Amazon's best 'secret' early Black Friday tech deals — including a new Echo Dot for 50% off
Psst: Did you know Amazon has a hidden section devoted to secret sales on its own devices? It's true! On any given day, the retail giant adds and removes deals from this secret hub on a handful of Echo smart devices, Fire TV video streamers and Kindle e-readers — and the early Black Friday savings are especially great. If you’re looking to build out a smart home or just want to read mountains of books on one goes-anywhere screen, you need to know about this page. Here are our current fave finds.
The Echo Dot 5th Generation has all the features you know and love in an Alexa-enabled device, but with the crispest, clearest audio yet. This petite device — it's less than four inches in diameter — looks great perched on your countertop or on a bookshelf. The Charcoal, Deep Sea Blue and Glacier White varieties are all on sale!
"Nothing to dislike!" said a satisfied shopper. "The 4th-generation Dot was great, but audio was not perfect. But this is — the clarity and quick responses. It's like you're talking to a person! That is how quick her perception is of what you will say."
Fire HD 8 tablet
You can do so much with Amazon's latest Fire HD tablet, including stream movies, shop online and play games for up to 12 hours before needing to find an outlet. An updated hexa-core processor helps this work up to 30% faster than previous generations of Fire HD tablets.
"The Amazon Fire HD 8 works similar to an iPad. Is very fast and easy to set up and use," said a satisfied shopper.
Amazon Eero Pro 6E Mesh Wi-Fi System
The Eero Pro 6E supports network speeds up to 2.3 Gbps, allowing you to blaze through the internet at a speed that feels right for you. The system — which supports up to 100 devices at once — reduces the risk of drop-offs and dead spots, and can be set up in minutes.
"This is the best system I've ever used," said a happy customer. "The speeds are incredible.... I do not ever see dropouts or dead spaces."
Fire TV Stick 4K
Get rid of cable with this handy device. It gives you access to a huge array of streaming services so you can enjoy all your favorite shows and movies. Simply plug the Fire TV Stick 4K into one of your 4K TV’s HDMI ports, and the streaming device will immediately search for your home’s Wi-Fi network and wait for you to log in. You’ll find fun interactive settings, like pop-up results for actor and director names via IMDb. There's even Alexa voice assistant.
"If you get this new Fire Stick, forget cable," one savvy Amazon shopper shared. "I love this new Fire Stick. I need one for each room. It has more features and stations that are free and come with the Fire Stick."
Insignia 50-Inch UHD Smart Fire TV
This Insignia model is a Fire TV, allowing you to stream 4K movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, YouTube, Disney+, Prime Video, Sling TV, Paramount+, Peacock and more. Alexa is built into the remote, so you can simply find your favorite show by using your voice.
"What an amazing TV," said five-star reviewer. "I absolutely love it... I got rid of the cable FOREVER. I am a total streamer now."
Blink Outdoor 3 Cam Kit Bundle with Echo Show 5
The Blink Outdoor 3 Cam Kit features three outdoor cameras and an Echo Show 5 to help you secure your home. With this security set, you can see, hear and speak to people in and outside your home through your security system on your phone or Echo Show — and see what's happening thanks to an HD live view.
"If you're looking for easy and inexpensive, as I was, Blink is the way to go," said a five-star fan. "Adding a camera to the system is as easy as scanning a QR code. The video quality for the price is exceptional, even at night. I like the way you can schedule the system to arm and disarm automatically at night in a very granular way on a seven-day plan."
Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Essentials Bundle
Want to catch up on your reading the modern way? The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition Bundle holds all your books but weighs just six ounces. It also grants you access to Amazon’s ginormous Kindle library — get thousands of titles delivered straight to your e-reader. Read for up to 10 weeks without needing a recharge (not a typo). The Paperwhite has a screen that looks like, well, actual paper, so you can get more of that real-book feel. This set comes with its own case and stand.
"When I read about the new Kindle Paperwhite I really couldn’t believe I needed another device, but I am an avid reader, and it just sounded great," said a satisfied shopper. "I ordered it. I love it. It reads so much like a book, has more memory and holds a charge for longer. It was a great buy."
Amazon Fire TV 65" Omni Series
Autumn is the yearly sweet spot for the best movies and TV series, not to mention the NFL, NBA and NHL. Time to watch in style with this 65" Omni Series TV. It features a stellar screen, of course, but also our favorite integrated voice assistant. So, you can say, "Alexa, turn on the TV," without having to lift your tired limbs off the couch. And, at $110 off, this is a total steal.
"This TV is amazing!" said a happy customer. "I'm blown away by this TV's picture. The setup was easy."
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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Headphones and earbuds
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Insignia 42-inch Class F20 Series Smart Full HD 1080p Fire TV$170 $270Save $100
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Tablets and tech
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