November 30, 2022

Pater Das

Business and General

The weekend’s best deals: Disney+ for $2, Anker chargers,

Ars Technica

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a small but noteworthy discount on a one-month Disney+ subscription. If you’re a new or lapsed subscriber to the streaming app, you can currently grab a month of service for $2, down from the usual $8. Disney technically kicked off this promotion last week, but the offer is set to end on September 19, so consider this a last-minute PSA.

This isn’t a massive discount, clearly, but if you were already thinking of checking out the Ars-approved Thor: Love and Thunder (which landed on the service earlier this month), trying She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (which is set to conclude within this trial period), going on another Simpsons binge, or watching any other Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, or kid-friendly Disney show, this is a lower barrier of entry all the same. It also comes before Disney implements ads into this tier of service later this year. Just note that your subscription will be set to auto-renew by default, but the offer’s terms say that you can cancel anytime without losing the discounted month. Unfortunately, the deal isn’t available to current subscribers.

If you don’t want any more Disney, though, our roundup also includes several deals on recommended charging gear from Anker, a variety of discounts on well-reviewed video games, lower-than-usual prices on MacBook Pros and the M2 MacBook Air, and much more. You can find our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • New + returning users only: Disney+ 1-month membership for $2 ($8) at Disney+
  • XBL Gold only: Portal 2 (Xbox) for free ($10) at Xbox
  • $100 Xbox Gift Card for $90 ($100) at Newegg (use code: SSBWA723)
  • WD Black SN850 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 SSD w/ heatsink for $110 ($140) at Best Buy
  • Garmin Lily (34mm) smartwatch for $150 ($190) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Anker Nano II 65W USB-C wall charger for $35 ($48) at Amazon, Newegg (Newegg code: SVGBWA3285)
  • Anker 621 Magnetic Battery MagSafe wireless battery pack (5,000mAh, 7.5W) for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Anker (clip $10 coupon)
  • Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda handheld console for $40 ($50) at Walmart (discount in cart)
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill: 3rd Edition board game for $36 ($50) at Amazon, Target
  • The Batman (4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital) for $15 ($24) at Amazon, Target
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022, Midnight) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,099 ($1,199) at Amazon, B&H
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Enlarge / The Garmin Lily is a simple but stylish smartwatch we like for smaller wrists in particular.

Corey Gaskin / Ars Technica

Electronics deals

Apple's AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones.
Enlarge / Apple’s AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones.

Jeff Dunn

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • WD Black SN850 (1TB) PCIe 4.0 SSD w/ heatsink for $110 ($140) at Best Buy
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 5600MHz RAM for $160 ($200) at Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg
  • Apple MacBook Air (2022, Midnight) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,099 ($1,199) at Amazon, B&H
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,599 ($1,840) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,099 ($2,230) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch tablet PC (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) + Surface Pro Keyboard for $900 ($1,025) at Microsoft
Not everyone needs to pay for the higher speeds of a PCI Express 4.0 SSD like WD's Black SN850 just yet, but if you own a PlayStation 5 and want to expand its internal storage space, this model performs capably and meets Sony's recommended specs.
Enlarge / Not everyone needs to pay for the higher speeds of a PCI Express 4.0 SSD like WD’s Black SN850 just yet, but if you own a PlayStation 5 and want to expand its internal storage space, this model performs capably and meets Sony’s recommended specs.

Jeff Dunn

  • ViewSonic Elite XG270Q 27-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 165 Hz, G-Sync) for $260 ($375) at Best Buy, B&H
  • Gigabyte M28U 28-inch gaming monitor (3840×2160, IPS, 144 Hz, VRR) for $480 ($540) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Gigabyte M32QC 32-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, VA, 165 Hz, VRR) for $230 ($300) at Amazon, Newegg
  • Gigabyte M32Q 32-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 170 Hz, VRR) for $300 ($390) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • Gigabyte M32UC 32-inch gaming monitor (3840×2160, VA, 160 Hz, VRR) for $530 ($600) at Amazon, B&H
  • Gigabyte Eagle OC GeForce RTX 3060 (12GB GDDR6) GPU + Gigabyte G24F 2 24-inch gaming monitor (1080p, IPS, 180 Hz, FreeSync) for $400 ($540) at Newegg
The <a href="https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/07/2022-macbook-air-review-apples-clean-slate/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">latest MacBook Air</a> with Apple's M2 chip.
Enlarge / The latest MacBook Air with Apple’s M2 chip.

Samuel Axon

Video game deals

The classic puzzler <em>Portal 2 </em>remains an excellent choice <a href="https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/26-best-co-op-games-to-play-with-your-partner/#h23" target="_blank" rel="noopener">for co-op fun</a>. It's also <a href="https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2022/08/portal-2-ends-9-years-of-xbox-360-games-with-gold-freebies/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the last freebie</a> to come as part of Microsoft's "Games with Gold" program.
Enlarge / The classic puzzler Portal 2 remains an excellent choice for co-op fun. It’s also the last freebie to come as part of Microsoft’s “Games with Gold” program.

Valve

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – GOTY Edition (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $10 ($15) at Xbox, PSN, GOG, Steam
  • Ori: The Collection (Xbox, PC) for $12 ($25) at Xbox ($13 at Steam, also on Game Pass)
  • Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Xbox, PC) for $4 ($10) at Xbox, Steam
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection (Xbox) for $16 ($25) at Xbox (also on Game Pass, PS4 for $20)
  • Mega Man 30th Anniversary Bundle (Xbox, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Xbox, PSN
  • Gran Turismo 7 (PS5) for $50 ($65) at PSN (PS4 for $40)
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4) for $24 ($40) at PSN
  • The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (PS5, PS4) for $17 ($25) at PSN
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (PS4) for $20 ($25) at PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • PS Plus only: Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition (PS4) for $6 ($12) at PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • PS Plus only: SteamWorld Dig 2 (PS4) for $4 ($10) at PSN
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Enlarge / The well-reviewed Neon White is part puzzler, part first-person shooter, and part oddball anime.

Annapurna Interactive

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Enlarge / The Ars-approved RPG Disco Elysium.

Gaming deals

Nintendo's <em>Legend of Zelda</em> Game and Watch handheld <a href="https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/12/best-last-minute-gift-ideas/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">puts three classics</a> (<em>The Legend of</em> <em>Zelda</em>, <em>Zelda II: The Adventure of Link</em>, and <em>Link's Awakening</em>) in a miniature, retro-style handheld that can also double as a <em>Zelda</em>-themed clock.
Enlarge / Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Game and Watch handheld puts three classics (The Legend of ZeldaZelda II: The Adventure of Link, and Link’s Awakening) in a miniature, retro-style handheld that can also double as a Zelda-themed clock.

Jeff Dunn

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

Anker's PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable.
Enlarge / Anker’s PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable.

Jeff Dunn