The best weekend deals: Google Nest devices, Nintendo gift cards, and more

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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the web’s best tech deals includes a handful of deals on Google Nest devices. Both the popular Nest Learning Thermostat and the more user-friendly Nest Thermostat are on sale, for example, the former for up to $199 and the latter available for $100 at various retailers. While neither deal brings the absolute lowest price we’ve tracked, both are well below their usual online retail prices and well below Google’s MSRPs of $250 and $130. respectively.

Either way, both devices remain commendable options for those looking to adopt a smart thermostat, either to reduce energy consumption or to better control their home’s heating and cooling. The top-end Nest still looks sharp, sets up relatively easily, and works with a variety of smart home devices and platforms. It can still ‘learn’ your usual heating and cooling preferences, then automatically program its future adjustments accordingly, staying (mostly) out of the way over the course of a day. The more affordable Nest thermostat doesn’t have that auto-schedule feature (though you can still enter a schedule manually), has a cheaper plastic frame, and doesn’t support Google’s remote temperature balancing sensors , but it still looks nice and has otherwise similar functionality overall, including tools like HVAC monitoring and voice commands via Alexa or the Google Assistant, for less money.

If you don’t need a new thermostat, other Google devices like the Nest Audio home speaker and Fitbit’s Luxe activity tracker are also on sale. Beyond that, our roundup includes great deals on Nintendo eShop gift cards, a roomy 1TB SanDisk microSD card for your Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, a number of Roomba robot vacuums, iPad, AirPods and more. You can find our full roundup below.

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Featured offers of the day

  • Google Nest Thermostat Smart Thermostat for $100 ($120) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen) smart thermostat for $199 ($240) at Target, Best Buy
  • $50 Nintendo eShop Gift Card for $45 ($50) on Amazon
  • Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Control Wireless Hub + Sensor for $20 ($26) on Amazon
  • SanDisk Ultra microSD card (1TB, U1, A1, C10) for $125 ($140) at Amazon, Newegg
  • Fitbit Luxe Activity Tracker for $100 ($120) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robot vacuum cleaner for $249 ($305) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Anker PowerPort III Nano 20W USB-C Charger for $14 ($17) on Amazon
  • Blueair Blue Pure 211+ air purifier for $250 ($300) on Amazon
  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $4 ($30) at Prime Video
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2 inch Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $2,250 ($2,400) at Amazon (discount in shopping cart)
Google's Nest Thermostat is a good budget smart thermostat, though it doesn't work with remote temperature sensors or learn your home's heating and cooling schedule like Google's more expensive model. Nest.
Enlarge / Google’s Nest Thermostat is a good budget smart thermostat, though it doesn’t work with remote temperature sensors or learn your home’s heating and cooling schedule like Google’s more expensive model. Nest.

Electronic offers

  • Google Nest Thermostat Smart Thermostat for $100 ($120) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen) smart thermostat for $199 ($240) at Target, Best Buy
  • Google Nest Audio smart home speaker for $70 ($95) on the Google Store
  • Fitbit Luxe Activity Tracker for $100 ($120) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Ecobee smart thermostat with voice control for $199 ($220) on Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
  • iRobot Braava Jet M6 Robot Mop for $349 ($395) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba j7+ Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Self-Emptying Docking Station for $599 ($760) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba j7 robot vacuum for $399 ($565) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba i3+ Evo Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Self-Emptying Base for $399 ($495) at Amazon, target
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Enlarge / The Fitbit Luxe is a simple yet elegant activity tracker.

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  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robot vacuum cleaner for $249 ($305) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • iRobot Roomba 694 robot vacuum for $180 ($230) on Amazon, Best Buy, iRobot
  • Apple iPad Pro (256 GB) 11 inch tablet for $800 ($860) on Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple iPad (256 GB) 10.2 inch tablet for $429 ($455) on Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple iPad Air (256GB) 10.9 inch tablet for $679 ($715) on Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) True Wireless Headphones for $150 ($165) on Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple Watch SE (40mm) smartwatch for $229 ($250) on Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm) Smartwatch for $359 ($390) on Amazon, Walmart
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Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7 is our top smartwatch pick for iPhone owners.

Corey Gaskin

Deals on laptops and desktops

  • Apple Mac Mini (Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $550 ($655) at Amazon, Costco (discount in cart)
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2 inch Laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD) for $2,250 ($2,400) at Amazon (discount in shopping cart)
  • Lenovo Legion Slim 7 15.6″ Gaming Laptop (Ryzen 7 5800H, 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q 6GB GPU) for $1,100 ($1,350) at Best Buy
  • Gigabyte Aorus FI32Q 31.5″ Gaming Monitor (1440p, 165Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible) for $400 ($510) on Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • Dell S2721DGF 27″ Gaming Monitor (1440p, 165Hz, IPS, FreeSync, G-Sync Compatible) for $300 ($360) at Best Buy
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6 Core/12 Thread Desktop Processor for $187 ($215) on Amazon
  • WD Black SN770 PCIe 4.0 Internal SSD (1TB NVMe) for $105 ($120) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Samsung 970 Evo Plus (1 TB NVMe) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $103 ($115) on Amazon
The Apple Mac mini 2020 equipped with the M1.  It's still a powerful mini PC for casual work, but note that a model with a new chip is expected to arrive at some point this year.
Enlarge / The Apple Mac mini 2020 equipped with the M1. It’s still a powerful mini PC for casual work, but note that a model with a new chip is expected to arrive at some point this year.

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TV and Home Entertainment Deals

  • Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series (English, Japanese) for $4 ($30) at Prime Video
  • Hisense U8G (2021) 55 inch 4K LED TV for $698 ($750) on Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • LG C1 (2021) 55 inch 4K OLED TV for $1,097 ($1,250) at Amazon, Target (+$100 GC at BuyDig)
  • Sony X90J (2021) 65 inch 4K LED TV for $1,098 ($1,200) on Amazon, Best Buy, B&H
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Enlarge / by Nintendo The Legend of Zelda Handheld Game and Watch.

Jeff Dunn

Game offers

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Enlarge / Mario Kingdom Battle + Rabbids is a delicious and accessible version XCOMturn-based strategy games.

Kyle Orland

Video Game Deals

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Enlarge / River town girls is an enjoyable beat-em-up that plays particularly well with another player.

WayForward, the Arc system works

  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5, used) for $30 ($35) at GameFly
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4, used) for $13 ($20) on GameFly (free PS5 update)
  • Alan Wake Remastered (PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($28) on Amazon, Best Buy (free PS5 upgrade)
  • Hitman 3 (PS5) for $20 ($30) on Amazon (also on Game Pass)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5, PS4) for $24 ($35) on PSN (PS Plus required)
  • The Nioh Collection (PS5) for $40 ($50) on Amazon, Best Buy, PSN
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • The Last of Us Part II (PS4) for $20 ($25) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • Death Stranding (PS4) for $20 ($30) at Amazon, Best Buy (PS5 upgrade for $10)
  • Legends of Rayman (PS4) for $5 ($15) on PSN ($10 on Nintendo eShop)
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Enlarge / Labeled Ars Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a simple yet charming action-adventure game.

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