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October 28, 2016

The Wirecutter’s best deals: $110 off on a Dell XPS 13 laptop

by John_A

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot—some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

Bose Soundlink Mini II + Amazon Echo Dot

Street price: $250; MSRP: $250; Deal price: $214

Solid deal on a bundle from Amazon that includes the Bose Soundlink Mini II and the Echo Dot for $214. The Soundlink Mini II alone is $200, while the 2nd gen Dot is $50, so this represents a discount of $36 on the two together. As we haven’t seen many deals on either product individually, that makes this bundle a real value. Both the Carbon and Pearl colors of the Bose speaker and Black/White colors of the Dot are available.

Of the Soundlink Mini II, our portable bluetooth speaker pick for better sound, Brent Butterworth wrote, “For those who want even better sound quality and louder volume and don’t need their portable Bluetooth speaker to be super-portable, the Bose SoundLink Mini II is worth the cost.” He continues, “It’s shocking to hear how much better the SoundLink Mini II sounds than most of its competitors, with clearer voices and a fuller sound closer to what you’d expect to hear from a decent small stereo system. It also plays loud enough to drown out a small dinner party. At 1½ pounds the SoundLink Mini II is perfect for lugging along on family vacations or from room to room in the house but probably heavier than backpackers and business travelers will want to carry.”

Dell XPS 13 256GB Ultrabook

Street price: $1,100; MSRP: $1,100; Deal price: $990 with code TENOFF

This is a rare deal on the non-touchscreen version of the XPS 13. While 10% off isn’t a huge deal, this ultrabook rarely ever goes on sale. Plus, this model has been updated to Intel’s new Kaby Lake i5-7200U processor, meaning it’s slightly faster and more energy efficient than its predecessor. Make sure to change the color choice from Rose Gold to Silver to save $50, and then use code: TENOFF in the cart to receive the additional 10% off.

The Dell XPS 13 is our top pick in our guide for the best Windows Ultrabook. Kimber Streams wrote, “The XPS 13 configuration we recommend costs around $1,100 and has a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB solid-state drive, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and a stunning, 13.3-inch 1080p display—all in a laptop that’s closer in size and weight to the 11-inch MacBook Air than to the 13-inch Air. To fit the display into such a small chassis, Dell shrank the bezel around the screen to a teensy 5 millimeters. The design looks great, but the tiny bezel shunts the webcam to the left corner beneath the screen, so you should be prepared for some unflattering nostril and chin angles during video calls. That minor flaw aside, the Dell XPS 13’s comfortable keyboard, good trackpad, excellent battery life, and reasonable price make it the best ultrabook for getting work done in the office or on the go.”

All-Clad Tri-Ply Stainless-Steel Nonstick Fry Pan

Street price: $135; MSRP: $135; Deal price: $108

This is a good deal at 20% percent off in cart on all 3 sizes of this pan. Our pick, the 10 in. version of this pan, only drops below $110 when on sale and typically hovers above $130. The promotion is also available for the 8 and 12 in. sizes.

The All-Clad 10-inch Stainless Non-Stick Steel Fry Pan is our upgrade pick for the best nonstick pan. Lesley Stockton writes that it, “does everything our top pick can but better, albeit at a much higher price. Food came out more consistently browned and omelets released a little easier. Hash browns had a deeper and more-even golden color. The All-Clad nonstick skillet has all the features we like about the traditional skillet: classic flared shape, bent lip, and a comfortable stick handle, and it’s the only one of our picks that’s induction compatible.”

Anova Precision Cooker Bluetooth

Street price: $150; MSRP: $150; Deal price: $112 with code KITCHEN

At $112 with from Target with code KITCHEN, this is easily the lowest we’ve seen the Anova Bluetooth. After the introduction of the new model, we expected to see it drop below $130, but that hadn’t really happened until now. Shipping is free and if you’ve got a REDcard, you can get an additional 5% off.

The Anova Precision Cooker is our runner-up in our sous vide gear guide. Tim Barribeau writes, “It’s one of the cheapest ways to get into sous vide cooking, and thanks to an innovative adjustable attachment system, the new Anova works with a much smaller volume of water than the previous iteration did—so there’s now no need to heat up a gallon of water just to cook a couple of chicken breasts.”

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