Thursday’s Best Deals: 48-Pack Batteries, M1 MacBooks and Mac Mini, JACHS NY Pants, Cold-Press Juicer, Exfoliating Foot Peel, Dark Souls Board Game, and More

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We’ve all been there: Your controller is constantly reminding you to change the batteries, your remote stops working, or your kid needs juice for some toy. Why not think ahead now and resolve that issue by investing in some bulk batteries?

Big packs of standard, disposable batteries are handy just in case you need ‘em in a pinch. You don’t want to find out in the middle of a power outage that your flashlight is out of batteries, right? Grab a 48-pack of Nanfu AA Batteries for just $13 when you use promo code KINJANANFU at Amazon.

You can also get a 48-pack of AAA batteries, also Nanfu alkaline type, for just $12 when you enter the same code at checkout. The same code will also snag you a 20-pack of AAA batteries for $8 or a 4-pack of 9V batteries for $8.


Recent iPhones beat their Android counterparts on processing power by a clear margin thanks to Apple’s own chips, and now the company is bringing the same kind of mentality to Macs with its new in-house M1 processors.

The first MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Minis with M1 chips launched late last year and were lauded for their immense processing gains, surprising power savings and battery life boost, and limited issues running yet-to-be-updated software designed for Intel-powered Macs. Gizmodo reviewer Caitlin McGarry called the M1 Air “the best overall laptop I’ve ever used.”

And now you can get your own, thanks to a sale on versions of all three Macs at Amazon. The compact desktop Mac Mini is $40 off the base 256GB configuration ($659) or $50 off the 512GB edition ($849). The base model is currently not set to ship until April, as of this writing, but that could change.

Meanwhile, the Gold 256GB M1 MacBook Air is just $9 off at $990, but you’ll see larger savings with $59 off the Space Gray 512GB MacBook Air at $1,190.

Last but not least, the Space Gray 256GB MacBook Pro is $80 off at $1,219 and the Silver 512GB edition is $100 off at $1,399.


Have you ever looked at your computer monitor and thought “I need this to be at least twice as large?” First of all, I fear what you are looking at that demands such high detail, but I respect it none the less. Here’s a pretty wild monitor deal if this is a relatable scenario: BuyDig is selling a whopping 43″ LG monitor for $647. That is bigger than my TV. The main draw here is its 4K, HDR 10 display, which will just show you everything you need to see. It’s also specifically built for multitasking with its customizable split screen settings, so it’s actually not a bad idea for folks who are working from home and need a lot of information in front of them at a time. It’s comically large, but not impractical.


Are you the friend constantly asking if anyone has a charger? Or pre-pandemic, were you asking bartenders if you could plug your phone in somewhere? The second option is probably not on the table now, so what better way to solve the problem than by grabbing this Aukey Wireless Power Bank.

The 10,000mAh capacity version is just $28 when you clip the coupon on the page, or you can double up to a meaty 20,000mAh for $36 when you clip the coupon and input promo code HEA8GOI6 at checkout.

I’ve had Aukey products before and really like them. I personally like to have a portable charger with me at all times. I’m not too fond of seeing the battery level go to red, not knowing where or when I can charge it next. This power bank shines with its foldable stand, which allows for hands-free phone viewing while it charges, which it can do cable-free thanks to the built-in Qi wireless functionality. But you can also plug in devices via the USB-A and USB-C ports.

This will ship for free for Prime members.


If you didn’t already grab a ring light to improve your selfies, upgrade your TikToks, or even help with better lighting for makeup, now is the time. You can save 68% on this Vivitar 12″ Selfie Ring Light Kit today.

In this kit, you get the 12″ LED ring light, a sixty-three-inch adjustable tripod, two phone clips, a remote control, and a selfie shutter release remote. It also has a built-in USB port for charging your phone while you use the light. With three lighting modes, color temperature levels between 2700K-6500K, and 10 brightness levels, you can find just the right setting for your content.

The phone clamp supports both vertically and horizontally shooting. It also works with a variety of smartphones. The light also works with most devices that support a USB port. The wireless controller lets you switch on the fill light directly and change modes and light levels. This is a really nice deal and a great starter set for anyone wanting to give their creative endeavors a boost. Remember, the #1 TikTok tip is well-lit videos do better all around.

If you’ve read a few of our pieces on SideDeal before and you like what you’ve seen, they offer a $5 monthly fee to get free shipping on all of your orders, no matter how many. Otherwise, it’s a flat rate of $8.


If you’re spending a lot of time on the road these days, whether it’s a commute or simply an escape from the (necessary, but punishing) tedium of being stuck at home during the pandemic, then it might be handy to bring a car charger along for the ride.

Aukey’s compact 30W car charger plugs right into your lighter port, adding a pair of USB-C ports to deliver power to smartphones, tablets, and even some laptops. It’ll work just fine with iPhones and Android phones alike, which is great for keeping your phone charged while putting it to work for turn-by-turn directions, music, and more.

It’s marked down to just under $12 right now at Amazon when you clip the coupon and use the Kinja Deals exclusive promo code XKOX3X38 at checkout.


Are you the friend constantly asking if anyone has a charger? Or pre-pandemic, were you asking bartenders if you could plug your phone in somewhere? The second option is probably not on the table now, so what better way to solve the problem than by grabbing these two Power Banks for $18.

I’ve had Mophie products before and really like them. This two-pack is of great value, so whether it’s you who needs these or a friend, no one should be without power again. I personally like to have one at all times, so having two means I can swap out each day. Have one charging while the other is out and about with me. These have the option to be wireless, so no worries if you left your chord at home. You can still charge up with a lightning cable via the USB-C port. You’ll get up to forty-eight hours of extra power while you’re on the go. You can juice up a phone and/or a tablet or wireless headphones simultaneously if need be. This pack comes with two guide books, so the recipient won’t be without a manual if you are gifting one.

If you’ve read a few of our pieces on SideDeal before and you like what you’ve seen, they offer a $5 monthly fee to get free shipping on all of your orders, no matter how many. Otherwise, it’s a flat rate of $8.


ExpressVPN is one of the best-reviewed virtual private network (VPN) services around, called out as the top service by publications such as CNET, TechRadar, and Tom’s Guide. Whether you want a VPN for anonymizing your internet connection to evade potential snoopers, or want the ability to get around regional restrictions imposed by websites and content services, ExpressVPN is one of your best options.

Right now, you can snag a full year of ExpressVPN service for $100, which is 35% off the usual month-to-month price. ExpressVPN has more than 3,000 servers around the world to route your connection through, including servers in 160 locations across 94 different countries. You can use up to five simultaneous devices via ExpressVPN, too, and they keep no activity or connection logs. There’s a 30-day money back guarantee, too, in case it doesn’t meet your needs.


Charge your phone and your MacBook too. This 65W PD block from RAVPower is half the size of Apple’s boxy MacBook Pro adapter and for a fraction of the price. At $30 with our exclusive promo code KJ99FHNOW5 and the on-site coupon, you can’t beat this two-port USB-C plug.

Plus, the price difference is substantial. A 61W charger from Apple is $69, a difference of 57%. Save your $39 for the apocalypse, not an inferior power supply. And hook your phone up to a source that’s both portable and powerful, with this special limited time offer. It’ll also work with other phones, tablets, and laptops, not to mention the Nintendo Switch.


Bring home the convenience of wireless charging at a bargain price thanks to this discounted two-pack of Yootech wireless charging stands. They’ll charge any Qi-compatible phones, including recent iPhones and top Androids from Samsung, Google, and more at a max speed of 10W. Better yet, they’ll do it while keeping your phone screen upright and visible, which is ideal when charging while working at your desk.

Yootech’s chargers are very well-reviewed on Amazon, with a 4.6-star rating from 16,900+ customer appraisals, and right now you can snag a two-pack of these wireless charging stands for just $22 when you clip the coupon on the page. They come with the USB A-to-C cables, but not the power bricks—but you may already have some of those kicking around.


True wireless earbuds aren’t a necessity, but their convenience can’t be disputed. If you’re eyeing a good pair of buds, but need something that’s more Android-friendly than Apple’s AirPods or more affordable than Jabra’s Elite 85t, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ are down to $110 on Amazon right now.

These noise-cancelling headphones feature up to 25 hours of battery life, support for Google Assistant, Siri, and Amazon Alexa, and customizable fit. In her review of the Galaxy Buds+ last February, Gizmodo’s Caitlin McGarry commended the earbuds for their solid sound quality, long battery life, and price point. It’s worth noting, though, that the model on sale does not include the wireless charging case.


 

Google’s Chromebook laptops are a sensation: they’re super affordable while still highly functional, and it’s possible to get a convertible 2-in-1 device at a surprisingly low price. Here’s a prime example: right now, Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V2 is just $350 at Amazon, a savings of $150 off the list price.

This Chrome OS-powered notebook has a Full HD 12.2” touch display and folds inside-out to take on a tablet-like form. On top of that, there’s a built-in stylus pen that you can pop out and use for sketching, taking notes, and more. This is a super-handy entry-level laptop with perks, and can be great for personal use or even the kids’ e-learning needs. Grab this bargain while it lasts!

With Borderlands Legendary Collection, XCOM 2, BioShock: The Collection, and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition now on Switch, you’re going to need a bigger SD card. But oftentimes more storage means more money—more money most of us don’t have in the midst of a global pandemic. At the very least, SanDisk’s officially Nintendo-licensed 128GB microSD card is only $25 over on Amazon.

If you don’t give a shit about Mario, first off how dare you, and second, SanDisk’s higher capacity 256GB microSD card features the same read and write speeds for $8 more, albeit without the cute lil Super Mushroom doodle on the front. If that’s a sacrifice you’re willing to make for double the storage, here ya go bud.


So, you know how friends are always like “oh my god, we should play Dungeons & Dragons,” only to realize that none of their buds know how to DM a game? You end up with this big stand off with no one wanting to learn how to do it, but everyone wanting to play regardless. If that scenario sounds familiar, it might be time to pick up this D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide for $25. This book is part of the holy trinity of D&D handbooks and will tell you everything you need to know about running a game. I won’t reveal the secrets contained within … because I have no idea how to DM and should probably pick this up myself. Or I should make my friends do it. Yeah, let’s go with that one.


I love innovation, especially when it comes to video game consoles. We’re used to buying a box, plopping it down in our home, and having that be that. But I’m all about the add-ons that find clever ways to augment your system in useful ways. This Nintendo Switch charging stand, which is just $18 at Walmart, is exactly what I love to see. This simple little peripheral let’s you play your Switch in tabletop mode while charging it. Considering the the Switch’s battery life is pretty paltry, this is a fantastic little invention for players who prefer to use their Switch in handheld mode. The stand is adjustable too, so you can lean your Switch back at the angle of your choice. Even if you don’t want to use the charging component, it’s a great stand that makes the system’s built-in kickstand look like a punk.


This is the Dark Souls of board games. No, but seriously, it’s literally Dark Souls: The Board Game. This isn’t some cheeky cliché about a hard game. It’s a board game adaptation of Dark Souls and it’s $71. I am being real with you right now. This is an action-exploration game that you can either play solo or with up to four players. You’ll do all the things you’re used to doing in Dark Souls, like traversing dark halls, finding loot, and fighting monsters. The game uses a combination of tiles, cards, and miniatures to creatively bring the game’s exploration to your table. And yes, in case you’re wondering, it is hard as hell. It truly is the Dark Souls of board games, because it is Dark Souls: The Board Game.


Another month is upon us, because February is frankly rude. March is coming, which means that Spring will be here. We’re still not going anywhere though, so it’s time to play more video games whether you want to or not. Luckily, Prime Gaming is here to help. This month, Amazon’s gaming service is offering a whole batch of goodies, including free games and bonus drops in titles like Apex Legends, Star Wars: Squadrons, Smite, and much more. Subscribers can also grab an MVP bundle in Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout right now that includes a new skin and three crowns.

Of course, the main attraction is always free games. Players can get five free games starting on March 1, headlined by the indie Metroidvania and cult hit Blasphemous. In addition to that highlight, players can add SkyDrift, Tengami, Boomerang Fu, and Bomber Crew Deluxe to their library. March is also your last chance to get over 20 classic SNK games including The King of Fighters 2000 and Metal Slug 2. If you haven’t claimed those yet, get on it.

There’s tons more drops where that came from, so those who are curious can grab a grab a 30-day Prime trial today and see what all the fuss is about. At the very least, it’s worth checking out so you can grab a whole bunch of free games at once while you test out the free trial.


Deep breaths, deep breaths. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is down to $26 on Xbox and $38 on PS4 at Amazon, which is a very low price considering it came out in November. When I bought the game, it was still full price, and the drops only started a few days after that. Isn’t that funny? I figured, “There’s no way it’ll get discounted this early.” And then it went down to $50! Great, I love that for everyone that is not me! Lo and behold, I’ve woken up today and here we are at $26. Extremely cool and I’m happy for everyone who had the foresight to wait a few months. Anyway, Like a Dragon is the latest in the Yakuza series, which just seems to get increasingly weirder as time goes on. The biggest change this time around is a pivot to turn-combat, a departure for the series. You can also do a bunch of wacky and mundane side-missions like can collecting and go karting and that’s really the selling point here, frankly.


Cloud gaming doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon. Google Stadia just celebrated its one-year anniversary by making Destiny 2 free to play (though it also just dismantled its original game development team), Amazon recently threw its hat in the ring with Luna, and Microsoft’s own cloud service is coming to iOS next year. Whether or not cloud gaming is the future of gaming, it’s certainly going to become more available in 2021. If you’re looking to dip your toe in, you’re going to want a proper controller setup. Razer currently has the best solution out there with the Kishi, a gamepad attachment that essentially turns your phone into a handheld system. You can currently grab a Kishi for $58 at Amazon and try for yourself. This version is compatible with Android devices, and is designed with Microsoft’s cloud gaming service in mind. and features a Type-C port and button layout that mirrors the Xbox controller’s.


I’ll be honest: I don’t know much about Shenmue. All I know if that it’s kind of cheesy. I’m not even sure if the love for it is ironic or not. The one thing I do know is that it has a scene about looking for sailors and it’s iconic. So, maybe 2021 is the year to play Shenmue? I mean, not a lot else going on, I guess, right? Why not play all three Shenmue games? If you’re looking to join me on this arbitrary journey I just decided on in this 7:30 a.m. haze, Shenmue III is on sale for $10 on Best Buy right now. It includes a steelbook case for the game, so you can just become a Shenmue super fan right out the gate. I just hope there are sailors in the game. I would be sad if he never found the sailors.


If you’re a big fan of catching ‘em all, then here’s a more affordable way to complete your collection on Switch. Right now, a few Pokémon games are marked down $15 apiece.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, a Switch remake of a Game Boy Advance dungeon-crawling spinoff, is $45 at Best Buy or Amazon, while Pokémon-meets-Tekken fighting game mash-up Pokkén Tournament DX is likewise $45 at either Amazon or Best Buy. Meanwhile, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, both remakes of the original Pokémon handheld game, are each $45 at Best Buy.

If you’re still holding true to eating better in 2021, that’s marvelous. You’re doing amazing, sweetie. Suppose you aren’t but want to try again, no worries. This Dash Compact Cold-Press Juicer is 25% off and here to make you healthier and happier. Dash makes quality, cute, and compact appliances you won’t be let down by.

Are you someone who hates pulp? Well, this cold-press power juicer is for you. It fully separates the juice from pulp to get all the tasty nutrients and none of the stringy remnants. There is also something satisfying about making your own juice, and this cold-press couldn’t make it easier. Just pick the fresh fruit you love, pop it in, and get a wonderful beverage will of vitamins and minerals. It can’t get much fresher than that. You can even make cashew and almond milk if you’re on the vegetarian/vegan side of things. This is accompanied by a recipe guide to help you mix it up. There’s also a cleaning brush and two measuring cups. You can put the cups in the dishwasher but best to use the brush to scrub out the actual juicer. This compact size means it won’t hog counter real estate, and this deal is only for the teal color.


Real ones know the utter boost of energy you’ll get with just one cup of Café Bustelo. Especially my fellow Latinos who have been drinking coffee since we were toddlers. If you’ve moved on from making pots of coffee, you’re in luck because a 48-count of Café Bustelo K-Cup Pods are only $20 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. At this price, the box would be about 33% off its original list price. Maybe if you drink a cup it’ll bring back memories, who knows?


There’s a good chance that your house’s floors have seen a bit more gunk after nearly a year of quarantine. It’s an unfortunate side effect of spending more time walking all over the place, but it’s not entirely hopeless. With the right broom or vacuum, you can get your floors looking spiffy again in no time. They’re not the cheapest option, but robovacs will provide the most low-effort experience if you’re not too keen on spending your Saturdays gathering all the crumbs, or you have other priorities.

Right now, eufy’s BoostIQ RoboVac 30C is down to $180 at Amazon when you clip the coupon and use code eufyHome1 at checkout. It can connect to Alexa or Google Assistant, and its battery should last up to 100 minutes according to eufy. This is $70 off the usual price we’ve seen lately and $120 off the list price.


If your New Year’s resolution was to maintain a cleaner home, there’s still time to get on track. Start with purchasing a robot vacuum, specifically the iRobot Roomba i6+ while it’s on sale for a 31% discount in Amazon’s limited-time Gold Box sale. While it didn’t make the cut in our roundup of the best robot vacuums of 2021, its budget-friendly sibling—the Roomba i3+—did, and was featured in Gizmodo’s Coolest Gadgets of 2020 end-of-year buyer’s guide.

Unlike the i3+, the i6+ brings the same smart mapping functionality boasted by its higher-end counterparts, allowing the device to learn the layout of your home and schedule cleanings accordingly by room. This is the most affordable Roomba option for anyone buying a robot vacuum for its technological autonomy. It also features automatic dust disposal, dumping its findings into a bin connected to the charging station so you don’t have to empty it as often.

Because it’s compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa, you can command the iRobot Roomba i6+ with your voice to tell it things like “vacuum immediately, minion!” to which it will respond by begrudgingly following orders and eliminating all the cat and dog hair from your house or apartment floors using a high-efficiency filter. In fact, you can add Amazon’s new Echo Dot smart speaker to your purchase for just $10 more right now. Double bargain!

It’s also compatible with the Braava Jet M6 which, when paired, mops your floors after the Roomba goes over it with a quick sweep. Never subject yourself to cleaning floors again, and instead focus on all the other horrors of life, or just sit down and play a darn video game because you deserve a break every now and then.


Looking to keep a watchful eye on your house? Amazon currently has an excellent deal on Eufy’s 2K indoor security camera, which is just $30 after applying a coupon. You’re getting a lot of features for that low price. This camera uses AI that will automatically notify you when there’s excessive noise happening in your house. It’ll also start recording as soon as movement happens and send you a notification. There’s two-way audio built into it, so you can talk to whoever is on the other end of the camera. That means that it’s not just good for general security, but for childcare as well. That’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what this camera can do. Add in night vision, customization options, pet detection and more and you’ve got a robust security solution that’ll keep your home safe.


As much of the US is blanketed in snow, warmer weather may seem years away. A quintessential part of sunny temperate skies is the summer cookout. If you just can’t wait, bring the experience indoors with Power XL’s Smokeless Grill, now 33% off.

Don’t worry about lugging around propane or chiseling burnt bits any longer. This smokeless grill has a non-stick surface for all your favorites to make mouthwatering with little to no mess. They even designed this grill with the classic cross-hatch “X” marks so each delicious item looks fresh from an authentic barbeque. This also helps distribute the heat evenly and ensures thorough cooking each use. This countertop grill was also designed to keep smoky air to a minimum, so no fear of making your home smell like Famous Dave’s. Keep all the BBQ flavor for your meats and veggies without overheating it or the room. The LED panel is easy to read and control. The removable plate makes clean up effortless. You can even pop it in the dishwasher. Get high heat within seconds of firing this up and bring that authentic char-grilled taste to every meal. This also comes with a sixty-day warranty.

This will ship for free.


Like a great many other products, Amazon has gotten into the business of making and selling its own dog food called Wag. It’s well-reviewed by customers and nutritional analysis suggests that it’s well balanced for health, with a lean protein as the first ingredient and no major red flags throughout the rest of the list.

If your dog already digs Wag or you’re looking to trial a new dog food, you can save 40% right now on an array of varieties and sizes, as well as Wag’s jerky treats and dental chews. Compare it to what you’re feeding your pup right now: it might be cheaper and/or healthier, and you can do a Subscribe & Save order to have it delivered regularly with an added discount.


It’s the season for your car’s battery to randomly die because of the cold weather. It’s ok, and it’s absolutely normal, but you should be prepared! This HULKMAN 20,000mAh Jump Starter may be your best bet. Formatted with a large digital screen, you’ll be able to tell when your car battery is 100% charged. This charger can power up huge, 10L diesel trucks with 2000 amps. And after one hour of charge in any kind of outlet, you’ll get multiple boosts. I don’t know you guys, it sounds like a dream. Get it before its gone!

If your muscles are just as stressed as you are, grab a TaoTronics massage gun. Down to $76 with a coupon clip and promo code KINJATT003S, you’ll have six gun attachments and 10 speed levels to really get into the deep tissue of your legs, shoulders, and wherever else you’ve got a little tension.

All told, it’s $54 off the list price right now when you clip the coupon and then pop in the code at checkout. It has a 4.9-star rating from 800+ reviews, too, so customers are loving the relief it brings.


This is one of those deals that’s really great but takes a bit of patience and finagling. Until March 6, take $3.50 off qualifying items with the code 939905. So I say this is difficult because so many brands are currently on sale or have pretty good discounts currently running. But after playing around, there are still quite a few items that this code will work with. You have to spend a minimum of $15. If you find something you love, grab it today because there’s free shipping with no minimum required.

A great option is Pixi’s Purifying Trio Kit. It looks like most Pixi products will vibe with the code. This trio is all about keeping your face as glowing as possible. In three easy steps, cleanse, exfoliate, and purify. Have a wintery shimmer and hydrated skin for the rest of the season with travel-friendly sizes of the Glow Mud Cleanser, Glow Tonic, and T-Zone Peel-Off Mask.

2020 part deux stress is rolling on and calling for a moment of self-care; a bath bomb can certainly help you take a pause. I’ve had a few of these from da Bomb, and this one is hands down my favorite. It fizzes like fluffy pink cotton candy, smells awesome, and leaves your skin silky smooth. Oh, and you get a prize once it fully dissolves. There are thirty-two bombs to pick from, so definitely something for everyone, even kids.

Animal Crossing’s makeup from ColourPop just landed recently at Ulta. There are still a few things left, like the 5 Star Island palette. This my favorite of the bunch and is my go-to from the original launch. It’s a 4-pan palette with rich hues of pink. You can actually use the semi-metallic yellow as a base and then blend a very vibrant peachy pink matte. You also get a uber sparkly and lush glitter pink and a hot pink matte sparkle too. There are a lot of girly and bold looks to be had here. Kind of an 80s aesthetic.


JACHS is really one of those companies that wants everyone to look good. Each sale it runs exemplifies that. Right now, they are giving you up to 85% off all of their pants with no code needed. Most of the slacks are $39, which is about 61% off. But there are few rogue pairs of Twill pants for only $19. This sale includes their Chinos, Travelers, Canvas, Joggers, and Tech pants. There are sixty-two options currently available in various colors and fits, so you’re sure to find the pair that vibes with your style. Keep your resolution of elevating your fashion in 2021 and save lots of money while doing so.

Free standard shipping on all domestic orders over $100.


For those who haven’t seen the inside of a nail salon since last year, I have a solution for you—Baby Foot Exfoliating Foot Peel. Only $20 at Ulta, it’s about $5 off its original list price of $25. I know it seems like a nothing discount, but this beauty product rarely goes on sale, so if you want to save yourself a Lincoln, now is the best time to do so. I tested this product back in November and published a full-length review. Here’s a tiny excerpt:

I decided on Baby Foot. It’s a Japanese beauty product designed to slowly peel dead skin from your feet over the span of five to eight days. Sure, I’ve seen the videos of people’s experiences, but I honestly thought it wouldn’t be that dramatic, and right after, they would go back to being ashy as hell.

When you first open the package you’ll get two plastic booties filled with serum—specifically a blend of fruit acid extracts that include camomile, lemon, and grapefruit. The goal is to let these ingredients naturally break through barriers of dry, dead skin and exfoliate, which will, in time, peel layers upon layers to reveal soft-ass feet!

Grab it before it goes up in price!


Valentine’s Day has come and gone. If you aren’t betrothed, we feel ya. 2020 was a rough year for romance. Our pals at Ella Paradis want you to remain strong and love yourself. So stop messaging that baddie from your past. Better Love’s Don’t Text Your Ex vibe is pretty, powerful, and worth every penny, just like you. This price will hold until the end of the week. No code needed.

This heart-shaped toy is 80% off to celebrate a month of self-love. Engage in some good old-fashioned positive vibes with zero regrets. You can’t make calls if your hands are busy, and Better Love is very good at making sure our hands are full. Take the time to make sure your needs are met and it’s consistent and reliable attention. Expect about an hour of playtime, but it’s easy to charge up and approve watersports. There’s ten vibes mode, and it’s user-friendly. Games are played on your terms, you’re totally in control, and you’re never disappointed.


At least until everyone is able to get the vaccine, life is pretty bleak right now. So I wouldn’t blame you for indulging in some much-need legal cannabis. Hell, I know I am. Whether you’re a first-time or a long-time consumer, Sunday Scaries’ Side Piece bundle is a great place to start. Starting at just $50 for a subscription, or $69 for a one-time purchase, using our exclusive promo code KINJA25, you can finally fetch the chill time you’ve been hankering for. Chill out on the couch with a good book, watch old episodes of The Simpsons on Disney+, or hell, try yoga for the first time—without the doom and gloom of the world weighing you down.

The Side Piece bundle comes with a bottle of the company’s signature CBD gummies and an oil tincture to sweeten the deal. Mix the latter into your coffee or tea, with a little whole milk or butter to help it dissolve. Sunday Scaries is the de-facto CBD brand in my opinion, and I’m sure a decent chunk of its 158,000 Instagram followers would be inclined to agree. Whereas many unsafe substances will make you feel groggy in the morning, CBD is more of a supplement than a vice, helping a lot of users mitigate their anxiety without killing their motivation to stay active.

I know I’ve had some distressing mental health episodes where cannabinoids came in clutch. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, or maybe there’s something to it. LDN CBD’s Aaron Horn seems to think so, courtesy of The Guardian:

CBD will change culture. People are less interested in drinking in bars getting really drunk, feeling like shit the next day, letting their body down, having issues with their body because of that. The shift is happening: more people are interested in eating healthier, living healthier, and this is part of that.


Work out while running errands, walking the dog, and even doing chores around the house with today’s fitness deal: a ZELUS 20 lb. weighted vest.

You could also, you know, use it to add extra resistance to your workout like it’s intended. It even has a handy pocket for holding your phone or money for when you eventually stop for (hopefully takeaway— still a pandemic, ya’ll) coffee.

You can grab it for $45 when you apply promo code 68XIFTLQ at checkout.

If 20lbs. is too much for you, there are lighter options. Unfortunately, to promo code won’t work on them, just to save you some time from trying. If you can handle the twenty-pounder though, today’s your lucky day!


Huckberry is at it again, and while it might not include white Vans, the multifaceted outdoor gear-slash-clothing-slash-home decor-slash kitchenware-slash [insert product category here] retailer is kicking off its annual winter sale with a bang. In it, you can find best-sellers like the Proof Rover highlander jacket, Dolomite boots, a Wellen vintage tie-dye pullover, Proof Nomad pants, and so much more. Losing track of time? Who isn’t. The (Coca-)Cola tinged HB x Timex Sport watch is over $60 off. Need a throw blanket to keep you warm at night? There’s a nap for that.

At my own request, I got a few things from Huckberry over the holidays, including a Flint and Tinder American Made flannel I’m wearing right now. While that particular shirt isn’t on sale, plenty of Flint and Tinder items are on sale, and I can vouch for their comfort. If you’ve been looking to refresh your wardrobe for the extended winter, as predicted by our good friend Punxsutawney Phil, this is one sale you don’t want to miss. In a world where high-quality apparel from retailers like Huckberry is vastly overshadowed by the rapidly decaying products of fast fashion, it’s important to take advantage of limited-time discounts that make shopping for that fresh fit a little more affordable than the typical intimidating list prices.

I love a video game art book. Getting to see concept art from games I love in a big coffee table book is always a delight. Whether it’s character models, scenery, or general asset designs, I just find game art books somewhat soothing to flip through. The opposite is probably true for The Art of Doom Eternal, which is $24 on Amazon right now. I imagine this 192-page book is full of blood and demons, which kicks ass. I personally think it would be the funniest book you could leave out on your coffee table for friends to nose through. It will either make you look like an absolute badass or a total weirdo. That’s a gamble I’m personally willing to take.


In 2020, my New Year’s resolution was to only refer to the Joker as “The J-Man” whenever I talked about him. I figured it wouldn’t be that hard. How much does one talk about The Joker in a given year? Then the film Joker got nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture and my life was ruined for 12 months. It probably wasn’t the worst thing abut 2020, but it was certainly a low point. Anyway, if you love The J-Man as much as I hate him, Comixology is currently holding a giant sale on digital comics featuring the iconic Batman villain. Naturally, that includes some of the most memorable (for better or worse) Batman comics out there like A Death in the Family and The Killing Joke. You can grab Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – 30th Anniversary Edition for $7 too, which is a highlight. It’s the Joker, baby! He’s twisted! He’s damaged! He’s an evil clown! People like him! Okay!


Look, there are few things that we all agree on. Political tensions are higher than ever and it’s no exaggeration to say that we’re a divided nation. In a time when we are on the brink of civil war, we need something that can bring us together. And that something is Kirby. Yes, the iconic pink … whatever he is. You know him. You love him. You can show your undying affection for the adorable flesh balloon by grabbing Kirby: Art and Style Collection, a whole coffee table book of cute Kirby art, for just $18. This honestly might be the only thing that can save us from total national collapse. Either that, or it’ll make your coffee table cuter.

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Whether you’re looking to make the jump from another platform, or just upgrade your aging gadget, now’s not a bad time to grab a new smartphone. Between Apple’s relatively-new iPhone 12 lineup and Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 lineup, there’s plenty of options to choose from.

If you’re eager to grab one of Samsung’s new phones, they’re all on sale over at Amazon this week. The Galaxy S21, which typically retails for $800 for the 128GB model, is $100 off. It features a 6.2″ display with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 and a 120Hz refresh rate. That’s a pretty good deal, but you can also get 256GB model for the same price, but there’s a bit of a delay in shipping.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21+ is down from $1,000 to $800 for the 128GB model. That phone features a 6.7″ display and the same resolution and refresh rate as the S21. Both have 8GB of RAM as well as Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 processor and 5G radio support. On the back, both phones have a three-camera setup featuring a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens, and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens. As with the standard S21, the S21+’s 256GB model is down to the same price, $800, though there’s a longer delay in shipping there, as well.

On the higher end lies the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which is down from $1,200 to $1,000 for the 128GB model. For your money, you’ll get a 6.8″ 3,200 x 1,440 OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. The Ultra packs four lenses into its camera module, including a 108-megapixel lens, two 10-megapixel telephoto lenses (with 3x and 10x zooms), and a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens.


Thanks to quarantine, lots of us have picked up new hobbies. For me, it’s been leaning into my doodling, catching up on my game queue, and honing my green thumb. For others, it’s been photography. A decent smartphone will do the trick, but when you’re ready to step things up, you’ll want a good mirrorless camera.

The Sony a7 III, ranked tops overall in our roundup of the best digital cameras, is $300 off today at Amazon. At $1,698 even with that discount, you’re paying a hefty price, but for your money you’re getting a 24.2MP sensor, impressive autofocus, reliable battery life, and a wide array of attachable lenses to suit whatever your needs may be.


If you’re running out of space on your Nintendo Switch or have another microSD-supporting device that’s increasingly tight on storage, here’s a bargain for you. Right now, Amazon is offering this meaty 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card for a mere $45.

That’s a huge chunk of storage for a smartphone, camera, or Switch, and is a few bucks lower than this card has been hovering at lately. Not bad for a card that launched at $250 a couple years back!


Razer’s Kiyo Pro Is a Webcam Designed to Make You Look Good in Bad Light

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Webcams are a hot commodity these days, and if your laptop’s built-in cam isn’t doing you any favors, Razer’s new Kiyo Pro promises to make you look good even in bad lighting.

The $200 Kiyo Pro is taking aim at popular premium webcams like Logitech’s Brio and SteamCam, among others, but also has a few major upgrades from Razer’s older webcam.

The biggest change is that unlike the standard $100 Kiyo, the Kiyo Pro doesn’t feature a built-in ring light. Instead, Razer upgraded the Kiyo Pro with a larger 1/2.8-inch full HD CMOS Sony Starvis backside illuminated sensor, which has been tweaked to deliver improved image quality even in harsh conditions like low light or a backlit background. The end goal for the Kiyo Pro is to deliver solid image quality without the need for additional lighting.

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The Kiyo Pro connects to your computer via USB-C to USB-A cord.

The Kiyo Pro connects to your computer via USB-C to USB-A cord.
Photo: Sam Rutherford

The Kiyo Pro can capture video at up to 1080p/60 fps or 1080p/30fps with HDR for improved color and exposure. The webcam also offers three fields of view: 80 degrees, 90, degrees, or 103 degrees. And for audio, the Kiyo Pro also comes with a 16-bit stereo mic with an omni-directional polar pattern, which seems fine for general use, but isn’t really meant to replace a high-quality external stand mic.

While I haven’t had a chance to fully test out the Kiyo Pro just yet, I do have to say I like its design. It’s simple and surprisingly understated in a way that should work for both gamers and folks who work from home, and it comes with a detachable stand that can be used to prop up the Kiyo Pro on a desk or on the back of a monitor. I also appreciate that Razer included two tripod mounts for additional flexibility: one on the bottom of the camera itself, and another on the bottom of the detachable stand.

There’s one tripod thread on the bottom of the camera itself, and another on the bottom of the Kiyo Pro’s included stand.

There’s one tripod thread on the bottom of the camera itself, and another on the bottom of the Kiyo Pro’s included stand.
Photo: Sam Rutherford

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Razer even throws in a plastic lens cover, which is nice, but I have to admit, it seems a bit like an afterthought. Unlike privacy shutters, which are becoming increasingly common on new laptops, the Kiyo Pro’s cover is closer to what you’d get on a DSLR or mirrorless camera, and when you remove it, there isn’t really anywhere to store it, so it ends up being extra clutter on your desk. I wish Razer had made the cover so that it flipped up or behind the camera when not in use.

Video from the Kiyo did look to be slightly sharper and more colorful in my early testing than the Logitech Brio I’ve been using for the last year. Razer said it specifically designed the Kiyo Pro to handle more gamer-style environments, including setups with RGB lighting, but I haven’t been able to compare quality across a number of different lighting conditions just yet.

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Since people probably won’t move their webcams around a lot, I think it would have been nice if the Kiyo Pro’s lens cover had a way of attaching to the webcam, instead of being two separate pieces.

Since people probably won’t move their webcams around a lot, I think it would have been nice if the Kiyo Pro’s lens cover had a way of attaching to the webcam, instead of being two separate pieces.
Photo: Sam Rutherford

Logitech still dominates when it comes to higher-end webcams, but it’s good to see a competitive alternative from Razer. Many jobs are expected to transition permanently to partial remote work post-pandemic, so it’s probably time for a lot of people to start considering upgrading from the panic placeholder gadgets they bought last year.

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The Razer Kiyo Pro is available online today direct from Razer for $200, with additional availability from third-party retailers sometime before the end of Q1.

Carry All Your Tunes With $33 off the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 | $67 | Best Buy

The best portable bluetooth speakers blend quality sound with portability and long-lasting battery life, giving you everything you need to bump your favorite beats whether you’re during your weekly deep clean or heading out on another adventure. Ultimate Ears makes some excellent speakers, among them the IP67 waterproof Wonderboom 2. This tiny speaker is small enough to toss in your favorite tote, with enough oomph to keep the party going. If you snag a pair, you can link them up and make a stereo speaker setup, too. Typically, it costs about $100, but you can get it for $67 today at Best Buy, saving you $33. Be warned, though, only the Deep Space color is down to $67, but the Bermuda Blue is also on sale for $30 off.

This deal was originally published on 2/4/2021 and updated with new information on 2/8/2021. 

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Get Logitech’s G Pro Hero Gaming Mouse for $50 and Click on Things Real Good

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When it comes to gaming mice, companies are always trying to reinvent the wheel. So many of them have sharp edges and huge extra buttons in bizarre places, making them look like a science experiment gone wrong. If you want a mouse with none of that nonsense, but all of the functionality, Logitech’s G Pro Hero is a great way to go. Currently on sale for $50 at Amazon, this mouse retains that classic design while providing you with six customizable buttons. Other features include durable mechanical switches, a 25K sensor, and customizable lights, making this a good all around gaming mouse at a reasonable price.


The Best Gaming Keyboard for Wannabe Esports Athletes

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There are plenty of (very justifiable) tropes when discussing video games, but the one that I can’t let go of when I’m thinking of PC gaming is the keyboard being mightier than the sword. It can make or break your gaming experience. And there are so many mechanical gaming keyboards available that choosing the right one can feel like attempting to unearth a diamond in the rough.

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That’s why I’m here to tell you about the best mechanical gaming keyboard—one that’s fit for most gamers, despite your skill level and planned intensity. I am not the esports type, and I do not have the patience for your run-of-the-mill RTS game (Starcraft). But I am a freak for the Elder Scrolls franchise, and the nature of my profession is such that I am constantly typing.

Choosing a keyboard is mostly a subjective experience, but we can all agree that what makes a mechanical gaming keyboard worthy is if it can perform double-duty. In my case, a good mechanical keyboard can handle my typing lifestyle without breaking my wrists after filing thousands of words. It needs to be fast and responsive because those dragons are not going to slay themselves. Macros are nice, too, because you can program them for gaming and productivity. But if the keyboard’s software makes it hard to set it all up, that can mar the entire experience. Extra stuff like RGB lights and wrist rests aren’t prerequisites, though they’re sure nice to have.

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I chose six full-size mechanical keyboards based on popularity and feature set. These aren’t fancy group buys that will take ages to show up on your doorstep. These are just good solid keyboards you can buy right now. They are as follows:

  • Logitech G413 Carbon (Logitech Romer-G)
  • HyperX Alloy Origins (HyperX Aqua)
  • Razer Huntsman Elite (Razer Purple)
  • Steelseries Apex Pro (Steelseries Omnipoint)
  • Corsair K95 Platinum XT (Cherry MX Speed)
  • Corsair K100 (Corsair OPX)

The mechanical keyboards featured here come with various switches, though I noted in parenthesis which ones I tested with each model. If you’re unsure what kind of switch is for you, than you’ll want to check out the keyboards at a store in person or pick up an inexpensive (like under $30) switch tester from Amazon or MechanicalKeyboards.com.

The Logitech G413 Carbon and HyperX Alloy Origins are both considered part of the economic set—they start at $90, and they’re what you get when you’re on a budget. The Razer Huntsman Elite, Steelseries Apex Pro, and Corsair K95 Platinum XT all start at $200, with the latter recently seeing price drops to make way for the Corsair K100. I tested that one, too, though it starts at $230.

All models save for the Corsair K100 were already tested extensively for our mechanical keyboard buying guide, so I’ve had quite some time with each to play games and write stories. I conducted additional testing to level the playing field, however, including a one-minute typing test on “medium writing mode” with each mechanical keyboard, plus a keypress latency test to measure how quickly the lightest touch would register, calculated in milliseconds. I also pored through every manufacturer’s respective software, setting up macros and, except for the Logitech G413 Carbon, configuring an RGB light show featuring four of my favorite pastel hues. Let’s get started.

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The Best Designed Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Despite the attempts at differentiation, there is commonly a shared aesthetic among mechanical gaming keyboards. (This is why so many people have resorted to building their own!) The ones all featured here are black as night and bulky to boot. Brands like Corsair tend to lean in more to hard angles, reminding us that mechanical keyboards are hardcore computer components. Razer and Steelseries’ chassis designs are much softer around the edges. Affordable keyboards like the HyperX Alloy Origins and Logitech G413 look just as good, though they don’t include wrist rests in the base price.

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Corsair’s two keyboards are the biggest of the bunch to accommodate for the extra row of macro keys on the left-hand side. But at nearly 19-inches across, the K95 Platinum XT and K100 take up quite a bit of desk space. At the very least, their cushy wrist rests help make up for how much real estate each keyboard needs. Both keyboards offer onboard media controls and a dedicated button for locking up the keyboard and switching profiles. The K100 improves upon its predecessor with a programmable dial on the keyboard’s upper left side and a reworked status indicator in the center of the keyboard. There is also a USB passthrough for connecting a mouse or headset.

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The Razer Huntsman Elite is nearly an inch shorter than the two Corsair keyboards. Though its wrist rest is equally as plushy and comfortable as the two Corsairs, the board itself is over 9-inches deep because of it. Folks with wrist problems might like that, however, as it adds to the ergonomics. Altogether, Razer does an excellent job of eschewing seriously cool gamer vibes, though there are design caveats to consider. There is no backlighting for the media controls, and though the keyboard requires two USB ports to power up, there’s no USB passthrough. There’s also no cord routing available underneath the keyboard for wired headphones or a mouse—a major bummer considering the keyboard’s cost.

The Steelseries Apex Pro is the smallest and most compact of the mechanical gaming keyboards. The soft matte wrist rest is super comfortable, though there’s no cushion. The OLED screen is programmable to display parts of a graphic or your online handle. The port for the USB passthrough lights up, so you can quickly locate it in dim light. There’s also ample cord routing available underneath the board. I wish the Apex Pro had more obvious track-skipping media controls, but you can program those into the scroll bar through the companion app.

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The HyperX Alloy Origins is the second-place pick if you’re looking for something thin and compact—or something that costs $100 less. It’s only centimeters longer than the Apex Pro, with three adjustable height modes. There is no wrist rest to make use of here, however, or USB passthrough. But in this case, the Alloy Origins only takes up one USB port, and there’s built-in cord routing available on the bottom.

The Logitech G413 Carbon is the industrial pick. Size-wise, it measures between the Alloy Origins and the Hunstman Elite. Though it’s the only mechanical gaming keyboard here that doesn’t display full-spectrum RGB, its red backlighting is bright and fierce, and there’s USB passthrough for that extra peripheral in your life.

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Winner: Steelseries Apex Pro

The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with the Best Features

Gaming keyboards don’t necessarily need to have every available feature to make them worthy of spending the money, but they should at least be able to perform where they’re putting the effort. Corsair, Razer, and Steelseries do their part to sweeten the deal with full-spectrum RGB lighting that can be applied per key using their apps. You can choose from various lighting effects or mix and match them with solid colored keys as you see fit. The HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard has some of the brightest RGB lights, and if that’s all you’re after, it’s at a very economical price point. But nothing rivals the lit up Razer Huntsman Elite, which features backlighting as far down as the wrist rest. It looks excellent when working late at night, and you can even adjust the lighting between corners of the wrist rest.

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Macros and button remapping are significant parts of mechanical gaming keyboards because they enable rapid-fire shortcuts for gaming and productivity. All six keyboard models featured here allow macro programming. Steelseries requires pressing a specific button before you can run one, though you can also program text snippets for replacing oft-typed phrases, sentences, or commands. Razer, HyperX, and Logitech let you map custom macros to specific keys. However, I prefer the Corsair way of doing it, a set of distinct, configurable keys. This kind of push-button macro activation is especially beneficial while gaming, when messing up a keypress could cost you a virtual life.

Just when you think they can’t cram apps into anything else, they pack them into mechanical keyboards. I appreciate that on the Corsair, Razer, and Steelseries boards, you can download different profiles for favorite games to enable existing macros and keyboard shortcuts that you might not have realized were available. At the same rate, I didn’t miss those extra abilities and plug-ins when reverting to the app-less Logitech and HyperX boards.

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When it comes to a whole package full of tons of features Razer ultimately comes out on top. Besides mappable keys Razer tries the hardest with Alexa and Philips Hue integration, both as neat and as kitschy as it sounds. Plus the Huntsman Elite’s dynamic lighting takes the cake. Especially if you’re into being matchy-matchy with what’s happening on screen.

Winner: Razer Huntsman Elite

The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with the Best Performance

When it comes to performance, what matters in a mechanical gaming keyboard is how quickly a keypress is registered and how comfortable the board is for long bouts of typing.

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I typed the fastest and most accurately with the HyperX Alloy Origin’s tactile Aqua switches. These are made specifically for typers who prefer to prioritize accuracy over keypress speed. I was the slowest and the messiest typing on the Logitech G413 Carbon’s proprietary Romer-G switches, which had a bit more to do with the spacing between keys than the switches themselves, which are akin to Cherry MX Browns.

The testing disparity of the two Corsair keyboards lends credence to the idea that the wrong mechanical switch can make or break you. I clocked 110 WPM with a 90 percent accuracy rate on the Corsair K100 and even less with the K95 Platinum XT’s Cherry MX Speed switches. The K95 was seriously fast in the keypress latency test, however, measuring an eight millisecond response time, while the K100’s optomechanical OPX switches lagged behind all the rest with 28-millisecond latency.

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The Steelseries Apex Pro’s Omnipoint switches feature adjustable actuation, effectively allowing you to set how quickly the keyboard registers a keypress. During testing, I put the actuation level to 3, though it ranges from 1 to 10, with one being the most sensitive and 10 requiring the hardest keypress. The Apex Pro measured the fastest latency with three milliseconds. However, I was not as accurate at typing on it, scoring an average of 103 WPM with 94 percent accuracy.

Typing was a bit better with the optomechanical Purple switches on the Razer Huntsman Elite. The keyboard came in second on the accuracy and latency scale, scoring 102 WPM at 96 percent accuracy and 13-milliseconds. It’s also one of the loudest, clickiest keyboards, the thought of which might excite you if you’re a button masher.

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Winner: Steelseries Apex Pro

The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with the Best Software

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Corsair, Razer, and Steelseries all offer extremely robust software suites for Windows, with programmable macros, downloadable apps, and in some cases, direct app integrations. However, they’re all notorious for being sluggish and crowded by menu schematics, making it hard to navigate the apps. In all three cases, I had to extensively Google and go through a few YouTube videos before I understood how to assign a recorded macro to a specific key bind. Lighting was easy to set up in all three apps, though I had a particularly challenging time with the Corsair app’s layers schematic. The HyperX NGENUITY app is weirdly spelled and only available in beta, but I found its interface’s simplicity to be the most friendly for a first-time keyboard explorer.

The apps themselves are also very bloated. The Corsair iCue app, for example, takes up a whopping 1.12 GB on my PC and is extremely slow to boot on my five-year-old machine. The Razer Synapse app is a mere 26 MB download but took up over 300 MB when I started adding profiles and third-party integrations. Steelseries and HyperX’s software suites are both under 200 MB, which is more palatable.

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The Logitech GHub software used by the G413 Carbon is the most to-the-point, though it still requires about 300 MB of hard disk space if you’re pairing other Logitech devices with it. The GHub interface is usable, however. I like the opening carousel where I can sift through devices and select the one I want to customize. I like that I can easily sync light effects across different Logitech-branded devices and peripherals. Though the G413 Carbon doesn’t offer RGB color effects for its backlighting, what sold me on the software was how quickly I could program a macro or remap a key without venturing into online research mode.

Winner: Logitech G413 Carbon

Overall Pick

The Steelseries Apex Pro's adjustable actuation point can be helpful in making speedy gaming decisions.

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The Steelseries Apex Pro is the best mechanical gaming keyboard, especially if you’re looking for adjustable actuation. When it comes to real-time gaming, speed is critical, and with the Apex Pro, it can be as fast or as slow as you want it. The Steelseries Engine software isn’t necessarily the most user-friendly when it comes to programming macros and apps. Still, the ability is there, and with a little patience, you can set up the Apex Pro to be the perfect dungeon-raiding companion.

The Apex Pro is also one of the most stylish and compact mechanical gaming keyboards. It doesn’t take up as much desk space as some of the other brands featured here, namely Corsair and Razer, though that comes at the expense of leather-bound wrist rests and media navigation buttons. But you are getting goodies like USB passthrough and a customizable OLED display.

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If you want something that costs a little less than the Apex Pro’s $200 price tag, you might consider looking for the Corsair K95 Platinum XT on sale. It scored particularly well on latency tests and has the bonus of looking like a beefy gaming keyboard, complete with a row of dedicated macro keys and media controls that’s fit for any multitasking content junkie.

Logitech Improved on the Nearly Flawless Trackball

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The trackball is a contentious kind of peripheral. Most people point to the mouse or the trackpad as superior ways to move a cursor across the screen, but for a small subset of nerds, myself included, there is nothing as gratifying or exact as a trackball. A flick of your thumb and the cursor screams across huge swaths of the screen. It’s absolute power, and there are few companies brave enough to put that power at the fingertips of average person. But Logitech’s thumb-oriented M570 is the stuff of legends, and the company’s finally rolled out an upgrade that might just be perfect.

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The $50 Logitech Ergo M575 is a whole lot like the M570 that Logitech has been selling since 2010. There’s a sparkly ball you control with your thumb, two buttons to the ball’s right, and then left- and right-click buttons with a scroll wheel set between them. If you’ve used the M570 or the earlier wired TrackMan Wheel, you’ll instantly be familiar with the setup. Logitech seems to have settled on a design that works and thankfully doesn’t deviate too much from it.

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This is a relief after the Logitech MX Ergo launched in 2017. I loved that one when it first came out. It was the first Logitech trackball to support Bluetooth, and it had a satisfying scrollwheel and a neat trick where you could adjust the angle of it. But the trick got tiresome after a year, and when the MX Ergo struggled to wake my computer via Bluetooth because its batteries were too low, I quietly returned to my older M570 and didn’t look back.

The MX Ergo felt like it was trying to reinvent perfection with unnecessary add-ons. The MX575 just feels like a natural evolution of 20 years of near-perfect design. There’s a series of gentle ridges along the palm rest that ostensibly give it better grip, but really just feel pleasantly different and more comfortable than a smooth surface. On the bottom, there’s a switch to flip between rock solid Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless, and another to power it on and off. (Logitech includes a USB-A receiver that you can stow in the base of the device when not in use.)

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The trackball works by resting on top of three tiny ceramic balls. A laser is emitted from the inside of the mouse and hits the trackball. Moving the trackball along the ceramic balls causes the laser to bounce back toward the mouse. If the trackball or the small ceramic balls get dirty, the mouse will instantly feel less responsive, but the balls will occasionally get clogged with dust and old dead skin (cool) and need to be cleaned off. While Logitech forced you to rely on a tool to clean the MX Ergo, the M575 just needs a poke of your pinky to pop the ball out and access the ceramic balls inside. It’s a common enough task that easy cleaning is welcome. I’ve had the M575 about three weeks and have already cleaned it once.

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That trackball, by the way, is a lot more sparkly than the one found on the M570, and a bit more garish than the dull silver one found on the MX Ergo. Logitech says that the color and the amount of sparkle both affect the accuracy of the laser. The default DPI on the M570 and the M575 was about 400 DPI. But with the M575, you can adjust it up to 2000 DPI. That’s entirely too much DPI for me, but I like the idea that I can tweak it if I actually want to.

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But I’m not sure I ever would. The M570 was practically perfect, the MX Ergo was curious and experimental, and the M575 feels like a nearly flawless iteration of both. I’m hard-pressed to point out issues I have with it or additional features I’d like to see, apart from the ability to program the mouse’s memory. Right now, if you want to adjust DPI or tweak which button does what, you’ll need to download software from Logitech, install it on your computer, and get to programming. With more and more peripherals packing enough storage to remember your settings, it seems like a minor improvement that would be very much appreciated.

But apart from having to download some software when I want to tweak a setting, the $50 Logitech M575 trackball is a fantastic way to control a computer. So why are you using an old-fashioned mouse again?

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