Maybe it's the tiny size; Maybe it's the adorable puck look wrapped in fabric. Regardless of whois my favorite among the different smart speakers and could only be improved with a little improvement: add a battery to make it portable. Some companies have met that need, and for less than $ 50, you have a handful of options to turn your Dot into a portable smart speaker. From now until July 24th you can when you apply the discount code GGMM0718 at checkout. That's about $ 7 less than the regular price of $ 34.
Last week the deal was a little better – $ 25 – but it ran out pretty quickly. Since this gadget was in high demand, I was able to sign an exclusive CNET contract for this week, which is almost as good.
The GGMM base is elegantly simple. Slide your third generation Echo Dot onto the power connector and use the power cord that came with the Dot to connect and charge the battery. There is a 5,200 mAh battery on board that charges in three and a half hours, giving you portable, wireless operation for around seven hours.
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Otherwise the point remains the same; The speaker and microphones are not covered, so the Dot works and sounds exactly as it was designed. One exception: the base blocks the 3.5 mm audio connection, so you cannot connect the Dot to an external speaker. On the other hand, you can unplug the base and take it anywhere as long as it is within range of your Wi-Fi network. That means you can move it from room to room or transport it outdoors for a garden grill.
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