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The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $50 on an iPad Air 2

Other picks include a Nikon D7200 DX DSLR and an Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station.
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This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals atTheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends atThe Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we'll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot—some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB

Street price: $475; MSRP: $500; Deal price: $425

September's Apple event brought with it news of lowered iPad pricing, at $425, this Best Buy deal is the lowest price we've found for the 128gb iPad Air 2, our pick for the best tablet. It's available in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray colors with free shipping.

Dan Frakes writes, "Though it hasn't seen a significant update since late 2014, the iPad Air 2 (with 128 GB of storage, though 32 GB will be enough for some people) is still the best overall tablet for most people. Despite the recent release of two iPad Pro models and a big update to the iPad mini in late 2015, the Air 2 continues to provide the best combination of speed, features, screen size, ecosystem, and price."

Samsung SmartThings Hub

Street price: $100; MSRP: $100; Deal price: $75

A new low on a great smart hub. It's only $4 less than our previous deals, but since this sale also includes discounts on a variety of other Samsung SmartThings devices, you can build up your smart home at a nicely discounted price.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is our pick for the best smart hub. Jon Chase wrote, "The Samsung SmartThings Hub is a polished, powerful option for tech-savvy DIYers who have a desire for an integrated smart home but lack the budget for or interest in a professionally installed system. It's easy to set up on your home network, and pairing it with other smart devices is largely seamless."

He went on to say, "We did extensive research on hubs in general and the SmartThings hub in particular, and believe our experience is consistent with the reviews and findings of most other outlets: Namely, of all the hubs on the market, the Samsung SmartThings Hub is the most powerful and promising, but is best suited to devout tinkerers and those willing to spend a fair amount of time tweaking and refining their smart-home system."

Refurbished Nikon D7200 DX DSLR w/ Lens Bundle

Street price: $1,250 (new); MSRP: $1,450 (new); Deal price: $850

We've featured this deal at this price before, and it's still a great purchase. While we've seen the camera body alone for $80 less, this deal comes with 2 lenses (18-55mm and 55-200mm) that are good practice lenses, or at very least lenses that you can sell to recoup part of the cost of the bundle. Beach Camera is an authorized Nikon retailer, and Nikon is offering a 90 day warranty on the camera.

The Nikon D7200 is our pick for the best midrange DSLR. Amadou Diallo wrote, "The D7200 is considerably more expensive than a beginner DSLR—but the extra expense will buy you a 24-megapixel APS-C camera that takes clean, detailed photos at high ISOs, as well as a professional-grade autofocus system that works in near darkness. You also get dual SD card slots, so you'll never have to worry about running out of storage space. After dozens of research hours poring over reviews and test results for 12 different cameras, and real-world shooting with the top contenders, we've determined that the Nikon D7200 is the one we would buy."

Refurbished Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station

Street price: $180 (new); MSRP: $200 (new); Deal price: $100

At $100 refurbished, this is the lowest price we've seen on the Apple Airport Extreme Wireless Base Station, which runs $200 new. This router is GeekSquad refurbished and includes a 90 day warranty. It includes free shipping.

The Apple Airport Extreme was highlighted as our also great pick for best wifi router (for most people), with the caveat that it was recommended only for all-Apple households. David Murphy writes, "The Apple AirPort Extreme is the easiest router to set up in an all-Apple household, but its performance at longer ranges doesn't match that of our top pick, and it lacks features found in other, cheaper routers....Whether you're using iOS or macOS, you can easily get started with Apple's router and use it as your primary router or as a new access point in your Apple network. Basic features such as Time Machine backups and remote connections to USB storage (using Apple's "Back to My Mac" feature) work great with Apple devices..."

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The Wirecutter.com.

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