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We're just days away from the holiday weekend, and if you're still scrolling through circulars in hopes of on-time delivery dates, your best bet may require a little more effort. Best Buy is currently hosting a last-second savings event that, you guessed it, features thrifty discounts for procrastinating gift shoppers. But to get the products in your hands before Saturday comes along, you'll have to pick them up at the store.
This week, Best Buy is promising to have your online orders ready for pick up one hour after you place them. Obviously, that means you'll need to get out of the house and make a trip to your local brick and mortar, but securing those gifts and saving yourself from anxiously peeking out the window for packages will be worth it.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is the latest smartwatch offering from Apple and continues to set the standard for tech that's on your wrist. With improved battery life, a larger and more vibrant display, and this $60 mark-down at Best Buy, it's the perfect gift that will keep you and your recipient satisfied.
Also: ZDNet's Jason Cipriani reviews the Apple Watch Series 7
As ZDNet tech analyst Ray Wang said it best, "the new M1 Macs are a future-proof investment and deserve serious consideration." Though, not the newest 2021 model, the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro remains a beast of a laptop thanks to Apple's powerful, yet efficient, M1 chip. With a display that some will argue looks better than the notched design of the new 14-inch model, and a cooling system that laps that of competitors, this $150 off deal is one that you simply can't pass on.
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It's hard to argue against a $149 Chromebook unless you're expecting one to run Photoshop and edit blockbuster movies. The $140 ASUS 14'' Chromebook is no MacBook Pro, but gets the job done if you want a laptop for browsing, emailing, or streaming shows. It comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC memory, and most importantly, a pickup date available before the holiday weekend.
With a steep discount, Amazon's Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) makes for the perfect last-minute tech gift. It's compact in nature but is bundled with all the smarts to answer your most curious questions, play holiday jingles, and control other smart appliances. The smart display serves as an excellent bedside alarm or even a recipe book when you're cooking up for the family this weekend.
ZDNet's Jason Cipriani reviewed the latest action camera from GoPro in September and called it "A true jack of all trades". Thanks to a new GP2 processor, the HERO10 Black can capture stunningly-sharp 5.3K video at 60 frames per second. That makes for silky-smooth recordings and YouTube-worthy slow-mos if you decide to fix it up in post. You can pick one up with a $70 discount or have it delivered by Christmas.
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Near Black Friday-lows, you can snag a pair of what is arguably the best truly wireless earbuds in the market: Apple's AirPods Pro. With active noise-cancellation, superb audio quality that hits the right notes in the lows, mids, and highs, and seamless integration with iPhones, the AirPods Pro make for an excellent holiday gift. It's currently discounted to $189.99 and can be picked up at your local Best Buy as soon as the next hour.
Beats by Dr.Dre is best known for bass-pumping audio products that offer more in the looks department than sound. The firm's latest pair of truly wireless earbuds, however, cherish the best of both worlds. Putting the discounted price of $99 aside, I'd still recommend the Studio Buds among the sea of wireless earbuds due to its superb audio performance, comfortable and ear-tight fit, and easy-to-pocket wireless chargeable case. You can gift a pair in time for the holidays right now.
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Typically selling for close to $1,000, the Lenovo Yoga 7i is a splendid 14'' laptop that gives you a reliable Windows experience. With thin bezels and a 2-in-1 design -- meaning it can be folded into a touch screen tablet -- this laptop is a productivity work horse. The discounted configuration features an Intel Core i5, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD.
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If you missed out on a flat-screen during Black Friday, here's a great value option for less than $550. The TCL Class 4-Series spans 70-inches diagonally and features all the bells and whistles of a modern smart TV, including built-in Google voice assistance, Roku streaming pre-installed, and a vibrant 4K panel.
Gift shopping for a gamer? Best Buy is running a sale on a plethora of AAA games, including best-selling titles like NBA 2K22, Madden NFL 22, Far Cry 6, Marvel's Spider-Man, and more. There's a selection for every genre, all of which are discounted up to $45.
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Motorola doesn't have as much flare as it did when people were flipping out over the Razr, but it still has a foothold within the US smartphone market thanks to its value-oriented devices. The G Power (2021) is an excellent device for that one relative who can't go anywhere without an outlet in sight. With a beefy 5,000mAh battery that can last up to three days of usage and a big 6.6-inch screen, the G Power is built to last. You can buy an unlocked handheld for just $179.99 ($70 off) or $129.99 if you activate it at Best Buy.
The truly wireless earbuds market continues to boom, with flagship-level entries that are selling for a fraction of the mainstays. We reviewed the Jabra Elite 85t late last year and found it to outpace that of Apple and Samsung in a couple of categories. For one, these earbuds pump out excellent sound performance, with six mics scattered throughout each bud for clear call quality. These currently sell for just $139.99 ($90 off).