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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.
We all know that Black Friday officially arrives Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving. But most major retailers are already coming in hot with early “Black Friday” deals all November long — and even into the following month. Best Buy is launching its big sale on Nov. 22, while Walmart’s next big sale starts Nov. 25 (though both have interim deals in the meantime). Amazon, meanwhile, has its usual parade of daily deals:
But Amazon recently announced upcoming Black Friday discounts that will roll out beginning Friday, Nov. 20. We’ve collected our favorite Amazon device deals below, but keep these ground rules in mind:
We don’t know exactly which deals start which days, and some of these will be available early via voice ordering on an Alexa-enabled device. That said, with Best Buy already teasing many of these same deals starting on Sunday, Nov. 22, it’s a safe bet that most of these should be live no later than Sunday morning. Note that many of these are a return to Prime Day lows, but there are some new additions, like the first big discounts on new 2020 Echo and Echo Dot speakers that were introduced just two months ago.It’s not impossible for there to be additional bundle and add-on deals, but we don’t expect these prices to go any lower between now and the end of the year.Note that many of these are already backordered for two to three weeks, and those ship times will likely get longer. However, Amazon devices rarely go “out of stock” — the shipping dates will just keep getting pushed further back in most cases.
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Black Friday 2020 sales and deals
Deals starting Nov. 20-22
If you want a display for video chatting, watching Netflix or just for use as a smart alarm clock, the Show 5 — the smallest smart display from Amazon — is a great little gadget. It dropped to $45 during Prime Day, and since that price is returning to Best Buy on Nov. 22, we expect it to return to Amazon this weekend, too.
Read our Echo Show 5 review.
The older version of Amazon’s entry-level smart was selling for $19 during Prime Day. That deal is returning to Best Buy — with a free smart bulb thrown in — starting Nov. 22, so we assume it will be returning to Amazon, too — stock permitting.
Amazon gave the Echo a total redesign in 2020. It’s now a spherical smart speaker, but that’s not all. The newest Echo sounds great, includes a Zigbee receiver for smart home integration and looks good sitting on your countertop.
This sale saves you $30 off the $100 regular retail price beginning Nov. 20.
Read our Amazon Echo (2020) review.
Like the new, full-size Echo, the 2020 Dot boasts a striking new spheroidal aesthetic. It’s a solid smart speaker and remains a great entry point to voice assistance and the smart home.
Starting Nov. 20, the new Echo Dot will be $29, saving you $20 off the regular retail price.
Read our Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review.
Like the Echo Dot, the new Echo Dot with Clock is on sale. Save $21 on this Echo Dot model with an LED clock display for a great bedside, alarm clock assistant.
You’ll get all the Alexa smarts you expect with the added bonus of a visual indicator for time and other info.
The Ring offers live 1080p video, motion alerts and two-way voice communication and a feature called Pre-Roll (when someone or something trips the motion sensor, you can see what happened before that). This deal saves nearly 50% off the regular $250 retail price.
Note, the Ring Pro doesn’t have a rechargeable battery. If you can’t connect it to the existing doorbell wires at your front door, this isn’t the video doorbell for you.
Read our Ring Video Doorbell Pro review.
This combo deal regularly retails for $60, but is on sale for $29 beginning Nov. 20. Get the all-new Echo Dot along with a Sengled Smart Bulb and take the first steps in setting up your smart home. Since the Echo Dot is also on sale for $29, you’ll be getting the Sengled Smart Bulb for free.
Note this is the Sengled Smart Bulb that requires either Bluetooth control or the Sengled Zigbee hub.
Read our Amazon Echo Dot (2020) review.
This $50 deal delivers an Echo Show 5 smart display and a Blink Mini camera, a great combo for keeping an eye on other areas of your home. The Echo Show 5 is Amazon’s compact 5.5-inch smart display. The Blink Mini is Blink’s affordable 1080p HD indoor, plug-in security camera.
The combo deal is regularly priced at $110, so this is a pretty hefty savings if you’re interesting in smart security and Alexa.
Read our Echo Show 5 review.
Mesh Wi-Fi routers are becoming more and more affordable. The new Eero 6 system three-pack adds full support for Wi-Fi 6.
It’s not the best or most powerful mesh system, but if you have your heart set on Amazon’s latest Wi-Fi system, this sale saves $56 off the regular $279 price.
Read our Eero 6 review.
The updated Kindle joins the Black Friday sale list with a $30 discount. Adjustable brightness and an 8GB storage meets the basic needs of any digital reader. Upgrade your purchase with Kindle Unlimited and ad removal for an additional fee.
Read our Amazon Kindle (2019) review.
The Fire HD 10 tablet delivers upgrades like USB-C charging and a faster processor for better performance. There’s also a 2-megapixel front camera and 32GB of memory in the regularly priced $150 base model.
The Fire HD 10 has the same better-than-1080p (1,900×1,200) display of the previous model and the same microSD expansion slot for additional storage up to 512GB. This sale saves nearly 50% off the regular price.
Need something a bit more kid-friendly? The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet offers a 10.1-inch 1080p full HD display and 32GB of storage to support all their favorite shows and apps.
It also includes one year of Amazon’s Kids Plus subscription, a “Kid-Proof Case” with built-in stand, and two-year worry-free guarantee that replaces it if disaster strikes.
If the Fire HD 10 is a bit pricey for your toddler’s tablet, the Fire 7 Kids Edition is also on sale beginning Nov. 20 for $40 off the regular $100 price. You’ll still get the Amazon Kids Plus subscription, child-proof case and two-year guarantee.
The Fire 7 Kids Edition comes with 16GB of internal storage and up to seven hours of fun, a microSD card for up to 512GB of expandable storage and a screen with a 1,024×600-pixel resolution.
Read our Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition review.
Blink Outdoor smart security cameras come in multiple kits, and though we don’t have pricing for each kit size, this sale offers up to $130 on a set. The largest kit available (and likely the $130 off deal) is a five-camera option.
Blink Outdoor cameras are wireless battery-powered HD security cameras that run for up to two years on the included two AA batteries. You can get motion-detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app, and these cameras work with Alexa for voice commands and smart home integration.
Read our Blink Outdoor Security Camera review.
The Fire TV Stick Lite is the most affordable way to put Amazon’s TV smarts in your home. There aren’t TV controls with this model, but you will get full HD, Alexa voice remote lite capability and access to thousands of TV channels and subscription options. Regularly $30, this sale cuts a decent $12 off the price.
Note there is also a sale beginning Nov. 20 for a Fire TV Stick Lite accessories bundle that includes the latest Fire TV Stick Lite, a remote case and Mission Cable USB power cable. Regularly priced at $63, it will be on sale for $50. You can see that deal here.
Read our Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite review.
For just $2 more than the sale price on the new Fire TV Stick, you can upgrade to the 4K model to support even the swankiest streaming. You’ll get all the goodies baked into the Fire TV Stick with the added bonus of better video quality.
Regularly $50, this sale saves $20.
Read our Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review.
These deals were available between Oct. 14 and now. We’re including them here for historical comparison, and we’ll update when and if they’re discounted later in the season.
At this price, the Echo Buds are considerably cheaper than Apple’s stock AirPods, which aren’t sweatproof and don’t offer any kind of noise-canceling capabilities. You get both of those features here and more, including onboard Alexa.
Read our Echo Buds review.
The Amazon Echo Auto is a clever little device that ports Alexa into your car, letting the voice assistant speak and play music through your stereo. At $30 off, it’s a solid deal for anyone wanting to smarten up their non-voice-equipped car.
Amazon’s Echo Flex is a clever little gadget, adding Alexa to a modular smart plug design. The plug itself can attach various augmentations, like an LED clock, a motion sensor or a night light. To get this little device, plus all of Alexa’s smarts, for only $13, is a solid deal.
If you still pull in live TV over the air, you can record shows and watch them any time with the Fire TV Recast DVR. This version has a 500GB hard drive (a full 1TB version is also available) with two tuners, so you can record two shows at once.
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