October is when we begin to concentrate on fall and all that entails — connection, gratitude, video calls with far-away relatives, football games in front of the big screen. To better enjoy increased time indoors, up your home security, and enhance connection, upgrade your home with smart gadgets: immersive smart TVs, Echo devices to video chat with far-away fam and security cameras that are controlled by a convenient app. Today is the day to do it! Amazon’s smart home sale is stocked with smart home deals that you’d be wise to catch.
Ease into the morning with the Echo Show 5, which gradually turns on your synced smart lights. After a long day, relax and tell Alexa to play Only Murders in the Building. Dim your connected smart lightbulbs or see who rang your doorbell while staying cozy on the sofa.
This shopper who loves their Echo wrote, “I had no idea how badly I needed this in my life until I actually got it installed. I’m obsessed! I don’t even think I’ve scratched the surface on some of the things the Echo can do, but if you’re looking for a new gadget to pair with your Alexa devices, this is definitely the one!”
Keep an eye on the interior of your home with the Blink Mini camera. Worried that your new puppy is being destructive? Focus one on his favorite spot. Want to be alerted if someone breaks in? Focus these on your front and back doors. If you want to keep an eye on your home’s exterior, opt for the Blink Video Doorbell, also on sale now (now $40, was $50).
We love Blink because it’s one of the few home security brands that doesn’t require a monthly subscription fee. The nearly 150,000 Amazon shoppers who gave the Blink camera 5-stars love it as well.
Enjoy all of your favorite video streaming apps and stay connected with apps like Zoom and Alexa using your Fire HD tablet. Whether you’re looking to catch up on your favorite Netflix show in bed or hold a video chat with friends, family or the boss, this 10.1” tablet is great for a big display on a budget. Ideal for relaxing evenings indoors or working on the go. With a 12-hour battery life, you’ll rarely need to charge it.Sync your tablet with Alexa for hands-free operation. This tablet is available in also available with 64 GB of memory, which is also on sale (now $150, was $190).
One reviewer, who updated his review a year after purchase, said: “Haven’t had any problems after almost a year and it is still zippy. Still love the HD screen, too.”
Cancel out the world and zero on on your favorite tunes or that important call with these noise-canceling wireless Echo Earbuds. Small, ergonomic and comfortable, these buds fit securely in your ear without added pressure or discomfort. They charge in just 15 minutes for two hours of listening time. When fully charged, you can expect up to five hours of entertainment. The charging case can charge these buds up to 15 hours.
“BLOWN AWAY!!!” says a very satisfied user. “Before you buy AirPods or any others give these a listen!
Finally, a doorbell that lets you see who is there before you even get off of your seat. Sync it to any Alexa-enabled device to get announcements for who is at the door — you cn even speak to them without moving. When you’re out you can receive mobile notifications when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers your built-in motion sensors.
Says a self-described non-techy shopper: “Easy to install, easy to use! It was everything we were expecting and more!”
Combine the safety features of a motion-sensor camera with a deterrent like a motion-activated floodlight and you’ve got one powerful security system. That’s what you’ll get with the Ring Floodlight Cam
“I have to tell you I have bought this item more than once, in fact, quite a few times. I’m telling you it is something that I favor a lot,” says a very happy reviewer. “If you’re looking for a good product for a pretty decent price that will do everything you need, this is it.”
This No. 1 bestseller is so essential — and so beloved — that it’s earned a five-star rating from nearly 430,000 reviewers! Normally priced at $50, the Echo Dot is a small but mighty speaker that can stream tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, Sirius XM and more. Alexa is included, of course, and you can always ask her for the latest news, weather and sports updates.
“This is exactly what I was looking for,” raved a happy Amazon shopper. “The sound is loud and clear. Now I am able to hear all online stations with no interference. The design is space-saving, with rubber underneath to prevent sliding.”
This smart TV lets you bring movies and shows to life with just the sound of your voice. Ask to watch one of more than 1 million movies and episodes, or check the weather, sports scores and more — all with amazing clarity. Its equipped with built-in Fire TV, which gives you access to more than 500,000 movies and episodes and thousands of channels and apps. With the included Alexa remote, you can even use voice commands to launch apps, search for titles, play music, and more. The picture is seriously stunning, say fans.
This reviewer loves the Fire TV’s OS. “It boots up quickly and is always one home button, button click away no matter what you’re doing or which input you’re on. Everything is snappy and loads quickly. Apple+, PS5, Prime Video, PLEX, Recast, etc. have all been tested and work/look great. There are enough picture options to dial things in to your liking. You can adjust the picture settings for each input. AND for each individual app! Which is pretty amazing and useful.”
This one is for the gamers out there! This $80 bundle includes a Fire TV Stick 4K and Luna controller, which connects directly to Amazon’s custom game servers. You’ll be able to easily switch gameplay between Fire TV, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and select Android phones.
“Grandma Has Been Enlightened!” says a convert. “I didn’t believe there could be any other good streaming device besides Apple TV, UNTIL I installed a Fire-stick. I am a believer! Oh yeah, I ordered the new one last night, and it just delivered!”
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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Originally published October 1, 2022, 9:24 PM