Nearly every Alexa-enabled device is on sale at Amazon as of Aug. 16. Our favorites:
- OUR TOP PICK: Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) — Save $30
BEST FOR YOUNGER KIDS: Fire 7 Kids Pro tablet — Save $40
BEST FOR THE DORM: Echo Dot (4th Gen) — Save $15
Whether you’re heading back to school or just looking to up your tech game, Amazon’s “Off to College” sale is bringing steep discounts to basically every single Amazon device. We’re talking up to 44% off Echo devices, up to 40% off Fire tablets, and more.
These sweet deals run through Aug. 22. Check out the full list of discounted devices at Amazon, and peep our top picks below if you need help deciding which one to bring home.
OUR TOP PICK: Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen) — $54.99
The Echo Show 5 is an ideal bedside table assistant — perfect for the busy student. You can set alarms, timers, and reminders with your voice, and enjoy access to your calendar, the weather, and the news. You’ll also be able to make video calls to friends and family, use your favorite music and video streaming sites, and control connected smart devices. This is one of the first deals we’ve seen on the new Echo Show 5 since it’s release earlier this year, and it’s by far the best price yet.
BEST FOR YOUNGER KIDS: Fire 7 Kids Pro tablet — $59.99
If back to school season is coming up for your little one, a Fire Kids tablet can bring education — and fun — to the mix. The tablet is complete with customizable parental controls, so you decide what your child can view. Kids can request apps, and parents have the ability to approve any downloads or purchases. There are also options to approve contacts for video calls, block certain websites, and more.
With purchase, you’ll also get one free year of Amazon Kids+, which will give your child access to tons of apps, games, books, videos, and songs. There’s even educational content courtesy of National Geographic, Rabbids Coding, and LEGO.
BEST FOR THE DORM: Echo Dot (4th Gen) — $34.99
College students need to save as much time as possible (all those papers aren’t going to write themselves) and the Echo Dot makes things easy with hands-free control. Ask Alexa to play lo-fi study beats while you’re cramming for an exam, Google a question on your homework, or make calls to your family — all without having to whip out your phone. This deal brings the Echo Dot within $6 of its lowest Amazon price to date, making Amazon’s budget-friendly smart speaker even more affordable.
MORE GREAT DEALS
Fire HD 10 Plus tablet — Starting at $129.99
If you’re anticipating a hybrid school model for your child, or if you need another device to take video calls on while you work from home, the Fire HD 10 Plus tablet is a good, relatively affordable option. It features wireless charging, 4 GB of RAM, and a 12-hour battery life. Plus, with multiple storage options and the choice between an ad-supported lock screen or an ad-free one, you’ll be able to choose the tablet that’s best for your lifestyle (and your budget).
Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) — $99.99
The latest Echo Show 8 features a few upgrades to its predecessors, including an updated camera, auto-framing for video calls, and a faster processor for easy multitasking. It’s ideal for catching up with loved ones via video call, managing smart home devices, following along with recipes, and more. This is the lowest Amazon price we’ve seen on the 2nd-gen Echo Show 8, so snap if up if you’re interested.
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