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Google Home Mini is the Amazon Echo Dot competitor we need — now it just has to sell

Google’s problem hasn’t been that it can’t make good hardware. It’s just that it’s never been able to market it properly.

Fun fact: Google Home is my favorite of the connected-speaker-assist-things so far. I like it more than Amazon Echo. Way more than the Echo Dot. Maybe not quite as much as Echo Show, but that’s a whole ‘nother product just waiting for a purpose.

No, these are not to scale.

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The iHome iAVS1 is a boring Echo Dot alarm clock

It’s a clock with an Amazon Echo Dot shoved inside. And I’m having no problem containing my excitement.

On one hand, it’s good thing that so many accessories manufacturers are jumping onto the Echo Dot bandwagon. Amazon’s budget Echo is a prime candidate for cheap accessories that make it do more than was originally intended. But that may be the undoing of the iHome iAVS1 clock.

iHome, of course, is a longtime maker of all sorts of  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Dot vs. Eufy Genie: Which should you buy?

One is the original. The other, more than just an imitator. But should you buy the Echo Dot or the Eufy Genie?

It’s tempting, I know. You want to get an Amazon Echo Dot and see what the fuss is all about. And all it’ll cost you is $ 50 — and quite often you can pick it up for less.

But there’s also the newer Eufy Genie. It’s pretty much the same thing. Small, with a small  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa gets fancy

The quick take

Amazon adds a touchscreen and camera to a couple of decent speakers, giving us the best Echo yet for only $ 50 more than what the original Alexa device is selling for. Video calling is an easy-to-use (if still novel) feature, and Amazon’s paving the way for developers to make use of the 7-inch display. Now it just has to get them to update those thousands of skills to take advantage of it.

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Amazon Echo Dot review 2017

Amazon’s smallest and least expensive Echo is the one most folks should start with — and for many folks it’s all they’ll need.

Ed. Note: We first reviewed the Amazon Echo Dot in April 2016. In that time it’s undergone a hardware revision, and Alexa — the brains inside every Echo device — has continue to gain functionality. So we’re taking a fresh look at the Echo Dot in the context of where it stands at this point in  [Read More…]

Check out Temi, an Amazon Echo Show on wheels

A few months ago Amazon unveiled a new Echo product called the Echo Show which unlike previous models, incorporates a tablet which comes in-handy for things like video calling. While the product has seen moderate success so far, we might soon see a similar product arrive on the market. Robot making company Roboteam is currently […]

Best Speakers To Use With Your Amazon Echo Dot

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Best Overall Bose SoundLink II

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While it’s designed to be a Bluetooth speaker to connect your phone, the design and audio quality from this speaker make it perfect for filling most rooms with sound.

You can connect your Amazon Echo Dot to this speaker and leave it forever as a better Amazon Echo, or you can take the $ 180 Bose Soundlink II with you  [Read More…]

Vobot is like an Amazon Echo Dot, only slightly more fun (but definitely more flawed)

Vobot looks cooler and is a little more fun than an Amazon Echo Dot. But it’s lacking the one feature that makes Alexa Alexa.

We’ve already established that the Amazon Echo Dot is the first device you should get if you’re looking to start out with Alexa. But there’s one problem: It looks like an oversized hockey puck. Not exactly what I’d call fun.

Enter Vobot. It’s a sort of dot-matrix-looking alarm clock that bats its eyes  [Read More…]

Put Amazon’s Alexa to work with an Echo for just $100

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with an even more affordable way to get an Echo in your home!

If you’ve been considering picking up an Amazon Echo, now is the time. Currently, you can grab one for just $ 99.99 which is a savings of $ 80. This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen on the smart speaker and if you missed out on the previous deals, this is the best you’ll find right  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo could go on sale in India in October for ₹12,000

Amazon is set to launch its Alexa-connected speaker in India during the festival season.

We’ve heard numerous reports about the Amazon Echo debuting in India later this year, and it looks like the retailer has settled on a launch window. Citing a source, FactorDaily states that the Echo and Echo Dot will be launching in India during Diwali season, which falls on October 18 this year.

The Amazon Echo is likely to be priced at ₹11,000  [Read More…]