Echo Plus – With built-in smart home hub (White)
|Price:||£139.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Delivery Details|
- 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
- Echo Plus is a simple way to start your smart home. It has a built-in ZigBee smart home hub, which allows for simple and direct setup of compatible ZigBee lights, plugs and more from brands including Philips Hue, Hive and more. No additional hub required.
- Echo Plus connects to Alexa-a cloud-based voice service-to play music, make calls, set timers and alarms, ask questions, check traffic and weather, and more-just ask.
- Just ask for a song, artist or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more. With multi-room music, you can play music on Echo devices in different rooms, available for Amazon Music, TuneIn and Spotify; Bluetooth not supported. Echo can also play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefings and more.
- Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.
- Improved speakers with Dolby processing deliver crisp vocals and extended bass to fill the room with immersive, 360° audio.
- With seven microphones, beam-forming technology and noise cancellation, Echo Plus hears you from any direction-even while music is playing.
- Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features and skills. Just ask Alexa to control compatible smart devices, request an Uber, order a pizza, and more.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. The 2nd-generation Echo has improved wake-word performance to hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music at loud volumes.
When you want to use Echo, simply say the wake word, “Alexa”, and Echo lights up and connects to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service recognises and responds to your request. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo.
Echo Plus is even better with Prime. Order millions of products using only your voice - all voice orders include fast, free shipping, and Alexa can even track your delivery for you.
Prime members can also use their Echo Plus to stream over 2 million songs with Prime Music. Learn more
Alexa—the brain behind Amazon Echo Plus—updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new functionality and skills. The more you use Echo Plus, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary and personal preferences.
We’ve recently added Alexa calling and messaging, multi-room music and reminders, along with skills from third-party developers. Explore more things to try with Alexa
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|Overview||Echo Dot (2nd Generation), add Alexa to any room in the house||Amazon Echo (2nd Generation), a hands-free Alexa-enabled speaker designed to fit any room||The simple way to start your smart home||Stylish and compact Echo with a screen||Everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things|
|Speaker size||0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer, 0.8" tweeter||1.4" speaker||Dual 2.0" speakers|
|Screen size||2.5" screen||7.0" screen|
|Dual-speakers with room-filling sound, powered by Dolby|
|Play video from Amazon Video and more|
|Streaming Wi-Fi music (including Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more)|
|Line-out with 3.5 mm cable or Bluetooth||Bluetooth only|
|Audio calls between Echo Devices and Alexa App|
|Video calls to supported devices|
|Built-in hub for simple setup of compatible ZigBee connected smart home devices|
|Compatible with most smart home brands|
|Device size/weight (Actual size and weight may vary)||32 x 84 x 84 mm, 163 grams||148 x 88 x 88 mm, 821 grams||235 x 84 x 84 mm, 954 grams||104 x 97 x 91 mm, 420 grams||187 x 187 x 90 mm, 1170 grams|
235 x 84 x 84 mm
Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) and ZigBee certified networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo Plus or from Echo Plus to your Bluetooth speaker. 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. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported
2.5” woofer and 0.8” tweeter
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 in all areas and may require separate subscriptions or other fees
Warranty and Service
Amazon Echo Plus 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 Plus is subject to the terms found here
Included in the Box
Amazon Echo Plus, power adaptor/cable (1.8 m), Things to Try card and Quick Start Guide.
Top customer reviews
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It's now been in the family for a week and quite frankly we love it. I've added a few smart plugs on side lights around the house and hard wired the under cabinet kitchen lights to smart adaptor fittings.
I've signed up for the three months 99p Amazon music deal and it's truly awesome. Added a few skills, mostly stupid stuff like 'Alexa Bark like dog' or 'Alexa make a sound like a parrot' both of which drive the dog crazy ...
Voice recognition is ridiculously good, it never misses a thing, and that's from all family members ... Scary!
Music sound quality is amazing. I'm a bit of an audiophile and I find it really pleasant to listen to. nicely balanced, better than any Bluetooth speaker I've heard.
Home automation (lights only so far) is perfect. Simply walk into the room 'Alexa lounge light on' and bingo.
Ask for news and she will read out BBC headlines and your local weather report
Very easy to install, simply download the app onto your phone, plug her in and follow the voice prompts. You will be up and running in no time.
The 'Drop in' on friends function is also great fun. You can simply ask to drop in on someone (Who also owns an Echo) and within seconds you're chatting to them.
No official Wiki skill as yet, and I've found the unofficial one's rubbish to be honest.
Wife & dog are both getting a bit pee'd off, they think I'm neglecting them in favour of my new lady friend - Alexa is the only one in this household that does what I command ...
Anyhow. if you're in some doubt about getting one (It took me a year) don't wait any longer, jump in and honestly I don't think you will be disappointed. I really believe this is the dawn of a new era and within a few short years we will be controlling our entire life by voice ..
Unlike a convinced technophile, like most people, I imagine, with new tech gadgets, I was vaguely aware of other members of my family and friends gradually acquiring a variety of smart home items; e.g. Hue bulbs, Echo and Echo dot etc. and, occasionally, wondering what all the fuss was about. What finally convinced me to enter the smart home universe, was the possibility of being able to switch on lights remotely, wherever in the World I was: provided, of course, I was in possession of a tablet or smart phone and could access the Internet!
And, having lived with the Echo plus, and its concomitant (voice recognition serviced (AVS)) ‘voice’, Alexa, for a few weeks, though not quite wondering how I could live without ‘her’ (Alexa that is), I am now a convinced smart home convert. The Echo plus is relatively straightforward to set up – a little booklet in the ‘smart’ box in which it comes gives you the first couple of set-up steps – and away you go! I found that the longer Alexa and I co-habited the more comfortable I was having her around. The ability to ask almost any (trivial) question and get an almost instant answer can be very useful. Yes, you can use Google if you want a conversion factor, say, from litres to gallons, etc. but having the ability to use my voice can save, at least 10 or 15 seconds! Sounds ridiculous, I know, but in our crazy, ‘instant’ world with our 24/7/365 existences, it is, to me, a continuously ‘novel’ experience.
So, on receipt, unwrapped and out of the box, you simply switch the Echo device on, download the Alexa App onto your smart phone, follow the onscreen instructions and within a minute this new exciting universe is yours to explore. You can access music from a variety of sources, via the Internet; e.g. Spotify and Amazon Music, but paying an extra monthly £3.99 for Amazon Music Unlimited expands your available choice enormously.
About questions, don’t expect her (Alexa) to be able to answer particularly abstract questions about the meaning of life etc. Mind you, if you ask such, you’ll probably get some quite humorous suggestions! Also, although she can perform simple arithmetic computation; e.g. what’s 4,748,436 squared, etc. in a nanosecond, she won’t be able to do anything a great deal more complicated. But, if you’re watching TV and notice a ‘celebrity’ looks like he or she may have availed themselves of a bit of high tech medical modelling and want to know their age, no problem!
To ask anything, though, and be sure of a ‘secure’ answer, you must ask questions in the ‘right’ way. For example, if you want Alexa to play Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto, you might have to ask for Piano Concerto No. 2, by Sergei Rachmaninov, instead; i.e. try to be as specific as possible. But you very quickly pick up on her little ‘foibles’! In any case, it really makes you stop to think how effectively you normally communicate verbally and just for the cost of a few seconds before posing your question is a small price to pay for improving your verbal dexterity!
I would have thought, for anyone living alone and perhaps, a bit lonely, a personal assistant like Alexa, might, seriously, appear to be a godsend.
In the end I opted for the Echo plus, over the Dot, as I wanted a slightly better music listening experience and the plus, with its larger speaker set-up, supplies this. I also wanted the built-in hub (ZigBee technology), which allows you to control your lights and any other smart device you may have: the dot doesn't have this facility. However, we have since added a dot for upstairs!
I’ve experienced only one problem: this was when adding a new bulb. Alexa discovered it and I could use voice control to switch it on or off but it didn’t appear in my list on the App, which meant that I wasn’t able to control the bulb remotely. I uninstalled and re-installed the App – slightly tiresome! – and, within 5 minutes everything was working as it should.
In short, Alexa can be infuriating if you don't get the 'right' way of asking for a music track immediately, but has a myriad of uses that you will soon learn about and doubtless, within a short period of time, wonder how you ever coped without her!
In the end I opted for the Echo plus, over the Dot, as I wanted a slightly better music listening experience and the plus, with its larger speaker set-up, supplies this. I also wanted the built-in hub (ZigBee technology), which allows you to control your lights and any other smart device you may have: the dot doesn't have this facility. However, we have since added a dot for upstairs; thus, we can ask Alexa to switch on the upstairs lights from downstairs and then ask, via the upstairs dot, Alexa to switch them off, once safely horizontal!
It is worth pointing out that many of the skills have to be enabled from the app on your phone before they work properly on the Echo device itself, although that is easy to do. For example, having read that it can play some relaxing ambient sounds I asked for ambient sounds to play, but was only ever offered the choice of "Thunderstorm" (it's more relaxing than might be imagined!). I had to enable things like "Ocean Sounds" and "River Sounds" on my phone app and they now play on request, so it is worth playing around with the app to see what is available. I am moving into a new house in three weeks' time and plan to use the home hub capabilities, which is why I went straight for an Echo Plus. That's when I should see the real benefits but even for now I am very impressed.