Today’s best deals: A bunch of Apple devices, Amazon Fire HD tablets, and more

Today’s best deals: A bunch of Apple devices, Amazon Fire HD tablets, and more

Ars Technica


It’s Wednesday, which means the time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a variety of discounts on Apple devices. The Apple TV 4K, for instance, is down to $130 at various retailers, which is the lowest price we’ve tracked to date. The higher-capacity 64GB model, meanwhile, is down to a new low of $150. That’s still a high price for a 4K media player—particularly when the latest Google Chromecast, our favorite 4K streaming stick, is currently on sale for $40—but if you’ve got cash to burn and prefer Apple’s interface, this deal lessens the cost at least somewhat. Apple’s set-top box isn’t as smart as Google’s streamer when it comes to proactively recommending content you might like and its lack of 120 Hz support is still disappointing. However, its hardware is more futureproof, its remote is much improved over past horrorshows, and, perhaps most notably, its UI isn’t as riddled with ads as competing platforms like Amazon and Roku. It’s still not a great value, but if you live in Apple’s world and have been looking to upgrade, its price is a little more palatable here.
Speaking of overpriced-but-high-quality Apple devices, the company’s AirPods Max are also on sale for $429. While this isn’t an all-time low, the noise-canceling headphones don’t fall to this price often, and the discount is still $120 off Apple’s MSRP. We recommended the AirPods Max in a past guide to wireless noise-canceling headphones: Their design is on the bulky side, they can’t fold up for easier storage, and they’re oddly reliant on a thin charging case, but their powerful active noise cancelation and exceptionally clear sound are arguably the best we’ve heard from a wireless headphone. If you’re an iPhone user and, again, can afford to pay up, this deal brings them closer in price to competing models from Sony, Bose, and the like. If you want a more affordable set of premium noise-cancelers, though, note that Sony’s still-great WH-1000XM4 are currently discounted to $278.
Beyond that, the excellent iPad Mini is back down to $399, which matches the best price we’ve tracked (as well as the MSRP of the previous-gen model, but we digress). The latest Apple Pencil stylus is down to a joint-low of $99, while those who prefer the 16-inch MacBook Pro can get one for $200 off Apple’s usual going rate. The free six-month Apple Music trial that we highlighted over the weekend is still going on as well, and both Target and Best Buy are running promotions that get you a $10 store gift card at no extra cost when you buy a $100 Apple gift card.

If you want no part of Apple, though, our roundup has plenty more on offer, including lower-than-usual prices on Amazon Fire HD tablets, Google Nest smart home devices, wireless Sonos speakers, Roomba robot vacuums, well-reviewed gaming laptops from Acer and Gigabyte, board games and video games we like, and much more. We also have a couple of “buy two, get one free” sales at Amazon and Target that encompass a wide range of books, games, and movies. You can find our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Apple TV 4K (32GB) media streamer for $130 ($170) at Amazon, Best Buy (64GB for $150)
  • Apple Pencil (2nd gen) stylus for $99 ($125) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Apple AirPods Max wireless ANC headphones for $429 ($475) at Amazon
  • Apple iPad Mini (64GB) 8.3-inch tablet for $400 ($450) at Target, Best Buy
  • $100 Apple Gift Card + $10 store gift card for $100 ($110) at Target, Best Buy
  • Up to 6-month Apple Music membership for free ($50) at Best Buy (new or returning users only)
  • The Batman (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital) for $20 ($30) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Wacom Intuos (small) drawing tablet for $45 ($55) at Amazon (clip $15 coupon)
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB, ads) 10.1-inch tablet for $100 ($140) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media streamer for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) 7-inch smart display for $60 ($90) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Sonos Move portable home speaker for $319 ($399) at Sonos, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale on various games, books, movies, etc. at Amazon, Target
they offer top-notch active noise cancellation and audio quality for a wireless headphone.”>Apple's AirPods Max are on the bulky side and rely on an odd charging case, but they offer top-notch active noise cancellation and audio quality for a wireless headphone.
Enlarge / Apple’s AirPods Max are on the bulky side and rely on an odd charging case, but they offer top-notch active noise cancellation and audio quality for a wireless headphone.

Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

best premium choice you can buy.”>If you must have a small tablet, Apple's iPad Mini (front) is the best premium choice you can buy.
Enlarge / If you must have a small tablet, Apple’s iPad Mini (front) is the best premium choice you can buy.

Andrew Cunningham

  • Amazon Fire HD 8 (32GB, ads) 8-inch tablet for $50 ($75) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids (32GB) 8-inch tablet for $70 ($120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB, ads) 10.1-inch tablet for $100 ($140) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless ANC headphones for $278 ($325) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless ANC earphones for $228 ($265) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Bose QuietComfort 45 wireless ANC headphones for $279 ($310) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Jabra Elite 45h wireless on-ear headphones for $70 ($100) at Amazon, eBay via Jabra
  • Fitbit Versa 3 activity tracker for $161 ($195) at Amazon
  • Fitbit Luxe activity tracker for $90 ($115) at Amazon
comes with a protective bumper case, a two-year warranty, and a one-year membership to Amazon’s Kids+ service, which includes a variety of kid-friendly shows, books, games, and so on.”>Amazon's Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet comes with a protective bumper case, a two-year warranty, and a one-year membership to Amazon's Kids+ service, which includes a variety of kid-friendly shows, books, games, and so on.
Enlarge / Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet comes with a protective bumper case, a two-year warranty, and a one-year membership to Amazon’s Kids+ service, which includes a variety of kid-friendly shows, books, games, and so on.

Jeff Dunn

Sonos Roam isn’t the best-sounding wireless speaker we’ve tested, but if you’re a heavy Sonos user and want a truly portable speaker that can slot into your existing system, it should do the job.”>The Sonos Roam isn't the best-sounding wireless speaker we've tested, but if you're a heavy Sonos user and want a truly portable speaker that can slot into your existing system, it should do the job.
Enlarge / The Sonos Roam isn’t the best-sounding wireless speaker we’ve tested, but if you’re a heavy Sonos user and want a truly portable speaker that can slot into your existing system, it should do the job.

Jeff Dunn

Smart home device deals

  • Amazon Echo Dot Kids smart home speaker for $35 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Echo Dot smart home speaker for $28 ($42) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) 7-inch smart display for $60 ($90) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Google Nest Hub Max 10-inch smart display for $179 ($215) at Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Thermostat smart thermostat for $100 ($120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robot vacuum for $249 ($285) at Amazon, Target, iRobot
  • iRobot Roomba i3+ Evo robot vacuum + self-emptying dock for $399 ($465) at Amazon, Target, iRobot
  • iRobot Roomba j7+ robot vacuum + self-emptying dock for $599 ($720) at Amazon, Target, iRobot
  • iRobot Braava Jet M6 robot mop for $349 ($380) at Amazon, Target, iRobot
  • Eufy RoboVac 11S robot vacuum for $140 ($175) at Amazon
a fine choice. It also has sensors for some basic sleep tracking.”>If you use a bunch of Google apps and want a relatively affordable smart display without a built-in camera, Google's Nest Hub is a fine choice. It also has sensors for some basic sleep tracking.
Enlarge / If you use a bunch of Google apps and want a relatively affordable smart display without a built-in camera, Google’s Nest Hub is a fine choice. It also has sensors for some basic sleep tracking.

Corey Gaskin

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,299 ($2,425) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Acer Predator Helios 300 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Core i7-11800H, 1080p 144 Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3060) for $1,050 ($1,250) at Acer
  • Gigabyte Aorus 15P KD 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Core i7-11800H, 1080p 240 Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3060) for $1,199 ($1,340) at Best Buy
  • Crucial MX500 (4TB) 2.5-inch SATA internal SSD for $320 ($360) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • LG 27GL850-B 27-inch gaming monitor (1440p, 144 Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible) for $300 ($365) at Amazon, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-core/12-thread desktop CPU for $165 ($205) at Amazon
previous models. Naturally, it also slots in neatly with other Apple devices.”>The latest Apple TV 4K is still much pricier than most other 4K streamers, but its hardware is powerful, its UI isn't as filled with ads, and its updated Siri Remote (seen above) is generally far less aggravating to use than previous models. Naturally, it also slots in neatly with other Apple devices.
Enlarge / The latest Apple TV 4K is still much pricier than most other 4K streamers, but its hardware is powerful, its UI isn’t as filled with ads, and its updated Siri Remote (seen above) is generally far less aggravating to use than previous models. Naturally, it also slots in neatly with other Apple devices.

Apple

TV and home entertainment deals

  • The Batman (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital) for $20 ($30) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Dune (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital) for $13 ($25) at Amazon, Target
  • Apple TV 4K (32GB) media streamer for $130 ($170) at Amazon, Best Buy (64GB for $150)
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media streamer for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Roku Ultra 4K media streamer for $70 ($95) at Target (discount in cart)
  • TCL 5-Series S535 (2021) 55-inch 4K LED TV for $428 ($485) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • LG C1 (2021) 55-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,097 ($1,275) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
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Enlarge / Targi is a pleasing board game we like for two-player game nights.

Thames & Kosmos

Gaming deals

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Enlarge / We named Celeste our Game of the Year in 2018.

Video game deals

  • Celeste (Switch, PC) for $5 ($15) at Nintendo, Epic
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond (Switch) for $30 ($55) at Best Buy, GameStop (discount in cart)
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Switch) for $40 ($55) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Nobody Saves the World (Switch, PS4) for $20 ($25) at Nintendo, PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • Spiritfarer (Switch, PC) for $10 ($20) at Nintendo, GOG (also on Game Pass)
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox) for $20 ($50) at Amazon, Best Buy (also on Game Pass)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox, PC) for $16 ($25) at Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox) for $43 ($52) at Amazon (also on Game Pass)
  • Ori: The Collection (Xbox, PC) for $12 ($25) at Xbox (also on Game Pass)
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Enlarge / The darkly comedic assassination game Hitman 3 made our best games of 2021 list.
  • Rare Replay (Xbox) for $7 ($15) at Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox, PC) for $9 ($15) at Xbox, Epic (also on Game Pass)
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $5 ($15) at Xbox, GOG, Steam, PSN (Switch for $10)
  • God of War (PS4) for free ($15) at PSN (PS Plus required)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PS5, PS4, Xbox, Switch) for $45 ($58) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Hitman 3 (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($30) at Best Buy, Amazon
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (PS5, PC) for $30 ($50) at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
  • Assault Android Cactus (PS4) for $4 ($15) at PSN
  • Nier Replicant Ver.1.22474487139… (PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($35) at Amazon
  • Shenmue 3 – Digital Deluxe Edition (PS4) for $4 ($15) at PSN (PS Plus required)
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Enlarge / The addictive roguelite Rogue Legacy 2 is one of our favorite games of 2022 thus far.
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Enlarge / The Zelda-like adventure Tunic is another early highlight of 2022.

Andrew Shouldice / Finji

The first-gen (left) and second-gen (right) Apple Pencil styluses. The 
 
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Enlarge / The first-gen (left) and second-gen (right) Apple Pencil styluses. The former is for the base iPad and various older models, while the latter is compatible with newer iPad Pros and iPad Airs, as well as the latest iPad Mini.

Samuel Axon

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale on various games, books, movies, etc. at Amazon, Target
  • $100 Apple Gift Card + $10 store gift card for $100 ($110) at Target, Best Buy
  • Apple Pencil (2nd gen) stylus for $99 ($125) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Apple Pencil (1st gen) stylus for $80 ($95) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Up to 6-month Apple Music membership for free ($50) at Best Buy (new or returning users only)
  • 3-month Apple TV+ membership for free ($15) at Best Buy (new users only)
  • Apple AirTag (4-pack) item tracker for $88 ($97) at Woot
  • Apple Magic Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro for $300 ($340) at Amazon
  • Apple iPhone 13 Mini Leather Case w/ MagSafe (Midnight) for $36 ($53) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • 2x Tile Mate + 1x Tile Slim + 1x Tile Sticker Bluetooth trackers for $68 ($80) at Amazon, Target
  • DJI OM 5 smartphone gimbal for $129 ($159) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • RavPower RP-PC150 20 W USB-C charger (2-pack) for $9 ($20) at RavPower (use code: DNLPC15)
  • RavPower RP-PC132 30W USB-C dual port wall charger for $10 ($14) at Newegg

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