Start your week off right with these handpicked deals, all part of this balanced breakfast. Our inaugural discount this week sees the M1-equipped MacBook Air discounted to $849.99 at Best Buy from its usual $999.99 price. This is the best discount we’ve seen yet on the 256GB model of the M1-equipped MacBook Air, making this an excellent chance to snag this lightweight Apple laptop. If you need a model with a little more storage space, you can also get the 512GB model for $1,049.99, a discount of $200 off the regular price.
It may not share the same level of performance with the newer M2-laden MacBooks, but the lightweight form factor and impressive battery life still make the M1 MacBook Air an excellent choice for a daily driver, especially for students returning to academia. Read our review.
Continuing on our Apple tangent, the latest models of the iPad Mini and the last-gen version of the iPad Air are on sale, matching their best prices ever. Normally priced at $459.99, the 64GB configuration of the 2021 iPad Mini is currently discounted to $399.99 at Target, while the $599.99 iPad Air is currently discounted to $449.99 at Best Buy.
The latest model of the iPad Mini may lack the comforting presence of the home button, but its larger display more than makes up for its absence. The 8.3-inch display features a resolution of 2266 x 1488 and includes True Tone technology that allows you to fine-tune the display based on the lighting in your environment. Just note that this version of the iPad Mini won’t work with Apple’s smart keyboard or Magic Keyboard folio but is still compatible with the second-gen Apple Pencil. Read our review.
The older model of the iPad Air may not sport Apple’s awesome M1 CPU, but its A14 Bionic processor is still capable of delivering enough power for most users. The tablet is also compatible with various iPad Air accessories, which allow you to transform it into an ad hoc laptop using add-ons like Apple’s Magic Keyboard. The 10.9-inch tablet offers a terrific Retina display with 2360 x 1640 resolution and a wide color gamut as well, not to mention a USB-C port for charging. Read our review.
Apple’s revamped iPad Mini ditches the home button and opts for a larger edge-to-edge display. It also comes outfitted with a faster processor, support for USB-C, and a top-mounted power button that moonlights as a Touch ID sensor.
If you’re in the market for a slightly less expensive tablet, both the standard and Plus sized models of Amazon’s latest Fire HD 8 tablet are discounted to their lowest price ever at Best Buy. The standard HD 8 tablet was originally priced at $89.99 but is on sale for $44.99, while the HD 8 Plus is down to $64.99 (normally $109.99). While these prices are for the 32GB configurations of the tablets, Best Buy has applied similar discounts to the 64GB models as well. However, it’s worth noting that both models can have their base storage expanded with microSD cards.
The standard version of the 10th-generation Fire HD 8 tablet features an eight-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. The relatively low-end processor and 2GB of RAM make it difficult to recommend this tablet for anything work-related, but it’ll fit the bill for media streaming or light gaming.
The Amazon HD 8 Plus mirrors the standard model in virtually every aspect but includes a couple of key differences. It includes 3GB of RAM, allowing it to handle simultaneous apps slightly easier, and it features wireless charging capability, allowing it to serve as an Echo Show in some instances if you mount it on a charging dock. Even with its additional RAM, the HD 8 Plus is pretty sluggish by modern standards but remains an excellent choice for a dirt-cheap tablet. Read our review of the Fire HD 8 Plus.
A few more discounts worth looking into...
- Standard pricing for the Sony LinkBuds S has them at $199.99, but you can currently find them for $148 at Amazon — their lowest price to date. These incredibly comfy earbuds feature support for the LDAC audio codec, giving audiophiles the option to stream lossless audio. It's just a bit disappointing to see wireless earbuds that cost this much that don’t include wireless charging. Read our review.
- The second-generation Apple Pencil is currently on sale for $99 at Amazon and Best Buy, matching its best price ever. This peripheral is compatible with all of the latest model iPads and can even magnetically attach and charge to the side of your tablet.
- Logitech’s pastel-themed G435 gaming headset is usually priced at $79.99, but GameStop has recently discounted this headset to $49.99 in its black and white colorways. This discount beats the best price we’ve seen for this headset by $10, making this worthy of your attention if you’re in the market for a solid Bluetooth-enabled headset.
- The mechanical keyboard experts at Glorious rarely discount their wares, but you can currently get the preassembled version of the GMMK 2 for $109.99 instead of its original $119.99. This keyboard is available in both full-size and 65 percent layouts and is also equipped with Glorious Fox linear switches out of the box. However, you can always swap those out after the fact thanks to the hot-swap PCB.