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Match up with the perfect Alexa device for you
At long last you're ready to buy one of these Amazon Echo devices you keep hearing about.
You want to control your smart home with your voice, you want to play music, you want to make a grocery list.
You want to take advantage of Amazon's assistant Alexa.
But, the original $180 Amazon Echo isn't your only choice anymore.
Within the Amazon Echo family you now have this original Echo.
You also have the $130 Amazon Tap And the $50 Amazon Echo dock.
They all work with Alexa.
So how do you pick?
How do you know which one's the right one for you?
Well, we can help.
If you're on a budget go with the Amazon Echo Dot.
That one is kind of obvious, it's the cheapest.
For $50 you get Alexa, the exact Same assistant on the other two, for a fraction of the price.
In fact, the Echo Dot's are favorite overall.
It's the exact same smart and the only thing you lose is that these two have slightly better internal speakers.
But the Amazon Echo Dot can connect to your existing sound system with a cable or with Bluetooth, so who cares?
If you spend a lot of time on the patio or in the garage, go with the Amazon Tap.
The portable member of the trio, the Amazon Tap packs all of Alexis' smarts into a compact, battery powered form.
You can take it with you wherever you go in your house without needing to look for an outlet.
Plus, thanks to a recent update, you can now activate an always listening mode.
So, when it's plugged in, it's functionally the same as the Echo.
So, where does that leave the original Echo?
Well, for most people the tap or the dot will be a better fit.
The Echo has become a little dated because of these other Amazon products.
But if you want the original, don't worry.
The Echo is still a great device that might be the best fit for you if you don't need portability and you want Alexa and you want pretty good speakers built in.
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