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Today’s best deals: Anker noise-cancelling headphones, USB-C chargers, and more

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a strong discount on Anker’s Soundcore Life Q30, with the wireless noise-cancelling headphones currently down to $60 as part of a one-day Amazon sale. That’s $20 off their normal rate, and it matches the price we saw during Amazon’s Prime Day sales event earlier this year. It’s also within $5 of their all-time low.

We continue to recommend the Soundcore Life Q30 as a great value for those who can’t spend more than $100 on wireless noise-cancelling headphones. To be clear, they can’t match the best options from Apple, Sony, and Bose regarding raw noise-cancelling strength, and their default sound profile is far more bass-boosted by comparison. But no wireless headphone under $100 is without compromises. For $60, the Q30s’ active noise cancellation is still good enough to be useful on a flight or in the office. The headphones get a tremendous 40-ish hours of battery life, too, and their lightweight, cushy design means they’re not a strain to wear for hours at a time. Plus, you can tweak that bass-heavy sound to something more neutral through an EQ tool in Anker’s companion app. The app also lets you swap between three different levels of ANC strength depending on your surroundings.

Anker released a few refreshes to this pair since it launched, and while those are also good, they’re either only a marginal upgrade (as with the Soundcore Life Q35) or too expensive (as with the new $150 Soundcore Space Q45) to really it competes with the Q30 in terms of pure value. You should still spring for something like Sony’s WH-1000XM4 or XM5, Apple’s AirPods Max, or Bose’s QuietComfort 45 if you can afford them, but if you want to stay on a budget, the Q30s get enough right for the money to be worthwhile.

If you don’t need a new set of headphones, though, we also have lower-than-usual prices on a handful of USB-C wall chargers we like, LG’s C2 OLED TV, HBO Max and Disney+ subscriptions, a handful of MacBooks , and more. You can check out our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

Anker's Soundcore Life Q30 noise-canceling headphones.
extend / Anker’s Soundcore Life Q30 noise-canceling headphones.

Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

  • Anker Soundcore Life Q30 wireless ANC headphones for $60 ($80) at Amazon
  • Apple AirPods Max wireless ANC headphones for $429 ($470) at Amazon
  • Apple iPad (64GB) 10.2-inch tablet for $280 ($305) at Target, Amazon
  • Sony MDR-7506 wired headphones for $79 ($89) at Amazon, B&H
  • Sennheiser HD 600 wired open-back headphones for $299 ($350) at Amazon, Target
  • SanDisk Extreme V2 portable SSD for $200 ($230) at Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart
  • One by Wacom (small) drawing tablet for $40 ($48) at Amazon, B&H
  • LG C2 (2022) 48-inch 4K OLED TV + $125 gift card for $1,296 ($1,475) at Newegg (GC expires after 6 mo.)
  • Sony X91J (2021) 85-inch 4K LED TV for $1,798 ($2,450) at Amazon
  • Hisense U6H (2022) 55-inch 4K LED TV for $400 ($430) at Amazon
  • Hisense U6G (2021) 65-inch 4K LED TV for $440 ($540) at Best Buy
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Samuel Axon

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Air (2022, Midnight) 13.6-inch laptop (Apple M2, 2560×1664, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,099 ($1,199) at Amazon, B&H
  • HP Omen 30L desktop gaming PC (Ryzen 7 5800X, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 3080 GPU) for $1,300 ($1,800) at Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,599 ($1,850) at Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,100 ($2,250) at Amazon, Best Buy (discount in cart)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch tablet PC (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) + Surface Pro Keyboard for $900 ($1,025) at Microsoft
  • Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 12.4-inch laptop (Core i5-1135G7, 1536×1024, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) for $600 ($685) at Walmart
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extend / It won’t be quite as nice as building your own rig, but if you want the simplicity of a pre-built gaming PC, HP’s Omen 30L (right) is a fine choice based on our past testing.

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  • Gigabyte Eagle OC GeForce RTX 3060 (12GB GDDR6) GPU + Gigabyte G24F 2 24-inch gaming monitor (1080p, IPS, 180 Hz, FreeSync) for $400 ($540) at Newegg
  • ViewSonic Elite XG270Q 27-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 165 Hz, G-Sync) for $260 ($375) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • Gigabyte M28U 28-inch gaming monitor (3840×2160, IPS, 144 Hz, VRR) for $480 ($540) at Amazon, Newegg
  • Gigabyte M32QC 31.5-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, VA, 165 Hz, VRR) for $230 ($305) at Amazon, Newegg
  • Gigabyte M32Q 32-inch gaming monitor (2560×1440, IPS, 170 Hz, VRR) for $300 ($390) at Amazon, B&H, Newegg
  • Corsair Vengeance DDR5 32GB (2x16GB) 5600MHz RAM for $160 ($200) at Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg
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Video game deals

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox, PC) for $16 ($25) on Xbox, Steam (also on Game Pass)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – GOTY Edition (Xbox, PC) for $10 ($15) on Xbox, GOG, Steam
  • Ori: The Collection (Xbox, PC) for $12 ($25) at Xbox ($13 on Steam, also on Game Pass)
  • Rare Replay (Xbox) for $7 ($15) on Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • Mega Man 30th Anniversary Bundle (Xbox) for $30 ($40) on Xbox
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection (Xbox) for $16 ($25) on Xbox (also on Game Pass)
  • Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Xbox, PS4) for $4 ($10) at Xbox, PSN
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (PS4) for $20 ($25) at PSN (also on Game Pass)
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5, PS4) for $25 ($40) at PSN
  • The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (PS5, PS4) for $17 ($25) at PSN
  • Hades (PS5, PS4) for $17 ($22) at PSN
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition (PS4) for $6 ($12) at PSN (PS Plus only, also on Game Pass)
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 (PS4) for $4 ($10) at PSN (PS Plus only)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (PS4) for $4 ($15) at PSN
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extend / Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Game and Watch handheld puts three classics (The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Linkand Link’s Awakening) in a miniature, retro-style handheld that can also double as a Zelda– themed clock.

Jeff Dunn

Gaming deals

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extend / The first-gen (left) and second-gen (right) Apple Pencil styluses. The former is for the base iPad and various older models, while the latter is compatible with newer iPad Pros and iPad Airs, as well as the latest iPad Mini.

Samuel Axon

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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