Making a big tech purchase always feel like something of an indulgence, even now when such technology is a staple for pretty much everyone. But with kids learning from home over Zoom and parents taking up double-duty jobs from the house, any smart device that makes life a little easier is well worth the price. Amazon Alexa devices are durable and practical, high on functionality and generally low on cost — especially now. Amazon is running a pretty epic end-of-year sale that includes, among other things, Furbo dog cameras; the eero, the best mesh wi-fi system; Ring doorbells; Kindle Fire tablets, and Echo Dot speakers.
Not only does this all-new Amazon Fire, currently 30 percent off, have three different vibrant colors to choose from, but its smaller size, compared to the Kindle 10, is perfect for smaller kids who can't carry around anything too heavy. Plus, this $140 tablet comes with a kid-proof case with a built-in-stand and a two-year guarantee so you don't have to worry about any inevitable accidents.
The (normally) $250 Ring doorbell, which lets you see, hear, and speak to people from your phone, tablet, or Echo device, is a good purchase for anyone looking for privacy and security. This specific edition includes privacy features, such as customizable privacy zones and audio privacy, so you're not bothered by anything irrelevant.
This modular $200 alarm kit is a great price for what it is, especially considering that you can add on to it if you start feeling like you want more security capabilities. But the five-piece set, which includes one base station, one keypad, one contact sensor, one motion detector, and one range extender, is a good fit for anyone in a smaller house, apartment, or condo.
With most people staying home for the holidays, the HD screen on this $130 Alexa device will make you feel like you're with your loved ones in person during any video call. You can also stay entertained with movie trailers, TV shows, movies, or the news, or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks.
Given that we're all working from home these days, reliable wi-fi is a must. This system is easy to set up, covers 5,000 square feet, and has solid parental controls. It's normally $279.
You can control this $30 streaming stick with your voice, and stream movies and shows from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, and HBO Max.
The new $50 Echo Dot speaker has better sound quality than its siblings, and lets you control your entire smart home.
This cute $50 analog clock works with Echo devices and helps kids learn how to tell time.
After being home for this many months, your pets will miss you if or when you leave. This $249 camera has two-way audio and lets you livestream video to monitor your pet, day or night.
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