Amazon fired When it launched Prime Day a few years ago, it expanded to multiple days — and this year, there are two separate events. Best Buy is the latest to launch its own lightning strike, stealing the Prime Day limelight with a flash sale. But if you want new headphones, a new TV or more, act fast because these deals only last until Thursday.
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Headphones and Smartwatch Deals
These are the best workout earbuds on the market right now. Our reviewers found that they fit a variety of ear shapes and sizes comfortably and securely. They can run for up to eight hours on a single charge, which is impressive for something that sounds good and also has active noise cancellation.
“Among the best-sounding wireless headphones you can buy” is how we lead our Sony WH-1000XM5 review (9/10, WIRED recommendation). They’re light and comfortable, but they’re also true heavyweights, with top-notch sound quality and excellent noise cancellation. All without ropes tying you up.
Since Apple acquired Beats, its sound quality has been improving, thanks in large part to the pair’s use of Apple’s W1 chip. It’s a bit old, but it’s still a good price for a great pair of jars. With Active Noise Cancellation enabled, they’ll last 22 hours between charges. That jumps to 40 hours if you turn off active noise cancellation, and the over-ear still blocks out quite a bit of noise.
Even though Fitbit just released the Versa 4, the Versa 3 is still a solid option for anyone looking for a serious fitness tracker, mostly because it gives you access to Fitbit’s excellent app that lets you track your workouts and fitness data such as heart rate and running – thanks to its built-in GPS. It lasts for six hours on a charge and also includes Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
We love the Vívoactive line of Garmin smartwatches because it doesn’t look like most bulky Garmin watches. It records your heart rate, sleep data, blood oxygen and breathing, and it all syncs to Garmin’s Connect app, as well as handles basic actions like calendar notifications.
Home Theater Deals
Although this model doesn’t have a QLED screen, it’s still one of our favorite TVs from one of our most recommended TV manufacturers. For five years, TCL has been one of the best value for money 4K Ultra HD TVs. From the great built-in Roku streaming device to the crisp picture quality that’s similar to a $1,000+ TV, this is your chance to upgrade your space to the home theater feel you’ve always wanted.
The Sony OLED is arguably the most beautiful display in a high-end 4K TV. We really like its big brother, the A90J, and call it the most beautiful TV on the market. The A80J is similar, with a built-in Google TV, which is intuitive and easy to use, although not as good as the Roku.
When someone asks what the best soundbar and subwoofer combo is, we point them to the Signa S4 (7/10, recommended by WIRED) because it offers Dolby Atmos sound at an affordable price, and Fill the room with rich bass. Read our guide to the best soundbars to learn more.
You might have the worst 4K TV in the world, and maybe you’ll have to pay extra for a 4K streaming Netflix tier, but it’s all for naught if you’re stuck with a bland TV interface. This cheap streaming dongle will help. You can plug it into the back of any TV (even a wall-mounted one) without worrying about where to put the big box. The built-in Alexa voice assistant is also nice. It puts Amazon content front and center, so it’s best for people who use a lot of Amazon’s services.
This powerful MacBook Pro (8/10, recommended by WIRED) is really only for people who run intensive applications and need a powerful machine, otherwise, it’s a bit overkill. You get great performance from the M1 Pro chip, beautiful ProMotion 120-Hz display, MagSafe connector, built-in 1080p webcam, and a Touch ID sensor with more ports than ever.
The M2 MacBook Air (7/10, recommended by WIRED) is more cosmetic than anything else, but it’s a welcome upgrade. You get a better webcam, a MagSafe connector, and a bigger and brighter screen. Plus the improved performance of the M2 chip.
If you want to stream 4K content on your 4K TV, you’re going to need a streaming device. Apple’s 4K devices are powerful, but expensive when they’re on sale at full price. For Apple purists who want to be able to shout “Hey Siri”.Play Last Week Tonight with John Oliver On HBO, “This Apple TV is what you want.
The recently released Series 8 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a new low-power mode that, in addition to powerful fitness, health and productivity features, will help it get through the weekend, as well as collision detection. This is its first listing.
We call this entry-level iPad “boring, but very good” (8/10, recommended by WIRED). Okay, the reason we can do this is that tablets, especially those under $350, don’t need flashy high performance to handle the kind of web scrolling that most of us do with tablets on the couch during business breaks . Apple’s iPad design matured years ago, and its simplicity works. We look forward to new iPads coming soon, but this is still a good price.
This deal applies to the 2019 AirPods Pro models (aka first-gen models). They last up to 4.5 hours on a single charge, but you can charge them on the go with the included charging case. They can easily switch between very impressive Active Noise Cancellation, Passive and Transparency modes. This model comes with a MagSafe charging case, so you can attach it magnetically to a MagSafe charger for easy charging.
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Other stores have started offering competing deals that don’t require an Amazon Prime membership (and probably more will join). Below is a list of businesses that may participate in the action.