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Apple deals bring iPhone MagSafe Charger to lowest price at Amazon

Ars Technica

Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a modest but notable discount on Apple’s MagSafe wireless charger, which is currently down to $34 at Amazon and Walmart. That’s only $5 off Apple’s MSRP, but it’s the lowest price we’ve seen to date on the accessory, which launched in October.

We recently recommended the MagSafe Charger in our guide to the best iPhone 12 accessories. The charger is primarily designed for the iPhone 12 family, but it can supply those devices with an advertised 15W of power, so it’ll recharge quicker than the 7.5W rate available with many Qi chargers (albeit not twice as fast). It attaches to its intended phones easily, and it can recharge through certain MagSafe-compatible cases. You’ll need a 20W or higher USB-C PD 3.0 wall charger on hand to supply its full power, and if you don’t care about the convenience of simply plopping your iPhone on a pad to recharge, using a traditional USB-C-to-Lightning cable will still top your device up much faster. Here, you’ll go from 0 to 30 percent charge in about a half hour, and from 0 to 50 percent charge in about an hour.

So, while the MagSafe Charger is not a great value in a vacuum, this deal lessens the cost a bit for iPhone 12 owners who live in the Apple ecosystem and are willing to pay for the fastest wireless charge possible. Elsewhere, our deals roundup includes big discounts on Apple’s AirPods Pro and iPad Air, several deals on Amazon Fire HD tablets, a big Xbox digital game sale, and more. You can check out our full roundup below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go has a clean, well-constructed design.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go has a clean, well-constructed design.

Jeff Dunn

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • 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 $659.99 at HP (select 1080p display and Wi-Fi 6 at configure—normally $800).
  • HP Chromebook x360 laptop—Intel Core i3-10110U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $449 at Best Buy (normally $525).
  • 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).
<em>Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales</em>.
Enlarge / Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Video game deals

  • Hitman 3 (PS4, Xbox) for $49.94 at Amazon (includes next-gen upgrade—normally $60).
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4, used) for $29.99 at GameFly (includes next-gen upgrade—normally $50).
  • 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).
  • Kingdom Hearts All-in-One Package (PS4, Xbox) for $29.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart (normally $37).
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4) for $39.99 at GameStop (normally $50).
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition (PS4, PC, digital) for $9.99 at Microsoft, PlayStation Store, and GOG (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 (normally $38).
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: Launch Edition (Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $29.99 at Amazon and Microsoft (normally $40).
  • 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).
<em>Doom Eternal</em> makes a good time out of going to Hell.
Enlarge / Doom Eternal makes a good time out of going to Hell.

Bethesda

  • Ori: The Collection (Xbox, digital) for $11.54 at Microsoft (also on Xbox Game Pass—normally $30).
  • Dishonored and Prey: The Arkane Collection (Xbox) for $25.99 at Amazon (normally $40).
  • 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).
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Xbox) for $34.99 at Amazon (normally $45).
  • 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).
  • River City Girls (Xbox, digital) for $20.99 at Microsoft (also on Xbox Game Pass—normally $30).
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Xbox, digital) for $19.99 at Microsoft and Steam (also on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate—normally $30).
  • XCOM 2 (Xbox, PC) for $5.99 at Microsoft and Steam (normally $25).
  • 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).
  • 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).
The Sonos Beam smart soundbar.
Enlarge / The Sonos Beam smart soundbar.

Jeff Dunn

TV and home entertainment deals

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

Jeff Dunn

Headphones and audio deals

  • Apple AirPods Pro true wireless noise-cancelling earphones for $179.98 at Amazon and Sam’s Club (normally $210).
  • Apple AirPods true wireless earbuds for $109.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout—normally $130).
  • Beats Flex Bluetooth in-ear headphones for $39.99 at Amazon (normally $50).
  • UE Wonderboom 2 (Deep Space) portable Bluetooth speaker for $66.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $80).
  • JLab Audio JBuddies Studio Wireless Bluetooth kids headphones with volume limiter for $23.99 at Amazon (normally $30).
  • Jabra Elite 45h Bluetooth on-ear headphones for $69.99 at Amazon (normally $90).
  • Beats Solo Pro Bluetooth noise-canceling on-ear headphones for $149.99 at Woot (normally $260).
  • Tribit StormBox Micro portable Bluetooth speaker for $34.99 at Amazon (clip $10 coupon and use code: W8VIEQDYB—normally $50).
Amazon's waterproof Kindle Paperwhite.
Enlarge / Amazon’s waterproof Kindle Paperwhite.

Valentina Palladino

Electronics deals

The 2020 Apple iPad Air.
Enlarge / The 2020 Apple iPad Air.

Samuel Axon

Smart home device deals

Apple's MagSafe charger aligns easily with the help of magnets and delivers a 15W charge to the iPhone 12.
Enlarge / Apple’s MagSafe charger aligns easily with the help of magnets and delivers a 15W charge to the iPhone 12.

Corey Gaskin

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Apple MagSafe Charger 15W wireless charger for iPhone 12 for $34 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $39).
  • Apple Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd gen) and iPad Air (4th gen) for $199 at Amazon and Walmart (normally $289).
  • Logitech Slim Folio keyboard case for iPad (8th/7th gen) for $84.25 at Amazon (normally $97).
  • DJI Osmo Pocket 3-axis gimbal camera—12 MP, 4K, 60fps for $199.99 at Amazon and Adorama (normally $280).
  • 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).
  • Anker PowerExpand+ 7-in-1 USB-C hub—85W USB-C PD, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB-C, microSD, SD, HDMI ([email protected]) for $23.79 at Amazon (normally $28).
  • 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 $9.74 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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