Today’s best deals: Apple AirPods Max, Peacock subscriptions, and more

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

This is still an expensive set of headphones even with a discount, but as we’ve indicated in previous guides, the Max still offers great sound quality for a wireless headphone and exceptionally effective noise cancellation. It’s on the heavy side compared to competing pairs like Sony’s WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM5, but its aluminum finish has an excellent feel as a result. They also come with all the perks of any other set of AirPods, including easy pairing with your iPhone, Mac, and Apple TV and integration with services like Find My and Siri device tracking.

The Max still has some weird design quirks: it can’t fold for easier storage, they don’t have a dedicated shutdown button, and instead they rely on a weak stand that puts them in low power mode. They can’t connect to multiple devices simultaneously, and while the 20-hour battery life is solid, we’ve seen better than other pairs. For most people, the WH-1000XM4 remains a better value that comes close enough to performance at a much lower price. But the Max’s sound quality and noise cancellation is a step forward, so if you own an iPhone and have more to spend, this should be your go-to. more A digestible price for a quality pair of travel or office headphones. Just note that the Max has been available since late 2020, and that Apple has a new product event scheduled for next week; We haven’t seen many rumors that the Max update is imminent, but there’s still a chance that one of them will arrive before the end of the year.

If you don’t want a new pair of headphones, we also have a great discount on a Peacock membership, albeit for new subscribers only. If that’s you, though, the streaming service runs a promotion that gives a 12-month subscription to the ad-supported “Peacock Premium” tier for $20. Typically, annual membership costs $50. You will need to create an account and use the code “ONEYEAR” at checkout to see the discount. Peacock is far from a basic platform and paying to watch ads always exacerbates the problem, but if you’re thinking about taking the lead anyway – whether it’s watching Premier League football, WWE events, or just the 40th round your the desk—This may be a more acceptable price.

On top of that, our roundup also has lower-than-usual prices on Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad and 14-inch MacBook Pro, Google’s Chromecast and Pixel 6 phones, several well-reviewed gaming monitors, Samsung OLED TVs, and a host of Usual video games, among other things. You can find the full list of curated deals below.

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Today’s special deals

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Electronics Deals

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

  • HP Pavilion Aero (13z-be100) 13.3-Inch Laptop (Ryzen 5 5625U, 2560 x 1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) $646 ($825) in HP (use the code: Labordayconfigure ram, ssd, display before exit)
  • 12.4-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 Laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 1536 x 1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) 600 dollars ($685) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024 x 1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) $1,599 (1850 USD) at Best Buy, Amazon
  • Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (Gen 7) 16″ Gaming Laptop (Core i7-12700H, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU) for $1,599 (1950 dollars) at Walmart
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1 TB) PCIe 3.0 SSD for $92 (106 dollars) at Amazon (cut a coupon of 15 percent, 2 TB for $169)
  • CPU Intel Core i7-12700KF 12-core / 20-thread for $321 ($370) at Amazon, Best Buy
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  • MSI Gaming Radeon RX 6800 XT Graphics Processor (16GB GDDR6) for $575 off discount ($680) in Newegg (use the code: VGAEXCMSJZ284And the 600 dollars no discount on amazon)
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2 x 16GB) 5600MHz RAM For $170 ($225) at Amazon, Newegg
  • Gigabyte M34WQ 34″ Gaming Monitor (3440 x 1440, IPS, 144Hz, VRR) 400 dollars ($445) in Newegg (use the code: GMDBV2548)
  • Gigabyte FI32Q 31.5″ Gaming Monitor (2560 x 1440, IPS, 165Hz, VRR) for 350 dollars ($430) in Newegg (use the code: GMDBV2555)
  • Gigabyte M32QC 31.5″ Gaming Monitor (2560 x 1440, VA, 165Hz, VRR) for $280 (310 bucks) at Amazon, B&H
  • Dell S2721DGF 27″ Gaming Monitor (2560 x 1440, IPS, 165Hz, VRR) 300 dollars (350 dollars) in Dell
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Video game deals

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