We hope you are take advantage of what is left of the summer. But as heatwaves continue to rage across the country, you could be stuck indoors with the air conditioning on. (Read our guide on how to stay cool if you don’t have air conditioning.) If you need equipment to set up your indoor space and keep you occupied, we’ve found some great deals on laptops, gadgets for smart home and hair tools. Just keep in mind that Labor Day is a few weeks away; if you are shopping for something in particular, it may be safe to wait.
Are you preparing for the new school semester? Check out our list of back-to-school offers we compiled earlier this week. We’ve included a few here as well.
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All of Moft’s products are currently 20% off with the code STUDYWITHMOFT through mid-September, and this is our favorite of their laptop stands. It’s light and easy to carry, and it can be converted to several different heights to make working on your computer all day more comfortable. It’s usually around $ 60.
This MacBook got the same discount last weekend, but it’s a rare enough offer to include it again. (It’s also available from B&H.) Its battery should last a full day of work or school, and it’s powerful enough for most people. If you’re a student, you can get extra discount and a pair of AirPods with your .edu email address if you buy it directly from Apple.
If you prefer Windows to iOS, the Surface Pro 7 is a good choice, especially for those who want the best of tablet and laptop worlds. It is light and easy to transport, in addition to having a great autonomy. This deal is for the 10th generation Intel Core i5 model with 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 128 gigabyte SSD. Several other models are also on sale if you need more storage space.
The screen resolution on the Surface Go leaves something to be desired, but it’s still a solid laptop that senior WIRED writer Scott Gilbertson loves. It is a particularly brilliant device for the start of the school year. Like the Pro 7 above, this offer is for the configuration with 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. Avoid the 4 gigs model.
For Google fans, the Pixelbook Go is one of our favorite Chromebooks, and it comes from the company that powers Chrome OS. The battery lasts all day and has a nice touchscreen keyboard. Remember, you can only run Google Chrome and Android apps on Chromebooks, so if the software you’re using isn’t browser-based or the Google Play Store-based, this isn’t for you.
Smart home offers
If you are looking for a smart display for your nightstand, this is a decent price. It can do anything any other Google Assistant-enabled speaker or smart display can do, but its 4-inch display is an especially good size for the bedside table.
If you prefer Alexa and can spend a bit more cash, the Echo Show 8 is the best of the Echo Show family. An 8 inch screen is a good size for most rooms. The camera has automatic pan and zoom functions to keep you centered in the frame during video calls, and there’s a physical shutter when you’re done. Like other smart displays, you can control other smart home devices with your voice or on the screen.
WIRED reviewer Parker Hall loves his smart Ecobee ecosystem, including this camera. It has 1080p video and two-way microphones so you can talk to your pets (or unsuspecting guests) while you’re away. You can also set the camera to turn off when you are at home, so that it does not record you when you are seated.
We love this alternative to cling film from a company that uses sustainably sourced beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin. It’s less waste and hassle than other things, and it’s not hard to clean up.
Catit makes great cat products and we love a few of their fountains. This one is generally quite affordable, and you can often find it for a few dollars off. It’s also available from Chewy, should you prefer to purchase your pet supplies there.
Heated domes and record high temperatures made this summer a nightmare for people without air conditioning. Even with it, it’s hard to stay cool, especially at bedtime. Layla’s Cooling Sheets are super lightweight and they’re the only sheets WIRED Examiner Jess Gray uses when the mercury hits triple digits.
Good digital frames are expensive, so it’s nice to see any kind of discount. Of the Nixplay frames we tried, we prefer the 10.1 inch frame over the 9.7 inch frame. Although the resolution is lower, you wouldn’t know it unless you study them side by side. Nixplay recently released a touchscreen model that we haven’t tested yet, but the non-touch frame is still a good bet.
Invisawear is one of the many companies that hide SOS buttons in jewelry or key chains, so you can reach for help without having to lift more than a finger. We have tried and enjoyed a few of their products, all of which are currently at 25% off. WIRED reviewer Medea Giordano prefers the keychain, which is kept alongside her pepper spray.
Personal care offers
Conair’s flat iron is still inexpensive at around $ 30, but it’s one of the best we’ve tried (even compared to very expensive models). Its plates are long and thin and allow hair to be straightened or curled without too much effort.
It went down a bit before, but it’s still a good deal. The Revlon brush is a cult favorite among hair influencers and WIRED employees. It won’t work on all hair textures, but if you regularly juggle a blow dryer and a round brush, it might work for you.
Diffusers dry hair without disturbing natural curls, reducing frizz. If you already have a hairdryer that you love, this is a great diffuser to try from a beloved curl brand. It can fit larger dryers as well as thinner ones, thanks to its collapsible design (and it doesn’t take up much space when you’re not using it either).
This percussion device is often at a discount, but it is able to compete with the big guns which sometimes cost several hundred dollars. It combines high pressure and heat to really target sore muscles.
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