If you’re a fan of racing games, Thrustmaster’s T248 steering wheel and pedal setup is a fun way to make the experience even more immersive. Designed for both PlayStation consoles and PC, it’s a great all-in-one package that can help beginners get started with a racing setup, one that requires little preparation. It’s an even better buy today, as it’s currently on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo for $299.99 instead of $399.99, a new low.
Thrustmaster’s T248 is an excellent steering wheel with force feedback, meaning it offers a high level of resistance and mimics the effects of the track on your car in great detail. As a bonus, the wheel also comes with a handy LCD screen, which can show you speed, position and other useful information depending on the game. Keep in mind, though, that while the wheel can be easily attached to desks and coffee tables, many aren’t at the ideal height or placement for comfortable play, so we had to spend some time adjusting. Once we did, however, we found that the excellent racing wheel made it easier to understand what was going on in the game and navigate our car more nimbly. Read our review†
It may not include Apple’s faster M1 Pro chip or the port wealth of the latest MacBook Pro models, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip is still an excellent laptop that’s even cheaper today. Normally $1,499, you can buy the model with 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM now in silver from Amazon for $1249.99, a price that will be reflected in your cart at checkout. That’s a new low for this configuration.
In our review of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, we noticed how much we liked that the built-in fan allows for better, sustained performance than what the M1-powered MacBook Air offers. We also liked the brighter screen, longer battery life, and the fact that it features better microphones and louder speakers than the Air. Note, however, that we were once again disappointed by Apple’s 720p webcam, which, despite some image processing updates that make faces look brighter, actually makes the overall effect worse. Plus, we didn’t like that the 13-inch model still comes with a Touch Bar instead of a standard function row on the keyboard — something Apple has ditched on both the 14- and 16-inch models.
But if you’re looking for a great laptop with comparable performance to the MacBook Air, but with a few extra bells and whistles, including a fan for sustained performance, this is a good deal to consider.
If the 13-inch MacBook Pro is too expensive and you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly, the 13-inch Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook is one of our favorite laptops and is currently on sale at Costco. We consider it the best Chromebook for mid-range buyers, one that impressed us with how premium it felt in some ways. The backlit keyboard is one of the better ones we’ve used on a Chromebook, and we liked that the device offers a relatively good port selection for its price, with a microSD reader and a USB-C port on each side. While the battery life was disappointing, it’s still a good Chromebook; we gave a 7/10 in our review. It’s certainly not as powerful as the aforementioned MacBook Pro and other premium laptops, but it’s still more than capable when it comes to browsing and performing other basic tasks.
Right now, Costco members can currently buy the Flex 5 with an 11th-generation Intel i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage for $299.99, a $200 discount. You can still get the deal if you’re not a Costco member, but keep in mind that you’ll have to pay a 5 percent surcharge, which equates to an additional $25.
With Mother’s Day and graduations steadily approaching, you may be looking for some great gift ideas. Whether your mom is a bibliophile or your giftee is about to head off to college, the latest Kindle makes for a great gift, one that currently retails for just $5 shy of its lowest price yet. While we weren’t fans of the low-res display and lack of waterproofing, the 2019 e-reader comes with a built-in front light, support for Bluetooth headphones, and a higher contrast than its predecessor. If you can settle for the downsides (including micro USB charging), Best Buy and Amazon are selling the ad-supported base Kindle with 8GB of storage for $54.99 instead of $89.99. Read our review†
Additionally, Amazon and Best Buy are selling the ad-free, kid-centric version of the Kindle, which comes with a kid-friendly cover and parental controls, for $64.99 ($45 off). The price includes one year of Amazon Kid Plus, which allows your child to read over a thousand titles and consume a wealth of other age-appropriate content for free, as well as an extended two-year warranty. You can also save an extra $20 if you buy two from either store, but you must use the promo code 2PACK at checkout if you buy the e-readers from Amazon.
Razer’s Kishi is a fun gaming accessory that you can clip onto your smartphone to turn it into something like a Nintendo Switch. It’s a handy controller grab if you’re a gamer on the go, especially since it’s compatible with a variety of games available on Android and on cloud gaming services like Amazon Luna, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and Google Stadia.
Right now, both the iPhone and Android compatible models — which are expandable for most phones — are on sale at nearly their best prices yet. The Razer Kishi for Android, the model we initially reviewed, is currently on sale on Amazon for $44.99 instead of $89.99, which is just $5 below its lowest price yet. Apple users, meanwhile, can buy the Razer Kishi for the iPhone for $72.99 instead of $99.99, which is the best price we’ve seen on this model so far this year. Read our Razer Kishi review†
Other great deals that deserve your attention today
- Coway’s Airmega 200M is a small HEPA air purifier capable of filtering out pollutants such as bacteria and viruses within a radius of 361 square meters. Right now it’s on sale for $149.99 at Walmart, a $79 discount and one of the lowest prices yet.
- If you’re looking for a color-changing smart bulb, Amazon currently sells the new Philips Hue White and Color A19 bulbs for $38.73 when you clip the coupon on the page. That’s a new low for the $49.99 Bluetooth-equipped smart bulb, which offers 1,100 lumens of brightness and works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.