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Amazon is getting a head start on Black Friday with a huge sale on a wide range of smart devices, from security cameras and smart speakers to Wi-Fi and Fire TV products, all featuring support from Alexa.

Amazon’s venerable voice assistant, Alexa, is one of those new-age technologies we didn’t know we wanted until we had one. Alexa has enhanced the lives of so many by allowing the use of simple voice commands to summon our favorite music, get weather forecasts, control smart devices, or even order items for delivery.

Alexa was launched in November 2014 as the integral innovation of the Echo, Amazon’s first-generation, voice-operated smart speaker. That was a full seven years ago, and Alexa can now be found in a huge variety of devices, from smart displays and media streaming boxes to TVs, thermostats, and Wi-Fi routers.

Alexa can settle arguments by pulling trivia from Wikipedia, tell Star Wars jokes (try, “Alexa, I am your father”), and even…summon Pikachu? Just say, “Alexa, ask Pikachu to talk,” and watch the kids’ faces light up with glee.

Amazon Black Friday Lead-up Deals

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You can save on TVs, routers, smart cameras, Fire TV, Echo devices, and more. Head over to Amazon to check out current Black Friday lead-up deals or scroll down for some of our highlighted picks.

Shop Amazon Black Friday Lead-up Sale

Echo Devices

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Echo (4th Gen): Grab this smart speaker and start living a life enriched by Alexa. Now in its fourth generation, the Echo has morphed into a sleek, ball-shaped device that looks super cool.

Shop the Echo (4th Gen)

Echo Show 8 (1st Gen): This smart display enhances the Alexa experience with an 8-inch HD screen, adding relevant visual information such as song lyrics or weather details, and it allows for both watching videos and making video calls.

Shop the Echo Show 8

Smart Home Security Devices

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Blink Mini and Echo Show 8: Here’s a bundled combo of devices that complement each other perfectly. Set up the camera in your home, and then use the Echo Show 8 smart display to summon live video with a simple voice command.

Shop the Blink Mini And Echo Show bundle

Blink Mini two-pack: More cameras, more security. If you’re planning on setting up your whole home with video surveillance, this is a great, low-cost pack to get you started.

Shop the Blink Mini Two Pack

Check Out Fitness and Fire

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Amazon Halo Band: No, it’s not a music group that plays tunes from the video-game soundtrack. This is the Halo Band, a health-and-wellness tracker by Amazon. Track your workouts, sleep routine, body composition, and more with this sleek, smart wristband. Additionally, the Halo Band includes six months of Amazon Halo membership for free, which gets you access to a full suite of tools, workouts, and more (auto-renews at $3.99 per month plus tax after trial).

Shop the Halo Band

Fire HD 10: The Fire HD 10 serves as an excellent low-cost tablet with a 10-inch 1080p screen, 32GB of internal storage, and a huge selection of Amazon apps.

Shop the Fire HD 10

More Cool Products

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Echo Frames: Take Alexa with you everywhere you go (and feel like you’re living in the future while you’re at it) with these smart audio glasses. Control your devices, make calls, set reminders and more—completely hands-free.

Shop the Echo Frames

Fire TV Stick 4K: The Fire TV Stick 4K is one of the best low-cost ways to equip your TV with access to 4K streaming services, games, and other media content.

Shop the Fire TV Stick 4K

Fire 8 Kids Pro: The Fire 8 Kids Pro caught my eye—this could be a great Christmas present for entertaining the kiddo.

Shop the Fire 8 Kids Pro

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Kim Martin

Before joining the digital world, I was a fashion and beauty magazine editor in NYC (yes, just like Carrie Bradshaw, with fewer shoes) where I worked with Aol, Business Insider, NBC, and oversaw many site launches. I left NYC for Maui to surf before relocating to sunny LA. Since joining Slickdeals, my proudest Frontpage deals have been Starbucks ground coffee (@$3/bag), a $30 parka (regularly $179), and a 12-pack of top-tier T.P. for $4. I'm a total foodie who once worked with the best restaurants in NYC (Le Bernardin and others). Also a very proud adopted dog owner obsessed with all things dogs.