Amazon Echo (2020) review: Small in stature, mighty in sound

Hardware and setup

The Echo and Echo Plus have had a consistent design over the years: a tall cylinder with a glowing light ring and buttons on top. This year’s speaker does away with all that; Amazon opted instead for an orb with a flat bottom. The volume, mic activate and mic mute buttons are all on top, as before, but the light ring now encircles the Echo’s base. I personally like the orb look, but it could be more polarizing than the old, innocuous design, not to mention the small pill shape of the Nest Audio speaker. On the Echo’s backside, you’ll find a slot for the power adapter and a 3.5mm audio jack, which works for either input or output. 

Besides the orb design, the new placement of the light ring is probably the most controversial change. When you speak the Alexa command word, the light ring turns

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals launch early: 4K TV sets, Echo Dots on sale, more gadgets already discounted

Amazon Prime Day doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 13, but because Amazon’s popular sale event is almost here, the retailer has already dropped a few early deals in hopes of enticing early shoppers.

The real sales and steep discounts will kick off at midnight tonight and continue through Wednesday, but today you can still score on a few items including Amazon and Alexa-compatible smart devices and other products.

If you don’t have a Prime account, some of these deals won’t work for you, so sign up for Amazon Prime before shopping. Here’s a look at a few of the best deals available now.

The Best Deal

Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Smart Device (3rd Generation) + Amazon Music

One of the best deals on Amazon today is an awesome deal on the third generation Amazon Echo Dot Alexa-enabled Smart Device going on sale for just $18.99 (regularly $40 when

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