Tag Archive: Echo

Opinion: Amazon’s Echo products make Google Assistant look boring

Ever since I got my first Echo Dot, I’ve been hooked on having smart speakers in my home. I started with Alexa, but being a heavy user of Google services, I quickly made the change to Google Assistant with the first Google Home speaker.

It took a little time for Assistant to catch up with Alexa, but it did, and I’ve never regretted the switch in digital assistants. At least in terms of AI smarts and capabilities. I can’t say  [Read More…]

The Echo Buds offer great sound and Alexa access at a great price

At a jam-packed fall product launch this past September, Amazon announced over a dozen new Echo and Alexa products to a gathering of tech reporters and enthusiasts. Leading up to that announcement, perhaps no device was as widely anticipated as the Echo Buds, and initial reviews and impressions were mostly favorable.

But what are the Echo Buds, you might ask? The simple answer is that they’re Amazon’s first real attempt at truly wireless smart earbuds. The more complicated  [Read More…]

It isn’t that hard to watch YouTube on an Echo Show

Have you ever wanted to watch your favorite YouTube channel on your Echo Show device? Perhaps you want to have a music live stream playing in the background, or maybe you’re following the latest political drama on C-SPAN. You may have heard conflicting and confusing information on whether or not you could even get YouTube on an Echo Show device. While there’s no official way to do it, there’s an easy workaround.

Products used in this guide Solid  [Read More…]

Get crystal-clear HD audio on your Amazon Echo Studio

Amazon’s Echo Studio is an amazing product in its own right, but it was tailor-made for Amazon’s newest music service, Amazon Music HD. With up to 10 times the bitrates and streaming quality of “regular” music streaming services, Amazon Music HD delivers an entirely new audio experience to your Echo.

Products used in this guide Booming sound: Amazon Echo Studio ($ 200 at Amazon) A new aural experience: Amazon Music HD (From $ 13 per month at Amazon)  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Auto launches in India for ₹4,999 ($70)

India is only the second market where the Echo Auto has been launched.

What you need to know Amazon has quietly launched the Echo Auto in India. The Echo Auto enables users to access Alexa in their car to do things like play their favorite music, make phone calls, set reminders, and more. It has been priced at ₹4,999 ($ 70) in the country and will be available for purchase starting January 15.

Amazon today launched the  [Read More…]

Now that you have a shiny new Amazon Echo, here’s what you need to do

Now that your Echo is out of the box, we’re here to help you set it up properly.

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! Families are getting together, meals are being shared, and presents are being exchanged. If you were one of the millions of fortunate folks who happened to be gifted an Amazon Echo smart speaker or a smart screened device, then congratulations! You’re surely excited to set it up, put it through its  [Read More…]

Let’s spend those gift cards on some post-holiday Echo accessories!

Another holiday season is upon us, and we hope it’s been a happy one for you thus far. If you were one of the millions who received a new Amazon Echo device for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Festivus, or whatever holiday you celebrate, then congratulations, you just got a great new gadget! As you begin to unbox and discover your new Echo, you may be wondering what else you can do with it. Well, we’ve compiled a list of awesome  [Read More…]

Battle for the end table: Echo Show 8 vs. Echo Show 5

If you thought the first and second-generation of the 10-inch Echo Show was a tad too big, you’re in for a treat. Amazon makes its smart screen in two more manageable sizes — a 5-inch and an 8-inch model. Let’s see which one you should get.

Echo Show 8

Goldilocks zone

$ 80 at Amazon

Pros Great compromise size Physical cover/off switch for microphones and camera Similar specs to more expensive Echo Show (2nd Gen)  [Read More…]

Which of these smart speakers is a better value: Sonos One or Amazon Echo?

The best speaker for me is the one that best balances three key factors: sound, smarts, and price.

Amazon Echo (3rd Gen)

Basic but good

$ 80 at Amazon

Pros Improved sound architecture Half the price of a Sonos One Five colors including Product Red and Twilight Blue Cons No built-in display Not a huge leap forward from past generations

Even though the Amazon Echo (3rd Gen) isn’t the most technologically-advanced gadget out there,  [Read More…]

Put Alexa wherever there is a plug with the Amazon Echo Flex

It’s not pretty, but that’s kinda the point.

When Amazon announced the Echo Flex at its September 2019 event in Seattle, the product received a mixed, if muted reception among the tech press and Echo/Alexa fans. Some saw it as another example of Amazon just throwing a bunch of crud up against a wall (which, ironically, is where this thing goes) to see if it would stick, some didn’t pay it much attention at all, and some  [Read More…]