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  • All-new Echo (2nd Generation): US$$99.99.
  • Amazon Echo - (2nd Generation). "Always ready, connected, and fast. Just ask." Device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.
  • All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - Black: US$$49.99.
  • Amazon Echo Dot - (2nd Generation). "Add Alexa to any room." Hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others.
  • Amazon Echo Plus: US$$149.99.
  • Amazon Echo Plus - Echo Plus is a simple way to start your smart home. It has a built-in ZigBee smart home hub, which allows for simple and direct setup of compatible ZigBee lights, locks, plugs, and in-wall switches from brands like Philips Hue, GE, and Yale. No additional hub required.
  • Amazon Echo Show: US$$229.99.
  • Amazon Echo Show - brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings, Amazon Video content, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free - just ask.
  • Amazon Echo Spot: US$$129.99.
  • Amazon Echo Spot - connects to Alexa. Designed to fit anywhere in your home. Use 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free - just ask.
  • Google Home will take on Echo to be your at-home assistant.
  • Google Home - "Always on call. Hands-free help from the Google Assistant." Google Home is a voice-activated home product that allows you and your family to get answers from Google, stream music, and manage everyday tasks.
  • Google Home Mini.
  • Google Home Mini - "Hands-free help around the house." Mini is powered by the Google Assistant. So whenever you need help, itís by your side.
  • Harman Kardon Invoke: US$99.95.
  • Harman Kardon Invoke - "Voice Activated Speaker with Cortana." Intelligent, voice-activated speaker with premium sound and digital assistance.
  • HomePod: US$349.
  • HomePod - "The new sound of home." HomePod is a powerful speaker that sounds amazing and adapts to wherever itís playing. Itís the ultimate music authority, bringing together Apple Music and Siri to learn your taste in music. Itís also an intelligent home assistant, capable of handling everyday tasks - and controlling your smart home. HomePod takes the listening experience to a whole new level. And thatís just the beginning.
  • Sonos Beam: US$399.
  • SONOS Beam - "The Smart Soundbar for Your TV." Bring room-filling sound to your movies, TV, and music, while enjoying the comfort of voice control from Amazon Alexa. Introducing Beam.
  • Sonos One: US$199.
  • SONOS One - "The smart speaker for music lovers." With Amazon Alexa built right in.
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