Today’s best tech deals: Kindle Paperwhite, Logitech webcams, and more

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Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a great deal on Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite that brings the e-reader down to $80. That matches the lowest price we’ve ever tracked.

While an ebook reader isn’t exactly essential for most people, we’ve long recommended the Paperwhite as a great option for anyone in that market. It’s almost three years old at this point—and we wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon gave it a refresh in the not-too-distant future—but it still offers a compact and comfortable design, a side-lit, 6-inch, 300-pixels-per-inch display that is crisp and allows you to read in darker settings, and Amazon’s typically extensive catalog of ebook and audiobook content. This model also has Bluetooth audio support for listening to audiobooks from Audible, as well as an IPX8 waterproof rating, so it’s safe to read in the tub or pool.
You still have to put up with ads on the lock screen and other places unless you pay an additional one-time fee, and if you can live with a lower-resolution display, Amazon’s base-level Kindle is a solid budget-friendly alternative that’s currently on sale for $65. If you’d rather avoid entering Amazon’s locked-down platform altogether, Kobo’s Clara HD offers similar hardware—minus the waterproofing and Bluetooth support—and is discounted to $100. If you go with one of Amazon’s deals, though, note that both Kindle offers include a three-month trial of the Kindle Unlimited service, which provides an on-demand selection of books for one monthly fee.
Besides those e-reader discounts, our deals roundup includes a couple of solid prices on Logitech’s C920S HD Pro and C922x Pro Stream webcams, which are currently down to $60 and $65, respectively. We’ve tested both and recommended the former in past buying guides, but each device offers clean 1080p video and a simple setup process. The main difference between the two is that the C922x can record up to 60 frames per second (albeit in 720p), which makes it a bit better suited for streaming. The C920S, meanwhile, includes a built-in “privacy shutter” for when you’re off calls. Neither of these prices is the lowest we’ve ever seen, but they do match the best we’ve seen in the last year, as the effects of the pandemic have significantly constrained webcam stock and inflated prices over the past several months.

The Dealmaster has plenty more to share, including an excellent price on Apple’s AirPods Pro, a one-day sale on standing desks and related accessories, a nice drop on an affordable Bluetooth speaker we like, and deals on 4K streaming players from Roku and Nvidia, among other offers. You can find our full curated selection of discounts below.

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Featured deals of the day

Amazon's waterproof Kindle Paperwhite remains a strong ebook reader for most people.
Enlarge / Amazon’s waterproof Kindle Paperwhite remains a strong ebook reader for most people.

Valentina Palladino

Electronics deals

Apple's AirPods Pro are still commendable noise-canceling true wireless headphones.
Enlarge / Apple’s AirPods Pro are still commendable noise-canceling true wireless headphones.
Logitech's C922x Pro Stream webcam records crisp 1080p video and can also shoot up to 60 frames per second at 720p.
Enlarge / Logitech’s C922x Pro Stream webcam records crisp 1080p video and can also shoot up to 60 frames per second at 720p.

Jeff Dunn

Tribit's XSound Go is a solid choice for those who want a decent portable Bluetooth speaker for as little cash as possible.
Enlarge / Tribit’s XSound Go is a solid choice for those who want a decent portable Bluetooth speaker for as little cash as possible.

Jeff Dunn

TV and home entertainment deals

The 4th-gen Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker.
Enlarge / The 4th-gen Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker.

Amazon

Smart home device deals

The dramatic stealth-action zombie game <em>The Last of Us Part II </em>isn't as universally beloved as its predecessor, but it makes some bold choices, looks great, and might be easier to try at a discount.
Enlarge / The dramatic stealth-action zombie game The Last of Us Part II isn’t as universally beloved as its predecessor, but it makes some bold choices, looks great, and might be easier to try at a discount.

Video game deals

The narrative of the co-op-only platformer <em>It Takes Two</em> can sometimes grate, but playing with a partner is usually a blast.
Enlarge / The narrative of the co-op-only platformer It Takes Two can sometimes grate, but playing with a partner is usually a blast.

Hazelight

The frenetic and over-the-top first-person shooter <em>Doom Eternal</em>.
Enlarge / The frenetic and over-the-top first-person shooter Doom Eternal.

Bethesda

Sony's DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment adds two programmable buttons to the back of your PS4 controller. That means it can add a little extra functionality to the PS4, PC, iOS, and Android, but not PS5 games.
Enlarge / Sony’s DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment adds two programmable buttons to the back of your PS4 controller. That means it can add a little extra functionality to the PS4, PC, iOS, and Android, but not PS5 games.

Jeff Dunn

Gaming deals

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a far more comfortable way to play Switch games on a bigger display.
Enlarge / The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a far more comfortable way to play Switch games on a bigger display.

Jeff Dunn

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Flexispot EN1 standing desk (48 x 30-inches, 48 x 24-inches) for $239.99 at Amazon (normally $305).
  • Flexispot EC1 standing desk (48 x 30-inches) for $199.99 at Amazon (normally $250).
  • Flexispot Comhar standing desk with drawer and USB ports (48 x 24-inches) for $369.99 at Amazon (normally $500).
  • Flexispot Comhar standing desk with drawer and USB ports (48 x 24-inches) for $319.99 at Amazon (normally $400).
  • Flexispot GD9E gaming standing desk (48 x 24-inches) for $271.99 at Amazon (normally $340).
  • Flexispot M18M 31-inch standing desk converter for $59.99 at Amazon (normally $115).
  • Flexispot M732 32-inch standing desk converter for $111.99 at Amazon (normally $140).
The second-generation Apple Pencil.
Enlarge / The second-generation Apple Pencil.

Samuel Axon

SanDisk's microSD Card for Nintendo Switch is fast and reliable, regardless of whether you use it with an actual Switch console.
Enlarge / SanDisk’s microSD Card for Nintendo Switch is fast and reliable, regardless of whether you use it with an actual Switch console.

Jeff Dunn

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