Today’s best deals: Apple MacBook Pro, Nintendo Game & Watch, and more

Today's best deals: Apple MacBook Pro, Nintendo Game & Watch, and more

Ars-Technica

It’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the web’s best tech deals includes the best prices we’ve tracked for Apple’s 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops. A configuration of the former with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is down to $1,749 at several retailers, more than $200 less than the typical street price we’ve seen in recent months, while a A similar setup for the latter is currently available for $2,299, down from around $150.

While Apple’s new Mac Studio desktop and Studio Display are grabbing Mac attention this month, the latest MacBook Pro is still a fantastic laptop for power users who prefer macOS. In fact, our review last October called the Pro the best laptop you can buy for content creation and intensive software development. The M1 Pro chip found in these SKUs is still blazingly fast, the mini LED display is gorgeous, and the battery can actually last a full work day. The hardware itself is chunky enough to match that performance, but it’s still premium, with a reliable touchpad and keyboard. The port selection, meanwhile, should be wide enough to save you from needing a dreaded dongle. all time. Also, there is no Touch Bar.

You’ll have to make peace with the iPhone-esque notch at the top of the display, and even with those discounts, laptops are undeniably expensive. But if you can afford it, new pros have nothing to complain about. It’s worth noting that a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro is expected to arrive in the coming months, but there’s no indication that those 14- and 16-inch models will be replaced soon.

If you don’t need a high-end laptop, our roundup also includes a rare Nintendo discount Zelda– the Game & Watch-themed handheld, which is down to $42.50 at the time of this writing. Normally it sells for $50. We recommended this little guy in our holiday gift guide last year: it’s best seen as a fun, limited-edition collectible, but the device comes with three all-time classics. Zelda pre-installed games (The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: Link’s Adventureand Link’s Awakening), all of which hold up surprisingly well (difficulty spikes in tough guys Zelda 2 aside) and serve as something of a historical document for the action-adventure game set. The approximately 5-inch handheld is tiny but adorable, and when you’re not playing one of the included games, the whole thing can serve as a cute clock for your desk or bedside table.

Elsewhere, we also have a $30 discount on Microsoft’s Xbox Series S gaming console, a deal that gets you $10 in store credit at Target or Best Buy when you buy a $100 Apple gift card, discounts on a few smart displays in Google’s Nest Hub and Amazon’s Echo Show 5, a lower than normal price on Apple’s excellent AirPods Max noise canceling headphones, our usual assortment of video game deals, and much more . You can check out our full list below.

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Featured offers of the day

  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2 inch Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,749 ($1,965) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2 inch Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,299 ($2,455) on Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Nintendo Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda for $43 ($50) on Amazon, GameStop
  • Microsoft Xbox Series S for $270 ($300) at Newegg (use the code: 93XSR25)
  • $100 Apple Gift Card + $10 Store Credit For $100 ($110) at Target, Best Buy (offer in cart)
  • Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) 7-inch smart display for $55 ($90) at Target, Best Buy, Adorama
  • Tile Essentials (2022, 4-Pack) Bluetooth Item Trackers for $68 ($80) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless ANC Headphones for $278 ($315) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Bundle for Ukraine: includes 998 PC games + items for $10 minimum on itch.io (all proceeds will go to International Medical Corps and Voices of Children)
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Enlarge / Nintendo’s retro-themed Game and Watch collection includes three all-time classics: the original The Legend of Zeldathe tough guys Zelda II: Link’s Adventureand the charming Game Boy title Link’s Awakening.

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Electronic offers

Apple's AirPods Max are undoubtedly pricey, but if you're using an iPhone, you'll get the best audio quality and active noise cancellation we've heard from wireless headphones.
Enlarge / Apple’s AirPods Max are undoubtedly pricey, but if you’re using an iPhone, you’ll get the best audio quality and active noise cancellation we’ve heard from wireless headphones.

Jeff Dunn

Google's second-generation Nest Hub in its ideal bedside environment.
Enlarge / Google’s second-generation Nest Hub in its ideal bedside environment.

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Eufy's Solo IndoorCam C24 takes crisp video and offers a number of useful features on the cheap.
Enlarge / Eufy’s Solo IndoorCam C24 takes crisp video and offers a number of useful features on the cheap.

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Deals on laptops and desktops

  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2 inch Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,749 ($1,965) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2 inch Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,299 ($2,455) on Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA503) 15.6″ Gaming Laptop (1440p 165Hz, Ryzen 9 5900HS, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 3070) for $1,550 ($1,800) at Best Buy
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14-inch 2-in-1 Laptop (1080p, Ryzen 5 5500U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $600 ($710) on Amazon
The screen of the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.
Enlarge / The screen of the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.

Samuel Axone

  • Samsung 970 Evo Plus PCIe 3.0 internal SSD (2 TB NVMe) for $200 ($220) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Samsung 980 PCIe 3.0 Internal SSD (1TB NVMe) for $100 ($110) at Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6 Core/12 Thread Desktop Processor for $229 ($285) on Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12 Core/24 Thread Desktop Processor for $449 ($520) at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core/32 Thread Desktop Processor for $590 ($715) on Amazon
  • LG 27GL850-B 27 inch Gaming Monitor (1440p, 144Hz, IPS, FreeSync) for $347 ($385) at Amazon, B&H
  • Gigabyte G34WQC 34 inch (3440×1440, 144Hz, VA, FreeSync) Gaming Monitor for $390 ($420) at Amazon, Newegg, B&H
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Enlarge / If you have filled up Ring of Eldendeveloper of From Software’s previous game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twiceis a faster version of souls formula.

Video Game Deals

  • Final Fantasy XII: Age of the Zodiac (Switch) for $20 ($30) at Best Buy
  • It takes two (Xbox, PC) for $16 ($25) on Amazon, Xbox, Steam (also on Game Pass)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $10 ($20) on Xbox, PSN, Steam (also on Game Pass)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – GOTY Edition (Xbox) for $30 ($40) on Xbox
  • NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (Xbox, PS4) for $30 ($45) on Xbox, Best Buy, PSN
  • Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 Remastered (Xbox) for $10 each ($18) on Xbox (also on Game Pass)
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Enlarge / It takes two is one of the few full-scale adventure games built entirely around cooperative play.

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Enlarge / Action-RPG Rise of the Monster Hunter was one of our favorite games of 2021.

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Apple's Magic Keyboard is expensive but high quality, and it suspends the iPad Pro or iPad Air.
Enlarge / Apple’s Magic Keyboard is expensive but high quality, and it suspends the iPad Pro or iPad Air.

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Accessories and various promotions

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