Ever since the release of the M2 generation of 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, we’ve been waiting for some huge discounts on the previous generation M1 models from 2021. That day is here now and in two varieties. The M1 Pro-powered 14-inch MacBook Pro with expanded 1TB SSD is on sale for $1,999.97 ($500 off) in space gray at Amazon. Or, if you prefer more screen real estate, the 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and the base 512GB storage is $1,999 (another $500 discount) at Best Buy.
While two thousand is not a small amount for a laptop, these are the best discounts to date on these excellent computers. You’ll be hard-pressed to find other offerings with this much performance at these prices. The newer M2 generation chips may offer some improvements to both models, but these M1 Pro machines remain strong powerhouses in 2023. Plus, both have MagSafe charging and useful ports, like HDMI and SD card slots, so you don’t have to be as dependent on USB-C hubs as with older models or lower MacBooks.
Finally, if you want an M1 Pro MacBook Pro at the absolute lowest price you can get right now 14-inch basic model with 512GB of storage is $1,599 ($400 off) at Best Buy — not as good a deal as the ones above, but still an excellent computer.
Sticking with Apple for a moment, but at the much more affordable level, the base ninth generation iPad with 64GB of storage is on sale for $249.99 ($80 off) at Best Buy and Target. Apple’s entry-level tablet from 2021 remains in the lineup for now, and it remains the de facto standard if the iPad’s duties lie somewhere between a Netflix machine and all-purpose app use on a decent screen. While much more expensive iPads offer larger, more advanced screens, gesture controls and laptop-like use with expensive accessories, this basic little iPad and its very respectable A13 Bionic CPU can handle most of the same tasks with confidence. Sure, it still has a Lightning connector while all the other models have moved to more convenient USB-C ports, but having Touch ID, a home button, and a headphone jack might feel like a small blessing to some.
Sony’s flagship headset for PlayStation 5 and PC, the InZone H9, is still on sale for $278 ($21.99 off) at Amazon and $279.99 at Best Buy. A mix of noise-canceling and gaming headphones, the H9 borrows some features from Sony’s popular WH-X1000 series of over-ear headphones. After getting a chance to use this headset myself, I can speak to how soft and cushiony the ear pads are. The headband stretches far enough to fit my large knuckle without feeling too much pressure across the top of my head, and I can wear it for a couple of hours without pain.
If, like me, you found yourself rather unimpressed with Sony’s $100 3D Pulse headset and you’re looking for something premium with nice PS5 integration, you might want to get in the zone with this deal.
If that Sony headset is too rich for your blood, we’ve still got you covered. The Logitech G435 Lightspeed gaming headsett is on sale at Amazon for just $29.99 ($50 off). This is a steal at that price, as the G435 is a very light and comfortable headset that is one of our favorites for PlayStation (PS5 and PS4), PC and Nintendo Switch. In addition, the two color combinations on sale, the white and blue-and-red models, range from soft vivid to bold and vibrant.
It may not have a boom mic to get closer to the sound source (your mouth), but its beam-forming mics do a fine job of capturing your voice for teammates or friends on Discord. And since it supports both 2.4GHz wireless, you can keep your phone connected to it while you play.