Smart speakers are more than just Bluetooth speakers that allow you to listen to your playlist without having to connect your phone to it at all times. While there are many smart speakers available now, among the most popular are the Amazon Echo speakers.
There are basically three Amazon Echo products: the Amazon Echo, the Amazon Echo Dot--which is the smaller version of the Echo, and then the Amazon Echo Plus--which looks like the Echo but with a special feature.
These products, along with other Amazon techs, were hugely discounted during the Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale. But if you weren't able to get them then, you can still buy it now discounted with Amazon 12 Days of Deals.
In fact, you can save up to $50 on the Amazon Echo Plus, as reported by Windows Central. But is it worth getting?
The first Amazon Echo Plus version had a different design, but it ditched the old look and went for a classic Amazon Echo design. The two look similar, save for a few different features.
As a speaker, which is generally its main function, the Echo Plus provides crystal clear but powerful audio that can even outrank both the Echo and the Echo Dot and is a great choice for a speaker thanks to better audio drivers.
Appearance-wise, it does look better with the classic Echo design, especially when you get it in Charcoal. It looks minimalist and modern at the same time, making it a good addition to your shelf.
But perhaps the primary reason why it's such a good deal is that it comes with a built-in Zigbee hub, which is essential if you're trying to set up a smart home. Many smart devices are compatible with the Echo Plus, and you wouldn't have to control them individually. With the Echo Plus, you can connect everything in your home and use your Alexa to connect to them with ease.
Amazon has also designed it to protect your privacy with multiple layers of privacy control. Plus, it also has a temperature sensor included.
Besides getting some money off the original cost of this second-gen speaker, you can also choose to get it with a free Phillips Hue bulb.
This 3rd Gen smart speaker has better audio than before as Dolby powers it. You can use it while watching movies and TV shows, and it can provide 360 degrees of crisp and powerful audio.
Alexa also powers it, so you can use your voice to control the speakers and ask your AI assistant to play some music from Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, or SiriusXM, among other choices.
You can also use your Echo to connect to other Echo speakers in your house and talk to your family.
The Echo Dot is not the best speaker when it comes to audio quality, but Amazon has fixed that problem with the 3rd Gen, which guarantees better and more powerful audio. The Echo Dot is also smaller and more portable than both the Echo and the Echo Plus.