Today’s best deals: Sonos speakers, Google Chromecast, and more

Today’s best deals: Sonos speakers, Google Chromecast, and more

Ars Technica

It’s Wednesday, which means the time has come for another dispatch from the Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a couple of rare discounts on Sonos speakers, with the Sonos Move and Sonos Roam currently down to $319 and $143, respectively. Both discounts mark the lowest price we’ve tracked for each portable speaker. Normally, the Move retails for $399, while the Roam goes for $179.

We do not see discounts from Sonos very often, especially outside of the holiday season. Typically, the best way to save on the company’s devices has been to go through its certified refurbished shop, but these deals effectively match the prices you’d get for a pre-owned model. The offers are available through Sonos’ own website and various third-party retailers. Sonos says they’ll last through June 12.

We’ve recommended the Move in past buying guides, and of the two devices on sale, it’s still the better option for most. It’s bigger and pricier, but its beefier size allows it to pump out a fuller sound than most of its wireless peers—despite the fact that it’s technically a mono speaker. Like most Sonos devices, it has a clean and well-balanced sound profile that’s rich in detail. Bass response is strong for the category as well, though you won’t get too much in the way of deep sub-bass by default. The speaker can connect over both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—albeit not simultaneously—and has a convenient cutout on its back that makes it easier to carry around and outside of the house. It can charge over USB-C or an included charging dock, and its battery lasts about 10 hours per go. It’s IP56-rated, too, so it can withstand splashes of water.
The Move is a big boy, though, weighing in at a hefty 6.6 pounds and measuring nearly 10 inches tall. If you want a Sonos speaker and prioritize actual portability, the Roam might be a better choice. Its far more compact frame means it doesn’t sound nearly as impressive as the Move, and since it’s another mono-only speaker, there are cheaper Bluetooth speakers that outperform it as well. But it still offers a neutral and pleasant sound on the whole, works over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and at less than 7 inches long and 0.95 lbs, it’s far easier to pop in a bag and carry around than the Move. It’s also fully waterproof, with an IP67 rating. Battery life is subpar, though, typically only lasting around five or six hours per charge.
The real reason to get the Move or Roam, though, is because it slots neatly into a connected Sonos system you either already have or plan to start. Both speakers have all the conveniences typically offered with Sonos devices: they can all easily pair with one another in a whole-home setup; they support a wide range of streaming services, all of which are (relatively) easy to access through the Sonos app; they support Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol and voice assistants like Alexa and the Google Assistant; they utilize Sonos’ “TruePlay” feature to automatically balance and correct their sound for their current environment, and so on. Getting all of this comes at a premium—and the company has previously gotten flak for cutting off new features from its oldest devices—but if you’re already on board and want a portable device to slot into an existing Sonos setup, the Move and Roam are your two choices. These deals should make that premium a little more manageable.

If you don’t want to hop aboard the Sonos train, though, our roundup also has a $10 discount on the recommended Google Chromecast with Google TV, the best deals we could find from a recently launched Summer Sale at PC gaming storefront GOG, lower-than-usual prices on board games, SSDs, and Sony noise-canceling earphones we like, and much more. You can find our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

  • Sonos Move portable home speaker for $319 ($399) at Sonos, Best Buy, Adorama
  • Sonos Roam portable speaker for $143 ($179) at Sonos, Target, Best Buy
  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media streamer for $40 ($50) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Nintendo Switch Online 12-Month Family Membership + SanDisk MicroSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch (128GB, U3) for $35 ($56) at Amazon (bundle in cart)
  • Betrayal at the House on the Hill board game for $20 ($32) at Amazon
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $93 ($110) at Amazon (2TB for $179)
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless ANC earphones for $228 ($265) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Psychonauts 2 (PC) for $30 ($40) at GOG (also on Game Pass)
  • Metal Gear Solid (PC) for $7 ($10) at GOG
  • Intel Core i7-12700KF 12-core/20-thread desktop CPU for $324 ($365) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Amazon Echo Dot (2-pack) smart speaker for $55 ($80) at Amazon, Best Buy (use code: FDDOT)
  • Dune (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital) for $14 ($27) at Amazon, Best Buy
The Sonos Move is a full-sounding wireless speaker that works over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Enlarge / The Sonos Move is a full-sounding wireless speaker that works over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Jeff Dunn

Electronics deals

  • Sonos Move portable home speaker for $319 ($399) at Sonos, Best Buy, Adorama
  • Sonos Roam portable speaker for $143 ($179) at Sonos, Target, Best Buy
  • Sonos One SL (refurb) smart home speaker for $159 ($199) at Sonos
  • Apple Watch SE (44 mm) smartwatch for $229 ($265) at Walmart
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41 mm, Green) smartwatch for $300 ($345) at Amazon
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm) smartwatch for $359 ($385) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Apple Watch SE (44 mm) smartwatch for $229 ($265) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Apple AirPods (3rd gen) true wireless earbuds for $150 ($165) at Amazon, Target, Walmart
exceptional active noise cancelation in a fully wireless design.”>Sony's WF-1000XM4 offer exceptional active noise cancelation in a fully wireless design.
Enlarge / Sony’s WF-1000XM4 offer exceptional active noise cancelation in a fully wireless design.
  • Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless ANC earphones for $228 ($265) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Amazon Echo Dot (2-pack) smart speaker for $55 ($80) at Amazon, Best Buy (use code: FDDOT)
  • Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) smart display for $60 ($90) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Google Nest Thermostat smart thermostat for $100 ($120) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Bose QuietComfort 45 wireless ANC headphones for $279 ($310) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
  • Fitbit Versa 3 activity tracker for $168 ($200) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Fitbit Luxe activity tracker for $90 ($115) at Amazon
  • WD My Passport (1TB) portable SSD for $117 ($130) at Amazon, Best Buy
Google's Nest Thermostat is a good smart thermostat for those on a budget, though it doesn't work with remote temperature sensors or learn your home's heating and cooling schedule like Nest's pricier model.
Enlarge / Google’s Nest Thermostat is a good smart thermostat for those on a budget, though it doesn’t work with remote temperature sensors or learn your home’s heating and cooling schedule like Nest’s pricier model.
  • iRobot Roomba i3 Evo robot vacuum for $249 ($290) at Amazon, Target, iRobot
  • iRobot Roomba i3+ Evo robot vacuum + self-emptying dock for $399 ($480) at Amazon, Target, iRobot
  • iRobot Roomba j7+ robot vacuum + self-emptying dock for $599 ($740) at Amazon, Target, iRobot
  • iRobot Braava Jet M6 robot mop for $349 ($385) at Amazon, Target, iRobot
  • Eufy RoboVac 11S robot vacuum for $140 ($175) at Amazon
  • Garmin Forerunner 245 GPS running watch for $225 ($275) at Amazon, Target, Garmin
  • Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2 1080p dashcam for $110 ($130) at Garmin, Amazon, Best Buy

 
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Enlarge / Our guide names the Apple Watch Series 7 the best smartwatch you can buy.

Corey Gaskin

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Gigabyte Aorus 15P KD 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Core i7-11800H, 1080p 240Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 3060 6GB) for $1,199 ($1,340) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Apple Mac Mini (Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $570 ($660) at Amazon (discount in cart)
  • Intel Core i7-12700KF 12-core/20-thread desktop CPU for $324 ($365) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $93 ($110) at Amazon (2TB for $179)
  • ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade (2TB) PCIe 4.0 internal SSD for $200 ($240) at Amazon
  • Samsung 980 Pro (2TB) PCIe 4.0 internal SSD for $255 ($290) at Newegg (use code: SSBT824)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core/16-thread desktop processor for $310 ($340) at Amazon, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core/12-thread desktop processor for $200 ($230) at Amazon, B&H
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-core/12-thread desktop CPU for $165 ($205) at Amazon
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Enlarge / The Mac Mini. Just note that a model using Apple’s brand-new M2 chip will likely arrive at some point in the future.

Samuel Axon

TV and home entertainment deals

  • Google Chromecast with Google TV 4K media streamer for $40 ($50) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart
  • Dune (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital) for $14 ($27) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • The Matrix: 4-Film Deja Vu Collection (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital) for $60 ($75) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Hisense U8G (2021) 65-inch 4K LED TV for $850 ($1,000) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • LG C1 (2021) 55-inch 4K OLED TV for $1,097 ($1,275) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy
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Enlarge / The Google Chromecast with Google TV is our top pick among affordable 4K streamers.

Jeff Dunn

Gaming deals

Microsoft's Xbox Series S (left) and Xbox Series X (right).
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Xbox Series S (left) and Xbox Series X (right).
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Enlarge / Psychonauts 2 topped our list of the best games of 2021.

Video game deals

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Enlarge / GOG’s latest Summer Sale has brought genuine discounts on a number of classic games that still (mostly) hold up today, such as the original Metal Gear Solid.

Konami

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Enlarge / The popular farming sim Stardew Valley.

ConcernedApe

  • God of War (PS4) for free ($15) at PSN (PS Plus required)
  • Tales of Arise (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($35) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Nier Replicant Ver.1.22474487139… (PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($35) at Amazon, Walmart
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) for $40 ($60) at Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) for $30 ($50) at Amazon, Target, PSN (PS4 bundle for $20)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade (PS5) for $40 ($50) at Amazon, PSN
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5, PS4) for $30 ($45) at Target, Best Buy, PSN
  • Final Fantasy XIV – Complete Edition (PS5, PS4) for $42 ($60) at PSN
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (PS5, PC) for $30 ($55) at PSN, Epic (use 25 percent-off coupon)
  • MLB The Show 22 (PS5, Xbox Series) for $50 ($65) at Target, Best Buy, Walmart (also on Game Pass)
  • Celeste (PS4, PC) for $5 ($15) at PSN, Humble, Epic
  • Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale for select video games at GameStop
Apple's MagSafe wireless charger attached to an iPhone 12.
Enlarge / Apple’s MagSafe wireless charger attached to an iPhone 12.

Samuel Axon

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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