Amazon’s best-selling list compiles a real-time selection of shoppers’ top products in each category, which are updated hourly. That means the products that are on this list won’t always be their best-sellers, but they were at one point!
Here are the top-selling categories and items that we found at the time of writing. I will analyze why these are the top-selling items and what insights and takeaways we can garner from this data..
Amazon beefed up its Fire TV Cube with a few new hardware upgrades, refreshing it for the 2019 market. It’s undoubtedly better — but the changes are so incremental that if you have the original, it might not be worth your money to upgrade.
Everything Tristan said about the original Fire Cube in his review still holds true — it’s a fantastic device, particularly if you don’t already have a smart assistant and want one that can do basically everything. Alexa connects to cable, music, and streaming platforms and the ability to simultaneously bark basic demands about the weather and be served a cornucopia of entertainment options is just too good.
Playing with the new Cube is delightful. I spent perhaps longer than I should have moving around my house, trying to see how far I could get away before Alexa wouldn’t be able to hear me (spoiler alert: pretty darned far). It can respond to some pretty complex commands, though I still had to use its built-in volume buttons manually to get her to lower its damned voice.
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is a full-featured, inexpensive media streamer useful for anyone looking to upgrade their 1080p TV experience without making the jump to 4K. The Fire TV Stick is just a hair wider than the previous model, at 3.4 by 1.1 by 0.5 inches (HWD), but otherwise looks identical. It’s a plain black plastic rectangle with an HDMI plug on one end and a micro USB port on one side. As a stick intended to plug into the back of your television, it doesn’t need to look impressive or have any real controls or display.
The new Alexa Voice Remote included with the Fire TV Stick is the same one found with the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube. It keeps the same simple, flat black plastic wand design of the previous voice remote, but adds three new controls. To start with the basic design, the remote is dominated by a round direction pad with a large select button in the middle. A microphone button and pinhole mic sit above the pad, along with a new power button. Menu and playback controls sit below the navigation pad, with a volume rocker and mute button below them.
Amazon’s Alexa will start coming in much smaller packages. The voice assistant will now run on devices with as little as 1MB of memory and low-power chips like the Cortex-M processor — meaning you could find it in lightbulbs and simple toys.
The new Amazon Voice Services integration technology also means it’ll be as much as 50% less expensive to make gear with Alexa built in, Amazon Web Services announced Monday.
“With this reduction in production cost, customers can now cost-effectively build new categories of differentiated voice-enabled products such as light switches, thermostats, and small appliances,” AWS wrote in a blog post. “This allows consumers to talk directly to Alexa in new parts of their home, office, or hotel rooms for a truly ambient experience.”
Qi Wireless Charger from iLuv is designed to be an all-in-one charging solution for your mobile devices. One solution comes in the form of the 10000mAh battery pack, which lets you enjoy portable power throughout the day. This battery pack further offers USB connection with one USB Type-A and one USB Type-C port to charge up to two devices simultaneously. The last charging solution comes in the form of the Qi wireless charging pad. Simply place your Qi-enabled device on the pad to automatically power your device. Furthermore, this battery pack features built-in smart charging technology, which identifies your device’s power needs and adjusts for an efficient charging experience.