Second generation Amazon Echo and Echo Dot on sale again in time for holiday shopping

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Miss Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the second generation Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers? We have some great news. Amazon will once again have both units on sale for the exact same pricing it offered the two smart speakers for during the recent shopping holidays. We've pointed out often that smart speakers will be found under many trees and inside many wrapped boxes for Christmas and Chanukah this year. With a dedicated speaker and a virtual assistant, smart speakers can come in handy, and they make a great gift.

For example, Alexa can help Amazon Echo users turn smart appliances (thermostats, lighting, sprinklers etc.) on and off. You can order a pizza, get the latest sports scores, stock prices, news and weather. Alexa can also order you a ride from Uber, play streaming music, set an alarm or timer, and much more; thanks to a deal that Amazon made with Microsoft, Alexa users will eventually be able to access Cortana and vice versa.

With the sale, the second-generation Amazon Echo is yours for only $79.99, a $20 haircut from the usual $99.99 price on Prime. That is a 20% price cut. This new variant of the Echo is shorter than the original model and features improved sound. You can also make calls or send messages hands-free. While the new Echo comes with a fabric cover, you can make the device look like a premium product by buying a shell for it. While this gives the appearance that your smart speaker is made of metal or wood, the shells are actually produced from plastic.

The second generation Amazon Echo Dot is on sale for $29.99, a $20 or 40% savings. The Echo Dot looks like a hockey puck on steroids, but it has all of the same features offered by the second generation Echo (well, except for the shells that cover the body of the Echo).

If you purchase either of these Echo models on sale, Amazon will sell you the TP-Link Smart Plug for $5. With this product, you can control some of your electronic devices through your smartphone or through Alexa. The smart plug also allows you to set lights and sprinklers to go on and off on schedule to create the illusion that someone is home, even if you're on vacation.

To take advantage of these deals, head over to Amazon by clicking on the appropriate link. This is a limited time deal and we don't know when it will end, but if you're planning on purchasing an Echo for a holiday gift, now might be the best time to do it.

source: Amazon (Echo-second generation), (Echo Dot-second generation)

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