As far as entry-level smartwatches go, few can match the experience offered by the latest Apple Watch SE, which is currently matching its all-time low of $219 ($30 off) at Amazon and Best Buy in the 40mm configuration with GPS.
Apple’s second-gen wearable supports most watchOS 9 features — including medication reminders and Apple’s handy low-power mode — as well as newer Apple Watch features like Crash Detection, Apple Pay, and heart-rate monitoring. What you don’t get are an always-on display and some of the more advanced sensors that can be found on the Apple Watch Series 8, though if you can live without a SpO2 sensor and things like cycle tracking, you can pick up the 2022 Apple Watch SE for more than $100 less than the starting price of Apple’s newest flagship model.
Voice assistants may no longer garner the kind of interest that currently surrounds AI-based chatbots, but there’s something to be said about a device that lets you flip on a light with just your voice. Luckily, if you’re looking to get into the smart home game or add a second smart speaker to your home, Amazon’s latest Echo Dot is on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target right now for just $34.99 ($15 off). You can also pick up the LED-equipped model, which allows you to check the time and a variety of other info at a glance, for just $5 more at the same retailers (Amazon / Best Buy / Target).
Amazon’s spherical, fifth-gen Dot is arguably the best budget speaker you can buy. It offers more sensors and faster response time than the previous model and can even conveniently act as a Wi-Fi extender if you’re on an Eero network. Plus, thanks to a bigger 1.73-inch driver, it’s able to put out a surprising amount of sound for its size, which is a real boon for a speaker that currently costs less than a trip for two to the movies.
Unsurprisingly, spring is often the time when many of us pick up some of the brazen New Year’s resolutions we put off when winter began in earnest (surprise, surprise). Thankfully, if you’re someone who is into running or fitness in general, Apple’s sporty Beats Fit Pro are on sale at Woot for $144.95 (about $55 off) and make for a good motivator.
Unlike the second-gen AirPods Pro, the Beats Fit Pro are actually geared toward runners, gymgoers, or anyone looking for a pair of wireless earbuds that will stay in their ears even during the most demanding of workouts. The excellent noise-canceling earbuds have a new wing tip design that makes them more secure than previous Beats models, and they feature both IPX4 water resistance and a natural-sounding transparency mode that lets you keep better tabs on your surroundings — which, honestly, is a godsend when you’re trying to dodge an 80-pound dumbbell or a runaway dog at the park.
Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch are great; however, if you have large hands, they can feel rather cramped. Enter the Hori Split Pad Pro Attachment Set, which is down to just $59.99 ($20 off) at Amazon and Best Buy today.
The convenient kit pairs Hori’s Split Pad Pro with a wired USB attachment, allowing you to make use of a pair of wired headphones and use the Joy-Con-like controllers while your Nintendo Switch is docked. The controller itself emulates Nintendo’s Switch Pro controller nicely, allowing it to function as a comfy, regular-sized gamepad with responsive buttons and customizable paddles on the back. They lack things like rumble and NFC for making use of Amiibo, but they remain a comfortable Joy-Con alternative that, thanks to Hori’s latest attachment, can be used any way you see fit.
Some additional spring savings
- Admit it: roses are played out. If you want a non-traditional flower arrangement for your home or a graduation gift, Lego’s colorful Flower Bouquet is on sale at Amazon for $48.99 ($11 off).
- Nintendo’s Zelda-themed Game & Watch handheld is on sale at Best Buy for $29.99 ($20 off), which is easily one of its best prices to date. The portable is limited to just three games — The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening — but it’s certainly one of the more charming ways to get your Zelda fix on the move.
- JBL’s Go 3 is currently on sale for just shy of $40 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. The pint-sized Bluetooth speaker features IP67 waterproofing, up to five hours of battery life, and a built-in loop that allows you to fasten it to a bag, making it a great picnic companion or
- Bose’s last-gen QuietComfort Earbuds have hit an all-time low of $139.30 (about $60 off) at Amazon. They’re not the newest model — that would be their apt-titled successor, the QuietComfort Earbuds II — but they still offer great sound, class-leading noise cancellation, and solid comfort at less than half the cost. Read our review.
- Logitech is hosting a spring sales event that covers the MX Master 3S and a range of mice, Bluetooth speakers like the UE Boom 3, and some of our favorite keyboards, including the MX Keys Mini and MX Mechanical Mini for Mac. Just be sure to use offer code LOGISRPING at checkout, which knocks $20 off orders of $150 or $50 off orders over $250.
- I have no idea how often you’re supposed to feed an R2-series astromech, but if you want to give it a go, you can pick up Bandai’s RD-D2 Tamagotchi for just $11.99 ($8 off) at Amazon. That’s nearly the best price we’ve encountered on the throwback Star Wars toy, which has been a mainstay in our gift guides since it made its debut a couple of years ago.