Amazon Prime Day is back, baby! Well, maybe not technically, but several Amazon devices are currently being discounted at Best Buy and other retailers which gives us a huge deja vu feel. Right now, for example, you can buy Amazon’s excellent Smart Thermostat at Best Buy and Target for just $41.99 ($18 off) — a record low set during Prime Day.
This budget-friendly thermostat will blend in with most decor, and can also learn and adapt to your habits like more expensive options. However, know that you cannot integrate the device with voice assistants other than Alexa, and there are no native temperature sensors. However, if those warnings don’t bother you, Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is a great option to consider, one that can help you save money on energy bills. Read our review.
Some of Amazon’s smart screens and speakers are back on sale again today, despite Prime Day’s novelty. If you’re looking for a smaller smart speaker, you can currently buy the fourth-generation spherical Echo Dot for $19.99 instead of $49.99 at Best Buy and Target. The latest model may have launched in 2020, but it’s still impressive for its size and allows you to set alarms, control multiple smart home devices, and perform a host of tasks with just your voice. Read our 4G Echo Dot review.
If you prefer a smart screen that you can watch movies on and use to search for recipes, Best Buy also sells the second-generation Echo Show 5 for $34.99 instead of $84.99, as is the case with Target. The small 5.5-inch screen is a great bedside alarm because you can use it to quickly check and snooze the weather with a tap.
If you prefer something bigger, you can also buy the 8-inch Echo Show 8 from 2019 at Best Buy for $54.99 ($55). The older screen still looks better than the second-generation Echo Show 5, and it comes with a built-in shutter to block the camera. Sure, the 2019 model still has a smaller 1MP camera and a slower processor than the latest Echo Show 8, but it still has an Alexa-enabled smart display that’s well suited to the kitchen or living room. Read The second generation of Echo Show 5 And the The first generation of Echo Show 8 Reviews.
In a way, we are already approaching the start of a new school year. And if you’re a college student and need a powerful Apple laptop perfect for creating content, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is available to My Best Buy members today at its lowest price yet.
You can buy the MacBook Pro regularly at $199 in gray with 16GB of RAM, an eight-core M1 Pro processor and 512GB of storage for $1,699. The 14-inch device offers an impressive array of ports and top-notch performance, battery life that outshines most other laptops we’ve seen, and a nice little LED display — something the new M2 MacBook Air doesn’t. Just keep in mind that My Best Buy is the retailer’s free rewards program, which is distinct from Best Buy’s premium TotalTech service. Read our review.
Few deals to start your weekend
- If you’re in the market for a portable speaker with great sound, you can currently buy a Sonos Roam in a refurbished Sonos condition for $139 instead of $179, which is the price the speaker usually sells for as new. The powerful Bluetooth speaker offers a number of great features, including an IP67 dust and water resistance rating, support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility. Read our review.
- As part of the new outlet sale, Nomad acquires up to 85 percent of the number of Apple-focused wearables and accessories. The ongoing promotion includes discounts on Apple Watch leather bands, iPhone cases, AirPods, and more.
- If you’re someone who’s prone to seasonal allergies or wildfire smoke, the Coway’s Airmega 200M is on sale at Walmart right now for $129.99 ($100 off), easily the best price we’ve seen on a HEPA air purifier.
- The latest Apple TV 4K is discounted again in a 32GB configuration to $129.99 at Best Buy and Amazon (with shipping delays). This future-compatible streaming box supports 4K HDR content, along with more recent specifications, such as HDMI 2.1 and Wi-Fi 6. Read our review.
- Want to get out of the house this weekend but still hesitating given how expensive it is to buy gas these days? The Ninebot Max G30LP scooter from Segway is on sale at Best Buy now for $749.99, down from its usual $899.99 price tag. It’s a great passenger scooter with a removable seat, good range, and a top speed of 18.6 mph.