Amazon Prime Day 2018: The top US deals in tech
Amazon Prime Day 2018
Amazon's annual sale, Prime Day, is a subscribers-only event which features a range of discounts on electronics including PCs, hardware, mobile devices, and more.
While the day is restricted to Prime members, to take advantage of the offerings, you can also sign up for a 30-day Prime trial.
The Prime Day event starts at 3pm EST on July 16, 2018, spanning a full 36 hours before ending on July 17, 2018. However, many of the best deals are already live.
The Amazon Paperwhite e-reader can be picked up with a heavy discount over Amazon Prime Day. The table reader has a built-in lighting system, shows content at 300 ppi, and is a more comfortable way to enjoy reading without standard screen glare.
Price: $40 off (reduced from: $119.99)
Sengled smart lighting
Turning your house into a smart home does not have to be expensive. As voice-activated assistants and Internet of Things (IoT) devices become more popular, companies have sprung up with their own budget-friendly products.
Over Amazon Prime Day, you can expect up to 35 percent off Sengled devices, which include white and color LED bulbs which can be controlled through mobile devices.
Price: Up to 35 percent off various products
This Amazon Prime Day, the Blink XT home security system is on sale. You can pick up the XT1 and XT2 systems -- the difference in which being the number of cameras included -- for a discount over the course of the day.
- $55 off Blink XT 1 Camera System (reduced from: $129.99)
- $110 off Blink XT 2 Camera System (reduced from: $229.99)
If you would like to dip your toe into the world of smart voice assistants without splashing out on a full size model -- or you would like to extend the capabilities of your current Amazon Echo -- the Echo Dot is on sale this Prime Day.
Price: $29.99 (reduced from: $49.99)
For a more substantial option, the Echo Plus, complete with a Philips Hue smart lighting starter kit, is also on sale over Prime Day.
Price: $99.99 (reduced from: $164.98)
The Canary home security system, compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, is currently on sale.
If you purchase directly from Amazon, you can pick up an all-in-one system for $117, reduced from $169.
However, visitors to the Canary website can also enjoy a $40 reduction in price, or if they choose to sign up for a one-year membership -- which costs $99, a discount from $119.99 -- they will receive a free Canary View.
Fire 10 tablet
If you are in the market for a tablet over Prime Day, the price of the Amazon Fire 10 -- complete with a Full HD 1080p display and 32GB storage -- is reduced heavily over the sales event.
Price: $99.99 (reduced from: $149.99)
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming laptop
If you're on the prowl for a gaming laptop, the Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming laptop -- sporting NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated VRAM, an Intel i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 15.6-inch Full HD widescreen IPS display -- might be the deal you've been looking for.
Price: $899 (reduced from: $1099)
Jibo is described as the world's first "social robot" for the home. Oddly adorable, the robot can perform a number of tasks including acting as a voice-based assistant -- using facial recognition technology to remember and interact with friends and family -- streaming content, controlling smart home devices, and more.
Price: $499 (reduced from: $899)
TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi light switch
Those interested in the idea of a smart home may wish to pick up TP Link's Kasa Smart Wi-Fi light switches over the Prime Day event. The switch is a modern light control which is also compatible with mobile devices and Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.
Price: $34.99 (reduced from: $51.07)
Fire TV, 4K Ultra HD, Alexa voice remote
The latest incarnation of the Fire TV streaming stick, the 4K Ultra HD upgrade complete with Alexa voice assistant technology, is on sale over Amazon Prime Day. The Fire TV stick grants access to Amazon's film and television library, alongside apps such as Hulu and Netflix.
Price: $34.99 (reduced from: $69.99)
Amazon Fire TV stick
Amazon is also offering a substantial discount on the no-frills version of the streaming stick. The standard Amazon Fire TV stick offers the same access to thousands of apps, channels, and Skills.
Price: $19.99 (reduced from: $39.99)
LG V35 ThinQ
The LG V35 ThinQ smartphone, announced in May this year, is a slim Android device running on a Snapdragon 845 processor and sports 128 GB, 6GB RAM. The new phone is available over the course of the event with a $300 discount.
Price: $599.99 (reduced from: $899.99)
Amazon Cloud security camera
If you are in the market for a home security system, the Amazon Cloud security camera is on sale. The cloud-based device detects both motion and sound and records footage in 1080p Full HD.
Price: $59.99 (reduced from: $119.99)
Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones
They may not be the last QuietComfort 35 headphones in the product family, but the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones are a great investment. If you are not worried about wireless connectivity but are concerned with high audio quality, they are a steal once the event officially launches.
Price: $125 (reduced from: $299.99)
The standard Amazon Echo, second generation, is also on sale this Prime Day. The smart speaker is connected to the Alexa voice assistant and can be used for Skills including the control of smart devices around the home, Internet-based queries, news roundups, and more.
If you purchase select Echo devices, you can also enjoy a six-month free subscription to Amazon Music.
Price: $69.99 (reduced from: $99.99)
The Ring doorbell Pro is a smart doorbell system which modernizes the traditional ring at the door. You can not only see and speak to visitors through your mobile device and receive alerts when motion has been detected, but it also doubles up as a security system.
Price: $174 (reduced from: $249)
The Yubikey is an authentication device which takes out the complexities of encrypting your hardware. The small USB-based product is plug-and-play and adds two-factor authentication to your system.
The Yubikey 4 is available for a discount over Prime Day.
Price: $30 (reduced from: $40)
Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
The Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is on sale over Amazon Prime Day. The Alexa-enabled television set, complete with voice remote and the Fire TV system installed, gives users the option to access Amazon media content and apps including Hulu and Netflix.
Price: $289.99 (reduced from: $399.99)
Available before the full launch of the Prime Day event, the Google Pixelbook -- with an Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage -- has been discounted.
Price: $845 (reduced from: $999)
As always on Prime Day and other Amazon-branded sales events, the retailer is offering discounts on Dash buttons. These buttons can be stuck around the home and, when pushed, will automatically order household goods you are running low on. Dash buttons include ordering systems for washing powder, cosmetics, drinks, and pet food.
Price: $0.99 (reduced from: $4.99)
The Amazon Echo Look, a hands-free camera and voice system which takes full-length photos and six-second videos of your daily look and outfits is an assistant which Amazon says can be used to help develop your own personal lookbook.
The device is now on sale with a $100 discount.
Price: $99.99 (reduced from: $199.99)
Treasure Trucks & Philips Hue
This Prime Day, Amazon's Treasure Truck scheme is offering a one-day discount on Philips Hue smart lighting. If you opt-in to receive alerts, you can order a Philips Hue Starter Kit and Echo Dot bundle for a discount -- as long as you are willing to go and meet the truck to pick up your goods.
Discounts on a range of smart TVs in various sizes are already beginning to show before the event's official launch and so it is worth keeping an eye on the listings throughout the day.
Once Amazon Prime Day officially begins, branded television discounts will emerge, including a 49-inch 4K Smart TV for $438, a 55-inch 4K Smart TV for $478, and a 65-inch 4K Smart TV for $649.
If you are keen to explore the world of 3D printing but do not want to spend a fortune, Amazon will be offering up to 30 percent off a range of 3D printers this Prime Day.
See through walls
An interesting and handy gadget for DIYers out there is Walabot's wall imager. Suitable for use with Android devices, the product connects to your smartphone and uses sensors to help users determine the depth of concrete, drywall, and cement walls, as well as detect movement and the presence of studs and metal.
Price: 20 percent off the current sale price of $69.99
Vantrue N2 Pro dual dash cam
If you're looking to save a few cents on a dash cam over Prime Day, the Vantrue N2 Pro dual dash cam is now on offer. The device records in 1080P, supports up to 256GB microSD cards, and utilizes different modes including parking and night vision.
Price: $146 [use coupon: PRIMEVNP](reduced from: $199.99)
WD 4TB Elements portable hard drive
External, portable hard drives are becoming slimmer and more spacious every year -- and, it seems, cheaper too. This Prime Day you can pick up a WD Elements with 4TB capacity with a $50 discount.
Price: $89.99 (reduced from: $139.99)
Aukey mechanical keyboard
A reasonably-priced and solid mechanical keyboard (although, from personal experience, best suited to those with larger hands), is the Aukey mechanical keyboard, which is on sale over Prime Day.
Price: $5 off [with coupon selection] (reduced from: $64.99)
Twelve South BookArc
Available for a slight discount, the stylish and sleek Twelve South BookArc is a desktop holder for your MacBook Pro. The cheapest version is in black.
Price: $40 (reduced from: $49.99)
Amazon Fire TV Game Controller
The Amazon Fire TV Game Controller, which allows you to use a gamepad for games hosted on Amazon TV and the Fire stick, is now on sale.
Price: $29.99 (reduced from: $49.99)
Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System
You can pick up an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Touch Virtual Reality System bundle this Amazon Prime Day.
Cyberpowerpc Gamer Xtreme desktop gaming PC
A desktop PC of note during the sales event is the Cyberpowerpc Gamer Xtreme desktop gaming PC. The Windows 10 system comes equipped with an Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage, and AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB graphics. They are not the best specs available, for sure, but the system is reasonably priced.
Price: $649 (reduced from: $799)
LG UltraWide IPS gaming monitor
An interesting monitor to consider this Prime Day is the LG UltraWide IPS gaming monitor. The system includes a 144Hz refresh rate and a 34-inch 21:9 ultrawide curved IPS display.
Price: $384.99 (reduced from: $509)