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Amazon deals out Super Bowl 2019 discounts: $42 Alexa Microwave, $70 Echo and more

The Best Black Friday Deals Available Now 2020 | Reviews by Wirecutter

While Amazon was pulling out all the stops with its star-studded 2019 Super Bowl commercial, it was also slashing prices on a wide array of its Alexa-powered devices, including its voice-activated microwave and Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. 

We’ve rounded up the best deals below — all of which were still available as of 10 a.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 4. AmazonBasics Microwave with Alexa, $42 (save $18)

This is a compelling price for any plain old microwave this size — but, of course, this AmazonBasics model has support for Alexa built in, too. You’ll still need an Echo speaker nearby to parse your commands — the microwave doesn’t have an integrated microphone — but if Alexa has already taken over your home, this $42 microwave is an obvious next step.

The Best Black Friday Deals Available Now 2020 | Reviews by Wirecutter

Amazon FireTV Cube, $80 (save $40)

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube will allow you to round up all of your remotes and gently lay them in a junk drawer. Once the Cube is set up, you can say ‘Alexa, turn on the TV’ — or issue dozens of other audio-video instructions — and let the Cube take care of the rest. This cut doesn’t quite equal its 50 percent-off deal during Black Friday, but it’s close.

Fire TV Recast bundle with Fire TV Stick 4K and HD antenna, $250 (save $50)

Amazon’s Recast normally costs $230 by itself. This bundle includes the DVR system — plus the Fire TV Stick 4K, which is a great value at $40 on its own — and an HD antenna, which could tack on an additional $10 to $40 or more. This is a solid deal on a comprehensive cord-cutting solution.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $100 (save $30)

Amazon’s 2018 refresh of its Paperwhite e-book reader is an enthusiastic CNET Editors’ Choice for anyone looking for a dedicated reading device. It’s finally waterproof, and the addition of Bluetooth audio makes it great for audiobook fans, too.

Amazon Echo (second-gen) for $70 (save $30)

Alexa remains the gold-standard voice assistant in the game, and the new and improved Echo was already worthwhile at $100. For $70, it’s a steal.

Amazon Smart Plug for $15 (save $10)

If you’re already committed to Alexa gear, this smart plug will do the trick — and this is about as good a price as you’ll find. That noted, there are better — though more expensive — smart plugs out out there, like the TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Power Monitoring, that provide more customization and broader compatibility.

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