Amazon Prime Day 2019 has arrived, bringing with it a host of deals on PC hardware, electronics and gaming peripherals. Here at Digital Foundry, we’ve been casting our weather eye over the proceedings to identify the best deals on the gaming kit that we’ve tried, tested and recommend.
Remember that you can also take an additional 20 per cent off Amazon Warehouse items, which can be a great way to find some insane deals. The most desirable items tend to sell out quickly, so take a look early and make out with what you can. The 20 per cent reduction will be made automatically at checkout, so keep that in mind.
Amazon Prime Day actually lasts for two days this year, July 15th and July 16th, so we’ll continue to add new deals as we find them. You can follow us on Twitter @digitalfoundry for the highlights, or check back here for the latest roundup. With that out of the way, let’s get into the deals.
Best Amazon Prime Day iPhone and iPad deals
It’s rare to see any discounts on new Apple products, so we thought we’d spotlight these iPhone and iPad deals. Our top recommendation is the iPhone XR, the best value iPhone on the market as it offers 95% of the features and 100% of the horsepower of the iPhone XS and XS Max at a much lower price. Pretty much the only thing of value you’re giving up is the second rear-facing camera, which a lot of people can do without when it means you’re paying hundreds of pounds less. Amazon are also offering discounts on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and older iPhones and iPads too, so take a look.
Best Amazon Prime Day memory card deals
Memory cards are always a popular discount item, and this 128GB card has become extremely affordable today at £14. SanDisk is the biggest name in the business too, so you can be sure of lasting performance, and the 100MB/s read speeds of this card make it a strong choice for the Nintendo Switch, action cams and smartphones.
Best Amazon Prime Day monitor deals
A trio of monitor deals here, including our previous pick for the best gaming monitor: the Acer Predator XB271HU. This is a monitor sitting on the desk of at least one Digital Foundry writer, thanks to its combination of a colour-accurate and pixel-dense 2560 by 1440 IPS screen, extremely fast response times from its 165Hz refresh rate and full G-Sync support for Nvidia graphics cards. Also involved in the Prime Day deals are two 32-inch 4K monitors from Samsung and BenQ; both are excellent choices for productivity and gaming.
Best Amazon Prime Day SSD deals
Another two-fer, the Samsung 970 Evo represents an excellent value for a high-speed NVMe drive at 1TB of capacity. Meanwhile, the SanDisk SSD Plus is a cheap drive that makes for a cost-effective upgrade to your desktop or laptop, although its speeds aren’t as blisteringly fast as the Samsung drive.
Best Amazon Prime Day headset deals
These three headsets are all ranked among our favourites, with the wireless and multi-platform SteelSeries Arctis 7 being our pick for the best gaming headset overall. The HyperX Cloud Alpha and Cloud Pro are strong wired headsets, offering a comfortable fit and excellent audio reproduction.
Best Amazon Prime Day keyboard deals
If you want a mechanical gaming keyboard that does it all, the K95 Platinum is a great shout. This full-size keyboard is available here in its Rapid Fire configuration, which means Cherry MX Speed switches that make the keyboard ultra-responsive for gaming. Elsewhere, the HyperX Alloy FPS and Alloy Elite are good compact and full-size gaming keyboards, respectively.
Best Amazon Prime Day mouse deals
This comfortable gaming mouse is used by none other than Rich Leadbetter.
Best Amazon Prime Day mic deals
Our choice for the best USB mic for recording and podcasting is the Blue Yeti, and it’s on discount today. The Yeti has four recording patterns, allowing it to be used to record a single voice, two voices, general ambience or instruments, and its audio quality is top notch too. The Yeti is easy to use as well, making it a great intro the world of high-end mics.
Best Amazon Prime Day RAM deals
RAM is something of a commodity, so finding a deep discount is rare. This Crucial Ballistix Sport LT memory is rated at 3200MHz, making it a good choice for frequency-sensitive AMD Ryzen platforms, but it will work great in Intel systems too. Be sure to check your motherboard specs to make sure that your rig can handle memory this fast!
Stay tuned for more deals over the coming hours!