Why wait for Prime Day? Amazon Echo Show now as low as $110
New or refurb, you can already save $100 or more off the regular price. Plus: A free (with purchase) Google Home Mini.
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I'm a big fan of the
, but I never saw much point to the flashiest member of the family, the
. Who needs a screen? Especially one shoehorned into a dated, unattractive shell?
Most of all, I balked at the $229 price tag. I'm good with the $100 Echo and $50 Echo Dot, thanks.
New or refurbed, I'm a lot more tempted now. My 1st-gen Echo is the most-used one in the house, and it resides in the kitchen. We use it a lot for music, and I wouldn't mind an audio upgrade. (In CNET's Echo Show review, Ry Crist described the sound as "surprisingly strong -- and, to my ear, noticeably better than the Amazon Echo.") Meanwhile, a screen for showing recipes? That would indeed be helpful.
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And now I'm thinking about one for my parents down in Florida, as video calls are a strong part of the Show's DNA.
So, yeah, this is really tempting. If you already have an Echo Show, by all means hit the comments and tell me what you like and don't like.
Editors' note: An earlier version of this story posted Friday, July 13. Deals that have since sold out have been removed.
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