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Whether you’re deep into the smart-home lifestyle or you’ve been meaning forever to set up a hub and bring Alexa into your world, now is the time to take action. This pre-Prime Day deal is simply too good to miss.
It’s the nudge you need to upgrade your setup or launch a new life with the help of the most beloved voice-controlled assistant of all. For those of you already acquainted with Alexa, adding a screen to the equation is the next logical step.
The Echo Show 5 is a compact bedside or kitchen device (with a screen!) that streams movies and news, plays music or podcasts and helps to manage a myriad of daily tasks. So rather than just a speaker (the original Echo), you have visuals. Meaning that while you can still call out questions to Alexa and get answers, you can also use the Echo Show 5 as a clock, a frame for digital photos, and, perhaps most important: a screen for FaceTiming, recipes, videos and a monitor for digital security cameras.
The Echo Show 5 on its own is on sale from its usual price of $90 to just $45—and you can also choose between two bundles.
The first includes the Echo Show 5 Bundle with TP-Link Simple Set Up Smart Plug (that thingy you need to get it going), so you’re all set to start bossing around Alexa—and perfectly poised to build out your system as desired. This is an unbeatable price we’ve never seen before.
This duo is a great way to control electronic devices via Alexa voice commands or from an app on your smartphone. Set timers or countdowns to turn on and off lamps, fans, coffee makers or even Christmas lights. In ‘away’ mode, the smart plug can turn devices on and off at random intervals to simulate someone being at home.
And if you are home, stay cozy on the sofa and command Alexa to handle such tedious chores. “The quality of this brand is evident and well worth the cost,” according to a satisfied Amazon shopper of the TP-Link Smart Plug, Alexa's new BFF!
Shop it: Echo Show 5 with TP-Link's Smart Plug, $50 (was $113), amazon.com
And here's yet another ergonomic wonder-bundle at another next-to-nothing Prime Day price. This bundle puts the Echo Show 5 together with a Blink Mini indoor smart security camera. The price? A shockingly low $50 (was $125)—a savings of 60 percent. This will sell out fast, people, so get to it. Prime those prime-day fingers and scoop up the savings before the rest of the world catches on. You can gloat about the deals later
Alexa herself is capable of some 80,000 skills (and counting)—from playing Jeopardy to getting the morning news—but with the addition of a Blink Mini indoor smart security camera, you can monitor the home front from your smartphone while grocery shopping or walking the dog.
The plug-and-play Blink camera detects motion and delivers crisp 1080P HD images, while Alexa can play agro heavy metal music to deter intruders—ingenious combo! Said one reviewer of the Blink Mini cam: “Setup was super easy and picture quality is excellent for the price point.”
Shop it: Echo Show 5 with Blink Mini, $50 (was $125), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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