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Microsoft’s high-end Surface Pro 8 has hit its lowest price ever at Best Buy

Microsoft’s high-end Surface Pro 8 has hit its lowest price ever at Best Buy

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Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook 2 is also matching its lowest price to date

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A user types on the Surface Pro 8 from behind. The screen displays the Windows 11 start menu on a white and blue background.
You can currently save $300 on the Surface Pro 8 at Best Buy.
Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

Monday doesn’t have to be all bad, especially when we’ve collected some of the best deals on the internet to ease you into your week. Take the latest version of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8, for instance, which you can currently grab in a high-end configuration at Best Buy for $1,299.99 instead of $1,599.99. This powerful tablet comes equipped with an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage that can be supplemented with SD cards if you need a little extra space. The 13-inch, 120Hz display on the Pro 8 also features 2880x1920 resolution but can also be paired with an external monitor, thanks to its pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports. It even has a 3.5mm audio jack if you’re still using headphones that plug into something, but keep in mind that you’ll have to purchase the detachable keyboard cover and stylus separately if you want to make the most of the Windows 11 machine. Read our review.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

$1099.9927% off
$799.99

The new Surface Pro 8 is Microsoft’s biggest upgrade in years. The excellent 2-in-1 touts Thunderbolt 4 support, a 120Hz display, a better camera, and a more modern design.

Another fine lightweight workhorse, this particular configuration of the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is currently discounted from its usual $699.99 price to $549.99 at both Amazon and Best Buy in its fire-engine red colorway. The compact, 13-inch Chromebook features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage out of the box but can be expanded with up to a terabyte of additional storage via a microSD card. While the laptop’s 10th Gen Intel Core i3 processor isn’t intended for much heavy lifting, it’s more than sufficient for running multiple apps in parallel on Google’s Chrome OS. Some other notable features include a pair of USB-C ports in addition to a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as a 1080p QLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Read our review.

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 seen from above and to the right. A mug sits to its left on the desk, a notebook to its right.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2

$799.9913% off
$696.28

The Galaxy Chromebook 2 is Samsung’s flagship Chromebook, one that is less expensive and improves on its predecessor with better battery life, a good QLED display, and a vibrant design.

Although it usually sells for $129.99, you can currently buy the Elgato Cam Link 4K for $99.99 at Adorama. The price for this handy little dongle changes pretty regularly, but this is close to the best price we’ve seen for the device in recent months. It may look like it’s only available for full price, but don’t panic, as the discount will apply as soon as you view the item in your cart. If you’re not familiar with Elgato’s Cam Link 4K, the gadget allows you to convert just about any conventional DSLR, mirrorless, or action camera into a webcam for streaming, providing you with video quality that’s difficult to match.

Elgato Cam Link 4K

$129.9923% off
$99.99

Elgato’s Cam Link 4K allows you to convert your DSLR, mirrorless, or action camera into a webcam for your computer.

If you’re looking to pick up a second DualSense controller for your PlayStation 5, you can currently save $10 at checkout at Adorama if you opt for the standard, white colorway. The DualSense controller in either white or black typically costs $69.99, but the peripheral’s current discount at Adorama drops the price to $59.99, easily one of the controller’s best prices to date. The DualSense builds on Sony’s excellent DualShock controller design by adding adaptive tension and vibration to each trigger, providing you with more precise haptic feedback. Note that the price will appear unchanged until you put the accessory in your cart, so don’t worry if it appears to be full price on the landing page.

$59

Sony’s DualSense controller is designed for the PS5, making use of adaptive triggers, a built-in microphone, and haptic feedback technologies.

Only available for its full price of $84.99 on Amazon, the latest iteration of the Echo Show 5 is currently discounted to $44.99 at Best Buy. The ubiquitous, 5-inch smart display is hardly a revelation when compared to its previous model, but its list of features still makes it the standard for screen-based smart hubs. The compact touchscreen is small enough to fit on your nightstand and is equipped with a surprisingly loud speaker. It’s also capable of streaming video and displaying a variety of customizable updates, including calendar alerts and weather forecasts, and is compatible with Amazon’s full suite of Alex features. And while you can technically use it for video calls thanks to its 2MP camera, the hub’s paltry camera and limited video calling options definitely remain shortcomings. Read our review.

$79.99

Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is an ideal smart display for a nightstand. You can set alarms with Alexa using your voice, play music, control smart displays, get a weather report, and more. When the alarm goes off, you merely need to tap the top of the Echo Show 5 to snooze it.

Just a few more...

  • This month’s free game on the Epic Games Store is now live. The neon-colored nightmare of a pinball game, Demon’s Tilt, is a frantic pinball game with bullet-hell sensibilities that you can currently grab for free.
  • The Liberty Air 2 Pro, Anker’s last-gen wireless earbuds, are currently discounted in their blue colorway at Best Buy. Normally $129.99, you can buy these noise-canceling earbuds right now for $69.99. Read our review.
  • Monoprice is a vendor you likely know from its wide selection of charging cables, but did you know it makes gaming monitors, too? Now until April 10th, Monoprice is hosting a sitewide sale that knocks $10 off a purchase of $50 or more (use promo code SUPER at checkout) or $50 off a purchase greater than $250 (use promo code SITEWIDE at checkout).
  • Need to work out some knots? The Theragun Prime from Therabody is on sale at Best Buy and Amazon for just $249.99, $50 off the regular price of the powerful personal massager.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoes the state’s “BitLicense” law.

The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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Andrew WebsterSep 24
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 WebsterSep 24
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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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.


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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.