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UPDATE: Amazon Prime Day has officially come to a close for 2022. If you're looking for a bargain that's available right now, your best bet is to head over to our dedicated Australian tech deals page, where we've highlighted the best of what's available now. On this page, you'll find a sample of what was available over Amazon Prime Day.
Our original article continues below.
The final hours of the Amazon Prime Day sales event are upon us, and while many deals ended Wednesday night, there’s still a chance to pick up a bargain. There’s still a mountain of offers, with discounts on PC peripherals, phones, headphones and wearables in particular. There’s more than you can poke a stick at, and TechRadar’s Australian team is here to help you find the gems.
Aussies only have a few more hours to shop, and that’s because we can also check out deals from Amazon US and Amazon UK. While there’s lots of deals on offer to anyone, Amazon has saved its biggest price drops for Prime members (opens in new tab).
The good news is, if you sign up now, you can get a 30-day free trial (opens in new tab) and shop all the Prime Day 2022 deals exclusive to subscribers. You’re free to cancel anytime, and if you cancel before your trial ends, you get all the benefits at no cost, including free shipping on eligible items. It’s a win-win. See below for our top picks from the Prime Day sale.
Best Prime Day deals
Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet Dual Pack |
AU$159 AU$128 (opens in new tab) (save AU$31)
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are set to be released in November this year, and while they’re not even out yet, you can already get a 20% discount on the dual pack SteelBook edition. The good thing about pre-ordering on Amazon is that it comes with a price guarantee, so if the price drops further before the release date, you’ll only pay for the lowest price.
PS5 DualSense wireless controller |
AU$109 AU$79 (opens in new tab) (save AU$30)
These were down to AU$63 on July 12 and 13, and for these final hours of Prime Day, you’ll find that a number of colours are now going for a little more at AU$79. That includes the white (opens in new tab), red (opens in new tab) and blue (opens in new tab). Since the red and blue controllers usually retail for AU$119, their discount is biggest at 34% off.
PC peripherals & accessories
Logitech MX Vertical |
AU$169 AU$139 (opens in new tab) (save AU$30)
It might take you some time to get past the odd design of this mouse, but if you’ve found yourself developing RSI due to constant mouse use, you might want to consider switching to this ergonomic option. It truly is comfortable, but requires a firm grip and will feel better in larger hands.
Logitech K780 wireless keyboard |
AU$119 AU$83 (opens in new tab) (save AU$36)
This unassuming wireless keyboard was down to AU$73 at the peak of Prime Day, but it’s since gone up by AU$10 is you missed out then. It’s a sleek and minimalist option for your WFH setup, with thin, laptop-like keys, but you’re still a full-sized keyboard with a number pad.
Razer DeathAdder V2 Ergonomic |
AU$139 AU$69 (opens in new tab) (save AU$70)
The Razer DeathAdder V2 is a no-fuss gaming mouse that’s comfortable for work and play. It’s simple yet stylish, with customisable RGB lighting to add a bit of flair. It’s worth noting that you’re limited to two buttons on the side, and some reviews (opens in new tab) have suggested the left and right mouse buttons feel flimsy at times. It was down to AU$49 last week, so we’d suggest waiting to see if the price falls again.
Razer Kraken X |
AU$89 AU$42 (opens in new tab) (save AU$47)
The Razer Kraken X gaming headset is a good shout if you want something that’s affordable, sounds good and works with multiple platforms. It’s a wired headset, and it comes equipped with 7.1 surround sound software so you can feel more immersed in games. It’s also got a strong recommendation from our colleagues over at PC Gamer (opens in new tab).
Razer Kiyo X |
AU$139 AU$59 (opens in new tab) (save AU$80)
While we prefer the Razer Kiyo Pro (opens in new tab) for streamers and content creators, the Razer Kiyo X is a better pick if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly webcam. It offers 1080p video at 30fps, or 720p video at 60fps, and also comes equipped with nifty auto focus. Nab it from Amazon where it’s now better than half price. Like some other Razer devices, this one's seen a AU$6 price increase for this final Prime Day.
Phones & tablets
Google Pixel 6 (128GB) |
AU$999 AU$705 (opens in new tab) (save AU$294)
Amazon has slashed almost AU$300 off the Google Pixel 6 for Prime Day, making this powerful phone even better value for money. It comes with Google’s Tensor chipset, which delivers some excellent photo-taking capabilities, going beyond its rivals. It also shows off a radical redesign, and we’re big fans. Note that this deal is available from Amazon UK, and comes with a UK plug for charging.
iPhone 11 (64GB) |
AU$849 AU$647 (opens in new tab) (save AU$103)
The iPhone 11 is down to AU$647 on Amazon, which is the lowest outright price we’ve seen it drop to. The arrival of the iPhone 14 later this year is likely to spell the end of the iPhone 11, so consider jumping on this deal if you want a former flagship iPhone at a bargain price. It doesn’t have 5G connectivity like Apple’s new devices though.
iPhone 12 (64GB) |
AU$1,199 AU$998 (opens in new tab) (save AU$201)
If you want to spend your cash on a slightly newer iPhone, you could snap up the iPhone 12. This device has the same 6.1-inch OLED display as the newer iPhone, though the iPhone 13 beats it with slightly better battery life and camera specs. But if you’d rather save your money, this deal makes the iPhone 12 a clear AU$450 cheaper.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (256GB) |
AU$1,599 AU$1,189 (opens in new tab) (save AU$410)
Arguably the best value modern flip phone on the market, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 from Samsung offers all the cutting edge features you'd expect from a contemporary smartphone but with the classic clamshell design that makes the handset compact while protecting its screen. The larger 256GB model is reduced by 26% in lavender (opens in new tab).
iPad Air 5 (2022, 64GB, Wi-Fi) |
AU$929 AU$886 (opens in new tab) (save AU$43)
The 5th-generation iPad Air is sporting an M1 processor, which is the same silicon that powers the 2020 MacBooks. If you’re a digital artist or gamer, you’re sure to appreciate the extra punch. It’s a very slick-looking tablet, though our review (opens in new tab) found battery life is pretty average. This deal is only available on the purple version (opens in new tab) with 64GB.
Headphones & speakers
Sony WF-C500 Earbuds |
AU$149.95 AU$75 (opens in new tab) (save AU$74.95)
The affordable Sony WF-C500 buds earned a full five stars (opens in new tab) from our colleagues at What Hi-Fi, with their compact and comfortable design, well-balanced audio and great companion app all getting solid praise. Already a super cheap option for everyday buds, they're now reduced to half price, making them much harder to ignore!
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live |
AU$249 AU$132 (opens in new tab) (save AU$117)
These Samsung earbuds have a bean shape which provides a surprisingly good fit, and sound quality is good too, with an extra dose of punchy bass. The noise-cancelling capabilities leave a little to be desired though, so skip these if that’s essential to you. The white (opens in new tab) version is the cheapest at AU$132, but the black (opens in new tab) is discounted by up to 45% too.
Sennheiser HD 450SE |
AU$299 AU$168 (opens in new tab) (save AU$120)
These are a special edition of the Sennheiser HD 450 headphones, and they’re essentially the same as the Sennheiser HD 450BT (opens in new tab) (but with Amazon Alexa support). You can expect solid sound, a comfortable fit and decent noise-cancellation. These headphones were 60% off at the beginning of Prime Day (AU$119), but they’re now only 44% off (AU$168).
Apple AirPods Max |
AU$899 AU$679 (opens in new tab) (save AU$220)
We’ve spotted Apple’s mighty expensive headphones on sale a few times, and now the pink (opens in new tab) version is down to AU$679. It’s not the lowest price we’ve seen – that was AU$580 way back in March – so we’d suggest keeping an eye on these to see if the price drops further. They’re among the best-sounding headphones we've ever tested, with unbelievable audio performance.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 |
AU$129 AU$85 (opens in new tab) (save AU$44)
We’ve named the UE Wonderboom 2 as the best waterproof speaker (opens in new tab) you can buy, so it’s excellent if you need something rugged for the outdoors. It comes with an IP67 dustproof and waterproof rating, and it pumps out great sound for its small size. You can now grab it in red (opens in new tab) or blue (opens in new tab) from Amazon for AU$85, or black (opens in new tab) for AU$89 (that's a small AU$4 increase from its Day 1 and 2 price).
Ultimate Ears Boom 3 |
AU$199 AU$135 (opens in new tab) (save AU$54)
The UE Boom 3 is a fantastic Bluetooth speaker, and it’s especially good if you want something you can use outdoors. That’s because it’s waterproof and dustproof up to the IP67 standard, and sports a rugged design that can withstand some knocking about. Note that all colours were reduced to AU$129 on Prime Day, but now the black (opens in new tab), red (opens in new tab), blue (opens in new tab) and purple (opens in new tab) colours are going for AU$145.
Health & fitness
Fitbit Charge 5 |
AU$269 AU$197 (opens in new tab) (save AU$72)
While they're AU$4 more than they were yesterday, if you want something slimmer than the Versa 3 above, you should still consider the Fitbit Charge 5. It’s got onboard GPS, an electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor for measuring stress, contactless payments, sleep tracking and excellent heart rate monitoring. Plus, you’ll get six months of Fitbit Premium thrown in too.
Philips Airfryer Essential (HD9200/21) |
AU$199 AU$129 (opens in new tab) (save AU$70)
It hit a low of AU$99.95 for the first two days of Prime Day, and while still discounted, you'll now pay AU$129. The Philips Airfryer Essential is small in size and price. It’s got a 0.8kg / 4.1L capacity, and it can fry, bake, grill, roast and reheat. It’s also got very simple controls, with only a time and temperature dial for cooking.
Philips Premium Airfryer XXL (HD9650/93) |
AU$499 AU$424 (opens in new tab) (save AU$75)
This Philips machine is one of the best air fryers (opens in new tab) if you need a large capacity, as it can hold up to 7.3L / 1.4kg. That does mean it’s a bulky kitchen appliance, but if you’ve got a large family to feed (and the kitchen bench space) we highly recommend it. While this one was down to AU$399 on Day 1, if you missed that there's still this nice AU$75 discount available.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 |
AU$119 AU$87.95 (opens in new tab) (save AU$31.05)
This fun instant camera has been hovering around this price for a while, which makes us think we might see a better discount on Prime Day. The lowest price we’ve seen it was AU$79, so this deal isn’t a bad bargain at all.
Canon EOS R5 (body only) |
AU$6,999 AU$5,030.10 (opens in new tab) (save AU$1,968.90)
Canon’s EOS R5 is the brand’s best ever stills camera, but it’s an expensive beast. You don’t need to pay full price this Prime Day though, with 28% off the body only. It’s a pretty decent deal from a third-party seller if you want Canon’s flagship full-framer.
Panasonic Eneloop batteries – up to 42% off
Made in Japan and widely regarded as some of the highest-quality NiMH rechargeable batteries you can buy, Eneloops are always a sure bet for a decent Prime Day discount, and that's the case this year with up to 34% off. Here are some of the bigger discounts:
• Eneloop AA 4-pack |
AU$25.49 AU$14.70 (opens in new tab)
• Eneloop Pro AA 8-pack |
AU$47.09 AU$37.95 (opens in new tab)
• Eneloop Basic Overnight Charger + AA 4-pack |
AU$39.60 AU$25.85 (opens in new tab)
• Eneloop Pro AAA 4-pack |
AU$20.90 AU$16.90 (opens in new tab)
When is Amazon Prime Day 2022 in Australia?
Amazon Prime Day is traditionally held in the middle of July each year, and typically starts at midnight on a Monday. This year, that date is July 12, which is actually a Tuesday. The last time – and only time – Prime Day has started on a Tuesday was the 2020 edition due to the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kicking off at midnight (Australian East Coast Time) on July 12, the sale will continue on till 5pm AEST on Thursday, July 14.
Note that all domestic (aka Amazon AU or local third party) offers will end at 11:59pm AEST on July 13, with deals from the US and UK continuing on the next day. All told, it's a total 65-hour shopping marathon.
There's still a few weeks to go before Prime Day 2022 kicks off, but in the meantime, Amazon continues to offer some excellent discounts (opens in new tab) each day if you're looking for a quick bargain.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Amazon Prime Day began in the US in 2015 as a celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary, with more deals on offer than Black Friday back then. Prime Day then quickly transformed into Amazon’s mid-year sales event where members of Amazon Prime get exclusive discounts on a wide range of items.
While it began as a one-day sale, by 2018 it had expanded to two days, and that meant that in Australia we could shop for 36 hours – i.e. until the sale ended in the US. In 2019, however, it got even bigger and Aussie shoppers were treated to a whopping 65 hours of discounts. 2020 brought 66 hours of the shopping spree only because of daylight savings in October, and it was back to 65 hours in 2021.
Why does Amazon have Prime Day? It's presented as a neat ‘thank you’ to its paying members, but one that involves giving Amazon more money and shifting a lot of stock at the same time.
Prime Day isn’t just about selling Amazon-branded products – many other brands and third-party sellers also save their best deals for Prime Day, completely aware that thousands of extra shoppers will be hitting the online store.
To make the most of Prime Day you’ll need to get yourself an Amazon Prime membership (opens in new tab) which, in Australia, will set you back just AU$6.99 a month or AU$59 a year – half the cost of the US subscription.
While you’re primarily paying for the privilege of free, swift delivery, signing up for Prime means you’ll also have free access to Amazon’s streaming services, including Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading and Twitch.
If you'd like to know more about how a Prime membership can benefit you, head to our dedicated page on Amazon Prime in Australia where we explain it all.
What to expect from Prime Day 2022
We’re not expecting shopping trends during Amazon Prime Day 2022 to change very much. The Nintendo Switch is still going to disappear within minutes of being discounted, and this could happen to the Switch Lite too if you aren’t quick enough. And given the stock issues still plaguing the next-gen game consoles from Sony and Microsoft, we're not sure you'll be able to score a PS5 or an Xbox Series X – although we can hope. You can, however, try your hand at virtual reality, as we're quite sure the Oculus Quest 2 will have a sweetener to tempt and it's been a very popular purchase the last couple of years.
Of course, Amazon’s Echo devices will likely be flying off the shelves like before, and we’ll still see the Paperwhite beating out the other Kindle ereaders in terms of sales despite its now-higher price tag. That's because it's an all-new Kindle Paperwhite sporting a bigger screen, bigger battery and USB-C charging port. You can even expect to pocket some decent savings on Ring’s range of security devices, including the Doorbells and the cameras, or get into smart lighting by snapping up a Philips Hue starter kit – they all get very good discounts on Prime Day. In fact, chances are quite high they'll be available at record low prices as Amazon proved possible on its Echo devices last Prime Day.
Premium headphones have been very popular on Amazon over the last couple of years and 2022 will likely see that continue, particularly for Sony and Bose headphones. With the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 one of the more expensive ANC cans on the market, Prime Day will be a great time to get a set for less, especially if Amazon offers a bigger discount than last year's AU$200 off.
More interestingly, Amazon now has an Apple Store on its shopping site and it's all official. We've seen some excellent offers on AirPods, including the 2021 AirPods, so keep your eye out of those again. There's been discounts on the 2020 MacBooks on Amazon, with up to 10% off, but we're yet to see any significant offers on the 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, although stock issues could be putting a spanner in the works there.
As of early December 2021, Amazon began stocking iPhones as well, so here's hoping Prime Day 2022 sets an interesting precedent for finding significantly discounted iPhones.
If you're keen on updating your home entertainment system, keep an eye out for some truly spectacular soundbars to pair with your TV, or you could even consider setting up a new turntable for less if you're serious about vinyl. And the best part is you can even grab some records at a deep discount on Amazon.
It will also be a good time to get yourself a new fitness wearable, be it from Garmin’s very premium GPS sports watch range or more affordable options from Fitbit – while Garmin watches see up to 55% off during big sales, we're hoping Fitbit will get a similarly large discount in 2022. Likewise, cameras and drones will see a price drop, too, so keep that credit card handy – and it will mostly all be official stock considering the likes of Canon, Nikon and Panasonic have their own stores set up on Amazon Australia.
Home cooks can pick up Instant Pots and air fryers for less too, and we've seen plenty of big-brand robot vacuums getting deep discounts too and we're quite sure that trend will continue into 2022.
What happened during Prime Day last year?
Despite last year's Amazon Prime Day deals occurring barely 8 months after the 2020 edition, Amazon put on quite the show. According to Amazon Australia (opens in new tab), more Prime members shopped during the 2021 sale "than ever before", with small businesses listed on the Aussie site benefitting from the big sale thanks to the 'Shop Local' campaign hosted by the retail giant.
Amazon said that the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick 4K and the Kindle Paperwhite (10th generation) were its top sellers in Australia, followed closely by the Oculus Quest 2 and Ecovacs' robot vacuums. Philips Hue smart lights and Yamaha sounds systems also were in big demand last year.
Other top tech items, as per Amazon Australia, were Soundpeats true wireless headphones, DualSense controllers for the PS5 and Philips XXL Air Fryer.
Want to know more? Here are a few of the best tech offers we saw during the most recent Prime Day deals event.
Nintendo Switch console |
AU$469.95 AU$348 (AU$121.95 off)
After hitting a low of AU$348 during the peak of Prime Day, the ever-popular Nintendo Switch saw its sale price get bumped up to AU$375 towards the end of the sale. While we didn't see anything better than that during Black Friday 2021 (although the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle was just AU$399 in November), we're hoping we see a better discount in 2022, or perhaps the first big discount on the OLED model.
Lenovo, Asus and Acer Chromebooks | up to 30% off
Whether you're a student looking for an affordable laptop or you're just chasing a solid, portable computing solution, Chromebooks are a great option. Amazon has been discounting a huge range of popular Chromebooks lately, with up to 30% off a select few models during Prime Day 2021, including the highly-praised IdeaPad Duet (opens in new tab). We saw something similar during Black Friday and are quite sure that the Chromebooks will be up for grabs for less in 2022 as well.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 |
AU$599 AU$339 on Amazon (AU$269 off)
While its lowest price ever was AU$330 in June 2021, that was just a few days before Prime Day last year. It wasn't matched during Black Friday 2021, so here's hoping there's a far better discount on one of the best noise-cancelling cans on the market today during Prime Day 2022.
Yamaha SR-C20A soundbar |
AU$299 AU$199 (AU$100 off)
The SR-C20A is already quite affordable even at full price, but last year's AU$100 discount made it one of the best value soundbars during Prime Day 2021. While we at TechRadar haven't gotten a chance to test it, our colleagues over at What Hi-Fi? praised it in their Australian review, (opens in new tab) where they were wowed with the unit's clarity in dialogue, Bluetooth connectivity, and overall amazing sound for the size and price of the unit (even competing with the immensely popular Sonos Beam).
Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire |
AU$1,299 AU$649 (AU$650 off)
The Garmin Fenix 6 is the best multi-sport watch money can buy, but the range usually doesn’t come cheap. Amazon had slashed the price of the premium wearable in half, saving you a massive AU$650. That was just a stupendous offer on a top-notch wearable featuring adventure tracking and GPS-based mapping for when you’re off the beaten path. As the Sapphire version, it features a scratch-resistant sapphire lens.
Canon EOS R5 (body only) |
AU$6,999 AU$5,319 (AU$1,650.20 off)
The headline-making EOS R5 is an expensive beast but it justifies the cost in its performance. While it's available for a lot less now, this was a massive discount in June 2021 on Canon's powerhouse of a flagship. Here's hoping we can get it for lesser in 2022.
Are Prime Day deals competitive?
Amazon has a plethora of offers on its site each day and those are usually some of the best prices you can find on consumer tech. Whether you’re after a Samsung Galaxy S21 or a Nikon Z 7II camera, chances are you’ll get them cheaper on Amazon than any other Aussie retailer. It’s even more the case with Prime Day deals.
Leading the raft of deals during Prime Day 2022 will be Amazon’s own products, including all the Echo and Kindle products, not to mention Ring security devices. Amazon is also one of the most convenient places to score a discount on the Oculus VR headsets and, now, lay your hands on official stock of Samsung devices, Xiaomi phones, Instant Pots, Nikon and Canon photography gear, and Apple products, whether iPhones, MacBooks, Apple Watches or iPads.
You can easily score about 35% off on Amazon’s own devices during Prime Day which, for the rest of the year probably don’t drop more than 28% or thereabouts. If you’ve managed to score a AU$500 discount on Samsung or Huawei devices during one of Amazon’s regular deals, then it’s highly likely that the discount will be much deeper come Prime Day. It’s the perfect time to snag a Nintendo Switch or find the lowest prices on the best premium headphones – cheaper than any other retailer who will likely be scrambling to price-match.
How to shop on Prime Day in 2022
1. Check out our deals predictions and, eventually our Prime Day deals list
There are too many deals available on Prime Day. It's never a problem finding discounts, it's always an issue of figuring out what deals are worth your money. That's why we always set up a curated list during the sales marathon.
2. Amazon Prime Day has historically required being a Prime member, so be sure to have a subscription on Prime Day
Amazon started Prime Day as a clever way to drive up its Prime subscription count, and this online shopping marathon – conveniently opposite Black Friday – accomplished just that.
You'll need to sign up for Prime (you can get a free 30-day trial) (opens in new tab), which comes with free shipping and Prime Video access, among other smaller perks.
3. Create a wish list to curate what you want, as there will be loads of deals
You're also going to want to create a wish list ahead of time, which will let you sort out what you want and how much everything costs. This will give you a head start. You'll be able to see which deals dropped in price and which did not.
4. Snap up the best Prime Day 2022 deals before they're gone
We often find the best deals to go in a matter of minutes, at which time Amazon rolls out a waitlist for those who were just behind the curve.