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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…]

Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen) vs. Sonos Play:1 — Which should you buy?

I listen to a lot of music — and control a lot of connected devices — so I know the ropes when it comes to smart speakers.

Amazon Echo Plus

Alexa’s got skills

$ 150 at Amazon

Pros Powered by Alexa Built-in smart home hub Multiroom audio with other Echo devices Cons Same sound architecture as cheaper, newer Echo Sound doesn’t match Sonos quality

The Echo Plus is a great sounding speaker at the center  [Read More…]

Want an Amazon Echo Dot for 99-cents?

Given the time of year it’s not hard to find a discount on smart speakers and other gadgets. Google’s Nest Mini is cheap at $ 49 but it can be often found at $ 35 or lower.

The same goes for Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Dot. It’s a great bargain seven days a week even at its standard price. But, when you can get one for half price, it’s awesome. But, drop it down to just 99¢ and it’s nearly impossible  [Read More…]

What color Amazon Echo (3rd Gen) should you buy?

The Amazon Echo (3rd Gen) is the latest in the line of the original Echo smart speakers. What started out as a dull, black plastic tube has evolved into a rather attractive cylinder with soft fabric sides now available in several colors. Which should you pick up? We have our favorites, but let’s see if they match yours!

Oh that blue! Echo (3rd Gen) Twilight Blue

Staff pick

The Twilight Blue color is really pretty and  [Read More…]

Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals on Echo, Fire TV, and more

It’s Cyber Monday and Amazon has dropped prices on a number of its products, discounting devices from its Kindle, Fire, and Echo lines. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s available for Amazon. There are some great bargains to be had, including Fire TV options for half their normal price!

Tablets Amazon Fire 7 Tablet: $ 30 ($ 20 OFF) Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet: $ 60 ($ 40 OFF) Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet: $ 50 ($ 30 OFF) Amazon  [Read More…]

Protect your Black Friday deliveries with this Ring & Echo Show bundle

I accidentally ordered a lot of Black Friday deals this week, and because Amazon is so efficient, they’re all going to be at my house on, like, Tuesday. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m going away to sunny Hawaii for the next few days (yeah, tough life, I know). It’s a good thing, then, that I have a smart doorbell to protect me from would-be porch pirates and other ne’er-do-wells (is that even a thing people say anymore?).

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Amazon Echo Buds vs. AirPods: Which should you buy?

Amazon Echo Buds

New kid on the block

$ 130 at Amazon

Pros Up to 20 hours of audio playback with the case Active noise cancelation built-in Multiple ear tips included Works great on iOS and Android Cons Micro-USB for charging No wireless charging case

For a first attempt, the Amazon Echo Buds perform surprisingly well with stellar battery life, comfort, and active noise cancelation.

Apple AirPods

Ol’ reliable

$ 165 at Amazon

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Amazon’s super useful and ultra-cheap Echo Flex is now available to buy

Alexa is flexing her way into every space in your home.

What you need to know The Echo Flex is now available and shipping for $ 25. Echo Flex accessories like a nightlight and motion sensor are also now available for $ 15 each. The Echo Flex is a plug-and-play Echo for any space and is the cheapest Echo device.

Amazon announced dozens of new products back in September at its annual event, and arguably the most  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen vs. 2nd Gen: Should you upgrade?

Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

Third time’s a charm

$ 50 at Amazon

Pros Vastly improved speakers Gorgeous fabric design Still really affordable New Plum color! Cons No real difference in functionality compared to 2nd Gen Dot

Whether you already have 2nd Gen Echo Dot or are looking to buy into the Alexa ecosystem for the first time, the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is a phenomenal product. It looks great, sounds better than ever, and retains the  [Read More…]

Amazon launches the Echo Flex plug-in smart speaker in India for ₹2,999

The plug-mounted Echo speaker was announced in September, alongside Alexa Glow and the Amazon Smart Oven.

What you need to know Amazon has launched the Echo Flex in India. The plug-in smart speaker can now be pre-ordered online for ₹2,999 ($ 42). For a limited period, consumers in the country will be able to get a Wipro Smart LED bulb (9W) along with the Echo Flex at no additional cost.

Amazon today launched the Alexa-enabled Echo Flex  [Read More…]