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Dealmaster: The best Cyber Monday tech deals under $50

December 2nd, 2019
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Greetings, Arsians! Today is Cyber Monday, and while the Dealmaster has a giant roundup of every worthwhile tech deal he can find, we understand that not everyone is looking for a big-ticket item. For those who only need to buy a smaller-scale gift or two, we've rounded up a few good Cyber Monday tech deals priced below $50.

Some of the highlights here include discounted media streamers: Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is down to $25, its joint-lowest price to date, while Roku's Streaming Stick+ is $20 off at $30. Our favorite wired gaming mouse (which still works well for non-gaming), the Razer DeathAdder Elite, is priced at an all-time low of $25, while one of our favorite portable USB-C power banks, the Aukey PB-Y13, is available for $21. Naturally, there are a metric ton of video game deals, but board games we like such as Catan and Pandemic are also at lower-than-usual prices for Cyber Monday.

If none of that appeals to you, there are also deals on Instant Pots, smart speakers, wireless chargers, microSD cards, and plenty more beyond that. Have a look at the full list below and see if anything works as a potential stocking stuffer (or just a cheap treat for yourself).

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Dealmaster: All of the laptops worth buying during Cyber Monday 2019

December 2nd, 2019
Dealmaster: All of the laptops worth buying during Cyber Monday 2019

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Electronics sales are plentiful during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so this is one of the best times of the year to buy a new laptop. To help you make an informed decision while removing the need to wade through the sea of deals, the Dealmaster is back with all of the worthwhile laptop deals you can buy right now for Cyber Monday.

Of note from our list are a few deals on some of our favorite laptops, like the 7th-gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Now you can get Lenovo's premium workstation with an 8th-gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 14-inch 1080p display for $999. This slashes $400 off the laptop's regular price, and in general, it's always worth waiting for the rare sales that bring the price of the X1 Carbon down to $1,000 or less. This is the newest version of the X1 Carbon, but you'll have to settle for an 8th-gen Intel processor rather than the newest 10th-gen processors (you can get the X1 Carbon with those, but you'll have to pay more).

HP has a good deal on the Envy x360 15t—a model with a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, a 15.6-inch FHD touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and 16GB of Optane memory is now just $649. The Envy 13 laptop impressed us by being an affordable alternative to the Spectre series of laptops, and this deal is for the 15-inch convertible version. It's a laptop that's arguably as sleek as its Spectre counterpart and nearly as powerful, and this Cyber Monday price makes it even more of a no-brainer purchase.

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Dealmaster: All the Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals that are still hot

December 2nd, 2019
Dealmaster: All the Cyber Monday 2019 tech deals that are still hot

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with a jumbo-sized roundup of hand-picked Cyber Monday tech deals. To be candid, many of the discounts we're seeing on Black Friday's sister holiday are similar to what we saw last week. We do have some new offers worth noting, including new Nintendo Switch bundles, a Sonos speaker sale, monitor deals, and more. Still, for online tech deals, Cyber Monday is primarily a good opportunity to capitalize on the discounts you may not have checked out on Black Friday.

Not that this is a bad thing. Even after sorting through all the junk on offer, we've still got a boatload of worthwhile deals that cover just about every type of tech gadget. As we did with our Black Friday deals list, we've highlighted a few deals we particularly like ahead of our full rundown. You can see it all below.

(P.S. Because the Dealmaster is a company guy, he'll note that Ars has its own Cyber Monday sale: New Ars Pro++ subscribers can get discounts on a YubiKey 5c or YubiKey 5 NFC device.)

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Dealmaster: All the Apple devices worth buying at Black Friday prices

November 29th, 2019
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Apple devices are constantly in high demand, and yet they rarely go on sale. But for Black Friday 2019, a number of retailers have sales and discounts on some of the most popular Apple products as of late.

Let's start with Apple's wireless earbuds—AirPods are now $139 at Amazon, and that includes the standard charging case. These are the second-generation AirPods and the regular charging case; the optional wireless charging case is available separately at its regular price of $79. AirPods were down to $129 a few hours ago, but that deal appears to have expired. Regardless, this AirPods bundle gives you the essentials at a good sale price.

The new AirPods Pro are also on sale today—now you can get the new and improved earbuds for $234.98, which is about $15 off their regular price of $250. These are in-ear version of the original AirPods, which could make them more comfortable for those that found the shape of AirPods less than ideal. AirPods Pro use the same H1chip found in second-gen AirPods to pair with Apple devices, but the have active noise cancellation and "transparency mode," features that the original AirPods do not have. The former mode blocks out ambient noise, while the latter mode lets in some external sound so it's easier to hear others around you.

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Dealmaster: All the best Black Friday 2019 tech deals we can find

November 29th, 2019
Dealmaster: All the best Black Friday 2019 tech deals we can find

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of discounts to share—and, well, it's the big one. While the holiday sales have been steadily trickling out over the past few weeks, it's now Black Friday, which means the floodgates are officially open for tech deals across the Web.

Now, as is often the case with major shopping events like this, the majority of the offers retailers are pushing don't totally hold up. Sometimes the prices aren't much lower than you'll see at other points in the year, other times the products aren't worth buying in the first place. (If there's a product you're interested in but don't see below, we recommend using a price-tracking site to ensure you're not overpaying.) But with lots of consumer tech, Black Friday and Cyber Monday often do result in the lowest prices of the year. With that in mind, the Dealmaster has been burning the midnight oil to find the Black Friday tech deals that are most worth considering. You can find the fruits of his labor below.

There are simply too many notable deals going on now to give a quick recap here, but we've called out a few of our favorite offers based on testing the Dealmaster and the rest of the Ars team has done in the past. There's a truckload of discounts on video games, PC gear, headphones, TVs, streaming devices, and more alongside that. We'll do our best to update this roundup as deals expire and new ones become available, but for now, let's try to make your holiday shopping a little less hectic.

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Dealmaster: More Black Friday deals are now live, including AirPods for $129 [Update]

November 28th, 2019
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Update, 10:24PM ET: The two Apple deals highlighted below appear to be out of stock now at Walmart, but you can still get AirPods for $134 at Amazon and other retailers. There are also a bunch of other good Black Friday deals that just went live—check them out below.

Original story

Holiday deals have been flowing in since November began, but we're now starting to see proper Black Friday deals take effect. With Black Friday just a couple days away, Walmart has kicked off its shopping event with a bunch of savings and discounts that are some of the best we've seen all ready. Apple products top the list: now you can get AirPods with a charging case for $129 and an Apple Watch Series 3 for $129.

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Subscribe to Ars and get a YubiKey 5

November 27th, 2019
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If you're in the United States, chances are that you're looking forward to a long weekend with family, friends, food, and football in some order. As we pause for Thanksgiving, we at Ars are thankful for the smartest and most insightful audience on the Internet. (Seriously, we've seen the comments at other sites...) To show our appreciation, we're teaming up with YubiKey once again.

Since launching Ars Pro last year, we've seen one request above all from readers and subscribers: a YubiKey two-factor authentication device that supports USB-C. We've heard your feedback loud and clear, and today we're proud to announce that new Ars Pro++ subscribers can choose from either the YubiKey 5c or the YubiKey 5 NFC.

As you might have guessed from the name, the YubiKey 5c plugs into the USB-C ports that are ubiquitous on newer hardware. The $45 YubiKey 5 NFC works with NFC-enabled iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices, allowing you to authenticate just by tapping the YubiKey against your device. And if your laptop or PC is rocking old-school USB-A ports, the YubiKey 5 NFC will slide right in.

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Dealmaster: Take $70 off Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones

November 26th, 2019
Dealmaster: Take $70 off Sony’s WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of early Black Friday deals. Today's list is highlighted by a deal on Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise-canceling headphones, which are down below $280 at various retailers. This will be their sale price for the holiday season; normally, they retail for around $350.

We've recommended these headphones multiple times in the past year and change. While we wouldn't be surprised to see Sony release a new model in the coming months, the WH-1000XM3 remain a superb blend of well-cushioned comfort, clean sound, and the most effective active noise-canceling on the market. Their sound profile does skew a bit toward heavier bass, but they're not sloppy about it, and it's possible to customize the signature through a companion app. We'd like the ability to customize the strength of the ANC, and we'd prefer physical controls over the touch-based ones here, but if you've been searching for a premium pair of noise-canceling headphones, this is a good price for a set we recommend with confidence.

That said, a metric ton of Black Friday deals has gone live ahead of Black Friday proper, including a whole bunch of discounts on PS4 and Xbox One hardware, video games for those systems, Amazon Fire TV streamers and Fire tablets, the latest-gen Apple iPad, and much more. So even if you don't need a new pair of headphones, have a look through the full roundup below.

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Dealmaster: A big batch of early Black Friday deals is available now

November 24th, 2019
Dealmaster: A big batch of early Black Friday deals is available now

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Greetings, Arsians! Black Friday is nearly here, but many retailers and device makers have set some of their most notable holiday discounts live over the last couple of days. To help you see if you can get some holiday shopping done ahead of the rush later this week, the Dealmaster has rounded up some favorites from this latest batch of early Black Friday tech deals.

Of particular note today are savings on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware. Sony has the PS4 Pro down to $300 and a PS4 Slim bundle that includes God of WarHorizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition, and The Last of Us: Remastered available for $200. Microsoft, meanwhile, now has Xbox One X bundles for $350, Xbox One S bundles for $200, and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition bundles for $150. It's worth remembering that both companies will have new consoles by this time next year, but this is as low as we typically see any of these consoles. There are also tons more deals on both consoles' respective games, controllers, and subscription services if you don't need a whole new system. (The Nintendo Switch, on the other hand, doesn't have any major sales live just yet.)

Elsewhere, Amazon has kicked off Black Friday discounts for a number of its own Fire tablets and Fire TV media streamers, most of which are down to the same prices they had on Prime Day. These deals include the Fire TV Stick 4K for $25, the 1080p Fire TV Stick for $20, the Fire HD 8 tablet for $50, and the latest Kindle Paperwhite for $85, among others.

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Staffsource: Ars staffers’ most wished-for gifts in 2019

November 22nd, 2019
Staffsource: Ars staffers’ most wished-for gifts in 2019

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Now is the time of year when most of us are asked by loved ones "What do you want for X holiday?" Just to add to the anxiety of our staffers, we decided to ask them that question as well—what are the things Ars staffers would most like to receive this holiday season?

But the question was phrased with intention. We were curious not what staffers expect to receive this season, but instead what they'd be most giddy to unwrap during the holidays. We knew that doing so would get us a lot of interesting answers, and our staffers didn't disappoint. Responses ran the gamut of tangible and intangible desirables, some of which are truly shoot-for-the-stars gifts and at least one that doesn't cost any money at all. We wanted to share a sampling of the cool things we've had our eyes on as of late, regardless of if they show up on our doorsteps this year or not. Feel free to add what you'd like most this holiday season in the story comments as well.

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

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