Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a small but notable discount on Apple’s new ninth-generation iPad, the 64GB Space Gray version of which is currently down to $299 at Amazon and Walmart. That’s $30 off Apple’s MSRP even though the 10.2-inch tablet doesn’t technically release until September 24. Note that you may have to wait a few extra days for the device to ship if you go this route instead of buying directly from Apple, but we figured this deal was worth highlighting for those willing to accept that trade-off in order to save a bit of cash.
We posted our review of the latest entry-level iPad earlier on Wednesday, deeming it “still the one most people should buy.” To be clear, its larger bezels, lack of lamination and antireflective coating on the screen, and slower Lightning port certainly show their age next to the more modern design language of the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and just-refreshed iPad mini. But the ninth-generation iPad still offers sturdy hardware, an otherwise pleasant display, and more-than-good-enough performance for web browsing, video streaming, mobile gaming, and lighter work. That’s in addition to the usual rich app library and long-term software support that comes with owning an iOS device.
If you already own a relatively recent model, there’s no pressing need to upgrade here, but this year’s iteration does double the base storage (now with 64GB) and an upgraded A13 Bionic chip (giving it performance roughly comparable to 2019’s iPhone 11 series). The front-facing camera has been modestly improved to a 12MP wide-angle camera that may be preferable for group video calls, and there’s now support for Apple’s True Tone display tech, which shifts the display’s color temperature to match the ambient lighting of your surroundings. The whole thing can still be upgraded into a slightly more work-friendly machine with the help of a keyboard case or Apple’s (first-gen) Pencil stylus as well.
The iPad’s most appealing feature, though, is its price—this is by far the most affordable tablet Apple sells, and the value it provides is only heightened by discounts like this. It’s not the most exciting product in Apple’s portfolio, and users with more pressing productivity needs will probably be better off upgrading to an iPad Air or Pro (especially given the cost of a compatible keyboard case). But if you just want a pleasing, competent tablet for casual purposes, this is still a device worth recommending.
If you don’t need a new tablet, though, our deals roundup also has discounts on Apple’s MagSafe Charger and MacBook Air, lots of SSDs and noteworthy video games, and more. You can have a look at the full rundown below.
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- Apple iPad (2021, 64GB) 10.2-inch tablet for $299 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $329).
- Apple iPad Air (2020, 64GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $499.99 at Amazon (discount seen in cart—normally $540).
- Apple AirPods Max wireless noise-canceling headphones for $469.99 at Woot (requires Amazon Prime—normally $510).
- Apple TV 4K (refurb, 64GB, 2nd gen) 4K HDR media streamer for $169 at Apple (normally $190).
- Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller (Carbon Black) for Xbox, PC, iOS, and Android for $49.99 at Microsoft and Amazon (normally $55).
- Microsoft Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC for $157.99 at Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy (normally $179).
- Blue Yeti USB microphone for PC + Mac for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $115).
- Roku Ultra (2020) 4K HDR media streamer for $69 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target (normally $85).
Laptop and desktop PC deals
- Apple MacBook Air (2020) laptop—Apple M1, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM (soldered), 256GB SSD for $849.99 at Amazon (discount seen in cart—normally $920).
- Apple Mac Mini (2020) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM (soldered), 256GB SSD for $599.99 at Amazon (discount seen in cart—normally $655).
- Samsung 980 Pro (1TB) PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $179.99 at Amazon (normally $195).
- SK Hynix Gold P31 (500GB) PCIe 3.0 M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $59.99 at Amazon (clip $15 coupon—normally $75).
- SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $114.99 at Amazon (clip $20 coupon—normally $75).
- 32-inch LG GN650-B gaming monitor—2560×1440, VA, 165 Hz, FreeSync for $296.99 at Amazon (discount seen in cart—normally $347).