Enlarge /. The Apple Watch Series 5.
Regards, Arsians! It's Memorial Day weekend, so the dealmaster is back with a special Christmas edition of his usual tech deals summary.
To be honest, Memorial Day sales are usually not known to offer large technical discounts, and this is generally the case again this year. Most of the major deals you'll see there apply to mattresses, housewares, and household appliances instead of electronics. Usually, those who can hold out until Christmas will still see better prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
With that limitation, we've seen some great deals on remarkable smartphones, headphones, video games, and other devices. Below are the best electronics electronics sales we could find on Memorial Day.
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Google Pixel 3a (64GB) unlocked smartphone for $ 279 at B & H (typically $ 350)
Enlarge /. The Google Pixel 3a.
Currently, Google's Pixel 3a is probably the best value among Android phones. It is made of plastic and lacks the wireless charging, waterproofness and first-class processor (with a Snapdragon 670) of high-end flagships. But for a fraction of the cost, it's fast enough, it runs a clean version of Android, and it still guarantees quick software updates for a few years. Above all, the camera is excellent at all costs, not just for a phone that costs less than $ 400. It also has a headphone jack!
This is the lowest price we've seen for the Pixel 3a, $ 120 less than the MSRP, and about $ 70 less than the usual online price. The big limitation is that the Pixel 4a will be available soon and is expected to have a more modern design, more internal storage, and the expected technical problems. According to recent reports, it will start at $ 349, but in July at the earliest. It's best to wait if you don't need a new phone right away. However, if you do, or just don't want to spend more than $ 300, the Pixel 3a should remain a good value at this price. Note that this offer is available from multiple retailers – it was on Amazon and not in stock – and the larger Pixel 3a XL is also at a new low.
Buy 2 and get 1 free sale for various new and used games at GameStop
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With GameStop's big Memorial Day sale for the year, you can buy three new and / or used games for the price of two. The sale does not include a number of major sellers – especially new switch games made by Nintendo – and many of the games in question are available individually for less elsewhere. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, for example, is currently $ 40 cheaper on Amazon. Check this before buying. Digital copies are also not discountable.
Still, it's nice to combine new copies with used ones, and sales include a number of prestigious titles, including Red Dead Redemption 2, Persona 5 Royal, Resident Evil 2, The Outer Worlds and Control, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Hitman 2 among many others. If you need new games to play, it's worth a look. The discount is displayed at checkout and lowers the price of the cheapest game you selected.
Nest Thermostat E Smart Thermostat for $ 139 at BuyDig (typically $ 169)
Enlarge /. The Nest Thermostat E.
Although Google has compromised the compatibility of Nest devices with third-party smart home devices, Thermostat E remains a good choice for those interested in a Smart Wi-Fi thermostat. Like the more expensive devices in the Nest portfolio, it's relatively easy to use, and it can learn your temperature settings at home and adjust automatically. The big difference is that it's made of a simpler plastic, but even then it doesn't look too cheap.
While that's $ 10 more than the lowest price we've ever seen, it's still a good drop from the typical $ 170 street price. Google offers a range of Nest products that go beyond Thermostat E, including the Nest Cam Outdoor for $ 149 and a double pack of Nest WiFi routers for $ 239.
Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless headphones for $ 200 on Amazon (usually $ 250)
Enlarge /. The Beats Powerbeats Pro (left) and Apple AirPods Pro.
We recommend the Beats Powerbeats Pro in our manual for the best iOS accessories. These are real wireless earbuds that work similarly to Apple's AirPods, as they both use the company's wireless H1 chip to make it easy and consistent to connect with other Apple devices.
However, the Powerbeats Pro offers several advantages. Their battery life is significantly better and is usually around 10 to 11 hours per charge. Their "hook" design is safer around the ear and IPX4 sweat resistant, making them a great choice for the gym. They have physical volume and playback controls that are mirrored on each earphone. And while their sound isn't spectacular for a $ 250 headphone, it's fun for those who prefer an emphasized (but not overcooked) bass. The main compromise is their enormous loading; You need enough bags or a handbag to carry them around. There is also no active noise cancellation after the AirPods Pro.
We've seen the Powerbeats Pro drop this price several times over the past year, but the $ 50 discount is still tied to the largest we've seen so far. If you prefer noise-canceling Apple-friendly on-ear headphones, the solid Beats Solo Pro also gives you a $ 50 discount. A pair of Apple AirPods with a wireless Qi charging case has dropped to a common low of $ 150.
Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm) smartwatch for $ 300 on Amazon (typically $ 400)
Enlarge /. The Apple Watch Series 5.
The latest Apple Smartwatch has been awarded the "Ars Approved" badge because it offers a permanently on display that does not significantly affect the 18-hour battery life, further develops Apple's watchOS software, and hardware of the same quality as previous models developed further. It's still the best smartwatch for iPhone owners.
If you own an Apple Watch Series 3 or Series 4, there is less impetus to upgrade, and we expect a Series 6 to arrive during Apple's usual fall release window. However, if you want to upgrade from an older model, this is bound for the lowest price we've seen so far. This offer is also available at Best Buy.
Razer Viper Ultimate wireless gaming mouse for $ 113 on Amazon (typically $ 122)
Enlarge /. The Razer Viper Ultimate.
While this isn't a massive discount, it's a new low for the Razer Viper Ultimate, our pick for the best wireless gaming mouse. It was originally sold for $ 130, but dropped a few dollars on Amazon last month.
We recommend the Viper Ultimate for maximum accuracy and minimal latency in an extremely light design. It works wirelessly via a USB receiver and has a battery life of approx. 70 hours per charge. However, it can also be connected via a highly flexible micro USB cable, which is included in the scope of delivery. It has a relatively flat shape, but is so large and curved that most hands sit comfortably. The design is also completely ambidextrous, so that left-handed people don't stand in the cold. Despite this discount, it's still an expensive device, but if you spend a lot of time playing competitive PC games, it should do you good service.
And the rest…
Enlarge /. The Marshall Kilburn II portable Bluetooth speaker.
Finally, here are some more noteworthy offers that we see this weekend for good technology in rapid-fire format: