63 Best Amazon Prime Day Deals Under $ 50: Smart Home, Games, and Tech


Enlarge / Fitbits Inspire 2 activity tracker.


Amazon Prime Day is in full swing, and Day One brings some notable discounts on wireless headphones, smartphones, laptops, and more great items, all of which we’ve rounded up on our list of the best Prime Day deals.

But if you’re a bargain hunter like us, you know that Amazon’s fictional shopping vacation can also be a great time to grab some great gadgets on a budget. To make it easier for those who don’t want to spend a lot, we’ve collected Amazon’s mountains of discounts and selected our favorite offers below – or at least very close to – the $ 50 mark.

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Amazon Echo, Fire, and Kindle offerings

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K media streamer.
Enlarge / Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K media streamer.

Jeff Dunn

You can’t have Prime Day without a range of discounts on Amazon’s own hardware. We have several higher-priced Amazon devices in our main guide to Prime Day deals, but there are still some Echo speakers, Fire TV Stick streamers, Fire tablets, and Kindle e-readers in the $ 50 range that are worth considering. Particularly noteworthy here is the Fire HD 8, which is still one of the cheapest tablets on the market for daily Internet surfing and video playback, and that 8GB Kindle, our longstanding budget selection among e-book readers. These have dropped to $ 45 and $ 55, respectively. In the meantime it is $ 25 Fire TV Stick 4K is a quick option for 4K and HDR video, though you’ll have to put up with the fact that Amazon Prime-related content broadcasts through its user interface.

Also note: Amazon has brought one back practical gift voucher offer This gives you a $ 10 bonus when you spend $ 40 or more on certain in-store gift cards. If you take the advantage, Amazon says the funds will be added to your account within two days. However, you must spend it before August 7th and it only applies to items sold by Amazon itself.

Swap games, PS5 games, and gaming peripherals deals

<em>Luigi's Mansion 3 </em>is an adorable spooky adventure game that we recommend to Nintendo Switch owners.
Enlarge / Luigi’s mansion 3 is an adorable spooky adventure game that we recommend to Nintendo Switch owners.

Prime Day sales bring a number of discounts on Switch games we like, from borderline essentials like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, to indie hits like Hollow knight, to more recent releases such as the turn-based RPG Brave Standard II and the Ars-tested Rise of the Monster Hunters.

For Xbox and PC gamers, Microsoft’s all-you-can-eat Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Service is excellent value at its usual price, but three-month memberships are currently available for $ 30. However, if you are never familiar with the service, be aware that Microsoft is still using the same membership plan for $ 1.

On the Sony side, buying a PlayStation 5 is still next to impossible, but if you have one, current PS5 exclusives like the gorgeous one Demon souls Remake and the punishing roguelite return are the lowest prices we’ve tracked. A few PS4 favorites from 2020, Spirit of Tsushima and Final Fantasy VII remake, have also dropped to $ 30. Both come with free upgrades for the current console. Furthermore, Cloud Stinger from HyperX is a recommended gaming headset for the budget conscious while Logitech’s G305 Lightspeed is a similarly budget-friendly wireless gaming mouse that we’ve praised in the past. The former is about $ 10 below its usual street price of $ 33, while the latter has dropped to a new low of $ 28.

Sometimes you need a weirdly large sword to get into <em>Final Fantasy VII Remake</em> to make a point.
Enlarge / Sometimes it takes a weirdly large sword to get a point Final Fantasy VII remake.
The G305 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse from Logitech.
Enlarge / The G305 Lightspeed wireless gaming mouse from Logitech.

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Tile trackers, microSD cards and other accessories

For those without an iPhone, the Tile Pro is a capable Bluetooth tracker.
Enlarge / For those without an iPhone, the Tile Pro is a capable Bluetooth tracker.

Jeff Dunn

Despite new competition from Apple’s AirTags, Tile’s trackers have found their way into our current Father’s Day gift guide. They remain a great choice for Android devotees or those who are more concerned about losing an item on a hike in the woods than in a city full of iPhones. Prime Day brings some nice discounts on a number of Tile’s latest trackers, including various bundles that combine multiple form factors.

One of the highlights is the 256 GB version of Samsung’s Evo Select microSD card. This is discounted to $ 26, which is a dollar off the lowest price we’ve seen. This card isn’t the fastest option out there, but it’s fast enough do most everyday tasks without feeling like a burden and it is reliable. If you just need a lot of space for little money, we also consider that the 400 GB version of SanDisks Ultra Card costs $ 10 off the usual street price, although its U1 rating is slower for more complex tasks.

And a few more …

Ankers Soundcore Life Q30 are stunning wireless noise-canceling headphones that cost less than $ 100.
Enlarge / Ankers Soundcore Life Q30 are stunning wireless noise-canceling headphones that cost less than $ 100.

Jeff Dunn

Ankers Soundcore Life Q30 – another current recommendation from our Father’s Day guide – is great value for money at the current price of $ 60. The actual noise cancellation here is certainly not the strongest you can get, but it’s still useful for most situations. With a vibrant, customizable sound and comfortable construction, it’s one of the few good pairs of wireless noise cancellers that we found for less than $ 100 easy to scream out.

We’re doing the same with a $ 56 Prime Day deal for Fitbits Inspire 2, which is casual – there’s no built-in GPS or altimeter – yet continuous activity tracking in a nice slim design. When you grab one, you also get a free trial year of Fitbit’s premium counseling and training plan service.

Those looking to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon can get a solid value of half a discount off the in the meantime six-quarter Duo Pluswho sits in the middle Instant Pot’s range of products in terms of features. Finally, Roku’s recently launched Express 4K + for $ 10 is worth a reputation as it offers a 4K and AirPlay compatible streaming stick with voice control for less than $ 30.


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