In case you somehow weren’t aware, we’re in the thick of gadget season, with Apple, Google, and Meta having all recently released a trove of new devices. Sonos, not to be outdone, has also launched a new portable speaker in the form of the Sonos Move 2. And now, unsurprisingly, Sonos has dropped the price of the first-gen model to make way for the updated version. Right now, the Sonos Move is on sale direct from Sonos for $299 ($100 off), matching its best price to date.
While not as capable as the $429 Move 2, the original model still offers plenty of power and portability. The hefty speaker is close to the original in terms of design, and while its battery doesn’t last quite as long and it doesn’t offer stereo sound like the new model, it’s loud enough to easily fill any room or outdoor patio space. As expected, the speaker also integrates well with the rest of the Sonos lineup and supports Bluetooth, not to mention Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The same can’t be said of the Move 2, which drops Google’s virtual assistant amid the ongoing legal dispute between Sonos and Google.
While not tech per se, Amazon is currently hosting a buy one, get one 50 percent off sale on a large selection of tabletop games — many of which we’re fans of here at The Verge. The list of eligible titles is pretty extensive, covering a wide swath of classic board games and newer mainstays we often call out in our seasonal gift guides.
Of everything on offer, the three I would personally recommend are Exploding Kittens ($19.82), Codenames ($12.39), and Wingspan ($47.69). The first two are pretty casual, with Codenames being a great team-based title that can theoretically accommodate an endless amount of people. The card-driven Wingspan, meanwhile, is a little bit more complex, requiring you to build and sustain an ecosystem of birds. All three are well-known staples in my home and, best of all, offer the kind of infinite playability that makes them great for the holidays and throughout the rest of the year.
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- The Apple Watch Ultra is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy in select styles starting at $729 ($70 off), nearly matching its best to date. The first-gen smartwatch is nearly identical to the newer Apple Watch Ultra 2 save for Apple’s newer S9 SiP chip and the addition of a second-gen ultra wideband chip, meaning it’s still a great pick for fitness buffs who’d like something a bit more capable — and rugged — than Apple’s mainline series. Read our review.
- It’s still ridiculously expensive, but the Dyson Supersonic Origin is on sale direct from Dyson with two complimentary attachments for $299.99 ($100 off). We can’t guarantee the vibration-free hair dryer will make your hair look drastically better, but it’s quiet and features a unique design with magnetic attachments that’s far slicker than anything else out there. Read our review.
- We flagged a number of deals as part of eBay’s ongoing holiday promo in our deal roundup yesterday, but we’d be remiss not to point out that you can also grab a refurbished pair of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 at eBay for $199.20 (about $80 off) when you use offer code HEADSTART at checkout. They’re not quite as plush as the new QuietComfort Ultra Headphones, but they still offer top-tier noise cancellation, multipoint Bluetooth support, and a two-year warranty courtesy of Bose. Read our review.
- If you’re on the hunt for a competent video doorbell, the Arlo Essential Wired Video Doorbell is available for just $59.99 ($70 off) from Best Buy and Arlo, matching its best price to date. The wired offering features terrific video quality, extensive smart alerts, and wide smart home compatibility, though you’ll need a premium subscription to access some features (including recorded video). Read our video doorbell buying guide.