I’ve been on something of a cheap-watch jag. Last month, a surprisingly stylish wearable priced at just $28 (via a promo code that has since expired). Then I tried on the , another rather impressive model — especially given its $31.49 price tag (also expired).
The key takeaway from these two tests: You can get a decent amount of smartwatch for surprisingly little money. They’re not always good at everything, but they’re often good at some things — and good enough given the price.
The latest example: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the HolyHigh P1C Smartwatch is $35.98 with promo code SBC7ZRI2. It normally sells for $90. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
HolyHigh? Yeah. Luckily, that silly branding is nowhere to be found on the watch itself. And the watch is sold under at least two other brand names: MorePro and G-Pro (priced at $61 and $80, respectively). If you use the above link and see this same watch from a different seller, the code won’t work.
So from here I’ll just call it the P1C, which is the name that appears in the instruction manual. The watch offers a wide range of features, some more advanced than you’d expect, including GPS, heart-rate monitoring, activity-tracking for 17 different sports (finally, I can log my badminton!) and a seven-day battery. It’s IP68-rated, meaning you can swim and shower with it.
I can’t say I love the design, which is a bit bulky and bezel-heavy, but at least it’s not cheap-looking in the same way as the Pebble and Amazfit Bip.
I wore the watch for about a week; here’s what I liked about it:
Here’s what I didn’t like:
Limitations and issues like these might be dealbreakers for a watch costing $200 to $300. But $36? I can forgive virtually everything. The P1C tells time, slings notifications, tracks activity and more, for a price that’s pretty tough to beat. I can’t speak to its long-term reliability, but for anyone seeking an affordable smartwatch, this is worth a look.
Read more: The best smartwatches for 2019
Slot cars without the slots? That’s the Anki Overdrive in a nutshell. It was crazy-expensive when it debuted a few years back, but now you can pick one up on the cheap: For a limited time, and while supplies last, TechRabbit via eBay has the Anki Overdrive Starter Kit for $64.99.
The kit includes an expandable figure-eight track and two cars. The latter are controlled via phone or tablet. Anki’s app enhances the racing experience with things like virtual weapons and AI competitors.
Of course, you’ll want to start adding things like more cars, extra track and maybe the freaking awesome Supertruck. This kit is fine to get you started (and potentially a great gift for a youngster), but budget accordingly.
, including the top-end Ultra model, which will sell for $100 when it goes on sale later this month.
However, you can score a decent discount if you preorder it right now: For a limited time, Walmart has the all-new Roku Ultra for $79. That’s a $21 savings, and certainly the best (and only) deal to date on this premium model. You’ll also get a $10 Vudu credit you can redeem toward a movie rental or purchase.
That price puts the Roku Ultra alongside the Walmart-exclusive Ultra LT, which lacks the former’s remote-specific amenities: a mute button, a remote finder and two programmable buttons.
Beyond that, you get all the usual Roku goodness, including 4K HDR streaming (from available sources). I was already a fan of the Ultra’s remote, which has a wired-headphone jack for private listening.
CNET hasn’t yet reviewed the new model, but it was already a winner way back in 2017. (Read thatÂto learn more.) If you’re looking to splurge on an upgrade, make it this one.
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