Today’s best deals: Apple Watch SE, gaming laptops, SSDs and more

Ars Technica

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for a new Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the web’s best tech deals includes a steep discount on the 44mm version of the Apple Watch SE, which is currently down to $229 at Amazon and Walmart.

The discount only applies to the variant with Apple’s silver case and blue sport band, but if you can live with that – or don’t mind swapping in a new band later – this price is the lowest we tracked. For reference, this variant has typically gone online for around $260 in recent months, while Apple sells the device itself for $309. If you prefer a smaller case, the 40mm Watch SE is also available for $229, although we’ve seen that price before for that model.

Overall, we’d recommend the more expensive Apple Watch Series 7 as the best smartwatch for iPhone users, but the Watch SE remains an attractive alternative for those on a tighter budget. For about $100 less, you keep most of the core features of the Series 7, including the same messaging, heart rate tracking, and general watchOS support. You lose the flagship model’s larger, always-on display – that is, the screen won’t stay on when you put your wrist down – plus more advanced features like blood oxygen monitoring, ECG support and slightly faster charging speeds. It’s also worth noting that we’re likely to see new Apple Watch models introduced this fall. But if you’re looking to save money, the Watch SE is a fine product, and should be a solid upgrade for those coming from an older Apple Watch model (think Series 3 or lower).

If you’re not in need of a new wearable, our roundup also includes the lowest price we’ve tracked on a well-reviewed (and huge) OLED gaming monitor from Gigabyte, as well as a new low for LG’s A1 OLED TV. The latter is a year-old model that sacrifices game-friendly features like a 120Hz panel, variable refresh rate and HDMI 2.1 ports, but it still offers the deep contrast you’d expect from an OLED display, so if you don’t is doing. If you don’t plan on gaming heavily, it’s a strong value at the current price of $1,000 for a 65-inch model.

Elsewhere, we’ve got Apple’s (older but still great) MacBook Air for $100 off Apple’s MSRP, plus more lower-than-usual prices for recommended gaming laptops and peripherals, fast PCIe 4.0 SSDs for those wanting the storage space of a PS5. upgrade, and more. Check out our full curated list of deals below.

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Recommended offers of the day

  • Apple Watch SE (44mm) smartwatch for $229 $260) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Gigabyte Aorus FO48U 48-inch gaming monitor (4K, 120 Hz, OLED, VRR) for $800$1,050) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • LG A1 (2021) 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,000 $1,325) at Best Buy (60 Hz panel)
  • The fox in the forest card game for $11 $14) at Amazon
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (2TB) PCIe 3.0 Internal SSD for $169 $205) at Amazon (clip 15% off coupon
  • ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade (2TB) PCIe 4.0 Internal SSD for $200 $245) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • HyperX Alloy Origins Core TKL Mechanical Keyboard for $60 $80) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Razer Orochi V2 Wireless Gaming Mouse For $28 $50) at Best Buy, Amazon
  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $900 $950) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Up to 6 months of Apple Music membership for free $50) at Best Buy (new or returning users only)
  • Amazon Music Unlimited (4 months) for free $27) at Amazon (Prime users only, 3 months for non-Prime)
  • the batter (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, digital) for $20$30) at Amazon, Target
  • $50 Nintendo eShop Gift Card for $45 $50) at Amazon
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Jeff Dunn

Electronics Deals

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enlarge The Fitbit Luxe is a simple yet slim activity tracker.

Corey Gaskin

Laptop and Desktop PC Deals

  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $900 $950) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) 14-inch gaming laptop (Ryzen 9 6900HS, 2560×1600 120 Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Radeon RX 6700S 8GB) for $1,500 $1,650) at Best Buy
  • Acer Predator Helios 300 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Core i7-11800H, 1080p 144 Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3060 6GB) for $1,050 $1,250) at Acer
  • Gigabyte Aorus 15P KD 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Core i7-11800H, 1080p 240 Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3060 6GB) for $1,199 $1,340) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade (2TB) PCIe 4.0 Internal SSD for $200 $245) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • WD Black SN850 (2TB) PCIe 4.0 Internal SSD for $216 $250) at Newegg (use code: WDJUNE22
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (2TB) PCIe 3.0 Internal SSD for $169 $205) at Amazon (clip 15% off coupon
  • SK Hynix Platinum P41 (2TB) PCIe 4.0 Internal SSD for $221 $260) at Amazon (clip 15% off coupon
  • Crucial MX500 (2TB) 2.5″ SATA Internal SSD for $162 $185) at B&H (discount in shopping cart, 4TB for $320
  • LG 27GL850-B 27-inch gaming monitor (1440p, 144 Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync compatible) for $300 $365) at Amazon
  • Gigabyte M32U 31.5-inch gaming monitor (4K, 144 Hz, IPS, FreeSync) for $650 $730) at B&H
  • Gigabyte Aorus FO48U 48-inch gaming monitor (4K, 120 Hz, OLED, VRR) for $800$1,050) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • XFX Speedster SWFT309 Radeon RX 6700 XT (12GB GDDR6) graphics card for $480 $550) at Amazon, Best Buy
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enlarge The 2020 MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 chip.

Lee Hutchinson

Video Game Deals

  • god of war (PC) for $40 $50) on Steam (PS4 for free with PS Plus)
  • fire watch (PC) for $5 $15) at GOG (also on Game Pass)
  • Flashback (PC) for free $8) at GOG
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (PC, Switch, Xbox, PS4) for $22$25) on Steam, Nintendo, Xbox, PSN (also on Game Pass, PS Plus required for PS4)
  • Psychonauts 2 (PC, Xbox, PS4) for $30 $40) on GOG, Xbox, PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • Disco Elysium – The Final Cut (PC) for $14 $25) at GOG
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition (PC) for $18 ($30) at GOG
  • cup (PC, PS4) for $14 $20) at GOG, PSN
  • Metal Gear Solid (PC) for $7 $10) at GOG
  • 30+ PC games (Far cry 4Death SquaredAstrologeretc.) for free at Prime Gaming (Prime users only)
  • Inside (Switch) for $2 $10) at Nintendo
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond (Switch) for $30$55) at Best Buy, GameStop (discount in cart)
  • 13 sentries: Aegis Rim (Switch) for $40 $55) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
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  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (PS5, PC) for $30 $50) at Amazon, Best Buy, Humble
  • Shenmue 3 – Deluxe Edition (PS4) for $4 $15) on PSN (PS Plus required)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox) for $44 $55) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Eternal doom (PS4, Xbox, PC) for $15 $25) at Best Buy (free PS5 upgrade, also on Game Pass)
  • Attack on Android Cactus (PS4) for $4 $15) at PSN
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox) for $20 $45) at Amazon, Best Buy (also on Game Pass)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox, PC) for $16$25) on Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • wanderer song (Xbox, PS4) for $5$20) at Xbox, PSN
  • Metro Saga Bundle (Xbox) for $15 $30) at Xbox
  • Titanfall 2 (Xbox, PS4) for $4$10) on Xbox, PSN (also on Game Pass Ultimate)
  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $5 $15) on Xbox, GOG, Steam, PSN (switch to $10
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox, PS4) for $3$15) at Xbox, PSN
  • Ori: The Collection (Xbox, PC) for $12 $25) on Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox, PS4) for $9$15) on Xbox, PSN (also on Game Pass)
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enlarge Ori: The Collection bundles two of the better Metroidvanias of recent years.

Microsoft

gaming offers

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enlarge The fox in the forest is a card game that we recommend for two-player game nights.

Accessories and various offers

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