The problem with Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Sometimes a deal is so good, it’s gone before you can even hit the “checkout” button. Apple’s latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro was one of those devices that reached an all-time low during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but naturally, it seemed to sell out quickly. Luckily, the new Wi-Fi-enabled iPad Pro is on sale once again at Amazon in space gray with 128GB of storage for $999 ($100 off).
In addition to sporting Apple’s new M2 processor, the 2022 iPad Pro supports Wi-Fi 6E, if you have the right kind of router. It also comes with a new “hover” feature exclusive to M2-powered Apple devices that detects when the second-generation Apple Pencil is a distance of 12mm or less above the screen. As a result, you can preview where you’ll make a mark on the display so you could, say, mix watercolor paints and decide if you like the combination before applying them to your digital painting. Read our review.
Apple’s latest iPad Pro comes with the faster M2 processor and supports Wi-Fi 6E but otherwise shares the same design as its predecessor. The larger 12.9-inch model sports a higher-quality Mini LED panel than the 11-inch version.
If you’re sold on the 2022 iPad Pro, and plan to use it partially for typing up e-mails, documents, and more, you may want to consider getting a keyboard. Apple’s own Magic Keyboard is available for $100 off at Walmart (via MacRumors). Now, $249 is still a lot for a keyboard, but this may be the better choice over cheaper options due to its stellar keyboard, trackpad with gesture support, and a USB-C passthrough port for keeping your iPad charged.
Apple’s Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Pro as well as the fourth- and fifth-generation iPad Air lets you angle the tablet to your liking. It also provides a USB-C port for keeping it charged, though that port doesn’t support data transfer.
Incremental improvements aside, Apple’s latest iPad Pro is very similar to the M1-powered model from last year, which is still available in some configurations for its Cyber Monday price. It showcases the same design and a beautiful Mini LED display that supports refresh rates up to 120Hz along with lengthy battery life and excellent performance. Thus, if you need more storage and can do without futureproof features like Wi-Fi 6E support, it may be a better idea to pick up the M1-powered 2021 model with 256GB of storage, which is currently on sale for $899.99 ($300 off) at Best Buy. Read our review.
If you’re on the hunt for a budget-friendly holiday gift, Amazon’s fifth-gen Echo Dot with a simple LED display makes for a versatile present that’s both entertaining and helpful. The Alexa-enabled device is an excellent smart speaker your giftee can use to stream music, control various smart home devices, play games, and extend the internet coverage in their home, assuming they’re using an Eero mesh Wi-Fi system. The latest model also boasts faster performance and a temperature sensor, which allows your giftee to set up Alexa Routines and use them to turn up the heater when they get cold. Right now, you can pick up the fifth-gen Dot for just $39.99 ($20 off) at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. Read our review.
Don’t worry if you missed out on scoring a good laptop deal during Black Friday and Cyber Monday because we found a deal on the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 that’s even better than its Cyber Monday and Black Friday price. Right now, you can buy the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and an 11th Gen Intel Evo Core i7 processor for $999.99 instead of $1,599.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, which is a new all-time low.
Though 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 speedy 120Hz refresh rate screen and is lightweight enough to take on the go. Plus, while its port selection is rather limited, it comes with a headphone jack, which the Surface Pro 9 lacks. Just note the detachable keyboard and stylus are sadly not included in the price. Read our review.
The Surface Pro 8 is Microsoft’s biggest upgrade in years. The excellent 2-in-1 touts Thunderbolt 4 support, a 120Hz display, a better camera, and a more modern design. This package is bundled with a black keycover.
If you stuffed yourself silly during Thanksgiving and you’re looking to get back in shape, a smartwatch like the Google Pixel Watch can help you keep track of your fitness goals. Thankfully, the new Wi-Fi-enabled model 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 helpful 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.
Just be aware that the Pixel Watch is Google’s first attempt at a smartwatch and is therefore a work in progress in some ways, with a few issues that need to be ironed out. For example, while the circular OLED display is beautiful, we unintentionally cracked one while testing the watch. It also doesn’t offer the most robust battery life and lacks some features you might expect, such as Fitbit’s automatic workout tracking and notifications for irregular heart rhythms and high / low heart rate. Read our review.
In case you’re not in the mood to splurge $300 on a new smartwatch after blowing your savings on TVs or whatnot this Black Friday, we also found a great deal on SooPii’s far cheaper four-foot 100W USB-C cable. The unique little charging accessory is still on sale at Amazon for $9.73 when you clip the on-page coupon for 30 percent off. Unlike most charging cables, it comes with a built-in power meter that allows you to keep yourself updated on how quickly your phone, laptop, or other device is charging. If you need a longer cable, you can also buy the 6.6-foot one for $11.19 from Amazon instead of $15.99.
Just a few more deals before we wrap up
- Bose’s ultra-comfy QuietComfort 45 are the perfect noise-canceling headphones if you plan on taking any long flights this holiday season. You can currently buy them at Amazon, Walmart, and 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 buy Samsung’s bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live for just $49 ($100 off) at Walmart, a $100 discount. While their noise-cancellation capabilities aren’t particularly great (especially next to those Bose headphones), these buds deliver a powerful sound and offer long battery life. Read our review.
- LG’s C2 OLED TV is still on sale in various configurations. Right now, for example, you can buy the 55-inch model for around $1,297 (about $300 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. It shares the same speedy 120Hz refresh rate and excellent gaming features as its predecessor; however, it also offers a brighter display and the ability to log in to different user profiles. Read our review.
- You can currently buy PowerA’s Enhanced Wired Controller in the purple shade for $23.91 instead of $37.99 from Amazon. This is our favorite budget controller for Xbox consoles and PCs, one that comes with two mappable rear buttons but, sadly, lacks USB-C support.