The Apple Watch SE and Beats Fit Pro have dropped to their all-time lows
Apple’s second-generation wearable supports most watchOS 9 features — including medication reminders and Apple’s helpful low-power mode — as well as newer Apple Watch features like Collision Detection, Apple Pay, and heart rate monitoring. What you don’t get is an always-on display and some of the more advanced sensors to be found on the Apple Watch Series 8, though if you can live without an SpO2 sensor and things like cycle tracking, you can opt for the 2022 Apple Watch SE for more than $100 less than the starting price of Apple’s newest flagship.
Voice assistants may no longer attract the kind of interest that currently surrounds AI-based chatbots, but there’s something to be said for a device that lets you turn on a light with just your voice. Luckily, if you’re looking to get into the smart home game or add a second smart speaker to your home, Amazon’s latest Echo Dot is on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target right now for just $34.99 dollars ($15 off). You can also get the LED-equipped model, which lets you check the time and a variety of other information at a glance, for just $5 more at the same retailers (Amazon / Best Buy / Target).
Amazon’s fifth-generation Spherical Dot is arguably the best budget speaker you can buy. It offers more sensors and faster response times than the previous model, and can even easily act as a Wi-Fi extender if you’re on an Eero network. Plus, thanks to a larger 1.73-inch driver, it’s able to pump out a surprising amount of sound for its size, which is a real boon for a speaker that currently costs less than a trip for two to cinema.
Unlike the AirPods, there is a dedicated Android app for the Beats Fit Pro that allows you to adjust various settings. Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge
Surprisingly, spring is often the time when many of us make some of those cheeky New Year’s resolutions that we put off when winter began in earnest (surprise, surprise). Thankfully, if you’re someone who enjoys running or fitness in general, Apple’s sporty Beats Fit Pro is on sale at Woot for $144.95 (about $55 off) and is a good motivator.
Unlike the second-generation AirPods Pro, the Beats Fit Pro is actually tailored for runners, high schoolers, or anyone looking for a pair of wireless headphones that will stay in their ears even during the toughest workouts. The excellent noise-canceling headphones have a new wingtip design that makes them more secure than previous Beats models, and they have both IPX4 water resistance and a natural-sounding transparency mode that lets you keep better your surroundings—which, frankly, is a godsend when you’re trying to avoid an 80-pound dumbbell or a runaway dog in the park.
The Nintendo Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch are great; however, if you have large hands, they can feel quite tight. Enter the Hori Split Pad Pro plug-in set, which is down to just $59.99 ($20 off) at Amazon and Best Buy today.
The handy kit pairs Hori’s Split Pad Pro with a wired USB attachment, allowing you to use a pair of wired headphones and use the Joy-Con-like controllers while the Nintendo Switch is connected. The controller itself nicely mimics Nintendo’s Switch Pro controller, allowing it to function as a comfortable, regular-sized gamepad with responsive buttons and customizable paddles on the back. They lack things like rumble and NFC to use Amiibo, but they remain a comfortable Joy-Con alternative that, thanks to Hori’s latest connection, can be used in any way you see fit.