Staples is offering the 2nd Gen. Echo Dot in black or white for $49.99, but if you add two to your cart plus this filler item to reach $100 and use code 97080, the price for all three items drops to $80.84 shipped. That’s $40 for each Echo Dot, about $10 less than most other retailers and the lowest we can currently find.
The Echo Dot can control “lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices”. It connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music. It can even hear you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music. Rated 4.3/5 stars by 442 Amazon shoppers and we reviewed it here.
Ready to connect your home? We still have an Echo Dot bundle w/ the Lutron Caseta Smart Lighting Control Kit for $160 shipped (Reg. $210).
Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). ESP will be available via a free over-the-air software update, coming soon.