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Best tech deals for 4th of July 2018

Declare your independence... from paying too much for phones, laptops and more!

David Katzmaier
David reviews TVs and leads the Personal Tech team at CNET, covering mobile, software, computing, streaming and home entertainment. We provide helpful, expert reviews, advice and videos on what gadget or service to buy and how to get the most out of it.
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Explosive midsummer deals!

Independence Day doesn't have the tech deal clout of Black Friday or the holidays -- or even Amazon Prime Day, which is in less than two weeks -- but there are still plenty of discounts to be had beyond grills and patio furniture. Retailers like Best Buy, Target, eBay and even Amazon are running specials to temp you on phones, laptops, smart home gear and more.

Here are the best bargains we found so far, all available online, for this year's Fourth. 

Editors' note: We'll update this throughout the holiday. Last updated July 3 at 10:34 a.m. PT.

Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured in this gallery. 

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iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus: $100 Target gift card with purchase

Store: Target

Deals on iPhones -- especially the iPhone X -- are hard to come by, but this Fourth of July, Target is throwing in a $100 gift card when you get one as an upgrade or with a new line of service.

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iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus: Up to $200 off

Store: Best Buy

If you can settle for "just" the iPhone 8, Best Buy is knocking up to $200 off, depending on your carrier and configuration, when you buy and activate with a monthly installment plan. And yes, it includes the Product Red special edition.

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Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch (2015) for $1,500 (save $500)

Store: Best Buy

If you're among the many MacBook fans put off by the new touchbar, lack of HDMI and move to USB-C, this old-school, port-heavy model from a few years ago could be just the ticket. With a Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory and a 256GB HDD, it won't even feel dated.

Best Buy also has sales on newer MacBooks at up to $200 off.

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Microsoft Surface Pro + Platinum Signature Type Cover for $799 (save $360)

Store: Microsoft

Not a fan of MacBooks? Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet with an all-day battery, slick touchscreen, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and Intel seventh-gen Core i5 processor comes at a steep discount when you bundle this cover. 

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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 for $449 (save $180)

Store: Dell

Neither super-slim nor touchscreen, this 15-inch Dell is marked down nice and low for the Fourth. It'll handle basic tasks no problem with a Core i3 and 4GB of RAM, and the 1TB standard hard drive is plenty roomy. 

Dell is also offering a massive 17-inch version for $599, a $200 savings.

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Apple Watch Series 1 for $159 with free extra band (save $139)

Store: Wal-Mart

Another deal on an oldie-but-goodie Apple product. Yes the Series 1 has been replaced by the newer versions, but that doesn't mean it's not still one of the best smart watches around. The price also includes a free spare band of your choice.

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Amazon Tap: $85 (save $45)

Store: Amazon

Amazon's big Prime Day sale starts July 16, but the online behemoth is giving some discounts on its own products for the Fourth, including the portable, Bluetooth enabled Alexa-powered Tap.

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Amazon Echo Show for $130 (save $100)

Store: Amazon

It received a lukewarm review from CNET and it can't really do YouTube and a Fire tablet can now do pretty much the same thing for less. Maybe that's why Amazon just cut the price of the Echo Show to its lowest ever. Despite its issues, if you've ever wanted a screen on your Alexa speaker, this is still a pretty sweet deal for Prime members.

Amazon Fire TV Cube
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Amazon Fire TV Cube + Cloud Cam Security Camera for $200 (save $40)

Store: Amazon

Another Amazon deal bundles a pair of $120 devices: the Alexa-powered, TV controlling Cube and the Cloud Cam, for a little bit of savings. If you're not super-psyched about these deals, wait a couple weeks till Prime Day.

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Insignia 39-inch Roku TV for $200 (save $80)

Store: Best Buy

CNET's favorite smart TV system is powered by Roku, and this is a great price for a bedroom-size, 1080p TV. We haven't reviewed it, but we expect "good enough" image quality, similar to the TCL S305 series, but at a cheaper price.

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Polk Omni S2 wireless speaker for $135 (save $215)

Store: Woot

Sure it lacks the fancy Alexa voice-operated music that you find on more expensive speakers such as the Sonos One, but if you mainly care about sound quality from your wireless speaker, consider the Omni. We liked the S2's sound a lot, and you can expect even fuller-range audio from its bigger brother, the S6.

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Bragi The Headphone for $90 (save $60)

Store: Best Buy

These AirPod competitors cost a lot less than Apple's and fit even more comfortably. The sound is only "so-so" according to our reviewer, but this steep discount might make them worthwhile even so.

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Sony XB950B1 wireless over-the-ear headphones for $90 (save $90)

Store: Best Buy

They lack the noise-canceling features of many over-the-ear headphones, but these "Extra Bass" cans should make up the difference in boom. They have an 18-hour battery life and a folding design.

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Philips Hue 4-bulb + hub starter kit for $140 (save $60)

Store: eBay

eBay is getting in on the sale action with a few nicely priced items, including this Philips kit with four white and color bulbs, plus the required hub. It's manufacturer-certified refurbished, but still cheaper than the same refurb on Amazon.

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Nest Hello smart video doorbell + Google Home Mini for $199 (save $80)

Store: Nest.com

Best known for its thermostats, Nest also sells security cameras and now camera-integrated doorbells. The Google-owned company is knocking $30 off the price of the Hello and throwing in a Home Mini, a $50 value, for free.

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