Best Prime Day tech deals from a tech writer

Amazon Prime Day 2023 is halfway over! If you missed Day One, have no fear: The annual shopping event is still packed with great tech deals. Below I’ve rounded up the best of them, the gadgets and gear I’d definitely buy myself (hang on, let me break open the piggy bank). Important note: Some of these deals require an Amazon Prime membership. Also important: If you have an Amazon Prime Visa card, use it — you may get a higher cash back percentage than the usual 5%. (The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is a great example of this; it’s deeply discounted and will net you 10% cash back if you pay with a Prime Visa.)

One other important consideration: Prime Day is a huge event, meaning sellouts are likely. All the prices listed below were accurate at the time of publication, but availability may change at any time. If you see something you like, don’t wait to pull the trigger — it could be gone in a heartbeat!

Read more: The 150+ absolute best Prime Day deals of 2023

tiles

Bluetooth item trackers can save your sanity. The Tile Mate is designed to ride a shotgun on a keychain, on a backpack, in a purse or the like, allowing you to easily locate that item via your phone. Even better, you can locate your phone (which, let’s face it, goes missing a lot more often) by pressing a button on the Tile. That capability isn’t available in Apple AirTags, which also aren’t compatible with Android. In many ways, Tile is the better tracker — and a great deal right now.

$48 on Amazon

Toshiba

There’s nothing extra-fancy about Toshiba’s new-for-2023 TV, but it’s a steal at this price. A 50-inch screen would be great in a den or bedroom, and the presence of Amazon’s Fire TV interface means you get all the usual streaming goodness, plus support for Alexa voice commands.

$220 on Amazon

homeLabs

Seeking better sleep? Sometimes all you need to switch your brain off at night is a little white noise. This machine features eight different sounds and easy push-button controls. And it can run on its rechargeable battery, making it great for travel, or an included AC adapter.

$15 on Amazon

Beats

This isn’t the lowest price on record for Beats’ top-rated headphones, but it’s within a few bucks. That means if you want comfortable, stylish over-the-ear cans and superb noise-canceling, this is the time to act — it’ll probably be Black Friday until we see the next big Beats discount.

$160 on Amazon

Amazons

The single best Prime Day tablet deal is this one, Amazon’s new iPad challenger. The Fire Max 11 features a big, colorful screen, a fast enough processor for anything and everything, an expansion slot for adding more storage and optional accessories like a keyboard case. It was already compelling at $230, but $150?! Don’t sleep on this.

$150 on Amazon

apples

This is an all-time low for Apple’s current-generation smartwatch, which I consider the top pick by far for anyone who uses an iPhone. It’s great at notifications, fitness tracking, health monitoring and more. (Oh, and it even tells the time!) There are four colors available at this price, and of course you always tweak the look with different wristbands.

$280 on Amazon

Bose

This is the best deal on record for Bose’s top-rated noise-canceling headphones, which are available at this price in Midnight Blue and White Smoke. You can listen all day thanks to the 22-hour battery and use the Bose app to tweak settings and sound. The QuietComfort 45 earned praise not only from professional reviewers, but also Amazon customers: It has a 4.6-star average rating from over 16,000 (!) buyers.

$199 on Amazon

Nixplay

Why should precious memories stay closed in photo albums and phone libraries? Put them on display with a digital photo frame. Nixplay’s slurps up images from Facebook, Instagram and Google Photos, and of course you can add them from your phone as well. This one includes a power-saving motion sensor and unlimited cloud storage — no subscription required.

$112 on Amazon

HOGO

Want to expand your workstation? Or maybe play console videogames on the go? Hongo’s portable 15.6-inch monitor can connect to just about anything via its HDMI and USB-C ports, and it even has built-in speakers. This price is one of the lowest I’ve ever seen for a screen like this; grab it before it’s gone!

$69 on Amazon

Pebble Bees

Move over, AirTags. With its rechargeable battery, flashing LEDs and a varied selection of “here I am!” sound, the Pebblebee Clip is one of the most versatile item trackers you can get. It’s also one of the most user-friendly. This price is the lowest on record. Want to learn more? Read my roundup of the best item trackers for 2023.

$21 on Amazon

Bucket

One of my favorite products, well, ever, the Ember mug keeps your coffee at your preferred temperature (I’m a 141-degrees man myself) from first sip to last. This is a rare (and substantial) discount on the copper, gold and stainless steel versions of the mug — it’ll likely be Black Friday before we see a similar deal again. So if you’re tired of running to the microwave every 10 minutes to reheat your beverage, grab this now.

$100 on Amazon

Ring

A video doorbell just makes sense, whether for seeing who’s on your stoop or getting notified of package delivery. Even better, it’ll record video evidence if it’s a person making off with your package! Ring’s basic model can run on a rechargeable battery or existing doorbell wiring, and this price represents the lowest to date. Just take note that you’ll need a Ring subscription plan to really get the most out of the product.

$55 on Amazon

Tribit

My hands-down favorite outdoor speaker, the StormBox Blast is the best-sounding boom box you’ll ever carry. Easily portable thanks to its built-in handle, it can play for a whopping 30 hours on a charge — and charge your mobile devices as well as thanks to its auxiliary USB port. The weatherproof speaker also has cool lighting effects to help jazz up your nighttime parties. Read more: The best outdoor speakers of 2023.

$180 on Amazon

WYZE

Wyze makes some great smart-home gear at really affordable prices, so any kind of discount is both surprising and noteworthy. The Cam v3 was already a bargain at $43; now it’s even better. This incredibly versatile security camera works inside and outside — basically anywhere you can supply power and a decent Wi-Fi signal. Features include night vision, two-way audio, person and pet detection and more. You can record continuous video on an inexpensive memory card or subscribe to Wyze’s inexpensive monthly service to add cloud storage and other features.

$32 on Amazon

VacLife

The cool, compact, affordable VL768 is small enough to fit in a glove compartment but powerful enough to inflate truck tires, car tires, bicycle tires and playground balls. It also doubles as a backup charger for your phone, making this an extra-sweet deal at just $40. What’s not to like? Read my VacLife Tire Inflator review to learn more.

$40 on Amazon

EarFun

Before you spend a couple hundred dollars on Apple AirPods Pro, try EarFun’s alternative. An amazingly good value, these earbuds offer active noise-cancellation (ANC), in-ear detection, touch controls and up to seven hours of operation on a charge. And speaking of power, the case supports both USB-C and wireless Qi charging. In my testing, the Air Pro 2 sounded very good overall — not to the same level as Apple’s AirPods, but good enough to satisfy most listeners. Certainly the price is a lot more satisfying.

$50 on Amazon

Amazons

This deal rivals the lowest price on record for Amazon’s mid-size tablet, which features an 8-inch display, expandable storage, hands-free operation courtesy of Alexa and every kind of entertainment you can imagine: books, games, movies, music, TV shows and so on. There are a few things I don’t love about the tablet’s interface, but those quirks are easy to forgive at this price. Read my Fire HD 8 review to learn more.

$55 on Amazon

Yeedi

Isn’t it time you let a robot take over some house chores? The Yeedi Vac X sweeps and vacuums, and although it lacks the laser-guided intelligence of higher-end autobots, it can still map out your floors and clean only the areas you designate (in Yeedi’s app, which is also where you set up schedules , cleaning modes and the like). Cooler still, the Vac X works with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can order up house cleaning without leaving the couch.

$150 on Amazon

MetaQuests

The Meta Quest 2 is a phenomenal product, one of my all-time favorite tech gadgets. Pop one on your head and you can climb virtual mountains, square off against a virtual Darth Vader, strap on virtual boxing gloves (trust me, it’s a workout) and so much more. Meta bumped the price up to $399 late last year; here’s your chance to get it at the original price once again.

$299 on Amazon

XGIMI

Though compact enough to sit on the arm of your couch, the Xgimi Elfin delivers a big home-theater punch. The picture is sharp (1080p) and bright (800 ANSI lumens), with surprisingly good Harman Kardon speakers on hand to simplify movie nights. The Elfin even comes with Android TV 10.0 already built in; all that’s missing is Netflix. (You can plug in any streaming device to add it.) This is a personal favorite, one of the best projectors I’ve tested and definitely a bargain at $480 (with coupon). Read my Xgimi Elfin review to learn more.

$479 on Amazon

anchor

Anker’s first 3D printer was surprisingly good, offering lightning-fast print speeds and a really attractive design. It features automatic bed-leveling, a removable magnetic flexible bed plate and a built-in camera so you can monitor print progress from anywhere. This is an all-time low price for the M5, and is definitely worth considering if you want fast, easy printing.

$559 on Amazon

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

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Looking for more great Amazon tech deals? Check these out:

Headphones and earbuds

  • Apple AirPods (2nd Generation) Wireless Earbuds

  • Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

  • Tagry Bluetooth Headphones

  • Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) Wireless Earbuds

TVs

  • Insignia 24-inch Class F20 Series Smart HD 720p Fire TV

  • Amazon Fire TV 43″ Omni Series 4K UHD smart TV

  • Insignia All-New 50-inch Class F30 Series 4K Smart Fire TV

  • Hisense 50-Inch Class R6 Series Dolby Vision 4K Roku Smart TV

Tablets and tech

  • Lenovo 2022 IdeaPad Flex Touchscreen Chromebook

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