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Today’s best deals: 8BitDo game controllers, Razer gaming mice, and more

Today's best deals: 8BitDo game controllers, Razer gaming mice, and more

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It’s time for another Dealmaster! Our latest roundup of the web’s best tech deals includes a new low price on 8BitDo’s Pro 2 Gamepad, which is up to $42.50 on Amazon. If you prefer to shop elsewhere, it is also available for 50 cents more at Best Buy. The wireless gamepad normally retails for $50, so it’s not a massive discount, but it’s the best price we’ve tracked.

We gave the Pro 2 a positive review when it launched last year, calling it “more useful, more comfortable and more customizable” Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller despite costing $20 less. The controller works on Switch, PC, macOS, Android, iOS, and Raspberry Pi devices. Compared to Nintendo’s “Pro” pad, its biggest addition is two programmable rear buttons. these can take off some entries in faster, more competitive games are more convenient since you won’t have to physically move your hands as much as you normally would. The controller is well-built and comfortable, with large face buttons, joysticks with a satisfying level of tension, and even weight balance. Unlike the Pro Controller, the Pro 2 also has analog triggers; this means that they will respond to different levels of pressure, which can be useful, for example, for gradually accelerating in a racing game, instead of always going full throttle. The D-pad is a bit firmer than what you’d find on a PS5 or Xbox controller, as it looks like the old Super Nintendo pad, but the presses are crisp and distinct, so it works well for 2D rigs or old school puzzlers love Tetris. 8BitDo also has a pretty comprehensive companion app that lets you remap inputs, create and assign macros, and adjust joystick and trigger sensitivity. These and other settings can be saved to three separate profiles.

The Pro 2 does not work with PlayStation or Xbox consoles. On Switch, it lacks conveniences like an NFC reader for Amiibo support and the ability to wake the console from sleep mode. The Switch Pro controller also boasts better battery life, lasting around 40 hours compared to the Pro 2’s 20 hours, although the latter is by no means mediocre. Still, if you want a feature-rich controller that you’ll use across platforms, the Pro 2 is a solid choice, and that price only amplifies its value.

If you’d rather use a mouse and keyboard instead of a gamepad, our roundup includes the best price we’ve tracked for Razer’s Viper Ultimate, which fell to $52. We previously named it the best wireless gaming mouse you can buy, and despite being a few years old now, it’s an exceptionally lightweight (74g) and responsive option for competitive FPS gaming and daily work. It’s not the most premium thing – Razer Synapse app can be a pain at times – and it charges via microUSB instead of USB-C, but it’s equally left-handed and right-handed friendly. It also lets you save settings changes to the mouse, and its included cable is very flexible. It normally retailed for around $90 for the past few months, but this deal is more accessible to anyone looking for a capable gaming mouse. If you don’t like the relatively low profile of the Viper Ultimate, Razer’s Basilisk Ultimate is a good alternative that also for salebut for $19 more at the time of this writing.

Beyond that, we also have great deals on Apple’s latest iPad Air, recommended Bluetooth speakers and charging equipment of Anker, the popular card drafting board game 7 Wondersour Video Game of the Year 2021, and much more. You can check out our full recap below.

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The 8Bitdo Pro 2 is a versatile and comfortable gamepad for Switch, PC and mobile devices.
Enlarge / The 8Bitdo Pro 2 is a versatile and comfortable gamepad for Switch, PC and mobile devices.

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Anker's Soundcore Motion Plus is a full-sounding Bluetooth speaker that we love.
Enlarge / Anker’s Soundcore Motion Plus is a full-sounding Bluetooth speaker that we love.

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The iPad Air 2022 with Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.
Enlarge / The iPad Air 2022 with Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

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The Razer Viper Ultimate is an ultra-light and highly responsive gaming mouse.
Enlarge / The Razer Viper Ultimate is an ultra-light and highly responsive gaming mouse.

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