Today's Deals: Apple AirPods Max, Peacock Subscriptions, and More

Today’s Deals: Apple AirPods Max, Peacock Subscriptions, and More

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals on the web includes significant discounts on Apple’s AirPods Max, currently down to $429 in various colors on Amazon. That’s not the absolute lowest price we’ve seen for Apple’s noise-canceling headphones, but it’s still about $45 off its normal price in recent months and $120 off Apple’s MSRP.

Even with the discount, this is still an expensive set of headphones, but as we’ve pointed out in past guides, the Max still delivers great sound quality and very effective active noise cancellation for wireless headphones. They’re on the heavier side compared to competitors like Sony’s WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM5, but their aluminum finish gives them a premium feel. They also have all the benefits of any other AirPods, including easy pairing with iPhone, Mac, and Apple TV, as well as integration with services like Find My Device tracking and Siri.

The Max still has some odd design quirks: They don’t fold up for easy storage, and they don’t have a dedicated power-off button, relying instead on a flimsy kickstand to put them into low-power mode. They also can’t connect to multiple devices at the same time, and while their 20-hour battery life is solid, we’ve seen better results from other pairings. For most people, the WH-1000XM4 is still a better value, getting close enough performance for a lower price.But the Max’s audio and noise-canceling quality is next level, so if you own an iPhone and have more to spend, this should be one more Digestible price for a good pair of travel or office headphones. Note that the Max has been available since the end of 2020, and Apple plans to hold a new product event next week; we haven’t seen many rumors that an updated Max is on the way, but it’s still possible that it will arrive before the end of the year.

If you don’t want a new pair of headphones, we’ve also got a nice discount for Peacock members, though only for new subscribers. If that’s you, though, the streaming service is running a promotion offering a 12-month subscription to its ad-supported “Peacock Premium” tier for $20. Typically, the annual membership fee is $50. You’ll need to create an account and use the code “ONEYEAR” at checkout to view the discount. Peacock is far from a significant platform, and paying to still watch ads is always annoying, but if you’ve been thinking about taking a risk – whether it’s watching Premier League football, WWE, or just the 40th game office– This may be a more acceptable price.

Beyond that, our roundup found Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad and 14-inch MacBook Pro, Google’s Chromecast and Pixel 6 phones, a variety of well-received gaming monitors, Samsung OLED TVs and the usual video array at lower-than-usual prices . games etc. You can find our full list of featured deals below.

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Today’s Featured Deals

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Electronic product transaction

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  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone $399 ($435) at Amazon, Target ($199 Activate at Best Buy)
  • Google Pixel 6 (128GB) smartphone $499 ($570) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (256GB for $599)
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) smartphone $649 ($835) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (256GB for $749)
  • Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022, 128GB) smartphone $200 ($250) at Motorola, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub 7″ Smart Display $55 ($80) at Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo Robot Vacuum $249 ($285) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba j7+ Robot Vacuum with Auto Empty Base + Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker for $599 ($730) on Amazon
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Laptop and Desktop Computer Deals

  • HP Pavilion Aero (13z-be100) 13.3″ Laptop (Ryzen 5 5625U, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) $646 ($825) in HP (using code: LABORDAY5HPConfigure RAM, SSD, shown before checkout)
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 12.4″ Laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) $600 ($685) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) $1,599 ($1,850) at Amazon Best Buy
  • Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (7th Gen) 16″ Gaming Laptop (Core i7-12700H, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU) $1,599 ($1,950) at Walmart
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 SSD for $92 ($106) at Amazon (clip 15% off coupon, 2TB $169)
  • Intel Core i7-12700KF 12 core/20 thread CPU for $321 ($370) at Amazon, Best Buy
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  • MSI Gaming Radeon RX 6800 XT (16GB GDDR6) GPU for $575/rebate ($680) in newegg (using code: VGAEXCMSJZ284, $600 Amazon no rebate)
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 5600MHz RAM for $170 ($225) at Amazon, Newegg
  • GIGABYTE M34WQ 34″ Gaming Monitor (3440×1440, IPS, 144 Hz, VRR) $400 ($445) in newegg (using code: GMDBV2548)
  • GIGABYTE FI32Q 31.5″ Gaming Monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 165 Hz, VRR) for $350 ($430) in newegg (using code: GMDBV2555)
  • GIGABYTE M32QC 31.5″ Gaming Monitor (2560×1440, VA, 165 Hz, VRR) $280 ($310) at Amazon, B&H
  • Dell S2721DGF 27″ Gaming Monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 165 HZ, VRR) $300 ($350) at Dell
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Video Game Deals

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Accessories and Miscellaneous Deals

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