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Street Price: $800; Deal Price: $750 w/ code 50SAVEZEN
Apply coupon code 50SAVEZEN in-cart to drop the price of this laptop from $800 to $750. The Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA will replace our budget pick, the Asus ZenBook UX330UA, in our Windows Ultrabook guide. Available in Icicle Gold, this is the first drop of any significance we’ve seen for this svelte option, which is an updated model of our existing pick.
The Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA is the pending budget pick in our guide to the best Windows ultrabook. The update language in our guide reads, “In mid-2018, we tested the new $800 Asus ZenBook UX331UA against our previous budget pick, the $750 Asus ZenBook UX330UA, and it will replace the older model in our guide.”
The update continues, “The 13.3-inch laptops share the same processor—an Intel Core i5-8250U—as well as 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB SATA SSD. They had similar battery life in our tests, too. While the new ZenBook UX331UA logged an average of 6 hours and 39 minutes, which is enough for a full day’s work, the older ZenBook UX330UA lasted a little longer, around 7 hours. Little improvements make the UX331UA more enjoyable to use than its predecessor, though. The UX331UA’s screen reclines more than our previous pick’s, and Asus has moved the fingerprint sensor from on top of its trackpad into a less awkward spot, underneath its right arrow key.”
Street Price: $29; Deal Price: $25 w/ code WIFIPLUG6
Whether you have outdoor lighting or gear you’d like to control via smartphone now or you will closer to the holidays, the iClever IC-BS06 is a nice option. Apply code WIFIPLUG6 in cart to knock the price of this outdoor smart plug to $25. While not a huge drop, the street price has been hovering around $29, so it’s an opportunity to save a few bucks.
The iClever Outdoor Wi-Fi outlet is our pick for outdoor smart outlet in our guide to the best plug-in smart outlet. Rachel Cericola wrote, “If you’re looking to extend your smart home to the outdoors, the iClever IC-BS06 smart plug is the way to go. This weather-resistant model has two outlets that you can control independently through the app, Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant (but not Apple’s HomeKit or Siri), as well as by voice using those platforms or within the outlet’s own smartphone app. You can set on/off triggers based on time, local weather, and more, and this weatherproof device has the widest range of operating temperatures (-4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) of any outdoor smart outlet we tested.”
Street Price: $100; Deal Price: $77
If you’re seeking a Bluetooth headset with long battery life, this is a great deal and a new low price on this recommended Bluetooth headset. It’s a nice option if you need a headset that you only need one hand to put on or if the top pick in our guide is too costly or unavailable. This headset is currently available from Walmart as well for the same $77 price.
The Plantronics Voyager 3200 Bluetooth Headset is the runner-up pick in our guide to the best Bluetooth headset. Marianne Schultz and Daniel Varghese wrote, “…the Voyager 3200 is the next-best option if our top pick isn’t available, thanks to good performance and many of the same software features that we like about Plantronics headsets overall. The 3200 also has slightly longer battery life than the 5200, and although it doesn’t give you the same secure and comfortable fit, it’s easier to put on with one hand than the 5200, especially if you have long hair or wear glasses with thicker temples.”
Street Price: $38; Deal Price: $33
This discounted bundle includes the Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad and the Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand, two options we like in our Qi wireless charging gear guide. It’s down to $33 from a recent price of $40, but we’ve seen deals on these items separately relatively often, so we’d put the street value at around $38. If you’re looking to outfit your home or office with multiple Qi chargers, this is a nice start.
The Anker Wireless Charging Bundle is comprised of two options we like in our guide to the best Qi wireless charger for iPhone and Android phones. Nick Guy wrote, “Anker’s PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad and PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand are the most affordable WPC-certified chargers we’ve tried from a reputable company, and in our tests they performed as well as the more expensive Samsung models we recommend as our main picks. They’re extremely basic black-plastic-and-rubber units that simply get the job done. Notably, though, neither model comes with an AC adapter, so they’re not complete options out of the box. You can use any USB charger you have lying around, or buy one separately.”
Street Price: $110; Deal Price: $60
At $60, this deal on the 32 GB model of this recommended tablet is only $10 more that Prime Day pricing on the 16 GB version (our pick), but nets you twice the storage. It matches the lowest price we’ve seen for the 32GB tablet in new condition, so this is an excellent deal. The additional capacity allows you to add even more media to keep yourself entertained on the go.
The smaller-capacity version of this tablet, Amazon Fire HD 8, is the budget pick in our guide to the best Android tablet. Ryan Whitwam wrote, “Most people use tablets for streaming video, browsing the Web, and reading. The Amazon Fire HD 8 excels at all three and is the best budget Android tablet we’ve tested. The Fire HD 8 starts at just $80 (with lockscreen ads), but it lacks the powerful hardware or high-resolution screens of the ZenPad or Galaxy Tab S3. The base model of the Fire HD 8 has only 16 GB of storage, but it accepts microSD cards. It also uses Amazon’s services, not Google’s, which means no easy way to use Google Play Store or Google apps—adding them yourself requires some technical knowledge.”
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