Based on the latest reports
, it doesn't look like Amazon's dominant position in the global smart speaker market is in any real danger for the foreseeable future. But you can never be too careful when trying to fend off a tech giant like Google, which has been routinely offering its entry-level model for free
over the past few months in collaboration with partners as diverse as Best Buy
The third-generation Echo Dot, meanwhile, which naturally goes up against the Google Home Mini in the diminutive smart speaker segment, has recently scored a hefty discount
(which is no longer available), fetching as little as $4.99 right now for new Amazon Prime Student members.
The deal is as straightforward as it sounds, merely requiring you sign up for a new Prime Student account with an .edu e-mail address. You only have until tomorrow, May 24, to do so and qualify for an incredibly affordable Echo Dot (3rd Gen) that you then need to claim before June 7 by simply adding the device to your cart, which will see an automatic discount of 45 bucks be applied to your order.
Keep in mind that you'll obviously get to retain all the standard Amazon Prime perks, including free two-day shipping on millions of eligible items, Prime Video access for unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, unlimited Prime Music streaming services, and unlimited photo storage. The whole shebang will set you back $59 a year, which is a little more than the typical retail price of the latest Echo Dot, with an extended trial of six whole months also available right now for new subscribers.
As far as last fall's refreshed Echo Dot
is concerned, our in-depth review
found that the miniature device provides surprisingly powerful sound while supporting every single Alexa skill larger Echo variants also have on deck.