The weekend’s best deals: Google Nest devices, Nintendo gift cards, and more

The weekend's best deals: Google Nest devices, Nintendo gift cards, and more

Ars Technica

It’s the weekend, which means the time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a handful of deals on Google Nest devices. Both the popular Nest Learning Thermostat and the more wallet-friendly Nest Thermostat are on sale, for instance, with the former down to $ 199 and the latter available for $ 100 at various retailers. While neither deal brings the absolute lowest price we’ve tracked, both are a good way below their typical street prices online and well below Google’s MSRPs of $ 250 and $ 130, respectively.

In any event, both devices remain commendable options for those looking to adopt a smart thermostat, either to cut down on energy usage or take greater control over their home’s heating and cooling. The higher-end Nest still looks sharp, installs relatively easily, and works with a variety of smart home devices and platforms. It can still “learn” your usual heating and cooling preferences, then automatically schedule its future adjustments accordingly, (mostly) staying out of your way over the course of a day. The more affordable Nest Thermostat lacks that auto-scheduling feature (though you can still enter a schedule manually), has a cheaper plastic frame, and doesn’t support Google’s remote temperature-balancing sensors, but still looks nice and has an otherwise similar feature set — including tools like HVAC monitoring and voice commands via Alexa or the Google Assistant — for less money.

If you have no need for a new thermostat, though, other Google devices like the Nest Audio home speaker and Fitbit’s Luxe activity tracker are also on sale. Beyond that, our roundup includes good deals on Nintendo eShop gift cards, a spacious 1TB SanDisk microSD card for your Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, a number of Roomba robot vacuums, iPads, AirPods, and much more. You can find our full curated roundup below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Google Nest Thermostat smart thermostat for $ 100 ($ 120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen) smart thermostat for $ 199 ($ 240) at Target, Best Buy
  • $ 50 Nintendo eShop Gift Card for $ 45 ($ 50) at Amazon
  • Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Control wireless hub + sensor for $ 20 ($ 26) at Amazon
  • SanDisk Ultra (1TB, U1, A1, C10) microSD card for $ 125 ($ 140) at Amazon, Newegg
  • Fitbit Luxe activity tracker for $ 100 ($ 120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robot vacuum for $ 249 ($ 305) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano 20 W USB-C charger for $ 14 ($ 17) at Amazon
  • Blueair Blue Pure 211+ air purifier for $ 250 ($ 300) at Amazon
  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $ 4 ($ 30) at Prime Video
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024 × 1964, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $ 2,250 ($ 2,400) at Amazon (discount in cart)
Google's Nest Thermostat is a good smart thermostat for those on a budget, though it doesn't work with remote temperature sensors or learn your home's heating and cooling schedule like Nest's pricier model.
Enlarge / Google’s Nest Thermostat is a good smart thermostat for those on a budget, though it doesn’t work with remote temperature sensors or learn your home’s heating and cooling schedule like Nest’s pricier model.

Electronics deals

  • Google Nest Thermostat smart thermostat for $ 100 ($ 120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen) smart thermostat for $ 199 ($ 240) at Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Audio smart home speaker for $ 70 ($ 95) at Google Store
  • Fitbit Luxe activity tracker for $ 100 ($ 120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control for $ 199 ($ 220) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • iRobot Braava Jet M6 robot mop for $ 349 ($ 395) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba j7 + robot vacuum w / self-emptying dock for $ 599 ($ 760) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba j7 robot vacuum for $ 399 ($ 565) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3 + Evo robot vacuum w / self-emptying dock for $ 399 ($ 495) at Amazon, Target
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Enlarge / The Fitbit Luxe is a simple but stylish activity tracker.

Corey Gaskin

  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robot vacuum for $ 249 ($ 305) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba 694 robot vacuum for $ 180 ($ 230) at Amazon, Best Buy, iRobot
  • Apple iPad Pro (256GB) 11-inch tablet for $ 800 ($ 860) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple iPad (256GB) 10.2-inch tablet for $ 429 ($ 455) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple iPad Air (256GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $ 679 ($ 715) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple AirPods (3rd gen) true wireless earbuds for $ 150 ($ 165) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple Watch SE (40 mm) smartwatch for $ 229 ($ 250) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm) smartwatch for $ 359 ($ 390) at Amazon, Walmart
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Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7 is our top smartwatch pick for iPhone owners.

Corey Gaskin

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple Mac Mini (Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $ 550 ($ 655) at Amazon, Costco (discount in cart)
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024 × 1964, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $ 2,250 ($ 2,400) at Amazon (discount in cart)
  • Lenovo Legion Slim 7 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Ryzen 7 5800H, 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q 6GB GPU) for $ 1,100 ($ 1,350) at Best Buy
  • Gigabyte Aorus FI32Q 31.5-inch gaming monitor (1440p, 165 Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible) for $ 400 ($ 510) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • Dell S2721DGF 27-inch gaming monitor (1440p, 165 Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible) for $ 300 ($ 360) at Best Buy
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-core / 12-thread desktop CPU for $ 187 ($ 215) at Amazon
  • WD Black SN770 (1TB NVMe) PCIe 4.0 internal SSD for $ 105 ($ 120) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Samsung 970 Evo Plus (1TB NVMe) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $ 103 ($ 115) at Amazon
The 2020, M1-equipped Apple Mac mini.  It's still a powerful mini PC for casual work, but note that a model with a new chip is reported to arrive at some point this year.
Enlarge / The 2020, M1-equipped Apple Mac mini. It’s still a powerful mini PC for casual work, but note that a model with a new chip is reported to arrive at some point this year.

Samuel Axon

TV and home entertainment deals

  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $ 4 ($ 30) at Prime Video
  • Hisense U8G (2021) 55-inch 4K LED TV for $ 698 ($ 750) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • LG C1 (2021) 55-inch 4K OLED TV for $ 1,097 ($ 1,250) at Amazon, Target (+ $ 100 GC at BuyDig)
  • Sony X90J (2021) 65-inch 4K LED TV for $ 1,098 ($ 1,200) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
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Enlarge / Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Game and Watch handheld.

Jeff Dunn

Gaming deals

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Enlarge / Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a delightful, accessible take on XCOM-style turn-based strategy games.

Kyle Orland

Video game deals

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Enlarge / River City Girls is an enjoyable beat-em-up that plays especially well with another player.

WayForward, Arc System Works

  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5, used) for $ 30 ($ 35) at GameFly
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4, used) for $ 13 ($ 20) at GameFly (free PS5 upgrade)
  • Alan Wake Remastered (PS4, Xbox) for $ 20 ($ 28) at Amazon, Best Buy (free PS5 upgrade)
  • Hitman 3 (PS5) for $ 20 ($ 30) at Amazon (also on Game Pass)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5, PS4) for $ 24 ($ 35) and PSN (PS Plus required)
  • The Nioh Collection (PS5) for $ 40 ($ 50) at Amazon, Best Buy, PSN
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5, PS4) for $ 30 ($ 40) at Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • The Last of Us Part II (PS4) for $ 20 ($ 25) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • Death Stranding (PS4) for $ 20 ($ 30) at Amazon, Best Buy (PS5 upgrade for $ 10)
  • Rayman Legends (PS4) for $ 5 ($ 15) and PSN ($ 10 at Nintendo eShop)
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Enlarge / The Ars-approved Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a straightforward but charming action-adventure game.

Ember Lab

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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