Wirecutter's best deals: Save $75 on Anker's Nebula Mars Lite projector

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ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Bookshelf Speakers

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Street price: $300; deal price: $240

We’re seeing this drop to $240 for the Debut 2.0 B6.2 at a few retailers, but it’s still a good discount on these bookshelf speakers that also offer the flexibility of having surround pieces in the same collection (so you can build out a surround system piecemeal if desired). They’re presently $60 cheaper than our top pick as well, making them a great value play. Also at Best Buy.

The ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 are the runner-up pick in our guide to the best bookshelf speakers for most stereos. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Chris Heinonen wrote, “If the Q Acoustics 3020i set is unavailable, the ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 pair is a close runner-up. The B6.2 speakers sound very similar to the 3020i pair; they deliver a bit more bass, but they have a slightly smaller soundstage and reveal less background detail. Also, the larger ELAC speakers take up more space and don’t look as nice. ELAC does offer matching add-on Atmos speakers, on-wall surround speakers, and center channels, so someone who is looking to build a home theater setup might prefer the flexibility that this pair offers.”

Anker Nebula Mars Lite Portable Projector

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Street price: $300; deal price: $224

If you don’t need built-in streaming apps and are planning to connect an external device to your mini projector via HDMI or USB port, the Nebula Mars Lite offers good image quality and a long battery life for a really reasonable price. Typically priced around $300, it’s on sale for $224, a significant discount. We haven’t seen a huge number of deals for this projector to this point, so if you want to take your movie night on the go, this is a good time to buy.

The Anker Nebula Mars Lite is the budget pick in our guide to the best portable mini projector. Wirecutter Editor Adrienne Maxwell and Associate Staff Writer Daniel Varghese wrote, “The Anker Nebula Mars Lite lacks some of the features that make the Mars II so easy to use in a variety of environments, including internal applications like Netflix and support for the smartphone control app. But if you plan to use your mini projector primarily with external sources like a computer, media streamer, Blu-ray player, or thumb drive, the Mars Lite offers surprisingly good image quality and long battery life at a much lower price than our other picks.”

Eufy BodySense Smart Scale

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Street price: $40; deal price: $30

Down to $30, this is a solid price for this recommended smart scale in the black color. We’ve typically posted deals for this scale with coupon codes in the past, but thankfully there’s no code to worry about this time. If you like the interactive nature of connected fitness devices, this is a great time to pick one up as it’s never too late for you or a loved one to follow through on your resolutions.

The Eufy BodySense Smart Scale is the top pick in our guide to the best smart scale. Shannon Palus and Melanie Pinola wrote, “If you want smart-scale features without spending a lot of money, the Eufy BodySense Smart Scale is easy to use and less than half the price of other smart scales we considered. We found the layout of the app easier to use than those of our other favorite smart scales, especially if you aren’t focused on losing weight. This scale can measure weights between 11 and 397 pounds and is accurate to four-tenths of a pound, and it comes with a 15-month warranty, which is on the longer side. The BodySense is also precise: I consistently got the same reading for my body weight several times in a row, even when I recalibrated the scale between readings.”

Kanex Foldable iDevice Stand 2-Pack

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Street price: $13; deal price: $10

The white color of this two pack of iPad stands is down to a new of $10 from a street price of $13, a great price for this color if you prefer it to the black and need a small and lightweight stand. The Kanex iDevice stand weighs less than one ounce, folds flat, offers three viewing angles, and has a surprisingly sturdy design. The black color has been down to this price for a few weeks and we’ve seen that color drop lower in the past, but this is the first time we’ve seen the white color this low.

The Kanex Foldable iDevice Stand is the best budget portable iPad stand in our guide to the best accessories for your iPhone and iPad. Dan Frakes wrote, “For portable use, it’s tough to beat Kanex’s Foldable iDevice Stand. Although this stand weighs less than an ounce and folds flat, it offers three angles and a surprisingly sturdy design. At the most extreme lean (63 degrees from horizontal), if you tap near the top of a full-size iPad’s screen (in portrait orientation), you get some wobble, but considering the stand’s size compared with an iPad’s height, that’s impressively stable. The Foldable iDevice Stand accommodates all but the thickest iPad cases, and it also works great with an iPhone for hands-free video watching or FaceTime calls—or with a Kindle or other e-reader.”

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Wirecutter's best deals: Save $30 on the Jabra Elite Active 65t wireless earbuds

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Jabra Elite Active 65t

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Street price: $190; deal price: $160

Down to $160 from a typical street price of $190, this is a solid deal on these IP56-rated water-resistant wireless earbuds. The lowest we’ve seen the Jabra Elite Active 65t in new condition to this point is $140, but that holiday deal was comparatively short-lived. If you’re willing to go with a refurb, you can save even more as the Jabra storefront on eBay has these available in refurbished condition with a 180 day warranty for $110.

The Jabra Elite Active 65t wireless earbuds are the the top pick in our guide to the best wireless workout headphones. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Lauren Dragan wrote, “We love the Jabra Elite Active 65t because this pair has everything we want in a set of workout headphones and then some. The earbuds are comfortable, they stay put during even the most high-impact moves, they’re very sweat-resistant, they have easy-to-use controls, they sound great, and they offer long enough battery life for even marathon exercise sessions. Even better, they sound clear on phone calls, charge quickly, and come with an impressive two-year warranty against sweat and dust.”

iClever IC-BS06 Outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet

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Street price: $28; deal price: $22

This recommended smart plug built for outdoor use is down to $22. While not the biggest drop we’ve seen, the street price has been hovering around $28, so it’s a nice opportunity to save and within a dollar of the low we’ve noted for it. If you have outdoor lighting or gear you’d like to control via smartphone, it’s a good option, especially at this price.

The iClever IC-BS06 Outdoor Wi-Fi outlet is our pick for outdoor smart outlet in our guide to the best plug-in smart outlet. Wirecutter Staff Writer Rachel Cericola wrote, “If you’re looking to extend your smart home to the outdoors, the iClever IC-BS06 smart plug is the way to go. This weatherproof device has the widest range of operating temperatures (–4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) of any outdoor smart outlet we tested. It has two outlets that you can control independently, and it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (but not Apple’s HomeKit or Siri). You can also control it manually or by voice within the outlet’s own smartphone app, or set on/off triggers based on time, local weather, and more.”

JBL Playlist Speaker

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Street price: $150; deal price: $130

The JBL Playlist is a great sounding Chromecast speaker that also supports Bluetooth, giving it flexibility for those with different connectivity needs. In our guide, we praise the Playlist for its comparative affordability and clean design. This speaker, which typically goes for $150, sees periodic sales at this $130 sale price but tends not to go lower. It’s available in blue, black, or white. Also available via B&H for the same price if that’s your preference.

The JBL Playlist is the top pick in our guide to the best Chromecast speaker. Wirecutter Staff Writer Brent Butterworth wrote, “For our listening panel, the JBL Playlist’s clearer, fuller sound made it the clear standout in its price range. Phil described the sound as having nice presence and ambience, with an even balance of bass, midrange, and treble. Lauren and I largely agreed; we felt that the JBL, although not without its sonic flaws, sounded more natural and spacious than almost all of its competitors. As Lauren put it, the Playlist is the best way to get pretty good sound in lots of rooms. Plus, its simple and elegant design, with easy-to-access control buttons, will fit into any room.”

FastSnail Joy-Con Grips

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Street price: $15; deal price: $10 with on-page coupon and code 9IWI9A27

If you own a Nintendo Switch and tend to play games with the Joy-Con in the horizontal orientation, this is a nice deal when you apply code 9IWI9A27 and clip the on-page coupon. The price of the Red and Blue grips drops to $10 in cart, and while unfortunately the code only works for that one color combination, it’s still a good opportunity to save.

The FastSnail Joy-Con Grips are the basic grips pick for individual Joy-Con use in our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories. The Wirecutter Staff wrote, “If you find playing with the Joy-Cons in a horizontal position difficult or uncomfortable due to their small size, adding a grip can help. The FastSnail Joy-Con Grips are the best we’ve found for average to large hands. The SL and SR buttons are big and located so that they fall directly under your index fingers while holding the grip; they feel a bit flimsy but are far better than trying to press the small buttons on the Joy-Con or on the included Joy-Con straps. The other grips we tested were smaller than the FastSnail, didn’t help with the tiny SL and SR buttons, and weren’t any easier or more comfortable to use than the controller on its own.”

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Wirecutter's best deals: Save $300 on Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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Sony STR-DH190 Stereo Receiver

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Street price: $150; deal price: $128

Down to $128 from a typical price of $150, this is a nice deal on a basic but comparatively feature-rich receiver. This model isn’t intended to be used as an AV surround option, but rather as a receiver meant for a stereo setup, potentially with a turntable for vinyl enthusiasts. As a result, this receiver includes a phono preamp, but also includes more modern features like Bluetooth that give it some versatility. At just under $130, this matches a previous deal we’ve seen for it.

The Sony STR-DH190 is the top pick in our guide to the best stereo receiver. Brent Butterworth wrote, “We picked the Sony STR-DH190 as the best stereo receiver because it offers the best mix of features and sound quality. With Bluetooth and a phono preamp on board plus a front input for portable devices, the STR-DH190 is a good fit whether you’re embracing the future or reveling in retro. Its sound quality is equal to that of the best models we tested, including the NAD integrated amp; in our blind tests, I picked it as my favorite, and none of the other panelists complained about the sound. Our measurements confirm that its power output is the highest of the bunch: 112 watts per channel into an 8-ohm load, 150 Wpc into a 4-ohm load (at 1 kHz, 0.5 percent total harmonic distortion, both channels driven). That means the STR-DH190 has enough power to drive almost any pair of speakers to very loud volumes.”

Nekteck PD 45W Type-C Car Charger

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Street price: $22; deal price: $19

If you’re looking for a car charger with a USB-C port, there still aren’t as many decent options as you might think. This deal drops one of those options under $20. This model is certified by the USB-IF and provides a USB-A port in addition to the C port. The USB-C port should allow for faster charging of mobile devices with the conveniently provided 3-foot cable.

The Nekteck PD 45W Type-C Car Charger is the USB-C phones and computers pick in our guide to the best USB car charger. Wirecutter Senior Staff Writer Nick Guy wrote, “The field of USB-C car chargers is still relatively small, but among the models we tested, Nekteck’s PD 45W Type-C Car Charger is the best for charging your phone or computer on the go. Its USB-C port and included cable can charge at up to 45 watts, suitable for pretty much any device (including most laptops), and its USB-A port supports 12-watt charging. We can’t guarantee it will work with every computer, as USB-C charging is never a sure bet, but in our tests it provided its promised charge rate, and it’s USB-IF certified.”

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2018)

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Street price: $2800; deal price: $2500

This recommended MacBook comes equipped with a 2.6 GHz 8th gen Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and Radeon Pro 560X dedicated graphics with 4 GB of memory. In our guide, we praise this laptop for the pinpoint color accuracy of its 2880×1800 screen. At $300 off, this isn’t a massive discount or the best price we’ve seen for it, but it’s a decent price for those seeking a laptop that can handle serious photo and video work. Also at B&H for the same price.

The Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2018) is the color-critical work Mac pick in our guide to the best laptops for photo and video editing. Wirecutter Staff Writer Justin Krajeski wrote, “If your workflow requires macOS, Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) is the best option. The newest MacBook offers solid performance and the best screen and trackpad of any laptop we’ve tested, and it’s the only one of our picks that’s technically accurate enough for video color grading and print production work out of the box. Although the MacBook Pro has a shallow keyboard, its battery lasted only 4 hours, 28 minutes, and it lacks legacy ports—which nearly half of the creative professionals we interviewed said was a disqualifying inconvenience—the 15-inch model is the only MacBook powerful enough for creative professionals.”

LectroFan White Noise Machine

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Street price: $45; deal price: $27 with on-page coupon

The LectroFan is back on sale again, this time with a new low price of $$27 for the black color and $29 for the white color when you clip the on-page $10 coupon. Typically we see sales between $35 and $40 with the rare sale in the low $30s. This is the first time we’ve seen this machine drop below $30. If you’re interested in a white noise machine to help you get better sleep, now’s a great time to buy.

The Lectrofan is the top pick in our guide to the best white noise machine. Wirecutter Research Editor Courtney Schley wrote, “We think the LectroFan by ASTI is the white noise machine you’ll want on your nightstand. Our testing showed that the LectroFan’s random, nonrepeating white noise settings allowed it to mask intruding noises as well as or better than the other machines in the group. It’s the second-smallest machine we tested, too, so you can pack it for travel in addition to using it at home. The LectroFan is also one of the easiest models to use, with a simple three-button interface to toggle among 10 random, nonrepeating white noise offerings and 30 volume settings in one of the widest volume ranges we found.”

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Wirecutter's best deals: Dell's G7 15 gaming laptop drops to $900

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Tribit X-Boom Bluetooth Speaker

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Street price: $70; deal price: $60 with code QMKKZ8T2

Down to $60 with code QMKKZ8T2, this is a solid $10 savings and the first deal we’ve seen for this rugged Bluetooth speaker. Offering great sound to go along with features like stereo pairing (if you have two), waterproofing, speakerphone, and a nine hour battery life, the X-Boom has many of the the qualities of a more expensive speaker even at full price, meaning this additional savings make it a great value.

The Tribit X-Boom is the top pick in our guide to the best portable Bluetooth speaker. Brent Butterworth wrote, “Eighty-two percent of Wirecutter readers say that good sound is their number-one priority in a Bluetooth speaker, and Tribit seems to have the same idea—because there’s nothing fancy about the Tribit X-Boom except the sound. Among the speakers in its price and size class, the X-Boom was the unanimous favorite in our blind test. Although it may not have a lot of bells and whistles, the X-Boom has the features that matter: It’s portable, it’s waterproof, and it has good battery life and Bluetooth range.”

Netgear Orbi RBK50 WiFi Mesh-Networking Kit

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Street price: $315; deal price: $260 with code EMCTVUE69

Down to $260 from a street price around $315 with code EMCTVUE69, this is a great deal on a kit we rarely see drop below $290. We saw this 2-piece mesh networking kit for $280 during Cyber Week, but it has popped back up to between $315 and $330 since. If you’re committed to fixing your internet in 2019, the Orbi RBK50 is a nice option at this price. We did note a refurb deal over last weekend for less, but this is a good opportunity to save on this kit in new condition.

The Netgear Orbi RBK50 is the top pick in our guide to the best WiFi mesh networking kits for most people. Jim Salter and Joel Santo Domingo wrote, “Netgear’s Orbi RBK50 is the best WiFi mesh kit for most people, because it covers all the bases in the simplest way. It ranked at or near the top of the pack for throughput in every location we tested in all three rounds of testing so far, and getting the best performance out of it required far less of our time and effort than most of the kits we tested. It’s easy to set up and use, it has all the advanced features you might expect in a high-end router, it has plenty of Ethernet ports, and, unlike most mesh kits, it still works without an Internet connection. It’s also one of the only kits we tested with a dedicated backhaul band—one reserved for communication between the router and the satellite unit. Netgear offers Orbi in several configurations from the cheaper, slower RBK30 to the powerful three-piece RBK53; we tested almost all of them, but feel that the original RBK50 offers the best value for the money.”

Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop

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Street price: $1080; deal price: $900

Available for $900, this is a nice drop on this budget gaming laptop option. This model, usually $1080, features a solid screen, keyboard, and a trackpad our testers liked. Spec-wise, it includes a GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics processor with 6 GB of dedicated memory, an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD.

The Dell G7 15 Gaming is the top pick in our guide to the best budget gaming laptop. Kimber Streams wrote, “The Dell G7 15 Gaming is the best gaming laptop for people on a budget. It has an excellent price-to-performance ratio, and its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics will play games on high to medium settings for years. The G7 keeps its most-touched surfaces and innards cool enough that the laptop stays comfortable to use during extended gaming sessions, and its screen, keyboard, and trackpad are all solid. It has impressive battery life (for a gaming laptop) too. But the G7 is a bit heavier than the competition, and its fans get distractingly loud during gaming sessions, so plan to use headphones.”

ViewSonic XG2402 Gaming Monitor

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Street price: $240; deal price: $216

We saw the ViewSonic XG2402 deeply discounted over Prime Day 2018, but we’ve only seen drops of any significance for it a handful of times since. For buyers in need of a Freesync monitor, the XG2402 offers solid value for those who can’t spend more than $250 or so and is less than half the price of our top gaming monitor pick. This deal at $216 shaves $4 off recent deals we’ve seen and is reflective of a small drop in street price to $240.

The ViewSonic XG2402 is the budget Freesync pick in our guide to the best gaming monitor. David Murphy wrote, “ViewSonic’s XG2402 is an incredibly inexpensive way to get adaptive synchronization for your FreeSync gaming desktop. Its default resolution of 1920×1080 is a decent fit for its 24-inch screen, but the amount of desktop space you get is just 56 percent of our primary pick’s. That said, the XG2402 is just $260 at the time of writing, less than half the price of our main pick, and it shares that pick’s connections and adjustable stand.”

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Wirecutter's best deals: Save $150 on the Apple MacBook Air (2018)

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Aukey Latitude EP-B40 Bluetooth Earbuds

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Street price: $27; deal price: $18 with code WCITQDNR

The Aukey Latitude EP-B40 earbuds are back down to $18 in black with code WCITQDNR, matching the lowest price we’ve seen in recent months. Recommended for casual gym use (or if you’re especially hard on earbuds and like to have a few backup pairs around the house), these comfortable yet inexpensive earbuds feature an 8-hour battery life. This is a solid recurring deal on an already budget-friendly option.

The Aukey Latitude EP-B40 earbuds are the budget pick in our guide to the best wireless workout headphones. Lauren Dragan wrote, “Comfortable for most people, durable, and backed with a two-year warranty, the Aukey Latitude EP-B40 bests everything else in its price range. These earbuds stay in place, they’re easy to use, and they sound decent, whereas other tested wireless workout headphones under $50 were uncomfortable, poorly built, or marred by piercing high-frequency ranges that made turning the volume up past 40 percent literally painful.”

Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)

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Street price: $40; deal price: $29

Down to $29, this is an excellent price and a rare drop under $30 for this already affordable coffee maker. While we saw sub-$30 pricing for it a couple times in 2017, such drops were much rarer for this model in 2018 with street prices often settling in the $40s. If you’re looking to get a decent cup of coffee but you’re on a budget, it’s a nice option.

The Hamilton Beach 12-Cup is the top pick in our guide to the best cheap coffee maker. Thais Wilson-Soler wrote, “A great cheap coffee maker should be easy to use and it should make decent coffee, and the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205) excels on both fronts. None of the testers in the Wirecutter test kitchen had issues figuring out how to brew a pot or how to program it to brew in the morning using the six-button interface. A removable water reservoir combined with a rotating base made it the easiest to fill as well. Flavorwise, it was bested only by our high-end coffee maker pick, the OXO On 9-Cup, which we brought in as a control (although the OXO beat it by a wide margin according to our tasting panel of expert roasters). To be clear, if you’re freshly grinding specialty coffee beans every morning, the Hamilton Beach isn’t for you. (You’ll get much more out of your expensive coffee if you use a pour-over setup or a high-end coffee maker.) But it’s perfect for people who just want a decent pot of joe in the morning with minimal fuss.”

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder

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Street price: $35; deal price: $30

It’s tax season, which makes it especially nice to see this recommended shredder fall to $30 from $35. Last week, we posted a slightly better deal at $28 but if you missed that price this is still a very viable discount. While we don’t recommend this model for people that do high-volume shredding, if you’re a casual user this is a good chance to save.

The AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder is the top pick in our guide to the best paper shredder. Séamus Bellamy and Makula Dunbar wrote, “If you occasionally use a shredder to safely dispose of bills, tax papers, checkbooks, credit cards, data discs, or other sensitive personal materials, we found that the AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Cross-Cut is your best bet. Most people don’t shred huge amounts of paper on a regular basis; they simply need something that can effectively and securely discard their personal information a few times per month. This AmazonBasics model works with minimal headaches. It’s impossible to jam if you use it as advised, you can push it to take 10 sheets of paper if you really want to, and it usually costs around $35. Given how seldom a shredder sees action, we think most people shouldn’t pay any more than the minimum amount for a reliable, competent device.”

MacBook Air (2018) 8GB RAM 256GB SSD

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Street price: $1400; deal price: $1250

The Apple MacBook Air (2018) with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD is down to $1,250 in all three colors. In our guide, we praise this laptop for its well-rounded feature set, making it a good general purpose device for Apple users. We’ve seen better prices on the 128GB SSD version and better values on a version that offered 16GB of RAM, but if these specs offer the right mix of performance and storage for you, it’s a solid price. Also available from B&H.

The MacBook Air is our pick for the best all-around option in our guide to the best MacBooks. Andrew Cunningham wrote, “The best Mac laptop for most people is the 2018 MacBook Air. It’s fast enough for the things that most people use a computer for—browsing, working on documents, and light photo editing—and it has an excellent high-resolution screen, a great trackpad, enough battery life to last most people through an eight-hour workday, and a (relatively) reasonable price. The Air’s main shortcomings are almost all shared by other modern Apple laptops: the low-travel keyboard, a small number of homogenous ports (in this case, two Thunderbolt 3 ports) that may require the use of USB-C hubs or new cables, and a high price relative to Windows laptops with similar performance and features. But the Air’s light weight, solid construction, and industry-leading support still make it a good laptop, especially if you also own an iPhone or other Apple devices.”

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