The Certified Refurbished 1st-gen Amazon Echo has just gone on sale for $69.99. While it has a laughable list price of $164.99, it normally sells for either $89.99 or $79.99. This newly discounted price is $5 more than the lowest it has ever been, which occurred during a Prime-only lightning deal back in May. Apart from not having an auxiliary audio out jack, the 1st-gen Echo has all the same functionality as the newer 2nd-gen Echo. The two perform and sound very similar. I personally find the 1st-gen Echo to have a slightly crisper sound, probably due to its larger tweeter, which makes it my preferred device for podcasts and news briefs, while the 2nd-gen has a slightly richer sound, which makes it a bit better for music. Overall, you really wouldn’t notice a difference between the two unless you heard them side-by-side. If you missed out on the Prime Day sales or just prefer the aesthetics and volume wheel of the original Echo, here’s your chance to get one at a great price.
There is currently a promotion where eBay will take $25 off any purchase of $110 or more when you use promo code PRIMO119 during checkout. Since Best Buy is selling the NVIDIA Shield TV w/ Remote & Controller on eBay for $179.99, applying the promo code PRIMO119 brings the price down to $154.99. That’s $5 off the regular price of $199.99 and is the new lowest price that game controller bundle has ever been. Amazon is currently still running a lightning deal on the Shield TV w/ Remote Only for $139, which is a great price and the lowest any Shield TV has ever been, but if you can want a game controller, you can get one for just $16 through the eBay deal. Thanks Joe for the tip!
Best buy is currently offering a very interesting bundle. They are selling an Amazon Echo Spot + Ring Doorbell Pro + 6 Month Plex Pass Subscription for $204.99. Purchased separately, those three items have a retail value of $399.97. If you just consider the current Prime Day prices for the Echo Spot and Ring Doorbell, you are still paying $274 for the pair, so this deal saves you $70 off of Amazon’s current sale prices. To get this deal, follow this link, check the box next to the Ring Doorbell and next to the Echo Spot color you want and click the Add to Cart button at the bottom. The Plex subscription will automatically b added to your cart.
Here is a list of the best Alexa Prime Day Deals that are currently live. I’ll be updating this list throughout the day as deals expire and new deals go live. Included are all sorts of Alexa compatible gadgets like light bulbs, switches, plugs, cameras, locks, starter kits, hubs, security systems, games, and more. Read more ›
The SiliconDust HDHomeRun CONNECT DUO is on sale for $69.99 and the HDHomeRun CONNECT QUATRO is on sale for $99.99 at Best Buy. The former is $30 off its regular price, while the latter is $50 off. These are both the lowest prices that I’ve seen, but I don’t follow this product too closely, so it may have been cheaper in the past. HDHomeRun is a device that allows you to watch over-the-air channels through your Fire TV and other streaming devices. It’s essentially like a network connection for your HD antenna. You can use the official HDHomeRun app for Fire TV to view the content, or use a number of other supported apps, like the Channels app, MrMC, or Plex. The difference between the DUO and QUATRO is that the DUO has 2 tuners, while the QUATRO has, as you may have guessed, 4 tuners. The number of tuners determines how many channels you can watch or record simultaneously.
The NVIDIA Shield TV with Remote has gone on sale for $139 for Prime Day. At $40 off the regular price, this is the lowest price that the Shield TV has ever been. This is easily the best streaming box that runs the official Android TV operating system. It has a powerful CPU that can breeze through any task you throw at it and a GPU that is unrivaled by any other streaming device for great gaming capabilities. This discount is a Lightning Deal that has limited quantity and it will surely sell out, so be sure to get your order in quickly if you’re interested. This unit comes with a remote control, but if you also want a game controller, there is the Shield TV with Remote & Game Controller that is also on sale for $179.99.
The Eufy Genie Smart Speaker is on sale for $17.33 for Prime Day. This price is about $15 off the retail price. The lowest I’ve seen the Eufy Genie go for in the past is $19.99, so this is the new lowest price that it has been. You can read my review of the Eufy Genie, but it’s essentially an Echo Dot clone. It sounds slightly better than an Echo Dot, but is missing Alexa features like calling/messaging that are only found on Echo devices. It also does not have Bluetooth, so it can’t be paired with a phone. If you already have multiple Echo devices, you’ll probably be happier spending the extra money and getting an Amazon Echo Dot for $29.99 instead. But if you want to try out a smart speaker for the first time without spending too much, the Eufy Genie is a good choice.
The 50″ Toshiba Fire TV Edition television has Sold Out. Oddly, instead of being listed as unavailable, it has been removed entirely from the listing. At $110 off the regular price, the $289.99 price for the 50″ size was too good to pass up by many. The deal went live in the wee hours of yesterday morning and was available for just over 24 hours. Amazon put the 43″ Toshiba Fire TV Edition television on sale for $249.99 this morning, possibly in anticipation of the 50″ size selling out, and it’s still available for now.
Amazon is now bundling a free 6 month subscription of their music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, with the purchase of most Echo devices. You have to be a new customer to Amazon Music Unlimited to receive the free subscription and it will automatically renew at $7.99 per month after the free 6 months are over if you do not cancel. To receive this deal, you must specifically purchase one of the following Echo device listings, which are listed at the same Prime Day sale price as their regular counterparts: Amazon Echo for $69.99, Echo Dot for $29.99, Echo Spot for $99.99, or Echo Show for $129.99. If you’ve already purchased the solo device today, there doesn’t seem to be a way to receive the free 6 month music subscription afterwards, so you’ll need to either chat with customer support or try to cancel your original order and re-purchase it using the above links.
The Show Mode Docks are back on sale at the same introductory prices that were offered during the pre-order period earlier in the month. The Show Mode Dock for Fire HD 8 is $34.99 and the Show Mode Dock for Fire HD 10 is $49.99. Both of those prices are $5 off the regular price. If you’re buying both the dock and the tablet, be sure to get either the Fire HD 8 + Dock bundle for $79.99 or the Fire HD 10 + Dock bundle for $144.99 instead of buying each item separately. The bundles will save you an additional $5. For more info, see my overview of Show Mode and my review of the Show Mode Dock.