Amazon’s Alexa-powered speaker is now an orb, which not only looks cooler, but improves audio quality. The room-filling speaker can stream music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and more, and can control smarthome devices via voice commands. There’s also a spherical Echo Dot and a Echo Dot for kids.
THE BEST Amazon Echo
Amazon’s value-priced, compact Echo device plugs into any outlet, adding Alexa voice assistant capability unobtrusively to any room. It provides smart home control, weather, traffic, and other information, and has a built-in USB port for powering other devices or attaching a 3rd-party motion sensor or smart nightlight.
The 5.5″ version of Amazon’s visual voice assistant is a bargain compared to its big brother. In addition to music playback and smarthome control, it’s a bedside alarm clock, displays news, weather, videos, and offers video calling. This model also gets a camera privacy shutter. Ships 6/26/19.
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