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The recently updated second-gen Echo Show 5 is one of the best smart displays you can get for the bedroom, however, it’s also not nearly as affordable as its last-gen counterpart. Thankfully, the first-gen Echo Show 5 offers much of the same functionality in the same compact package. Like the newer model, it features a vibrant touchscreen and a host of voice-activated features, and while its 1-megapixel camera leaves a lot to be desired, it does come with a physical shutter if you’re someone who prefers privacy assurance.
Normally $80, the Echo Show is currently priced at $45 for Prime members, matching the lowest price we’ve seen yet on Amazon’s capable smart display.
Of all the tablets Amazon produces, the Fire HD 10 and 10 Plus are easily the most capable. The latest HD 10 is outfitted with a brighter, 10.1-inch 1080p display and 3GB of RAM — twice as much as the previous generation — and touts USB-C and 12 hours of battery life, rendering it a capable device for entertainment and lightweight productivity. Sure, its app selection is still pretty limited and you’ll have to pay an additional $15 fee to kick the ads on the lock screen, but it’s less than a fifth the street price of the latest iPad Air, which is a feat.
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Amazon Kids Plus, formerly FreeTime Unlimited, isn’t so much service for you as it is for your child. As the name implies, the subscription-based service grants your child access to a host of kid-friendly content on select devices, allowing them to discover a trove of educational apps, books, movies, and games. Much of the content is exclusive to the service, however, it also spans a multitude of age groups, meaning there’s likely age-appropriate content for your kid, regardless if you have a toddler or preteen. Like most kid-centric services, you can also limit screen time, filter content, and restrict web access.
In the lead-up to Prime Day, Amazon is offering Prime members a three-month subscription to Amazon Kids Plus for a $1, amounting to $29 in savings.
The fourth-gen Echo Dot, Amazon’s latest entry-level smart speaker, is yet another refinement of what has become the most popular model in the Echo lineup. Despite its price and size, the Alex-equipped speaker still manages to tout impressive sound and a commendable set of mics, which allow you to play music, control your smart home gadgets, and carry out the full range of commands you might find on other, more capable Echo devices. It’s the entry-level smart speaker to get, even if the new design isn’t as convenient for mounting.
Now through Prime Day, Amazon is discounting the fourth-gen Echo Dot to $25, half of what it typically retails for.
If you haven’t tried Amazon Music Unlimited before, Amazon is offering Prime members a four-month free trial to the popular Spotify and Apple Music alternative. Its feature set is akin to most of its competitors, however, it also offers lossless audio at no extra cost, a perk Apple recently rolled out to Apple Music subscribers. With Amazon Music Unlimited, you’ll gain access to ad-free listening, podcasts, and a robust catalog of more than 70 million songs, not to mention the service’s deep integration with Amazon devices.
Just be sure to cancel your subscription before the trial ends if you no longer want to continue subscribing after the four-month window. Otherwise, you’ll automatically be charged an $8 monthly subscription fee.
The Amazon Echo remains the namesake of the current Echo lineup. Although it shares much of its functionality with the aforementioned Echo Dot, the fourth-gen Echo produces bigger, bolder sound and features a built-in smart home hub, meaning you can connect it with lightbulbs, door sensors, and a host of other popular Zigbee devices sans a secondary hub. It even has a temperature sensor, just in case you want to turn on your air conditioner or fan via Alexa routines.
If you’re looking to add multiple Echos to your space, Amazon is discounting a pair ahead of Prime Day, knocking $30 off the price of two with offer code ECHOPRIME (discount applies at checkout).
With Amazon opening up Luna access to all Prime subscribers starting tomorrow, now might be your best opportunity to check out Amazon’s answer to Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud. Using a dedicated app or browser, the cloud gaming platform is available on pretty much any device you can throw at it — including Windows, Mac, FireTV, iOS, iPadOS, and select Android devices — and offers a way to stream titles like Control and Metro Exodus without a dedicated console or gaming machine. Basic subscriptions run $5.99 a month, though, you can also pay $14.99 a month for the Ubisoft Plus beta channel, which grants you access to a range of Ubisoft titles, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
We found the service to be hit or miss in our initial review, but Amazon is currently offering a Luna Controller for $49 as part of its early Prime Day deals, making the lack of titles far more palatable. You can also purchase a bundle with a Fire TV Stick for $74 or with a phone clip for $62, if you want to attach your phone directly to the Luna Controller.
Insignia’s 55-inch 4K Fire TV Edition television certainly doesn’t offer the kind of picture afforded by today’s best OLEDs, but it’s hard to find a Fire TV Edition model that supports HDR10, a feature that allows for better brightness, color accuracy, and contrast. Insignia’s 4K TV also supports HDMI ARC and HDMI eARC, meaning you can utilize a single cable to send audio from a compatible soundbar or receiver to your TV, and features Amazon’s Fire TV software, allowing you to access Prime Video, Netflix, and a slew of popular streaming services without a standalone streaming device.
As of this week, Insignia’s 4K Fire TV Edition model is available at Amazon for $350, a $150 discount and the lowest price we’ve seen yet on the 55-inch model.
If you’re an audiobook fan, it’s hard to ignore Amazon’s audiobook service, Audible. Its catalog spans more than 200,000 ad-free titles, and it’s peppered with exclusives and originals, some of which come in the form of podcasts and guided wellness programs. A monthly subscription to Audible Premium Plus provides you with one credit a month, which can be redeemed for any premium audiobook in Amazon’s catalog, regardless of the price.
Audible Premium Plus subscriptions typically run $15 a month, however, now through Prime Day, you can subscribe for $7 a month for the first four months, after which the subscription rate will automatically revert to the standard rate.
Update June 20th, 7:05PM ET: Added the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and select Fire tablets to the roundup.
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