Amazon Echo, Black
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- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
- Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more using just your voice
- Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
- Allows hands-free convenience with voice control
- Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even in noisy environments or while playing music
- Answers questions, reads audiobooks, reports news, traffic and weather, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
- Controls lights, switches, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others
- Always getting smarter - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more. Prime members can also ask Alexa to order eligible products they've ordered before and many Prime products. All you have to do is ask.
Echo has seven microphones and beam-forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even in noisy environments or while playing music. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word "Alexa" and Echo responds. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the device you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Learn more about ESP
Amazon Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favourite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to 40 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn more
Echo also provides hands-free voice control to Spotify and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like iTunes from your phone or tablet. Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill any room with immersive sound.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Amazon Echo can hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music.
When you want to use Echo, simply say the wake word, "Alexa", and Echo lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognise and respond to your request. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo.
Alexa—the brain behind Amazon Echo—updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new functionality and skills. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary and personal preferences.
Skills add even more capabilities such as ordering take away from Just Eat, requesting a ride from Uber, checking train times from National Rail and more. Enabling skills lets your Amazon Echo do even more—simply discover and enable the skills you want to use in the Alexa App.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about skills in the Alexa App. Learn more about skills.
Use Amazon Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn up the thermostat while reading in your favourite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a film—all without lifting a finger.
Echo works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, thermostats and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, tado° and others. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.
Echo now supports IFTTT (If This, Then That), a third-party service that allows you to create rules (or "recipes") that automate how your devices, apps and websites work with each other.
Top Customer Reviews
FIRSTLY. I admit that I have only had the Amazon Echo for a weekend, but I just CANNOT understand the amount of 1 star reviews (and the ludicrously high amount of people finding those reviews useful?!). If I was a cynical person I’d suggest that there might even be some sort of industrial sabotage going on here. Is it just coincidence that all of these bad reviews (and huge amount of helpful votes) are hitting the Echo just before Google release their own version in time for Christmas?
So I’ve decided to give as honest and open a review as possible in order to highlight the pluses and (currently very few) minuses that I’ve experienced. I’ll add to the review as time goes on, as I have no doubt there will be some exciting developments in the coming months.
Open up package. For once Amazon have used exactly the right sized box which is a pleasant surprise – in this instance for 1 x Amazon Echo and 2 x Amazon Echo Dots. Bought for £119 and £39 each respectively. Bargain. Excitedly unwrap the various boxes and pull “Alexa” out of her package for the first time. Initial thoughts are that she looks slightly larger than I’d envisaged, but very sleek and lovely. I’ve definitely had worse surprises than this.
Plug Alexa in to my kitchen, pride of place on the kitchen island. Download Alexa App on iPhone. I have Sky broadband by the way – I’ve seen reviews about Alexa not connecting to BT so can’t comment on this, but seems to have been resolved anyway.Read more ›
The device has great potential, but Amazon has chosen not to enable those features for UK consumers. That's a real shame.
It's very responsive works well even when connected to a loud Bose sound dock. Almost always getting what I say 100% correct. It's not quite as smart as, say, Siri but then it's not intended for complex commands (like dictating a message) and works really well. The only downside of using a connected speaker is that you obviously have to make sure that speaker is powered on (periods of inactivity sends mine to sleep)
The dot speaker is actually a lot better than I thought. It's fine for occasional music use (think old school bedside or kitchen radio).
I find the services are more than adequate and the "flash briefing" (news) and "sports update" work pretty well. Prime music is always used (unlike some reviewers) and has really reinvigorated my use of this. (I find the Prime music app UI quite messy & using Alexa for it is now a breeze!)
What really brought it home to me though, was the ability to integrate with my LightwaveRF home automation kit and Nest thermostats with total ease. Simply "learn skill" & log into the appropriate account. Link. Done! I'm now able to say "Alexa turn heating to 20 degrees" and watch / gawk as my thermostats spin up almost immediately. "Alexa turn heating down" drops them a degree at a time. Using the useful "group device" function means I can control both Nests at the same time or saying "Alexa turn off lights" does just that.
Love this and for the money I will be placing more echos in other rooms. Makes Sonos seem ridiculously overpriced and dull by comparison.
Gold stars Amazon, lots of them!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been watching the reviews online and checking with friends that have purchased the Echo to see how much they liked or disliked this but never actually decided to buy one. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by LogicalReview IRE
I wish it had more features but we still love it. It's just a matter of time until more apps become available and this thing makes miracles. I look forward to it.Published 15 hours ago by Ozgur
The device is good quality, sound is very good when playing music. Only issue I have found so far is the content for things like sport is a bit US centred, not many options to... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by M Corrigan
Great device. Use it most days. It gets smarter too. It can tell bad jokes, the weather, riddles. Excellent for listening to different radio stations all over the world. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Alex. Weybridge
Disappointed. Alexa can only use Bing as a search engine and mostly tells me 'hmmm, I'm not sure what you meant by that question'. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Kate
Review for Amazon Echo.
Pros - Sound quality is really good, plenty of Bass with only a little distortion at absolute full volume..vol 6 can be heard right around my House. Read more