Discounts on the Nintendo Switch are pretty rare, but today, picking up the standard, non-OLED model from Dell at full price will get you a free $35 gift card. Nintendo’s handheld needs little introduction at this point; it’s a marvelous console to play at home or on the go, and its two Joy-Con controllers allow for two-player gaming right out of the box. And it’s the only place to experience exclusive and very fun titles like Splatoon 3 and Fire Emblem Engage. There are also ports of big open-world games, like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and it’s one of the best consoles to get if you like role-playing games (RPGs).
Something to note is that Dell’s gift card can only be applied to future purchases at its online store, not to this one, but it’ll be nice to have $35 to use on accessories like gaming headsets and controllers.
The Nintendo Switch offers a 6.2-inch touchscreen, three play styles, and a Wi-Fi connection, thus enabling multiplayer gaming (with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription).
Both the Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch Series 8 are available with a modest discount tacked on at multiple retailers. Normally $799.99, the rugged Apple Watch Ultra is on sale for $749 at Amazon and Best Buy, while the more conventional 41mm Apple Watch Series 8 is discounted to $349 at Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy (normally $399).
The Apple Watch Ultra is likely overkill for most people, with its thick, ruggedized design, massive screen (at least, compared to other models), and comprehensive safety and outdoorsy features. It’s not without some flaws, like a lack of offline maps (crucial for people who hit the trails), and that aforementioned thickness prevents the Apple Watch Ultra from being our default suggestion for anyone in the market for an Apple wearable. Read our review.
The Apple Watch Series 8 is going to be the wearable that most Apple users should turn to. While it doesn’t represent a massive change from its predecessor, some exclusive features like temperature sensors, crash detection, and menstrual cycle tracking may be enough to move the needle for anyone looking to upgrade from the Series 7. Read our review.
Apple Watch Ultra
The Watch Ultra is the most rugged and capable Apple Watch available. It has a thicker, bigger build than the Series 8, precise GPS tracking, and sensors that can measure metrics for diving. It only comes in one size and configuration, and it supports both GPS and LTE.
Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm, GPS)
The latest smartwatch from Apple features watchOS 9 along with Crash Detection and temperature sensors that enable menstrual cycle tracking — something you won’t find on any other model.
It's hard to find good workout earbuds that cost less than $200, but thankfully you can get the Jabra Elite 7 Active earbuds at Amazon for just $99.99 (normally $179.99). Similar to the Elite 7 Pro earbuds, the Elite 7 Active boast excellent voice call performance in addition to multipoint Bluetooth connectivity. Importantly for active folks, these feature a rubberized coating that gives them better water resistance and helps them remain firmly planted in your ear during workouts.
Jabra Elite 7 Active
Jabra’s Elite 7 Active earbuds have a special outer coating that helps them remain in your ears even during vigorous exercise — without the help of wing tips or fins that some people find uncomfortable. They also support multipoint connectivity, so you can connect them to two devices at the same time.
If you don’t need workout-friendly buds and are willing to stretch your budget, we can also recommend the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II, which are usually $299 but are available at Amazon and Best Buy for just $249. While the lack of wireless charging on a $250 pair of earbuds is disappointing, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II still offer top-notch noise cancellation (like, they’re scary good at silencing noises) and superb sound quality compared to the competition from Sony or Apple. Read our review.
With dynamic, rich sound and the best noise cancellation available in true wireless earbuds, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds are a terrific pick if you want to listen to your music in peace.
Microsoft Xbox Series S
The Xbox Series S is smaller than the 4K-capable Xbox Series X, but it can still play the same digital games — albeit topping out at 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution.
A couple more deals
- Christmas 2022 is becoming a distant memory, but if you’re going to be at the top of your lighting game for next year, you should start preparing now. You can find Govee’s 65-foot outdoor LED lighting kit discounted to $114.99 at Amazon when you use the on-screen coupon (normally $149.99). The kit comes packaged with a pair of 32.8-foot spools of waterproof LED lights that can be chained together to surround your entire house in accent lighting.
- If you need some new games to try out on your brand new Xbox Series S, you can currently pick up a three-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at CDkeys for $23.99 (normally $44.99). Game Pass Ultimate not only provides you with unlimited access to a rotating catalog of AAA and indie titles but also grants you exclusive discounts on games you want to keep in your library and allows you to stream games remotely to your PC or mobile device. It’s also the key required to let you play multiplayer games.