good laptop deal during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as we’ve found a deal on the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 that’s even better than the Cyber Monday and Black Friday price. At the moment you can buy the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 with 16 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage and an 11th Gen Intel Evo Core i7 processor for $999.99 instead of $1,599.99 at Amazon and Best Buywhich is a new low.
While the newer Surface Pro 9 is better and offers perks like a new 5G option, this is still an excellent tablet, one that shares the same fast 120Hz refresh rate screen and is light enough to take on the go. And while the port selection is fairly limited, it comes with a headphone jack that the Surface Pro 9 lacks. Please note that the detachable keyboard and stylus are unfortunately not included in the price. Read our review.
If you’ve been driving yourself crazy over Thanksgiving and you want to get back in shape, a smartwatch like the Google Pixel Watch can help you track your fitness goals. Fortunately, the new model with Wi-Fi is still on sale for $299 ($50 off) at Amazon. Our favorite Android smartwatch for those who don’t own a Samsung smartphone offers a number of useful features, including native Fitbit integration for health tracking and a six-month trial of Fitbit Premium. It also touts many of the same sensors found on other smartwatches, including SpO2 sensors for blood oxygen monitoring and even EKG.
Keep in mind that the Pixel Watch is Google’s first attempt at a smartwatch, so in some ways it’s a work-in-progress with a few issues to fix. For example, while the circular OLED display is nice, we accidentally cracked one while testing the watch. It also doesn’t offer the most robust battery life and lacks some of the features you’d expect, such as Fitbit’s automatic exercise tracking and notifications for irregular heart rhythms and high/low heart rate. Read our review.
If you’re not in the mood to spend $300 on a new smartwatch after wasting your savings on TVs or whatever this Black Friday, we’ve also found a great deal on SooPii’s much cheaper USB-C cable at 1.2 meters long, 100W. The unique little charging accessory is still there on sale at Amazon for $9.73 when you clip the coupon on the page for 30 percent off. Unlike most charging cables, this one comes with a built-in power meter that helps you stay on top of how fast your phone, laptop or other device is charging. If you need a longer cable, you can also buy the 2 meter cable $11.19 from Amazon instead of $15.99.
A few more deals before we wrap up
- The ultra-comfortable QuietComfort 45 from Bose are the perfect noise-cancelling headphones if you’re planning to take long flights this holiday season. You can currently buy them at Amazon, walmartand Bose for $249 ($80 off). Read our review.
- If $249 is out of your budget and you’re looking for noise-canceling wireless earbuds, you can also pick up Samsung’s bean-shaped ones Galaxy Buds Live for net $49 ($100 off) at Walmart, a $100 discount. While their noise-canceling capabilities aren’t particularly great (especially next to those Bose headphones), these earbuds deliver powerful sound and offer long battery life. Read our review.
- LG’s C2 OLED TV is still for sale in various configurations. For example, right now you can buy the 55-inch model for about $1,297 (about $300 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. It shares the same fast 120Hz refresh rate and excellent gaming features as its predecessor, but also offers a brighter screen and the ability to log into different user profiles. Read our review.
- You can currently buy PowerA’s improved wired controller in purple hue $23.91 instead of Amazon’s $37.99. This is our favorite budget controller for Xbox consoles and PC, one that comes with two assignable buttons on the back, but unfortunately no USB-C support.