Now we’ve reached the end of July, back-to-school season is officially upon us. If you’re starting to shop for supplies to help kick off the new school year on the right note, we curated a guide to a range of helpful gadgets. We also found a number of good deals this week that’ll help you prepare.
Right now, for example, you can buy some of the best item trackers from Tile and Apple at some pretty notable prices. First off, the latest Tile Mate in black with a pack of lost and found labels for $19.99 ($10 off) from Amazon, which is an all-time low. The platform-agnostic Tile Mate will help you or your children keep track of backpacks, lunch boxes, tote bags, keys, and other belongings up to 250 feet away. That might be 150 feet less than the $35 Tile Pro, but that’s still a good distance, and the Mate is significantly cheaper. And the lost and found labels will come in handy should you or your kid, ironically, also happen to lose the tracker.
Alternatively, if you’d like a pack of item trackers for the whole family, you can buy four of Apple’s AirTags for $84.99 ($15 off) from Amazon and Walmart, which are their second-best price yet. The Bluetooth item trackers can tap into Apple’s vast Find My network. That, combined with its with Apple’s Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip in many of the latest iPhones, allows for exceptionally precise and accurate tracking. Since the AirTags don’t have a loop or keychain clip built-in like the Tile Mate, you might want to pair them with Nomad’s $15 leather loop or this official Apple one on sale for $27.99 ($12 off) to attach it to keys or other things.
The latest update to the Tile Mate doesn’t change much but gives it a softer, more rounded design to make it more durable.
Apple’s AirTags can help you find your lost items with its UWB technology. You’ll get the best compatibility with an iPhone, though Apple released an Android app to detect an AirTag’s location if one seems to be following you. Read our review.
Speaking of handy back-to-school supplies, right now Case-Mate’s Fuel USB-C Charger is on sale starting at just $17.70 ($12.30 off) at Amazon. That’s just about $2 shy of its all-time low price and even better than the Prime Day discount. We’re fans of these little chargers here at The Verge thanks to their unique, translucent design and the fact it comes in a variety of fun color options. Looks aside, they’re also very powerful and portable, which each charger capable of delivering 30 watts of power to smartphones, tablets, and even handheld consoles like the Nintendo Switch.
Case-Mate’s line of GaN chargers deliver 30 watts of power via USB-C, and their translucent bodies are slightly reminiscent of the classic iMac G3.
In case you missed it, Samsung announced a number of new products at its Unpacked event earlier this week. One of these is the new Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 phones, which retailers are already offering some pretty good preorder promotions on.
Right now, for example, you can preorder the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 starting at $999.99 from Amazon with a $150 gift card included. You can also preorder it from Best Buy with a $100 gift card. Samsung’s newest 6.7-inch flip phone folds in half so you can slip it into your pocket easily. It comes with a larger front cover display as well as the snappy Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.
If you’re interested in the Galaxy Z Fold 5, you can preorder it from Amazon starting at $1,799.99 with a $200 gift card. Best Buy is also throwing in a $100 gift card when you preorder the device there. The Fold 5 also folds in half but like a book with a 7.6-inch inner display. The new foldable now comes with an updated hinge that allows it to fold flat.
Samsung’s Z Flip 5 is its latest 6.7-inch flip phone that folds in half, now sporting a larger front cover display and a new hinge design allowing it to close flat. Inside, it packs a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 looks a lot like its Fold 4 predecessor, but it now folds flat thanks to a new hinge with less moving parts. It maintains the 7.6-inch inner display and narrow 6.2-inch cover screen, but it now utilizes the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor from the Galaxy S23 phones.
If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth keyboard, right now the latest Apple Magic Keyboard is available for $69.99 ($30 off) at Woot – its best price yet. The wireless keyboard pairs well with a range of Apple devices, including iPads, Mac desktops, MacBooks, and even iPhones. It also comes with scissor key switches that are comfortable to type on. Plus, you won’t need to buy AAA batteries, either, as it recharges via a Lightning port. Just be mindful that it doesn’t come with Touch ID like the newer model. The Apple accessory also only comes with the 90-day Woot warranty.
This Apple Magic Keyboard comes with scissor key switches and works well with either an iPad, Mac, or iPhone.
A few more deals to kick off the weekend on the right note
- The Elgato Stream Deck XL is on sale for $199.99 ($50 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. That’s the best price we’ve seen this year on the gadget, which comes with 32 macro buttons you can program to create shortcuts for various tasks.
- PowerA’s MOGA gaming clip for the latest Xbox controllers is on sale for $13.47 ($16 off) at Amazon. The small clip attaches your phone to the latest Xbox controller so you can play while on the go.
- If you want a terrific smart lock that works with every smart home platform, the Yale Assure Lock 2 is a good choice that’s on sale for $129.99 ($30 off) at Best Buy in the satin nickel colorway. The sleek Yale Assure Lock 2 offers a wide range of unlocking options and is in fact our favorite smart lock. Read our review.
- The Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones are our favorite pair of noise-canceling headphones for travel and right now are on sale for $279 ($50 off) at Amazon, Bose, and Best Buy. In addition to being exceptionally comfortable to wear for long periods of time, the QC45 can last full day on a single charge and sports terrific noise cancellation. Read our review.