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Which would you rather have: a cheap speaker that sounds like a cheap speaker or an expensive speaker you bought for cheap?
If you chose the latter, here you go: Today only, Amazon is offering the Ultimate Ears Blast portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker with Alexa for $99.99 — shipped free with Prime. It’s available in four colors. Regular price: $230.
This isn’t the usual Cheapskate speaker fare. The Blast is a high-end, feature-rich portable boom-box that hits nearly all the right, er, notes. In fact, I’m going to stop right here and turn you over to CNET’s Ultimate Ears Blast review.
That review, which dates back just a few months, praised the speaker for its compact design, great battery life, great sound and more. One big complaint: the $230 price tag. Well, we can hardly complain about that now, right?
The Blast is also waterproof, so feel free to set it up near the pool (or even in the pool: It can survive in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes).
Whoops, I almost buried the lede: This thing supports Amazon’s Alexa voice control — though as with Amazon’s own Tap, you have to be connected to Wi-Fi in order to use it. Thankfully, the Blast itself supports Wi-Fi — a rarity among mobile speakers — and can also work as a straight-up Bluetooth speaker when paired with your phone. That said, note that the Blast doesn’t support every Alexa function like a full-blown Echo speaker does: You can’t call up Spotify songs with voice commands yet, for instance, though Ultimate Ears pledged to add that feature at some point.
There’s a lot more to say about this model, but the review tells you most of what you need to know.
My two cents: This is a rare chance to get an especially good deal on a great-sounding speaker that’s extremely versatile.
Your own two cents?
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Curiously, Best Buy’s page refers to this as a “four-in-one” grill, but every other listing (including Cuisinart’s) tags it as a five-in-one. Whatever the case, it’s a killer grill, with removable, flippable non-stick plates that are easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
I bought one of these a few months back (for $60, annoyingly) to replace a worn-out Foreman Grill, and it’s been a champ so far. I wish it had a slightly steeper angle for draining burger fat, but that’s my only complaint. At $40, this is a seriously sweet deal.
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