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The versatile Google Nest Mini smart speaker is on sale for just $18

The versatile Google Nest Mini smart speaker is on sale for just $18


There’s never been a better price for this handsome, wall-mountable smart home speaker. Also, there are other great deals today on an Asus gaming laptop, Fitbit wearables, and more.

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A coral colored Google Nest Mini smart speaker sitting on a wood desk.
The puck-like Nest Mini comes in four colors to match home decor and is wall mountable.
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Early Black Friday deals are already landing, so it feels like a good time to start making your list and checking it twice for holiday shopping. How convenient for you that our main holiday gift guide is here and filled with great ideas for your perusal. Also, our budget-friendly guide for gifts under $25 just went up today (and there’s plenty more to come). But you can get an incredible stocking stuffer on a budget with today’s best deal.

The tiny but mighty second-gen Google Nest Mini is on sale for just $18 in all four colors at Walmart. This Google Assistant-powered smart speaker normally sells for $49 and typically gets discounted as low as $25, but $18 is a new low price. It’s easy to recommend one for anyone in your family who might want a compact wall-mountable speaker for playing some tunes or controlling Google Home-compatible smart devices with their voice.

It may not have the room-filling sound of the pricier Nest Audio, but at this price, you can justify buying a few to pop into a few rooms for a whole lot of voice-enabled convenience on tap. Google Assistant can tell you the weather, update you on some of the latest headlines, turn on or off your smart lights, and call up something to play on a Chromecast-connected TV. There are a host of other abilities to try if you become obsessed. Read our review.


The Nest Mini is Google’s smallest smart speaker, and it can bring Google Assistant to almost any area of your home. You can even mount it to your wall with no additional hardware.

Best Buy is offering a great deal on the 15.6-inch Asus TUF Dash gaming laptop, dropping the price from $1,499.99 to $999.99. That savings of $500 makes this midrange laptop an excellent bang for the buck in terms of performance on a modest budget. Spec-wise, it has an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU, Intel’s Core i7-12650H CPU, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Its 1080p display won’t be as pixel dense as a 1440p screen, but that lower resolution should help demanding games run faster on its 144Hz refresh rate screen.

This laptop weighs about 4.4 pounds, putting it on the lighter side when it comes to gaming laptops. If you’re considering making this your productivity machine in addition to your gaming rig, you should know its webcam is only 720p resolution, so don’t expect much.


Asus’ TUF Dash gaming laptop features a modest 1080p resolution display with a fairly fast 144Hz refresh rate, though it’s backed by an RTX 3070 GPU, 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.

If you’re in the market for a fitness-focused wearable, the Fitbit Charge 5 is on sale for $99.95 at Wellbots when you use code FITVERGE50 at checkout to save $50. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on the Charge 5, and it’s running until November 28th.

The Charge 5 may not be the best option if you don’t like a wearable that relies on touch controls, but its color screen and this lower price may make it worthwhile. In terms of perks, it has a lengthy battery life that can survive up to seven days if you opt to not use the always-on display (around two days, if you do). In addition to the requisite fitness tracking, it offers extras, like heart rate, ECG, sleep tracking, and cycle tracking. It can satisfy the most basic of smartwatch needs, too, receiving phone notifications on Android. (It’s a bit more limited on iPhones.) Read our review.


The Fitbit Charge 5 does all the usual heart rate and activity tracking and also offers access to new tools like an EDA Scan app to manage stress as well as a six-month membership to Fitbit Premium.

Elsewhere in Fitbit deals land, you can get the newer Fitbit Versa 4 for $149.95 ($80 off) at Wellbots when you use the code FITVERGE80 at checkout. This one’s also running until November 28th, and it’s a pretty substantial savings on Fitbit’s latest model of the Versa. The last-gen Versa 3 was our pick for the best Fitbit for most people, and the Versa 4 doesn’t change a whole lot of the formula in this iteration.

The biggest change for the Versa 4 is its use of a physical button over the last gen’s concave, touch-sensitive “button.” Physical buttons on smartwatches and wearables are a good thing, especially for runners who want tactility to know for certain that a button has been pressed. The Versa 4 also supports voice assistants via either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, making it a much more cohesive smartwatch experience instead of just another fitness tracker.

Fitbit Versa render showing a clock face

Fitbit Versa 4

$23030% off

Fitbit’s Versa 4 is its latest Apple Watch-like wearable (at least in terms of looks) with built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, and an estimated three days of battery life while using its always-on display.

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