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Amazon tablet deals discount Fire HD tablets and Kindle Paperwhite

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Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a new round of deals on Amazon’s Fire HD tablets. While the deals don’t match the all-time lowest prices we saw around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they are substantially below the typical street prices we see on Amazon for those in the market for a cheap slate today. The offers include the Fire HD 8 for $65, the Fire HD 10 for $95, the Kids Edition version of those slates for $90 and $135, respectively.
As always, the Fire HD lineup should only be considered by consumers looking for a media consumption device for as cheap as possible. These tablets are neither as well-built nor as speedy as Apple’s entry-level iPad, and they’re still saddled with Amazon’s Fire OS skin, which excludes Google apps and the Play Store altogether (by default, at least). That said, for basic Web browsing, e-book reading, and Netflix viewing, they’re more than competent, which is still a victory given how little they’ll set you back.

Besides that, our deals roundup includes discounts on Apple’s AirPods Pro, the excellent UE Wonderboom 2 portable speaker, a lap desk we like, tons of video games, and much more. You can check out our full roundup below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The M1 Apple MacBook Air.
Enlarge / The M1 Apple MacBook Air.

Lee Hutchinson

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Dell XPS Desktop (8940) desktop PC—Intel Core i5-10400, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 6GB for $799.99 at Dell (use code: DTXPSAFF29—normally $1,380).
  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) laptop—Apple M1, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $949.99 at Amazon (normally $999).
  • Apple MacBook Pro (late 2020) laptop—Apple M1, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,199.99 at Amazon (normally $1,250).
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go laptop—Intel Core i5-1035G1, 12.4-inch 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $699.99 at Amazon (normally $820).
  • HP 15t Touch laptop—Intel Core i7-1165G7, 15.6-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $639.99 at HP (select 1080p display and Wi-Fi 6 at configure—normally $800).
  • Lenovo Yoga C740 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i5-10210U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $549.99 at Best Buy (normally $700).
  • Apple Mac Mini (2020 model) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $649 at Amazon and B&H (normally $699).
  • WD Black SN850 (500GB) M.2 NVMe internal SSD for $119.99 at Amazon (normally $150).
  • Seagate Expansion (14TB) external desktop hard drive for $199.99 at Adorama and B&H (normally $275).

Video game deals

<em>Hitman III</em>.
  • Hitman 3 (PS4, Xbox) for $49.94 at Amazon (includes next-gen upgrade—normally $60).
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (XB1, digital) for $44.99 at Microsoft (normally $55).
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – Cross Gen Bundle (Xbox, digital) for $55.99 at Microsoft (includes next-gen upgrade—normally $65).
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Switch) for $69.88 at Amazon (normally $80).
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch) for $49.94 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $60).
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4) for $32.99 at GameStop (normally $50).
  • Ori: The Collection (Xbox, digital) for $11.54 at Microsoft (also on Xbox Game Pass—normally $30).
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Xbox) for $34.99 at Amazon (normally $45).
  • Ghost of Tsushima (PS4, digital) for $40.19 at PlayStation Store (normally $50).
  • Doom Eternal (Xbox, digital) for $19.79 at Microsoft (also on Xbox Game Pass—normally $35).
  • Doom (Xbox, digital) for $9.99 at Microsoft (also on Xbox Game Pass—normally $15).
  • Dirt 5 (Xbox, digital) for $29.99 at Microsoft (normally $50).
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Xbox, digital) for $19.99 at Microsoft and Steam (also on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate—normally $30).
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) for $30 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • The Last of Us Part II (PS4) for $29.83 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $38).
  • XCOM 2 (Xbox, PC) for $5.99 at Microsoft and Steam (normally $25).
<em>Ori and the Will of the Wisps</em>.
Enlarge / Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Microsoft

  • Kingdom Hearts All-in-One Package (PS4, Xbox) for $29.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart (normally $37).
  • Shadow of the Colossus (PS4, digital) for $12.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $20).
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition (PS4, digital) for $9.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $30).
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch) for $49.94 at Amazon (normally $60).
  • River City Girls (Xbox, digital) for $20.99 at Microsoft (also on Xbox Game Pass—normally $30).
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: Launch Edition (Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $29.99 at Amazon and Microsoft (normally $40).
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox, digital) for $6.99 at Microsoft (normally $20).
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Edition: 2 & 3 (Xbox, digital) for $9.99 at Microsoft (normally $20).
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Xbox, digital) for $4.99 at Microsoft (normally $10).
  • Sunset Overdrive (Xbox, digital) for $4.99 at Microsoft (also on Xbox Game Pass—normally $20).
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (Xbox, digital) for $4.49 at Microsoft (normally $15).
  • Rare Replay (Xbox, digital) for $7.49 at Microsoft (also on Xbox Game Pass—normally $15).
  • Collection of Mana (Switch) for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $25).
  • Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition (Switch, digital) for $9.99 at Nintendo eShop (normally $20).
  • New users only: Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 3-month membership for $1 at Microsoft (auto-renews by default—normally $31).
  • Logitech G305 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse for $39.99 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $47).
  • Hori Split Pad Pro (Black) handheld controller for Nintendo Switch for $40.49 at Amazon (normally $50).
  • Sony DualShock 4 Back Button Attachment for DualShock 4 controller for $19.96 at Amazon (not compatible with PS5 games—normally $30).
Logitech's G305 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse.
Enlarge / Logitech’s G305 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse.

Valentina Palladino

TV and home entertainment deals

Apple's AirPods (left) and AirPods Pro.
Enlarge / Apple’s AirPods (left) and AirPods Pro.

Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

Amazon's Fire HD 10 tablet makes you deal with Amazon's heavily-skinned software but remains good value for those who want a 10-inch tablet on the cheap.
Enlarge / Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet makes you deal with Amazon’s heavily-skinned software but remains good value for those who want a 10-inch tablet on the cheap.

Valentina Palladino

The JLab JBuddies Studio Wireless are a good wireless headphones for young listeners.
Enlarge / The JLab JBuddies Studio Wireless are a good wireless headphones for young listeners.

Jeff Dunn

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • LapGear Sidekick lap desk with phone holder for $14.99 at Amazon (fits up to 15.6″ laptops—normally $20).
  • Fully Desk Chair office chair for $249 at Fully (normally $299).
  • ASTI LectroFan Classic white noise machine for $32.17 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • Tile Slim (2020) Bluetooth item tracker for $23.99 at Amazon (normally $28).
  • Tile Mate (2020) + Tile Slim (2020) Bluetooth item trackers for $39.99 at Amazon (normally $48).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd gen) and iPad Air (4th gen) for $199 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $289).
  • Anker Powerline II (6ft) USB-C to Lightning cable for $9.38 at Amazon (normally $15).
  • Vava VA-UC017 7-in-1 USB-C hub—3x USB 3.0, 100W USB-C PD, SD, microSD, HDMI ([email protected]) for $21.24 at Amazon (clip 15% coupon—normally $25).
  • Prime only: Aukey Omnia Mini PA-B1 20W USB-C PD wall charger for $10.12 at Amazon (clip 25% coupon—normally $15).
  • RavPower RP-PC112 61W USB-C PD wall charger for $19.99 at RavPower (use code: 112GAN—normally $28).

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