Christmas is over now and if you didn't find an Amazon Echo device under your Christmas tree then you might be disappointed. There's no need to fret though as Amazon is running post-Christmas sales so there's still a chance to snap up a bargain.

Amazon is now offering its bestselling Amazon Echo Dot for just £34.99 (or $29.99)- £15/$20 off the usual price. 

The Amazon Echo family of devices has rapidly evolved into the centre of the smart home, not only letting you ask questions of the Alexa personal assistant that lurks within, but play music, quiz your calendar, turn on your lights, check the fuel in your BMW and a whole lot more.

The Echo Dot is a great way to add Alexa's skills to an existing hi-fi setup, or to use in other rooms around the house if you already have a larger Amazon Echo speaker solution, so you can bark commands from your bed and get Alexa to respond.

At this price, you could snap up a couple of Echo Dot devices and make the most of the multi-room experience and the other useful features available if you have more than one smart speaker in your home. 

The Amazon Echo has forged a new category of device, beating the likes of Google, Microsoft and Apple into this connected space, and offering a device that's not only convenient, but a lot of fun too, because it's so simple to use.