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Dealmaster: Our favorite Fitbit fitness tracker is 30% off on Amazon today

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Dealmaster: Our favorite Fitbit fitness tracker is 30% off on Amazon today

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In today's Dealmaster, we have a great discount on Fitbit's Inspire HR, which we recently named the best fitness tracker for most people. As part of Amazon's Deal of the Day, the heart-rate-tracking Inspire HR is down to $70 for today only. That's just $1 off the lowest price we've seen from reputable retailers and a good $30 off its usual going rate.

The Inspire HR is essentially an updated version of Fitbit's old Alta HR tracker. It's something like the general-purpose option in Fitbit's lineup: it doesn't have the battery life and altimeter of the pricier Fitbit Charge 3 or the smartwatch-style functionality of the Fitbit Versa series, but it's still good for what most people need from a device like this without breaking the bank.

Compared to the Alta HR, the Inspire HR includes a full-on touchscreen instead of a tap-only panel and a generally more intuitive interface, with the ability to set timers and better change the look of the OS. At its core, it remains a dependable monitor of daily activity, heart rate, and sleep, aided in large part by the ever-useful Fitbit app. Fitbit rates the Inspire HR's battery as lasting up to five days per charge, which is a downgrade from the seven-day rating of the Charge 3 or Alta HR but should still be enough to only require one charge a week.

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon Fire tablets are on sale today

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon Fire tablets are on sale today

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Headlining today's Dealmaster is a wide-ranging sale on Amazon's Fire tablets, with many of the iPad alternatives back down to the prices we saw on Black Friday. The offers include the Fire 7 for $35, the Fire HD 8 for $50, the Fire HD 10 for $100, and $40-50 off the more child-friendly Kids Edition variants of those slates.

We'd say the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 are your best bets here, as both come with actual HD screens and are generally faster than the ultra-cheap Fire 7. The latter now charges via USB-C, too.

That said, the usual caveats with Fire tablets still apply here: the so-so performance and plastic builds of these devices are decidedly inferior to anything you'd get with a modern iPad, you still have to deal with advertisements on the lock screen, and no Fire device comes with access to the Google Play Store by default (though it's still possible to install Google-made apps with a little extra work). The main reason to buy a Fire tablet is price: these are for people who only need a tablet for basic media consumption (or keeping their kids amused) and want to spend as little as possible on something competent. Viewed through that lens, the Fire lineup remains a good value.

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Dealmaster: Take 33% off a 12-month subscription to Amazon’s Audible service

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Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a notable discount on 12-month Audible Gold subscriptions. A year of Amazon's audiobook service is currently available for $99.50, which is $50 off its usual going rate. The deal also nets you access to 12 audiobooks upfront, instead of Audible's usual policy of only granting one bonus audiobook a month.

The big catch is that the deal is not available to existing subscribers. That said, it's a little less restrictive than previous offers of this type, since those who haven't been a paying Audible subscriber in the past 30 days can take advantage of the deal in addition to first-time subscribers. So if you've been thinking of jumping back on the audiobook wagon, this might be a good opportunity to do so. Amazon says the offer will be available until January 31. Just keep in mind that once the discounted year expires, your membership will continue at the standard $150 rate until cancelled. As for whether or not Audible is worth it in the first place, we recommended the service in our most recent Mother's Day gift guide.

If you have no interest in audiobooks, we also have deals on the latest-gen AirPods, lots of charging gear, PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, gaming monitors, Roku TVs, and more. You can check the full rundown below.

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Dealmaster: Apple’s AirPods are back to their Black Friday price at Amazon

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Today's Dealmaster is headlined by a joint-low on Apple's second-generation AirPods on Amazon. The totally wireless earbuds are currently down to $129, which is $30 off Apple's normal MSRP and about $15 off their typical price online. This is the latest version of the earbuds, meaning they come with Apple's improved H1 wireless chip and support for hands-free "Hey Siri" commands. This model does not come with a case that can be powered up via wireless chargers, though, nor does it support active noise cancellation like the AirPods Pro.

We still can't say these are the absolute best true wireless headphones on the market: the 4-5 hours of battery life is just OK, the lack of physical controls can be annoying, and the sound quality is mediocre as ever. (The Powerbeats Pro from Apple's Beats subsidiary are better in just about every way if you're looking for alternatives, but they're pricier.) Still, we can't deny how simple they are to use with iOS devices, nor how utterly popular they've become. If your heart is dead-set on buying a pair, this current sale matches the AirPods' going rate on Black Friday, so this looks like a sensible time to take the plunge.

If you're not interested in new headphones, the Dealmaster also has big sales on Audible subscriptions, Amazon's latest Kindle Paperwhite, a variety of discounts on TCL Roku TVs, and much more. Have a look at the full list below.

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Dealmaster: Fast-charge your iPhone with this $12 Anker Lightning cable

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Dealmaster: Fast-charge your iPhone with this $12 Anker Lightning cable

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The Dealmaster today includes a number of great sales on accessories, and of note is a cable deal from Anker. Now you can get the Anker Powerline II USB-C to Lightning cable for $11.99 at Amazon.

Anker's mobile accessories have a solid track record, and we particularly like this cable because it's MFi-certified. That means the cable has passed Apple's compliance rules and certification tests and is officially "approved" for Apple product use. Now, you could use any Lightning cable to charge your iPhone or iPad, but accessories that are not MFi-certified could overheat more easily while in use. Some non-MFi cables also don't have the strongest connector, so the end may not be as securely connected to your device's Lightning cable while plugged in.

Overall, devices with MFi certification are generally more reliable and safer to use with Apple products. They can also be more expensive than non-certified accessories, so getting Anker's Powerline II 6-foot cable for $11.99 is a great deal. You can also get a pack of two cables for $19.99, which is $12 off the pack's original price of $31.99.

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Dealmaster: Get a recommended RAVPower wireless charger and adapter for $17

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Dealmaster: Get a recommended RAVPower wireless charger and adapter for $17

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Today's Dealmaster includes a few good deals on wireless chargers, headlined by a $10 discount on RAVPower's RP-PC058 charging pad with an on-page coupon at Amazon. While we haven't reviewed this model specifically, it's essentially an updated version of the top pick in our wireless charger buying guide: it has a similarly stable and efficient design, it supports both 10W charging for Samsung Galaxy phones and 7.5W charging for iPhones, and, importantly, it comes with an AC adapter in the box. The main advertised difference is that this model includes formal support for Apple's AirPods wireless charging case. At $17, this is tied for the cheapest it has been on Amazon.

If you'd prefer a wireless charging stand rather than a flat pad, consider Anker's PowerWave Stand, which we do recommend in our guide and is $5 off on Amazon with the code "AKA25241" at checkout. This one only supports 5W charging for iPhones and doesn't come with an AC adapter but might be more convenient for quick glances at a desk. Today's discount brings it down to $12.

If you prefer to charge your phone the old-fashioned (and technically faster) way, though, we also have deals on PlayStation Plus subscriptions, gaming headsets and mice, internal SSDs, and more. Have a look at the full list below.

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10 tech deals we like that are going on this weekend

Par Jeff Dunn
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While another holiday shopping season has come and gone, there are still lots of deals worth perusing with all those gift cards you may have stocked up. We've highlighted a few of these in today's Dealmaster, which includes offers on recommended gaming mice, noise-cancelling headphones, portable batteries, and more. Have a look at them all in our curated roundup below, and we'll be back with our usual mega-list of deals starting next week.

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

Razer DeathAdder Elite wired gaming mouse for $24.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $44.99).

With its comfy design, accurate tracking, seven customizable buttons, and not-overbearing RGB lighting, the Razer DeathAdder Elite is our current top pick among wired gaming mice. It has sat between $25 and $30 since late November but normally retails closer to $45. If you're interested in PC gaming, this matches the mouse's Cyber Monday pricing.

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Marché Européen du gaming : quelles consoles et quels jeux ont le plus suscité d’intérêt en 2019 ?

Par Guillaume Ghrenassia
idealo, comparateur de prix du groupe Axel Springer, 1er en France et en Europe, a réalisé une étude sur les projets d’achat des consommateurs européens en matière de gaming. Retrouvez les résultats de l’étude en infographies ci-dessous. Quelles sont les consoles préférées des différents consommateurs européens ?

Dealmaster: Take $100 off a new Apple iPad Air

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Dealmaster: Take $100 off a new Apple iPad Air

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Time is just about up for online shoppers to get their Christmas gifts shipped in time for the holidays—Prime and other special memberships excluded—but the Dealmaster is still rounding up tech discounts and price drops for anyone wishing to get themselves a present.

Today's list is headlined by a nice deal on Apple's iPad Air, the 64GB variant, which is down to $399 at select retailers. For reference, Apple sells it for $499, while Amazon has had it for $469 for much of the past year. While that's still priced a good ways above the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad—which itself is $80 off as of this writing—those willing to pay extra will get a more well-rounded tablet. Its processor is two generations newer, it has twice as much storage space, its front-facing camera supports 1080p video, it's thinner, and its display is laminated, anti-reflective in sunlight, and supports a wider color gamut.

If you don't need a new tablet, we also have deals on Samsung portable SSDs, Google's Pixel 3a, Xbox and Switch consoles, Apple gift cards, and more. Have a look at the full list below.

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Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech

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Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech

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Time is running out to get your online Christmas shopping done, but the Dealmaster is here with another round of tech discounts to help you cross out the last few people on your list. Today's deal roundup includes a handful of deals on Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops, including a Core i5 variant of the excellent ThinkPad X1 Carbon available for just under $900. Beyond that, the PS4's latest blockbuster exclusive, Death Stranding, is down to a new low of $35, Apple's latest iPad is still at its Black Friday price of $250, and the Roomba 675 is down to a low of $200. There are plenty more deals to peruse besides those, so have a look at the full rundown below.

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

Top 10 deals of the day

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop - Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $674.10 at Lenovo (use code: THINK10 - normally $899.99).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop - Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $899.10 at Lenovo (use code: THINK10 - normally $1,399).
  • Lenovo Flex 15 laptop - Intel Core i5-1035G1, 15.6-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $521.99 at Lenovo (use code: FLEXSAVE10 - normally $749.99).
  • Apple Mac Mini (late 2018) desktop - Intel Core i3-8100B, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $679 at B&H (normally $799).
  • Dell XPS Special Edition desktop - Intel Core i7-9700, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,199.99 at Dell (normally $1,599.99).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop - Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $739.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop - Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop - Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Video game deals

Gaming deals

TV and home entertainment deals

Electronics deals

The Sonos One.

The Sonos One. (credit: Jeff Dunn)

Audio deals

Smart home deals

  • Amazon Echo Dot + Amazon Music Unlimited 1-month membership for $10.98 at Amazon ($8.98 for Prime members, requires auto-renewal - normally $48.98).
  • TP-Link KP200 smart power outlet for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $34.99).
  • TP-Link HS300 smart Wi-Fi power strip - 6-outlet for $59.49 at Amazon (normally $69.99).
  • TP-Link HS100 smart plug for $13.99 at Amazon (normally $16.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) smart speaker for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $129.99).
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 smart display for $59.99 at Amazon (normally $89.99).
  • Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) smart speaker + Philips Hue smart bulb for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $149.99).
  • Google Home Mini (2-pack) smart speaker for $45 at Walmart (normally $59.99).
  • Google Nest Hub smart display + Google Nest Mini smart speaker for $79 at Best Buy and Target (normally $129.99).
  • iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $50 coupon - normally $269.99).
  • Eufy RoboVac 30 robot vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (clip $70 coupon - normally $269.99).
  • Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub smart garage door opener for $28.90 at Amazon (normally $44.99).

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Instant Pot Ultra 6qt 10-in-1 electric pressure cooker for $84.99 at Walmart (normally $109.99).
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano USB-C wall charger -18W for $15.99 at Amazon (clip 20% coupon - normally $19.99).
  • Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth car transmitter and charger - 2x USB-A, Bluetooth 4.2 for $11.70 at Amazon (clip 10% coupon - normally $16.99).
  • Anker PowerLine (10ft) USB-A to Lightning cable - MFi certified for $10.19 at Amazon (normally $11.99).
  • Anker PowerLine II (3ft) USB-C to Lightning cable - MFi certified for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $15.99).
  • RavPower RP-PC058 10W Qi wireless charger for $18.99 at Amazon (clip $8 coupon - normally $26.99).
  • Aukey CB-C64 USB-C hub - 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 for $11.99 at Amazon (normally $14.99).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard wireless keyboard for $99 at Amazon (normally $112).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $59.99).
  • New users only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for $0.99 at Amazon (normally $39.96).
  • New users only: Amazon Audible 3-month membership for $6.95/month at Amazon (normally $14.95/month).

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Dealmaster: Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller is down to $55 today

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Dealmaster: Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller is down to $55 today

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Today, the Dealmaster's tech discount roundup is headlined by a deal on the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is currently down to $55. While this isn't the absolute lowest we've seen Nintendo's ergonomically friendly gamepad fall, it is the cheapest we've seen it in some time, as drops below $60 have been infrequent over the past year. The controller normally retails closer to its $70 MSRP. For reference, it only fell to $62 on Black Friday.

The Pro Controller itself is worth it if you frequently use the Switch docked to a TV. As we note in our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories, it's much more akin to an Xbox One controller than the Switch's default Joy-Cons, whose tiny buttons and joysticks can become uncomfortable over time. The Switch Pro pad should present no such issues—its face buttons and triggers are sized more appropriately for adult hands, its joysticks are tight and responsive, its textured handles give plenty of room to grip, and it has an actual d-pad. Its battery lasts around 40 hours on a charge, which is excellent, and it can pair with a gaming PC over Bluetooth. The only big downsides are that getting it to work with those PCs can require a little extra setup and that there's no headphone jack for hooking up a headset. Still, it's a massive upgrade for those who get lots of mileage out of Nintendo's console.

If you have no need for a better Switch gamepad, though, we also have a variety of deals on Switch console bundles, the latest Apple iPad, a deal that pairs an Echo Dot with a month of Amazon's Music Unlimited service for $1 extra, sales on various Anker accessories, a discount on Ars-approved board game Azul, and more. Check them all out in the full list below.

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Dealmaster: Get $30 in Amazon credit when you buy a new Nintendo Switch

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Dealmaster: Get $30 in Amazon credit when you buy a new Nintendo Switch

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back today with more holiday deals to share. Of note are a few deals on the newest model of the Nintendo Switch. Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart all have Nintendo Switch deals right now that include up to $30 in gift cards or promotional credit when purchasing the console at its regular price of $299.

At Amazon, you can get the Nintendo Switch plus a $30 promotional credit (to be issued within one week of the console shipping) for $299. Best Buy has a similar offer, including a $30 Best Buy e-gift card with the purchase of a Nintendo Switch for $299. Walmart's deal includes the Nintendo Switch, $20 Nintendo eShop credit, and a carrying case for $299.

Aside from console-and-game bundles, these are the best kinds of deals you can expect on the Nintendo Switch. The console rarely dips below its regular price of $299, so the more additional things you can get in a bundle price, the better. Retailers typically include games, accessories, and credit in such bundles, and we saw similar deals on the Nintendo Switch during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's likely that these deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will be the best deals on the Nintendo Switch that we'll see between now and the end of 2019.

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Dealmaster: Get holiday sales on Lenovo ThinkPads, board games, and more

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Dealmaster: Get holiday sales on Lenovo ThinkPads, board games, and more

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Today's tech deal roundup brings a number of leftover sales from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Lenovo, for one, is still running a couple of deals on very good ThinkPad laptops: a configuration of its latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon with an 8th-gen Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive is available for less than $1,000 with the code "THINKBF1," while a similar config of the more business-oriented ThinkPad T490 is down to $749 with the code "THINKBF7". We rate the former very highly—just note that its memory is not upgradeable, though it is a lighter and more premium-feeling machine than the latter.

Beyond that, we're still seeing a number of Cyber Week sales going strong: the Razer DeathAdder Elite, our favorite gaming mouse, is still at a low of $25; a number of Instant Pot models remain on sale; and our favorite noise-cancelling headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM3, are still at their Black Friday discount of $70 off. The Dealmaster has a one-day Amazon sale on board games, a discount on retro NES-style controllers for the Nintendo Switch, deals on recommended microSD cards and portable power banks, and much more. Have a look at the full rundown below.

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Dealmaster: All the Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals that are still hot

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Dealmaster: All the Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals that are still hot

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with a jumbo-sized roundup of hand-picked Cyber Monday tech deals. To be candid, many of the discounts we're seeing on Black Friday's sister holiday are similar to what we saw last week. We do have some new offers worth noting, including new Nintendo Switch bundles, a Sonos speaker sale, monitor deals, and more. Still, for online tech deals, Cyber Monday is primarily a good opportunity to capitalize on the discounts you may not have checked out on Black Friday.

Not that this is a bad thing. Even after sorting through all the junk on offer, we've still got a boatload of worthwhile deals that cover just about every type of tech gadget. As we did with our Black Friday deals list, we've highlighted a few deals we particularly like ahead of our full rundown. You can see it all below.

(P.S. Because the Dealmaster is a company guy, he'll note that Ars has its own Cyber Monday sale: New Ars Pro++ subscribers can get discounts on a YubiKey 5c or YubiKey 5 NFC device.)

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Dealmaster: The best Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals under $50

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The Sega Genesis Mini.

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Greetings, Arsians! Today is Cyber Monday, and while the Dealmaster has a giant roundup of every worthwhile tech deal he can find, we understand that not everyone is looking for a big-ticket item. For those who only need to buy a smaller-scale gift or two, we've rounded up a few good Cyber Monday tech deals priced below $50.

Some of the highlights here include discounted media streamers: Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is down to $25, its joint-lowest price to date, while Roku's Streaming Stick+ is $20 off at $30. Our favorite wired gaming mouse (which still works well for non-gaming), the Razer DeathAdder Elite, is priced at an all-time low of $25, while one of our favorite portable USB-C power banks, the Aukey PB-Y13, is available for $21. Naturally, there are a metric ton of video game deals, but board games we like such as Catan and Pandemic are also at lower-than-usual prices for Cyber Monday.

If none of that appeals to you, there are also deals on Instant Pots, smart speakers, wireless chargers, microSD cards, and plenty more beyond that. Have a look at the full list below and see if anything works as a potential stocking stuffer (or just a cheap treat for yourself).

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Dealmaster: All the best Black Friday 2019 tech deals we can find

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Dealmaster: All the best Black Friday 2019 tech deals we can find

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of discounts to share—and, well, it's the big one. While the holiday sales have been steadily trickling out over the past few weeks, it's now Black Friday, which means the floodgates are officially open for tech deals across the Web.

Now, as is often the case with major shopping events like this, the majority of the offers retailers are pushing don't totally hold up. Sometimes the prices aren't much lower than you'll see at other points in the year, other times the products aren't worth buying in the first place. (If there's a product you're interested in but don't see below, we recommend using a price-tracking site to ensure you're not overpaying.) But with lots of consumer tech, Black Friday and Cyber Monday often do result in the lowest prices of the year. With that in mind, the Dealmaster has been burning the midnight oil to find the Black Friday tech deals that are most worth considering. You can find the fruits of his labor below.

There are simply too many notable deals going on now to give a quick recap here, but we've called out a few of our favorite offers based on testing the Dealmaster and the rest of the Ars team has done in the past. There's a truckload of discounts on video games, PC gear, headphones, TVs, streaming devices, and more alongside that. We'll do our best to update this roundup as deals expire and new ones become available, but for now, let's try to make your holiday shopping a little less hectic.

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Dealmaster: More Black Friday deals are now live, including AirPods for $129 [Update]

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Apple's AirPods

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Update, 11:10PM ET: The two Apple deals highlighted below appear to be going in and out of stock at Walmart. If the $129 AirPods offer runs dry for good, we'll note that the headphones are currently available for $5 more at Amazon and other retailers. There are several other good Black Friday deals that just went live beyond that—check them out below.

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Holiday deals have been flowing in since November began, but we're now starting to see proper Black Friday deals take effect. With Black Friday just a couple days away, Walmart has kicked off its shopping event with a bunch of savings and discounts that are some of the best we've seen all ready. Apple products top the list: now you can get AirPods with a charging case for $129 and an Apple Watch Series 3 for $129.

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Certideal célèbre Black Friday avec ses offres de smartphones reconditionnés

Par Guillaume Ghrenassia
Ce n’est pas la première fois que nous vous parlons de ce site qui propose des smartphones (entre autres) reconditionnés en parfait état de fonctionnement mais à des prix largement plus réduits comparés à leurs équivalents neufs. A l’occasion du Black Friday qui se tient ce vendredi, Certideal offre de nombreuses promotions et même un […]

Dealmaster: Take $70 off Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones

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Dealmaster: Take $70 off Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of early Black Friday deals. Today's list is highlighted by a deal on Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones, which are down below $280 at various retailers. This will be their sale price for the holiday season; normally, they retail for around $350.

We've recommended these headphones multiple times in the past year and change. While we wouldn't be surprised to see Sony release a new model in the coming months, the WH-1000XM3 remain a superb blend of well-cushioned comfort, clean sound, and the most effective active noise-canceling on the market. Their sound profile does skew a bit toward heavier bass, but they're not sloppy about it, and it's possible to customize the signature through a companion app. We'd like the ability to customize the strength of the ANC, and we'd prefer physical controls over the touch-based ones here, but if you've been searching for a premium pair of noise-canceling headphones, this is a good price for a set we recommend with confidence.

That said, a metric ton of Black Friday deals has gone live ahead of Black Friday proper, including a whole bunch of discounts on PS4 and Xbox One hardware, video games for those systems, Amazon Fire TV streamers and Fire tablets, the latest-gen Apple iPad, and much more. So even if you don't need a new pair of headphones, have a look through the full roundup below.

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Dealmaster: A big batch of early Black Friday deals is available now

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Dealmaster: A big batch of early Black Friday deals is available now

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Greetings, Arsians! Black Friday is nearly here, but many retailers and device makers have set some of their most notable holiday discounts live over the last couple of days. To help you see if you can get some holiday shopping done ahead of the rush later this week, the Dealmaster has rounded up some favorites from this latest batch of early Black Friday tech deals.

Of particular note today are savings on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware. Sony has the PS4 Pro down to $300 and a PS4 Slim bundle that includes God of WarHorizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition, and The Last of Us: Remastered available for $200. Microsoft, meanwhile, now has Xbox One X bundles for $350, Xbox One S bundles for $200, and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition bundles for $150. It's worth remembering that both companies will have new consoles by this time next year, but this is as low as we typically see any of these consoles. There are also tons more deals on both consoles' respective games, controllers, and subscription services if you don't need a whole new system. (The Nintendo Switch, on the other hand, doesn't have any major sales live just yet.)

Elsewhere, Amazon has kicked off Black Friday discounts for a number of its own Fire tablets and Fire TV media streamers, most of which are down to the same prices they had on Prime Day. These deals include the Fire TV Stick 4K for $25, the 1080p Fire TV Stick for $20, the Fire HD 8 tablet for $50, and the latest Kindle Paperwhite for $85, among others.

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Dealmaster: Grab a spare PS4 controller for its Black Friday price of $40

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Dealmaster: Grab a spare PS4 controller for its Black Friday price of $40

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another set of deals to share. Today's roundup is headlined by a deal on the Crystal version of Sony's DualShock 4 controller, which is down to $40 at Walmart.

We've seen the PlayStation 4 gamepad drop down to this price several times before, but it's still a nice drop from the $40-50 range in which it normally sits online. Sony says this will be the DualShock 4's retail price during Black Friday, so you won't be punished for getting it ahead of time. If you're looking for a spare controller for your PC or iOS device, we'll note that Microsoft's Xbox One wireless controller has been down to $40 as well for the past couple of weeks, just in case you prefer the larger size and asymmetrical joystick layout of that gamepad. That is the same as its Black Friday pricing as well.

If you don't need another controller, however, we also have deals on the OnePlus 7 Pro, Apple's AirPods Pro, Razer's DeathAdder Elite gaming mice, Amazon service subscriptions, and much more. Have a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: The OnePlus 7 Pro for $549 may be the smartphone deal of the year

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Dealmaster: The OnePlus 7 Pro for $549 may be the smartphone deal of the year

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's deal is headlined by a $150 discount on the OnePlus 7 Pro, a device we called the "fastest, best-designed, best-value Android phone" on the market earlier this year.

The deal applies to unlocked models—which work on Verizon and GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile—and brings the phone down to $549. OnePlus says this is their official Black Friday discount for the holiday season, and our own Android guru Ron Amadeo told the Dealmaster it will likely go down as the "smartphone deal of the year."

You can read Ron's review from this past May for the full details, but the short take is that the OnePlus 7 Pro was already a good value at its standard going rate of $699. Despite being a large phone, it's been efficiently designed, with no notches or overly large borders blocking the the 6.67-inch 3120x1440 display. The in-display fingerprint reader and pop-up selfie camera only add to that efficiency, and both work well. That display supports a 90Hz refresh rate, too, which makes operating the device feel noticeably smoother across the board. The Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage keep general performance as snappy as a top-of-the-line phone should. The triple-camera system on the back isn't the absolute best on the market, but it's still a great value for the price. And the "Oxygen OS" software remains a uniquely clean and useful take on Android.

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Dealmaster: Get discounts on board games, AirPods Pro, Xbox Game Pass, and more

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back again with a new round of discounts and price drops. We'll admit, though, that we're in the calm before the Black Friday storm. With more and more retailers detailing their holiday sales plans, the number of worthwhile deals available right now has understandably shrunk. Tons of games, gear, and gadgets are still on sale, but the Dealmaster is hesitant to recommend various items that'll drop further in a couple of weeks.

That said, the deals landscape isn't totally barren for those who would rather shop before the holiday rush. Today's roundup is highlighted by a $15 discount on Apple's new AirPods Pro earbuds (albeit with a fairly sizable shipping wait as of this writing), an offer for new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users to get three months of service for $1, and sales on a few well-regarded board games, including CatanPandemic, and 7 Wonders. Beyond that, we've also got deals on USB-C hubs and chargers, various discounts on Amazon services like Audible and Music Unlimited, a nice drop on Bose's wired SoundSport earphones, and more. Have a look at the full list for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: Get a year of Disney+ for free if you’re a Verizon Wireless user

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back once again with a new round of deals and price drops. Today's list is headlined by a quick PSA for those who subscribe to a Verizon unlimited data plan or plan to subscribe to a Fios home Internet plan: if you're at all interested the new Disney+ streaming service, you can get a 12-month subscription at no extra cost. As a refresher, Disney's Netflix competitor launched on Tuesday and normally costs $7 a month or $70 a year.

Now, as is often the case with mobile carrier promos, there's some fine print to sort through. To get the free year of service, you need to subscribe to one of the carrier's Verizon Unlimited, Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, Above Unlimited, Get More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, Pay More Unlimited, or Start Unlimited plans. (If you're marveling at the fact that Verizon has had this many unlimited plans, many of which aren't actually unlimited, you're not alone.) Both new and existing subscribers are eligible; Verizon has options on its promo page for existing subscribers who wish to switch to an unlimited plan and those who wish to move over from another carrier.

The offer is also available to Verizon Fios home Internet users and the handful of people who can access its 5G Home plan, but only if you're a new subscriber, not if you have currently pay for one of those services. For Fios users, you'll need a standalone Internet plan of at least 50/50 Mbps service, a two-year "Triple Play" bundle, or a 2-year Internet + TV "Double Play" bundle. Either way, all of this has you signing up for Disney+ through Verizon, not Disney.

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Dealmaster: A number of early Black Friday tech deals available today

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is checking in for a special weekend edition of our deals roundup, since several early Black Friday deals on tech gadgets and gear are currently available at retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon. The former says most of its sales will end on November 10—and you might need a "My Best Buy" account (which is free) for some of them—but that these prices match what we'll see on Black Friday proper. Either way, we've rounded up the highlights below.

Some of the standout deals here include new lows for a pair of excellent noise-cancelling headphones, Sony's WH-1000XM3, and Bose's QuietComfort 35 II, both of which normally cost $350 but are normally available for less than $280. We prefer Sony's pair out of the two, but both are just about class-leading when it comes to over-ear ANC headphones. Several Bose audio products are deeply discounted beyond that, including all-time low prices on its SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth speaker and SoundSport Wireless exercise earphones.

Elsewhere, our current favorite wired gaming mouse, the Razer DeathAdder Elite, is down to a new low of $30, while SanDisk's microSD Card for Nintendo Switch—which we recommend in our guide to Nintendo Switch accessories—is available for an all-time low of $20. There are plenty more noteworthy discounts beyond that—including deals on the Apple Watch Series 4, gaming laptops, Garmin watches, and external storage—so have a look through the list below and see if there's any holiday shopping you can get done early.

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Dealmaster: Get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 per month

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another batch of deals and discounts to share. Topping our list today is a sale on a three-month Audible membership. All-new subscribers can get three months of the audiobook subscription service for just $6.95 per month—that's a total of $20.85 for three months.

Typically, Audible costs $14.95 per month, making a three-month subscription $45. This deal shaves almost 50% off the normal price, and it's likely one of the best deals we'll see on Audible memberships until the end of the year. Audible discounts are infrequent, and it's unlikely that Amazon (Audible's parent company) will discount the service even more for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. It's always possible—but we don't expect it.

The only caveat is that you must be a totally new Audible member to get this deal, so those who have subscribed in the past and have cancelled cannot renew their subscriptions at the discounted rate. Audible is clearly aiming this sale at new subscribers in the hopes that they will continue their memberships well after the three-month discounted rate expires.

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Anker chargers and cables are on sale at Amazon today

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Anker chargers and cables are on sale at Amazon today

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of discounts and price drops. Today's list is highlighted by a number of deals on Anker chargers, charging cables, and related gear. Amazon is featuring a handful of products from the accessory maker as part of a deal of the day promotion, but many of the discounts we like are actually available outside of that sale.

Some highlights include $5 off (with checkout codes) the company's three- and six-foot PowerLine II Lightning cables (both of which are MFi-certified by Apple), a five-pack of PowerLine microUSB cables for $11, and a 30W USB-C PD wall charger for $20. There's plenty more beyond that, though, so have a look at the full rundown below. While the MSRPs of Anker chargers have generally trended upward in recent months, the Dealmaster has found these products to be consistently reliable, and just about everything here is backed by an 18-month warranty at minimum if something goes haywire.

If you're all set on the charging front, we also have deals on Samsung microSD cards and SSDs, Audible subscriptions, various Nintendo Switch games, the new 10.2-inch Apple iPad, and more.

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Dealmaster: Get a 9.7-inch iPad with 128GB of storage for $299

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Dealmaster: Get a 9.7-inch iPad with 128GB of storage for $299

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of discounts and price drops. Today's list is headlined by a deal on the 128GB variant of Apple's 6th-gen iPad, which is down to $299 at Walmart as of this writing. That matches the price we saw during Amazon's Prime Day event, and this price tag comes in about $30 below the typical price we've seen whenever the tablet has been discounted in the past year.

The big caveat here is that Apple recently replaced this iPad with a new model, which starts at $329 for a 32GB model. That 7th-gen iPad bumps up the screen size from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches and adds support for Apple's Smart Connector port, meaning it can use Apple's Smart Keyboard accessory instead of solely relying on Bluetooth keyboards. It also bumps up the RAM from 2GB to 3GB.

Other than that, though, this older model performs almost identically to the new one. It has the same A10 processor, the same camera and battery specs, the same Lightning port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and the same iPadOS software. It's also saddled with the same non-laminated display and relatively dated design. Springing more for an iPad Air (or a refurbished 10.5-inch iPad Pro) will bring you a noticeable hardware upgrade, the 10.2-inch iPad may grant you an extra year of iPadOS support down the road, and it's always possible Black Friday will bring prices down further. But if you just want an affordable iPad and value the extra storage, this is a good value.

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Dealmaster: Get our favorite dash cam, the Anker Roav Duo, for just $110

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Dealmaster: Get our favorite dash cam, the Anker Roav Duo, for just $110

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster returns today with new deals to share. Topping our list today are two of our current favorite dash cams: you can get the Anker Roav Duo dash cam for $109.99 and the Garmin Dash Cam Mini for $99.99.

Anker's Roav Duo tops our dash cam list because it's an excellent dual-camera unit with most of the features most users would ever need. Using Sony sensors and F1.8 lenses, the Roav Duo records crisp 1080p video both inside and outside your car. While some may not be keen on a dash cam recording their driving habits, it could help back up your story in the case of an accident.

The front camera's 155-degree field of view should capture all things important happening around your car when you're on the road. The dash cam also has a built-in GPS to tag footage with your location and speed, and the device can run 24/7 if you connect it to an optional parking kit. Like when you're on the road, the Roav Duo will detect impacts when your car is parked and record footage of the incident even when you're not around and while the car is off.

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Dealmaster: Get a spare Xbox One controller for your Xbox, PC, or iPad for $40

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Dealmaster: Get a spare Xbox One controller for your Xbox, PC, or iPad for $40

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a nice price on Microsoft's Xbox One wireless controller, which is down to $40 at various retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon. While this is not the lowest price we've seen—and while we can't say it won't drop a few bucks further by Black Friday—it's still $20 off the gamepad's MSRP and $10-15 off its usual going rate online.

One reason we highlight this deal is the recent launch of Apple's iOS 13 update, which added support for the Xbox One pad as well as Sony's DualShock 4 controller over Bluetooth (alongside a raft of new worthwhile games via the Apple Arcade service). Besides that, the usual notes still apply here: the Xbox One controller requires AA batteries whereas the DualShock 4 has a rechargeable battery that tends to degrade over time; the Xbox One pad is a bit easier to set up for PC games outside of Steam; whether the asymmetrical joysticks and trigger feel on Microsoft's pad is better is largely a matter of personal preference, and so on. Regardless, if you need a spare pad for using beyond an Xbox, this is a solid deal.

If you're good on controllers, though, we have plenty more discounts on USB-C PD wall chargers, microSD cards, Amazon devices, AMD Ryzen processors, Bluetooth headphones, and much more. Have a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: Pre-order a Pixel 4 and get a $100 gift card

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a pre-order deal for Google's Pixel 4 smartphones, which were formally unveiled earlier this week. Various retailers—including Best Buy, Amazon, and Google's online store—are currently bundling a $100 gift card with pre-orders of the new devices at their standard MSRPs. The 5.7-inch Pixel 4 starts at $799 for a 64GB model, while the 6.3-inch Pixel 4 XL starts at $899. All of these gift cards are specific to a given retailer, so if you plan to take advantage of the deal, be sure to pick the store you're most likely to use again.

The Dealmaster wants to be clear here: you should only take advantage of this offer if you're already dead set on upgrading to a Pixel 4 at launch. If you're still on the fence, you may be better off waiting to see if Google drops the price of its new phones for the holidays; last year, for instance, Google cut the price of an unlocked Pixel 3 by $150 for Black Friday, less than two months after the phone first hit shelves. There's no guarantee that will happen again—or that the Pixel 4 will not launch with niggling bugs the way the Pixel 3 did out of the gate—but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention it. It's also worth reiterating that this is a pre-order deal: while the Pixel 4's 90Hz display and camera upgrades look promising and its guaranteed software upgrades are great, there are still questions we won't be able to answer until we finish fully reviewing the phones.

That said, if you're sold on getting a new Google phone right away—the Pixel line does have a history of great cameras, after all—we think this deal is worth highlighting for those who would rather not tie themselves to a mobile carrier or "bill credits" discounts that won't fully pay off for several months. Just be aware of the context. And if you don't need a new phone, we also have a ton of video game deals, a rare Nintendo Switch discount, and more. Have a look below.

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Dealmaster: Get another 12 months of PlayStation Plus for $39 today

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Dealmaster: Get another 12 months of PlayStation Plus for $39 today

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on 12-month membership cards for Sony's PlayStation Plus service, as they're down to $39 on eBay today. While that's not an unprecedented sale price, it matches the subscription's going rate on Black Friday and comes in well below Sony's standard $60 price. (Though it's not uncommon to find it closer to $50 online.)

Note that this deal applies to physical membership cards, not digital codes, so you'll have to wait a few days to top off your subscription. As was the case with a similar deal we saw a couple months back, the eBay retailer here is "neogames," which isn't a household name by any means but has highly favorable user reviews and has run several deals along these lines that we've found to be trustworthy in the past. In any event, PlayStation Plus is needed to access online multiplayer in most PlayStation games and still gives out a couple of complimentary games each month. You can still stack any code bought here on top of your existing membership, and there has been nothing to suggest the service's role will change with the upcoming PlayStation 5.

If you don't want to commit any more time to PlayStation, we also have deals on a Nintendo Switch and Amazon gift card bundle, recommended USB-C PD power banks and car dash cams, Google's Pixel 3a, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and more. Have a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: Google’s Pixel 3a phone is a better value at $350 today

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Dealmaster: Google’s Pixel 3a phone is a better value at $350 today

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on Google's Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones, unlocked models of which are both $50 off. That brings them to $349.99 and $429.99, respectively. While some retailers bundled the phones with $100 store gift cards when they first launched, this marks the biggest outright discount we've seen for the devices from reputable stores to date.

That's notable, since the Pixel 3a was already a great value at its normal price point. We've recommended it a few times in the past, but the gist is that it gives you most of the better features of the full-fat Pixel 3 for half the original price. Namely, its camera is tremendous for a sub-$500 phone and still rivals those from higher-end Android flagships. Its OLED display is good for the money, it works with all the major US carriers, and you get first priority on Android software and security updates until May 2022 with Google's typically clean take on its own operating system. It also has a headphone jack, which the flagship does not.

As with any affordable phone, there are trade-offs. The design here is comfortable but mostly plastic, with nothing in the way of water resistance or wireless charging. The screen could be brighter, and the speakers could be louder. The Snapdragon 670 chip and 4GB of RAM are strong enough to smooth performance for most tasks—and the Dealmaster's personal Pixel 3a has held up fine after five months of use—but it's clearly a step down over time from top-of-the-line hardware. And the big elephant in the room is that Google is set to announce the Pixel 4 next week, which could result in clearance sales on the Pixel 3. But for now, those flaws aren't hard to overlook for $350, and this is still a fantastic value.

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Dealmaster: You can already take $30 off Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad

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Dealmaster: You can already take $30 off Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a discount on the 128GB variant of Apple's 10.2-inch iPad, which is currently down to $399.99 from its standard $429. While that's not a huge drop, it's worth noting since Apple only just released this seventh-gen iPad last week. So if you were thinking about picking one up from an Apple Store anyway, you might want to save a few bucks by shopping online instead.

As for the iPad itself, we haven't reviewed it, but it's not a massive update over the sixth-gen iPad. It runs on the same A10 Fusion chip, still has a non-laminated display, and still has thicker bezels than an iPad Air or iPad Pro. But it increases the display size from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches, now works with Apple's Smart Keyboard—which remains fine as a keyboard but generally causes less friction than a Bluetooth keyboard—and bumps up the RAM from 2GB to 3GB, which makes multitasking with the new and improved iPadOS more manageable. Most importantly, it remains the most affordable tablet in Apple's lineup.

If you don't envision yourself treating your iPad like a pseudo-laptop, you can save a few bucks by picking up a sixth-gen iPad before stock runs dry, but this is a useful deal for the new model this early in its lifespan.

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Dealmaster: Save on Lenovo and Dell laptops, Bose and Garmin gadgets, and more

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Dealmaster: Save on Lenovo and Dell laptops, Bose and Garmin gadgets, and more

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with a bunch of new deals to share. Today, our list showcases discounts and sales on items big and small, including a few new laptops from Lenovo and Dell.

Lenovo's semi-annual sale is currently underway and features the Thinkbook 14s. A model with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB PCIe SSD costs $919. We reviewed the slightly smaller Thinkbook 13s and found it to be a great Windows notebook for those who want to spend less than $1,000. This particular model of the 14s has the most RAM and storage you can get and typically costs over $1,500, so now's the time to snag it.

Dell is also offering discounts on its newest Alienware m15 gaming laptops—you can get an m15 with a Core i5-9300H processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, and 6GB GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for $1,189.99 by using the code "AW15." These laptops use the latest Alienware design language that Dell introduced at the beginning of 2019, making them thinner and more powerful than their predecessors.

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Dealmaster: Save big on Beats headphones, Windows laptops, Nintendo Switch, and more

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Dealmaster: Save big on Beats headphones, Windows laptops, Nintendo Switch, and more

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster returns today to share a new batch of deals. Our top ten list spans a bunch of different categories, and it includes discounts on the original Nintendo Switch, the HP Spectre x360 13 convertible, Beats headphones, and much more.

If you've been itching for a Nintendo Switch, Newegg is offering the original model for $259.99. The biggest difference between this model and the newest version is battery life—Nintendo improved the battery life for the new model so it will last up to nine hours when playing in handheld mode. The original model, in contrast, lasts up to six hours on a single charge.

But Nintendo doesn't sell this original model anymore, so this is a good opportunity to get the Switch for less than $299—the standard price of the new model that doesn't often come down. (There's always a chance that we could see some Nintendo Switch savings around the holidays, but there's no guarantee.)

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Dealmaster: Take $200 off a Lenovo ThinkPad with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD

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Dealmaster: Take $200 off a Lenovo ThinkPad with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on Lenovo's ThinkPad T490 laptop. This configuration, with a Core i7-8665U chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, is down to $949 with the code "THINKT490" at checkout.

Normally, this model goes for around $1,150. While neither as thin (17.9mm) nor light (3.3 lbs) as some ultrabooks, the T490 isn't huge, and it might be a better choice for those looking for a wider port selection. It comes with a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) ports, an Ethernet jack, an HDMI 1.4 port, microSD and microSIM slots, and a dock connector. It has the kind of comfortable keyboard we see on most ThinkPads, and while the chipset isn't the latest thing around, it should still provide good performance for the money with the plentiful RAM and SSD on board. There's a 14-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen, too, which is rated at a decent-if-not-amazing 300 nits of brightness.

If you don't need a new laptop, though, we also have deals on budget and premium noise-cancelling headphones, an iPad Air and Apple Smart Keyboard bundle, portable hard drives and SSDs, and more. Have a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon devices are on sale for Prime members today

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Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon devices are on sale for Prime members today

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a new round of discounts on Amazon devices, including the company's Fire TV Stick streamers, Fire tablets, and Kindle e-readers, among others. The catch? Most of the discounts are for Prime members only.

Still, that covers a whole lot of people, and a few of the discounts here either match or come close to the prices we saw during Amazon's Prime Day event in July. The company's latest (and waterproof) Kindle Paperwhite, for one, is down to $90, while the entry-level Kindle is down to $65. Both are $5 more than they were on Prime Day. At $50 and $30, respectively, the Fire HD 8 and Fire 7 are now matching their Prime Day prices and are still generally worthwhile choices for people wanting to spend as little as possible on a tablet. The Fire TV Stick 4K and 1080p Fire TV Stick aren't as steeply discounted, meanwhile, but they're both $15 off for those in need of a new streaming stick. The company's Cloud Cam security camera and Echo Show 5 smart display are significantly discounted for those who don't have Prime, too.

The big caveat here is that Amazon is announcing new hardware of some sort next week. The company held an event last September where it mainly introduced new Echo devices and other smart home accessories, so it's not certain that the Fire and Kindle devices here will be replaced, but there's at least some chance that these discounts are designed to clear out inventory. Still, most of what's here is a good value all the same. And if you're not interested in having more Amazon in your life, we also have deals on Roku streamers, Logitech keyboards and mice, external hard drives, and more. Have a look at the full rundown below.

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Dealmaster: You can still convert 3 years of Xbox Live to Game Pass Ultimate for $1

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of bargains to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal over at Microsoft that gets you a month of the company's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service for $1 or two months for $2. Normally, a Game Pass Ultimate membership—which wraps Game Pass for console and PC together with Xbox Live Gold—costs $15 a month. This offer has admittedly been live for a while now, but Microsoft says the $2 deal is set to expire on September 30. (The company declined to specify when the $1 offer will end.) Plus, you could still turn the discount into an even better value with the right planning.

To explain: we noted this back when Microsoft first ran this deal earlier in the year, but when you buy Game Pass Ultimate, the company will still turn up to 36 months of existing Xbox Live Gold (or non-Ultimate Game Pass) subscription time on your account into the all-in-one membership. That means you can stock up on Xbox Live Gold first—which many Xbox players will buy anyway to play online—then add up to three years of Game Pass to that prepaid time for $1 total instead of the usual $10 (for console) or $5 (for PC) a month. Put another way: after getting three 12-month Xbox Live Gold codes for $60 each, you could get three years of Game Pass Ultimate for $181 instead of the $540 it would cost at full price. (Or two years for $121 instead of $360, one year for $61 instead of $180, etc.)

The catch is that these offers are only available to those who are new to Game Pass Ultimate, not existing subscribers. If you have a standard Game Pass subscription for console or PC, though, you can still take advantage. It's also worth noting that Game Pass Ultimate subscription time can't be reverted back to individual Xbox Live Gold or standard Game Pass subscriptions after upgrading—your account won't be locked into the Ultimate plan forever, just the prepaid time up to 36 months. But you'll have to turn off recurring billing and re-join those other services separately if you don't want to renew Game Pass Ultimate once that prepaid time expires.

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Dealmaster: $25 Fire TV Stick 4K, USB-C wall chargers, and more top deals

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Dealmaster: $25 Fire TV Stick 4K, USB-C wall chargers, and more top deals

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a $25 discount on Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K that brings the device down to $24.99 with the code "4KFIRETV" at checkout. That's tied for an all-time low and matches the media streamer's Prime Day pricing. The catch? The deal only appears to be available to select customers and will only be up "while supplies last." We got the code to work on both Prime and non-Prime accounts, though, so it's worth taking a stab at it if you're on the hunt for a cheap 4K- and HDR-ready media streamer. We recently recommended the Fire TV Stick 4K in our back-to-school buying guide, if you want some more details on the device's place in the streamer market.

If you're all set on the app-watching front, though, the 72W Nekteck USB-C PD wall charger that we highlighted earlier this week is still on sale, as is a competing wall charger from Anker that includes four USB-A ports and a 30W USB-C PD port (which isn't enough to charge most laptops but is still plenty for phones and tablets). The 1TB variant of HP's EX920 is good value for those who want a well-performing internal NVMe solid-state drive at $96, meanwhile, and Celeste, our 2018 game of the year, is half off at Nintendo's eShop. As always, there are more deals beyond that, so have a look at the full list below to see if anything suits your fancy.

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Dealmaster: Snag leftover Labor Day deals on laptops from Dell, HP, Asus, and more

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with a new round of deals to share. Summer may be over and Labor Day may have passed, but many PC manufacturers are still offering good deals on popular laptops. One of our favorites comes from Dell: now you can get the new XPS 13 laptop with a 13-inch 4K touchscreen, Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD for $1,618.49. That's just over $400 of savings on our current favorite Windows laptop, and it's a model that's almost completely specced out.

This particular XPS 13 model is very similar to the model Ars reviewed, except it has 1TB of storage while our review unit had just 512GB. We love the compact yet stylish frame of this laptop, especially the properly placed webcam. It offers strong performance and battery life as well. Our biggest complaint is its 16:9 aspect ratio, but if you can get past that, the XPS 13 is a great all-purpose laptop.

Our current favorite 2-in-1 is also on sale: HP has its Spectre x360 13 with a Core i5 processor, 13-inch FHD display, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and an included stylus for just $899.99. Not only does this convertible have solid performance, a built-in fingerprint reader, an IR camera, and a webcam kill-switch for privacy, but it also has some of the longest battery life of any Windows laptop we've tested—it lasted an average of 30.5 hours on our default battery test.

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Dealmaster: Various storage and PC accessories are on sale at Amazon today

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is highlighted by a one-day PC devices and accessories sale running over on Amazon today.

As is often the case with Amazon's deals of the day, not everything involved in the sale is particularly special—we can't speak to the quality of all the highlighted monitors and cheap laptops here—but there are a handful of deals worth noting. Some highlights include a $35 discount on the 10TB version of WD's Elements desktop HDD, a new low on the 4TB model of Toshiba's Canvio Basics hard drive (if you don't need quite as much space), and about $20 off SteelSeries' Arctis 3 gaming headset. The Destiny 2 version of our favorite gaming mouse, the Razer DeathAdder Elite, is down to $40, which is about $5-10 off the standard model's going rate. And if you just need some room to store smartphone photos or Switch games, SanDisk's 256GB Ultra is down to $30—just note that it's a few steps slower than most U3- or higher-rated cards on the market.

Beyond that, we also have a 32-inch 1440p LG gaming monitor for $300, a 18W USB-C PD Anker power bank for $30, and God of War for $13, among others. Check the full rundown below.

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Dealmaster: 1TB SSDs, Control, PS4 Pros, and more in today’s top tech deals

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Dealmaster: 1TB SSDs, Control, PS4 Pros, and more in today’s top tech deals

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another roundup of the day's best tech deals. Today we've got a nice discount on the 1TB variant of Crucial's MX500 solid state drive—it's not the absolute fastest SSD on the market, but at $97 it's a great value for the performance provided, so it's a good way to speed up any PCs you have saddled with a sluggish HDD. It has normally sold for $108 in recent months.

We also have a number of video game deals, highlighted by a $10 discount on Control, the just-released game from Alan Wake developer Remedy that recently earned our Ars approved badge. For Switch owners, both Super Mario Party and Mario Tennis Aces are down to $40, while the Fighters Pass DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate—which bundles all of that game's DLC characters—is at an all-time low of $20. If you can't wait for the PlayStation 5, the 4K-ready PS4 Pro is available at $85 off its list price as well.

There's plenty more to peruse beyond that, including nice discounts on the Apple Watch Series 4, Roku Streaming Stick+, and Marvel's Spider-Man, among others. Have a look for yourself below.

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Dealmaster: iPhone cases, PS4 controllers, and more in today’s top tech deals

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a couple of deals on Apple's Leather Cases for its iPhone XS and iPhone 8/7 phones. The former is down to $25, while the latter is down to $22.49. Only the black models are discounted, but both prices are as low as we've seen on Amazon. Overpricing is usually the big downside with Apple's first-party cases, but this deal negates that. Otherwise, each case fits its respective iPhone like a glove, and though they aren't the most protective things around, the leather finish feels great.

Elsewhere in the rundown, BuyDig has a big bundle on the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition that includes two months of Xbox Live Gold and six game downloads—including the latest Madden NFL and Gears of War 4—for $229 with an on-site coupon. This deal isn't as much of a showstopper as it sounds: the All-Digital model has no disc drive, it should be cheaper than its $249 MSRP to begin with, and at least one new Xbox console is coming next year. But if you were looking to pick up new Xbox hardware sooner, a $20 hardware discount plus six largely solid games is decent value.

Beyond that, you can find a $50 discount on the entry-level Mac mini, a $30 drop on Amazon's Cloud Cam security camera, a nice price on a gold DualShock 4 PS4 controller, and more deals below.

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Dealmaster: Get an Amazon Fire TV Stick for $30, or the 4K model for $40

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with new deals to share today. Topping our list this afternoon are discounted Amazon Fire TV streaming sticks: now you can get the regular Fire TV Stick for $29.99 or the Fire TV Stick 4K for $39.99. Both devices come with an Alexa remote as well.

Fire TV sticks are solid streaming devices for those who want something small and portable, and for those who don't want to spend a ton on a set-top box or a smart TV. We particularly like the Fire TV Stick 4K for its faster, quad-core processor and its support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos audio.

Fire TV has had its challenges—starting with a software UI that may take some getting used to if you're not familiar with it already. And perhaps most notably, Amazon's ongoing feud with Google meant that YouTube wasn't available on Fire TV devices for a long time. However, those two companies finally settled their feud earlier this year, and now all Fire TV device owners can watch YouTube via the official YouTube app.

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Dealmaster: iPads, Pixel phones, routers, and more in today’s top tech deals

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with a new round of deals to share. Today's list includes $100 off the 128GB variant of Apple's 9.7-inch iPad, about $200 off Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, and a good $129 price—provided you're OK going wired—on Bose's old-but-still-great QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones.

Beyond that, we have a number of discounts on charging accessories from Anker, a couple of deals on Vizio's newest M-Series Quantum 4K TVs, and a good price on an Xbox One S bundle that includes copies of The Division 2 and Madden NFL 20. As always, there's plenty more beyond that, so have a look at the full rundown below.

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Dealmaster: Get an MFi-certified Anker USB-C to Lightning cable for $12

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a nice discount on Anker's PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable, the three-foot variant of which is down to $11.99 at Amazon when you use the code "ANPL2CL3" at checkout. This cable dropped about 50 cents lower during a one-day lightning deal last month, but otherwise this price is tied for the lowest we've seen. It normally retails for $18. If you want a longer cable, meanwhile, the six-foot variant is down to $15.99 with the code "ANPL2CL6". That's tied for an all-time low from its usual price of $20.

Either way, these kind of USB-C to Lightning cables are what you'll need to take advantage of the fast-charging capabilities of newer iPhones and iPads. While there are rumors that Apple may include such cables and USB-C chargers in the box with its forthcoming iPhones, currently it requires iOS users to buy these accessories separately. The company sells three-foot and six-foot cables for $19 and $35, respectively, so you currently save a good chunk of change by going third-party.

Crucially, these Anker cables are also MFi-certified by Apple to work safely with iPhones and iPads. The Dealmaster has actually had the six-foot version on hand for the past few months and hasn't had any issues with durability or fraying. In fact, the rubberized housing around the cable is thicker than that of Apple's own cables, and if something does go wrong, Anker says the product is covered by a lifetime warranty. Just remember that you'll need an appropriate USB-C charger to actually get these faster charges, one with that supplies at least 18W for a newer iPhone or at least 29W for a newer iPad Pro—Anker's own PowerPort Speed PD 30 is a good USB-IF certified choice, but there are plenty of others as well.

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Dealmaster: Grab another year of PlayStation Plus for $40

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on one-year membership cards for Sony's PlayStation Plus service, which are currently going for $40 on eBay.

While this is the typical sale price we see for 12-month subscriptions, it's generally as low as they get for most of the year. (This was their going rate on Prime Day, for instance, and the rare occasions on which they have dropped lower usually involve being a part of a membership program for a particular retailer such as Costco.) For context, Sony itself sells 12-month plans for $60, though it's not unusual to see them in the high $40 or low $50 range at any given point online.

Just note that this discount applies to physical membership cards, not digital codes, so while you're paying less, you'll have to wait a few extra days from shipping. The specific eBay seller here is "neogames," which isn't a household name by any means but has received extremely high user ratings over the years, so there's little reason to expect anything fishy or untrustworthy. And as a reminder, PlayStation Plus memberships are required for online access with most PS4 games and include two free monthly games, as well as various PlayStation Store discounts, as perks. New codes can be stacked on top of existing subscriptions, and there's been next to no indication that Sony will drop the service in any way with the inevitable launch of the PlayStation 5.

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Dealmaster: Save $60 on CalDigit’s TS3 Plus, our favorite Thunderbolt 3 dock

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Dealmaster: Save $60 on CalDigit’s TS3 Plus, our favorite Thunderbolt 3 dock

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with more deals to share today. Topping our list this time is our favorite Thunderbolt 3 dock, which is discounted on Apple's online store. Now you can get the CalDigit TS3 Plus for just $249.95, which is $60 less than its normal price of $310. Apple has had the TS3 Plus dock for $250 for a few weeks now, but it remains the lowest price we've seen on this versatile and powerful docking station. It's currently our favorite Thunderbolt 3 dock for many reasons: we love its unassuming yet professional metal design, its 15-port array, its 85W power delivery, and its fast performance.

If you have a PC that primarily uses USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports for connectivity, chances are that you have accessories and peripherals that aren't compatible thanks to their older connections. CalDigit's dock fixes that problem by giving you basically any port you need—it has multiple Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and USB-A ports, as well as a DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and various audio in and out ports. It can also support two external 4K displays running at 60Hz, or one 5K display running at 60Hz.

While $250 may still seem steep for a dock, most other Thunderbolt 3 docks that are actually worth buying are around that price as well. To put it in perspective, our runner-up Thunderbolt 3 dock from Cable Matters typically costs $239. If you're willing to spend $250 on a dock like this, we recommend snagging CalDigit's TS3 Plus while Apple has it at this low price.

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