15 Columbus Day Sales on Tech We Love: Instant Pot, Apple, Vizio, Amazon Echo


Whether you observe Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day, this is a weekend with a few extra tech and gaming sales. We’ve highlighted some discounts for tech we really like. We’ve tested many of these items, and the rest look like they’re well worth your hard-earned money.

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New this Week

  • New Fire TV Stick 4K for $50 (Was $70). We haven’t yet tested the latest Fire TV, but it doesn’t appear to pack a lot of surprises. It should still work well for Amazon content as well as other streaming apps. This model has a voice remote for Alexa and is significantly cheaper (and trimmer) than last year’s 4K Fire TV. It will likely show up in our Best TV Streaming Devices sometime soon.

  • Super Mario Party for $60. The latest Mario Party title is getting good reviews, and has tons minigames that are as unique and fun as the Switch itself. It’s a terrific way to kill time with some friends.

  • 6 Months of Kindle Unlimited for $30 (Was $60). Kindle Unlimited gives you access to more than a million books on the Kindle app or a Kindle ebook reader at no extra charge, with some magazines thrown in, too. This discount lasts until Oct. 20.

  • Marvel Thanos Gauntlet Mood Lamp for $40. It won’t give you the ability to erase half of the sentient beings in the universe, but this Infinity Gauntlet lamp is colorful and a lot of fun.

Apple Discounts

Best Buy has a big Apple Shopping Event going on. Not everything is actually on sale, but here are three picks that might be of interest.

Tech Deals

  • Instant Pot Ultra 6 Quart Pressure Cooker for $100 (Was $150). Amazon price matched this high-end Instant Pot due to other sales around the Web. It has a fancier interface than older models, but still has that 10-in-1 functionality that everyone likes. Amazon also has good prices on other Instant Pots.

  • 2 Insignia Google Assistant Speakers and Alarm Clocks for $50 (Was $150). Best Buy’s Google speakers aren’t the best by any stretch, but getting two for $50 is pretty incredible. We have one and if you don’t need a loud speaker for music, it fits the bill (see The Best Smart Speakers for better music players). The highlight is its digital clock, which can also visually show the temperature when you ask. We like to use it for white noise, as well.

  • 13-inch HP Spectre x360 Laptop for $900 (Was $1,150). This is a primo convertible for work, home, or travel laptop with an Intel Core i5 CPU and 8GB RAM. If you want to go all out, you can upgrade to 16GB with a Core i7 for about $135 more.

  • 15-inch HP Pavilion Laptop for $630 (Was $1,000). This standard-style laptop is a little larger, and packs an Intel Core i7 and 8GB RAM.

  • 55-inch Vizio P-Series 4K TV for $888 (Was $1,150). Most Vizio TVs look good, but the P Series looks outstanding. We’ve spent some time with this specific model and it has very deep blacks, vibrant color, and supports 4K HDR. We also like the built-in Chromecast support and 126 local dimming zones, which enhance contrast.

  • Turtle Beach Elite Gaming Headset + Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for $170 (Was $260). The TB Elite Pro is one of the best gaming headsets we’ve used. It should work on any console or PC and is usually $200 on its own. Newegg is offering it with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for about $90 off. Our link goes to the PS4 version, but the combo is also available for Xbox One.

  • Echo Plus (Certified Refurbished) for $81 (Was $130). The Echo Plus has ZigBee connectivity in it so it can hook up to more smart home gadgets, and it’s the best sounding standard Echo. It’s refurbished, but $81 is still a great deal.

  • Echo Show (1st Gen) for $130 (Was $230). Amazon has replaced this Echo Show with a fancier model with a bigger screen, but if you don’t mind the design, it still should work just as well as the new one for everything, and it’s $100 cheaper. It’s been on sale for a couple months now, so you can consider this the new normal price (at least until supplies run out).

  • Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker for $85 (Was $130). If you’re interested in cooking some of your food in a warm water bath, Anova’s heating wand is a good option that should fit on the pots you already own.

Columbus Day Sales pages

There are plenty more TVs and PC deals available through Columbus Day, and some appliances and tools on discount. Below are some major retailer sales pages, if you’re in the mood to peruse.

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