Now that it’s officially spring, you might be craving a new bag to take to the streets (complete with freshly styled hair). Or maybe you wanted to take up birdwatching? Since you’ll be away, you should probably add a security camera to keep an eye on what’s going on in your home. We’ve found deals on some of our favorite products for all of the above. Stay at home? Earlier in the week, we also rounded up some great deals on tablets, TVs and monitors.
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If none of these appeal to you, we’ve tested dozens of different bag types. Check out all of our buying guides for more options: messenger bags, camera bags, backpacks, totes and luggage.
This is one of our favorite shoulder bags. It’s big enough to hold everything you need to take with you – up to an 11-inch iPad Pro fits in the center pocket – with great organization, yet still slim. It is also quite pretty and goes well with various outfits. We’ve seen it drop below $200, but it’s still a pretty good deal for an expensive handbag.
If you prefer a shoulder bag to a purse or backpack, this is a favorite of WIRED reviewer Jaina Grey. She says it’s the first of its kind that she fell in love with. The main compartment has a key clip and sunglasses slot, and the strap has a magnetic closure so you can remove it at any time. Even packed with all your essentials for a day, it won’t be bulky against your back or chest. Unfortunately, only blue and moon colors are currently discounted.
Moment is a photography brand, so it knows a thing or two about keeping expensive equipment intact and easily accessible. We love its sturdy camera strap, with its modular interior that adapts to lenses or different cameras and accessories, depending on what size you get – there’s 6 and 10 liters available, and both come down to $100. Its fabric is weatherproof (made from recycled sails!) and the back panel is designed to feel good no matter how long your shoot takes.
If you prefer a backpack, Moment has a great one too. The MTW is made of a super durable recycled nylon fabric with a dual layer waterproof coating. We recommend the 21 liter size instead of the 17, but as with the sling above, both sizes are on sale at the same price at present. WIRED editor Julian Chokkattu says to get the most out of it, he needs the MTW camera insert, which is an additional cost (currently reduced to $50). It gets bulky very quickly, which we didn’t like, so try not to over pack. This offer is also available directly from Moment.
We’re fans of almost every Chrome Industries bag we’ve tried. They’re tough and made with a tough nylon exterior – this Naito pack is 1050 denier so should last for many years of regular use. It has a classic slim backpack look, but I was able to fill it with an iPad, Kindle, 15-inch laptop, notebook (and pens in their dedicated slots), along with a bottle of water in the inside pocket.
The price has fluctuated on this bag recently, dipping at or below this price since the start of the year. It’s still a bargain on one of the cheapest backpacks we tested, and best of all, it’s made from recycled plastic bottles. The two front pockets are large enough to hold a tablet or Kindle, and one has organization slots for pens and a key clip. The main compartment includes a 15-inch laptop sleeve. The gray straps on the top half look like a design feature when not in use, but expand slightly to hold an umbrella. Solo New York plants a tree for every bag sold.
Our guide to the best binoculars has more choices you might like and explanations of why they’re so expensive and what the model numbers mean (eg “8×42” means its magnification will render something eight times larger, and the front lens is 42 millimeters).
These Nikon binoculars are our top pick for people new to birding. WIRED senior writer Scott Gilbertson says they strike the perfect balance between optical power, quality and price. You’ll get bright views but less distortion in the sun, and they’re light enough, with a very comfortable strap, to stay around your neck all day. You can find this offer also on the Nikon site.
The Viper HD are our pick for the best high-powered binoculars. They often go for $500 on Amazon. As the number 10×42 in its name suggests, these offer 10x magnification, and Gilbertson says that’s a significant difference out of eight. You’ll see things larger but with a narrower field of view, so it can be harder to track floating birds. You might also find some blurring in your peripheral vision.
Our favorite compact binoculars from Olympus are significantly cheaper than these only $88 (they rarely reach Amazon’s listed price of $110), but the Zeiss Terra is an upgrade option if you can rock it. Despite its light weight and folding ability, you’ll get sharp images with its 8X magnification. They also come with a waterproof case.
Hair technology offers
Be sure to read our guides to the best hair dryers, the best straighteners and the best hair removal tools to learn more.
It’s the coolest hair dryer I’ve ever seen, and it works well. It is also very inexpensive. The mouth is huge, so you should be able to dry your hair faster than with some other models. I just wish there was a medium speed setting between low and high.
Be sure to choose the bundle you want on the right side before adding it to your cart. Enter BEAUTY50 at checkout to see the discount. The Shark hair dryer is powerful and comes with innovative accessories. It is particularly useful for curly hair because the diffuser (in the curly set) is large and its claws can be shortened or lengthened to dry the roots or different lengths of hair. The air concentrator is also adjustable for a larger or smaller opening instead of having to switch between two, and the drying brush attachment (which comes in the straight style set) rotates for better positioning. . The curly hair bundle is reduced to Walmart for $200 ($30 off) and the straight style package is also $30 off at Best Buy.
I think this dryer is overpriced for what it is, but I can’t deny that it works well. It has what the brand calls advanced iLoop Smart Sensor technology to measure moisture levels in your hair 20 times per second and automatically adjust heat and airflow settings. There is also an app.
Security Camera Deals
Check out our Best Security Camera and Best Outdoor Security Camera guides for more options.
Arlo’s Essential is our favorite video doorbell. It has a 180 degree view and alerts come quickly with detailed video. WIRED contributor Simon Hill says false alarms are rare and he found the notifications to be superior to the competition. An animated preview could save you having to open the app. To get the most out of this doorbell, you should consider getting Arlo Secure for $3 a month. You can get this deal from Best Buy too.
The Arlo Pro 4 is our top pick for an outdoor security camera. You can just get a camera for around $180, but this set includes three, as well as four batteries, a dual battery charger, anti-theft brackets and a warning sign. We saw that extra $100 drop during Cyber Monday, but even at that price, it’s a bargain on a big package.
You’ll need to sign up for a free month of SimpliSafe’s interactive monitoring to get this deal on its essential security system (9/10, WIRED recommends), but you can cancel it afterwards if that’s not your thing. It comes with a base station, keypad, motion detector, and three entry sensors for doors and windows. You can choose from other pre-made packs or create your own based on your needs. All are currently 20% off. This is another sale that was better during Cyber Monday at 50% off, but if you don’t want to wait for another major sale event like this, this price isn’t bad.
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