• June 28, 2022

Target ‘Deal Days’ 2020: 13 Discounts We Like (Prime Day Rival Sale)

Target has dangled its Deal Days sales event for weeks, but it remained tight-lipped about the details until it started. The suspense may have been worth it, because we found a bunch of items we’ve previously bestowed with WIRED Recommends awards. These are our favorite deals on smart home devices, audiophile gear, computer accessories, and more. The sale runs through Wednesday, October 14.

Update for October 15: Target Deal Days and Amazon Prime Day are technically over, but most of these deals are still active as of this morning.

Note: We strike through items that sell out or rise in price as we update this guide. Discounts sometimes return quickly, so check for yourself.

WIRED’s Prime Day Coverage

Home Theater Deals

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  • Yamaha YAS-109 Soundbar for $200 ($40 off): If you’re listening to your TV through its own speakers, it’s time to upgrade to a soundbar. Even without a subwoofer or separate surrounding speakers, a soundbar will improve your viewing experience. WIRED’s Parker Hall named this the best soundbar with a built-in sub. It also has Alexa so you can control it with voice commands.

  • Roku Streaming Stick+ is $38 ($12 off): Roku is our favorite streaming device. The interface is the cleanest, and it won’t try to lock you out of competitors’ content, like Amazon does. Even if your TV has a streaming menu built-in (aside from TCLs, which have Roku), a separate streaming box will probably work better, for longer. Here is our guide to picking a Roku.

  • Sanus Premium Tilt Wall Mount for TVs 46-90 Inches for $120 ($20 off): If you can’t mount your TV to a specific height, you’re going to want something to make it tilt. This Sanus also extends up to 5.7 inches so you can easily access your TV’s ports while it’s against the wall. It’s compatible with Sanus soundbar mounts, and it’ll hold 150 pounds, which is more than enough for any TV and soundbar combo.

Camera Deals

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  • Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera With Lens for $1,399 ($501 off): It’s not the newest model, but the X-T3 is a solid mirrorless camera selling for a big discount right now. With a quick autofocus and 0.3-second startup time, it’s a great camera for street photography, especially if you don’t need the latest and greatest features for capturing video. If you use the electronic shutter, you can shoot up to 20 frames per second, or get up to 11 frames per second using the mechanical shutter.

  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 for $60 ($10 off): Fujifilm makes most of our favorite instant cameras because it has a wide range to fit most people’s needs. The Instax Mini 11 is a good budget option especially if you’re buying for kids. Plus it comes in fun colors.

  • Joby GorillaPod Flexible Tripod for $16 ($4 off): Throwing a full-size tripod in your bag or over your shoulder isn’t always possible, or even necessary. The GorillaPod’s flexible legs let you wrap it around a nearby branch or fence post. Or you can use it as a desktop tripod to use your smartphone or lightweight camera as a webcam.

  • GoPro Hero 8 Black for $300 ($50 off): The Hero 8 was the first major redesign of GoPro’s action cams in years. Now, you don’t need a surrounding cage to mount it to your handlebars, helmet, or dashboard. Check out our review for more details, but also take a look at the newer model, which includes a screen on the front.

Audio Deals

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  • JBL Clip 3 Speaker for $40 ($30 off): With a built-in carabiner, the Clip 3 is meant to be attached to a backpack or hung from a tentpole so you can have tunes where a full-size boombox would be unwieldy or difficult. Its IPX7 water-resistant rating means it’ll survive a dunk in a meter of water, and it has 10 hours of playtime between charges. There’s no headphone port on the Clip 3, so if you need that, opt for the Clip 2.

  • Beats Studio3 Noise Canceling Headphones for $200 ($150 off): These over-ear Bluetooth headphones are starting to show their age, but they’re still pretty good and sync very well with iPhones. They feature active noise cancellation to muffle out the background whir of jet engines and noisy neighbors. You can receive calls, control music, and activate Siri through controls on the ear cups, and get 22 hours of use out of them before having to recharge.

  • Apple AirPods Pro for $200 ($50 off): We dislike the standard AirPods, but the AirPods Pro are some of the best wirefree earbuds on the market. You can often find them for about $230, but they’re rarely discounted this much. Parker Hall, the WIRED Reviews team’s premier audiophile, loved them. This deal has since gone up in price, to $234 which is just $15 off.

Computers, Tablets, and Accessories

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  • Lenovo Legion Y540 Gaming Laptop for $1079 ($420 off): Want a gaming machine without breaking the bank? The Legion Y540 offers ninth-generation Intel chips, Nvidia GeForce graphics, and up to 16 gigabytes of RAM. All that fits in an attractively slim package with a 15-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS screen that has a 144-Hz refresh rate.

  • Razer BlackWidow Elite Mechanical Keyboard for $130 ($40 off): Backlit keys sync up with Razer hardware and Philips Hue smart bulbs to splash your keyboard with color, or you can just choose a color setting you like without syncing up. The Green key switches it comes with are tactile and clicky—a stiffer version of the popular (but loud) Blues. They’re not ideal for twitch-based shooters, where a linear key switch works better, but for strategy games and RPGs, they’ll work well.

  • Microsoft Surface Go 2—Intel M3, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD—for $599 ($100 off): WIRED reviewer Scott Gilberston gave this 2-in-1 an 8/10 and praised its all-day battery life and “surprisingly good webcam and speakers.” The Type Cover ($100) is sold separately.

  • Canon Pixma MG3620 Printer/Copier/Scanner for $50 ($30 off): Printers have become a lot more useful as we do more from home. Life is easier when you can print your own shipping labels and legal forms. The MG3620 isn’t exactly small, but it’ll copy, scan, and print in color and black and white.

Google Home Deals

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  • Google Nest Hub & Hello Doorbell for $290 ($30 off): You have to add the Hub and the Hello Doorbell to your cart to see the offer and get the deal. The Hello Doorbell gives you a porch view of your stoop, letting you communicate with package delivery people when you’re not home and peek at who’s ringing your doorbell before deciding whether to answer the door. Target is bundling it with a Nest Hub smart display. You can control the doorbell through Google Assistant with the Nest Hub.

  • Google Nest Mini (Refurbished) for $40 ($10 off): A Nest Mini is the best way to start building up your smart home with access to Google Assistant, one of the best voice assistants around. It’s also an affordable way to add a speaker to more rooms if you want to expand your setup.

  • Google Nest Thermostat E for $140 ($30 off): Google just announced a new Nest Thermostat, which is cheaper than this model. But it doesn’t have the behavioral learning feature—over time, the Thermostat E learns what temperatures you like and when. It’ll start to adjust itself in line with your preferences. You can set schedules, adjust those schedules through the app when you’re not home, and see how much energy your household has been using.

Retailer Sale Pages

If you’d like to peruse the deals yourself, here are links to all the sales going on this week.

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