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Amazon and Black Friday are a lot like Amazon and Prime Day. On the one hand you’ve got a boatload of stuff that’s on sale, and on the other a boatload of Amazon-branded stuff that’s on sale: The Kindles, the Fire tablets, the Echo speakers and smart displays. If you’re looking for the former, the, we’ve got you covered. But if you’re looking for the best Amazon device deals, read on.
This year, Amazon is making it a rolling Black Friday sale: Some deals start Nov. 22 (the Friday before Thanksgiving), others will get added every few days through Thanksgiving Day. Of course, a few items are available right now, and a few more might appear in the weeks to come. (Fingers crossed for the Echo Studio!) Below we’ve include the sales pricing and links, but remember that the sale prices are not available until the dates indicated. Can’t wait? Here are a couple deals you can score right now:
It’s not even released yet, but Amazon just trotted out its first-ever discount on the Echo Show 8. It’s basically a larger version of the super-popular Echo Show 5 (which is currently on sale for $80, FYI), and therefore better suited to places like the kitchen, where the 8-inch screen makes it easier to view cooking videos and the like.
If you’re a newcomer to Amazon’s music-streaming service, it’s hard to beat a buck for four full months of service. After that, you’ll pay the regular rate of $9.99 per month, though you can cancel if you like, without penalty.
Starting Nov. 22: Fire tablets, Kindle Paperwhite and more
The price drops start Nov. 22 — that’s the Friday before Thanksgiving, one week before Black Friday proper.
Save $50 on the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet. This is the same hardware as above, but with 32GB of storage built-in, a rubberized case, a year of FreeTime Unlimited (kid-friendly content) and a two-year no-questions-asked replacement warranty for any damage.
The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet, updated for 2019, usually costs $50. During this Black Friday sale, it will be just $30. That said, we highly recommend you upgrade to the 8-inch model below for just $20 more.
Starting Nov. 24: Fire TV products
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, Amazon adds more devices to its sale list.
Starting Nov. 27: Blink cameras, Ring doorbells and $5 smart plugs
The day before Thanksgiving means even more stuff goes on sale.
The Blink XT2 is a weatherproof security camera with a battery that can supposedly last for two years. Getting a two-pack for $100 is a good deal. (There was a two-pack offered during Prime Day at a lower price.)
Starting Nov. 28: Echo speakers and smart displays
Happy Thanksgiving! While you’re basting the turkey, you can buy a good chunk of Amazon’s updated Echo line at some very discounted prices.
Back to its Prime Day low, the Echo Dot (without the clock) puts all of the smarts of Amazon’s assistant Alexa into a small and affordable package. Even at its normal price of $50, it’s a good deal, so the $22 price is still something to celebrate. With voice commands, you can control your smart home, check the weather, play music, search the internet and more. You lose some sound quality with the smaller size, but you can plug it into your own speakers to make up for the difference.
But c’mon… you want the newer, cooler version with the clock built-in, right? It was just introduced in September at $60, but now it’ll be at its lowest price yet: Just $35.
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If you want a smart speaker with Alexa that has a little more oomph to its sound quality, the latest version of the original Echo might be the right choice for you. The older version of this puppy was selling for $50 at one point on Prime Day, but with a list price of $100, $60 isn’t half bad.
With a a 5.5-inch touchscreen and the ability to wake you up with a nifty sunrise animation, this is our favorite smart display with Alexa. And at this price, it’s a no-brainer.
The second gen Echo Show refined the design of the first model and offers better sound quality and a 10-inch HD screen. It combines the functionality of a smart speaker like the Echo Dot with a touchscreen you can use for video calls and controlling your smart home with a tap. We like the Echo Show 5 a little better, but at $150 for the full-sized Show — $10 less than Prime Day, which looks to be its lowest ever — is a tempting offer.
Do you need Alexa in your car? Probably not. But who are we to judge? If you always wanted Amazon’s personal assistant on the road, now you can have it for half price. That’s the lowest since it first became available to buy earlier this year.
Originally published earlier.