Amazon has just announced that it is launching its home-controlling speaker, the Amazon Echo, in the UK, following its popular reception in the US over the past 12 months.

To sweeten the deal, there's a discount being offered for Prime members who get their pre-orders in now. 

The Amazon Echo is evolving into the centre of the smarthome, not only letting you ask questions of the Alexa agent that lurks within, but play music, quiz your calendar, turn on your lights, check the fuel in your BMW and a whole lot more. 

Taking connectivity to the next level, Amazon Echo has emerged as something of a disrupter, with plenty of support from a range of smarthome manufacturers, like Tado, Netatmo, Hue and services like Amazon music, Spotify and Uber, so you will find yourself asking a lot of your new smart speaker.

For Prime members there's a £50 discount being offered on the Amazon Echo, but you have to get your pre-order in by 16 September. That will allow you to get an Echo for £99.99, rather than £149.99. Click here to pre-order the discounted the Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo will be available from 28 September.

Alongside the Amazon Echo is the Dot. This is a smaller device that gives you the connectivity of Alexa, but without the speaker. The idea is that you can plug it into an existing speaker you might have and thereby enable all those smart functions in a different room of your house. Click here to pre-order the Amazon Dot.  

The Amazon Dot will be available from 20 October.

If you've been considering Amazon Prime membership, then now is a great time to sign-up. Not only do you get free next day delivery on lots of items, you get Prime Music and Prime Movies too, with plenty of exclusive TV shows to watch.

Amazon Prime costs £7.99 a month and you can cancel any time. There's also a free 30-day trial if you want to give it a whirl.