Prime Day, Amazon’s summer shopping event, is upon us. This eighth annual blowout of nonstop deals will start at midnight Pacific Time on July 12 and end on July 13. To take advantage of Prime Day sales, you must be a member of Amazon Prime. This service is Amazon’s $139-a-year club that offers free two-day shipping on orders, as well as a litany of frills and various promotional offers. New Prime members get a free 30-day trial, which means you can sign up, get the Prime deals, and then dump the membership before the bill comes due.
While official Prime Day is still a week away, early deals can already be found on Amazon. Keep this page bookmarked as we will add the best of Amazon’s tech-related Prime Day deals to this page on a regular basis between now and the end of the event.
Best Amazon Prime Day deals 2022
SkyTech Shadow 3.0 Gaming Computer
SkyTech is throwing out the pre-Prime Day deals this year! This desktop sports a Ryzen 5 3600, RTX 3060, 16GB RAM, and a 1 TB SSD. It also has a sleek black case with 3 RGB fans.
Stacked with an RTX 3090, 10th Gen i9-10850K CPU, a whopping 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, this GT13-0090 can do just about anything you want.
BenQ MOBIUZ gaming monitor
The BenQ Mobiuz EX3210U measures 32-inches and has a resolution of 3840×2160 as well as a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz. It also has loads of ports and awesome built-in audio.
GIGABYTE M27Q X gaming monitor
The Gigabyte M27Q X has a blazing fast refresh rate of 240Hz and phenomenal color accuracy. It measures 27-inches and has a resolution of 2560×1440 as well as a one millisecond response time.
Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVME M.2 Internal SSD – 1TB
Samsung’s excellent Gen 4 SSD not only snagged our Editor’s Choice award, but it claims a spot among our early Prime Day deals with a cool 33 percent discount. That’s an all-time low for the 1TB capacity.
Seagate IronWolf NAS 5900RPM SATA Internal Hard Drive – 4TB
Need lots of space for a network-attached-storage unit? This 4TB Seagate IronWolf sits in a sweet spot for price and capacity, with an equally sweet price.
SanDisk microSDXC card for Nintendo Switch – 128GB
Maybe you’ve had to make do with the lesser Steam Deck as you wait for your place in the queue to make it to the front. (Just kidding, the Nintendo Switch is awesome.) This deal slashes the cost of a branded SD card to a near all-time low for more storage on the ultra cheap.
iPad Pro 11 128GB (3rd Gen)
This small discount on a high-end iPad is well worth it if you need a storage boost.
iPad 2021 64GB
This small discount on the base model iPad — the last one with an easy-to-use Home button — makes it even more affordable.
XPG Xenia 15
The XPG Xenia 15 is both portable and powerful, a rare combination for a gaming laptop. It’s rocking an Intel Core i7-11800H CPU, an RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a whopping 1TB of NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD storage.
HP Chromebook X360
This 360-degree convertible should play Android games comfortably with an adequate Celeron N4000 processor and B&O speakers powering them; official Google support should last through 2027.
HP Chromebook 14
While the screen is a bit of a gotcha at just 768p resolution, two things work in this deal’s favor: battery life of well over 12 hours, and official support that lasts until June 2027.
Samsung Chromebook 4 (2021 Model)
Price sells this deal, either here or a refurbished version of this Samsung Chromebook 4 for just $97; while the 768p display might be a bit of a turnoff on paper, we’ll bet that it won’t matter on an 11-inch display and that you’ll be happy that official support will last until June 2027.
Samsung Chromebook Plus V2, 2-in-1
Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V2 has a solid camera, an included pen, and decent specs; support will expire in June 2024, however.
Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2
This micro-sized dash cam from one of our favorite brands Garmin, is discreet enough to fit behind a rearview mirror. It has a wide 140-degree lens that records 1080p video.
Vantrue N2 Pro
The Vantrue N2 Pro is a solid dash cam built especially for Uber or other rideshare drivers. It offers two cams in one – a front facing camera and an inside facing camera.
Google Nest Doorbell (battery)
Walmart has a great deal on the battery-powered Nest Doorbell, which offers a 145-degree field of view, on-device people detection, and night vision.
Google Nest Cam (Wired)
As with the much pricier Nest Cam with Floodlight, the wired version of the Nest Cam offers on-device people, pet, and vehicle detection, no subscription required.
Amazon Prime Day FAQ
What is Prime Day?
As shopping holidays go, Prime Day can’t match Black Friday’s scope, but bargain hunters can still often find a few sweet deals during this mid-year event. As in previous years, Amazon devices will be a big part of the deals—the company has already teased up to 55 percent off the Echo Show, Kindle Paperwhite, Ring alarm, and more, plus steep discounts on Fire TV-enabled smart TVs. But if the past predicts the future, you can safely expect solid price cuts on streaming devices, Bluetooth headsets, fitness trackers and smartwatches, mechanical keyboards, mice, and gaming headsets. Often there’s been at least a few nice buys for laptops, desktop PCs, and Chromebooks, too.
When is Prime Day?
Officially, Prime Day starts at midnight Pacific Time on July 12 and end on July 13. But Amazon is already offering discounts on many items in the lead-up to the event.
How do I know I’m getting a great deal?
If you refer to PCWorld’s articles pointing to the best Prime Day deals, you can be assured that our editors have vetted the deals based on price history and the quality of the product. But it’s also possible for you to do background research that will help you find the best deals.
Like any retailer, Amazon mixes true deals with “sales” that are really just regular prices (or close to it) with a deal tag. To avoid that pitfall, look up historical prices before buying. We like Keepa.com for this—particularly price history graphs that you can adjust on-the-fly. CamelCamelCamel.com is also a good alternative, though not quite as robust. Both services offer price watching for specific items, too.
For example, let’s say you see a deal on the Elgato Stream Deck. You’d type “Elgato Stream Deck” into Keepa, and find the historic pricing of that product.
Keepa says the best pricing on this macro board was $97 in January 2020, and that the highest was $190 about a year and a half ago. In the last three months, it’s hovered between $120 to $130. With that information, you have the tools to decide whether this streaming accessory is worth the current sale price.
If the sale price were $100, for example, that would be a good deal—you’d be getting close to the lowest price ever. A $110 price tag would also still be a pretty good deal, since it’s cheaper than recent prices, which were already in a low range. The graph also shows that deals in the last year have been standard discounts, rather than anything special like a limited-time lightning deal.
What is a Lightning Deal?
Lightning Deals are limited-time deals that can offer the most bone-deep Prime Day discounts. Accordingly, the more popular ones sell out fast—like hot-concert-tickets fast.
Can I see Lightning Deals in advance?
Amazon often teases its lightning deals in advance. If you visit the Prime Day webpage, for example, you may see a carousel of Lightning Deals. Keep scrolling through those deals, and you’ll soon hit products that are on deck but haven’t yet started as deals.
If you find something in those upcoming Lightning Deals you’d like to buy, that’s the time to do historical price-checking. Then when the product goes on sale, you’ll know right away if Amazon’s limited-time price is worth it.
Can I get alerts for Lightning Deals?
Speaking of which, you don’t have to wait around or keep an eye on the clock to know when your deals are going live. The Amazon app for Android and iOS lets you build a deals watch list and then get notifications when your deals are active.
Once you’ve installed the Amazon app and signed in, go to Settings > Notifications > Your Watched & Waitlisted Deals. Activate the slider in that section. You can now add an upcoming item to your watch list—go to the deals page in the app, find the upcoming deals you’re interested in, and tap Watch this deal.
Can I trust the deals from Amazon’s third-party sellers?
Remember that it’s not only Amazon that offers sales on Amazon on Prime Day. Third-party Amazon marketplace sellers are also eligible to sell items at low prices. Many of these sellers are great, but sometimes there are less-than-honest brokers pushing fake or low-quality products, as The Guardian reported in April 2018.
Before you buy—even with Lightning Deals—take a second to check that the seller and the product appear legitimate. We advise consumers to only buy products that come from, or are fulfilled by, Amazon. That won’t protect you from counterfeits, but if anything goes wrong, you’re 100-percent covered by Amazon’s excellent customer service. With independent third-party marketplace sellers, you have to deal with them directly and can appeal to Amazon only if that effort fails.
Do other retailers have Prime Day deals?
Check out the rest of the internet on Prime Day. With Amazon building so much hype, other retailers offer their own sales to compete. It’s a long shot to find the exact same deals elsewhere, but it’s always worth checking online shops like Walmart, Newegg, Staples, and Best Buy for a close match.
Or better yet, check out PCWorld’s curated Prime Day articles for the best deals across all retailers.
More Prime Day deals
PCWorld has be scouring both Amazon and other online retailers for early Prime Day deals. So, whether you’re interested in TVs, laptops, PC storage or other consumer tech items, chances are one of the round-ups below will have a deal of interest.
Best Prime Day TV deals
Best Prime Day laptop deals
Best Prime Day Chromebook deals
Best Prime Day SSD and storage deals
Best Prime Day monitor deals
Best Prime Day GPU deals
Best Prime Day tablet deals
Best Prime Day dash cam deals
Best Prime Day computer deals