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Amazon Echo $104.99 at Staples via kiosk order + email signup coupon - today only, slightly YMMV!

fbueller 3,802 3,003 August 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM in Tech & Electronics (6) More Staples Deals
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So this happened accidentally to me, but I wanted to share. This is slightly YMMV but should work. Go to the in-store Staples kiosk and order the Amazon Echo with payment at the register. It'll show $129.99, which it's priced at today. Write down your invoice/order # from the printout after you complete the kiosk order.

Go to the register but don't give them the printout - just give them the order #. They'll type it in, but it'll show up at $179.99. Tell them to price match it to their own site. They'll look it up and do the match, which gives 110% of the difference. Add a $10 email signup coupon and it'll wind up $104.99. The register DID take the coupon without fuss, even after the price match.

Good luck, fellow deal hunters...
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1) Google Now

2) Apple Siri

3) Microsoft Cortana

4) Amazon Alexa


I was severely disappointed with Alexa. Even though they advertise "apps" and the ability for it to work with other services, it's far behind in what it can do. The best solution is to buy a Motorola Moto E for $15 on sale. It has an always-on mic, can play your music and responses through a bluetooth receiver (same setup as the Amazon Echo Dot), but has so many more uses. You're not limited to using the Amazon Echo app for shopping lists, having to memorize key words for different apps, etc. Just say what's on your mind and Google Now will determine from the context what app you're trying to control, what service you want, what answers you're seeking... no need to memorize a list of 100 "keywords" like you have to do with the Echo.


It's as though a group of people who have never used voice dictation or virtual assistants all jumped into the Amazon Echo marketing hype and never looked at alternate solutions, even the ones built-in to their phones. If you're okay with living with limited functionality for the sake of the features (big built-in speaker, Amazon ecosystem), then go with it. If you are expecting as much control and ease as you get with your phones, you're expecting far too much.
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None of the options you mentioned turn on my lights or start my coffee maker.

The Echo is a glorified speaker until you pair it with home automation. That's when it becomes indispensible.

And regardless of your opinions on it, this is a stellar price.
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Quote from okinawanmatt View Post :
1) Google Now

2) Apple Siri

3) Microsoft Cortana

4) Amazon Alexa


I was severely disappointed with Alexa. Even though they advertise "apps" and the ability for it to work with other services, it's far behind in what it can do. The best solution is to buy a Motorola Moto E for $15 on sale. It has an always-on mic, can play your music and responses through a bluetooth receiver (same setup as the Amazon Echo Dot), but has so many more uses. You're not limited to using the Amazon Echo app for shopping lists, having to memorize key words for different apps, etc. Just say what's on your mind and Google Now will determine from the context what app you're trying to control, what service you want, what answers you're seeking... no need to memorize a list of 100 "keywords" like you have to do with the Echo.


It's as though a group of people who have never used voice dictation or virtual assistants all jumped into the Amazon Echo marketing hype and never looked at alternate solutions, even the ones built-in to their phones. If you're okay with living with limited functionality for the sake of the features (big built-in speaker, Amazon ecosystem), then go with it. If you are expecting as much control and ease as you get with your phones, you're expecting far too much.
Like a 30" wooferLMAO
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Quote from okinawanmatt View Post :
1) Google Now

2) Apple Siri

3) Microsoft Cortana

4) Amazon Alexa


I was severely disappointed with Alexa. Even though they advertise "apps" and the ability for it to work with other services, it's far behind in what it can do. The best solution is to buy a Motorola Moto E for $15 on sale. It has an always-on mic, can play your music and responses through a bluetooth receiver (same setup as the Amazon Echo Dot), but has so many more uses. You're not limited to using the Amazon Echo app for shopping lists, having to memorize key words for different apps, etc. Just say what's on your mind and Google Now will determine from the context what app you're trying to control, what service you want, what answers you're seeking... no need to memorize a list of 100 "keywords" like you have to do with the Echo.


It's as though a group of people who have never used voice dictation or virtual assistants all jumped into the Amazon Echo marketing hype and never looked at alternate solutions, even the ones built-in to their phones. If you're okay with living with limited functionality for the sake of the features (big built-in speaker, Amazon ecosystem), then go with it. If you are expecting as much control and ease as you get with your phones, you're expecting far too much.
The options are always growing Googles new Google Home will not be sharing their core for developers unlike the Echo. Saying it is limited functionality is to say you have no vision as the options are endless. While I am in no way a big fan of jumping on new tech when a device is able to seamlessly find its way into my daily life routine... As well as enticing me to want to find new ways to incorporate even more into my day to day life providing an adequate platform. To me that product is a complete success.
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Quote from okinawanmatt View Post :
1) Google Now

2) Apple Siri

3) Microsoft Cortana

4) Amazon Alexa


I was severely disappointed with Alexa. Even though they advertise "apps" and the ability for it to work with other services, it's far behind in what it can do. The best solution is to buy a Motorola Moto E for $15 on sale. It has an always-on mic, can play your music and responses through a bluetooth receiver (same setup as the Amazon Echo Dot), but has so many more uses. You're not limited to using the Amazon Echo app for shopping lists, having to memorize key words for different apps, etc. Just say what's on your mind and Google Now will determine from the context what app you're trying to control, what service you want, what answers you're seeking... no need to memorize a list of 100 "keywords" like you have to do with the Echo.


It's as though a group of people who have never used voice dictation or virtual assistants all jumped into the Amazon Echo marketing hype and never looked at alternate solutions, even the ones built-in to their phones. If you're okay with living with limited functionality for the sake of the features (big built-in speaker, Amazon ecosystem), then go with it. If you are expecting as much control and ease as you get with your phones, you're expecting far too much.
The best solution is to buy a Motorola Moto E for $15 on sale. ??

LOL where is this deal? I will get one for sure.
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None of the options you mentioned turn on my lights or start my coffee maker.

The Echo is a glorified speaker until you pair it with home automation. That's when it becomes indispensible.

And regardless of your opinions on it, this is a stellar price.
I can use Google to control my home. I did need Tasker + AutoVoice + AutoVera, but now I can turn my lights on from my watch using just my voice. But the setup can be a bit technical.
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None of the options you mentioned turn on my lights or start my coffee maker.
Wink.

Vera.


TP-Link.


TCP.


iHome.

IFTT + [item].


Iris.


[etc.]


Any of these can start your coffee maker or turn on your lights. The key difference is that you don't have to memorize a hundred keywords and say "Alexa, use '[xyz]' to 'turn on' coffee maker." Instead, you can just say "Siri, turn the coffee maker on" or "Siri, brew me a cup of joe" or "Ok, Google, that coffee maker that's sitting in the kitchen? I want it to turn on in five minutes and brew a smaller cup of coffee."


So all of the items I mentioned will turn on your coffee maker and your lights, but you don't have to memorize nuanced semantics like you have to do with the Amazon Echo.



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Saying it is limited functionality is to say you have no vision as the options are endless.

What I mean to say that the current options are better on other platforms aside from Amazon Echo. We can discuss possibilities until the end of time, but the current market, integration, and options are quantifiable and they are not in favor of other platforms.



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The best solution is to buy a Motorola Moto E for $15 on sale. ??

LOL where is this deal? I will get one for sure.


I've seen it about five different times over the past 12 months. I got mine for $15 through BestBuy.com in 2015 (no contract, free unlock). You can enable always-listening on Moto devices since it has a dedicated chip. I was using that for a few months before switching to the disappointing Echo Frown


This is just a heads-up/review. As you can see, some of the non-techies in this forum will defend the Amazon Echo because they don't know about the other options out there. If you want a music player that responds to voice commands with occasional input for other functions, it's okay. But Amazon markets it heavily as a device that does more, and my statement was to tell others to curb their expectations.
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I don't have to do any kind of nuanced anything to turn on my lights. I simply say "Alexa, turn on bedroom lights" if I want both nightstand lamps on. Or "Alexa, turn on Bedroom light #1" or "#2" if I want one or the other. Same in the living room, kitchen, upstairs bedroom, exterior lights, etc. Or tell her to dim them. Or turn them off. No tricky phrases or words.
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Quote from fbueller View Post :
None of the options you mentioned turn on my lights or start my coffee maker.

The Echo is a glorified speaker until you pair it with home automation. That's when it becomes indispensible.

And regardless of your opinions on it, this is a stellar price.
Actually they do. It's like using Echo except free and with far more flexibility. I, like others, fine Alexa to be not very good at voice recognition.
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I don't have to do any kind of nuanced anything to turn on my lights. I simply say "Alexa, turn on bedroom lights" if I want both nightstand lamps on. Or "Alexa, turn on Bedroom light #1" or "#2" if I want one or the other. Same in the living room, kitchen, upstairs bedroom, exterior lights, etc. Or tell her to dim them. Or turn them off. No tricky phrases or words.
So locked in to limited functionality then. I don't consider that a plus. Can you say "When it's sunset today, turn off the kids TV if it's still on." You can with those "nuanced" "tricky phrases or words."

Quote from okinawanmatt View Post :
The best solution is to buy a Motorola Moto E for $15 on sale. It has an always-on mic,
What always on mic? Or do you mean it's always on as long as the phone is not asleep. Then what doesn't have that?
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Quote from okinawanmatt View Post :
Wink.

Vera.


TP-Link.


TCP.


iHome.

IFTT + [item].


Iris.


[etc.]


Any of these can start your coffee maker or turn on your lights. The key difference is that you don't have to memorize a hundred keywords and say "Alexa, use '[xyz]' to 'turn on' coffee maker." Instead, you can just say "Siri, turn the coffee maker on" or "Siri, brew me a cup of joe" or "Ok, Google, that coffee maker that's sitting in the kitchen? I want it to turn on in five minutes and brew a smaller cup of coffee."


So all of the items I mentioned will turn on your coffee maker and your lights, but you don't have to memorize nuanced semantics like you have to do with the Amazon Echo.






What I mean to say that the current options are better on other platforms aside from Amazon Echo. We can discuss possibilities until the end of time, but the current market, integration, and options are quantifiable and they are not in favor of other platforms.







I've seen it about five different times over the past 12 months. I got mine for $15 through BestBuy.com in 2015 (no contract, free unlock). You can enable always-listening on Moto devices since it has a dedicated chip. I was using that for a few months before switching to the disappointing Echo Frown


This is just a heads-up/review. As you can see, some of the non-techies in this forum will defend the Amazon Echo because they don't know about the other options out there. If you want a music player that responds to voice commands with occasional input for other functions, it's okay. But Amazon markets it heavily as a device that does more, and my statement was to tell others to curb their expectations.
So how about a write-up or link on how to integrate a Moto E phone, ifTT, Smart Things hub, and Honeywell thermostats? I did not know this is possible.
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The best solution is to buy a Motorola Moto E for $15 on sale.

Who still has the Moto E for $15? I've been looking for some but they are discontinued.
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You guys are just exhausting.
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op, your math is wrong
130-[(180-130)*.1] =125 - $10 off $50 coupon = $115
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