Early January isn’t known for especially good sale prices, but we’re in the aftermath of a very unusual year. That means it’s still possible to find some pretty decent discounts, including some gadgets that are priced within a dollar of their all-time low Black Friday prices. This might be fortuitous timing, especially if you have some gift cards burning a hole in your pocket.
So whether you’re in the mood for an Amazon Echo Show, a Lenovo laptop, a Galaxy Watch or an Apple Watch, there are still opportunities to save some money and buy yourself something you can enjoy through all of 2021 (which will be a better year, I am sure of it).
At or near Black Friday lows
Save $20 on the all-new Echo Dot, which is just $1 more than the Black Friday price. The new globe design is available in all three colors: charcoal, white and blue.
Save $20 on the Kids Edition of the latest version of the Amazon Dot — just $1 more than the best Black Friday price. Sphere-shaped but adorably panda- or tiger-rific, it’s a standard Echo that is also packed with a ton of custom kid-friendly content and parental controls.
The Echo Dot with Clock is now at its best Black Friday price (well, to be accurate, plus a dollar). It’s the same device as the fabric-covered Echo Dot sphere, but also displays the time with its surface-mounted digital display.
Amazon’s compact smart display with a 5.5-inch display has all the smart home and voice-command smarts of the Echo Show 8 in a smaller package. It’s currently 50% off, which exactly matches the lowest Black Friday price from the holidays. This is almost certainly the lowest price we’ll see all year.
Still a good deal
The Apple Watch Series 3 hit a crazy-low $120 on Black Friday, but otherwise tends to hover right around $170. So this isn’t a steal, but is still decent for Apple’s budget-priced smart watch.
What is there to say about the Apple Watch Series 6? You can read the CNET review, but here’s what you need to know: You can save up to $60 right now on the Series 6 (depending upon which color scheme you choose — red is $60 off) and get the even-brighter always-on display, SpO2 sensor, and faster charging compared to the Series 5.
Right now you can save $200 on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, which features both ECG and SpO2 monitoring. According to CNET’s review of the Galaxy Watch 3, it’s Android’s equal to the Apple Watch Series 6, with a premium look and feel and a clever rotating bezel controller.
Equipped with a 10th-generation Intel Core i7, 12GB RAM and 256GB SSD, this 14-inch laptop usually sells for $1,400. Lenovo’s holiday sale continues — use promo code HAPPYNEWYOGA13 at checkout to save $450.
Half off is a good deal for this ever-popular nine-in-one programmable Instant Pot. It has more modes than you’re likely to ever use: slow cooker, egg cooker, sous vide, rice cooker and more.
CNET’s David Priest called the Amazon Echo Show 8 “the best Alexa smart display, period” in his review of the Echo Show 8. Right now, save $80 on this smart display with an 8-inch screen and a physical camera shutter you can manually close for privacy.
Here’s one more chance to put a 75-inch TV in your media room and save $100 in the process. This 4K HDR set is powered by our favorite OS, Roku, and includes voice command support through both Alexa and Google Assistant.
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In his CNET review of the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, David Carnoy called them “nearly flawless.” They have remarkable noise-canceling capabilities and great sound along with a comfortable fit, upgraded Bluetooth and a new speak-to-chat mode. While the post-holiday deal lasts, save $72.
They might be aging a bit, but the Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-canceling headphones are still strong performers. Read the review of the headphones and save $30 while the sale lasts.
Bring Alexa into you car with Alexa Auto. Usually $50, it’s currently selling for $20 — which is not just $30 off, but within a dollar of this season’s best Black Friday price.
If you’re shopping for a smart speaker, now is a good time to get the new fourth-gen version of Alexa, which is shaped like a mesh-covered crystal ball and has improved sound and better-than-ever smart home connectivity. Read the CNET review of the Alexa 4th generation and save $30 off the usual $100 price tag.
This article was first published last week. It has been updated to reflect the latest deals.
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