Update (07/12/22 6:15 pm ET): We’ve completed another update for our master list of Prime Day deals, ensuring prices to date and adding a few more notable discounts on Logitech gaming mice, board games we like, and a recommended Nintendo Switch controller, among others. We’ve also spotlighted a couple of particularly strong prices for the Apple TV 4K and Samsung’s Evo Select microSD card in our featured deals section below.
Original post (07/12/22 3:50 am ET): Tuesday marks the start of Amazon Prime Day, a two-day shopping event Amazon created in 2015 to bolster its Prime subscription service, which is required to shop most (but not all) of the discounts available during the promotion, and help gin up sales during a typically slow period for online shopping.
To be clear, Amazon remains a behemoth that has done (and continues to do) many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many things worthy of criticism, and Prime Day itself tends to be loaded up with a particularly high number of offers on junky products and misleading “discounts” that don’t make products significantly cheaper than they usually are.
Nevertheless, even if only a fraction of Prime Day’s offers are genuine deals, the overall selection is massive enough for that fraction to make this one of the better shopping days of the year, with several worthwhile products available at prices typically reserved for year-end holiday events like Black Friday. This is particularly true for the kind of gadgets and tech gear we cover on Ars.
After spending several hours over the past week sorting through the thousands of offers in Amazon’s latest Prime Day selection, we can confirm that this is again the case this year. So for those who want to pick up a new piece of tech at a discount, we’ve put together a handpicked list of the best Prime Day deals we can find.
As is the case with our regular “Dealmaster” roundups, we’ve included mostly products that we at Ars have tested and can approve of. For the stuff we haven’t used, we rely on recommendations from multiple review sites and publications we trust. We’ve verified that each deal is genuine by using price-tracking tools such as Keepa, CamelCamelCamel, IsThereAnyDeal, Deku Deals, and the like. If a product isn’t notably cheaper than its typical street price over the past three to six months—that isn’t the same as a product’s MSRP and is noted in parenthesis with each bullet point below—we won’t list it. (Since every product’s price history is different, the exact percentage that makes a discount “notable” can differ, but generally speaking, we won’t highlight something if it’s down to a price we’ve seen it hit several times in the weeks prior.) Each deal must come from a reputable seller (i.e., not some no-name third party), too.
We have a comprehensive roundup to start, but we’ll update this post as the day rolls on to add any good deals we missed, cross out expired offers, and ensure prices are up to date. For now, though, let our research help you get to the good stuff faster.
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