Hey, it’s summer, right? That’s the time when we start thinking about portable projectors and how they can be used for a backyard movie night.
Along with all the Prime Day TV deals, there are some great ones happening on projectors, including this one on the XGIMI Halo. The Halo is being sold for just $599 – a 25% savings, and the lowest price yet for this capable 1080p-res portable model.
The Halo is clearly a looker. It shares the same sleek industrial design found throughout the company’s full projector range, and its rugged build quality will serve you well outdoors. In ’s Halo review we found it have a bright image, great sound from its built-in speakers, and enough battery juice to get you through a full 2-hour movie. Try asking that of other portable projectors.
As we get into the afternoon here in the US on Prime Day 2, we’re happening upon some more deals that need to be shared – this Hisense 50-inch ULED U6 Series 4K TV, for instance.
At just $339 – a 36% discount on its regular $529 price – this is an impressive deal for a 2022 TV that features a panel with Quantum Dots for enhanced color and brightness plus Dolby Vision and HDR10+ high dynamic range. It uses Amazon’s Fire TV interface for streaming, and that brings the benefit of Alexa voice control using a remote with a built-in mic.
Even more impressive is this 50-inch U6 Series set’s 32-zone local dimming backlight, a feature that’s almost unheard of in a 4K TV priced this low. And there’s more, but you’ll need to read about it by clicking the link below.
We’ve seen more 2022 TVs in the Prime Day deals this year than we expected, including this 50-inch LG QNED80 NanoCell TV with HDMI 2.1 support. NanoCell is basically LG’s version of Samsung’s QLED technology – it also uses Quantum Dots for extra lush colors – so you get great image quality here.
It features loads of latest-generation tech, including LG’s Alpha 7 Gen 5 image processor – which features ‘AI’ tech for upscaling and details – plus 4K 120Hz and Variable Refresh Rate support for gaming. That’s all pretty great for a TV you can now find for $696, down from $899.
It’s available in bigger sizes than 50 inches, which might be ideal for you too – they’re also good value. You can browse them all on the Amazon listing.
If you want a low-price soundbar that gives you big, deep audio to replace your TV’s weedy built-in speakers, the Polk Audio Signa S2 is our pick of the Prime Day deals this year. It’s about the right width for TVs between 43 inches and 55 inches, and comes with a five-speaker system in the bar, and a wireless subwoofer.
You can get the Polk Audio Signa S2 soundbar for $149, down from $229, right now – and we think it’s a great option for that price. Polk is known for delivering strong bang-per-buck ratios in its products, and this is no different. It’s easy and fast to set up, too – you can just use HDMI ARC to instant get the sound from your TV, and the soundbar will take controls from your TV remote.
If you’re looking for a low-priced Dolby Atmos soundbar upgrade for your existing TV, allow me to introduce you to the Sony HT-G700, which is currently $398 at Amazon, down from $599.
I first tested this soundbar when it launched in 2020, and I had the chance to compare it directly to the much more expensive Sonos Arc, which launched at the same time. And you’d be amazed at how well the Sony stood up to the Sonos, despite being both smaller and less expensive.
The Sony HT-G700 is the right size for TVs of 48 inches up to 65 inches, and uses sound processing trickery to give you the impression of Dolby Atmos height and width. It does a great job of moving sound around, so when something flies across the screen, you really hear it move with the image. It doesn’t have actual upfiring drivers, so the height effect doesn’t match what ‘real’ Dolby Atmos soundbars can manage – it sounds more like a wall of sound that fills the whole space in front of you, rather than giving the effect of anything being above you – but for the price, it’s a very effective Atmos bar.
More importantly, the sound quality is great overall. The wireless subwoofer is perfectly integrated with the soundbar, and adds impactful bass to soundtracks without overwhelming you. The bar itself is clear with speech, and punchy for effects.
One of my favorite features is that it features 4K HDMI passthrough, so you don’t lose the use of one your HDMI ports by plugging this into your TV – you can plug a games console or streaking stick or whatever into the soundbar, and see the images on your TV. Even better, if your TV doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, you can plug an Atmos source directly into the soundbar, so you still get the full effect from that source.
This is another deal that isn’t specifically part of Prime Day, but it’s a discount you should absolutely know about. The Hisense U6H was released just a matter of weeks ago, because it’s part of the company’s brand new 2022 TV line-up… but the 65-inch version has already had its price cut from $769 to $549 at Amazon.
The Hisense U6H is stunning well equipped for a TV of this price, too. Its 65-inch 4K panel features QLED tech for punchier colors, it uses a direct full array backlight with local dimming zones for better brightness and and contrast, there’s Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support for great HDR and audio, Google TV provides the smart TV software and streaming features, and there’s Variable Refresh Rate support for next-gen gamers.
We haven’t had a chance to test this set yet, but it’s impossible to argue with what you’re getting for the price, and Hisense reliably delivers good-quality results – this is a lot of TV for under $600.
The Apple TV 4K is a favorite of the TV team. Both of our TV editors use one every day as their main source for streaming and movie downloads, because its image quality is basically faultless, and it has a secret weapon for movie lovers (which we’ll come to in a bit).
But first, the big news, which is that you can get the Apple TV 4K for $109 at Amazon today, which is a saving of $70. That’s for the 32GB version – you can also get the 64GB version for $129 instead of $199. It’s still more than the likes of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K cost, but the Apple TV does a lot more, and has more powerful specs for that reason.
The Apple TV 4K doesn’t just do streaming services – there are all kinds of other apps available for it, including games, so it’s like a mini-console. It also supports Apple Fitness+, so Apple Watch owners can take fitness classes with Apple’s (really fun and varied) range of options. And there’s great format support, including Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
But now for the secret weapon: for serious movie lovers, the Apple Movies Store on Apple TV is the digital store to use. It has the widest range of 4K/HDR/Dolby Atmos movies, and the quality is a major cut above the quality from Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. The bitrate is higher, which means more data is used per second, which means more detail and realistic colors can be shown. And even better, Apple has killer deals on big movies for just a few bucks every single week. No joke, I buy about two movies per week just because who could say no to getting The Running Man in 4K HDR for less than the price of a coffee?
The TCL 6-Series 4K TV is a juicy bargain in today’s Prime Day deals. It features next-gen mini-LED tech as well as a QLED panel for brighter images with more vibrant colors, and right now the 65-inch TCL R635 is just $999 at Amazon, down from $1,499.
Mini-LED tech is exactly what it sounds like: smaller LEDs are used in the backlight behind the pixels than in regular LED TVs. The advantage of smaller LEDs is that you can fit more of the them in, which means brighter and more even images. But it also means that when it dim sections of them to create deeper black tones, you get more precision in which areas are being dimmed, and less light bleeding from light areas to dark ones. Meanwhile, QLED color filtering tech creates wider ranges of color without impacting that brightness. The result is super-powered HDR images – which the Dolby Vision support will make the most of.
That’s great for movies and TVs, and when you throw in Variable Refresh Rate support for gaming too (supported by both the PS5 and Xbox Series X), it’s just a great deal overall. And it’s a generous size for the price.
This isn’t specifically being advertised as a Prime Day deal, but I’ve got to point our UK readers towards it, because for a lot of people it might be exactly what you want. The Philips 48OLED806 is a 48-inch OLED TV that features better-than-average brightness, supremely rich colors, excellent image processing, Philips’ unique Ambilight tech, and 4K 120Hz and VRR over HDMI 2.1 for gaming. And right now, you can get the Philips 48OLED806 for £789 at Amazon – it was £999 previously.
I actually have this TV at home, in the 65-inch version (which is also an excellent price at Amazon at £1,459) and it’s such an impressive piece of kit. It supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, there’s Dolby Atmos, and I’m getting to enjoy all the new high-end features of the PS5. It’s basically a competitor to the LG C1 – and a very strong one, as our five-star review says – and with the C1 having sold out at its lowest prices, this looks even better as an alternative.
And don’t ignore how good Philips’ Ambilight is. This system uses a set of LEDs around all four edges of this set to shine light onto the walls that matches the colors of what’s on-screen, so it makes the TV image feel even bigger than it is. That’s perfect if the 48-inch is all you can fit or afford – it makes everything far more cinematic. It sounds gimmicky, but once you try it, regular TVs seem kinda boring.
If you want a new TV that’s not too big, but has all the key smart TV features you could need, you’ll struggle to find a better-value option than this on Prime Day. You can get the 43-inch Amazon Fire TV 4-Series for just $199 at Amazon instead of $369.
This 4K HDR TV delivers solid image quality, but with Amazon’s Fire TV smart software on board, it supports basically ever streaming service out there, from the huge names to the more niche services. It also means it’s equipped with Alexa, so it’s part of your smart home setup.
Obviously, the screen isn’t going to compete with the elite home theater TV option out there, but the picture quality is really solid for the money, and everything is so easy to set up and get started with.
OLED TVs have been a favorite of critics for years now, but they’ve already been priced at such a premium that they were out of reach for a lot of people. That’s changed a lot in the last year, with prices falling fast.
The end result is that you can now get an LG A1 48-inch OLED TV for just $676 at Amazon, down from $1,199 at launch. The A1 is LG’s most price-focused OLED, introduced in 2021, but it’s not like you get some terrible cut-price screen tech here. The screen still delivers the super-precise colors and contrast that OLED is famed for, but it’s a 60Hz screen instead of the 120Hz screen that higher-priced TVs give you, and there are no HDMI 2.1 features for gaming.
If you’re not a gamer, this won’t be a problem – for movie lovers, you get the cinematic rich contrast that OLED is famed for. But for much, much less than you thought you’d probably have to pay.
Look at how satisfied the man above is to be using just his voice to control his TV. No more poking around overly dense remotes to to peck the one button you need. No more wondering which is the ‘back’ button when you press the wrong thing. That could be you, that could.
You can get the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K for £22.99 right now, instead of £49.99. Plug this add-on into your TV’s HDMI port and it delivers you a really slick interface with instant access to all the big streaming services, and pretty much all the less-big (but much-loved) ones. And you can use your voice to find what you want – in fact, since it’s powered by Alexa, you can use your voice to do all sorts of other stuff too, including triggering your smart lights. for example.
If you’ve got an older TV where the smart part is cutting it any more, but you don’t want to splash out on a whole new TV, then this affordable upgrade is what you need. It can handle video in 4K HDR, with both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support.
If you want that that 50-inch sweet spot for an even cheaper price than the Samsung QN90A below, may we introduce you to another Samsung option. The AU9000 is Samsung’s highest-end TV from 2021 that doesn’t include its more-expensive QLED tech, so it’s really geared towards balancing quality for a low price.
You can get the Samsung AU9000 50-inch for just £429 (down from £599) at Amazon. It’s an excellent-quality TV for the price, as we said in our four-and-a-half-star review – it’s great with 4K content, offers impressively even contrast across the whole screen (which is not a given with cheaper TVs), and has good smart TV software that’s packed with useful streaming services.
It’s not as bright as more expensive options, but for the price it’s competitive in every way. If you’re not bothered about packing all the fanciest tech into your TV and want great value for money, this nails it.
I’ll be honest – I nearly bought this TV despite owning a new OLED one from only a year ago.
A QLED Samsung for under £600? That’s a deal and a half – sure, it’s not the perfect set (there’s no Dolby Vision support, but that won’t matter to a lot of people) and th picture quality for this price is brilliant.
Our review sells it better than I can: “this TV is thinner, brighter and bolder than previous high-end LCD TVs, offering a high peak brightness and fantastic contrast”.
OK – you know the drill. It’s day two of Prime Day and we’ve got a lot of popular TVs to tell you about.
I was about to say we should just get right to it, but that seems rude. How are you? Did you have a good sleep? Ah, that’s nice. Good Zzz’s are really important to both mental and physical health.
Now that’s done, let’s get into talking about how you can save loads on a big ol’ TV.