It’s time to kick off another week of deals, and what better way than promotions like a smart speaker hitting its lowest price yet and a new TV getting a great discount? Amazon’s orb-like Echo Dot is one of the most affordable ways to spruce up your home, and it’s now cheaper than ever. You can get the fourth-generation Echo Dot, launched in 2020, for just $27.99 at Amazon or Best Buy in black, blue, or white. That price is $22 off its regular price and even beats the discounts we’ve seen on holidays.
While this little speaker is inexpensive and compact, it supports all Alexa voice commands like its more expensive counterparts, such as setting timers and controlling other devices in Amazon’s smart home system. Also, as an affordable amplifier, it sounds good for listening to music or podcasts – especially if you buy two for a stereo arrangement. Read our review.
Smart home speakers may sound good, but for a larger, portable sound, you can check out the Bose SoundLink Flex, which is currently $129 ($20 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. This model from Bose has been named the best Bluetooth speaker for under $200 edge Reviewer Chris Welch in our buying guide, and with such a great discount, it’s a better value than usual.
The Bose SoundLink Flex is ideal for anyone who wants a slim, portable, battery-powered speaker that doesn’t make many sacrifices on sound quality. Produces rich, clear sound without distorted bass. Add about 12 hours of battery life and IP67 weather resistance, and you’ve got the recipe for a portable party that can last all day. Check out our bluetooth headphones buying guide.
If you need a console for Xbox consoles or PC, there are many good options to choose from. For those of you on the traditional PlayStation layout with symmetrical sticks (rather than offset) in the middle, the 8BitDo Pro 2 for Xbox might be the gamepad you should buy. You can buy this cute console for just $38.20 on Amazon, which is about $7 off its regular price.
It looks a little weird at first, like a cross between a SNES controller and DualShock with the Xbox logo in the middle. But it is comfortable to use and has an excellent D-pad. This wired controller connects via USB and can be used on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Windows. One of the best parts is that it even has two user-assignable buttons on the back and more customization options through the 8BitDo app.
Did you miss the spring cleaning? The iRobot Roomba J7 robot vacuum can help you catch up, and it’s currently $399 at Amazon. It’s better than most options at this price because it has the advantage of avoiding obstacles to move around items or furniture. On top of that, it can also avoid unwanted gifts (read: excrement) that your pets leave on the floor. The vacuum was tricked out by a fake tube in our test, although iRobot promises to replace the robovac for free the first year if it happens to you.
This Roomba J7’s configuration doesn’t include the self-discharge station (which will save you an extra $200), but it’s the same unit otherwise from an operational standpoint. It offers good battery life, customizable blocking zones, and works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and even IFTTT if you want to automate your smart home technology.
Samsung’s latest The Frame TV, its art-inspired TV, is $200 off 55-inch at Amazon. This brings the price of the 55-inch tire down to $1,297.99 from its usual $1,497.99. We recently saw a similar discount to the smaller 43-inch model altogether with the launch of this TV, but now you can save on a device with more screen space.
The allure of The Frame is that it can deliver a great TV experience as you watch and then turn into a work of art. It can display some artwork while on standby, maximizing your space to feel more like a gallery than just a typical living room. The new 2022 model introduces a matte screen to reduce glare and make artwork look more convincing. This 55-inch model also supports 4K resolution with a fast 120Hz refresh rate (the smaller 43-inch doesn’t work at 120Hz), so you can play.