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The Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon Devices

Amazon is currently in an internal crisis regarding Alexa. The company’s voice assistant is expected to lose $10 million this year. It might not be a good idea to invest right now in its Alexa-powered devices. Amazon also makes tons of hardware. These include Kindles which are among the most popular ebook readers on the market, as well as Fire tablets or Fire TV sticks. Amazon’s Black Friday sale is a great time to purchase everything.

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These deals were hand-picked by us, who test products all year. We will publish products that have been sold out or are no longer available at the time of publication. Crossed out . This guide will be updated throughout Cyber Monday and Black Friday.

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Deals on Kindle

We love Kindles. They are easy to use, reliable, and perform as expected. They can store thousands of books, and they last for a month. To narrow down your search, read our Best Amazon Kindles Guide. Below are Kindles at their lowest prices ever.

 

Kindle Paperwhite

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The Kindle Paperwhite should be the most popular item. It has a 6.8 inch screen with adjustable warm lighting and is waterproof, making it an excellent choice for those who like to read by the pool or on the beach. This is the lowest price we have seen since last year. It charges via USB-C.

The Paperwhite Signature Edition ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) has a few extra features over the standard Paperwhite. The Signature edition has 32 gigabytes of storage, while the standard version has 8 gigabytes. This makes it easier to turn pages. If you have a lot to listen to, it’s a great choice.

Amazon’s basic Kindle was updated this year with a few worthwhile upgrades. The screen is brighter, at 300 pixels per inch (PPI), up from 197 PPI in its predecessor. Additionally, the built-in light has a dark mode to help you read at night. Amazon has also replaced the MicroUSB port with a USB-C connector, so you can use the same cable that you use for your Android phone or laptop. The 16 gigabytes of storage can hold thousands of ebooks.

 

Kindle Oasis

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The Kindle Oasis offers a luxurious experience. The Kindle Oasis has a 7-inch display, auto-adjust brightness, aluminum body, speedy performance, tactile page-turn keys, and is the only Kindle to have physical page-turn button. It is also waterproof.

The Paperwhite Kids Edition is a great choice for young bookworms. The 6.8-inch screen is large and it comes with a 1-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which offers access to parental controls and a kid-friendly content collection. You don’t need to worry about accidental spills.

Fire Tablet Deals

A Fire tablet is easy to justify. They are affordable and highly capable slates. They’re affordable and capable slates. The software mostly features Amazon content. There’s no Google Play Store so app selection is limited ( there’s an workaround), however, they’re fine screens for media consumption. For more information, see our Best Amazon Fire Tablets guide.

 

Fire HD 10

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Fire HD 10 ( 7/10, WIRED Recommends ) is our favorite Fire tablet. The Fire HD 10 has a bright display, enough RAM, and a long battery life. The HD10 With Bluetooth Keyboard is also available for $160 (35%) It’s a great setup for light work and you’ll receive a year of Microsoft 365.

The Fire HD 10 Plus is worth the extra money if you have the budget. The Fire HD 10 Plus has the same screen size and 1080p resolution as the Fire HD 10. However, it has 4 gigabytes instead of 3GB. This makes for a smoother experience when using multiple apps. You can also use wireless charging to charge your phone.

Fire 7 tablets were not recommended by us before because they were slow. However, this new model is much faster. The tablet has a faster processor, longer battery life (charges via USB-C port), double the RAM and a larger storage capacity. The SD card can now store up to 1 Terabyte. This is a great little slate that you can carry around. However, you should still get the Fire HD 8.

 

Fire HD 8

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Amazon’s Fire HD 8 is now thinner and has a slightly faster processor. It is a compact device that is both small and large. It’s very efficient and has a long battery life. The Fire HD8 Plus has more RAM and wireless charging for $65 (or 55 percent off).

The Fire HD 8 Kids’ edition is identical to the Fire HD 8 above. The two-year guarantee that Amazon will replace your tablet if it breaks within the time frame is an additional cost. Also, Amazon includes a rugged case and one-year of Amazon Kids+. The Kids Pro version is more suitable for older children, as it offers a dedicated Kids app store that parents can install .

The new Fire 7 Kids tablet is available for children younger than 7 years old. It has a 30% faster processor. Scott Gilbertson, a WIRED reviewer, says that his children have found the 7-inch screen size difficult to use. If a smaller screen is not an issue, it might be a good choice.

Because it is larger, the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro works well for older children. The app store allows kids to request that their parents approve the installation of apps. It is also lighter in weight.

Fire TV Deals

Do you love Amazon Prime? A Fire TV Stick is an excellent addition to your entertainment system. While it prioritizes Amazon content over streaming services like Hulu or Netflix, you still have access to all major streaming services. For more information, be sure to visit our Best TV Streaming devices guide.

 

Fire TV Stick 4K

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We recommend the Fire TV Stick 4K Max to Amazon loyalists. The menus are geared towards Amazon’s Prime Video app, and buying content from its store. The new model also features more memory (2GB versus 1.5), Wi-Fi 6 support, and a picture in-picture feature to view your security camera feed. This stick will deliver the best streaming quality.

Although the Fire TV Stick 4K does not have Wi-Fi 6 support, it has slightly less internal storage, so performance will be slower. However, it is still a great stick (especially as you will need a Wi Fi 6 router to enjoy the faster speeds on Fire TV Stick 4K max).

The Fire TV Stick Lite is a great option for those who don’t have a 4K TV but still want to upgrade. We have access to all major streaming apps and tested older HD models. The Alexa remote will also come in a simplified version. It won’t have volume controls or TV power buttons. There will not be any buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime, or other apps. Voice commands are not supported.

Amazon Deals: More

Amazon also owns brands such as Eero, Blink, and Blink. We have pooled the top sales on these devices, too.

For its simplicity, the Eero 6 makes our Best mesh Wi-Fi Routers guide. It’s one the slowest systems we tested, but it offers a good coverage and stable connection. The router comes with two Eero6 extenders and one Eero 6. The Eero Pro 6 is available for $148 (81%).

The Pro routers and nodes are the same as the Eero 6 system, but they have more features. They are larger and can handle faster speeds. The Pro routers and nodes also have an additional 5-GHz band which allows it to manage simultaneous streams from multiple connected devices. If you have an internet connection of more than 500 Mbps, we recommend that you upgrade.

Our Best Fitness Trackers guide awarded the Halo View an honorable mention. It is comfortable, affordable, and the companion app makes it easy to use. It also has the lowest price we have seen. Adrienne So, senior associate editor at WIRED, isn’t keen on how it asks you to remove your underwear in order to determine body fat composition.

 

Halo Fitness Tracker

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Amazon’s Halo may not be our favorite choice for fitness and health tracking, but it’s useful for voice-tone tracking. Adrienne So, WIRED editor, also tested it. She claims that, despite her discomfort with this tracker, the Halo’s ability detect changes in her emotional and psychological states by the tone of her voice made a difference in her relationship.

While we are still testing the Blink Video Doorbells, we have given it an honorable mention in our Best Video Doorbell Cams guide. The Blink Video Doorbell is affordable and also works with Alexa. It comes in both a battery-powered and a tethered version. The bundle includes two outdoor cameras from Blink, giving you greater coverage of your home. Other bundles are also available. This is the lowest-priced bundle we have ever tracked.

Amazon just launched this mount for the Blink Mini camera. We haven’t yet tried it. The mount can pan and tilt to give you 360-degree views of any room. The bundle includes the Mini camera. However, you can buy the mount separately if you already have the Mini.

Echo Speaker Deals

We have tested many other speakers and smart displays in addition to these. You can find more Alexa-powered devices in our Best Echo/Alexa Speakers guide. You can also check our Best Speakers guide or Best Displays guide if you’re looking for something more than Amazon.

 

Echo Studio

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The Echo Studio is recommended for the best sound quality. It has 350 watts of power and a downward-firing speaker, a midrange speaker that can be heard upwards, and two side-facing speakers. The Echo Studio will adjust the sound according to the space and both it and the subwoofer will listen. For a soundbar experience, you can purchase and pair up two of these. To protect your privacy, read our tips on securing your smart speaker.

Amazon has not yet released a successor to its flagship smart speakers, although it may have launched a 5th generation Echo Dot. The title of Best Overall for our Best Alexa speakers guide still goes to the Echo (4th Generation). It is compact and can be used in any room of the house.

The Echo Dot’s latest version comes with a custom full-range driver that produces better sound. There is also a sensor that triggers Alexa based on temperature. This allows Alexa to turn on your smart fan if the room becomes too hot. It’s not the best choice if you only use it to play music. You can control the timer and music using gesture control by tapping the Dot’s top. The new Echo Dot With Clock also available for $40 (or $20 off).

The Echo Dot’s new children’s version comes with many of the same upgrades and gesture controls as the regular Echo Dot. There are two adorable new designs available: an owl or a dragon. Like previous models, you will have parental controls and one-year Amazon Kids+.

 

Echo Show 8

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The Amazon Echo Show 8 smart display is our favourite Alexa-powered smart device . It’s a perfect size for video calls, reading recipes and streaming content. The small size of the screen makes it ideal for use on your nightstand or kitchen counter. For added privacy, there’s a switch that cuts off power to the mic and camera.

The Echo Show 10 is a larger smart screen that can swivel almost 360 degrees. This allows you to follow your movements while on a video call, or viewing a recipe. The audio quality will be better.

We were critical of the Echo Show 5‘s small screen. It is too difficult to use comfortably. It’s still a viable option for those who want a small smart display to place on their nightstand. The display also features a privacy shutter and a physical muffle button. Although it dropped slightly during Prime Early Access Sale (which is still a great deal), this is still a good deal.

 

Echo Show 15

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This is Amazon’s largest Echo smart screen to date, with a 15.6 inch Full HD display. The new home screen features widgets for shopping lists, to-do lists and calendars. It also supports picture-in-picture mode. It can be used to stream Prime Video and Netflix as well as display family photos and art. You can also use the 5-megapixel camera and microphones for video calls (which you can disable for privacy). It has not been tested yet.

Although these buds ( 8/10, WIRED Recommends ) have been priced lower in the past, it is still an amazing deal. These buds are easy to pair and have great sound. They also come with a wireless charging bag and multiple sizes of ear tips. Alexa will be in your ear, ready to assist you with any task. The noise cancellation is not the best and sweaty hair can trigger touch controls.

Black Friday Sales

You can browse the sales by yourself. These are the top Black Friday deals from some of the most renowned retailers.

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