Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Apple’s short, chunky HomePod Mini usually costs $99.99, but Best Buy is offering a $20 discount on the smart speaker today. You can pick one up for $79.99, which is the store’s lowest price yet, alongside one of the best deals we’ve seen for it. If you’re in Apple’s ecosystem of products, there aren’t many other choices for buying a smart speaker that is fully compatible with the Siri voice assistant or HomeKit, for controlling certain smart home technology through the speaker. Still, it’s a great speaker that offers good sound quality for its size, and unlike the discontinued HomePod, it’s compact enough to fit almost anywhere near a power outlet.

This deal is available on most of Apple’s vibrant colorways for the HomePod Mini, including blue, white, and black, but excluding yellow and orange. Read our review.

Apple HomePod mini

Apple’s Homepod Mini offers good sound for its size and works well with other Apple devices.

If you’re looking for an affordable, lightweight (just 66 grams) and full-featured wireless gaming mouse, Best Buy’s $59.99 deal on the SteelSeries Aerox 3 mouse is hard to beat. This mouse usually costs $99.99 (you’ll see the price drop when you’re signed in with your free My Best Buy account), and it’s available in black or white. This model supports 2.4GHz wireless via the USB-C wireless receiver or Bluetooth and can last up to 200 hours on a single charge. It’s not for nothing that this mouse has an IP54 rating, giving it a fighting chance to survive against water and a lot of dust. Read more coverage here.

SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless

The SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless is an IP54 water-resistant wireless gaming mouse. It weighs only 68 grams and can be charged via USB-C. The design borrows cues from the Rival 3.

At Amazon and Best Buy, the Beats Studio Buds are back to their lowest price of $99.99, which is in line with the Black Friday deal. These normally cost $149.99, and they’re a particularly attractive deal these days if you want noise-cancelling earbuds that are comfortable to wear, with Android support and USB-C charging, to boot. According to our review, $100 seems like a good price to pay considering the pros and cons of the Studio Buds. You’ll get good sound quality, but their noise cancellation and microphone performance probably won’t impress you that much. Read our review.

Beats Studio Buds

Beats’ Studio Buds offer support for iOS and Android, with noise cancellation, a snug fit and good sound quality for the price. These don’t all have the same features as AirPods, but their wider compatibility may make them the better choice for you.

Were you one of the people who got a digital copy of Final Fantasy VII Remake as a PS Plus benefit a few months ago? You may recall that Square Enix wouldn’t allow those free copies to be upgraded to the faster, nicer PS5 version of the game. Well, it’s the season of giving, and starting Wednesday, December 22, you can upgrade your PS4 digital copy to the PS5 version at no extra cost. This is great if you’ve bought a PS5 since the game was released in March 2021. Stay tuned for details on exactly how to go through the process.

Also on December 22 Final Fantasy VII Remake IntergradeYuffie’s DLC is discounted by 25 percent, so you can pick up the expansion at a discount.

LG Gram 17

The LG Gram 17 is pictured here, but the Gram 16 looks identical, just a tad smaller.
Photo by Cameron Faulkner / Best Fitness Bands

If you’re a Costco member, you can get a great deal on LG’s Gram 16 laptop (model 16T90P) with a 16-inch IPS display, a capable Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, a touchscreen, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. It costs $1,746.99 at Amazon, but Costco members can get it for just $1,199.99. This deal was picked up by slick deals. Unfortunately, this deal is not available to non-members like some of Costco’s products.

I’ve reviewed the LG Gram 17 for 2021 and it’s essentially a must-buy laptop if you want a large yet lightweight and quiet Windows machine and surprisingly long battery life. Read our review.

Other deals you might be interested in

  • Samsung’s 49-inch Odyssey G9 curved gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate is back to $999.99 at Amazon, matching the Black Friday deal. Read our review.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Book Go, with a Snapdragon 7c processor, 128GB of storage and 18 hours of battery life, costs just $260.99 on Amazon, down from $349.99. We haven’t tested this model yet, but it seems like a good deal if you want an affordable Windows laptop.
  • AfterShokz’ Aeropex wireless bone conduction headphones cost $119.99 at Best Buy in the black colorway, down from $159.99.

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