Attention, fellow deal hunters and misers, it’s the Monday before Christmas, so if you’ve got presents to buy, hurry up. Let us help you do that without spending too much money. things begin, Sony’s DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5 and PC is on sale again for around $49.99 at Amazon, Best Buy and Target. The best part about this deal, aside from getting up to $25 off, is that every color of the DualSense is discounted.
You can choose from stock white, midnight black, cosmic red, galactic purple, nova pink, starlight blue, and even the most recent camouflage gray. Whether you choose a controller in a hue that pops vividly or one that matches it tactically, you get all the benefits of the DualSense: excellent haptics, adaptive triggers that add excitement to every puff in some games, and a built-in microphone – and headphone jack. Read our review.
The controller designed for the PS5, with adaptive triggers, a built-in microphone and haptic feedback technologies.
There’s also a controller deal for Xbox gamers. Turtle Beach’s Recon Cloud controller is heavily discounted for the first time, dropping to $69.95 (about $30 off) at Amazon or directly from Turtle Beach. This controller is unique, acting as a wired controller (similar to the Recon wired USB-C controller) for Xbox and PC, along with built-in wireless Bluetooth for Android. It includes a phone holder to make playing games on the go a little easier. To that end, it’s particularly great for anyone with an Xbox Game Pass subscription for streaming games in the cloud over Wi-Fi or cellular.
At its core, the Recon Cloud – like the standard Recon – is a great controller, especially for FPS games. It has customizable buttons on the back and useful audio features like “SuperHuman hearing” that emphasizes game sounds like footsteps to give you a slight competitive edge. These features gave the standard Recon a nod in our Xbox controller buying guide, and the Recon Cloud adds just a little more connectivity to the formula. Read our practical impressions.
Turtle Beach’s Recon Cloud is a wired USB-C controller for Xbox and PC that also has Bluetooth wireless for PCs and Android phones. It has the same plethora of built-in audio features as the standard Recon controller, but it comes with an integrated, detachable phone holder for streaming mobile games.
Google is excellent Nest Hub smart display is selling for almost its lowest price yet, costing just $44.99 at Best Buy and Target. This $55 discount is a one-day deal at both retailers, and it’s a great value, even if it’s not quite as cheap as the $39 price we saw during Black Friday.
The latest version of the Nest Hub makes a great gift for anyone who likes to see family photos, as the Google Photos integration lets you display photos from a shared album on the 7-inch touchscreen. The screen can automatically adjust the color temperature, making it look almost as natural as a real picture frame. Of course, it comes with Google Assistant voice control for controlling smart home accessories, calling up some music to play on the small (but great-sounding) speaker, or the weather report.
Personally, I bought a Nest Hub for my mom around this time last year on a similar deal, and it was a hit. I’m clearly her favorite son (right?), and this may have played a small role. Read our review.
The second-generation Nest Hub is Google’s smallest smart display, with a 7-inch touchscreen that can automatically adjust to the lighting in your room. What’s new in the latest version is the ability to automatically track your sleep patterns with its Soli radar chip.
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS smartwatch is a fitness-focused versatile Wear OS alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 and Google’s new Pixel Watch, and it’s on sale now for $199.99 from Amazon and direct from Mobvoi. This $100 discount drops the price of the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra to an all-time low, and it’s a great value for Android users who want activity tracking and workout features without giving up too many useful smartwatch features. Normally opting for the more hardcore Polar or Garmin options out there means making that trade-off.
Mobvoi hasn’t yet provided a Wear OS 3 update for the TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra, but it’s still one of the best Android smartwatches you can buy thanks to its speedy processor, 72-hour battery life, and competitive price. Read our review.
This Wear OS smartwatch has a Snapdragon Wear 4100 chip and offers irregular heart rate alerts, sleep tracking and built-in GPS.
The cure for a Monday case? More offers
- Best Buy has a deal gift cards for gamesso that you can buy one gift card and get a second one for 15 percent off. When you click on ‘Build my package’ you can choose from a variety of gift cards, including the PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, Xbox Game Pass membership and Fortnite V Bucks. This could be perfect if you need a few for some easy gifts or if you want to gift one to yourself.
- Not one to be surpassed by all controller deals at the top, Microsoft’s own Xbox wireless controller is $39.49 (about $20 off) in black or white at Target and $49.99 in several colors at Best Buy.
- LG’s 48-inch A2 OLED is back to $569.99 ($730 off) at Best Buy. That’s a respectable price for an OLED of this size. The A2 doesn’t have speedy HDMI 2.1 ports like the fancier C2 and tops out at 60Hz, but it’s an excellent value if you want the great color quality and deep blacks that OLED offers without breaking the bank.
- The latest version of the Tile size Bluetooth tracker is at an all-time low of $14.99 ($10 off) at Target. This could be a great stocking stuffer if you know someone who tends to lose their wallet, keys or other small items – and it’s compatible with Android or iPhones.