Today’s best deals: Google Pixel 6, MacBook Pros, Apple AirPods Max, and more

Ars Technica

Today was Apple’s big day for product announcements, but some of Labor Day’s best deals keep rolling. While not from the product families Apple talked about today, discounts on MacBook Pros are among the top values ​​right now. The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros are on sale for the lowest prices we’ve seen ($1,599 and $2,099), respectively, discounted by $400 less than their usual starting prices. In our guide, we named the 14-inch MacBook as the best in Apple’s stable for software developers, engineers, and researchers, while the 16-inch MacBook is the best for designers, artists, and other visual creatives. Both offer more ports than a MacBook Air.

The Google Pixel 6 range is also on sale and matches the lowest prices we’ve seen on these already valuable phones. The entire lineup will see temporary price cuts, including the Pixel 6 ($499 $580), Pixel 6 Pro ($649 $855), and more entry-level Pixel 6a ($399 ($445). We are fans of the whole lineup. Our review editor, Ron Amadeo, called the Pixel 6 a “great flagship smartphone,” and later noted in a separate review that the Pixel 6a takes this formula “to perfection.”

Elsewhere on the web, there’s still a sale on Apple’s AirPods Max over-the-ear ANC headphones (unfortunately there have been no further discounts on the first-generation AirPods Pro since today’s announcement of the second generation), a handful from Google Nest Hub devices, a hefty discount on NBC’s Peacock streaming service, and some free video games for Amazon Prime members. Below is the full curated list of the best deals on the web today.

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Featured offers of the day

  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone for $399 ($445) at Amazon, Target (from $199 with activation at Best Buy)
  • Google Pixel 6 (128 GB) smartphone for $499 ($580) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (256GB for $599)
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (128GB) smartphone for $649 ($855) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Apple AirPods Max Wireless ANC Headphones for $429 ($475) at Amazon
  • Apple Watch SE (44mm) smartwatch for $239 ($260) at Amazon, Walmart (40mm front) $209)
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2022) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,299 ($1,499) at Amazon and Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,599 ($1850) at Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,099 ($2,265) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Hisense U6H (2022) 55″ 4K LED TV for $400 ($430) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PC) for free with Prime ($20) at Prime Gaming
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – GOTY Edition (PC) for free with Prime ($25) at Prime Gaming
  • New users: Peacock Premium 12 month subscription for $20 ($50) at Peacock
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robotic vacuum cleaner for $250 ($305) at Amazon
  • HyperX Cloud II gaming headset for $50 ($70) at Amazon
  • Samsung Evo Select (512GB, U3, A2, V30) microSD card for $55 ($65) at Amazon
The Pixel 6

Ron Amadeo

Electronics Deals

  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone for $399 ($445) at Amazon, Target (from $199 with activation at Best Buy)
  • Google Pixel 6 (128 GB) smartphone for $499 ($580) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy (256GB for $599)
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro (128 GB) smartphone for $649 ($855) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media streamer for $40 ($45) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Google Nest Hub 7-inch smart display for $55 ($80) at Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Hub Max 10-inch smart display for $174 ($210) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Google Nest Hub Max 10-inch smart display for $155 ($210) at Walmart ($174 at Target and Best Buy)
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm) smartwatch for $299 ($330) at Amazon and Walmart
  • Apple Watch SE (44mm) smartwatch for $229 ($260) at Amazon, Walmart (40mm front) $209)
  • Apple AirPods Max Wireless ANC Headphones for $429 ($475) at Amazon
  • Apple iPad (64GB) 10.2-inch tablet for $280 ($305) at Target, Amazon
  • HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset for $25 ($31) at Amazon, Target
  • HyperX Cloud II gaming headset for $50 ($70) at Amazon
  • Wacom One (small) drawing tablet for $40 ($48) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Sennheiser HD 600 Front Open Back Wired Headphones $299 ($350) at Amazon, Target
  • EVGA Z12 gaming keyboard for $15 ($22) at Amazon, EVGA
  • SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL Mechanical Keyboard For $139 ($170) at Amazon, Walmart
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robotic vacuum cleaner for $249 ($285) at Amazon
The Apple Watch Series 7 is the best all-round smartwatch on the market, and the launch of watchOS 9 in the fall of 2022 should significantly improve its already solid fitness tracking capabilities.
enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7 is the best all-round smartwatch on the market, and the launch of watchOS 9 in the fall of 2022 should significantly improve its already solid fitness tracking capabilities.

Corey Gaskin

Laptop and Desktop PC Deals

  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,599 ($1850) at Best Buy, Amazon
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,099 ($2,265) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • HP Pavilion Aero (13z-be100) 13.3-inch Laptop (Ryzen 5 5625U, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $674 ($825) at HP (RAM, Configure SSD, View Before Checkout)
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 12.4-inch laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) for $600 ($685) at Amazon
  • Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (Gen 7) 16-inch gaming laptop (Core i7-12700H, 2560×1600, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU) for $1,599 ($1,950) at Walmart
  • MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ventus (12GB GDDR6X) GPU for $740 ($875) at Best Buy
  • Dell S2721DGF 27″ Gaming Monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 165HZ, VRR) for $300 ($350) at Dell
  • Gigabyte M32QC 31.5-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, VA, 165 Hz, VRR) for $230 ($310) at Amazon, Newegg
  • Gigabyte M32Q 32-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 170 Hz, VRR) for $300 ($390) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • Gigabyte M34WQ 34-inch gaming monitor (3440×1440, IPS, 144 Hz, VRR) for $400 ($445) at Newegg
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 5600MHz RAM for $170 ($225) at Newegg
The physical difference becomes more apparent when you compare the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro (left) and the 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro (right).
enlarge / The physical difference becomes more apparent when you compare the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro (left) and the 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro (right).

Samuel Axon

TV and home entertainment deals

The Google Chromecast home screen.
enlarge / The Google Chromecast home screen.

Corey Gaskin

Video Game Deals

Assassin's Creed Origins.
enlarge / Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Ubisoft

Apple's leather wallet case comes in five different colors and easily attaches to your iPhone or any MagSafe-compatible case.
enlarge / Apple’s leather wallet case comes in five different colors and easily attaches to your iPhone or any MagSafe-compatible case.

Corey Gaskin

Accessories and various offers