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The Wirecutter's best deals: A good time to buy an air conditioner

One of the The Wirecutter's favorite portable ACs can now be had for over $100 less than usual.
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You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The 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.

ASUS ZenPad 3S 10

Street price: $290; MSRP: $300; deal price: $269

One of the first deals we've seen on our top Android Tablet pick. At $269, while this is only about $20 off the street price for the Zenpad 3S 10, we haven't seen it lower. As this is the first drop under $270 we've seen, it could be an outlier or signal future drops - either way, it's a good price to pick one up if you're looking for a quality Android tablet right now. Shipping is free.

The ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 is our top pick in our guide to the best Android tablets. Ryan Whitwam writes, "The ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 offers the best combination of features, performance, and price for most Android tablet buyers. The high-resolution 9.7-inch screen produces crisp text and detailed images; it's not as bright or vibrant as the screen on Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3, our upgrade pick, but the Tab S3 costs almost twice as much. The ZenPad 3S 10 costs less than $300 and has enough power to run apps in split-screen mode, a feature of its recent upgrade to Android 7.0. The ZenPad has the same screen size and resolution (2048×1536) as the 5th-generation iPad, and a similarly durable metal frame, but it's even thinner and lighter."

Flexi New Neon Retractable Tape Dog Leash

Street price: $24; MSRP: $24; deal price: $18

A great deal on our top retractable dog leash pick, the Flexi New Neon Retractable Tape Dog Leash. At $18, this matches the lowest price we've seen on this leash. This retractable leash has only seen sub-$20 pricing once before, so grab one while you can as such drops seem to be pretty infrequent. Shipping is free with Prime.

The Flexi New Neon Retractable Tape Dog Leash is our top pick in our guide to the best retractable dog leash. Audrey Pavia writes, "After interviewing veterinarians and professional dog walkers, plus looking into more than 60 models and testing six of them, we think the Flexi New Neon Retractable Tape Dog Leash is the best retractable dog leash for most dogs and their owners. It is built sturdily out of bright, reflective material, is affordable, and comes from a company serious about pet and user safety (and that developed the retractable leash in the first place). But before you buy a retractable leash, be sure you actually need one."

Whynter Elite ARC-122DHP Portable Air Conditioner

Street price: $465; MSRP: $500; deal price: $350

An excellent drop, matching the lowest price we've seen, on our top portable air conditioner pick. The Whynter Elite ARC-122DHP is usually well above $400 and hasn't seen a price this low since a drop in the spring that was followed shortly thereafter by a shortage of stock. As it seems there's still plenty of warm weather left in many places, it's a great time to pick one up for now or next summer. Shipping is free, but looks to be a touch on the slow side with an estimated 5-7 day wait.

The Whynter Elite ARC-122DHP is our top pick in our guide to the best portable air conditioner. Liam McCabe and Tyler Wells Lynch wrote, "After putting in 45 hours of research, comparing more than 100 portable air conditioners and testing seven of the best models, we recommend the Whynter Elite ARC-122DHP. We think this dual-hose unit will cool a room faster than other portable ACs, using the least energy, even in extreme heat. It's significantly smaller and lighter than its closest competitors, and it has a typical noise level, installation kit, and price. It also has a built-in heater and a drain pump."

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5 TB

Street price: $140; MSRP: $160; deal price: $125

If you're in the market for a fast, reliable drive with more storage than typical portable drives offer, this is a good price on the Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5 TB drive. As the street price regularly sits between $140 and $150, this is a nice chance to pick one up. Shipping is free.

The Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB is a larger, slightly faster version of our more storage pick in our guide to the best portable hard drive. Justin Krajeski and Kimber Streams wrote, "Seagate now sells a 5 TB model that's the same dimensions and weight as the 4 TB version, but we found the larger capacity to be about 5 percent faster. The 5 TB model was about 6 MB/s faster than the 4 TB model in HD Tune tests and 18 seconds faster at reading and writing the Blu-ray rip."

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