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Amazon Echo, Black

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  • 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, gives info on local businesses, 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
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What is Amazon Echo?

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

Alexa, what's on my calendar today?
Voice-control your music

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.

Amazon Music | TuneIn | Spotify
Alexa, play Bruno Mars.
Far-field voice recognition

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.

Always getting smarter

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.

Just in the last few months we’ve added Amazon order tracking, IFTTT, local search from Yelp, movie showtimes, Google and Outlook.com calendar support, Audible audiobooks, text-to-speech for Kindle eBooks and thousands of new skills from third-party developers.

Alexa, what's in the news?
Echo has skills

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. Discover and enable skills.

Alexa, tell Alexa, open Just Eat and ask for my last order.
Control your smart home

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, Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, Tado°, Tp-link, Nest 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 “applets”) that automate how your devices, apps and websites work with each other.

WeMo | Philips Hue | Nest | Hive | Netatmo | Tado
Do more with the Alexa App

With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS and desktop browsers, you can easily set up and manage your Amazon Echo.

Use the Alexa App to connect services you already use such as Amazon Music, Spotify and Google Calendar. Set up your smart home devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, tado° and more. See which books are available to listen to from your Audible and Kindle libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover and enable third-party skills.

Simple to set up & use - 1. Plug in Amazon Echo | 2. Connect to the Internet with the Alexa App | 3. Just ask for music, weather, news and more - The Alexa App is available for Fire OS, Android, iOS and desktop browsers.
Technical Details
Amazon Echo | Volume Ring | Reflex port (Enhances the woofer's output for deeper sounds without distortion) | 2.5 inch woofer (Delivers deep bass response) | 2.0 inch tweeter (Crisply hits the high notes) | Microphone off button | 7-microphone array | Action button | Light ring
Size235 x 83.5 x 83.5 mm (9.25" x 3.27" x 3.27")
Weight1064 grams
Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process
Wi-Fi ConnectivityDual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks. Does not support connection to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
Bluetooth ConnectivityAdvanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Amazon Echo and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) for voice control of connected mobile devices. Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices
Audio2.5 inch woofer and 2.0 inch tweeter
System RequirementsAmazon Echo comes ready to connect to your Wi-Fi. The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android and iOS devices, and also accessible via your desktop browser. Certain skills and services are subject to change, may not be available outside the United Kingdom, and may require separate subscriptions or other fees
Warranty and ServiceAmazon Echo is sold with a limited warranty of one year provided by the manufacturer. If you are a consumer, the limited warranty is in addition to your consumer rights, and does not jeopardise these rights in any way. This means you may still have additional rights at law even after the limited warranty has expired (for further information on your consumer rights, click here). Use of Amazon Echo is subject to the terms found here
Included in the BoxAmazon Echo, power adaptor/cable (1.8 m) and Quick Start Guide

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Disappointed. What starts as an interesting experience soon becomes clear is rather flawed. It can't play content I own locally, I have to upload that to Amazon Music (Cloud) which of course I have to pay for. I can play content from Amazon Prime, as long as I pay for Prime. I can't have the Echo skip to specific tracks within content I own, audiobooks in particular. Audiobooks do work well from Audible... if I pay. Get the theme here? The Echo is a catalyst to spend more and more money with Amazon. A lock-in. If I could convince my son that he doesn't want it, I'd replace it with a Play-1 from Sonos, but he likes the voice activation that the Echo supports.

It can act as a Bluetooth speaker, but this has continuous drop-outs, overall a very poor experience.
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My wife thought I had gone mad buying Alexa but she now loves it to play music whilst she is working or reading in the kitchen.
it can also answer quite a lot of questions to save typing into a computer.
Would make a great present for almost anyone.
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Not worth the extra cost for just a speaker
Stay with the DOTS much better value for their money and would buy further DOTS in the future
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So, after weeks of deliberation I finally succumbed to the Black Friday temptation of ordering myself my new AI friend “Alexa” (in the form of an Amazon Echo), as well as two smaller Amazon Echo Dots to place around the house in strategic locations.

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.

Day 1

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.
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Absolutely love it! Set it up in about 2 mins then enabled all the skills I wanted on the app. I have it in the kitchen and it's so handy with it being hands free, I can ask it to play whatever I want whilst I'm chopping onions or washing the pots. The sound is really good, I have a big kitchen and only need the volume on 3 or 4 depending on what I'm listening too. I mostly use it for music but also use the news, weather, shopping list features daily. I never miss a thing off my shopping list now, if I'm in the living room and think of something I need on the list I just shout it through the kitchen so alexa can add it to my list. Usually by the time I'd next go in the kitchen I'd have forgotten what I wanted to put on it. I also have the Bin Reminder enabled so now I never forget when it goes out.
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I am still learning to use the Amazon Echo, but so far I think it's absolutely brilliant. The build quality is superb and the sound quality is excellent. It's great for music and, for an old dinasaur like me, I still cannot get over the response time. Instant answers to questions and Alexa plays the requested track / album / artist / in seconds. I did have a bit of trouble connecting to Wifi as I am accessing the app via my computer, not a smartphone, but I got there in the end. (Should have asked one of the grandchildren, of course). I also bought a battery base, so can use the Echo anywhere in Wifi range without having to connect it to the mains - bathroom, patio, garden, etc.
Where will technology take us next?
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I don't know how I managed before getting my Alexa best spent money to date wouldn't be without it 3easy steps to set up and I don't like technology easy
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Wow! a.m.a.z.i.n.g. technology! We're having a lot of fun giving commands to Alexa and listening to the replies - the music (play) option is great also. So many things to ask and learn about!
However, with most speech recognition applications, these only understand very good/perfect spoken English. I am fortunate that I speak "The Queen's English" and Alexa has no difficulty in understanding me - but my partner has ataxia (following an accident), and cannot be understood at all. We have also tried the other 3 command names = "Computer", "Echo" & "Amazon", but to no avail - thank goodness there is the Action Button on the top which bypasses the command name, but there is also the actual command afterwards that has to be negotiated. So, what about folk with strong accents or dialects? People with foreign accents? .... there must be many other people who are in the same boat? In time, surely the Speech Recognition will be more versatile and cater for more accents etc.?
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