The 15 best deals for early Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is a two-day sales event where Prime subscribers can find hundreds of exclusive deals on products available from the online retailer, although there are plenty of other discounts for non-members. This year, Prime Day is set for July 12th and 13th, but you can already snag some pretty clever deals on some of our favorite things. From Amazon Fire-enabled TVs and speakers to third-party devices, here are some of our most popular early Prime Day 2022 deals.

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TV deals

Check out our guide to the best TVs for more recommendations.

TCL 6 series

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

This is one of the nicest TVs we’ve tested. The bezels are super slim, the OLED panel is fantastic, delivering deep blacks and rich colors, and it has an Android TV interface, meaning you can cast it from your phone too. It has odd 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 are confident in its build quality, unlike some other generic Amazon TVs that we haven’t tested. You get Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range support (read: nicer colors) and a built-in Fire TV for streaming your favorite Amazon shows.

If you’ve been looking for an extra-large screen, this is one of the best discounts we’ve seen on a 75-inch model in months. It has Fire TV on board for easy streaming and Amazon shopping, as well as local dimming across the array so black levels and highlights look better than cheaper screens.

Smartphone and laptop deals

Read our guide to the best Android phones and best laptops to learn about our favorites.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

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We’re big fans of the Pixel 6 Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends), which takes excellent photos, especially with its 4X optical telephoto camera. It has a gorgeous 120Hz OLED screen and is packed with lots of smart software features that make using this phone a pleasure. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro might launch later this year, but this is still a good buy that will last for a while.

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is an excellent all-around high-end Android phone. It excels in almost every category and even gets longer Android version upgrades than the aforementioned Google Pixel (strange considering Google manages the Android OS). The S22 is a nice size, and this listing is for the 256 gigabyte storage version. If you want a bigger phone, the $1,000 S22 Ultra is on sale. It has a spectacular 10x optical zoom camera that allows you to capture crisp photos of distant objects.

The A53 5G (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has pretty much all the features 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 takes it a step further with high-end perks like a 120Hz AMOLED screen, four OS upgrades, and 5 years of security updates. At this price it is exceptional value.

Apple Watch SE

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WIRED Senior Associate Editor Adrienne So calls the Apple Watch SE (8/10, WIRED recommends) the best Apple Watch for most people, making 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, but it does have most that matter in everyday life. Read our Apple Watch guide for more details.

The M1 chip marked a notable and swift departure from Apple’s longstanding Intel processors, allowing those of us working on the go a bit more power for photo editing, music production and a bazillion Chrome tabs. A new MacBook Air is on the way next month (it’ll cost a little more than the current version), but this 2020 model (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is still excellent.

The Pixelbook Go is getting a bit dated, but it’s still an excellent no-frills laptop. It’s a Chromebook, so it’s just a great option for those who can do without the Chrome browser entirely (although Android apps are available through the Google Play Store). Read our guide to the best Chromebooks for more details.

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

Amazon device offers

If you’re in a hurry, these are some solid discounts on Amazon-made hardware. However, it’s important to note that these devices are likely to drop a lot further on Prime Day itself. Check out our Best Amazon Smart Speaker, Best Smart Display, and Best Streaming Stick guides for more information.

Echo Dot (4th generation)

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I love Echo Dots (8/10, WIRED Recommends) more than any other smart speaker. They’re small, sound damn good, and work perfectly for sleep sounds, timers, and a quick weather check. Last Prime Day, the price dropped as low as $25, so it’s worth the wait. Be sure to read our guide on how to make your Amazon Echo as private as possible.

Have you ever been annoyed that you can’t find your favorite show or movie? Amazon is probably your best bet, as it offers a ton of rental and purchase options (beyond the free Amazon Prime Video content). The included voice remote control makes navigation even easier. It’s likely that this device will drop to $25 on Prime Day. We still like Roku and Google’s Chromecast with Google TV streaming stick more in general, so check out our full recommendations before committing to one.

This is the lowest price we’ve ever found for the Fire TV Cube. If you want to control your entire home theater system with your voice, the Fire TV Cube is a great option. Just connect all your players and gaming systems to your Cube, then use voice commands to turn things on and off. However, as we discover in our review, things aren’t always that smooth.

The Echo Show 15 is a great way to hang photos of loved ones on the wall, and the Echo Show 5 is a great way to set timers, follow recipes, and check the weather. I like to use one in the living room on the wall and the other in my kitchen. Check out our Best Smart Display guide for more options.


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