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The best deals of the week, holiday edition

The best deals of the week, holiday edition

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Save on tech and have it arrive before the holidays

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The holidays can be overwhelming — even during years like this one when most of us aren’t actually traveling to visit family and friends. If buying gifts is still looming on your to-do list, you certainly aren’t alone. It’s tough to find the right kind of gift for everyone, especially people who have an affinity for tech. That’s where we come in.

Below, there are a few great deals you can take advantage of now, and better, they’ll get where they need to be by December 25th. If you’re mailing packages yourself, we’ve pulled together all of the crucial shipping dates for USPS, UPS, and FedEx right here.


Deals on noise-canceling headphones

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds with noise cancellation slipped $10 below its best-ever price recently, and you can still get them for $158 at a few retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. These originally sold for $230, and this is a great deal if you value excellent sound quality in addition to being able to cancel out some sound.

$148

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds offer active noise cancellation and excellent sound quality.

Also discounted in Sony’s catalog of headphones are the newer WH-1000XM4 flagship over-ear and wireless model. We cover them frequently because they’re very much worth the investment based on their superb sound quality, comfort, and battery life. Normally $349, they’re down to $278 at Amazon and Best Buy, making the purchase a little easier to swallow.

$278

Sony’s latest wireless headphones include better noise cancellation, plus the ability to pair two devices concurrently via Bluetooth. This matches the lowest price.


Gaming deals

A PlayStation 5 DualSense controller rests on a PlayStation 5 console.
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Whether you’ve been lucky enough to get a PS5, or are still rocking a PS4, there’s a great deal for both crowds this weekend on a PlayStation Plus subscription. Normally, one year of the service that allows for online multiplayer and savings on games costs $60, but you can get it for about $36 at digital storefront Eneba. The price actually fluctuates, so you may, in fact, get a better deal when you click.

Target is ensuring that its exclusive bundle that combines two great Nintendo Switch games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Party, will arrive by Christmas (of course, you can pick it up in person if you prefer). Normally $120 if you purchase them separately, this bundle costs just $80, so it’s a fantastic deal if you’re trying to build up your (or a loved one’s) library of Switch games.

$80

Normally $120 if purchased separately, this discounted double pack includes a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Party for the Nintendo Switch.


Other deals you might like

The latest Mac mini desktop with Apple’s new M1 processor is seeing a few small price cuts. At B&H Photo, the entry model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD is $669 ($30 off). For more storage, the Mac mini with 512GB of storage is $849 ($50 off).

Mac mini
$570

Apple’s most affordable Mac desktop computer is powered by the custom M1 chip. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in its base model but can be configured with up to 16GB RAM and 2TB of storage.

Another good gift idea comes in the form of Amazon’s Echo Show 8 smart display. What makes it particularly worthy of your consideration right now is that it now supports Zoom calls, as if you couldn’t get enough of those during work hours. Seriously, though, this new feature makes it great for talking with family and friends during the holidays — especially since Zoom temporarily lifted the 40-minute time limit on calls.

$55

The last-gen Echo Show 8 is Amazon’s mid-size smart display. It features a sharp, 8-inch screen and most of the features found on the second-gen model, though, it lacks the latter’s 13MP camera and speedy performance.

Lastly, if your home Wi-Fi network needs a boost in terms of coverage, Eero’s three-pack of mesh Wi-Fi routers is a relatively inexpensive way to improve it. Normally $250 during the off-season, it’s $175 right now. You can place them around your home to ensure that it’s as blanketed over in Wi-Fi signal as possible.

Eero three-pack of routers
$279

Bulk up your internet connection at home with a three-pack of this popular mesh Wi-Fi system.