Monday’s best deals: $24 door gym, $50 Amazfit Bip U smartwatch, $49 Bluetooth speakerphone and more
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Let’s move on to today’s deal roundup, because there’s a lot to cover!
Once you experience more than a few Zoom or conference calls from home, you start to appreciate just how mediocre your laptop’s microphone and speaker really are. My advice: Get a speakerphone.
Like this one. The eMeet Luna debuted earlier this year at $100; this price is an all-time low, and by a lot. (The previous best deal: $70.)
CNET’s David Carnoy took a look at a slew of speakerphones and called the Luna one of the best models under $100. He especially liked the noise reduction feature: It minimizes sound caused by clacking keyboards and the like.
Want something a little fancier? The eMeet M2 Bluetooth speakerphone is on sale for $129, also an all-time low. It made Carnoy’s list as well — even when it was selling for $200.
Amazfit continues to have a busy year. If you didn’t pick up the generally great Bip S smartwatch last month, check out the new Bip U. It’s nearly identical, but with a brighter, sharper TFT screen instead of the always-on transflective one.
That means lower battery life, though nine days is nothing to sneeze at. However, there’s one key feature missing here: GPS. If you plan to track outdoor runs and the like, opt for the Bip S instead.
Bip U availability is also limited right now: Amazfit proper is sold out, and Amazon has only the black model available for purchase — with an expected ship date of Dec. 20.
All that said, this is a pretty amazing watch for $60. For $50, it’s even, er, amazinger.
At the other end of the smartwatch spectrum, last year’s Apple flagship can be yours for $299 (or $329 for the 44mm size) — effectively tying the lowest price we’ve seen. Very little has changed between the Series 5 and Series 6; the latter offers blood-oxygen tracking that, quite frankly, is on the iffy side.
I still think the Series 3 (currently $179 at Amazon) is the best buy for most folks, but if you’re looking to splurge, here’s your chance to save $100.
Building out your smart home and looking to stay in the Apple ecosystem? The HomePod Mini smart speaker is Apple’s Amazon Echo rival, and it’s a good one.
This deal lets you bundle in a WeMo WiFi Smart Plug for just $5 more; it normally sells for $25. Ironically, you wouldn’t want to use that plug with the HomePod itself, but connect a lamp or fan or the like and you can issue voice commands: “Siri, turn on the living-room lamp,” for example.
Read our HomePod Mini review.
Amazon seller: Maggieer
Price: $24 with promo code VJJGDSTO
I’ve owned a similar product for literally decades — it’s a must-have for any home gym. Just position it in nearly any door frame, then do your chin-ups, pull-ups, even leg-lifts. Most of these sell for around $40 or more (which is the regular price for this one, pre-code).
Amazon seller: Quinby
Price: $13.49 with promo code 7C8JEN5U
Ring lights are all the rage right now, as they can help you look a lot better on Zoom calls and in TikTok videos. Plus, they’re cheap, especially deals like this one. It’s a USB-powered dual-light setup, each of them on a flexible arm so you can illuminate your face from both sides. Plus there’s a tripod and phone mount — basically everything you need.
Ho, hum, another air-fryer deal? There were lots of them leading up to Black Friday, but in case you missed out, this is one of the best on record. Insignia’s stainless-steel model has a 5-quart basket, digital controls and one-touch presets for over half a dozen popular foods. It scored an impressive 4.7-star average rating from over 1,500 buyers.
OK, cheeps, that’s a Monday wrap. See anything here you like?
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