Today’s best deals: iPad Air, recommended board games, and gaming mice

Today’s best deals: iPad Air, recommended board games, and gaming mice

Ars Technica

The time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a handy deal for Apple’s newest iPad Air, which is down to $559 at Amazon and Walmart. Outside of a very brief drop to $549 last month, this is the lowest price we’ve seen for the 10.9-inch tablet, which only launched in March and goes for an MSRP of $600.

As we’ve noted before, the new Air is a good middle ground between the cheaper 10.2-inch iPad and the higher-end iPad Pro. It lacks the higher refresh rate, better speakers, and greater storage space (at 128GB) of the latter, but its M1 chip makes it virtually as fast, its USB-C port and front-facing camera are improved over the previous generation, and its ample display and accessory support keep it well-suited to both media consumption and casual work. The base iPad is still the best value for most, but if you’d prefer to avoid that tablet’s more dated design and lower performance ceiling, the M1-equipped Air should be a better buy than the Pro until the latter receives a refresh. You can read our review for a deeper dive.
Besides iPads, our deals roundup includes a strong discount on Terraforming Mars, a popular board game we’ve previously recommended in our ultimate board game gift guide. It’s available for $38 as of this writing, which is the lowest price we’ve tracked in well over a year. We included this one in the “heavier fare” section of our gift guide, so it’ll likely be a bit too complex, lengthy (at two-plus hours a game), and challenging for relative newbies. But for more involved players, it should provide an engaging and deeply replayable card-drafting game, one where players are tasked with turning the red planet green. Again, you can have a look at our review for more details.

Beyond that, we also have deals on a bunch of well-reviewed gaming gear, a soundbar and streamer hybrid from Roku, an entry-level Wacom drawing tablet, various video games, USB-C chargers, SSDs, and more. You can find our full curated list below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Apple iPad Air (64GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $559 ($585) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple iPad Mini (64GB) 8.3-inch tablet for $409 ($460) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Terraforming Mars board game for $38 ($55) at Amazon
  • Razer Viper Ultimate wireless gaming mouse + RGB charging dock for $80 ($95) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • HyperX Alloy Origins 60 compact gaming keyboard for $55 ($90) at Amazon (clip $5 coupon)
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano 20 W USB-C charger for $14 ($17) at Amazon
  • Lenovo Legion 7 16-inch gaming laptop (Ryzen 9 5900HX, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 3080 16GB) for $1,799 ($2,300) at Walmart
  • WD Black SN850 (1TB NVMe) PCIe 4.0 internal SSD w/ heatsink for $150 ($170) at Best Buy
  • $50 Nintendo eShop Gift Card for $45 ($50) at Amazon
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch) for $49 ($60) at Amazon
  • Elden Ring (PS5, PS4) for $50 ($59) at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop
The 2022 iPad Air.
Enlarge / The 2022 iPad Air.

Samuel Axon

Electronics deals

The Apple Watch Series 7.
Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7.

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo Legion 7 16-inch gaming laptop (Ryzen 9 5900HX, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 3080 16GB) for $1,799 ($2,300) at Walmart
  • Acer Swift 3 13.5-inch laptop (2256×1504, Core i5-1135G7, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $499 ($700) at Walmart
  • Dell S2721DGF 27-inch gaming monitor (1440p, 165 Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible) for $300 ($365) at Best Buy
  • LG 32GN650-B 31.5-inch gaming monitor (1440p, 165 Hz, IPS, FreeSync) for $267 ($330) at B&H
  • LG 27GP850-B 27-inch gaming monitor (1440p, 180 Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible) for $347 ($400) at Adorama (discount at checkout)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core/16-thread desktop processor for $310 ($345) at Amazon, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5600X 6-core/12-thread desktop processor for $200 ($230) at Amazon, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-core/12-thread desktop CPU for $179 ($215) at Amazon, B&H
  • WD Black SN850 (1TB NVMe) PCIe 4.0 internal SSD w/ heatsink for $150 ($170) at Best Buy
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (2TB NVMe) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $199 ($215) at Amazon
Most people do not need to pay extra for the higher speeds of a PCI Express 4.0 SSD like WD's Black SN850 just yet, but if you own a PS5 and want to expand its internal storage, this'll meet Sony's requirements and perform capably.
Enlarge / Most people do not need to pay extra for the higher speeds of a PCI Express 4.0 SSD like WD’s Black SN850 just yet, but if you own a PS5 and want to expand its internal storage, this’ll meet Sony’s requirements and perform capably.

Jeff Dunn

TV and home entertainment deals

Terraforming Mars is a deep, and deeply replayable, card-drafting game we recommend.”>It's not ideal for board-gaming newbies, but <em>Terraforming Mars </em>is a deep, and deeply replayable, card-drafting game we recommend.” src=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_0971-800×485-640×388.jpg” width=”640″ height=”388″ srcset=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/IMG_0971-800×485.jpg 2x”/><figcaption class=
Enlarge / It’s not ideal for board-gaming newbies, but Terraforming Mars is a deep, and deeply replayable, card-drafting game we recommend.

Gaming deals

new Viper V2 Pro, but at today’s deal price the former is still worth recommending for those who want a high-performing wireless gaming mouse. Plus, its design is ambidextrous.”>The Razer Viper Ultimate has been replaced by the new Viper V2 Pro, but at today's deal price the former is still worth recommending for those who want a high-performing wireless gaming mouse. Plus, its design is ambidextrous.
Enlarge / The Razer Viper Ultimate has been replaced by the new Viper V2 Pro, but at today’s deal price the former is still worth recommending for those who want a high-performing wireless gaming mouse. Plus, its design is ambidextrous.

Jeff Dunn

Video game deals

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a typically silly and accessible send-up of the nine mainline Star Wars, with more open levels and a metric ton of collectibles that make it surprisingly large in scope.”><em>LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga</em> is a typically silly and accessible send-up of the nine mainline <em>Star Wars</em>, with more open levels and a metric ton of collectibles that make it surprisingly large in scope.” src=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/71IGx5cZmvL._SL1500_-640×360.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/71IGx5cZmvL._SL1500_-1280×720.jpg 2x”/><figcaption class=
Enlarge / LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a typically silly and accessible send-up of the nine mainline Star Wars, with more open levels and a metric ton of collectibles that make it surprisingly large in scope.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Metroid Dread delivers a firm challenge and a delightfully tense atmosphere.”>The 2D action game <em>Metroid Dread</em> delivers a firm challenge and a delightfully tense atmosphere.” src=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2021100516382000-9A9B6E0371D34263D6B6577F9CBA54D5-640×360.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2021100516382000-9A9B6E0371D34263D6B6577F9CBA54D5-1280×720.jpg 2x”/><figcaption class=
Enlarge / The 2D action game Metroid Dread delivers a firm challenge and a delightfully tense atmosphere.

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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