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Now that the holidays are over, it's time to buy yourself a present — and Amazon's super-secret sale site is a great place to find significant discounts. This week the sale includes all kinds of tech devices from smart TVs and tablets to wearables and home cameras.
This week we found great deals on the Halo fitness band (a whopping 50 percent off!) and the latest Echo Show 8 smart home device, which comes bundled with a smart Blink Mini security camera for just $75. You can check out all the gadgets on sale here.
Of course, if you're an Amazon Prime member you can get your purchases even faster — Prime members get two-day shipping on many items. And Prime members get additional access to TV shows, movies, audiobooks and more. If you're not a member yet, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here.
Amazon Halo Band is just $50
Amazon’s unique Halo fitness band is currently 50 percent off, down to just $50. The Halo is designed to measure steps, heart rate and sleep – all without a screen. Though it looks more like a piece of futuristic jewelry, the Halo offers accurate fitness features and comes with a six month membership to the band’s full suite of fitness tools, and a library of workouts and programs. It’s also rare in that it offers a BMI measurement and can track your tone of voice to help you identify ways to communicate better.
A happy user who boasts they love the device shares “It’s extremely lightweight which makes for easy wear night and day…The activity aspect of it has been very useful, and I really enjoy the sleep calculator. The way it calculates your exercise seems to be way more accurate than a FitBit or an Apple Watch….And this baby stays charged and it takes 20 minutes to get to a full charge.”
Amazon's Echo Dot smart speaker is just $25
The Amazon Echo Dot is a great choice for your first smart home device. It's unobtrusive and easy to find a place for and it has all the smart features you'll want. It can stream music, or play podcasts and audiobooks; it can make calls; and it can deliver weather, news and traffic updates. Using your voice you can ask Alexa to answer questions, set alarms, create routines or control your smart home devices like lights or thermostats. And you're saving 38 percent off the regular price!
One clever reviewer shares, “I started putting in reminders for medications, starting dinner, to remember to switch the laundry…Now Alexa keeps all my lists and can read them to me. I set up a Google calendar and Alexa can also remind me what events are coming up. I wish I had tried it much sooner. My husband was so amazed, he bought a second one for me! He enjoys having Alexa play sports talk radio and news, and I’ve started to listen to audiobooks more.”
Get 48 percent off an Amazon Echo Show 8 with a Blink Mini camera
A first-generation Echo Show 8 smart home hub bundled with a Blink Mini smart camera is currently marked down 48 percent, to just $75 — it originally sold for $145! With more than 205,000 (!) five-star reviews, the Echo Show 8 makes a great kitchen companion: It can display recipe videos, stream Netflix or play tunes from Spotify and Apple Music. Plus, the included Blink Mini camera can monitor your home day and night.
Thanks to Alexa you can use the Echo Show 8 to control any compatible smart-home devices you might have (including your new Blink camera). That means when you’re elbow-deep in meatloaf prep and the doorbell rings, you can say, “Alexa show me the front door” and get a visual from your porch camera without even washing your hands.
One reviewer, who calls the Echo Show 8 the best item they have ever purchased for themselves on Amazon, shares: “I am absolutely amazed at the sound quality for starters. This Echo Show packs exceptional sound quality into its small design. The screen resolution is very nice for the photo displays...The Echo 8 is actually small enough to use on a nightstand and it has a night mode which will show the clock alone on a dark screen.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Headphones and earbud deals:
iLuv TB100 Wireless Earbuds, $25 (was $40), amazon.com
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Video game deals:
NBA 2K22 for PlayStation 4, $25 (was $60), amazon.com
Smart home deals:
Google Nest Thermostat, $97 (was $130), amazon.com
Esicoo Smart Plug, $20 (was $30), amazon.com
Baimei Jade Roller & Gua Sha, $17 (was $25), amazon.com
Mellanni King Sheets, $38 (was $51), amazon.com
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