Today’s best deals: Apple MacBook Air, Razer Blade, Google Pixel, and more


It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a solid price for the latest M2-based Apple MacBook Air, Google’s value-packed Pixel 6a, and the 15-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop, among other noteworthy deals.
For years, we’ve considered the MacBook Air to be the best Mac for most users. Blending long battery life, sleek design, and good performance, it easily handles most basic tasks any user might throw at it.
In our review of the 2022 model, we found that the M2 processor “makes this one of the most performant and efficient laptops on the market for general information work like browsing the web, working with documents, jumping on Zoom calls.” It also has a great keyboard and trackpad. For $200 off, the $999 MacBook Air is a solid deal, albeit not the lowest we’ve ever tracked. If you don’t mind going back one generation in processors to the M1, you’ll be just as pleased handling similar workloads on a 2020 MacBook Air, which is on sale for $800 right now.

Google’s Pixel 6a is on sale matching its record low of $339, as well. It may be the best value you can get in a smartphone using flagship-level processing and cameras and a clean, sleek software running things inside. Elsewhere around the web, we have discounts on the Apple Watch SE, 2022 iPad Air, Samsung SD and microSD cards, and much more. Check the full curated list below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Razer Kraken V3 gaming headset for $41 ($75) at Amazon
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 (32GB) 8-inch tablet for $60 ($100) at Amazon
  • Garmin Index S2 smart scale for $130 ($150) at Amazon
  • WD Black D30 (2TB) portable SSD for Xbox for $190 ($230) at Amazon
  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone for $339 ($450) at Amazon
  • GoPro Hero 11 Black 4K camera + one-year GoPro subscription for $350 ($550) at GoPro
  • Apple iPad Air 10.9-inch (2022) Wi-Fi, 64GB for $499 ($551) at Best Buy
  • LG C2 (2022) 48-inch 4K OLED TV for $999 ($1,420) at Amazon
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $999 ($1,200) at Best Buy
  • Razer Blade 15-inch gaming laptop (2560×1440, Intel Core i7 12800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 240 Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $2,600 ($2,965) at Amazon
The 2022 iPad Air.
Enlarge / The 2022 iPad Air.

Samuel Axon

electronics deals

The Pixel Watch.  It's a perfect, round little pebble.
Enlarge / The Pixel Watch. It’s a perfect, round little pebble.

Ron Amadeo

Know your Pixel phones: The one with the black plastic camera bar is the Pixel 6a.  The base model Pixel 7 has one black oval camera, while the Pixel 7 Pro has a second camera bar cutout for the zoom lens.
Enlarge / Know your Pixel phones: The one with the black plastic camera bar is the Pixel 6a. The base model Pixel 7 has one black oval camera, while the Pixel 7 Pro has a second camera bar cutout for the zoom lens.

Google

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Air (2022) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $999 ($1,200) at Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M1, 2560×1660, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $800 ($1,000) at Best Buy
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch tablet PC and keyboard (2880×1920, Core i5 Intel Evo, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $850 ($1,000) at Walmart)
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 from $500up to $150 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 from $650up to $646 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 13-inch tablet PC (2880×1920, Core i5 Intel Evo, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $900 at Amazon
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 from $800up to $500 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 from $900up to $200 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio from $1,505up to $200 off, at Microsoft
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 13-inch Chromebook ‎(1920×1080, Intel Core i3-1115G4, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) for $299 ($420) at Amazon
  • Razer Blade 15-inch gaming laptop (2560×1440, Intel Core i7 12800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 240 Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $2,600 ($2,965) at Amazon
The MacBook Air looks quite a bit like the 14-inch MacBook Pro from this angle.
Enlarge / The MacBook Air looks quite a bit like the 14-inch MacBook Pro from this angle.

Samuel Axon

Microsoft's Surface Pro 8.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8.

Andrew Cunningham

Smart home and home audio deals

The Apple TV 4K with Apple's improved Siri Remote.
Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K with Apple’s improved Siri Remote.

Jeff Dunn

Google's second-generation Nest Hub looks identical to the previous generation.
Enlarge / Google’s second-generation Nest Hub looks identical to the previous generation.

Corey Gaskin

  • Google Nest Doorbell battery-powered video doorbell for $133 ($180) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Google Nest Security Cam indoor wired second generation for $80 ($100) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Security Cam outdoor or indoor, wired second-generation for $140 ($170) at Amazon, Target, Walmart, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Cam with floodlight outdoor security camera for $215 ($250) at Amazon
  • Google Nest Mini smart speaker for $25 ($50) at Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub smart display for $60 ($100) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Google Nest Thermostat for $105 ($130) at Amazon
  • Google Nest learning smart thermostat for $198 ($250) at Amazon
The Xbox Series S.
Enlarge / The Xbox Series S.

video game deals

Razer Kraken V3.
Enlarge / Razer Kraken V3.

Razer

gaming deals

With its simple design and static lighting, the G305 Wireless is a good mouse for those who don't like the look of traditional gaming accessories.
Enlarge / With its simple design and static lighting, the G305 Wireless is a good mouse for those who don’t like the look of traditional gaming accessories.

Valentina Palladino

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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