The best weekend deals: Kindle Paperwhite, Nintendo Switch, 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 deals includes a good price on Amazon’s newest Kindle Paperwhite, as the e-reader is currently down $110 at various retailers. That’s $30 off Amazon’s MSRP and the second-lowest price we’ve tracked. The only time we saw the device drop lower was around Black Friday when it was available for $5 less. Amazon includes three months of its Kindle Unlimited e-book service as part of the deal, but be aware that this will be set to auto-renew by default.

We gave the latest Kindle Paperwhite a rave review when it was released last year. Compared to its predecessor, it adds a more spacious screen (now at 6.8 inches, up from six), a USB-C port, better front lighting, more responsive performance and improved battery life (which Amazon estimates at around 10 weeks per load). Like the last model, it’s waterproof (with an IPX8 rating) and it can connect to Bluetooth headphones and speakers to play audiobooks. And like all Kindles, it still has access to a massive library of things to read. It’s a bit larger than the last model, and if you just don’t want to lock yourself into Amazon’s ecosystem, Kobo’s Clara HD is a decent alternative (albeit without waterproofing or Bluetooth) that’s also in sale to date. But for most people, the Paperwhite is the e-reader with the best combination of features and value.

That said, it’s worth noting that the Kids version of the Kindle Paperwhite is also on sale for $10 more. Although this variant is aimed at children, it has all the same features as the standard Paperwhite, plus a case, a longer warranty (two years instead of one) and, most importantly, no ads on its lock screen or phone. default home page. (The latter is a feature that costs $20 more on the standard, ad-supported model.) If you’re buying specifically for a young child, the standard Kindle Kids e-reader is probably a better value, but older readers are fine with it. paying a little more might want to consider this model instead.

Amazon is also selling a Signature Edition of the Paperwhite that adds Qi wireless charging, 32GB of storage space (compared to the standard model’s 8GB), and auto-adjusting backlighting. This model has sunk to a new low of $145, but for the most part its improvements are more “nice to have” than “essential”.

Besides Kindles, our roundup of deals also includes a few deals on the Nintendo Switch. Amazon Prime members can take $20 off Amazon subsidiary Woot’s console, while Nintendo itself has the bundle we saw on Black Friday, which includes a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of the company’s Switch Online service with the console at no additional cost.

These aren’t particularly huge discounts, and they only apply to the standard version of the console, not the new Switch OLED. The latter has been harder to find in stock, but it adds a bigger, snappier display, doubles the internal storage, an improved hinge, and other upgrades for $350. Still, any sort of console deal has been rare lately, so if you’re looking to buy your first Switch and don’t want to spare the extra cash for the OLED model, these deals are worth noting.

Elsewhere, we’ve got deals on other recommended gadgets and gear, including Google’s Chromecast, Apple’s AirPods Pro, Amazon’s Fire HD 8 tablets and more. You can check out our full list below.

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Featured offers of the day

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (8GB) 6.8-inch eReader + 3 Month Kindle Unlimited Subscription (Auto-Renewal) for $110 ($140) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids (8GB, No Ads) 6.8-inch eReader for $120 ($155) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Nintendo Switch for $280 ($300) to Woot(Prime members onlyput back in the cart)
  • Nintendo Switch+ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) + 3-month Nintendo Switch Online membership for $300 ($360) at Nintendo
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media player for $40 ($50) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Apple AirPods Pro True Wireless ANC Headphones for $175 ($190) on Amazon, Walmart, Sam’s Club
  • Apple Leather Case with MagSafe (Midnight) for iPhone 13 for $40 ($50) on Amazon, Walmart
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 (32GB) 8 inch tablet for $45 ($75) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Inside (Switch) for $2 ($15) on Nintendo eShop
  • 2 bought 1 free sale on various video games on Amazon, Target
The 11th Generation Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.
Enlarge / The 11th Generation Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.

Andrew Cunningham

Electronic offers

  • Amazon Fire HD 8 (32GB) 8 inch tablet for $45 ($75) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids 8 inch Tablet (32GB) for $70 ($120) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus (32GB) 8 inch tablet for $55 ($90) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (8GB) 6.8-inch eReader + 3 Month Kindle Unlimited Subscription (Auto-Renewal) for $110 ($140) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Kids (8GB, No Ads) 6.8-inch eReader for $120 ($155) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32GB, No Ads) 6.8″ e-Reader + 3 Month Kindle Unlimited Subscription (Auto-Renewal) for $145 ($190) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) 8-inch smart display for $90 ($115) on Amazon, Best Buy
Apple AirPods Pro true wireless noise canceling headphones.
Enlarge / Apple AirPods Pro true wireless noise canceling headphones.

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  • Apple AirPods Pro True Wireless ANC Headphones for $175 ($190) on Amazon, Walmart, Sam’s Club
  • Apple AirPods (2nd Generation) True Wireless Headphones for $99 ($115) on Amazon, Walmart, Target
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm) smartwatch for $349 ($375) on Amazon, Target, Walmart
  • Apple iPad Air (64GB) 10.9 inch tablet for $500 ($565) at Target, Best Buy, Amazon
  • Apple iPad Air (256GB) 10.9 inch tablet for $650 ($720) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media player for $40 ($50) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Roku Streaming Stick 4K Media Player for $30 ($40) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
The Nintendo Switch.
Enlarge / The Nintendo Switch.
  • Nintendo Switch for $280 ($300) to Woot(Prime members onlyput back in the cart)
  • Nintendo Switch+ Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) + 3-month Nintendo Switch Online membership for $300 ($360) at Nintendo
  • SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset for $69 ($80) on Amazon, Walmart
  • SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $150 ($175) on Amazon, SteelSeries
  • Hisense U7G (2021) 55 inch 4K TV for $600 ($650) on Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Samsung QN90A (2021) 55 inch 4K TV for $1,298 ($1,490) on Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Roku Streambar Pro 2.0 Channel Soundbar + 4K HDR Media Player for $150 ($165) at Amazon, Kohl’s
  • Sonos Beam Smart Soundbar (Gen 1, Refurbished) for $259 ($319) at Sonos
The Google Chromecast with Google TV.
Enlarge / The Google Chromecast with Google TV.

Jeff Dunn

Samsung's T7 (right) is a good portable SSD for consumer use.
Enlarge / Samsung’s T7 (right) is a good portable SSD for consumer use.

Jim Salter

Video Game Deals

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Enlarge / Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Jelly.

nintendo

  • Alan Wake Remastered (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($28) at Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (PS4) for $20 ($25) at Walmart, GameStop, Amazon
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($40) at Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5, PS4, PC) for $28 ($35) on PSN
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (PS4) for $5 ($15) on PSN
  • Miami Collection Hotline (PS4) for $4 ($15) on PSN
  • Disco Elysium: the final cut (PC) for $16 ($25) on Steam
  • Android Cactus+ Assault (PC) for $5 ($15) on Steam
  • 2 bought 1 free sale on various video games on Amazon, Target
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Enlarge / Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

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