The best weekend deals: New Apple iPad Air, tons of PC games, and more

The best weekend deals: New Apple iPad Air, tons of PC games, and more

Ars-Technica

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the web’s best tech deals includes an early discount on Apple’s latest iPad Air, the 64GB version of which is down to $570 at Amazon. It’s just a $30 discount, but that’s remarkable considering the tablet only started shipping last week. The only caveat is that Amazon is showing shipping delays as of this writing; if you need the device within the next two weeks, you might be better off paying full price at Apple. But if you were planning on picking up the tablet anyway and you’re willing to wait, that’s a nice little saving.

We gave the new iPad Air a positive review last week, calling it “the best tablet for most people who can afford it.” While it’s not a major overhaul over the previous model, it switches to Apple’s M1 system-on-chip, which is the same SoC used in the iPad Pro and MacBook Air, among other devices. Apple more expensive. As a result, it’s exceptionally fast, to the point that performance shouldn’t be an issue for years to come. The included USB-C port now also offers faster transfer speeds, and the front camera is now a 12MP unit (up from 7MP) that supports Apple’s “Center Stage” feature.

The closest competitor to the iPad Air still comes from Apple itself. The 11-inch iPad Pro comes with twice the default storage (128GB), better speakers, and a brighter display that supports a higher 120Hz refresh rate, but it costs around $180 off more. The entry-level iPad, meanwhile, is much more affordable at $329 and still works well for everyday tablet tasks, but it’s not as powerful overall and uses a more dated design. . For those willing to pay a little more, the new iPad Air is a happy medium: it still has a great screen for media consumption, and when paired with the right accessories, it’s as powerful as the iPad. Current iPad Pro for more complex work. ended.

Beyond that, our roundup also includes a new “Spring Sale” at Epic Games’ PC game showcase. We’ve marked our favorite deals from the bunch below, but the sale includes great prizes on past Ars Game of the Year winners. underworld, Celestial, and Controlplus other Ars-approved hits like Untitled Game of Goose, Horizon Zero Dawn, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Registrationand Disco Elysee, among many others. A handful of these offers are also available on other storefronts such as GOG and Humble.

Elsewhere, we’ve got deals on the just-released Switch game Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Amazon Fire HD tablets, recommended noise canceling headphones and wireless gaming mice, external hard drives, Anker USB-C chargers and more. You can check out our full roundup below.

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Featured offers of the day

The iPad Air 2022.
Enlarge / The iPad Air 2022.

Samuel Axone

Electronic offers

Apple's AirPods Max are pricey, but their noise cancellation and audio quality are among the best we've tested from a wireless headset.
Enlarge / Apple’s AirPods Max are pricey, but their noise cancellation and audio quality are among the best we’ve tested from a wireless headset.

Jeff Dunn

The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet from Amazon with its bumper case included.
Enlarge / The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet from Amazon with its bumper case included.

Jeff Dunn

Deals on laptops and desktops

  • WD Elements Desktop Hard Drive (14TB) for $210 ($245) at Newegg (use the code: 93XSR68)
  • WD Elements Desktop Hard Drive (18TB) for $300 ($360) at Amazon, B&H
  • Samsung 980 PCIe 3.0 Internal SSD (1TB NVMe) for $100 ($110) at Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Samsung 970 Evo Plus PCIe 3.0 internal SSD (2 TB NVMe) for $200 ($220) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 Core/12 Thread Desktop Processor for $229 ($285) on Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12 Core/24 Thread Desktop Processor for $449 ($520) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core/32 Thread Desktop Processor for $590 ($710) on Amazon
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 13.5-inch 2-in-1 Laptop (Core i7-1160G7, 2256 x 1504, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $1,189 ($1,500) at Lenovo (use code: TITANOFFER)
  • Gigabyte G34WQC 34 inch Gaming Monitor (3440×1440, 144Hz, VA, FreeSync) for $390 ($420) on Amazon, Best Buy
Samsung's 970 Evo Plus (top) and 980 (middle) are good mid-range consumer SSDs.
Enlarge / Samsung’s 970 Evo Plus (top) and 980 (middle) are good mid-range consumer SSDs.

Jim Salter

TV and Home Entertainment Deals

  • LG C1 (2021) 55 inch 4K OLED TV for $1,197 ($1,355) on Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy
  • LG C1 (2021) 65 inch 4K OLED TV for $1,650 ($1,825) to Woot
  • Hisense U6G (2021) 65 inch 4K LED TV for $550 ($640) at Best Buy, Walmart
  • Sony X90J (2021) 65 inch 4K LED TV for $1,098 ($1,240) on Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
The Razer Viper Ultimate is a lightweight and highly accurate wireless gaming mouse.
Enlarge / The Razer Viper Ultimate is a lightweight and highly accurate wireless gaming mouse.

Jeff Dunn

Game offers

Microsoft's Xbox Series X console.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console.

Video Game Deals

  • Epic Games Spring Sale: various PC games on sale at Epic
  • Registration (PC) for $14 ($19) at GOG, Humble, Epic
  • Disco Elysium – The Final Cut (PC) for $16 ($30) at GOG, Epic
  • underworld (PC) for $16 ($20) at Epic (also on Game Pass)
  • The gate of death (PC, PS5, PS4) for $14 ($19) on GOG, Humble, Epic, PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • The messenger (PC) for $8 ($15) at GOG, Humble, Epic
  • Control: Ultimate Edition (PC) for $12 ($20) at GOG, Epic
  • monkey outside (PC) for $5 ($10) at GOG, Humble, Epic
  • loop hero (PC) for $7 ($12) at GOG, Humble, Epic
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Enlarge / The subversive deck-building game Registration made our list of the best games of 2021.

Digital feedback

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Enlarge / Untitled Game of Goose is a silly puzzle game about being a boring goose.

Panic

  • Bravely Default II (PC) for $36 ($55) at Humble, Steam
  • Axiom Edge (PC) for $6 ($15) at Epic
  • Bugnax (PC) for $15 ($25) at Epic
  • The Talos Principle (PC) for $4 ($15) at Humble
  • Far: Lone Sails (Xbox, PC) for $3 ($10) on Xbox, GOG
  • Celestial (Xbox, PC) for $5 ($15) on Xbox, Epic
  • night in the woods (Xbox) for $10 ($20) on Xbox
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – GOTY Edition (Xbox) for $30 ($40) on Xbox
  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (Xbox, PS4) for $20 ($30) on Xbox, PSN
  • It takes two (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $16 ($25) on Amazon, Xbox, PSN, Steam (also on Game Pass)
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Enlarge / The freshly released Kirby and the Forgotten Land is an airy and simple 3D adventure.
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $25 ($35) at Target, Amazon, PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (PS4, Xbox, PC) for $20 ($30) at Best Buy, Xbox, Epic
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (PS4) for $4 ($15) on PSN ($7 on Xbox)
  • Castlevania Anniversary Collection (PS4) for $4 ($15) on PSN ($5 on Xbox)
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch) for $55 ($60) at Amazon, Walmart (discount in shopping cart)
  • kill the arrow (Switch) for $10 ($20) on Nintendo eShop (also on Game Pass)
  • Inside (Switch) for $3 ($15) on Nintendo eShop ($5 on Xbox, GOG, Epic)
  • Horizon Chase Turbo (Switch, PC) for $5 ($15) on the Nintendo eShop, Epic
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Switch) for $5 ($15) on Nintendo eShop
Anker's ultra-compact PowerPort III Nano can charge new iPhones at their maximum speed.
Enlarge / Anker’s ultra-compact PowerPort III Nano can charge new iPhones at their maximum speed.

Corey Gaskin

Accessories and various promotions

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