More than a decade ago, Steve Jobs likened the computer to a truck, suitable for the heavy lifting of serious work and intensive tasks. It holds true, even in 2023. Most of us who work at an office for a living still need the computer’s keyboard and multitasking abilities. If you’re ready for a new laptop or a few upgrades to your at-work or home office setup, Prime Day is a great time to buy. These are the best Prime Day home office and laptop deals we’ve found, not just from Amazon.
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
Lenovo’s AMD-based IdeaPad 5, which comes with a Ryzen 5 processor, is a great budget laptop. You get plenty of power, a nice 14-inch IPS display, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and a 256-gigabyte SSD. The 360-degree hinge converts it to tablet mode or stand mode for watching movies. To take full advantage of the 2-in-1 design, be sure to grab the digital pen ($40), although there’s no place to stow it. The screen could also be brighter.
This is a perfectly competent gaming machine that, with a Full HD 144-Hz screen, can handle AAA games without issue. The keyboard, too, is a pleasant surprise with solid feedback and key travel. No wonder that we recommend it as our budget pick in our Best Gaming Laptops guide.
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 process on this model, and found its performance middling. So don’t expect a heavy-lifting speed demon from the Gram 16, either, but do give it a look if you prize portability for lighter tasks, such as browsing and word processing.
Never mind that there’s an 11th-generation (2021) Intel processor. The Surface Laptop Go 2 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) nabs our recommendation as the best affordable 13-inch laptop because it’s sleek, stylish, and sturdy. You can select from several colors if you want a splash of the rainbow on your Surface Laptop Go 2. The 12.4-inch touchscreen, wrapped up in a small frame, makes it ideal for light tasks such as writing and browsing, even though battery life could stand to be longer than (at most) eight hours.
We haven’t tested this exact model, but the very similar Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is our favorite gaming laptop. Like that one, this deal gets you an Intel i9 processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card, 16 gigabytes of RAM, 1-terabyte SSD, and a per-key RGB Keyboard.
SteelSeries Apex Pro
Never tried a mechanical keyboard? You should. They feel better to type on and can even reduce wrist pain, given that they’re typically in a more ergonomic shape than the flat keyboards on laptops. The Apex Pro is covered in customizable RGB lighting that can be adjusted right down to the individual key. The included software also lets you control the LED display for system alerts, volume, and other functions.
Corsair’s K100 is one of our top picks for mechanical keyboards. It comes with a lot of the same gaming-focused features we like on other keyboards, like programmable macro keys and, naturally, RGB LEDs. But its most unique feature is a customizable wheel on the top left side of the board that can be used to scrub through media or control the lights on your keyboard.
Samsung 980 Pro
This is one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked on this solid state drive. It works anywhere you can fit an M.2 drive, laptop, desktop, or even a PlayStation 5. It’s plenty fast for whatever you throw at it—we recommend it in our How to Build a PC guide. The 2-terabyte model is also on sale for $140 ($20 off), but this is the better per-gigabyte deal
Clip the coupon button to see the deal at checkout. This one is frequently on sale for around this price, but it’s still a good deal. We haven’t done a full review yet, but WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has been using it for a few weeks now and likes it. It comes with a nice kickstand case and is decently sharp if you don’t stare too closely at the screen (1080p). The colors are solid, and you have quite a few connectivity options.
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.
We named these the best pick in our Best Portable Storage Drives guide because, even though they offer quite a bit of storage space for reasonable money, they were the second-fastest storage drive we tested. They’re lightweight, but the downside is that their plastic build makes them not particularly rugged, so be careful if you’re bringing it outside the home.
SSDs are faster, quieter, and more durable than many hard drives. Even if you’re a real butterfingers, one of our favorite external SSDs now has a Shield version that’s IP65 rated for water and dust resistance. The rugged, cushioned case has survived a few drops onto hardwood floors during testing without a hiccup, too. With an included USB-C cable and no need for its own separate power cord, it’s incredibly portable, too.
Need lots and lots of storage room? Beyond 2 terabytes, SSDs have become exceedingly expensive. This Seagate uses more traditional hard drive architecture to store an astounding 12 terabytes. With its power adapter and USB 3.0 cable, it’s not as portable as a small SSD, but it can easily be stashed in a drawer between uses. WIRED reviewer Matt Jancer has used Seagate Expansions extensively for over a decade without any reliability hiccups.
Logitech G Pro
Here’s one for the gamers. Designed with input from esports professionals, the G Pro Wireless priorities wicked-fast, one-millisecond response times, as well as ergonomics to cut down on wrist pain after prolonged play. With 48 hours of use between charges, you’ll run out of power before it does.
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.
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 whilst letting you move around your house.
It’s marketed as a gaming keyboard, but we love using gaming hardware for productivity, and this keyboard nails productivity functions with the five macro keys on its left side. They can be programmed with automated actions and custom shortcuts. You can even execute scripts with them. That makes it a great choice for working in Photoshop, Premiere, Cinema 4D, Blender, or any number of other creative applications. TKL stands for tenkeyless, meaning that it trades away the number pad for a more compact footprint on your desk.
Apple 35W Dual USB-C Power Adapter
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.
Satechi’s 108-watt charger is plenty powerful enough to recharge your MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max at the same time with its three USB-C ports. It’s relatively compact and has a plug that folds up.
Although not a top pick of ours, we gave an honorable mention to the Virtuoso in our Best Gaming Headsets guide. They’re lightweight and comfortable, so you can wear them for hours, and they feature 7.1 surround sound.
Make working from home just a little better with the right working setup by consulting our guides to the Best Office Chairs, Best Laptop Stands, and Everything You Need to Work From Home Like a Pro.
Our favorite office chair for most people, Branch’s Ergonomic Chair is easy to assemble and there are tons of little tweaks you can make to dial it the fit. You can push the armrest back and forward, up and down; the seat can extend out or be pushed all the way in; you can lock the recline. There’s even adjustable lumbar support. The chair does all this while managing to look sleek, without an outlandish price.
This is our favorite budget standing desk and it has been working reliably for a few years now. The setup is a little complicated, but the desktop feels sturdy and elegant, despite being made of environmentally-friendly chipboard. You can save three height presets.
WIRED reviews editor Julian Chokkattu has been using this rolling desk for quite some time and says it’s been a reliable addition to his home. It’s not electric, but you can use the pedal underneath the desktop to raise and lower the table. Because the table leg is on one side, it’s great to pair with a bed or couch, so you can have access to a stable surface without needing to scoot to the edge.
TP-Link Archer AX55
We think the TP-Link Archer AX55 is the best overall router you can buy. The slick black finish is attractive, and there are four antennas to direct Wi-Fi to every corner. (It’s worth tweaking and testing different positions.) Performance was solid in our testing and stability was excellent, hitting the upper mid-end in our speed and range tests. This router also ticks off all the feature boxes you want (MU-MIMO, beamforming, WPA3—we explain many of these terms in our How to Buy a Router guide).
As the best budget router you can buy right now, TP-Link’s Archer AX21 delivers reliable Wi-Fi 6 performance. It’s not the fastest and the range is limited for modest homes with a limited number of devices, there’s no need to spend more than this. The Tether app is straightforward and packed with all the basic options you need, including traffic prioritization, parental controls, and a guest network. It is regularly as low as $75 and has been $70, but we’ve never seen it this low.
The Eero 6+ features a compact design and robust smart home support. It’s also a dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi 6 system, but it supports wider 160-Mhz channels and offers faster top speeds than the regular Eero 6. A three-pack will easily blanket the average home with a strong Wi-Fi signal, but you may run into limitations if there are several people online at once.
The luxury upgrade pick of the Eero line, this one adds tri-band support for 2.4-GHz, 5-GHz, and the newly opened 6-GHz band. Theoretically, the 6-GHz band enables faster speeds and reduced latency for devices that support Wi-Fi 6E (read our Wi-Fi 6E explainer for more). The 6-GHz band can also work as a backhaul to speed traffic between your routers.
Retailer Sales Pages
Every retailer has some kind of sale going on to compete with Amazon. Here are their sale pages if you want to browse the sales yourself.