Prime Day 2023 is just around the corner, meaning it’s that time of year when my propeller beanie spins faster than ever: Amazon’s annual event is rife with gadget deals. Below I’ve roundup up the best of them, and there’s good news right from the start: Many of these products are already discounted. Take note, however, that some of these deals require an Amazon Prime membership. Also note that if you have (and use) an Amazon Prime Visa card to pay for your purchases, you may get a higher cash back percentage than the usual 5%. (The Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet is a great examples of this; it’s deeply discounted and will net you 10% cash back if you pay with a Prime Visa.)
Wyze makes some great smart-home gear at really affordable prices, so any kind of discount is both surprising and noteworthy. The Cam v3 was already a bargain at $43; now it’s even better. This incredibly versatile security camera works inside and outside — basically anywhere you can supply power and a decent Wi-Fi signal. Features include night vision, two-way audio, person and pet detection and more. You can record continuous video on an inexpensive memory card or subscribe to Wyze’s inexpensive monthly service to add cloud storage and other features.
The cool, compact, affordable VL768 is small enough to fit in a glove compartment but powerful enough to inflate truck tires, car tires, bicycle tires and playground balls. It also doubles as a backup charger for your phone, making this an extra-sweet deal at just $40. What’s not to like? Read my VacLife Tire Inflator review to learn more.
Before you spend a couple hundred dollars on Apple AirPods Pro, try EarFun’s alternative. An amazingly good value, these earbuds offer active noise-cancelation (ANC), in-ear detection, touch controls and up to seven hours of operation on a charge. And speaking of power, the case supports both USB-C and wireless Qi charging. In my testing, the Air Pro 2 sounded very good overall — not to the same level of Apple’s AirPods, but good enough to satisfy most listeners. Certainly the price is a lot more satisfying.
This deal rivals the lowest price on record for Amazon’s mid-size tablet, which features an 8-inch display, expandable storage, hands-free operation courtesy of Alexa and every kind of entertainment you can imagine: books, games, movies, music, TV shows and so on. There are a few things I don’t love about the tablet’s interface, but those quirks are easy to forgive at this price. Read my Fire HD 8 review to learn more.
Isn’t it time you let a robot take over some house chores? The Yeedi Vac X sweeps and vacuums, and although it lacks the laser-guided intelligence of higher-end autobots, it can still map out your floors and clean only the areas you designate (in Yeedi’s app, which is also where you set up schedules, cleaning modes and the like). Cooler still, the Vac X works with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can order up housecleaning without leaving the couch.
The Meta Quest 2 is a phenomenal product, one of my all-time favorite tech gadgets. Pop one on your head and you can climb virtual mountains, square off against a virtual Darth Vader, strap on virtual boxing gloves (trust me, it’s a workout) and so much more. Meta bumped the price up to $399 late last year; here’s your chance to get it at the original price once again.
Though compact enough to sit on the arm of your couch, the Xgimi Elfin delivers a big home-theater punch. The picture is sharp (1080p) and bright (800 ANSI lumens), with surprisingly good Harman Kardon speakers on hand to simplify movie night. The Elfin even comes with Android TV 10.0 already built in; all that’s missing is Netflix. (You can plug in any streaming device to add it.) This is a personal favorite, one of the best projectors I’ve tested and definitely a bargain at $500 (with coupon). Read my Xgimi Elfin review to learn more.