The MacBook Pro remains Apple’s top option for notebooks with fast M1 processors. There are talks of new models with a rumored M1X update, but as of right now, if you’re looking for the best the M1 has to offer in the form of a laptop, it’s the late 2020 MacBook Pro. 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro $150 off Amazon and Best Buy, bringing it down to $1,150 with 256GB of storage or $1,350 for 512GB. This is the second best price of all time on Apple’s popular laptop.
We often praise its MacBook Air counterpart, which goes on sale more often and still is currently discounted to $850, but the MacBook Pro is a great upgrade for those looking for a little more performance with a better, brighter display. You also get the touch bar with the Pro model, a polarizing feature for some, but while it has that holdover from previous generation Intel-based Macs, thankfully we’re well past the era of the butterfly keyboard – plus it has a good Escape key . Read our review.
In the world of Chromebooks, there are many inexpensive options, but nothing beats the Lenovo Chromebook Duet. It’s hands down our favorite budget pick in the entire Chromebook world for its value proposition, and it somehow got even better with a new all-time low price of $199 at Best Buy. This beats the previous historic low by another $50.
If you want a small machine for light productivity on the road or at home, the Chromebook Duet offers an incredible amount of possibilities, and if you appreciate a detachable keyboard. The replacement, the Chromebook Duet 5, will be released next month. However, with a higher starting price of $430, sales won’t be as good for a long time. Read our review.
Did you just get a new iPhone 13 or 13 Pro? Do you need chargers, magnetic or otherwise? Amazon has a whole range Anchor Charging Solutions on the Deal of the Day for up to 45 percent off. The offer includes a magnetic charging station akin to a MagSafe puck for $20; An magnetic 2-in-1 charging stand for an iPhone 12, 13 or wireless charging AirPods for $27; and even a 10,000 mAh power bank which comes with an 18W USB-C charger for $30.
For the recent iPhone users out there, you can get a 20W USB-C Charger ($12) and magnetic wireless charging pad ($20) together for less than one MagSafe puck – without a charger – from Apple. The only thing to keep in mind if you go this route or opt for the 2-in-1 standard is that the maximum charging power to the phone will be 7.5W and not the full 15W of Apple’s MagSafe.
Also available on Amazon’s deal of the day is up to 57 percent off the August Smart Lock Pro (3rd generation). This is the slightly older smart lock from August, which requires a plug-in Connect hub, but you can get it for a new low price of $99 in both silver or dark gray.
One of the useful features of the Smart Lock Pro is that it works with your existing deadbolt lock, minimizing the amount of work required to make access to your home smarter. There is also an optional keyboard bundle, discounted to $159 today, for access by code entry.
There’s an Amazon fall hardware event about to take place, and with it could come a slew of new products, which is why we might be seeing such good deals on products like the August Smart Lock Pro and Amazon’s own first-generation Echo Show 5. The latter is the smallest Echo Show smart display released in 2019 and is now available at its best price ever: just $45 at Amazon and Target.
The Echo Show 5 is perfect as an alarm clock next to the bed, in the kitchen or even as a music and media player on the bathroom counter – as the built-in camera can be blocked by a physical shutter. It’s a nifty little smart display that fits almost anywhere and is quite capable, thanks to its bright touchscreen and loud speakers. There’s a lot to like especially at this new low price of $45. Read our review.