This week, Apple announced and set the release date for the new MacBook Pros and both Amazon and Best Buy rushed to offer a slight discount on pre orders. Amazon also knocked a hefty 40 percent off many of their Fire Tablets, including the new Fire HD 8. Bose’s QC II earbuds are back down to $250, and a couple robot vacuums are on sale, including the best budget vac we’ve tried, iRobot’s Roomba 694. We also found a few deals on SSD cards from both Samsung and Crucial, plus a tidy 32 percent discount on one of our favorite tiny Bluetooth speakers. Here are the best tech deals from this week that you can still get today.
Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet
Amazon’s own tablets are already among the most affordable out there but right now, you can grab the latest eight-inch HD model for just $60. That’s a 40 percent discount off the usual $100 price tag and while it’s not quite the all-time low we saw for Black Friday, it’s still an extremely low price for a tablet. For a moderate upgrade the Fire HD 8 Plus adds an extra gigabyte of ram, wireless charging and improved cameras. Right now it’s 33 percent off, for a sale price of $80. You can save a larger percentage on the 10-inch models like the Fire HD 10. It’s down to $85, or 43 percent off the list price. It’s important to note that these are all ad-supported models, meaning you’ll see ads from Amazon on your lock screen. The non-ad-supported models are currently full price.
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While Fire tablets don’t have the level of processing power or performance that you’d get from a more expensive iPad or Galaxy Tab, they’re decent options for casual web browsing, e-reading and video streaming. The Fire HD 10 Kids Pro is what we recommend for kids in our latest tablet guide and the sale brings it down to $140 or $60 off the list price. Fire tablets for kids don’t have ad-supported versions and include a year of Amazon Kids+ which offers thousands of kid-oriented games, apps and videos. Plus it comes with a protective case with a handle that doubles as a kickstand.
Amazon Kindle Kids
It was just released back in September, but the new 2022 Kindle Kids just got its first discount at Amazon. The kid-focused e-reader is $85 right now, which is $35 less than its usual $120. The Kindle Paperwhite for Kids is also on sale for $110, or $50 off the usual price. The Paperwhite edition adds waterproofing, adjustable warm light, and a slightly larger screen (6.8 inches vs the Kindle Kids’ 6-inch screen). The deal isn’t the lowest we’ve seen, but it’s only $5 more than its all-time low during last year’s holiday sales.
Both kid-focused Kindles include a year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which grants access to thousands of age-appropriate e-books and audiobooks. They also have a Parent Dashboard to set age filters and device time limits. The new Kindle Kids ups the storage capacity to 16GB, while the Paperwhite is available in either an 8GB size or a 16GB size. You can also snag the same deals on the Kindle Kids at Best Buy or Target if you prefer.
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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
If you want to shut out the world, we recommend going with Bose’s QuietComfort Earbuds II. They usually sell for $300, but right now at Amazon the earbuds are down to $250. We’ve seen the buds dip to this price a few times in the past, and it matches their sale price for Black Friday last year. While $250 still isn’t cheap, if you’re ready to invest in a set of earbuds with the best noise cancellation we’ve tried, saving $50 could help. We gave them a score of 87 in our review, giving them kudos for their sound quality, comfort and ambient (transparent) sound — in addition to the phenomenal ANC.