It’s Friday and that means it’s time for some Frideals (sorry, not sorry). First of all, the last generation Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro have fallen to their lowest price to date. At the moment you can get the wireless earbuds for just $99.99 ($100 off) in all colors at Best Buy or in white at Amazon.
Now these earbuds from early 2021 may not have the lightweight, refined design and nice 24-bit audio potential that the newer Galaxy Buds Pro 2 have, but two years later they’re still an excellent pair of noise-canceling earbuds. And as good as the newer Buds Pro are, they launched at a higher price of $229.99, making this discount on the last-generation model all the more worthwhile for anyone who wants good buds on a budget . Read our review.
Woot sells the third generation iPhone SE (the most recent 2022 model) in refurbished condition for as little as $299.99. That’s about $130 off the price of a new one with the base 64GB storage. You also have the option for 128GB and 256GB refurbs for $359.99 and $379.99 respectively. Each of these is well below the base price of a new SE, which starts at $429. The discounted models are advertised as “as good as new” with no scratches or blemishes and come with at least 95 percent battery status and a 100% warranty. 90 days. However, the unlocked phone will arrive in a nondescript bulk packaging – not an original iPhone box.
If you or someone you know needs a “recent” iPhone at a very affordable price, this deal seems worth it. The latest SE may be a parts phone built just like an older iPhone 8, but that means it also retains the home button and Touch ID that many people love. Most importantly, it has the same A15 Bionic chip used in iPhone 13 generation and iPhone 14/14 Plus. Read our review.
If you have active hobbies such as mountain biking or camping, the Tribit StormBox Micro 2 makes for a great portable Bluetooth speaker. It is currently on sale for $47.39 (about $23 off) at Amazon, which matches the low end of the speaker.
The StormBox Micro 2 is a small speaker that puts out a big sound for its size, and it has a built-in strap for easy attachment to handlebars or a backpack strap. The newer model has slightly more output than its predecessor (10 watts versus 9 watts), and Tribit claims the larger battery is good for up to 12 hours of use (compared to eight on the first-generation model). And if you need some juice on your phone, you can use the Micro 2 as a power bank.
The basic model Ring Video Doorbell (wired) is on sale for only $38.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target, which equates to a $26 savings. This may be Ring’s most basic doorbell, but it still supports 1080p video and has features like night vision and motion detection to alert you when someone enters walks past your door. It doesn’t have fancier extras like packet detection or pre-roll video to capture the moment before someone calls, but the wired connection can speed up recording quite quickly. Keep in mind that you may want to budget for a professional to install it if you’re not the handiest person or not very familiar with doorbell wiring in your home. Read our buying guide.