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The best deals you can get from Walmart’s rival Prime Day sale

The best deals you can get from Walmart’s rival Prime Day sale

The second-gen AirPods Pro are one of several Apple devices that have dropped to an all-time low ahead of Prime Day. | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Amazon Prime Day may kick off on July 16th, but if you can’t wait or you’re not a Prime member, Walmart’s competing sales event is worth a look. Now until July 11th, the retailer is discounting a whole bunch of gadgets and goodies, from the latest AirPods Pro to the Nintendo Switch OLED. What’s more, Walmart is offering half-price yearlong Walmart Plus memberships ($49) throughout the sale, which grants you access to free delivery, a complimentary subscription to Paramount Plus, and early access to deals during future sales events.

Below, we’ve rounded up all the worthwhile deals you can currently take advantage of. If you’re a Prime member, we’d also recommend checking out our guide to the best early Prime Day deals so you can save even more ahead of the two-day shopping event.

The best headphone and earbud deals

If you want a pair of wireless earbuds that integrate well with Apple’s ecosystem and can do without ANC, the third-gen AirPods are on sale at Walmart and Amazon with a Lightning charging case for $129 ($45 off). That’s the best price we’ve seen on the latest entry-level AirPods, which deliver good sound and improved battery life; unlike their predecessor, they also offer IPX4 sweat and water resistance. Read our review.

If you want the cheapest AirPods money can buy, Apple’s second-gen AirPods are down to an all-time low of $69 ($60 off) at Walmart and Amazon. They don’t have IPX4 sweat and water resistance like the third-gen AirPods, but they still sound good, last a long time on a single charge, and offer reliable performance. Read our review.

Sony’s LinkBuds S are on sale at Walmart starting at $138.60. This isn’t the lowest we’ve seen the wireless earbuds go for — they’ve dropped down to as low as $108 in the past — but it’s still a respectable $61 discount. That’s a decent price for a pair of noise-canceling earbuds with excellent sound and support for the LDAC lossless audio codec. They also feature a helpful transparency mode for when you want to hear your surroundings. Read our review.

The best gaming deals

Govee’s DreamView G1S Pro gaming lights are down to $80 ($26 off) at Walmart. The lighting set includes two desktop light towers and a flexible strip light for the back of your monitor. It comes with a 1080p camera that reads the colors on your screen, which, in turn, allows the lights to reflect what’s happening in your game. There’s also an integrated microphone that allows the lights to respond to sound, whether from the game you’re playing or to visualize any music you’re listening to.

Sony’s DualSense Edge controller for the PlayStation 5 is down to $174.99 ($25 off) at Walmart, which is the best price we’ve seen on the pro-style controller so far. It builds upon the original DualSense’s innovative features with swappable thumb sticks, customizable stick sensitivity and dead zones, adjustable trigger travel, and programmable back buttons that you can swap and remove at will. It comes with a hard-shell carrying case, too. Read our review.
The original Pulse 3D headset for the PlayStation 5 is down to $87.99 ($12 off) in select colors at Walmart, which isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen but is a decent consolation if you can’t afford the updated Pulse Elite model. The wireless headset supports Sony’s Tempest 3D Audio tech, which offers spatial audio that surrounds you with accurately positioned sound effects. You can dial in your preferred EQ settings, too, with three presets and three slots to customize your own.
If you’ve always dreamed of adding an arcade machine to your game room, Walmart is currently selling Arcade1Up’s Capcom Legacy cabinet for just $249 ($51 off). The “Yoga Flame” design takes after the featured Street Fighter franchise and showcases iconic characters from the preloaded games, including Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, and Super Street Fighter II Turbo. It also comes with a selection of other classic Capcom games, such as Strider, Final Fight, and Captain Commando.

The best smartwatch deals

Apple’s latest entry-level smartwatch — the second-gen Apple Watch SE is on sale at Walmart in the GPS configuration starting at $189 ($60 off). It lacks the temperature, EKG, and blood oxygen sensors found in the Apple Watch Series 9, but it’s otherwise a capable wearable for tracking various health and fitness metrics. It also sports the same chipset and Crash Detection feature as the Apple Watch Series 8. Read our review.
The Fitbit Versa 4, which is more akin to a traditional smartwatch than other Fitbit trackers, is down to $119.95 (about $80 off) at Walmart. It has built-in GPS, heart rate monitoring, and an estimated three days of battery life while using its always-on display.
You can pick up a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic in the 46mm / Bluetooth configuration at Walmart for a mere $99 ($50 off). We’re expecting to see the seventh generation in the lineup at Samsung’s Unpacked event on July 10th, but the current promo on the fourth-gen model is a decent deal if you have a specific need for a Galaxy Watch that runs Wear OS on a shoestring budget. Read our review.

The best TV and streaming device deals

You can save on the 2023 TCL Q6 series of TVs in a variety of sizes, including the 65-inch configuration (now $398 at Walmart and Amazon), the 75-inch configuration (now $498 at Walmart), and the 85-inch configuration (now $748 at Walmart). The Q6 sets use Google’s TV software, which supports voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The TVs can technically meet modern gaming standards with a “Game Accelerator 120” mode, which halves the 4K resolution to push its native 60Hz refresh rate to a simulated 120Hz variable refresh rate. It also supports AMD FreeSync and an auto low-latency mode for reduced input lag and screen tearing. Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus round out the list of visual upgrades with DTS Virtual:X for surround audio, but sadly, there’s no Dolby Atmos support.
The 55-inch TCL S5 from 2024 is also on sale for $278 ($172 off) at Walmart. While it doesn’t have the QLED panel like the Q series highlighted above, the S5 supports a lot of the same visual features and even has some unique tricks of its own. That includes support for Dolby Atmos and Apple Home with AirPlay 2 integration.

Miscellaneous deals

The second-gen Apple Pencil is basically matching its all-time low of $79.99 ($50 off) at Walmart, Amazon, and Target (with a free Circle membership). Compared to the first-gen Apple Pencil, it ditches the awkward Lightning port charging in favor of a magnetic charging mechanism that attaches to the side of the latest iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini models. It also supports tap gestures.
You can grab a pair of Govee DreamView P1 light bars for $49.99 ($21 off) at Walmart and Govee. The reactive lights are small enough to fit on a desk or an entertainment stand yet bright enough to paint your wall with colors, allowing you to illuminate your room based on whatever music you’re listening to or the content on your TV. You can also control the lighting using your voice via Alexa, Google Assistant, or Govee’s smartphone app.

The Insta360 X4 will still run you the base $499.99 price at Walmart as it will everywhere else, but the retailer is currently bundling it with a carrying case, a 64GB microSD card, a lens cleaning kit, and a few other accessories. The waterproof 8K action camera uses two sensors to record in all directions around you, which lets you swivel the point of view to any angle you want when editing your footage. (You can also record with just one sensor if you want to use it as an ordinary action cam.)

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