Every color scheme of Fitbit’s brand-new Sense 2
smartwatch “premium fitness tracker” is selling for $199.95 at Amazon, which is a $100 price cut. The Verge’s Victoria Song reviewed this model just a handful of weeks ago, so it’s strange but very cool to see it so discounted already. The black-colored Sense 2 was selling for just $80 for a couple of hours, but Amazon deactivated that price cut.
The Sense 2 has industry-leading stress tracking, improved comfort over the first-gen Sense model, and a redesigned user interface. If you need a well-built, well-designed fitness tracker, this deal might have your name on it. As for its flaws, well, they aren’t as damning when the Sense 2 is $100 off. At full price, it’s tough to recommend over the Google Pixel Watch, which is a lot smarter thanks to its Google Assistant integration, third-party app support, and more.
Amazon and Target are still running a great deal on a two-pack of Blink Mini wired home security cameras. Normally $34.99 for just one, you can get two for $29.99 in either black or white. Blink is far from the only company making solid budget-friendly home cameras, but these are decent for the price. Each camera can record 1080p footage during the day and at night with night vision, and its microphone and speaker offer two-way audio. You can check out a live view of the Blink Mini if you have an Amazon Echo Show smart display or on your TV through a Fire TV streaming device that’s connected to Alexa. Read our review.
Getting two for the price of one is a good deal, but like most cameras, there are some features that are gated behind a subscription or that require an additional accessory. Since the Blink Mini doesn’t have a microSD card slot for local storage, you’ll need the $34.99 Blink Sync Module 2 to keep local recordings. Additionally, paying $3 per month (per device) will get you more robust features with the Blink Basic Plan, like 60-day video history, motion detection video recording, and more.
Samsung’s rugged T7 Shield USB-C portable drive with 1TB of storage has dropped to its lowest price yet at Amazon and Best Buy. Each color, including black, beige, and blue, are $89.99. If you’re looking for a relatively affordable option that offers some decent protection from drops and from the elements, this could be a good fit. It has an IP65 rating for water and dust resistance, and it can survive drops of up to 9.8 feet. Samsung says that its rubber coating helps with heat dissipation as well as keeping away scuffs and scrapes. Read more coverage here.
In terms of specs, the T7 Shield’s sequential write speed is rated at up to 1,000MB/s, while its sequential read speed can go up to 1,050MB/s. (To note, random read and write speeds are typically lower.) The T7 Shield is compatible with computers, Android phones, gaming consoles, and more. Each drive includes a USB-C-to-C cable and a USB-C-to-A cable.
Some shortform deals
- Sony’s Inzone H7 wireless gaming headset is $148 at Amazon after receiving its first big price cut from $229.99. This model lacks noise cancellation, which can be found in the premium H9, but it’s otherwise the same headset. It has a comfortable design, surprisingly good sound, a flip-to-mute microphone, and a USB-A audio transmitter that can be switched from PS5 to PC audio modes. Read more coverage.
- JBL’s unique Bar 5.1 sound system is $599.95 (14 percent off its usual price). This model was announced a few months ago, and it stands out from the competition with its two removable (battery-operated) satellite speakers that can be placed around the room for a more immersive surround sound effect. Read more about this series of soundbars here.
- If you have a Meta Quest 2 virtual reality headset, the Logitech G333 VR earbuds pair nicely with them. They’re $29.99 at Amazon, down from $50. The truth is, you can use any set of wired earbuds or headphones, but the G333 VR make cable management much simpler by having shorter cables that won’t get in your way while you’re in VR.
Updated 11:27AM ET, October 31st: Amazon’s huge discount on the Fitbit Sense 2 that dropped the price to $79.95 has ended. It’s now selling for $199.95, which is still a nice deal.