Prime Day is back for 2017, and while Amazon’s annual day of deals has taken flak over the years for being the internet’s version of a yard sale, there are good savings to be had for tech fans this year. From Amazon’s own hardware, to 4K TVs and mesh routers, we’ve rounded up the best Prime Day deals for the tech fanatic in your life.
Let’s get to the deals!
There’s no denying Amazon uses Prime Day as a way to boost its own line of products, but the good news is that a lot of those products are worthy of the fuss. Leading the charge is the company’s suite of Echo devices, with significant discounts on the standard Echo and Echo Dot. Unless you’re really hot on the small form factor of the Dot, the best choice here is the standard Echo, which is 50 percent off at just $90.
Amazon is still the king of eReaders and, while not the sexiest tech gadget to pick up, the Kindle Paperwhite is a workhorse that will help you plow through your summer reading list. It’s light and comfortable to hold for extended reading sessions, and the built-in side lighting makes it easy and comfortable to read any time of day or night. At $90, a $30 discount, if you aren’t already a part of the Kindle ecosystem, this is a great way to join. Many of the company’s other Kindle devices are on sale as well.
Amazon’s impossibly affordable Fire tablets have dominated the budget-friendly, small tablet range for years now. While they certainly won’t compare to the likes of the iPad, at prices like $30 and $50, the newly updated Fire 7 and 8 are as close to impulse buys as tech gadgets get. If you need to pick up a simple machine that you can use for Facebook and light gaming, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Hoping to compete with TCL’s lineup of 4K TVs with Roku built-in, Amazon teamed up with Element to make its own budget-friendly 4K sets with Amazon Fire TV on board. If you want to jump into the world of ultra high definition, but don’t want to spend gargantuan amounts of cash, the Amazon/Element 4K TV could be a good option for you. On Prime Day, you can snag it for $400, a $250 savings off the list price.
We reviewed the Deco M5 earlier this year and found it to be a great mesh router system for the not so technically inclined. If you’re house suffers from consistently bad WiFi coverage, mesh routers could help alleviate the problem, and the Deco M5 is one of the most simple systems on the market.
This deal is an Alexa exclusive, so you’ll need an Echo or other device with Alexa built-in to grab it, but if you can it’s a great deal on one of the best names in home security. For $245, a savings of $105, you get two Arlo security cameras, which record in 1080P and offer free seven day cloud storage for your recordings.
The Galaxy S8 is the best phone of 2017 so far, and this discounted bundle gets you an unlocked version plus a charging stand and Gear VR headset. The total savings come in at more than $250, making this a superb deal for one of the best smartphones ever made. If you’re in the market for a new handset, and prefer your devices unlocked, this deal is one to look at.
We just named Edifier’s R1280T bookshelf speakers the best pair you could buy for $100. The R1700BT add in Bluetooth connectivity, making them even more convenient. For the price, you can’t do much better than what Edifier offers throughout its line, and with the added benefit of Bluetooth, the R1700BT is a great value buy at their list price, for the Prime Day price they’re a steal.
Looking to up your monitor game? This 4K monitor from Samsung is discounted to $280, $120 below its list price, meaning it won’t set you back immensely while adding a few extra pixels to your setup. If you’ve been itching to upgrade to UHD, this could be the choice for you.
Looking for an easier, and smarter, way to lock your door? The August Smart Lock lets users control their door with their smartphone, or with their voice thanks to Alexa and Google Assistant integration. You can easily grant access to visitors and keep track of who’s coming and going with the 24/7 activity log. The Prime Day deal will save you nearly $40.
Sous vide is a trendy new way to cook that is said to offer restaurant quality meals. We’ve tested a few sous vide devices, including this Anova model, and found the results to be spectacular. At $129, you’ll save $70 off the normal price, and maybe even find a better way to cook.
If you’re in the market for some extra hard drive space, now is a great time to pull the trigger. There are several good deals here, including a monstrous 8TB external hard drive for $154 (down from $240).
The G line from Motorola is still considered to be among the best in the budget-friendly category, and that hasn’t changed with the latest, the G5. For $180, down from a list price of $300, you get a 5.2-inch, 1080P screen, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Android 7.0 Nougat, a fingerprint scanner and a 12-megapixel camera. Just about everything you could want from a modern smartphone, for a fraction of the price.
If you’re a bass lover, there are few headphones that bring the thump like Sony’s Extra Bass line. It’s also a good time to join the wireless headphone team as more manufacturers push the industry in that direction. At $98, you’ll save 100 bucks.
We’re big fans of Huawei hardware here at Paste and the company has a few good deals available for Prime subscribers this year. Included in those deals is the new Huawei Watch 2, which takes a decidedly more fitness oriented approach to the wearable than the company’s first go around. You can pick it up for $210, which saves you 90 dollars.
Garmin’s Fenix sport watches have been a hit with runners for years, and the Fenix 3 HR is no exception. Certainly a device for the exercise enthusiast, even with the Prime Day discounts the total cost nears $400. Today’s deal will save you $165 off the list price, so if you’ve been on the fence in the past, today might be the day to take the jump.
Philips Hue are some of the best smart lights money can buy, and an easy way to add a bit of technology to your home. If you already have an Echo device or Google Home, smart lights are an absolute necessity and few, if any, are better than Philips Hue. The Prime Day deal saves you $60 off the list price for the starter pack, which comes with three white and color ambiance bulbs and the Hue bridge.
The Roomba is a modern day classic, a gadget that has moved beyond the realm of techies into mainstream popular culture thanks to its distinct blend of silliness and usefulness. You can pick up the 652, which cleans all floor types, for $125 off its list price.
The Blaze is one of Fitbit’s more premium devices, with all the usual health tracking you’d want plus heart rate monitoring and multi-sport tracking. It is missing built-in GPS, which at the normal price is a certain disappointment, but for $60 off the Blaze is a far more intriguing device.