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Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 is on sale for its lowest price ever at Amazon today

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 is on sale for its lowest price ever at Amazon today

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Plus, discounts on the Apple Watch Series 7 and the entry-level iPad

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The 15-inch Surface Laptop 4 half open on a picnic table, seen from above.
Amazon has discounted the Surface Laptop 4 to its lowest price ever
Photo by Monica Chin / The Verge

Our collection of deals today proves that Mondays don’t have to be all bad. Our headlining deal on the 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 4, for instance, brings the laptop down to its lowest price to date on Amazon. Normally, this configuration would cost $1,299.99, but it’s currently on sale for $949.99. This discount currently applies to the black, silver, and beige colorways, but the blue model is also on sale for $969.99.

This configuration includes an 11th Generation Intel Core i5 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of built-in storage. The 13.5-inch touchscreen features a maximum resolution of 2256 x 1504 and is powered by an Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU. The 8GB of RAM is a bit paltry by modern standards, but the 512GB of storage can still be expanded thanks to the laptop’s microSD card slot. The Surface Laptop 4 also features a single USB-A port for peripherals and a Thunderbolt-compatible USB-C port if you want to dock the laptop with an external display. Overall, this laptop has specs that allow it to hold its own against the likes of the MacBook Air and Dell XPS 13 but at a lower price point. Read our review.

The Surface Laptop 4 15-inch open on a picnic table with a pink apartment building in the background. The screen displays sand dunes with a blue sky.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

$1299.9927% off
$949.99

The 2021 Surface Laptop 4 offers excellent performance, better chips, solid battery life, and a great 3:2 display.

If you’re in need of a webcam that shows a little more of your good side and tracks your face while in Zoom meetings, the Logitech StreamCam is currently on sale for $79.99 ($90 off) at GameStop. The StreamCam is still one of the best webcams we’ve tested, thanks to its ability to capture footage at 60 frames per second in 1080p resolution. The webcam has a 78-degree field of view, too, and can perform auto-focus and auto-exposure with the help of Logitech’s capture software. It does connect to your device via USB-C, however — a facet that improves the image quality but also requires you to buy an adapter if your computer lacks a USB-C port.

Logitech StreamCam

$17012% off
$150

The Streamcam supports 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. It has a 78-degree field of view, along with two omnidirectional mics. Unlike most other options, the StreamCam connects via USB-C.

You can have it in any color, as long as it’s green. The 41mm, GPS-equipped Apple Watch Series 7 is currently discounted in the green colorway to just $313.95 ($85 off), its lowest price to date, at Amazon. In addition to providing a larger and more resilient watch face than the Series 6, the Series 7 also has on-screen keyboard support that debuted in WatchOS 8 for typing out quick text replies without having to whip out your phone. The Series 7 still retains some of the pain points of its predecessor, however, such as a lack of Qi charging and battery life that can only last a single day. While we don’t consider the iterative upgrades enough of a reason to ditch your Series 6, see still believe the Series 7 to be the best smartwatch for Apple users. Read our review.

The Apple Watch Series 7 in green.
$279

The smaller Apple Watch Series 7 comes in a range of colors with either GPS or GPS and LTE.

Amazon and Walmart have both knocked $50 off the regular price of the standard iPad in the 256GB configuration, bringing the $479 tablet down to $429. While it’s only a matter of time before Apple upgrades the entry-level tablet with an M1 CPU, the A13 Bionic processor found in the current model still provides more than enough power for running most apps. The 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone still looks amazing as well, thanks to its ability to dynamically adjust the color temperature of the screen, but there are a few modern concessions that are unfortunately absent here. The tablet still only supports charging via a Lightning connector, not USB-C, and it can only work with the first-generation Apple Pencil. Beyond those two caveats, however, this is still a solid tablet for anyone that lives in the Apple ecosystem.

$399

Apple’s latest entry-level iPad represents a slight update, with a new A13 Bionic chip and a 12MP front camera that supports Apple’s Center Stage feature.

All of Amazon’s Fire tablets are currently on sale, including both last-gen models and the latest Fire HD 10 Plus. While we’ve certainly seen better prices, some of these models are just $5 shy of their all-time low.

The 32GB, ad-supported Fire HD 8, for instance, is discounted from $89.99 to $49.99, making it just $5 more than its lowest price to date. The 8-inch tablet features 1280 x 800 resolution, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, which can be expanded with 1TB via a microSD card. The quad-core 2.0Ghz processor won’t allow for much heavy lifting when it comes to productivity, but it fits the bill nicely if you’re in need of a tablet for consuming media or light gaming.

You can also find the 32GB, ad-supported model Fire HD 10 on sale for $99.99 ($50 off). It’s certainly not the lowest price we’ve seen for the 10-inch tablet, but it still matches its best price since December. The larger screen on the Fire HD 10 is supplemented by the highest resolution display available on a Fire tablet, yet it still maintains up to 12 hours of battery life. Some other upgrades over the HD 8 include a 2.0Ghz octa-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. Read our review.

It’s also worth mentioning that all of these tablets are also eligible for Amazon’s 20 percent off discount when you trade in an eligible device. This knocks a significant amount off the final price and also provides you with an Amazon gift card equal to the appraised value of your device. While there’s nothing stopping you from trading in an old Fire tablet, Amazon also accepts a variety of devices from Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. You can even trade in old graphing calculators if you’re a soon-to-be graduate.

$69.99

The Fire HD 8 is Amazon’s 8-inch Fire HD tablet. It offers 32GB or 64GB of storage as well as access to apps like Netflix, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, TikTok, and more.

Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB)

$149.9913% off
$129.99

The 2021 Fire HD 10 is the largest of Amazon’s Fire tablets. Unlike the previous generation, it sports a 1080p display and 3GB of RAM, which is plenty if you’re streaming, browsing, or consuming Amazon content.

The gym-centric reboot of the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is discounted right now at Amazon and Best Buy to $149.99 ($30 off), nearly the best price we’ve seen in the last four months on the excellent true wireless earbuds. The key differences between these earbuds and the Elite 7 Pro are their rubberized coating, which gives them a gripper fit and provides them with IPX7 sweat and water resistance. Beyond that, however, the 7 Active offer active noise cancellation and the same sound quality as the Pro model, as well as up to eight hours of battery life between charges.

Jabra Elite 7 Active

$18037% off
$112.86

Nearly indistinguishable from the Elite 7 Pro in appearance, the Elite 7 Active make the Pro model more workout-friendly with a rubberized coating that gives them IPX7 water resistance and prevents them from falling out during a workout.

A few more deals happening at the top of the week

  • The Skullcandy Sesh earbuds are currently discounted to their lowest price ever at Woot. You’d normally expect to pay $59.99 for these wireless earbuds, but you can currently get them for just $13.99 at Woot. These sweat-resistant earbuds feature a noise-isolating fit and can last up to 10 hours between charges. While this deal is exclusive to Amazon Prime members, non-members are always free to sign up for a 30-day trial to cash in.
  • The latest Apple TV 4K is available at Amazon in the 64GB configuration right now for the same price as the 32GB model. Normally $199.99, the streaming device is currently discounted to $169.99. Not only does the 2021 device let you access streaming services like HBO Max and Disney Plus, but it’s the only way to enjoy other Apple-centric services on your TV, like Apple Arcade and Apple Music. Read our review.
  • Games like Call of Duty: Mobile and the upcoming Apex Legends: Mobile are showing us that phones can hold their own as gaming consoles, and the current discount on the Razer Kishi controller makes gaming on a mobile device far more comfortable. Normally $89.99, Amazon has discounted the peripheral to just $44.99, its second-best price to date. The controller’s USB-C connectivity makes it compatible with the vast majority of Android phones, but make sure to check here for the full list of supported devices. Read our review.

Today’s Storystream

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Andrew Webster5:33 PM UTC
Look at this Thing.

At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Andrew Webster4:28 PM UTC
Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Andrew Webster1:05 PM UTC
Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


A screenshot from the Netflix anime Thermae Romae Novae.
Thermae Romae Novae.
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Jay PetersSep 23
Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


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Tom WarrenSep 23
Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.


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Spain’s Transports Urbans de Sabadell has La Bussí.

Once again, the US has fallen behind in transportation — call it the Bussí gap. A hole in our infrastructure, if you will.


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Jay PetersSep 23
Doing more with less (extravagant holiday parties).

Sundar Pichai addressed employees’ questions about Google’s spending changes at an all-hands this week, according to CNBC.

“Maybe you were planning on hiring six more people but maybe you are going to have to do with four and how are you going to make that happen?” Pichai sent a memo to workers in July about a hiring slowdown.

In the all-hands, Google’s head of finance also asked staff to try not to go “over the top” for holiday parties.