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I've shared a lot of drone deals in this space, all of them for hobbyist models designed primarily for shooting video and/or basic flying fun.
Today, let's talk racing. It's a rapidly growing sport, as detailed in this compelling Wired article and CNET's "Day at the drone races," one that demands a flying machine a bit more sophisticated than your stock DJI Phantom.
If you're itching to get started, here's a surprisingly affordable first step: For a limited time, and while supplies last, B&H Photo has the Walkera Runner 250 ready-to-fly racing quadcopter and Devo 7 controller for $179 shipped.
Full disclosure: I know very little about drone racing and even less about this model. I do know that it includes two key features: a first-person-video (FPV) camera and a 5.8GHz transmitter. You also get an OSD module that delivers telemetry data to the controller -- which, incidentally, usually sells separately and typically runs at least $60-70 all by itself.
Not included: FPV goggles. I know even less about those, or what they cost. Looks like you can spend as little as $100 or as much as $600.
One other thing I should mention: Although I haven't found many reviews of the Runner 250, the smattering of user reviews on YouTube all indicate this is not for beginners; you should be an adept drone flyer before moving up to something like this.
That said, most of the folks who posted video reviews said the Runnera 250 was a lot of fun to fly, despite lacking advanced features like GPS and return-to-home. Here's a good, quick overview of what it's like to fly it with FPV googles, and a longer, more detailed review that includes in-flight video.
To me this feels like a lot of bang for the drone buck, something that might have cost $1,000 just a couple years ago. If you think you might enjoy drone racing but don't have a ton of money to invest in it, this might be a good place to start.
Bonus deal: Game time! Do you like a little mystery in your life? Then here's an interesting way to add some: Square Enix is offering its Holiday Surprise Box for $9.99. You'll receive seven downloadable PC games, the names of which will be revealed on Dec. 20. Total value: over $80, according to Square Enix. Last year's box included Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Final Fantasy VIII and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. Fun!
Bonus deal No. 2: Game time for PS4 owners! For a limited time, and very much while supplies last, Gamestop has Star Wars Battlefront: Deluxe Edition (PS4) for just $9.99. If you can find an in-store copy to pick up, the only additional cost is sales tax; otherwise you can get it shipped for an extra $4.99 -- still a killer deal. I will note, however, that Amazon currently has the Standard Edition for the same $9.99 price. Just take note that there's not a ton of single-player activity; this game is really meant for multiplayer.
Bonus deal No. 3: Game time for mobile! Ending very soon, Implosion - Never Lose Hope is free for iOS and Android. Regular price: $9.99. This console-quality action outing has earned top marks from critics and players alike.
Bonus deal No. 4: Let's face it: Kids don't need super-high-quality headphones. What they need is a comfortable, kid-friendly pair of ear cups with volume-limiting hardware, a tangle-resistant cord and, if possible, adorable reindeer horns.
Like this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get the iClever Boostcare kids headphone with removable silicone reindeer horns for $7.99, shipped free with Prime. That's after applying coupon code BIGHS037 at checkout. Incidentally, these were featured in CNET's Tech stocking stuffers under $50.
Fakespot says the overwhelmingly positive reviews are not to be trusted, but what exactly are you expecting for $7.99? As long as they work -- and obviously you can return them if they don't -- the photo ops alone are probably worth the eight bucks. Just saying. Also, FYI, you can order more than one at this price!