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    Past your Prime? Your laptop, that is. Well, it’s a good day to upgrade! Today is Amazon’s second Prime Day of the year, called Prime Big Deal Days. Here, we’ve rounded up all the top Prime Day laptop deals we could find, from discounted MacBooks and Windows laptops to PC accessories and peripherals.

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    We test products year-round and handpicked these deals. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted as of publishing will be crossed out. We’ll update this guide periodically throughout the sale event.

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    If you find your current machine chugging with lots of browser tabs open or just want a new gaming machine, then check out our Best Gaming Laptops, Best Laptops, Best Cheap Laptops, and Best MacBooks guides.

    MacBook Air

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    The 2023 MacBook Air (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorite laptops this year. It has an excellent six-speaker sound system, a 1080p front-facing webcam, and a 10-core variant of the M2 processor the previous year’s model came with. It’s blazingly fast for most normal work and can even handle some light video editing and other heavier tasks. 

    Our review of the 2022 MacBook Pro M2 (7/10, WIRED Review) notes that we expected more improvements to Apple’s mid-tier laptop. Still, this model has a fan alongside the M2 chipset, meaning it can eke out a little more power. It’s also the only MacBook with Apple’s Touch Bar now, if that’s something you care about.  

    The 2020 MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is more than capable for most work tasks. Its M1 chip can handle dozens of browser tabs without issue, and even light image editing doesn’t phase it. The battery life still impresses at a full workday of life, and it’s nearly silent while running. A beautiful display and 256 GB of storage round out an impressive feature list.

    2022 LG Gram 16Photograph: Amazon

    This was a favorite deal that went dead on Prime Day in July but is now back (well, it’s $3 more now). Weighing in at a tick less than 3 pounds, this is a very light 16-inch laptop. We tested the similar LG Gram SuperSlim (7/10, WIRED Recommends) with the 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-1360P processor, a step up from the 1260P processor on this model, and found its performance middling. So don’t expect a heavy-lifting speed demon from the Gram 16, but do give it a look if you prize portability for lighter tasks, such as browsing and word processing.

    We were fans of the Swift 14 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) when it was released earlier this year, and we’re even bigger fans of the Swift X version. It’s the same MacBook competitor, but with a dedicated graphics card that can handle heavier tasks, like gaming and video editing. Acer mucks up the gorgeous, all-metal chassis with too much obnoxious branding, plus the battery life isn’t too good, but at this price, it strikes an impressive balance of beauty and brawn.

    Photograph: Microsoft 

    The Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top Surface pick for most people. It has an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256-GB SSD. It doesn’t have any of the flashy hinges or tablet hybrid features of its siblings, but it’s a solid all-around laptop, and even comes with a magnetic charger, so you don’t fling it across the room if you trip on the power cord.

    For power users looking for a Microsoft laptop, our pick is the Surface Laptop Studio (7/10, WIRED Recommends). It has a 2-in-1 hinge that lets it function as either a laptop or a tablet. It’s got a 14-inch touchscreen, an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, and 16 GB of RAM. Yes, there’s a new Laptop Studio, but we ran into some thermal issues, among other things. If you spring for the Surface Slim Pen, there’s a spot to magnetically attach it to the front of the laptop.

    Powerful, wafer-thin, and sleek, the Blade 17 is one of the most capable gaming laptops on the market. This Windows machine is the 17-inch-screen bigger brother of the Blade 15 for $1,960 ($240 off). Its 4K-resolution touchscreen display packs 100 frames per second and a 144-Hz refresh rate (and looks gorgeous doing it), while the 12th-gen Intel 14-Core i9 CPU wields enough power to play virtually any AAA video game.

    Monoprice 4k

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    Monoprice’s 28-inch CystralPro is a great 4K monitor. It supports HDR and its colors are suitably vibrant. WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu used it in both a Mac and Windows setup and says it worked great in both. He VESA-mounted it, but do note that the mounting holes are recessed—you can use longer M3 screws to make it work. If you want the highest possible resolution on a monitor without spending a boatload of cash, then this is the best we’ve tested.

    This matches the good deal we saw on Prime Day for our favorite portable display. It sticks to the back of a laptop screen via magnets, which means you do need to be comfortable with sticking and leaving adhesive magnets on the back of your machine, but you get a second screen that doesn’t take up any desk space. Slide it out!

    For more context, take a look through our guides to the Best Mechanical Keyboards, Best MacBook Accessories, Best Portable Storage Drives, and Best Computer Mice.

    Photograph: Amazon

    This deal on a great keyboard is better than what we saw on Prime Day in July. Logitech makes some of our favorite keyboards, and the MX board is a great portable option. Its understated design fits in perfectly in an office, and it’s low-profile enough to be comfortable typing on all day.

    You may have to click “See All Buying Options” to see this deal. As both a mechanical keyboard enthusiast and a longtime Windows hold out who converted to a Mac, it always burned me up that nearly every keyboard was geared toward Windows users. Well, if you’re a Mac user with a taste for Cherry MX Red switches and could use a two-port USB-C hub, you’re in luck. The veteran keyboard brand offers this all-metal keyboard in a Mac-specific layout. 

    There was a slightly better deal on Prime Day, but not by a lot. We love Cherry switches on our mechanical keyboards, but the company also makes keyboards themselves. This low-profile, detachable, and rechargeable keyboard gives you that Cherry typing experience while letting you move around your house.

    Razer Kiyo X

    Photograph: Razer

    This is our favorite webcam for most people, and the sale is a match for what we saw on Prime Day in July. Its automatic white balance and color saturation are excellent right out of the box, and the image quality is sharp. It focuses quickly too. You can affix it on top of your laptop or monitor with the included mount. Too bad it doesn’t come with a privacy cover.

    Apple 35W Dual USB-C Power Adapter

    Photograph: Apple

    We named this compact, two-port charger as our second-favorite charging adapter in our Best MacBook Accessories guide. Outlets are precious commodities in our electronics-choked homes and never mind about fighting for two outlets in an airport or café. Whether you’re packing a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, with this power adapter you can charge any two of them at the same time.

    Working from home offers a lot of freedom, among them the freedom to never make up your mind where you want to settle down and work. Flexispot’s adjustable table with wheels can make breezing between the living room and the kitchen easier than picking up all your accessories and carrying them from place to place. WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has been wheeling this rollable desk around different spots in his apartment and appreciates its adjustable height, as well as the fact that because the leg isn’t centered, you can use it while sitting in bed or on the couch.

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