The Sony LinkBuds just got their first discount on Amazon

We start the week here at Verge offers with a pair of solid discounts on Sony headphones. First of all, Amazon is currently offering the first-ever Sony LinkBuds discount. Normally available for $179.99, you can currently get a pair for $158 on Amazon. That’s not a massive discount, but it’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen for these unique headphones.

The Sony LinkBuds are a clear departure from conventional headphones, using an ‘open style’ donut-shaped design instead of the more typical silicone ear tips. This allows for better spatial awareness and, for some people, a more comfortable fit. And the LinkBuds deliver crisp sound quality and excellent voice call performance. However, due to their design, they are not very practical in noisier environments. However, perhaps the coolest feature is the controls, which let you tap the side of your head to control them instead of the earbud itself. Read our review.

Sony LinkBuds

Sony’s LinkBuds have a striking design that’s rooted in comfort and airy, open sound. They also excel when used for voice calls, outperforming just about every competitor.

However, if you’re looking for something a little more conventional (with active noise cancellation, to boot), Amazon is also offering the Sony WF-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones for $228 instead of their usual $279.99.

The WF-1000XM4 headphones are Sony’s latest model of noise-canceling headphones and are currently our favorite pair of wireless headphones you can currently buy. These earbuds improve on almost every aspect of their predecessor, offering great sound and noise cancellation, plus having one of the longest battery lives of any wireless earbud we’ve tested. While the lack of multipoint Bluetooth support is a disappointment, we still see the WF-1000XM4 as a worthy consideration for anyone in the market for a pair of excellent noise canceling headphones. Read our review.

Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony’s WF-1000XM4 offers the best noise cancellation of any true wireless earbud, and the sound quality is second to none. The headphones can also now be charged wirelessly and have a new, smaller, IPX4-rated design.

The 44mm configuration of the Apple Watch SE normally costs $309 but is currently on sale on Amazon for $229. The GPS and Wi-Fi enabled model of this smartwatch is a great device that incorporates many of the features of the Apple Watch Series 6, but at a more affordable price. Note that this particular discount only applies to the silver aluminum watch that includes a blue sport strap, but you can always swap out the strap later.

The SE largely does what you’d expect from an Apple-branded smartwatch. It is capable of providing notifications, using Apple Pay for contactless payments, and tracking fitness stats, in addition to several other functions. But to keep the price more accessible, the SE drops some of the features included in the 6 and 7 Series, including an always-on display, as well as ECG and blood oxygen monitoring. While it might lack those high-end features, the SE handles the basics remarkably well, thanks to its snappy performance. Read our review.

Apple Watch SE (44mm, GPS)

Apple’s mid-range wearable, the Apple Watch SE, is a step up from the Series 3, with similar features and design to the last-gen Series 6.

Right now, you can still get a free 128GB microSD card when you buy a 1-year Nintendo Switch Online Family Membership at Best Buy. This bundle costs just $34.99 compared to its combined value of around $103, making it a great deal for new Switch owners or really anyone who could just use an extra microSD card. A 128GB microSD card usually costs around $34.99 on its own, so it’s a good value just about any way you cut it.

Just like the Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership, the Family Membership provides access to online features used for a number of games, including Splaton 2 and Mario Kart 8. It also gives you access to a growing library of classic games for NES and SNES on the Nintendo Switch. A final benefit of this subscription is being able to use cloud storage for all your backups, ensuring you always have your most recent data at your fingertips.

The main difference with the family plan is the ability to share your login credentials with up to eight other members with their own Nintendo Online accounts, whether they’re all tied to the same console or not.

If the recent publication of Diablo: Immortal Where Apex Legends on mobile devices makes you consider a handy controller for your phone, the Razer Kishi Mobile Controller for Android is currently on sale for $44.99, half the accessory’s original price of $89.99. iPhone users can also find the Apple-compatible model of the Kishi on sale for $59.99.

While most Bluetooth-enabled game controllers can be used wirelessly with phones, it’s hard to find an elegant way to prop up your screen (unless you already have a phone controller/jack). The Razer Kishi, however, clips around your phone, turning it into a Nintendo Switch-a-like, complete with triggers and shoulder buttons.

It’s worth noting that the Razer Kishi isn’t necessarily compatible with all phones, but it does officially support devices as large as the Samsung Note 10 Plus. Razer has put together an FAQ regarding the specific dimensions supported by the Razer Kishi, detailing a list of devices from major manufacturers that work well with this accessory. Read our review.

Razer Kishi for Android

Razer’s Switch-like controller is designed for mobile gaming and cloud-based gaming services.

Best Buy and B&H Photo are both selling new Sonos Roam and Sonos Move speakers for around the same price as refurbished models. The Roam Bluetooth speaker normally costs $179.99 but is discounted to $143, while the larger and more powerful Sonos Move is on sale for $319.20 instead of the usual $399. Both of these speakers manage to pack impressive sound quality into a portable form factor without giving up the connectivity features that Sonos speakers are known for.

For a more portable option, you might consider the Sonos Roam. This waterproof Bluetooth speaker is perfectly suited for the pool or the beach and is durable enough for most impacts. Although the 10-hour battery life is somewhat disappointing, the Roam offers built-in support for Alexa and Google Assistant. In addition to hands-free playback control, the Roam also supports Apple AirPlay 2, allowing it to communicate seamlessly with other compatible Apple devices on the same network. Read our review.

Sonos Roaming

The Sonos Roam is a true portable Sonos speaker with a rugged design built to withstand the elements. It also has wireless charging and supports AirPlay 2, Alexa and Google Assistant.

If you need a speaker with a bit more juice, the Sonos Move may be the better option. Although its weight and battery life make it a bit more difficult to transport than the Roam, the Sonos Move offers a much bigger sound profile. And thanks to its IP56 waterproof rating, you shouldn’t have to worry about leaving it out in the rain (but don’t subject your tech to that if you can help it). As well as integrating seamlessly with other Sonos speakers, the Move also includes Apple AirPlay 2 to easily pair with nearby Apple devices. And, like many other Sonos devices, playback on the Move can be controlled hands-free with built-in support for Google and Alexa voice assistants. Read our review.

Move Sonos

The Sonos Move is a large speaker designed to be moved around the house or used outside in the yard. It offers powerful sound and full support for countless streaming apps through the Sonos app.

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