Amazon’s own brand, AmazonBasics, is a popular choice for anyone looking for affordable tools and accessories. It’s best known for cables and adapters, but you can find everything from gadgets to kitchen tools to home furnishings under this banner. Of course, AmazonBasics products along with other Amazon-exclusive products like Echo smart speakers and Kindle e-readers are some of the most prominent deals during the e-commerce giant’s promotional events. The Prime Day 2023 sale is entering its final stretch, so it’s time to take a look at some small, affordable items you can grab, or even just stock up for future occasions. Here are some of our top AmazonBasics picks:
Many laptops these days are too thin to have HDMI or Ethernet ports, and may only have very few USB ports. Even card readers are getting rarer. USB hubs exist for that reason, and AmazonBasics offers a variety of models with Type-C and Type-A connectivity. We like this 8-in-1 model because it supports HDMI output up to 4K@30fps and 100Mbps Ethernet, as well as SD and microSD cards. You get USB power pass-through to make sure your laptop stays charged, and a few USB ports for peripherals, too. AmazonBasics also has 7-in-1, 9-in-1, and 11-in-1 options, so see which one best suits your needs.
Dual monitor setups are great for productivity, but not everyone has the space for them. You can free up some space on your desk and also make your workstation more ergonomic with a VESA mount like the AmazonBasics Dual Monitor Mount. It attaches to the back of the table and each of the two arms can hold a monitor up to 30 inches wide and weighing up to 10kg. You can adjust the height of the pair and rotate each one individually. The mounts are compatible with any VESA standard monitor, so setup should be easy enough. A cable management system also keeps things neat and tidy.
It’s easy to lose track of chargers and cables, and the number of small accessories and dongles we all accumulate can quickly become unmanageable. It’s especially hard to keep everything organized when you travel. This stylish bag has more than enough room for cables and accessories, and its compartments and dividers are designed so you always know where things are. There’s room for pens and pencils, portable chargers, charging docks, and even camera accessories. The compartments are adjustable so things don’t shift. Of course, it can also be used for many things besides electronics. The material is waterproof and padded, and you can choose between four colors: black, grey, blue and maroon.
This battery-powered desk lamp has 10 brightness settings and three color temperature options so you can place it anywhere and get the kind of light you need. The neck is fully adjustable and the 36 LEDs arranged in a ring allow a wide dispersion of light. Use any USB adapter to charge it and you’ll get 2.5 hours of runtime on the brightest setting or up to 25 hours on the dimmest setting. It’s fine for reading, working, or just casting ambient light into a room. Amazon says it has been tested for safety and performance.
Keeping all your devices charged is a hassle, especially if you don’t have enough power outlets nearby. This 6ft (1.8m) USB Type-C cable can be a game changer, giving you flexibility and convenience. It is especially useful when traveling or dealing with unfamiliar spaces. Even when you are lying in bed, you will not be tied to too short a cord. It’s twice as long as standard USB charging cables, so you can store the adapters out of sight and not have to stretch them out. This cable is surprisingly affordable, but it’s limited to USB 2.0 data transfer speeds, so it’s really only suitable for charging. You’ll find many other types of cables, including USB Type-C to Type-C and Lightning, to fit all your chargers and devices.
You can never have too many spare batteries at home, or maybe you can, if you order a 100-pack of AmazonBasics alkaline batteries. Luckily there are more practical packs of eight, 20, 36 and 48 units, and they come in both AA and AAA and AAAA sizes. These batteries are competitively priced, and in this day and age with multiple remote controls, gadgets, and toys in our homes, it’s always good to have a stock when the ones you’re currently using run out.