Amazon Prime Day, delayed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is in full swing over October 13 and 14. The annual shopping event, exclusively for Prime members, typically results in myriad deals for the connected home, and the 2020 iteration seems to be on its way to delivering on that promise once again. Among the top Prime Day deals we’ve found are those around Apple Air Pods, Amazon Echo Show smart display devices, and more.
The wireless listening devices that started a new tech genre, Apple AirPods can be a highly suitable solution for many usage scenarios, ranging from taking in your favorite tunes to sitting on Zoom calls. This is the latest version of the standard AirPods, with a wired charging case.
A step up from standard AirPods, these AirPods Pro feature active noise cancellation and a transparency mode, making your listening a more immersive experience while isolating you from a large degree of external noise. Furthermore, AirPods Pro arrive with three sets of tapered silicone tips to enable a customized fit, while you’ll also gain wireless charging with compatible Qi chargers (even the one in your car).
If you are using Amazon Alexa as your primary voice assistant, the Amazon Echo Show 8 can be a nice addition to your connected home repertoire. This smart display is a more appealing offering than the diminutive Amazon Echo Show 5 (ideal where space is at a premium or as a bedside alarm clock). Of course, either of these devices function as a full-fledged Amazon speaker and can be commanded entirely with voice commands, or you can use screen gestures to get things done.
Home security has become one of the top categories of connected home gear, and for good reason. Security systems, such as this Ring kit, can bring a high level of added security and peace of mind to your dwelling. All of the pieces in this kit work together wirelessly, and Amazon Alexa voice commands can be used to arm and disarm the system. A free Echo Dot smart speaker arrives in the box.
Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.