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Apple’s 10th-gen iPad is actually worthwhile when it’s $100 off

Apple’s 10th-gen iPad is actually worthwhile when it’s $100 off


Black Friday pricing has returned on the latest entry-level iPad, and God of War Ragnarök is on a one-day sale for an all-time low. Plus, more deals for your weekend.

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A yellow 10th gen iPad face down on a wooden table, seen from above.
Plus, it comes in this awesome yellow color.
Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

We’ve found Apple’s latest generation of its base-model iPad to be a bit awkwardly priced from the start. At $449 it’s a little close to the much nicer iPad Air and simultaneously a lot pricier than its ninth-gen predecessor. But that all looks different when you knock a Benjamin off of it — because right now you can get the 10th-gen iPad with base 64GB of storage for $349 ($100 off) or expanded 256GB for $499 (also $100 off) at Best Buy until December 11th. This matches its Black Friday best pricing, making it a much better purchase.

The 10.9-inch tablet has a speedy A14 Bionic chip and USB-C charging port with a colorful design and gesture-based controls like its pricier brethren. As for handwritten note-taking, you can either use the old first-gen Apple Pencil (and be stuck using a weird charging adapter to plug it into the iPad), or you can get the quirky new Pencil with a USB-C port hidden in its top.

Read our review of the 10th-gen iPad.

Now, if you digested all of that and you still think, “Nah man, just gimme the cheapest of the cheapie iPads.” Well, the ninth-gen iPad is still capital-F Fine and it’s available for its usual deal price of $249.99 ($80 off) at Best Buy — go forth!

A 10th-gen iPad in an Apple Smart Folio on a wood table.

Apple’s 10th-gen iPad is the spiritual successor to the older ninth-gen model. In exchange for its revised design, landscape-oriented webcam, USB-C port, larger 10.9-inch screen, and faster processor, it ditched the headphone jack and got more expensive. Read our review.

In addition to that weekend deal on the iPad, Best Buy is also wrapping up its 12 Days of Gaming deal event. Frankly, most of them have been clunkers or nothing all that special, but it’s finishing strong today with a one-day deal on God of War Ragnarök. You can get physical copies of the most recent God of War, one of last year’s best games, on PlayStation 4 for $19.99 ($40 off) or PlayStation 5 for $29.99 (also $40 off).

This sale is quite timely, as just a few days ago at The Game Awards a new free DLC for God of War Ragnarök was announced. Titled God of War Valhalla, the DLC takes Kratos on a roguelike dungeon crawl, battling foes in a repeating run-based effort to get into Valhalla. It’s a nice little gift for veterans and newcomers alike, and it’s releasing free of charge very soon on Tuesday, December 12th. What a perfect time to snatch up this game for just 20 or 30 bucks.

Read our review of God of War Ragnarök.
Screenshot from God of War Ragnarök featuring Kratos gently touching the face of his teenage son, Atreus

While Ragnarök’s third-person action gameplay feels similar to its predecessor, its story is far more ambitious. As Kratos wishes to bury his past, he’s trying to convince his young son, Atreus, not to follow a tempting path at discovering his godhood and defying prophecy. Read our review.

​​If you’re still hunting for good holiday decor ideas, why not deck the halls with some color-changing lights? Right now, you can buy Govee’s Matter-ready LED Strip Light M1 at an all-time low of $39.99 ($20 off) from Govee. You can also buy the light strip from Amazon for $44.99 ($15 off) when you clip the on-page coupon.

Govee’s 6.56-foot (2m) light strip features tunable LEDs that’ll add a pop of color and brighten up everything in your home, from stair rails and doorways to window frames. They’re also great for holiday parties as they sync to music, giving the impression they’re dancing along to the beat of holiday tunes with you. Even more conveniently, the light strip is compatible with Matter, which means you can control them with a range of smart home platforms.

Read our review of Govee LED Strip Light M1 Matter.

The customizable Govee M1 Matter-compatible LED strip light is 6.56 feet long and can display millions of colors and shades of white. You can also use it to create light patterns that sync with music.

Just a few more deals and discounts

  • Tabletop card game We’re Not Really Strangers Kids Edition is selling for just $10 ($15 off) direct from its creator’s site. The quirky game for two to six players is designed to generate fun and deeper conversations among families with young children. Check out our holiday gift guide for kids where it’s featured.
  • The GoPro Hero 12 Black is $349 ($50 off) at Amazon. The 5.3K-capable action cam records longer than previous models, captures HDR photos and video, and has a log profile for pro color grading.
  • MSI’s 14-inch Stealth gaming laptop with an Intel Core i7 13620H CPU, RTX 4060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD is selling for $999.99 ($500 off) at Best Buy. The fairly compact laptop has a modest 1080p screen, but it features a speedy 165Hz refresh.
  • The Roborock Q5 Pro robot vacuum is $319.97 ($110 off) at Amazon and Roborock. The excellent robovac has strong enough suction for higher pile carpets and does a great job of sucking up pet hair. Read our guide to the best robot vacuums.
  • If you need a simple USB-C charger that ticks all the boxes of cheap, good, and small, the Anker 511 Nano Pro is on sale at Amazon and Anker for $11.89 (about $2 off) when you click the on-page coupon at Amazon or use promo code WSCPQWJQAO at Anker.
  • Logitech’s G Fits wireless earbuds are $140.61 (about $89 off) at Amazon or $149.99 at Best Buy. They have low-latency Bluetooth for gaming and mold to the shape of your ears for a one-of-a-kind fit. Ohh, I think I get the name now.