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Nintendo’s Switch sales drop as it contends with chip shortage

Nintendo’s Switch sales fell significantly last quarter, dropping to 3.43 million units compared to 4.45 million during the same period last year, according to its earnings report. Software sales also fell to 41.4 million units compared to 45.3 million year over year. All that that resulted in an operating profit of 101.6 billion yen ($763 million), down from last year and short of what was expected. 

The company chalked up the Switch sales issue to a parts shortage, the same thing that bedeviled Sony during the same quarter. “Hardware production was impacted by factors such as the global shortage of semiconductor components, resulting in a decrease of hardware shipments,” the company said. It noted that the OLED model made up a large chunk of Switch sales with 1.52 million units sold, and the lower margins on that model dragged profit down a bit.

While game sales also dropped, Nintendo managed to boost the overall percentage of first-party games sold. In fact, it was the second best first quarter for first-party game sell-through since the Switch launched — second only to Q1 2021, which was fueled by Animal Crossing: New Horizons. All told, however, Nintendo would have to call the quarter a success considering that game buyers spent 13 percent less this year compared to 2021, according to Bloomberg

Some of that was aided by the launch of three key games, the company pointed out, particularly Nintendo Switch Sports which arrived on April 29th. Mario Strikers: Battles League launched on June 10th, while Fire Emblem Warriors arrived on June 24th. “More than 100 million users played Nintendo Switch in the latest 12-month period,” the company added. 

Nintendo is hoping that upcoming games will help out next quarter. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 just launched, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass: Wave 2 arrives on August 4th, Splatoon 3 will be released on September 9th and you’ll see Kirby’s Dream Buffet sometime this summer. The company is also launching an OLED Switch Splatoon 3 Edition on August 26th. 

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Sony lowers forecast for PS5 gaming sales in 2022

At the end of its fiscal year in May, Sony was fairly bullish on gaming sales, predicting sales of 18 million PlayStation 5s for 2022 after selling 11.5 million in 2021. The company also expected a “significant” revenue increase in its gaming division over 2021 due to a boost across “all categories.”

In its latest earnings drop, however, the company has revised its profit forecast down by 16 percent from 305 billion yen ($2.3 billion) in May to 255 billion yen ($1.9 billion), “due to an expected decrease in sales of first party titles,” it wrote. The company also chalked up the drop in revenue to higher expenses due to its acquisition of Bungie Studios closing earlier than expected. 

Sony didn’t say anything about its PS5 console forecast, but it sold 2.4 million units this quarter compared to 2.3 million in the same quarter last year (21.7 million units to date). That means it must sell over 5 million units on average for the next three quarters to meet its May forecast — something it has never done before. In May, however, Sony said that it will finally be able to ramp up production to meet PS5 demand as supply chain issues ease — though as it stands now, the consoles are still in short supply. 

On the software side, things also went south as Sony sold just 47.1 million titles, including 6.4 million first party games, compared to 63.6 million titles and 10.5 million first-party games in the same quarter of 2021. On top of that, PlayStation Plus users dropped slightly from Q4 (47.3 million instead of 47.4 million), and monthly active users also dropped from 106 to 102 million. Sony introduced the new higher-priced PS Plus Extra and Premium tiers in June, but it has yet to reveal the impact of those — hopefully, we’ll learn more next quarter.

Looking ahead, Sony has a few major titles on the horizon that could perk up software sales, including God of War Ragnarok coming November 9th, and The Last of Us Part I remake arriving on September 2nd. On the hardware side, the PSVR 2 has been revealed but isn’t expected to arrive until next year.  

The next quarter will be a lot more interesting for Sony’s gaming division, as PS5 sales will show if it’s been able to ramp up production. Game sales will also be notable, as the steep drop this quarter bodes ominously for the industry as a whole. 

Update 7/29/2022 10:34 AM ET: The post has been updated with information that Sony has sold 21.7 million PS5s to date, not 21.4 million.

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Best Prime Day deals: Sales you should shop tonight

Prime Day is now well underway underway, bringing hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of incredible deals. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, or don’t know where to start, we’ve got your back. This is the definitive list of the best Prime Day deals available today. Make sure you have an Amazon Prime subscription to take advantage of these discounts. If you don’t, just sign up for a free trial.

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We sifted through thousands of offers to curate a list of ten of the best Prime Day deals you can shop today perfect for people who don’t know what they’re after but also don’t want to be missing out on the price-cutting action. These are all steep discounts on must-have tech and services — vetted by our trusted editors who have hundreds of years of experience testing and reviewing products between them — so rest assured you’re getting a great deal on a top product.

  1. Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) — $20, was $50
  2. Bella Pro Series 4-qt. Digital Air Fryer — $25, was $70
  3. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet — $30, was $50
  4. Amazon Echo Show 5 — $35, was $85
  5. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker — $75, was $100
  6. IonVac SmartClean 2000 Robot Vacuum — $97, was $180
  7. HP Chromebook 11.6 — $98, was $225
  8. Blink Outdoor — $100, was $180
  9. Fitbit Charge 5 — $127, was $150
  10. 70-inch TCL 4-Series 4K TV — $500, was $600

Free Prime Day Deals

Amazon Music Unlimited — 4 months free

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One of the best music streaming services, you really don’t have to think too hard about whether it’s worth signing up to Amazon Music Unlimited. That’s because if you’ve never used the service before, you can sign up for it entirely for free for the first four months. It doesn’t cost a cent and all you need to do to avoid paying after the first four months is to unsubscribe before the renewal date. Four months’ worth of Amazon Music Unlimited works out at a saving of $36, so it’s a great deal.

In exchange for signing up, you get access to a seemingly endless supply of music. Music is always provided ad-free and you have unlimited access to any song. It’s also possible to listen to Amazon Music Unlimited offline with unlimited skips at your disposal. Music is provided at a high-quality streaming rate with high-definition audio effectively being CD quality, aka lossless. Double the bitrate of standard-definition streaming services, it sounds great and preserves the detail of original recordings.

Alongside that, you also get the benefits of spatial audio, which means that music feels truly immersive, capturing your attention and making you feel like you’re actually at a concert. It’s mixed in a way that provides you with great definition and depth, with thousands of songs available in Dolby Atmos and 360 reality audio. Besides listening to music, you can also use Amazon Music Unlimited to access all your favorite podcasts ensuring all your beloved audio picks are available in one place. It’s an ideal service for anyone who loves to listen to music regularly, such as while working, walking, or simply relaxing at home. All you need to do is remember to cancel it before your subscription ends to get Amazon Music Unlimited entirely for free.

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Audible Premium Plus — 3 months free

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Audible is an online audiobook and podcast service owned by Amazon, and if you’ve been debating signing up for Audible Premium Plus, the top-tier Audible plan, you can get it entirely free for the first three months, giving you the opportunity to try it out. It won’t cost you anything, and if you don’t want to keep paying after the first three months, you can just unsubscribe at any time before the renewal date. Three months of Audible Plus Premium saves you $45, so it’s definitely worth it.

When you sign up, you’ll get instant access to a huge library of audiobooks, podcasts, and Audible Originals in the Plus catalog. You can listen to as much as you want from this catalog, with plenty of classic titles on offer to choose from. You also get one credit each month that you can redeem for a bestseller or new release of your choice from the Premium Plus catalog. There are around 450,000 titles to choose from, updated every month, and it’s here you’ll find the newest releases and bestsellers. If you want to buy additional titles from the Premium Plus catalog, your Audible Premium Plus membership gets you 30% off, as well as access to exclusive sales.

If you enjoy listening to audiobooks on your commute, in the car, while doing the housework, or even to help you get a better night’s sleep, Audible Premium Plus is the place to be. As well as popular bestsellers like Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing and Jack Carr’s The Terminal List (now an Amazon Prime Video series), you can access classics like Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, as well as fascinating Audible Original podcasts such as Derren Brown’s Bootcamp for the Brain and The Graham Norton Book Club.

Whatever you want to listen to, you’re sure to find it in the Audible catalog, including all your favorite podcasts, so you can access everything in one place. Audible is the ideal service for anybody who loves audiobooks and podcasts, and you can listen across all your devices at home or on the go, while you’re working out, commuting, or relaxing. You can choose to cancel your subscription before the free three-month trial ends, or continue your membership for $14.95 per month.

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Prime Day Smart Home Deals

Amazon Smart Plug — $13, was $25

Amazon Smart Plug.

Prime Day smart home deals are sure to be popular this year with everyone looking to save on their energy bills. The Amazon Smart Plug is one of the best smart plugs around thanks to being incredibly cheap and easy to set up while supporting routines, schedules, and even offering up energy-saving tips. As you would expect from an Amazon product, the Amazon Smart Plug works with Alexa so you can use your voice to set things up or check out the Alexa dashboard for some smart energy-saving advice.

The Alexa energy dashboard is capable of estimating consumption before suggesting what could help. From there, you can schedule all manners of items from lights to fans and appliances, so you can turn them on and off automatically, or choose to control them remotely while you’re away. Such scheduling is useful for numerous reasons. You can make sure nothing is switched on unnecessarily, planning ahead with how you plan on using appliances. You can also set up lights to switch on even when you’re away so that potential intruders are warded off. The beauty of the Amazon Smart Plug is that it takes no time at all to arrange while making pretty much anything with a plug smarter than before.

The Amazon Smart Plug is easy to set up as all you need to do is plug it in and open the Alexa app. It doesn’t take up room either as it has a compact design which means the second outlet next to it is always free to use however you require. These are the kind of plugs that you’ll find yourself owning multiples of each as it means you can organize your home far more efficiently than through traditional means. A true money-saver when set up correctly, you’ll soon reap the results as your home runs better than before.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick — $17, was $40

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One of the best streaming devices around for anyone who doesn’t need a 4K streaming device, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is a bargain if you have an older TV with no streaming support. Even if your TV does offer streaming app support, it’s unlikely to be as speedy or as easy to use as the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Having a dedicated device for streaming is generally more practical in terms of having continuing support for apps and services. In the case of the Amazon Fire TV Stick, it hardly feels like adding bulk either as you simply plug the stick into the back of your TV and you’re good to go.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is simple from start to finish in this way. It takes moments to set up with you soon able to use the stick’s Alexa voice remote to control the action. Whether you want to tap in commands or speak your directions, the Amazon Fire TV Stick knows what to do next. It’s 50% more powerful than the previous generation of Fire TV Stick with the ability to stream more than 1 million movies and TV episodes from pretty much every streaming service you can think of. You can also watch live TV with it if you have a subscription to Sling TV or YouTube TV. There are even free services such as popular ad-supported streaming apps like IMDb TV, Tubi, Pluto TV, and more.

However you plan on watching, the Amazon Fire TV Stick makes it easy to search for content. Preset buttons for apps like Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu mean you can quickly access them, while the Amazon Fire TV Stick has Dolby Atmos support so if your home audio system supports it, you can enjoy a far more immersive experience than before. It’s a great way of bringing your current TV up to date with the latest technology.

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) — $20, was $50

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Prime Day Amazon Echo deals are one of the biggest sellers during Prime Day with the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) sure to be hugely popular amongst anyone looking to make their home a bit smarter. The Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) is a great smart speaker for fitting into any part of your home. It’s small and sleek and will happily fit on your bookshelf as much as it will squeeze onto your kitchen countertop or your bedside table. While being so small and sleek, it offers a surprising amount of power with playback. It can deliver crisp vocals and balanced bass so you get full sounds despite the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) being so slight in size.

Of course, the key selling point to the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) is how it brings Alexa voice controls wherever it goes. By simply speaking to it, you can get Alexa to set timers, check the weather, answer all your questions, as well as pretty much anything else you can think of. It’s a great way of controlling more of your home from wherever you are in the house as you can connect all your smart home devices together and speak to Alexa to turn on lights or tweak the thermostat. You can also use the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) to stream songs via Bluetooth or from popular music streaming services including Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, and many others.

If you’re worried about safety needs, the Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) has multiple layers of privacy controls. These include the ability to switch the mic off as well as in-app privacy controls. Instead of it being something to worry about, it’s a great way of enriching your home. The whole family can keep up to date with things without needing to dig out their phone or walk over to physical devices.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 — $35, was $85

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The Amazon Echo Show 5 is far more than a smart alarm clock, giving you a central hub to access all your smart home equipment, keep up with the latest news, as well as ask Alexa 101 questions, and more. It’s the kind of device that’s ideal for placing in your kitchen or on your bedside cabinet, allowing you to start the day with it. If you’re comparing the Amazon Echo Show 5 (1st Gen) with the Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen), the differences may be less obvious, but for anyone new to such a device, it’s a great addition.

As expected with Alexa controls, you can use the Amazon Echo Show 5 to set alarms and timers, check your calendar, catch up on the news, or stream music. Thanks to the addition of a 5.5-inch screen, you can also use it to make video calls with the 2MP camera so you can keep in touch with friends and family. All they need to do is have the Alexa app or another Echo device with a screen. It’s also possible to watch streaming content like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. On a smaller screen, it may seem less attractive, but it’s useful if you’re in the kitchen and multitasking.

The idea behind the Amazon Echo Show 5 is that you can add it to your daily routine. Thanks to smart home connectivity, you can ask Alexa to turn lights on gradually and wake you up with the news or your favorite music, before doing something more productive. You can even use Amazon Photos or Facebook to turn the Amazon Echo Show 5 into a digital photo frame. It’s a great upgraded way of enjoying all the benefits of Alexa with the addition of attractive visuals and a bit more functionality.

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Google Chromecast — $39, was $49

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If you’re wondering what is Chromecast, you’ll soon be intrigued. The small gadget plugs into the back of your TV via an HDMI port and allows you to stream content extensively. While many TVs may have smart TV functionality, a dedicated device is a far better solution as it’s invariably much faster and more efficient. Buying a Chromecast means you get all these advantages without having to spend a fortune or even needing to find room for a separate box. It takes mere seconds to connect with the only real input from you being to enter your Wi-Fi password. From there, you can enjoy streaming content as well as live TV with up to 4K resolutions and brighter colors courtesy of HDR, where the show or movie supports it.

The Chromecast home screen displays movies and TV shows from all your services in one place so you can easily find what you’re looking for. As well as that, it provides you with personalized recommendations based on your subscriptions, viewing habits, and any content you may own. Saving you the need to enter long searches, you can also use the Google Assistant button on the remote to speak to the Chromecast. From there, you can search by mood, genre, star, or simply control the volume or switch inputs.

As well as that, the Chromecast works with any other Google speakers you may own, allowing you to control your TV this way. You can even group them together to fill your home with sound as needed. If you’re having a party, this is a great way of extending the range of the Chromecast. You can even use it to watch the feed on your compatible Nest Cam, as well as control other connected devices like the lights or your thermostat. The Chromecast soon changes how you live your life, making everything far more convenient than before.

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Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st Gen) — $55, was $110

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The Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st Gen) may not be the latest Echo Show 8 out there, but it’s still a great addition to anyone’s home if they want to feel more in control of their smart home and be able to communicate with Alexa more easily. Rather than snapping up a Prime Day Echo Dot deal or Prime Day Echo Show 5 deal, you can grab the Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st Gen) and reap all the benefits of a larger screen alongside Alexa support. With its 8-inch HD screen and stereo sound, the idea is that Alexa can help you manage your day. It’s the ideal device to put on your bedside table or in the kitchen.

Through the device, you can ask Alexa to show you all kinds of stuff, from the latest news and weather to providing you with podcasts or radio stations, as well as show you movie trailers or TV shows. It has support for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, and many more streaming apps, so there is no shortage of options here. In addition, you can ask Alexa to control your smart home, such as by adjusting your thermostat or controlling your lights, while you can also view any security cameras you may have set up. Even when cooking, Alexa can assist by providing you with daily recipes and hands-free instructions to help you learn something new.

In moments of downtime, you can use Amazon Photos and Alexa to turn the Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st Gen) into a digital photo frame, so you can always take a look at your loved ones or favorite views while you work, rest, or play. Any time you want to speak to someone, you can use the Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st Gen) to call friends and family too, with video calling easily accessible to anyone who has the Alexa app or their own Echo device with a screen. The Amazon Echo Show 8 (1st Gen) fits well into your life, proving far more versatile than a standard Echo Dot.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube — $60, was $120

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The Amazon Fire TV Cube is the most powerful streaming device out there, while also allowing you to control your smart home with style and speed. This Prime Day Fire TV Cube deal is certainly one you won’t want to miss if you want to be in full control of your entertainment as well as your home. It uses a hex-core processor for a steady and fast 4K streaming experience at all times. There’s far more than 4K support here, too, with the Amazon Fire TV Cube also offering up compatibility with Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos sound. If you have a high-end TV that supports all these facilities, you need the Amazon Fire TV Cube to get the most from it.

Besides offering terrific picture and audio quality, the Amazon Fire TV Cube is also a great way to control your smart home. It has a built-in speaker so you can ask Alexa all kinds of questions, as well as control your lighting, thermostat, and much more. It makes the Amazon Fire TV Cube into a control center hub, even if your TV is switched off. As well as that, there’s support for every streaming app imaginable. You can easily use it to watch all your favorite shows, as well as live TV if you have a subscription to Sling TV, YouTube TV, or others. Alternatively, there’s free content courtesy of Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and YouTube.

Everything about the Amazon Fire TV Cube is simple to use. That’s thanks to its Alexa voice remote so you can search and launch content using your voice, rather than needing to type in long search entries. There are preset buttons for your favorite apps, saving you considerable hassle looking them up. You’ll soon wonder how you managed without the joys of the versatile Amazon Fire TV Cube.

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IonVac SmartClean 2000 Robot Vacuum — $97, was $180

The ionvac SmartClean 2000 robot vacuum vacuums the floor of a nursery while a baby lies asleep in its crib.

Robot vacuums are hardly new and rank among the most popular smart home devices on the market today, but you don’t have to pay a small fortune to get a decent one in 2022. The IonVac SmartClean 2000 is one such example that can clean your floors without cleaning you out, and Walmart Prime Day deals have knocked the price of this handy little smart home helper down even more.

The IonVac SmartClean 2000 doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it covers the basics of what we want from a robot vacuum. It employs side sweeper brushes and a roll brush with 2,000 Pa of suction power, and its all-terrain wheels let it clean both hard flooring, such as wood and tile, as well as carpeting and area rugs. The IonVac SmartClean 2000 also features sensors that automatically detect hazards including obstacles (such as furniture, among other things that might be on the floor) and stairs. When finished with its cleaning run, it will automatically return to its dock to charge.

You can control the robot vacuum with the included remote control or the IonVac mobile app, and it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands if you have a compatible device such as an Echo or Google Nest smart speaker or display. Those are pretty impressive smarts for one of the most affordable robot vacuums out there right now.

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Blink Outdoor — $100, was $180

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One of the best Prime Day security camera deals right now, the Blink Outdoor is a simple-to-install and easy-to-use HD security camera. Increasingly, the best home security cameras appreciate that convenience is everything. In the case of the Blink Outdoor, it’s a battery-powered and wireless device so it doesn’t take long to set up. Even better, it runs on two standard AA lithium batteries and lasts for up to two years before you need to replace them. It’s built to withstand the elements so that it protects your home, even if it’s raining.

No wiring is required, so the Blink Outdoor takes minutes to set up with your home quickly secured. Even in the dark, its infrared night vision means you can see what’s going on. At all times, motion detection alerts are sent to your phone as needed with you able to customize motion zones depending on where you don’t have to worry about. Once you do spot someone, you can use its two-way audio to speak to any visitors, with live view in real time enabling you to see exactly what’s going on while you’re talking to them.

This Blink Outdoor kit comes with two cameras so you can keep an eye on two different parts of your outdoor space. Crucially, you’re getting substantial peace of mind. If you travel regularly, you can always check-in and see what’s going on at home, while if you’re at home, you can check what that weird noise was nearby. And of course, the Blink Outdoor has Alexa support so you can easily monitor everything through other Alexa-enabled devices. It pairs up well with Amazon Echo devices in particular so you can always be close to the action.

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Apple TV 4K — $150, was $180

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Prime Day Apple deals don’t always feature the Apple TV 4K so it’s good to see one of the best streaming devices around on sale. In the case of the Apple TV 4K, you get so much more than just a regular streaming device. That’s because it supports both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The former means that you get fluid and crisp video that’s further enhanced by being 4K and HDR (where available) while Dolby Atmos gives you room-filling audio to back it up.

It’s the perfect combination for anyone looking for the best experience to pair up with their TV. As well as that, the Apple TV 4K easily gives you access to plenty of streaming apps and the Apple ecosystem itself. It’s possible to buy a wealth of movies via the Apple store or opt to use any streaming service you can think of. As well as that, there’s access to Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, and Apple Music, so this is a one-stop streaming destination. A Siri remote means you can speak your instructions or use the touch-enabled clickpad to get where you need to go. There’s also great private listening support if you have two pairs of AirPods.

Other features include the ability to use AirPlay to easily share photos, videos, and more from your other Apple devices. You can also use the Apple TV 4K to get a live view of your HomeKit-enabled cameras so you can control your smart home accessories via it. So much more than just a streaming device, the Apple TV 4K is far more high-end than relying on your TV’s built-in streaming capabilities. It’s a particularly appealing proposition for anyone who already owns other Apple devices, thanks to how well it ties into everything.

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Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus — $150, was $200

Ring Floodlight Cam placed on an outside wall.

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus is a great bet for anyone checking out the best floodlight cameras. Whether you’re simply looking to see if an animal is disturbing trash outside or you’re worried about intruders, a floodlight cam is a great way to be more confident about your home’s surroundings outside. It’s a 1080p HD security camera that has motion-activated LED floodlights attached to it. As well as that, you also get the benefits of a 105dB security siren along with two-way talk, and customizable motion zones.

That means you’re in full control. At all times, you can enjoy motion-activated notifications on your phone, tablet, or PC, ensuring you can check in at home no matter where you might be around the world. Besides that, you can also customize motion zones so that you can fine-tune and pick out certain areas of the outside of your home to focus on. That way, there won’t be any false alarms. Built-in color night vision ensures that you can always get a clear picture, while the two LED floodlights can light things up and potentially scare off any threats.

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus is easy to hardwire to the outside of your home, and simple to then connect it to your Wi-Fi. You can even pair it up with Alexa so you can speak instructions to it such as asking Alexa to show you a certain location. When someone does come along, you can also speak to them via the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus, which is great when dealing with delivery drivers. It’s a really simple way to be more aware of what’s going on at home, especially if you travel frequently.

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Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit — $150, was $250

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The best home security systems might feel intimidating to set up and use, but the Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit is all about convenience and straightforward setup. While you’ll need to spend a little time getting it set up and placed in the relevant parts of your home, it’s still simple to do. Ideally suited for homes with one to two bedrooms, it includes one base station, one keypad, four contact sensors, one motion detector, and one range extender. It’s all you could need for an effective DIY alarm system.

Its more-intuitive keypad has emergency buttons that are easy to touch if you have to, while the general use of it is simple to teach the whole household. It also has smaller contact sensors so you can easily have the Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit blend into your home more conveniently. Once set up, you can receive mobile notifications from any location any time the system is triggered. Via the app, you can also change your alarm modes, monitor all your Ring devices, and adjust things as needed.

The Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit also has Alexa support, which proves useful for anyone that doesn’t want to pull out their phone. Simply speak via Alexa, and you can arm and disarm the Ring Alarm. You’ll also get alerts via Alexa Guard if it hears the sound of broken glass or smoke alarms going off. With the additional Ring Protect Pro plan, you can even call trained agents from your Echo at the sound of trouble. Dealing with every eventuality, the Ring Alarm 8-Piece Kit is simple to set up while instantly making you feel safer at home. It’s a great way to be more confident any time you head out for a while and worry about the risk of burglary.

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Philips Hue LED Color Smart Bulb Starter Kit — $165, was $200

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Prime Day Philips Hue deals are always a great way of improving how smart your home runs. In the case of the Philips Hue LED Color Smart Bulb Starter Kit, you get everything you need to get started. It comes with the necessary Hue Hub along with four bulbs, with each of them offering both white and color shades. In all, 16 million colors are at your disposal so you can find just the right look for all the rooms in your house. Philips Hue bulbs are generally regarded as some of the best smart bulbs around, so you can’t go wrong here.

In recent times, the Philips Hue LED Color Smart Bulb Starter Kit has been expanded to offer a new 75-watt portfolio so you get brighter bulbs thanks to 1,100 lumens of light. It’s simple to turn your room into a more-energized space, or you can use the app or your voice to tone things down. The Philips Hue LED Color Smart Bulb Starter Kit has support for Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant, so there are plenty of ways to interact. Via the Hue Hub, you can control up to 50 smart lights so you can easily expand your home as you go along, ensuring everything is easily controlled through a more modern way than a light switch.

Through the app, you can also set routines as well as have your lights detect when you arrive home. You can even have the lights gradually switch off as you head to bed, easing you into slumber. Remarkably powerful and versatile, you’ll soon wonder how you put up with walking into dark rooms when you adjust to how Philips Hue smart bulbs always keep up with your activities. Pair them up with other daily activities and such automation will soon prove far more convenient than ever before.

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iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum — $180, was $300

The iRobot Roomba 692 cleaning a floor.

Prime Day Roomba deals are always numerous in nature, with the brand ideal for the best robot vacuums for pet hair. The iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum is one of the best Prime Day robot vacuum deals around thanks to its chunky discount while offering plenty of good features. It’s well designed so it can cope with both carpets and hard wood floors. It’s also adept at handling pet hair thanks to its extensive three-stage cleaning system. Able to loosen, lift, and suction up dirt and debris, the iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum’s dual multi-surface brushes can grab dirt easily while an edge-sweeping brush takes care of any corner and edges.

The results are fantastic and better than if you did it yourself. Even better, as with all the best robot vacuums, you can schedule the iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum to do its job as needed. Available either via the iRobot app or by using your voice assistant such as Alexa, the iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum can start cleaning with just the sound of your voice or a tap of a button. It’s able to learn your cleaning habits too, so it vacuums when you need it to do so.

Alongside that, the iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum offers up adaptive navigation. It is able to navigate under and around furniture, as well as along edges without missing a key area. It can even detect if it’s about to fall down some stairs, stopping before the worst happens. A dirt detect sensor also helps it figure out the dirtier areas of your home where traffic is at its highest, tackling those even more thoroughly. Smart in seemingly every way, the iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum is a game-changer for your cleaning schedule. It’s sure to keep your home cleaner than ever before.

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Prime Day Appliance Deals

Bella Pro Series 4-qt. Digital Air Fryer — $25, was $70

The Bella Pro Series Digital Air Fryer with a home-cooked meal inside.

The best air fryers are those you can create all your favorite treats in, from late-night French fries to roast or fried chicken for that family dinner. The Bella Pro Series 4-quart Digital Air Fryer is a must for anybody looking to create healthier fried foods at home. Perfect for crispy French fries, delicious fried chicken, or healthy kale chips, you can even make homemade donuts in this air fryer, practically guilt-free.

Unlike some smaller air fryers, this one’s large 4-quart (3.3-pound) capacity makes it easy to prepare an entire meal, and since heat-up is up to 50% faster than conventional ovens, it’ll save you time and money, too. There’s no waiting around for it to preheat when you get home from work and want a delicious meal or tasty snack, pronto.

Thanks to its powerful 1,500-watt heating system you can prepare a whole roasted salmon and vegetables or whip up a treat for the kids, with adjustable temperatures from 90-400 degrees F for perfect, crispy, evenly cooked results every time. The digital touchscreen control makes it simple to adjust settings at the touch of a button, while the 60-minute auto shutoff timer has an indicator light and audible tone, ensuring you’ll never leave home and wonder, “Did I turn off the air fryer?” again.

Not only is the Bella Pro Series 4-qt. Digital Air Fryer a fantastic way to prepare all your family’s favorite foods and treats, it also looks great in your kitchen. Its sleek matte black finish complements both modern and traditional kitchens, and its compact form means it won’t take up too much counter space either. This is easily one of the best Prime Day air fryer deals around right now.

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Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker — $59, was $100

The Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker brews coffee in a yellow mug on a kitchen counter, next to a tub of kitchen utensils.

If you’re in the market for a new coffee maker, there are some great Prime Day Keurig deals around, like this K-Mini Coffee Maker. Perhaps you live in a studio apartment and simply don’t have room for a bulky coffee maker? Or maybe you just want something portable you can switch between the home office and kitchen for your morning iced coffee. If so, then this is the coffee maker for you. The K-Mini is Keurig’s smallest coffee maker, measuring less than five inches wide, so it hardly takes up any space at all and boasts handy cord storage to keep counters safe and clutter-free.

With this coffee maker, you can brew one 6 to 12-ounce cup at a time, adding fresh water to the one-cup reservoir for the best-tasting coffee, tea, cocoa, or iced beverage each time. The K-Mini uses Keurig K-Cup Pods, and with over 75 brands and more than 400 varieties to choose from, it’s easy to find your favorite drink, whether that’s a chai latte or an Earl Grey tea.

If you’re reducing your waste and would rather brew your own ground coffee, the K-Mini is compatible with the My K-Cup Universal Reusable Coffee Filter (sold separately). It’s also a planet-friendly (and money-saving) choice thanks to its auto-off feature that turns the coffee maker off 90 seconds after your last brew.

If you’re grabbing your coffee to go, good news! The K-Mini is travel cup friendly, accommodating mugs up to 7 inches tall. The removable drip tray holds a full brew, should your beverage spill or overflow, making cleanup as quick and easy as making your drink.

Not only is this one of the best coffee makers around for your morning iced vanilla latte or espresso, it also looks great on your kitchen counter or in your home office with its sleek, matte black finish and slim modern design.

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Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker — $75, was $100

Instant Pot Duo 8-quart surrounded by food.
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Prime Day Instant Pot deals are generally worth keeping an eye on. That’s certainly the case when you want to track down one of the best Instant Pots currently available. The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 is the kind of device that’s going to save you from needing to dig out any other appliance, right down to not even needing to use the oven or stove anymore. With a remarkable 7 features that covers pretty much every way you may wish to cook, the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 has it all. Thanks to its 6-quart size, it’s perfect for feeding up to six people at a time, while its many features are well designed for busy lifestyles when you still want to eat well.

Those features include pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, making yogurt, as well as steaming, sautéing, and simply warming up your food. The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 offers up 13 customizable Smart Programs so it’s capable of pressure cooking ribs, making soup, beans, rice, or even yogurt at the push of one button. If you want to get more hands-on, you can do so as well by using the clearly labeled buttons on the front of the pot.

However you plan on cooking, the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 makes it easy. Pressure cooking proves to be up to 70% faster than traditional methods, while slow cooking means meat falls off the bone effortlessly. Over 10 safety features keep you safe, including overheat protection and a safe-locking lid, while the whole thing is easy to clean. Its lid is dishwasher safe while the inner pot is made from food-grade stainless steel. If you’re limited on space and on time, the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 combines it all to ensure you can still enjoy delicious meals without having a large kitchen or endless amounts of free time.

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Get $120 off your first five meals with Factor_

Factor_ gourmet meal prepared by chef on counter.

Meal prep is not exactly what most would consider fun or easy if you have a busy schedule. Worse yet, planning healthy, hearty meals is even more difficult — and healthy food options tend to be more expensive, as well. Factor_ eliminates a lot of that stress by delivering healthy, gourmet-chef-prepared meals right on your doorstep. These aren’t meals you have to put together or cook – no they’re all ready when they arrive and all you have to do is heat them, then enjoy.

Factor_ has a host of meal options spanning Keto, Calorie Smart, Vegan, Veggie, and alternative types. Moreover, you have full control over the meals that arrive on your doorstep. You have the freedom to customize your order with more than 27 dietician-designed weekly options and new, rotating menus every week. All ingredients are fresh, never frozen, and mouth-wateringly delicious.

You can select how many meals you want per week, as well, whether that’s four meals, eight meals, or even up to 18 for your whole family. Meals will stay fresh for up to seven days in the fridge, about the same amount of time as each delivery, and each sleeve has an “Enjoy By” date printed on it, to help you preserve freshness. You can save up to $120 on your first five meals with coupon code DT120OFF at checkout. The deal is perfect timing for Prime Day, but it won’t last forever!

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Prime Day Tablet Deals

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet — $30, was $50

A woman reads Where the Crawdad Sings on an Amazon Fire 7 Tablet.

If you’ve been searching for a cheap tablet, the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is a reasonable bet. It’s not as impressive as the Amazon Fire HD 10 but its more budget-friendly build means it’s easily one of the best tablets for kids if your needs are slight and you want to keep costs low. The tablet offers a 7-inch IPS display that is more than suitable enough for watching streaming content or playing games while on the move, without having to switch over to using a smaller smartphone.

The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet offers up 16GB of internal storage but you can easily increase that by up to 512GB with a microSD card. Such flexibility is great for kids. If your child mostly uses a tablet to browse the internet or stream music or TV shows, you can keep storage low but if you want to install games for them, you can increase the storage and let them do more with it. A 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of memory means that the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet isn’t speedy but it still plays simple games fairly well.

The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is also useful for when you need to work on the move. You can use apps like Zoom, Outlook, or OneNote to stay on top of things. As well as that, the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet has 2MP front and rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video recording. That’s sufficient for taking video calls although you probably don’t want to take photos with this tablet. There’s also Alexa support so you can speak to the device, as well as control other devices through it. While the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet isn’t an expert at any one thing, it’s a reasonable all-rounder for the price, and it’s sure to entertain kids or keep you productive throughout the day with up to seven hours of battery life. It’s easily one of the best Prime Day tablet deals for anyone keeping costs down.

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Kindle Kids — $50, was $110

A child reads outside on the Amazon Kindle Kids Edition.

Encouraging kids to spend more time reading can be tough, especially with the distractions of the internet, social media, and gaming. Step up Kindle Kids, which is purpose-built for reading, with no games, ads, videos, or social media to distract. Kindle Kids includes one of the best e-readers around, the 10th Gen Kindle, with a glare-free black and white e-paper screen and 8GB of on-device storage (enough for over 1,000 Amazon Kids+ books).

You won’t need to worry about battery life with the 10th Gen Kindle either,  as a single charge lasts up to four weeks with around 30 minutes of reading a day. The Kindle charges fully in around four hours, so it will always be ready to go.  Kindle Kids includes a colorful, durable cover that comes in a choice of pink, blue, Rainbow Birds, or Space Station designs. The cover keeps the screen free from scratches, with a powerful magnet for closure, and supports the Kindle’s auto wake/sleep function when you open or close it.

With Kindle Kids you also get a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, giving your children access to many popular titles and series. The first book of many popular series, such as Artemis Fowl, is included with Amazon Kids+, and you can buy additional titles in the Kindle Store. You can also access hundreds of audiobooks through Audible, and kids can listen by connecting Bluetooth speakers or headphones. The Parent Dashboard makes it easy to track your children’s reading time and view their progress, add books to the library, adjust age filters, and set bedtime — you can also set up profiles for multiple children if your kids are sharing a Kindle.

There are even features to help kids with their reading, such as Vocabulary Builder, which adds words looked up in the Kindle’s built-in dictionary to create flashcards for future learning, and Word Wise, which automatically provides simple definitions above difficult words, and can be adjusted to suit each child’s individual reading level. The Kindle also lets you adjust the font, font size, and line spacing.

Finally, because you never know when accidents might happen, Kindle Kids comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee, so if their Kindle breaks, just return it and Amazon will replace it.

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Apple iPad 10.2 — $309, was $329

The iPad 10.2 on a table.

The Apple iPad 10.2 is one of the best tablets around thanks to being so keenly priced. It’s the cheapest iPad out there but it still offers a lot of useful features. That’s in part due to iPadOS being so well designed that you always get a great experience. It’s perhaps best suited for family use with the Apple iPad 10.2 often being a good purchase to entertain the kids, without spending a fortune on a more powerful iPad.

The Apple iPad 10.2 uses an A13 Bionic chip with Neural Engine for processing power. That’s no longer the fastest iPad processor around but it’s more than good enough to keep things ticking along. It can handle multitasking thanks to the wonders of iPadOS plus you can check out the many Apple Arcade games here too. The latter is further helped by the 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone support. It provides you with vibrant colors and an attractive experience whether you’re working on a presentation or playing a game on the move. 64GB of storage means you have plenty of room to install games and apps, especially as, unlike smartphones, you’re not apt to be taking many photos.

If you do take photos though, the Apple iPad 10.2 is fairly good at it for a tablet. It has an 8MP Wide back camera along with 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage support. The former is good enough for a few snaps, but it’s the latter that proves most useful. Center Stage support is perfect for taking video calls as it means you’re always the center of attention when speaking, even if you’re moving around a lot. Strong stereo speakers and mics also mean you can hear as well as be heard well while you’re on a call. The Apple iPad 10.2 rounds off the extensive feature list with up to 10 hours of battery life, along with Touch ID support so you won’t have to enter so many passwords manually. It even works with the Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard if you want to be more productive. It’s easily one of the best value Prime Day iPad deals around.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 — $570, was $700

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra with keyboard.
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While the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 doesn’t quite feature in our look at the best Android tablets, there’s still plenty to love about it. A fairly high-end tablet, it’s well suited to replace your laptop in many ways, if you’d prefer a more portable solution while you work. That’s because it packs a lot of crucial features for anyone focusing on working productively. It has an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset along with Wi-Fi 6E so you won’t have to worry about our connection dropping any time soon. Alongside that, there’s an impressive 128GB of storage space so you’re unlikely to need to upgrade it any time soon.

The chipset means that you can do pretty much anything you want to do on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, whether that’s multitasking extensively or playing the latest games. The latter looks particularly good on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8’s 11-inch display as well with a dynamic LCD screen that ensures you get great colors and crispness. An impressive 8,000mAh battery means it’ll last all day long too with a fast-charging USB-C port getting you back up to speed in no time. Unusually for a tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 also has a great set of cameras to hand. It’s possible to use the tablet to record video in 4K while an ultra-wide front camera has auto framing so it looks great when making video calls. There are also three mics with noise cancellation so you can be heard more clearly.

As well as that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 comes with an S Pen stylus that is more responsive than ever before and feels like a real pen to use. If you want to sketch out a design or write up some notes, it’s a great way of enjoying a more tactile experience than solely using the touchscreen. It’s possible to extend your storage if needed as well, ensuring the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is a long-lasting tablet. Well designed for all manners of uses, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is a really appealing option for pretty much everyone.

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Prime Day Smartwatch Deals

Halo View Fitness Tracker — $45, was $80

Cycler riding while wearing the Amazon Halo View.

The best fitness trackers don’t have to cost a fortune, as the Halo View demonstrates. It offers all the key health metrics you could need. That includes being able to track your heart rate and blood-oxygen levels, as well as monitoring your sleep. Of course, it has all the essentials like counting steps, calorie intake, and the kind of activity you’re participating in. Focusing on a more all-encompassing method of health tracking, the Halo View comes with a year of Halo membership so you get access to workouts and programs.

At all times, you can get a movement assessment with the app, before being given a personalized exercise program to help you improve your movement health over time. The Halo View will also measure the quality and quantity of your sleep, so you can see how you’re doing there. It also has the ability to measure your body fat percentage using just your smartphone camera. Besides on-demand workouts, the Halo View also provides users with daily meditations as well as recipes from WW and Whole Foods Market, so you can make sure you’re taking care of your body in every way.

The Halo View is pretty smart, too. It gives you text notifications to your wrist as well as offers up move reminders to get you moving after a sitting for awhile. Working with Alexa, you can even speak to the Halo View and ask it for your health summary, activity score, sleep quality, and much more, saving you the need to check the Halo app on your phone. Looking suitably stylish on your wrist, the Halo View packs a lot into its budget-friendly price. If you listen to it, you’re sure to end up feeling more motivated in your daily activities.

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Fitbit Charge 5 –$127, was $150

A Fitbit Charge 5 displaying the home screen on a wearer opening a door.
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If you’re looking for a way to dive deeper into wellness, the Fitbit Charge 5 should be at the top of your Amazon wish list. This Fitbit model delivers you a Daily Readiness score each and every day as part of your premium Fitbit membership. This score takes insights from your activity, sleep, and heart rate variability into consideration and lets you know if you’re ready for a workout or if today is a recovery day. It doesn’t get any more intuitive or personalized than that.

The Fitbit Charge 5 is also killer when it comes to tracking your stats in real-time. Thanks to its built-in GPS, you go your runs totally phone-free. At the end of your workout, you’ll get a workout intensity map in the Fitbit app, which will show you your pace as well as your heart rate zones along the way. With a premium membership, the Fitbit Charge 5 also offers guided audio workouts that enable you to make your next workout just a little bit more challenging.

With up to seven days of battery life, you never need to worry about charging your Fitbit again, and it’s the perfect wearable tech for someone who is a fan of the great outdoors and spends several days camping, hiking, or backpacking. Perhaps one of the most interesting features of the Fitbit Charge 5 is the array of stress management tools that it makes available to the user. Every day, you receive a Stress Management Score and the Fitbit Charge 5 measures your body’s in-the-moment physical response with an on-wrist EDA Scan app. The Fitbit premium app includes a detailed breakdown of your stress management score as well as tools to help you achieve calm and mindfulness.

The Fitbit Charge 5 still packs a ton of punch at a reasonably affordable price. If you’re considering giving this Fitbit model a try, now is definitely the time, thanks to this offer, which is one of the best Prime Day Fitbit deals we’ve found.

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Apple Watch SE — $230, was $279

A person wears an Apple Watch SE displaying its apps.
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The Apple Watch SE is easily the best Apple Watch for most people. While it lacks the always-on display of the Apple Watch Series 6 and 7, it has mostly everything else you could want from a great Apple Watch. That’s why we’re always pleased to see it feature heavily within the Prime Day Apple Watch deals. It might seem best suited for anyone with an active lifestyle but it honestly works well for anyone simply vaguely interested in their health or saving the need to grab their phone so often. It’s twice as fast as the Apple Watch Series 3 with a 30% larger display that looks fantastic. Easily customizable, you can add different watch bands or faces to get it just how you like it.

Once set up, the Apple Watch SE is built to be tough and it’s also swim-proof. You can use it while hiking, hitting the gym, or simply doing about your daily business. If it detects you working out, it’ll easily measure what you’re doing so you can check back on your progress. At all times, the Apple Watch SE tracks your calorie burned, steps taken, along with insights into whether you’re walking faster than before. It is also able to detect any irregular heart rhythms and give you a heads up of a potential problem. Even when you’re asleep, the Apple Watch SE can track how you’re doing with fall detection providing peace of mind for the infirm.

Elsewhere, the Apple Watch SE works seamlessly with all your other Apple devices. It’s able to help you listen to music via your AirPods, unlock your Mac automatically, as well as find all your other devices. It even has Apple Pay support so you can pay with your watch. In addition, you can receive notifications, texts, and calls to your watch, saving the need to pull out your phone so often. Siri support also means you can ask it a wealth of questions with no bother.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

Galaxy Watch 4 Classic on the wrist.
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The Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is the more refined of the Galaxy Watch 4 range, with a design that’s more mature and sophisticated than its stablemate. It’s a smartwatch that looks like a regular watch, and it won’t look out of place in most scenarios, whether you’re exercising at the gym, or meeting in the board room. The case sizes are 42mm or 46mm, so it’s safe to say this is a large watch — so those with smaller wrists may want to shy away from this particular Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Prime Day deal.

Health tracking is a massive element of wearables these days, and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic certainly doesn’t disappoint. It has a number of fitness tracking options, and an enormous suite of health tracking tools to boot, which are boosted by the new addition to the range — the Samsung BioActive sensor. This new sensor includes a Bio-Electrical Impedance (BIA) sensor, an Electrocardiogram (ECG), and a PPG heart rate sensor, all of which use new software algorithms. The BIA shows your body composition, such as body water and fat levels, while the ECG is able to gauge your heart health. All of this feeds into the Samsung Health app, which provides more than enough data for the casual fitness fan.

Navigation through Samsung’s One Watch UI is simple, thanks to the rotating bezel, and you can use the touchscreen instead if you prefer, and the processor kept on chugging well throughout our time with it. The battery is good, but only lasts two days when switched off overnight. Don’t expect it to last that long if it’s constantly showing an always-on display, though. That’s a little disappointing, but it only takes about 80 minutes to charge to full from 10%, so leaving it for a little during the day isn’t a huge problem.

As far as Prime Day smartwatch deals go, this is definitely one of the ones to really consider. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is a leader of the pack where Android smartwatches are concerned, and if you pick one up today you’re unlikely to be disappointed.

Prime Day Laptop Deals

HP 11.6-inch Chromebook — $98, was $225

Woman sits at desk using a HP 11.6-inch Chromebook.

There are some fantastic Walmart Prime Day deals today, like this fast-booting HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE, designed for busy student life. Drop tested up to 122cm, it can survive a tumble from a desk or bag thanks to its metal-reinforced corners, and it’s spill and splash-proof, too, so even if you knock your soda or iced coffee onto it, you won’t lose your work.

This compact Chromebook is easily one of the best Chromebooks around. It features an 11.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution and 220 nits of brightness, making it ideal for use both indoors and out. It’s lightweight, boots up fast, and has a long battery life to see you through college lectures or school classes with ease. It also charges up fast, so you’ll be back up and running before you miss anything.

Under the hood, the AMD A4-9120C dual-core processor packs plenty of power, with 4GB of DDR4 RAM ensuring multitasking is a breeze — you’ll be your most productive ever. This Chromebook also lies flat, great for sharing apps and work with colleagues and classmates on the go.

Taking classes from home or learning online? The integrated webcam makes remote learning or video calls a breeze, and thanks to HP’s extended-range wireless LAN, you can learn from anywhere, whether that’s your kitchen table, local coffee shop, or even a sandy beach within Wi-Fi hotspot range. There’s also 32GB of onboard storage, perfect for storing all your work and personal documents.

With Chrome OS you can access Android and GSuite apps at the touch of a button, so all your favorite apps are ready to go. Upload your work to the cloud, share it with friends or colleagues, and collaborate on tasks or projects. Outside of the classroom, you can even play basic games on this Chromebook thanks to integrated AMD Radeon R4 graphics.

If you’re looking for the best Prime Day Chromebook deals around, this is definitely up there, and a must for students looking for a compact, portable Chromebook that doesn’t skimp on power or reliability.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go — $350, was $400

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go Sandstone

Prime Day laptop deals are often full of Microsoft Surface laptop deals thanks to the range looking so stylish while offering reliable hardware. In the case of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go, it may not be the fastest in the range, but it looks good, is very lightweight, and it’s comfortable to use. The Go range features among the best budget laptops for these very reasons. This Microsoft Surface Laptop Go offers a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor along with 4GB of memory and 64GB of eMMC storage. The latter is a little low for a Windows 10-based system, but like with Chromebooks, the idea is to save as many of your files as possible on the cloud.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go has a 12.4-inch Pixelsense touchscreen with a 3:2 ratio so you have plenty of room to see what’s going on. Having a touchscreen interface can prove useful too as you can get more tactile with your work rather than relying solely on the trackpad or keyboard. The great-looking screen is perfect for work, but it’s also good for watching your favorite shows via streaming apps. That’s bolstered by the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go having Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio so your audio sounds far better than with other lesser laptops. There’s also Wi-Fi 6 support so your connection will be more reliable and less prone to dropouts.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go has up to 13 hours of battery life, even despite weighing just 2.45 pounds. Fast-charging support means you can get back up to 80% in about an hour. You also get a built-in 720p HD camera for taking video calls, demonstrating how great the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is for work purposes. With all the style and great design of pricier Microsoft Surface laptops, the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go is ideal if you want something with a bit more panache than a budget Chromebook without breaking the bank. It’s well suited for regular commuters and students alike.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 — $700, was 900

The back of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4.

Buying one of the best laptops often means choosing between productivity and portability, but with Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4, you can have both. With its 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen, the Surface Laptop 4 is perfectly portable for use at work, school, or in a coffee shop, but it also doesn’t skimp on screen real estate.

Under the hood, the AMD Ryzen 5 Surface Edition processor packs plenty of power for all your productivity tasks, and it’s up to 70% faster than previous Surface laptops. There’s 8GB of RAM, ensuring games and apps run smoothly and multitasking is a breeze, and 128GB of onboard storage, plus integrated OneDrive cloud storage for all your important files and photos. Battery life is longer than ever before on a Surface Laptop too — up to 19 hours on a single charge. If you run out of battery in the middle of a work project, don’t panic. Fast charging will have you back up and running again quickly, with the battery reaching 80% in around an hour.

The sleek, ultra-thin design of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 comes in a stylish, cool Platinum metal finish and looks the part at home or at the office. The keyboard boasts a spacious layout so you won’t feel cramped while typing emails or reports, and the keys have white backlighting that can be adjusted to three levels of brightness — great if you find yourself working late into the evening.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 also has all the ports you need, including USB-C and USB-A ports, a charger port, and that all-important headphone jack for listening to music or video calls. Speaking of video calls, the front-facing 720p HD camera here won’t let you down, with dual far-field Studio Mics to reduce background noise and provide crisp audio.

This laptop isn’t all business: Thanks to AMD Radeon integrated graphics you can enjoy casual gaming, and Dolby Atmos audio ensures immersive, theater-like sound when streaming videos or watching movies. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 is also built for Windows Ink. You can use Windows Ink-enabled apps to draw or write on photos or videos before sharing them, draw a line in maps and get directions, and much more.

If you’re looking for a Windows laptop that’s slim and portable yet packs a powerful productivity punch, this is the one to get.

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Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 — $599, was $700

A red Samsung Galaxy Chromebook opened on a table.

Offering many of the features of the best Chromebooks currently available, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a delightful Chromebook for anyone looking for a fairly high-end device for the type. It looks super stylish with its fiesta red exterior, while also packing in plenty of great hardware and ways in which to get the absolute most from ChromeOS. If you’re keen to enjoy the extra security of ChromeOS but you also want a system that looks and feels like a well-made laptop, Samsung with the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is a reliable bet to pursue.

Under the hood, it has an Intel Core i3 processor along with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage. Those specifications are the kind of thing we would see from regular Windows-based laptops so you can guarantee that the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is able to fly when it comes to working quickly. It also utilizes Wi-Fi 6 so you get a faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connection than with older protocols. The highlight here though is the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2’s display. It has a 13.3-inch full HD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. With a QLED panel, you get a picture that offers 100% color volume and an image that truly pops. If you’re looking to stream lots of content on it or you simply want your work looking at its best, this is the way forward.

Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 uses Smart Amp audio to surround you in sound and provide you with up to 178% more powerful audio than normal amps. Despite all that power, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 is super thin and still promises an all-day battery life no matter what you’re doing. Sleek and gorgeous looking, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 has power where it counts too. It’s the ideal work device that also doubles up as a highly effective streaming system too. It’s easily one of the most appealing Prime Day Chromebook deals so far.

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Acer Nitro 5 — $880, was $1,000

Prime Day gaming laptop deals tend to be very good. with gaming systems always in high demand. That’s why the Acer Nitro 5 looks so appealing, even if it doesn’t quite make the cut for the best gaming laptops right now. At this price though, it offers all you could need from a gaming system, right down to some gamer-friendly aesthetics. As any gamer knows, the most important component is the graphics card. The Acer Nitro 5 has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ensuring superior performance to a standard 3050 graphics card. Backing that up is an Intel Core i5 processor, as well as 16GB of memory and 512GB of SSD storage. Some gaming systems only offer 8GB of memory, so seeing 16GB is great for any avid player. Similarly, 512GB is a decent amount compared to competitors offering 256GB, which can sometimes mean only a few games can be installed at once.

Besides the core specs, the Acer Nitro 5 is well-thought-out elsewhere. It offers a 15.6-inch full HD display that has a fantastic 144Hz refresh rate. The latter means that you won’t have to worry about motion blur when the action gets fast on screen, ensuring better performance every time. The Acer Nitro 5 also has a 4-zone RGB keyboard that looks great with the WASD and arrow keys highlighted for better visibility.

The Acer Nitro 5 also has a great chassis that ensures you can enjoy dual-fan cooling, which means you won’t have to worry about overheating issues or performance being degraded over time. If you want to control the fans, you can even do so yourself using the laptop’s NitroSense utility app. Adding to the useful side features, the Acer Nitro 5 also has DTS:X Ultra sound provided in a 3D spatial soundscape. Rounding things off nicely, the Acer Nitro 5 has HDMI 2.1 ports and the newest USB 3.2 standard.

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Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)

The 2021 MacBook Pro with the lid open on a white table.

In the market for a new MacBook Pro? Prime Day MacBook deals have already landed, making this a great time to pick up this MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021). Not only does it look as sleek as you’d expect, with its unibody aluminum chassis in Space Gray, but it’s also the most powerful MacBook around because of its Apple M1 Pro chip. There’s 1TB of onboard storage, giving you plenty of space for all your photos, apps, and documents — and if you need more, just pop in an SD card.

This time around, the 2021 Macbook Pro‘s 10-core CPU promises 2x faster performance, with a 16-core GPU. There’s an extensive port selection, so along with the three Thunderbolt 4 ports, you get a MagSafe 3 power adapter port that delivers up to 140W of power, plus an HDMI port and a full-size SD card slot — all nice to have. Speaking of nice-to-haves, the MacBook Pro (2021) has a 1080p FaceTime webcam that’s perfect for video calls and the best audio experience of any laptop to date, thanks to the six-speaker sound system.

With its 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with 3456 x 2234 resolution, everything from the latest blockbuster movies to your family holiday snaps looks amazing. There are 475 nits of brightness, ensuring the screen is visible both indoors and under direct sunlight, and the liquid retina display is powered by mini-LED for deeper blacks and better contrast than LED — perfect for watching HDR content. Oh, and that 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate makes everything super smooth, too, automatically adjusting between 20Hz and 120Hz to suit.

The latest MacBook Pro weighs in at 4.7 pounds and measures 0.66 inches thick, so although it’s not the lightest or most compact MacBook around, you’re trading portability for power here. That also means you get a comfortable, precise keyboard for typing up work reports or emails. There’s no Touch Bar, but in its place is a full-sized row of function keys — a great addition.

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Prime Day Headphone Deals

Apple AirPods Pro — $200, was $249

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The Apple AirPods Pro are some of the best wireless earbuds that money can buy right now. Particularly appealing to owners of other Apple devices, they offer an extensive array of features that mean you get the best out of your listening experience, whether you’re watching a movie, listening to music, or taking in an interesting podcast. Comfortable to wear thanks to including three sizes of soft, tapered silicone tips for a customizable fit, as well as a smart design, you can wear these for a long time without running into any issues.

The Apple AirPods Pro also sound great. They include spatial audio with dynamic head tracking so that it feels like the music you’re listening to is surrounding you. Ever wanted to feel like you’re at a concert while you listen to a great track? Spatial audio makes that possible. As well as that, the Apple AirPods Pro have adaptive EQ which means that music is automatically tuned to the shape of your ear giving you a truly personal experience. That’s before we factor in the exceptional Active Noise Cancellation which means the Apple AirPods Pro can block outside noise, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the music. Any time you need to return to reality, you can switch over to a transparency mode so that you can interact once more without needing to remove your earphones.

Apple AirPods Pro feature heavily within the Prime Day AirPods deals for good reason — they’re simply excellent earphones. They offer effortless setup with your other Apple devices, along with in-ear detection, and automatic switching any time you switch from your iPhone to your MacBook or similar. With more than 24 hours of total listening time once you factor in the MagSafe Charging Case, the Apple AirPods Pro will soon find themselves being one of those essential items you have to take with you wherever you go.

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Bose QuietComfort 45 — $229, was $329

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This Bose QC45 Prime Day deal is one not to be missed if you’re keen to block out as much surrounding noise as possible. The Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones offer mostly everything you could want from an incredibly comfortable fit to providing you with excellent noise cancellation as well as sound quality. Bose is consistently a leader in the noise cancellation world and it shows here. The company uses tiny mics to measure, compare, and react to outside noise, using such knowledge to cancel it out with opposite signals. A choice of a Quiet or Aware mode gives you options too. Quiet mode provides full noise cancellation while Aware mode means that you can bring the outside into your headphones for a time, allowing you to hear the environment around you at the same time as your music.

The Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones sound great too thanks to offering active EQ that is able to maintain balanced performance at any volume. That way, bass stays consistent even when turned down while your favorite tracks still sound clear even when you crank up the volume. For those that like to tweak settings, adjustable EQ ensures that you can make changes to the bass, mid-range, and treble levels so you get things just how you like them. Alternatively, a number of presets are also available if you want to get straight to the point.

However you plan on listening to the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones, they’re an ideal fit for an extended period of time. They feel great on your head with synthetic leather on both the inner portion of the headband as well as the ear cushions. It’s simple to wear them for extended periods of time which is useful as the Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones offer up to 24 hours of battery life from one charge so you’ll be able to wear these for a long time with no issue. Also, a quick 15 minute charge gives you back three hours of charge so you won’t have to wait for long to get back in action.

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 — $269, was $379

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The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are the ideal headphones for business users, thanks to offering phenomenal voice pickup features as well as more active noise cancellation options than most of its competitors. If you’re looking for a pair of headphones that make you come across more professional, while also sounding great, you need the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Getting straight to noise cancellation, these headphones offer a remarkable 11 different levels of active noise cancellation to choose from. Such variety means you can tweak things to just how you like them, allowing in just the right amount of outside noise for your needs. It’s perfect for those times you need to listen to an announcement on your commute, or when you need to keep a little more involved with the world while you listen to music.

Listening to music will sound great here too, thanks to the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offering up deep, full bass while also providing you with crisp and clear details. Full and balanced, no matter how high you crank up the volume, these headphones will make music sound fantastic all over again. At all times, you have easy access to voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant so you can easily ask the headphones to play music, provide you with the weather, or pretty much everything else you can do with a voice assistant.

Your favored voice assistant won’t have any trouble understanding you either as the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offer a revolutionary microphone system that adapts to noisy and windy environments so your voice always sounds crystal clear. It’s a real game changer when you’re taking calls on walks or in noisy environments. Wrapping up things nicely, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 also feel great on your head thanks to a lightweight stainless steel headband and earcups that are tilted to provide you with the perfect fit. With up to 20 hours of battery life, you can enjoy the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 for a significantly long time before you need to recharge them, continuing the ever practical nature of the headphones.

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Prime Day TV Deals

Insignia F50 Series 4K QLED Fire TV — from $300, was $360

Inisgnia F30 50-inch 4k Smart TV in living room.

The days when you had to pay a lot to get a 4K TV are long over, and that’s even true of QLED TVs now. The Insignia F50 Fire TV is one such television that can be had for cheap. In fact, it’s the first Fire TV to feature a quantum dot panel, which delivers a brighter, more vibrant picture than standard LED TVs thanks to small light-amplifying particles built into the display. If you want an upgrade over standard 4K LED TVs but don’t want to pony up the cash for an OLED TV (we don’t blame you on that one), the Insignia F50 QLED Fire TV is a great compromise.

At 50 inches, this Insignia F50 Fire TV is a solid choice for a smaller common room, bedroom, or other space where something like 60 or 65 inches might overwhelm (although you can grab the 65-inch one for a bit more, if you want). It still delivers all of your content in crisp 4K Ultra HD, though, and, as we mentioned, its quantum dot LED panel looks great. The Fire TV software gives you easy access to all of your streaming apps, while the included Alexa Voice Remote gives you complete hands-free control and lets you connect your smart TV to other compatible devices.

The narrow bezels and sleek frame make this television an attractive addition to your home, as well. Dolby Vision and DTS Virtual-X Sound also provide an immersive experience, and if you want, you can easily hook up a soundbar with a single cable thanks to HDMI ARC support. For the price (which is about half of what it originally went for), this Insignia F50 Fire TV isn’t just one of the best early Prime Day offers — it’s one of the best Prime Day TV deals, period.

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Toshiba M550 Series 4K Fire TV — from $350, was $800

Toshiba M-Series 4K Fire TV.
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If you’re hunting around for a budget-friendly smart television among these early Prime Day deals, then Toshiba is another name that should be on your radar as this brand makes some solid Fire TVs for the money. The Toshiba M series Fire TV is the new flagship of the brand’s smart television line, boasting some nice upgrades over older models.

Chief among these innovations, and what sets the Toshiba M550 Series Fire TV apart from the sea of other 4K televisions, is its 120Hz panel. Most TVs feature a refresh rate of just 60Hz, but the boosted refresh rate of the Toshiba M550 Fire TV delivers a smoother picture during fast-paced content (think action movies, sports, and video games). That translates to fewer annoyances like stuttering and motion blur.

Since it’s a Fire TV, you get all the smart streaming capabilities that come with Amazon’s smart television software. Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube, Disney+ — it’s all there. It has Alexa built right in as well, allowing you to control the TV and compatible smart devices using just your voice. Another neat feature is Full Array Local Dimming. This separates the TV panel into independently lit zones to provide better lighting and contrast without affecting the rest of the picture. The Toshiba M550 Series 4K Fire TV is available at 55, 65, and 75 inches as well, so you can pick the one that’s right for just about any room.

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TCL 70-inch Class 4-Series 4K TV — $500, was $600

A TCL 4 Series 4k TV is mounted on a brick wall in a living room.

Best Buy Prime Day deals are looking promising for anyone in search of a new TV. In the case of the TCL 70-inch Class 4-Series 4K TV, you get to enjoy one of the best TV brands for anyone who wants to save big without missing out on quality. While this 70-inch beast may not be one of the best TVs overall, it’s hard to fault it at this price. The large 4K display offers up HDR so you get more bright and accurate colors, but it also goes further than that. There’s Clear Motion Index 120 technology which means a superior refresh rate so that fast-moving scenes look clearer and smoother. It makes a huge difference if you love to watch movies or play games.

As well as that, the TCL 70-inch Class 4-Series 4K TV is packed with smart features. It has a voice remote so you can use your voice to control or search for content. With thousands of streaming apps at your disposal, there’s no shortage of options here. It’s helpful to be able to search with your voice rather than type in a long command. The TCL 70-inch Class 4-Series 4K TV also has Google Assistant built in so you can control your smart home devices through the TV and your voice, dimming the lights, or changing the temperature. Chromecast makes it simple to cast content from your phone or tablet as well.

Including genuinely useful features means that the TCL 70-inch Class 4-Series 4K TV can be more than just a large TV. Offering surprisingly good picture quality for the price, along with features that mean it’s more like a smart home hub at times, leads to a great experience for everyone. You can even stream music to your phone, headphones, or soundbar via the TV, proving surprisingly useful.

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Prime Day Phone Deals

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 — $1,396, was $1,800

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in hand.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a remarkably stylish phone. That’s because, unlike most of the other Prime Day phone deals you’ll see emerging, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a foldable phone that offers an awful lot to love about it. Unfolded, it offers up a 7.6-inch main screen that works out a little bigger than a Kindle Paperwhite. Folded up, it becomes a tall and narrow “candy bar” style phone that has a 6.2-inch cover screen. It’s like nothing else you’ll have used before, and if you’re keen to have a unique phone, you owe it to yourself to invest in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Unfolded, you may see the seam a little, but you soon get used to it being there. Mostly, you’ll just enjoy the fact that you have so much screen space. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is pretty durable, too, with IPX8 water resistance so it can stand up to complete immersion in water. That’s far better than many standard phones, let alone a foldable one. The screen itself offers a great resolution of 2208×1768, with a 120Hz refresh rate so that browsing using it is silky smooth. It’s an AMOLED display, plus it supports HDR10+, so picture quality is great with rich colors that make you want to watch more shows on it.

In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with 12GB of memory and 256GB of storage, so it’s able to keep up with whatever you’re doing. Whether you’re using it as the productivity powerhouse it is or opting to play some games, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is never a slouch. Camera-wise, it offers an Under Display camera so you’re not disturbed by anything getting in the way. That camera offers three 12MP lenses with a mixture of a primary sensor, telephoto, and ultrawide, so it takes great photos. However you plan on using the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, it will delight you every step of the way.

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What is Prime Day?

Prime Day is Amazon’s own version of Black Friday, exclusively for subscribers to its Amazon Prime membership. The event, which will last 48 hours, brings discounts on everything from household essentials like coffee beans and diapers to must-have tech like iPads and 4K TVs. These Prime deals are released hourly, in limited quantities. In other words: This is a first-come, first-served affair with some Amazon Prime deals going out of stock in minutes.

Nothing is really off the table during Prime Day, with Amazon and other retailers slashing prices on everything from clothing and furniture to home appliances and office essentials. Naturally, the biggest stars of the show (and the ones we’re most interested in) are the discounts on expensive electronics, which make up the bulk of the best Prime Day deals and are the ones for which you want to keep your eyes peeled.

If it runs on electricity, then it’s likely to feature heavily among the Prime Day deals. This isn’t to say every single item from every single brand will be on sale, but as far as product categories go, you can expect to see worthy Prime Day deals on whatever you’re looking for. That includes laptops, video games, game consoles, smart TVs, kitchen appliances, streaming devices, headphones, speakers, mobile devices — you name it. For techies like us, Prime Day is practically Christmas in July.

Is Prime Day only for Prime members?

There aren’t many internet holidays more anticipated and more celebrated than Amazon’s annual Prime Day. Though Amazon’s annual shopping event doesn’t officially take place until July 12 and July 13, the deals have already started flooding the Amazon website for Prime members. But what if you aren’t an Amazon Prime member? All is not lost because this year you can sign up for Amazon Prime and take advantage of all of the sweet Prime Day deals for our favorite price: free.

Prime Day is an event designed to reward Prime members, and to become a Prime member, customers have the option to pay $139 annually or $14.99 monthly. Amazon Prime members receive several enticing benefits as part of their memberships, including same-day, one-day, and two-day delivery on millions of items; two-hour grocery delivery; unlimited access to Amazon Prime Video; unlimited access to Amazon Prime Music; savings on prescriptions; and Amazon’s Try Before You Buy service, which allows you to try on fashion items before you buy them and only pay for the items you decide to keep.

The list of Prime benefits goes on and on, but one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to shop Amazon’s annual Prime Day event. So here’s how to score an Amazon Prime Membership for 30 days for absolutely free: sign up. That’s literally it. All you have to do is head to Amazon’s site and put in your credit card info to set up your trial membership. This promotion is available to those who have either never been a Prime member or have not had a membership in the last 12 months. Word to the wise: If you don’t want to keep your membership after the trial period ends, make sure you set a reminder for yourself to cancel it.

Now, let’s say you’re a college student. Your lucky day just got a little bit luckier, because Amazon offers a free six-month Amazon Prime student trial. As long as you are enrolled in at least one class at college institution within the United States or Puerto Rico and have an email address that ends in .edu, you qualify. Once the student trial ends, if you decide that you want to hang on to your membership, you get discounted Prime membership rates. You can either pay $7.49 per month or $69 annually, and you get that rate locked in for four years.

Whether or not you’re currently a Prime Member, there’s definitely a way for you to take advantage of all the sweet deals coming this Prime Day. Sign up for your free trial now and save big on July 12 and 13.

Do other retailers have Prime Day deals?

Yes and no. Officially, Prime Day is exclusive to Amazon, but many other retailers also run their own concurrent sales to steal some of Amazon’s thunder. Last year, Walmart ran a huge “Days of Deals” sale alongside Prime Day, to name just one example, and other tech-focused online retailers such as Best Buy and Newegg aren’t shy about getting in on the action, either. Target is another one worth mentioning, and it’s a good place to check out during Prime Day if you want to save on items like clothes and home essentials, although it sells plenty of electronics, too.

Really, though, if you’re only going to shop one site during Prime Day, then you can’t beat Amazon. The other retailers run sales pretty regularly year-round, including during Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well as holidays like Labor Day and Fourth of July — but Prime Day only comes once a year, and it only happens officially on Amazon. That, in our experience, is where you’ll always find the best Prime Day deals.

If you have the opportunity to take advantage of a free Prime trial, then Prime Day is the perfect time to do it. But even if you end up paying for a Prime membership, that in itself is not a bad deal considering that it gives you access not only to Prime Day deals but also to a huge catalog of music, shows, movies, e-books, free games each month, free two-day shipping, and more. Since you can cancel at any time, you can always just pay for one month of Prime in July and then end your membership after Prime Day if you end up deciding that you’re not getting enough value out of it.

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Best 4th of July Sales and Deals You Can Still Shop Today

The 4th of July sales are offering shoppers the first big chance of the season to take home must-have tech, home appliances, and more at rock-bottom prices. With every retailer claiming to have the best 4th of July sales available, tracking down the cheapest 4th of July deals can seem like an impossible task. There’s another catch, too, as Prime Day is back on its normal July scheduling this year — just a week after the 4th of July — and that’s another sale you don’t want to miss. The good news is that with 4th of July sales and Prime Day deals rolling out nearly back-to-back, shoppers can look forward to Black Friday in July, and we’re here to help you navigate it all. Here’s everything you need to know about the 4th of July sales and whether the Prime Day sales are worth waiting for instead.

Best 4th of July Sales 2022

  • : Amazon hasn’t kicked off an official 4th of July sale since Prime Day is right around the corner, but it has discounted a number of must-have electronics and appliances (even more than usual) among its early Prime Day deals.
  • : Best Buy’s 4th of July sale is still happening, bringing steep discounts on home essentials such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and washer-dryers. You can also get a free $100 gift card with appliance package purchases of $1,499 or more.
  • : Like Target, Walmart is another go-to place if selection is what you desire. Its 4th of July Rollback event is offering up juicy savings on clothing, toys, video games, electronics, home essentials, outdoor goods, and just about everything else.

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HP Laptop 14 — $280, was $400

HP 14 laptop with intel Celeron on desk.

Need a solid workhorse PC? HP has one of the best 4th of July laptop deals on tap right now in this 14-inch number, which sports an Intel Celeron CPU paired with 8GB of RAM. That’s twice the memory you typically see at this price point, meaning this laptop won’t slow you down. The icing on the cake is the 128GB SSD, which again, is much more than what you normally find in this bracket (where you’re often stuck with 64GB of eMMC storage). That’s a very good set of specs for less than $300.

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress — From $399

A couple rest on a Nectar Memory Foam Mattress in a bedroom.

Nectar makes one of our favorite memory foam mattresses, and is a great option if you don’t feel like spending thousands of dollars to get a better night’s sleep. Right now, the Nectar 4th of July Sale is offering $100 off its line of memory foam mattresses, plus up to $499 in free accessories included with every purchase. You can get free pillows, sheets, and a mattress protector, with the bonuses (and savings) varying depending on what size mattress you buy.

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This Lenovo Chromebook is $79 in the 4th of July sales

Shoppers who need a new laptop on a tight budget are always recommended to check out Chromebooks like the Lenovo Chromebook 3, which is currently part of the ongoing Best Buy 4th of July sale. It’s yours for a very affordable $79, after a $60 discount that nearly halves the device’s original price of $139. While it’s not one of the best Chromebooks out there, it offers amazing value for your money at that price.

Most people have grown accustomed to the traditional Windows-based laptops, but if you’re just planning to use the machine for basic functions such as browsing the internet, typing documents, and watching streaming content, the Lenovo Chromebook 3 will be more then enough. However, since it’s a laptop that costs just $79, you might want to hurry in availing Best Buy’s offer. In addition to only being available for a limited time, there’s a chance that stock may run out and the deal may end even sooner.

Why you should buy this Chromebook

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  • 11.6-inch HD display
  • Chrome OS ensures fast performance
  • Light and thin construction

The Lenovo Chromebook 3 is equipped with an 11.6-inch HD display, which is sufficient for most of the activities that you can do on the laptop. Inside the device are the Intel Celeron N4020 processor, integrated Intel UHD Graphics 600, and 4GB of RAM, with a 64GB eMMC flash memory for storage. The Chromebook also comes with a built-in HD webcam with microphone, which will let you join video calls and online meetings, and there’s also a built-in media reader that supports microSD memory card formats.

If you’re thinking that these specifications won’t make for a decent laptop, you’re mistaken. That’s because Chromebooks are powered by Google’s Chrome OS, which is essentially the Chrome browser that’s revamped into an operating system. Chrome OS depends on web-based apps instead of software that you need to install, which translates to low overhead and enabling quick startups and quick performance even with low-end components. Chromebooks also support cloud storage, so limited space on the hard drive isn’t an issue, and you can choose to download your favorite Android apps from the Google Play Store.

The Lenovo Chromebook 3 weighs just 2.4 pounds and measures 0.67 inch thick, so it’s easy to carry around — ideal for students and professionals who need constant access to a laptop. If you don’t want this year’s 4th of July sales to end without buying a new laptop, the Lenovo Chromebook 3 should be under your heavy consideration, as it’s not easy to find a decent machine for less than $100.

More Chromebook deals you can shop today

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4 11.6, Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Chrome OS, Platinum Titan.

The Lenovo Chromebook 3 is very affordable with Best Buy’s discount for the Fourth of July, but there are other Chromebook deals available from different retailers if you want to make comparisons with other choices. Among the offers that you should take a look at are the Asus C403 Rugged Chromebook from Walmart and the HP Chromebook x2 11 2K 2-in-1 from HP. There’s also Amazon’s price cut for the Samsung Galaxy 4K 2-in-1 Chromebook, which is one of the best Chromebook experiences available.

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If you don’t want to learn the intricacies of a new operating system and would rather stick to a Windows-based machine, there are laptop deals of all shapes and sizes that you can consider. They won’t be as cheap as Best Buy’s offer for the Lenovo Chromebook 3, though, so you have to weigh whether it’s more important to keep to a tight budget or to stay on a familiar OS in a more expensive device.

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Don’t buy a Laptop in the 4th of July sales – wait until Prime Day

The 4th of July sales are coming up fast, and they seem mighty tempting if you’re looking to buy yourself a new laptop. However, we’ve got news for you — the 4th of July sales aren’t the best time to buy devices like laptops. Instead, it’s Prime Day deals that are the most appealing option here. To help you figure out what to buy and when, read on while we take you through what you need to know.

4th of July sales you can shop today

  • : Amazon hasn’t kicked off an official 4th of July sale since Prime Day is right around the corner, but it has discounted a number of must-have electronics and appliances (even more than usual) among its early Prime Day deals.
  • : Best Buy’s 4th of July Appliance Sale is now underway, bringing steep discounts on home essentials such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and washer-dryers. You can also get a free $100 gift card with appliance package purchases of $1,499 or more.
  • : Bed Bath & Beyond is slashing prices by up to 50% on a wide assortment of goods for the kitchen, bedroom, dining room, bathroom, patio, and any other space inside (or even outside) your home.
  • : Casper is knocking up to $600 off its mattresses and as much as 50% off almost everything else (with some exclusions) for its 4th of July sale.
  • : Dell is offering massive discounts on laptops, monitors, and desktop computers, which includes hot items like gaming PCs and XPS laptops.
  • : Looking to eat better? Right now, you can sign up for HelloFresh and get your first meal delivery box for as little as $3.79 per meal kit, along with free home shipping.
  • : HP has been running 4th of July sales since what feels like the start of time, and it’s back with another one for 4th of July 2022: Enjoy up to 60% off a wide selection of laptops, desktops, monitors, PC peripherals, and printers.
  • : Lenovo is another PC brand that loves running these seasonal sales, and its 4th of July deals include doorbuster discounts of up to 60% on ThinkPads, Legion gaming laptops, monitors, accessories, and more.
  • : Lowe’s is offering between $150 to $750 off home appliances, patio furniture, and just about everything else you’d squeeze into or outside your home, including outdoor grills. The more you buy, the more you save.
  • : Nectar is running one of the best 4th of July sales on bedding, with $100 discounts on its memory foam mattresses along with up to $499 in free extras (sheets, pillows, etc.) included with every mattress purchase.
  • : Samsung makes everything from smartphones to home appliances, so whatever you’re after, this 4th of July sale probably has it. Everything from Galaxy phones and smartwatches to 4K TVs and refrigerators are marked down right now.
  • : Target’s 4th of July sale features discounts of up to 50% on clothing, toys, appliances, tech, indoor and outdoor furniture, and more.
  • : You can save big on thousands of items including home appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators, patio furniture and accessories, and household tools at The Home Depot.
  • : Save up to $500 on select mattresses, up to 40% on any size topper, and as much as $100 on pillows and bedding during Tempur-Pedic’s 4th of July sale.
  • : Like Target, Walmart is another go-to place if selection is what you desire. Its 4th of July Rollback event is offering up juicy savings on clothing, toys, video games, electronics, home essentials, outdoor goods, and just about everything else.
  • : Looking for some new outdoor furniture? Hammock? Jacuzzi? Gazebo? Lighting? Heater? Umbrella? Grill? Wayfair’s 4th of July sale has it all — for as much as 60% off.

4th of July sales are best for appliances

The 4th of July sales are very strong at one particular thing — appliance deals. When it comes to buying new appliances for your home like a new refrigerator, oven, washer/dryer, or pretty much any other kind of large white goods, the 4th of July sales are the time to look.

That’s because, traditionally, 4th of July sales tend to focus on ways in which you can improve your home. Besides large appliances, that also tends to mean that items like mattresses and bedding, as well as furniture, tend to be heavily discounted during the 4th of July sales, unlike Prime Day deals.

Alongside ways to improve your home, 4th of July sales also often see discounts on clothes and shoes, too. That way, everything about your aesthetic can be improved for less from your home to your own personal style.

Prime Day brings some of the best laptop deals of the year

So, when should you buy a new laptop? It has to be Prime Day. Prime Day happens July 12 and July 13 so it’s just a week after the 4th of July and could mean a far more considerable saving than buying early. The Prime Day laptop deals are often some of the best around and we don’t just mean during the summer — we mean all year round. The only time that such deals tend to be rivaled is during Black Friday and Cyber Monday with both of those events not happening until late November, following Thanksgiving.

That’s a long time to wait for a new laptop so buying as part of the Prime Day deals is a much better option. We’re counting on seeing some pretty impressive laptop deals around the Prime Day sales. We’re not just talking about when buying from Amazon either. Often, other retailers also get in on the act and launch their own sales which can be just as competitive as Amazon and sometimes even better. That’s why it’s important to look around.

Besides regular laptop deals, it’s also highly likely that we will see some Prime Day MacBook deals. Granted, such deals don’t tend to be quite as competitive as other laptop deals since MacBooks are so highly sought after that they command higher prices. However, you’re still likely to enjoy some reasonable discounts on them so if you’re in the market for a new MacBook, it’s worth keeping an eye on what Prime Day can bring.

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Best Memorial Day Laptop Sales: Deals from $98

Memorial Day is here and that means tons of Memorial Day sales to check out. With plenty of steep discounts on laptops, we’ve rounded up the best Memorial Day laptop deals from top brands, including HP, Dell, and Lenovo, and many others. Read on and we’ll take you through everything you need to know and why you may wish to consider certain laptop deals. After all, with so many options to choose from, it’d be overwhelming without a little guidance, right?

Memorial Day laptop sales: Today’s best deals

  • HP Chromebook 11$98, was $225
  • Dell Inspiron 15 3000$230, was $300
  • HP Laptop 14$480, was $580
  • HP Envy x360 15 2-in-1$900, was $1,160
  • Lenovo Legion 5i Gaming Laptop$1,270, was $1,590
  • Dell XPS 13 OLED Touch$1,420, was $1,920
  • Dell XPS 15 OLED Touch$1,862, was $2,300

HP Chromebook 11 — $98, was $225

Why Buy

  • Incredible value
  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Cloud-based Chrome OS software is slick and responsive
  • Wide compatibility with many Android apps

Anybody who’s in the market for a super-cheap laptop should seriously consider a Chrome OS machine like the HP Chromebook 11. This 11.6-inch Chrome-powered laptop won’t set the world on fire in terms of hardware specs, but for around a Benjamin, it really doesn’t get any better. Its 11.6-inch HD display is a great size for a compact laptop that’s about as wide as a tablet, meaning you can throw this thing in your bag and take it anywhere. It’s great for students who just need a basic machine for taking notes, typing documents, or taking classes online, and it’d also be a good pick for a kid’s first laptop.

The HP Chromebook 11 runs on an AMD A4 mobile CPU paired with 4GB of RAM. Those are basic specs, but since Chrome OS is mostly cloud-based, you don’t need that much horsepower — many if not most of your work will be handled on the cloud, so your processor doesn’t really do much heavy lifting. For storage, you’ve got a 32GB eMMC. That might not sound like much, but again, you’ll be relying on the cloud for anything but basic storage. All of the apps and software you need are built right into Chrome OS, and better still, this operating system is now compatible with many Android apps from the Google Play Store. That app compatibility is sure to come in handy if you use an Android smartphone.

Right above the 11-inch display sits a webcam with a built-in mic, so you can use this compact Chromebook for things like video calls, conferences, and taking online classes as we already mentioned. It also features both Bluetooth and wireless connectivity for easy networking and use with wireless peripherals such as headphones. Despite its small size, the HP Chromebook 11 is built with active users in mind and is drop-tested to withstand short falls and inevitable bumps thanks to its metal-reinforced corners. If you need a cheap laptop and are willing to give Chrome OS a spin, this is one of the best Memorial Day laptop deals on tap today.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 — $230, was $300

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop on a white background displaying a colourful scene.

Why Buy

  • Nice overall design
  • Hinge-lift keyboard
  • Spacious keys and numpad for productivity
  • Cheap

If Chrome isn’t your thing and you’re in the market for a cheap Windows laptop, on the other hand, then you can’t do much better than Dell laptop deals like this. The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is admittedly a rather basic work machine, but it has all the things we want to see in a super-affordable sub-$300 laptop: its 15-inch HD display is the perfect size for work, but slim bezels and a nice overall design mean that it’s not too bulky to move around with. It has an anti-glare coating so you can see it clearly in bright environments as well, which is another boon if you’re the type who’s frequently moving from room to room with your laptop in tow.

Another design feature we like about the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is its hinge-lift keyboard. When you pop open the display, the screen panel props up the keyboard for a more natural and comfortable typing angle. Adding to that comfort are the nice large keycaps. You even get a numeric keypad, which is something that’s often absent on laptops nowadays. Under the hood, this Inspiron 15 3000 runs on an Intel Celeron CPU and 4GB of RAM. While that won’t win any awards or run the latest AAA games, it’s enough for basic stuff like browsing the web, typing up emails, editing documents, and other straightforward tasks. A built-in HD webcam is also there for you to make video calls and take classes online.

For storage, you’ve got a 128GB SSD, which is nice to see as many cheap laptops feature only 64GB (or even worse, 32GB) of flash storage. The Dell Inspiron 15 also comes loaded with Windows 11 right out of the box, so you’re good to go with the latest software. If you need a basic computer on the cheap, then the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is the best brand-name laptop you’re going to find for this price right now.

HP Laptop 14 — $480, was $580

The HP Laptop 14 on a light grey background.

Why Buy

  • Utilitarian 14-inch size
  • Hits the price-to-performance sweet spot
  • 1080p display
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity

HP is another brand known for its no-nonsense work PCs, and if you need a machine with a little more juice than the Dell Inspiron (but something that’s still pretty affordable), look no further than this HP Laptop 14. With a 14-inch display, this number strikes a perfect balance between utility and portability, being a bit smaller than your run-of-the-mill 15-inch laptops but more comfortable to work on than most 13-inch ultrabooks — to say nothing of the even smaller 11- and 12-inch computers, which are probably not ideal for a long day’s work. That 14-inch display also features a Full HD 1080p resolution, which is a clear upgrade over the 720p panels seen on many sub-$500 laptops.

The HP Laptop 14 has the hardware where it counts. It comes loaded with an AMD Ryzen 5 5625U processor, which sports six cores, 12 threads, and a max clock speed of 4.3 GHz. That’s a very capable processor for an everyday workstation, and it’s paired with a full 8GB of 3,200 MHz DDR4 RAM so you won’t get bogged down while multi-tasking. The 256GB solid-state drive is sufficient for your programs and work files as well, and although the keyboard lacks a numpad, the large keycaps ensure you’ll be typing comfortably all day.

Another nice modern touch that HP added to this laptop is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity, so you can take advantage of the latest network standards for a smoother internet connection and more reliable syncing with connected Bluetooth devices such as headphones. It even comes with Windows 11 pre-installed. All of this adds up to make the HP Laptop 14 a fantastic (and budget-friendly) workhorse that has everything you need and nothing you don’t, as well as one of the best HP laptop deals going right now.

HP Envy x360 15 2-in-1 — $900, was $1,160

The HP Envy x360 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop makes a great option for just about anyone.

Why Buy

  • Versatile 2-in-1 form factor
  • Excellent specs for demanding software and multi-tasking
  • Edge-to-edge 1080p touch display
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen

Is the standard clamshell laptop design not cutting it for your digital lifestyle anymore? It might be time to upgrade to a 2-in-1. These convertible laptop/tablet hybrids have exploded in popularity recently, and it’s easy to see why: their fold-flat touch displays add a completely new dimension to the traditional laptop, unlocking layers of functionality that you didn’t know you needed until now. The Envy x360 15 laptop combines everything we love about the hybrid 2-in-1 design with HP’s pedigree for sleek design, reliable hardware, and sturdy build quality (which is something you want from a convertible, naturally).

The HP Envy x360 sports a 15-inch 1080p touchscreen with IPS panel technology, offering a crisp, clear, and color-accurate picture with generous viewing angles. This display can fold backward on a 360-degree hinge, giving you four modes in which to use the machine. You can enjoy it in traditional laptop mode, fold the screen all the way flat for tablet mode, prop it up in tent mode for watching videos or doing some light gaming, or use the keyboard as a flat stand for sharing the screen presentation mode.

Built-in speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen allow the HP Envy x360 to serve as a true multimedia machine, but this thing is also built for serious work thanks to its 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1195G7 quad-core CPU and 16GB of 3,200MHz RAM. Those are excellent specs for running more demanding software and for chronic multi-taskers. The 512GB SSD also provides ample space for all of your programs, project files, and other digital goodies. Of all the Memorial Day laptop sales that have started, this is one of the best 2-in-1 laptop deals you can find for less than a grand at the moment.

Lenovo Legion 5i Gaming Laptop — $1,270, was $1,590

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro sitting at an angle.
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Why Buy

  • Great specs for running the latest titles
  • Full-sized keyboard with numpad
  • One of Nvidia’s best mobile GPUs
  • Nvidia G-Sync technology

Gaming laptops have come a long, long way in recent years, and few machines exemplify this better than the Lenovo Legion 5i. This impressive laptop battle station packs one of Intel’s newer 11th-gen Core i5 CPUs, the i5-11400H, which features six cores and a max Turbo Boost clock speed of 4.50 GHz. That works with 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory to deliver great overall performance for work and play. A gaming system is only as good as its graphics card, however, and the Legion 5i does not disappoint with its Nvidia RTX 3060 — one of the best mobile GPUs on the market today. This laptop is more than capable of handling the latest AAA titles at good settings and will be for years to come.

Of course, any gamer knows that having a good display is just as vital as having a good GPU, as a sub-par screen can bottleneck that beefy hardware and prevent you from getting the most out of your PC’s muscle. Two things to look for with gaming laptops and monitors are refresh rate and vertical sync technologies, and the Legion 5i gaming laptop has both. Its 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display has a refresh rate of 165Hz. This allows you to crank up the framerate for smoother play without suffering from lag and stuttering. The Legion 5i also features Nvidia G-Sync, which better syncs the RTX GPU with the laptop’s screen. This mitigates annoyances such as screen-tearing during fast-paced action scenes for a more immersive viewing experience.

Some other nice gamer-friendly design features include a nice large keyboard (complete with numpad), a great dual-fan cooling design using Lenovo’s Coldfront 3.0 technology, and the Lenovo Legion AI Engine that automatically optimizes the laptop’s performance on the fly to deliver maximum performance for whatever you’re playing. If you’re looking for a serious gaming laptop that can go toe-to-toe with most gaming desktop PCs, then Lenovo laptop deals are a great place to start, and the Legion 5i is the one.

Dell XPS 13 OLED Touch — $1,420, was $1,920

XPS 13 running Age of Empires IV.

Why Buy

  • The best Windows laptop on the market
  • Gorgeous 3.5K OLED touch display
  • Great keyboard for its size
  • Excellent battery life

If you’ve been reading us for any length of time, then it’s probably not a surprise that the Dell XPS 13 has been our favorite Windows laptop for years running now. In fact, this latest model with an OLED display sits at the top of our roundup of the best laptops owing to its sleek featherweight design, super-thin bezels, great hardware performance, and shockingly good keyboard and touchpad for such a compact laptop. None of those things are new to the XPS 13, of course, but what this one brings to the table is a gorgeous new display (which was a much-needed upgrade to keep up with the competition).

This new Dell XPS 13 features an improved OLED screen with a sharp 3.5K resolution of 3,456 x 2,160. The display now measures 13.4 inches across diagonally (in contrast to the original 13.3-inch panel) thanks to its new 16:10 aspect ratio, which gives you a little more screen real estate than standard 16:9 screens do. That InfinityEdge display also features incredibly slim bezels and 400 nits of brightness that makes the Dell XPS 13 easy to use in various lighting environments, and this one also offers multi-touch functionality. It’s not a 2-in-1, but a touchscreen is always nice to have and adds a little versatility to the mix.

For hardware, this Dell XPS 13 utilizes an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor and 8GB of RAM, which are very capable specs for such a portable work machine. You’ve also got 512GB of solid-state storage. That should be more than enough for the needs of most users without forcing you to over-rely on cloud storage. The battery life is solid, too, even if the OLED display upgrade knocks it down a little bit — but we’ll take that gorgeous new touchscreen over the last-gen model any day. If you’re looking for the best Windows laptop money can buy, the Dell XPS 13 should be at the top of your list, and Memorial Day laptop deals are your chance to grab one at a discount.

Dell XPS 15 OLED Touch — $1,862, was $2,300

The front view of the Dell XPS 15 laptop.

Why Buy

  • Great do-it-all size
  • Feels smaller than it is, thanks to slim bezels
  • 3.5K OLED touch display
  • Discrete Nvidia GPU for playing games

As you probably surmised from the name, the Dell XPS 15 is the larger sibling of the XPS 13 and presents a great option for those who like the utility of standard 15-inch laptop displays. Like the above Dell XPS 13, this XPS 15 sports a new 3.5K OLED touch panel, and at 15.6 inches with a 16:10 aspect ratio, you get plenty of screen real estate for productivity and entertainment. And since it’s an XPS laptop, you can be assured that the Dell XPS 15 OLED features the same world-class build quality and gorgeous aesthetic we’ve come to expect from Dell’s premier ultrabook line.

This Dell XPS 15 is also the most powerful laptop on our roundup of Memorial Day laptop deals. It runs on an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H octa-core processor, which combines with 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM to deliver fantastic performance. This 15-inch machine can easily slice through heavy workloads and gaming sessions. Yes, gaming: The laptop packs an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU with 4GB of dedicated VRAM. That’s not quite as powerful as the RTX 3060 found in the Lenovo Legion 5i, but it’s more than capable of running newer titles at decent settings and older ones maxed out.

That discrete Nvidia GPU is also why you’ll sometimes see the Dell XPS 15 featured among the best gaming laptop deals, which is not usually what you expect from the more work-oriented Dell XPS stable. Nonetheless, this Dell XPS 15 OLED laptop has everything you need for work and play. It’s a true multimedia machine with a superb 3.5K OLED touchscreen to boot. It’s expensive, though, being one of the best laptops out there, but Memorial Day laptop deals are here to take some of the strain off of your wallet. It’s not like you’ll need to replace this thing any time soon, after all.

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This powerful Dell gaming laptop is $700 in the Memorial Day sales

While Memorial Day sales don’t often see the best electronics and laptops deals, Dell has a surprisingly good sale on its G15 Gaming Laptop, bringing it down to $700 from $1,069, a big $369 discount. If you’re not familiar with the G15, it’s the workhorse of the gaming laptop world, being one of the most-suggested laptops for those who want a good gaming laptop without breaking the bank.

The first thing most people look at when it comes to gaming laptops is the GPU, and in this case, the G15 comes with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, a mobile-specific GPU, and a nice mid-level GPU if you don’t need to run the newest AAA games at the highest settings. The 15.6-inch Full HD display with a 120Hz refresh rate isn’t likely to push the RTX 3050 to its limits anyway, so you should be able to get away with relatively high settings. The only real downside is that the peak brightness on the screen is 250 nits, which might make it harder to see the screen in daylight, but it does have a narrow border, making it one of the more aesthetically pleasing gaming laptop deals.

The CPU on the G15 is an 11th-gen Intel i5-11260H, which is more than enough to handle most productivity software, and while it might chug a little, it shouldn’t have any issue running editing software or simulation games that like to munch on CPU power. Internal storage is on the lower side with a 256GB solid-state drive, so you might want to grab one of our external hard drive deals to help supplement that. The 8GB of RAM is about what you’d expect for a gaming laptop in this price range and should be enough for most uses.

Overall, the Dell G15 is a great gaming laptop, and the deal from Dell bringing it down to just $700 makes it one of the better deals in Dell’s Memorial Day sale. Of course, there are quite a few other great deals floating out there today, so check out our collection of some of the best Memorial Day laptop sales.

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Best Memorial Day laptop sales and deals for 2022

Most retailers have started their Memorial Day sales early, bringing steep discounts on electronics like laptops. We’re even seeing a large number of Memorial Day Chromebook deals. But don’t worry — if you have no idea where to start, we’ve already rounded up the best Memorial Day laptop deals from top brands, including HP, Dell, and Lenovo. Whatever you need, be it a cheap work computer or a portable gaming machine, this roundup has you covered.

Memorial Day laptop sales: Today’s best deals

  • Dell Inspiron 15 3000$230, was $300
  • HP Laptop 14$480, was $580
  • HP Envy x360 15 2-in-1$900, was $1,160
  • Lenovo Legion 5i Gaming Laptop$1,270, was $1,590
  • Dell XPS 13 OLED Touch$1,420, was $1,920
  • Dell XPS 15 OLED Touch$1,862, was $2,300

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 — $230, was $300

Why Buy

  • Nice overall design
  • Hinge-lift keyboard
  • Spacious keys and numpad for productivity
  • Cheap

If you’re in the market for a cheap laptop, you can’t do much better than Dell laptop deals like this. The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is admittedly a rather basic work machine, but it has all the things we want to see in a super-affordable sub-$300 laptop: its 15-inch HD display is the perfect size for work, but slim bezels and a nice overall design mean that it’s not too bulky to move around with. It has an anti-glare coating so you can see it clearly in bright environments as well, which is another boon if you’re the type who’s frequently moving from room to room with your laptop in tow.

Another design feature we like about the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is its hinge-lift keyboard. When you pop open the display, the screen panel props up the keyboard for a more natural and comfortable typing angle. Adding to that comfort are the nice large keycaps. You even get a numeric keypad, which is something that’s often absent on laptops nowadays. Under the hood, this Inspiron 15 3000 runs on an Intel Celeron CPU and 4GB of RAM. While that won’t win any awards or run the latest AAA games, it’s enough for basic stuff like browsing the web, typing up emails, editing documents, and other straightforward tasks. A built-in HD webcam is also there for you to make video calls and take classes online.

For storage, you’ve got a 128GB SSD, which is nice to see as many cheap laptops feature only 64GB (or even worse, 32GB) of flash storage. The Dell Inspiron 15 also comes loaded with Windows 11 right out of the box, so you’re good to go with the latest software. If you need a basic computer on the cheap, then the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is the best brand-name laptop you’re going to find for this price right now.

HP Laptop 14 — $480, was $580

The HP Laptop 14 on a light grey background.

Why Buy

  • Utilitarian 14-inch size
  • Hits the price-to-performance sweet spot
  • 1080p display
  • Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity

HP is another brand known for its no-nonsense work PCs, and if you need a machine with a little more juice than the Dell Inspiron (but something that’s still pretty affordable), look no further than this HP Laptop 14. With a 14-inch display, this number strikes a perfect balance between utility and portability, being a bit smaller than your run-of-the-mill 15-inch laptops but more comfortable to work on than most 13-inch ultrabooks — to say nothing of the even smaller 11- and 12-inch computers, which are probably not ideal for a long day’s work. That 14-inch display also features a Full HD 1080p resolution, which is a clear upgrade over the 720p panels seen on many sub-$500 laptops.

The HP Laptop 14 has the hardware where it counts. It comes loaded with an AMD Ryzen 5 5625U processor, which sports six cores, 12 threads, and a max clock speed of 4.3 GHz. That’s a very capable processor for an everyday workstation, and it’s paired with a full 8GB of 3,200 MHz DDR4 RAM so you won’t get bogged down while multi-tasking. The 256GB solid-state drive is sufficient for your programs and work files as well, and although the keyboard lacks a numpad, the large keycaps ensure you’ll be typing comfortably all day.

Another nice modern touch that HP added to this laptop is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity, so you can take advantage of the latest network standards for a smoother internet connection and more reliable syncing with connected Bluetooth devices such as headphones. It even comes with Windows 11 pre-installed. All of this adds up to make the HP Laptop 14 a fantastic (and budget-friendly) workhorse that has everything you need and nothing you don’t, as well as one of the best HP laptop deals going right now.

HP Envy x360 15 2-in-1 — $900, was $1,160

The HP Envy x360 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop makes a great option for just about anyone.

Why Buy

  • Versatile 2-in-1 form factor
  • Excellent specs for demanding software and multi-tasking
  • Edge-to-edge 1080p touch display
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen

Is the standard clamshell laptop design not cutting it for your digital lifestyle anymore? It might be time to upgrade to a 2-in-1. These convertible laptop/tablet hybrids have exploded in popularity recently, and it’s easy to see why: their fold-flat touch displays add a completely new dimension to the traditional laptop, unlocking layers of functionality that you didn’t know you needed until now. The Envy x360 15 laptop combines everything we love about the hybrid 2-in-1 design with HP’s pedigree for sleek design, reliable hardware, and sturdy build quality (which is something you want from a convertible, naturally).

The HP Envy x360 sports a 15-inch 1080p touchscreen with IPS panel technology, offering a crisp, clear, and color-accurate picture with generous viewing angles. This display can fold backward on a 360-degree hinge, giving you four modes in which to use the machine. You can enjoy it in traditional laptop mode, fold the screen all the way flat for tablet mode, prop it up in tent mode for watching videos or doing some light gaming, or use the keyboard as a flat stand for sharing the screen presentation mode.

Built-in speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen allow the HP Envy x360 to serve as a true multimedia machine, but this thing is also built for serious work thanks to its 11th-gen Intel Core i7-1195G7 quad-core CPU and 16GB of 3,200MHz RAM. Those are excellent specs for running more demanding software and for chronic multi-taskers. The 512GB SSD also provides ample space for all of your programs, project files, and other digital goodies. Of all the Memorial Day laptop sales that have started, this is one of the best 2-in-1 laptop deals you can find for less than a grand at the moment.

Lenovo Legion 5i Gaming Laptop — $1,270, was $1,590

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro sitting at an angle.
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Why Buy

  • Great specs for running the latest titles
  • Full-sized keyboard with numpad
  • One of Nvidia’s best mobile GPUs
  • Nvidia G-Sync technology

Gaming laptops have come a long, long way in recent years, and few machines exemplify this better than the Lenovo Legion 5i. This impressive laptop battle station packs one of Intel’s newer 11th-gen Core i5 CPUs, the i5-11400H, which features six cores and a max Turbo Boost clock speed of 4.50 GHz. That works with 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory to deliver great overall performance for work and play. A gaming system is only as good as its graphics card, however, and the Legion 5i does not disappoint with its Nvidia RTX 3060 — one of the best mobile GPUs on the market today. This laptop is more than capable of handling the latest AAA titles at good settings and will be for years to come.

Of course, any gamer knows that having a good display is just as vital as having a good GPU, as a sub-par screen can bottleneck that beefy hardware and prevent you from getting the most out of your PC’s muscle. Two things to look for with gaming laptops and monitors are refresh rate and vertical sync technologies, and the Legion 5i gaming laptop has both. Its 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display has a refresh rate of 165Hz. This allows you to crank up the framerate for smoother play without suffering from lag and stuttering. The Legion 5i also features Nvidia G-Sync, which better syncs the RTX GPU with the laptop’s screen. This mitigates annoyances such as screen-tearing during fast-paced action scenes for a more immersive viewing experience.

Some other nice gamer-friendly design features include a nice large keyboard (complete with numpad), a great dual-fan cooling design using Lenovo’s Coldfront 3.0 technology, and the Lenovo Legion AI Engine that automatically optimizes the laptop’s performance on the fly to deliver maximum performance for whatever you’re playing. If you’re looking for a serious gaming laptop that can go toe-to-toe with most gaming desktop PCs, then Lenovo laptop deals are a great place to start, and the Legion 5i is the one.

Dell XPS 13 OLED Touch — $1,420, was $1,920

XPS 13 running Age of Empires IV.

Why Buy

  • The best Windows laptop on the market
  • Gorgeous 3.5K OLED touch display
  • Great keyboard for its size
  • Excellent battery life

If you’ve been reading us for any length of time, then it’s probably not a surprise that the Dell XPS 13 has been our favorite Windows laptop for years running now. In fact, this latest model with an OLED display sits at the top of our roundup of the best laptops owing to its sleek featherweight design, super-thin bezels, great hardware performance, and shockingly good keyboard and touchpad for such a compact laptop. None of those things are new to the XPS 13, of course, but what this one brings to the table is a gorgeous new display (which was a much-needed upgrade to keep up with the competition).

This new Dell XPS 13 features an improved OLED screen with a sharp 3.5K resolution of 3,456 x 2,160. The display now measures 13.4 inches across diagonally (in contrast to the original 13.3-inch panel) thanks to its new 16:10 aspect ratio, which gives you a little more screen real estate than standard 16:9 screens do. That InfinityEdge display also features incredibly slim bezels and 400 nits of brightness that makes the Dell XPS 13 easy to use in various lighting environments, and this one also offers multi-touch functionality. It’s not a 2-in-1, but a touchscreen is always nice to have and adds a little versatility to the mix.

For hardware, this Dell XPS 13 utilizes an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor and 8GB of RAM, which are very capable specs for such a portable work machine. You’ve also got 512GB of solid-state storage. That should be more than enough for the needs of most users without forcing you to over-rely on cloud storage. The battery life is solid, too, even if the OLED display upgrade knocks it down a little bit — but we’ll take that gorgeous new touchscreen over the last-gen model any day. If you’re looking for the best Windows laptop money can buy, the Dell XPS 13 should be at the top of your list, and Memorial Day laptop deals are your chance to grab one at a discount.

Dell XPS 15 OLED Touch — $1,862, was $2,300

The front view of the Dell XPS 15 laptop.

Why Buy

  • Great do-it-all size
  • Feels smaller than it is, thanks to slim bezels
  • 3.5K OLED touch display
  • Discrete Nvidia GPU for playing games

As you probably surmised from the name, the Dell XPS 15 is the larger sibling of the XPS 13 and presents a great option for those who like the utility of standard 15-inch laptop displays. Like the above Dell XPS 13, this XPS 15 sports a new 3.5K OLED touch panel, and at 15.6 inches with a 16:10 aspect ratio, you get plenty of screen real estate for productivity and entertainment. And since it’s an XPS laptop, you can be assured that the Dell XPS 15 OLED features the same world-class build quality and gorgeous aesthetic we’ve come to expect from Dell’s premier ultrabook line.

This Dell XPS 15 is also the most powerful laptop on our roundup of Memorial Day laptop deals. It runs on an 11th-gen Intel Core i7-11800H octa-core processor, which combines with 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM to deliver fantastic performance. This 15-inch machine can easily slice through heavy workloads and gaming sessions. Yes, gaming: The laptop packs an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU with 4GB of dedicated VRAM. That’s not quite as powerful as the RTX 3060 found in the Lenovo Legion 5i, but it’s more than capable of running newer titles at decent settings and older ones maxed out.

That discrete Nvidia GPU is also why you’ll sometimes see the Dell XPS 15 featured among the best gaming laptop deals, which is not usually what you expect from the more work-oriented Dell XPS stable. Nonetheless, this Dell XPS 15 OLED laptop has everything you need for work and play. It’s a true multimedia machine with a superb 3.5K OLED touchscreen to boot. It’s expensive, though, being one of the best laptops out there, but Memorial Day laptop deals are here to take some of the strain off of your wallet. It’s not like you’ll need to replace this thing any time soon, after all.

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Graphics Card Sales Drop By Almost 20% Quarter-To-Quarter

Although many desktop users all over the globe are still hunting for one of the best graphics cards, market analysis shows a large drop in GPU sales.

According to Jon Peddie Research, a firm that specializes in tech industry analysis, graphics card sales dropped by 18.2% compared to the previous quarter. On the other hand, comparing sales to the previous year still shows massive growth that speaks volumes about current demand.

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The statistics apply to PC-based graphics cards. Over 101 million GPUs have been shipped as of the third quarter of 2021. Those are massive numbers, especially when taking the ongoing graphics card shortage into consideration. These sales mark a 12% year-over-year growth, continuing the upward trend affecting most of the PC market.

While yearly sales have gone up, quarterly results took a huge dive. Compared to the second quarter of 2021, GPU shipments dropped by 18.2% in the third quarter of this year. This quarter used to be the strongest in terms of hardware sales, but all of the previous statistics have been thrown out the window due to various supply chain issues, shortages, and of course, the ongoing pandemic. Even accounting for the current situation in the world, a drop of 18.2% is massive and far above the 10-year average of -5.2%.

The GPU market continues to be a two-horse race between Nvidia and AMD. Intel is gearing up to join the battle with its upcoming Intel Arc Alchemist line, but until then, the manufacturer has almost no market share when it comes to discrete graphics cards. As such, all of these numbers apply almost oolely to Nvidia and AMD.

Jon Peddie Research reports that over the last quarter, AMD and Nvidia both maintained the same market share that they held in the second quarter: Nvidia holds 83% of GPU sales, and the rest belongs to AMD. However, year-over-year, Nvidia increased its lead by 3%, leaving AMD further behind.

Promotional image of an AMD Radeon RX 6000-series graphics card.

The above applies to discrete GPUs, but Intel does play a part in the overall GPU attach rate. Overall GPU attach rate includes both integrated and discrete units, desktop GPUs, laptop models, and those installed in workstations. Jon Peddie Research reported that the attach rate for the last quarter was 125%, which is a 7.6% increase compared to the second quarter of 2021. Despite the overall increase in sales, only Nvidia managed to grow its market share in this section by 8%. AMD saw a decline of 11.4%, but that’s still not too bad when compared to Intel’s -25.6% drop.

The huge dip in quarter-to-quarter sales is not as surprising as it might seem. The chip shortage is not getting any better: Getting a graphics card at MSRP is a small miracle. As prices reach outrageous levels, many opt to not buy a GPU or choose to buy a used unit. Throw into that various supply chain issues and limited availability of graphics cards, and all of it adds up to a bad quarter for sales.

Recent rumors reveal that AMD may be working on new budget graphics cards. Nvidia is readying RTX 4000-Series GPUs for next year, and Intel has its Arc Alchemist line in the works. Perhaps the new releases will help GPU sales rebound, but the GPU shortage itself is likely to persist throughout 2022.

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