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The best Prime Day tech deals

From the Cheapskate: What's hot at Amazon? Tune in all day for an ongoing look at the best deals.

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Happy Prime Day! This is Amazon's second Black-Friday-in-July event, and I'll be here all day to serve up new deals as they arrive. So check back often, noting that you may need to refresh the page to see updates.

For the record, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of many of these offers. (Products from third parties may not have that requirement.)


In addition, a caveat: These products and prices are available and valid at press time, meaning as I write about them, but can sell out or expire without warning. What's more, products offered by third parties may sell out, only to be supplanted by another third party offering the same product, but at a different price. Where possible, I'll note the specific vendor that's offering the deal.

In no specific order, here are some of the Prime Day tech products worth checking out:

The Amazon Echo for $129.99. Normally $179.99, Amazon's wildly popular smart speaker continues to gain new capabilities. I'm a big fan, and I have little question all homes will have something like it in the future. Read CNET's review to learn more.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick for $24.99. Normally $39.99, Amazon's answer to the Roku Stick delivers a decidedly Amazon-centric interface, but also lets you stream from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and HBO. Again, read CNET's review to see if this price makes it easier to live with a few shortcomings.

The Huawei Watch (stainless steel with black leather strap) for $175.99. Huawei's super-lux Android Wear smartwatch lists for $350 and normally sells around $300, so this is a deal indeed. Android users will get the most out of it, but the Watch does work with iOS as well. CNET's review explains more.

The Segway miniPro self-balancing personal transporter for $699. CNET called it the "luxury SUV of hoverboards," and it had a luxury-SUV price tag: $999. This is a significant discount, one that's not likely to be seen again anytime soon. The miniPro hit the streets just last month, and by all accounts it's a winner.

The Vizio SS2521-C6 sound stand for $89.99. Face it, your TV needs some kind of external-speaker solution. But sound bars aren't always a good fit, plus they lack bass. The Vizio is a 2.1-channel speaker stand that goes under your TV, not in front of it, and features an integrated subwoofer. Plus, it doubles as a Bluetooth speaker when you want music instead of TV. Best price elsewhere: at least $130. Update: This deal has ended.

Okay, folks, that's it for now, but more deals are coming soon. Very, very soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out CNET's roundup of the best Prime Day deals on Amazon devices (including a couple of my picks above, natch).

Update (5:35 a.m. PT):


Amazon just added the Hisense 43H7C2 43-inch 4K Ultra HD smart TV for $299.99. I sort of feel like 4K is overkill for a TV of this size, but by the same token I feel like, "Hey, I'll take it." This model normally costs $100 more, and it earned a 4.3-star average from over 300 buyers. Given that it has built-in Netflix (among other apps), you can dip your toe into 4K on the cheap.

This is a don't-miss deal: The J&L Real Bluetooth sport earphones for $9.99 when you apply coupon code F836DAPA at checkout. These sweat-proof in-ear 'phones come with three sets of tips and three sets of "stabilizers" to help keep them from falling out. And the code should work with all three colors: red, green and black.

Update (6:25 a.m. PT):

In the market for a big monitor? Like, really big? Check out the Acer G227HL Abid 27-inch desktop monitor for $171.99. That's one of the lowest prices I've seen for a monitor of this size. What's more, it features VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs, built-in speakers and a three-year warranty. Update: Even better (way better), the price drops to $139.99 when you add it to your cart!

This might be a good time to pad your movie collection, as Amazon Video has a number of movies priced at 50 percent off (or more). A few good bets: "Deadpool," "Kung Fu Panda 3," "Mad Max: Fury Road" and the original "Ghostbusters" are all priced at $6.99. You can also own the entire first season of "Game of Thrones" for $8.99.

Update (8:15 a.m. PT):


Just added: the GoPro Hero Session bundle for $199. Referred to in some corners (like CNET) as the Hero4 Session, this next-gen GoPro action camera normally sells for $199 all by itself. But the bundle includes the GoPro WiFi Remote (normally $80), a SanDisk 32GB microSD card and an AmazonBasics carrying case for the whole kit. Here's CNET's review of the Hero Session. Update: This deal has ended.

Good news and bad news: Amazon has the 3DR Solo quad-copter with gimbal and backpack for $599, by far the lowest price I've seen. (Price at 3DR proper: $999, not including the $150 backpack.) That's the good news; the bad news is the gimbal is compatible only with Hero3 and Hero4 GoPro models, not the Session. D'oh! Still an amazing deal on one of the most full-featured drones you can buy.

Updated (1:30 p.m. PT):

If you're going to splurge on a digital photo frame (and you should), you might as well go big. You can get the Nixplay 12-inch Wi-Fi photo frame for $118.99, a savings of 30 percent. You can shoot new photos to the frame directly from your phone or tablet or let friends and relatives send snaps to the frame's custom e-mail address. I'm a big, big fan of these.