Today’s best deals: Apple iPad Mini, Eufy security cameras, and more


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 discount at Best Buy that brings Apple’s iPad Mini down to $400. While this deal is only around $25-$30 lower than the 8.3-inch tablet’s average price on Amazon over the last couple of months, it’s still $100 off Apple’s MSRP, and it matches the lowest price we’ve tracked.

We gave the Mini a positive review when it launched last September. It’s still a somewhat niche device, in that you really have to find value in owning a small tablet, and not just a larger phone, for it to be worth it. The iPad Air and iPad Pro models have faster M1 SoCs and bigger displays better suited to productivity, while the 10.2-inch iPad still provides the essentials at a lower price, even if its design is dated by comparison. We wish the base model here had more than 64GB of storage, too. But if the idea of ​​a one-handed tablet for reading, watching videos, Apple Pencil doodling, and doing other iPad things is specifically what you’re after, the iPad Mini is still the best one of those. Its A15 chip remains plenty performant for mainstream tasks, its display is accurate, and its iPad Air-like redesign, complete with squared edges and a USB-C port, makes better use of its available space.

It’s worth noting that the previous-gen iPad Mini started at $399, but this newer model is a fairly significant upgrade all the same. If you want cellular connectivity, meanwhile, the model that supports that is on sale for $550, which also matches the lowest price we’ve seen. There’s a chance Apple introduces a new iPad Mini later this year, too, potentially with the M1 chip, though we haven’t seen many reports suggesting as much (unlike other Apple products), and any new model is unlikely to reach this deal price soon after launch.

Besides that, we also have a solid discount on Eufy’s Solo IndoorCam C24, an indoor security camera we recommend that continues to provide sharp 2K-resolution video, multiple recording options, and solid motion and sound detection at a very low cost. It’s currently discounted to $30 with an on-page coupon, which is about $10 off its usual going rate. Elsewhere, our roundup includes a joint-low on the Ars-approved VR adventure Half Life: Alyx, a handful of standout deals from Sony’s latest PlayStation Summer Sale, more lower-than-usual prices on a Microsoft wireless mouse we like, high-end PCIe 4.0 SSDs for your PS5 or PC, and more. You can find our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

Eufy's Solo IndoorCam C24.
Enlarge / Eufy’s Solo IndoorCam C24.

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Electronics deals

The 6th-generation iPad mini.
Enlarge / The 6th-generation iPad mini.

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Laptop and desktop PC deals

The Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse.
Enlarge / The Microsoft Surface Mobile Mouse.

Jeff Dunn

Video game deals

  • Sifu (PS5, PS4, PC) for $32 ($40) at PSN, Epic
  • The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (PS5, PS4) for $17 ($25) at PSN (PS Plus only)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) for $40 ($50) at PSN
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) for $30 ($40) at PSN
  • The Quarry (PS4, XB1, PC) for $40 ($60) at Amazon, PSN, Xbox, Steam
  • The Quarry (Xbox Series, PS5) for $47 ($70) at Xbox, PSN
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online – Complete Edition (PS5, PS4, PC) for $42 ($55) at PSN, Square Enix
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($45) at PSN
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (PS4) for $4 ($15) at PSN (Xbox for $6)
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Enlarge / The comedic, meta-obsessed story game The Stanley Parable.

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  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PS5, PS4, PC) for $24 ($35) at PSN, Epic
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed (PS5, PS4) for $15 ($35) at PSN (Xbox for $20)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (PS5, Xbox) for $25 ($30) at Amazon, Best Buy (also on Game Pass)
  • Mega Man 30th Anniversary Bundle (PS4) for $30 ($45) at PSN
  • Mega Man 11 (Xbox, Switch) for $10 ($20) at Xbox, Nintendo
  • Mega Man X Legacy Collection (Xbox, Switch) for $8 ($15) at Xbox, Nintendo
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox, PC) for $16 ($25) at Xbox (also at Game Pass)
  • Batman: Arkham Collection (Xbox, PS4) for $9 ($20) at Xbox, PSN
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Enlarge / The tense VR-only adventure Half Life: Alyx.


  • Half Life: Alyx (PC, VR) for $30 ($50) at Steam
  • Superhot VR (PC, VR) for $10 ($15) at Humble, Steam
  • Stardew Valley (PC) for $9 ($14) at GOG (also on Game Pass)
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Switch) for $60 ($80) at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop
  • Guacamelee! 2 Full (Switch) for $6 ($15) at Nintendo
  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Switch) for $40 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • MLB The Show 22 (Switch) for $30 ($45) at Target, Best Buy, Nintendo (also on Game Pass)
  • Bravely Default II (Switch) for $30 ($50) at Amazon, GameStop
  • What the Dub?! (Switch) for $4 ($8) at Nintendo
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Enlarge / Jaipur is a board game we particularly like for two-player game nights.


Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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