It might feel a bit too early to be talking about going back to school or college, but T3 is currently running Back To Class Month. During August, we’ll be giving readers the latest advice, reviews, tips and deals that will help you productively and seamlessly head back to school, college, the office or the gym.
For those soon to return to a college dorm, having the best smart speakers in your room is a must for long study sessions and parties. As a college graduate, I wish I’d had a smart speaker in my room while I was there. Not only do they offer crystal clear audio for music, podcasts and audiobooks, but you can ask them quick questions to help with your essays, set timers for practice tests and organise your calendar so you’re never late to class again.
But despite their many features and functionalities, smart speakers don’t necessarily come cheap. To help you find the best deals on smart speakers, I’ve scoured the sales and found the latest discounts on my top three picks from Amazon, Google and JBL.
Echo Dot (5th generation):
was $49.99, now $34.99 at Amazon
Get 30% off the Echo Dot (5th gen) smart speaker in the Amazon Back To School deals. The best sounding Dot yet, this speaker has improved audio and gives you access to a range of apps, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and more. Equipped with Alexa voice commands, you can ask your Echo Dot to answer questions, run through your schedule, tell you the weather and set hands-free timers for quizzes.
Google Home Smart Speaker:
was $129, now $74.95 at Walmart
If you prefer Google Assistant, you can get $54.05 off the Google Home Smart Speaker at Walmart. Easy to set up, the Google Home Smart Speaker has a petite and compact size, making it ideal for small dorm rooms. It also has built-in Chromecast, Google Assistant voice controls and can connect to Android and iOS devices.
JBL Flip 6:
was $129.95, now $89.95 at Amazon
For those who are all about the audio, the JBL Flip 6 is now under $90 at Amazon. This portable Bluetooth speaker offers 12 hours of playtime and can pair with multiple speakers in your house with JBL PartyBoost. The JBL Flip 6 has powerful sound that fills the room, plus it’s waterproof and dustproof. Available in multiple colours, including black, blue, red, teal, pink, grey, white and camouflage.