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Best weekend deals: New Apple iPad Air, loads of PC games, and more

Best weekend deals: New Apple iPad Air, loads of PC games, and more

Ars Technica

It’s the weekend, which means it’s another Dealmaster time. Our latest round-up of the best tech deals from around the web includes an early discount on Apple’s latest iPad Air, its 64GB version. Down to $570 on Amazon. That’s just a $30 discount, but it’s notable considering that the tablet Shipping just started last week. The only caveat is that Amazon shows shipping delays as of this writing; If you need to get the machine within the next two weeks, you may be better off paying Full price at Apple. But if you plan on picking up the tablet anyway and are willing to wait, it’s a small savings.

We made the The new iPad Air positive review Last week, he called it “the best tablet most people can afford.” While it’s not a major overhaul compared to the previous model, it’s upgraded to the Apple M1 system on a chip, the same SoC used in the iPad Pro. and MacBook Air, among other more priced Apple devices. It’s exceptionally fast as a result, so much so that performance shouldn’t be an issue for years to come. The included USB-C port now provides faster transfer speeds too, and the front camera is now a 12MP (up from 7MP) unit that Apple supports”theater center” Feature.

The closest competition to the iPad Air still comes from Apple itself. The iPad Pro 11 inch It includes twice the storage by default (128GB), better speakers, and a brighter screen that supports a higher refresh rate of 120Hz, but it costs About $180 more. The Entry-level iPadMeanwhile, far away More affordable at $329 It still performs well for everyday tablet tasks, but it’s not as powerful overall and uses a more dated design. For those willing to pay more, the new iPad Air is a solid middle ground: It still has a great screen for media consumption, and when paired with the right accessories, it’s just as powerful as the current iPad Pro to get more cross-work done.

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On top of that, our tour also includes the new sweeping “Spring Sale” on Epic Games’ PC Storefront. We’ve outlined our favorite bundle deals below, but the sale includes good prices back then Ars Game of the Year Winners HadesAnd the CelesteAnd the And the monitoringas well as other Ars-approved songs like Untitled goose gameAnd the Horizon Zero DawnAnd the Qena: The Bridge of SoulsAnd the encryptionAnd the Disco Elysium, among several others. A handful of these deals are also available at other storefronts like GOG and Humble.

Elsewhere, we’ve got deals on the just-released Switch game Kirby and the Forgotten LandAmazon Fire HD discs, recommended noise canceling headphones And the wireless gaming mouseExternal hard drives, Anker USB-C chargers, and more. You can check out the full curated tour below.

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Electronics Deals

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Zoom / Apple’s AirPods Max are pricey, but the noise cancellation and sound quality are among the best we’ve tested from a wireless headphone.

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Amazon's Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet PC with its built-in bumper case.
Zoom / Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet PC with its built-in bumper case.

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Laptop and Desktop Deals

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Zoom / The Razer Viper Ultimate is a lightweight, high-resolution wireless gaming mouse.

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gaming deals

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Zoom / Microsoft Xbox Series X console.

Video game deals

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