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It’s only Tuesday, but Walmart is acting like it’s Black Friday: The store just unveiled some of its biggest and best deals on tech and other products.
I’ve got good news and bad news. The good is that many of these prices are the lowest you’ll find anywhere right now; even Amazon hasn’t price-matched most of them. The bad is that there’s only so much inventory to go around; the best deals are likely to sell out quickly.
Below I’ve rounded up what I consider to be the top tech deals at Walmart right now, and at this writing they’re all in stock. That could change in a heartbeat, though, so if you spot something you want, grab it before it’s gone!
(Pro tip: Want to score free shipping? Make sure you’re signed up for Walmart+. Not yet a member? No problem: You can sign up for a free 15-day Walmart+ trial here, and a quick three-question survey will add two more weeks for a solid 30 days of use. Those without Walmart+ still get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)
The Spin 311 is an 11.6-inch convertible, meaning it has a touchscreen on a 360-degree hinge. So in addition to operating like a traditional laptop, it can spin (see what Acer did there?) to become a full-fledged tablet.
In fact, Google’s Chrome operating system offers not only school-friendly tools like Google Docs and Classroom, but also compatibility with millions of Android apps. This is a decidedly capable little machine, especially for the price (which is $5 below the previous best).
I’ll make it quick: AirPods Pro for $159. That’s $90 off the list price and the largest discount in the product’s history. Consequently, this deal won’t last long.
If you miss it, or think $159 is still too much to pay for earbuds, I feel you: Here’s a roundup of great AirPods alternatives priced $100 and less.
Some folks don’t like sticking things in their ears. If you’re looking for a more traditional listening experience, consider the Beats Solo Pro, which is an “on-ear” headphone. That means the cups don’t fully cover your ears, but rather rest gently on them.
Apple-owned Beats has crafted a winning product in the Solo Pro, which offers active noise-canceling (ANC) and up to 22 hours of battery life — or up to 40 if you don’t use ANC. They fold up for easier transport/storage when not in use and automatically power on when unfolded.
Available in three colors, these originally sold for $300; until now, $149 was about the lowest price on record. At $99 they’re an outright steal.
It’s not too early to start on your New Year’s fitness resolution, and a fitness band can really help you achieve your goals. Especially this one: It features GPS, a heart-rate monitor, sleep-tracking and a battery that’s good for up to seven days. Over at Amazon, where it’s currently selling for $145, it has a 4.5-star average rating from over 66,000 (!) buyers.
Walmart’s deal blows away the previous best, which was $99. So here’s a question for the ages: Does a fitness band make a good gift? Or is that like telling someone, “Hey, you could stand to lose some weight”? Discuss.
Nintendo’s insanely popular game system is always hard to find around the holidays, and it normally sells for $299 all by itself. Here you’re getting it bundled with the popular Mario Kart 8, which normally sells for $50 all by itself. I call that a double-win.
The Switch is notable for being a handheld game system that can also dock with your TV to become a more traditional console. This version comes with the blue and red controllers; the bundled game is delivered via download.
The Roku Streambar kills two birds with one stone — or, as my enlightened friends like to say, feeds two birds with one scone. First, it’s a sound bar, something every TV owner absolutely positively needs (because built-in TV speakers all point down or back, exactly where your ears aren’t).
Second, it’s a Roku streamer, able to sling everything from Netflix to HBO to YouTube. That’s great if you’re upgrading a “dumb” TV or seeking an alternative to your existing streaming setup. (Example: Perhaps you don’t like the user interface afforded by your LG TV.)
The Streambar is a top-rated product, featuring 4K streaming and a voice-powered remote, and this is the lowest price on record.
Remember what I said above? About everyone needing a sound bar? Absolutely true, but not everyone needs Roku streaming baked into it. If you’d rather have bigger, more robust sound, and don’t mind spending another $19, Samsung’s rig is definitely worth a look.
Not only is the bar itself physically larger than Roku’s, it comes with a wireless subwoofer. Anyone into action movies, live concerts or anything else that benefits from bass will appreciate the extra oomph a subwoofer affords.
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