Today’s best deals: Early Prime Day deals, AMD Ryzen CPUs, and more

Ars Technica

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best deals from around the web includes a handful of early discounts Amazon has set live ahead of its annual Prime Day promotion, which is scheduled to begin next week.

This is still Prime Day, so several of the early deals Amazon offers aren’t exactly winners: There are various discounts on middling TVs and less-recommended Amazon devices like the Halo View fitness tracker or Fire TV Cube media streamer. The pickings should improve during Prime Day proper, and as usual the Dealmaster will be sorting through the junk to help you find what’s good next week.

That said, we are seeing a few deals of note at the moment, including the lowest prices we’ve tracked for the diminutive Echo Show 5 smart display (which is down to $35), the Kindle Kids e-reader—which, at $50 , is a good value for those who don’t want to pay up for the superior Kindle Paperwhite (which isn’t discounted yet)—and the Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers, which are down to $60 and $20, respectively. (Just be completely sure you’re willing to accept the myriad privacy and security risks with the latter two.) The extended Audible Premium Plus trial we noted last week, which gives new subscribers three months of service for no extra cost, is still available as well. There are a couple other deals of note that we’ve highlighted below; remember that you’ll need to be a Prime member to take advantage.

If you want no part of Prime Day, our roundup still has plenty of non-Prime discounts on good gadgets, games, and gear, including new lows on a couple of AMD Ryzen 5000 processors, the 512GB version of Samsung’s speedy Evo Select microSD card , and Vizio’s well-regarded Elevate soundbar, among others. You can see our full curated list of deals below.

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Featured deals of the day

The Echo Show 5 can serve as a bedside clock when not used for more involved tasks.
enlarge / The Echo Show 5 can serve as a bedside clock when not used for more involved tasks.

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Early Prime Day 2022 deals

All deals for Prime members only

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enlarge / Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Game and Watch is best seen as a fun collectible more than a full-fledged gaming handheld, but it does come with full copies of the original the Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Linkand Link’s Awakening for those wanting to brush up on the series’ roots.

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Electronics deals

  • Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) 7-inch smart display for $60 ($90) at Target, Best Buy, Google Store
  • Nintendo Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda for $40 ($45) at Amazon, Walmart (discount in cart)
  • Jabra Elite 7 Pro true wireless ANC earphones for $140 ($180) at Amazon
  • HP Reverb G2 VR headset for $399 ($500) at HP, Walmart
  • Apple TV 4K (32GB) 4K media streamer + $50 Apple Gift Card for $179 ($229) at Apple (GC in cart)
  • Vizio Elevate 5.1.4-channel soundbar system for $698 ($885) at Amazon
  • Hisense U8G (2021) 55-inch 4K LED TV for $598 ($700) at Amazon
  • Sony A80J (2021) 55-inch 4K OLED TV for $998 ($1,270) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • Sony X95J (2021) 65-inch 4K LED TV for $1,298 ($1,500) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • LG C1 (2021) 77-inch 4K OLED TV for $2,400 ($2,650) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • in stock: Microsoft Xbox Series X for $500 at Microsoft
The 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro's display.
enlarge / The 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro’s display.

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Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Ryzen 9 5980HZ, 1440p 165Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Radeon RX 6800M) for $1,300 ($1,600) at Best Buy
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 14.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3024×1964, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $1,799 ($1,950) at Amazon, B&H
  • Apple MacBook Pro (2021) 16.2-inch laptop (Apple M1 Pro, 3456×2234, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,299 ($2,410) at Amazon, B&H
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13-inch tablet PC (Core i5-1135G7, 2880×1920, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) + Microsoft Surface Signature Keyboard for $900 ($1,050) at Best Buy
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core/16-thread desktop CPU for $275 ($330) at Amazon, Newegg
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core/12-thread desktop CPU for $175 ($205) at Amazon, Newegg
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enlarge / Like many other GPUs, the RTX 3070 is only just starting to fall back to its initial MSRP, but if you’re willing to pay up, it remains a quality option for those targeting 1440p resolutions with their gaming rig.

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enlarge / The open world racer Forza Horizon 5 is far more carefree and accessible than a typical racing simulator.

Videogame deals

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enlarge / Half-Life: Alyx is still among the best games available exclusively in VR.

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  • Disco Elysium – The Final Cut (PC) for $14 ($20) at Steam (Switch for $24)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (DLC, PC) for $28 ($40) at Steam
  • Persona 4 Golden (PC) for $15 ($20) at Steam, Humble
  • It Takes Two (PC) for $16 ($25) at Steam, Origin
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch) for $10 ($15) at Nintendo
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch, pre-owned) for $40 ($55) at GameFly
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch) for $35 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Nintendo
  • Hades (Switch, PC) for $15 ($25) at Nintendo, Steam (also on Game Pass)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Switch) for $20 ($40) at Nintendo (Complete Edition for $30)
  • inside (Switch) for $2 ($10) at Nintendo
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale (Switch, PS4, PC) for $14 ($20) at Nintendo, PSN, Steam
  • MLB The Show 22 (Switch, PS4) for $40 ($55) at Nintendo (also on Game Pass)
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enlarge / Some odd narrative choices aside, It Takes Two is one of the better co-op experiences in recent years.

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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