Alas, Amazon Prime day has come and gone. Amazon’s second attempt to dethrone Black Friday with its own sales extravaganza was a successful venture for the Seattle-based retailer once again, allowing those with Amazon Prime memberships access to slew of timed discounts throughout the day. Amazon discounted everything from GoPro cameras to Xbox One consoles, along with every proprietary device in the company’s far-reaching arsenal (minus the ill-fated Fire Phone).
Amazon promised “more sales than Black Friday,” and on that front, it delivered. The company recently announced that customer orders surpassed last year’s Prime Day by more than 60 percent worldwide, and more than 50 percent in the United States. Amazon sold more than 2 million toys, 90,000 TVs, 14,000 Lenovo laptops, and hundreds of thousands of Kindle devices, among a laundry list of other products. It was also the biggest sales day for Amazon’s voice-activated smart speaker — aka the Echo — as well as the Fire TV and an assortment of Dash buttons (Tide, Charmin, etc.). And in case you were wondering, yes, a bag of granola was the best-selling product in Japan. Germany and Austria, on the other hand, were big fans of this frying pan.
Prime Day didn’t go off without a hitch for consumers, however. Many of the products sold out in a matter of minutes, and a variety of deals only provided a few cents off the original retail price. Moreover, the Prime Day landing page was somewhat of a chore to navigate — which is somewhat to be expected when you’re perusing 16,000 different products. That said, you can still see some of our favorite discounted products below. We have a feeling that many of them will return next year…
The Amazon Echo is the future of smart home technology. It won’t blow you away in the sound department, sure, but the cylindrical device features one of the most natural-sounding and intuitive voice assistants on the planet. The hands-free device can answer questions, provide sports scores, and control an array of smart home appliances, among other actions. The best part? The Echo’s skill set is only becoming more robust as time goes on. Read our full review.
Doom is a video game that knows how to capitalize on the perfect amount of nostalgia. The latest game in the long-running franchise is as quick and chaotic as the original, yet it incorporates a slew of refreshing multiplayer elements and a capable level editor that’s bound keep you coming back. Combating hordes of demons straight from the gates of Hell has never been so bloody, grim, and utterly captivating. Read our full review.
The Amazon Fire TV, understandably, favors Prime subscribers. If you can bypass that hurdle, however, the Fire TV represents one of the best streaming boxes to date. The second-gen device comes equipped with Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa, along quick hardware and support for 4K Ultra HD streaming. It even tackles a host of mobile games using an optional controller, so Minecraft is never far from reach. Read our full review.
The Nexus 6P sets the bar for what an Android phone should be. It may suffer from a somewhat lackluster design, but it comes lined with a premium metal build and a list of admirable specs — 3GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, etc. — that make it a standout in every way. Quick charging just means you can fully juice the battery in less time than it takes to rewatch the jaw-dropping season final of Game of Thrones. Read our full review.
Books are overrated — well, at least physical ones. The aptly-titled Kindle Paperwhite gives you means for stowing thousands of books, as well as access to Amazon’s robust library of classic and contemporary works. The ebook reader also benefits from a bright, high-res display and a slim profile that’s both easy on the eyes and comfortable to hold. Marathon battery life, in-line notes, and myriad of features don’t hurt either. Read our full review.
Instagram and the digital revolution may have killed the number of physical photos in circulation, but Polaroid hasn’t given up the fight. The company’s Zip is roughly the size of an iPhone 6S and prints 2 x 3-inch photos directly from your mobile device using Bluetooth and NFC technology. It does so in about a minute, and though the resulting image quality can’t match that of a home inkjet or a dye-sub printer, it’s perfectly suited for your scrapbook or the front of your fridge. Read more here.
Few pieces of technology are as convenient as a 3D printer, especially when you’re in dire need of hollowed, 3-inch model of the Death Star. The Lulzabot TAZ 5 might be a last-gen model, but it’s a quality printer with a large bed and the ability to handle a variety of 3-millimeter filaments (including those from third-party vendors). Furthermore, the open-source nature of the software makes it easy-to-use and allows for additional modifications.
Bose isn’t just headphone manufacturer — it’s one of the most innovative companies on the planet when it comes to sound. The SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones II are a prime example of why that’s the case. The lightweight pair of wired cans provide good passive noise cancellation and well-sculpted sound, the latter of which is as suitable for Radiohead’s latest masterpiece as J Dilla’s lingering instrumentals. And did mention they’re pretty comfortable?
We may have once scoffed at the Philips Hue for its lack of vibrant greens, yet that doesn’t mean that the Wi-Fi-enabled LED lighting system isn’t terrific. It remains one of the most inventive lighting systems on the market today, and boasts robust third-party app connectivity and integration with a slew of home automation devices (Alexa included). The starter pack bundles three bulbs and everything you need to get the system up and running. Read our full review.
The original Segway was notoriously pricey, but the MiniPro? Not so much. The lightweight, self-balancing scooter is a shorter version of the aforementioned original, one you can easily control via an adjustable knee bar. Although it looks a little goofy to ride, it can manage to cover 14 miles on a single charge, at a top speed of 10 miles per hour on grades up to 15 degrees. A tamper-proof security alarm and customizable LEDs only bolster its futuristic vibes. Read more here.
Drones are becoming more and more commonplace with every passing year, despite both government regulation and gun-toting lunatics. The 3DR Solo is one of our personal favorites, equipped with simple controls, a durable design, and numerous autonomous flight modes that make it a breeze to capture sweeping, cinematic shots worthy of the next installment of Planet Earth. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to supply your own GoPro. Read our full review.
Over time, Razer has become a cornerstone in the PC-peripheral market. The top-tier BlackWidow Ultimate is built upon the company’s line of award-winning mechanical switches, and as such, it offers a soft tactile bump that’s often considered a welcome middle ground between keys engineered for gaming and those for typing. LED backlighting, five programmable macro keys, anti-ghosting, and an abundance of playback controls add to the keyboard’s green-hued fanfare and functionality.
The spherical BB-8 quickly dethroned R2-D2 as the most lovable droid in the galaxy, even before The Force Awakens hit theaters. Sphero’s like-minded toy is just as adorable, and can be controlled via your Android or iOS device. The miniature robot can also react to your voice and comes outfitted with both a gyroscope and an accelerometer, rendering the robot’s pre-programmed movements and animations as close to the real thing as possible. Read our hands-on impressions.
Of all the smartwatches on the market, the Huawei Watch remains the most practical. Part of the reason has to do with its sleek, unisex design, while the rest can be attributed to its high-resolution screen and wide range of strap combinations. The stainless-steel iteration, like other versions of the watch, features a 1.4-inch circular AMOLED, along with the ability to receive notifications and track a wealth of fitness metrics. And pre-installed watch faces come standard. Read our full review.
We’ve reviewed products from Blue Microphones before — most notably, the Spark. The Yeti isn’t as portable as the former, but the USB microphone still provides THX-certified sound quality, embedded gain control, and a plethora of recording modes suited for a variety of scenarios, whether you’re attempting to capture a podcasts or concert. It looks like the kind of mike Hank Williams would sing into, but his probably didn’t have three 14-mm mic capsules.
A mere $60 rarely gets you far when it comes to gaming headsets. Fortunately, Sony’s Wireless Gold manage to issue powerful sound and convincing virtual surround within a lightweight package that’s surprisingly comfortable thanks to a pair of faux-leather ear cups. The cross-platform pair of cans can also last up to eight hours on a single charge and feature a range of game-specific profiles, so you can fine tune the resulting audio for any title in your your arsenal. Read our full review.
No accessory can last forever on a single charge, and that’s precisely what makes Anker’s 5,200mAh charger such a lifesaver in times of need. The compact device measures the size of a candy bar, yet it can charge an iPhone 6 and an array of other electronic devices twice over. The onboard, PowerIQ amp-adjustment technology can even detect your device and adjust the charging speed accordingly, ensuring your device will be up to speed as quick as possible.