Start your week off with these hand-picked deals that are part of a well-balanced breakfast. For our first discount of the week, the MacBook Air with the M1 is discounted from its usual $999.99 to $849.99 at Best Buy. That’s the biggest discount we’ve seen on the 256GB model of the M1-equipped MacBook Air, making this a great opportunity to grab this lightweight Apple laptop. If you need a model with more storage, you can also grab the 512GB model for $1,049.99, which is $200 off the regular price.
It may not share the same level of performance as the new MacBook with the M2, but the lightweight form factor and impressive battery life still make the M1 MacBook Air a great choice for everyday drivers, especially for students returning to academia In terms of. Read our review.
Continuing our Apple tangent, the latest model iPad Mini and the last-gen iPad Air are on sale, matching their best prices ever. Normally priced at $459.99, the 2021 iPad Mini in a 64GB configuration is currently discounted to $399.99 at Target, while the $599.99 iPad Air is currently discounted to $449.99 at Best Buy.
The latest model iPad Mini may lack the comfort of the Home button, but its larger display more than makes up for it. The 8.3-inch display has a 2266 x 1488 resolution and includes True Tone technology that lets you fine-tune the display based on the lighting in your environment. Note that this version of the iPad Mini will not work with Apple’s Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard Folio, but is still compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil. Read our review.
Older iPad Air models may not have Apple’s excellent M1 CPU, but their A14 Bionic processor is still capable of providing enough power for most users. The tablet is also compatible with a variety of iPad Air accessories, allowing you to turn it into a makeshift laptop with add-ons like Apple’s Magic Keyboard. The 10.9-inch tablet offers an excellent Retina display with a 2360 x 1640 resolution and a wide color gamut, not to mention a USB-C port for charging. Read our review.
If you’re in the market for a slightly less expensive tablet, Amazon’s latest Fire HD 8 tablet is discounted to its lowest price ever at Best Buy on both the standard and plus-size models. The standard HD 8 tablet was originally $89.99 but is now $44.99, while the HD 8 Plus is down to $64.99 (normally $109.99). While these prices apply to the tablet in a 32GB configuration, Best Buy is offering a similar discount on the 64GB model. It’s worth noting, however, that both models can expand their base storage with a microSD card.
The Standard Edition of the 10th Gen Fire HD 8 Tablet features an 8-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution. The relatively low-end processor and 2GB of RAM make it hard to recommend this tablet for anything work-related, but it’s good for media streaming or light gaming.
The Amazon HD 8 Plus mirrors the standard model in nearly every way, but includes several key differences. It includes 3GB of RAM, which makes it easier to handle apps at the same time, and it has wireless charging, which can be used as an Echo Show in some cases if you attach it to a charging cradle. Even with the extra RAM, the HD 8 Plus is pretty slow by modern standards, but it’s still an excellent choice for a very cheap tablet. Read our review of the Fire HD 8 Plus.