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Keep an eye on your home in 4K with a three-camera Arlo Ultra bundle for $710 ($90 off)

Arlo cameras are amongst the highest-rated ones of the market, mainly thanks to their reliability and ease of use. They're also known for costing an arm and a leg, though, but you'll be able to pay just a little less thanks to this deal, as the bundle with three cameras and the required base station will cost you $710, instead of the whopping $800 it traditionally sells for.

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Amazon Echo Flex wall-mountable smart speaker now available for $25

Echo Dots are undoubtedly convenient, thanks to their compact size and the features they offer. However, they're designed to lie flat on a surface and don't easily fit if you'd rather place them on a wall plug. There are accessories that let you do that, but they're not necessarily ideal. Thankfully, Amazon announced the Echo Flex wall-mountable smart speaker back in September, which is now selling on the retailer's site.

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Amazon announces Fire TV Blaster which disappointingly blasts IR, not actual fire

Amazon's Fire TV family of products just gained a new member, the Fire TV Blaster. This $35 IR blaster accessory will allow you to control your TV, soundbar, or satellite/cable box using only your voice and an Echo speaker or other compatible Amazon Fire TV device.

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Get Xiaomi's 1080P Mi Home Wi-Fi security camera for just $20 (50% off)

Besides making smartphones that are affordably priced and well-specced, Xiaomi is also known for applying the same philosophy to its other lineups, such as its range of smart home security products, often undercutting the competition by huge margins while offering similar feature parity. Xiaomi's Mi Home security camera, which has been selling on Amazon for an already reasonable price of $40, has dropped to its lowest price ever of $20 (50% off).

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TP-Link Kasa Smart Light Strip review: Voice-controlled RGB lights for your furniture

Light strips are pretty great. They can brighten up dark corners of your home, like under kitchen cabinets or inside closets, or they can bring ambiance to your furniture. What could be better than a light strip, you might ask? How about a smart light strip?

TP-Link announced the Kasa Smart Multicolor Light Strip (KL430) all the way back at CES 2019, and it was finally released last month. It packs 16 individual color zones and 10 preset animated lighting effects. I've been not-so-patiently waiting for the Smart Light Strip to arrive, and I'm not disappointed — even if some of the promised functionality isn't live yet.

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Pick up a Polk Command Bar for $200 ($100 off) and get a new reason to shout at Alexa

Ever since the introduction of virtual assistants like Alexa or the Google Assistant, manufacturers have tried to shoehorn them into every possible product or appliance. Everything from microwaves to eyeglasses can now accept voice commands. While these may not be the most practical examples, there is one product category that seems to be a natural fit for voice assistant integration — home theater equipment. Both Polk and JBL have attempted to combine the functionality of a soundbar and a smart speaker into one device. Polk's entry into this developing market, the Command Bar, is currently on sale at Amazon for $200 — a savings of $100.

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(Update: Back on sale) Brighten up your home with a 4-pack of LIFX Day and Dusk smart bulbs for only $60 ($50 off)

Smart lights are an easy way to get into the world of smart home devices. They require minimal setup, are easy to control with voice assistants, and the benefits are clear. LIFX has emerged as one of the leading names in smart lighting, with bulbs that connect directly to WiFi without the need for a bulky hub. A four-pack of the company's mini-sized Day and Dusk LED bulbs is currently on sale for only $60, which is a savings of $50 from their list price of $110.

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The Google Nest Hub Max gets its first discount, down to $200 ($30 off)

Even though the Google Home Hub offered a lot of great features, it's been criticized for its relatively small screen and lack of front-facing camera, preventing it from doing video calls. Thankfully, the company fixed these issues with the larger Nest Hub Max. Surprisingly, even though the device was launched in September, its price just dropped to $200 at Bloomingdale's.

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Ring Alarm home security kit on sale for $139 ($60 off)

Setting up a home security system is easier than it used to be thanks to wireless technologies and compact, inexpensive sensors. Ring's home security kit is already a good value at $199, but it's on sale today for $60 off over at B&H. It's a good addition for homes with Ring security cameras, but it works fine even if you don't want video monitoring.

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Arlo Pro 2 bundles with one, two, four, and six cameras are up to $250 off at Best Buy

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and some Black Friday markdowns are already starting to appear online. As part of Best Buy's promotions, Arlo Pro 2 bundles are up to $250 off, ranging from the simplest pack with a single camera, which is down to just $150, all the way up to the six-camera kit, selling for $250.

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