This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

Chris Davies - Nov 23, 2017, 2:27pm CST
This Echo Dot Black Friday deal is a great smart home starter

There’s a smart speaker war waging, and if you haven’t already picked a side – or if you’re already invested in Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem – then today’s Echo Dot deal might sway you. The cheapest model in Amazon’s Echo line-up isn’t averse to a price cut or two on occasion, but this Black Friday Echo Dot deal is better than many we’ve seen. In fact, if you’re looking for a holiday gift for someone hoping to start building out their smart home, it’s an excellent place to start.

The Echo Dot usually retails for $49.99, but today’s promotion brings it down 40-percent. You can get the smart speaker for $29.99 in either black or white, and clearly many people are as it’s currently Amazon’s number one product in the electronics category.

However it doesn’t stop there. Amazon is also running a temporary promotion on top of the discounted Echo Dot, bundling both the diminutive smart speaker and a TP-Link HS100 smart plug. The HS100 slots into a regular outlet and allows you to remotely-control a lamp, heater, or any other appliance, either through the company’s app or via voice using Alexa.

Usually, the HS100 smart plus retails for around $27 on its own. If you buy it today with an Echo Dot, though, you’ll get both for $34.99. That’s less than a single Echo Dot alone usually costs.

If you haven’t bought into Alexa’s world, Google has some smart speaker deals too. You can get a Google Home Mini for $29.99 with a $10 gift card, for instance. The HS100 smart plug actually works with both Alexa and the Google Assistant, so even if you decide to double-up on your virtual helpers, you’ll be able to control whatever appliance or device is plugged into it no matter which you’re speaking to.

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It’s not the only Amazon Echo that’s seeing some Black Friday 2017 promotions. The second-generation Echo is down $20, to $79.99 for instance, and like the Echo Dot you can throw in a TP-Link HS100 smart plug for $5 more. The Echo Plus is also discounted to $119.99, a 27-percent saving, and is also eligible for the $5 HS100 smart plug deal.

Looking for more Black Friday 2017 deals? Check out Microsoft’s Surface promotions, some big cuts on Google’s apps, and the big deals from Best Buy.

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