Time to add Alexa to every room in your house. 

By Katie Holdefehr
December 26, 2017
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The Amazon Echo Dot voice-controlled device will turn dad’s space into a smart one. The hands-free and voice-controlled device uses Alexa to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and much, much more. To buy: $45, amazon.com.

As many retailers are kicking off their after-Christmas sales, Amazon is launching its Year-End Deals, with savings on products across most categories, including tech, kitchen appliances, and toys (in case your little ones didn't find exactly what they wanted under the tree). While there are many amazing discounts to be found in the Year-End Deals, it's the Echo Dot that caught our attention.

Currently on sale for $30, the discounted price is 40 percent off the $50 list price and it's also eligible for free shipping, making it one of the best Echo Dot deals we've ever spotted. While both the black and white versions are out of stock, you can order them now to have them shipped when they arrive. The white model will be back in stock on January 1, while the black model will ship on January 3.

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Hands-free and voice-activated, the Echo Dot uses Alexa to play music, read the news, read audio books, or search the web from any room in your house. Just say the word "Alexa" and the device will respond instantly, ready to find a song or search for a restaurant. Use it to make calls while you're organizing the house, to play music as you cook dinner in the kitchen, or to read your kids a story during their nighttime bath. It can also control your light switches, thermostat, garage door, and more if you get compatible connected devices.

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Because the Echo Dot is connected to the cloud, it's always getting smarter. The more you use Dot, the more easily it will recognize your speech patterns and personal preferences. As developers add on new features, they're added automatically, so the device is always learning new skills, whether it's ordering food or calling an Uber.