Dealmaster: A bunch of Amazon Fire tablets are on sale today

EnlargeArs Technica

Headlining today's Dealmaster is a wide-ranging sale on Amazon's Fire tablets, with many of the iPad alternatives back down to the prices we saw on Black Friday. The offers include the Fire 7 for $35, the Fire HD 8 for $50, the Fire HD 10 for $100, and $40-50 off the more child-friendly Kids Edition variants of those slates.

We'd say the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 are your best bets here, as both come with actual HD screens and are generally faster than the ultra-cheap Fire 7. The latter now charges via USB-C, too.

That said, the usual caveats with Fire tablets still apply here: the so-so performance and plastic builds of these devices are decidedly inferior to anything you'd get with a modern iPad, you still have to deal with advertisements on the lock screen, and no Fire device comes with access to the Google Play Store by default (though it's still possible to install Google-made apps with a little extra work). The main reason to buy a Fire tablet is price: these are for people who only need a tablet for basic media consumption (or keeping their kids amused) and want to spend as little as possible on something competent. Viewed through that lens, the Fire lineup remains a good value.

If you're all set on the tablet front, though, we also have deals on gaming headsets and laptops, USB-C chargers, Eero Wi-Fi routers, and much more. Have a look at the full rundown below.

Dealmaster: An Ars newsletter

The Dealmaster has launched its very own newsletter! Sign up to receive a shorter, tightly curated list of the very best tech deals on the Web—no nonsense, direct to your inbox, and often before they make it to the Ars homepage. Sign Me Up!

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

Top 10 deals of the day

  • Amazon Fire HD 8 (16GB, ads) tablet for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $79.99).
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB, ads) tablet for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $149.99).
  • Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (32GB) tablet for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $129.99).
  • Eero (3-pack) mesh Wi-Fi system for $174 at Amazon (normally $249).
  • HyperX Cloud Stinger wired gaming headset for $34.99 at Amazon (normally $44.99).
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (XB1, digital code) for $29.99 at Amazon (normally $49.99).
  • Buy 2, get 1 free for various video games at Target.
  • Anker Premium 4-in-1 USB-C Hub – 3x USB 3.0, 60W USB-C PD for $16.99 at Amazon (clip $13 coupon – normally $29.99).
  • Aukey PB-Y13 USB-C portable battery – 18W USB-C PD, 2x USB-A, 37Wh for $20.99 at Amazon (use code: 5UST2ZYM – normally $29.99).
  • MSI GS75 Stealth-413 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 17.3-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for $1,419 at Amazon (normally $1,799.99).

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple MacBook Air (2019) – Intel Core i5-8210Y, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $899.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout – normally $999).
  • MSI GS75 Stealth-413 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 17.3-inch, 1080p, 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for $1,419 at Amazon (normally $1,799.99).
  • Apple MacBook Pro (late 2019) laptop – Intel Core i9-9880H, 16-inch 3072×1920, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, scissor keyboard for $2,499 at Amazon (normally $2,799).
  • HP Spectre x360 13t laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $729.99 at HP (normally $899.99).
  • Crucial MX500 (2TB) 2.5-inch internal SSD for $200.70 at Amazon (normally $219.99).
  • 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2717D monitor – 2560×1440, 60Hz, IPS for $269.99 at Dell (normally $299.99).

Video game deals

Gaming deals

TV and home entertainment deals

  • 65-inch Sony X900F (2018 model) 4K HDR LED TV + $300 Dell e-gift card for $1,098 at Dell (normally $1,398).
  • 65-inch Sony X950G (2019 model) 4K HDR LED TV for $1,398 at Amazon (normally $1,548).

Electronics deals