This weekend’s best deals: Apple TV 4K, OLED TVs, MacBook Pros and more


This weekend's best deals: Apple TV 4K, OLED TVs, MacBook Pros and more

Ars Technica

It’s the weekend, so it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the web’s best tech deals includes a bundle at Apple’s online store that gives away a $50 Apple Gift Card with the purchase of a new Apple TV media streamer. Apple says it will email the gift card within 24 hours of shipping your purchase. This isn’t a simple price drop, but if you know you’ll be using the gift card towards a future Apple purchase – be it another device, an Apple subscription service or something on the App Store – the bundle effectively equates to the biggest discount we have for tracked the Apple TV 4K. The campaign runs until July 14th.

While we still recommend the cheaper Google Chromecast – which is also on sale today – for most people who need a 4K media player, the Apple TV 4K might be worth it for those willing to trade for faster (and more future-proof) hardware and A simpler user interface that is less ad-filled than other streaming platforms. The device supports all major apps and works with both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos, although the lack of 120Hz support is disappointing for the price. While some Roku devices now support AirPlay, Apple’s Box plays particularly well with other Apple devices, as well as platforms like HomeKit or Apple Arcade. The device is simply overpriced, but this deal should soften the blow.

It’s worth noting that according to a recent Bloomberg report, Apple is developing a refreshed Apple TV 4K with an updated chip and an extra gigabyte of RAM, so this bundle could be Apple’s way of clearing inventory ahead of the launch of the new model. How much exactly the new Apple TV 4K could cost is unclear. For now, however, the current Apple TV 4K is still powerful enough for most streaming needs. So if you’ve already settled into the Apple ecosystem and wanted to jump on board, this might be a good opportunity.

If you don’t need a new media streamer, however, our roundup of deals also includes all-time lows for a couple of well-rated OLED TVs from Sony and LG, the best price we’ve seen for Nintendos The Legend of Zelda Game & Watch collectible, a nice discount on a certified refurbished version of the Sonos One SL speaker, an early Prime Day offer on Amazon’s Audible Premium Plus service, deals on MacBook Pros, and various first-party PlayStation 5 games and much more. Below is our full curated list.

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Selected offers of the day

The display of the 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021.
Enlarge / The display of the 14-inch MacBook Pro 2021.

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Enlarge / The Sonos One SL sounds as smooth as the regular One, but doesn’t include mics for voice control.

Offers for laptops and desktop PCs

  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2″ Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,799 ($1,950) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2″ Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,299 ($2,410) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13″ Tablet PC (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) + Microsoft Surface Signature Keyboard for $900 ($1,070) at BestBuy
  • Samsung 980 Pro (1TB) PCIe 4.0 internal SSD for $140 ($155) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Gigabyte Aorus FO48U 48-Inch Gaming Monitor (4K, 120 Hz, OLED, VRR) for $800 ($1,000) at Amazon
  • PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 6700 XT (12GB GDDR6) graphics card for $470 ($550) at Amazon
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6) graphics card for $500 ($550) at Best Buy (in store pickup only)
  • MSI Ventus 3X Plus GeForce RTX 3080 (12GB GDDR6) graphics card for $800 ($965) at Newegg
  • Apple Back to School Promo: Get up to $150 Apple Gift Card with select Macs, up to $100 Apple Gift Card with select iPads at Apple (EDU Members Only)
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Enlarge / The redesigned (and far less annoying) Siri Remote for the latest Apple TV 4K.


TV and home entertainment offerings

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Enlarge / A look at the Ars-approved Google Chromecast’s home screen with Google TV.

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Gaming Offers

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Enlarge / Nintendo’s Ars-approved Game and Watch collectible includes three all-time classics: the original The Legend of Zeldathe die-hards Zelda II: The Adventures of Linkand the charming Game Boy title Link’s Awakening.

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Video Game Deals

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Enlarge / Rattach & Clank: Rift apart is a light-hearted action game that we recommend for PS5 owners.
  • It takes two (Xbox, PC) for $16 ($25) on Xbox, Steam, Origin
  • Devil May Cry 5 + Vergil (Xbox, PC) for $10 ($20) on Xbox, Steam
  • Dark Souls remastered (Xbox, Switch) for $20 ($30) on Xbox, Nintendo
  • Mega Man 30th Anniversary Collection (Xbox) for $30 ($50) on Xbox
  • Cuphead (Xbox, Switch, PC) for $14 ($20) on Xbox, Nintendo, Steam
  • Mario tennis aces (Switch for $30 ($40) at GameStop
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Switch for $20 ($40) at Nintendo (Complete edition to the $30)
  • Kirby and the forgotten land (switch, used) for $40 ($55) at GameFly
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond (Switch for $30 ($45) at Best Buy, GameStop (discount in cart)
  • Inside (Switch for $2 ($10) at Nintendo
  • Hades (switch, PC) for $15 ($25) on Nintendo, Steam (also on Game Pass)
  • MLB The Show 22 (Switch, PS4) for $40 ($55) at Nintendo (also on Game Pass)
  • Chicory: A colorful story (Switch, PS4, PC) for $14 ($20) on Nintendo, PSN, Steam
  • knocker (Switch for $5 ($15) at Nintendo ($6 on Steam)
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Enlarge / The tense and highly atmospheric roguelite return. Just note that it’s included in the higher tiers of Sony’s newly revamped PlayStation Plus service.

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Accessories and other offers

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