Today’s best deals: Google Pixel 6a, Apple MacBooks, 4K TVs, and more

Ars Technica

Another week, another roundup of today’s best tech deals. Today’s Dealmaster features a new all-time low ($998, $1,500) on Samsung’s art-inspired “The Frame” 4K TV. This TV has a unique party trick where it can display famous paintings on the screen when not in use, lending itself to a classier decor than just a regular black square. It’s also a decent 4K TV and competitively priced with this discount and 55-inch size.

Reviews from some of our most trusted publications portray The Frame as an upper-mid-level offering in terms of performance, so if the art feature is attractive to you then it shouldn’t disappoint in any other areas. However, if you’re looking for one of the best in its class (a very similar class to The Frame, as well), then LG’s C2 is also on sale ($1,597, $1,797) and receives higher marks than The Frame.

Speaking of best in class, the Pixel 6a is also seeing a record-low price cut to $299 ($380), making one of the most (if not the most) value-stuffed phones an even better bang for your smartphone buck. We recently reviewed the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, and while we found them to still be the best Android phones available, they didn’t improve significantly on the Pixel 6 lineup. The Pixel 7a is yet to be announced but will likely come in mid-2023 and offer similar incremental improvements over the 6a. For that reason, we’d still feel plenty comfortable picking up a Pixel 6a for $299 and knowing we’ll have “a mid-range juggernaut,” as our own Ron Amadeo put it in his review.

Elsewhere around the web, we have discounts on a few Beats headphones that match their lowest tracked prices, a handful of Google smart speakers and displays, a few of our favorite video games, and much more. Check out the full curated list of the week’s best deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Samsung The Frame (2022) 55-inch 4K TV for $998 ($1,500) at Amazon, Walmart
  • LG C2 (2022) 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,597 ($1,797) at Woot
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,599 ($1,900) at Best Buy
  • Apple iPad Air M1 10.9-inch (2022) Wi-Fi, 64GB for $520 ($560) at Amazon
  • Apple iPad Mini 8.3-inch (2021) Wi-Fi, 64GB for $399 ($460) at Amazon
  • Apple TV 4K 2021 (32GB) media streamer for $110 ($163) at Amazon (64GB for $114)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4500 3.6 GHz six-core/12-thread for $79 ($130) at Best Buy
  • Samsung M8 Series 32-inch 4K smart monitor & streaming TV, AirPlay-compatible ‎(3840×2160) for $530 ($630) at Amazon
  • Beats Studio Buds true wireless earphones for $90 ($135) at Amazon
  • Beats Studio3 wireless ANC over-ear headphones for $150 ($230) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Google Pixel 6a (128GB) smartphone for $299 ($380) at Target, Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple Pencil (second generation) for $89 ($130) from Amazon, Best Buy
The Pixel 6a.

Ron Amadeo

Electronics deals

The Apple Pencil 2 and sixth-generation iPad mini.
Enlarge / The Apple Pencil 2 and sixth-generation iPad mini.

Andrew Cunningham

Beats' Fit ​​Pro noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds are a top pick for sport headphones.
Enlarge / Beats’ Fit ​​Pro noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds are a top pick for sport headphones.

Jeff Dunn

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

Jeff Dunn

  • Apple TV 4K 2021 (32GB) media streamer for $110 ($163) at Amazon (64GB for $114)
  • Samsung The Frame (2022) 55-inch 4K TV for $998 ($1,500) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Samsung QN85B (2022) 85-inch 4K QLED TV for $2,397 ($2,797) at Amazon
  • Sony A80J (2022) 55-inch 4K OLED TV for $998 ($1,899) at Newegg
  • LG C1 (2021) 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,499 ($1,600) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • LG C2 (2022) 65-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,597 ($1,797) at Woot
  • Hisense U6G (2021) 65-inch 4K LED TV for $385 ($540) at Best Buy
Open up the latest MacBook Air, and it looks quite a bit like the 14-inch MacBook Pro from this angle.
Enlarge / Open up the latest MacBook Air, and it looks quite a bit like the 14-inch MacBook Pro from this angle.

Samuel Axon

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Air (2022) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,049 ($1,199) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M1, 2560×1600 , 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $899 ($950) at Amazon
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 13.3-inch laptop (Apple M1, 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,300 ($1,500) at Best Buy
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch tablet PC (2880×1920, Core i5 Intel Evo Platform, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $860 ($1,000) at Amazon, (with Surface Pro Keyboard for $900 at Best Buy)
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 15-inch laptop PC (2496×1664, Core i7-1185G7, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $2,000 ($2,400) at Amazon
  • SK Hynix Platinum P41 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 SSD for $127 ($150) at Amazon (after clipping 15 percent coupon)
  • Samsung M8 Series 32-inch 4K smart monitor & streaming TV, AirPlay-compatible ‎(3840×2160) for $530 ($630) at Amazon
  • Samsung M7 Series 32-inch 4K smart monitor & streaming TV, AirPlay-compatible ‎(3840×2160) for $350 ($370) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • ViewSonic Elite XG270Q 27-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 165 Hz, G-Sync) for $260 ($375) at B&H
  • Samsung Odyssey G3 27-inch gaming monitor for $200 ($230)—1920×1080, 165 Hz, FreeSync compatible at Amazon
Microsoft's Surface Pro 8.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8.

Andrew Cunningham

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Video game deals

The Razer Deathadder gaming mouse.
Enlarge / The Razer Deathadder gaming mouse.

Gaming deals

The second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to the edge just like it does on the iPad Pro.
Enlarge / The second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to the edge just like it does on the iPad Pro.

Samuel Axon

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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