Amazon is offering steep discounts on newer Echo devices

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This may be one of your best chances to score a smart speaker or e-reader before the Christmas bustle. Amazon sells several newer Echo devices (plus a Kindle reader) at very low prices. To begin with, the fourth generation Echo speaker is on sale for only $ 60 (usually $ 100), or the same as its Prime Day prices. You can also buy the new Echo Show 5 for a record low level of $ 55 (usually $ 85), while its larger Echo Show 8 counterpart has dropped to $ 100 (typically $ 130).

Buy Echo (4th generation) on Amazon – $ 60 Buy Echo Show 5 on Amazon – $ 55 Buy Echo Show 8 on Amazon – $ 100

You may also appreciate the Kindle deal if you are a book lover. Amazon sells the standard Kindle (with ads) for only $ 50 – that’s $ 40 below its official sticker, and even better than the Prime Day price. You get a similar discount on the ad-free version, which sells for $ 70. Either price drop makes the Kindle an easy choice if you prefer to relax with a digital book at the end of the day.

The echo devices are safe choices. The fourth generation Echo sounds great for the money and boasts a memorable design along with Alexa’s healthy ecosystems for smart home devices and skills. The newer Echo Show 5 and 8, meanwhile, builds on the Alexa know-how with visuals. Show 5 is best suited as a bed clock, while the 8 works well for video calls or as a family hub in the kitchen or living room. The main issues are simply the choice of interface and streaming app – Google has a slight advantage in both departments, but it may not matter much if you primarily use voice commands or check news and weather.

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