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Amazon drops Echo pricing in first discount of the year

It’s not Black Friday yet but Amazon just gave Amazon Echo its first discount of the year.

Amazon Echo

It’s not Black Friday yet but Amazon just gave Amazon Echo its first discount of the year.

In spite of all the snark when it first launched, the Amazon Echo is actually really great (and only getting better over time), and Amazon’s discounting it today for the first time since Black Friday.

In addition to being a pretty solid Bluetooth speaker, the Echo can check the weather, turn on your lights, read you the news, trigger custom IFTTT recipes, and even order food. Hell, even if you already own one, you might want to use this opportunity to add them to your other rooms.

Here’s some key features: 

  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills–over 100 added since launch, including Domino’s and Uber


Amazon Echo, $154

And if you’re thinking about getting one, we complied a list of all the things you can say to Amazon Echo here.

And if you want to go with something smaller, Amazon is also offering a generous discount on its new Amazon Tap.


Update: Well, that was fast. Look like the deal was only good for one day only. If and when Amazon decides to discount these in the near future, we’ll keep you posted. 

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