Spring has officially begun next week, but we already have more daylight hours, which makes us feel sunny and warm. If you can, shake off the winter dust that has settled around you and head outside with a new camera or lenses, or if it’s still cold where you are, you might want a new laptop or smart speaker to liven up your home. This weekend we have deals in all those categories and more.
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We recommend the 16-inch MacBook Pro (9/10, WIRED recommends) with the M2 Pro chip for those who want a large screen and longer battery life than the 14-inch model offers. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this configuration, which features an M2 Pro processor with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, 16 gigabytes of RAM and a 512-gigabyte SSD. The slightly more powerful M2 Pro with a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU (and a 1TB SSD) is also on sale for $2,499 ($100 off). Don’t know what’s better for you? Check out our MacBook buying guide.
This 14-inch Intel Core i5 laptop is tempting at this price. You get an 11th generation Intel chip, 8 gigabytes of RAM (soldered) and a 512 gigabyte SSD. The enticing part is the 3,840 x 2,400 pixel, 500 nit IPS display, which is beautifully sharp, bright and hard to come by at this price. Be sure to use the coupon code X1CG9CLEARANCE to get a complete offer. Note that the Core i7 configuration, which increases RAM to 16 gigabytes, is also on sale for $1,808.
We like Dell’s XPS 13 Plus (7/10, WIRED review). This configuration features a 12th generation Intel Core i5 chip, 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 512-gigabyte SSD. This model has a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution screen, which is quite bright and sharp for this size, but it’s not a 4K model. You can get a 4K display for $300 more, and there’s an Ubuntu Linux option if you don’t need Windows 11.
This is the 16-inch Intel version of the laptop I’m currently typing on. In this configuration you get a 12th generation Intel Core i7 chip, 16 gigabytes of RAM and a nice 2.5K touchscreen. This is an Evo chip, which prioritizes battery life over raw processing power, but still has enough power for average workloads and a full day’s worth of battery life.
Offers on photo equipment
Seattle-based Moment started out making smartphone lenses, but these days it’s a full-stock photography shop that also makes some of our favorite camera bags, straps, and yes, lenses. Moment is currently holding its annual spring sale with up to 60 percent off some products. We’ve highlighted our favorites below, but you can browse all the deals on Moment’s site.
We like Moment’s telephoto lens so much, we’ve included it in our guide to the best compact cameras. You’ll need a separate phone case to use them, and don’t forget to add a lens holder so you can easily attach the lens to the back of your phone.
If you’re looking to expand your mobile device, this is the lens you’ve been looking for. Why add a lens when your iPhone already has a wide angle? Faster aperture. Moment’s 18mm wide angle gives you the chance to use your iPhone’s primary camera, which means better low-light performance. It’s also significantly wider-angle than your phone’s lens. Don’t forget the housing and lens mount.
If I had a compatible phone, this would be the lens I would get. This lens works less than an inch from your subject and offers a view you can’t get without it. If you’re interested in macro photography, this thing is much easier to use and cheaper than a bunch of tubes and special DSLR lenses.
The Fujifilm X100V is our favorite travel camera. It’s compact and relatively light, but still has a great viewfinder (optical or digital) and a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, which is larger than other cameras of this size typically offer. This deal isn’t huge, but thanks to the X100V’s popularity on TikTok, prices have risen, making it a relatively good buy. This is back-to-order (that popularity thing again), so you’ll have to be patient.
The Moment MTW Backpack is one of our top backpack recommendations in our roundup of the best camera bags. The main compartment keeps your gear accessible, while the front zippered pouch lets you easily stash things like extra batteries and SD cards. The optional MTW camera insert for $50 ($20 off) can be securely attached and removed entirely to make the bag even more versatile. Please note that this offer varies in colour; they are all on sale, but only the olive is this cheap.
Moment’s Rugged Sling is designed for street photographers who stalk the city all day. Inside, it has a modular organization system, and its weatherproof fabric is made from recycled sails (technically recycled polyester fibers and foils, made by Northsail). The best part is the ingenious magnetic clip system, which works very well. This deal applies to the 10 liter version in Olive; The 6-liter is also on sale for $80 ($40 off). Not sure what size you should get? We have suggestions.
Moment makes a ton of great camera bags, straps, and organizers for when you’re out and about, but what about when you shove your gear in the closet? For my money, this is the best way to stay organized at home. I have three of these and my lenses, drone and accessories are easily accessible and safely padded when not in use. And yes, you can take these with you when you go, although I don’t use them that way.
Offers for home and office
The latest Echo Dot comes equipped with a new full-range custom driver for improved sound and a sensor that triggers Alexa to perform a task based on the room temperature (like turning on your smart fan when the room gets too warm). While it will likely be even cheaper for Prime Day this summer, this is still a good deal. A children’s version is also on sale for $50 ($10 off).
We featured this deal last week, but it’s too good not to mention again. Fully bamboo standing desks are our favorite way to decorate our home office. There are a wide variety of sizes and configurations to choose from, and almost everything is 30 percent off right now. The final price depends on how you customize your table. Many of them are also for sale on Amazon.
Do you know what everyone always needs? More disk space. This portable SSD is our top pick for portable external storage. It offers 2 terabytes of space and fast access via USB-C. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on this ride.
This deal has been coming and going for a few weeks now, but it’s a good price for a SteelSeries keyboard of this caliber. It can be programmed with custom profiles, which means you have a calm daytime look for work, and then another profile for gaming with lighting effects at night.
If the above keyboard is too much for you, we also like this simple and inexpensive mini Bluetooth keyboard. It doesn’t have a numeric keypad and requires two AAA batteries, but the plus is that it comes in pink.
Need a phone case? charger? Charging cable? AirPods case? Nomad has more and more on sale right now at the Nomad Outlet. A whole range of mobile accessories are discounted, such as up to 20 percent off iPhone 14 and AirPods Pro cases. We generally like most Nomad gear.
We wrote about this last week, but it lasts until April 1st. Who doesn’t need a good umbrella? The rainy season is here, and a few of our favorite umbrellas from Weatherman are still on sale, as well as a few other great umbrellas from different brands.
Our favorite coffee subscription service offers up to four bags of free coffee beans when you buy a starter pack (for a limited time). The catch is that you have to buy a few bags of his starter packs, and the more you buy, the more free bags you get. No subscription required.
Monoprice is offering up to 15 percent off their merchandise if you use the code MARCH 15 at the box office, though this sale runs through March 19. The company makes some of our favorite home office gadgets, so it’s worth a look if you need something.