Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Smart home and networking – CNET

Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s giant 36-hour sale, has officially started as the majority of sales kicked off at noon PT (3 p.m. ET) on Monday. You’ll be able to find deals through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s giant 36-hour sale, has officially started as the majority of sales kicked off at noon PT (3 p.m. ET) on Monday. You’ll be able to find deals through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday, 2:59 a.m. ET). There will be over a million items on sale during this time, so we’ve gathered the best of the best smart home deals for your bargain hunting convenience.

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

So without further ado, here are the smart home deals available so far:

Plus, check out deals available now and everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2018.


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Amazon’s smart home products

Amazon Cloud Cam ($60): The Amazon Cloud Cam is one of our favorite connected cams with reliable performance and free cloud storage. It was already a great value at $120, so $60 is a steal. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Cloud Cam.

Buy the Amazon Cloud Cam for 50% off

Amazon Echo Second Generation ($70): The refined version of the smart speaker that started it all is on sale for $30 off today. Normally, the second-gen Echo is $100, so if you’re still on the fence about getting a smart speaker, today could be a good day to spring. The second-gen Echo took everything we liked about the original Echo and improved on it. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Second Generation.

Amazon Echo Second Generation for $30 off

Amazon Echo Dot Second Generation ($30): Still our pick for best smart speaker with the most smarts for your money, the Amazon Echo Dot is even more appealing with today’s price cut. It brings all of the smarts of Amazon’s assistant, Alexa, into a compact and affordable package. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Dot Second Generation.

Buy the Amazon Echo Dot Second Generation for $20 off

Amazon Echo Spot ($100): If you want Alexa on your nightstand, the normally $130 Echo Spot doubles as an alarm clock and has a touchscreen so it can show you extra info when you ask questions. You can also use the touchscreen to make video calls and keep track of the time during the night. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Spot.

Amazon Echo Spot for $30 off

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition ($60): The Kids Edition has all the same functionality of an ordinary Dot, which is great, because we’re big fans of the ordinary Dot. Normally $80, the Kids Edition also has a protective bumper on the exterior to help protect the smart speaker. Read the CNET take on the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition for $20 off

Amazon Echo Look ($100): The Look gives Alexa a cam and a sense of fashion. You can still talk to the Amazon Echo Look as you would an ordinary Alexa-enabled smart speaker. The cam will take a picture on your voice command. Use it to take a full-body selfie, catalog your wardrobe, and even get style advice based on current trends when comparing two outfits. Normally $200, today’s discount is a great deal. Read the CNET review of the Amazon Echo Look.

Amazon Echo Look for 50% off

Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($174): Technically an Amazon-owned product as well since Amazon bought Ring, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is available at a steep discount today. Normally $249, the Ring Pro is slim enough to fit on most door frames and will show you who comes knocking in 1080p HD. Read the CNET review of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro for $75 off

Ring Spotlight Cam ($140): A great outdoor cam with a built-in light, the Ring Spotlight Cam is also on sale today. You can snag the battery powered or the wired cam for $60 off. Read the CNET review of the Ring Spotlight Cam.

Ring Spotlight Cam for $60 off
Other smart home deals

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Generation ($175): This sale makes a lot of sense, as Rachio’s 3rd Gen controller is out now, but the second-gen Rachio is still great. In fact, it’s our favorite smart sprinkler to date, and $25 off is a good deal. Check out why you need a smart sprinkler if you’re still in doubt. The $175 price is for the eight-zone model (Normally $200). You can also get the 16-zone model for $223 today (down from $250) and Amazon has a few package deals combining Rachio and an Echo Dot. Read the CNET Review of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler.

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Generation for $25 off

Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat bundle ($200): You can get one of our favorite smart thermostats today bundled with three temperature sensors. The sensors talk to the thermostat, so you can fine tune your heat based on how it feels in your living room. The package normally costs $290, so getting $90 off is pretty great. Read the CNET review of the Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat.

Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat bundle for $90 off

Blink Security Camera ($70): Blink’s security cams are on sale today. The Indoor Cam is $30 off the normal $100 price. We found Blink’s features a bit limited when we tested it in 2016, but $70 is a nice price for a battery powered cam. The outdoor Blink XT is also on sale for $75, though comes into stock on Aug. 2, a $55 discount off of the $130 retail price. Read the CNET Review of the Blink Security Camera.

Blink Security Camera for $30 offBlink XT Security Camera for $55 off

Noon Smart Lighting Starter Kit ($245): Noon’s smart lighting kit performed reliably in our tests, but we thought it was too expensive. Prime Day is helping with that issue with a steep discount off of the $530 kit that replaces your wall switches. Read the CNET Review of the Noon Smart Lighting Starter Kit.

Noon Smart Lighting Kit for 54% off

Abode Essentials Starter Kit ($230): A solid DIY security system including a hub and a handful of sensors, Abode also offers contract-free professional monitoring if you’d like and it works with plenty of other smart home gadgets such as Nest and Amazon’s Alexa. Read the CNET Review of the Abode Starter Kit.

Abode Essentials Starter Kit for $50 off

First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound ($200): One of the first smoke detectors you can talk to, First Alert’s smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm has Amazon’s Alexa built in and promises great sound quality for playing music from your ceiling when it doesn’t need to blare a warning to keep you safe. It normally costs $250. Read CNET’s take on the First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound.

First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound for $50 off

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch ($120): Our favorite in-wall lighting solution, Lutron Caseta switches replace your wall-mounted switches and work reliably with a number of other smart home devices including Nest and Alexa. They’re $40 off today. You can get a few bucks off ordinary Lutron dimmers today as well. Read the CNET Review of the Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch.

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch for $40 off

Netgear Arlo Baby Monitor ($150): An HD Baby Monitor that works with all major voice assistants including Amazon’s Alexa, the Netgear Arlo Baby Monitor is on sale today for $50 off the normal $200 price. We’ve liked other products in the Netgear Arlo line, and the Baby Monitor includes two-way talk, air quality sensors and a night light. Netgear Arlo wall mounts are also on sale today for 50 percent off. Read CNET’s take on the Netgear Arlo Baby Monitor.

Netgear Arlo Baby Monitor for $50 off

Netgear Arlo Home Security Light ($400): This motion-activated floodlight for watching over your yard is entirely battery-powered, rather than wired. Stick it anywhere you’d put a floodlight or spotlight light fixture, at about $75 less than its usual price today. Read CNET’s review of the Netgear Arlo Home Security Light.

Netgear Arlo Home Security Light

Netgear Arlo Pro ($440): This security camera is a smart choice if you plan to install security cameras outside your home with the hub’s impressive extended Wi-Fi range. It’s just down from it’s usual price of $470. Read CNET’s review of Netgear’s Arlo Pro.

Netgear Arlo Pro
Networking deals

Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender ($23): Help your Wi-Fi reach the corners of your house with the Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender. It’s almost half off the normal $45 price today if you need a signal boost in your basement. Read CNET’s review of the Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender.

Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender

TP-Link Archer AC1900 Wi-Fi Router ($65): With a big price cut down from $110, the TP-Link AC1900 offers fast speeds and reliable performance for a very appealing price. TP-Link’s 8-Port Smart Switch is also on sale if you need to do some data transfers. It’s $24 today and $50 normally. Read CNET’s review of the TP-Link Archer AC1900 Wi-Fi Router.

TP-Link Archer AC1900 Wi-Fi Router for $45 off

Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System ($220): Get $70 off one of our favorite mesh Wi-Fi systems today. Netgears Mesh System uses multiple hardware units to blanket a large home in signal and deliver reliably fast speeds throughout. Read CNET’s review of the Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System.

Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System for $70 off

Google WiFi System 1-pack ($100): You can also extend one of our other favorite mesh systems today with a Google WiFi 1-pack for $30 off. Google WiFi can cover 1,500 square feet with a single unit. It’s also sold as a three-pack, which can cover 4,500 square feet. Read CNET’s review of Google Wifi.

Google WiFi System 1-Pack for $30 off

Asus Wireless AC1700 Router ($60): Normally sold for close to $90, you can get the Asus AC1700 today at an attractive price. A similar Asus router recently won CNET’s Editors’ Choice.

Asus Wireless AC1700 Router for 33 percent off
The best of the restEtekcity Smart Plug 2 Pack ($25.50) The smart plugs are 30 percent off.
See the Etekcity dealLeviton Decora Smart 600W Dimmer ($40) Several Decora switches are 20 to 25 percent off.
See the Leviton Switches dealSmartsense Light Bulbs ($20) Get the bulbs for up to 35 percent off. See the Smartsense dealsGE Lighting products ($120) Several bulbs and fixtures are up to 20 percent off including the C by GE light fixture. See the GE dealsSylvania Light Bulb products ($22) Look for a big range of discounts from 20 to 40 percent off on the bulbs. See the Sylvania dealsElement Classic BR30 Light Bulbs ($24) Save 30 to 50 percent on the bulbs while supplies last. See the Element Classic deals
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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Laptops, PCs, Chromebooks, tablets, monitors and more – CNET

Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s giant 36-hour sale, continues through Tuesday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday, 2:59 a.m. ET). A pervasive site outage across the U.S. disrupted the promotion during the first few hours of Monday but, before it’s all over, we still expect to see more than a million items go on sale — though only a handful of laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and monitors.

Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer’s giant 36-hour sale, continues through Tuesday, July 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday, 2:59 a.m. ET). A pervasive site outage across the U.S. disrupted the promotion during the first few hours of Monday but, before it’s all over, we still expect to see more than a million items go on sale — though only a handful of laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and monitors. We’ve curated this list of the best, just in time for back-to-school shopping.

You should also check out other deals available now and everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2018.

Acer Aspire 1 14-inch laptop, $160 ($45 off): If you’re in the market for a laptop that can handle the bare minimum — visiting Websites, checking email, store a few files — the Aspire 1 will do the trick at an absolute bargain-bin price.

Acer Aspire 1 laptop for $160

Lenovo Tab 4 Plus, $290 (save $90): This model is the newer, larger and more powerful version of the Lenovo Tab 4 — an affordable, compact tablet with good battery life. Read the CNET review of the similar Lenovo Tab 4.

Lenovo Tab 4 Plus for $290

Asus Vivobook 14-inch laptop, $700 (save $100): We reviewed the 15-inch model of the Asus Vivobook and liked its big display and ultraportable body. This is a solid deal on a slightly smaller edition that comes equipped with a powerful Intel Core i7 CPU. Read the CNET review of the slightly larger Asus Vivobook S15.

Asus Vivobook for $700

Acer Chromebook 11, $139 ($64 off): A basic, highly portable Chromebook that’s more than good enough for basic social media and websurfing. Read the CNET preview here.

Acer Chromebook 11 for $139

Acer Chromebook 15, $ 314 ($35 off): The components inside are still pretty basic, but this big Chromebook adds some premium extras, like a backlit keyboard and 15-inch display. Read the CNET review here.

Acer Chromebook 15 for $314

Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop, $899 ($150 off): We thought this laptop was reasonably priced when it was $1,050. At $900, the 17-inch VR-ready gaming laptop is a total steal. Read the CNET review here.

Acer Predator Helios 300 for $899

MSI GL62M gaming laptop, $799 ($150 off): Cheap gaming laptops are everywhere now, but this is a very nice Core i7/Nvidia 1050Ti configuration. It’s relatively slim as far as these things go, and has a very nice Steel Series keyboard.

MSI GL62M for $799

Google Pixelbook, $749 ($100 off): A Chromebook had better be pretty nice to cost as much as a MacBook Air. Fortunately, the very high-end PixelBook fits the bill. A version with a larger SSD drive is also on sale, but this 128GB model seems like the best deal. Read the CNET review here.

Google Pixelbook (128GB) for $749Google Pixelbook (256GB) for $949

Asus Chromebook Flip, $249 ($92 off): A very nice all-around Chromebook that combines a 360-degree hybrid hinge, touchscreen and rugged mil-spec body. Read our CNET review of a slightly different configuration here.

Asus Chromebook Flip for $249

Lenovo Tab 4 Plus (8-inch tablet w/LTE), $169 ($54 off): This is one of a few tablets with a built-in LTE antenna, so you don’t have to rely on Wi-Fi (you do need a service plan, however). These Lenovo tablets also have excellent Alexa integration if she’s your fave smart assistant. Read our CNET review here.

Lenovo Tab 4 Plus for $169

Samsung Galaxy Tab A, $399 ($30 off): Samsung’s high-end Android tablets is discounted. It’s similar to a 9.7-inch iPad, but has an AMOLED display, included stylus and AKG-tuned quad speakers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A for $399

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, $89 ($40 off): A fantastic tablet for kids, thanks not only to its rugged case and two-year replacement policy, but also the really underrated FreeTime Unlimited subscription, which is a high-end Netflix-style service for kid-friendly apps, games, videos and ebooks. Read the CNET review here.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $89

Or for an iPad alternative for the grownups, check out the excellent 10-inch Fire HD 10, now $99 ($50 off).

Amazon Fire HD 10 for $99

Amazon Prime Day monitor deals

LG 27UD68-W 27-Inch 4K Monitor, $345 ($100 off): Amazon has a handful of worthy deals on LG gaming monitors including this curved 34-inch UltraWide model.

LG 34UC79G-B 34-Inch Curved UltraWide Monitor for $385

LG 27UD68-W 27-Inch 4K Monitor, $345 ($100 off): This 27-inch LG display supports 4K video and a handful of gaming-specific features like screen-splitting.

LG 27UD68-W 27-inch 4K Monitor for $345

ViewSonic G2402 24-inch Gaming Monitor for $170 ($80 off): A 24-inch gaming display for less than $200 is the stuff of which Prime Day is made.

ViewSonic XG2402 FreeSync Gaming Monitor for $170

ViewSonic VX4380-4K 43-inch Frameless LED Monitor, $525 ($200 off): This 43-inch ViewSonic model is one of the more deeply discounted gaming displays we’ve seen during Prime Day so far.

ViewSonic VX4380-4K 43-inch Frameless LED Monitor for $525

Deals beyond Amazon

Other online and physical stores are having similar short-term sales this week. And since Amazon itself seems to be having so much trouble, here are a few of the best from Best Buy.

Microsoft Surface Laptop, $699 ($300 off): This mid-range model of Microsoft’s excellent slim laptop is getting a deep cut at Best Buy right now. Read the CNET review here.

Microsoft Surface Laptop for $699

Dell Inspiron 15 gaming laptop, $649 ($250 off): Dell has replaced this inexpensive gaming laptop with the newer, more-expensive G series, but this model is a great deal for mainstream PC gamers. Read our review here.

Dell Inspiron 15 gaming laptop for $649


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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best deals so far (updated) – CNET

The waiting is over: Amazon Prime Day officially kicked off as of noon PT (3 p.m. ET), and we’re highlighting the best deals here. The 36-hour sale features more than 1 million deals and ends Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

The waiting is over: Amazon Prime Day officially kicked off as of noon PT (3 p.m. ET), and we’re highlighting the best deals here. The 36-hour sale features more than 1 million deals and ends Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday at 2:59 a.m. ET) — though we expect some straggler deals to continue thereafter. But it’s not all smooth sailing: Amazon’s site is continuing to experience serious performance issues, and some deals have already sold out.

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

It’s already a bumpy ride

Note that Amazon’s site started the sale with some major issues while dealing with the crushing load of shoppers. Some shoppers are still experiencing technical difficulties and dead links:

It’s not just you: Amazon is having issues on Prime Day

The best deals so far

We’ll continue to update these as the sale progresses, but here are the best deals we’ve found so far. (Deals verified in stock as of Monday, July 16, 3:57 p.m. PT.)

Nearly all Amazon devices are on sale

Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Ring smart doorbells. With just a few exceptions, the full range of Amazon devices is on sale, likely at the best prices you’ll see between now and Black Friday. And unlike many Prime Day deals, these should stay in stock at these prices.

The full list of Amazon devices on sale

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Echo Speakers starting at $30

More deals: Best Prime Day audio deals, Best Prime Day smart home deals

Fire TV streamers starting at $20

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$40 off Kindle Paperwhite, $30 off entry-level Kindle

Amazon Fire tablets starting at $30

More deals: All Prime Day PC, tablet and peripheral deals

Amazon Cloud Cam for $60 ($60 off)

Ring Video Doorbell Pro for $174 ($75 off)

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Noise-cancelling headphones from Bose and Sennheiser, great deal on smallest Bose speaker

Awesome products at great prices. Get ’em while they’re hot.

Bose QC25 for $75 off (Android version)

Bose QC25 for $75 off (iPhone version)

Buy the Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE for 50% off

Buy the Bose SoundLink Micro for 30% off

More deals: Best Prime Day audio deals

Roku- and Amazon-powered smart TVs starting at $130

Looking for a smart TV for the bedroom or secondary room? These TVs, which have Roku or Amazon Fire smarts built-in, are just the ticket.

Buy the TCL 32S305 32-inch Roku TV for $129.99

Buy the Toshiba 50-inch Amazon Fire TV Edition TV for $290

More deals: Best Prime Day audio deals

Xbox One, Switch and video game deals

The 1TB Xbox One S Starter Bundle can be yours for a mere $230. That includes 3 months of Xbox game Pass (access to a huge library of “free” games), 3 months of Xbox live Gold (online multiplayer and additional free “Games with Gold” options) and an HDMI cable:

Get the 1TB Xbox One S Starter Bundle for $230

The Nintendo Switch bundle was long gone within 15 minutes of Prime Day starting. However, Walmart is offering the Switch bundled with your choice of games — including some of the Switch’s best titles, like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — for about $330, which is effectively $30 off. (The exact price varies a bit, depending on the title you choose.)

Get Switch + Super Mario Odyssey at Walmart for $30 off

Plenty of other games, peripherals and controllers — for both console and PC gaming — are on sale, too

Moredeals:Best Prime Day gaming deals

Fitbit Alta HR on sale, Amazfit Bip remains a great deal

One of the best Fitbits, the Alta HR, is on sale:

Get Fitbit Alta HR for $90 ($30 off)

NOTE: We had earlier reported here that the Fitbit Versa was supposed to be discounted too, but that was apparently a miscommunication. So do NOT expect a big Versa discount this week.

That said, if you want a great smartwatch bargain, the Amazfit Bip remains an awesome “everyday low price” deal for just $70:

Get the Amazfit Bip for $70

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Moto G6 and Huawei smartphone deals

Our favorite budget phone of the year just got even more budget-y. The 32GB model — which works on all US carriers — is $15 off. But the better deal is the 64GB model (with an extra gigabyte of RAM, too) for $260 ($40 off).

64GB Moto G6 for $260 ($40 off)

More deals: Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Phones, accessories, and more

Amazing prices on SD cards, USB flash drives, SSDs and more

Need more space on your PC, phone, camera — or any other digital device? We’re seeing amazing deals on storage products from SanDisk and other top-notch storage vendors. We’re talking 128GB for $22.

Get a 128GB SanDisk USB flash drive for $22

Have a new Mac or PC? Here’s a flash drive with both standard USB and USB-C connectors for just a big more.

Get a 128GB SanDisk USB-C Dual Drive for $27.29

(Lower capacities for each are available for even less.)

More deals: Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Storage, SSD and flash drives

AmazonBasics products now up to 30 percent off

Whether it’s a mouse pad, luggage, bedsheets or silverware, Amazon’s line of AmazonBasics products are generally “cheap but good” choices in their respective categories. And during Prime Day, the bulk of the products are up to one-third off their normal (already affordable) prices.

Up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics products

More deals:AmazonBasics products available for up to 30 percent off

The best Prime Day deals in each category

Looking for specific categories of deals? Find them here:

The best Prime Day deals of 2018: The Cheapskate’s picks
Live now: Prime Day deals on Amazon Echo speakers, Kindles, Fire tablets and more
Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 audio deals: All Echo speakers on sale now, Bose discounts soon
Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Fire TV streamers and TVs available now
Best Prime Day 2018 deals: smartphones and mobile
Best Prime Day 2018 deals: storage, SSD and flash drives
Best Prime Day 2018 deals: smart home
Best Prime Day 2018 deals: kitchen and appliances
Best Prime Day 2018 deals: laptops, PCs, chromebooks and tablets
Best Prime Day 2018 deals: Video games and gaming
Best Prime Day 2018 deals: Smartwatches and fitness trackers
AmazonBasics products available for up to 30 percent off
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Last updated: July 16, 3:57 p.m. PT

What follows is the earlier version of this post. Info and sales below may now be out of date.

What:Amazon’s smorgasbord of deals — pretty much “Black Friday in July.” More than a million products will be discounted, but not all at the same time, and not all for the duration of the event. Some will be available only during certain hours, for example, while others may sell out.

When: Prime Day starts at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) on Monday, July 16. It runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, July 17. It will start at noon on July 16 in the UK and Australia, and run for 36 hours in both countries. Offers will differ from country to country — we’re only highlighting US deals in this post.

Who can participate: Technically, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of Prime Day deals… but some vendors may offer discounts to all shoppers.

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

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Early Prime Day deals available now

Update: Amazon just unveiled a wealth of early-access deals, including an Echo Dot for $29.99, a Fire TV Stick for $19.99, a certified refurbished Echo (2nd-gen) for $59.99 and the Amazon Cloud Cam for $59.99 (a full 50 percent off). Check ’em out:

Amazon’s Early Access Deals

Just as Black Friday deals often start appearing well before Black Friday, Prime Day deals have already surfaced. As of Monday, July 16, here’s what you can get:

The Echo Show for $130. That’s a full $100 off the regular price and the biggest discount to date for Amazon’s screen-equipped smart-home companion. The certified refurbished version is also available for $20 less. Read CNET’s Amazon Echo Show review.

‘Show’ time

Free PC games from Twitch. Amazon already gives Prime subscribers free games every month. In the run-up to Prime Day and for a couple days after, it’s giving away a different game every day. Many of the previous ones are still available — but they won’t be much longer, so hurry up. Today’s entry: The puzzle-adventure game Hue.

Free to play

Three months of Kindle Unlimited for $1. Normally $10 a month, Kindle Unlimited lets you read all the books you want, though from a relatively modest library of about 1 million titles. Take note, too, that this is for new subscribers only, and after the first three months, you’ll automatically get billed at the standard rate unless you cancel.

A million books for a buck

Four months of Amazon Music for $1. Another extended trial for newcomers only, Amazon Music rivals Spotify and similar services by offering unlimited access to some 40 million songs. After your first four months, you’ll get billed at the standard $7.99 monthly rate unless you cancel.

Tune-time

$2 movie rentals. Amazon has a smattering of newer movies you can rent, via Prime Video, for $1.99 apiece. The titles include Hostiles, Downsizing and Wonder.

Rent control

3 months of Audible for $4.95 per month. The standard subscription rate for Amazon’s audiobook service: $14.95 per month. Right now, Prime subscribers can get the first three months for $4.95 each, a total savings of $30. Interestingly, there’s nothing to indicate this is for new subscribers only, so if you’ve tried Audible in the past, you may be able to get this deal.

Here’s the story

You can get discounts on other items as well. For example, some of Amazon’s Everyday Essentials brands have been marked down by 30 percent. You can also save up to 25 percent on select furniture and home decor products.

Deals coming on Prime Day

Prime Day deals revealed early. Amazon just lifted the curtain on some of the deals that will be available when the event kicks off. Among them: A Kindle Paperwhite for $80 (the lowest price ever on that model, and that includes Black Friday) and a Blink XT 1 Camera System for $75 (regularly $130).

The first Prime Day deals, revealed!

Amazon has also announced a boatload of back-to-school deals, including 30 percent off select STEM toys, a 32-inch smart TV (brand not specified) for $130 and up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics office-supply products.

A $10 credit when you spend $10 at Whole Foods. Yep, you’ll get a $10 Amazon credit when you spend at least $10 at the Amazon-owned grocery chain. Thankfully, you don’t need to have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to score this perk. Just scan the Prime Code in your Amazon or Whole Foods app when you check out.

Free avocado toast!

Huawei phone deals. If you’re in the market for a new phone, Huawei has a pair of deals lined up for Prime Day: The Honor View 10 for $399 ($100 off) and Honor 7X for $169 (a $30 savings).

Dial ‘S’ for savings

Jabra Elite 45e sport earphones for $70. Regularly $100, Jabra’s third-generation neckband earbuds will be on sale for $70. Read CNET’s preview to learn more.

Now hear this

Save on a dashcam, get a Bluetooth speaker free. During Prime Day, you can get the popular Vantrue N2 Pro dashcam for $146 with promo code PRIMEVNP. Add the Vantrue V1 Bluetooth speaker to your cart and you’ll get it for free! It normally sells for $50.

Smile, you’re on dashcam camera!

ViewSonic monitors and projectors. The company has discounts planned for about a dozen products, including the PX747-4K projector for $1,000 (currently $1,275) and the XG2402 FreeSync Gaming Monitor for $170 (currently $250).

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See the monitor

Nvidia Shield TV with remote for $139. The jack-of-many-trades Nvidia 4K streaming box is currently $179, but on Prime Day you’ll be able to snag it for $40 less. Read CNET’s Nvidia Shield review to learn more.

stream games ‘n’ more

Save 25 percent on a Yubico YubiKey 4. It looks like a flash drive, but this USB security key adds an extra layer of protection to your PC. Just plug it in and tap the gold button to gain access. The YubiKey 4 normally runs $40, but it’ll be $30 on Prime Day.

One key to rule them all

Samsung Connect Home smart Wi-Fi system 3-pack for $99. Lowe’s will offer up to 60 percent off select smart-home products, including this mesh-network combo, which normally runs $300. It earned a 4.5-star average from Lowe’s customers, but read CNET’s Samsung Connect Home review for a deeper dive. (Interestingly, price was one of the biggest complaints… but you can’t complain about $99!)

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Target deals on July 17. Not to be left out, Target will run a one-day sale on dozens of items. For example, if you spend at least $100, you’ll get a free six-month subscription to grocery-delivery service Shipt. You’ll also save up to 30 percent on select Google products and 30 percent on Target-exclusive home brands.

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Save 25 percent on a Roccat gaming headset. The Roccat Khan Aimo is a surround-sound USB headset for gamers. It’s normally $120, but on Prime Day you can use promo code 25PRIMEDAY to save 25 percent.

Khaaaaaaaan!

Purify your air for less. The Blue Pure 121 is a compact, attractive air-purifier that normally sells for $350. Starting July 17 (and not July 16 like many Prime Day deals), it’ll be 20 percent off — so about $280. That’s an all-time low; it’s never been below $300.

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That’s it for now — check back soon for additional deals as we find them!


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What is Prime Day?

Back in 2015, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a full day of discounts — not just on Amazon-branded products, but on tens of thousands of other items as well. It was moderately successful — OK, it was wildly popular — despite some hiccups.

In the years since, Amazon has worked to make more products and more inventory available (so items wouldn’t sell out in minutes) and simplify the means of finding sale items.

When is Prime Day?

July 16. It was just announced and, get ready for this, this year it expands to 36 hours (!) and goes global. Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg join the Prime Day fun this year.

In years past, Prime Day has fallen sometime in mid-July. Last year, for example, it was July 11 — though in 2017 it actually started the day before and lasted a total of 30 hours. (It’s kind of like the way Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving Day or even earlier.) “Prime Day Plus,” anyone?

Who can shop on Prime Day?

True to its name, Prime Day is for Amazon Prime subscribers only. If you’re not a paid member, you can’t take advantage of the deals. Note, though, that Prime Day is merely one of several advantages of being an Amazon Prime member.

As you may have heard, the company recently raised its annual Prime rate to $119. That’s now the price for newcomers and existing subscribers alike. Ah, but will Prime Day bring a Prime subscription deal? Read on.

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What kinds of deals can I expect?

There’s little question that Prime Day will bring deals on many, if not most, of Amazon’s branded products: Fire TV ($70 at Amazon.com) devices, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and of course every Echo speaker.

Beyond that, look for a Black Friday-style assortment of deals in pretty much every category. There will undoubtedly be a few standouts: In 2017, Amazon offered sweet deals on a Motorola Moto G5 Plus ($220 at Amazon.com) phone and a 55-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV, for example. But don’t get too carried away — many of the discounts are no better than what you’ll find in the average Amazon Gold Box daily deals.

Speaking of which…

How do I know if a deal is really a deal?

On the internet, every day is Black Friday — and Cyber Monday, and Prime Day. That means you should approach every deal with some skepticism — or at least a little bit of research.

One great place to start: CamelCamelCamel, the site that tracks Amazon price histories. (It can also notify you when Amazon products go on sale; here’s how to use it to track Amazon Echo deals.)

Before you pull the trigger on any Prime Day deal, copy the URL, paste it into CamelCamelCamel’s search field and check the results. You may discover that the product has indeed been priced lower in the past, and therefore may be again.

At the same time, consider using a browser plug-in such as Honey, which can instantly inform you if any third-party sellers have the same product for a lower price (which doesn’t happen often, but it’s worth checking).

Finally, be sure to check other sites. Best Buy, Walmart and other major stores usually trot out their own answers to Prime Day, offering loss-leader pricing on popular items.

Read more: How to make sure that Prime Day deal is really a deal.

How can I shop on Prime Day if I’m not a Prime subscriber?

As noted, you can’t — but you might be able to game the system a little. For starters, if you’ve never subscribed before, you can get a free one-month Amazon Prime trial. Sign up right now and you’ll be able to shop Prime Day during the trial period.

Amazon Prime Free Trial

It’s even better if you’re a student: Amazon has partnered with Sprint to offer college students a free six-month trial.

Amazon Prime Student Offer

Finally, be on the lookout for a Prime subscription deal in the days leading up to Prime Day. Although it’s questionable whether Amazon would offer such a deal so soon after enacting a rate increase, Prime Day’s very existence is to help attract new subscribers. Thus, something like an $89 rate for new subscribers wouldn’t be unthinkable.

Where else can I find info on Prime Day?

Looking for even more info on Amazon Prime Day? Check out CNET’s sister sites:

Amazon Prime Day 2018 coverage on GameSpot
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iRobot Roomba 671: should I buy it?

The robotic vacuum has enjoyed somewhat of a boom in recent years, with iRobot leading that charge with its Roomba series of products. However, should you buy the one that’s currently on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2018, the Roomba 671?

The robotic vacuum has enjoyed somewhat of a boom in recent years, with iRobot leading that charge with its Roomba series of products. However, should you buy the one that’s currently on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2018, the Roomba 671?

The Bottom Line: Roomba 671 is one of iRobot’s entry-level robotic vacuums, but it includes many of the baseline features found in pricier models, like Wi-Fi and Alexa support. This model is for folks that are either new to robotic vacuums or want a second one for another floor of the house.

Pros: Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to activate your Roomba when you’re not even in your house. On a related note, Alexa support allows you to control the thing with your voice. Finally, the robot can vacuum for up to 90 minutes before returning to its charging station – plenty of time to clean several rooms.

Cons: Of course, 90 minutes of charge time isn’t enough to clean an entire floor in a house. You also cannot run this device on all carpets – for instance, Roomba products do not like shag carpets.

Roomba 671: Everything you need to know

The Roomba 671 normally goes for a whopping $349 in the US, but is only $229 here during Amazon Prime Day 2018. At that price, even before the deal, the 671 is iRobot’s least expensive Roomba vacuum.

That said, it’s also the most basic of Roomba vacuums, lacking the intelligent room-bounding features of pricier models and less intelligent dirt tracking technology. However, you’re still getting the core benefit out of the product by going for the most affordable option.

Battery life. Roomba 671 lasts for 90 minutes on a charge. That may not seem like a lot, but considering that the highest-end Roomba can last for two hours, it’s not too bad.

Ease of use. Using Roomba 671 is even easier than previous models with control via either the iRobot app or your Alexa device. Though, you’ll still have to manually pick the thing up if an error occurs.

Anything else?

There are countless robotic vacuums out there from companies like Shark and Dyson, but iRobot is the one that started this trend in the first place. With that, not to mention their quality, it’d be smart to go with a Roomba.

However, if you’re truly left on the fence regarding your first (or second) robotic vacuum, check out our best robot vacuum buying guide. Of course, a Roomba sits at the top of that list, too.

The best Prime Day sales not happening at Amazon: Deals at eBay, GameStop, Newegg, Walmart and Lowe’s – CNET

Millions of Amazon’s enthusiasts are set to once again celebrate Prime Day, which kicks off today at 12:00 p.m. PT. But, like last year, a bunch of other retailers are elbowing in with their own online sales.

Millions of Amazon’s enthusiasts are set to once again celebrate Prime Day, which kicks off today at 12:00 p.m. PT. But, like last year, a bunch of other retailers are elbowing in with their own online sales. For now, the list includes eBay, Newegg, GameStop, Walmart and Lowe’s.

Here are the alternative Prime Day sales we’ve heard about so far. We’ll continue to add to the list as new ones appear.

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eBay

In contrast to Amazon’s fourth annual sales bonanza, which is available only to Prime members, eBay’s deals are available to everyone. eBay says it is offering discounts on thousands of electronics, home goods, fashion and sports products from brands including Apple, Samsung, Adidas, Dyson and KitchenAid. And when you spend $119 or more, eBay will throw in a free Google Home Mini when you use the promo code PMINI4FREE at checkout (more info here).

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Best Buy

All day Monday and Tuesday, Best Buy is offering up discounts on 4K Smart TVs, a wide array of laptops including MacBooks (though not the brand new Pro models announced last week), smartphones and tons of other stuff. Most of the deals are available both in store and online, and students are eligible for an additional $150 off of certain products. Here are a handful of highlights:

>> 4K Smart TVs starting at $199

>> Up to $300 off on Microsoft Surface

>> Up to $250 off on the Samsung Galaxy S8+

>> Up to $200 on select Lenovo Yoga laptops

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Newegg

Ignore the groan-inducing name of Newegg’s mid-July sale (“FantasTech”), there are actually some good deals to be had. Starting today, you can score the Acer Aspire 5 15-inch laptop for just under $500; that’s $200 off its list price, and $100 less than the similar (and CNET budget favorite) Acer Aspire E15 selling at Amazon right now. From now until Monday at 11:59 a.m. PT, there will be new deals unlocked every two hours.

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GameStop

If you’re looking for new games for your PS4, Xbox One, Switch or PC, GameStop’s Game Days Summer Sale is happening now, with prices on select titles slashed up to 50 percent. You’ll want to compare prices with Amazon and others: At $30, Monster Hunter World is no cheaper than it is at Amazon, for instance. But Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch) for $30 soundly beats Amazon’s $45 price. And the digital version of Red Dead Redemption — which is 4K optimized on the Xbox One X — is a downright steal at $10 (versus $20 to $25 for the disc on Amazon).

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Whole Foods

A reminder to those of you who’ve been living under a rock for the past year: Whole Foods is now a fully owned subsidiary of Amazon. And as such, Prime Day is extending into the real-world grocery aisle this year. From July 11 through July 17, Prime members get a $10 account credit on Amazon for Prime Day when they spend that same amount at Whole Foods Market. Meanwhile, Rewards Visa cardholders with Prime membership get 10 percent back on up to a total of $400 from July 14 to July 17. In addition, Prime members who are trying the delivery feature from Whole Foods Market stores via Prime Now will receive $10 off their order when they shop before July 17, and can get $10 to use toward a future order.

Walmart

Amazon’s $300 Switch bundle deal, which threw in a 64GB memory card and $20 Nintendo eShop card with the purchase of the console, appears to have sold out. But Walmart is offering up its own bundle: $329 for the Switch and a game of your choice (there are four options: Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Splatoon 2). Not too shabby.

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Lowe’s

Lowe’s deals are live until midnight ET on Tuesday. The discounts are available exclusively online and most feature tools — but there are a handful of worthwhile promotions on smart home products and electronics. Members of the My Lowe’s loyalty program get an additional 10 percent off their order. A few highlights:

>> Samsung Connect Home Smart WiFi system (3-pack) — $100 (save $200)

>> Lyrics Wifi Cam 2 — $128 (save $42)

>> OmniMount Wall TV Mount — $20 (save $30

>> Spend $150 or more and get a free Google Home Mini

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Nest Smart Learning Thermostat just got a massive discount at eBay

Today may be Amazon Prime Day, a big day for Prime members, but other retailers aren’t sitting idly by, watching Amazon reap all the rewards of offering loads of tech at a discount.

Today may be Amazon Prime Day, a big day for Prime members, but other retailers aren’t sitting idly by, watching Amazon reap all the rewards of offering loads of tech at a discount.

eBay is getting in on the action, slashing the price of the Nest 3rd Generation Wi-Fi Smart Learning Thermostat by 30%.

The Nest smart thermostat is now $209.95 at eBay, down from its regular list price of $299.99 on the site. We’ve ranked it one of the best smart thermostats on the market, so you can trust that it’s a good product.

eBay’s list price is actually higher than what you’ll find direct from Nest, but today’s deal is cheaper than the $249 price listed on the company’s official site.

The deal is good while supplies last, so if you’ve been looking to smarten up your home, this is a great (and, for a limited time, less expensive) way to start.

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IDG Contributor Network: What are the best practices when cabling for Wi-Fi?

An infrastructure design consideration that arguably frustrates users, and creates a never-ending headache for network administrators, is the quality of Wi-Fi service in a building. Typically, a poor user experience is one where users have either no signal on their wireless device or see “full bars” but cannot connect to the network.

An infrastructure design consideration that arguably frustrates users, and creates a never-ending headache for network administrators, is the quality of Wi-Fi service in a building. Typically, a poor user experience is one where users have either no signal on their wireless device or see “full bars” but cannot connect to the network.

In an office environment poor Wi-Fi performance is undoubtedly an annoyance, but in a hospital, it could prevent medical staff from delivering care in a timely manner. Waiting for a mobile terminal to retrieve the medical history of a seriously ill patient can literally be a matter of life and death.

Proper cabling is the foundation of Wi-Fi performance

Configuring a wireless access point system (AP) is a complex project and is not the subject of this post, although Aps or AP systems of course plays an important role in Wi-Fi network best practice. To provide network integrators with the best chances of success, the cabling infrastructure must be available to support optimal installation and placement of AP.

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Annex A.3 of the ISO/IEC 11801-6 standard provides guidelines to network cabling designers that should be considered when placing cabling to support Wi-Fi and other wireless applications. Primarily based on the frequency band of and data rate of Wi-Fi services, the standard lists typical indoor ranges (radius of an AP) that should be used to determine the coverage of an average grid. The grid is then used to determine the placement of service outlets (SO).

Additionally, the category of installed cabling must be considered to provide sufficient bandwidth for current and future applications. Both ISO/IEC and ANSI/TIA standards recommend that two (2) category 6A cables be installed to each SO that will support an AP. Each category 6A cable will provide Class Ea cabling channels that support 10 Gb/s of data bandwidth to 100 meters, for a total of 20 Gb/s to each AP. It is expected that Wave 2 802.11ac APs will require 20 Gb/s of backhaul bandwidth for maximum Wi-Fi client support.

For distances of 30 to 50 meters, designers might also consider category 8 cabling. Each cat 8 cable will support Class II channels to 30 meters, providing 40 Gb/s of bandwidth. Work on standards is also being done to develop support for 25 Gb/s at 50 meters on Class II and Class Fa (category 7A cable) channels.

Service area considerations

Using the supported wireless applications table in Annex A.3 of ISO/IEC 11801-6, the typical indoor radius of an 802.11ac 5 GHZ AP is 12 meters. Building construction and materials greatly affect signal penetration and must be considered, though for this example 12m will be used.

The geometry used to describe the grid placement of APs in a uniform open space is actually a “honeycomb” pattern using hexagonal shaped cells. Because radio waves propagate evenly in all directions (with typically installed antennae) a square grid is not an accurate modeling tool, though it can be used for convenience. Circular cells are difficult to work with on building floor-plans. Therefore, hexagonal shaped cells and a honeycomb grid are ordinarily used for planning purposes.

The ceiling height of the service area must also be considered when designing the cabling for APs. Heights greater than 9 meters that may be present in public spaces like convention halls, airports, places of worship and sports venues require special consideration. Service loops may be required at the SO end of the cabling to allow the AP to be mounted on a fixture that extends down from the ceiling. The overall length of the permanently installed portion of the cable should not exceed 90 meters when complying with the ISO/IEC 11801-1 standard and shall not exceed 90 meters when complying with ANSI/TIA 568-C.2 standard. The difference is that cabling field tests to ISO/IEC standards do not automatically fail if the length exceeds 90 meters as long as all other parameters pass. However, ANSI/TIA standards require the overall test to fail if the horizontal cable link exceeds 90 meters, regardless of the status of other test parameters.

A 10-meter drop-mount for an AP in an exhibition hall must be deducted from the horizontal distance of the cable serving that SO. The resulting horizontal distance the SO can be from the equipment rack in the telecommunications room can now be no more than 80 meters.

Proper grid sizing for AP placement

Now that the some of the background information is understood, the basic rules for planning the cabling installation in a service area can be discussed.

The plan for an office space of uniform construction with 2.4 to 3-meter (8-10 ft) ceilings, requires only the X and Y dimensions of the space. Let’s assume a space size of 100 x 75 meters, using a hexagonal cell with a radius of 12 meters.

The radius of the cell served by each AP is 12 meters = a cell diameter of 24 meters.100-meter span of wall X / 24-meter cell diameter = 2.5 cells for span X. Round up to 3.75-meter span of wall Y / 24-meter cell diameter = 3.1 cells for span Y. Round down to 3.Nine (9) cabling cells are required for this 7,500 m2Each cell should be supplied with two (2) category Ea/6A or better cables.A total of 18 cabling links are required to serve this office space allowing for future capacity.The longest span of this space is 100 meters. Since a horizontal cable should not/cannot exceed 90 meters, a telecommunications space or service cabinet is required inside the perimeter of the space.Proper planning provides the best outcomes

Whether refitting an existing building with new cabling or beginning with new construction, a well-planned and installed cabling system to support Wi-Fi services gives integrators the best opportunity to install equipment to provide the best user experience.

The cabling and number of APs required in the above example may seem excessive and expensive. The key point to remember is that it may not be necessary to install an AP in each of the cells for this service area. Perhaps only five would be needed instead of nine as the plan allows for. But, by having a grid of dedicated cabling, network integrators have the ability to position APs in locations that need additional coverage. This design philosophy allows the flexibility for spaces to be reconfigured without having to re-cable for a new layout. Network managers can easily locate an AP near a conference room that routinely hosts many users to reduce the load on nearby APs.

Planning beyond Wi-Fi

5G mobile broadband deployment is on the horizon and cabling designers should consider its requirements as well. In addition to public communications, 5G is also expected to be utilized by police, fire and other emergency service personnel for communications and geo-positioning. Local regulation may require complete coverage inside buildings to ensure emergency services can operate safely.

Standards exist for distributed antenna systems (DAS), which is cabling to support antennae installed in buildings for wireless systems other than Wi-Fi. Designers should check whether local regulations require DAS coverage and familiarize themselves with the standards that provide guidance on the subject.

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Best full-frame camera 2018: 10 advanced DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

Most entry-level and mid-price DSLR and mirrorless cameras sport an APS-C sized sensor, with the physical dimensions of the chip measuring 23.6 x 15.7mm (22.2 x 14.8mm on Canon cameras).

Most entry-level and mid-price DSLR and mirrorless cameras sport an APS-C sized sensor, with the physical dimensions of the chip measuring 23.6 x 15.7mm (22.2 x 14.8mm on Canon cameras).

A full-frame sensor on the other hand has larger dimensions of 36 x 24mm – the same size as a frame of 35mm film, hence the name ‘full-frame’, and offering a surface area 2.5x larger than an APS-C sized sensor.

This allows for larger photosites (pixels to you and I) on the sensor, delivering better light gathering capabilities, which in turn means better image quality – especially at higher sensitivities.

Many serious amateurs and enthusiasts can now enjoy the benefits of full-frame photography

Full-frame DSLRs used to be the preserve of professional photographers, but as the costs have dropped and lower-cost models have started to appear, many serious amateurs and enthusiasts can now enjoy the benefits of full-frame photography.

But it’s no longer just DSLRs that enjoy full-frame sensors, with Sony’s range of A7 series mirrorless cameras and Leica SL muscling in on the full-frame market, and are particularly interesting for those who also need to shoot video. To find out more, read this: Mirrorless vs DSLR cameras: 10 key differences.

To get an idea of what kind of DSLR or mirrorless camera you can get at different price points, try Best DSLR and Best mirrorless camera buying guides. Otherwise, here’s our pick of the best full-frame cameras you can buy right now:

Full-frame cameras: do you really need one?

It may be pricey, but the Nikon D850 is the ultimate full-frame DSLR you can buy right now and possibly the most complete DSLR we’ve ever seen. A bold statement, but when you look at the spec, you can see why. The 45.4MP full-frame sensor delivers detail-rich images with brilliant dynamic range and excellent high ISO noise performance, while the advanced 153-point AF system is hard to beat. Add in 7fps burst shooting, a rock-solid build and refined handling and the D850 is pretty much at the top of its game for any subject you want to shoot. A brilliant piece of kit that won’t disappoint.

Read our in-depthNikon D850 review

The Alpha A7 III might be the entry-level full-frame camera in Sony’s mirrorless range, but it’s no poor relation. This is a brilliant camera for both enthusiasts and professionals thanks to the excellent 24.2MP full-frame sensor, advanced 693-point AF (borrowed from the flagship Alpha A9) and 10fps burst shooting should mean you’ll never miss another shot. It can also shoot uncropped 4K video, features a very good 5-axis image stabilization system and high-resolution electronic viewfinder. For the price, there’s nothing that can touch it.

Read our in-depthSony Alpha A7 III review

Like the look of the A7 III but want more pixels? Then the 42.2MP Alpha A7R III is the answer. Not only is the resolution double, but Sony’s managed to keep the burst rate at 10fps. And while the 399-point AF system isn’t quite as advanced at the 693-point system used in the Alpha A9 and A7 III, it’s still performs brilliant – especially with the camera’s EyeAF mode that locks onto your subjects eye. Like the Nikon D850 at the top of the list, the Alpha A7R III means you no longer have to sacrifice performance for resolution or vice versa. This is a camera that would be equally at home perched on a mountain as in a studio or shooting action.

Read our in-depthSony Alpha A7R III review

The EOS 5D Mark IV pretty much tweaks and improves on everything the Mark III offered. This includes a brilliant new 30.4MP sensor that delivers pin-sharp results, an advanced and sophisticated 61-point AF system, a pro-spec performance, 4K video and some very polished handling. Put this all together, along with a host of other features and it all combines to make the EOS 5D Mark IV one of the best DSLRs we’ve seen. Now overshadowed by the mighty D850 as our full-frame DSLR of choice.

Read our in-depthCanon EOS 5D Mark IV review

Until the arrival of the Alpha A7 III, the Nikon D750 was our pick of the more affordable full-frame options out there. It’s starting to show its age, but the D750 is still a very well-rounded DSLR that has a lot to offer. This includes a cracking 24.3MP sensor, decent weatherproofing, an advanced 51-point AF system and useful tilting screen. Its continuous shooting speed of 6.5fps isn’t quite as fast as some may have hoped for, while video is only Full HD, but on the whole the Nikon D750 is a well-equipped, well-priced choice for enthusiast photographers.

Read our in-depth Nikon D750 review

Canon has certainly made some significant improvements over the outgoing EOS 6D, packing in a host of new features including a fresh sensor, a faster processor, a much more credible AF system and a stronger burst rate. It’s a much more well-rounded and better specified camera than the EOS 6D, but it’s not without its issues. These niggles dull what is otherwise a very nice full-frame DSLR that’s a pleasure to shoot with. It will certainly please Canon users looking to make the move into full-frame photography, but others might be better served elsewhere.

Read our in-depthCanon EOS 6D Mark II review

The D5 is Nikon’s latest flagship DSLR, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. 20.8 megapixels might seem a bit stingy, but it means the D5 can shoot at 12fps continuous shooting, while the extended ISO range of ISO 3,280,000 has never been seen before in a camera. That’s even before we get to the autofocus system – with a coverage of 173 AF points (99 of which are cross-type), the sophistication and speed of the AF is staggering. The ability to shoot 4K video is restricted to three minutes however, but that aside the D5 is a phenomenal camera that’s used by professionals the world over.

Read our in-depth Nikon D5 review

Choosing between the EOS-1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 will most likely depend on which manufacturer you’re already tied to with your lens system, but the two cameras are otherwise pretty closely matched. With the EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon has created a very powerful and versatile camera that’s a great choice for professional sport and news photographers thanks to a blistering 14fps burst shooting. It doesn’t have the outrageous sensitivity range of the Nikon D5, but it’s very capable in low light, delivering excellent images within its standard sensitivity range.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review

The D850 might have replaced it, but the D810 is still a brilliant full-frame DSLR. Images from Nikon’s 36.3MP monster are bursting with detail, while its 1200-shot battery life puts the 50.6MP EOS 5DS in the shade. The 51-point AF system copes well with tricky focussing situations, mainly because both the AF and metering systems are taken from the now ex-range-topping Nikon D4S. Excellent handling and relatively modest dimensions further ensure that the D810 doesn’t disappoint.

Read our in-depth Nikon D810 review

With 50.6 million effective pixels, the Canon EOS 5DS offers the highest resolution of any full-frame camera on the market today. Pixel-packed sensors can be compromised, but not here. Image quality is superb, with as you’d expect fantastic detail, well controlled noise and good dynamic range, making it the ideal choice for the landscape or studio photographer. It may have the resolution, but performance isn’t great, while there’s no Wi-Fi or 4K video recording. It’s starting to show its age and can’t compete with the likes of Nikon’s D850 and Sony’s Alpha A7R III.

Read our in-depth Canon EOS 5DS review

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The best Prime Day sales not happening at Amazon: Deals at eBay, GameStop, Newegg, Lowe’s and more – CNET

Millions of Amazon’s enthusiasts are set to once again celebrate Prime Day, which kicks off today at 12:00 pm PT. But, like last year, a bunch of other retailers are elbowing in with their own online sales.

Millions of Amazon’s enthusiasts are set to once again celebrate Prime Day, which kicks off today at 12:00 pm PT. But, like last year, a bunch of other retailers are elbowing in with their own online sales. For now, the list includes eBay, Newegg, GameStop and Lowe’s.

Here are the alternative Prime Day sales we’ve heard about so far. We’ll continue to add to the list as new ones appear.

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

Last updated: Monday, 6:30 a.m. PT

eBay

In contrast to Amazon’s fourth annual sales bonanza, which is available only to Prime members, eBay’s deals are available to everyone. eBay says it is offering discounts on thousands of electronics, home goods, fashion and sports products from brands including Apple, Samsung, Adidas, Dyson and KitchenAid. And when you spend $119 or more, eBay will throw in a free Google Home Mini when you use the promo code PMINI4FREE at checkout (more info here).

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Best Buy

All day Monday and Tuesday, Best Buy is offering up discounts on 4K Smart TVs, a wide array of laptops including MacBooks (though not the brand new Pro models announced last week), smartphones and tons of other stuff. Most of the deals are available both in store and online, and students are eligible for an additional $150 off of certain products. Here are a handful of highlights:

>> 4K Smart TVs starting at $199

>> Up to $300 off on Microsoft Surface

>> Up to $250 off on the Samsung Galaxy S8+

>> Up to $200 on select Lenovo Yoga laptops

Shop on BestBuy.com
Newegg

Ignore the groan-inducing name of Newegg’s mid-July sale (“FantasTech”), there are actually some good deals to be had. Starting today, you can score the Acer Aspire 5 15-inch laptop for just under $500; that’s $200 off its list price, and $100 less than the similar (and CNET budget favorite) Acer Aspire E15 selling at Amazon right now. From now until Monday at 11:59 a.m. PT, there will be new deals unlocked every two hours.

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GameStop

If you’re looking for new games for your PS4, Xbox One, Switch or PC, GameStop’s Game Days Summer Sale is happening now, with prices on select titles slashed up to 50 percent. You’ll want to compare prices with Amazon and others: At $30, Monster Hunter World is no cheaper than it is at Amazon, for instance. But Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch) for $30 soundly beats Amazon’s $45 price. And the digital version of Red Dead Redemption — which is 4K optimized on the Xbox One X — is a downright steal at $10 (versus $20 to $25 for the disc on Amazon).

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Whole Foods

A reminder to those of you who’ve been living under a rock for the past year: Whole Foods is now a fully owned subsidiary of Amazon. And as such, Prime Day is extending into the real-world grocery aisle this year. From July 11 through July 17, Prime members get a $10 account credit on Amazon for Prime Day when they spend that same amount at Whole Foods Market. Meanwhile, Rewards Visa cardholders with Prime membership get 10 percent back on up to a total of $400 from July 14 to July 17. In addition, Prime members who are trying the delivery feature from Whole Foods Market stores via Prime Now will receive $10 off their order when they shop before July 17, and can get $10 to use toward a future order.

Lowe’s

Lowe’s deals are live until midnight ET on Tuesday. The discounts are available exclusively online and most feature tools — but there are a handful of worthwhile promotions on smart home products and electronics. Members of the My Lowe’s loyalty program get an additional 10 percent off their order. A few highlights:

>> Samsung Connect Home Smart WiFi system (3-pack) — $100 (save $200)

>> Lyrics Wifi Cam 2 — $128 (save $42)

>> OmniMount Wall TV Mount — $20 (save $30

>> Spend $150 or more and get a free Google Home Mini

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers could spell trouble for budget sound bars, Wi-Fi speakers – CNET

Roku, the company best known for its cheap-but-good video streaming products, announced in January that it’s adding audio to its product mix. And even though it may be late to the multi-room audio party, the first Roku Connect product certainly feels as if it could eventually rival Sonos and Apple’s AirPlay.

Roku, the company best known for its cheap-but-good video streaming products, announced in January that it’s adding audio to its product mix. And even though it may be late to the multi-room audio party, the first Roku Connect product certainly feels as if it could eventually rival Sonos and Apple’s AirPlay.

Where the Roku TV Wireless Speakers differ from other multi-room speakers is that they’re TV based, and use the streaming apps on a Roku TV rather than on your phone. These $200 stereo speakers are also voice operated, and come with a tabletop remote with an integrated microphone.

The speakers come as a stereo pair with each unit roughly the size of a Sonos One ($189 at Amazon.com) — about six inches tall — and the only wires you need to worry about are the power cord for each one. On the back is a pairing button and a threaded hole for a wall mount, that’s it. The speakers are designed to pair with your Roku TV over Wi-Fi and offer A/V lip-sync as well. The company says that the speakers will play anything that’s playing on your Roku TV — whether its audio from one of the streaming channels, or coming in via HDMI.

The speakers do offer the ability to pair via Bluetooth to your phone, but don’t think you can buy them as a simple Bluetooth speaker. Roku representatives said that the system only works if you have Roku TV, and they wouldn’t elaborate on whether they would pair with Roku streamers sometime in the future. The company did say that this is the start of a new ecosystem with rears and other add-ons planned.

Samsung offers a system called TV Sound Connect which is supposed to do a similar thing, but it gets lost among the billion of other things a Samsung speaker tries to do. What Roku’s solution looks to have going for it is simplicity. If you have a Roku TV– such as the TCL 55R615 — the speakers offer the promise of plug and play operation: Plug them into a power socket, press the pair button on the back and just follow your TV’s onscreen prompts. If this speaker indeed negates the need to trawl online forums, dig through obscure TV menus or find the proprietary app it’s a big win for Roku TV owners.

We listened to the speakers and they did seem to generate a decent amount of bass for such a small enclosure, and sounded so much better than the integrated speakers on the TCL Roku TV they compared it to. Dialogue seemed to be both crisp and understandable, however as the speakers were pre-production models it’s impossible to draw any conclusions yet.

Meanwhile, TCL and Roku announced a Smart Soundbar based on Roku’s multi-room system at CES 2018, but it doesn’t appear that product will come to fruition. Though the representatives said that they’re “incredibly proud of [their] collaboration with TCL” it’s now unclear if we’ll see the product this year, if at all.

If the Roku TV Wireless Speakers are as easy to set up as they appear, and sound in any way decent they could be the new go-to for all Roku TV owners. We’re excited to look at these when they arrive in late October 2018.

The speakers go on sale today at an introductory price of $149.99 for a week. From then until the October the price increases to be $179.99, and then at the time of release it’ll be $199.99. Don’t look for them on Amazon though — the speakers will only be available from Roku.com.