Amazon is kicking off its annual Prime Day sales event with massive deals on its own tablets, smart home gadgets, and more. That includes significant price drops on some of its most popular products such as the Amazon Fire and Kindle-branded tablets. In addition to price drops on Echo smart home gadgets, Eero Wi-Fi, Blink Cameras, and even a couple of wearables.
Prime day is short-lived though and these deals won’t stick around. So let’s take a closer look at what Amazon’s got.
Smart home from Amazon for Prime Day
Now, it wouldn’t be an Amazon Prime Day if there weren’t deals on the company’s Alexa-powered smart home ecosystem. And that starts with the first-generation Amazon Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8. Those who don’t mind picking up the older generation of display-enhanced smart speakers can expect some of the steepest discounts yet. The Amazon Echo Show 5, for instance, is on sale for $44.99 — down from $79.99. The first-gen Amazon Echo Show 8, conversely, is down by $40 to $69.99.
As the naming implies, for that price, buyers get either a 5-inch or 8-inch smart display that includes support for Amazon Alexa. But also for the Amazon smart home ecosystem. So these can be used for everything from video calling to managing connected and linked smart home gadgets. Or just as a display-enabled gadget for listening to music with decent quality for their size.
Conversely, the second-generation Amazon Echo Show 8 is also on sale as part of the Prime Day deals promotion. That packs an updated camera and a few other small improvements. And, available in either Charcoal or Glacier White, it only costs $94.99 for Prime Day — down from $129.99.
The third-generation Amazon Echo Show 10, on the other hand, is down to its lowest-ever price at $189.99 from $249.99 and is available in the same colors. But this updated Echo Show comes with a screen that rotates for panning and zooming automatically. So it can keep track of users during video calls and during other tasks. Moreover, it works as a 13-megapixel security camera and the panning should be especially useful there. And that’s all with a 10.1-inch display.
For those who don’t want a full display to deal with — and the entertainment possibilities that go with that, Amazon is also offering deals on its more standard smart speakers for Prime Day. Starting with the newest generation of Echo Dot and the Echo Dot with Clock. These are the smallest of Amazon’s smart speakers and are priced to match.
The clock-free Amazon Echo Dot is priced at half off at $24.99. Getting that same desk-ready speaker with a digital clock costs around 42-percent less than usual. With that gadget’s price coming in at $34.99.
Or, for those who want a full-size Echo smart speaker, with better audio, a 3.5mm audio jack, stereo pairing, and other features, buyers can pay 40-percent less than the usual $99.99 price tag. The standard Amazon Echo smart speaker is presently priced at $59.99.
Now, having a smart home is not all about entertainment. Or security, which will be covered here later on. It’s also about having a solid internet connection that adapts to suit a home’s needs. And that’s where Amazon’s Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi System enters the mix.
As its branding implies Eero 6 is a Wi-Fi system that creates a multi-connection-point home internet experience via a central hub and extenders. As part of Amazon Prime Day deals, buyers can pick up a bundle with one router and two extenders for just $181. That’s 35-percent off the usual $279.00 price tag and covers homes or businesses up to 5,000 square feet.
Additionally, Eero 6 supports Wi-Fi 6 standards in a dual-band configuration. So buyers can be sure they’re getting the best internet connection available. And, for those that need more Eero Beacon extenders for more square footage, those are part of the deals for Amazon Prime Day too.
Of course, not everybody needs quite that much coverage. For those who just need a new router, Amazon’s Eero Pro router is down by 30-percent to $139.00. That not only offers up to 1,750 square feet of coverage with tri-band gigabit internet support. It also comes completely compatible with mesh setups in case users need that later on. Or want to incorporate the router in with their current mesh network.
Smart cameras and smart entertainment are at a discount too
Home security is at a discount as part of the Amazon Prime Day deals too. Including some of Amazon’s Blink products.
To begin with, the Blink Indoor and Outdoor camera kits are priced to move at 38-percent and 40-percent off, respectively. That puts their pricing at $49.99 and $59.99. Two-way audio, two years of battery life, motion detection, and HD recording are hallmarks for these gadgets. As is the ability to view in night-vision as needed.
Another big perk, of course, is the ability to watch the footage or review old footage from anywhere. Making these great additions to a smart home environment for those who need security cameras. In terms of differences, the primary differentiator is that the “outdoor” variant is more than capable of withstanding whatever weather is thrown at it. So it’s ready to be placed outside, as compared to the “indoor” variant.
For those who don’t need a wireless option but still want a camera with motion and sound-based capture, smartphone notifications, and smart home integration, the Blink Mini indoor security camera is on sale too. In fact, during Prime Day, it only costs $19.99. That’s 43-percent off its typical cost.
Streaming media is another area where Amazon is hitting out as part of its Prime Day deals. Starting with the most powerful Fire TV-branded streaming gadget in its roster. The Dolby Vision, HDR+, 4K-ready Fire TV Cube. Ordinarily, buyers would pay roughly $120 for this Amazon gadget. For Prime Day, it’s on sale for just $79.99. Complete with all of the accessories and Alexa support built right in.
For those who want something simpler, without losing the extras — including HDR10+ support, Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is on sale too. That includes several bundles, such as one that includes an ethernet adapter. But the gadget, typically priced at around $50, now only costs $24.99.
Finally, for those who don’t own a 4K television yet or for those who just want the basics, without the TV controls found in the remotes of the other gadgets, there’s the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite. The FHD gadget still brings Alexa-based voice controls. But it’s priced for Prime Day at just $17.99 rather than the more standard $30 price tag.
Tablets are at a steep discount for Prime Day
Amazon’s Fire HD tablets may be all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still pumping out and selling Kindle e-readers. And there are three Amazon Kindle tablets with deals for Amazon Prime Day too.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers great contrast, is waterproof, and features Audible support for audiobooks. For the latter feature, Bluetooth is available for headphones or speakers. As well as available covers for keeping the glare-free 300 ppi screen safe. And it’s currently on sale in all four of its available colors for just $79.99 — down from $129.99.
The most expensive of the Kindle family, conversely, can be had for Prime Day for just $184.99. That’s as opposed to its usual $249.99 price. And that adds a more robust, sleek design, as well warm light display output and physical page turn buttons.
Last, but not least, the standard base model Kindle is down by around $35 to just $54.99. While the standard base model doesn’t ship with quite the same extra features, it does offer a sleek design in two colors. And it does now come with a Built-in Front Light to make reading in low-light or at night much easier.
For a more full-featured Amazon tablet, the Fire HD 10, which Android Headlines recently reviewed, is down to just $79.99 for Prime Day. That’s from its more typical $149.99 price tag. There are also deals on the “Plus” variant of this Amazon tablet for Prime Day, which brings even better processors, and other specs. But the biggest difference is its wireless charging, which isn’t found in the standard Amazon Fire HD 10.
The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus typically costs $179.99. But it can be had today for just $109.99.
Of course, those are just the latest generation of Amazon Android-based tablets. And that’s to say nothing about the latest Amazon Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 8 Plus. Both of which happen to be on sale as well.
With a smaller, more portable build, great battery life, USB-C charging, and reasonable performance and specs, this is the tablet to buy for younger users. Or for those who just don’t want to lug around a 10-inch tablet. And it’s currently on sale starting from $44.99 — down from $89.99 Or for $64.99 for those who want the Plus variant.
…and what about wearables?
Available in both Glacier White and Black, Amazon’s second-generation Echo Buds are available in two models for today’s Prime Day deals. And both are discounted. The standard, wired charging variant can be had for just $79.99. That’s down from $119.99. While the wireless charging variant can be had for 29-percent less than is usually the case at $99.99.
The wireless charging is the biggest difference between the two configurations and the latter can also be bundled with a charging pad. But regardless of which pair is purchased, these are going to offer great audio. Not least of all thanks to active noise canceling.
Additionally, Amazon packs these with easy-access Amazon Alexa AI. And with support for other ecosystems’ AI, such as Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri. 5-hours of playback per charge, 3 mics for better quality in calls and better ANC, as well as better audio quality than in any previous Amazon earbud, all join together to make these a great value at their normal price. And a steal at this discounted price.
Another wearable that’s come to Amazon Prime Day on sale is Amazon Echo Frames. These are smart glasses with an Alexa twist, available in Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue, and Classic Black colorations. And, beyond hands-free Alexa support, they offer open-ear audio. So they push sound directly to users’ ears without disturbing others.
All of that is settings aside deeper settings for which notifications can come through, automatic volume adjustments, and support for other AI assistants. And, of course, all of that is fully enabled by voice recognition. So these won’t be responding to anybody but whoever is wearing them.
For those with prescription lenses, those are supported as well. All for around 30-percent off their usual price. With the cost down at $174.99 for Prime Day.
Completing the range of wearable deals from the company for Prime Day is the Amazon Halo Band. This fitness tracker from Amazon is available in Black + Onyx, Blush + Rose Gold, or Winter + Silver colorations. And is currently priced at around 30-percent off of its usual list price at $69.99.
For that cost, buyers get full health tracking, including heart rate, sleep time, steps, body composition, and a lot more. With ready access to intensity-based activity tracking, as well as a full suite of workouts from experts. Including experts at Lifesum and SWEAT.
Some features are locked behind a subscription to Amazon’s health tracking service, of course. But Alexa integration, up to 7 days of battery life, and swim tracking make this band an excellent buy for those who need tracking without too much bulk or the extra watch-like features.
Anything for the gamers?
The final discount among Amazon’s products for Prime Day is one that’s already been on sale from Prime members. And more specifically, for gamers. Namely, that’s Amazon’s Luna gaming controller. Priced at 30-percent off at a price of $48.99 — or just over $61 with a clip to mount a phone — this is a controller meant to work explicitly with Amazon Luna.
Luna is Amazon’s answer to Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service. As such, it works on PC, Mac, Fire TV devices, iPhone, iPad, and Android.