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Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is even more affordable for today only

Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is even more affordable for today only


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At $59.99, Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is among the most affordable options out there that can intelligently tweak the temperature of your home and take voice commands via Alexa. But today’s deal at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy knocks $12 off of that price, and $47.99 matches the best deal we’ve seen on this smart home gadget yet. And just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s lacking in features or quality. My colleague Jennifer Pattison Tuohy called it “a $60 stunner” in her review, praising its clean design and smart features that live up to their promises.

Amazon Smart Thermostat

$59.9930% off

Developed in partnership with Resideo, the Amazon Smart Thermostat allows you to control the temperature of your home through Alexa voice controls and remotely via an app.

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If you have one or more devices that recharge via USB-C, you owe it to yourself to snag a speedy charger. RavPower no longer has a presence on Amazon because it violated platform rules by offering gift cards in exchange for reviews. But at its own direct-to-consumer site, the brand is offering up to 30 percent off your order when you use the code LOU30 and purchase two items. If you only want one item, the code LOU25 will take 25 percent off (the prices below reflect the price you should see by using the 25 percent off code).

The brand makes some of the most reliable rechargeable battery packs, as well as fast wall chargers. I can’t vouch for everything that it sells, but several Verge staffers have purchased and enjoyed RavPower products previously.

RavPower 40W USB-C charger

This RavPower wall charger can deliver 20W of power through each USB-C port, which is perfect for a phone, a tablet, a Nintendo Switch, or any other kind of relatively low-powered device.

RavPower 26,800mah battery

This high-capacity battery pack offers four ports: Micro USB, USB-C, and two USB-A ports. The USB-C port allows for PD charging at up to 30W. This could be a good option if you want something that can recharge your smaller devices multiple times.

Logitech’s boldest colorway (blue and pink) of the excellent G435 gaming headset is $59 at Amazon and Walmart, which is $20 off its original price. I ranked this as my favorite wireless gaming headset in our buying guide for a few reasons. Compared to pricier competition, they offer a surprising amount of features, and they deliver on comfort.

The design (and particularly, this vibrant colorway) may not be for everyone. Though I love that, for this price, the G435 headset allows for dual connectivity via its included USB-A transmitter and Bluetooth, so you can take calls mid-game without yanking off the headset. It can recharge via USB-C.

Logitech G435 Lightspeed

$79.9950% off

Logitech’s G435 Lightspeed is a lightweight and comfortable wireless gaming headset that won’t break the bank. It’s compatible with PlayStation consoles as well as the Nintendo Switch and PC. It also supports Bluetooth, so you can listen to music or pick up calls while you game.

Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge

If you had been holding out on getting Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite e-reader that has USB-C charging and adjustable screen color temperature, now may be your moment to strike. The ad-supported model costs $109.99 ($30 off), and if you have an older Kindle, Amazon will give you 20 percent off of this new one, plus a gift card for your trade-in (the value of which varies, depending on your model).

Chaim Gartenberg, an avid reader at The Verge, said in his review that this Kindle Paperwhite is “its biggest redesign in a decade.” In addition to the features that I mentioned above, its screen is also bigger, it sports wireless charging, and it has additional LEDs for more consistent backlighting. I credit Chaim solely for influencing Amazon to implement these updates.


Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch, E Ink display with adjustable color temperature for nighttime reading. It also boasts a faster processor, additional battery life, IPX8 waterproofing, and — finally — a USB-C port.

Other deals that you might enjoy

  • Apple’s latest iPad with 256GB of storage is $30 off at Amazon. This model typically doesn’t see many discounts. You can grab it for $449 instead of $479.
  • LG’s 27-inch Ultragear QHD gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and fast 1ms response time (and the nice-to-have G-Sync compatibility for Nvidia GPUs) is still $279.99 at Amazon. That’s $100 off its regular price, and really, anything below $300 is a steal.
  • Elgato’s Facecam 1080p webcam that was featured in a recent Verge video is 17 percent off its usual $199.99 price. You can pick it up at Amazon for $166.99, but note that it doesn’t feature a built-in microphone. So, you’ll need to supply your own.

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