You know what they say about Black Friday: it gets earlier every year. And if it’s an Amazon Echo you’re looking for, it’s already here. Amazon’s own-label products – including the insanely popular Echo – aka Alexa – have already gone into an early Black Friday sale.
The Echo that is on sale is the new version of the product – a shorter, more compact version available in a number of different fabric finishes as well as hard shell finishes that give it a more sophisticated design aesthetic than the first version had.
The fabric cover options include charcoal, sandstone and heather gray, while the hard shell finish comes in oak, walnut or silver.
Improved tech has brought better wake word processing (limits the chance of Alexa butting into your conversations), enhanced noise cancellation to hear commands more effectively from across the room and Dolby processing for a crisper sound.
The all-new Echo Dot is on sale in the early Black Friday sale for £69.99, down from £89.99, giving a saving of £20, or 22%.
Elsewhere in Amazon’s early Black Friday deals:
The Echo Dot, £34.99 (usually £49.99), saving of £15 or 30%.
The Echo Dot is the low-profile voice recognition device you can ‘dot’ around your house while leaving the main Echo to do the bulk of the work.
If you don’t have the main speaker version, the Echo Dot still has a decent sound – enough to give you news bulletins, weather updates, jokes, riddles and more – and hooks up to any stereo or home speaker to enhance the sound, making it just as intelligent and useful as the full-size Echo.
The low-profile gadget can sit in locations across the house to control lighting, heating (if you have a Nest, for instance) and other smart home devices.
The Echo Dot is available in black or white.
The TP-Link wifi Smart Plug, £9.99 (usually £29.99), saving of £20 or 67%.
This smart plug allows you to control your device from anywhere in the house.
The Black Friday deal is available only if you buy an Amazon Echo device. you can also buy the TP-Link plug for £9.99 instead of £29.99 – a saving of £20, or 67%.
Find it at Amazon.co.uk here.
On Friday 17 November Amazon will release another set of early Black Friday deals from their own-label products, including all Dash buttons, which will cost £1.99 (usually £4.99); the Fire 7 Kids tablet, £69.99 (usually £99.99) and the Fire HD 8 Kids, £89.99 (usually £129.99).
At present, the prices on Amazon will show as the full price, so wait til Friday to shop them.