Amazon is offering its 3rd-gen Echo Dot smart speaker for just $24.99. At half off, that's the same price we saw it drop to shortly before Amazon Prime Day and a match for its Black Friday 2018 price. While it did drop a few bucks lower during the Prime Day event, that deals is long gone now. If you missed it, or if you couldn't take advantage of the savings because you weren't signed up with Prime, you should totally snag the Echo Dot at 50% off while you can. This deal is matching a limited-time Best Buy offer so we expect it won't last long. You can also sweeten the deal a bit more by adding Amazon's smart plug for just $5 more.

Compared to the 2nd-gen speaker, the Echo Dot has 70% better audio quality and an improved design. You can pair two of them together for stereo sound, or connect it via Bluetooth (or 3.5mm cable) directly to another speaker that you prefer. With the Echo Dot you can control your smart thermostat, smart plug, and other smart home gear, as well as have measurements converted, find out the local weather, and more. If you're already all-in on Echo hardware, it's totally worth adding Alexa to more rooms in your home with this deal too.

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