The Weekend’s Best Deals: Apple MacBook Air, Resident Evil Bundle, and More

The Weekend's Best Deals: Apple MacBook Air, Resident Evil Bundle, and More

Ars Technica

It’s the weekend and that means it’s time for a new Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a nice discount on Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air, which is currently down to $850 at Best Buy. That’s about $150 off Apple’s suggested retail price and equals the lowest price we’ve seen from a major retailer since the laptop briefly fell to $800 in December.

Note that this deal applies to the MacBook Air model launched in 2020, not the variant that arrived earlier this year with a refreshed design and a faster M2 system-on-a-chip. If money is no object, we now recommend the latter as the best Apple laptop for most people. That said, the M1-based Air is still a great alternative for those who need a Mac but can’t afford the $1,199 starting price of the M2 model. For the money, it’s still decent enough, with excellent battery life, a study-yet-lightweight design, and a comfortable keyboard and trackpad. Keep in mind that the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD in this entry-level configuration are only really suited to more casual needs. There are still only two USB-C ports and the built-in webcam remains mediocre. But for students or those who just need a laptop for lighter browsing, editing and everyday work, there’s still value at this deal price. In addition to MacBooks, our collection also includes a noteworthy Humble game bundle that includes 10 . wrapped up Resident Evil games, as well as a 50 percent off coupon for the latest entry in the series, Resident Evil Village— for $30. Not all REGARDING game is a winner: RE4, RE72019’s RE2 remake, and the remake of the 2002 original REGARDING are excellent, but we were just lukewarm? Villageand the action-heavy excursions of RE5 and RE6 are, shall we say, a more acquired taste. Still, this is a great price for the majority of gaming’s most popular survival horror franchise. If you already own some of these games, you can pay $1 or $10 to get a smaller selection of titles. And as with most Humble bundles, a portion of all purchases here help a good cause. In this case, Humble says they will go in part to Direct Relief and their efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine affected by the ongoing invasion by Russia.

Elsewhere, the Dealmaster includes the lowest price we’ve seen for the Apple Watch Series 7, a $50 discount on Microsoft’s Xbox Series S, lower-than-usual prices for Apple’s TV 4K and Nvidia’s Shield TV streamers, and several deals on Amazon and Google smart screens. You can check out our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured offers of the day

  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $850 ($925) at Best Buy
  • Resident Evil Decades of Horror Bundle (PC): Contains 10 Games + Coupon for $30 ($195) at Humble
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm, green) smartwatch for $270 ($330) at Best Buy
  • Death Stranding (PS4) for $10 ($30) at Best Buy, Amazon ($10 PS5 upgrade, PS5 for $40)
  • Microsoft Xbox Series S game console for $250 ($290) at Adorama (discount in shopping cart)
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) Front 8-inch Smart Display $85 ($120) at Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub 7-inch smart display for $55 ($85) at Target, Best Buy
  • Nvidia Shield TV Pro 4K Media Streamer for $170 ($200) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple Pencil (2nd generation) stylus for $99 ($120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Samsung Pro Plus (512GB, U3, V30) microSD card for $70 ($76) at Best Buy, Amazon
  • Wacom One (small) drawing tablet for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • $100 Apple Gift Card + $10 Store Gift Card for $100 ($110) at Target, Best Buy
The Apple Watch Series 7.
enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7.

Corey Gaskin

Electronics Deals

Microsoft's Xbox Series S (left), alongside the more powerful Xbox Series X (right).
enlarge / Microsoft’s Xbox Series S (left), alongside the more powerful Xbox Series X (right).

Sam Machkovech

Marshall's Emberton offers powerful sound for a compact Bluetooth speaker.
enlarge / Marshall’s Emberton offers powerful sound for a compact Bluetooth speaker.

Jeff Dunn

Laptop and Desktop PC Deals

  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $850 ($925) at Best Buy
  • HP Pavilion Aero (13z-be100) 13.3-inch Laptop (Ryzen 5 5625U, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $646 ($850) at HP (use code: SCHOOLHP5Configure RAM, SSD, display before checkout)
  • Lenovo Yoga 7i (Gen 7) 16-inch 2-in-1 laptop (Core i7-1260P, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $860 ($1,050) at Lenovo (use codes: YOGA DEALS + BTS2022)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch Tablet PC (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) + Surface Pro keyboard for $1,000 ($1,250) at Best Buy
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) 14-inch gaming laptop (Ryzen 9 6900HS, 2560×1600 120 Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Radeon RX 6700S GPU) for $1,400 ($1,600) at Best Buy
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enlarge / Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air doesn’t have the faster processor or more modern design of its successor, but it’s still a great notebook for those looking to save some cash, especially at the current deal price.

Lee Hutchinson

  • Dell S2721QS 27″ Monitor (4K, 60 Hz, IPS) for $260 ($320) at Dell, Amazon
  • Dell S3422DWG 34″ Monitor (3440×1440, 144Hz, VA, VRR) for $390 ($460) at Amazon
  • Gigabyte M28U 28-inch monitor (4K, 144 Hz, IPS, VRR) for $500 ($575) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Crucial P5 Plus (500GB) PCIe 4.0 SSD for $73 ($83) at Amazon, B&H
  • Crucial MX500 (1TB) 2.5″ SATA SSD for $73 ($90) at B&H (discount in shopping cart)
  • Seagate FireCuda 530 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 SSD for $139 ($170) at Amazon, Walmart, B&H
Microsoft Surface Pro 8.
enlarge / Microsoft Surface Pro 8.

Andrew Cunningham

TV and home entertainment deals

The Apple TV 4K with Apple's enhanced Siri Remote.
enlarge / The Apple TV 4K with Apple’s enhanced Siri Remote.

Jeff Dunn

Video Game Deals

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enlarge / The action horror game Resident Evil Village.

Capcom

  • Death Stranding (PS4) for $10 ($30) at Best Buy, Amazon ($10 PS5 upgrade, PS5 for $40)
  • Elden Ring (PS5, PS4, Xbox, used) for $35 ($40) at GameFly
  • Horizon Forbidden West (PS4) for $40 ($60) at Target, Best Buy, PSN (Free PS5 Upgrade, PS5 for $50)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Amazon, Best Buy, PSN
  • Gran Turismo 7 (PS5) for $50 ($70) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, PSN (PS4 for $40)
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) for $30 ($40) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Demon Souls (PS5) for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Best Buy, PSN
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Sackboy: a great adventure (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Best Buy, Amazon
  • iconoclasts (PS4) for $7 ($15) at PSN
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enlarge / The open world delivery game Death Stranding.
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enlarge / The card-based roguelike Kill the spire.

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