Next week, Google will try to impress us all with new product announcements at its I/O 2023 conference, and it’s already jumped the gun by teasing the Pixel Fold, but for now, the best thing in Google hardware you can actually buy is a sick deal on the Pixel Watch. Right now, you can get the sleek Pixel Watch for its lowest price of $289.99 ($60 off) at Wellbots when you use promo code GWATCHVERGE at checkout.
Google’s Pixel Watch may be a first-generation product that’s likely to have a follow-up in the fall, but it’s a very good smartwatch for Android users. The Pixel Watch has a unique, circular domed display that leans more minimalist than others — with some clean lines and a 41mm dial that should nicely fit most wrists. Looks aside, it has your usual bevy of smartwatch software features like notifications and voice controls using Google’s Assistant. It’s even infused with Fitbit fitness tracking features, making it a nicer-looking, more capable Fitbit.
Google Pixel Watch
Google’s first in-house smartwatch has a beautiful domed display and native Fitbit integration for health tracking. It comes with six months of Fitbit Premium and three months of YouTube Music. Wellbots is discounting it by $60 when you use promo code GWATCHVERGE at checkout.
Amazon’s hockey puck-shaped third-gen Echo Dot smart speaker may be a little old, but it’s selling for half off at $19.99 (that’s $20 off — yay, math) from Amazon and Best Buy. If you’d like to have access to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in more corners of your house, the third-gen Dot is the ideal way to do that without spending a ton. You can use it to call out commands and control your connected smart home functions or get handy information read out to you, like the news and weather. The newer orb-shaped Echo Dots offer much better sound, but the little puck is serviceable if you just want to put on a podcast or baseball game.
Echo Dot (third-gen)
This puck-like Echo Dot is the third generation of Amazon’s smart speaker. It offers better sound than its predecessor, a compact design, and all the smarts that come with owning an Alexa device.
If you’re in need of a workhorse computer on a tight budget, there’s arguably no better option out there than Apple’s M2 Pro-powered Mac Mini — which is once again on sale for $1,199 ($100 off) at Amazon and B&H Photo. We all know a Mac is not going to do much for you in terms of gaming, but if you’re focused on content creation with apps like Adobe Photoshop or Premiere Pro, then it offers a whole lot of performance at this price.
The M2 Pro chip in the Mac Mini is the same in the most recent crop of MacBook Pro laptops, and with the 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD in tow, you’re essentially getting similar performance to their base models — sans a screen, keyboard, and trackpad (which you provide). While the Mac Mini lacks an SD card slot, which is a minor annoyance, it makes up for it with four Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and HDMI 2.1 support. It’s impressively well-rounded for such an unassuming desktop computer.
Apple’s new M2 Pro-powered Mini features faster performance and a more robust port selection than the base M2 model.
Don’t mind me, I’m just back on my bullsh- I mean bulleted deals:
- You can get our beloved Trombone Champ on Steam for $16 in a bundle with six other indie rhythm games in Humble’s “Feel the Rhythm” bundle. The quirky trombone-playing music game normally sells for $14.99 on its own, but with this bundle, you also get No Straight Roads: Encore Edition, Beat Hazard 3, Soundfall, Melody’s Escape 2, Project Arrhythmia, and Disaster Band. If that’s a little too much music-ing, you can also get Trombone Champ in the five-game bundle for $12. The bundle offer runs through May 17th.
- The Beats Fit Pro are once again on sale for $144.95 ($55 off) at Woot. You have your pick of all four of the excellent fitness earbuds’ standard colors. Read our review.
- If you’re a new parent, the Grownsy Baby Nasal Aspirator is $33.99 ($6 off from its usual reduced price) at Amazon. Our own Allison Johnson espoused the helpfulness of this USB-C-powered automatic snot sucker, and it may save you some restless nights like it saved her.
- Amazon Prime members can get a $5 Amazon credit with the purchase of a $50 gift card through May 14th. Get yourself a little somethin-somethin’ while buying someone a gift, or just get $55 for yourself by paying $50. Churn and burn, bay-bee!
- While not a deal, the Pokémon Go Plus Plus for Pokémon Go is available for preorder for $54.99 on Amazon. The catching and sleep tracking accessory is set to launch on July 14th, allowing you to catch pokémon in Niantic’s mobile game without opening the app on your phone. Plus, it will sync with Pokémon Sleep when that launches worldwide, also on July 14th.
- Sony’s mid-tier Inzone H7 gaming headset is $199.88 ($30 off) at Amazon. It doesn’t have noise cancellation like the pricier H9, but it’s a comfy headset for PlayStation 5 and PC alike, with spatial audio for added immersion. If you want to take a chance on a used model, Amazon Warehouse is selling one in “acceptable” condition for just $74.24 — which still has free returns if it’s more heavily used than to your liking. Read our impressions of Sony’s Inzone headset line.