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Top weekend deals: New iPads already on sale, save 50% on HBO Max and more

Here's a quick roundup of the best deals we're seeing right now.

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Robin Mosley (she/her) formerly wrote commerce deals for CNET about beauty, fashion and other essential gear. Before that, she freelanced for Healthline, Simply Recipes and Nerd Street. She is a Chicago native living on the East Coast who is a fan of all things beauty, food, gaming and tech. When she isn't writing, she's at a restaurant, shopping online or making YouTube gaming videos.
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See at HBO Max
Save 50% on 6 months of HBO Max
For new and returning customers
$300 at Amazon
Apple Event new iPad price
iPad 2021 already on sale
Save $29
$38 at Amazon
SoundPeats Air 3 earbuds
Save 25%
$300 at Tacklife
Tacklife portable battery generator
Save $200

Welcome to the last official weekend of the summer. Autumn may not be here yet, but great deals already are. We've pulled together some of the best sales of this past week that you may have missed, including a great deal on HBO Max for new and returning customers (just in time for next month's Dune premiere). There are even some price cuts on the brand new iPad. Let's dive right into these deals, shall we?

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What's not to love about streaming? If you're like me, the best part is dedicating hours at a time on marathoning a show. If you've been going back and forth on getting a HBO Max subscription and couldn't justify the price, you're in luck! HBO Max is giving new and returning subscribers 50% off the $15 monthly ad-free subscription, making the new price $7.49. This deal lasts for six months and the offer ends Sept. 26. Here's what you can get this this subscription: 

  • Access to major 2021 Warner Bros. movies the same day the hit theaters
  • Exclusive content for children like Sesame Street
  • No ads and access to offline content via downloads
  • 4K Ultra HD (for select movies)
  • Up to five user profiles



The new iPad and iPad Mini were announced last Tuesday, and they're not even available until Friday, Sept. 24. But they're both already on sale: The new Mini is $40 off, and the new 2021 iPad is $30 off at Amazon, Walmart and some other retailers. Yes, that $30 discount on the 10.2-inch baseline iPad pretty much matches the street price of the 2020 model, but now you're getting a faster processor and twice the storage (64GB vs. 32GB).

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Battery Life Rated up to 5 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint NoHeadphone Type Wireless earbudsWater-Resistant Yes (IPX5 -- protection against low-pressure water streams)

The SoundPeats Air 3 is smaller than both the TrueAir 2 case and the Apple AirPods case. The sound quality is pretty good, but you'll want to make sure that you keep them at a decent volume because at higher levels, you may have a bit of distortion. Otherwise, these earbuds perform well with music and when you're making calls. At $50, they're great, but they're even better at $37.49 with the 10% Amazon code and our CNET-exclusive code 4KWPTXXK for an additional 15% off.


Whether you're a camper or a person who has frequent power outages, this Tacklife portable battery generator has your back. Instead of a noisy gas generator, this model includes a 500Wh lithium battery to silently power or juice up your key gadgets -- and it can even be recharged via a solar panel, to boot. You can grab this generator on Tacklfe's site for $300 (40% off) with the offer code CNETTK08.