Amazon's first-generation Echo is on sale today only in certified refurbished condition
We're talking about the regular, first-generation Amazon Echo, commercially released to the masses all the way back in 2015 and replaced by a smaller, cheaper, and somehow better overall variant last year.
Said second-gen model is typically sold for $99.99, which makes its forerunner a great deal again at $59.99. You only have a few hours to pull the trigger, though, as the special offer is explicitly flagged as an Amazon “deal of the day”, with the heavily discounted Echo shipping in certified refurbished condition.
That technically means you won’t be getting a brand-new unit, but unless you’re extremely unlucky, your OG Amazon Echo should look and work just like an unused device, having gone through a rigorous testing and certification process.
It’s even backed by the same 1-year limited warranty as a brand-new product, supporting all those neat voice command tricks, playing your favorite tunes from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora and so on, “filling” your room with 360-degree omni-directional audio, and hearing you from across the room thanks to far-field voice recognition.
Some gadgets never get old, or even if they do, they don’t lose enough of their charm to stop feeling like bargains when marked down so substantially. Remember, this thing used to cost $180 back in the day.