Day 8 of Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals features fantastic offers on amazing tech. (Photo: Sonos / Amazon)
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Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals continues on with a slew of offers for “music lovers, avid readers, and film buffs” and we’ve cherry-picked the best offers on the best products from the lineup. For the person you want to splurge on, tech is just the ticket. And whether they’re the type who always has music playing, prefers reading to TV, or is obsessed with the latest technology, one of these things is sure to be the perfect fit. And as a bonus, you get to save a bit of money in the process!
1. The best e-reader money can buy
Anyone who loves to read will be thrilled to unwrap a Paperwhite e-reader. (Photo: Amazon)
Amazon really cornered the market when it comes to e-readers, and the Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect options for anyone, especially because it’s $20 off right now. While the top-shelf Kindle Oasis ($249.99) is a stunning piece of technology, and the entry-level Kindle ($59.99) works perfectly fine for less, the Paperwhite is the best blend of features and affordability. That’s why we named it the best e-reader of 2017.
Thinking of gifting this to someone? It might be great to pair it with a year of Kindle Unlimited for $83.92, 30% off the regular $120 annual cost. Kindle Unlimited gives readers access to over a million books whenever they want, and it includes unlimited listening with Audible. This also makes a great gift for a loved one who already has a Kindle.
Get the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader for $99.99 and save $20
2. Sonos speakers that work with Alexa
Combine Sonos with Alexa and you get dynamic home audio. (Photo: Sonos)
Sonos is one of the most popular names in the home audio game, but these high-end speakers rarely go on sale. Right now, however, the PLAY:1 and PLAY:3 wireless speakers are both $50 off. Both can be connected to WiFi for wireless streaming from your computer or your phone. And if you have an Amazon Echo with an AUX input, you can connect the Songs speakersto it and ask Alexa to play music from your favorite streaming services. The music will bypass the Echo speakers (which are decent, but nowhere near as good as Sonos) and fill your room with rich sound.
What’s the different between the two? The PLAY:1 ($147.20) is small and can fit virtually anywhere while still sounding fantastic. And the PLAY:3 ($249) is larger and packs a bit more of a punch when it comes to sound quality. Both can also be connected to a home entertainment system for a more immersive watching experience.
Get a Sonos PLAY:3 for $249 and save $50
3. Smart home lighting for a more modern home
Controlling the lights from your phone is inexplicably fun. (Photo: Philips Hue)
Sick of your boring incandescent bulbs? Switching to LEDs can not only reduce your electric bill and your carbon footprint, but they’ll also last for years. Better yet, if you opt for Philips Hue smart LED lighting, you can be even more efficient by setting schedules and controlling your lights from your phone. I’ve had the same Hue lights for five years and have never had to replace a single one.
Right now, you can get the Philips Hue Starter kit for $69.97, the second best price we’ve seen for this kit (it was $10 cheaper on Black Friday). You get the Hue bridge and four bulbs to get started, and can expand your system up to 50 bulbs. The 4-bulb color starter kit, which lets you turn your lights to millions of different colors, is also back on sale for its lowest price ever at $139.97.
Get the Philips Hue Color Smart Bulb Starter Kit for $139.97 and save $60
4. A fantastic tablet for $50
A tablet that can do it all.. and it’s how much?! (Photo: Amazon)
The best-selling Fire HD 8 tablet is back down to its Black Friday price, the lowest we’ve ever seen. For $50, you get a solid tablet for gaming, productivity, and watching videos with an 8-inch HD screen and 16GB of memory (plus room for an SD card to expand your storage space). It even has Amazon Alexa built in. Virtually any app you can find on the Google Play store is also available via Amazon, and you can take advantage of Prime Music and Video streaming if you’re a Prime member. Did I mention it has Dolby speakers and promises a battery life up to 12 hours?
*The more affordable 8GB Fire 7 is also on sale for $29.99 ($20 off) and the larger, more advanced 32 GB Fire HD 10 is $30 off at $119.99.
Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but may change over time.
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