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Amazon Black Friday 2020 deals: Big price drops on Amazfit watches, Alexa devices, Roku streamers and more

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, PJDM’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

The “actual” Black Friday is that this Friday, Nov. 27, however you do not have to attend: Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Week is true now. As anticipated, numerous Amazon gadgets — Echo audio system and shows, Hearth TV Sticks and so forth — have been discounted to Prime Day ranges. A handful of offers are nonetheless to return, although, so sit tight for those who’re planning to purchase, say, one thing you would possibly maintain in your hand whereas studying or watching movies.

In the meantime, for those who already personal an Amazon gadget, ask Alexa for this “secret” deal: “Alexa, order an Amazon Good Plug.” You will then have the choice of buying the $25 plug for simply $5.

Fortunately, Offers Week is not restricted to Amazon gadgets. (For a extra full have a look at these, see our Amazon Black Friday device deals roundup.) As you will see beneath, there are nice buys on Roku streamers, Bose headphones, DNA kits and extra. As at all times, these offers can be found on the time of this writing, however could expire or promote out.

Professional tip: Just about every little thing you purchase from Amazon qualifies for five% money again once you pay with an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. However Amazon has raised that to 10% for a lot of items — even sale gadgets, just like the DJI Mavic Mini and iRobot Roomba i3 Plus (see beneath). That makes this an excellent time to sign up for that card for those who do not have already got one.

Lastly, do not forget: Amazon is not the one Black Friday sport on the town. Prepare for Best Buy’s Black Friday sale (Nov. 22) and Walmart’s Black Friday sale (Nov. 25).

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It simply hit the market a couple of month in the past at $50, so it is a fairly main worth drop. The Band 5 packs a wealth of health options — coronary heart charge and blood oxygen monitoring, music controls, even Alexa — right into a wearable that may run as much as 15 days on a cost. You possibly can read my first take on the Amazfit Band 5 here.

Additionally value noting: The Amazfit GTS smartwatch is on sale for $100, tying the bottom worth ever. It is an Apple Watch lookalike with means, means higher battery life.

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The Apple Watch Sequence 6, with its always-on show, sooner charging and blood oxygen saturation sensor, is on sale for $69 off at Sam’s Club (a number of colours, at the least) and now Amazon is matching that sale. It is accessible with crimson, blue or gold sport bands at this worth. Learn our Apple Watch Series 6 evaluation.

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“Anticipate a sale.” That was the conclusion of PJDM’s Echo Dot 2020 evaluation, which praised the design and sound high quality of the brand new mannequin however rightly famous that Amazon’s mini sensible audio system go on sale on a regular basis. This, nonetheless, is definitely the primary time it is occurring; throughout Prime Day, Amazon discounted solely the previous-gen Dot. 

Be aware that you would be able to purchase the Echo Dot with Clock for $39, additionally discounted for the primary time, additionally $21 off. And the Echo Dot (4th Gen) Kids Edition is $49 (you save $41).

Read our Echo Dot 2020 review.

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Lastly! We have been hoping for a reduction on the hardly ever discounted Mavic Mini, which is a merely improbable private drone. This is not the bottom worth we have seen, but it surely’s positively the very best deal we have seen shortly. Similar goes for the Fly Extra Combo, which you’ll seize for $449 (a $50 financial savings).

Sure, there’s now a Mavic Mini 2, but it surely begins at $449. Is it value the additional $90? That is your name, however the unique is fairly candy.

Be aware that the Mavic Mini qualifies for the aforementioned 10% money again (as an alternative of the standard 5%) once you pay with an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. That lowers your internet value to round $323.

Read our DJI Mavic Mini review.

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The Versa 2 is a strong hybrid smartwatch and health tracker that mixes lots of the issues Fitbit does particularly nicely — like glorious sleep monitoring and detailed analytics about your exercise habits — with smartphone notifications, Alexa integration and a wide array of watch faces. We have even given this mannequin our Editors’ Selection Award; learn our Versa 2 review

Whereas saving $50 is nothing to sneeze at, bear in mind that $130 nonetheless increased than $100, the bottom worth ever for this health watch.

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Not everybody needs to put on a smartwatch, and the Fitbit Cost four was known as the very best all-around health tracker of 2020 and obtained PJDM’s Editors’ Selection Award — learn our Fitbit Charge 4 evaluation for particulars.

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This jumbo-size Echo Present sensible show measures, because the identify implies, eight inches diagonally, which makes it a terrific alternative for watching cooking movies within the kitchen or making video calls. This sale worth ties the bottom worth we have ever seen for this mannequin. Read our Echo Show 8 review.

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This combo would ordinarily value $75, but it surely’s on sale for $34. You get the all-new Echo Dot together with an Amazon Good Plug, which you should utilize to regulate lights or home equipment utilizing Alexa. 

This is not the one Echo Dot (4th gen) bundle, both. For instance, for those who’re extra a fan of TP-Hyperlink sensible plugs, you may get the Echo Dot with TP-Link Smart Plug for $47, saving $26. 

Read our Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review.

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That is the biggest low cost on document for this new Roomba, which not solely navigates your flooring with sensible sensors but additionally empties its personal mud bin. (I am fairly positive that is how Terminators received began.) And that is one other merchandise that qualifies for 10% money again once you pay together with your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card. That successfully lops one other $39 off the worth.

Haven’t got that Visa? It is best to get one, proper now, as a result of there is a $100 Amazon gift card in it for you.

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At $100 off, we have not seen the Sonos Transfer priced any cheaper. That is the primary transportable Bluetooth speaker from Sonos, however in fact it additionally works with different Sonos audio system as a part of a whole-home sound system utilizing a Sonos wi-fi mesh community. You get an 11-hour battery life when it is not sitting on its discreet charging pad. Learn our Sonos Move review

In search of one thing to your media room? Amazon can also be discounting the $399 Sonos Beam soundbar (on sale for $299). Learn our Sonos Beam review.

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One other Prime Day rerun, the Hearth HD 10 pill is an absolute steal at this worth. Among the many highlights: a giant, sharp display; expandable storage; a USB-C connector; and a velocity enhance over the previous-gen mannequin. It could be some time earlier than we see the Hearth HD 10 get discounted this a lot once more.

Read our Fire HD 10 review.

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Usually $30, the new-for-2020 Hearth Stick Lite continues to see a stable low cost forward of Black Friday. This entry-level streamer delivers 1080p video with HDR help (however not 4K). The massive lacking apps are HBO Max and Peacock (for now), however the Alexa-powered voice distant is top-notch.

Read our Fire TV Stick Lite review.

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Ebooks: superior. Studying ebooks on a cellphone or pill: much less superior. Good luck settling in with e mail, Twitter, TikTok and textual content messages clamoring to your consideration. Plus, these screens aren’t too straightforward on the eyes. That is why I am a giant believer in a devoted e-reader. The entry-level Kindle is great, with an built-in mild and an improved design.

Read our Kindle 2019 review.

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Accessible solely in arctic white at this worth, the Bose 700 was dubbed PJDM’s choose for “high noise-canceling headphones” final yr. It initially bought for $400 however has been hanging out at $379 extra lately. At $299, this ties the bottom worth on document.

Read our Bose 700 review.

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New for 2020, the Apple Watch SE is the center little one of the Apple Watch lineup. It is received the identical fundamental design because the Series 6 however lacks that mannequin’s always-on show, ECG functionality and oxygen saturation measurements.

The 40mm and 44mm fashions run $279 and $309 on the Apple Retailer — and have been marked as little as $230 and $260 throughout earlier early Black Friday gross sales. If you happen to see increased costs, be affected person: These offers will possible return.

Read our Apple Watch SE review.

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In PJDM’s hands-on assessments, we discovered AncestryDNA to supply the very best integration of DNA evaluation and historic analysis. And now the service is on sale for greater than half off.

Read our analysis of DNA test services.

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Amazon is following Goal’s lead with a “Purchase two, get one free” gaming sale. Truthful warning, although: The good things goes quick.

Wish to rating some nice suggestions for Black Friday buying? Look no additional than this episode of the Cheapskate Present podcast:

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