The Best Prime Day Deals on a Powerful, Low-Power, High-Performance Laptop: The Case of the Aspire 5
There are also trade-offs. The battery life is quite poor — the Intel model we tested only lasted around five hours — and it’s loaded with some bloatware. It might be difficult to store in a backpack because of the width of the laptop and the hard to use touchpad. Still, if you just need a laptop that gets the job done, the Aspire 5 is on sale at Amazon right now with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor for $448.94 instead of $529.99.
On October 11th and October 12th, Amazon Prime Day will take place. That means we may see even more great discounts on laptops, so you may want to wait to buy a new one. The guide to the best Prime Day deals can be found here.
The new MacBook Air has a larger screen, thinner borders, better qualityWebcam, and a MagSafe battery that lets you charge it instantly even if someone trips over it. It is a delight to use a laptop that is both enjoyable to work and play on, and one that provides a notably better experience than the already great MacBook Air M1.
If you woke up this morning feeling like spending a thousand bucks on something, we offer a great deal on the latest MacBook Air. Right now, the M2-powered model with 8GB of RAM, an eight-core CPU, and 256GB of storage is on sale at Best Buy and B&H Photo for $1,049 ($150 off), which is one of its best prices to date.
The laptop comes with nice features like a comfortable keyboard and an excellent trackpad, as well as offering excellent performance. You might want to buy a high-resolution webcams separately if you really want to use it a lot. Also, be aware that, due to the limitations of the M1 chip, you can only use one external display at a time and port selection is also limited.
On the other hand, the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are equipped with faster M1 Pro processors, and you can go up to an M1 Max CPU if you’d like to spend more money for even faster performance. There is a nice selection of ports, including multiple Thunderbolt 4 ports and a MagSafe power connector. Regardless of what you get, the laptops we’ve tested have an incredible performance and long-life batteries.
Lenovo’s 14-inch Yoga 9i is our favorite laptop for multimedia entertainment. The best sound we have ever heard for a laptop of this size is delivered by the speakers in the convertible. It also comes with an excellent 1080p touchscreen and other perks, including a built-in stylus and a battery life that will last all day. Just note, however, that it does come with bloatware that can be challenging to uninstall, and we found the 16:9 screen relatively cramped and dim.
Acer’s Aspire 5 offers a nice port selection and a backlit keyboard that’s comfortable to use at an affordable price point, but it also comes with poor battery life and bloatware.
The Acer Aspire 5 is another budget-friendly laptop to consider. The 15.6-inch laptop doesn’t offer Thunderbolt support, but it does feature a wide port selection that includes one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, one USB 2.0, one HDMI 2.0, one Ethernet, and a power port. The affordable laptop also features a terrific backlit keyboard that’s comfortable to use and sound quality that punches above its weight class.
The Lowest Price a Fourth-Generation iPad For the Price of $279.99$: Review and Constraints on a Cloud Game Streaming Service
The iPad Air is almost the same size as the iPad Pro, but there are some things you have to give up if you choose not to buy the Pro. The iPad Air uses TouchID in lieu of FaceID, while the Pros get the convenience of FaceID. If you don’t often find yourself requiring lots of local storage on your devices, the Air should be a good choice, since it starts with 64GB of storage.
It lacks support for Dolby Vision and full-array local dimming, but it’s a good TV that’s on sale in various sizes through Tuesday, February 28th. The lowest price we have seen so far this year is $1,099 for the 55-inch model. Alternatively, you can buy the smaller, 43-inch model for $749.99, which is just $30 shy of its best price yet.
This is the lowest price we’ve seen on the latest 4th-generation 11-inch iPad Pro from 2022 (7/10, WIRED Review). The Pro models are the best tablets Apple makes, though they are overkill for most people. The iPad uses the same M2 chip that is in the new MacBook Air, which is powerful, and has enough tricks up its sleeve to be a good laptop replacement. This is a good deal on the 1-TB model and the 2-TB version is also on sale for $200 off. It’s too pricey? Check out the M1-powered iPad Air from 2022. It’s not on sale but it will allow you to save a little cash and still get the job done.
Nvidia announced a limited-time discount on a subscription to its GeForce Now cloud game streaming service. For six months, the priority tier is just $29.99. This tier offers 1080p / 60 frames per second gameplay, six-hour game sessions (compared to just one-hour sessions for the free tier), and access to a faster virtual gaming PC that can display ray-traced graphics. This promotion will last until November 20th.
In case you aren’t aware, GeForce Now lets you remotely play games that you own on Steam, Epic Games Store, and Ubisoft Connect through one cloud streaming portal. You can launch the app (available on Android, Google TV, ChromeOS, PC, macOS, and some smart TVs) and access them over Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Connecting via ethernet will give you the best results, but I’ve had good experiences with streaming via Wi-Fi.
The 2021 iPad Pro Model: a New Deal on December 2022 for Techniverse-Inspired Laptops
Apple devices are expensive, and they rarely go on sale—at the Apple store anyway. Third-party sellers like Best Buy and Amazon give discounts from time to time. There are a number of Apple devices on sale at discounted prices. Most of these deals match or are better than what we saw on Cyber Monday, but many of them will end on Thursday.
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The iPad Mini (8/10, WIRED Recommends) makes an excellent travel companion. It’s small enough to slip into my tote or backpack, and the 8.3-inch display is great for reading ebooks or watching movies. The A15 Bionic processor makes it fast enough to handle both taxing apps and games. With second-generation Apple Pencil support, you can also use it as a notebook or sketchpad. It is still a solid deal, despite the price being dipped for Cyber Monday.
This is the 2021 iPad Pro model with the company’s M1 processor. The new sixth-generation iPad Pro (7/10, WIRED Review) announced last month is a very incremental update; save yourself some cash and grab this version instead.
Apple didn’t sell its stylus last week but it was on sale for $89 during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As small as it is, this is the next best discount we’ve seen. It works with every iPad in Apple’s current lineup except the 9th-gen iPad.
The Fourth-Generation Macbook Pro: A Top Choice for Video Editing, and the Apple Watch SE (8/10, WIRED Recommendations)
The 14-inch Macbook Pro is similar to the 16-inch MacBook Pro, except with a bigger screen. This thing is huge and somewhat difficult to travel with, but the extra screen room can be nice, especially for apps with a lot going on—perfect for video editors. If you missed Cyber Monday, this model is still a good deal.
We recommend the second-generation Apple Watch SE to most people—especially if you don’t need the complex capabilities of the Series 8 like the ECG sensor, temperature sensor, or the ability to check your blood oxygen. The S8 chip is capable of tracking your health and fitness, and you will also get Crash Detection and a redesign of the compass app. It’s compatible with WatchOS 9 too, which means you won’t miss out on any of the latest software features. The larger 44-mm version is also on sale for $269 ($20 off).
The Apple Watch (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite Apple Watch in the lineup. It offers a blood oxygen level sensor, ECG reader, and heart rate monitor. Apple also introduced a wrist-based temperature-sensing feature that tracks your skin temperature. This can be useful for keeping track of your periods. You can still save a few bucks if you missed that deal that was $30 better on Cyber Monday.
This deal was more affordable during Cyber Monday. You can get a full day of battery life with the second-gen AirPods Pro, as it comes with improvements like noise canceling and better battery life. The charging case also comes with new features too, like the ability to sync it with Apple’s Find My app (which will emit a beeping sound to help you locate them), and the option to charge it on an Apple Watch puck. Read our Best Wireless Earbuds guide for more.
This is a small discount on Apple’s official wireless charging for the newer versions of the iPhone, but we’ve seen it dip a bit. It charges fast (15 watts) because it aligns precisely with the spot that allows for the best power transfer. But with an annoyingly short 3-foot cable, it’s tough to use your phone while it’s charging unless you’re right next to where it’s plugged in.
The MagSafe Duo is a great choice if you have both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, with respective spots for both. It is easy to travel with, as it folds in half. This deal makes it a bit easier on the wallet because it is so expensive.
The Slim Keyboard: An Upgraded Dell XPS 13 for Under $10/m$ at Easland’s Fleece
The keyboard can be used for the 11-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air. The Slim keyboard doesn’t give any feedback on the keys but many people like the fact that it’s silent.
Depending on where you live, it’s either starting to look a little like spring or still totally socked in winter. I can’t believe the same person as that forecaster. Either way, we have some deals for you. Those of you stuck in the throes of winter might like a new iPad or laptop to entertain you while the snow flies. You’re able to buy outdoor gear now since it’s a great time of year. Online retailers are trying to get customers into their stores by selling last year’s items for less this year.
This deal is the lowest price we’ve seen for our favorite Android smartphone, and it usually only dips during big sale events. The good performance and good cameras of thePixel 6A will make it stand out from the crowd. You’d be hard pressed to find a better phone.
Here’s your chance to get an upgraded Dell XPS 13 for the price of the base model (5/10, WIRED Review). The base model uses an Intel i5 chip, but lacks power. This deal features a more powerful i7 chip and doubles the RAM to 16 gigabytes, giving you the power you need for more demanding workloads. You also get a slightly larger, 512-gigabyte SSD. There are only a few limitations, the only ones being a lack of a headphone jack and two Universal Serial Bus (USB-C) ports.
Samsung recently updated the Shield to include this new 4-TB model. Right now you can pick it up for the same price as the 2-TB version. It lacks the fingerprint reader of other models in the Shield lineup, but it has an IP65 rating, which means it’s fine in the rain and protected from dust and sand. It’s a good choice for life in your bag.
A Comfortable, Low-Cost Beanie with a Merino Wool Spatula and $cal O(alpha_s)$ Chair for Campers
Only one color is on sale, but so long as you don’t mind the blue-brown theme, this chair is the coziest way to hang out around camp. It might be huge, heavy, and awkward to fold, but it’s all worth it once you cram everyone you love on it in front of a fire.
I tested this chair back when it was first released, and I like it, but at full price, I found it tough to recommend. If you’re looking for a very comfortable and compact reclining camp chair, this one is the best I’ve tried even if it is half off.
This synthetic-filled puffy vest stuffs down like a feathered jacket and is impressively warm. There’s a good selection on sale and the deal does vary by size and price. The discount is not as good as the women’s version, but the sizes are limited, so it’s still on sale.
It’s good for great beanies. It breathes better than synthetics and doesn’t itch. A ton of things merino are on sale right now at Backcountry.com, but I’m highlighting this beanie because everyone needs a nice warm hat. It’s 100 percent merino wool, unlike many other beanies for this price which are a blend of fibers.
The AeroPress: A High Power Foam Pad for Camping and Exploring the Outskirts of a Camp Coffee Shop in South Carolina
I’d write a whole letter about why you need a foam pad and how easy it is to use. I’m aware that inflatable pads are light but do they double as a chair at lunch? This pad is dense and light but accordion-folding makes it easy to strap it to your pack when you need it.
You don’t have to be outdoors to use the AeroPress, but it does make great camp coffee. It’s one of the easiest ways to make a cup of coffee. If you’re just getting started upgrading your coffee experience, the AeroPress is a great way to go. It’s also more capable than most people realize—it can even brew something very close to espresso.
This is a great deal on entry-level binoculars. I find 10×30 an ideal size for hiking—it’s high-powered enough to see well, with a wider field of view than very compact bins (like 7×25 for example), but still light enough that I don’t mind wearing them all day. See more options in our Best Binoculars guide.
Getting the Roomba i7 Plus Ready for Spring Cleaning: Amazon, the Frame, and a Portable QLED TV at Best Buy
We are currently in the waning days of winter despite the fact that there are snowflakes around the Hollywood sign. Fortunately, if you want to jumpstart your spring cleaning this year, iRobot’s Roomba i7 Plus is on sale for $499.99 ($400 off) at Best Buy until the end of today. Irobots newer Roomba j7 lacks obstacle avoidance, but still boasts a variety of features that make cleaning faster and more efficient. The robovac can empty it’s own bin if it learns your home’s layout so it only cleans certain areas. A feature-rich robot vacuum with support for Amazon and others will make it easy to clean up this spring. Read our review.
Speaking of spring, it’s never too early to start prepping for hiking, biking, or any outdoor activity you typically reserve for warmer weather. It is necessary to have a portable speaker like the Tribit StormBox Micro so that you can play music on the go, even when you don’t have a computer. The speaker has an option of attaching it to a backpack or a set of handlebars, with water resistance, and a built-in strap, and it has a built-in strap as well. Normally $59.99, you can currently buy it on Amazon for $39.99, which is just $5 shy of its best price ever.
It’s a good idea to laze around in front of the TV. We feel it is in your best interest to check out the current discount on the Frame TV. A range of art, the kind that looks surprisingly realistic, can be seen on the unique 4K TV, thanks to the panel’s anti-glare and low reflection coating. The Frame is a pretty piece of home decor but it also functions as an impressive QLED tv with a 120hz refresh rate and support for many streaming apps.