One of the great opportunities that the holidays presents to thrifty shoppers is the chance to get a smart home starter pack on the cheap. Case in point: Amazon is selling the Ring Video Doorbell Wired and a third-generation Echo Dot for just $42. The Ring Video Doorbell is normally $60 by itself, and this Echo Dot fluctuates between $25 to $40, so you're scoring a massive savings with this bundle deal.
In our review of the Ring Video Doorbell, we called it "strong entry-level porch security for the price." The device features 1080p video capture, two-way audio, real-time notifications, a live view of the front door, and connects to your home network via a 2.4GHz connection. As the name suggests this is not a battery powered doorbell so you'll need to hook it up to your existing wiring.
As with other Ring doorbells, the best value comes when you also get the Ring Protect Plan.
We gave the third-generation Echo Dot four out of five stars and and Editors' Choice Award. You know the drill. This speaker can give you all kinds of information from the web and play your favorite podcasts and music, as well as set timers, alarms, and control smart home gear like the Ring Video Doorbell Wired. A smart speaker is a must-have for any smart home.
If you want to level up your home, this little starter pack is an excellent way to start adding some smarts for cheap.