It's finally here! Amazon Prime Day has arrived, the deals are in full swing and Prime members are taking advantage of great discounts on the site.
The massive online shopping event began at midnight Pacific time today and ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time July 16. Prime Day deals are coming in several forms, including Lightning Deals that can last mere minutes. There also are Deals of the Day that end when Prime Day wraps up -- unless the products sell out first.
Here are a few deals on items we think might interest you. We've also included one item that's health smart and another just for fun.
Echo Show 5 – Compact smart display with Alexa
Like its predecessors, the new Echo Show 5 has a screen with speakers that allows you to view what's going on in rooms with other Alexa-enabled devices that have screens. You can also hold video conversations using Skype.
The Echo Show 5 also comes with a number of features that set it apart from older models. It is more compact, has a 5.5-inch display, better sound, an HD camera and a built-in camera shutter.
It also boasts a new smart home dashboard that connects with other compatible home devices by saying commands. You can even use on-screen controls to manage other smart devices in the home.
With the Echo Show 5, you can watch music videos from Vevo or listen to music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. You can watch shows from NBC and Prime Video, or short news clips from Reuters, CNN and more. Amazon said it is working on integrating with wikiHow so you can access hundreds of how-to videos.
The device has an off button that electronically disconnects both the microphone and camera. This Amazon Prime Deal of the Day ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time July 16.
Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa
Amazon claims the Echo Dot is one of its most popular smart speakers and it's now in its third generation. It has a fabric design that comes in various colors and an improved speaker for a richer, louder sound.
To really pump up the volume and quality, pair it with a second Echo Dot (3rd gen) to get a stereo sound. Or fill your house with music by placing compatible Echo devices in different rooms.
With voice commands, you can stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible.
Besides listening to audiobooks and music, you can ask the Echo Dot (3rd gen) to answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more. For complete privacy, press the microphone off button to disconnect the microphones. This Amazon Prime Deal of the Day ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time July 16.
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity
This little robotic vacuum can work with Amazon Alexa to provide added voice control. The Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum picks up pet hair and works on carpets and hard floors. Its 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes pick up everything from small particles to large debris.
As with all Roombas, intelligent sensors guide the robot under and around furniture. The Roomba runs for up to 90 minutes before automatically docking and recharging. This Amazon Prime Deal of the Day ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time July 16.
Toshiba 50LF711U20 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - Fire TV Edition
The Toshiba 4K Ultra HD Smart TV is a new generation of television featuring built-in Fire TV and a voice remote with Alexa. This TV has a picture quality with more than eight million pixels, providing clarity, deep contrast and vivid colors. Movies and TV shows seem to come to life in ultra high definition.
This Fire TV Edition brings together live over-the-air TV with your favorite streaming services such as Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO and more. All you need to do is connect any HD antenna (sold separately).
With the Alexa-enhanced remote, just use your voice to launch apps, search for TV shows, switch inputs, control smart home devices and more. This Amazon Prime Deal of the Day ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time July 16.
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular, 38mm)
If you're not someone who has to have the latest Apple gadget, you can get a great Prime Day deal on a number of older ones. For example, the Apple Watch Series 3 is a Deal of the Day.
While the Apple Watch Series 4 has more features, is more powerful and more compact than the Series 3, the older model isn't exactly from the Stone Age.
The Series 3 has a 563-square millimeter or 740-square millimeter display area; an 11.4-millimeter casing, a dual-core S3 processor and an optical heart sensor.
Again, if you don't need every single bell and whistle, the Apple Watch Series 3 can still provide you with what you want and leave some money in your bank account. This Amazon Prime Deal of the Day ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time July 16.
Apple iPad Pro (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 256GB)
It may not be the latest iPad Pro, but it's still a great device and at a great price. It's not often you see Apple deals that give you substantial savings, so when you do, especially on one that's only one generation behind, grab it.
The Apple iPad Pro's (10.5-inch, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 256GB) rear cameras can shoot optically stabilized 4K video, while the selfie camera can handle 1080p Full HD video. It also supports the Apple Pencil's on-screen drawing capabilities, making them accessible beyond graphics professionals, artists and digital doodlers.
The iPad Pro has a lot of bells and whistles in terms of display technology -- ProMotion, True Tone, wider color range, laminated display with anti-reflective coating, as well as Retina Display. It's also compatible with Apple's Smart Keyboard. This Amazon Prime Deal of the Day ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time July 16.
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