Amazon Prime Day 2022: 17 Best Early Deals
Amazon Prime Day is a two-day sales event where Prime subscribers can find hundreds of exclusive deals on products available through the online retailer, though there are lots of other discounts for nonmembers. This year, Prime Day is set for July 12 and 13, but you can already get plenty of pretty slick deals on some of our favorite stuff. From Amazon Fire-enabled TVs and speakers to third-party devices, here are some of our favorite early Prime Day 2022 deals.
Updated June 28, 2022: We’ve added deals from Samsung, Motorola, and Garmin.
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This is our favorite TV for most people (9/10, WIRED Recommends), and this is the lowest price we have ever tracked for the 55-inch model. It has a quantum dot panel for bright colors and utilizes local dimming zones for deeper blacks in your movies and shows. It has a built-in Roku interface, and the Micro-LED backlighting delivers exceptional contrast. This deal is also available at Walmart.
It might not look like a deal, but this price just recently dropped to its lowest ever. This is one of the prettiest 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 also cast to it from your phone. It has weird feet on the ends, so it’s best to wall-mount it unless you have a large TV stand.
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 for streaming your favorite Amazon shows.
This is just $ 2 more than the lowest price we have ever tracked. The U8G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a sleek design, an Android TV interface, and a raised stand to fit a soundbar underneath. Its excellent local dimming translates to great contrast with the quantum dot panel, and you also get a 120-Hz screen refresh rate. Pair it with a PC with an AMD card to make use of the AMD FreeSync support for smoother gaming.
If you’ve been shopping for an extra-large 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-array local dimming means black levels and highlights will look better than on cheaper screens.
Smartphone and Laptop Deals
Read our Best Android Phones and Best Laptops guide for more of our favorite picks.
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is an excellent all-around high-end Android phone. It excels in almost every category, and it’ll even get Android version upgrades longer than the Google Pixel phones (weird, considering that Google maintains the Android operating system). The S22 is a nice size, and this sale is on select colors and storage. If you want a bigger phone, the S22 Ultra is on sale for $ 1,050 ($ 247 off). It has a spectacular 10X optical zoom camera that’ll let you snap crisp photos of objects far away.
The A53 5G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has pretty much every feature most people need, including 5G, NFC for contactless payments, more than a day of battery life, IP67 water resistance, and a MicroSD card slot. Then it goes a step further with high-end perks like a 120-Hz AMOLED screen, four OS upgrades, plus five years of security updates. At this price, it’s an exceptional value.
If you’re bored with smartphones that are basically rectangular slabs, perhaps a folding phone like the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) will excite you. This is the lowest price we have ever tracked for it and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on a foldable phone. Unlike previous versions, the third-generation Flip is a lot more durable — complete with IPX8 water resistance. This compact device includes a smooth 120-Hz screen, wireless charging, and 5G connectivity.
The Moto G Stylus 5G (6/10, WIRED Review) received an honorable mention on our roundup of Best Android Phones—We knocked it for its lack of software and security updates, as well as underwhelming cameras (compared to similarly priced Pixel 5A and Samsung Galaxy A53). It does, however, offer smooth performance, two-day battery life, 5G connectivity, and NFC for contactless payments. The built-in stylus also comes in handy for jotting down notes or signing documents right from the smartphone.
Yes, technically Apple has announced a new one MacBook Pro with the M2 chipbut this pricier MacBook Pro from 2021 and its M1 Pro processor are actually much more powerful. This is the machine for anyone who needs to do some serious CPU-intensive tasks, from photo and video editing to 3D rendering. It dipped $ 50 lower in April, but this is still a great deal. This machine has plenty of ports, including HDMI, and a 1080p webcam. Read more in our Best MacBooks guide.
The Pixelbook Go is getting a little old, but it’s still an excellent, no-frills laptop. It’s a Chromebook, so it’s only a great option for anyone who can work completely off the Chrome browser (though Android apps are available via the Google Play Store). Read our Best Chromebooks guide for more details.
You will need to buy 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.
Smartwatch and Audio Deals
WIRED senior associate editor Adrienne So calls the Apple Watch SE (8/10, WIRED Recommends) the best Apple Watch for most people, which makes this a solid time to snag 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 on a day-to-day basis. Read our Apple Watch guide for more details.
The Vivomove is a great fitness tracker that’s also stylish. On the outside, this watch sports a traditional style with the addition of a small touchscreen display, where you can access notifications, start workouts, and look at calendar entries. On the inside, the Vivomove has sensors that track blood oxygen, respiration, sleep, heart rate, and Body Battery (which calculates how much energy you’ve used based on specific health metrics).
Clip the coupon button on the page to see the discount at checkout. This Wear OS smartwatch will receive 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 clever dual-display technology. It has a smooth interface, and it does a great job of tracking health metrics like blood oxygen rate, step count, and continuous heart rate monitoring. Read more about it in our Best Smartwatches guide.
Samsung’s Buds2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are our top pick for Android phones in our Best Wireless EarBuds roundup. These buds offer active noise cancellation (with up to five hours of battery life when the feature is in use), an IPX2 water-resistance rating, and a wireless charging case. They also feel lightweight and come in a variety of super nice colors. It’s worth noting that some folks have had issues with these earbuds causing irritation in their ears. I have yet to experience this, but if you do, return the buds immediately.
I love Echo Dots (8/10, WIRED Recommends) more than just about any other smart speaker. They’re small, sound pretty darn good, and work perfectly for sleep sounds, timers, and a quick check of the weather. Last Prime Day, the price dipped as low as $ 25, so it’s worth waiting. Be sure to read our guide on How to Make Your Amazon Echo as Private as Possible.
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