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Amazon Prime Day is one of the best shopping events for scoring big deals on tech products. It’s a good time to shop for steeply discounted electronics, home audio gear, and devices and gadgets — but there’s an overwhelming amount of them to sort through. To help you find the deals that are actually worth your money, we rounded up the best products we’ve covered (and some that we’ve tested ourselves), and would heartily recommend. We’ll be updating this post throughout the week with new deals, so bookmark this page — including our homepage and our coverage of all the best Prime Day deals — and check back often.
This is our last update for the day, and we won’t be checking this post until morning, so please note that prices and availability are subject to change. We’ll be back tomorrow with fresh deals and discounts.
Audio | E-readers | TVs and streaming devices | Smart home | Computers and computer accessories | Smartwatches and fitness trackers | Cameras and mobile accessories
The XM4s allow you to connect to two devices at once, which is great for anyone who needs to switch between phone calls and computer audio. Former Strategist writer Jordan Bowman named them the best noise-canceling headphones, noting the excellent audio quality and how comfortable they are. “When I first took them out of the box, I couldn’t believe how light they felt,” he writes.
In our roundup of the best wireless earbuds, we picked the AirPods Pro as the best noise-cancelling pair for iPhone users.
This is the speaker that multiple Strategist editors take everywhere. “Of all the brands and models of portable speakers we very obsessive shoppers swear by, none is more endorsed than the Wonderboom,” writes associate editor Louis Cheslaw.
These are the earbud version of the Strategist-favorite Bose over-ear noise cancelling headphones, which are superb for travel. The QuietComfort earbuds block out exterior noise in a slimmer, more portable package than the headphone version, and this price is the cheapest we’ve ever seen.
The Stanmore II may look retro, but it comes with modern features like volume, bass, and treble adjustment knobs, and phone compatibility via the Marshall app, which allows you to change sound settings on your phone. Bonus: it’s Alexa-enabled, too.
These tiny wireless earbuds are our favorites for Android users. “When I put these in my ears, I was shocked at how small and comfortable they are,” writes former Strategist writer Jordan Bowman. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for these earbuds.
The Kindle will always be a great gift for voracious readers, but now is a chance to score one (for someone else, or yourself) for half-off. In 2018, Strategist editor Maxine Builder praised the Kindle for its simplicity: “At the end of the day, that’s all I really want from my tech: for it to be something that does exactly what it says it will and makes it a little easier to do the things that I enjoy, like get sucked into a good novel, no matter where I am.”
For many people, the Roku Ultra is the overall best streaming device you can buy. “At less than half the cost of the Apple TV, it offers most of the same functionality and supports mirroring technology for both PCs and Apple devices,” wrote Strategist contributor Angela Lashbrook. It’s not as steeply discounted as other deals on this list, but given the Roku Ultra’s solid Wi-Fi connectivity and reliability, we think this is a solid Prime Day deal worth taking advantage of.
The 77-inch version of this LG smart TV is one of NBA player Kyle Kuzma’s favorite things. “The definition you get from this TV is unreal,” he told former Strategist writer Chloe Anello. “It delivers the smoothest motion and sharpest picture. I watch a lot of movies and sports games and I game a lot, too. This is great for all of that — it takes the home-entertainment experience to a whole new level.”
We picked Apple TV as the easiest-to-use streaming device. “I’ve fiddled with other devices for family members, but the Apple TV is the only one I really want to have,” says Alissa Wilkinson, a film critic and culture reporter at Vox.
The Frame’s matte display prevents it from being another typical, black-rectangle eyesore in the living room. “I’ve got family members and co-workers who’ve all bought The Frame in the last year because of how well it disguises itself as a piece of art when not being used,” writes Chris Welch, an editor and reviewer at the Verge.
This smart TV is designed to work with Alexa, so you can ditch the remote and control what you watch with your voice.
If you’re looking for an easy plug-and-play streaming setup, consider Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. Note: you can only stream 4K content on a 4K TV.
This smart plug is ideal for users “who want to install security lighting outdoors that they can run from a smartphone app,” writes Strategist contributor Kyle Schurman, who named this Kasa plug the best option for powering things outdoors.
Strategist contributor Kyle Schurman picked this model from Google as the best smart thermostat. It “makes suggestions on scheduling tweaks to help you save energy,” Schurman writes, “while also tracking and alerting you to odd patterns in your heating and cooling usage.”
This smart picture frame allows you to display photos from your phone or email. One of our favorite features is the sensor, which turns off the device when you’re not in the room, and wakes the frame when you enter. (Nixplay also makes a touchscreen version, which we wrote about in our roundup of the best digital picture frames.)
We called the Amazon Echo the “brain of your entire smart-home operation.” And we’ve never seen the Echo Dot this cheap.
Former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson picked Ring video doorbells as the best less-expensive video doorbell. “They’re a natural choice for people already using Amazon smart home products,” she writes, “as you can stream doorbell footage to an Echo Show or interact with the doorbell (by talking to someone at your door, for example) via Alexa.” The Pro model came recommended by several experts Adelson spoke to.
These smart bulbs can be controlled via Bluetooth or Alexa or Google Assistant. These are a great option if you’re looking to dim the lights when it’s movie time. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for these bulbs.
This digital picture frame from Aura was the best thing that Strategist senior editor Jen Trolio bought last year. Through the frame’s smartphone app, you can add photos from your camera roll — and so can your friends or family. “This idea was so appealing that I purchased two more frames — one as a gift for a beloved aunt in Texas, and one for my parents,” Trolio writes.
We picked the Surface Laptop 4 as the best laptop for Windows fans. Monica Chin, a senior writer at the Verge, notes that if you spend a lot of time on Zoom calls, then you’ll be pleased with the Surface’s speaker and webcam quality.
Plug the Beacon into any wall outlet and extend the range of Wi-Fi connectivity in your home — up to 1,500 square feet. This nightlight-sized device is ideal for folks who might be using the internet across multiple areas of the home (we see you, remote workers).
This sleek, wireless keyboard can connect up to three different devices at once. Former Strategist writer Jordan Bowman says the keys feel responsive, yet are “completely quiet.” This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this keyboard.
In his roundup of the best keyboards, Bowman selected the Huntsman as the best option for gaming.
Bowman also likes this three-quarter-size keyboard: “After testing the Keychron K3, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a compact mechanical keyboard, whether they have smaller desks or just don’t want to lose the space required for a full-size option,” he writes.
The wireless G502 tops our list for the best gaming mouses. Cameron Faulkner, a staff writer at the Verge, likes that the G502 doesn’t have any noticeable lag, despite being wireless. At $85, it’s the cheapest we’ve seen.
Now is a great time to save over $100 on Apple’s most premium watch. The Series 7 comes with GPS and cellular connectivity, making it a handy fitness tracker and companion for folks who are always on the move. “The Apple Watch is in a class entirely of its own right now,” writes former Verge executive editor Dieter Bohn in his review. “Nothing else is as good for iPhone users and nothing like it is available for Android users.”
Runner Erin Azar (a.k.a. Mrs. Space Cadet) loves her Forerunner 245. “It’s a real quick one-button start to begin my run,” she says. “It has an auto-pause feature, which I really like, and the Garmin Connect app is really easy too: You can open it up, and it summarizes your whole day — your run, your sleep, and whatever else you want on your main screen there.”
This simple Garmin watch is one of professional runner Nia Akins’s favorite pieces of gear, and she has relied on it for most of her career to provide just a few basic functions: pace, time, and distance. It’s still working perfectly for her after years of use.
This handy wireless charger juices up your phone’s battery without a cable — and can even charge phones with cases up to three millimeters thick.
Now’s a great time to save $500 on Sony’s pro-level A7R IV camera. “Do most people need 61 megapixels worth of image data? No. Definitely not,” wrote The Verge editor and product reviewer Chris Welch. “But the pro users who crave more and more resolution to work with will be drawn to Sony’s new camera.”
These nickel-sized Bluetooth trackers help you locate keys, bags, or anything else you stick them in. We think they’re a great gift for anyone, but especially dads who often find themselves patting their pockets in a panic.
If you’re into vlogging, consider Sony’s ZV-1 — a camera designed for just that. Former Verge executive editor Dieter Bohn called it “an $800 camera that has a lot of very advanced video features and a handful of quirky or frustrating limitations.” Read his full review here.
Strategist contributor David Pogue hated all wireless chargers until he found these stands from Anker. “It solves the flat-on-the-back problem with a screamingly obvious design change: It’s a stand. It props your phone up so you can see it from your pillow or across the room,” he writes. (Note: if you want to plug these stands into a wall outlet, you need to provide your own power adapter; this set only comes with USB cables.)
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