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Save on tech and gadgets this Memorial Day

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Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Verge Deals stamp of approval, so if you’re looking for a deal on your next gadget or gift from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more, this is the place to be.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer in the US. In addition to using the long weekend of this national holiday for travel and taking some well-earned rest and relaxation, it usually kick-starts lots of outdoor activities — like backyard cookouts, road trips to the beach, and camping trips. It’s also another shopping holiday, with discounts on offer for all kinds of home goods and some great tech, gadgets, and gear.

There are plenty of deals on cool outdoorsy gear to take advantage of leading up to the holiday — like BioLite’s current discount on the FirePit Plus. But there are also great sales happening on indoor toys as well, like a range of Hisense TVs that are now available for up to $590 off. And let’s not forget travel essentials like Zendure’s heavy-duty power bank, which is on sale for $70 off. Because what good is a luxurious getaway vacation if you can’t keep your devices juiced up?

There are worthwhile sales happening for everyone, so check out all these notable ones hand-picked by the Verge Deals team.

Deal highlights

  • Nintendo’s excellent Switch Pro Controller is on sale on Amazon for $54.99, easily one of its best prices to date. The popular Nintendo Switch accessory is one of the more expensive models you can currently buy, but it’s also one that deftly balances features, comfort, and performance.
  • The Bose QuietComfort 45s are some of the most comfortable and capable noise-canceling headphones you can buy, with better battery life than their predecessors and a handy transparency mode. Normally $329, the headphones are on sale at Amazon and Best Buy right now for just $279, matching their best price to date. Read our review.

Bose QuietComfort 45

Bose’s QuietComfort 45 headphones update the company’s popular, impossibly comfortable design with USB-C, improved noise cancellation, and longer battery life.

  • If you’re looking to get into next-gen gaming but aren’t willing to pay $500 for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, the smaller Xbox Series S might fit the bill. The compact console is not as powerful as the Series X and only includes a 512GB SSD, but it offers a svelte design and robust backward compatibility. Normally $299.99, the Series S is on sale at Adorama right now for $249.99, matching its lowest price to date. Read our Xbox Series S review.
  • Amazon’s Fire TV Cube, a 4K streaming device that doubles as an Alexa-equipped smart speaker, is on sale at Amazon for $69.99 ($50 off), matching its best price to date. In addition to Dolby Atmos, the Fire TV Cube supports Dolby Vision / HDR.
  • The 41mm, GPS-equipped Apple Watch Series 7 is back down to $329 at Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy, matching the lowest price we’ve seen for the $399 wearable. The latest version of Apple’s wearable features a larger display than the Series 6, better dust resistance, and improved health-tracking features. Read our review.

Apple deals

  • Apple’s AirPods Max are on sale on Amazon for $449.99 in select colors. This $100 discount is nearly the lowest price we’ve seen on the luxe noise-canceling headphones, which offer superb sound, foolproof controls, and a premium build. Read our review.
  • Best Buy and Amazon are offering the M1 MacBook Air for $100 off, dropping the base model with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM down to $899.99. We’re getting close to Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), so it’s possible this exceptional machine may see a new update, but it’s still a great value. Read our review.
The MacBook Air is the most impressive laptop I’ve used in years

MacBook Air with M1 (late 2020)

The MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop, which comes outfitted with the company’s new M1 chip and in one of three different colors (silver, space gray, and gold).

  • If you own an iPhone 13, you can get Apple’s MagSafe-compatible leather case in green and brown for $41.99 (about $17 off) at Amazon.
  • Apple’s MagSafe Charger is just $34 ($5 off) on Amazon right now, and it’s fully compatible with all iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 variants.
  • Walmart and Amazon are currently selling the 40mm, GPS-equipped Apple Watch SE starting at $249 instead of $279. That’s not its best price to date, but it’s a decent discount on a reliable smartwatch, one that features a built-in accelerometer but lacks the always-on display and blood oxygen monitoring found on newer models. Read our review.
  • Apple’s 2021 iPad Mini is down to just $409 ($90 off) in the 64GB, Wi-Fi-enabled configuration on Amazon. The current deal price is one of the lowest we’ve seen on the 8.3-inch tablet, which offers USB-C support, speedy performance, and a sleek, redesigned look. Read our review.

Headphone, earbud, and speaker deals

The UE Fits custom-mold to your ears, though their case sadly lacks wireless charging.
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Jabra Elite 3

Jabra’s Elite 3 earbuds have a refreshed design that’s more stylish than the company’s past earbuds. While they don’t have many frills or extra features, they fare well in the key areas of sound quality, comfort, and battery life.

Laptop, Chromebook, and computer accessory deals

  • You can save 10 percent on your own custom gaming desktop from NZXT through May 31st. NZXT’s BLD program allows you to mix and match your own components, but you can also provide NZXT with your budget and the performance benchmarks you want to hit, and they’ll put together a configuration for you. The BLD program has a number of current-gen processors and graphics cards that are all readily available for the same price you’d pay off the shelf. Of course, you can expect to pay a small premium for shipping and assembly, but every BLD desktop is covered by a two-year warranty, which covers any mishaps or malfunctions your hardware might suffer.
  • If you need some speedy external storage, the Samsung T7 SSD offers USB 3.2 speeds and comes in a 1TB configuration for $134.99 ($25 off) or a 2TB model for $229.99 ($60 off). It also comes in three color options (blue, black, and beige).
  • Acer is discounting a number of its budget-friendly laptops until June 1st. This includes the Core i7-equipped Acer Swift 3, which is currently on sale for $649.99 on the Acer website. The 512GB laptop typically costs $899.99 and is an excellent choice for the college-bound, thanks to its versatility and lightweight design. Read our review.
The lid of the Acer Swift 3, closed.

Acer Swift 3

Acer’s Swift 3 laptop features a 14-inch 1080p IPS display, an Intel i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. It also sports a fingerprint reader for easy sign-in and a backlit keyboard, making typing in low-light situations a breeze.

The Acer Aspire 5 open on a couch, angled to the right.

Acer Aspire 5

The Acer Aspire 5 is a big-screen budget laptop. This configuration includes an Intel Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.

  • Lenovo is currently taking up to 65 percent off select PCs, laptops, Chromebooks, monitors, and more as part of its ongoing Memorial Day sale. The excellent Lenovo Thinkpad C13 Yoga Chromebook, for example, is on sale for $249 instead of $599 when you use promo code HOTDEALC13YOGA at checkout. This low-end model comes equipped with an AMD Athlon Gold 3150C processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMc storage. Read our review.
  • Samsung’s 980 Pro SSD is a speedy NVMe drive for expanding the storage of a PS5 or acting as the main drive for a custom gaming PC. You can currently pick up the 1TB, heatsink-equipped model from either Amazon or Samsung for just $174.99 ($55 off), or the 2TB model for $294.99 ($105 off) through the same retailers (Amazon, Samsung).

A speedy SSD like the Samsung 980 Pro is great for a PC or PS5.
Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge

Phone and accessory deals

Zendure SuperTank Pro

The SuperTank Pro has a 26,800mAh / 96.48Wh capacity, which is the maximum that you can take on a commercial flight, per FAA rules. It features four USB-C ports, an info-dense OLED panel, and more. Use code ZENVERGE at checkout from Wellbots to get $70 off.

Smart home deals

Google Nest Wifi bundle

Google’s Nest Wifi router and Point extender have an unassuming design. The router has two ethernet ports, while the Point can be used as a smart speaker.

  • Best Buy and Adorama are both discounting the 10-inch Nest Hub Max to around $179 ($50 off). This large, personalized smart display can fill a room with music, offers extensive smart home controls, and works with Google Duo for video calls. Read our review.

Google Nest Hub Max

The Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch screen and integrated camera for making video calls. It is Google’s largest and most complete Google Assistant smart display.

The Ring Alarm Pro is configurable to fit all kinds of homes.

Gaming deals

  • The Epic Games Store has a Mega Sale coupon running until June 16th, offering 25 percent off most games priced at $14.99 or higher, including ones already discounted.
  • You can buy the digital version of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for Nintendo Switch for $46.49 instead of $59.99 at Target and Walmart.
  • If you own a PS5, you can use the long weekend to catch up on the ultra-dense Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. This version includes graphical upgrades for the PS5 and an added DLC chapter featuring Yuffie. It’s currently just $39.99 ($30 off) at Amazon.

Yuffie is the featured character of Final Fantasy VII Remake’s first add-on.
Image: Square-Enix

HyperX Cloud Flight

The HyperX Cloud Flight balances comfort and a solid price-to-performance. The wireless, lightweight headset offers up to 30 hours of battery life and can also be used wired.

  • As part of Sony’s ongoing Days of Play sale, Amazon, Best Buy, and Sony are all currently discounting Sony’s immersive DualSense controller in a variety of colorways — including the newer purple, blue, and pink shades. Regularly $74.99, you can buy the PlayStation 5 accessory in the newer colorways for $59.99 or the white, red, and black shades for $59.99 (normally $69.99). Read our review.

DualSense Wireless Controller

Anybody feel like some grape jelly? This DualSense controller features a deep purple color accented by the black of its two-tone styling.

  • Elden Ring, the masterful collaboration between From Software and author George R.R. Martin, is currently discounted at Amazon and GameStop. The physical PS5 copy usually goes for $59.99 but is on sale right now for $49.94. Read our review.

TV and monitor deals

  • The 2021 LG C1 remains one of our top TV picks, and the 48-inch model recently hit a new low of $996.99 (about $500 off) at Amazon. There are larger sizes available as well, like the 65-inch model, which is currently on sale for $1,596.99 ($903 off).

2021 LG C1 (65-inch)

An OLED TV loaded with features, including support for 4K resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync

2022 Samsung The Frame TV (55-inch)

The newest model of Samsung’s aesthetically pleasing TV retains the same vivid QLED display as its predecessor but uses a new anti-glare, low-reflection coating dubbed “Matte Display,” which provides images with qualities that resemble actual canvas.

Hisense U7G TV (75-inch)

The latest 4K TV from Hisense supports Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10 Plus. It also supports Google Play, giving you access to a wide selection of streaming apps.

LG 34WP65C-B gaming monitor

This 34-inch curved gaming panel from LG offers a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and can operate with a refresh rate of up to 165Hz.

Deals on outdoorsy stuff

The DJI Mini 2 is a small but formidable drone that travels light.

Source: The Verge

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