Whether you’re trying to make the most of your summer or planning ahead for the fall semester, our deals team is always chasing deals. And if you’re a college-bound student looking for a powerful content creation machine, Apple’s latest MacBook Pro is probably the way to go (if you can afford it). Fortunately, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is currently on sale at Best Buy and B&H Photo with an eight-core M1 Pro CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage for $1,749 ($250 off), which is the lowest price we’ve seen for Apple’s premium laptop.
In addition to the best performance and battery life we’ve seen in an Apple laptop, the 14-inch MacBook Pro offers extensive connectivity options, so you can use microSD cards or an external monitor without relying on a separate adapter. . It also has a beautiful Mini LED display – unlike the new M2 MacBook Air – and while some applications still need to get used to the new GPU architecture used with Apple’s new processor, the collection of features on the latest MacBook Pro it’s easy to recommend, especially at a discount. Read our 14-inch MacBook Pro review.
If you’re hitting the pool or lounging on the beach, you can currently save on a trio of waterproof Bluetooth speakers from JBL, all of which match their lowest prices ever.
The JBL Go 3 is one of JBL’s smallest Bluetooth speakers – small enough to fit in your pocket. Normally priced at $49.99, you can currently get the Go 3 in select colors for around $29.99 on both Amazon and Best Buy. The waterproof speaker easily shrugs off water and sand thanks to its IP67 weather rating, and can last up to five hours on a single charge before needing to be topped up with the included USB-C cable.
The last-generation Flip 5 has a standard retail price of $129.99, but is currently on sale for $99.95 on Amazon and JBL. The Flip 5 is waterproof and sturdy enough to withstand the occasional drop or tumble, and can be played for up to 12 hours straight. Like other models in JBL’s lineup, it also integrates JBL’s PartyBoost feature, allowing playback to be synchronized with up to two nearby JBL speakers.
Normally priced at $79.99, Best Buy and Amazon have made the JBL Clip 4 available for around $50. The convenient clip-centric design allows the speaker to find a home on almost any surface, and the battery can play for up to 10 hours before needing a recharge. Like many of JBL’s other Bluetooth speakers, the Clip 4 is also sturdy enough to handle a day on the sand or a quick dip in the pool without missing a beat.
There may still be plenty of summer left, but some of us are already preparing for a return to academia. Luckily, if you’re looking for something to give to your favorite student, we’ve put together a handy back-to-school gift guide that’s packed with excellent suggestions. Below, we’ve even compiled a list of all the discounts you can find on our favorite tech-focused gifts for college students.
- A four-pack of Apple AirTags typically retails for $99, but you can currently save $10 on the bundle at Amazon and walmart. These coin-sized location trackers can help you keep an eye on almost anything using Apple’s robust “Find My” network. They are also waterproof and feature user-replaceable batteries, which last over a year before needing to be replaced. Read our review.
- Every pastel colorway of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is currently on sale for $69.99 at Best Buy and Target, matching the lowest price yet for what is typically a $79.99 instant camera. The Mini 11 is our favorite instant camera thanks to its simple operation and solid image quality. It does exactly what it says on the box, providing a simple point-and-shoot solution for taking physical photos. Keep in mind that the film must be purchased separately.
- The Logitech C920s Pro Webcam is for sale at Best Buy and Target now for $59.99 instead of $69.99. As laptop webcams improve, few can compete with the quality a standalone webcam can provide. For example, the C920s Pro can capture 1080p images at 30 frames per second; it even comes equipped with a pair of built-in microphones for better sound quality.
A few more striking offers for the weekend…
- Get ready to cancel the apocalypse with in the breach, which was just released for free on android and iOS devices for Netflix users. This turn-based tactical strategy game strikes like chess mixed with Pacific and just got a free update that adds even more content to the already excellent title. Steam users can also play the game on PC for just over $10 (a $5 discount).
- The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug-In Dimmer is currently discounted on Amazon to $19.99, down from its original price of $29.99. You can control the waterproof smart plug with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, allowing you to fine-tune the intensity and schedules of all your accent lighting.
- The 65 percent Asus ROG Falchion gaming keyboard with red, blue or brown switches is currently discounted to just $119.99, lower than the usual price of $149.99. This wireless gaming keyboard pairs with devices via a 2.4GHz dongle and has a touch bar built in on the side that lets you control media playback and monitor battery level.