The weekend’s best deals: Apple iPad, MacBook Pro, OLED TVs, and more

The weekend’s best deals: Apple iPad, MacBook Pro, OLED TVs, and more

Ars Technica

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes the lowest price we’ve tracked for Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad, which is currently down to $280 at various retailers. That’s about $50 off Apple’s MSRP and roughly $25 off the average street price we’ve seen online in recent months.

You can read our review from last September for more details, but in short, we consider the 10.2-inch iPad to be the best option for most people in the market for an Apple tablet. Yes, its A13 Bionic chip isn’t as powerful as the M1 SoC found in the iPad Air and iPad Pro, and the device’s older design language means it lacks the USB-C ports, laminated touchscreens, upgraded cameras, and wider accessory support of those higher-end models. The 64GB of storage in this entry-level variant isn’t a ton, either. But as a pleasant-to-use screen for reading, streaming, web browsing, and playing the occasional game, the base iPad is still plenty competent. It’s fast enough for the essentials, it’s still usable for lighter work when paired with a good keyboard case, and it supports all the same apps as any other iPad. It’s a boring device, but it works, and it remains a significant step-up from cheaper Android tablets. Most importantly, it’s far and away the most affordable iPad, particularly at this deal price.
The caveat here is that Apple is expected to introduce a new entry-level iPad by the end of the year. We don’t expect a refreshed model to arrive during the company’s just-announced September 7 event, but if history holds, we could very well see it announced in October. Recent rumors suggest this new model could feature a major redesign that brings the device more in line with the look and feel of the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad Mini. (This could also result in a removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, though it’s hard to say that for sure just yet.) Either way, if you don’t need a new tablet right now, it’s probably worth waiting. But if you do, this is a new low for a tablet that was already a decent value.

Elsewhere, our deals roundup includes a new low on Apple’s 14-inch MacBook Pro—which, like the iPad, could be refreshed later this fall, but may still have appeal at this deal price for developers and power users who need a new model today. We also have lower-than-usual prices on new well-reviewed OLED TVs from LG and Samsung, Google’s Chromecast, Microsoft’s Xbox Series S, HyperX gaming headsets, Intel CPUs, Surface laptops, and more. You can check out our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Apple iPad (64GB) 10.2-inch tablet for $280 ($305) at Target, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,599 ($1,850) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (PC) + 3-month PC Game Pass membership for $67 ($84) at Newegg
  • Dune (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital) for $14 ($22) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Wingspan board game for $40 ($47) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Intel Core i5-12600KF 10-core/16-thread desktop CPU for $221 ($260) at Amazon
  • LG C2 (2022) 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,797 ($2,150) at Woot (discount at checkout)
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media streamer for $40 ($45) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless gaming headset for $150 ($190) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Microsoft Xbox Series S game console + one select digital game for $290 ($350) at Microsoft, Newegg (discount in cart; offer also available for $300 at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, GameStop)
  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $4 ($30) at Prime Video
The latest 10.2-inch iPad.
Enlarge / The latest 10.2-inch iPad.

Andrew Cunningham

Electronics deals

  • Apple iPad (64GB) 10.2-inch tablet for $280 ($305) at Target, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB) 10.1-inch tablet for $100 ($140) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone for $399 ($445) at Amazon, Target ($199 w/ activation at Best Buy)
  • Google Pixel 6 (128GB) smartphone for $497 ($580) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (256GB for $599)
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) smartphone for $649 ($855) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (256GB for $749)
  • Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022, 128GB) smartphone for $200 ($260) at Motorola, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub 7-inch smart display for $55 ($85) at Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub Max 10-inch smart display for $174 ($220) at Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 5.5-inch smart display for $40 ($60) at Amazon, Best Buy, Target
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robot vacuum for $249 ($285) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba j7+ robot vacuum w/ self-emptying dock + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) smart speaker for $599 ($745) at Amazon
Android phone we like if you absolutely cannot spend more than $200.”>Motorola's Moto G Stylus isn't without issues, but it's an Android phone we like if you absolutely cannot spend more than $200.
Enlarge / Motorola’s Moto G Stylus isn’t without issues, but it’s an Android phone we like if you absolutely cannot spend more than $200.

Ron Amadeo

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,599 ($1,850) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022, Starlight) 13.6-inch laptop (M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,099 ($1,199) at B&H
  • Lenovo Yoga 6 (Gen 7) 13.3-inch 2-in-1 laptop (Ryzen 5 5500U, 1920×1200, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $500 ($650) at Best Buy (use code: YOGADEAL, Ryzen 7 5700U/16GB RAM/512GB SSD for $700)
  • Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (Gen 7) 16-inch gaming laptop (Core i7-12700H, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU) for $1,599 ($1,950) at Walmart
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 12.4-inch laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) for $600 ($685) at Microsoft, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch tablet PC (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) + Surface Pro Keyboard for $1,000 ($1,200) at Best Buy
The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.
Enlarge / The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.

Samuel Axon

  • MSI Gaming Radeon RX 6800 XT (16GB GDDR6) GPU for $575 w/ rebate ($680) at Newegg (use code: VGAEXCMSJZ284, $600 w/o rebate at Amazon)
  • Intel Core i5-12600KF 10-core/16-thread desktop CPU for $221 ($260) at Amazon
  • Gigabyte M32QC 31.5-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, VA, 165 Hz, VRR) for $280 ($310) at Amazon
  • Dell S2721DGF 27-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 165 HZ, VRR) for $300 ($350) at Dell
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 SSD for $92 ($106) at Amazon (clip 15% coupon, 2TB for $169)
  • SK Hynix Platinum P41 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 SSD for $120 ($150) at Amazon (2TB for $208)
  • Crucial MX500 (500GB) 2.5-inch SATA SSD for $46 ($56) at Amazon, B&H (1TB for $76)
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 5600MHz RAM for $170 ($225) at Amazon, Newegg
still a solid GPU for 1440p gaming. The deal above represents a good price relative to what we’ve seen for similar models in recent weeks, though it’s worth noting that GPU prices may continue to fall in the months ahead.”>AMD's Radeon RX 6800 XT (top) is still a solid GPU for 1440p gaming. The deal above represents a good price relative to what we've seen for similar models in recent weeks, though it's worth noting that GPU prices may continue to fall in the months ahead.
Enlarge / AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 XT (top) is still a solid GPU for 1440p gaming. The deal above represents a good price relative to what we’ve seen for similar models in recent weeks, though it’s worth noting that GPU prices may continue to fall in the months ahead.

Sam Machkovech

TV and home entertainment deals

  • Samsung S95B (2022) 55-inch 4K QD-OLED TV for $1,700 ($1,950) at Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy
  • LG C2 (2022) 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,797 ($2,150) at Woot (discount at checkout)
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media streamer for $40 ($45) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Apple TV 4K (32GB) media streamer for $120 ($160) at Amazon, Best Buy (64GB for $140)
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max media streamer for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Dune (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital) for $14 ($22) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $4 ($30) at Prime Video
HyperX's Cloud Alpha Wireless is a gaming headset with a battery that lasts hundreds of hours on a charge.
Enlarge / HyperX’s Cloud Alpha Wireless is a gaming headset with a battery that lasts hundreds of hours on a charge.

Jeff Dunn

Gaming deals

Elden Ring and want to try a more focused (and arguably more difficult) experience from developer From Software, the acclaimed 2019 action game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice might be worth a look.”>If you've had your fill of <em>Elden Ring</em> and want to try a more focused (and arguably more difficult) experience from developer From Software, the acclaimed 2019 action game <em>Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice</em> might be worth a look.” src=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/ss_0f7b0f8ed9ffc49aba26f9328caa9a1d59ad60f0.1920×1080-640×360.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/ss_0f7b0f8ed9ffc49aba26f9328caa9a1d59ad60f0.1920×1080-1280×720.jpg 2x”/><figcaption class=
Enlarge / If you’ve had your fill of Elden Ring and want to try a more focused (and arguably more difficult) experience from developer From Software, the acclaimed 2019 action game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice might be worth a look.

Activision

Video game deals

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (PC) + 3-month PC Game Pass membership for $67 ($84) at Newegg
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – GOTY Edition (PC) for $30 ($45) at Steam
  • Monkey Island Collection (PC): Four Monkey Island games for $5 ($20) at Steam
  • Rollerdrome (PC) for $20 ($30) at Steam, Humble
  • Death Stranding Director’s Cut (PC) for $28 ($35) at Epic
  • Doom Franchise Bundle (PC): Six Doom games + DLC for $32 ($60) at Steam (also on Game Pass)
  • What the Dub?! (PC, Switch) for $4 ($8) at Humble, Nintendo
  • Spelunky (PS4) for $3 ($10) at PSN
  • The Last Campfire (PS4) for $4 ($10) at PSN
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($30) at Target, Best Buy (also on Game Pass Ultimate)
  • BioShock: The Collection (Switch, Xbox, PS4) for $10 ($15) at Nintendo, Xbox, PSN
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (Xbox BC) for $5 ($15) at Xbox
  • Beyond Good & Evil HD (Xbox BC, PC) for $3 ($8) at Xbox, Humble, Epic
  • Hades (Xbox) for $17 ($22) at Xbox (XBL Gold only, also on Game Pass)
  • Elden Ring (PS5, PS4, Xbox, pre-owned) for $35 ($40) at GameFly
Marvel’s Spider-Man recently made its way to PCs, though our review notes that it’s best played on higher-end gaming PCs or Valve’s Steam Deck handheld right now.”>The excellent open-world action game <em>Marvel’s Spider-Man</em> recently made its way to PCs, though our review notes that it’s best played on higher-end gaming PCs or Valve’s Steam Deck handheld right now.” src=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/spidey-deck-02-640×400.png” width=”640″ height=”400″ srcset=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/spidey-deck-02-1280×800.png 2x”/><figcaption class=
Enlarge / The excellent open-world action game Marvel’s Spider-Man recently made its way to PCs, though our review notes that it’s best played on higher-end gaming PCs or Valve’s Steam Deck handheld right now.

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