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Upgrade your smart home with the Echo Dot

Amazon's Echo Dot is a voice-enabled, puck sized device that works with Alexa. Credit: Amazon

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Amazon's putting all of its cards on smart home with the new 2nd. gen Echo Dot—a voice-enabled speaker that bears a striking resemblance to a hockey puck. All you'll have to do is say the magic word. No, it's not open sesame. Abracadabra? Let's be real.

The magic word's Alexa.

That's right. You can dim your kitchen lights if you're feeling dramatic, set your bedroom temperature to a balmy 70 degrees, switch on your sprinkler system to keep those pesky kids off your lawn, and more with Amazon's digital assistant. And now, it's better than ever.

If you're looking to branch into the smart home world, grab one of the new 2nd Gen. Echo Dots today. Or, consider one of the bundles that offer a Bose speaker or a smart plug to really bring your home into the future. The best bundle, in our opinion, is the Echo Dot and ecobee3 Smart Thermostat. The thermostat, as a standalone product, retails at $249, so you'd be getting a free Echo Dot in this particular package.

If you'd like to put a Dot in each of your main room, you can purchase five and get a sixth for free with the promo code DOT6PACK. Or, buy 10 and get two for free with the code DOT12PACK. Just use the code at checkout for your complimentary Dots.