No matter how different the holidays are this year, one thing remains the same: We could all use a little less stress. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is with smart home products like these Amazon Echo deals, and Ring Video Doorbell deals. A Ring Video Doorbell can provide not just peace of mind, but security as well and right now at Amazon you can get the latest Ring Video Doorbell and a 4th Generation Echo Dot, together. They’re only $110, down from $170 if you bought them separately. That’s a whole lot of stress gone, for very little money.
Ring Video Doorbell (2020 release)
Amazon upgraded the Ring Video Doorbell this year, making your view of who, or what, is outside your door clearer than ever, with more angles and even greater peace of mind. Now, it has a 1080-pixel camera with a 155-degree field of view, so you can see more, any time of day (with their night vision sensors). There are also motion sensors and two-way audio options, so you can double down on safety and security, and there’s the added convenience of being able to speak with whoever is at your door and have them speak back to you.
Amazon also added additional motion zone monitoring. This motion detection technology turns on the Ring Video Doorbell’s camera whenever it sees something, giving you a jump on whatever’s going on outside your home. The Ring Video Doorbell connects seamlessly to your Alexa and is specially designed to update you via your smartphone, tablet, or computer. So when someone rings or sets off the motion sensors, you can be notified no matter where you are. Also, there’s a built-in rechargeable battery that makes this device more economical; if you don’t want to worry about batteries at all, you can always connect it directly to existing doorbell wires. And, for an additional layer of protection, Amazon offers the Ring Protect Plan (for an additional charge), which allows you to go back in time and review any footage to catch anything you may have missed.
Echo Dot (4th Generation)
The 4th generation Amazon Echo Dot is perfect if what you need is a nearly invisible smart speaker. While the size is incredibly small — Amazon has changed from previous Dot’s hockey-puck design to something more spherical, about the size of a handball — the sound is really impressive. In fact, when reviewed, we called the Echo Dot the best speaker in its class.
We love that the mesh fabric covering the speaker’s body is made of 100% post-consumer recycled material, which also helps with the sound. The front-facing speaker is vastly better, without adding to the size, and can fill a room or a small apartment with rich sound, crisp notes, and deep bass. In tests, the new Echo Dot has done very well handling higher volumes; you get none of the screeching that some speakers carry when things get loud. And if you want to get specific, the new Echo Dot offers more controls through its app for sound elements like treble and bass.
Alexa has vastly improved with this version, too. It may not be the most important change, but possibly the most fun: You can now change Alexa’s voice to Samuel L. Jackson’s. Outside of the fun stuff, they’ve really bumped up the security, which is great since we’re constantly adding Smart Home items to our living spaces and tying them to our Amazon speakers. This Echo Dot will listen for sounds, like glass being broken or a smoke alarm going off, for free as part of Alexa Guard. If you want to pony up an extra $5 a month, you can have Alexa Guard Plus, which adds an emergency helpline.
Rearrange and reengineer your smart home for the holidays with Amazon Echo deals and Ring Video Doorbell deals. Or, snag them together, and get . Right now, at Amazon, you can get the latest Ring Video Doorbell and a 4th Generation Echo Dot for only $110, down from $170 if you bought them separately. This holiday, you and your home can get smart — together.
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