These days, you don't need to break the bank to add a smart speaker to your home setup. Thanks to one of current deals, you can snap up such a device for less than usual too. The Echo Pop, Amazon's latest addition to its lineup of Alexa-powered audio devices, has as long as you opt for the teal or lavender color options. While that's not quite the lowest price we've seen for it yet (it dipped to $18 for Prime Day), it's a solid discount all the same.
is now Amazon's entry-level smart speaker. At the standard price, it's $10 less than the $50 Echo Dot. It has a half-globe look and borrows two key features from the most recent Echo Dot: a AZ2 Neural Edge processor that can handle machine learning tasks on-device and the ability to act as a WiFi extender for those with an Eero mesh router system. Amazon says the Echo Pop can extend the range of your home network by as much as 1,000 square feet. There's Bluetooth connectivity too.
Of course, you can ask Alexa to play audio from a range of services on the Echo Dot, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and Sirius XM. You'll be able to ask Alexa for information and use it to control your smart home devices. There's a blue light bar on top of the Echo Dot that only turns on when Alexa is listening, which is a good visual indicator of whether the voice assistant is paying attention to you. There's also the option to switch off the speaker's microphone.
The Echo Pop could be an intriguing option for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of smart speakers or those who are interested in expanding their current setup with low-cost devices. Thanks to this discount, you'll be able to add the Echo Pop to your home for less than usual, which could make the decision whether to pick one up somewhat easier.