This year’s Amazon Prime Day event is slowing down, but there are still dozens of deals available that are worth checking out. Though Amazon is still pushing lots of nonsense, Prime Day offers some genuinely good deals on luxury and expensive items—think laptops, monitors, headsets, gaming consoles, and so on. Our Prime Day deals list highlights the better ones—but even as curated as it is, it’s still huge.
If you don’t have time to comb through all of that, or if you’re on a strict budget, we’ve outlined a few Prime Day deals we particularly like that are still live and available for $50 or less. Keep in mind that most offers are attached to the sales event, which means you must be a Prime subscriber to get them and that they’ll probably expire by tomorrow. Nevertheless, as we wind down our Prime Day coverage, you can see the full list of budget-friendly deals below.
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- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K media streamer for $24.99 (normally $44.99).
Provided you’re not offended by the calls to action for Prime Video and Alexa dotted throughout Amazon’s Fire TV interface, the Fire TV Stick 4K is as powerful as any streaming dongle on the market. Its Alexa-aided voice search is more robust than that of the Roku Streaming Stick+, and it supports Dolby Vision HDR in addition to the usual HDR10. It also just got the official YouTube app back. That Roku stick has a much cleaner, if blander, interface, but it’s also going for $24 more at the moment. This is a new low for the Fire TV Stick 4K and $15 to $25 less than its usual price.
- A whole bunch of video games
While the video game deal selection isn’t quite as hot on Prime Day as it typically is around Black Friday, there are a handful of notable deals on games we approve of. Horizon Zero Dawn and Nioh made our best games of 2017 list, for instance, and are both down to $10 from their usual $15 to $20 range. God of War was in our top three last year and is down to $20 from its usual $25. The likes of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, Hitman 2, Stardew Valley, and Super Mario Party are all worth playing, too (albeit in wildly different ways), and are all at all-time lows.
- A whole bunch of board games
Similarly, if you’re more interested in games of the tabletop variety, we’ve found a few deals on board games our Ars Cardboard team have lauded in the past. Potion Explosion ($12 off its usual street price), Splendor ($7-$10 off), and Dixit ($10 off) all earned their way into our ultimate board game gift guide last holiday, while the likes of Carcassonne ($12 off), Ticket to Ride ($12 off), 7 Wonders ($11 off), and Pandemic ($11 off) are more or less modern classics.
- HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset for $39.99 (normally $49.99).
As we noted in our recent Father’s Day gift guide, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is a strong option among budget gaming headsets. It’s comfortable, its built-in mic is fine, and its fun, bassy sound profile works well with explosion-laden action games. There’s a lot of plastic in its build, and $30 more will get you an all-around better headset in Cooler Master’s MH751. But if you’re on a budget, the Cloud Stinger is still a good value. The Prime Day price is $10 off its usual going rate.
- Philips Hue BR30 White Ambiance smart flood light (2-pack) for $35.99 (normally $44.99).
One of Philips’ smart light bulbs normally goes for around $45, so getting two for less than $50 is a deal we can endorse. These white Hue smart flood lights let you control the lighting situation in your home through the Philips Hue mobile app or with your voice using their Alexa integration. Just keep in mind that this deal includes two light bulbs but not a Hue, which is needed to connect all the smart light bulbs in your home (unless you have a device like Amazon’s Echo Plus, which has a smart home hub inside of it).
- Aukey USB-C to Lightning Cable (3.6ft, MFi certified) for $10.23 (use code: DJIECEAZ – list price $15.99).
If you have an iPhone or iPad, Lightning cables are always useful to have around, and Aukey’s Lightning to USB-C cable is a good one to grab while it’s at such a low price. It’s MFi-certified, and it supports fast-charging for iPhones and iPads if you use the appropriate USB-C adapter, so it can power your device more quickly than most other third-party cables. We also like that it’s a braided nylon cable because those tend to stand up to wear and tear better than other cables.
- Instant Pot Duo 60 6-qt electric pressure cooker for $49.99 (normally $69.99).
Instant Pot deals are (apparently) hard to resist. Normally priced at $99.99, this 6-quart model is one of the best options for most people—it can easily make a meal (plus leftovers) for one or two people as well as make enough to serve a crowd. It’s a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, warmer, and more all in one device—we can’t deny how popular these kitchen appliances are, and they become much harder to pass up when you can get one for just $50.
- Razer DeathAdder Elite gaming mouse for $34.99 (normally $44.99).
The Razer DeathAdder Elite is a tried-and-true performer for those interested in a higher-quality mouse. Its 16,000 DPI sensor should give few tracking issues in your average first-person shooter, and its simplistic design, while on the larger side, is contoured in a way that should be comfortable for most hand sizes and grip types. Razer’s Synapse software is annoying, to be frank, but it does provide the DeathAdder with a good level of customization, including the ability to remap seven different buttons on the device. And while that glowing green Razer logo will always scream “gamer,” the whole thing won’t look too out of place on an office desk if you turn the RGB lighting down. The $35 price here is an all-time low $10 off its usual going rate.
- 12-month Sony PlayStation Plus subscription for $39.99 (normally $59.99).
A PlayStation Plus membership is required to access most online features of the PlayStation 4, so the majority of PS4 owners already take it as a given. It also lets you download a couple free games each month. Sony lets you tack subscription codes onto your existing service, and there’s no reason to expect PS Plus to go away with the inevitable launch of the PlayStation 5. So if your membership is about to expire, $40 for a year is a deal. Sony itself sells annual codes for $60, but we often see them closer to $50 around the Web.
- Sony DualShock 4 gamepad for $39.99 (normally $46.99).
Continuing along those lines, the DualShock 4 is another obvious PS4 essential. It can also serve as a handy gamepad for PCs, albeit with a little more tweaking required for games played outside of Steam than an Xbox One controller. It’s available for $40, which is roughly $5 to $10 off its street price and the typical price we see during big sales like this.
- SanDisk iXpand (128GB) flash drive for iPhone and iPad for $35.99 (normally $46.99).
If you’re constantly struggling to decide which photos you need to delete from your iPhone to free up space, then SanDisk’s iXpand flash drive can help. Normally $47, this handy flash drive has a Lightning connector and 128GB of storage for you to fill up with photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad so you can make space on your mobile device for new memories. It even has a mobile app you can download to your iPhone or iPad that can be used to automatically backup new media when you plug in the drive.
- Fitbit Alta HR (Small) fitness tracker for $49.95 (normally $89.99).
The Fitbit Alta HR used to be our favorite fitness tracker, and it was booted out of the top spot only because Fitbit replaced it with the Inspire HR. Fitbit still supports the Alta HR even if the company is not selling it anymore, and it’s easily one of the best trackers you can get at this sale price of $50. It monitors all-day activity and sleep in addition to continuous heart rate. You can track multiple exercises using SmartTrack, Fitbit’s technology that automatically recognizes and records periods of high-intensity activity, and it has a battery life that will last nearly one week on a single charge.
- TP-Link Kasa HS105 mini smart plug (2-pack) for $30.39 (normally $34.99).
TP-Link’s Kasa mini smart plugs let you turn nearly any device in your home into a smarter device. You can control things like coffee makers, lights, fans, and more from anywhere when they are plugged into one of these smart plugs by using the Kasa mobile app. You can also set schedules, automatically turning things on and off at specific days and times, and you can find out if you left any appliance on by checking the mobile app. We especially appreciate the compact design of these smart plugs—at just 1.5 inches thick, each one will not block any other surrounding outlets.
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 – 1080p, 30fps for $39.99 (normally $49.99).
The Logitech C920 only shoots at 1080p and 30 frames per second, and its microphone system isn’t the absolute best. But its video is sharp and clean all the same, and its autofocus works as it should. It’s also nice and straightforward to set up and mount to a monitor or laptop. Just note that this model doesn’t include a privacy shutter, so the security-conscious may want to unplug it when not in use. Either way, $40 is as low as we’ve seen the webcam at a major online retailer and about $10 off its typical price.