Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker
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You don't have to wait until June 21-22 to take advantage of the Amazon Prime Day sale. As usual, the online retailer will kick off the festivities one week early with deep discounts on its own products.

Starting June 13, you'll find great offers on Echo speakers, Fire TV streaming players, and Fire HD tablets.

Below, we’ve listed the best early Prime Day deals. Prices typically remain consistent through Prime Day but occasionally drop a bit further during the sale itself. If you decide to wait, just be prepared for shipping delays, especially for the low-cost Echo Dot smart speakers.

We expect to find many other items on sale in the days ahead, including smart home products from Blink, Eero, and Ring, plus popular items in fashion, home and kitchen goods, gaming, and toys.

We're keeping a close eye on the sale as it draws near, so check back here and at our Prime Day hub for the latest.

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Echo Speakers

Amazon Echo (4th Gen.) Smart Speaker

    Starting June 13, you can get $40 off the Echo smart speaker, but you need to buy two at once to get the savings. (Use the code ECHOPRIME at checkout.)

     

    The speaker looks radically different from Amazon's original model, with globelike styling replacing the now-iconic cylinder. The capabilities haven't changed much, mostly because the Echo, like all smart speakers, relies on the company's cloud servers to do the digital heavy lifting.

    The 4th generation Echo is improved with a new Zigbee smart home hub that allows you to control compatible devices without using an app. The sound quality is also noticeably better than that in the previous version, with better bass and clearer trebles.

    CR's test results: Amazon Echo (4th generation)

    Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen.) Smart Speaker

      As with the Echo above, the Dot deal starts on June 13 and requires you to buy two speakers at once to get the savings, but you're essentially getting one free. (Enter the code PDDOT2PK at checkout.)

       

      This latest version of the Dot looks just like the Echo but smaller. In terms of smart speaker performance, the Dot hasn't changed much from its hockey-pucklike predecessor. Because most of Alexa's heavy-duty artificial intelligence work is done on Amazon's cloud servers, the device works about as well as the company's more expensive models, which makes it a good value.

       

      Music is another story. Our testers found the newest Dot to sound somewhat better than its predecessors, with slightly clearer highs and a bit more bass. But the Dot is still best for up-close listening to a podcast rather than for filling a room with music.

      CR's test results: Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation)

      Amazon Echo Show 5

        This offer matches last year's Prime Day price for the Echo Show 5. The speaker isn't going to wow you with music playback, according to our testers. But if you just want a smart speaker with a screen that won’t break the bank, the Show 5 may be a great option. With a 5-inch screen, it’s also much smaller than its counterparts, the Echo Show 8 and Show 10, which are not yet listed among the early deals but may be on sale for Prime Day.

        CR’s test results: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker

        Fire TV Televisions

        Toshiba 32-Inch 720p Fire TV Edition Smart TV

          This Toshiba Fire TV is a decent, if unexceptional, 720p model that offers very good overall high-def picture quality. It also has Amazon's Fire TV smart streaming service and Alexa voice-enabled digital assistant built into the set. The TV was on sale last Prime Day, where it dropped to $120, so you may be able to save a little extra if you wait.

           

          CR's test results: Toshiba 32LF221U21 TV

          Insignia 43-Inch 4K Smart Fire TV

            This set from Insignia, Best Buy's house brand, does a nice job overall for both HD and 4K picture quality. But like many less expensive TVs, it can't get bright enough to deliver a compelling HDR (high dynamic range) experience. Like the Toshiba set above, it has Amazon's Fire TV smart streaming service and Alexa voice-enabled digital assistant built into the set.

             

            CR's test results: Insignia NS-43DF710NA21 TV