It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest selection of the best technology offers from around the web includes a couple of discounts on Apple’s 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, with the former falling to $ 1,799 at Amazon and Best Buy, and the latter available at $ 2,299 from the same retailers.
Obviously, both laptops are still expensive, but each offer represents a drop of $ 200 from Apple’s MSRP and about $ 130-150 from regular street prices for laptops online. Both offers are only $ 50 more than the lowest prices we have tracked. These discounts apply to 512GB versions of laptops, but if you need more storage space, the 1TB options of each model now also cost $ 200 off the RES.
We rated this MacBook Pro when it launched last October, calling it “the best laptop you can buy” for more difficult tasks such as software development and content creation. The M1 Pro chip found in these reset models is still a powerful and efficient performer – although of the options below the 16-inch version still has a couple of CPU and GPU cores – and battery life on each laptop is usually by -still stunning. lasts about 12-15 hours without charging.
These laptops are heavier (3.5 pounds for the 14-inch, 4.7 pounds for the 16-inch), and the “notch” above each display, inspired by the iPhone, may not suit everyone. But generally speaking, each device has a rugged keyboard and trackpad under a bright and accurate LED Mini display. For the modern Apple laptop, the choice of ports here is also quite diverse, covering three Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port and an SD card slot.
It’s worth noting that Apple recently launched an update to its 13-inch MacBook Pro, which includes the company’s new M2 chip. Soon we should get more information on how much performance this model compares to the more expensive Pro sold today, but we know it will still carry Apple’s old design language, with fewer ports, a more traditional LED display. lower resolution 720p webcam, and inability to control more than one external display simultaneously.
A new laptop can still be a rugged device, but if you need similar features or just prefer to have more screen, the 14- and 16-inch Pros should remain more luxurious options. They also need to stay faster. All that said, if you want a laptop for more common tasks, the more affordable MacBook Air is still Apple’s best laptop for most, and its future upgrade with the M2 chip is likely to strengthen that.
In addition to the MacBook, our suite of deals also includes several “buy two, get one free” sales on Amazon and Target, covering a wide range of books, movies, games and toys. If you add three suitable items to the cart, the discount will apply to the cheapest product you choose. As we’ve seen in past versions of similar sales, many of the qualified products here aren’t exactly winners. However, this can be a particularly good opportunity to save on multiple video games if you want to buy in bulk, with new titles such as Elden Ring, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Trungle Strategy and others included in the sale.
We also have some relatively reasonable prices for recommended graphics cards, with Nvidia’s AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 3070 versions available for $ 480 and $ 580, respectively. As noted on Ars earlier this week, GPUs in general began to retreat to their MSRP after months of price inflation caused by the pandemic and crypto.
We are watching the market and still do not dare to call any of these proposals direct “deals” – RX 6700 XT was originally launched at a price of 480 dollars, and 3070 – 500 dollars. As prices continue to fall and Nvidia’s new GPUs are reportedly nearing release, most people in no hurry should continue to hold on. But for those who today need to have a robust graphics processor for games with 1440p resolution, suggestions like the two above should be a little easier to grasp.
In addition, we dug up discounts on iPad Mini and Apple TV 4K, Google Chromecast, Wacom drawing tablets, the recently approved Ars game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a few noise-canceling headphones that we like, and much more.