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The weekend’s best deals: Google Chromecast, Apple AirPods, and more

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It’s the weekend, which means the time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a nice discount on Google’s Chromecast with Google TV, as the 4K streamer is down to $40 at various retailers. We’ve seen this deal pop up a few times in the past, but it’s still a good $10 below Google’s MSRP. While we have seen the streaming dongle available for $5 less once before, that deal required you to sign up for a month of Sling TV service; the current discount matches the best price we’ve seen otherwise.

In any event, we continue to recommend the Chromecast to those in need of an affordable streaming stick. It’s quick enough for most needs, its remote is sensibly laid out, and it supports all the major apps and HDR standards (plus Dolby Atmos). Most notably, we find Google’s UI to be significantly better at organizing and surfacing content you might actually like than competitors from Amazon and Roku. Some users have complained that the Chromecast’s 8GB of internal storage is insufficient, but that’s unlikely to be a major issue unless you need to download an especially high number of apps. And while reports suggest that Google will launch some sort of Chromecast device later this year, it’s unclear if there’ll be a true successor to this streamer or a new lower-end device aimed at 1080p playback. For casual 4K streaming, the Chromecast should still make finding something to watch quick and convenient.

If you don’t need a new streamer, we’ve also got lower-than-usual prices on Apple’s third-gen AirPods and AirPods Pro, CPUs from Intel and AMD—including one deal that makes Intel’s high-end i7-12700K chip cheaper than the non-overclockable i7-12700 we reviewed positively last month—Tile Bluetooth trackers, gaming keyboards, loads of video games, and much more. You can check out our full curated list below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Google Chromecast 4K media streamer for $40 ($50) at Target, Best Buy
  • Apple AirPods (3rd gen) true wireless earbuds for $150 ($165) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple AirPods Pro true wireless ANC earphones for $175 ($188) at Amazon, Target, Walmart
  • Intel Core i7-12700K 12-core/20-thread desktop processor for $328 ($380) at Best Buy
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-core/12-thread desktop processor for $187 ($215) at Amazon
  • Buy $100 Apple gift card, get $10 store gift card at Target
  • Tile Mate (2022) + Tile Slim (2022) Bluetooth trackers for $40 ($52) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Codenames: Duet board game for $10 ($14) at Amazon (clip $3.45 coupon)
  • SteelSeries Apex Pro gaming keyboard for $100 ($150) at Adorama (discount in cart)
  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $4 ($30) at Prime Video

Enlarge / The Google Chromecast with Google TV is our current top pick among 4K streaming sticks.

Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

  • Apple AirPods (3rd gen) true wireless earbuds for $150 ($165) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple AirPods Pro true wireless ANC earphones for $175 ($188) at Amazon, Target, Walmart
  • Apple iPad (256GB) 10.2-inch tablet for $429 ($455) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple iPad Air (256GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $679 ($715) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple Watch SE (40 mm) smartwatch for $229 ($250) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple Watch SE (44 mm) smartwatch for $249 ($290) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41 mm, Green) smartwatch for $309 ($355) at Amazon
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm) smartwatch for $359 ($390) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7.

Corey Gaskin

  • Google Chromecast 4K media streamer for $40 ($50) at Target, Best Buy
  • Samsung T7 (2TB) portable SSD for $175 ($230) at Newegg (use code: SSBRA635)
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids (32GB) 8-inch tablet for $70 ($110) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Kindle Kids (8GB) 6-inch e-reader for $65 ($100) at Amazon
  • Logitech MX Master 3 wireless mouse + $40 Dell e-gift card for $100 ($140) at Dell (gift card sent within 20 days, expires 90 days after issuance)
  • LG C1 (2021) 55-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,097 ($1,250) at Amazon, Target (+$100 Visa GC at BuyDig)
  • Samsung QN90A (2021) 85-inch 4K LED TV for $3,000 ($3,320) at Best Buy

Enlarge / Apple’s third-gen AirPods might be worth it if you want a set of true wireless earbuds that don’t fully insert inside your ear canal and more easily let you hear ambient noise.

Jeff Dunn

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • HP Pavilion Aero 13 13.3-inch laptop (Ryzen 7 5800U, 1920×1200, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $730 ($840) at HP
  • HP Envy 14 14-inch laptop (Core i7-11390H, 2240×1400, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GPU) for $1,000 ($1,350) at HP
  • Apple Mac Mini (Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $570 ($650) at Amazon (discount in cart)
  • Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Ryzen 9 5980HX, 1080p 300 Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Radeon RX 6800M GPU) for $1,300 ($1,600) at Best Buy
  • Intel Core i7-12700K 12-core/20-thread desktop processor for $328 ($380) at Best Buy
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-core/24-thread desktop processor for $385 ($470) at Amazon

Enlarge / Compared to the Core i7-12700 pictured here, the i7-12700K chip on sale today supports overclocking.

Andrew Cunningham

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 8-core/16-thread desktop processor for $284 ($299) at Newegg (use code: SLKDLS735)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-core/12-thread desktop processor for $187 ($215) at Amazon
  • EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 12GB FTW3 Ultra desktop GPU for $1,000 ($1,300) at Amazon
  • WD Black SN770 (1TB NVMe) PCIe 4.0 internal SSD for $105 ($120) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Samsung 970 Evo Plus (1TB NVMe) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $103 ($115) at Amazon
  • Crucial P5 (2TB NVMe) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $180 ($230) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Samsung Odyssey G5 27-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, 165 Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible) for $250 ($415) at Best Buy
Legend of Zelda Game and Watch handheld includes three classic games (The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening) and can double as a miniature clock when you aren’t playing.” data-height=”2667″ data-width=”4000″ href=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Nintendo-Game-and-Watch-Zelda.jpg”>Legend of Zelda Game and Watch handheld includes three classic games (The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening) and can double as a miniature clock when you aren’t playing.” height=”427″ src=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Nintendo-Game-and-Watch-Zelda-640×427.jpg” width=”640″>

Enlarge / Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Game and Watch handheld includes three classic games (The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening) and can double as a miniature clock when you aren’t playing.

Jeff Dunn

Gaming deals

  • Codenames: Duet board game for $10 ($14) at Amazon (clip $3.45 coupon)
  • Nintendo Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda for $43 ($50) at Amazon, GameStop
  • SteelSeries Apex Pro gaming keyboard for $100 ($150) at Adorama (discount in cart)
  • Razer Huntsman Mini compact gaming keyboard for $70 ($105) at Woot
  • Razer Kishi mobile game controller for Android for $45 ($60) at Amazon
  • PowerA MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip 2 for Xbox Wireless Controller for $8 ($15) at Microsoft
  • Seagate Storage Expansion Card (1TB) for Xbox Series X/S for $198 ($220) at Newegg (use code: SSBRA626)
  • In stock: Microsoft Xbox Series X + extra Xbox Wireless Controller + Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 3-month membership for $595 at Microsoft

Enlarge / Razer’s Huntsman Mini is an ultra-compact mechanical keyboard that works well for gaming.

Razer

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Buy $100 Apple gift card, get $10 store gift card at Target
  • Spend $50 on select LEGO kits, get $10 store gift card at Target
  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $4 ($30) at Prime Video
  • Tile Mate (2022) + Tile Slim (2022) Bluetooth trackers for $40 ($52) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Tile Mate (2022) Bluetooth tracker for $16 ($21) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano 20 W USB-C charger for $14 ($17) at Amazon (clip 15% coupon)
  • Ugreen USB 3.0 to Ethernet Adapter for $10 ($14) at Amazon (clip 15% coupon and use code: 154FV7X1)

Enlarge / Anker’s PowerPort III Nano (top) can refill new iPhones at maximum speeds.

Corey Gaskin

Video game deals

  • Unpacking (PC) for $16 ($20) at GOG (also on Game Pass)
  • Disco Elysium – The Final Cut (PC) for $14 ($25) at GOG (PS4, Xbox versions for $20)
  • Death’s Door (PC) for $12 ($17) at GOG (also on Game Pass)
  • Inscryption (PC) for $14 ($19) at GOG
  • Judgment (XBS, PS5) for $20 ($30) at Xbox, PSN (PS4 version for $15)
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox) for $20 ($55) at Walmart (also on Game Pass)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox, PC) for $16 ($25) at Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition (Xbox, PC) for $10 ($15) at Xbox, GOG
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed (XBS, XB1, PS4, PS5, Switch) for $25 ($38) at Xbox, PSN, Nintendo eShop
  • Psychonauts 2 (Xbox, PC) for $36 ($50) at Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – GOTY Edition (PC) for free ($10) at Amazon (Prime required)
Unpacking is a simple game about unpacking boxes that derives a surprising amount of satisfaction and pathos.” data-height=”1080″ data-width=”1920″ href=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/unpack.jpg”>Unpacking is a simple game about unpacking boxes that derives a surprising amount of satisfaction and pathos.” height=”360″ src=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/unpack-640×360.jpg” width=”640″>

Enlarge / A selection on our best video games of 2021 list, Unpacking is a simple game about unpacking boxes that derives a surprising amount of satisfaction and pathos.

  • Quake (Switch) for $4 ($10) at Nintendo eShop (also on Game Pass)
  • Metroid Dread (Switch, used) for $30 ($60) at GameFly
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch) for $15 ($20) at Target, Walmart
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch) for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
  • OlliOlli World (Switch, Xbox, PC, PS5, PS4) for $24 ($29) at Amazon, Nintendo eShop, Xbox, PSN
  • FAR: Changing Tides (Switch) for $16 ($20) at Nintendo eShop (also on Game Pass)
  • Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Sonic Mania (Switch) for $10 ($15) at Nintendo eShop
  • Sega Genesis Classics (Switch) for $12 ($20) at Nintendo eShop
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Enlarge / The classic FPS Quake was recently remastered for modern consoles and PC.

  • It Takes Two (PS4, Xbox) for $16 ($25) at Walmart, GameStop (also on Game Pass)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5, PS4) for $24 ($35) at PSN (PS Plus required)
  • Catherine: Full Body (PS4) for $10 ($25) at PSN
  • Persona 5 Royal (PS4) for $24 ($30) at PSN
  • The Last of Us Part II (PS4) for $20 ($25) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • Death Stranding (PS4) for $20 ($30) at Amazon, Best Buy (PS5 upgrade for $10)
  • Hitman 3 (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($30) at Amazon, Best Buy (also on Game Pass)
  • Deathloop (PS5, PC) for $25 ($35) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • The Nioh Collection (PS5) for $40 ($50) at Best Buy, GameStop, PSN
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Best Buy, GameStop
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($35) at Amazon, Best Buy (also on Game Pass)
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