The holiday shopping season is reaching the home stretch, but we’re here to help if you’re looking for a good deal on a last-minute tech gift. The Xbox Series X, for one, is back on sale at several retailers. Walmart has the game console down to an all-time low of $349, but if stock runs dry there, you can still grab it for $399 at Microsoft, Amazon and other stores. Beyond that, a four-pack of Apple’s AirTag trackers is $19 off, the latest AirPods Pro are $50 off and a number of Sonos devices are discounted as part of a big holiday sale. We’re also seeing price drops on recommended gaming laptops, MacBooks, tablets, microSD cards and more. Here are the best deals from this week that you can still buy today. Just be aware that not everything may ship in time for Christmas.

The Xbox Series X is available for $349 at Walmart at the time of writing, though stock appears to be spotty. If that deal runs out for good, a bundle that pairs the beefy game console with the action-RPG Diablo IV is down to $399 at Microsoft. That’s $160 less than the usual cost of buying each separately. Amazon, GameStop and others have the console alone for $399 as well. While the Series X remains a bit light on must-play exclusives, the Xbox library includes a diverse collection of games we like, from blockbusters like Forza Horizon 5 to quirkier hits like Hi-Fi Rush to smaller-scale gems like Pentiment. The hardware itself is powerful enough to play games at a steady 4K/60 fps, with some titles capable of reaching higher frame rates. Unlike the less powerful Xbox Series S — which is $60 off itself — it also includes a disc drive. There’s at least some chance we see a Series X refresh in 2024, but the current machine is an easier sell when it’s discounted to this extent.

A four-pack of Apple’s AirTags is back down to $80 at Amazon, Walmart and other retailers. That’s about $9 off its usual street price and $19 less than buying from Apple directly. The AirTag is the “best for iPhones” pick in our Bluetooth tracker buying guide, as its ultra-wideband wireless tech and ability to tap into Apple’s Find My device network make it particularly convenient for locating lost items. Its battery is easily replaceable, too, plus it’s water-resistant. It lacks any built-in adhesive or keyring hole, however, so you’ll need to buy an extra accessory if you want to attach it to an item.

The USB-C version of Apple’s AirPods Pro is once again on sale for $200 at Amazon and Best Buy. We saw these noise-canceling earphones fall $10 cheaper during Black Friday, but this is still $20 below their average street price and $49 below Apple’s list price. The AirPods Pro continues to offer effective active noise cancellation, pleasingly warm sound and a host of Apple-device-specific conveniences, which is why they’re the “best for iOS” pick in our guide to the best wireless earbuds. Note, however, that Apple started selling this model’s USB-C charging case on its own earlier this week, so if you’re sitting on a Lightning-based pair and want to make the conversion, you can now do so without having to buy a whole new set.

You can get a $10 Amazon.com credit for no extra cost when you buy a digital Apple gift card worth $100 or more. Just use the code HOLAPP at checkout. If you’d rather shop at Target, that retailer is offering a $10 Target gift card alongside the same purchase until December 16. As a refresher, you can put an Apple gift card toward services like Apple Music and iCloud, App Store credit and purchases at Apple.com or Apple retail stores. We see promos like this periodically, but any bit of bonus money should be welcome if you often shop at these stores anyway.

Sonos is running a holiday sale that brings many of its smart speakers, soundbars and home theater devices back to the prices we saw on Black Friday. The flagship Sonos Arc soundbar is $180 off at $719, for one, while the mid-range Sonos Beam and budget-level Sonos Ray are down to $399 and $223, respectively. All three are picks in our soundbar buying guide. Beyond that, the Sonos Era 100 is $50 off at $199 — with a two-pack discounted by $120 — while the larger Sonos Five is $110 off at $439. Both of those make our guide to the best smart speakers. Other devices like the Sonos Sub, Sub Mini and Roam are also cheaper than usual. 
All Sonos speakers generally provide the same perks: clean sound quality relative to other devices in their price range, easy pairing with other Sonos speakers, uncomplicated setups, AirPlay support and access to various streaming services through the Sonos app. They aren’t cheap, and their connectivity can be limited, but they should suit most people looking to build a multi-room audio system. Just note that new Arc, Roam and other devices could arrive in 2024, according to a recent Bloomberg report.  

The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is back on sale for $60, which is $5 more than its all-time low but $40 off Amazon’s list price. That price applies to the model with 32GB of storage; if you want more space (and don’t have a microSD card), the 64GB model is available for a low of $70. The Fire HD 8 is far from an iPad in terms of performance and app support, but it may be the cheapest competent tablet for most people. It’s light, it lasts 10 or so hours on a charge and it’s quick enough for basic web browsing and video streaming. Amazon’s Fire OS still includes lock screen ads and heavily pushes the company’s own services, but it’s hard to do better at this price.
The 10.1-inch Fire HD 10 is also $50 off and down to $90, which is a $10 more than its Black Friday price. That one has the same software issues, but it’s faster than the Fire HD 8 and features a sharper 1080p display.

If you’d prefer a more premium Android slate, the Google Pixel Tablet is discounted to $399 at Amazon, Best Buy and others. We’ve seen this deal pop up a few times over the last month, but it matches the lowest price we’ve tracked. The Pixel Tablet earned a score of 85 in our review earlier this year. It’s a perfectly solid 11-inch tablet in its own right, but what sets it apart is its included charging speaker dock. Pop the tablet onto that and it’ll function like a pseudo-smart display. It’s not the exact same as a Nest Hub Max, but you can use it to control smart home devices, stream music, display photos and the like. This discounted model includes 128GB of storage, but the 256GB version is also $100 off and available for $499.

A 6.56-foot strip of the Govee LED Strip Light M1 is on sale for $40, which matches the lowest price we’ve seen. Normally, it retails around $60. We recommend the Strip Light M1 in our smart lights buying guide. It’s simple to set up and delivers impressively bright colors to any area of the house where you’d like to add ambient lighting. You can apply different effects to separate parts of the strip through Govee’s app, plus it’s compatible with the Matter smart home standard. It can be an eyesore when it’s not lit up, however, so you may not want to stick it out in the open. 

The 256GB version of Samsung’s Evo Select microSD card is still on sale for $15, which is within 60 cents of the lowest price we’ve seen. Normally, it retails around $18. The Evo Select is the “best value” recommendation in our microSD card buying guide: It’s not as fast as our top picks, but it’s quick enough for most tasks — expanding a Nintendo Switch’s storage, for instance — and it provides a better cost-per-gigabyte ratio than most cards.

If you’re looking to stock up on a few new PC games, the Epic Games Store has kicked off its latest Holiday Sale. The key here is the Epic Coupon, which takes 33 percent off most games in the store as long as your cart totals $14.99 or more. The coupon will renew after each use, and you can apply it to games that are already discounted as part of the sale. This brings several new-ish titles down to the lowest prices we’ve tracked: The acclaimed survival horror game Alan Wake 2 is down to $27 with the coupon, for instance, while the shooter Remnant II and the action game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor can be had for lows of $20 and $23, respectively. Others like The Last of Us Part I, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mortal Kombat 1 are also down to all-time lows. Epic says the sale will run until January 10.

A version of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 with a small Olive Alpine Loop is available for $699 at Amazon with a clippable coupon. That ties the lowest price we’ve tracked and takes $100 off Apple’s MSRP. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 puts all the software benefits of the Series 9 in a more rugged design with a bigger and brighter display, twice the rated battery life and a customizable “Action Button” that you can use to quickly start a task. It also offers better waterproofing, more accurate GPS, a depth sensor and a loud siren for emergency SOS purposes. It is entirely too much smartwatch for most people, but this price makes it a little more appealing for endurance athletes with money to burn.

A variant of the 15.3-inch MacBook Air with an Apple M2 chip, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is available for $1,449 at Amazon and Best Buy. That’s $250 off Apple’s list price and the best price we’ve seen outside of a couple of special offers for My Best Buy Plus members. We gave the 15-inch Air a review score of 96 in June and currently recommend it in our laptop buying guide. The M2 chip remains plenty fast for everyday tasks, and the chassis is still supremely well-built, with a crisp display, comfortable keyboard, reliable touchpad, long-lasting battery and lively speakers. 
We recommend starting with 16GB of memory, but if you really need to save cash, configs of the 13- and 15-inch Air with less RAM and storage are also $200 to $250 off. You should only buy this if you need a new laptop right now, though; according to a report from reliable Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple plans to roll out updated MacBook Airs with its new M3 chip in a few months, potentially in March.

Best Buy has a configuration of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with an AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 GPU on sale for $1,100. That’s the lowest price we’ve tracked and $100 less than the deal we saw on Black Friday. This model also includes a 14-inch display with a 1440p resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. The ROG Zephyrus G14 is the top pick in our guide to the best gaming laptops: This config is plenty capable for playing modern AAA games but, at 3.6 pounds, it’s not a complete anchor to carry around. A solid keyboard and trackpad help, too, though the 720p webcam could be sharper and there’s a good bit of bloatware installed by default. The 512GB SSD isn’t especially large either, though you can upgrade the storage if needed.
Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter and subscribe to the Engadget Deals newsletter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/the-xbox-series-x-is-discounted-again-plus-the-rest-of-the-weeks-best-tech-deals-172230913.html?src=rss

The holiday shopping season is reaching the home stretch, but we’re here to help if you’re looking for a good deal on a last-minute tech gift. The Xbox Series X, for one, is back on sale at several retailers. Walmart has the game console down to an all-time low of $349, but if stock runs dry there, you can still grab it for $399 at Microsoft, Amazon and other stores. Beyond that, a four-pack of Apple’s AirTag trackers is $19 off, the latest AirPods Pro are $50 off and a number of Sonos devices are discounted as part of a big holiday sale. We’re also seeing price drops on recommended gaming laptops, MacBooks, tablets, microSD cards and more. Here are the best deals from this week that you can still buy today. Just be aware that not everything may ship in time for Christmas.

The Xbox Series X is available for $349 at Walmart at the time of writing, though stock appears to be spotty. If that deal runs out for good, a bundle that pairs the beefy game console with the action-RPG Diablo IV is down to $399 at Microsoft. That’s $160 less than the usual cost of buying each separately. Amazon, GameStop and others have the console alone for $399 as well. While the Series X remains a bit light on must-play exclusives, the Xbox library includes a diverse collection of games we like, from blockbusters like Forza Horizon 5 to quirkier hits like Hi-Fi Rush to smaller-scale gems like Pentiment. The hardware itself is powerful enough to play games at a steady 4K/60 fps, with some titles capable of reaching higher frame rates. Unlike the less powerful Xbox Series S — which is $60 off itself — it also includes a disc drive. There’s at least some chance we see a Series X refresh in 2024, but the current machine is an easier sell when it’s discounted to this extent.

A four-pack of Apple’s AirTags is back down to $80 at Amazon, Walmart and other retailers. That’s about $9 off its usual street price and $19 less than buying from Apple directly. The AirTag is the “best for iPhones” pick in our Bluetooth tracker buying guide, as its ultra-wideband wireless tech and ability to tap into Apple’s Find My device network make it particularly convenient for locating lost items. Its battery is easily replaceable, too, plus it’s water-resistant. It lacks any built-in adhesive or keyring hole, however, so you’ll need to buy an extra accessory if you want to attach it to an item.

The USB-C version of Apple’s AirPods Pro is once again on sale for $200 at Amazon and Best Buy. We saw these noise-canceling earphones fall $10 cheaper during Black Friday, but this is still $20 below their average street price and $49 below Apple’s list price. The AirPods Pro continues to offer effective active noise cancellation, pleasingly warm sound and a host of Apple-device-specific conveniences, which is why they’re the “best for iOS” pick in our guide to the best wireless earbuds. Note, however, that Apple started selling this model’s USB-C charging case on its own earlier this week, so if you’re sitting on a Lightning-based pair and want to make the conversion, you can now do so without having to buy a whole new set.

You can get a $10 Amazon.com credit for no extra cost when you buy a digital Apple gift card worth $100 or more. Just use the code HOLAPP at checkout. If you’d rather shop at Target, that retailer is offering a $10 Target gift card alongside the same purchase until December 16. As a refresher, you can put an Apple gift card toward services like Apple Music and iCloud, App Store credit and purchases at Apple.com or Apple retail stores. We see promos like this periodically, but any bit of bonus money should be welcome if you often shop at these stores anyway.

Sonos is running a holiday sale that brings many of its smart speakers, soundbars and home theater devices back to the prices we saw on Black Friday. The flagship Sonos Arc soundbar is $180 off at $719, for one, while the mid-range Sonos Beam and budget-level Sonos Ray are down to $399 and $223, respectively. All three are picks in our soundbar buying guide. Beyond that, the Sonos Era 100 is $50 off at $199 — with a two-pack discounted by $120 — while the larger Sonos Five is $110 off at $439. Both of those make our guide to the best smart speakers. Other devices like the Sonos Sub, Sub Mini and Roam are also cheaper than usual. 

All Sonos speakers generally provide the same perks: clean sound quality relative to other devices in their price range, easy pairing with other Sonos speakers, uncomplicated setups, AirPlay support and access to various streaming services through the Sonos app. They aren’t cheap, and their connectivity can be limited, but they should suit most people looking to build a multi-room audio system. Just note that new Arc, Roam and other devices could arrive in 2024, according to a recent Bloomberg report.  

The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is back on sale for $60, which is $5 more than its all-time low but $40 off Amazon’s list price. That price applies to the model with 32GB of storage; if you want more space (and don’t have a microSD card), the 64GB model is available for a low of $70. The Fire HD 8 is far from an iPad in terms of performance and app support, but it may be the cheapest competent tablet for most people. It’s light, it lasts 10 or so hours on a charge and it’s quick enough for basic web browsing and video streaming. Amazon’s Fire OS still includes lock screen ads and heavily pushes the company’s own services, but it’s hard to do better at this price.

The 10.1-inch Fire HD 10 is also $50 off and down to $90, which is a $10 more than its Black Friday price. That one has the same software issues, but it’s faster than the Fire HD 8 and features a sharper 1080p display.

If you’d prefer a more premium Android slate, the Google Pixel Tablet is discounted to $399 at Amazon, Best Buy and others. We’ve seen this deal pop up a few times over the last month, but it matches the lowest price we’ve tracked. The Pixel Tablet earned a score of 85 in our review earlier this year. It’s a perfectly solid 11-inch tablet in its own right, but what sets it apart is its included charging speaker dock. Pop the tablet onto that and it’ll function like a pseudo-smart display. It’s not the exact same as a Nest Hub Max, but you can use it to control smart home devices, stream music, display photos and the like. This discounted model includes 128GB of storage, but the 256GB version is also $100 off and available for $499.

A 6.56-foot strip of the Govee LED Strip Light M1 is on sale for $40, which matches the lowest price we’ve seen. Normally, it retails around $60. We recommend the Strip Light M1 in our smart lights buying guide. It’s simple to set up and delivers impressively bright colors to any area of the house where you’d like to add ambient lighting. You can apply different effects to separate parts of the strip through Govee’s app, plus it’s compatible with the Matter smart home standard. It can be an eyesore when it’s not lit up, however, so you may not want to stick it out in the open. 

The 256GB version of Samsung’s Evo Select microSD card is still on sale for $15, which is within 60 cents of the lowest price we’ve seen. Normally, it retails around $18. The Evo Select is the “best value” recommendation in our microSD card buying guide: It’s not as fast as our top picks, but it’s quick enough for most tasks — expanding a Nintendo Switch’s storage, for instance — and it provides a better cost-per-gigabyte ratio than most cards.

If you’re looking to stock up on a few new PC games, the Epic Games Store has kicked off its latest Holiday Sale. The key here is the Epic Coupon, which takes 33 percent off most games in the store as long as your cart totals $14.99 or more. The coupon will renew after each use, and you can apply it to games that are already discounted as part of the sale. This brings several new-ish titles down to the lowest prices we’ve tracked: The acclaimed survival horror game Alan Wake 2 is down to $27 with the coupon, for instance, while the shooter Remnant II and the action game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor can be had for lows of $20 and $23, respectively. Others like The Last of Us Part I, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mortal Kombat 1 are also down to all-time lows. Epic says the sale will run until January 10.

A version of the Apple Watch Ultra 2 with a small Olive Alpine Loop is available for $699 at Amazon with a clippable coupon. That ties the lowest price we’ve tracked and takes $100 off Apple’s MSRP. The Apple Watch Ultra 2 puts all the software benefits of the Series 9 in a more rugged design with a bigger and brighter display, twice the rated battery life and a customizable “Action Button” that you can use to quickly start a task. It also offers better waterproofing, more accurate GPS, a depth sensor and a loud siren for emergency SOS purposes. It is entirely too much smartwatch for most people, but this price makes it a little more appealing for endurance athletes with money to burn.

A variant of the 15.3-inch MacBook Air with an Apple M2 chip, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is available for $1,449 at Amazon and Best Buy. That’s $250 off Apple’s list price and the best price we’ve seen outside of a couple of special offers for My Best Buy Plus members. We gave the 15-inch Air a review score of 96 in June and currently recommend it in our laptop buying guide. The M2 chip remains plenty fast for everyday tasks, and the chassis is still supremely well-built, with a crisp display, comfortable keyboard, reliable touchpad, long-lasting battery and lively speakers. 

We recommend starting with 16GB of memory, but if you really need to save cash, configs of the 13- and 15-inch Air with less RAM and storage are also $200 to $250 off. You should only buy this if you need a new laptop right now, though; according to a report from reliable Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple plans to roll out updated MacBook Airs with its new M3 chip in a few months, potentially in March.

Best Buy has a configuration of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with an AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 GPU on sale for $1,100. That’s the lowest price we’ve tracked and $100 less than the deal we saw on Black Friday. This model also includes a 14-inch display with a 1440p resolution and a 165Hz refresh rate. The ROG Zephyrus G14 is the top pick in our guide to the best gaming laptops: This config is plenty capable for playing modern AAA games but, at 3.6 pounds, it’s not a complete anchor to carry around. A solid keyboard and trackpad help, too, though the 720p webcam could be sharper and there’s a good bit of bloatware installed by default. The 512GB SSD isn’t especially large either, though you can upgrade the storage if needed.

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