Amazon’s new Echo Spot is already nearly half off for Prime Day

Like its predecessor, the new Spot is a combination of smart speaker and alarm clock, but it ditches the camera, which no one wanted in their bedroom. It also borrows its design from the Echo Pop, which Amazon claims should have better sound quality. And of course, since it’s an Echo speaker, it supports Alexa voice commands to set your morning alarm, call up the weather, or have news updates read to you. And if having a microphone in your bedroom still feels creepy, the Spot has a dedicated button on the top of the Spot to turn it off.

Apart from the ease of use and functionality, you should keep in mind that a smart alarm clock becomes useless if the power goes out as there is no battery backup.

By the way, here’s a quick note on some inside baseball (a disclosure, if you will): we don’t normally handle deals on products The edge hasn’t reviewed it unless we have personal experience with it. Since the Echo Spot only just came out, I reached out to our resident smart home reviewer Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, who has been testing out the new Spot for her upcoming review. Jen’s initial impressions are mostly positive, and she thinks the new Spot should be an excellent value at $45 — but possibly less so at the full price of $80. Stay tuned for the full review with her final verdict. If you’re a Prime subscriber and don’t mind being an early adopter, this deal might be worth it for now.

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