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    The best Memorial Day sales we can find on gadgets, games, and tech gear / ArsTechnica · Yesterday - 18:30 · 1 minute

The best Memorial Day sales we can find on gadgets, games, and tech gear

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It's Memorial Day weekend, which means the time has come for another Dealmaster . Our latest roundup of good tech deals from around the web includes all the best offers we could dig up from this weekend's crop of holiday sales. While Memorial Day promotions generally focus on home goods, appliances, and mattresses more than electronics, we've still found a few gadget deals of note for those who can't wait for more tech-centric sales events like Black Friday or Amazon Prime Day.

The highlights include a number of deals on Apple devices. The Apple Watch Series 7, for instance, is back down to $329 , which is about $25 off its street price online, $70 off Apple's MSRP, and generally a good price for the top pick in our guide to the best smartwatches . The 256GB version of the latest iPad Air is available for $679 , which matches the lowest price we've tracked, while the MacBook Air is discounted to $900 , which matches the lowest price we've seen this year. (Just note that the latter is expected to receive a refresh with a faster chip at some point in 2022, if you can afford to wait.) Best Buy is running a promotion that gives a bonus $10 in store credit if you buy a $100 Apple Gift Card, and other gadgets like the third-gen AirPods and MagSafe Charger are cheaper than we typically see as well.

Beyond that, our roundup includes several ongoing deals on PlayStation games and gear, including a rare discount on PlayStation 5 controllers, plus lower-than-usual prices on Bose's highly comfortable QuietComfort 45 headphones, Google's Nest Hub smart display and Nest Audio smart speaker, well-reviewed laptops from Lenovo and HP, an excellent LG OLED TV, tons of PC games, and some 4K Blu-rays for a few movies we like. You can peruse our full curated list of Memorial Day deals below.

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    Dealmaster: Binge The Orville and more with this $1-per-month Hulu deal / ArsTechnica · 3 days ago - 15:14 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / The intrepid crew of the USS Orville . (credit: Hulu )

The Dealmaster is back with another wallet-friendly PSA: If you've been meaning to watch The Dropout , catch up on What We Do in The Shadows before season four comes out, or check out the upcoming season of The Orville , Hulu is currently offering three months of its ad-supported streaming plan for $3, or $1 per month .

The popular streaming service technically kicked off this promotion last week to celebrate " National Streaming Day "—which, no, we don't consider a real thing, either—but the offer is still active and will last through May 27. Either way, this is the kind of deal we typically see reserved for holiday season promotions; this past Black Friday, for instance, Hulu offered a full year of service for the same $1-per-month rate.

Like that deal, this offer is only for new Hulu subscribers and anyone who canceled their membership more than a month ago. So sadly, current subscribers can't take advantage. (This does mean the Dealmaster's serial canceling has paid off, however.) After the three-month promotional period, you'll be charged the plan's regular $7 per month if you choose not to cancel. This deal is for the ad-supported version of the service, which is annoying, but the ads might be a little more palatable given the discounted rate. Also note that this plan allows for up to two simultaneous streaming sessions, which is the limit for all of Hulu's plans unless you pay an extra $10 per month for unlimited screens.

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    Today’s best deals: PlayStation Days of Play sale, SanDisk storage, and more / ArsTechnica · 4 days ago - 19:46 · 1 minute

Today’s best deals: PlayStation Days of Play sale, SanDisk storage, and more

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The time has come for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web is led by various deals on PlayStation games and gear. That's because Sony kicked off its annual late-spring "Days of Play" sale, which the company says will run through June 8.

In general, the number of noteworthy deals here isn't quite as vast as what we highlighted from Epic's PC-focused Mega Sale over the weekend: Unlike years past , there are no discounts on PlayStation Plus subscriptions—likely due to Sony's ongoing revamp of that online service —some well-regarded PS5 exclusives like Returnal and Demon's Souls aren't on sale, and a few of the included PS4 games are at prices we've seen fairly frequently. Many of them will be included with PS Plus' new upgrade tiers , if you plan on paying for that.

Still, there are some deals worth your attention. If you need a spare DualSense controller for the PS5, for instance, all colors of that gamepad are down to $59 , which is a $10 or $15 discount depending on which model you choose and only a couple of dollars from the lowest price we've tracked. The colorful action game Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is down to a new low of $40 , while Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection , another PS5 exclusive that remasters the action flick-style shooters Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy , is discounted to $30 , another new low. Other hits like MLB The Show 22 (Nintendo Switch version included), the PS5 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake , and The Last of Us Part II have received substantial discounts, too; you can see our full list of worthwhile deals from Sony's sale below.

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    Sick of picking up toys? Dyson’s future home robots want to do it for you / ArsTechnica · 4 days ago - 16:31

Dyson is trying to get a grasp on home robotics.

Enlarge / Dyson is trying to get a grasp on home robotics. (credit: Dyson )

Dyson today shared its ambitious plans to sell robots that can do your household chores. The company best known for vacuums is in the midst of a massive hiring push as it looks to make consumer robots that roam homes and do more than suck up dust. The company wants to put these robots in homes within 10 years.

For 20 years, Dyson has been making puck-format robot vacuums that move around homes sucking up dust and dirt. But for the last 10 years, Dyson has also been researching autonomous robots with grasping hands.

In a video, Dyson showed robot prototypes performing house tasks, including putting away dishes and helpfully placing bleach on a countertop.

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    Logitech MX Master 3S review: The best wireless mouse gets slightly better / ArsTechnica · 5 days ago - 07:01

Logitech MX Master 3S in white and dark grey

Logitech's MX Master 3S. (credit: Scharon Harding)

Specs at a glance: Logitech MX Master 3S
Sensor Optical (model not disclosed)
Connectivity options Bluetooth Low Energy, 2.4 GHz wireless dongle
Programmable buttons 6
Onboard profiles None
Lighting None
Size 4.92×3.32×2.01 inches
(124.9×84.3×51 mm)
Weight 4.97 ounces
(141 g)
Warranty One year
Price (MSRP) $99

I've used the Logitech MX Master 3 as my primary productivity mouse since it came out in 2019. I've tested dozens of mice since, but none juggled a decent number of programmable buttons, advanced wireless capabilities, multi-device control, and long-term comfort as admirably as the MX Master 3. Today, Logitech released a revamped version, the MX Master 3S .

It follows in Master 3's footsteps of wireless mouse excellence but doesn't introduce enough improvements to warrant ditching my MX Master 3 and opening my wallet again.

As you might have guessed by the mild moniker modification, the 3S is slightly different from the 3. The new mouse has quieter left- and right-click buttons, and it supports higher sensitivity, so your cursor can move farther with less physical mouse movement—and that's it.

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    Logitech’s MX Keys Mechanical is a satisfying, wireless introduction to mech keebs / ArsTechnica · 5 days ago - 07:01 · 1 minute

Logitech's MX Keys Mechanical (bottom) and MX Keys Mini (top) keyboards.

Enlarge / Logitech's MX Keys Mechanical (bottom) and MX Keys Mini (top) keyboards. (credit: Scharon Harding)

Specs at a glance: Logitech MX Keys Mechanical
Switches Kailh low-profile tactile, clicky, or linear
Keycaps ABS plastic
Connectivity options Bluetooth Low Energy or 2.4 GHz USB-A dongle
Backlighting White
Size 17.08×5.18×1.03 inches
(433.85×131.55×26.1 mm)
Weight 1.35 lbs (612 g)
Warranty 1 year
Price (MSRP) $170

With an office-friendly appearance, tasteful backlighting, multi-PC wireless control, and simple software all backed by a reputable name, the Logitech MX Keys Mechanical ($170 MSRP) wireless keyboard was announced Tuesday, as well as the smaller MX Keys Mini ($150), are solid, serviceable entry points into mechanical keyboards .

If the new keyboards look familiar, it's because they take inspiration in appearance and features from the MX Keys ($120) and MX Keys Mini ($100) membrane wireless, respectively, but with satisfying, low-profile clicky, tactile, or linear mechanical switches. It's the kind of design that leads plenty of people to try a mechanical keyboard for the first time. But when comparing it to other wireless mechanical keyboards, you can find more features, including some that power users will miss, from rivals for less money.

Keeping a low(er) profile

I tend to be wary of low-profile mechanical keyboards. Some subpar options I've tried with shallow, mushy, linear low-profile switches and flat keycaps have scarred me a bit. They're popular among gamers, due to a perceived speed advantage, but you'd have to be quite competitive (I'm not) for that to make a huge difference.

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    The weekend’s best deals: Epic PC games sale, 1Password subscriptions, and more / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 21 May - 21:17 · 1 minute

The weekend’s best deals: Epic PC games sale, 1Password subscriptions, and more

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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 is headlined by a truckload of discounts on worthwhile PC games. This is chiefly due to the return of the Epic Games Store's annual " Mega Sale ," which began earlier this week and runs until June 16.

As with previous promotions from Epic's PC game storefront, the new sale is most notable for offering an unlimited-use coupon that applies to any purchase of $14.99 or more. In past sales, this coupon amounted to a flat $10 off, but Epic says it will now give a 25 percent discount. This means you won't save as much as before on less-expensive games—a $15 game that would've dropped to $5 after applying the coupon in previous sales will now cost $11.24—but you'll get slightly more back with games closer to full price. For instance, a newer game like LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga , which normally goes for $50 on PC, can be had for $37.49 after using the coupon here.

You'll have to sign into an Epic account and manually claim the coupon first, but once you do, it will automatically renew after each use until the sale ends next month. Note that you only need to have at least $14.99's worth of games in your cart for the coupon to apply: Something like Disco Elysium , an Ars favorite that's on sale for $14, wouldn't be eligible for the extra 25 percent off on its own, but if you add another discounted game to your cart to get over the $15 threshold, the coupon will then apply to both titles individually at checkout. As with past Epic sales, the coupon doesn't apply to DLC or in-game purchases, nor will it work with preorders.

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    HP’s new Spectre laptops include options with Intel Arc, less noise / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 19 May - 12:00

The new HP Spectre x360 in "Nocturne Blue with Celestial Blue accents."

Enlarge / The new HP Spectre x360 in "Nocturne Blue with Celestial Blue accents." (credit: Scharon Harding)

HP has revamped its Spectre x360 lineup of convertible, champfered-edged laptops with a purportedly quieter sound profile, Intel's new Arc graphics card, and beefed-up webcams.

Today, HP released 12th Gen Intel versions of the Spectre x360 in 13.5- and 16-inch sizes .

If the 13.5-inch sounds new to you, that's because HP hasn't released a "Spectre x360 13.5" since 2020. Last year, its 13.5-inch Spectre was called the " Spectre x360 14 ." But don't get confused; this thin-and-light laptop still has a screen that measures 13.5 inches diagonally and uses the 3:2 aspect ratio for up to 3000×2000 resolution if you opt for OLED.

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