Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a handful of good price drops on various Apple devices. The entry-level iPad Air, for instance, is back down to $500 at various retailers. That equals a deal we first saw last month but nevertheless remains $100 off Apple’s MSRP and tied for the best price we’ve tracked. If you need more storage, the 256GB model is also discounted to a joint-low of $650.
If you’d rather step up to the higher-quality hardware and M1 processor of a new iPad Pro, though, various models of those recently released slates are $100 off their standard going rates as well. Of particular note, this brings the 11-inch Pro down to $700, a price we’ve only tracked a couple of times before. That’s still undeniably pricey for a tablet that still isn’t quite capable of being a true laptop replacement for most, but as we noted in a recent Dealmaster, the Pro does give you such upgrades a brighter and smoother 120 Hz display, a faster chip, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and slightly better mics, cameras, and speakers. The Air is still likely the better value for most, as its accurate display and A14 Bionic chip are still luxurious for most tablet needs. But if money is less of an object, the Pro is a superior piece of hardware all the same.
Besides tablets, our deals roundup also has Apple’s Pencil stylus for $100, which again ties the best price we’ve seen. It’s still a convenient and accurate tool for sketching and note taking, but note that this is the second-gen model, which means it’s only compatible with recent iPad Pro models and the newest iPad Air mentioned above. Meanwhile, the MagSafe wireless charger, which we’ve tested and recommend for iPhone 12 users, is still down to $30 at Amazon-owned Woot.
We’ve also got a couple deals on Apple-made headphones, as both an AirPods bundle with a wireless charging case and the recently launched Studio Buds from Apple subsidiary Beats are down to $130. Both deals mark the lowest prices we’ve tracked. Be advised, though: reports suggest Apple plans to release a redesigned version of its base AirPods later this year, so unless you need a pair with wireless charging functionality today, it might be worth holding off. The Studio Buds should be more future-proof, and they earned a largely positive review from us back in June. On the other hand, another true wireless pair we like, Jabra’s Elite 75t, is on sale for $90 today, for those who aren’t hitched to the Apple wagon.
Finally, Target is currently running a deal that doles out a $10 store gift card at no extra cost when you spend at least $100 on a digital Apple gift card. We’ve seen the retailer run similar promotions in the past, but if you were planning on getting some Apple money anyway, it’s a nifty little bonus.
If you’re not living in Apple World, today’s roundup has plenty more on offer, including the Ars-approved Kindle Paperwhite for a near-low of $85, a new low on the recommended Fitbit Sense smartwatch, the usual smorgasbord of video game deals, good prices on USB chargers and wireless mice we like, and more. You can find those and the rest of our curated selection below.
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Featured deals of the day
Laptop and desktop PC deals
- Lenovo Yoga 9i 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i7-1185G7, 14-inch 4K, 16GB LPDDR4X RAM (soldered), 512GB SSD for $1,349.99 at eBay and Best Buy (normally $1,750).
- Lenovo ThinkPad T14 (2nd gen) laptop—AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 5850U, 14-inch 1080p, 16GB DDR4 RAM (soldered), 512GB SSD for $1,189.50 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBIGDEALS—normally $2,000).
- Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i3-10110U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329.99 at Amazon (normally $375).
- Lenovo Yoga 6 2-in-1 laptop—AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 16GB DDR4 RAM (soldered), 512GB SSD for $699.99 at Best Buy (1TB for $730 at Newegg—normally $900).
- Apple MacBook Air (2020) laptop—Apple M1, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $899 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $960).
TV and home entertainment deals
- 75-inch Hisense U6G (2021 model) 4K HDR LED TV for $1,049.99 at Best Buy (no HDMI 2.1, VRR—normally $1,250).
- 65-inch Sony X90J (2021 model) 4K HDR LED TV for $1,298 at Amazon and Best Buy (My Best Buy members only—normally $1,500).
- Apple Siri Remote (2nd gen) for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD for $49.97 at Verizon (normally $59).
- PS5 console owners only: Apple TV+ 6-month membership for free at PlayStation (must redeem on PS5—normally $30).
- New subscribers only: Amazon Music Unlimited 3-month membership + Paramount Plus Premium 3-month membership for $1 at Amazon (requires Amazon Prime account—normally $54).
- Apple iPad Air (64GB, 2020) 10.9-inch tablet for $499.99 at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy (256GB model for $650—normally $545).
- Apple iPad Pro (128GB, 2021) 11-inch tablet for $699.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (256GB model for $800—normally $770).
- Apple iPad Pro (256GB, 2021) 12.9-inch tablet for $1,099 at Walmart (128GB model for $999—normally $1,199).
- Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case true wireless earbuds for $129.99 at Amazon, Walmart, and Sam’s Club (normally $155).
- Beats Studio Buds true wireless noise-canceling earphones for $129.95 at Amazon, Target, and Walmart (normally $150).
- Fitbit Sense (White/Gold) fitness smartwatch for $219.99 at Amazon (clip $70 coupon—normally $265).
Video game deals
- Returnal (PS5) for $49.99 at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and GameStop (normally $65).
- Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) for $29.99 at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and GameStop (normally $40).
- The Last of Us Part II (PS4) for $19.99 at Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and GameStop (normally $30).
- Hitman 3 (PS5, Xbox) for $34.82 at Amazon and Target (normally $45).
- Batman: Return to Arkham (PS4) for $4.99 at PlayStation Store (includes Arkham Asylum and Arkham City—normally $20).
- Persona 5 Royal (PS4) for $26.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $45).
- PlayStation Summer Sale: Various PS5 and PS4 games discounted at PlayStation Store.
- Stardew Valley (Switch) for $9.99 at Amazon, Target, and Nintendo eShop (PC version for $7 at GameStop—normally $15).
- The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (Switch) for $49.94 at Amazon, Walmart, and GameStop (discount seen in cart—normally $60).
- Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) for $38.99 at Amazon (discount seen in cart—normally $45).
- River City Girls (Switch) for $20.99 at Amazon, Target, and Nintendo eShop (normally $30).
- Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition (Switch) for $34.99 at Amazon, Target, and Nintendo eShop (normally $50).
- Enter the Gungeon (Switch) for $7.49 at Nintendo eShop (normally $15).
- Catherine: Full Body (Switch) for $24.99 at Amazon, Target, and Nintendo eShop (normally $40).
- SteamWorld Dig 2 (Switch) for $7.99 at Nintendo eShop (normally $20).
- HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset for $69.99 at Amazon and GameStop (normally $85).
- Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma v2 tenkeyless mechanical gaming keyboard—Razer Orange, Razer Green, or Razer Yellow switches for $67.50 at Amazon (normally $90).
- Splendor board game for $22.49 at Amazon (normally $30).
- Dice Forge board game for $23.80 at Amazon (normally $29).
- Pandemic board game for $16 at Amazon (normally $30).