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Amazon Prime Day 2021 Live Blog: The Best Tech & PC Hardware Deals

Here are the best Amazon Prime Day tech and PC Hardware deals, as they happen live!

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Welcome to Prime Day Live!

We're starting this live blog early, as the deals are already beginning to roll in! To see them all, follow our quick links just below!

Get $80 off AMD Ryzen 9 3900X at Newegg!

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X: was $499, now $419 at Newegg
Announced as part of Newegg's Fantastech pre-sale (the retailer's anti-Prime Day event), you can save big on the impressive Ryzen 9 3900X — a 12-core processor with a max boost clock speed of 4.6GHz.View Deal

A Gateway Gaming Laptop with GTX 1650, 120 Hz Display?

Gateway Laptop

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It's Prime Day eve and Amazon competitors such as Walmart have already begun rolling out their best deals. And here's one that could be a good bargain, but is also a bit bizarre.

For just $649, you get a 15.6-inch Gaming laptop with discrete, GTX 1650 graphics and an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU. You can't get a much lower-end graphics card than the GTX 1650, but considering the current GPU shortage, being able to game at all on a laptop that's less than $650 is pretty good and the Ryzen 5 4600H CPU is quite solid. 

The 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD are truly underwhelming, but given that this is a larger laptop, but according to what we've read from users, you can upgrade this laptop on your own. What's really strange is that the screen on this system is listed by Walmart as a 1080p, 120 Hz screen. So, if that's correct, you get a high refresh rate display on a system that isn't likely to hit 120 fps on most games.

Another item to note is that this is from Gateway. What? You thought that company went out of business years ago? Actually, Acer owns the brand name and, once in a while, releases products under it. So think of this as an Acer.

Anyhow, if you have a modest budget and want a laptop with some discrete graphics capability, this system could be great for you.

Gateway 15.6-inch Laptop (GTX 1650, Ryzen 5 4600H): was $899, now $649 at Walmart
This budget gaming and creativity laptop sports a GTX 1650 GPU, AMD Ryzen 5 4600H CPU, a 1080p 120 Hz display, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.View Deal

Amazon Has Posted Its Device Deals Early

Officially, Prime Day in the U.S. really starts at 12 am PT, 3 am ET. However, Amazon has already put its own devices on sale. These include its Echo speakers, Fire tablets and even some smart TVs. You can find all the Amazon Device deal listings, but here are our favorites:

Yes, You Can Get a CPU Deal on Prime Day

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

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While GPU deals are going to be hard to come by, you can find savings on CPUs this Prime Day. We're tracking all the processor deals on our best Prime Day CPU deals page. Our favorites include the Ryzen 7 5800X for $399 (matching an all-time low)  and the Intel Core i7-11700K for $375.

Save on High Refresh Rate Acer Monitors

Acer Monitors

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As part of Prime Day, Amazon has two fantastic deals on Acer monitors with 240Hz refresh rates. These are the Acer Predator Nitro XZ270 for $249 and Predator XB253Q for $299.

If these aren't for you, check our list of best Prime Day monitor deals.

Our favorite SSD is at An All-Time Low

Samsung 980 PRO

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The Samsung 980 PRO is the best SSD you can buy right now, thanks to its impressive PCIe Gen 4 speeds, which include 7,000 MBps writes and 5,000 MBps reads. The It's now on sale for just $329 for the 2TB model on Amazon, a record low by $20. You can also get the 500GB model for $99.

Find Raspberry Pi Deals

Raspberry Pi Deals

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Believe it or not, Prime Day is a great time to find Raspberry Pi accessories and kits. On our best Prime Day Raspberry Pi Deals page, we've got all sorts of robot kits and other parts you can use to make a very cool Pi project.

It's laptop time!

Those looking for a laptop with an RTX graphics can get the Alienware m15 R4 with an RTX 3070 for under $2,000. Meanwhile, the Razer Blade 15 is under $1,000 for the first time ever, at $999.99 for the Base Model. 

Alienware m15 R4 Gaming Laptop: was $2,499, now $1,999 @ Amazon
This Alienware m15 R4 configuration has an Intel Core i7-10870H CPU with an RTX 3070 laptop GPU and a 15.6 inch, 300Hz screen. This configuration comes with a 1TB SSD and 16GB of memory.View Deal

Razer Blade 15 Base Model: was $1,235, now $999.99 @ Amazon
The Razer Blade 15 Base Model pairs an 10th Gen Intel Core i7 H-series chip with an  Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for 1080p gaming on the go. This version also has a 120 Hz display.View Deal

For more, check out our list of the best gaming PC and laptop deals!

It's unsurprising to see Amazon's own products bundled with, well, anything on Prime Day. Here's a microwave from Sharper Image (yes, it still exists!) that comes bundled with a 3rd Gen Echo dot (not the latest, orb-shaped one). It's currently $124.99 on Amazon.

The microwave works with Alexa, so you'll never have to hit the button to add 30 seconds again.

Microwave and Echo

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The Patriot Viper V765, our pick for the best gaming keyboard, has suddenly dropped to $59. It's shipped direct from Amazon, but may be available in a limited capacity, as the seller is third party.

Patriot Viper V765: was $88, now $60 @ Amazon
Our favorite gaming keyboard, the Patriot Viper V765 with its Kailh Box switches is at the lowest price we've ever seen.View Deal

There are a lot of deals on storage today, including both internal and external drives.

Case in point: the WD Blue 1TB NVMe SSD is currently just $84, an all-time low for that drive. 

WD Blue SN550 1TB: was $124, now $84 at Amazon
This PCIe 3.0 3D NAND drive offers fast speeds, a custom-designed controller and firmware for optimized performance, plus a comprehensive software suite that monitors the health of your SSD constantly. It comes with a 5-year warranty. View Deal

M1 MacBook Air

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There are small discounts on the M1 MacBook Air for Prime Day, depending on which configuration you choose. You can find them all over on Amazon

For a gold MacBook Air with 512GB of storage, you can get $100 off for a base price of $1,149, plus an extra $49.01 taken off at checkout. The same model in silver gets $100 at checkout, but nothing off the $1,199 price,  while the space gray option is $99.01 off at checkout.

The configurations with 256GB SSDs in silver and space gray have been slashed to $949 savings with roughly $50 off at checkout. Not bad!

Alienware m15 R4 Sale Over

The Alienware m15 R4, which was on sale for $1,999, appears to be back at higher prices. It was one of the very few laptops with an RTX 3000-series GPU that we've seen on Prime Day, so we'll have to keep our eyes peeled for if it comes back.

Intel vs. AMD

AMD vs Intel

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There aren't a lot of CPUs on sale today, but both the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Intel Core i7-10700K have seen price cuts. Which one is the better deal? Find out in our showdown.

PlayStation 5 Game Sale

Demon's Souls

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If you managed to get your hands on an elusive PlayStation 5, Amazon has deals for a number of its top games. 

These are all discs. Sorry, digital downloaders!

Alienware RTX 3070 Laptop Restock

🚨 💻 The Alienware with an RTX 3070 appears to be back! Who knows how long it will last, but RTX laptop deals have been rare today.

Alienware m15 R4 Gaming Laptop: was $2,499, now $1,999 @ Amazon
This Alienware m15 R4 configuration has an Intel Core i7-10870H CPU with an RTX 3070 laptop GPU and a 15.6 inch, 300Hz screen. This configuration comes with a 1TB SSD and 16GB of memory.View Deal

So Amazon's listing says this deal doesn't start for almost four hours, but forget that for a second. Look at this totally normal head shaver:

skull head shaver

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Yup, nothing weird about that. At least it comes with attachments? And look at it charge!

skull head shaver

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You really can buy anything on the internet!

We've just spotted what you may literally call a 5-finger discount

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Pair this with the shaver shared below, and you're like 80% of the way to a DIY Terminator. 

And nothing says Prime Day like rocking out with a discounted robot hand. 

Amazon

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Prime Day 2021 is definitely in full swing, people! The past few hours have been jam-packed with some enthusiast-worthy deals. It's almost hard to keep up! So here are a couple of our favorite deals recently spotted: 

LG 27GL650F-B UltraGear: was $300, now $200 at Amazon
LG's 27GL650F-B is a 27-inch gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate. The IPS panel has both Nvidia G-Sync Compatibility and AMD FreeSync and supports HDR.View Deal

See? Prime Day ISN'T just for discounts from no-name brands. 

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 Gaming Laptop: was $2,199, now $1,740 at Amazon
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 Gaming Laptop has a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, accompanied by an RTX 2070 Super GPU. RAM sits at 16GB and storage at 1TB, plus this laptop has a 240Hz IPS display.View Deal

Last-gen parts, first-rate discounts. 

The Weirdest Keyboard Names Around

AJazz FirstBlood Only Game Page

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One of the weirdest / coolest things about Prime Day is that combing through all the deals exposes one to some of the more interesting off-brands in tech. When you look at the low-cost gaming keyboards, you'll find entries from names such as Dierya, Havit and Royal Kludge.  Some of these products may actually be pretty good, despite their odd brand names.

Today, we stumbled onto a peripheral brand called "Firstblood Only Game," which is apparently a sub-brand of Ajazz, which was also new to us. Putting aside all the references to Rambo, some of these keyboards look really unique and colorful. 

There's the Ajazz K870T, a Bluetooth mechanical keyboard with your choice of Brown , Blue, Black or Red switches, that's now just $41. And we found ourselves drawn to the fascinating layout on the $74 Ajazz B16, a 96-key keyboard that's available in all kinds of wild colors and has the up arrow from the arrow keys replacing the 2 in the numpad. We'd be really curious to see what that's like to use day-to-day.

AJazz B16

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This Raspberry Pi Kit Makes a Great Gift

SunFounder Raspberry Pi Pico Starter Kit

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If we were buying a gift for a child over the age of 9 or even an adult who is interested in learning about electronics and programming, we'd grab this deal. This kit features a Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller board with the pins presoldered and all the lights, motors, sensors and switches you need to make fun projects.

Perhaps more importantly, the kit comes with a series of programming lessons so you can learn what to do with all those components. 

Great Deals on 3D Printers

3D Printers

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If you've been thinking about getting a 3D Printer, this would be a great time to take the leap. We've rounded up the best Prime Day 3D Printer deals, which include models that start at less than $200.

It's day two of Amazon Prime Day(s). We're still searching for the best deals in tech. Of course, other stores are holding their own sales, so we're hunting around!

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10: was $1,889, now $1,659 at Dell
This gaming dektop comes armed with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM (single channel, unfortunately) and a 1TB M.2 SSD. View Deal

AHHHH! SPIDERS!

I'm no fans of bugs, but if you like Raspberry Pi projects and want to save $20, the Adeept RaspClaws Hexapod Spider Robot is now $80.

Adeept RaspClaws Hexapod Spider Robot Kit: was $100, now $80 at Amazon
This six legged robot may look scary but it is completely under the control of your Raspberry Pi. Right now there is $20 off and a coupon for an additional 10% off. The robot moves using the six servos to shuffle the robot along. Using OpenCV it can track people and stream video to an app. The chassis is made from laser cut acrylic and has space for a Raspberry Pi 4, and a custom robot HAT.View Deal

So not just a spider. A Raspberry Pi robot spider with motion detection and object recognition. Excuse me while I call my local robot exterminator.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Deals

If you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can get 3 months for $29.99 on Amazon. That's down from $44.99, though it goes on sale fairly frequently and has gone as low as $24.99 before. Still, if you're looking to extend your subscription, it's a decent time. Game Pass Ultimate lets you download from the library on both Xbox consoles and PC.

Xbox Game Pass

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If you're not yet a subscriber, the best deal is over at Microsoft, where you can get one month for $1 and then two free months on top of that. 

More like AM-Deal, am I right?

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is $50 off at Amazon, marking a new low of $399. It's been hard to find up until recently, so it's great to see it both on sale and under retail price. 

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X CPU: was $449, now $399 at Amazon
The Ryzen 7 5800X is one of the most popular Ryzen 5000 series CPUs and features eight cores with a 3.8 GHz base clock and 4.7 GHz boost. It has a 32MB L3 cache.View Deal

MSI Prestige 14 Evo: was $1,099, now $800 at Amazon
This Intel Evo laptops boasts a Core i7-1185G7, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD. This deal includes the laptop in a carbon gray chassis. View Deal

Remember the days when you could get components easily? Yeah, those were the days. You'd finish your build, kick up your feet, boot up Steam and then... someone would want you for something. Ugh.

Apparently there's a Prime Day sale for everything.

gamer socks

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You really can buy anything on the internet.

Anker’s Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro wireless earbuds are among my most loved–and most used--tech of the last year-plus. They sound amazing for the price, feel comfortable, and have a wireless charging case. And they’re currently $50 off for Prime Day, taking them down to a penny below $100.

Anker Liberty 2 Pro Wireless Earbuds

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These things helped me keep my sanity through lockdown, pumping my favorite music and podcasts into my ears as I walked endlessly around the same several blocks around my neighborhood. Plus unlike headphones or wired earbuds, these never got in the way of taking off or putting on my mask over the last 15 months.

The company makes a big deal about the “Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture” tech that drives their sound. And while I can’t speak to the science behind it, I can say that the audio they produce is surprisingly great—in some ways rivaling my much-pricier (and large) Sennheiser Momentum 3 cans.