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Amazon Prime Day 2019 – Which? test labs pick the best deals and products to avoid

We've put some of the most attractive Amazon Prime Day deals under the spotlight

Amazon Prime Day 2019 – Which? test labs pick the best deals and products to avoid

This year, we’ve pitted Amazon Prime Day against the Which? test labs. We’ve waded through the hundreds of deals to build our list of recommendations – products that are genuinely great value, and importantly that perform.

Prime Day 2019 actually lasts for 48 hours – from 15 to 16 July. During this period Amazon Prime members will have access to exclusive offers across the website. The discounts don’t only cover Amazon’s own products – lots of other big-name brands are involved, too.

But not all products are created equal. As well as our pick of the best tech gadgets on offer, we’ve also highlighted deals that aren’t as good as they seem, and products that you’re better off avoiding.

Prime Day hits the best of the bunch

Having scrolled through seemingly endless pages of deals, here are the tech products we think are worth a closer look. Find out why below, and click through to our reviews if you want to read the full verdict.

HIT: Apple iPhone XS Max, Space Grey (64GB) – was £1,049, now £901 (14% off)

We liked: 

  • Vibrant display
  • Consistently nippy
  • Clear audio

If you’re shopping for a big-screen iPhone, you’ll no doubt be tempted by the sleek XS Max. Colours pop beautifully on the 6.5-inch display and the phone survived around 9 hours of web browsing in our expert tests.

Charging speeds here aren’t quite as impressive as the smaller iPhone XS, however. But with the XS Max dropping below £1,000 for Amazon Prime Day, this is an undeniably tempting offer.

Also check out: The 64GB Apple iPhone XR is a decent deal at £639, and you can pick up the 64GB iPhone XS for £849.

HIT: Ultimate Ears Megablast – was £269, now £99 (63% off)

We liked: 

  • Powerful sound
  • Waterproof design
  • Portable

This portable Bluetooth speaker is built to last, blessed with an IP67 rating that means it can be submerged in liquid up to a metre deep for up to 30 minutes. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is on hand to answer your queries, also connecting you to streaming services including Spotify and Amazon Music.

The Ultimate Ears Megablast isn’t the lightest speaker we’ve tested, though, which might make carrying it for long periods of time a pain. We’ve tested plenty of lightweight Bluetooth speakers in our lab.

Also check out: If you’ve got a bigger budget for Prime Day, take a closer look at the £299 B&O Beolit 17 (14% off) and £134 B&O BeoPlay A1(20% off).

These deals end 15 July at 23:59.

HIT: Garmin Forerunner 35 – was £112.95, now £79.99 (29% off)

We liked: 

  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart-rate monitor
  • Comfortable to wear

This fitness watch from Garmin will catch your eye if you want to keep costs low. You’ll still get plenty of features for your money, including a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer and built-in GPS. We found the set-up process quick and easy.

Although it will track your morning jog without a problem, you’ll need to shop for a different tracker if you’re looking for a watch that can be worn while swimming.

Also check out: The Garmin Vivomove HR hybrid smartwatch is also discounted. You can grab it for £114.99 (23% off)

HIT: HP Deskjet 2630 with 2-month Instant Ink trial – was £33, now £18.99 (42% off)

We liked: 

  • Decent print quality
  • Built-in wi-fi and AirPrint
  • Functional scanner

If you don’t want to pay a lot up front for a printer, you won’t find them much cheaper than the HP Deskjet 2630, especially now it’s an extra 42% off on Amazon Prime Day. There are better available, but it’s a capable all-in-one that’s compact enough not to take up too much space in the home.

It could be well suited for occasional use, but do bear in mind that print costs can be high as it’s quite thirsty on the ink. Our full review reveals how much this could cost you to run.

Also check out: The HP Deskjet 2632 is also quite heavily discounted – £24.49 down from £34.99, or 30% off.

These deals end 15 July at 23:59.

HIT: Huawei MateBook 13 – was £749, now £679.99 (9% off)

We liked: 

  • Thin build
  • Lightweight
  • Fast performance

You could save a tidy sum on this Huawei laptop if you act fast. The model Amazon is discounting is slightly different from the one we tested in our lab. It has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of Ram and 256GB of internal storage.

When we went hands-on with the MateBook 13, we found it fast and smooth when opening programs and doing photo-editing tasks.

Also check out: Microsoft’s premium tablet, the Surface Pro 6, is now on offer at £749.99.

HIT: Bose QuietComfort 20 – was £179, now £119.99 (33% off)

We liked: 

  • Impressive sound quality
  • Noise-cancelling feature
  • Solid build

You can block out the world on your morning commute with these in-ear headphones from Bose. Microphones on each earpiece monitor reduce the sound around you, letting you focus on your favourite tunes without distraction.

We enjoyed listening to jazz tracks with the QuietComfort 20 headphones, although they can become uncomfortable after long periods of use.

Even more Prime Day deals that caught our eye

Prime Day misses – discounted, but flawed

MISS: Sony WH-CH500 – now £31

We didn’t like: 

  • Below-average sound quality
  • Uncomfortable
  • Noise leakage

These Sony headphones are pretty cheap in the Amazon Prime Day sale, but our tests prove you can do better on a budget. The Sony WH-CH500 headphones are let down by substandard sound and thick bass that overwhelms.

You’ll get a decent amount of listening time from these Sony headphones, though – they lasted for over 20 hours in our test lab.

MISS: Anker SoundCore 2 – was £39.99, now £27.99 (30% off)

We didn’t like: 

  • Poor sound quality
  • Sound changes with slight movements
  • Fiddly buttons

Anker’s mini, splash-resistant Bluetooth speaker let us down in the test lab. The sound is rough and lacks detail whatever your genre of choice, which means it won’t do your favourite tracks justice.

But it’s not all bad. The process of pairing this Bluetooth speaker to your smartphone is quick and easy, while a rugged shell means the SoundCore 2 can survive a bump or two in your bag.

MISS: Asus Chromebook C223NA – was £199.99, now £139.99 (30% off)

We didn’t like: 

  • Sluggish performance
  • Weak speakers
  • Mediocre battery life

This Chromebook is a contender if you’re shopping for a basic laptop to type documents on, but you can do better in this price bracket. We found the Asus Chromebook C223NA laggy in our tests, especially when browsing web pages with lots of images.

The battery life on this Chromebook is decent, but we’ve tested rival Chromebooks that last far longer.

MISS: Sony HT-SF150 – was £93.99, now £74 (21% off)

We didn’t like: 

  • Speech is nasal
  • Lacks bass
  • Limited smartphone app

This mid-range soundbar has been reduced by around 20% in this year’s Amazon Prime Day sale. It sits below your TV and uses a Bluetooth connection to pair with your smartphone or tablet.

Although the sound doesn’t distort at high volumes, the Sony HT-SF150 doesn’t have any real depth. We’ve tested budget-priced sound bars that sound far better.

Why you should still shop around on Amazon Prime Day

Don’t just assume you’re getting a bargain, though. If you spot a deal during the event, run a quick web search on other retail sites to potentially save yourself some money.

For example, Huawei’s 16GB MediaPad T3 10 tablet is £109 during Amazon Prime Day. If you run out of time or stock sells out before you can place an order, try Argos – the same model is £109.99.

We found the Samsung UE40NU7120 4K TV was actually cheaper in Argos than the Amazon Prime deal at the time of writing – you can pick it up for £299, £40 less than Amazon’s £339.

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is a paid-for service for Amazon shoppers. Signing up gives you first dibs on timed deals, along with unlimited one-day delivery, access to Amazon TV streaming and Amazon Prime Music.

How much does Amazon Prime cost?

Prime Day savings are exclusively for Prime members, but to encourage customers to get involved Amazon offers a 30-day free trial. If you sign up, you’ll be treated to the same perks as paying members. You can cancel your trial before the 30-day period is up.

If you’re convinced by Prime and want to upgrade to a paid membership, you have two options. An annual membership will cost £59 if you sign up before 23.59 on 16 July – after that it rises to £79. This offer is only available for new customers and those switching to annual plans.

Alternatively, you can opt for a monthly membership at £7.99 – that works out at £95.88 across the year.

What do you get with Amazon Prime?

Prime offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Unlimited one-day delivery – items are dispatched the same day you submit your order
  • Amazon Prime Video – unlimited streaming of films and TV episodes
  • Amazon Prime Music – stream, store, manage and play your music
  • Early access to deals – take a look at Amazon Lightning Deals before they go public
  • Free books – borrow one ebook title per month at no additional cost

Find the perfect products for you on Amazon Prime Day with our handy buying tips. See our page on how to get the best deal on Amazon Prime Day 2019.

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