Earlier this year Amazon introduced an Alexa voice-enabled Echo speaker with a built-in display called the Echo Show. At $230 for one and $360 for two -- you get $100 off if you buy two -- it was was a little expensive for some people. (It's now available in the UK for £200.) But in December Amazon will begin shipping a smaller Echo with an integrated display called the Echo Spot for $130. It comes in white and black and will be available in the UK and Germany early next year (sorry, Australia.) (Pricing in those countries hasn't been announced; $130 converts to about £100.) You could call the Echo Spot a mini Echo Show but it's probably more like an Echo Dot with a screen. That's because the Spot only has a 2-watt speaker and is more akin, sound-wise, to the Dot than the Show. Still, it feels appropriately weighty for a $130 device, with the same grippy texture of the Echo Show. If Amazon's goal was to find a middle-ground between its cheapest and most … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Spot is kind of like an Echo Dot with a screen
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Amazon is greatly expanding its reach into the smart home space, today launching several products, including a second-generation Echo smart home speaker, an Echo Plus that doubles as a smart home hub and an Echo Dot with a display that doubles as an alarm clock. Here's how to make sense of the new lineup.New Amazon EchoThe new Echo sports a smaller design than the original, as well as a Google Home-like removable cloth shell, and a lower price of just $99. The device will be available today for pre-order, and will ship on Oct. 31.Like the original Echo, the Echo is cylindrical, with a ring of LEDs around the top edge that light up when Alexa is activated. Inside, Amazon improved the far-field microphones, so that the Echo can better pick up voices from across a room. The new Echo will also have a dedicated bass speaker and support Dolby Audio, so it should have better sound qualities than the original. Its new fabric covering is much more attractive than the original's black (or white) … [Read more...] about Amazon Unveils New Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Spot: What’s the Difference?
Amazon has a plethora of devices that can respond to your voice commands: the original Echo, the Echo Dot, the Tap, the Echo Look, the Echo Show, and the Fire TV Edition. All will listen to your voice and perform a wide number of tasks, such as streaming music from Spotify, Pandora and others; controlling smart-home devices such as thermostats and lights; looking up the weather; and even ordering you food.Amazon also has a second-generation Echo; the Echo Plus, which has a smart home hub built in; and the Echo Spot, which is about the size of the Echo Dot, but has a 2.5-inch screen, like the Echo Show. All three are available for pre-order; the Echo and Echo Plus will ship at the end of October, and the Echo Spot will ship on December 19.And, there are a number of third-party speakers which also have Alexa built in; so which device is right for you? Best OverallRight now, the best Alexa-enabled device isn't even made by Amazon. Based on the excellent Play:One speaker, the Sonos One … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Buying Guide: Which Alexa Device Is Best for You?
The Echo Show is not just Amazon’s best smart speaker, it’s the most capable mainstream smart home assistant on the market. An Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor and a 7-inch color touchscreen pumps its price tag up to $230, but the display is worth the added cost to have at least one in a smart home with other Echo speakers. And the Show’s eight-element far-field mic array is stronger than the ones on Amazon’s other Echos, which for me eliminated the need to have an Echo Dot in an adjoining room.Amazon takes full advantage of that display, providing not just useful visual feedback, but also an in-home intercom—with video, if two Echo Shows are used—and a VoIP-type videophone system. I’ll elaborate on the intercom feature shortly. The videophone service is a great way for families to stay in touch—especially grandparents who live far from their grandchildren—but video requires both parties to have Echo Shows (you can make voice-only … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo Show review: This is the best Echo (but it’s also the most expensive)
So you’ve decided to bring Alexa into your life. Good idea. Now comes the hard part: Which Amazon Echo is right for you? We’ll go over all the models, including the brand-new second-generation Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Spot that Amazon just announced.Cyber Monday update: Amazon's Echo deals continue through Cyber Monday. These sale prices are in effect now and will end on November 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Here are the deals:The best deal is $20 off the price of the Echo Dot (2nd Generation). That brings the price of that smart speaker down to just $29.99 in your choice of white or black—a savings of 40 percent. If you’re interested in the benefits that an Echo with a display can offer, you can pick up an Echo Show in the same colors for $179.99—a savings of 22 percent off the regular price.The full-sized Echo (2nd Generation) that Amazon announced on September 27 is already on sale for $79.99 for the fabric-covered models (Heather Gray, Dark … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?
Amazon's Echo smart speaker was a game changer when it launched in 2015. Since then it's continued to lead the IoT hub market in spite of increased competition from Google. The Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Tap can be found in homes, offices, businesses, and anywhere else internet connectivity allows Alexa, its onboard digital assistant, to reach the web. The Echo may seem like it's designed for the smart home, but there's no reason it can't be used in a smart office as well. If you've been seeking a hub for an IoT-connected office, it's well worth your time to investigate the Echo to see if it's a good fit, and TechRepublic has all the info you need right here. This Amazon Echo resource guide will be updated periodically as new software is released and new hardware is developed. SEE: All of TechRepublic's smart person's guidesWhat is Amazon Echo? Amazon Echo is an internet-connected smart speaker that comes with Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant. It is able to serve as an IoT … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo: The smart person’s guide
The 2nd generation Echo costs just $99, and has a 2.5” downward-firing woofer and 0.6” tweeter powered by Dolby to deliver crisp vocals and dynamic bass throughout the room. You can play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more. With Amazon Music, you can search by lyrics, time-period, or let Alexa pick the music for you. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible, podcasts, radio stations or news briefs. Make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control smart home devices, and more. Multiple Echo devices around your house work together -- ask Alexa to play your favorite music on all Echo's, or different styles in different rooms. The new Echo won't ship until October 31, but if you order now and select 2-day shipping, you'll have it on your doorstep the day it's released. See it on Amazon here.Want to make your home smarter and work … [Read more...] about Pre-Order the New Echo, Echo Plus, or Fire TV Here – Deal Alert
Three years ago, Amazon introduced Echo and Alexa, offering a new way to interact with technology using just your voice. The deep discounts on the Echo on Prime Day already gave it away that a new Echo is due this Fall and here it is. Today, Amazon introduced the next generation of Echo: the all-new Echo 2 with a new design and improved sound for just $99.99, and Echo Plus with a built-in smart home hub for $149.99. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock With an all-new compact design, Echo fits easily into any room in your home while delivering next-generation far-field performance and improved room-filling sound. Pick from a variety of shell colors and finishes to fit into your home’s décor—choices include charcoal, sandstone, heather gray, oak veneer, walnut veneer, and silver.Echo combines an all-new speaker architecture, a dedicated tweeter, a 2.5” down-firing woofer, and Dolby processing to deliver crisp vocals and dynamic bass … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo 2 And Echo Plus Revealed
Amazon steamrolled the competition with a new generation of voice assistance gadgets. Besides the new Echo 2, Echo Plus, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons there is the very cute new Echo Spot. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Amazon's designers have likely landed with the Echo Spot the hottest Holiday 2017 gadget gift. The compact Echo features a round display that can be used like the screen on the big Echo Show. The size and viewing angle of the screen make Echo Spot ideal for use on a nightstand or desk as a smart alarm clock that can also turn your lights on and off, watch a video flash briefing, show your commute time, get the weather, or show your calendar. Or use Echo Spot in the kitchen to easily set and view timers, call friends and family, see shopping and to do lists, and more.Echo Spot features second generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology, and enhanced noise cancellation so it can hear you … [Read more...] about Echo Spot Is Cutest Alexa Device Yet
Today is Columbus Day 2017. This Federal Holiday is controversial. It's also the most fragmented and many communities choose to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead. While many banks, government offices and post offices are closed, most other businesses and shops are open on Columbus Day. Despite the controversy and fragmentation, the retailers are still using the Holiday to associate sales and deals.Amazon has an increased number of deals today but does not call the sale Columbus Day sale. The retailer offers about a dozen deals on Amazon devices. The retailer, who also is into making gadget, just introduced a new series of Echo devices, including the cute Echo Spot.Deals on Amazon devices ahead of the Amazon Black Friday 2017 sale (begins Nov. 1!) include $199.99 Echo Show (13% off), $79.99 Amazon Tap (38% off) and $30 off on Kindle Paperwhite.When you buy three of the All-New Echo (2nd Gen) you receive a $50 discount. Find all Amazon devices deals on amazon.com.The early … [Read more...] about Columbus Day 2017: Amazon Offers Deals On Amazon Devices Including Echo Show, Echo Dot And Echo 2