While we’re going to be knee-deep in Black Friday deals a week from now, there are plenty of sales to check out if you’re planning on spending some money this weekend. If you’re gearing up for the main event taking place next week, be sure to bookmark our Black Friday hub for regular updates on all the latest deals.
Our first deal to send the workweek is the first big discount we’ve seen on the Fifth generation Amazon Echo Dot. Currently, you can pick up the newest Echo Dot for $39.99 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy, which is $20 off the regular price of the clock model; However, if you prefer your Echo Dot without a clock, you can also pick up the Echo Dot without a clock for just $24.99 ($49.99).
The latest Echo Dot looks no different than its previous iteration, but it does deliver a number of significant hardware upgrades. In addition to sounding better, Amazon says the fifth-generation Echo Dot is more responsive to tap gestures and its built-in temperature sensor can trigger Alexa routines based on ambient temperature. The clock model of the Dot can also use its screen to display song information as well as the current weather forecast.
Much like the fourth-gen model, the fifth-gen Dot has the ability to double as an Eero Mesh Wi-Fi extender, which can be handy in a pinch but can affect your device’s overall performance. However, the latest Echo Dot has the feature out of the box, while the fourth-gen version will support the feature when an over-the-air update arrives in the coming months. Read our review.
The fifth-generation Echo Dot boasts a temperature sensor, better sound, and faster response time than the previous model. It can also be used as an extender for your Eero Wi-Fi system.
Going back to last-gen devices, you can currently find the 512GB configuration of the iPad Pro 12.9 inch 2021 reduced to $999.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, which is $400 off the regular price of the Wi-Fi-equipped Apple tablet and M1. If you’re okay with less storage, Best Buy also has the 256GB configuration on sale for $899.99 (normally $1,299.99). Even with the slightly older M1 processor, the 2021 iPad Pro has more than enough juice to serve as an ad-hoc laptop, and it’s equipped with one of the sharpest displays you’ll get on a tablet. . Read our review.
Apple’s latest iPad Pro comes with the company’s own M1 processor and Thunderbolt. However, the 12.9-inch model also boasts the best display of any tablet available.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly Apple tablet, you can currently find the base iPad 64 GB 2021 corresponding to its lowest price on Amazon. Normally $329, you can get the Wi-Fi model of the 10-inch Apple tablet for $269.99. Although it lacks the M1 processor found in newer iPad models, the A13 Bionic processor is still capable of handling most applications. It’s also worth noting that the vanilla 2021 iPad is the only Apple tablet that still uses a Lightning connector for charging, as opposed to USB-C, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired listening.
Apple’s latest entry-level iPad represents a slight update, with a new A13 Bionic chip and a 12MP front-facing camera that supports Apple’s Center Stage feature.
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You can currently save on some great Sony headphones at a number of retailers. The last Sony WH-1000XM5 the headphones are normally $398, but they’re on sale at Amazon and Best Buy for around $350. Sony’s latest noise-canceling headphones, the WF-1000XM4are on sale for around $180 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy, which is $100 less than their usual price.
The WH-1000XM5 has a slimmer design than the XM4, and while Sony hasn’t made any drastic changes to their key specs, they do offer an entirely improved experience. Superior noise cancellation, better sound profile and improved voice call quality are why we currently consider the XM5 to be the best noise canceling headphones you can get right now. Read our review.
With a new design, improved comfort, refined sound and even better active noise cancellation, Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones offer a compelling mix of features for their premium price.
For something smaller, we consider Sony’s WF-1000XM4 headphones to be the best wireless headphones you can buy. The XM4 headphones are a stellar combination of class-leading noise cancellation, incredible battery life, and rich, detailed sound quality. Although the microphone quality is only average, a recent firmware update has eliminated one of our main gripes with these headphones by offering XM4 multipoint Bluetooth connectivity. Read our review.
Sony’s WF-1000XM4 has one of the best noise cancellations of any true wireless earbud, and the sound quality is second to none. The headphones can also now be charged wirelessly and have a new, smaller, IPX4-rated design.