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It's Labor Day! If you've got the day off work, I hope you're having a good time. Whether you're on the clock or not, though, there are quite a few decent sales floating around. Here are some of our favorite bargains we've seen this year.
Chromebooks have proven to be terrific machines for students — or really, just about anyone working from home these days. Chromebooks have seen tremendous sales over the past year, with whopping 275% year-on-year growth in the first quarter of 2021. While growth has now slowed, Chromebook sales continue to do strongly in Q2 2021.
Laptops powered by Google's nifty Chrome OS have proven to be great machines for students or just about anyone looking for a reliable and affordable laptop for day-to-day computing needs. The incredible growth witnessed by the Chromebook market in Q3 2020 is a testament to their usefulness in a world that's been rattled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing this blistering growth, the market has quadrupled in Q4 2020 over the same period a year ago.
Demand for cheap but reliable PCs has never been higher since the global pandemic forced students across the country to shift to distance learning. Thanks to the affordability and dependability of Chromebooks, institutions are moving to Google's platform to bring students online, leading to tremendous sales growth worldwide.
The coronavirus has led to lockdowns all over the world and left many people with less to no income or in fear of a recession. Combine that with closed factories, and you have a recipe for economic impacts rippling through all industries. The smartphone market is not immune to these effects, either, and worldwide shipments have fallen by 13% year-over-year (YOY) due to coronavirus. Companies moved only 272 million units in Q1 2020, which is the lowest level since 2013.
Samsung is on production overdrive right now as it aims to meet demand for the Galaxy Z Flip while also launching its flagship Galaxy S20 series. Turns out, the company is going full throttle on everything tomorrow.
Stadia Pro doesn't only let you collect free access to some video games, it also occasionally gives you deals on titles you have to buy additionally. At the moment, Google has two relatively recent games on offer, published in September last year: Borderlands 3's prices are slashed by 50 percent across all versions available on Stadia, starting at $30, while NBA 2K20 is going for $19.80, down from $60. The $80 Digital Deluxe and the $100 Legend Edition have also been reduced to $26.40 and $33, respectively.
Google's Stadia game streaming service has gotten a bit of a slow start, but Google has tried to keep founders happy with free and discounted games. And it's sticking with that strategy. There are new discounts and freebies today, although the free games won't be live until February 1st.
We live in the future, and it's a future in which you can buy a robot to clean for you. They don't always come cheap, but you can get a few Ecovacs robot laborers this Black Friday for a bit less than usual. There's the relatively simple Deebot N79S, the mid-range Deebot 661, and the deluxe Deebot Ozmo 920.
The Pixel 3 is now a year old, but it's still a capable phone with two more years of Googley updates. This device can be yours today for a mere $349.99 at Rakuten. You'll have to set up an account there to use the necessary coupon code, but it's worth it for the extra $77 discount.