Spring is officially starting next week, but we already have more hours of daylight, which makes us feel sunny and warm. If you can, shake off the winter dust that has accumulated 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 light up your house to bring to life. This weekend we have offers for all these categories and more.
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We recommend the 16-inch MacBook Pro (9/10, WIRED recommended) with an 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 for this configuration, which has the M2 Pro processor with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The slightly more powerful M2 Pro with a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU (and 1 terabyte 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. What’s enticing is the 3,840 x 2,400-pixel resolution, 500-nit IPS display, which is beautifully sharp, bright, and hard to come by at this price point. Then be sure to use the coupon code X1CG9CLEARANCE to get the full deal. Note that the Core i7 configuration, which increases RAM to 16 gigabytes, also retails for $1,808.
We like Dell’s XPS 13 Plus (7/10, WIRED Review). This configuration has 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 screen, which is plenty bright and sharp at this size, but it’s not the 4K model. You can get the 4K screen for $300 more, though, and there’s an option for Ubuntu Linux 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 Gen Intel Core i7 chip, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a nice 2.5K touchscreen display. This is an Evo chip, which prioritizes battery life over raw processing power, but it still has enough power for an average workload and the battery lasts a full workday.
Photo equipment offers
Seattle-based Moment started out making smartphone lenses, but today it’s a fully stocked photo store 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 the Moment 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 special phone case to use them, and don’t forget to add the drop-in lens mount so you can easily attach the lens to the back of your phone.
If you want to go big with your mobile device, this is the lens you’ve been looking for. Why add a lens if your iPhone already has a wide-angle lens? The faster diaphragm. Moment’s wide-angle 18mm lens gives you the chance to use the primary camera on your iPhone, which means better low-light performance. It’s also a significantly wider angle than your phone’s lens. Don’t forget the bag and the drop-in lens mount.
If I had a compatible phone this would be the lens I’d get. This lens works from less than an inch away from your subject, providing a view you can’t get without. If you’re interested in macro photography, this thing is much easier to use and cheaper than a bunch of tubes and dedicated DSLR lenses.
The Fujifilm X100V is our favorite travel camera. It’s compact and relatively light, but it still packs a great viewfinder (optical or digital) and a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, which is larger than other cameras of this size usually offer. This deal isn’t huge, but thanks to the X100V’s popularity on TikTok, prices have skyrocketed, making this a relatively good buy. This is back-ordered (again that popularity thing), 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 essentials close at hand, while the zippered pocket on the front makes it easy to store things like extra batteries and SD cards. The optional $50 MTW camera insert ($20 off) can be securely attached and completely removed to make the bag even more versatile. Note that this deal varies by color; they are all for sale, but only the Olive is this cheap.
Moment’s Rugged Sling is intended for street photographers who roam the city all day long. It has a modular organization system inside and the weatherproof fabric is made from recycled sails (technically it’s recycled polyester fiber and film, made by Northsail). The best part is the ingenious magnetic clip system, which works really well. This deal is on the 10-litre version in Olive; the 6-liter also retails for $80 ($40 off). Not sure what size to get? We have suggestions.
Moment makes a ton of great camera bags, slings, and organizers for when you’re on the go, but what about when you’re shoving your stuff in the closet? For my money, this is the best way to stay organized at home. I have three of these, and they keep my lenses, drone, and accessories close at hand and safely padded when I’m not using them. And yes, you can take these with you when you go, although I don’t use them that way.
Offers for home and home office
The latest Echo Dot features a new custom full-range driver for improved sound and a sensor that triggers Alexa to perform a task based on room temperature (such as turning on your smart fan if the room gets too hot ). While it’s likely to be even cheaper for Prime Day this summer, it’s still a great deal. The kids version also retails for $50 ($10 off).
We presented this deal last week, but it’s too good not to mention again. Fully’s bamboo standing desks are our favorite way to set up our home office. There’s a wide variety of sizes and configurations to choose from, and right now almost everything is 30 percent off. The final price depends on how you customize your desk. Many of these are also for sale on Amazon.
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 for this drive.
This deal has come and gone 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, meaning you can have a calm look for work during the day and then a different profile for gaming with lighting effects at night.
If the above keyboard is too much for you, we also really like this simple and cheap mini Bluetooth keyboard. It doesn’t have a numeric keypad and requires two AAA batteries, but on the bright side it’s pink.
Need a phone case? Charger? Charging cable? AirPods case? Nomad has them all and more on sale now at the Nomad Outlet. A slew of mobile accessories are marked down, including up to 20 percent off iPhone 14 and AirPods Pro cases. We generally like most of the Nomad gear.
We discussed this last week, but it runs until April 1. Who doesn’t need a good umbrella? The rainy season is here and some of our favorite Weatherman umbrellas are still for sale, along with a few other great umbrellas from a variety of brands.
Our favorite coffee subscription service is offering up to four bags of free coffee beans with the purchase of a starter pack (for a limited time). The catch is that you have to buy a few bags from the Starter Packs, and the more you buy, the more free bags you get. No subscription is required.
Monoprice is offering up to 15 percent off its goods if you use the code MAR. 15 at checkout, though this sale runs through March 19. The company makes some of our favorite home office equipment, so it’s worth taking a look to see if there’s anything you need.