Back-to-School Sales for 2019: Best Tech Deals We Could Find

The air is cooling, the days are getting shorter, and the school-goers among us are returning to their desks and carrels kicking and screaming. Don’t fight the inevitable—instead, get prepared with our favorite weekend deals on laptops, phones, and more to keep you, or your kids, connected and productive. And when you find yourself with downtime while you ignore your homework? Don’t worry, we have a few picks for you there, too.

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Laptops, Phones, and Accessories Deals

LG G8 ThinQ

LG

Audio, Home, and Camera Deals

Bose QC35 II

Bose

Bose QC35 II Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones for $299 ($50 off): Whether you’re riding the bus or trying to get some much needed shut-eye in a dorm, it’s nice to be able to drown out the sound of everything but what you want to hear. These are some of our absolute favorite wireless headphones, even if they are a little bulky. JBL Charge 4 Portable Speaker for $120 ($30 off): Sometimes you want to blast your music for everyone else to hear, too. With 20 hours of battery life and a waterproofed exterior, the Charge 4 prepares you for that underwater dance party you’ve been wanting to throw. It isn’t on our list of Best Bluetooth Speakers, but we’ve used it and like it a lot, especially its ability to network with other JBL speakers.

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12 Best Weekend Deals on Outdoor Gear and Indoor Tech

The relentless heat and humidity of summer continues, sending us outside in search of cold water, cool forests, and high mountain passes. If you’re also planning to escape the heat of the lowlands for the high country, but sure to take advantage of the ongoing Backcountry Outdoors sale to grab any last-minute gear you need.

If you prefer to wait out the heat indoors, check out some of our favorite electronics deals for the weekend, there’s plenty in there to keep you busy and entertained until cooler weather returns.

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Our Favorite Outdoor Deals

Silky Ono Professional Hatchet

Backcountry

Our Favorite Electronics Deals

Marvel’s Spider-Man

Playstation

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19 Best Weekend Deals: Camping Gear, Games, Accessories

August has arrived, which means that we’ve officially entered the broiling, miserable, too-long dog days of summer, when it seems impossible that we ever thought that skipping work to sit in a park would be a good idea. Luckily, there are plenty of sales to both distract and remind you that autumn is coming soon, from Backcountry’s Semiannual Sale to back-to-school sales at some of our favorite retailers. Scroll on to scope our favorite picks.

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Home and Outdoors

Camp Chef Everest Two-Burner Stove for $96 ($39 off): Backcountry’s Semiannual Sale is consistently worth checking out, with up to 50 percent off gear that almost never goes on sale. WIRED grill reviewer Scott Gilbertson gives this compact two-burner stove two thumbs up, and it almost never goes below $100. Patagonia Men’s Insulated Jacket for $174 ($75 off): We love Patagonia’s light, versatile mid-layer, which stays warm when wet. Smith Colette ChromaPop Sunglasses for $101 ($68 off): Smith’s ChromaPop lenses make water look especially clear and colorful.

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14 Best Deals this Weekend: Cameras, TVs, and an Instant Pot

Amazon Prime Day is a made up holiday, but its effect on mid-summer sales events is very real. Retailers like Best Buy and Walmart are continuing to roll out hefty price cuts on summer essentials all in the name of a suspiciously generic “Black Friday in July” event that appeared around Prime Day. We all know what that means. Deals! So many deals! So, we braved the wreckage and sifted through the debris of Prime Day to find the very best sales and price cuts you should know about this weekend.

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Home and Kitchen Deals

Instant Pot
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TV Deals

Vizio P Series Quantum
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33 Best Deals From Walmart and Other Amazon Prime Day Rivals

In the past five years, Amazon Prime Day has exploded. It started as a corporate anniversary event and now it’s a two-day spending spree. We didn’t need another shopping holiday, but that’s what it has become. So big is the hype that brick-and-mortar giants like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have joined in the circus, along with many of Amazon’s digital competitors, including eBay and Newegg.

But the best part about not being an official part of Prime Day? You don’t have to adhere to Prime Day’s rules! Amazon’s sale has ended and many of these retailer’s flash sales have expired, but many of the discounts remain. Below are our top picks. You can also find any remaining deals on our post-Prime Day page.

Updated at 3 pm ET July 17: We corrected some pricing now that Prime Day is over. If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we [...]  read more

33 Best Amazon Prime Day Alternative Deals From Walmart, eBay, Etc

In the past five years, Amazon Prime Day has exploded. It started as a corporate anniversary event and now it’s a two-day spending spree. We didn’t need another shopping holiday, but that’s what it has become.

So big is the hype that brick-and-mortar giants like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have joined in the circus, along with many of Amazon’s digital competitors, including eBay and Newegg.

To help you find some good products in the endless fields of discounts, we’ve spent days combing through sales pages. Below are our top picks. We’ll update this list through the end of Prime Day at midnight Pacific time, July 16.

Updated at 9:20 pm ET July 16: We corrected prices, cut a few sold out items, and added two Lenovo Google Assistant speakers and The Allswell mattress. If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts [...]  read more

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The 29 Best Home and Outdoors Deals

As befits a website known as “the everything store,” Amazon’s Prime Day offerings really run the gamut. You may already have a few big-ticket electronics items in mind, but don’t sleep on any kitchen gadgets, high-tech toys, or even pet cameras that you may have been eying. Amazon will release new deals throughout the entire 48 hours of Prime Day (yes, it’s two days long), and we will update this article throughout the sale, so if you don’t see something you like now, be sure to check back later.

Updated 10:35 pm ET July 16: Updated pricing and availability, cut nearly a dozen products, and added a few new products like the BioLite Bundle. If an item has sold out or is no longer at its deal price, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

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Home Deals

iRobot Roomba 690

iRobot

Sonicare Smart Toothbrush for $280 ($50 off): We thought that a drinking glass was a pretty classy way to charge and store your electric toothbrush. Black+Decker Cordless Vacuum for $28 ($7 off): Fun fact: Black+Decker partnered with NASA to build dustbusters on the onboard shuttles for the Apollo missions! iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum for $230 ($145 off): iRobot’s mid-tier robot vacuum hasn’t been updated for a while, but its navigation software is still tops. At this price, it’s a no-brainer if you want an autonomous vacuum. August Smart Lock Pro for $161 ($69 off): We found August’s smart lock to be an easy way to ditch our keys, but it’s better with the Wi-Fi bridge. TP-Link Kasa Mini Smart Plug for $15 ($7 off): Smart plugs are an easy, affordable way to

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Google and Nest Device Deals: 11 Prime Day Sales

The discount fest that is Amazon Prime Day is chugging along until Tuesday, July 16, ends on the West Coast, and a lot of people will probably pick up a discounted Amazon Device, like the retailer’s Echo speakers, equipped with its Alexa Voice Assistant.

Google isn’t thrilled with that. It would rather you purchase one of its Google Assistant devices instead. To sway you, Google is hosting its own mini Prime Day.

We here at WIRED wish you the best, no matter which smart home ecosystem you choose. (And honestly, you’re fine if you choose none at all!) But from a usability standpoint, we prefer Google Assistant to Alexa. Google answers common questions more capably, and its setup process is simpler and friendlier for any third-party devices you may want to add to your smart home. Many Google devices are on sale, but these are our favorites.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: Best Deals on Travel Gear

The word that best follows “summer” is “vacation.” If you’re planning to pair those two words for a classic American road trip this summer, take advantage of Amazon’s Prime Day to grab these travel essentials before you leave.

Even if you don’t have epic plans to Kerouac your way around the nation, we all need more memory for our devices and can never have too many charging cables. Most of us have also wrestled with slow hotel Wi-Fi enough to appreciate the value of a good Ethernet dongle.

If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

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Chargers, Adapters, and Smart Plugs

TP Link

Life on the road sometimes means spotty access to power and networks. These power packs help you stock up on energy when it’s available so you have it when it’s not.

Memory to Store Memories

SanDisk 400 GB MicroSD card

Memory isn’t all that exciting, but admit it, you can never have enough. This year’s Prime Day has some good deals on SD cards of all shapes and sizes, hard drives, and dual USB sticks. Expand [...]  read more

32 Best Amazon Prime Day Alternative Deals From Walmart, eBay, Etc

In the past five years, Amazon Prime Day has exploded. It started as a corporate anniversary event and now it’s a two-day spending spree. We didn’t need another shopping holiday, but that’s what it has become.

So big is the hype that brick-and-mortar giants like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have joined in the circus, along with many of Amazon’s digital competitors, including eBay and Newegg.

To help you find some good products in the endless fields of discounts, we’ve spent days combing through sales pages. Below are our top picks. We’ll update this list through the end of Prime Day at midnight Pacific time, July 16.

Updated at 12:30 pm ET July 16: We added some of Google’s sales to this list along with a few other small updates. If an item is no longer at its deal price or sold out, we cross it out. Deal prices sometimes return and items come back in stock faster than we can update, so it never hurts to check for yourself.

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