While rounding up the new batch of early Prime Day deals on smart home devices that went live this morning, I realized that Amazon has quietly updated the Amazon Smart Plug. The old model, which used the “Amazon” text logo on top, has been replaced with a new model that just has the Amazon arrow logo on top. While the specs and exterior dimensions are the same between the two versions, the guts inside have certainly changed with the 2nd-generation model because it has a new model number, it required new FCC approval, and the weight of the device has been reduced from 98 grams for the old model to 81 grams for the new model. Read more ›
Amazon has continued their early Prime Day deals with the release of several more Amazon device deals today. While we saw Fire TV Edition televisions go on sale last week, today’s deals are focused on home security devices, like Ring and Blink security cameras, and smart home devices, like Amazon’s Smart Plug and Eero mesh Wifi routers. Every one of these deals is the lowest price that the item has ever been, with many of them being new all-time low prices. So, if you’ve been thinking of getting any of these items, now is absolutely the best time to buy them. Here’s a list of all the new deals. Read more ›
Get this Echo Dot + Smart Plug Deal
Amazon has sweetened the deal that they began offering last week. You can now get the 3rd-Gen Echo Dot + Amazon Smart Plug for just $39.99. That’s an extra $10 off the price from last week. The all-new Echo Dot is normally $49.99 on its own, so you’re essentially saving $10 on the Echo Dot and getting the smart plug for free, which regularly costs $24.99 on its own. That’s a total of $34.99 off of the pair. Also on sale is the Amazon Echo Show w/ Free Smart Bulb for $189.99, which is $40 off of its regular price.
Among the numerous Amazon devices that are currently on sale is the Amazon Smart Plug for $14.99. This is the first time that it has ever been offered this low on its own. It’s normally $24.99 and has been as low as $19.99 in the past, but it has never been 40% off, as it is right now. Like all other smart plugs, this allows you to control any outlet with Alexa or your smartphone. The big advantage I’ve found for Amazon’s plug, versus other smart plugs, is its ease of setup. It works through the Alexa app that you likely already have installed, so it’s nice not to need yet another app just for the plug. After plugging the Amazon Smart Plug in, your Alexa device will automatically find it and all you really need to do is give it a custom name that’s appropriate to what you plan to plug into it. All smart plugs essentially work the same way, but they’re just slightly simpler to manage when they’re controlled with an app you’re already used to using, like the Alexa app.
The $14.99 price only lasted for one day. The plug is now on sale for $19.99
Amazon has announced their own Amazon Smart Plug to add voice control to any outlet. The plug can be controlled by Alexa or through any mobile device through the Alexa app. It features a compact design that lets you stack two plugs in one outlet, or leave the other outlet accessible. It’s available to pre-order now for $24.99 and will arrive on October 11th. Read more ›
Image Credit: Pocket-lint.com
Amazon is holding a big hardware announcement event today, but there’s still time for a couple more leaks. Amazon’s UK site briefly listed the product pages for their upcoming Echo Subwoofer and an Amazon-branded smart plug, according to Pocket-lint. Both items are expected to be announced in just a few hours, but here’s a hint of what’s to come. Read more ›