It’s officially Memorial Day Weekend. Time to fire up the grill, toss in a few drinks in the cooler, and saddle up for some hot deals. We’ve been covering Memorial Day specials and discounts all week, and we’ve got some fresh ones for your Saturday.
First off, Apple’s latest iPad Air with expanded 256GB storage is down to $679 on Amazon. This $70 rebate is the best price in over a month for this configuration. If you don’t feel like you need the extra storage, the 64GB model is $569.99 (about $30 off) on Amazon and Walmart. However, the 256GB will help ensure you won’t run out of storage space too quickly.
This latest generation of iPad Air looks very similar to the previous model from 2020, but has received a big boost in performance by borrowing the same M1 processor found in the iPad Pro models and entry-level MacBooks. The Air is fast, has great battery life, and its 10.9-inch screen looks great. While it shares the same CPU as the more expensive iPad Pro, it uses Touch ID built into the side button instead of Face ID and lacks ProMotion for smoother scrolling. That discount, however, helps separate the 256GB Air further from the base 128GB iPad Pro, which normally costs $799 — making it a better value for most people. Read our review.
Now, miraculously, if you’re looking to buy an Xbox Series X console, you have several options. You can get one at Costco or directly from Microsoft, or if you’re lucky there might be one at your local Best Buy – but these aren’t deals. The current Xbox family deal is that with the purchase of an Xbox Series S, Antonline offers a free additional controller of your choice, priced at $299.99. That’s the tiny console’s regular retail price, and you get an additional gamepad worth up to $69.99 for free.
The Xbox Series S is a great little console if you don’t mind an all-digital box with a QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution. Sure, it’s a little flimsy with 512GB of built-in storage, but it’s perfect for Xbox Game Pass and game streaming. Plus, this deal gives you a choice of black, white, red, blue, and yellow-green controllers—even the translucent smoke-black 20th Anniversary Special Edition (which, btw, is the right choice). This offer runs until June 7th or until it is sold out. Read our review.
If you don’t want to wait until July for Google’s upcoming Pixel 6A and you’re a T-Mobile or Sprint customer, you can get the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro for $150 at Best Buy with one activation. This deal brings the Pixel 6’s price down to $459.99 – same as the more budget-conscious 6A – and the Pixel 6 Pro is now $749.99. Both plans require activation with T-Mobile or Sprint, but you can choose to pay upfront or in monthly installments.
While the Pixel 6 siblings have had some choppy waters with software updates, they still have some of the best cameras in a smartphone — and arguably some of the best Android phones out there. The Pixel 6A will borrow the Google Tensor CPU when it comes out in the summer, but the upgraded cameras remain exclusive to the premium Pixels. Read our review.
The Lenovo Chromebook Duet has maintained its status as one of our favorite budget Chromebooks, despite the release of a newer model in late 2021 with a higher price tag that brought with it some compromises. That new model is the Chromebook Duet 5, which has gotten a bit fancier with a 13.3-inch OLED touchscreen and a new price tag of around $500. The screen is great, the keyboard attachment is once again very good, and the battery life is long. But it’s a bit of a different game when it costs $200 more than its predecessor.
Now you can pick up the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5 for a much more respectable $379 at Best Buy. That $120 rebate for the 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD model makes it a lot easier to overlook some of its shortcomings — like the lack of biometric authentication and no included stylus. Money saved always makes things look better, am I right? Read our review.