You're probably thinking that the last few months of 2022 are turning into one long sales event. And you'd be right. Your latest opportunity to bag a deal and score big savings on some of the world's most popular tech was called the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale. And while it officially ended at midnight on Wednesday, some of the best deals on wireless headphones and earbuds, OLED TVs and video streamers appear to be lingering.
But if they are no longer by the time you reach this then, well, the Black Friday deals are just around the corner....
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Prime Day Quick Links and Best deals still live
- Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones now £299 at Amazon (save £50)
- Bose QuietComfort Earbuds now £139.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (save £89)
- Sennheiser HD 250BT headphones now £34 at Amazon (save £26)
- Bose 700 wireless headphones now £179 at Amazon (save £120)
- Samsung The Freestyle projector now £449 at Amazon (save £551)
- LG OLED42C2 2022 OLED TV now £899 at Amazon (save £500)
- Sonos Ray soundbar now £245 at Amazon (save £34)
- 4 months free Amazon Music Unlimited
- Over 60% off 4-month Audible membership
- 2 for £20 on 4K UHD Blu-rays
- Up to £400 off OPPO smartphones and wearables
- Up to 67% off Belkin Accessories for iPhone, iPad, Mac and more
- Over 30% off Samsung 2022 Crystal 4K TVs
- Save £££s on soundbars at Amazon
Greetings! We're just hours away from the start of the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale and our live blog is the place to come for all the latest and greatest deals in the world of tech. We're expecting big savings on headphones, TVs, soundbars, wireless speakers and more. Our finger will be firmly on the deals pulse for the next couple of days, and we'll be updating our blog regularly so you can head straight to the offers that matter.
Although the vast majority of deals drop at midnight tonight, how about a tidy little saving to get you started? You can already save big on Amazon devices with 56% off the Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet which we described as "diminutive, likeable and gifted" in our review.
While we patiently wait for the Amazon Prime Day Early Access Sale to start, how about this eye-catching streaming service deal? If you're tired of Tidal of apathetic about Apple Music, you might want to consider taking Amazon Music Unlimited for a spin. Until the 12th October, you can get four months free if you're a Prime member (and three months free if you aren't). That's a saving of around £36 for Prime members (and £30 for non-members). And you can always cancel before the end of the trial if it's not for you.
Amazon Music Unlimited boasts an impressive music catalogue, offering both CD quality and high-res streams as standard. Oh, and it sounds good too, making it a solid alternative to the usual streaming suspects.
£349 £299 (save £50) at Amazon
Thousands of deals have just gone live on Amazon for its Prime Early Access Sale event, and there are some real steals in there.
One that truly stands out is the first-ever big discount on the Sony WH-1000XM5, the world's best-value noise-cancelling headphones. You can now pick up the Sonys for £299 in the UK (opens in new tab) (or $349 in the US (opens in new tab)) thanks to a £50 saving.
The Sonys are only five months old, so they have been holding steady at their original £349 RRP until now. They follow the multi-Award-winning XM4 and XM3 and continue Sony's legacy as one of the foremost makers of over-ear headphones around.
For the XM5, Sony went back to the drawing board, executing a complete redesign – and it paid off. The XM5 boast a slimmer design that perhaps does feel a little less premium, but you are getting notably improved sound performance, hugely competitive features and the best call quality we've experienced from wireless Sony over-ears.
The Sony WH-1000XM5 for £299 (opens in new tab) is a top deal on a top pair of headphones.
£349 £299 (save £50) (opens in new tab)
This is the first big saving we've seen on Sony's five-star noise-cancellers. Excellent sound quality, excellent noise-cancelling, excellent build and fit... just all-round excellent. And now they're discounted to boot. Essential.
£1999 £1599 (save £400) at Amazon
If you have the cash for a premium OLED TV, Amazon's Early Access Sale does not disappoint. The Sony XR-55A90J is £400 off – now just £1599 (opens in new tab).
This isn't just a good OLED TV, this is one of the best 55-inch TVs we have ever tested.
Sony's OLED TVs are generally held in high regard for their superb picture quality, and the 2021 XR-55A90J does not buck the trend. It's one of the most natural-looking pictures we've seen, with sharpness and detail in spades. Motion is handled beautifully too, while audio quality is a cut above the rest when it comes to TV speakers. To top it off, the A90J also raises the bar for Sony OLEDs when it comes to usability.
This Amazon deal doesn't make it a cheap set exactly, but mark our words, this level of picture quality won't be found in budget TVs.
£59 £49 (save £10) at Amazon
True wireless earbuds are reliably treated to heavy discounts during deals events, and this Prime Early Access Sale is no different.
Amazon has slashed the price of a number of reputable pairs we have awarded five-star ratings to and, having trawled the sale from top to bottom, we firmly believe these four are the very best of lot:
£59 £49 (save £10) (opens in new tab)
This isn't the biggest discount out there, but these sporty Sonys were already incredible value. Can't afford the premium pairs on this list, or are looking for a second/backup pair? You won't find a better budget earbuds deal on Amazon.
Jabra Elite 3
£79 £49 (save £30) (opens in new tab)
The sporty Elite 3 are fantastic all-rounders that look good, sound good, and feel solidly built. Battery life is seven hours per charge, they're a doddle to use, and they work with Amazon Alexa. Not as decent sounding as the Sonys above, but recommendable all the same.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
£229 £140 (save £89) (opens in new tab)
Now surpassed by the recently announced (much pricier sequels) but no less appealing for it. Combining brilliant noise-cancelling tech with natural, dynamic sound, these five-star buds are worthy challengers to the class leaders – especially at this new ultra-low price.
Sony LinkBuds S
£139 £100 (save £39) (opens in new tab)
The LinkBuds S boast a more traditional in-ear design than the more 'out there' £109 LinkBuds (opens in new tab). But they're still lightweight and comfortable. Sound quality is solid and they also feature active noise-cancelling. If you're in the market for ANC earbuds, these are decent buys for the money.
Chromecast with Google TV
£58 £35 (save £23) at Amazon
As well as discounting its own Fire TV Stick 4K to £30 (opens in new tab), Amazon has dropped the price of the Chromecast with Google TV, our current favourite streaming dongle.
The Chromecast streamer is now £35 (opens in new tab), which is 40 per cent less than the non-deal price.
Truth be told, Google has smashed it out of the park with its latest 4K Chromecast. It’s every bit as good as the excellent Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for picture and sound performance and even better when it comes to the fabulous Google TV UI and recommendations engine.
The Amazon device has more native apps, but casting from your mobile or tablet takes care of almost every gap in the Chromecast's offering. Worth the extra fiver during this Prime Early Access sale? We think so.
Chromecast with Google TV
£58 £35 (save £23) (opens in new tab)
A current What Hi-Fi? Awards winner, Google's latest streaming device gets everything right. It supports 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision and Atmos, is compatible with pretty much every app you'll need, and offers a great user experience.
£299 £180 (save £120) at Amazon
Bose's flagship wireless headphones are now at a historically low price of £180 (opens in new tab). We have previously seen this popular pair fall from their £349/£299 RRP to around the £200 mark, but the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale has really come good today.
If you can't afford the Sony XM5 (below) or XM4, exemplary noise-cancelling performance is high up your priority list, and you can live with a 20-hour battery life, the Bose 700 are very decent alternatives. Their sound quality is bettered by both of the pricier Sonys, but their performance is still satisfying – likeably smooth and balanced.
Add to that a stylish, lightweight design, class-leading ANC and a discount this large, and you have in front of yourself a very decent buy indeed.