Amazon Prime Day is back, baby! OK, maybe not technically, but there are so many Amazon devices being discounted at Best Buy and other retailers right now that it’s giving us a big sense of deja vu. Right now, for example, you can pick up Amazon’s excellent Smart Thermostat at Best Buy and Target for just $41.99 ($18 off) — a record high during Prime Day.
The budget-friendly thermostat fits most decors and can even learn and adapt to your habits like more expensive options. Keep in mind, though, that you can’t integrate the device with voice assistants outside of Alexa, and there are no native temperature sensors. But if those caveats don’t bother you, Amazon’s smart thermostat is a great option to consider, one that could potentially help you save money on utility bills. Read our review.
Some Amazon smart displays and speakers are also back on sale today, despite Prime Day’s recency. If you’re looking for a smaller smart speaker, you can currently pick up 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 still sounds great for its size and allows you to set alarms, control various smart home devices, and perform a host of tasks using just your voice. Read our fourth-generation Echo Dot review.
If you prefer a smart screen where you can watch movies and look up recipes, Best Buy also sells the second-generation Echo Show 5 for $34.99 instead of $84.99, just like Target. The small 5.5-inch screen is a great alarm clock for next to the bed, because you can quickly see the weather and snooze with one tap.
However, if you prefer something bigger, you can also buy the 2019 8-inch Echo Show 8 from Best Buy for $54.99 ($55 off). The older screen still sounds better than the second-generation Echo Show 5 and comes with a built-in shutter to block the camera. Sure, the 2019 model still packs a measly 1MP camera and slower processor than the latest Echo Show 8, but it’s still a capable Alexa-powered smart display that’s well-suited for the kitchen or living room. Read our second generation Echo Show 5 and first generation Echo Show 8 reviews.
Somehow we are approaching the start of a new school year. And if you’re a college-bound college student in need of a powerful Apple laptop ideal for content creation, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is available today for My Best Buy members for the lowest price up to now.
Normally $1,999, you can buy the MacBook Pro in space gray with 16GB of RAM, an eight-core M1 Pro processor, and 512GB of storage for $1,699. The 14-inch machine offers an impressive selection of ports and top-notch performance, battery life that’s better than most other laptops we’ve seen, and a gorgeous mini LED display – something even the new M2 MacBook Air doesn’t have. Keep in mind that My Best Buy is the merchant’s free rewards program, a program that is different from Best Buy’s premium TotalTech service. Read our review.
A few more deals to kickstart your weekend
- If you’re looking for a portable speaker with great sound, you can currently buy the Sonos Roam in a refurbished condition from Sonos for $139 instead of $179, the price the speaker normally sells for new. The rugged Bluetooth speaker offers some great features, including an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and compatibility with Apple’s AirPlay 2. Read our review.
- As part of the new outlet sale, Nomad is taking up to 85 percent off a number of wearable and Apple-focused accessories. The ongoing promotion includes discounts on Apple Watch leather bands, iPhone and AirPods cases, and much more.
- If you’re someone prone to seasonal allergies or wildfire smoke, Coway’s Airmega 200M is on sale right now at Walmart for $129.99 ($100 off), which is easily the best price we’ve seen for the handy HEPA cartridge. air purifier.
- The latest Apple TV 4K is discounted again in the 32GB configuration to $129.99 at Best Buy and Amazon (with delayed shipping). The future-proof streaming box supports 4K HDR content, along with more modern specs, such as HDMI 2.1 and Wi-Fi 6. Read our review.
- Do you want to get out of the house this weekend, but are hesitant given how expensive it is to buy gas these days? Segway’s Ninebot Max G30LP electric scooter is on sale now at Best Buy for $749.99, down from its usual price of $899.99. This is a great commuter scooter with a removable seat, good range and a top speed of 30 miles per hour.