The weekend’s best deals: The newest MacBook Pros, Kindle Kids, iPad Air, and more.

It’s the weekend, and that means another Dealmaster. In this week’s roundup of the best tech deals on the web, we have Fire HD and Kindle tablets from Amazon, some solidly-discounted computer peripherals, and even Apple’s just-announced MacBook Pros have a price cut.

Amazon’s Kindle Kids e-reader is down to a record-low of $85 (typically $120). It’s the same device as the latest Kindle ($100), but it comes with a case, two-year warranty, and one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+. All of that typically costs $20 more than the regular Kindle device, but this sale price now makes the Kindle Kids version less expensive.

In our review, we mention that the latest Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite are neck-and-neck as two of Amazon’s best low-end Kindles. They have few frills and do what they’re meant to do well: help you consume books textually or audibly. We also note that it’s particularly great for kids even without the kids version perks because of its size and ability to play audiobooks. The added value of the kids version makes it a great buy for all ages.

This week, Apple also introduced its newest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with M2 Pro chips. Both tout considerable gains in power and efficiency over their predecessors, which were already true portable powerhouses for the heaviest of users. When the pair of revamped MacBook Pros first came out in 2021, we confidently dubbed them “what you’ve been waiting for,” thanks to remarkable performance and a bevy of ports, including a retooled MagSafe charger, SD card slot, Thunderbolt, and HDMI. All of that came at a hefty price though, and the newest Pros are no exception. If you’re salivating for the new ones, you can at least knock $50 off each when pre-ordering from Amazon right now.

Elsewhere around the web, we have Apple’s 2022 iPad Air returning to its $499 ($551) holiday pricing, Razer’s 15-inch Blade gaming laptop for $300 off, and a few computer gaming peripherals with solid price drops. Check the full curated list below.

Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

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
  • Amazon Kindle Kids (8GB, no ads) 6.8-inch e-reader for $85 ($120) at Amazon
  • Garmin Index S2 smart scale for $130 ($150) at Amazon
  • WD Black D30 (2TB) portable SSD for Xbox for $179 ($230) at Amazon
  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone for $335 ($450) at Amazon
  • Apple iPad Air 10.9-inch (2022) Wi-Fi, 64GB for $499 ($551) at Best Buy
  • 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
  • Pre-order Apple MacBook Pro (2023) 14-inch laptop (Apple M2 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,950 ($2,000) at Amazon (16-inch for $2,450)
The 2022 iPad Air.
Enlarge / The 2022 iPad Air.

Samuel Axon

Electronics deals

The new Amazon Kindle.
Enlarge / The new Amazon Kindle.

Andrew Cunningham

Apple's latest MacBook Pros were just announced this week.
Enlarge / Apple’s latest MacBook Pros were just announced this week.

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Pre-order Apple MacBook Pro (2023) 14-inch laptop (Apple M2 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,950 ($2,000) at Amazon (16-inch for $2,450)
  • 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 Laptop Go 2 from $500up to $150 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 from $750up 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 $900up to $500 off, at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 9 13-inch tablet PC (2880×1920, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $928 ($1,100) at Amazon
  • 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
Microsoft's Surface Pro 9.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Surface Pro 9.

Andrew Cunningham

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

Jeff Dunn

Smart home deals

The Xbox Series S.
Enlarge / The Xbox Series S.

Video game deals

SteelSeries' Apex Pro.
Enlarge / SteelSeries’ Apex Pro.

SteelSeries

Gaming deals

Belkin's 3-in-1 MagSafe charging stand.
Enlarge / Belkin’s 3-in-1 MagSafe charging stand.

Corey Gaskin / Ars Technica

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

Leave a Comment