Amazon Prime Day 2022: 21 best early-stage deals

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Amazon Prime Day is a two-day sale event where Prime subscribers can find hundreds of exclusive deals on products available through the online retailer, although there are plenty of other discounts for non-members. This year Prime Day is scheduled for July 12-13, but you can already get plenty of great deals on some of our favorite products. From Amazon Fire-enabled TVs and speakers to third-party devices, here are some of our favorite deals from the start of Prime Day 2022.

Updated July 2, 2022: We’ve added offers from Google, Apple, Amazon and JBL.

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TV & Smart Home Deals

Check out our Best TVs, Best Streaming Sticks and Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers guides for more recommendations.

TCL 6 series

Photography: TCL

It’s our favorite TV for most people (9/10, WIRED recommends), and it’s the lowest price we’ve ever tracked for the 55-inch model. It features a quantum dot panel for vivid colors and uses local dimming zones for deeper blacks in your movies and shows. It has a built-in Roku interface and the Micro-LED backlight provides exceptional contrast. This offer is also available at Walmart.

It might not look like a deal, but this price recently dropped to its all-time low. It’s one of the best looking TVs we’ve tested. The bezels are super slim, the OLED panel is fantastic and delivers deep blacks and rich colors, and it has an Android TV interface, which means you can stream to it from your phone too. It has odd legs on the ends, so it’s best to wall mount it unless you have a large TV cabinet.

This is a basic entry-level TV from Hisense, but we like the brand and trust its build quality, unlike some of the other generic Amazon TVs we haven’t tested. You get Dolby Vision high dynamic range support (read: prettier colors) and a built-in Fire TV to stream your favorite Amazon shows.

Hisense U8G

Photo: Hisense

That’s just $2 more than the lowest price we’ve ever tracked. The U8G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a sleek design, an Android TV interface, and a raised stand to accommodate a soundbar underneath. Its excellent local dimming results in great contrast against the quantum dot panel, and you also get a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Pair it with a PC with an AMD card to use AMD support FreeSync for smoother gaming.

If you bought an extra-wide screen, this is one of the best discounts we’ve seen on a 75-inch model in months. It comes with Fire TV for easy streaming and Amazon shopping, plus full local dimming means black levels and highlights will be better than on cheaper screens.

This deal matches the lowest price we’ve tracked for the Chromecast with Google TV (8/10, WIRED recommends). The gadget is the best 4K streaming device for people who love Google Assistant and anyone who often uses an Android phone to stream. There is still a slick and user-friendly interface that you can control with a nice remote. Be sure to check out our guide to using Google TV to get the most out of your purchase. This price corresponds to Target.

This deal is available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, and the price is the lowest we’ve seen. The Eero 6 is one of the easiest mesh routers to configure. The compact design won’t take up too much space in your home, and here you’ll get a router with two extension cords. There’s also a user-friendly mobile app, though extra features like parental controls are paid for behind a $3 per month subscription. You can also get the version with three routers if you want extra Ethernet ports and slightly better range – it’s also on sale for $186 ($63 off). For more tips, check out our How to Buy a Router and How to Improve Your Wi-Fi guides.

Deals on smartphones and laptops

Read our guide to the best Android phones and best laptops for more of our favorite picks.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra (9/10, WIRED recommends) is an excellent all-around high-end Android phone. It excels in almost every category, and it’ll even get longer Android version upgrades than Google Pixel phones (odd, considering Google maintains the Android OS). It’s a massive phone that even includes a built-in stylus, but the highlight is the spectacular 10X optical zoom camera that will let you take crisp photos of distant objects.

The A53 5G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has just about every feature most people need, including 5G, NFC for contactless payments, over a day of battery life, battery life, IP67 water and a MicroSD card slot. Then it goes even further with high-end perks like a 120Hz AMOLED display, four OS upgrades, and five years of security updates. At this price, it’s an exceptional value.

If you’re bored with smartphones that are basically rectangular slabs, maybe a foldable phone like the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) will excite you. It recently dropped to $700, but it’s still one of the lowest prices we’ve ever tracked (and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on a foldable phone). Unlike previous versions, the third-gen Flip is much more durable, with IPX8 water resistance. This compact device features a smooth 120Hz display, wireless charging, and 5G connectivity.

The Moto G Stylus 5G (6/10, WIRED Review) received an honorable mention in our roundup of the best Android phones. Samsung Galaxy A53). It does, however, offer smooth performance, two-day battery life, 5G and NFC connectivity for contactless payments. The integrated stylus is also practical for taking notes or signing documents directly from the smartphone.

16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro

Photography: Apple

Yes, technically Apple announced a new MacBook Pro with the M2 chip, but this more expensive 2021 MacBook Pro and its M1 Pro processor are actually much more powerful. It’s the machine for anyone who needs to perform serious CPU-intensive tasks, from photo and video editing to 3D rendering. It dropped $50 in April, but that’s still a lot. This machine has many ports, including HDMI, and a 1080p webcam. Learn more in our guide to the best MacBooks.

The Pixelbook Go is getting a bit old, but it’s still a great no-frills laptop. It’s a Chromebook, so it’s just a great option for anyone who can work completely outside of the Chrome browser (though Android apps are available through the Google Play Store). Read our guide to the best Chromebooks for more details.

You’ll need to purchase the keyboard attachment to get the most out of this small Windows laptop (any Bluetooth keyboard will also work). The Surface Go 3 isn’t very powerful, but it’s good enough for simple tasks like browsing the web, sending emails, editing documents and watching YouTube.

The new 2021 edition of the Kindle Paperwhite is the best Kindle for most people, but the older generation is still going strong and, thanks to this discount, $50 less. The 2019 version lacks USB-C charging and the improved display of the new counterpart, but it still has backlighting and adjustable warm lighting. Read more about that in our in-depth review. This deal brings the price down to just $5 more than what we saw on Prime Day last year. Note: New releases may go on sale at the start of Prime Day, so keep that in mind if you’re in the market.

Deals on smartwatches and audio

Apple WatchSE

Photography: Apple

Adrienne So, associate editor of WIRED, calls the Apple Watch SE (8/10, WIRED recommends) the best Apple Watch for most people, making it a good time to get it at a discount. It doesn’t have all the health features of the high-end Apple Watch Series 7 (also on sale for $329), but it has most of the ones that matter in everyday life. Read our Apple Watch guide for more details.

That’s the lowest price we’ve ever tracked for Amazon’s fitness tracker. Adrienne So, associate editor, says it’s comfortable to wear, though she recommends stripping down to your underwear to measure body fat composition. It can perform the usual fitness tracking functions, such as tracking steps, heart rate, sleep, and blood oxygen levels.

This Wear OS smartwatch will be getting the update to Wear OS 3. It’s also one of the only Wear OS smartwatches you can expect to comfortably last two full days, thanks to its smart dual-display technology. It has a slick interface and it does a great job of tracking health metrics like blood oxygen levels, step count, and continuous heart rate monitoring. Read more about that in our guide to the best smartwatches.

Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1

Photography: Bang & Olufsen

This speaker is rated IP67 for water and dust resistance, so it can dive into the pool without worry. It’s portable, has a nice leather strap, and it’s one of the best performing small speakers we’ve ever heard.

I like Echo Dots (8/10, WIRED Recommends) more than any other smart speaker. They’re small, sound great, and work great for sleep sounds, timers, and a quick weather check. Last Prime Day, the price dropped all the way to $25, so it’s worth the wait. Be sure to read our guide on How to Make Your Amazon Echo as Private as Possible.

This model isn’t specifically listed in our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers, but we generally like JBL products. The compact Go 3 is designed with portability in mind. The rugged construction is water and dust resistant, making the speaker a good companion for hikes or trips to the beach. Most colors are discounted. This price is the lowest we have tracked. Other JBL speakers are for sale here.


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