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6 of our favorite tech deals this week: Android TV, true wireless earbuds, and Sonos speakers

You're what? Letting all your holiday shopping go to the last minute? Because you're convinced there are big, big deals right around the corner? That is one risky maneuver, and while you might snag a sale or two, we hope you enjoy a few stressed-out weeks. Maybe we can soften the impact a little with a few of the best offers to recently cross our desk.

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[Update: Now $80] Anki Overdrive is $86 ($64 off) on Amazon, Fast & Furious Edition is $93 ($76 off)

Anki's 'Overdrive' is a lineup of smartphone-controlled racing cars that can drive on a customizable track. We reviewed the Fast & Furious Edition last year, and it offered plenty of fun for the original price of $170. Now you can get the Fast & Furious version for far less than that, and the non-themed version is also on sale.

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Anki's Cozmo, Vector, and Overdrive toy robots are 30-43% off for today only

Anki has made several smartphone-controlled toy robots over the past few years, including the adorable 'Cozmo' and the 'Overdrive' race car set. For today only, you can get select Anki robots for 30-43% off from Amazon — including Cozmo, Vector, and Overdrive.

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[Deal Alert] Anki's Cozmo and Overdrive are down $50-55 on Amazon (about 30% off)

Did you forget to buy a gift for that one relative's kid? Think, think again. Did you gamble on a different toy that may never get delivered in time for Christmas or did you purchase another gift only to realize that it isn't exactly what it said it would be or what the child wanted? Or maybe did you forget to gift yourself something fun for the holidays? There's still time to save Christmas and save some bucks in one go.

Three of Anki's products are discounted on Amazon by $50 to $55, practically making them a third-off compared to the MSRP.

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Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition review: Just as good as the original, but with 100% more Vin Diesel

Anki is one of the biggest names in electronic toys right now, and for good reason; it's one of the few companies that has brought robotics to kids. This all started with its 2014 introduction of "Anki Drive," a more modern take on slot car racing that added weapons and artificial intelligence. "OVERDRIVE" was released in 2015 as a successor to Drive, and proved to be a market success. After all, it's the first Anki product I'd ever heard of.

Now, Anki has released a Fast & Furious edition of OVERDRIVE, which throws Dom Toretto's crew and cars into the mix.

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[Deal Alert] Anki Overdrive Starter Kit is down to $99.99 on Amazon ($50 off)

The definition of a toy nowadays is a lot more complicated and advanced than when I was still a kid. A small toy car, a plush bear, heck even a new eraser or pencil sharpener counted. Now, toys have to use batteries, be smart, connect to your phone in some form or another, and be expandable to suck you further in their franchise.

But as far as these kinds of toys go, Anki's Overdrive is kinda cool. It's a racing track with the obvious phone connection, where you can upgrade your cars and their capabilities, build the track as you want with the different elements, and even expand on it with more cars, track parts, and players. The kit includes 2 cars, 6 curved and 4 straight track pieces, 2 riser pieces, 1 charging system, and 1 tire cleaner.

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[Deal Alert] Anki Overdrive Android-Controlled Race Track Starter Kit Only $119.99 On Amazon ($30 Off)

You may have missed it, but remote controlled cars have gotten much cooler than they were when you were a kid. These days you're not just holding down a trigger and throwing your hands up as, yet again, you go into a turn fast enough to send your car flying off the track.

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Anki Overdrive Expands On The Original Toys With Modular Build-It-Yourself Tracks And AI Boss Fights

The currently-available Anki Drive series of toys are undeniably cool, allowing players to drive tiny remote controlled cars along real tracks with their smartphones while the app keeps track of video game-inspired additions like weapons and power-ups. The next iteration of the toy, Anki Overdrive, is set to take things to the next level when it debuts this fall. The most visible addition is the new piece-by-piece track system, including risers for overpasses and jumps, walls for faster banks, and a modular design that allows for near-infinite expansion. It's a mixture of classic Hot Wheels tracks and modern electronics.

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When you begin a new game of Anki Overdrive, the miniature cars will drive themselves around the track, learning the layout and any special sections for themselves.

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