You can get an Echo Dot smart speaker on sale ahead of Prime Day 2021
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With all the hype afforded to Prime Day 2021 (it's set for Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22, by the way), it might be easy to forget that Amazon already has plenty of discounts on display well before its members-only event. For instance? Three of the most recent generations of the the highly-rated Echo Dot smart speaker have been marked-down from their usual prices.
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First up, there's the third-generation Echo Dot, which is available for 13% off its list price of $39.99 at $34.99. The newer fourth-generation model is also on sale, having fallen by 10% from its list price of $49.99 at $44.99. (Note that you can also get it for slightly less at Groupon.) In addition, you can pick up the fourth gen with a clock for $54.99—an 8% discount from its standard price of $59.99.
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We loved the new orb-shaped design of the fourth-generation Dots, which keeps lines and buttons out of sight for a sleek, minimalistic aesthetic. While none of these speakers will give you the crispest audio quality out there, we still named the 4th gen among the best smart speakers on the market for its surprisingly good sound—especially when you consider the fact that it's barely larger than a baseball.
This device offers instant access to Amazon's famous smart assistant, Alexa, so you can stream songs, audiobooks and podcasts, ask for the weather report, get news headlines or receive answers to your most important questions, like how many ounces are in a quart as you cook. The light ring around the speaker's base will even notify you when you've got a message.
The third-generation Dot is the oldest of the three models on sale, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its perks. You'll still get all the standard Alexa features and the 3.5-millimeter input with Bluetooth connectivity its newer brethren boasts. Though it has a noticeably lower quality in audio playback when compared to the new generation, the third-generation Dot is a good buy if your budget is tight or you want something small to start your journey into the Echo Dot universe.
With a combined 1.5 million ratings and reviews on Amazon, these compact, trusty little smart tools are clearly ones that shoppers can’t live without. There’s no telling how long the sale price will last, though, so if you want to join the ranks of hundreds of thousands of happy customers who love having them in their homes, don’t miss out.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.