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The best Prime Day deals for some of The Verge staff’s favorite gadgets

Here are a variety of the favorite gadgets and tools that The Verge staff likes — and that’s a deal on Prime Day.

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Amazon Prime Day 2024 is underway! For more deals we recommend across all categories, check out our full roundup.

Every month or so, we like to ask our staff about their favorite stuff — whether it’s board games, smart tech, or kitchen gadgets. And the results are usually very different, very interesting, and a lot of fun.

Since Amazon is currently pushing a lot of deals through its current Prime Day sales, we looked through some of our recent “favorites” articles and found deals on a lot of the devices we like. So, we thought we’d list a few in case you have read about them in the past and thought, well, that sort of sounds good, but it’s a bit pricey. (Or — that’s pretty cheap, but maybe I’ll wait until the price goes down some more...)

So, what follows are some of our staff’s most-liked games, smart home devices, kitchen helpers, travel gear, and pet tech — in that order.

Games

Strategy card game

Becca Farsace, senior producer

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Splendor

$4549% off
$23

A strategy card game in which players compete to build Renaissance Europe’s most lucrative and prestigious jewelry business.

$23 at Amazon

The best part about the game Splendor is taking a moment to look around and watch your friends thinking really, really hard. This is a board game that has no board, just cards and chips, where the objective is to collect gems and acquire capital and property. It is best played with three to five people on a large table, and it involves a whole lot of strategizing, thinking, and endlessly scanning cards. This makes for great thinking faces!

I ditched the box for a small pouch and now bring this game to most bar hangs. And when I’m at home, I find it best when paired with a long playlist that you won’t have to spend any extra mental strength thinking about. 

Ecological board game

Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, reviewer

The board and cards for Evolution: Oceans.The board and cards for Evolution: Oceans.The board and cards for Evolution: Oceans.The board and cards for Evolution: Oceans.

Evolution: Oceans

$5540% off
$33

A strategy board game in which you enter the mysterious world of the Earth’s oceans.

$33 at Amazon

Finding a board game that will entertain a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, my partner, and me is a challenge. We’ve cycled through all the classics as well as newer options — Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Catan, and more. While these are all great, inevitably one of the group develops a passionate dislike for the game (usually after a few too many losses) and it drops off our rotation. However, Evolution: Oceans has been a constant crowd-pleaser for over six months now, and we all love it. 

Part of the Evolution series from NorthStar Game Studio, Oceans is a beautiful, complicated, compelling, and challenging strategy game. You create new species to fill your ocean and fight to develop them and keep them alive using adaptations and abilities such as schooling and speed, tentacles, and parasitic abilities. 

Cards give you your powers, and these are gorgeously illustrated, making this game a visual feast. It does have a fairly steep learning curve, but once you get going and the strategies unfold, the gameplay is smooth and relatively fast-paced. There is a fair amount of player-to-player interaction, so we’ve had a couple of temper tantrums, but nothing big enough to knock this one off our family’s top spot… at least not yet.

Smart home devices

Keep your grass green

Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, reviewer

Rachio sprinker controller, a boxy object that’s white with a blue streak running through it lengthwise, and a phone with the app on it.Rachio sprinker controller, a boxy object that’s white with a blue streak running through it lengthwise, and a phone with the app on it.Rachio sprinker controller, a boxy object that’s white with a blue streak running through it lengthwise, and a phone with the app on it.Rachio sprinker controller, a boxy object that’s white with a blue streak running through it lengthwise, and a phone with the app on it.

Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller

$15049% off
$77

Reliably adjusts irrigation systems to not run before, during, or after a rainstorm, even adapting based on the amount of rain that falls, using a Wi-Fi-connected system. It can handle four, eight, and 16 zones.

$77 at Amazon (4-zone)

Don’t you hate it when you come home during a rainstorm and your sprinklers are running? What a waste of water! With a smart sprinkler controller, you can avoid this kind of insult to Mother Earth. I’ve used a Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller for a few years now, and it reliably adjusts my irrigation system to not run before, during, or after a rainstorm, even adapting based on the amount of rain that falls. The Wi-Fi-connected system uses local weather data, so I do have to keep an eye on it; if the forecast calls for an inch of rain but we only get a sprinkle, my garden might go thirsty. But its easy-to-use app makes this adjustment something I can do from the comfort of my couch. It’s a lot like using a smart thermostat and just as satisfying in terms of feeling good about saving precious resources (and money).

A reliable smart plug

Sean Hollister, senior editor

White plug plugged into electrical socket.White plug plugged into electrical socket.White plug plugged into electrical socket.White plug plugged into electrical socket.

Kasa Smart Plug Mini

$5034% off
$33

This smart Wi-Fi plug not only lets you control your stuff but also helps you monitor energy usage.

$33 at Amazon

The single fastest and most reliable device in my entire smart home… is whichever dumb-as-a-brick appliance I plug in to this tiny box. Seriously, I’m pretty sure the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini is the only smart home device that’s never let me down. Whether it’s a string of Christmas lights, a garage freezer, a hot water recirculation pump, a humidifier, a bedside lamp, or a fan — all genuine examples from my home — I always know Alexa or Google or Siri or Home Assistant will flick that virtual switch in an instant and / or follow my programmed schedule.

Plus, I get some energy savings, too! My Brother printer used to draw 4W all day every day; now, I only spend 0.5–0.8W for the Smart Plug Mini it’s plugged in to. I just wish TP-Link stopped making so many new versions so I could tell you which one to buy. I do know I’d have bought these energy-monitoring ones if I’d had a little more foresight. 

A door lock upgrade

Victoria Song, senior reviewer

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Google Nest x Yale Lock

$30024% off
$229

Tamper-proof smart lock for keyless entry, including a keypad deadbolt.

$229 at Amazon

I always lose my keys. I must open the Find My app every single time I need to leave the house to find them. It’s worse when I go for a run because it means having to stuff them in a running belt, pocket, or worst of all — my sports bra. So, installing the Nest x Yale Lock has been a game changer for me.

For runs and walks, I can head out the door with nothing but my headphones and smartwatch. It’s so freeing! The same goes for just leaving my house to do literally anything. My spouse and I have the questionable habit of listening to scary true crime podcasts right before bed. That used to mean playing rock, paper, scissors to see which of us had to run down three flights of stairs to check if the door was locked. Not anymore! Now we can just ask Google Assistant or whip out the phone. I love that we can also create temporary guest passcodes for pet sitters or relatives who visit. It’s only been a few weeks, but this has been the simplest yet most high-impact quality-of-life upgrade I’ve done in a long time. 

Kitchen helpers

Sticky bug traps 

Victoria Song, senior reviewer

Plant with two yellow traps in the shape of butterflies stuck into the dirt.Plant with two yellow traps in the shape of butterflies stuck into the dirt.Plant with two yellow traps in the shape of butterflies stuck into the dirt.Plant with two yellow traps in the shape of butterflies stuck into the dirt.

Fruit fly sticky traps

$1020% off
$8

Uses bright yellow coloring and sticky glue to catch nasty little pests. You can buy them in various quantities.

$8 at Amazon

At my last apartment, I kept all my plants in the windowsill. Unfortunately, we were on the ground floor, there were bushes outside, and whenever my spouse opened the window for some fresh air, we got fungus gnats. 

First, I tried neem oil and diatomaceous earth, but they were stinky and didn’t work well. You know what did? Good ole sticky bug traps. Push ’em into the pot and watch in fascinated disgust as it catches all of the nasty critters. (Just be careful if you have cats or other curious pets — one of my cats had a small bald patch on his butt for a week after a trap got stuck on him.) They’re also cheap and handy in the summer if you’ve developed a fruit fly situation in your kitchen.

Instant Pot

Kaitlin Hatton, senior audience manager

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Instant Pot Duo

$10035% off
$65

The six-quart Instant Pot makes it quick and easy to prepare a variety of foods, ranging from rice and ribs to yogurt and assorted soups.

$65 at Amazon

I’ve never been a great cook, so in an attempt to get me to eat more home-cooked food, my mom gifted me an Instant Pot. This was years ago, and I’ve never looked back. I am the queen of soups, but it’s such a handy tool to cut down cooking time and effort on almost any dish. For the most part, you just toss in all the ingredients, set the timer, and go about your business.

Electric gooseneck kettle

Becca Farsace, senior producer

Black gooseneck electric kettle on a table, a pot of coffee in the background.Black gooseneck electric kettle on a table, a pot of coffee in the background.Black gooseneck electric kettle on a table, a pot of coffee in the background.Black gooseneck electric kettle on a table, a pot of coffee in the background.

Bodum Melior gooseneck electric water kettle

$5538% off
$34

An elegant electric gooseneck kettle with a 0.8 liter / 27 ounce capacity.

$34 at Amazon

Okay, hear me out! Watering cans take up too much space, and single-use gadgets are a waste of money. So, ever since I got overly involved in my coffee routine, I have been watering my indoor plants with the Aroma Housewares Professional electric kettle (this is, sadly, no longer sold, but any similar kettle will do). The gooseneck is perfect for making it over the ridge of a pot, the spout is small so it allows for control over where the water is falling, and the handle makes it feel just like a watering can. Plus, it sits on my counter looking pretty, right next to my faucet where I need to fill it up. So, instead of buying a kettle with an open mouth spout, just buy one with a gooseneck and bada bing — you got a two-in-one gadget. Just make sure it has cooled down before you start watering!

Multipurpose rice cooker

Victoria Song, senior reviewer

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Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer

$23316% off
$196

A 5.5-cup-capacity rice cooker and warmer that not only cooks rice but also comes with a steaming basket to double as a steamer and a cake menu setting to bake cakes.

$196 at Amazon

A lot of people will tell you that rice cookers are single-use appliances meant only for rice — they’re wrong. A rice cooker is best at cooking rice, but it can do a lot of the same things as an Instant Pot. For instance, you can use it to cook hardboiled eggs or oatmeal, steam vegetables, make porridge, make one-pot meals, and even bake a cake. 

I grew up with giant 10-cup rice cookers at home, but I didn’t appreciate how versatile this appliance was until I left the country for college. A tiny two-cup rice cooker kept me fed in my cramped 250-square-foot Tokyo apartment. It was programmable, so I could wash my rice, stick it in the cooker, and know that when I woke up late for class, I could still whip up some ochazuke or oatmeal for a quick, cheap, and nutritious breakfast. (It also took the hassle out of steel-cut oats.) Whenever I had a craving for sweets, it was so easy to take pancake mix and bake a Japanese-style cheesecake for one.

I’ve since graduated to a 5.5-cup Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker, and it’s one of the handiest tools I have for meal prepping. When I was sick I made ample use of its porridge setting to make a congee-type dish with chicken and ginger — just like my mom used to make when I was a kid. The fact that it’ll keep something warm for days meant I could crawl out of bed, scoop out some porridge, and crawl back into bed with minimal effort. When I’m feeling lazy, I throw eggs in there, and bam — some extra hard-boiled protein. Mine also comes with a little basket, so it’s super easy to throw in veggies or steam frozen dumplings.

But what I like most is that rice cookers are more space-efficient than Instant Pots. In my kitchen, the one spot where I could fit an Instant Pot is instead occupied by a rice cooker, blender, and spoon rest. A multitasking kitchen gadget that doesn’t take over your entire counter? That’s a must if you live in a small space.

Garlic rocker

Barbara Krasnoff, reviews editor

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Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker

$2020% off
$16

The Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker is just a simple curved piece of metal with holes in it, but it’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to mince / crush garlic.

$16 at Amazon

We use a lot of garlic in my household, and traditional garlic presses never did it for us — they usually produced a messy, slushy paste. A friend of ours introduced us to the garlic rocker, which is not only fun to play with but produces beautifully minced pieces of garlic, perfect for sautéing and other uses. And it looks like a strange work of art, which means we can keep it on the counter just for show.

Travel gear

Carry-on backpack

Kaitlin Hatton, senior audience manager

Gray backpack with brown leather-like accents.Gray backpack with brown leather-like accents.Gray backpack with brown leather-like accents.Gray backpack with brown leather-like accents.

Lumesner carry-on backpack

$5032% off
$34

Expandable backpack that comes with a lot of storage space and packing cubes.

$34 at Amazon

[In 2023], I committed to traveling more, and so I took a look at the gear I had that could be replaced after years of trekking the globe. My ratty old secondhand carry-on bag was the first thing to be replaced. After several days of weighing the pros and cons of various travel bags, I stumbled upon this Lumesner carry-on backpack on Amazon, and it fit all of my needs. It can carry a laptop, several days’ worth of clothes, my 40oz Hydro Flask bottle, and more. The bag even includes some packing cubes. It’s very comfortable, and the weight is well distributed when it’s completely full. It’s an inexpensive alternative to many name-brand carry-on bags, too. So far, I’ve used it on a handful of trips, and the quality has held up. It also holds onto pet fur, though, so I had to add a small lint roller to my travel necessities. But that’s just life while traveling with a dog anyway.

A portable speaker for an aging car

Barbara Krasnoff, reviews editor

Two Wonderboom 3 speakers in pink and blue.Two Wonderboom 3 speakers in pink and blue.Two Wonderboom 3 speakers in pink and blue.Two Wonderboom 3 speakers in pink and blue.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3

$10043% off
$57

The rugged Wonderboom 3 packs plenty of punch for its size, allowing you to dish out 360-degree sound for up to 14 hours with or without stereo pairing. It also floats, rendering it a potential pool party mainstay.

$57 at Amazon$60 at Best Buy

Okay, it’s time to admit it — I have a well-used, not-at-all-new, not-at-all-smart car. It’s a 2007 Honda Civic, and the most technologically advanced thing it does is allow me to roll down the windows by pressing a button. No Bluetooth, no screens — nothing like that. It’s not that I don’t like having tech in my car, but I’m the sort of car owner who holds onto their auto as long as possible until it starts to become more expensive to fix it than to buy a new one. And so far, I haven’t hit that milestone.

Not that there aren’t issues, the most serious of which lately is that the port that I used to plug into in order to listen to my music on the car’s stereo system no longer works. (Not to mention the fact that my Pixel 6 doesn’t have an audio port anyway.) So, I’ve compromised by using a small portable speaker (a several-year-old Ultimate Ears Roll), paired via Bluetooth to my phone, to act as the speaker for my mapping directions, music, and audiobooks. At least this way, while I’m visiting friends and relatives over the summer months, I won’t have to depend on the very old-fashioned method of listening to whatever happens to be on the radio. 

An extension cord for awkward situations

Sarah Jeong, deputy features editor

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Anker 321 Power Strip

$2642% off
$15

This all-in-one 20W power cube boasts three AC outlets, two USB-A ports, and one USB-C port.

$15 at Amazon

Nobody wants to carry a power strip or an extension cord with them on their vacation. It’s probably unnecessary if you’re staying in relatively modern buildings and definitely unnecessary if you’re camping. But sometimes you want to stay in a charming historical hotel or a lovely cabin in the woods, and it’s only when you go to charge your devices at night that you realize that the only electrical socket in the bedroom is in the corner farthest away from the bed and there’s already two lamps plugged into it. 

Older buildings especially suffer from what I can only describe as loose socket syndrome, where those very convenient modern boxy socket extenders with five different USB and USB-C charging ports simply cannot stay in place and fall right out of the wall because they’re too heavy. After one (totally pleasant) vacation where I had to charge my phone, watch, AirPods, and laptop in a weird corner of my room with the plug-in charging hub propped up on a strategically balanced mountain of books and sham pillows, I bought this Anker combination extension cord / power strip. It’s not a full power strip — just a cube with a few sockets along with USB and USB-C charging ports at the end of a five-foot cable. I’ve brought it on a few trips since then. It takes up extra space in my suitcase, but each time has left me feeling vindicated about the purchase. 

The three prongs at the end of the cable are static, rather than folding flat for easy packing. This is key because the loose sockets of older buildings reject the beautiful convenience of folding prongs. There are more than enough sockets for one person, and with some finagling (and maybe an extra charging brick), it can accommodate two people’s devices.

If you’re traveling overseas, don’t forget to purchase a different plug type for the region you’re going to or pack an adapter. 

Universal travel adaptor 

Victoria Song, senior reviewer

Travel adaptor on power strip connected to phones and laptop.Travel adaptor on power strip connected to phones and laptop.Travel adaptor on power strip connected to phones and laptop.Travel adaptor on power strip connected to phones and laptop.

Epicka universal travel adapter

$2520% off
$20

Epicka’s universal travel adapter is an all-in-one adapter that includes four different plugs that cover over 150 countries.

$20 at Amazon

In my youth, I forgot to pack plug adaptors for international trips one too many times. Buying them once you’ve landed in another country isn’t always easy, either. And if you’re like me, your relatives in rural Korea don’t always have more than one plug for your American devices — in which case, you’ll have to share with your six other cousins. Nope. Absolutely not. Which is why I never leave this country without a universal travel adaptor.

Basically, it’s six plug adaptors in one. Depending on which one you get, it might come with USB ports so you can charge multiple devices in one outlet. Granted, it’s bulkier than buying one or two specialized adaptor plugs, but if you’ve got a multi-continent itinerary, it’s a game changer. What I like about this one from Epicka is that it comes with a spare fuse in case things go sideways with voltage.

The only caveat is that, although it says “universal,” it’s technically only the four most common types of plugs. That’ll get you by in most countries, but it’s not a guarantee in places like Brazil, South Africa, or India. Even so, I’ll take this over price gouging at airport electronics shops or having to take time out of my schedule to visit a local hardware store.

Wireless car charger

Sean Hollister, senior editor

iOttie wireless car charger

$5020% off
$40

Qi wireless car charger with a one-touch mechanism and foot that adjusts to fit large and extra-large smartphones up to 3.7 inches.

$40 at Amazon $42 at Best Buy

Maybe someday Apple will realize that it wasn’t the brightest idea to artificially limit the reach of its MagSafe charging ecosystem, and you’ll be able to plop your phone on a magical minimalist disc that charges it at high speeds. In the meantime, a standard Qi charger is about the best you’ll get — and the bulky but practical iOttie Easy One Touch Qi does it with the satisfying snap of springs. When you push your phone into its waiting jaws, it depresses a button that causes those jaws to firmly snap closed on either side of your device. When you want to remove it, you pinch a pair of levers with your finger and thumb to release as you grab your slab. It’s wide enough to fit practically anything on the market, save an opened Samsung Z Fold. I’ve used one for years with Android and Apple phones alike, including newer MagSafe handsets. 

Pet tech

Automatic pet feeder

Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, reviewer

PetSafe Smart Feed automatic pet feeder

$15025% off
$113

Doles out the right amount of food for your pet; can be controlled via smartphone or Alexa.

$113 at Amazon$113 at Chewy

I couldn’t live without my automatic pet feeders. I have a total of 14 mouths to feed in my household — one dog, one cat, lots of chickens, a bunny rabbit, two kids, and a husband. Making sure everyone gets what they need when they need it could be a full-time job. Being able to delegate feeding the dog and the cat to two separate PetSafe pet feeders means two fewer mouths for me to worry about. 

In the PetSafe app, I can program how many meals they get each day and what time each is fed as well as determine how big each portion is — helpful now that my 74-pound puppy, Gus, is on a vet-instructed diet. The cat, Smokey, has his feeder up on a table so Gus doesn’t sneak in any extra portions. (There are some feeders that can recognize your pet based on their chip, but the table works, too!) If someone needs a snack, I can just press the button on the feeder, and they get a little extra, or I can ask Alexa to dispense a specific amount. It’s the kind of hands-free convenience that makes the smart home so helpful.

Self-cleaning cat litter box

Antonio G. Di Benedetto, commerce writer

Petkit PuraX self-cleaning cat litter box

$56942% off
$329

Automatic cat litter box with multiple sensors to keep things neat and odor-free.

$329 at Amazon (with coupon)

We have two cats, Pouncey and Oscar, who have always shared a litter box. Oscar, the younger one, is quite messy — jumping out of the box with reckless abandon and spreading litter all over. We initially had a covered box to slightly circumvent this, but last year, we opted for a pricey self-cleaning one to keep things tidier. (It was on sale for a little more than $400 then.) Like much smart home tech, it’s excellent in some ways and not so great in others.

I love that I’m no longer scooping litter every day, and if we ever go on a trip, we don’t have to ask friends or family to handle poop duties in addition to feedings. But it’s a blessing and a curse because, if I don’t empty out the waste bin on time, it piles up too high. Ever tried opening a jam-packed kitchen drawer with a ladle sticking up inside it? You know that sense of frustration when it hits the top of the frame and the drawer gets stuck? Picture that, but instead, it’s clumped-up cat pee smearing across the underside as you pull it out. Yeah, not ideal. So, it handles the daily duties, but it keeps me on schedule, or I end up wrist-deep in the other doodies.

Update, July 17th: Removed expired deals and adjusted prices.

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The best Apple deals available for Amazon Prime Day 2024

A number of Apple devices are on sale for Amazon Prime Day, with some like the latest AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 9 at all-time low prices.

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Thanks to Amazon Prime Day, you don’t need to wait until Black Friday this year to save big on Apple gadgets. Despite being an Amazon event, some of the best deals surprisingly include popular Apple products, ranging from the high-end latest AirPods Pro to the entry-level third-gen AirPods — both of which have new all-time low prices.

It’s not just AirPods that are receiving steep discounts, though, but also the Apple Watch Series 9, the latest iPad, and other excellent Apple devices. Below, we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop to make diving through the deals easier. If you’re interested in deals outside of the Apple ecosystem, check out our main Prime Day roundup so you can save even more.

The best AirPods deals

Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro photographed on a reflective black surface.Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro photographed on a reflective black surface.Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro photographed on a reflective black surface.Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro photographed on a reflective black surface.

Apple AirPods Pro (second-gen) with USB-C charging case

$24932% off
$169

The second-gen AirPods Pro improve upon Apple’s original pair with much better noise cancellation, sound quality, and onboard volume controls. The latest refresh also ships with a USB-C charging case, as opposed to Lightning. Read our hands-on impressions.

$169 at Amazon$169 at Walmart
Normally $549.99, right now, Apple’s AirPods Max are on sale for $394.99 at Amazon and for $5 more at Best Buy, which marks a new all-time low price. Apple’s only pair of over-ears are an excellent pair of noise-canceling headphones for those embedded in Apple’s ecosystem, with excellent sound, good noise cancellation, and a natural-sounding transparency mode for when you need to hear your surroundings.

Apple AirPods (third-generation) with Lightning charging case

$16929% off
$120

Apple’s third-gen AirPods have a new design and sound significantly better than their predecessors. They also add new features like head tracking for spatial audio. Read our review.

$120 at Amazon$120 at Walmart
If you don’t need perks like noise cancellation and you just want the cheapest pair of Apple earbuds money can buy, the second-generation AirPods with a Lightning charging case are available for $69 ($60 off) from Amazon and Walmart. The 2019 wireless earbuds lack the water resistance found in the third-gen model, but they’re still a good pair of wireless earbuds that deliver solid sound, reliable performance, and good battery life. If you’re looking for a basic pair of wired earbuds that work with multiple Apple devices, you can buy a pair of USB-C EarPods on sale at Amazon for $17 ($2 off), which is their best price to date. They may not offer bells and whistles like active noise cancellation, but the buds offer terrific mics and impressive sound quality.
A product photo of the Beats Studio Pro noise-canceling headphones.A product photo of the Beats Studio Pro noise-canceling headphones.A product photo of the Beats Studio Pro noise-canceling headphones.A product photo of the Beats Studio Pro noise-canceling headphones.

Beats Studio Pro

$35051% off
$170

Compared to their predecessors, the Beats Studio Pro feature improved noise cancellation, sound quality, and comfort. They were the first Apple headphones to support lossless audio over USB-C, too, and probably are your best option if you frequently switch between iOS and Android devices. Read our review.

$170 at Amazon$170 at Target
A photo of Beats’ translucent Studio Buds Plus earbuds.A photo of Beats’ translucent Studio Buds Plus earbuds.A photo of Beats’ translucent Studio Buds Plus earbuds.A photo of Beats’ translucent Studio Buds Plus earbuds.

Beats Studio Buds Plus

$17024% off
$130

The Beats Studio Buds Plus offer better sound and noise cancellation than the original pair, and they now come in a unique translucent color option. Read our review.

$130 at Amazon$130 at Walmart$130 at Best Buy
The Beats Fit Pro are on sale for $149.99 ($50 off) at Amazon and Target, which is a new record-low price. The wireless earbuds are our favorite for sports and working out, partly thanks to built-in wing tips that keep them secure during vigorous workouts. They also sport swappable ear tips for greater comfort as well as terrific noise cancellation, great sound quality, and an IPX4 rating for water resistance. The Beats Studio Buds are still a serviceable pair of noise-canceling earbuds even if they’re a few years old since they’re just $79.95 ($70 off) at Amazon. Just keep in mind that the newer Studio Buds Plus have a variety of improvements and an even more fun translucent design for $129.95 ($40 off).

The best Apple Watch deals

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Apple Watch Series 9 (GPS)

$39930% off
$280

The Apple Watch Series 9 features a brand-new S9 processor that enables offline Siri use, brighter displays, and the double tap gesture. It also has the second-gen ultra wideband chip for Precision Finding if you have an iPhone 15. Read our review.

$280 at Amazon (41mm)$310 at Amazon (45mm)
The second-generation Apple Watch SE is also down to an all-time low, with the 40mm GPS-enabled model going for $169.99 ($80 off) at Amazon and the 44mm size available for $199. The entry-level smartwatch doesn’t offer the always-on display or advanced health features found in the Apple Watch Series 9 like temperature and EKG sensors. However, it still does a good job of tracking standard fitness and wellness metrics, while offering extra perks like support for Crash Detection, emergency calling, fall detection, and Apple Pay.
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 on grass.The Apple Watch Ultra 2 on grass.The Apple Watch Ultra 2 on grass.The Apple Watch Ultra 2 on grass.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

$79912% off
$700

The rugged Apple Watch Ultra 2 comes in one size: 49mm. It offers the brightest display of any wearable in Apple’s lineup, along with better battery life and improved performance. It sports Apple’s new S9 SiP, too, allowing you to take advantage of Apple’s new double tap feature. Read our review.

$700 at Amazon

The best iPad deals

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2022 iPad (Wi-Fi)

$34914% off
$299

Apple’s 10th-gen iPad is the spiritual successor to the older ninth-gen model. In exchange for its revised design, landscape-oriented webcam, USB-C port, larger 10.9-inch screen, and faster processor, it ditched the headphone jack and got more expensive. Read our review.

$299 at Amazon (64GB)$450 at Amazon (256GB)
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11-inch iPad Air M2

$5998% off
$550

In addition to the 11-inch model, the newest iPad Air is also available in a 13-inch configuration with Apple’s M2 processor. It features a Liquid Retina display, new horizontal placement for the front camera, and support for the Apple Pencil Pro and the bigger version of Apple’s last-gen Magic Keyboard. Read our review.

$550 at Amazon (Wi-Fi, 128GB)
Normally $799, you can also buy the 13-inch M2-powered iPad Air with Wi-Fi and 128GB of storage on sale for its all-time low price of $738 from Amazon. The 13-inch variant offers the same feature set as the 11-inch model but is slightly heavier and obviously sports a more spacious display.
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2021 iPad Mini (Wi-Fi)

$49924% off
$380

Apple’s revamped iPad Mini ditches the home button and opts for a larger edge-to-edge display. It also comes outfitted with a faster processor, support for USB-C, and a top-mounted power button that moonlights as a Touch ID sensor. Read our review.

$380 at Amazon (64GB)$530 at Amazon (256GB)
An overhead photo of the iPad Pro 2024 on a table.An overhead photo of the iPad Pro 2024 on a table.An overhead photo of the iPad Pro 2024 on a table.An overhead photo of the iPad Pro 2024 on a table.

11-inch iPad Pro M4 (Wi-Fi, 256GB)

$99910% off
$899

Apple’s latest iPad Pro is the first Apple device with an M4 processor and an OLED-based Ultra Retina XDR display. It also features an improved camera system with adaptive flash and compatibility with the Apple Pencil Pro and the newest Magic Keyboard. Read our review.

$899 at Amazon (with on-page coupon)
You can also buy the M4-powered iPad Pro in its 13-inch configuration with 256GB of storage and Wi-Fi for $1,198 ($101 off) from Amazon. Like the 13-inch iPad Air, the 13-inch iPad Pro is identical to its smaller sibling, with the same design and OLED display, but its screen is simply larger.
A screenshot of the Apple Pencil Pro taken from Apple’s Let Loose iPad presentation.A screenshot of the Apple Pencil Pro taken from Apple’s Let Loose iPad presentation.A screenshot of the Apple Pencil Pro taken from Apple’s Let Loose iPad presentation.A screenshot of the Apple Pencil Pro taken from Apple’s Let Loose iPad presentation.

Apple Pencil Pro

$1298% off
$119

The Apple Pencil Pro arrives with new features like Find My support so you can find the stylus when it gets lost as well as new creative capabilities like squeeze gestures and the “Barrel Roll” gyroscope.

$119 at Amazon
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Apple Pencil (second-gen)

$12939% off
$79

The second-gen Apple Pencil ditches the awkward Lightning port charging, adopting a magnetic charging mechanism that attaches to the side of the many iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini models. It also supports tap gestures.

$79 at Amazon
You can buy the USB-C Apple Pencil for ​​​​​​​$69 ($10 off) at Amazon with the on-page coupon, which matches its all-time low price. While the iPad accessory can’t charge while docked and doesn’t support wireless charging, it is capable of magnetically attaching to the side of your iPad for easy storage. It also lacks pressure sensitivity and pairing, but it does offer tilt sensitivity and is compatible with a range of iPads, including the entire current iPad lineup, from the iPad Pro to the 2021 iPad Mini and 2022 iPad.

The best Mac deals

13-inch MacBook Air with M3 (2024)

$109923% off
$849

The MacBook Air M3 is a jack-of-all-trades, with a balanced combination of performance and power efficiency. It also now supports dual displays with the lid closed, and the storage speed is noticeably faster. You don’t need to think about if this laptop will meet your needs — it just will. Read our review.

$849 at Amazon (with on-page coupon)
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Mac Mini with M2 chip (8GB RAM)

$59920% off
$479

The M2-powered Mac Mini is a fast desktop suitable for everyday work while touting perks like an HDMI 2.0 output and an ethernet jack capable of gigabit speeds. Read our review.

$479 at Amazon (256GB SSD) $689 at Amazon (512GB SSD)
The 15-inch MacBook Air with the M3 chip, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage is also on sale for $1,449 from Amazon instead of its usual price of $1,699 when you apply the on-page coupon. The 15-inch Air is almost exactly the same as the 13-inch model but with a larger display and a better speaker array.
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13-inch MacBook Air with M2 (2022)

$99920% off
$799

The 2022 MacBook Air is a thin, lightweight device powered by Apple’s M2 chip. The M2 model touts an improved 1080p webcam and a better display than its predecessor, while retaining features like long battery life and MagSafe charging. Read our review.

$799 at Amazon (256GB SSD, 8GB RAM)
Normally $1,299, Amazon is also selling its 15-inch MacBook Air with M2 with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $1,099.99. Like with the M3 model, the 15-inch M2-powered laptop is just like its last-gen 13-inch counterpart but features six speakers instead of four that sound much better, starts with a 10-core GPU, and features a spacious 15.3-inch display.

2023 iMac (24-inch, M3)

$129912% off
$1149

Apple’s latest iMac is a refresh of the 24-inch design from 2021 with a new M3 processor, Wi-Fi 6E, and the same 4.5K (4480 x 2520) display built into its thin chassis.

$1149 at Amazon (8GB RAM, 256GB storage)$1149 at B&H Photo (8GB RAM, 256GB storage)

Apple Studio Display

$189932% off
$1300

The 27-inch Studio Display can be customized with glare-resistant coating and a more maneuverable stand at an extra cost. It boasts a 5K resolution and has an integrated 12MP camera. Read our review.

$1300 at Amazon (nanotexture glass)

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The best Prime Day Apple iPhone deals

iPhone 14 (128GB)

$73031% off
$505

The yellow iPhone 14 is equipped with Apple’s A15 Bionic CPU and a 6.1-inch display and is available with onboard storage ranging from 128GB to 512GB. Read our review.

$505 at Best Buy$699 at Apple
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Apple iPhone 13

$6308% off
$580

With the introduction of the iPhone 15, Apple lowered the price on the 13 to $599. If you’re paying upfront rather than subsidizing your purchase with a carrier, then it’s a great option. Read our review.

$580 at Best Buy$599 at Apple
Amazon is also discounting many official Apple iPhone cases. You can, for instance, buy a MagSafe-compatible iPhone 15 case made from silicone starting at $28.99 ($20 off), which is $7 shy of its best price to date.

Miscellaneous Apple deals

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Apple AirTag

$2917% off
$24

Apple’s AirTags can help you find your lost items with its UWB technology. You’ll get the best compatibility with an iPhone, though Apple released an Android app to detect an AirTag’s location if one seems to be following you. Read our review.

$24 at Amazon$75 at Amazon (four-pack)
You can buy the wireless Apple Magic Keyboard for $89 ($10 off) from Amazon, which is one of its better prices to date this year. The keyboard works with a range of Apple devices, including compatible iPads, MacBooks, and even iPhones via Bluetooth.Apple’s official 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter can charge two gadgets and is on sale at Amazon for $44.99 $43.99 instead of $59.Nomad is running its anniversary sale up against Prime Day, dropping its Apple Watch Sport Bands to $45 ($15 off) and its leather Modern Bands to $68 ($12 off), among others. Our own collaboration Blurple Sport Band that Nomad made for The Verge is also discounted to $54 ($6 off).

The Verge x Nomad Blurple Sport Band

$6010% off
$54

Available for Apple Watches in 49mm, 45mm, 44mm, and 42mm sizes.

$54 at Nomad

Update, July 17th: Adjusted prices, crossed out expired deals, and added a few new deals, including those for the M3 iMac and Nomad’s Apple Watch bands.

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Lucid claims its Air Pure electric sedan is the most efficient EV ever made

Lucid says its 2025 Air Pure electric sedan gets 5 miles per kilowatt hour — the most efficient car ever. It now has an 84 kWh battery and an EPA-estimated 420 miles of range.

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Lucid claims it’s achieved a “landmark” 5 miles-per-kilowatt-hour efficiency with its 2025 Air Pure electric sedan, making it one of the most energy-efficient vehicles ever produced. When it starts deliveries, Lucid said it will have a record 146 MPGe and an EPA-estimated range of 420 miles.

The Air Pure is Lucid’s most affordable model starting at $69,900. For the new model year, the battery was slightly reduced in size from 88kWh to 84kWh. It also includes the new energy-saving and cold weather-fighting heat pump technology that was first included with the company’s $249,000 “Sapphire” model and later added to the Touring and Grand Touring models.

Lucid is taking a risk that luxury EV shoppers will care as much about abstract specs like efficiency and MPGe as they do about more dependable premium features like leather seats and expensive stereos. The Lucid Air Pure’s place at the top of the efficiency heap could also be short-lived as other luxury automakers like Mercedes-Benz are also developing their own hyper-efficient EVs. Concepts like the Vision EQXX have an efficiency of 8.4 miles per kWh.

For 2025, every model from the Air Pure to the Air Grand Touring will now have Lucid’s “DreamDrive Premium” Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which comes with 3D surround view cameras and a blind spot display. There’s also a new-generation control unit with “triple” processing power and twice the memory of previous models, promising faster infotainment performance and responsiveness.

The latest Lucid Air lineup also includes the Grand Touring with 512 miles of range (down from 516) for $109,900 and the Touring with 406 miles of range (down from 410) for $77,900.

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