It’s February, folks. For many of us, that means a month of dreary weather and seasonal depression, but today, we can cheer ourselves up with coverage of Samsung’s impending Unpacked event and some sick tech deals.
Starting us off, Apple’s latest iPad Air is on sale in its base 64GB configuration for $499.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy and Amazon — or $649.99 ($100 off) for 256GB at Best Buy and Amazon if you prefer more storage. This return to its lowest prices makes this iPad one of the best values across the whole range of Apple’s tablets, in part because it’s the cheapest way to get the speedy M1 processor. At this price, it’s just $50 more than the 10th-gen “entry-level” iPad, but it’s faster, has a laminated 10.9-inch screen that is much nicer to look at, and supports the second-gen Apple Pencil without a weird wired charging mess. If you want an iPad for a mix of entertainment consumption and some light creativity / productivity work, the fifth-gen iPad Air is a hard value to beat without shopping used. Read our review.
The latest iPad Air retains the iPad Pro-esque redesign of the 2020 model but does away with the A14 Bionic processor in favor of Apple’s fast M1 chip. It also comes in one of five colors and boasts a 12MP front-facing camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature.
Speaking of Apple deals, the new M2-powered Mac Mini is now readily available and on some modest discounts. Adorama is selling the M2 Mac Mini for $549 ($50 off) and the M2 Pro Mac Mini for $1,199 ($100 off) when you use code APINSIDER at checkout (hat tip to the folks at AppleInsider).
We covered this deal when it went live during preorders of the new Mac Mini, but it’s nice that it’s still available now that the computer has launched, been reviewed (it’s a small triumph, by the way), and is now in stock. While the Mac Mini for 2023 doesn’t look too different from years prior, the base model now has an M2 chip for some speedy performance in a budget machine. It’s still a little short on USB-C ports (it has two), but if you need more, then opting for the M2 Pro model gets you twice as many of them — plus the M2 Pro processor that makes this little desktop almost like a 14-inch MacBook Pro with no screen. Just don’t forget to budget for your monitor, keyboard, and mouse if you don’t already have them. Read our review.
The revised Mac Mini for 2023 starts at $599 for an M2-powered model with an eight-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. The Mini can also be had with the M2 Pro chip, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a more robust port selection for $1,299. Read our review.
The Level Lock Touch smart lock is on sale for $299 ($30 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and direct from Level. A smart lock saves you from having to pull out your keys whenever you come home, allowing your phone or Apple Watch to do the unlocking for you. But one of the best parts of Level locks is they look just like any old lock and maintain physical key access just in case of any issues. While it doesn’t support Google Home, the Level Lock Touch is one of the units set to support Matter to broaden its compatibility. However, if you use Apple Home accessories, and you prefer your front door to remain inconspicuous- looking yet smart, this is a solid little deal. Read our smart lock buying guide.
This smart lock that doesn’t look like a smart lock works with Apple Home and Amazon’s Ring and can be opened with just a touch of your finger. The company has also said it will be upgraded to support Matter-over-Thread.
If you game on PlayStation, there are a couple of swell deals for you today. Eneba is offering a $75 PlayStation Store digital gift card for $58.78 (about $16 off) when you use code PSN75US in your cart. That could give you a good discount on any recent $69.99 titles that are currently selling for full price.
Also, you can get a one-year subscription to PlayStation Plus Essential for $44.60 (about $15 off) from Eneba by using code US365. That’s great for new and current members of Sony’s base-level subscription, though if you’re a current subscriber to one of the higher tiers, you can still get this deal, and once redeemed, it will convert to 219 days of PlayStation Plus Extra or 183 days of PlayStation Plus Premium.
Both of these deals from Eneba are valid through February 3rd at 7AM ET / 4AM PT. Keep in mind that the exact prices in your cart may fluctuate by some pennies or as much as a couple of dollars since Eneba is based in Europe and subject to current exchange rates.
A gift card for Sony’s PlayStation Store is good for all kinds of titles, add-ons, and downloadable content. They are normally sold in $10, $25, $50, and $100 values. Now through 7AM ET / 4AM PT on August 14th, Eneba is selling a $100 digital gift card for $84.99 after fees when you use offer code AUGUSTPSN100.
A membership to PlayStation Plus allows PS4 and PS5 owners to play games online, download free titles every month, use cloud save backups, and take advantage of discounts on the PS Store.
A handful more Wednesdeals for you:
- If you’re an Xbox or PC gamer, CDKeys is selling a three-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $24.99 ($20 off). I’d argue that it’s worth it right now for Hi-Fi Rush alone.
- Amazon has a bunch of deals on various Nerf blasters, including a bundle of six single-shot Nerf MicroShots for $24.49 ($9.50 off) and the Nerf Halo MA40 motorized blaster for $47.49 ($8.50 off). The latter comes with a voucher for a matching in-game multiplayer weapon skin for Halo Infinite.
- The last-gen JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker is on sale for $84.95 at Woot. That’s $15 cheaper than elsewhere and $45 less than the newer Flip 6. The JBL Flip 5 is IPX7-rated waterproof and offers up to 12 hours of playtime with a battery that charges via USB-C.
- Best Buy is offering a free $10 gift card with a preorder of either Hogwarts Legacy or Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. The Harry Potter title is releasing on February 10th and costs $69.99 on new consoles or $59.99 on PS4 / Xbox One, while the new Star Wars adventure was just delayed to April 28th and costs $69.99 on PS5 and Xbox Series X / S.
- The Hori Split Pad Compact is selling for $42.99 ($7 off) at Amazon, and it makes playing a Nintendo Switch in handheld mode much comfier for long play sessions. It even has a couple of mappable rear buttons for an almost Steam Deck-like experience on your Switch.