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Black Friday is looming just weeks away, but that doesn't mean that there aren't deals to be had right now. Earlier this morning, we reported that Dell has pulled the wraps off a number of early Black Friday deals, and now Amazon is chiming in with discounts of its own (up to $80 off). The first device getting a massive discount is the second-generation Echo, which normally retail for $119.99. However, right now the smart speaker is on sale for $69.99, which represents a hefty $50 discount. If you need even more premium sound and would like the added benefits of a built-in smart home hub, there's the Echo Plus, which typically retails for $179.99 with a Philips Hue Bulb home starter... Read more...
The Echo Dot has long been one of Amazon's most popular Alexa-backed devices, and it's getting yet another redesign. This time around, you'll find the same four-button control scheme atop the device, but the previous 7-microphone array has been replaced with just 4 microphones. We first reported on this change when the device leaked back in late July. We don't know if this was just a cost-saving measure for Amazon, or if it just feels that four microphones are more than enough for the device to hear your voice from across a noisy room. Echo Dot On the design front, the hard-plastic exterior has been "softened" up a bit with fabric wrapped around its housing (a la the Google Home Mini). When... Read more...
Amazon first introduced the Alexa-powered smart speaker back in late 2014, and it made a huge splash in the smart home market. Since that time, Amazon has introduced a steady stream of new Echo devices, but the original has remained largely the same (save for the white color option). That changes today, as Amazon has just announced a smaller, second generation Echo. The new Echo is roughly half the size of the original (at least with respect to height), but still larger than the diminutive Echo Dot. The new AI smart speaker gains a dedicated bass tweeter, and supports multi-room audio, allowing you to stream music throughout your home (or office) using multiple Echo devices. The new $99 Echo... Read more...