I know Saturdays are usually meant for sleeping in, but I hope you’re not sleeping on this round of deals. Drop has a very special offer on its exclusive collection of MT3 profile keys for Cherry style mechanical keyboards. You can buy two basic or ortholinear sets of keycaps and get them for the price of one when you use code MT3FREE until Sunday 20 February. That may sound like a hodgepodge of confusing jargon to the uninitiated of the mechanical keyboard, but that’s okay because we’re here to help people both learn and save.
Drop’s signature MT3 keys have a deeply scalloped contour that allows your fingers to rest gently as you type. They fit most Cherry MX keyboard switches – the most commonly used type out there – and they are made of high quality ABS or PBT plastic. Designed by Matt3o, they come in a variety of funky colorways ranging from a touch of retro to futuristic. This deal is exclusive to the basic kits (the QWERTY layouts you’re used to seeing) and ortholinear kits (highly specialized boards with keys in an even grid), with prices ranging from $110 to $130 per set.
Since Drop has the exclusive rights to the MT3 tooling, there are no counterfeits or counterfeits to get rid of them, but they are also much easier to obtain compared to keycaps sold in group buys that can take months to deliver. Some of these MT3 keycaps are already sold out on Drop, but if you hurry, you can still get your hands on some cool sets with this offer and essentially save 50 percent.
Now for a deal that isn’t just for us keyboard buffs. Apple’s latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, which has been a bona fide hit with content creators and power users alike, is now available for $2,299 on Amazon and Best Buy. That’s $200 off the super-sized, base model, which comes equipped with the M1 Pro 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16GB of memory and 512GB of SSD storage. The larger MacBook Pro is ideal for photo and video editing, given its excellent display and blazing-fast performance, especially when using native Apple apps like Final Cut X. The screen may have a polarizing notch on the top, but with great hardware underneath. hood and a wealth of useful ports, it’s easier to overlook. Read our review†
As for speed and performance, Samsung’s 1TB PCIe 4.0-ready 980 Pro is currently on sale for $169.99, complete with a heatsink, at Best Buy and Amazon. This M.2 SSD is fast enough for a serious PC or even the PlayStation 5, and right now it’s $80 off its regular price of $249.99. If you don’t need the heatsink – a requirement for the PS5 – the price is even lower at Amazon, where you can pick it up right now for $149.99, the second best price yet. While there are certainly larger configurations available, this robust drive should hold a decent amount of games, effectively doubling your PS5’s storage capacity.
If you’re into PC gaming, or just want a high-quality mouse that doesn’t look like a UFO about to take off from your desk, the Logitech G Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse is now on sale at Amazon and GameStop. at $77.99, an all-time low. This lightweight mouse was developed with esports in mind, but you’d never guess it just by looking at its sleek, true two-handed design. That’s because it can easily be paired with just about any desk setup without being overbearing or ostentatious, which is a common feature of many gaming-focused peripherals.
There’s a newer model of this mouse — the Logitech G Pro X Superlight, which is currently on sale on Amazon for $149 — but it costs nearly double the retail price of the last-generation G Pro. Luckily, you can’t go wrong with the original model.
Microsoft’s Xbox stereo headset is already an affordable value proposition at the full price of $59.99, but it’s a steal right now as it’s currently available for around $46 at Amazon, Microsoft, Target, and Best Buy. This headset has a lot in common with the more expensive Xbox wireless headset – it’s just wired with a 3.5mm cable. That same wire makes it compatible with just about anything that uses a headphone jack, including non-Xbox consoles like the PS5 and Nintendo Switch. We see these dropping in price every now and then, and they’re worth checking out if you want a no-nonsense gaming headset that delivers on the essentials. Read our review†
The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller, another gaming favorite of ours, has bounced back to an all-time low of $139.99 ($40 off) at GameStop and Walmart. The Elite Series 2’s excellence comes from its myriad of customization options, which allow you to fine-tune how the controller feels with an interchangeable D-pad and thumbsticks. The optional paddle buttons on the back can also be assigned to any function you want, giving you an edge in first-person shooters and other games where it’s essential to keep both thumbs on the sticks at all times. Read our review†
Some more deals not to snooze with
- One of Intel’s 12th Gen Core i7 desktop CPUs is now discounted on Amazon. The Intel 12700KF costs $350.98 (about $39 off, requires a discrete GPU to use).
- Horis ZeldaThemed D-Pad Controller for the Nintendo Switch costs $19.99 ($5 off) at Amazon. The Joy-Con replacement lacks motion controls, wireless connectivity and HD rumble support, but makes up for it with better functionality when playing games in handheld mode thanks to an integrated D-Pad. Read our review†
- Another excellent ergonomic upgrade for the Switch, PowerA’s Joy-Con Comfort Grip is just $9.88 ($5.11 off) in red or black at Amazon. These grips offer more comfort than Nintendo’s first-party offerings (and for a lot less money).
- HyperX’s CloudX is currently on sale on Amazon for $44.99 ($25 off), the second best price yet. The comfortable gaming headset’s in-line volume controls may not be as hip as the swivel earcup on the Xbox headset mentioned above, but it offers larger 50mm drivers, a detachable microphone and a wired 3.5mm connection for use with any console.
- You can buy a refurbished 128GB Oculus Quest 2 for $249 ($50 off) right now from a reputable seller on eBay, one with a 99 percent positivity rating. The virtual reality headset also comes in like-new condition with a two-year warranty through Allstate. Read our review†