Though Amazon Prime Day isn't here yet — the company's annual mega-sale is due to happen some time later this year — you can grab some great deals on Amazon products right now. Fire TV streaming players, Fire tablets, Echo smart speakers and Kindle erReaders are currently on sale for up to 50% off.
Particularly while we're working and learning via video conferencing, replacing nights at the movies with streaming services, and generally stuck at home, having the right tech can make life a lot easier. So if your home office or home entertainment center could use an upgrade, why not buy on sale?
These are the best deals on Amazon devices right now.
Echo smart screens
The Echo Show is a fantastic platform for video calls, but it's been held back because it doesn't support popular conference call system Zoom. But that's about to change: Zoom is adding Echo Show support later this year. That's going to make the Echo Show a much more useful addition to your home. The downside is only the Echo Show 8 will be compatible, at least to start. However, now's a good time to pick up an Echo Show at a discounted price.
- Echo Show 5 for $69 (save $20)
- Echo Show 8 for $99 (save $30)
- Echo Show (10-1.-inch) for $179 (save $50)
Echo smart speakers
Powered by Amazon Alexa, these smart speakers integrate with almost any smart home devices you have, so they're perfect for adding convenience. Plus they can answer questions, play music and games, place orders on Amazon and a lot more. The Kids Edition also comes with a subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, which includes age-appropriate audiobooks, games and more — ideal for keeping the kids entertained while they're at home.
- Echo Dot for $29 (save $20)
- Echo Dot Kids Edition for $39 (save $30)
- Echo Dot with Clock for $39 (save $20)
- Echo Plus with free Philips Hue bulb for $74 (save $105)
- Echo Studio for $169 (save $30)
Amazon's Fire tablets are some of the best values out there, particularly at sale prices. They're also an especially good buy for kids, because the Kids Edition comes with a worry-free guarantee against damage as well as a subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, which is packed with age-appropriate books, games and TV shows.
- Fire HD 8 with 32GB storage for $59 (save $30)
- Fire 7 Kids Edition for $79 (save $20)
- Fire HD 8 Plus with 32GB storage for $79 (save $30)
- Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for $89 (save $50)
- Fire HD 10 for $99 (save $50)
- Fire HD 10 Kids Edition for $149 (save $50)
Dedicated eReaders offer a great reading experience, with less eye strain and fewer distractions than you'll find on a tablet, whether you're reading for fun or working through a textbook. The Paperwhite is our favorite, with a decent price and a high-resolution screen — plus it's waterproof, so there's no worry if you're reading outside by the pool. And like Amazon's other devices, there's a Kids Edition with a worry-free guarantee and lots of age-appropriate books to keep the kids in reading material.
- Kindle for $69 (save $20)
- Kindle Kids Edition for $89 (save $20)
- Kindle Paperwhite with 8GB storage for $99 (save $30)
Fire TV streaming players
The Fire TV Stick 4K is the cheapest way to add 4K streaming to your television, and it's an even better buy right now. The standard Fire TV stick costs a little less, but the 4K version is only $5 more, which we think is worth the cost even if you haven't upgraded to a 4K TV yet.
Amazon has built Alexa into a variety of accessories, some of which are on sale.
- Echo Wall Clock Mickey Mouse Edition for $40 (save $10)
- Echo Flex Plug for $17.50 (save $7.50)
- Echo Auto for $30 (save $20)
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