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15 Great Deals From Best Buy’s Rival Prime Day Sale


Amazon purchased a salvo years back when it launched Prime Day, which has since expanded to multiple days—and, this year, two separate events. Best Buy is the latest to launch a lightning strike of its own with a flash sale to steal Prime Day’s thunder. These deals are only available through Thursday so act fast if you need new headphones or a TV.

WIRED Gear’s team reviews products all year. To make our picks, we manually sorted through hundreds and thousands of offers. Stock is out on cross-out products Discounts are no longer available. You can avoid poor deals with our Prime Day Shopping Tips page as well as the Amazon Prime Day coverage. To find Lightning Deals, check out the live blog. A lightning deal can be found on our live blog. WIRED 1-year Subscription for $5.

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Smartphone and Headphone Deals

Jabra Elite 7 Active

Jabra

These are some of the most popular workout earbuds currently on the market. They fit snugly and comfortably in all ear sizes, according to our reviewers. These headphones can last up to 8 hours, which is quite impressive considering their sound quality and active noise cancelling.

“Among the very best-sounding wireless headphones you could buy” is how we led off our Sony WH-1000XM5 review (9/10, WIRED Recommends). They’re light and comfortable yet also true heavy hitters, with stellar sound quality and excellent noise cancellation. You don’t need cords to tie them up.

Apple has made Beats sound better ever since it bought them. This is due in part to Apple’s W1 chips in these Beats. Although it’s a little bit out of date, this pair of cans is still an excellent value for money. These cans will last 22 hours with active noise cancellation turned on. You can increase this to up to 40 hours by turning off active noise cancelation. However, the over-the ear protection will still be able block out some of the noise.

Even though Fitbit just announced the Versa 4, the Versa 3 remains a solid buy for somebody looking for a no-nonsense fitness tracker, mostly because it grants you access to Fitbit’s excellent app that lets you track workouts and health data, such as heart rate and runs—thanks to its built-in GPS. You can charge it for up to six hours, with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant included.

We love the Vívoactive line of Garmin smartwatches because it doesn’t look like most hulking Garmin watches. The smartwatch can track your heart rate and sleep data as well as blood oxygen and respiration. You can also link it to Garmin’s Connect App, handle basics such as notifications, and sync with Garmin’s Connect.

The Best Home Theater Deals

Polk Audio Signa S4

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This model does not have a QLED display, but it is still a favorite of one of the top TV brands. For five years now, TCLs have been among the best value in 4K ultra-high-definition televisions. You have the opportunity to make your space feel like a home theatre with this TV. It features a Roku streaming device and sharp pictures that rival a $1000+ TV.

Sony OLEDs boast some of the best displays in 4K televisions. The A90J is a much more popular TV than its brother and we consider it to be the best. Similar to the A80J, it also comes with Google TV, which although intuitive and simple is not as effective as Roku.

If someone asks us what the best combo of soundbars and subwoofers is, we recommend the Signa S4 (7/10 WIRED Recommends), which offers Dolby Atmos sound and fills the room with deep bass. Find out more in our Guide to Best Soundbars.

Although you could have the best 4K TV, you will still be stuck with an unreliable TV interface. You can save money by using this streaming dongle. This streaming dongle can easily be connected to any TV, including one attached to a wall. A nice feature is the built-in Alexa voice assistance. The Alexa voice assistant puts Amazon content at the forefront, making it a great choice for users who have access to many Amazon services. 

Apple Deals

MacBook Pro 14-Inch M1

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It is not recommended for anyone who uses intensive apps or requires a powerful machine. Otherwise, it’s overkill. The M1 Pro chip delivers excellent performance, has a gorgeous ProMotion 120Hz display and a MagSafe connector. It also features a 1080p webcam with built-in video. There is also a Touch ID sensor that offers more ports than any other. 

It received a cosmetic update to the M2 MacBook Air (Wired Recommends, 7/10). However, it is welcome. A MagSafe connector is added, as well as a bigger, more vibrant screen and improved performance.

You will need to have a streaming device in order to stream 4K content onto your 4KTV. The 4K Apple device is powerful but expensive when sold at full price. For Apple purists who want to be able to shout, “Hey Siri. Play Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO,” this Apple TV is the one to get.

Apple Watch Series 8

Apple Photograph

Newly released Series 8 (8/10 WIRED Recommends), has a Low Power Mode to help it last the weekend and Crash Detection too. In addition to its enduring fitness, health and productivity features, This sale marks the first for this model. 

We called this entry-level iPad, well, “boring, but perfectly fine.” (8/10, WIRED Recommends) The reason is that a tablet, especially one under $350, doesn’t need flashy high performance to handle the kind of web-scrolling most of us use our tablets for on the couch during commercial breaks. Apple’s iPad design has reached maturity many years ago. Its simplicity is just what you need. While we expect a new iPad to be released soon, this price is great.

AirPods Pro 2019, also known as the first-gen, is this deal. They’ll last for 4.5 hours on a charge, though you can use the included charging case to juice them back up on the go. You can switch easily between an impressive active noise cancelling, passive or transparency mode. You can attach the MagSafe case to your MagSafe chargers magnetically.

Retailer Sale Pages

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Other stores have started offering competing deals that don’t require an Amazon Prime membership (and more will likely join in). Here’s a list of merchants that may be getting in on the action.

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