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Opal’s tiny, laptop-friendly Tadpole webcam is already 20 percent off

Opal’s tiny, laptop-friendly Tadpole webcam is already 20 percent off

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You can also grab Google’s excellent Pixel Watch 2 at a discount, along with a turntable that lets you beam vinyl straight to your Sonos system.

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A white Opal Tadpole webcam sitting atop a black laptop against a black background.
Opal’s latest webcam makes for a nice carry-on companion, one that packs a bigger, better sensor than Opal’s first offering.
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Happy Saturday, dear readers! It’s been a relatively quiet week on the deals front — well, aside from the return of Walmart’s $349 Xbox Series X deal and a smattering of well-timed discounts on smart holiday string lights. Today, however, we have something completely new. Right now, Opal’s Tadpole webcam for laptops is receiving its first discount to date at the Moment store, where you can pick it up for $140 ($35 off) when you use coupon code HOLIDAY20 at checkout.

Unlike Opal’s first webcam, the C1, the Tadpole provides a smooth experience right out of the gates. Opal’s second effort features an adjustable clip that fits most laptop displays, along with a half-inch, 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor, an f/1.8 lens, and the ability to capture video up to 4K. It’s also relatively small, measuring a mere 1.25 inches in both dimensions, which makes it easy to take with you on the go if you want better video quality than your laptop’s built-in webcam can provide. The better hardware, combined with the camera’s easy setup process and the fact it works on both Windows and Mac, makes it a nice option if you’re looking for an upgrade and don’t need a webcam for your desktop monitor.

Read our Opal Tadpole impressions.
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Opal Tadpole

$17526% off
$129

Opal’s new USB-C webcam boasts a travel-friendly design, a woven cable, and a built-in clip that should accommodate most laptops. It provides sharp image quality as well, courtesy of the same 48MP sensor found in the OnePlus 7 Pro and older Samsung A-series phones.

At this point, it’s safe to say that many of the more noteworthy deals we saw in the immediate aftermath of Black Friday and Cyber Monday have up and vanished. Luckily, we’ve seen several notable discounts crop up in the time since, one of which being Google’s latest discount on the Pixel Watch 2. Normally $399.99, you can still grab the terrific Android wearable at Amazon, Best Buy, and the Google Store in the base Wi-Fi configuration starting at just $299.99 ($50 off).

By all accounts, the Google Pixel Watch 2 is a better smartwatch than its first-gen predecessor. Google outfitted the second-gen model with faster charging, better battery life, an improved processor, and more cohesive Fitbit integration, along with a new Safety Check feature that will automatically send your location to a loved one in the event you don’t check in on time. Best of all, it provides the same experience regardless of what Android phone you’re using — something that can’t be said of Samsung’s latest Galaxy Watch lineup and most other watches.

Read our Google Pixel Watch 2 review
Pixel Watch 2 on top of the Pixel 8
$300

The new Google Pixel Watch 2 now achieves a reliable 24 hours on a single charge with the always-on display enabled. It sports a new processor, multipath health sensor, Wear OS 4, and new safety features — all around a substantial update.

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More deals, discounts, and ways to save

  • If you’re willing to brave the late autumn weather, BioLite’s FirePit Plus is on sale at Woot through the weekend for $159.99 (about $140 off) with a 90-day warranty. The portable fire pit is an efficient little gadget thanks to its clever design and battery-powered fan, which helps keep smoke at bay regardless of your fuel source.
  • Amazon’s 32GB Fire HD 8 Plus tablet is down to $74.99 ($45 off) with ads at Amazon and Best Buy, nearly matching its all-time low of $64.99. It’s a pretty basic Android tablet with USB-C charging and decent battery life, however, it still makes for a good budget option if you’re looking for a cheap tablet for reading, browsing the web, or consuming all manner of Amazon content. Read our review.
  • The Victrola Stream Onyx, the step-down version of the Victrola Stream Carbon, is matching its all-time low of $399.99 ($200 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. The two-speed, belt-driven turntable is one of the few options that is certified for Works With Sonos, which lets you stream vinyl straight to your Sonos speakers without any extra gear; it also uses the same illuminated knob and looks nearly as slick as the Carbon, even if it does rely on cheaper components.
  • The Xbox Wireless Controller is on sale at Lenovo right now in select colors for a paltry $34.99 ($25 off) thanks to checkout code MXBOXWH. We consider Microsoft’s standard-issue gamepad to be the best Xbox controller for most people, namely because it offers tight controls, flexible charging options, and a comfortable design that’s really hard to beat for the price.
  • If black and white earbuds are simply too boring for you, Bose is selling a limited edition pair of its QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds for $379 ($70 off) — a new low. The so-called “holiday edition” is identical to Bose’s standard earbuds (which are also on sale at Amazon right now for $249), except they come in either a handsome silver or gold colorway. Read our review