The best weekend deals: Apple MacBook Air, Resident Evil bundle, and more

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the web’s best tech deals includes a nice discount on Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air, which is currently down $850 at Best Buy. That’s about $150 off Apple’s MSRP and on par with the lowest price we’ve seen from a major retailer since the laptop briefly dropped to $800 last December.

Note that this deal applies to the MacBook Air model launching in 2020, not the variant that arrived earlier this year with a refreshed design and faster M2 system-on-chip. If money is no object, we now recommend the latter as the best Apple laptop for most people. That said, the M1-based Air is still a good alternative for those who need a Mac but can’t afford the $1,199 starting price of the M2 model. For the money, it’s still a great performer, with excellent battery life, a thoughtful yet lightweight design, and a comfortable keyboard and trackpad. Just be aware that the 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD in this entry-level configuration is really only suitable for more casual needs. There are still only two USB-C ports and the built-in webcam remains mediocre. But for students or those who just need a laptop for lighter browsing, editing and daily work, there’s still value to be had at this price. Along with MacBooks, our roundup also includes a notable Humble Games bundle that contains 10 resident Evil games, as well as a 50% off coupon for the latest entry in the series, Resident Evil Village—for $30. Not all RE the game is a winner: RE4, RE72019 RE2 2002 remake and remake of the original RE are excellent, but we were just lukewarm on Townand the action-packed excursions of RE5 and RE6 are, shall we say, a more acquired taste. Still, it’s a great price for the majority of gaming’s most popular survival horror franchises. If you already own some of these games, you can pay $1 or $10 for a smaller selection of titles. And as with most Humble packs, a portion of any purchase here will help support charity. In this case, Humble says they will go in part to Direct Relief and their efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine affected by Russia’s ongoing invasion.

Elsewhere, the Dealmaster includes the lowest price we’ve seen for the Apple Watch Series 7, a $50 discount on Microsoft’s Xbox Series S, lower than normal prices for Apple’s 4K TV streamers and Nvidia’s Shield TV, and several deals on Amazon and Google Smart Displays. You can see our full list of offers below.

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Featured offers of the day

  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3 inch laptop (M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $850 ($925) at Best Buy
  • resident Evil Decades of Horror Bundle (PC): includes 10 games + coupon for $30 ($195) at Humble
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm, Green) smartwatch for $270 ($330) at Best Buy
  • Death Stranding (PS4) for $10 ($30) at Best Buy, Amazon ($10 PS5 upgrade, PS5 for $40)
  • Microsoft Xbox Series S game console for $250 ($290) at Adorama (discount in the basket)
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) 8-inch smart display for $85 ($120) at Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub 7 inch smart display for $55 ($85) at Target, Best Buy
  • Nvidia Shield TV Pro 4K media player for $170 ($200) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple Pencil (2nd generation) stylus for $99 ($120) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Samsung Pro Plus microSD card (512 GB, U3, V30) for $70 ($76) at Best Buy, Amazon
  • Wacom One (small) graphics tablet for $40 ($50) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • $100 Apple Gift Card + $10 Store Gift Card for $100 ($110) at Target, Best Buy
The Apple Watch Series 7.
Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7.

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Electronic offers

Microsoft's Xbox Series S (left), next to the more powerful Xbox Series X (right).
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Xbox Series S (left), next to the more powerful Xbox Series X (right).

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Marshall's Emberton delivers powerful sound for a compact Bluetooth speaker.
Enlarge / Marshall’s Emberton delivers powerful sound for a compact Bluetooth speaker.

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Deals on laptops and desktops

  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3 inch laptop (M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $850 ($925) at Best Buy
  • HP Pavilion Aero (13z-be100) 13.3″ Laptop (Ryzen 5 5625U, 2560 x 1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $646 ($850) at HP (use the code: SCHOOLHP5configure RAM, SSD, display before payment)
  • Lenovo Yoga 7i (Gen 7) 16 inch 2-in-1 Laptop (Core i7-1260P, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $860 ($1,050) at Lenovo (use the codes: YOGADEALS + BTS2022)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13 inch Tablet (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) + Surface Pro Keyboard for $1,000 ($1,250) at Best Buy
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) 14 inch Gaming Laptop (Ryzen 9 6900HS, 2560×1600 120Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Radeon RX 6700S GPU) for $1,400 ($1,600) at Best Buy
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Enlarge / Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air doesn’t have the faster processor or more modern design of its follow-up, but it’s still a great laptop for those who want to save money, especially at its current price.

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  • Dell S2721QS 27″ Monitor (4K, 60Hz, IPS) for $260 ($320) at Dell, Amazon
  • Dell S3422DWG 34″ Monitor (3440 x 1440, 144Hz, VA, VRR) for $390 ($460) on Amazon
  • Gigabyte M28U 28 inch monitor (4K, 144 Hz, IPS, VRR) for $500 ($575) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Crucial P5 Plus (500GB) PCIe 4.0 SSD for $73 ($83) at Amazon, B&H
  • Crucial MX500 (1TB) 2.5″ SATA SSD for $73 ($90) at B&H (discount in shopping cart)
  • Seagate FireCuda 530 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 Solid State Drive for $139 ($170) on Amazon, Walmart, B&H
Surface Pro 8 from Microsoft.
Enlarge / Surface Pro 8 from Microsoft.

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TV and Home Entertainment Deals

The Apple TV 4K with Apple's improved Siri Remote.
Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K with Apple’s improved Siri Remote.

Jeff Dunn

Video Game Deals

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Enlarge / The action-horror game Resident Evil Village.

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  • Death Stranding (PS4) for $10 ($30) at Best Buy, Amazon ($10 PS5 upgrade, PS5 for $40)
  • Ring of Elden (PS5, PS4, Xbox, used) for $35 ($40) at GameFly
  • Forbidden Horizon West (PS4) for $40 ($60) at Target, Best Buy, PSN (free PS5 update, PS5 for $50)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Amazon, Best Buy, PSN
  • Gran Turismo 7 (PS5) for $50 ($70) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy, PSN (PS4 for $40)
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) for $30 ($40) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Demon’s Souls (PS5) for $40 ($50) on Amazon, Best Buy, PSN
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) for $40 ($50) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Best Buy, Amazon
  • Iconoclasts (PS4) for $7 ($15) on PSN
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Enlarge / The open-world delivery game Death Stranding.
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Enlarge / The card-based roguelike kill the arrow.

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