Amazon's back-to-school deals include a $75 Echo Plus

You can also get deals on Fire TV and Kindle devices.


Amazon is joining the back-to-school sales rush, and like many companies its bargains reflect the learn-from-home reality of the pandemic. Its limited time sale is highlighted by smart speakers, in particular the Echo Plus — you can buy the upper-mid-range speaker for just $75, or less than half its official price. You can find the Plus for a similar price at Best Buy, and both offers include a free Hue bulb. The Echo Studio is also available at a lowest-ever price of $170 (similar pricing at Best Buy) if you’re willing to pay extra for better sound quality.

Buy Echo Plus on Amazon - $75 Buy Echo Plus on Best Buy - $75

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There are other deals beyond these two, although they’re not the lowest we’ve seen. The Echo Dot with Clock is available for $40 at Amazon ($20 off) if you need help waking on time for morning classes. The Fire TV Stick 4K is selling for $35 ($15 off) for after-hours TV marathons. And if you want to studying using digital books, the basic ad-supported Kindle is available for $70 ($20 off).

The Echo Plus hasn’t been updated since 2018, but that’s not a bad thing. It produces a richer sound than the standard Echo without consuming much more space, and it can get your smart home started quickly thanks to its built-in smart hub and temperature sensor. The Echo Studio, however, is what you want if you’re more of a stickler for sound. We found it quite capable for the money, and it even benefits from high-quality audio services like Amazon Music HD. It’s just a question of whether you’re willing to pay nearly $100 more for the privilege.

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