The latest Echo Dot smart speaker from Amazon is on its biggest sale – The Verge
It’s time to kick off another week of deals, and what better way than with promos like a smart speaker hitting its lowest price yet and a new TV getting a nice discount? Amazon’s orb-like Echo Dot is one of the most affordable ways to smarten up your home, and it’s now cheaper than ever before. You can pick up the fourth-gen Echo Dot, which launched in 2020, for just $27.99 at Amazon or Best Buy in black, blue, or white. That price is $22 off its regular price and even beats the discounts we saw around the holidays.
While this little speaker is inexpensive and compact, it supports all the same Alexa voice commands as its pricier counterparts, like setting timers and controlling other devices in Amazon’s ecosystem of smart home devices. Also, as an affordable speaker, it sounds good for listening to music or podcasts — especially if you buy two for a stereo arrangement. Read our review.
Amazon Echo Dot (fourth-gen)
The 2020 Echo Dot features a more spherical design than an actual dot but can still do all the things Alexa does with other Echo models.
Home smart speakers may sound fine, but for a bigger sound that’s portable, you can check out the Bose SoundLink Flex, which is currently $129 ($20 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. This model from Bose was just named the best Bluetooth speaker under $200 by Verge reviewer Chris Welch in our buying guide, and with this nice discount, it’s an even better value than usual.
The Bose SoundLink Flex is ideal for someone who wants a slim and portable battery-operated speaker that doesn’t make many sacrifices on sound quality. It produces a rich, clear sound without muddled bass. Add about 12 hours of battery life and IP67 weather resistance, and you’ve got a recipe for a portable party that can last the day. Check out our Bluetooth speaker buying guide.
Bose SoundLink Flex
Bose’s newest Bluetooth speaker, the SoundLink Flex, offers pristine, detailed sound quality with a surprising amount of bass for its size — all in a rugged design that you can take anywhere.
If you’re in need of a controller for Xbox consoles or PC, there are many good options to pick from. For those partial to the traditional PlayStation layout with symmetrical (instead of offset) sticks in the middle, the 8BitDo Pro 2 for Xbox may be the gamepad you should buy. You can pick up this cute controller for just $38.20 at Amazon, which is about $7 off its regular price.
It’s a bit quirky-looking at first, like a cross between a SNES controller and DualShock with an Xbox logo in the middle. But it’s comfortable to use and has an excellent D-pad. This wired controller connects via USB and is usable on Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. One of the best parts is that it even has two user-mappable buttons on the rear and more customization options through 8BitDo’s app.
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