Hot or Not: The best (and worst) Amazon Prime Day tech deals, chosen by experts


Anker Soundcore 2 on blue background

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NOT! Anker Soundcore 3 £39.99 £27.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

OK yes, it’s a rugged thing and a 30% saving on an already inexpensive Bluetooth speaker is arguably not to be sniffed at, but we have seen it cheaper once before by a few pennies and, as you’ll see in our review, it is an older model and was superseded in 2020. 

Yes, it impressed us for its 24-hour battery life, durable build quality and water resistance. It’s also a compact and likeable thing, but its sound quality leaves a bit to be desired.

What to look for instead? Why, the newer Anker Soundcore 3, which is also part of Amazon’s Prime Day Early Access sale! This is slashed by 32% so it’ll only cost you £37.99 (opens in new tab) (regular price £56!) if you snap it up today. You’re very welcome. 

Sony WH-1000XM5 on orange background

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HOT! Sony WH-1000XM5: $399.99 $348 at (opens in new tab) / £316 £299 at (opens in new tab) 

Becky Scarrott, Senior Staff Writer, Audio

If you’ve stumbled upon this missive and you want a deal on new wireless over-ear headphones, look no further – you’ve found the ultimate Prime Day October deal. This 22% saving (in the UK) or 13% (if you’re Stateside) on Sony’s winning 2022 cans is the best deal in Amazon’s October Prime Day. Fight me. 

Why? They’re the latest in the frankly game-changing and iconic WH-XM lineup (see the WH-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM3 as proof of their noble bloodline), they only came out in May 2022, and because the sound and skillset is even a little bit better than the cans they supersede, to see them discounted at all for Prime Day Early Access is a double-take inducer of the highest order. And check out the deal! The XM5 are every inch a class-leading set of Sony cans – we don’t have the word-count to give them the praise they deserve here but our five-star review is the place to go for clarification (note the phrase “still the best in the business”).

OK so they don’t fold up into the headband any more. What of it? What do you need to tote around with you that’s more important than good-quality music? Believe me, they’re worth the extra space in your bag… 

Hot or not! Let’s go…

Welcome to TechRadar’s roundup of the very best – and very worst – Amazon Prime Day tech deals. We’ve brought in the entire TechRadar team to rate the quality of offers today: we’ll tell you the bargains you need to drop everything to grab… and the ‘deals’ to walk away from. 


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