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

Illustration for article titled Razer's Kiyo Pro Is a Webcam Designed to Make You Look Good in Bad Light

Photo: Sam Rutherford

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.

Tuesday’s Best Deals: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, KN95 Masks, Razer Kishi, Wag Dog Food, Roomba i6+, Power XL Smokeless Grill, Don’t Text Your Ex Vibe, and More

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live and KN95 masks lead Tuesday’s best deals.

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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 noice-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!


When finding a new TV, balance is important. You want a big screen and high resolutions, but not necessarily the price that goes along with that. There’s always a little finagling, where you have to talk yourself down a size to get something in your price range. Well, here’s an excellent all around option that you don’t have to think as much about. Best Buy is currently selling a 58″ Westinghouse Roku TV for $300. First and foremost, this is a 4K TV at a really reasonable price point considering the screen size. Secondly, it’ll give you access to tons of streaming apps like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and more. Roku even acquired Quibi’s library of shows recently, so you’ll probably be able to watch Quibi shows on it. Okay, that last one isn’t really a selling point, but it is very funny. Regardless of that: 4K? 58″? $300? That checks quite a few boxes.


If you’re looking for a pair of reliable in-ear headphones, I would check out Aukey EP-N7 True Wireless Earbuds. They’re only $52 with the promo code KINJAN720. You’ll be able to block out the world around you and concentrate with hybrid noise-canceling, which means that they’ll automatically detect and cancel up to 35dB of ambient noise.

There is a built-in mic for video calls and you’ll get up to 25 hours of battery life with 1.5 hours of continuous charge. Yes, you’ll receive a USB-C cord as well as the wireless charging case. I’ve tested this pair, and unless you’re trying to debut your singing skills on TikTok like I did this weekend, it’s the perfect pair to accomplish all your day-to-day tasks and listen to tunes.


Apple doesn’t ship a wall charger with the iPhone 12 line, which it says is for the environment, but potentially leaves you with a $699+ phone that you can’t charge right out of the box. You’ll need a wall charger with a USB-C port to use the cable that’s in the iPhone 12’s box, or you could charge with an old iPhone brick and Lightning-to-USB cable, but it’ll be at lower speeds.

Here’s an affordable way to both fix that omission and ensure that you’re well covered. Right now, RAVPower is offering a two-pack of its 20W USB-C PD wall chargers for just over $11 at Amazon right now when you clip the coupon.

These little guys are about as small as the old, less-powerful Apple wall chargers, but still pump out enough power to charge your new phone at full speed. Apple’s own single 20W charger is $19, by the way. And you can use these to charge other devices, too, such as Android smartphones, AirPods, and the Nintendo Switch. They’re very handy to have around if you don’t already have a pile of power bricks.


So you’re in the market for a ring light a year into the pandemic? It’s ok, totally not judging you. But since you’re here, let me tell you about this TaoTronics 12″ Selfie Ring Light. Only $30 with the promo code KJXNAZRK and a clipped coupon, you’ll get a 12″ LED ring light, a 16-62″ expandable tripod stand, two phone holders, a Bluetooth remote to wirelessly start recording video or shoot photos from your phone, as well as three color modes ranging from cool to warm in order to receive the proper lighting for your skin tone.

The included phone clamps can support vertical or horizontal shooting and is compatible with Apple or Android. Not only that but if you haven’t abandoned your DSLR, you can use the tripod for traditional photography. Sounds like a great deal all around. Make sure to credit me when your TikTok goes viral!


There are a lot of very obvious AirPods-inspired wireless earbuds out there right now, but Samsung’s recent Galaxy Buds Live are different: they look like lil’ beans that you pop into your ears. These aural legumes are plenty powerful, however, packing active noise cancellation and strong audio quality. And the shape actually works well, as Gizmodo reviewer Sam Rutherford described:

“The Galaxy Buds Live are quite comfortable, and when combined with their relatively petite dimensions and low profile, they are some of the most unobtrusive wireless headphones on the market. In fact, I’ve even fallen asleep while wearing them and they are right up there with the Pixel Buds as being one of the most comfortable earbuds in my ears. And when it comes to staying in place during exercise, even after a sweaty one-mile run, the Galaxy Beans never budged.”

Save $30 off the list price in all four colors at Amazon right now.


We’ve got a Goldie Locks scenario on our hands here, folks. Best Buy is running a flash sale, which includes a pair of Hisense TVs at a discount. They’re on polar opposite ends of the spectrum with one being modest and the other being rather big. On one end of the spectrum, you have a 32″ TV for $130. This probably wouldn’t be your house’s main TV since it only sports a 720p resolution, but it’s a value option if you’re looking to add one to another room. Then on the opposite end, you’ve got this 75″ Hisense TV that displays in glorious 4K. That model is $400 off today, taking it down to $600. So the question is: are you a papa bear or a baby bear here? Do you want something on the smaller side or something huge? Whatever your needs are, hopefully one of these is juuuust right for you.


I mentioned to a friend I was testing these; they had no idea that Yamaha made audio items like this. They thought the company was only keyboards. While yes, they have made/make great musical instruments, they’ve taken that commitment to quality to audio products. Specifically their new TW-E3A True Wireless Earbuds. These are currently $39 less and worth every penny.

First off, they paired perfectly and quickly with my phone. The sound is really clear, specifically when I was listening to my favorite podcasts. They are also very comfortable and stayed firmly in my ears as I trudged eleven blocks on errands in the snow. Unlike other less expensive earbuds, I absolutely see the difference in not having to fuss with finding the right position to get the most dynamic sound. The microphone was a little murky on the calls I made, but that could very well be on the cellular provider. I had these in for quite a few hours while writing, and again they’re extremely comfortable. I got a full steady five hours of playtime before I popped them back in their very pretty matte case. Yamaha boasts twenty-four hours of battery life off one charge, and I absolutely believe that given my experience. As with all earbuds, the “simple controls” take some time to get used to, but I can say these are a lot more responsive initially with a single tap. These are sweat and water-resistant, so don’t be afraid to take these to your next gym session. The blue earbuds are the only ones that are 30% off, while the other colors are 23% off.

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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!

Okay, so you’ve bought a new Xbox. Now what? For starters, you’re going to want to get that sucker online. Xbox Live Gold lets you play multiplayer games like Destiny 2 online, gives you access to big deals, and throws an occasional free game your way. It’s a necessity for anyone looking to play Series X|S games online, so it’s the kind of service you’ll likely need sooner or later. Fortunately, you can get a full year of Xbox Live Gold at Newegg right now for $50 by using the code 93XQJ63 at checkout.


Deep breaths, deep breaths. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is down to $28 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 $28. 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.


During quarantine, I saw many of my friends become mad puzzle people. It was a great way to pass the time but also a really tranquil and almost meditative act. It is a way to block out the world’s issues for a few hours and concentrate on a single task. The Calm is an app designed to do the same. It bolsters focus, hushes the mind, and improves sleep. Their next logical step was to do puzzles. Purchase any one of these 300-piece puzzles and get one month of the app for free.

These puzzles were specifically made to assist you in tuning down after a hectic day. The serene and beautiful landscapes aid in letting you drift away. They are durable Blue Board pieces that will look lovely in a frame if you’d like to preserve your work. Each will take between two and three hours, so even just thirty minutes of zone out time a day can help you unwind. When you get started, fire up the Calm app, and find a corresponding soundscape to accompany your soothing scene. It’s ok to be still anxious or stressed out with all that is going on maybe a little fun with a puzzle can help.


Who doesn’t love Legos? I mean, really, what reason could one possibly have to hate Legos? I suppose if you have stepped on a lot of Legos in your day, you might hold a grudge. But otherwise, they’re a delightful toy that both children and adults can agree on. The same goes for Lego games, which are perfectly fun in their own right. Today at Best Buy, you can pick up select Lego games on Nintendo Switch for just $17. That includes games like Lego The Incredibles, Lego Jurassic World, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. The benefit of buying Lego games over actual Legos is that they won’t hurt if you step on them. So if that’s your main sticking point, here’s the solution.


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.


Mortal Kombat 11 released less than two years ago, and in true fighting game fashion, there’s already a third separate retail release for the latest entry in the legendary series.

Recently launched alongside the new consoles, Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate bundles the core game with all of the bonus add-on characters released to date, including a surprising array of guest pop culture characters (kharacters?) ranging from The Joker and Spawn to RoboCop and John Rambo.

Of course, you also get MK legends like Sub-Zero and Scorpion in the mix, along with an array of other fighters new and old, plus the game features visual enhancements to take advantage of the new hardware. Right now, you can save $20 off the list price of the Xbox version at Amazon or the PlayStation 5 edition at Best Buy.


Do you currently enjoy many close and cherished relationships with friends and family? Would you like to absolutely ruin all of those in the blink of an eye? Well do I have a deal for you! Amazon is currently selling Overcooked! All You Can Eat for PlayStation 5 or Xbox (Series X/S or One) for $35. That’s a savings of $15 off the list price for this complete compilation, which brings together both games with all additional content.

These are fantastic multiplayer games where players need to work together to run a kitchen. Sounds simple enough, right? You have no idea how wrong you are, naïve fool. Overcooked! is a game about chaos in cooperation. Simple tasks like making a hamburger become a nightmare as four people all try to coordinate to make it together. It’s essentially the old “too many cooks” adage adapted into a video game.

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.

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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!


A rotary tool might be one of the handiest tools you keep around your home, as the versatile little device can be used for drilling, sanding, cutting, polishing, engraving, and more. Tacklife’s rotary tool kit is well-reviewed by Amazon customers (4.5 stars) and much cheaper than the brand name Dremel version.

Right now, it’s 50% off the list price—just $20—when you clip the coupon on the page and drop in promo code MGUEO56O at checkout. This 32,000RPM rotary tool has an upgraded universal keyless drill chuck and ergonomic design, and comes with more than 100 accessories in the case, including four attachments. Whether for repairs or crafting, you could get a lot of use out of this affordable little tool.


Look, when your car needs a jump, you’re going to wish you had one of these GOOLOO 1500A jump starters— and if you want to snag one right now, you can pair a coupon and a code to get it for just $45.

Clip the 10% off coupon below the price and add code IB5AW5QU at checkout to bring this normally $70 device down to a happier price. Don’t wait on this one!


The benefits of weighted blankets are numerous and well documented. They’ve been known to lessen anxiety, give a sense of calm, and provide comfort. It’s based on the concept of deep pressure touch, a type of therapy that uses hands-on pressure to relieve stress. Sharper Image’s plush velveteen weighted blanket is $91 less today and can do all that.

The weight is evenly distributed and actually makes it feel like you’re being hugged while in a snug blanket. These blankets often help with serotonin and melatonin production. They ease anxiety and make sleep more sound. This particular blanket, aside from being extremely cozy, is perfect for most adults. The high-density micro-beads are lead-free and BPA-free, so less for you to worry about. If it gets a stain, don’t stress; spot clean it with soap and water and let it dry out in the air. Or you can bring it to the dry cleaners. This blanket is slightly smaller than a queen-sized one, and it comes in two weights, fifteen pounds. and twenty pounds.

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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.


I’m so proud of you for still wearing a mask; it’s super cool of you. But do you need an upgrade or maybe something a little more heavy-duty? Or maybe you just want to put your mind at ease with something a smidge more protective? Grab 60 of the KN95 masks from Meh right now for just $29.

These are industry-standard, which means they are supposed to filter 95 percent of particles. That is just about as good as you can get. So the mask obviously doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of catching or spreading something, but if you wear it correctly, it still drastically reduces the likelihood. These are also great if you’ve got severe allergies or asthma and protect against pollen, dander, and whatnot. The KN-95 isn’t made for clinical environments, not that you’re performing surgery with these, but they will definitely protect you and others against what is currently out there. Not all heroes wear capes, but they do wear masks. So thank you.

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Whether you’re dealing with winter’s added aches and pains or added soreness as you tackle fitness resolutions, it might be the ideal time to pick up a percussion muscle massager to pummel away the pain.

Right now, Naipo is offering its massage gun for $70 on Amazon when you clip the coupon and input code 39L6ZA8H at checkout, a total savings of $60. It has five levels of intensity for working out your muscle pain and lasts up to seven hours per charge, plus it has five different massage head attachments for targeting different areas of your body. Amazon customers give it a glowing 4.8-star rating with 2,900+ reviews.


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.


We just covered the benefits and tastiness of numerous Apple Cider Vinegar gummies. The benefits of ACV have been discussed for years, and as more information emerges, it becomes less an object of folklore medicine. While there is no definitive clinical evidence, millions swear by it. This pack from CleverLifeRX gives you two bottles for just $14. This is a great deal for 120 organic gummies that can help boost metabolism and increase your energy levels. And taste much better than ingesting the source directly.

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Plenty of time left in the chilly months to buy some stylish winter wear. Our pals at JACHS do it better than most. Right now, grab any two winter items for just $50 with the code 2W50. There are fifty-six pieces to pick from, so you’re sure to find the perfect fit.

I love the look of these sherpa-lined trucker jackets ($29). There’s something a little classic, a little vintage but very stylish about them. The stretch corduroy fabric comes in olive green color and will keep you very toasty when temperatures drop.

Puffer Jackets are also included in this winter deal. Ride the frosty times out in style and save 81% while doing so. These jackets are warm, durable, and look dang good.

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Winter is here, just like the Starks said. A good way to prevent chapped lips is to get a lip balm that really works. From personal experience, Jack Black Lip Balm is the truth. It has a natural mint flavor that gives you a satisfying tingle when applied and will last for the majority of the day without having to re-apply. Plus, a three-pack is $22, which is on the more expensive side, but I promise you won’t use the other two for at LEAST a couple of months. Think of it as an investment against ashy lips.

Some good boys are in the White House now. They’re making history too. Major will be the first shelter dog to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Pets in the President’s home has a long and storied history. If you’re like me, you’re excited to see the adventures the First Dogs will get up to just as Bo, Buddy, Millie, Checkers, and Fala did before them. Joy McCullough’s brand new storybook gives a little background to the presidential puppers and imagines what life will be like for them in our country’s famous home. Sheyda Abvabi Best beautifully illustrates each page, capturing not only the likeness but personality of the Biden’s loyal duo. Grab 34% off Champ and Major: First Dogs ($7 off for the Kindle) right now.

This is a wonderful gift for dog lovers young and old, or anyone who wants a way to remember this historic return of dogs to our White House.

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Google’s Chromebooks are delightfully simple and affordable laptops that can handle a wide variety of everyday needs, from web browsing and streaming media to word processing, running millions of Android apps, and quite a bit more. Right now, Amazon is offering $50 off a 14” HP Chromebook model in a pair of configurations.

If you’re OK with a lower-res 720p display, that model is just $211 right now, while the crisper 1080p/Full HD edition is $250. As far as we can tell, the configurations are otherwise identical, packing modest specs including an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. It’s no powerhouse, but Chromebooks don’t need a lot of processing grunt to handle their mostly web-driven tasks with ease.


You can snag the newest iPad Air (4th Generation) at Amazon right now and get $50 in savings, bringing your total down to $549 for the base 64GB model in blue or pink.

Reviews are in, and all indications are that this is the best value among all of Apple’s big slates. It shares a lot in common with the bigger, more powerful, much more expensive iPad Pro. It’s only missing extra cameras and Face ID (but the fingerprint reader is back to help), plus the display isn’t as bright (600 nits vs 500), big (12.9 inches vs 10.9 inches), or fast (120hz vs 60hz).

But it has the powerful Apple A14 Bionic chipset and picks up Apple Pencil support, making this a much sweeter option for casual artists and multimedia buffs. And it comes in fun colors, too.


Get the Razer Kishi for $58 and Turn Your Phone Into a Proper Handheld Gaming System

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Razer Kishi | $58 | Amazon

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.

This story was originally published by Giovanni Colantonio on 12/15/2020 and updated with new information on 02/23/2021. 

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The Razer Huntsman Mini 60% Gaming Keyboard Is $20 off Right Now

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Razer Huntsman Mini 60% Gaming Keyboard | $100 | Amazon

Want to treat your desk to a little something new? The Razer Huntsman Mini 60% gaming keyboard is down to $100 right now on Amazon.

If you want the gaming performance that Razer offers without sacrificing your desk space, the Huntsman Mini might be the perfect fit. With its matte, aluminum top-frame, you get a mighty little keyboard that’s built to withstand “intense, regular use,” according to Razer.

It looks so cute and compact, but this little guy is built to last. Its keys are even made of “textured, high-grade PBT for a more durable and textured finish less prone to long-term grime build-up” according to the product description. So I guess you don’t have to skimp on those Cheetos next time you want to type and snack at the same time?Oof, maybe that’s too far. I’m sorry, I’ve been isolating for almost a year now and I find that I need to consciously remind myself of social norms at times. We should probably do the Mini or any other keyboard the courtesy of wiping off Cheeto dust first, right? I mean, hygiene should be a top priority right now and we should probably be cleaning our keyboards and other peripherals more often anyway. But still— my point stands that this is a durable investment to consider if you’re in the market for a new keyboard. 

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Me? I just really want Cheetos now.


The Razer Book 13 Is the Closest Thing Yet to a Windows MacBook

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A few years ago, I called the Huawei Matebook X Pro the closest thing you could get to a MacBook with Windows. But now with its first-ever general productivity laptop, the Razer Book 13, Razer has just stolen that crown. The company even offers a few handy inclusions you don’t get on competing systems. So even though the Razer Book 13 might not be quite as affordable as an XPS 13 or a powerful as an M1 MacBook, Razer’s first non-gaming notebook is a great little productivity laptop in its own right.

Just based on its design, I wouldn’t fault anyone for confusing the Razer Book 13 with one of Apple’s machines, especially if you don’t notice the more subdued Razer logo emblazoned on its lid. It’s got a similar CNC unibody aluminum chassis as what you’d get on a MacBook that’s both light and incredibly stiff, but with even cleaner and sharper edges. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Razer copied Apple. But the similarities are more apparent with a silver machine compared to Razer’s traditional black-and-green color scheme.

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Razer did a fantastic job of including a bunch of different ports in the Razer Book 13, which means you can travel to school or work without ever needing to remember where you left your dongles. In addition to two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 (which can be used for data and charging) and a USB-A port, you also get a microSD card reader and a full-sized HDMI port. That’s basically all the ports you’d ever really need.

But on the inside is where the Razer Book 13 starts to differentiate itself from its gaming-focused sibling, the Razer Blade Stealth. That’s because instead of a 16:9 display, the Razer Book 13 gets a slightly taller 13.4-inch 16:10 display, which adds a handy bit of extra vertical real estate. Razer also offers a number of display options, including touch and non-touch full HD displays, along with a higher-res 4K touchscreen like the one on our review unit. For those who are trying to decide if more pixels is worth it, I typically like having a higher resolution, but considering the size of its 13-inch screen, sticking with full HD is a smart way to save some cash.

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On each side of the keyboard, there’s a nice sounding, upward-facing speaker, and a huge and relatively accurate touchpad dominates the lower half of the system. The Razer Book 13 isn’t a gaming laptop, but Razer still included its beautiful per-key Chroma backlighting, which by default is set to white in case you don’t want to attract quite as much attention. You can always change that to match whatever hue suits your tastes.

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Inside, Razer offers a choice of 11th-gen Core i5 or i7 CPUs and Intel Iris XE integrated graphics, with 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and either 256GB or 512GB of storage depending on your config. Our review unit’s Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU performed well on benchmarks, even beating the XPS 13’s (which featured the same Core i7-1165G7 chip) time on Blender by 20-30 seconds in our CPU and GPU rendering tests.

By default, the Razer Book 13's keyboard features rather innocuous white backlighting, but you can turn on the full RGB light show if you want.

By default, the Razer Book 13’s keyboard features rather innocuous white backlighting, but you can turn on the full RGB light show if you want.
Photo: Sam Rutherford

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It was a similar story in the Handbrake video-editing benchmark—the Razer Book 13 took 15 minutes and 32 seconds to convert a 4K video to 1080p, compared to 17 minutes and 24 seconds for the XPS 13. The Razer Book 13 isn’t designed for gaming and it doesn’t come with an option to add a discrete GPU like you get on the Razer Blade Stealth, but the Razer Book 13 is more than capable of handling general productivity tasks and some light video editing.

There are a couple of important factors that play into the Razer Book 13’s slightly better performance. The first is that measuring 11.6 x 7.80 x 0.6-inches and weighing 2.95 pounds, the Razer Book 13 is ever-so-slightly larger and heavier than an XPS 13 (11.6 x 7.8 x 0.58 and 2.64 pounds), which gives Razer’s ultraportable a slight edge when it comes to redistributing heat across its thermal mass.

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But more importantly, Razer also added a vapor chamber cooling system that works with its dual bottom-mounted fans to help pump heat out of its chassis. Just be a bit careful if you’re using the system on your lap, because those two fans will likely be positioned directly above your legs, and they can get toasty.

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When it comes to battery life, the Razer Book 13 posted a time of 8 hours and 25 minutes, which is decent, but also rather average. On the same video rundown test, the XPS 13 lasted more than an hour and a half longer at 10:09, while Apple’s M1 MacBook Air fared even better with a battery life of 14:02.

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Still, for Razer’s first effort outside the more familiar world of gaming laptops, the Book 13 is a very solid system. Sure, it’s not quite as flashy or aggressive as a Blade Stealth, but it’s got all of the most important qualities we love about Razer laptops: powerful performance, excellent build quality, and a beautiful but still very functional design. And while the Razer Book 13 does cost slightly more than a comparably specced XPS 13, little extras like its Chroma keyboard, plentiful port selection, and vapor-chamber cooling make the Razer Book 13 a worthy alternative to Dell and Apple’s offerings—especially if you like clean lines mixed with a hint of RGB.

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  • The Razer Book doesn’t have a fingerprint reader, but it does have an IR camera for Windows Hello face login.
  • Built-in ports include two USB-C ports (for data and charging), one USB-A port, a full-size HDMI port, and a microSD card slot.
  • The biggest difference between the Razer Blade Stealth and the Razer Book 13 is that the Book 13 has a slightly taller 16:10 display and doesn’t support an optional discrete GPU.
  • If you’ve ever wanted a laptop that has the clean design of a MacBook but runs Windows instead of macOS, the Razer Book 13 is it.
  • As an Intel Evo-certified laptop, the Razer Book 13 includes support for Wi-Fi 6, a bright screen (around 333 nits on our 4K review unit), and features like near-instant wake times.

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Get Big Savings on Razer Gaming Accessories, and Yes, That Includes the Cat Headset

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If you’re looking to up your streaming mise en scène, Best Buy is running a big sale on Razer PC accessories that’s worth perusing. Everything from keyboards to headsets are on sale, so it’s a good chance to stock up. There have been a few other Razer sales recently, so here’s a few highlights of products that are unique to this round. First off, the star of the show: Razer’s Kraken Kitty headset is $110. Yes, the cat ear headphones. I don’t need to say much more about that. You can also grab the Kiyo webcam for $80, which comes with a built in ring light. If you’re less of a streamer and just want some good PC accessories, the DeaathAdder V2 gaming mouse is down to $100. Take a peek through the full list and see if anything speaks to your little RGB heart.

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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.

Razer’s Attempt to Solve the Biggest Issue Many Have with PC Gaming Feels DOA

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On December 3, Razer announced its teeny-tiny Tomahawk gaming desktop would finally be available to consumers after first revealing it at CES 2020. It’s built on Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element, which contains the processor, memory, and SSD storage in a single module. That means it’s kind of like the Easy Bake Oven of gaming PCs. All you need to worry about is inserting the graphics card and you are ready to fire it up. For anyone nervous about building a PC scratch (it’s not that bad!), or anyone who doesn’t have the time, it’s a fantastic little alternative. Building a PC isn’t the most physically accessible thing either, and frankly there should be more of these NUCs for that reason. But Razer’s Tomahawk is only accessible to those with deep enough pockets, and the spec-list is underwhelming.

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Razer has two Tomahawk models: one with an RTX 3080 and one without. The one without is $2,400 and comes with an air-cooled Intel Core i9-9980HK, a 512 GB PCIe NVMe primary storage, a 2 TB 5400 RPM HDD secondary storage, 16 GB DDR4-2667 MHz DRAM, a 750W PSU, and an unpopulated PCIe slot so you can put in whatever GPU you want. The Tomahawk with an RTX 3080 Founders Edition is $3,200 and come with all the same components that I listed above.

That makes the RTX 3080 Founders Edition on its own $800, which is $100 more than what it sells for on Nvidia’s website or at Best Buy. So not only would it be cheaper for you to buy the base Tomahawk and RTX 3080 separately (assuming you can even find one), but Razer is selling a PC with a last-gen laptop processor, with not even a terabyte of primary storage, a secondary storage hard drive with average speeds, and RAM with a less than ideal operating frequency for more than what it would cost to build your own. (Technically the laptop processor is last-last-gen, since 11th-gen Intel-based laptops are starting to hit retail shelves, but they are not gaming processors.) As we head into 2021, these kind of specs don’t cut it for that price.

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Compared to Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme Kit I reviewed earlier this year, the $2,400-plus price made more sense then. Yet a lot has changed in the PC market in under a year. Looking at Intel specifically, both 10th-gen desktop and laptop processors launched, and Intel announced its 11th-gen desktop CPUs would arrive sometime early next year. So why hasn’t Intel swapped out the 9th-gen laptop processors in its NUC kits for a 10th-gen? The Core i9-9980HK launched in Q2 2019, and Intel’s NUC 9 Extreme Kit came out around the same time the Core i9-10980HK launched, so it’s understandable that the 10th-gen didn’t make it into the kits at the same time, but there’s a lot less of an excuse now.

One of the nice features of the NUC included with the Tomahawk is the ability for anyone to swap out the CPU. That’s a great move—except you still have to spend thousands of dollars on one and then immediately spend more money and upgrade the CPU. Including a 10th-gen CPU in the Tomahawk would make the price more palatable, because it’s compatible with up to DDR4-2933 MHz DARM instead of only DDR4-2666 MHz DRAM, and has a slightly faster clock speed, up to 5.3 GHz verses 5.0 GHz.

One of the only things that take makes sense about this build is the 750W power supply. Sure, the RTX 3080 can draw up to 350W of power, but the Intel Core i9-9980HK only draws 45W, and the rest of the components don’t take up much power either. Nvidia recommends a minimum 750W PSU, and it’s always a good idea to go slightly bigger. Always maxing out your PSU load decreases the life of your PSU.

The current GPU shortage also complicates things. A better option than getting this Tomahawk would be to build your own in Razer’s Tomahawk Mini-ITX, but GPUs and even some CPUs are hard to find right now. Not to mention there are plenty of mini-ITX cases that are cheaper. Pre-built PCs, like the Tomahawk, are the only sure-fire way to get your hands on a new graphics card at the moment, but not everyone wants or needs a pre-built PC.

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The charm, and entire point, of the Tomahawk and Intel NUC kits are that you can bring your own GPU to the party. But if you can’t get the GPU you want, you’re stuck paying a pre-built PC premium. But please, try to find a better one than this, or be patient and keep hunting for the GPU you can pair it with.

Razer’s Latest Wireless Earbuds Add Noise Cancelling and Keep the Incredible Bass

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Earlier this year, Razer, a brand synonymous with gaming accessories, proved its hardware isn’t just for gamers when it introduced its Opus wireless headphones that offered a Sony-like experience for just $200. As a follow-up, the company is updating its Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds with a new Pro version that introduces noise canceling for $200, making them $50 cheaper than Apple’s AirPods Pro.

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Most of Razer’s gamer-focused hardware has a design that’s very specific to the company; it’s easy to spot when someone’s using a Razer mouse or wearing a pair of Razer’s esports headphones. For its products targeted at a wider consumer base, specifically headphones, the company instead appears to draw design inspiration from its competition—which isn’t a bad thing. Its Opus wireless headphones look like a long lost twin of Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones, and its original Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds feature the extended stem design first introduced on the original Apple AirPods.

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Razer’s new Hammerhead True Wireless Pro (left) feature a design similar to the AirPods Pro (right) but a little larger to make room for impressive-sounding 10-millimeter drivers. Aside from the stem, they also don’t stick out of your ears like the excellent Jabra Elite Active 75t (center) tend to.
Photo: Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo

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Razer’s new Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds will undoubtedly be compared to Apple’s AirPods Pro, but the design is less curvy than Apple’s earbuds and quite a bit larger. As a result, the Hammerhead True Wireless Pros don’t quite tuck away and disappear into your ears like the AirPods Pro do, but their larger size facilitates one key advantage: larger drivers.

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The Hammerhead True Wireless Pros are larger than Apple’s AirPod Pros, but feature generous 10-millimeter drivers producing much better sound.
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The original Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds featured 13-millimeter drivers (the moving part of the tiny speaker inside headphones that pushes the air and actually generates sound waves) that were absolutely huge by earbud standards—even larger than the 12-millimeter drivers Sony included in its WF-XB700 wireless earbuds. For its new Hammerhead True Wireless Pro Razer has reduced the size of the drivers to 10-millimeters (presumably to accommodate the extra tech and battery drain of active noise canceling) but that’s still considerably larger than the drivers Apple uses in the AirPods Pro, and the difference in sound quality is dramatic.

Everything I listened to through the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pros had more thump and presence than wireless earbuds from Jabra, Klipsch, and even Sony were able to deliver (although the WF-XB700 still provide the most thump for your buck) and when switching back and forth between these and the AirPods Pro, the vastly improved bass performance was the thing that stuck out the most. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pros were also louder than most of the wireless earbuds I’ve tested, thanks to those larger drivers, which will help prevent the world around you from drowning out your music or podcast.

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Dual mics give the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro solid active noise canceling capabilities, but it’s not the best ANC you’ll find on wireless earbuds.
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That’s also why Razer has introduced active noise canceling on the Hammerhead True Wireless Pros using both an internal and external mic on each bud to pick up sounds from the surrounding environment and unwanted sounds that happen to make it into the wearer’s ear canal. It’s quite good, as far as active noise canceling performance on earbuds goes, but I’d have to say that the ANC in Apple’s AirPods Pro is just a little bit better. But unless you spend most of your days on a plane, I don’t think the difference in performance is enough to justify the extra $50 for the AirPods Pro.

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Razer includes two sets of silicone ear tips (one for comfort and one that will stay in better) plus a pair of Comply’s memory foam tips that expand to provide the perfect fit every time.

Razer includes two sets of silicone ear tips (one for comfort and one that will stay in better) plus a pair of Comply’s memory foam tips that expand to provide the perfect fit every time.
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Razer also deserves bonus points for the assortment of earbud tips it includes with the Hammerhead True Wireless Pros. They offer better sound isolation (and passive noise blocking) than the previous version by the nature of their in-ear design, and to ensure the optimal fit, Razer offers three different ear tip options. Small, medium, and large versions of both its SmoothComfort silicone tips (which are smoother supposedly making them more comfortable to wear for longer durations) and its SecureSeal silicone tips (which are more textured and tacky to improve grip and help keep the earbuds in your ears when you’re active). Razer also includes a medium-sized pair of Comply’s memory foam tips that expand when inserted into the ear for the best possible fit. It’s nice to see a company including foam tips with its earbuds and making consumers aware of the alternatives to silicone tips which are often uncomfortable, even if Comply’s tips do need to be replaced every few months.

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Razer isn’t going to win any innovation awards for the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro’s vertical-loading charging case that expands the earbuds’ battery life from four hours to 20 hours with four full additional charges. It’s a little larger and thicker than the AirPods Pro charging case without the convenience of wireless charging—just a USB-C port to plug into. But it’s very pocketable, keeps everything in place and closed with magnets, and does basically what it’s supposed to do with minimal branding aside from “RAZER” etched onto the lid.

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The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro’s accompanying iOS/Android app is very good allowing tap shortcuts to be remapped and even custom EQ presets to be created.

The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro’s accompanying iOS/Android app is very good allowing tap shortcuts to be remapped and even custom EQ presets to be created.
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Where Razer’s Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds get especially appealing as an alternative to the competition is on the software side. One of my biggest complaints with the Razer Opus headphones has been resolved with Razer’s new wireless earbuds. In addition to five equalizer presets to choose from in the accompanying iOS/Android mobile app (including a preset tuned by THX that sounds fantastic) users can create their own custom EQ preset which can be beneficial for those dealing with hearing loss who prefer to boost certain frequency ranges.

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The robust app includes other customizability features too, like the ability to remap what shortcuts are activated when tapping or long-pressing on the earbuds themselves. I often find myself accidentally pausing my music when simply trying to adjust an earbud in my ear, so being able to deactivate the single-tap shortcut completely is a welcome feature. As accompanying apps go, there’s not much else I’d actually ask for here.

The Hammerhead True Wireless Pros still cater to gamers with a low latency mode that prioritizes the Bluetooth connection over battery life so sounds are always synced to the action on screen.

The Hammerhead True Wireless Pros still cater to gamers with a low latency mode that prioritizes the Bluetooth connection over battery life so sounds are always synced to the action on screen.
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Given Razer’s pedigree is gaming, its new Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds have one other interesting feature: a ‘Gaming Mode’ which promises to reduce latency between what’s happening on-screen and the accompanying wirelessly broadcasted audio to just 60-milliseconds. According to a Razer spokesperson, instead of reducing the bandwidth and quality of audio being transmitted to achieve this, the ‘Gaming Mode’ instead “…prioritizes the power to the Bluetooth chip, much like overclocking a CPU, in a manner of speaking. That said, there is a slight increase in battery consumption in this mode, so for maximum battery life we give the user the option of turning it off.”

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If you’re an iPhone user the effortless connectivity with the AirPods Pro is hard to beat, but for $200 Razer’s Hammerhead True Wireless Pro are an excellent alternative that arguably offer much better sound and customizability.
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The performance and price point of Razer’s Opus headphones genuinely surprised me, and I’m equally impressed by the company’s new Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds. Lots of companies are jumping into the wireless earbud market with products that are only really differentiated by the corporate logo on the buds. But Razer has clearly done a lot to differentiate its new Hammerhead True Wireless Pros and to make them a compelling alternative to the more popular solutions already out there. If you’re hell bent on buying wireless earbuds with ANC, these would be $200 very well spent.