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IT'S BEEN almost a decade since Amazon released the Echo, the seminal smart speaker we have come to love (but are still slightly paranoid about). In 2016, Amazon introduced a new addition to the line: the Echo Dot. And this year saw the release of the fifth-generation Echo Dot (currently 44 percent off on Amazon). But the real steal right now is the third-generation Dot, originally released in 2018; you can get it at a major discount, over 60 percent off.
If you’ve been trying to decide whether to spend out on a smart speaker, this sale is a great opportunity to try one. For under $15, you can pick up the third-generation Echo Dot. Unlike some models (the original Echo, Echo Show, and Echo Studio), this one is small enough to have a place in virtually any room in a house or apartment. And this particular generation was ranked the best mini speaker on our guide of best Alexa speakers in 2022, due to its affordability (only improved by the current sale) and its compactness. Our only knock was that the audio quality could be better.
This model also comes with Alexa built-in, so the voice assistant can tell you the weather, run an internet search, and even distract guests from an uncomfortable conversation. And of course, you can stream music on the Echo Dot in addition to calling loved ones and turning on the lights in your house (if you’re fully invested in the Internet of Things).
Plus, if you have privacy concerns about smart speakers, Amazon offers the option to turn off the microphone when you’re not using the Echo Dot.
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