My personal choice for today’s e-reader
While it’s not the cheapest Kindle in the range, the mid-range Paperwhite gets a nod if you’re an avid reader looking for a reliable slate. why? Well, it’s mainly about the adjustable warm light filter.
While the base Kindle has a fancy new model with an upgraded screen, it’s the ability to soften that harsh light in dark environments that spoils the deals in my opinion. If, like me, you’re someone who’s always up past their bedtime, it’s definitely worth checking out our Easiest Eyes list.
Flat white in all respects
There are actually a lot of coffee maker deals on Amazon. One of the best values we’ve seen is the Keurig K-Mini single-serve coffee maker, which is back at its cheapest ever. But there is a lot to look through…
How to sign up for a free 30-day trial of Prime
Not a prime member? Fear not, you can still play… If you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member in the past 12 months, you can sign up for a free trial to see deals in the Prime Early Access sale. Heres how to do it:
1. Go to Amazon Prime (Opens in a new tab)
two. Select: start your free trial
3. Follow the onscreen instructions (if prompted)
four. Start browsing deals (Opens in a new tab)
You can cancel before the trial ends, with no restrictions. Just don’t forget, or else you’ll pay a fee: a Prime membership costs $14.99 a month and $129 a year in the US, £8.99 a month and £95 a year in the UK.
A super underrated (and cheap) tool…
Another early deal recommendation from me – check out the Amazon Smart Plug for $12.99 (was $24.99) at Amazon US. I realize this might not be the brightest deal on our list — especially after I wrote about the MacBook Air — but hear me out. This is a very useful and great little tool if you are looking to start setting up your smart home on the cheap.
Amazon Smart Plug (Opens in a new tab) It’s basically everything you need to add smart functionality to any socket in your home – whether it’s for lights, appliances, or other gadgets. Simply plug in this super cheap device and voila – you’ll instantly have Alexa voice control right on this socket. Like I said, it’s not fancy, but it’s handy—especially if you’re going to pair it with the countless other Amazon devices that will be discounted on the Prime Early Access sale.
The MacBook Air M2 is now cheap in Amazon US
Perhaps I was a bit exaggerating when I claimed you should forget about the MacBook Air M2 in favor of the MacBook Pro last week, but now I’m suddenly thinking – like any good shameless deal editor.
The price of this excellent ultrabook is down to just $1099 (was $1199) on Amazon; It’s just $50 off the record low. What was a bargain for the price compared to the 13 Pro is now already very tempting with this discount.
It’s worth checking out our MacBook Air M2 review if you want to see us gushed about this latest model from Apple. We’ve always had a place for the MacBook Air in our best laptop buyer’s guide since the M1 and this new iteration is a welcome upgrade — especially the great new bezel-less display. That, combined with a fast M2 chip and fanless design, makes the latest MacBook Air the best laptop out there for those who want a nice balance between power, portability, and battery life.
Are you going down tonight? Well, the jury is out, but it’s worth noting that most Apple products aren’t included in Amazon’s Prime Day deals. They usually have discounts (and good ones too) but they don’t tend to need a Prime membership to access. Overall, we don’t think Amazon or any other retailer will go crazy with discounts on this model over the next few days.
Couple of great deals for pre-peak in the UK
Amazon-branded devices are always on the cutting edge of any Prime Day event, and this year’s October Early Access sale is no different. A few of these excellent devices have already been on sale for a few days in the UK at very competitive prices. We’d probably go for a “wait and see” approach to choosing these types as there might be some additional price cuts in the middle of the night, but these lists are definitely worth keeping an eye out for.
TechRadar’s top tips for Prime Day
1. Find a free trial of Amazon Prime…
Amazon Prime Day deals are reserved for Prime members only. Needless to say, you want to sign up by midnight and Amazon Prime’s free 30-day trial is a great way to do that. Although it is not open to those who have already opened a demo account on their account before, it is a low-commitment way to get the best deals during Prime Day. Note that you will have to cancel the trial before it ends if you don’t want to be charged, so keep that in mind.
two. …but don’t count on it
Contrary to intuition, not only will Amazon offer excellent deals during its second Prime Day event in October. You can expect stores like Walmart and Best Buy in the US and Currys in the UK to host their own sales. Basically, it is worth shopping if you are interested in a particular product. While these other stores may not have as much stock as Amazon, they sometimes offer cheaper prices on hot-ticketed items. If you can get a particular Amazon deal cheaper elsewhere, we’ll be sure to tell you our coverage here.
3. Know what you want to buy…
It’s always a good idea to have a shopping list ready before heading to a retail event like Amazon Prime Day or Black Friday. There are always thousands of deals on offer, so having a clear idea of what you need (and don’t) can help you stay on budget and save valuable time. If you have a specific product in mind, take the time to check out the price history or other models in the range.
four. …but be flexible
This point comes after the previous one, i.e. it pays to have some alternative products on your shopping list, just in case the model you were looking forward to doesn’t sell. This is where research comes in handy again because it will immediately help you find alternatives.
For example, you may not be able to find an OLED TV of your favorite brand in a certain size but you may find another TV from a competing brand worth your time. You can also, most likely, find a cheaper model or a more expensive model and one that suits your needs better. Again, using resources like TechRadar’s Buyer’s Guides and Reviews is incredibly useful if you’re looking for evidence of alternative options.
5. Get there early…
The vast majority of Prime Day Early Access deals will start at midnight tonight, so you can basically be on the queue by staying awake and checking them out tonight. There must be thousands of deals – some of them mayo Sale, depending on whether it is a popular model or not. In this case, it is better to order your items sooner rather than later.
6. …but check back throughout the event
However, Amazon loves the lightning deal. It will scatter during the second Amazon Prime Day event of the year, where there will be several great menus with record price cuts. It’s too soon to tell what it’s going to be after (it could be literally anything), but it’s always worth keeping an eye out for those. They’ll be prominently listed on the Amazon deals page — and we’ll highlight any particularly good deals here as well.
One early prime deal to check out…
in the United States? This is a quick list we discovered and it’s the only deal for a prime member. Basically, this is a Prime Day deal in all but the name and one we don’t expect to drop tomorrow.
So, the award for your first Prime Day deal goes to… Fire TV Cube. While it’s usually overlooked in favor of smaller (and cheaper) Fire TV Sticks, we think the Cube is a great option — especially if you have a high-quality 4K TV.
Amazon Prime Early Access goes on sale at midnight
Hello avid bargain hunters! We’re starting our coverage of Prime Day Early Access, which comes out a little earlier today. The proper festivities will be landing at midnight tonight, so you’ll want to tune in if you’re eager to get a bargain. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up some early deals to check out — which we expect won’t be beat up once proper sales kick in tonight.