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Microsoft’s Surface Pro X with upgraded storage is $400 off

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One of today’s best deals is on Microsoft’s Surface Pro X, a tech product that’s only seen small price cuts. At Amazon and Best Buy, you can get a big discount on the upgraded model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’s down to $900 (usually $1,299). For context, the base model launched at $999, so getting the version with more storage for $100 less than that reads as a good deal to me.

The Surface Pro X has a 13-inch 3:2 aspect ratio display and features Microsoft’s custom SQ1 ARM-based processor and LTE compatibility. This model doesn’t include a Type Cover, and those currently cost an extra $100 or so at Amazon and the Microsoft Store. While this machine didn’t launch in the best state, mostly due to the many app incompatibility issues that Dieter Bohn encountered during his review, things have improved a bit since then. The Edge Chromium browser, for example, has added compatibility for ARM-based processors.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro

Several configurations of the 16-inch MacBook Pro are $200 off.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Also in laptop world, Best Buy is offering a $200 discount on Apple’s latest 16-inch MacBook Pro model for My Best Buy members. This is the best deal we’ve seen so far. To get this discount, you’ll need to sign up for a My Best Buy account. (If you already have a Best Buy login, you’ll all set.) That’s free to do and just requires submitting your email address.

Once you’re logged in, redeem the offer here. On the next page, make sure to click the discounted price next to “My Best Buy offer.” If that’s not showing up for you, you’ll need to apply the discount on the page that displays your shopping cart. I’ve attached a photo of what that should look like below.

Best Buy deal on the 16-inch MacBook Pro

Make sure to hit “apply” to get this discount added to your order.

Affinity Photo on iPad

Affinity Photo on the iPad. Today’s discount also loops in the macOS and Windows 10 versions.
Image: Affinity

Serif is once again offering a 50 percent discount on its Affinity Photo software for iPad, macOS, and Windows 10. The tablet version costs $10, while the desktop apps for macOS and Windows 10 cost $25 each. If you’re looking for an affordable yet fully featured alternative to Photoshop, this deal has your name on it. This software has native support for .PSD files and Photoshop plugins.

These savings extend to Serif’s Affinity Designer (more akin to Adobe Illustrator in terms of its features), which is also 50 percent off. The pricing structure matches that of Affinity Photo. It costs $10 on the iPad, and it’s $25 from the Windows Store for Windows 10 or the App Store on macOS.

Red Dead Redemption 2

A screenshot from Red Dead Redemption 2, one of the many games discounted at the Epic Games Store.

Epic Games’ Mega Sale on PC games is happening now, and everyone who has an Epic Games Store account gets a free $10 coupon to use on a purchase (so long as the game costs more than $15). You can use that coupon on several popular games, including Control, Red Dead Redemption 2, and many more.

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GOG’s summer sale discounts Prey, Metro Exodus, and many other DRM-free games

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GOG.com has kicked off its summer sale on DRM-free PC games, filled with deals on new and old titles. This sale lasts until June 15th. A few of the highlights include Metro Exodus for $20 and Prey: Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes the base game, its soundtrack, and the Mooncrash DLC for just $12. Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition is $22.50, which is an excellent price for such a huge game (and it supports cross-save with the Nintendo Switch version of the game).

In addition to discounting many more standalone games than we listed above, GOG is doing something interesting with this summer’s sale by letting you save even more on games that share a theme. For instance, buying three RPG titles or action games knocks an extra 5 percent off the already-discounted final cost, while getting five or more games takes 10 percent off. There are plenty of other bundles you can build that take advantage of that discount, ranging from games made by a single developer like Paradox, Devolver Digital, or Activision.

GOG is also using its summer sale celebration as an excuse to offer up a new demo of System Shock, the remake of the influential FPS game that’s currently in development. Also, Cyberpunk 2077 is not discounted, but if you wanted 100 percent of your purchase to support the developer, GOG is the place to buy it since it’s owned and operated by CD Projekt Group.

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The iPhone XS Max is $300 off at Woot

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Woot is offering the iPhone XS Max at its lowest price yet. You can pick up a new model in space gray with 64GB for $700. This is 30 percent off of its usual price, and if you’re keen on having the latest-generation iPhone, it’s a good way to save. The 2018 iPhone XS Max has a big 6.5-inch OLED screen, and it’s powered by the A12 Bionic processor. The version that Woot is selling is unlocked to work with any US carrier.

Woot also has the 256GB and 512GB configurations of the iPhone XS Max in space gray. If you want either silver or gold, the only option is the $900 512GB version of the phone, which is 33 percent off its regular price.

Also in the world of phone deals, Google’s Pixel 3A and 3A XL are up to $160 off. This deal lasts until late June, but I mention it here because I’ve noticed stock beginning to deplete from a few retailers. So, it’s worth mentioning again that the Pixel 3A is $120 off for a final price of $279, whereas the Pixel 3A XL has a bigger $160 discount that brings it down to $319. Now, for the links.

The skinny on both phones is that they can take pictures that look almost identical to ones shot from the Pixel 3 (in other words, very good), and they have the latest Android software.

Dragon Quest 11

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch is $15 off at Best Buy, bringing it down to $45. Switch games tend to keep hold of their full price for a long time, so it’s noteworthy in a way that this one is a little more affordable today. My colleague Sam Byford said in his review that it’s the best version of the game compared to the PS4 and PC versions simply because you can take it on the go. It also includes a bunch of exclusive features, like the ability to play through the entirety of the campaign in 2D mode.

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DJI’s Osmo Action camera is almost half off at Amazon

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Today’s deals are a mix of low-priced gadgets made even more affordable as well as some high-end products that don’t usually see a discount. The biggest price cut is on DJI’s Osmo Action 4K HDR camera. It usually costs $500, but today at Amazon, you can get it for $288. The price reduction is impressive, but what makes this deal extra special is that the camera comes with a 128GB microSD card and DJI’s Care Refresh service plan that allows up to two replacement units in one year.

Aukey Omnia

Aukey’s 65W Omnia charger with two USB-C ports.

Next is Aukey’s 65W Omnia GaN wall charger. Normally $50, it’s $38 over at Amazon if you check out with the offer code DETL5M4Y. This model features two USB-C ports, and it’s powerful enough to charge an iPad Pro and a phone, a laptop and a Nintendo Switch, and anything else that gets its charge through USB-C.

Apple iPad Pro

The 2018 iPad Pro sitting alongside the Apple Pencil.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Apple’s previous-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 256GB of storage is seeing the biggest price cut we’ve seen. At B&H Photo, you can pick it up for $899, which is $100 less than what other retailers are currently charging. The newer 2020 model in this size configuration and with this much storage costs $1,099. And aside from having more rear-facing cameras (three versus one), LIDAR functionality for improved AR, and a slightly more capable processor, they don’t differ all that much.

Blink Mini

Amazon’s Echo Show 5 includes this small Blink Mini home security cam for $75.
Photo by Cameron Faulkner / The Verge

Amazon is bundling the Echo Show 5 smart display with the new Blink Mini home security cam for $75. Outside of any deals, the display and the camera together would normally cost $125, so you’re saving $50 with today’s discount. The Blink Mini works with Alexa-powered devices, including the Echo Show 5, and you can summon a live view of what the camera sees right on the display.

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