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This refurbished first-gen Echo is too cheap to pass up

Amazon Echo 1st Gen
Amazon Echo 1st Gen (Image credit: Amazon)

Looking to add another smart speaker to your home? Maybe you've got that one little room that doesn't have an Echo in it or you need a speaker on your bookshelf. Daily Deals has the Amazon Echo 1st-generation smart home music speaker (opens in new tab) available for $34.99 refurbished with code THRIFTERECHO. That price is the lowest around at the moment, and the speaker is going for around $70 brand new on Amazon (opens in new tab). The deal comes with free shipping and a 30-day warranty.

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Has seven microphones and Beamforming tech so it can hear you from across the room. Play music in 360 degrees. Stream your favorite music from your favorite place just by asking about it. Call anyone hands free or send messages via text or voice.

Sure, this isn't the newest Amazon smart speaker in the lineup, but it still has a very powerful speaker that's steps ahead of similarly priced speakers. Plus, Alexa, the Amazon smart voice assistant, doesn't care about the age of the speaker. Alexa is built in the cloud, so as long as the speaker is compatible with Alexa it has the most advanced version. You can use voice commands to control your smart home, access streaming apps like Pandora or Amazon Music, and ask about all kinds of things like the news or weather.

The Echo is designed with a 360-degree speaker, which means you can place it pretty much anywhere in the room and you'll be able to hear the music. Underneath the ring of lights along the top are seven microphones. These work together with Beamforming technology to give the speaker far-field voice recognition so it can hear you no matter where you are. That means you can talk to Alexa even with a party going on or music playing.

Connect the Echo to other Echo devices and increase its functionality. You can play music across several devices when using the apps and such that are compatible with it. You can also talk to other Echos like a sort of intercom system. If you have newer, fancier Echo devices, you can still use this one for a kids room or guest room so other members of your family can be reached.

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now for Thrifter. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.
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  • Not a bad deal but If you're not in a hurry, keep an eye on Woot. They seem to have them on sale, very good condition once or twice a month. I regularly grab 1st gen's for $29.00 + free shipping as an Amazon prime member. At that price I've created whole house coverage (music and intercom).