The 13 best deals: smartphones, laptops and smart speakers

we are approaching the end of summer, which means it’s time for back-to-school deals. This includes everything from laptops and phones to bedroom furniture and desk accessories. These discounts are great for students of all ages, but are also perfect for adults looking to improve their work from home setup.

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Smartphone and laptop deals

Take a look at our The best Android phones Y best cheap phones guides for further recommendations.

Google Pixel 6A

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Google just launched the Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED recommends), and quickly became our favorite phone for most people. It’s powerful, has a great camera, and is on the smaller end of the size spectrum, compared to most smartphones today. This isn’t exactly a discount on the phone, but you do get a $50 Amazon gift card. (Comes in an envelope with no expiration date). Use it to purchase a case and screen protector for your device. (Us they have recommendations here.)

Note: You must activate the device to participate in this offer. Samsung is about to introduce new foldable phones, which means last year’s models are at staggering discounts. This is one of the best discounts we’ve seen on Samsung’s foldable Galaxy Z Flip 3 (7/10, WIRED Review). It’s basically a smartphone that you can fold in half, and who doesn’t love that? If you want a tablet experience in a phone design, you’ll be glad to know that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 it’s also on sale for $800 (almost $1,000 off) for the 256GB version. These offers are valid for AT&T and Verizon customers.

The Motorola Edge+ (6/10, WIRED Review) would penalty fee if it didn’t normally cost $1,000. That inflated sticker price was the main reason we didn’t recommend it. At $500, though, it’s a pretty good deal, and this is by far the best discount we’ve seen. That said, unless you’re dead set on wireless charging or more than 128GB of storage space, the Pixel 6A for $449 it’s still a better bang for your buck.

Priced at $20 less than previous deals we’ve seen, this is a decent pick if you’re looking for the cheapest unlocked phone. There’s NFC support, so you can make contactless payments, and you get two-day battery life and sub-6 5G, so you won’t be limited to slower 4G LTE. Note that this phone no longer receives Android version updates, so you’ll be stuck with the already dated Android 11.

Smart home and gaming deals

Find discounted additional computers at our best laptop deals Rounding.

Apple MacBook Pro (2022)

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In your reviewWIRED reviewer Brenda Stolyar says this laptop is “mediocre but perfectly fine.” It’s pretty much the same as the models of yesteryear, which is good and bad. It’s reliable and portable, but the only real upgrade is the new M2 processor. the new cheapest MacBook Air it’s the best option, but if your heart is set on a Pro, this is the first significant discount we’ve seen on it. Read more about the lineup in our MacBook Buying Guide.

This is the best chromebook, and the price is even lower than last week. It is perfect for students, thanks to its reliable performance and low price. There are a few bells and whistles, the most prominent being the 2-in-1 screen. Once homework is done, students can flip the screen and watch some Netflix, no TV needed.

Alexa speakers can be useful for more than just playing music. If you are furnishing a bedroom, this could be a good accessory. Amazon’s voice assistant can broadcast weather forecasts or answer pressing questions from college students like “How can you tell when the milk is expired?” or “Who is that guy from that movie?” This deal has been around since Prime Day. It’s still good. Just keep in mind that we’ve seen the discount before and will definitely see it again. The price is equal to Best Buy. Check our Amazon Echo and Alexa speaker buying guide for more tips.

This latest version of the Echo Show 10 is our Alexa’s Favorite Smart Display. we still prefer google assistant, but this is the natural choice for people entrenched in the Amazon ecosystem. The 15-inch version is also for sale for the same price and can be mounted on a wall. You can search for song lyrics, watch Prime Video content, and even join Zoom meetings. The price is $10 lower than what we’ve tracked before, and this deal is also available at Best Buy Y Kohl’s (with $30 back in Kohl’s Cash).

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K max.

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This is the best 4K streaming device for Amazon enthusiasts, and the price matches the lowest we’ve seen. The interface is super fast and easy to use, although it does highlight Amazon Prime Video content. A different streaming dongle might be a better option if you’re not committed to Amazon’s product ecosystem. Our best streaming sticks the guide has additional selections.

we fall in love spiritual traveler during the quarantine in 2020, but it is still one of the very best nintendo switch games. It is a cozy game for one player. It deals with some dark themes, er, death, but in a gentle and reassuring way. The soundtrack and design are lovely, but the story is what makes the title stand out. I have found it to be relaxing and meditative while navigating the terminal illness of a loved one. spiritual traveler It’s not like most games, and that’s a good thing. This version includes all downloadable content. The price is much lower than usual.

Target is offering a free one-year Nintendo Switch Online membership to customers who purchase a select game at full price. The membership itself is valued at $20, so if you’re looking for one of the eligible titles Y another year of online service, this is a good opportunity to save some money. Options include a variety of Mario titles as well Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Deals on everything else

apple gift card

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Apple Gift Cards can be used at the Apple Store and the App Store. They can also be applied to multiple subscriptions if you sign up through an iOS device. This offer essentially gives you $10 for free, but you should only take advantage of it if you were already planning on spending $100 through Apple. The free $10 Target Gift Card will be added to your cart automatically.

This makes it a great dorm-warming gift – nothing says “college” like ordering food delivery. Some denominations are discounted, and all are worth it if you (or the recipient) order Doordash delivery regularly.

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