Most Amazon devices are affordable, which means when they go on sale, they’re really cheap. Right now, Amazon’s Fire Tablets, Echo speakers, and even Kindle e-readers are seeing some steep discounts, and these prices are some of the best we’ve seen recently. We’ve dug through them all to find our favorite deals and organized them below.
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Kindles are the best way to read digital books. They’re friendlier on the eyes than smartphone screens and battery life is outstanding (about a month per charge). If you’re not sure which one to get, check out our guide to choosing the right Kindle.
Kindle for $65 ($25 off): The 2019 Kindle has everything you need (8/10, WIRED Recommends). This model uses a 6-inch E Ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it lights up so you can read in the dark. The only downsides are it’s not water resistant and it still uses a MicroUSB charging port.
Kindle Paperwhite for $100 ($30 off): The Kindle Paperwhite (9/10 WIRED Recommends) makes a nice upgrade. The touchscreen is noticeably clearer (300 pixels per inch vs. 167 for the standard) and the light is better. The Paperwhite is also rated IPX8, meaning you can read in the tub or beside the pool without stressing about water damage.
Kindle Kids Edition for $85 ($25 off): The Kindle Kids Edition (7/10 WIRED Review) is the same as the regular Kindle in terms of specs. What the extra $20 gets you is a case, two-year guaranteed replacement, and a one-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited. There are no games, ads, or voice assistants to invade your child’s life and you can easily white-list library books and other free content. Did I mention it comes with at two-year guaranteed replacement? It’s worth the extra $20 for that alone. Have you seen what a seven-year-old can do to a Kindle?
Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t the most powerful tablets out there, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper alternative. (As long as your tablet needs are pretty basic.) Check out our guide to Amazon’s Fire tablets for more details.
Fire HD 10 for $110 ($40 off): The Fire HD 10 is the speediest and most well-rounded Amazon tablet. It has a much nicer screen with more pixels (1080p) than either of its siblings, and the latest update bumped the processor and upped the RAM to 2-gigabytes, which makes it speedier. It’s the only Fire tablet to have a USB-C port, so you can charge it with the same cable you use for your Android phone or MacBook. There’s also Show Mode, which turns the tablet into an Echo Show-like device.
Fire HD 8 for $60 ($20 off): The Fire HD 8 is the Fire HD 10’s travel-friendly sibling. The 2018 Fire HD 8 is our favorite all-around Fire tablet (read our review.) It’s portable enough to take with you anywhere, and its screen won’t torture your eyes when you watch Netflix or read on it. The case is on sale for $24 ($6 off) and does a good job of protecting the screen.
The Fire 7 is also on sale, and at $40 it might be worth it. Still, it’s really underpowered, has a screen with visible pixels, and mine constantly drops its Wi-Fi connection. Seriously, when was the last time you remember seeing pixels? You’re better off spending the extra $20 for the Fire 8.
Amazon’s Echo speakers offer a good range of options, ranging from the super simple and cheap Dot to the Show with its impressive 10-inch screen. To make sense of all your options, check out our guide to Amazon Echos and Alexa speakers. Our Security team also put together some tips that will help keep your privacy intact when placing smart speakers around your house.
Echo Show 8 HD for $80 ($50 off): Amazon’s Echo Show 8 is the middle child between the full-size Echo Show and the Echo Show 5. The screen is big enough that weather updates, video chats, and recipes show up clearly, but small enough that it doesn’t take up too much valuable countertop real estate.
Echo Dot for $30 ($20 off): This smart home building block is handy and compact. You can place it nearly anywhere. It sounds pretty good for its size and is a great way to test the world of smart home devices without spending a fortune. Version 3 added a clock you can read from across the room.
Echo Show 5 for $50 ($40 off): The Echo Show 5 isn’t our favorite, but if space is sparse and you want a screen—for example, on your nightstand—it gets the job done.
Echo for $70 ($30 off): The original Echo, now in its third incarnation, is our favorite Echo. It has the same big bass sound of the older Plus model but costs much less.
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