Buy 2 Echo Dots (2nd Gen) for $49 Delivered @ Amazon AU

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Buy 2 Echo Dots (2nd Gen) for $49 on Amazon Australia.

From T&C's:

This Offer is valid to 11:59pm AEDT on Monday 31 December 2018.

This offer (the “Offer”) applies to
customers who purchase in a single order, 2 Amazon Echo Dots (2nd generation) (Black B07456NHZ6 or White B0745757C9) (“Qualifying Items”) on Amazon.com.au will receive those 2 Qualifying Items for $49.

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    So, does it apply to an Order for 1x White + 1x Black? ;-)

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    I was on the look out for a deal like this. But, I was also thinking if I should get the echo plus instead. I don’t find any other models adding value but echo plus because of its zigbee hub feature. If you deduct the price of a philips bulb, echo plus gen 1 is selling around $75. Thats a great value. Should I spend $50 for 2 dots or just wait for 10% cash back and get echo plus for $68?

    The new echo plus looks nice, but I would not throw additional $130 for a temperature sensor and little bit of sound upgrade ( which is still not a great quality). Instead I could spend it on 3 philips bulbs and these 2 dots.

    Any opinions?

    • +1 vote

      I ended up grabbing an echo plus myself for the reasons you outlined.

      The speaker on the gen 2 dot doesn't seem very good, so it put me off.

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      Zigbee hub isn't as good as a Philips hub if you going to use for hue

      • +1 vote

        Could you please elaborate on that? can't lights be controlled well? Does it lose connection? What issues did you find?

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          Check out reviews there is alot that say Amazon has been very slack on the hub side and you lose alot of functions like groups and scenes etc

          You supposedly just see a list of devices instead of rooms and groups like Google home. I was thinking same till I saw those reviews

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          Compatible lights & even some no brand dBay Wi-Fi switches work well with dot no issues. I use the smart life app to control lights

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      Does the fact that it has a zigbee hub means it can connect to Xiaomi Smart Home Aqara Human Motion Sensor? I had to buy a Xiaomi gateway to use them…

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    Bit of a kick in the nuts if you bought just one for $40 last week.

    • +1 vote

      They could return if not opened and rebuy

      • +11 votes

        even if they have opened it, rebuy, and return one of the new ones with the original receipt.

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      From Amazon? Try live chat, let them know you're not happy, they may be able to help you out.
      Gotta say Amazon customer service has been second to none so far.

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    when i click the "add both" button at the bottom of the page and then go to cart- just shows one at $39…what am i doing wrong??

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      Review cart and increase quantity to 2.

      The discount won't be applied until you reach the "Choose a payment method" page.

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      Did the same thing. Bit confusing since it says "Add both to cart"

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    Great deal OP don’t think we’ll see cheaper without another $18 glitch!

    I have one in every room now wall mounted in most. Also got a few as Xmas presents such a cheap stocking filler!

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    Time to give Echo dot a run. I bought the 2 pack of Google mini last year hoping/ expecting integration with my Sonos 3 speaker. I hope that Alexa will also have better control of my Xiaomi Aqara gear and my Samsung TV. Google really does all the above poorly or not at all. Time to find out if Amazon does it better.

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      I will need to find out more about Echo and Aqara gear. Do you have a specific source you can recommend? Is the Echo much better than Google Home in this respect? My google home only sees one bulb, one power plug. Nothing that connects to Xiaomi zigbee hub.

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        https://www.amazon.com/Xiaomi-Inc-Mi-Home/dp/B07C7WTDY8. I, like you only get limited connection with google. I guess I will find out in a week when the dots arrive. I can only guess that the word deprecated in the above link sounds ominous. I hope it is better than Google's offering. I will be happy if I can get Alexa to start and stop my Sonos 3 speaker. Control over ZigBee Xiaomi plugs would be great.

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      Both Google and Amazon work fine for me with the Xiaomi Aqara devices.

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        which aqara device? montion sensors?

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          I run Home Assistant on a Rpi and it looks after the switched, so I haven't looked at that in Alexa. Not sure what ALexa has for that sort of control and would have thought that was up to the Mi Home app.

  • +1 vote

    What's people's opinions should get this or Google Home mini?

    • +2 votes

      Both have their pros and cons I think. Generally when asking questions, Google can help more. Alexa tends to just say she doesn't know.

      Google will play music via google play, spotify (free), TuneIn.
      Alexa has Amazon Music and IHeartRadio and also spotify as well I think. I hadn't set it up.

      One thing I do prefer is saying "Alexa" rather than "Hey Google" over and over again.

      But you can get 2 of these for the price of a mini so I would suggest these. One in the bedroom, one in the lounge/dining area. Wake up, ask for the Weather and news while you lay in bed. Comfy.

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        Alexa only works with Spotify Premium, not the Free version.

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        Thanks for the input.

        I seriously wish they can make this device multilingual.

        So that you can control things with different languages

        I can't get rid if my own music collection on squeezebox for one reason. None of the online services can cover 5 languages that I listen to and tell me what are the latest hits let alone having a decent library.

        Absolutely nobody has that service. Spotify, Google music, Amazon whatever no single service has it. No chance you can get something includung Korean and Japanese neither. And be limited selection. Just not good enough

        I wish I can tell it to play a song then change my language for the song name and it will recognise and play find it online and just stream it

        I guess we are not there yet.

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      Echo dots speaker sounds like a tin can vs Google Home mini

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      Depends what you are going to use it for.

      GH sounds better, it's decent enough that I've replaced my bedside clock radio with it. The Echo wouldn't cut it (the new echo dot sounds much better apparently). Not going to replace your stereo system though you can use external speakers. The GHM does Bluetooth or Chromecast, the Alexa does Bluetooth or AUX out..

      How tied in to Google are you? The GH will work better with your Android phone (unless you have an G Suite account, then forget about Calendar integration, though works with Alexa - thanks for that Google)

      GH can sometimes be easier to give the command to (ie, as a radio, I just say Play (radio station). Alexa, I usually need to say Play (radio station) on Tune-in). I don't have any paid music services so can't comment on that (apart from Amazon Music Unlimited trial)

      Since I got the Dot first, that's what I've set up with my devices like Logitech Harmony etc, I haven't really tried that side of it with the GH, apart from controlling lights which they are on par with each other.

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      Best to end up with a mix of both. Echo is heaps faster for smart device control, but not a big deal really. Echo has a huge list of skills you can add. Google is more useful if you use Android phones due to the integration for reminders, calendar, shopping lists etc. They both work with the same smart devices.

    • +1 vote

      I have both. Google Home is great for Android users as it integrates with shopping list reminders and calendars. It also works well if you have a Chromecast or Sheild TV. I have not looked at the Amazon companion app. Both have TuneIn and IHeart radio etc, and access to podcasts from Apples database(Google may be better). Google home also lets you play the audio from Youtube videos eg "Hey Google, play the latest episode of the Atheist Experience from Youtube", and if you have a Chromecast/Sheild you can add "on Sheild" or what ever you have named the device to have it play there. With Google you can also play the audio from music videos by asking that way. Prime users now get 10 hrs free access to Amazon music on Alexa, so you can ask for music by song or Artist(you can do a bit of that for the radio stations as well. You can also cast audio to Google Home from a PC or apps like Bubleupnp on Android.

      Alexa turns lights on straightaway, whereas Google Home now waits a few seconds because it lets you chain multiple commands so has a long timeout, but was never as fast as Alexa. The Echos have a 3.5mm socket so you can connect to a receiver etc. Both systems can act as bluetooth speakers.

      Both systems work with home control server programs like Home Assistant(on a $30 RaspberryPi in my case) which takes everything to another level and adds media player control for Home Receivers(my 8 yo Yamaha gets power on volume source and the basic controls), TV control, and control of Kodi on whatever device. eg Kodi on my PC is called Frodo so I can pause by saying to any Google Home anywhere "Pause Frodo", etc

      In the end the best setup is Google Homes throughout and Echos where they make the most sense.

      Home Assistant
      https://www.home-assistant.io/components/

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        Hi thanks you just reminded me about using my synology nas running home assistant via docker. I can then use GHM to integrate with it

        The thing is I have Amazon prime but I know Echo doesn't support Spotify free which I would like to use. The Amazon music 10 hours I thought that's a once off not monthly

        I Aldi have an old Yamaha but it would be nice if you explain a bit more about controlling that though. I thought receivers only gets controlled by IR remotes. I meant amplifiers

  • +8 votes

    These things seems to get cheaper by the day. If it wasnt for the upstanding ethics and values displayed recently by big tech companies such as amazon/google/facebook, id be almost slightly concerned by mounting multiple listening devices throughout every room in my home.

    Anyways, at this price I might as well grab one for the toilet.

    • +1 vote

      the upstanding ethics and values displayed recently by big tech companies such as amazon/google/facebook

      And what are those?

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      Why toilet out of all areas…. I guess you want a smart toilet bidet to tell it flush my sink and will just do so without pressing a button? Or spray my butt google?

      Unless you just want it to play music during showers I don't see how the unit is good at all especially moisture can get it and is not waterproof

      Are people using this during showers?

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    Shopback only has 6% cashback according to their website. Nonetheless, thanks OP for this deal. They'll make good poolside outdoor speakers and I won't be upset if they're dead in a years time.

    Also, this worked well with the shopback 12 birthday $12 offer.

    I'll note this one down as a win for the day.

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    good deal, i bought it, even though we already have 3 google home minis and 1 Echo Spot, and convinced the my office mates to get them as well

  • +1 vote

    How much more inferior is this compared to the 3rd gen?

    Wondering if the 3rd gen is worth the extra…

    • +2 votes

      Here, I googled for you - https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/amazon-echo-dot-gen-2-vs-...

      Watch the video, there is a good comparison not only between generations but also between google home mini.

      After watching this, I'm convinced to get a gen 3 instead.

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        Speaker? Non of these devices are good for Music. You will definitely have hook it up with a Sound System. For normal Alexa stuff, any echo is fine.
        Fabric? As he mentioned in the review, it collects dust and stains. If your 2nd gen looks hideous to you, then just hide 2 behind something. Even my google mini sits behind the sound bar.
        Micro phones? The reviewer was wrong. "Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Amazon Echo Dot can hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music." - Description for Amazon Second Gen

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          I don’t agree. I have a google home mini and the sound is fine. I’m not hosting a dance party in my lounge so the sound is adequate for me. I don’t want to have to hook the Echo up to a sound system. I want to use the speaker it comes with. Therefore for me, I’ll be getting a gen 3.

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          The top end units sound good, albeit without stereo separation. No worse than the crap bluetooth speakers people seem to buy, or a portable radio etc. Plus these do have the line out. We are talking about a smart speaker for $25 which at least would have to be a good value christmas present for someone.

  • +6 votes

    For those who use Apple music.
    Apple Music intergration coming to Alexa devices from dec 17th

    https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8487575/apple-mu...

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    Do these work with Chromecast?

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    Good deal ;)

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    wow thanks, secret santa sorted!

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    Echos about to support Apple Music as well (assuming this includes in Australia).

  • +1 vote

    I just bought mine from JB HiFi so I don't have to wait for delivery hahaha :D

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/422312

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    What is the application of this?
    Where can I use it?
    Any good?

  • +4 votes

    Wow, my first front page deal on OzBargain. I posted it and went to bed (after a night shift) ,and it had like 4 upvotes.

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    Thanks OP, just placed my order, xmas present sorted for mates.

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    Not surprising they are trying to get rid of the excess gen 2, when the gen 3 is out. I think it will get cheaper…

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    echo vs google home, which one is better besides Smart home(I don't need smart home function)

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    Decided to get Google home mini instead due to Android phones and home plugs working with Google rather than Alexa

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    I reckon these are going to get hot pretty quickly before Christmas with the announcement that iTunes will be able to be played through Alexa in a few weeks time.

    $25.50 each and I've got mine plugged into an old dumb but good speaker so I just made it bluetooth, wireless and voice compatible for CHEAP!

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/danafeldman/2018/11/30/apples-s...

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