Not only do great things go on sale from time to time, but in general, gear prices are often fluctuating. Here we are actively keeping a running list items that are on sale or at a good price.
These are items we’d recommend year-round — things which are worthwhile even when they’re not on sale — but right now they can be had for a good price.
This page is updated daily as new sales and deals show up and as old ones expire. Follow us on Twitter to keep up-to-date.
Updated June 27th, 2017
Osprey backpacks are the best in the business. The Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack has a 5 star rating on Amazon and is The Wirecutter’s pick for the best travel backpack. Right off the top, this backpack is a winner.
The Farpoint 55 is a unisex bag and comes with external straps for carrying sleeping gear and other features to allow for external bags to be attached. There aren’t tons of different pockets, but the 55 litre size is a perfect size for the average traveller.
The current price on the Osprey Farpoint 55 is $135, down from a regular price of $180 and average price of about $165.
The Netgear Arlo Pro is a step up from the Arno Q security system that was on sale multiple times over the last few months. These Arlo Pro cameras are 100% wire free, completely weather proof, have rechargeable batteries, and even have built-in microphones to allow you to listen and talk back to the person on the other end. Netgear famously gives you free cloud storage for the last 7 days of footage with your purchase. This is a great way to avoid ongoing subscription fees.
This deal is on an entire Arlo Pro home security system. It comes with 2 Arlo Wire-Free cameras with night vision to alert you if something is happening. This is also the best price we’ve seen on the Arlo Pro system — it has hovered around the $400 mark for quite some time.
The new DJI Mavic Pro drone has taken everyone by storm. It folds down to as small as a water bottle to pack in just about any bag, and has a range of 4.3 miles for up to 27 minutes of flying. Somehow, this small drone packs in a 4K video camera with stabilization as well.
The Mavic Pro has dropped beyond the $963 price point once before, but it was for a single day and shot back up to $1000. The current price tag has stuck around for a few days over the weekend, so we’re hoping it’ll be around for longer.
Push your Xbox One further with the Xbox One Kinect Sensor. It allows you to control your TV with your voice, make HD Skype video calls, use your body as a remote to control the Xbox, and play fitness games by moving your body.
If you’re an Xbox One S owner, you’ll need a special USB adapter to use this Xbox One Kinect.
I’ve always wanted to purchase a Roomba for our home. We use a Dyson vacuum cleaner (which is probably my favorite device ever), but there is something about the “leave-it-alone” feature of the Roomba that I wish I had. It’s a robot after all, so all you need to do is let it scan your home and it’ll vacuum your floors for you while you’re away. It even docks and charges itself. At $275, I’m definitely considering this robot for our home.
This SmartThings kit contains everything you need to create your own smart home. It contains: one Samsung SmartThings Hub, two Samsung SmartThings Multipurpose Sensors, one Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor, and one Samsung SmartThings Outlet. Plug any of these devices into the wall, connect them to a smartphone app, and you can monitor all sorts of activity within your home.
The pricing on this kit has bounced around a fair amount, and once even dropped to as low as $150. However, it quickly shot back up to the $250 range. This is the first significant price cut we’ve seen since that $150 low price back in November 2016.
The AVR-S510BT 5.2 Channel 4K AV Receiver supports 4K Ultra HD, has built-in Bluetooth, and can be controlled by your smartphone through its iOS or Android app. This is a slightly less exciting model than the AVR-S720W which includes Wi-Fi and HDR playback, but the value for your dollar is through the roof with the S510BT.
For anyone looking to upgrade from the older analog audio standard to today’s digital audio, this receiver looks to be a no-brainer.
The latest iPhones — and smartphones in general — come with incredible optical image stabilization built into the onboard cameras. As a result, the video you can shoot with your smartphone is stable and free of your jittery hands.
The Feiyu Tech G4 Pro Gimbal takes the stabilization a step further, ensuring more of the stabilization is handled physically rather than by a computer. The G4 Pro has a little thumb joystick to spin the gimbal right or left and lets you pan with ease. There are 5 different modes to choose from built straight into the gimbal for maximum control, and the tripod mount on the bottom of the handle gives you a wider range of capture options.
The Feiyu Tech G4 Pro started at $350 when first announced, then dropped to the lower $230 range for quite some time. This is a nice discount below the current regular price.
Sony’s premium line of noise cancelling headphones is down to its lowest price ever. These headphones retail regularly for $399, but have only dropped to as low as $348 once in the past.
The Sony Premium Noise Cancelling Headphones offer a stylish look, 20 hours of battery life, Easy Touch control, Quick Attention (quickly switching to ambient sound to alert you of what’s going on around you), and of course high quality wireless sound.
Another step in the direction of a fully automatic smart home is the August Lock. In our review of the August Lock, Drew said:
Installing an August lock in your home is simple, and builds upon your door’s existing deadbolt. Just disassemble the lockset, remove the latch on the inside of the home, and replace it with a mounting plate and ‘tail piece adapter’ which August includes. The tail piece adapter is how the new lock is able to grab ahold of the deadbolt you already have, and you’ll get three different versions which should work with almost every lock on the market. Pop the August device on top on the mounting plate, screw everything back together, and the hard work is done. Even the least handy of us (myself included) can accomplish this in about 15 minutes and have a new addition to the budding smart home.
After 15 minutes of installation and a quick read through in the iOS app, Drew was up and running. Being able to lock and unlock the door with your iPhone when you’re away from the house has instant benefits, of which the August Lock appears to be the best option on the market.
We’ve seen the August Lock for a lower price than this in the past, but not by much. Only once has the August Lock dropped to as low as $170 and then once to as low as $180, so the current $194 price still ranks near the bottom of prices we’ve seen.
Anker’s Lightning cables are actually considered to be the best in the world. Anker boasts its wide diameter Lightning cables is what gives it the extra charging boost. This 10′ Lightning cable has some anti-fraying technology built into the cable and is known for how quickly it can charge your devices.
Although this isn’t a huge savings, the $2 discount is the biggest discount we’ve seen this year. At $12, you could pick up a couple and have them all around the house.
Planet Earth II is the single greatest film I’ve ever viewed in my life. The captured footage often feels out of this world, as though it were created in a studio. David Attenborough’s voice is the most fitting narration of any documentary ever made. And the created storylines keep you on the edge of your seat.
Add to that the reality of 4K BluRay and HDR and you’re in for an ethereal experience. If you have a 4K TV and some sort of 4K BluRay player, Planet Earth II is an absolute must-buy. I can’t recommend it enough. And now, at $35 instead of the regular $50, I kind of want to buy a extra copies just to give away.
Logitech has a wide range of wireless keyboards for all sorts of users and this numeric keypad model continues to fit that trend. The K780 is a larger format of the K380, meaning it comes with the same key style, same battery life expectations, and the same connectivity options, but also includes the full number pad on the right side. You can connect the K780 via Logitech’s unique USB thumb adapter, which plugs into a USB port and connects all Logitech’s Bluetooth-ready devices at once. The only downside to this is losing the USB port.
The current price on the K780 is the second drop below the $80. We’ll keep an eye on this one to see if it bounces back to its normal price or if it drops further.
A few months ago, Bradley Chambers looked at the Google Wi-Fi Home Mesh Networking system here on Tools & Toys. In his review, he said:
What I can say for certain is that Google Wi-Fi met all of my needs, and I imagine it will for you as well. The pack of three can even be expanded if you need more coverage to cover a larger home. At the price point, I find it hard to recommend another product over Google Wi-Fi. Even if something else performed slightly better on speed tests, you likely wouldn’t be able to tell in real world usage.
Bradley is our in-house IT guy (although the whole team seems to be a whiz at this stuff), so I feel safe trusting his knowledge around home mesh networking.
This deal on a 3-pack of Google Wi-Fi isn’t the best deal we’ve seen, but it is a great deal. Once before, the 3-pack dropped to $268, but that was on Black Friday. Since then, the price hasn’t budged. If you’ve been looking to speed up your home Wi-Fi, now might be the time.
Eero is one of the newest options on the router market and claim to be the very best at they do. Use this pack of three Eero wireless routers to blanket your home in Wi-Fi — perfect if your house is like mine and a device is in each room. Eero boasts “Gigabit WiFi speed capability, and advanced settings let you configure DHCP, NAT, VPN passthrough, DNS, UPnP, Port Forwarding, Static IP, and parental controls.” Installation is simple and the networks rarely drop. Eero seems to be pushing the home wireless network forward.
In our review, Shawn had this to say about his eero home Wi-Fi network:
While having faster Wi-Fi speed throughout the house is great, what’s even better is that we have reliable Wi-Fi.
This, for me, is the primary perk of the eero network. I was able to keep our main “internet hub” in the office, where the bulk of devices are connected. And we also have a strong and reliable signal throughout the rest of the house.
The Eero 2-pack has been at the $330 mark for quite some, only recently dropping to $299. Its lowest price was $289, so we’re just shy of the 2-pack’s lowest price ever.
The Logitech Wireless Marathon Mouse M705 is a great mouse choice for most people. In fact, it’s considered the best mouse for most people by The Wirecutter. The M705 has a great size and shape, glides smoothly, and has a wide range buttons that can be customized to your liking. Most incredibly of all, the M705 comes with a claimed 3-year battery life — far and away better than what you can get with the Magic Mouse that ships with an iMac.
The PEN-F is one of Olympus latest Micro 4/3 cameras designed with retro styling in mind. It rocks a 20MP sensor, Olympus’ well known stabilization system, 10 FPS sequential shooting speed, and an aesthetic design that has me drooling.
It’s been rare to see a deal on the PEN-F to this point in time. There have been small price drops from the normal $1200 price tag, but these have been rare. This price drop to $999 is a massive price drop and likely won’t last long.
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