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Amazon discounts still available: $70 Echo, $100 Paperwhite and more

Spark up some Valentine's Day romance with a smart speaker.

While Amazon was pulling out all the stops with its star-studded 2019 Super Bowl commercial two Sundays ago, it was also slashing prices on a wide array of its Alexa-powered devices, including its Echo smart speaker and Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Now, with Valentine's Day on the horizon, some of these deals are still available -- though we don't know for how much longer. Our advice: Act now, while the company may be preoccupied with other matters.

We've rounded up the key deals here.

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Echo Show 2018 for $180 (save $50)

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The Echo Show has seen serious competition from Google's smart display devices, which are often cheaper (and, in some ways, better). But if you're an Alexa-only household, getting $50 off the 10-inch Echo Show is nothing to sniff at.

The Show is currently on back-order, but is still available for purchase. Amazon says it will be back in stock on Feb. 23.

Read the CNET review.

 

Fire TV Recast bundle with Fire TV Stick 4K and HD antenna, $250 (save $50)

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Amazon's Recast normally costs $230 by itself. This bundle includes the DVR system -- plus the Fire TV Stick 4K, which is a great value at $40 on its own -- and an HD antenna, which could tack on an additional $10 to $40 or more. This is a solid deal on a comprehensive cord-cutting solution.

Read the CNET review.

 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $100 (save $30)

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Amazon's 2018 refresh of its Paperwhite e-book reader is an enthusiastic CNET Editors' Choice for anyone looking for a dedicated reading device. It's finally waterproof, and the addition of Bluetooth audio makes it great for audiobook fans, too.

Read the CNET review.

 

Amazon Echo (second-gen) for $70 (save $30)

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Alexa remains the gold-standard voice assistant in the game, and the new and improved Echo was already worthwhile at $100. For $70, it's a steal.

Read the CNET review.

 

Amazon Smart Plug for $20 (save $5)

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If you're already committed to Alexa gear, this smart plug will do the trick -- and this is about as good a price as you'll find. That noted, there are better -- though more expensive -- smart plugs out out there, like the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Power Monitoring, that provide more customization and broader compatibility. (Amazon has cut the original $10 discount in half, but that's still 20 percent off its normal price.)

Read the CNET review.

 

No longer available: AmazonBasics Microwave with Alexa, $42 (save $18)

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This deal was no longer available as of Feb. 12.

This is a compelling price for any plain old microwave this size -- but, of course, this AmazonBasics model has support for Alexa built in, too. You'll still need an Echo speaker nearby to parse your commands -- the microwave doesn't have an integrated microphone -- but if Alexa has already taken over your home, this microwave is an obvious next step.

The Microwave is currently on back-order but still available for purchase. Amazon says it will be back in stock on Feb. 19.

Read the CNET review.

 

Originally published on Feb. 4.
Update, Feb. 13: Noted that AmazonBasics Microwave is no longer available at $42, and confirmed that other deals are still active.

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