Echo Plus, Silver

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The first generation of the Amazon Echo Plus is $70 cheaper when you buy a refurbished version right now.
The Echo Plus has a ZigBee antenna inside, which allows it to communicate directly with certain smart-home accessories instead of through a third-party hub.
Amazon recently released a second-generation Echo Plus with a better speaker and new look, but no improvements to its smart-home features.
I use the first-generation Echo Plus every day, and it was one of the best tech purchases I made last year. It was a great smarthome upgrade for $149, but at its current $80 price, it’s a no-brainer.

If you’re a smarthome enthusiast thinking about finally getting an Amazon Echo device, your choice is clear: the Echo Plus.

Unlike other Echoes, the Plus has a ZigBee antenna built inside. This antenna lets the Echo Plus work directly with certain smarthome accessories, like Philips’ Hue bulbs, which usually require plugging in an additional hub, which acts as a bridge to let the smart bulbs and Echo work together.

The refurbished first-generation Echo Plus usually costs $129.99, but it’s available for only $79.99 right now. That $50 difference is enough to pay for a four-pack of Hue bulbs. This Echo Plus also comes with Amazon’s standard warranty, so if something seems weird out of the box, you can easily return it.

I’ve owned the first-generation Echo Plus to replace my original Amazon Echo, and it was the best smarthome upgrade I’ve …read more

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