13 great deals on smartphones, laptops and smart speakers

We are approaching Summer’s over, which means it’s time for back-to-school deals. This includes everything from laptops and phones to bedroom furniture and office accessories. These discounts are great for students of all ages, but they’re also perfect for adults looking to upgrade their work-from-home setup.

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Smartphones and Laptops Offers

Check out our guides for the best Android phones and the best cheap phones for more recommendations.

Google Pixel 6A

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

Note: You must activate the device to enter this deal. Samsung is about to unveil new foldable phones, which means last year’s models are seeing massive cuts. 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 love that? If you want to try the tablet in phone design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is also on sale for $800 (nearly $1,000) for the 256GB version. These deals are valid for AT&T and Verizon customers.

It will be Motorola Edge+ (6/10, WIRED review) Fine If not, it usually costs $1,000. This inflated sticker price was the biggest reason why it wasn’t recommended. However, at $500, it’s a very good deal, and this is by far the best discount we’ve seen on it. However, unless you’re up for wireless charging or more than 128GB of storage, the $449 Pixel 6A is still better for your money.

Coming in at $20 less than previous deals we’ve seen, this is a decent choice if you’re looking for the cheapest unlocked phone ever. There’s support for NFC, so you can make contactless payments, and you’ll get two days of battery life and 6 less battery life than 5G, so you won’t be limited to a slower 4G LTE network. Keep in mind that this phone no longer receives Android version upgrades, so you’ll still be stuck with outdated Android 11.

Smart home and gaming deals

Find additional computers at a discount in our roundup of the best laptop deals.

Apple MacBook Pro (2022)

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In her review, WIRED reviewer Brenda Stolyar said that this laptop is “dull but perfectly fine.” They’re pretty much the same as last year’s models—which is good and bad. It’s reliable and portable, but the only real upgrade is the new M2 processor. The new, cheaper MacBook Air is the better option, but if your heart is on the Pro, this is the first big discount we’ve seen on it. Read more about the lineup in our MacBook buying guide.

This is the best Chromebook, and the price is lower than it was last week. It is ideal for students, thanks to its reliable performance and low price. There are a few bells and whistles, most notably a 2-in-1 screen. Once homework is done, students can flip the screen over and watch some Netflix – no TV required.

Alexa speakers can be useful for more than just playing music. If you are furnishing the bedroom, this can be a good accessory. Amazon’s voice assistant can relay weather forecasts or answer pressing undergraduate questions like “How do you know when milk is expiring?” or “Who is that guy from that one movie?” This deal has been around since Prime Day. Still a good idea. Just keep in mind we’ve seen the discount before, and we’ll definitely see it again. The price is identical at Best Buy. Check out our Amazon Echo and Alexa Speaker buying guide for more tips.

This latest release of the Echo Show 10 is our favorite Alexa smart display. We still prefer the Google Assistant, but that’s the natural choice for people who are well established in the Amazon ecosystem. The 15-inch version is also on sale for the same price and can be wall-mounted. You can search for lyrics, watch Prime Video content, and even participate in Zoom meetings. The price is $10 less than what we’ve tracked before, and this deal is also available at Best Buy and Kohl’s (with $30 back in Kohl’s Cash).

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max

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This is the best 4K streaming device for Amazon fans, and the price matches the lowest we’ve seen. The interface is super fast and easy to use, although it prominently features Amazon Prime Video content. A different streaming dongle may be a better choice if you are not committed to Amazon’s product ecosystem. The Best Streaming Sticks guide contains additional options.

We fell in Spiritfarer During the quarantine period in 2020, but it is still one of the best Nintendo Switch games. It is a relaxing game for one player. It deals with some dark manifestations – death – but in a gentle and reassuring way. The soundtrack and design are beautiful, but the story is what sets the title apart. I found it calming and meditative while navigating a loved one’s terminal illness. Spiritfarer Not like most games, which is 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. The membership itself is valued at $20, so if you’re in the market for one of the eligible titles And the Another year of online service, this is a good opportunity to save some cash. Options include a variety of Mario addresses as well Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Deals on everything else

Apple Gift Card

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Apple Gift Cards can be used in the Apple Store as well as in the App Store. It can also be applied to different subscriptions if you sign up through an iOS device. This deal basically gets you $10 for free, but you shouldn’t snag it unless you actually plan on spending $100 through Apple. The free $10 gift card will be added to your cart automatically.

And that makes a great housewarming gift – nothing says “college” like ordering food delivery. Some denominations are discounted, all of which are worthwhile if you (or the recipient) order Doordash delivery on a regular basis.

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