The weekend’s best deals: Apple Watch Series 7, gift card bundles, and more

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a good price on the Apple Watch Series 7, as the 41mm variant of Apple’s flagship smartwatch is currently down to $339 at Amazon and Walmart.

The Series 7 is the top pick in our guide to the best smartwatches: it has the same excellent build quality and robust software as any other Apple Watch, but adds a larger and always-on display, faster charging, and more advanced health tracking features like blood oxygen monitoring and ECG functionality. It’s still not the most in-depth activity tracker, it’s still for iPhone users only, and there’s no real need to upgrade if you already own a Series 6. But it remains a well-rounded wearable that works for both basic-but-useful health tracking and smartphone-style utility. And while the Apple Watch SE is a fine alternative for those on a tighter budget, it sacrifices the always-on display, a little processing power, the faster charging rates, ECG, and blood oxygen tracking by comparison.

Note that only the green and “midnight” colors are available at this price. We’ve also seen the Series 7 fall into the $350-360 range a few times in recent months. Still, if you’ve been looking to take the plunge, this discount matches the lowest price we’ve tracked to date and comes in a good $60 below Apple’s MSRP.

Elsewhere, our deals roundup includes a promotion at Target and Best Buy that gives you a bonus $10 in store credit when you spend $100 on an Apple gift card. We’ve seen this offer multiple times before, but if you use either retailer and plan on buying something directly from Apple anyway—whether it’s an iCloud or Apple Music subscription, an App Store download, or a new device at a physical retail store— this deal gives you a little something extra for no added cost. You’ll see each offer after adding the gift card to your cart.

Besides Apple, we also have discounts on recommended noise-canceling headphones from Sony and Bose, smart displays from Google and Amazon, Microsoft’s Xbox Series S, Anker USB-C chargers, Tile item trackers, and several video games. Most notably, the latter includes a charity bundle at Humble that gives you several dozen PC games for a minimum of $40, with all proceeds going to humanitarian relief efforts for victims of the ongoing war in Ukraine. You can find our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm) smartwatch for $339 ($365) at Amazon, Walmart
  • $100 Apple Gift Card + $10 bonus store credit for $100 ($110) at Target, Best Buy (offer in cart)
  • Apple Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro + iPad Air for $239 ($290) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Anker PowerPort III 20W USB-C PD wall charger + USB-C to Lightning cable for $20 ($25) at Amazon
  • Microsoft Xbox Series S for $270 ($300) at Newegg (use code: 93XSR25)
  • Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) 7-inch smart display for $55 ($90) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless ANC headphones for $278 ($315) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,749 ($1,965) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Nintendo Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda for $43 ($50) at Amazon, GameStop
  • Tile Mate (2022) Bluetooth item tracker for $20 ($24) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Stand with Ukraine Bundle: includes 123 PC games + items for $40 minimum at Humble (all proceeds go to Razom for Ukraine, International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps, Direct Relief)
The Apple Watch Series 7.
Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7.

Corey Gaskin

Electronics deals

  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm) smartwatch for $339 ($365) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) 7-inch smart display for $55 ($90) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Google Nest Audio (2-pack) smart home speaker for $129 ($170) at Google Store
  • Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) 5.5-inch smart display for $45 ($65) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Hisense U6G (2021) 65-inch 4K LED TV for $548 ($640) at Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon
  • Sony X90J (2021) 65-inch 4K LED TV for $1,098 ($1,240) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
Google's second-generation Nest Hub smart display.
Enlarge / Google’s second-generation Nest Hub smart display.

Corey Gaskin

Sony's WH-1000XM4 is our top pick among noise-canceling headphones.
Enlarge / Sony’s WH-1000XM4 is our top pick among noise-canceling headphones.

Jeff Dunn

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,749 ($1,965) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,299 ($2,455) at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga 13.5-inch 2-in-1 laptop (Core i7-1160G7, 2256 x 1504, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $1,189 ($1,500) at Lenovo (use code: TITANOFFER)
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 (GA503) 15.6-inch gaming laptop (1440p 165Hz, Ryzen 9 5900HS, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 3070) for $1,550 ($1,800) at Best Buy
  • Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14-inch 2-in-1 laptop (1080p, Ryzen 5 5500U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $600 ($710) at Amazon
  • LG 27GL850-B 27-inch gaming monitor (1440p, 144Hz, IPS, FreeSync) for $347 ($385) at Amazon, B&H
The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.
Enlarge / The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.

Samuel Axon

  • Gigabyte G34WQC 34-inch gaming monitor (3440×1440, 144 Hz, VA, FreeSync) for $390 ($420) at Amazon, Newegg, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core/12-thread desktop processor for $229 ($285) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12-core/24-thread desktop processor for $449 ($520) at Best Buy, Walmart, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-core/32-thread desktop processor for $599 ($715) at Best Buy, B&H
  • Samsung 970 Evo Plus (2TB NVMe) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $200 ($220) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Samsung 980 (1TB NVMe) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $100 ($110) at Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy
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Enlarge / Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Game and Watch handheld.

Jeff Dunn

Gaming deals

Xbox Series S (left), next to Xbox Series X (right).  The former doesn't include a disc drive and isn't as powerful, but it's significantly more affordable and can still play all your modern Xbox games, albeit typically at lower settings.
Enlarge / Xbox Series S (left), next to Xbox Series X (right). The former doesn’t include a disc drive and isn’t as powerful, but it’s significantly more affordable and can still play all your modern Xbox games, albeit typically at lower settings.

Sam Mashkovech

Video game deals

  • Stand with Ukraine Bundle: includes 123 PC games + items for $40 minimum at Humble (all proceeds go to Razom for Ukraine, International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps, Direct Relief)
  • It Takes Two (Xbox, PC) for $16 ($25) at Amazon, Xbox, Steam (also on Game Pass)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $10 ($20) at Xbox, PSN, Steam (also on Game Pass)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – GOTY Edition (Xbox) for $30 ($40) at Xbox
  • Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 Remastered (Xbox) for $10 each ($18) at Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $30 ($45) at Xbox, Best Buy, PSN, Steam, Humble
  • Nier: Automata (PS4) for $17 ($30) at GameStop ($20 at Xbox, Steam, Humble)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS4, PS5) for $26 ($35) at PSN
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (PS4) for $4 ($15) at PSN ($7 at Xbox)
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Enlarge / The stylish, surprising, and shapeshifting Nier: Automata is one of our favorite action-RPGs in recent years.
  • Castlevania Anniversary Collection (PS4) for $4 ($15) at PSN ($5 at Xbox)
  • Subnautica + Subnautica: Below Zero (Switch) for $20 ($35) at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
  • Streets of Rage 4 (Switch, PS4) for $15 ($20) at Nintendo eShop, PSN
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered (Switch) for $5 ($15) at Nintendo eShop
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Switch) for $20 ($30) at Best Buy
  • Bravely Default II (PC) for $36 ($55) at Humble, Steam
  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (PC) for $3 ($10) at Humble, Steam ($4 at Xbox)
  • OlliOlli World (PC, PS5, PS4) for $24 ($30) at Amazon, PSN, Steam
  • monster hunter rise (PC) for $33 ($50) at Green Man Gaming
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Enlarge / Bravely Default II is worth a look for those craving for a more traditional turn-based RPG.

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Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • Anker PowerPort III 20W USB-C PD wall charger + USB-C to Lightning cable for $20 ($25) at Amazon
  • Apple Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro + iPad Air for $239 ($290) at Amazon, Walmart
  • $100 Apple Gift Card + $10 bonus store credit for $100 ($110) at Target, Best Buy (offer in cart)
  • Tile Mate (2022) Bluetooth item tracker for $20 ($24) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Tile Essentials (2022, 4-pack) Bluetooth item trackers for $68 ($80) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Apple Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro + iPad Air for $239 ($290) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light (HF3520) for $80 ($100) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Fully Jarvis Desk Sale: take 15% off various Fully Jarvis standing desks at Amazon, Fully
  • Amazon Music Unlimited 3-month membership for free ($20) at Amazon (new users only)

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