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Best deals of the weekend: Apple MacBooks, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, 4K TVs, and more

Best deals of the weekend: Apple MacBooks, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, 4K TVs, and more
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Best deals of the weekend: Apple MacBooks, Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, 4K TVs, and more

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from across the web includes Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5, the company’s fast T7 portable SSD, solid options for TVs of various sizes from TCL, LG and Samsung, and $150 off the latest-generation MacBook Air in various configurations.

The MacBook Air deal brings the new M2-powered laptop to its lowest price just months after its June release. Both 256GB and 512GB are available for $150 off $1049 And $1349, respectively. While storage is the main difference to consider here, you can also get a 2021 MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage. $1,049 And gain slightly better performance for sustained workloads and a beautiful display.

We break down all the differences to consider ours MacBook Buying Guide, but the 2021 13-inch MacBook Pro falls between the 2022 MacBook Air (our pick for most basic needs) and the 2022 14-inch MacBook Pro (our pick for developers, engineers, and researchers) when it comes to performance. While we feel the Air and 14-inch Pro are the best for their target demos, the value of this deal may tip the scale a little further for the 13-inch Pro which we feel strikes a balance between the two.

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 5 earns a few spots on our featured deals list with $50 off ($250), and the T7 Rugged Portable SSD ($100) The Galaxy Watch 5 represents the best smartwatch currently available for Android users, especially those with Samsung devices. With sensors for blood oxygen, heart rate and ECG monitoring, it’s a very capable fitness companion, although ECG monitoring requires a paired Samsung phone. After teaming up with Google to create a unified wearable OS on the Galaxy Watch 4, third-party app compatibility has improved greatly (though still nowhere near the compatibility the Apple Watch enjoys) and the OS is as smooth as ever.

Samsung’s well-equipped QN85B 85-inch 4K QLED TV (2022) is on sale for the lowest price we’ve tracked ($400 off). The $2,598 The TV presents a strong value in its form. It performs well for gaming with HDMI 2.1 on all ports and refresh rates to match. Decent HDR performance and glare reduction make it a great choice for watching movies. If you’re looking for something smaller with comparable performance, LG’s C2 48-inch OLED TV (2022) is a respectable contender in the mid-size range. Right now, the C2 is on sale $1,197 ($220 off) with an additional $100 gift card to sweeten the deal. TCL’s budget-conscious 5 Series 65-inch TV is also on sale $550 (Usually $700).

Starting with video game deals, we have $20 off that brings down Super Smash Bros. Ultimate $40 with code SBSPMR10. Also discounted are some of our favorite games like Cuphead and a mix of computer accessories, smart home devices, gift cards and more. You can check out our fully curated list of deals below.

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Featured Deal of the Day

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to enlarge / Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Electronics deals

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to enlarge / Google’s second generation Nest Hub my choice Bedside devices and sleep trackers.

Corey Gaskins

Fitbit's Sense has all the sensors you could want in a fitness tracker, and in some ways deeper health insights and guidance than the Apple Watch, especially with Fitbit's premium membership.
to enlarge / Fitbit’s Sense has all the sensors you could want in a fitness tracker, and in some ways deeper health insights and guidance than the Apple Watch, especially with Fitbit’s premium membership.

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Laptop and Desktop PC Deals

The 2022 MacBook Air has MagSafe and two Thunderbolt/USB-C ports.
to enlarge / The 2022 MacBook Air has MagSafe and two Thunderbolt/USB-C ports.

Samuel Axon

Video game deals

Cuphead is one of the most artistic, stylish and freakin' hard games of recent years
to enlarge / Cuphead is one of the most artistic, stylish and freakin’ hard games of recent years

Gaming deals

Apple's MagSafe case slips on easily and adds grip, and it works with Apple's MagSafe leather wallet.
to enlarge / Apple’s MagSafe case slips on easily and adds grip, and it works with Apple’s MagSafe leather wallet.

Corey Gaskins

Accessory and miscellaneous contracts

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