Today’s best deals: Apple MacBook Air, Ring Fit Adventure, and more

Ars Technica

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a solid price for Apple’s M1-based MacBook Air, the entry-level version of which is currently down to $850 at Amazon. You should see a notice of an extra $100 off on Amazon’s listing page, with the full discount applied in your cart.

Outside of a couple brief drops to $800 last year, this is the lowest price we’ve tracked for this notebook version—which includes a basic 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage—from a major retailer. The deal comes out to $149 less than Apple’s MSRP and roughly $90 lower than the average street price we’ve seen online in recent months.

Note that this deal applies to the MacBook Air that launched in 2020 and runs on Apple’s M1 chip, not the model that arrived earlier this year with a revamped design and faster M2 SoC. We generally recommend the latter to most people in the market for a new MacBook today, as it offers a moderate performance boost (largely on the graphics side of things), a brighter screen with a bit more real estate (albeit with a “notched” design), a MagSafe connector, and a much nicer camera and audio system for video calls. The entry-level version of that notebook is also on sale today for $1,099, which is $100 off Apple’s MSRP.

That’s still a good ways above the M1 MacBook Air’s current deal price, though, and the older model remains a good buy for those who need a competent Mac laptop for as little as possible. Despite being a couple of years old, the M1 chip is still more than capable of handling web browsing, word processing, and other casual day-to-day tasks with little issue. And while the thicker bezels and mere two USB-C ports aren’t ideal, the notebook itself remains sturdy and lightweight, with an excellent keyboard and trackpad, a still-strong display, and fantastic battery life that lasted for more than 14 hours per charge in our testing.

Apart from the middling port selection, the major drawbacks to the M1 Air are that it can’t connect to multiple external displays at a time and, more pressingly, its 720p webcam is flat-out bad. But if you want a Mac for the essentials on a (relative) budget, this is a good value.

If you don’t need a new laptop, our roundup also includes a near-low on the popular workout game Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch, a joint-low on the excellent action-RPG Horizon Forbidden West for the PS4 and PS5, and a deal that brings digital copies of the Ars-favorite sci-fi novel Project Hail Mary down to $3. We also have lower-than-usual prices on Google Nest Hub smart displays, LG OLED TVs, well-reviewed SSDs, Anker charging gear, and much more. You can check out our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $850 ($940) at Amazon (discount in cart)
  • Anker PowerLine III (6 ft) USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable for $8 ($18) at Amazon (use code: AKCABLE53)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (PS4) for $40 ($55) at Target, Best Buy, PSN (free PS5 upgrade, PS5 for $50)
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Switch) for $55 ($70) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (discount in cart)
  • Project Hail Mary ebook for $3 ($15) at Amazon, Apple, Google, Kobo
  • Google Nest Hub 7-inch smart display for $55 ($85) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • LG C2 (2022) 48-inch 4K OLED TV + $100 gift card for $1,197 ($1,420) at Newegg (GC expires after 6 mo.)
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 SSD for $86 ($106) at Amazon (2TB for $159)
  • HyperX Cloud II gaming headset for $50 ($70) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill: 3rd Edition board game for $31 ($50) at Amazon (clip $4.20 coupon)
  • WD My Passport (1TB) portable SSD for $110 ($128) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
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Enlarge / The 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro is still a highly powerful tablet. Just note that a refreshed model may arrive next month.

Samuel Axon

Electronics deals

  • Apple iPad Pro (128GB) 12.9-inch tablet for $900 ($1,000) at Amazon (discount in cart)
  • Apple Watch SE (44mm, 2nd gen) smartwatch for $270 ($279) at Amazon
  • Google Nest Hub 7-inch smart display for $55 ($85) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Google Nest Hub Max 10-inch smart display for $175 ($210) at Target, Best Buy
  • Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24 (2-pack) 2K indoor security camera for $61 ($73) at Amazon
  • WD My Passport (1TB) portable SSD for $110 ($128) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • SanDisk Extreme V2 (2TB) portable SSD for $200 ($230) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart (1TB for $110)
  • Apple AirPods Max wireless ANC headphones for $429 ($470) at Amazon
  • Sony MDR-7506 wired headphones for $79 ($89) at Amazon, B&H
  • Apple iPad (64GB) 10.2-inch tablet for $280 ($305) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Garmin Lily (34mm, Tan) smartwatch for $150 ($190) at Amazon
  • Hisense U6H (2022) 55-inch 4K LED TV for $400 ($430) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Hisense U6G (2021) 65-inch 4K LED TV for $440 ($540) at Best Buy
  • LG C2 (2022) 48-inch 4K OLED TV + $100 gift card for $1,197 ($1,420) at Newegg (GC expires after 6 mo.)
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Enlarge / Google’s second-generation Nest Hub.

Corey Gaskin

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $850 ($940) at Amazon (discount in cart)
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,099 ($1,199) at Amazon, B&H
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,599 ($1,840) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,099 ($2,230) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 SSD for $86 ($106) at Amazon (2TB for $159)
  • PowerColor Fighter AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (12GB GDDR6) GPU for $369 ($430) at Amazon
  • WD Black SN850 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 SSD w/ heatsink for $110 ($140) at B&H
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2×16GB) 5600 MHz RAM for $155 ($200) at Newegg (use code: UPGBW2Z232, $160 at Amazon)
  • ViewSonic Elite XG270Q 27-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 165 Hz, G-Sync) for $260 ($375) at B&H, Amazon
  • Gigabyte M28U 28-inch gaming monitor (3840×2160, IPS, 144 Hz, VRR) for $480 ($540) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Gigabyte M32UC 32-inch gaming monitor (3840×2160, VA, 160 Hz, VRR) for $530 ($600) at Amazon, B&H
  • Gigabyte M32QC 32-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, VA, 165 Hz, VRR) for $230 ($300) at Amazon, Newegg
The 13-inch MacBook Air with Apple's M1 chip.
Enlarge / The 13-inch MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 chip.

Lee Hutchinson

Video game deals

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Enlarge / Ring Fit Adventure is an exercise game attached to deeper-than-usual RPG mechanics, at least relative to other titles of this type.

Nintendo

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Enlarge / A port of the classic FPS GoldenEye 007 will be added to Microsoft’s Rare Replay anthology in the near future, although it won’t feature online play, unlike the game’s upcoming rerelease on the Nintendo Switch.

Danjaq / MGM

Gaming deals

Cover art for <em>Project Hail Mary</em>, an <a href=
Enlarge / Cover art for Project Hail Maryan Ars favorite from 2021 and the latest from The Martian author Andy Weir.

Ballantine Books

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Project Hail Mary ebook for $3 ($15) at Amazon, Apple, Google, Kobo
  • Anker PowerLine III (6 ft) USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable for $8 ($18) at Amazon (use code: AKCABLE53)
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano 20 W USB-C wall charger for $11 ($17) at Amazon
  • Anker 621 Magnetic Battery MagSafe wireless battery pack (5,000 mAh, 7.5 W) for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Anker (clip $10 coupon)
  • Apple Pencil (1st gen) stylus for $70 ($95) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Apple Magic Keyboard wireless keyboard for $80 ($97) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MagSafe Duo 15 W dual wireless charger for $97 ($120) at Verizon
  • New users only: Amazon Kindle Unlimited 4-month membership for $5 ($30) at Amazon
  • The Batman (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital) for $15 ($24) at Amazon, Target
  • New users only: Peacock Premium 12-month subscription for $20 ($50) at Peacock
  • New + returning users only: HBO Max (ad-free) 12-month membership for $105 ($150) at HBO Max (12-month membership w/ ads for $70)

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