Amazon Prime Day, our favourite mid-summer shopping holiday, has entered its second day in the UK and will begin soon in the US. Prime Day will run for 36 hours in total, concluding in the UK at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday 17th of July - that's tonight!
As in the past, Amazon has negotiated hard with manufacturers to ensure deep discounts for Amazon Prime customers (or those on a free 30-day trial - sign up if you like, you're free to cancel at any time). There are a staggering number of items on offer of potential interest to Digital Foundry readers, including electronics, PC components, 4K HDR TVs and more. What follows is our curated roundup of the best deals available - the stuff we'd consider buying with our own money. As this is a curated selection rather than a straight list of deals, feel free to check back later - we're still filtering through and adding stuff that catches our eye. Also note that prices may change at any given point, so some sales may have finished by the time you arrive. One more thing: sometimes, the price isn't immediately revealed upon clicking through, requiring you to press a 'view deal' button on the top-right of the page.
On top of that, there's also 20 per cent off purchases from the discounted Amazon Warehouse, so click through for that to see if you can track down any truly outrageous bargains - we spotted a Razer Blade 14 for £1035, for example. Finally, if you're an Amazon Prime Student member, you can use the code STUDENT15 to get additional 15 per cent off when you spend £60 or more on items sold and dispatched by Amazon - although sadly, Warehouse Deals are excluded.
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Recommended 4K TV Prime Day 2018 deals
While there's a lack of genuinely outstanding Prime Day 4K TV bargains this year in terms of the top-end premium models, that's not to say that you can't grab a very large flat panel that still produces great gaming results. And yes, there is an OLED! We recommend the LG's UK6300 as a decent entry-level screen with extremely low (under 12ms) input lag when running in game mode.
Unfortunately, the LG B7 OLED isn't on sale for Prime Day, but there is an extremely well-priced OLED offering - Philips' Ambilight model, the 55POS9002. It's received some phenomenal reviews, and in common with many OLED offerings, the panel is from LG itself. Latency around 30ms isn't outstanding, but picture quality is - and unlike the cheaper screens, it can deliver a proper HDR experience. The LG screens highlighted here simply don't compare in this regard. However, if you're looking for a great value for money option, the 65-inch TCL display highlighted below should exceed your expectations.
Best SSD Prime Day 2018 deals
A solid state drive (SSD) is an essential part of any modern gaming PC, so it's worth switching over if you're still using a mechanical HDD or getting another drive with more capacity if you're starting to run low on space. While SSDs vary in their specifications, all of the recent releases from the major brands - Crucial, Samsung, Sandisk - will be mostly equivalent when it comes to gaming, usually offering sequential read speeds of at least 500MB/s.
|Buy from Amazon UK||Price||Value|
|Overall best value SSD||Crucial MX500 1TB||£149.99||15p/GB|
|Best value 500GB SSD||Crucial MX500 500GB||£74.99||15p/GB|
|Best value M.2 SSD||WD Blue M.2 1TB||£164.98||16p/GB|
|Best value budget SSD||Kingston SUV500 240GB||£39.99||17p/GB|
|Best value Samsung SSD||Samsung 860 EVO 500GB||£84.99||17p/GB|
|Best value 1TB Samsung SSD||Samsung 860 EVO 1TB||£180.00||18p/GB|
Recommended gaming mice for Prime Day 2018
Razer DeathAdder Elite: This gaming mouse from Razer offers a comfortable right-handed design, an optical sensor that can reach a dizzying 16,000dpi and a seven programmable buttons. If you like your mice to be super shiny, you'll be glad to know that Razer's full Chroma RGB lighting is supported. All in all, the DeathAdder Elite is solid mouse for gaming at just £37.
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury: This gaming mouse is one of the most popular models available thanks to its comfortable shape, plethora of programmable buttons and dependable AM010 sensor. At 109 grams, it's light enough for fast flicks, and its Omron switches should ensure the buttons last for years and years. The mouse also comes with RGB lighting, if you're into that, and a reduced sub-£20 price that's sure to impress.
Logitech MX Master: The MX Master is a wireless gaming mouse with a comfortable and stylish design. Its high weight makes it less suited for the quick flicks of FPS gameplay, but its broad shape works extremely well for office work, MMOs and strategy titles where comfort and endurance is key. It also features Logitech's dual-mode scroll wheel, allowing you to switch between infinite scrolling and tactile steps. It normally costs £80, so the £38 Prime Day price is impressive.
Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum: Another Logitech mouse with a funny long name, the G502 is a larger mouse with more buttons, an improved infinite scroll wheel and an adjustable weight that bottoms out at 125 grams. The G502 has many of the same features as its younger brother, including programmable buttons, gorgeous RGB lighting and a sophisticated software control centre. At £36, this full-featured mouse could be worth the extra pennies.
Best Prime Day 2018 monitor deals
Acer Predator XB271HU: To me, this is the ultimate gaming monitor: a crisp 1440p resolution at 27 inches, an IPS panel for excellent colour reproduction and a refresh rate of up to 165Hz. The extras are nice too, including super thin bezels, a fully adjustable stand and a range of handy features like black equalisation, on-screen crosshairs and blue light reduction. I've actually been using this exact model myself for the past two years and loving it - and that was at its regular price of over £600. Now, you can pick it up for almost 40% off, at just £440.
Samsung LC32H711QEUXEN: Curved monitors first became popular on ultra-wide models, but you can also find them in more familiar 16:9 aspect ratio models like this one from Samsung. You get an expansive 32-inch screen at 2560 x 1440, a stylish metallic silver frame and rich colours thanks to the Quantum Dot screen. The contrast ratio of 3000:1 is very high too, making this a good choice for any games or videos with dark scenes. However, you are limited to a 60Hz refresh rat instead of the 100 or 144Hz you might find on other curved gaming monitors. Still, it's hard to argue too much given the £337 price point.
LG 25UM58: This is the cheapest ultra-wide monitor you can buy at just £125. Its 25-inch span is relatively small, but you still get an immersive gaming experience at 2560 x 1080. However, the limited 60Hz refresh rate makes this monitor a better choice for slower-paced games and office work; for shooters, MOBAs or racing titles we'd recommend you stick to monitors with refresh rates of 100Hz or higher.
Recommended keyboards for Prime Day 2018
Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum: This full-size mechanical keyboard comes with Logitech's unique Romer-G switches, designed to offer a shorter travel and faster actuation than standard Cherry switches without compromising on tactility. The G910 has a modern design too, with full per-key RGB backlighting, dedicated media controls and cylindrical keycaps. Best of all, for Prime Day 2018 the keyboard is more than 50 per cent off at £77.99.
Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2: Want the perfect counterpart to the Razer mouse we recommended earlier? The BlackWidow Chroma V2 uses the same RGB lighting system, so you can sync the two peripherals together for an awesome look. Of course, this keyboard is worth getting even if it'll be your first Razer product, thanks to a full-size design with extra macro keys, short-throw silent Razer mechanical switches and a high-quality wrist rest. It even comes with USB and audio passthrough ports, so you can plug all of your other peripherals in here instead of needing to go under your desk each time you want to plug or unplug something. The keyboard is a solid 30 per off at £120.
Logitech Wireless Combo MK520: This package deal comes with a mouse and keyboard, both fully wireless and relatively portable too. The keyboard won't win any awards for key feel with its rubber domes, but it is at least very quiet. Thanks to its meagre power consumption, you can expect about three years of battery life for the keyboard and one year for the mouse with the included AA batteries - not bad value for £26!
Best SD and Micro SD card Prime Day 2018 offers
Micro and full-size SD cards have been heavily discounted this year, making it a great opportunity to upgrade the storage space available on your smartphone, Switch or action cam. Remember that Micro SD cards can fit into full-size SD card slots with the help of an adapter without losing any speed, but full-size SD cards won't fit into devices that only accept Micro SD cards.
|Buy from Amazon UK||Price||Value|
|Best Overall Value Micro SD Card||SanDisk Ultra 128GB Micro SD card||£23.69||19p/GB|
|Best High Capacity Micro SD Card||SanDisk Ultra 256GB Micro SD card||£64.99||25p/GB|
|Best Overall Value SD Card||SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD card||£39.89||31p/GB|
|Best Value 64GB SD Card||SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB SD card||£20.99||33p/GB|
Best of the rest: more Prime Day 2018 deals
PlayStation Plus: If you've got a PlayStation then this is a great time to grab PlayStation Plus at a deep discount - right now, you can get 15 months of Plus for £35. That means online multiplayer access, exclusive discounts and - most importantly - a selection of free games each month from Sony's back catalogue.
Recommended USA Prime Day Deals
Nintendo Switch bundle: The Switch isn't often available at a discount, so this is a good opportunity to get Nintendo's groundbreaking hybrid console with everything you need to get started: an essential Micro SD card and $20 of credit for the Switch's eShop. For less than $300, that's an excellent deal.
TCL 40S305 40-inch 1080p TV: If you're not fussed about upgrading to 4K just yet, this 40-inch 1080p monitor from TCL could be a good choice. The monitor has a stylish design with thin bezels, Roku smart TV functionality and a winning price of $195.
Samsung 960 EVO 1TB: Samsung make the best SSDs in the business, and their NVMe M.2 drives (like this one) are the cream of the crop. This SSD packs in a massive 1TB of space at absolutely screaming speeds - up to 3200MB/s reads and 1900MB/s writes. I personally picked this exact drive up for over $500 and I love it to bits, so make me feel bad by picking it up at a bargain for just $330. The 500GB model is also on sale at $160.
Samsung U28E590D 28-inch 4K monitor: This 4K monitor could work well for PC and console gaming, thanks to AMD FreeSync support, quick 1ms response times and a reasonable 1000:1 contrast ratio for the TN panel used. However, be aware that adjustability is limited to tilt out of the box, so if you want height adjustment, swivel or rotation you'll need to make use of the VESA mount on the back. Still, $250 is a great price for an Ultra HD monitor.
Blue Yeti USB Microphone: Tune into almost any popular stream on twitch.tv, and chances are high that you'll see the ubiquitous Blue Yeti. This mic is the go-to choice for gamers, streamers and podcasters across the world, thanks to its outstanding audio and build quality, intuitive controls and reasonable price. That price has gotten even better today, as the Blue Yeti is available for 32% off at just $89.
Sandisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD card: Getting more storage space for your action cam, drone or smartphone just got a lot cheaper, thanks to this $45 Micro SD card from Sandisk. With 200GB on tap, you're paying less than 23 cents per gigabyte. With transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, this card is also one of the faster options on the market. 200GB is the sweet spot, but you can find good prices for the 256GB and 400GB models too.
Corsair K70 LUX mechanical keyboard: Corsair make some of the best mechanical keyboards in the business, with the K70 Lux being no exception. You get a full-size layout with num-pad and wrist-rest, dedicated volume and media controls and programmable RGB backlighting. This keyboard looks good too, thanks to its brushed aluminium "floating key" design sitting atop Cherry MX Red soft linear switches that are perfect for gaming. At $100, this keyboard is available at $60 off its RRP.
Sandisk SSD Plus 1TB: Running out of storage space on your PC? Steam Library getting a little too full? This gargantuan SSD from Sandisk provides 1TB of super-fast storage for just $150, making it the perfect choice to upgrade your laptop or gaming PC. If that's a bit much, the 480GB drive is also available at a significant discount.
HyperX Alloy FPS Pro mechanical keyboard: While the name suggests this mechanical keyboard is just for fans of FPS games, it'll actually suit gamers of all stripes. The Cherry MX Red switches provide quiet, fast and accurate inputs, while the red backlighting makes this keyboard easy to use in the dark. The shortened "tenkeyless" layout is also handy, moving your arm into a more natural position instead of way off to the side. Ultimately, today's Prime Day discount makes the Alloy FPS Pro one of the best keyboards you can buy for less than $50.
Corsair H100i v2 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler: Liquid cooling sounds pretty difficult, but modern all-in-one solutions like this one make it super easy. Just take off your stock fan and heatsink, throw on some thermal paste (or a newfangled thermal pad), screw the pump on top and screw the radiator somewhere in your case. Once sorted, you'll likely get lower temperatures, less noise and a cleaner-looking build. For $80, that's pretty solid PC upgrade!