• As of October 2018, 2011 Amazon launched a new version of the Echo Dot Show. Our Ultimate Guide To Amazon has been updated to include a review of the New Echo Dot Show 2. 
  • Whats new with the new Echo Dot? Check our Ultimate Guide to see whats changed.

Experience the entertainment system of the future with the Amazon Echo. This state of the art speaker allows you to control your entire home and entertainment needs from the one source with hands-free convenience, providing the absolute best in home automation.

With your Amazon Echo, you’re able to play music from a range of sources including Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, and more. This system will fill your house with immersive and 360º omnidirectional audio, giving you a clearer and more in-depth listening experience.

Home Automation of the Future

Not only is the Amazon Echo ideal for your entertainment needs, but this speaker also gives you control of your entire home with simple voice control and hands-free activation. Control your household lights, switches, thermostats and other smart home devices with this system and bring a whole new level of convenience to your everyday life.

Using voice recognition, you’re able to control the Amazon Echo to do anything you like, including asking the system questions about local weather, reading traffic reports, and even ordering a late night pizza if you’re feeling hungry.

Amazon Echo Always Ready, Connected and Fast

The Amazon Echo signifies technology of the future and is a revolutionary device intended to make your life and entertainment needs simpler. You’ll be amazed at just how much this one hands-free speaker can achieve, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Pros

  • The audio quality from this speaker is excellent, and for such a small system it’s able to fill your house with music without any distortion.
  • Echo is able to answer a range of questions with voice recognition software, even difficult ones, so it’s ideal for someone who relies on constant information updates which can be requested easily.

Amazon Echo in Use on a Table

Cons

  • The device still has a lot to learn in the way of commands and functions, which will only improve in time with more users.

Conclusion

This voice-enabled wireless speaker is Amazon’s latest answer to the popular smart home devices launched by a few other tech giants. The Echo works amazingly well, products crisp and clear audio, and really does make your daily life so much easier.

With new systems and abilities being updated constantly, this is a piece of home technology that won’t fall behind the others. Recent additions such as Uber allow you to book a car with voice recognition, and the Domino’s device helps you order out for those nights you just don’t want to cook.Amazon Echo Interior Parts

Not only is this a great entertainment system, but it’s actually very helpful. Updated weather reports, the ability to read e-books, and a whole range of other functional uses make it a step ahead from regular portable speakers. To change your life for the better with the Amazon Echo, purchase one here.

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Echo Plus

Echo Plus

All Things Included - Echo Plus

The Echo plus looks precisely like the original Echo but has a couple of extra features you need to be aware of. First and foremost, it comes with a smart home controller built in. That means if you are brand new to the world of home automation, you can quickly setup supported smart lights and other smart home devices.

The included hub runs on the Zigbee standard which supports many devices like Philips Hue, Kwikset supported locks, and GE backed switches and lights. This makes it very easy for the beginner to plug and play when it comes to setting up automations. Once you install and or plug in your device all you need to say is “Alexa discover my devices,” and you’re all good to go.

After installation, there are several different tweaks and fun things you can set up in the Alexa app that we will cover later in the app section of this guide. This comes with some downsides, however. First, if you already have your smart home setup, you will need to reset all of your devices before Alexa will discover them. You will also lose some functionality when going through the Alexa for control instead of your current hub and software. Also, if you have any Z-Wave (i.e., not Zigbee) devices, they are not natively supported.

Bottom line here is that if you are looking for easy, simple, smart home setup and functionality, then the Echo Plus is the way to go. If you are a power user (or plan on becoming one), then the extra cost of the Echo Plus over the Echo 2nd Generation will not be worth it to you.

The next thing we need to discuss is that the Echo Plus also comes with an aux output which previously was only available on the Echo Dot. This comes in handy if you want to plug in a better sounding speaker AND have the built-in hub. The Echo Plus sounds pretty good on its own but a Sonos Play 5 it is not.

The last thing of note here is the form factor of the Plus. It's the same as the original. That means the look and more importantly to some, the volume ring that is located on the top of the Echo Plus versus the volume buttons that are the standard on all other models. Personally, I hardly use the volume controls on the Echo itself and opt for voice control or adjust the volume through the Alexa app. There are some people however who LOVE that volume ring so I thought I should mention it.