Today’s best deals: Google Nest Hub, Apple TV 4K, and more

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the web’s best tech deals includes a steep discount on Google’s Nest Hub, as the 7-inch smart display is down to $55 at multiple retailers. We’ve seen a handful of discounts on the device over the past few months, but this deal matches the lowest price we’ve tracked, at $45 off Google’s MSRP.

We positively reviewed the latest Nest Hub after its launch last year, finding it particularly useful as a bedside companion. The device includes an optional sleep tracking feature, which in our tests works surprisingly well, providing largely accurate and consistent data on how long you’re in bed, how long it takes you to fall asleep, the number of times you get out of bed, and when you wake up, among other details. The approach here is more about detailing whether you’re getting enough sleep than digging deep into the weeds about your sleep quality, but it works, and the whole process should be more comfortable than keeping a tracking smartwatch on. sleep or attached fitness clothing. overnight. There’s a caveat, though: while the feature is currently free, Google plans to roll it into Fitbit’s $10-a-month Premium service next year.

Besides the sleep-tracking hook, the Nest Hub does pretty much all the other stuff you’d expect Google Assistant to do (answer search queries, control smart home devices, show recipes in the kitchen, etc.), whether we generally find more useful in this class of device than Amazon’s Alexa. The device’s built-in speakers, while not stunning in a vacuum, are improved enough over the first-gen model to make casual music or streaming podcasts non-aggravating. The 1024×600 resolution screen isn’t particularly sharp either, but it’s enough to get by on a 7-inch touchscreen. The hardware as a whole doesn’t draw too much attention on its own, and while you probably know where you stand when it comes to the privacy concerns inherent in all voice assistant-based devices, the Nest Hub omits any sort of built-in cameras, which might give you extra peace of mind.

In general, smart displays like the Nest Hub are still far from essential devices for most people, but if you think the conveniences they box providing might be worth it, it’s a good value for a well-rounded model. If you want a bigger smart display, note that the 10-inch Nest Hub Max is also on sale for a minimum of $170, though that model doesn’t come with sleep tracking functionality.

If you have no interest in leaving another Google device in your home, our roundup has plenty of other great deals. The Apple TV 4K could benefit from an upgrade in the coming months, but the current model is still perfectly capable of meeting most streaming needs, avoids the ad-laden user interfaces of cheaper platforms and pairs smoothly with other Apple devices. It’s currently discounted to $130, which is a bit above the all-time low we saw on Amazon Prime Day, but still marks a $50 reduction from Apple’s MSRP.

Beyond that, Amazon subsidiary Woot is taking $25 off select models of Nintendo’s Switch Lite console, Bose’s noise-canceling and super-comfortable QuietComfort 45 headphones are down to $279, and a number AMD Ryzen processors fell to new lows across Amazon and Newegg. For the latter, remember that AMD’s AM5 platform and upgraded Ryzen 7000 chips are right around the corner. But for those who want to keep an existing AM4-based PC a little more relevant on a budget, some of the discounted CPUs below, like the Ryzen 5 5600G with an integrated GPU, might still have their uses.

You can find these deals, plus discounts on Kindle Unlimited subscriptions, Tile trackers, LG TVs and other gear we love, in our full roundup below.

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Featured offers of the day

Google's second-generation Nest Hub.
Enlarge / Google’s second-generation Nest Hub.

Corey Gaskin

Electronic offers

Bose QuietComfort 45 noise canceling headphones.
Enlarge / Bose QuietComfort 45 noise canceling headphones.

Jeff Dunn

The Apple TV 4K with Apple's improved Siri Remote.
Enlarge / The Apple TV 4K with Apple’s improved Siri Remote.

Jeff Dunn

Deals on laptops and desktops

  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2 inch laptop (M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,749 ($1,915) on Amazon, Best Buy
  • Acer Swift 3 14 inch Laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 1080p, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $429 ($550) at Walmart
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6 Core/12 Thread Processor for $148 ($175) at Amazon, Newegg
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600 6 Core/12 Thread Processor for $150 ($185) at Newegg (use the code: W2BBU2637, $159 at Amazon)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 8 Core/16 Thread Processor for $235 ($285) at Newegg (use the code: W2BBU2636)
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 12 Core/24 Thread Processor for $359 ($390) at Amazon, Newegg, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16 Core/32 Thread Processor for $499 ($550) at Amazon, B&H
  • Adata XPG Gammix S70 Blade (1TB) Internal PCIe 4.0 SSD for $110 ($125) on Amazon
  • Crucial MX500 (500 GB) 2.5 inch SSD for $47 ($57) on Amazon ($7 coupon clip)
The screen of the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.
Enlarge / The screen of the 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro.

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Game offers

The Nintendo Switch Lite.
Enlarge / The Nintendo Switch Lite.

Video Game Deals

  • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) for $37 ($45) at Walmart, Best Buy
  • Metroid Dread (Switch, used) for $39 ($50) on GameStop
  • Bravely Default II (Switch) for $30 ($50) on Amazon, GameStop
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (PC, Xbox, PS4) for $20 ($25) on Xbox, PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • OlliOlli World (PC, Xbox, Switch) for $20 ($25) on Amazon, Humble, Xbox, Nintendo
  • Ori: the collection (PC, Xbox) for $12 ($20) on Xbox
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online – Complete Edition (PS5, PS4, PC) for $42 ($55) on PSN, Square Enix
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (DLC) for $28 ($40) on PSN, Square Enix
  • sleeper citizen (Xbox, Switch) for $16 ($20) on Xbox, Nintendo (XBL Gold only)
  • Bayonetta and Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle (Xbox) for $16 ($25) on Xbox
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox, PC) for $16 ($25) on Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • Batman: Arkham Collection (Xbox, PS4) for $9 ($20) on Xbox, PSN
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Enlarge / The imaginative platform game Super Mario Odyssey.

nintendo

  • The career (Xbox Series, PS5) for $47 ($70) on Xbox, PSN
  • The career (PS4, XB1, PC) for $40 ($60) on Amazon, PSN, Xbox, Steam
  • Mega Man 11 (Xbox, Switch) for $10 ($20) on Xbox, Nintendo
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection (Xbox, Switch) for $8 ($15) on Xbox, Nintendo
  • Mega Man 30th Anniversary Pack (PS4) for $30 ($45) on PSN
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) for $30 ($40) on PSN
  • Sifu (PS5, PS4, PC) for $32 ($40) on PSN, Epic
  • Stanley’s Parable: Ultra Deluxe (PS5, PS4) for $17 ($25) on PSN (PS Plus only)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) for $40 ($50) on PSN
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5, PS4, PC) for $24 ($35) on PSN, Epic
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition (PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($30) at Best Buy, GameStop
  • rally art (PS4) for $15 ($20) on PSN (also on Game Pass)
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Enlarge / The elegant puzzle Tetris Effect: Connected.

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