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The latest version of Amazon’s orb-like Echo smart speaker is just $49.99 right now

The latest version of Amazon’s orb-like Echo smart speaker is just $49.99 right now


The best price on this smart speaker that now doubles as an Eero mesh Wi-Fi extender. Plus, more all-time low prices on the Google Pixel 6A and second-gen Apple Pencil.

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Spooky season is also savings season.
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Spooky season may soon be coming to a close, but deals season is still in full swing. First off, you can buy the latest version of the Amazon Echo smart speaker for just $49.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, or Target. This $50 discount is the lowest price for the fourth generation of Amazon’s smart speaker. While it came out in 2020, and the smaller Echo Dot just got a fifth-gen release, the ponderous Echo just got a handy new feature added via firmware update. Now, if you have an Eero mesh Wi-Fi router you can use the fourth-gen Echo to extend its network.

But the Echo does a lot more than extend a Wi-Fi network, as it’s actually got a pretty formidable sound output for a small speaker. It can fill most rooms with music, and it even has some good bass, if just a tad overly processed-sounding. Plus, it’s one of the most well-rounded (wink) smart home speakers in Amazon’s selection, since it has a hub built in for connecting to other devices like Zigbee-powered smart bulbs. Read our review.

The fourth-gen Echo Dot sitting on a table.

The best all-around Echo speaker has great sound and a built-in smart hub. Add in that support for the new Matter smart home standard and Eero mesh Wi-Fi are coming soon, and this is a top pick for the smart home enthusiast.

If you’re looking for a new phone from Google but don’t want to spend Pixel 7 money, the excellent bang-for-your-buck Pixel 6A is on a fresh sale for just $299 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. That’s $150 off the regular price of $449, which is kind of absurd considering how good this phone is even at full price. The Pixel 6A uses the same Tensor CPU as the Pixel 6 generation phones, and it pairs that with a much more modestly sized 6.1-inch OLED display. Sure, it doesn’t have a high-refresh-rate screen or the latest cameras with 50-megapixel sensors, but it’s fast, it’s got some AI-driven smarts like Google’s excellent Recorder app, and it’s cheap. The 6A is already running Android 13 and it’s promised to get software updates through July 2025 and security updates until July 2027. All that for $299? That’s hard to pass up. Read our review.

Google’s Pixel 6A stands out among $500 phones.

Google’s Pixel 6A comes with a relatively small 6.1-inch OLED screen but is an excellent performer with a good camera and battery life.

I’m just going to say it: the first-gen Apple Pencil needs to die and go away. Though, sadly, it’s here to stay and plague us for now. But thankfully, the much better second-gen Apple Pencil is on sale for its lowest price of $89 at Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. This $40 discount is as good as it gets for Apple’s best writing and drawing experience. If you own a compatible iPad and like to draw or take handwritten notes, you definitely want to snag this deal.

A big part of what makes this version of the Apple Pencil so great is how it charges. You just slap it on the designated side of your iPad (it attaches with magnets), and it immediately begins to charge. It’s also got improved sensitivity and pressure levels over the first-gen model, and supports some handy gesture shortcuts when you tap its side. Really, the main downside of it is the price, and today’s deal at least helps with that.


The second-gen Apple Pencil ditches the awkward Lightning port charging, adopting a magnetic mechanism that attaches to the side of the latest iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini models. It can also recharge while magnetically attached and supports tap gestures.

The plush and comfortable Bose QuietComfort 45 noise-canceling headphones are on sale for $249 at Amazon and Best Buy and $249.99 at Target. This $80 discount is just $20 away from the all-time low price we saw during the recent Amazon Prime Early Access Sale, and judging by Best Buy’s countdown timer, they’re only available at this price for today.

The QC45 are the latest addition to Bose’s line of excellent over-the-ear headphones, and feature some exceptional noise cancellation that’s perfect for traveling on a plane or isolating yourself from a noisy office when it’s heads-down working time. They also sport some great battery life and a helpful transparency mode for when you need to be aware of your surroundings. While they’re not a radical departure from the prior-gen QC35 II, they offer improvements to all the things Bose does right with this line — earning them a prominent spot in our headphone buying guide. Read our review.


The Bose QuietComfort 45 update the company’s supremely comfortable design with USB-C, improved noise cancellation, and longer battery life.

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