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You can snag an Amazon Echo Dot for only $30 at Staples this weekend

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) on table
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There’s never been a better time to update your smart home or to introduce your living space to the convenience and peace of mind of smart home technology you’ll find in these Amazon Echo deals.  Right now, at Staples, you can score $20 off the latest Amazon Echo Dot.  It’s down to $30 from its original price of $50, which is a 40% discount.  They don’t come much cheaper!

We love how Amazon has transformed the latest Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) from its previous hockey-puck design to something more spherical, about the size of a handball, giving its impressive sound a different base from which to leap. This is a perfect smart speaker, no matter if you’re a seasoned Alexa user or you’re just getting into the world of smart speakers. In fact, when reviewed, we called the Echo Dot the best speaker in its class.

More than just the design, Amazon has vastly improved Alexa with this version, as well. Alexa is smarter, but also, in an amusing development, you can now change Alexa’s voice to Samuel L. Jackson’s.  Outside of the fun stuff, the company has really bumped up the security, which is great since we’re constantly adding Smart Home items to our living spaces and tying them to our Amazon speakers. This Echo Dot will listen for sounds, such as glass being broken or a smoke alarm going off, for free as part of Alexa Guard. If you want to pony up an extra $5 a month, you can have Alexa Guard Plus, which adds an emergency helpline.

Other design changes: The mesh fabric that envelops the speaker’s body is made of 100% post-consumer recycled material, which helps with the sound being emitted. The front-facing speaker is 1.6 inches and is much improved over the 3rd-generation speaker of the same size. The result is richer sound, crisper notes, and deeper bass than previous versions, which weren’t quite as able to fill an entire room, or small apartment, with sound.  In tests, the new Echo Dot has done very well handling higher volume; you get none of the screechiness that some speakers carry when things get loud. And if you want to get specific, this Echo Dot offers some controls through its app for sound elements like treble and bass. This is a lot of speaker for its tiny size.

Investing in a smart speaker like those offered in Amazon Echo deals can change your entire home setup. They add massive amounts of convenience, as well as whole new ways to operate your household and your schedule. Right now, at Staples, you can get $20 off the Amazon Echo Dot. It’s down to $30 from its regular price of $50 — a great deal.

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