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Amazon’s adorable new Echo is already sold out

by Brandon Russell | December 19, 2017December 19, 2017 1:00 pm EST

Just hours after Amazon’s Echo Spot went on sale and the smart home device is already sold out, with shipments expected after the New Year.

The Spot is unique among Amazon’s growing Echo line in that it’s primarily meant to be a bedside alarm clock. It features a 2.5-inch display and an adorably rounded design, offering the same functionality as a larger Echo in a much more compact package. Think of it as an Echo Dot combined with an Echo Show.

Needless to say, fans of Amazon’s Echo lineup were anticipating the device’s launch—maybe more than Amazon expected. At the time of this writing, both colors of the Echo Spot are sold out, with the white model not expected to be back in stock until early next year.

Early reviews of the Spot have praised the device’s functionality, calling it a great bedroom companion for setting alarms and providing users with helpful information on the display, such as weather.

However, critics and fans have raised concerns over what the Spot means for privacy. Because it features a front-facing camera, many are worried they’ll be monitored in their bedroom; it’s an unsettling thought. There is a setting to turn the camera off completely, but concerns still remain.

At $129, the Echo Spot isn’t the most affordable alarm clock, but it has its charms, and people clearly don’t mind paying seeing as the device is sold out. If it’s any consolation, the Echo Show is currently on sale for $149.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.