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Like a Christmas miracle, two of Amazon’s most popular smart home devices — the Echo Dot and Echo Show 5 — are on sale at super-low prices. If you or someone you love is thinking about starting or building out the smart home of your dreams, these deals are for you.
First up, Amazon has the Echo Dot on sale for only $25, or $25 off its list price of $50. That’s a 50 percent savings!
Made with a stylish and textured fabric design, the Echo Dot includes a small, but powerful speaker that seriously improves your home audio with a crystal clear and rich experience. In fact, if you pair the Echo Dot with another Echo Dot, you can daisy chain them together for a wonderfully warm stereo sound.
Meanwhile, the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant comes built-in, so you can always get the latest news reports, weather updates, and sports scores with just the sound of your voice. You can also control other smart home devices and products when you simply ask Alexa.
And for the privacy sensitive, the Echo Dot comes with multiple layers of privacy controls and protections, including a physical button that disconnects it from your home WiFi network and turns off its microphone altogether. A steal at just $22.
“I had no idea I'd love Alexa so much — I wake up in the morning and she does the routine I've set up, and she's so comforting and useful and fun overall,” an Amazon reviewer wrote. “My husband and I played Skills trivia games for hours last night. If we had kids it would be even more super useful with kids workouts, stories, and games — we even had a goodnight story read to us by Alexa and it was awesome. I'm really loving it. The Echo Dot itself is pretty great — the sound quality is pretty good too. I'm really surprised by how much I like the Alexa app and the Echo Dot, because I'm a little resistant to technology, but it's pretty easy to figure out and feels like a new little buddy in the home.”
Shop it: Echo Dot (3rd Gen), $25 (was $50), amazon.com
Echo Show 5
Consider the Echo Show 5 the smaller, sleeker cousin to the bigger Echo Show.
Armed with a 5-inch display, the Echo Show 5 is the perfect compact and lightweight companion to your nightstand. While you can use it for video chats, news reports and even streaming Hulu Plus and Prime Video, this smart home device can double as a digital alarm clock with Alexa built in. In fact, Amazon has a wide range of personalized clock faces to choose from, so you can bring a little bit of your own personality to this device.
It’s probably one of the best ways to get weather updates and news as soon as you wake up. It’s on sale for $60, a whopping $30 off retail on Amazon.
“I love my new Echo Show 5,” wrote a five-star reviewer on Amazon. “It has a bigger footprint than the spot did on my nightstand. But, it’s much easier to see the numbers. I like that it dims itself while I’m asleep, too. And, I believe it’s the only echo with a screen that has a built-in shutter to turn off the camera. I’m not sure I like that it’s mostly a fabric covering which is more susceptible to holding dust than is plastic. All-in-all, I’m very pleased with this new addition to my echo family (I have one of each type, including the roav alexa device for the car). One fun fact is that I used the drop in feature during my evacuation from hurricane Florence to see if I still had power... hopefully there’s no next time, but if there is, i’ll have a couple of my devices aimed at the windows so I can see more of what’s going on.”
Shop it: Echo Show 5, $60 (was $90), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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