The upcoming Labor Day holiday heralds the end of summer and the rise of everything from the school year to the new gadget season. While you can expect plenty of Labor Day-related deals from us in the near term, Philips has gotten a bit of a head start with their “Summer of Hue” savings promo, so you’re not stuck with a single shade of post-Labor Day relief.
Philips currently offers three white and colored smart bulbs for the price of two, $35 off the cost of some of the most popular smart home bulbs through September 12. The vibrant E26 Hue bulbs provide funky lighting, offering a full spectrum of 16 million colors, as well as the flexibility to stretch from warm white to daylight-balanced cool white with brightness up to 800 lumens. As the fall months approach, it can be refreshing to have color temperature options at your disposal to try and keep your mental state up to scratch, or at the very least to have adjustable smart timers for when the daytime hours get shorter. This is a great way to access the Philips Hue ecosystem – the E26 bulbs can work with a Hue Bridge or without via Bluetooth – or to build up the stock of bulbs already installed in your home.
The world of gaming-focused accessories is full of over-the-top RGB lighting, over-engineered aesthetics, and clean design lines. However, if you’re looking for a more understated style that doesn’t sacrifice performance, there’s the Logitech G Pro wireless mouse. The excellent peripherals have all the principles of a gaming mouse, including a lightweight construction and adjustable DPI sensitivity, but with a look that could succeed in an esports tournament or an office. The functionality also goes a little further, allowing for fully ambidextrous operation, with a symmetrical design and interchangeable side button layouts. Normally $130, Amazon currently has the Logitech G Pro for $85, its cheapest price yet.
The Studio Buds are a recent release from Beats, owned by Apple, one that offers a number of unique features that set it apart from the bevy of AirPods on the market. First, the bold Beats use a USB-C charging port unlike Lightning, making them more accessible and useful for Android users. They also support several Android features and offer active noise cancellation, which, while not as strong as the competition, still makes them a great pair of true wireless earbuds for sports or travel. Amazon currently has the stylish red model for $130 ($20 off), which is an all-time low for a pair of earbuds that just launched in June. Read our review.
If you’re looking for a different deal on true wireless earbuds, the Jabra Elite 75t are them over 33 percent off at Amazon, bringing the price down to $100. These earbuds are a great alternative for multi-device users, or those who want some low-end punch while listening to tunes. They’re not as new as the aforementioned pair of Beats, but in review, our colleague and seasoned headphone enthusiast Chris Welch called them the best AirPods alternative. Given its current price, the Jabra Elite 75t is a formidable competitor to standard AirPods and will make life a little easier if you’re someone who prefers to avoid Apple’s ecosystem. Read our review.
The original Apple Pencil became the butt of many jokes in the tech space when everyone saw how it charged — we weren’t fans either. Fortunately, unlike the first-generation model, the latest Apple Pencil charges when magnetically attached to your iPad. It also supports gestures and is compatible with both the iPad Pro and the latest iPad Air. If you took advantage of our still active deal from yesterday on the iPad Air, this is your favorite stylus. For a limited time, Amazon fetches $30 off the second-generation Apple Pencil, bringing it back to its lowest price yet.