Amazon has discounted the Echo Dot (2nd Generation) ahead of Prime Day next week, bringing the price down to just $34.99. This is back to its all-time lowest price, and the reason for Amazon discounting it ahead of Prime Day is so that customers can use Alexa and score exclusive discounts next week during Prime Day, so it's definitely worth picking up right now.
The Amazon Echo Dot is a great Echo to grab, since it is so cheap. It is going to make it easier for you to put Alexa into every room in your home. The Echo Dot is a very small speaker, and to be honest, the speaker quality isn't that great - but you do have the option of plugging in another speaker or connecting one via Bluetooth. But it works great for Alexa. It has the far-field microphones available for you to say "Alexa" and it can hear you over some background noise. Alexa has thousands of skills available, including the ability to order pizza from Domino's, schedule an Uber to pick you up, control your smart lights and so much more. It's a really great option for those looking to add Alexa into their home, and get started making it smarter.
This item is also eligible for Amazon Prime's free shipping. Which includes free two-day shipping, and pretty cheap (usually $3.99) next-day shipping if you need it extra fast. If you are not an Amazon Prime member yet, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime. You'll get 30 days free (if you're a student, you get 6 months), and then it's $119/year (or $59/year for students). Prime members do get a whole lot more than just free shipping though, so be sure to check out the full benefits.