Amazon’s largest Echo speaker is a direct shot across the bow of Apple’s HomePod – for a hundred bucks less. It uses five speakers to fill your room with rich, dynamic sound, and self-calibrates to your space. It supports lossless audio streaming, Dolby Atmos, and 3D audio formats. Naturally, it works with Alexa.
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.
This little gadget from Amazon fills in a gap in your living room or home theater system. It works in concert with your Fire TV or Echo to enable voice remote control for your infrared-enabled entertainment equipment like TVs, satellite boxes, and audio receivers. Device compatibility explained here. Available 12/11/19.
Add an Amazon Alexa voice assistant to your car with this tiny 3.3″ x 1.9″ gadget. It has 8 microphones to ensure Alexa can hear you over music and road noise (within reason), and lets you ask questions, stream music and audiobooks, and much more. Requires a Bluetooth or aux input, and can mount on many car air vents.
Anker teamed up with Amazon to create a 2.1 channel soundbar that has Fire TV and Alexa technology built in. It supports full 4K UHD content with Dolby Vision and HDR10+, while it cranks out 100 watts of sound and has built-in dual subwoofers for cinematic sound. Drops 11/21/19.
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.
Our desire to use = voice commands on our Amazon Fire TV means we have multiple remotes sitting around. The F2 attaches to your Fire TV remote, expanding its capabilities with 11 buttons that can learn commands from other IR remotes. Sadly, it only works with the 1st gen Fire TV remote.
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The latest version of Amazon’s crisp, high-res Ereader is thinner and lighter than its predecessors. It’s also rated waterproof down to 6ft. The Kindle Paperwhite also now comes with access to Audible, and can be paired with speakers or headphones via Bluetooth.
Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, this lighthearted Amazon Prime series follows the tale of an angel and a demon who become friends after running into each other over thousands of years, and who must team up to help save the world from armageddon.
Amazon’s mobile app has a new augmented reality feature called Part Finder. It’s meant to identify screws, nuts, bolts or other types of fasteners to make shopping for them easier. Take a photo of the fastener and the app will try to identify it with links to purchase the item.
The successor to the Play:1, the Sonos One is a great speaker and a great listener. It comes with Amazon’s Alexa, so you can use your voice to play music, search online, control smart appliances and more. It will soon be updated to have Google Assistant as well.
Amazon updates its family of Alexa-enabled devices. The 2017 Echo speaker has a more compact design, with better speakers and voice recognition. The new Echo Plus is also a speaker but with a built-in smart home hub. The Echo Spot is a smaller version of the Echo Show.