amazon has unleashed a series of early Black Friday deals for its own devices. Are you looking for a few smart gadgets to enhance your home? There are plenty of options – from a Fire TV Stick to an Echo Dot (including one for kids). Amazon also offers lots of discounts for their selection of Fire tablets and Kindles. To help make your shopping experience easier, we’ve put together all the best deals below.
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Amazon’s basic Kindle (8/10, WIRED recommends) is our favorite to suggest for most. It has a 6-inch E Ink touch screen with built-in headlights that make it easier to read in the dark. However, it is not waterproof like the Kindle Paperwhite, and it only comes with 8 gigabytes of storage space.
Like Amazon’s selection of children’s Fire tablets, the company’s Kindle Kids Edition also comes with a protective case, two-year warranty and one-year Amazon Kids + for free (which allows parents to set readings and age filters and add books to their child’s library.)
Kindle Paperwhite Kids is the better option if you are looking for something a little more durable as it is waterproof. It also comes with a 6.8-inch screen, which is larger than the 6-inch screen on the Kindle Kids.
Four TV offers
This is one of the best TV streaming devices. If you’re all-in on Amazon, Fire TV Stick 4K is a good choice, as its menus are skewed toward the company’s Prime Video service and purchases of content from its store. And as a third-generation version, it is faster than its predecessors.
Do not own a 4K TV? And you have no interest in switching? Fire TV Stick Lite works well with standard HD TVs. We have tested previous HD models and it provides access to all major streaming apps. It also features a simpler version of the Alexa remote that lacks all the brand buttons for specific services like Netflix and does not have TV power or volume control; you need another app for that. It allows you to control content via voice commands.
Fire TV Cube is made for “hands-free” streaming via Alexa voice search (6/10, WIRED recommends). It struggles with this difficult mission and many people may feel better about a cheaper Fire TV Stick. Fortunately, it comes with a remote control. This is its default discount price.
Echo Speaker offer
Amazon’s fourth generation Echo (8/10, WIRED recommends) has the title of Best Overall in our roundup of Best Amazon Echo and Alexa Speakers. Thanks to its orb-like redesign, it offers far better sound quality than previous Echos – especially for larger rooms. It’s a worthy option for those looking for a speaker under $ 100.
If the adorable tiger and panda prints on the children’s version of Echo Dot are not enough, it also comes with parental controls and offers great sound quality. It also includes a year of free Amazon Kids +, giving you access to games, Audible books and other extra features.
Second generation Echo Buds (8/10, WIRED recommends) come with remarkable upgrades during the first iteration. The new Echo Buds have active noise reduction (ANC), a more comfortable ergonomic fit and improved microphones for Alexa voice control – making them ideal for use in high settings. Or you can choose Echo Buds with a wireless charging case for $ 90 ($ 50 off.)
Echo Glow er technically a smart night light, but its features do not go beyond the ability to switch colors and adjust brightness, with controls via the Alexa companion app. Still, its small footprint and fun shades (like Disco and Underwater) make it a great addition to a children’s room. But without built-in microphones, you need to connect it to a compatible Alexa-enabled device to control it via voice commands.
Four tablet deals
We consider the Fire HD 8 (7/10, WIRED recommends) as a great, very basic tablet. It has a fast processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and great battery life. And its compact size makes it perfect for travel. This version is 32 gigabytes, but you can also buy the 64-gigabyte version for sale for $ 75.
We have named the Fire HD 10 (7/10, WIRED recommends) the best Fire tablet and our favorite budget tablet. Out of the entire range of Amazon tablets, it is not only the fastest, but it also has the largest screen of 10 inches (with increased brightness compared to last year’s model). The base model holds 32 gigabytes of storage, but you can also choose the 64-gigabyte model for $ 115 ($ 75 off).
For a little more money than the base model Fire HD 10, the HD 10 Plus (with 32 gigabytes) comes with a few more features, including wireless charging, 4 gigabytes of RAM (up from 3 gigabytes on the Fire HD 10) and a soft finish. Do you need more storage space? The 64-gigabyte version is also on sale for $ 145 ($ 75 off).
We consider Fire HD 8 Kids as the best tablet for children for various reasons. It comes with the same features as regular Fire tablets, with the addition of a sturdy case and two-year warranty in the event of accidental loss. As with Echo Dot Kids, you get a free year with Amazon Kids +.
The pro version of Amazon’s Kids tablets is a better option for those with an older child. It’s larger than the HD 8 Kids tablet, allows apps to be installed from a Kids app store (while still providing access to parental controls), and the protective case is less intense.
Eero 6 got a place on our list of Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers for its simplicity – Gear Team contributor Simon Hill said it was one of the easiest to set up. While it was also one of the slower systems he tested (at longer distances), it still turned out to offer fairly wide coverage and a stable connection. Specifically with this deal, you get one Eero 6 router and two Eero 6 extensions.
Amazon’s Halo is not our best choice for tracking health and fitness, but it is useful for tracking voice tones. WIRED senior associate editor Adrienne So said, despite her discomfort with the idea of Halo, its ability to detect changes in her emotional and psychological states, via the tone of her voice, created change in her own relationship.
Dealer sales pages and coupons
Want to browse the early Black Friday sales yourself? Here are a few places that offer deals. Be sure to check out our many buying and gift guides for further ideas.
- Amazon sale
- Target sales, coupons
- Walmart sale, coupons
- Bed, bath and sale, coupons
- REI Get Up Get Out Sale
- Best buy sale, coupons
- QVC sales, coupons
- Kohl’s, coupons
- Moosejaw Sale, Coupons
- Adorama sale, coupons
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