If you remember back to the inaugural Amazon Prime Day, it was a bit of a letdown with a lot of build up for very little payoff. Amazon is gearing up for another shot at Amazon Prime Day. Hopefully they’ve learned from last year’s mistakes and provide a real sale to get people excited! In the seven days leading up to Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer has launched a series of Countdown Deals to get people excited about the big promotion.
As with last year, Amazon Prime Day deals will be open to Prime subscribers only. Not a Prime member? Sign up for a free 30 day trial and see what Prime has to offer. Already a Prime member but want to give the gift of Prime to a friend or family member? That’s easy to do as well.
Starting today there are a few Countdown deals that may be of interest to the techies in the crowd. First up, some nice discounts on Acer products, including a monitor and a Chromebook.
The Acer KA240H is a 24″ HD monitor, available for $89.99, a savings of $60.
- 24″ Full HD Widescreen with 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Response Time: 5ms
- Pixel Pitch: 0.276mm
- Signal Inputs: 1 x DVI (w/HDCP) & 1 x VGA
From the Amazon listing:
Acer KA241H bd display sports a super-slim profile that lets them fit nicely in spaces of any size. Outstanding performance, eco-friendliness and smart use of energy complement the sleek design – all while staying well within budget.
Also from Acer, the Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C09S is available for $249, a savings of $100.
- Intel Celeron Dual-Core 3205U 1.5 GHz Processor (Broadwell micro-architecture)
- 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.
- 32 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive. Cloud based device with free Google Drive storage.
- 15.6-Inch Full HD IPS Screen, Intel HD Graphics
- Chrome, 9-hour battery life
From the product page:
The Acer Chromebook 15 is the biggest thing to happen to the Chromebook. It has a number of unique and defining features: it is the World’s first Chromebook with a 15.6-inch Full HD wide viewing angle display, the first Chromebook with the latest Intel processor based on Broadwell micro-architecture, and it uses the new dual-band 802.11ac wireless technology. It all adds up to the right mix of features to make you think bigger and reimagine what’s possible with a Chromebook.
Other deals include a 32″ HiSense 720P TV with Amazon Fire Stick for only $119, the Ultimate Bond Collection + Spectre bundle on Blu-Ray for just $89.99 — a 70% savings off of the list price of $299, and a sale on certified refurbished SONOS PLAY:3 and PLAYBAR TV speakers. A basketball hoop and a subscription to Entrepreneur Magazine round out the rest of today’s Countdown deals.
We’ll be able to see in a week’s time whether or not this version of Amazon Prime Day is worth our time and money. If nothing else, if the Countdown Deals continue to offer some good tech bargains, the big sale should hopefully be worth checking out!
Are you interested in any of the Countdown Deals? What will Amazon have to do to get you interested in Amazon Prime Day? Tell us what you think in the comment section below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.
Last Updated on July 5, 2016.