Prime Day — the retailer’s two-day event serving up discounts on thousands of products for Amazon Prime members — kicks off tomorrow.
To help you prep, here’s a breakdown of the tech Prime Day deals we expect to see.
The 4th Gen Echo, our pick for the best smart speaker, creates crisp room-filling audio while also acting as a bridge to get other gadgets online. It’s already down to $74.99, down from its usual price of $99.99 — and will likely drop further during Prime Day.
On most days, you can score AirPods Pro at a discount from their $249.99 MSRP. Right now, Amazon has them for $197. That’s a great deal on one of our top picks for best true wireless earbuds. We anticipate this discount will continue through Prime Day 2021.
Standard AirPods are discounted to $119 from $159. That’s a pretty discount, but we’re hoping those might drop to $99 as they’ve done on previous shopping holidays.
Prime Day 2021 could be the time we finally see a sharp discount on AirPods Max — which are currently discounted to $499 from $549.
You can score Sony’s WH-1000XM4 for just $278 right now, an all-time-low price for these headphones. During previous Prime Days, Amazon has tossed in a gift card alongside this $278 price point. It’s well worth it as these earbuds can block out the entire spectrum of noise around you while delivering a comfortable fit on your head. The WF-1000XM4 earbuds from Sony, which just launched and are priced at $279.99, will likely also see a price drop for the first time this Prime Day.
But if you don’t want to spend a ton on earbuds, there are plenty of options. Our budget pick for earbuds, the EarFun Air, are currently sitting at $54.99. But if you click the coupon on the page, you can save 10%. We expect the Galaxy Buds Pro ($169.99, originally $199.99; amazon.com) and the new $149.99 Studio Buds from Beats to also go on sale for Prime Day.
The MacBook Air is $50 off for the entry-level model, but it could go lower on Monday. Similarly, the 13-inch MacBook Pro has a starting price of just $1,149.99.
We expect to see laptops from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Surface to see steep discounts. Right now, you can score a Dell XPS 13 with 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM for $1,479.98.
And in the tablet world, we’ve begun to see discounts across the iPad family — our pick for best tablet overall, the 8th Gen iPad, is starting at $299.99, which is a pretty standard discount for the device. This tablet typically drops below that $30 discount on Prime Day, though. Similarly, the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are beginning to see some discounts. We expect the first significant discount on the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which features the M1 chip and a gorgeous Retina display. And while both iPad Pros are still back-ordered a bit, locking in at a discount will make that wait a bit more digestible.
Those looking for an Android-based tablet should check out the Amazon Fire line. While the Fire 7 ($49.99), Fire HD 8 ($89.99) and Fire HD 10 ($149.99) aren’t seeing discounts right now, we anticipate these will get some substantial discounts. The Fire 7, in particular, is known for dropping closer to $25 on Prime Day, similar to the Echo Dots.
And if you want a more high-performance Android tablet, take a look at Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs. The Tab S7, our pick for best Android tablet, is seeing a $100 discount down to just $549.99. The Tab S7+, with a sharper display and the same performance is at $696, down from $849.99.