The nice thing about the entry-level M2-powered MacBook Air is that it’s relatively affordable (for a Mac, of course). But that lower price tag comes with a downside: it’s just not powerful enough for more demanding creative work. Fortunately, today’s $500 discount off the 14-inch MacBook Pro means you can buy a laptop that is an absolute powerhouse for content creation at an entry-level price point to the M2 Air.
At the moment, the M1 Pro-equipped laptop is for sale at Best Buy with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $1,599 ($400 off), which is only $100 more than buying an M2-equipped MacBook Air with 512GB of storage and half the RAM. In addition, the 14-inch MacBook Pro supports up to two external displays instead of one, while offering a nicer Mini LED screen and better battery life. And while not as fast as the new M2-equipped MacBook Pros, the 2021 M1 Pro model is still lightning fast and – at this price – a lot cheaper too. Read our Macbook Pro 2021 review.
Alternatively, if the MacBook Pro is too expensive and you don’t need all that power, Apple’s M2-powered Mac Mini is up to $699.99 ($100 off) at Amazon. That’s a new low for this particular configuration, which offers 512GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, an eight-core CPU, and a 10-core GPU.
Overall, the new Mini is faster than its M1-equipped predecessor and is a good desktop for everyday computing needs with enough power to handle even some light video work. It also touts future-proof specs like Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, along with HDMI 2.0 output, an Ethernet port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and other ports. Please note that you will need to provide your own monitor, keyboard and mouse as the Mac Mini does not come with these. Read our review of the M2 Pro powered Mac Mini.
If you’re looking for a decent pair of wireless noise-canceling earbuds, you can grab these right now from Amazon Second-generation Echo Buds with a wireless charging case for $99.99 ($40 off). Amazon, Best BuyAnd Goal, which is just $10 shy of their all-time low. You can also buy them with a wired charging case for $79.99 ($40 off). Amazon And Goal.
For the price, the earbuds offer a solid combination of good sound quality and effective noise cancellation, with benefits such as an excellent pass-through mode for when you need to hear your surroundings. Their noise canceling might not be on par with more premium earbuds like Sony’s WF-1000XM4, but they’re still capable of reducing noise enough. Plus, they support hands-free Alexa commands, so you can make music requests and control smart home devices with just your voice. Read our review.
We’ve got a great deal for Nintendo Switch enthusiasts who travel often and like to connect their console to a TV or other large screen. At the moment you can buy the Genki hidden dock for $59.99 ($15 off) from Genki. The accessory is like a pocket-sized version of the standard Switch dock, so you can easily take it with you on the go, but it also comes with multiple ports. That includes a single 30W USB-C PD port and outputs for USB-C and HDMI. To top it off, the dock also comes with three international adapters. Read our review.