Small instant photo printers can be a unique and fun way to capture memories while traveling. Sure, they might not have the retro charm of an instant camera, but there’s a certain charm to being able to quickly print credit card-sized photos on the go – all you need to do is capture them with your smartphone. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After testing several instant cameras myself, I found that unless you have some photography skills and experience, it’s often easier to get sharper photos with a camera you know (even if it’s a phone). As a result, mobile photo printers might be what you’re looking for if you want to print photos that look even better.
That’s especially true of Polaroid’s Hi-Print, which my colleague Allison Johnson recently named the best instant photo printer after testing a range of models. As Allison points out, the Hi-Print relies on a mini-dye-sub technology that much larger color photo printers also use, hence the excellent image quality. As an added bonus, you can also use the companion app to add text, emoticons, and colorful frames, and adjust both color and lighting.
Keep in mind that while the camera fits easily in a bag, you probably won’t be able to put the refills in it either, because they’re large. Another downside is that this camera only prints 2 x 3-inch photos, and a single 20-sheet refill pack costs $17. But if that doesn’t bother you, you can buy Polaroid’s Hi-Print now for just $69.99 instead of $99.99 from Adorama through Amazon store – a record low. If you prefer faster shipping, Amazon also sells the camera for $79.92.
Disappointed that you missed the record prices of Apple’s latest smartwatch during Amazon Prime Day? Well, luck seems to be in your favor as the Apple Watch Series 7 is once again cheaper than ever. Right now you can buy the 41mm, GPS-enabled wearable in green for $279 instead of $399 at walmart. That’s actually just $10 more than the budget-friendly Apple Watch SE, which usually starts at $279 but retails for $269.99 at Amazon. However, the Apple Watch Series 7 gets our recommendation as it is much faster. It also comes with more advanced health features such as the ECG and SpO2 sensors and a larger always-on display. However, keep in mind that we expect to see new Apple Watch models next month. Read our review.
If you’re going back to school soon and need a new laptop, Microsoft’s 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 4 is just the thing $799.99 ($200 off) at Amazon, which is the best price yet. This discount is available on the platinum model equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 4680U processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Having reviewed the 15-inch version of the Surface Laptop 4 last year, the device delivered excellent battery life, and its thin, lightweight construction makes it highly portable. While not as powerful as the M1-powered MacBook Air we recommended in our back-to-school gift guide or Apple’s new M2 MacBook Air, the 13-inch Surface Laptop 4 is still a solid laptop if you have a mid-range Windows machine. want with a nice 3:2 screen. Read our Surface Laptop 4 15-inch review.
Need a pair of wireless earbuds to make voice calls that don’t cost a fortune? Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 is a good budget-friendly pair that offers great microphone performance. These are much more affordable than Apple’s most affordable AirPods, especially now that Amazon is selling them in white for only $30 and in black for $34.18 instead of $79.99. While tap control can be finicky at times, these earbuds also deliver good sound and offer a long seven-hour battery life.
If you prefer noise-cancelling earbuds, Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro are also still on sale, as we wrote last week. Right now you can buy them at Anker in Black for $69.99 when you apply the promo code WS24A3951US at the cash register. These earbuds offer great sound quality and speech quality, as well as customizable noise cancellation and EQ settings. Read our review.
A few more deals before you go…
- Deals on Apple’s HomePod Mini can be hard to come by, especially if you don’t own Costco or other big chain stores. Right now, B&H Photo is selling the smart speaker in blue for $89.95 instead of $99.99. Despite its small size, the speaker sounds great, is fully compatible with Siri and HomeKit, and works well with other Apple devices. Read our HomePod Mini review and our hands-on with the latest colorful Homepod Minis.
- Latest Apple TV 4K with 32GB of onboard storage is back to $120 at Amazon, one of the lowest prices we’ve seen it sell for. The $110 Prime Day price has it beat, but it’s a great deal for just $10 more.
- Looking for a 4K TV? Amazon is still sells the 65-inch Fire TV Omni for just $499.99 instead of $829.99. It’s not a particularly stunning panel, but it does offer support for Dolby Vision HDR along with built-in microphones for Alexa commands and support for two-way video calls (if you have a compatible webcam). Read our review.
- You can buy the physical edition of Just dance 2022 for the Nintendo Switch on Amazon now for $15.99 instead of $49.99. The popular dance game comes with 65 songs, can support up to six players and offers a fun way to get fit while gaming.