Today’s best tech deals: Nintendo Joy-Cons, Apple’s M1 Mac mini, and more – Ars Technica

Today’s best tech deals: Nintendo Joy-Cons, Apple’s M1 Mac mini, and more

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Today’s Dealmaster includes a nice $11 discount on Nintendo’s Joy-Cons, with various colors of the handheld
Switch controllers down to $69 at Amazon and Walmart. While this isn’t the lowest price we’ve tracked, more substantial price drops for the Joy-Cons have been uncommon over the past year. Those dealing with a
busted Joy-Con can seek a
repair through Nintendo, but for anyone else in need of a spare set, this deal should lessen the blow compared to buying directly from the company. You’ll see the discounted price in your cart, but be aware that not all finishes are discounted and that there’s currently a bit of a shipping delay on most options.

Otherwise, our deals roundup includes the lowest price we’ve seen to date on the entry-level model of
Apple’s newest Mac mini, which comes equipped with
the company’s powerful M1 chip. We also have discounts on a recommended compact (60 percent) gaming keyboard from Razer, Apple’s iPad Air and iPhone 12 MagSafe Charger, a few Roomba vacuums, lots of video games, and more. You can have a look at the full list below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

  • Nintendo Joy-Con (L/R) controllers for Nintendo Switch for $69 at Amazon and Walmart (discount seen at checkout—normally $80).
  • Apple Mac mini (late 2020) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $599.99 at Amazon and Costco (discount seen at checkout, Costco members only—normally $670).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8th gen) laptop—Intel Core i5-10210U, 14-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1,000 at Lenovo (use code: THINKPRESDAY—normally $1,500).
  • Apple MagSafe Charger 15W wireless charger for iPhone 12 for $34 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $39).
  • Apple iPad Air (64GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $549 at Amazon (normally $580).
  • Razer Kishi USB-C mobile game controller for Android for $66.16 at Amazon (normally $80).
  • Razer Huntsman Mini compact mechanical gaming keyboard—Razer Clicky Optical switches, PBT keycaps for $99 at Amazon (normally $120).
  • WD Black SN850 (500GB) M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $140).
  • SanDisk Ultra (400GB) UHS-I microSDXC card for $44.99 at Amazon (normally $50).
  • Tribit StormBox Micro portable Bluetooth speaker for $32.49 at Amazon (clip $10 coupon—normally $50).
The 2020, M1-equipped Apple Mac mini.
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/ The 2020, M1-equipped Apple Mac mini.

Samuel Axon

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Pro (late 2020) laptop—Apple M1, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,199.99 at Amazon (normally $1,250).
  • Apple Mac mini (late 2020) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $599.99 at Amazon and Costco (discount seen at checkout, membership required at Costco—normally $670).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8th gen) laptop—Intel Core i5-10210U, 14-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1,000 at Lenovo (use code: THINKPRESDAY—normally $1,500).
  • Lenovo Yoga 7i 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i5-1135G7, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $649 at eBay via Lenovo (normally $850).
  • Asus ROG Strix G15 gaming laptop—Intel Core i7-10870H, 15.6-inch 1080p 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $999.99 at Microsoft (normally $1,300).
  • HP 15t Touch laptop—Intel Core i7-1165G7, 15.6-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $607.99 at HP (select 1080p display and Wi-Fi 6 at configure, then use code: 5PDS2021—normally $800).
  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet 2-in-1 tablet—MediaTek Helio P60T, 10.1-inch 1920×1200, 4GB RAM, 128GB eMMC for $249 at Best Buy (normally $299).
  • SK Hynix Gold S31 (500GB) 2.5-inch SATA internal SSD for $48.44 at Amazon (clip 15% coupon—normally $57).
  • SK Hynix Gold S31 (1TB) 2.5-inch SATA internal SSD for $89.24 at Amazon (clip 15% coupon—normally $105).
  • WD Black SN850 (500GB) M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $140).
  • 27-inch Gigabyte G27Q gaming monitor—2560×1440, IPS, 144Hz, FreeSync for $299.99 at Amazon (normally $320).
<em>Death Stranding</em>.
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Death Stranding.

Video game deals

<em>Super Mario 3D All-Stars </em>for the Nintendo Switch.
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Super Mario 3D All-Stars for the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch's Joy-Con controllers in their Grip cradle.
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/ The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers in their Grip cradle.

Mark Walton

Gaming deals

Sony's DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment. It's $30 and adds two programmable buttons to the back of a PS4 controller.
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/ Sony’s DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment. It’s $30 and adds two programmable buttons to the back of a PS4 controller.

Jeff Dunn

TV and home entertainment deals

  • Roku Premiere 4K media streamer for $24.99 at Amazon, B&H, and Office Depot (normally $33).
  • 55-inch LG CX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $1,349.99 at Amazon (clip $47 coupon—normally $1,550).
  • 75-inch TCL S535 (2020 model) 4K HDR QLED Roku TV for $998 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $1,180).
  • Sonos Beam (refurbished) smart soundbar for $319 at Sonos (normally $399).
The Beats Solo Pro noise-cancelling on-ear headphones.
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/ The Beats Solo Pro noise-cancelling on-ear headphones.

Jeff Dunn

Headphone and audio deals

  • Google Nest Audio (2-pack) smart home speaker for $149.98 at Adorama (use code at checkout: 50OFF199—normally $200).
  • UE Wonderboom 2 (Deep Space) portable Bluetooth speaker for $66.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $80).
  • Beats Solo Pro Bluetooth noise-canceling on-ear headphones for $149.99 at Woot (normally $260).
  • Jabra Elite 65t true wireless in-ear headphones for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $80).
  • Tribit StormBox Micro portable Bluetooth speaker for $32.49 at Amazon (clip $10 coupon—normally $50).
  • Klipsch The One II home Bluetooth speaker for $159.32 at Amazon (normally $190).
The 2020 Apple iPad Air.
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/ The 2020 Apple iPad Air.

Samuel Axon

Electronics deals

Amazon's Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.
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/ Amazon’s Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.

Jeff Dunn

Smart home device deals

Apple's MagSafe Charger for the iPhone 12.
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/ Apple’s MagSafe Charger for the iPhone 12.

Samuel Axon

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

The LectroFan Classic white noise machine.
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/ The LectroFan Classic white noise machine.

Jeff Dunn

  • Logitech Slim Folio keyboard case for iPad (8th/7th gen) for $84.99 at Amazon (normally $97).
  • LapGear Sidekick lap desk with phone holder for $14.99 at Amazon (fits up to 15.6-inch laptops—normally $20).
  • Fully Desk Chair office chair for $249 at Fully (normally $299).
  • ASTI LectroFan Classic white noise machine for $32.17 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Philips SmartSleep (HF3520) wake-up light for $79.95 at Amazon (normally $105).
  • Vava VA-UC017 7-in-1 USB-C hub—3x USB 3.0, 100W USB-C PD, SD, microSD, HDMI (4K@30Hz) for $21.24 at Amazon (clip 15% coupon—normally $25).
  • RavPower RP-PC112 61W USB-C PD wall charger for $19.99 at RavPower (use code: 112GAN—normally $28).
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