Look, the Apple Watch Series 8 is a perfectly fine device. But have you considered that it’s also kind of boring? Sure, it sometimes goes on sale for as low as $329, but it’s not exactly a huge upgrade over the last-gen Series 7. Now, as a much more exciting alternative, Walmart is selling the stainless steel Apple Watch Series 7 in the 41mm cellular configuration with a Milanese Loop strap for $399 ($350 off). You can also pick up the 45mm version with LTE for $429 ($370 off).
Aside from Crash Detection and a new temperature sensor for cycle tracking, the Apple Watch Series 7 is nearly on par with its newer Series 8 brethren. It’s got your usual litany of fitness, heart rate, and sleep tracking, as well as an always-on display and IP6X dust resistance. It was even the first Apple Watch to increase the screen size by a healthy 20 percent, which is why it looks pretty much the same as the Series 8.
Alright, this deal is all business — because it means business. The Logitech MX Keys Mini for Business is on sale for $69.99 ($40 off) at Dell and Lenovo. The latter retailer has the darker graphite color for sale, while the former is discounting that and a gray model.
The MX Keys is a straightforward membrane keyboard for either Windows or macOS, and it uses low-profile scissor switches much like Apple’s latest generations of MacBook keys (you know, the ones that made a comeback after Apple’s colossal failure). It’s got wireless support via Bluetooth, as well as an included 2.4GHz USB receiver, and a claimed battery life of up to 10 days before needing a recharge via USB-C (or up to 30 days when the auto-adjustable backlight is turned off). And no, there’s no RGB here because RGB is not for business.
It’s easy to be the life of the party when taking pictures on an instant film camera (trust me, I know from experience). But the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 allows you to do it with your own phone or digital camera — and it’s on sale for around $90 ($10 off) at Amazon and Best Buy.
The Mini Link 2 loads the same Instax Mini film as Fujifilm’s cameras, but it’s just a small printer that wirelessly connects to your phone via an app. From there, you can print actual instant film from digital pictures off your phone, regardless of where the pics came from. Granted, the pictures are credit card-sized and not the highest quality, but they have a charm to their analog feel. But the best part is that you know exactly what you’re going to get when you initiate the print, taking some of the guesswork out of shooting with a dedicated instant film camera.
The Turtle Beach Recon Cloud Controller is on sale at Amazon and direct from Turtle Beach for $49.95 ($30 off), a new low price for the unique peripheral. The hybrid controller, which works in a wired configuration on Xbox consoles and offers wireless connectivity for PC and Android, comes with a mountable clip for phones of all sizes, allowing you to use it for cloud gaming.
Although there are more seamless solutions for accessing cloud streaming services — including dedicated mobile devices like the Backbone One and Razer Kishi — the Recon Cloud gets to play in both worlds. Unlike most controllers that clip onto your phone, the Recon Cloud also functions as a regular controller you can use with other systems. It even features all the audio tricks found on the standard Recon controller, like a mode for hearing footsteps better, though they only work in wired mode.
Turtle Beach’s Recon Cloud is a wired USB-C controller for Xbox and PC that also has Bluetooth wireless for PCs and Android phones. It’s got the same plethora of built-in audio features as the standard Recon controller, but it comes with an integrated detachable phone mount for mobile game streaming.
Friday, Frideals, fly deals
- Alright, if our lead deal isn’t for you and you really do prefer to get the Apple Watch Series 8, that’s fine. We’re happy to report that the GPS configuration is on sale at Amazon and Best Buy right now, starting at just $329 ($70 off), matching its best price to date. Read our review.
- Yesterday, we highlighted Apple’s latest Mac Mini, which is on sale at Amazon with 512GB storage for $689.99 ($110 off). Well, now the base M2 Mac Mini with 256GB storage is back in stock and on sale at Amazon for $499.99 ($100 off). That’s the lowest barrier for entry for the M2 Mac Mini and a screaming deal for anyone who needs a computer on a budget. Read our review.
- The Nite Ize Wraptor, a useful mount that allows you to attach your smartphone to your bicycle using a set of silicon straps, is down to $15.99 ($4 off) at Amazon right now.
- Sennheiser’s last-gen Momentum True Wireless 2, a pair of noise-canceling earbuds that offer good sound and lengthy battery life, are on sale in white at Woot for $124.99 (or about $175 off their original price). The newer Momentum True Wireless 3 are also on sale right now at Amazon for about $200 if you’re looking for a worthwhile upgrade with better noise cancellation and a host of new features. Read our Momentum True Wireless 2 review.
- If you own an iPhone 14 Plus, you can get Apple’s official Leather Case with MagSafe in select colors on Amazon for as low as $27.66 (about $31 off).
- The Amazon Smart Thermostat is down to $64.99 ($15 off) at Amazon right now. It really doesn’t get much easier or cheaper as far as smart thermostats go, and while it’s not quite as advanced as a Nest Learning Thermostat, Amazon’s offering supports Alexa voice commands and develops “hunches” to try and predict your routines. Read our review.
- Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope Cosmic Edition, an excellent XCOM-like strategy game starring Nintendo’s titular plumber, is on sale at Best Buy today for $24.99 ($35 off). The Cosmic Edition includes the base Nintendo Switch game as well as several add-ons, including three exclusive weapon skins.
Update April 7th, 12:51PM ET: Added a deal for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, which is available at Best Buy for $24.99 until 1AM ET tomorrow.