While Prime Day deals have discounted most of Amazon's gadgets, one of the most affordable is the echo dot The small smart speaker has been knocked 60 percent off its price. The full-sized echo speaker has dropped to $60, while the echo dot with clock is only $33.

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In many gift guides, we recommend the Echo Dot because it combines good audio quality with a compact package. The fabric-covered orb is small enough to fit on a nightstand and we like that you can control it via voice commands or touch. The Dot supports a number of music streaming services, as well as being able to be used as a speaker if you want to. Considering the device's size, it pumps out sound with decent bass and clarity.

You can snooze your alarm with a tap on the top of the device, and the Dot can also be used as an alarm clock. You will be able to see the time if you choose the clock version. The current temperature will be shown on the display if you ask for it.

It's best for people who don't have a lot of space to work with, but still want a capable device in their home. The regular Echo speaker is a good upgrade if you want to spend more. When it first came out, we gave it a score of 89 because of its great sound quality and the ability to pair two of them together. Light indicators on the bottom show volume adjustments, as well as a similar orb-like design, which we appreciate.

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