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Today, the Dealmaster's tech discount roundup is headlined by a deal on the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is currently down to $55. While this isn't the absolute lowest we've seen Nintendo's ergonomically friendly gamepad fall, it is the cheapest we've seen it in some time, as drops below $60 have been infrequent over the past year. The controller normally retails closer to its $70 MSRP. For reference, it only fell to $62 on Black Friday.

The Pro Controller itself is worth it if you frequently use the Switch docked to a TV. As we note in our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories, it's much more akin to an Xbox One controller than the Switch's default Joy-Cons, whose tiny buttons and joysticks can become uncomfortable over time. The Switch Pro pad should present no such issues—its face buttons and triggers are sized more appropriately for adult hands, its joysticks are tight and responsive, its textured handles give plenty of room to grip, and it has an actual d-pad. Its battery lasts around 40 hours on a charge, which is excellent, and it can pair with a gaming PC over Bluetooth. The only big downsides are that getting it to work with those PCs can require a little extra setup and that there's no headphone jack for hooking up a headset. Still, it's a massive upgrade for those who get lots of mileage out of Nintendo's console.

If you have no need for a better Switch gamepad, though, we also have a variety of deals on Switch console bundles, the latest Apple iPad, a deal that pairs an Echo Dot with a month of Amazon's Music Unlimited service for $1 extra, sales on various Anker accessories, a discount on Ars-approved board game Azul, and more. Check them all out in the full list below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The Apple Mac mini.
Enlarge / The Apple Mac mini.Valentina Palladino

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple Mac Mini (late 2018) desktop – Intel Core i3-8100B, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $679 at B&H (normally $799).
  • Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display (early 2019) all-in-one – 3.0GHz Intel Core i5-8500, 27-inch 5120×2880 IPS, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion, Radeon Pro 570X 4GB for $1,549 at B&H (available in 7-14 days – normally $1,799).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T490 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $749 at Lenovo (normally $999).
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $999 at Lenovo (normally $1,399).
  • Lenovo ThinkBook 13s laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $499 at Lenovo (normally $799).
  • Dell XPS Special Edition desktop – Intel Core i7-9700, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,199.99 at Dell (normally $1,599.99).
  • 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).
  • Asus Chromebook C425 laptop – Intel Core m3-8100Y, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $329 at Amazon (normally $389).
  • Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop – Intel Core i7-9750H, 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, GeForce RTX 2060 for $1,799.99 at Amazon (normally $1,999.99).
  • 27-inch Samsung CHG70 gaming monitor – 1440p, VA, 144Hz, FreeSync for $398.46 at Amazon (normally $439.99).
  • 24-inch Dell S2417DG gaming monitor – 1440p, TN, 165Hz, G-Sync for $249.99 at Best Buy (normally $319.99).

Video game deals

<em>Azul</em> in play—a two-player game in progress.
Enlarge / Azul in play—a two-player game in progress.

Gaming deals

TV and home entertainment deals

Samsung's T5 portable SSD.
Enlarge / Samsung's T5 portable SSD.Valentina Palladino

Electronics deals

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