The best tech deals on Amazon for Free Shipping Day 2017 (Photo: Sonos / Amazon)
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The holidays are underway, and Christmas is inching closer and closer. If you’ve still got shopping to do, Free Shipping Day is the perfect time to get a lot done. But there’s not a lot that’s actually on sale, at least not a lot of gift-worthy stuff. However, if you’re looking to pick up a tech gadget or smart device for a loved one, there are a few great options to be found on Amazon.
The best part is that there’s something for every budget so you can make your loved ones feel special as heck without digging yourself into the dreaded holiday debt. People obsessed with “smart” tech especially are sure to love getting something new to add to their smart homes.
1. The best e-reader money can buy
Amazon really cornered the market when it comes to e-readers, and the Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect options for anyone, especially because it’s $20 off right now. While the top-shelf Kindle Oasis ($249.99) is a stunning piece of technology, and the entry-level Kindle ($59.99) works perfectly fine for less, the Paperwhite is the best blend of features and affordability. That’s why we named it the best e-reader of 2017.
Thinking of gifting this to someone? It might be great to pair it with a year of Kindle Unlimited for $83.92, 30% off the regular $120 annual cost. Kindle Unlimited gives readers access to over a million books whenever they want, and it includes unlimited listening with Audible. This also makes a great gift for a loved one who already has a Kindle.
Get the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader for $99.99 and save $20
2. Sonos speakers that sound incredible and work with Alexa
Audiophiles with a penchant for technology will love Sonos smart speakers. (Photo: Sonos)
Sonos is one of the most popular names in the home audio game, but these high-end speakers rarely go on sale. Right now, however, the PLAY:1 and PLAY:3 wireless speakers are both $50 off. Both can be connected to WiFi for wireless streaming from your computer or your phone. And if you have an Amazon Echo with an AUX input, you can connect the Songs speakers to it and ask Alexa to play music from your favorite streaming services. The music will bypass the Echo speakers (which are decent, but nowhere near as good as Sonos) and fill your room with rich sound.
What’s the different between the two? The PLAY:1 is small and can fit virtually anywhere while still sounding fantastic. And the PLAY:3 is larger and packs a bit more of a punch when it comes to sound quality. Both can also be connected to a home entertainment system for a more immersive watching experience.
3. An Amazon Echo that fits any lifestyle
If you want to give someone a smart home tech you know they’ll love, an Amazon Echo smart speaker is a great gift for anyone on your list. With one of these futuristic and fun devices, your loved ones can ask Alexa to check the weather, play games, share news updates, track Amazon packages, make voice calls to other Alexa owners, set times and alarms, and enable a slew of fun and useful skills. Alexa can even order a pizza or an Uber!
The Echo Show, which features a screen for video calls, watching movies trailers, and more, is currently down to $150, the lowest it’s ever been by a staggering $30, and a full $80 off the normal price. The Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot are majorly discounted right now as well, making it easy to find the perfect Echo for anyone on your holiday shopping list.
4. A fantastic tablet for $50
The best-selling Fire HD 8 tablet is back down to its Black Friday price, the lowest we’ve ever seen. For $50, you get a solid tablet for gaming, productivity, and watching videos with an 8-inch HD screen and 16GB of memory (plus room for an SD card to expand your storage space). It even has Amazon Alexa built in. Virtually any app you can find on the Google Play store is also available via Amazon, and you can take advantage of Prime Music and Video streaming if you’re a Prime member. Did I mention it has Dolby speakers and promises a battery life up to 12 hours?
Amazon also makes a Kids’ Edition of the Fire HD 8, which includes a protective case in one of three fun colors along with a two-year worry-free warranty, and it’s on sale right now too. With this 32GB tablet, you’ll get a year of FreeTime Unlimited, which gives kids access to thousands of apps, educational games, and shows from the likes of PBS, Nickelodeon, Disney, and other popular kids networks.
5. Smart home lighting for a more modern home
Smart lights offer countless benefits, and make any home more fun. (Photo: Philips)
Sick of your boring incandescent bulbs? Switching to LEDs can not only reduce your electric bill and your carbon footprint, but they’ll also last for years. Better yet, if you opt for Philips Hue smart LED lighting, you can be even more efficient by setting schedules and controlling your lights from your phone. I’ve had the same Hue lights for five years and have never had to replace a single one.
Right now, you can get the Philips Hue Starter kit for $69.97, the second best price we’ve seen for this kit (it was $10 cheaper on Black Friday). You get the Hue bridge and four bulbs to get started, and can expand your system up to 50 bulbs. The 4-bulb color starter kit, which lets you turn your lights to millions of different colors, is also back on sale for its lowest price ever at $139.97.
6. A Bluetooth speaker that goes anywhere
Anyone who enjoys music is sure to love unwrapping a new Bluetooth speaker. This Anker Soundcore speaker is a great choice, especially because the black model is 20% off right now, the lowest price we’ve seen. But beyond the savings, this portable speaker packs a punch. With a 24-hour battery life, it’s perfect for around the house or an outdoor adventure. It even has a built-in mic so you can take a call without having to pick up your phone. Anker is a solid brand when it comes to small electronics like this, and for under $25, you really can’t beat it.
7. This PlayStation bundle for the gamer on your list
This PS4 Slim bundle comes with a game for less than the cost of the console by itself. (Photo: PlayStation)
With hundreds of games available, the PlayStation 4 slim model is one of the newer versions of the game console and is perfect for those who have been playing PlayStation games and systems for their entire life, or for those looking to get started.
The best part? It’s currently $50 off. This bundle also comes with the ever-popular Star Wars Battlefront II game, perfectly matched with the premier of the new movie, and one controller, making it ready to plug-in and play right away. The unit plays every PS4 game and can play Blu-Ray discs as well. It’ll also work with 4K TVs.
8. A highly discounted new computer
A new refurbished Mac desktop is perfect for Apple lovers. (Photo: Apple)
Though it’s not their newest product, the Apple MK452LL/A iMac 21.5″ AIO Desktop is perfect for those looking for a new computer for a great price. This all-in-one computer is $400 dollars off.
This version is certified refurbished, but will show limited to no wear and for the price and what it does is a great value. It has a 4K retina display, an Intel Core i5-5675R Quad-Core 3.1GHz processor, 1TB of memory and comes with macOS 10.11 El Capitan. There is also Bluetooth, a built in camera, dual microphones and many other features, making it a great gift at its value or a great buy for your home.
9. A high-end streaming device to cut the cord
With 4K and HDR playback, you can enjoy all your favorite shows anytime, (Photo: Roku)
Rokus are our top choice for streaming devices and while this particular version isn’t their premier product, the Roku Premiere+ is a great device for a cheap price. It’s currently discounted by 28% and is perfect for HD and 4K TVs, displaying great quality while you access more than 350,000 TV shows, movies, and more.
It also comes with a remote with great range and a headphone jack for quiet listening. Plus, it works on both WiFi and ethernet connection with plenty of speed. It’s perfect for cord-cutters, or those just simply looking to add a little more to their viewing experience.
10. A smart security camera to keep an eye on your home
Keep an eye on your home for peace of mind. (Photo: Nest)
Being able to open your phone and make sure all is right at home while you’re traveling or just at work can be very reassuring, especially if you have pets at home or people coming in and out (kids, cleaners, Amazon Keyholders, etc.). Right now, one of our favorite indoor security cameras, the Nest Cam, is on sale for 19% off the regular price of $200. Nest even works with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to check the feed on your Echo Show or take snapshots with a voice command.
Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.
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