The best deals of the weekend: the new MacBook Pro, Kindle Kids, iPad Air and more.

The best deals of the weekend: the new MacBook Pro, Kindle Kids, iPad Air and more.

The best deals of the weekend: the new MacBook Pro, Kindle Kids, iPad Air and more.

It’s the weekend and that means another Dealmaster. In this week’s roundup of the best tech deals on the web, we’ve got Amazon’s Fire HD and Kindle tablets, some heavily discounted computer peripherals, and even Apple’s just-announced MacBook Pro is at a cut price.

Amazon’s Kindle Kids e-reader is down to an all-time low of $85 (typically $120). It’s the same device as the latest Kindle ($100), but it comes with a case, two-year warranty, and a one-year Amazon Kids+ subscription. All of that typically costs $20 more than the regular Kindle device, but this asking price now makes the Kindle Kids version less expensive.

In our review, we mentioned that the latest Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite stand neck-and-neck as two of Amazon’s best low-end Kindles. They have few frills and do what they’re meant to do well: help you consume books verbatim or audibly. We also note that it’s particularly good for kids, even without the perks of the kid-friendly version, due to its size and ability to play audiobooks. The added value of the children’s version makes it a great buy for all ages.

This week, Apple also introduced its new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro chips. Both tout considerable gains in power and efficiency over their predecessors, which were already true portable powerhouses for the most demanding users. When the refreshed pair of MacBook Pros first came out in 2021, we confidently called them “what you’ve been waiting for,” thanks to their extraordinary performance and plethora of ports, including a refreshed MagSafe charger, SD card slot, Thunderbolt and HDMI. However, all of that came at a heavy price, and the newer pros are no exception. If you’re salivating over the new ones, you can at least get $50 off each one by pre-ordering it on Amazon right now.

Elsewhere on the web, we’ve got Apple’s 2022 iPad Air returning to its $499 ($551) holiday prices, Razer’s Blade 15-inch gaming laptop $300 off, and some computer gaming peripherals with steep price drops. Check out the full curated list below.

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Featured offers of the day

  • Razer Kraken V3 Gaming Headset for $41 ($75) on Amazon
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 (32GB) 8-Inch Tablet for $60 ($100) on Amazon
  • Amazon Kindle Kids (8 GB, ad-free) 6.8-inch e-reader for $85 ($120) on Amazon
  • Garmin Index S2 smart scale for $130 ($150) on Amazon
  • WD Black D30 Portable SSD (2TB) for Xbox for $179 ($230) on Amazon
  • Smartphone Google Pixel 6a (128 GB) for $335 ($450) on Amazon
  • Apple iPad Air 10.9-inch (2022) Wi-Fi, 64GB for $499 ($551) at Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $999 ($1,200) at Best Buy
  • 15-inch Razer Blade Gaming Laptop (2560×1440, Intel Core i7 12800H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $2,600 $2,965) on Amazon
  • Reserve Apple MacBook Pro (2023) 14-inch laptop (Apple M2 Pro, 3024 × 1964, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) for $1,950 ($2,000) on Amazon (16-inch for $2,450)
The iPad Air of 2022.
Enlarge / The iPad Air of 2022.

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Amazon's new Kindle.
Enlarge / Amazon’s new Kindle.

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Apple's latest MacBook Pros were just announced this week.
Enlarge / Apple’s latest MacBook Pros were just announced this week.

Laptop and desktop deals

  • Reserve Apple MacBook Pro (2023) 14-inch laptop (Apple M2 Pro, 3024 × 1964, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) for $1,950 ($2,000) on Amazon (16-inch for $2,450)
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $999 ($1,200) at Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M1, 2560 × 1660, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) for $800 ($1,000) at Best Buy
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 from $500up to $150 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 $750up to $646 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 13-inch Tablet PC (2880×1920, Core i5 Intel Evo, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $900 on amazon
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 from $900up to $500 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 9 13-inch Tablet PC (2880 × 1920, Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) for $928 ($1,100) on Amazon
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 from $900up to $200 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio from $1,505up to $200 off, at Microsoft
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 13-inch Chromebook ‎(1920×1080, Intel Core i3-1115G4, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) for $299 ($420) on Amazon
  • 15-inch Razer Blade Gaming Laptop (2560×1440, Intel Core i7 12800H, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $2,600 $2,965) on Amazon
Microsoft Surface Pro 9.
Enlarge / Microsoft Surface Pro 9.

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Apple TV 4K with Apple's enhanced Siri Remote.
Enlarge / Apple TV 4K with Apple’s enhanced Siri Remote.

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smart home deals

The Xbox Series S.
Enlarge / The Xbox Series S.

video game deals

Steel Series Apex Pro.
Enlarge / Steel Series Apex Pro.

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Game Deals

Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Charging Stand.
Enlarge / Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Charging Stand.

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Accessories and miscellaneous offers

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