13 Best Deals: Smartphones, Laptops & Smart Speakers

We are approaching it’s the end of summer, which means it’s time for back-to-school deals. This includes everything from laptops and phones to dorm furniture and desk accessories. These discounts are great for students of all ages, but they’re also perfect for adults looking to improve theirs work from home setup.

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Offers on smartphones and laptops

Check out ours The best Android phones and The best cheap phones guides for more recommendations.

Google Pixel 6A

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Google just launched the Pixel 6A (8/10, WIRED recommends) and quickly became our favorite phone for most people. It’s powerful, has a great camera, and is on the smaller end of the size spectrum compared to most smartphones today. It’s not exactly a discount on the phone, but you do get a $50 Amazon gift card. (Comes in an envelope with no expiration date.) Use it to purchase a case and screen protector for your device. (We there are recommendations here.)

Note: You must activate the device to participate in this deal. Samsung is about to unveil new foldable phones, which means last year’s models are seeing staggering discounts. This is one of the best discounts we’ve ever seen on Samsung’s foldable Galaxy Z Flip 3 (7/10, WIRED review). It’s basically a smartphone that you can fold in half, and who doesn’t like that? If you want a tablet experience in a phone design, you’ll be glad to know Galaxy Z Fold 3 also sells for $800 (almost $1,000 off) for the 256-GB version. These deals are valid for AT&T and Verizon customers.

Motorola Edge+ (6/10, WIRED review) it would be a fine if it wasn’t normally worth $1000. That high sticker price was the biggest reason we didn’t recommend it. At $500, though, it’s a pretty good deal, and it’s the best discount we’ve seen for it. However, unless you’re hell-bent on having wireless charging or more than 128GB of storage, Pixel 6A for $449 still a better bang for your buck.

At $20 less than previous deals we’ve seen, it’s a decent choice if you’re looking for the cheapest unlocked phone. There’s NFC support so you can make contactless payments and you get two-day battery life and sub 6 5G so you won’t be limited to slower 4G LTE. Note that this phone no longer receives Android version upgrades, so you’ll be stuck with the now-outdated Android 11.

Smart home and gaming deals

Find additional computers at a discount in our specialist The best deals on laptops I round up.

Apple MacBook Pro (2022)

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in every review, WIRED reviewer Brenda Stolyar says this laptop is “awkward but totally fine.” It’s largely the same as the models of the past – which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s reliable and portable, but the only real upgrade is the new M2 processor. The cheaper new one MacBook Air is the better option, but if you have your heart set on the Pro, this is the first significant discount we’ve seen for it. Read more about the composition in our MacBook Buying Guide.

It is the ultimate Chromebook, and the price is even lower than last week. It is ideal for students, thanks to its reliable operation and low price. It has several bells and whistles, the most notable being the 2-in-1 display. Once homework is done, students can flip the screen and watch Netflix—no TV required.

Alexa speakers can be useful for more than just playing music. If you are furnishing a dorm room, this can be a good accessory. Amazon’s voice assistant can deliver weather forecasts or answer students’ pressing questions like, “How can you tell when milk is past its expiration date?” or “Who’s that guy in that movie?” This deal has been around since Prime Day. It’s still good. Just keep in mind that we’ve seen the discount before, and we’re sure to see it again. The price is considered Best buy. Check out ours Amazon Echo and Alexa Speaker buying guide for more advice.

This latest version of Echo Show 10 is ours Alexa’s favorite smart display. We still prefer Google Assistant, but it’s the natural choice for people entrenched in the Amazon ecosystem. The 15-inch version is also sold at the same price and can be mounted on a wall. You can search for music lyrics, watch Prime Video content, and even participate in Zoom meetings. The price is $10 lower than the one we previously tracked, and this deal is also available on Best buy and on a spike (with $30 back in Kohl’s Cash).

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max

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It is the ultimate 4K streaming device for Amazon enthusiasts and the price matches the lowest we’ve seen. The interface is super fast and easy to use, even though it prominently features Amazon Prime Video content. A different streaming dongle might be a better option if you’re not tied to Amazon’s product ecosystem. Ours The best streaming sticks manual has additional pictures.

We fell for him Spiritfarer during quarantine in 2020, but it’s still one of many best games for nintendo switch. It is a comfortable game for one player. It deals with some dark themes – er, death – but in a gentle and soothing way. The soundtrack and design are wonderful, but the story is what makes the title stand out. I have found it to be calming and meditative while dealing with a loved one’s terminal illness. Spiritfarer it’s not like most games and that’s a good thing. This version includes all downloadable content. The price is much lower than usual.

Target is offering a free one-year Nintendo Switch Online membership to customers who purchase a select game at full price. Membership itself is priced at $20, so if you’re in the market for one of the eligible titles and another year of online service, this is a good chance to save some money. Options include a variety of Mario titles too Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Offers on everything else

Apple Gift Card

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Apple Gift Cards can be used in the Apple Store as well as the App Store. They can also apply to different subscriptions if you signed up via an iOS device. This deal essentially gets you $10 for free, but you should only get it if you’ve already planned to spend $100 through Apple. The free $10 Target gift card will be automatically added to your cart.

This makes a great dorm-warming gift—nothing says “college” like a food delivery order. Several denominations are discounted, and they’re all worth it if you (or the recipient) order regular Doordash delivery.

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