Amazons Echo has been a great success, and it took a while for Google to finally catch up to the online retailer giant when it finally introduced its own home assistant, Google Home.
The Amazon Echo is now smaller and more affordable than ever before. You can get one for $50 starting today from Amazon US, and available for 50 in the UK where the original Amazon Echo only launched last month.
This is the second generation of the Echo Dot which took the original home speaker and left the smart listening mics that are found at the top. The only caveat was that you needed to use your own speaker. The new Echo Dot has its own speakers, gets rid of the rotary-style volume control at the top, and trims some of the fat as its even smaller than the original Echo Dot.
The new Echo Dot is the most affordable way to buy into the smart/connected home ecosystem. If you already plan on getting a Philips bridge or smart thermostat, Amazon is offering bundles that can help you save, as well as a 6-pack bundle (buy-five, get-one-free for $250 or 250) if you want to have Alexa in every room of your house. Use the code: DOT6PACK during checkout.
Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 in Black or White
The bundles can save you anywhere from $10 to $50:
(US)Echo Dot + Bose SoundLink Mini II (Carbon or Pearl) $214 (Save $35)
(US)Echo Dot + Philips Hue Starter Kit – $100 (Save $20)
(US)Echo Dot + TP-Link Smart Plug – $70 (Save $10)
(US)Echo Dot + ecobee3 Smart Thermostat – $250 (Save $50)
(UK)Echo Dot + Netatmo Thermostat – 149 (Save 41)
Bundles with savings of $50 basically mean a free Amazon Echo Dot.
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