It's the time of year for fun in the sun and backyard barbecues, but we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that July 4th is one of the best moments to shop for all things tech. The sales are summer-hot, and the discounts ocean-deep! Whether you've had your eye on a new big-screen TV, a cushy pair of premium headphones or a starter set of smart-home devices, this holiday weekend represents a window of savings opportunity.
Today's best 4th of July tech deals:
This 50" Amazon Fire TV for $260 (save 55%)
A pair of JBL headphones for 40% off
An eero 6+ dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system for $105 off
Amazon Echo (4th gen) for $70 (save $30!)
From small (how 'bout some smart plugs?) to large (the TV that will really make your living room a home theater), snap up the best 4th of July tech sales below.
Best TV sales
Seeing as it's the 4th of July and all, how 'bout we start things off with a bang? This Insignia 55-inch Class F30 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV is now over 35% off — just $280, down from its usual price of $450! That price, for a set this size, is simply stunning.
The 4K, UHD and LED in its name pretty much tell the story....that story being that you'll be enjoying sharpest, most vivid picture quality you've ever seen. Pair those with the Insignia's immersive, powerful DTS Studio Sound and you've got the home-theater experience you've heretofore only dreamt of.
It’s also Wi-Fi-enabled with smart home support for Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung’s Bixby. Video-streaming capability is also baked into this cake. Translation: You won’t have to buy a separate device to watch Netflix, YouTube, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Hulu, Peacock, Paramount+, Disney+ and much, much more. You're ready to start binge-watching as soon as you turn it on.
"I’m impressed with the quality of this TV, especially for the price," said one of its 3,800-plus five-star reviewers. Picture and sound are both great, and I love the FireTV integration. It has enough ports to connect everything else I need, and setup and use are easy. Love it!"
Hisense U6 Series 50-Inch 4K Quantum Dot QLED Smart Fire TV, $400 (was $530), amazon.com
Best home audio sales
Q: Don't you think it's about time you treated yourself to a pair of AirPods? A: It's time your treated yourself to a pair of AirPods! Especially now when you can get 'em for the unbeatable low price of $165 (down from $199).
Not only do the AirPods sync with iPhones, they boast world-class audio quality with unparalleled clarity and rich sound. you’ll get five hours of battery life on a single charge, compared to the previous model’s three hours. In fact, you can get up to three hours of battery life on just 15 minutes of charging time.
If you’re looking for earbuds with seamless integration with your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or even Apple Watch (they’re also compatible with most Android smartphones via Bluetooth, but without automatic pairing), these are the crème de la crème. All that’s left to figure out is your playlist.
"Love these for my Apple ecosystem," beamed one happy shopper. "After about three years, my old AirPods didn’t even hold a charge for an hour, so maybe it’s that experience but these last for so long between charges! Can take several hours of meetings at a time. So easy to switch between Apple devices and extremely comfortable."
JBL LIVE 300, $90 (was $150), amazon.com
Bietrun Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, $26 (was $100), walmart.com
Apple AirPods Max, $479 (was $549), amazon.com
Best smartphone and tablet sales
This 4th of July, declare your independence from clunky, too-big laptops and your phone's tiny, eye-strain-inducing screen. For the perfect in-between gadget for e-reading, web surfing and video streaming: the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite 8.7" 32GB Android Tablet.
"Beautiful tablet," trumpeted this five-star fan. "I finally decided to replace my awesome Asus Nexus 2013 and this looked the best option. Not too many small tablets about as I guess most people prefer the bigger, clunkier ones. Anyway, no complaints."
"No technical reviews here," said an impressed Everywoman. "Just a person who does a moderate amount or use on her tablet. The graphics and pictures are great. It runs fast and the battery is pretty good. I think switching from a 10.1 to an 8 has helped my 'tech neck.'"
2022 Apple iPad Air, $559 (was $599), amazon.com
TCL TAB 10" Andriod 11 tablet, $149 (was $170), walmart.com
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus 12.4" 128GB, $699 (was $849), walmart.com
Motorola One 5G Ace, $250 (was $400), amazon.com
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, $300 (was $350), amazon.com
Best video game sales
If you’re looking for exercise, cool tunes and group fun, look no further than the Just Dance series, on sale for $20 (from $50) — a sweet 60% off. You’ll step, hop and bounce along to new and old hits from the likes of Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Meghan Trainor. And once you’ve sweated through the 40 included tracks, you can sign up for Just Dance Unlimited for access to hundreds more songs, spanning genres from all over the world (and also from past games).
Says a dancing fan: "I absolutely love this game! It was one of the first I bought for my Switch. All the guests who come over love it too. You'd think things would get stale considering that they have released a new version of this game every year for over a decade. But the developers have taken advantage of increasing technology to create increasingly interesting visuals for their dances and make the dances themselves more complex over time."
Mafia: Definitive Edition (PS4), $20 (was $40), amazon.com
The Chameleon, Ages 14 and up, $17 (was $20), walmart.com
Monopoly At Home Reality Edition, $16 (was $21), walmart.com
Outriders: Day One Edition (PS4), $15 (was $60), walmart.com
The Pillars of The Earth (PS4), $47 (was $59), walmart.com
Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled (PS4), $26 (was $40), walmart.com
Best smart-home sales
For this extended 4th of July sale,Walmart is giving you a chance to score the Google Nest Mini (second generation) for just $30 (was $49).
The next-gen Nest Mini packs the Google Assistant into a sleek design with really great sound. Enjoy crisp vocals and balanced bass while you stream songs from Spotify, YouTube Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Apple Music and more. Want a smart home? Now’s the time! If you have a phone in your pocket and a Wi-Fi network at home, you’re well on your way to building a smart home.
"Great product, just what I needed," said this happy Nest-er. "The sound quality is great, responds well to my voice commands and it works as a intercom with my Google Home. The color looks adorable in my room. Fast shipping."
Google Nest Thermostat, $100 (was $130), amazon.com
XODO Smart Wi-Fi HD Video Doorbell, $80 (was $150), walmart.com
Amazon Echo (4th Gen), $70 (was $100), amazon.com
Best home-office sales
All you tech heads and geek squad-ers can look away; this one's for the rest of us — specifically, those of us who 1) would like a no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes second computer to take on the road, 2) a graduating tween or a retiring granny who whose computing and online needs are basic or 3) would like to leave a unit on the kitchen counter for the fam to consult on the run. "This one" is this Gateway 15.6" Ultra Slim Notebook, now marked down to half its usual price — $249!
Sometimes simple is good, especially in a package this state of the art: Its 4GB RAM memory and 128 solid-state hard drive are more than enough for the casual sttreamer, surfer or word processor; it's Intel Core i3 and Windows 11 OS make sure it al runs smoothly. Did we mention it's 50 percent off?
"Love this computer," said one pleased pragmatist. "I needed an inexpensive computer that I could use extensively for my online business. I have an expensive desk top but needed a supplemental that was mobile. Im over the moon happy with its perfomance. Ive had the notebook for a few months now and feel I have really put it through all the "motions". Its lightweight, fast and the color is beautiful."
Ousgar 47-inch White Desk, $90 (was $200), walmart.com