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Black Friday may have come and gone, but the deals on Amazon devices lasted through Cyber Monday and some are still live today. We wouldn't recommend waiting on a good deal though -- they could disappear fast.
Amazon has a bunch of great deals on its devices, but some of the items may ship after Christmas. That means if you're thinking of picking up an Amazon Echo smart speaker or Amazon Fire tablet for a loved one on your shopping list -- or for yourself -- you'll probably want to make a decision soon. Be sure to check those ships dates before you place an order.
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Pretty much everything in the Amazon hardware family -- Kindle readers, Echo Show devices, Fire tablets, Ring doorbells, Echo speakers and Fire TV streamers, for instance -- is at or near its lowest price of the year. Most of these prices are as good as what we typically see during Amazon Prime Day, but we're not sure when that might happen again. Either way, we don't expect these prices to go any lower between now and the end of the year.
This combo deal regularly retails for $60, but it's now on sale for $29. Get the all-new Echo Dot along with a Sengled Smart Bulb and take the first steps in setting up your smart home. Since the Echo Dot is also on sale for $29, you'll be getting the Sengled Smart Bulb for free.
Note this is the Sengled Smart Bulb that requires either Bluetooth control or the Sengled Zigbee hub.
This $50 deal delivers an Echo Show 5 smart display and a Blink Mini camera, a great combo for keeping an eye on other areas of your home. The Echo Show 5 is Amazon's compact 5.5-inch smart display. The Blink Mini is Blink's affordable 1080p HD indoor plug-in security camera.
The combo deal is officially $125 and regularly priced at $110, so this is a pretty hefty savings if you're interested in smart security and Alexa.
Amazon's Echo Flex is a clever little gadget, adding Alexa to a modular smart plug design. You can attach various augmentations to the plug, like an LED clock, a motion sensor or a night-light. To get this little device plus all of Alexa's smarts, for only $10, is a solid deal.
If you want a display for video chatting, watching Netflix or just as a smart alarm clock, the Show 5 -- the smallest smart display from Amazon -- is a great little gadget. It dropped to $45 during Prime Day, and since that price is returning to Best Buy on Nov. 22, we expect it to return to Amazon this weekend, too.
Amazon gave the Echo a total redesign in 2020. The smart speaker is now spherical, but that's not all. The newest Echo sounds great, includes a Zigbee receiver for smart home integration and looks good sitting on your countertop.
This sale saves you $30 off the $100 regular retail price.
The Fire TV Stick Lite is the most affordable way to put Amazon's TV smarts in your home. There aren't TV controls with this model, but you will get full HD, Alexa voice remote "lite" capability and access to thousands of TV channels and subscription options. Regularly $30, this sale cuts a decent $12 off the price.
Note there is also a sale beginning Nov. 20 on a Fire TV Stick Lite accessories bundle that includes the latest Fire TV Stick Lite, a remote case and a Mission Cable USB power cable. Regularly priced at $63, it will be on sale for $50. You can see that deal .
The Amazon Echo Auto is a clever little device that ports Alexa into your car, letting the voice assistant speak and play music through your stereo. At $30 off, it's a solid deal for anyone wanting to smarten up their non-voice-equipped car, plus you can add six months of Amazon Music Unlimited (normally $8 per month) for no extra charge.
If you still pull in live TV over the air, you can record shows and watch them anytime with the Fire TV Recast DVR. This version has a 500GB hard drive (a full 1TB version is also available) with two tuners, so you can record two shows at once.
At this price, the Echo Buds are considerably cheaper than Apple's stock AirPods, which aren't sweatproof and don't offer any kind of noise-canceling capabilities. You get both of those features here and more, including onboard Alexa.
The older version of Amazon's entry-level smart speaker was selling for $19 during Prime Day. That deal is returning to Best Buy -- with a free smart bulb thrown in -- starting Nov. 22, so we assume it will be returning to Amazon too, stock permitting.
For just $2 more than the sale price on the new Fire TV Stick, you can upgrade to the 4K model to support even the swankiest streaming. You'll get all the goodies baked into the Fire TV Stick with the added bonus of better video quality.
The Ring offers live 1080p video, motion alerts and two-way voice communication and a feature called Pre-Roll (when someone or something trips the motion sensor, you can see what happened before that). This deal saves nearly 50% off the regular $250 retail price and throws in an Echo Show 5 ($90 list price) to boot.
Note, the Ring Pro doesn't have a rechargeable battery. If you can't connect it to the existing doorbell wires at your front door, this isn't the video doorbell for you.
The Fire HD 10 tablet delivers upgrades like USB-C charging and a faster processor for better performance. There's also a 2-megapixel front camera and 32GB of memory in the regularly priced $150 base model.
The Fire HD 10 has the same better-than-1080p (1,900x1,200-pixel-resolution) display as the previous model and the same microSD expansion slot for additional storage up to 512GB. This sale is for nearly 50% off the regular price.
If the Fire HD 10 costs more than you want to spend on your toddler's tablet, the Fire 7 Kids Edition is also on sale beginning Nov. 20 for $40 off the regular $100 price. You'll still get the Amazon Kids Plus subscription, child-proof case and two-year guarantee.
The Fire 7 Kids Edition has 16GB of internal storage and up to 7 hours of battery life, a microSD card for up to 512GB of expandable storage and a screen with a 1,024x600-pixel resolution.
This might be the best deal in this roundup: $479 gets you this brand-new, CNET Editors' Choice Award-winning Wi-Fi 6 mesh router setup. The big brother to the Eero 6 listed below, the Pro version is great if you have internet service over 500Mbps and want to ensure that you get that speed for every device in your home.
The updated Kindle joins the Black Friday sale list with a $30 discount. Adjustable brightness and 8GB of storage should meet the basic needs of a typical digital reader. Upgrade your purchase with Kindle Unlimited and ad removal for an additional fee.
Resolution Full HD 1080pField of View 110 degreesSetup Moveable, outdoorExtra Features Livestreaming, motion alerts, two-way talk, integration with Amazon Alexa, wirelessPrice $100
Blink Outdoor smart security cameras come in multiple kits, and this sale offers up to $130 on a set. The largest kit available (and the $130-off deal) is a five-camera option for $250. An add-on camera will set you back $60, a $30 discount.
Blink Outdoor cameras are wireless battery-powered HD security cameras that run for up to two years on the included two AA batteries. You can get motion-detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app, and these cameras work with Alexa for voice commands and smart home integration.