A reader asked me to test the Amazon Fire TV Recast’s power usage, so I pulled out the trusty Kill A Watt meter and ran a few tests. Even though the included power supply is capable of outputting 50 watts of power, I found that the Fire TV Recast used between 9 to 15 watts of power, depending on what it was doing a the time. Here’s what that means to your wallet and some more detailed figures. Read more ›
The Amazon Black Friday Deal on a 3-pack of Echo Dots for $70 has already ended but there are several ways to get a cheap or free Echo Dot when purchased in a bundle. Among the best is the Fire TV Stick 4K w/ Echo Dot 3 for $59.98. Here are the best Echo Dot bundle deals that are already live for Black Friday. Read more ›
The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a unique device in the Fire TV family because it has a spinning hard drive inside. This means that you should take a bit of care when cutting power to the device because, theoretically, data on the hard drive could be corrupted if the Fire TV Recast loses power while it’s actively writing to the drive. Since the Fire TV Recast cannot be shut down or turned off, it’s likely that Amazon built-in safeguards for unexpected power loss, but it can’t hurt to be extra cautious. Here’s the safest way I’ve found to reboot and/or unplug the Fire TV Recast. Read more ›
Get this Echo Dot Deal
Several of Amazon’s Black Friday Deals go live today and among the best of them is the Amazon Echo Dot 3-Pack for $69.97. This is for the all-new 3rd generation Echo Dot which sounds considerably better than the previous model. The Echo Dot will be going on sale individually on November 22nd for $24 each, but if you’re in the market for 3 of them, this deal saves you an extra $2 and gets you them a little early. Just add any combination of Black, Gray, or White colored Echo Dots to your cart and you’ll see the $80 discount automatically appear at checkout.
Get this Fire HD 10 Deal
The week-long Amazon Black Friday Sale kicks off today with several deals, including the Fire HD 10 Tablet for $99.99. At $50 off the regular price, this sale matches the lowest price that this tablet has ever been. The Fire HD 10 is Amazon’s flagship tablet and it packs in the exact same high-performance CPU and GPU as you’ll find in the Fire TV 2. If you’re interested in the Show Mode Dock, which turns the Fire HD 10 into an Echo Show while charging, the Fire HD 10 + Show Mode Dock bundle is on sale for $144.99. If your kid will be primarily using the tablet, the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition on sale for $149.99 might a better buy.
Get this Echo Show Deal
Amazon’s Black Friday Sale has begun and one of the first deals available is an Amazon Echo Show 2-Pack for $339.98. This is the new lowest price that the 2nd-generation Echo Show has ever been. The all-new Echo Show will be $179.99 each on November 22nd, but if you’re in the market for 2 devices, this deal saves you an additional $20, making each Echo Show only $169.99. Just add any combination of two Black or White colored Echo Shows to your cart and the $120 savings will appear at checkout.
Get this Blink Camera Deal
Amazon’s Black Friday sale on Blink Indoor Security Camera Systems has just gone live. Each system includes the necessary hub and a number of cameras. The 1 Camera System is on sale for $66.99, This is a few dollars less than it was during Prime Day earlier this year. The 2 Camera System is on sale for $113.99, while the 3 Camera System is on sale for $153.99. The large 5 Camera System is on sale for $233.99, which comes to $47 per camera if you don’t factor in the hub. The Add-On Camera is also on sale for $71.99 but you’re better off buying the cheaper 1 Camera System, while they’re still in stock, and storing the extra hub as a backup. These extremely efficient Blink cameras can run for 2 years on a pair of AA Lithium batteries, which come included with each camera purchased. The batteries are relatively inexpensive at about $1 each. These cameras are compatible with Alexa, so their live feed can be displayed on a Fire TV or Echo Show by saying “Show me my [camera name] camera.”
Get this Echo Spot Deal
It’s technically a week until actual Black Friday, but Amazon’s Black Friday Sale officially starts today. Most of the deals aren’t live yet, but one that is already available is the Amazon Echo Spot 2-Pack for $159.98. This is the new lowest price that the Echo Spot has ever been. The Echo Spot will be $89.99 each on November 22nd, but if you’re in the market for 2 of them, then this deal saves you an additional $20, making each Echo Spot only $79.99. Just add any combination of two Black or White colored Echo Spots to your cart and the $100 discount will appear at checkout.
Get this Kids Tablet Deal
Amazon’s Black Friday sale on their Kids Edition Tablets has gone live. On the small end, the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet is on sale for $69.99. If you buy two, you’ll save an extra $20 and pay just $119.98. The all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet is on sale for $89.99. If you buy a pair, you’ll save an extra $30 and pay just $149.98. Lastly, the flagship Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet is on sale for $149.99. Buying two of them for $249.99 will save you an addition $50. All of these prices either match the lowest that these tablets have ever been or are slightly lower than past deals. These tablets are identical to their regular counterparts, but they come with no ads, a 2-year replacement guarantee, a child-proof case, and a 1-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which is a subscription service that grants access to hundreds of kid-friendly games, educational apps, movies, shows, and books.
My hardware comparison of the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K gives you an idea of how much Amazon’s streaming sticks have grown over the years. What it doesn’t reveal is how much they’ve changed under their unassuming black plastic housing. I cracked open one of the 4K Firesticks and was surprised to find that it’s nearly covered from head to toe in thick metal heat sinks on both sides. The teardown also gives us a look at the hardware behind the antenna technology that Amazon invented for their new compact media player. Read more ›