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We’ve seen a lot of great deals come and go already this holiday shopping season, and some of the best offers are still going strong. As part of its Black Friday deals, Amazon slashed prices on its own devices, with discounts on everything from TVs and streaming devices to smart home decor and security cameras. Here are some of our favorite Amazon devices that you can still pick up at rock-bottom prices.

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The third-gen Echo Dot has spent the better part of the last year selling for around $50 and more recently dropped down to around $30 on its own. Right now, you can bundle the smart speaker with a color smart bulb for just $20, which is the same price Amazon is offering just the Echo Dot. These bundles tend to sell out fast, so be sure to grab one now.

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This bundle includes the all-new Echo Show 5 and the new Blink Mini indoor camera at a massive savings. For Black Friday, Amazon has the Echo Show 5 on sale for $45, which means you can add an indoor security camera for just $5 extra. What’s great is that you can view that camera from the Echo Show 5 (and your phone), making it a perfect combo.

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The Fire TV Stick 4K Max is new this year, and it sits just above the Fire TV Stick 4K in Amazon’s lineup. It’s $10 more than the regular Fire TV Stick 4K, but for the extra $10 you get 40% more power (which means faster app loads and better overall navigation), as well as Wi-Fi 6 support for faster streaming. 

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Amazon’s Fire tablets have traditionally been viewed as media consumption devices, but the Fire HD 10 productivity bundle is aiming to change that. It includes the Fire HD 10 tablet with 32GB of storage, a Bluetooth keyboard and a 12-month Microsoft Office 365 subscription. Right now it’s over 30% off.

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This year Amazon began making its own television sets that run the Fire TV OS, and the Insignia and Toshiba models do the same. The Omni Series offers hands-free TV with Alexa and Dolby Vision, whereas the 4-Series has a few less features but comes in a bit cheaper. There are multiple sizes available for each model.

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Amazon has taken the smart apparel trend a step further with these Echo Frames smart glasses. Alexa-enabled and featuring open-ear speakers, you can use them to make calls, check the weather, set your schedule, listen to audiobooks and more, all with just the sound of your voice. And for those who actually require glasses, they are designed to be fitted with prescription lenses.

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The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids tablet can be an excellent educational tool for kids and great for parents who’d rather not hand their own phone or tablet over to a youngster to play with. The tablet comes equipped with an array of parental controls to help you limit screen time, filter content, restrict camera access and set educational goals. It is protected by a sturdy kid-proof case, but if your child manages to somehow break it within two years of purchase, Amazon will replace it for free. You’ll also get complimentary access to a full year of Amazon Kids Plus, which will give your child access to thousands of apps, books, games and other educational content.

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The Halo View fitness tracker is actually still in its preorder stage, but that didn’t stop Amazon from discounting it. Shipments begin Dec. 8. It’s available in three colors and two sizes, and the Halo View can count your steps, give you on-demand blood oxygen levels, monitor your sleep and more. It comes with one year of Halo membership, but after that it will set you back $4 per month.

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Named CNET’s best overall smart thermostat for 2021, Amazon’s new Smart Thermostat sets a high bar for the category. It has a clean, modern touchscreen design, and it’s easy to use, whether you’re adjusting the temperature at the thermostat, through the Alexa app or with Alexa voice commands with a compatible Alexa-enabled speaker or display. And right now you can pick one up for 20% off.

Read our Amazon Smart Thermostat review.

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It’s not as good as the Paperwhite, but that model costs more than twice as much. Still, this baseline Kindle is a fine e-reader, and its integrated light makes it a big improvement on older models. 

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This deal is on the second-generation Echo Buds, which are Amazon’s own headphones that offer active noise cancellation and Alexa right in your ears. They’re in-ear buds that come in both black and white, and offer up to five hours of playback per charge. The included charging case gives you another 15 hours of enjoyment, so you don’t have to worry about power while out and about.

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