Amazon is expanding its line of Echo smart speakers featuring the voice-activated Alexa digital assistant.
Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.
The plug-in Echo Flex is the least expensive offer, costing just $24.99. It plugs straight into any electrical outlet and is great for places like a hallway or bathroom. You can control smart home devices, make announcements, or ask questions. Unlike a larger Echo, this device is not designed for listening to music. But it does have a built-in USB port that allows you to charge your phone or add an additional USB accessory.
Next up is the Echo Dot with Clock, a device I wish I’d seen before I bought an alarm clock a couple of weeks ago. Retailing for $59.99, the device has a simple LED display for the time that automatically adjusts to the light in the room. It also displays the temperature if you ask it to. You can set alarms on the device, which also features a snooze button.
It also streams music and allows you to control smart devices in your home or ask questions. You can click here to check it out on Amazon.
I actually couldn’t resist the idea of a smart clock and actually put in my order for the Dot with Clock. My 30-year-old model that my dad bought me as a college graduation gift just died an unfortunate death due to spilled water, so I’m ready to move on from my radio/cassette player model to the future.
The $99 3rd Generation Echo speaker gets an update with a new fabric design and improved sound by Dolby.
The Echo Show has an 8-inch display, improved sound, and a built-in camera shutter for when you want privacy. The price is $129.99. The show does everything the audio-only Echo does, but also allows you to make video calls and watch Amazon Prime and other video.
If you’d like to amp up your sound game, consider the Echo Studio: it features five directional speakers for immersive sound, room adaptation technology, and a built-in smart home hub for $199.99.
If you’re looking for some wearable technology, $129 will get you a set of Echo Buds. These wireless earbuds offer hands-free access to Alexa and Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology.
I’d probably be just as content accessing Alexa with my smartphone on-the-go. But if you’re interested, check them out here.
Two new products that are available by invitation only are a ring and a pair of glasses frames (you can have your own prescription lenses put in).
- Echo Frames: All-day glasses with hands-free access to Alexa, available by invitation for $179.99.
- Echo Loop: A smart ring that provides quick access to Alexa on-the-go, available by invitation for $129.99.
Unlike the much-maligned Google Glass, these frames have no camera or visual display. In addition to Alexa, you’ll also be able to access your Google Assistant. Plus, you can privately listen to music and podcasts.
If you’re interested in getting in on being an early adopter of these frames or learning more about how they work, click here.
The wildest thing on this list of new products for me, is the Echo Loop. Honestly, I look at this smart ring and fully expect Iron Man’s suit to pop out of it. I think I’d feel like a super-villain if I owned one.
It allows you to put your top-contact on a special kind speed-dial where you tap the ring and are instantly able to have a phone call via the ring. You can also use it to control your smart home features or set reminders. Click here to watch a video of it in action.
We are an Amazon affiliate site, that means that if you buy anything after clicking on these links, we do receive a few pennies on the purchase. I always tell readers to shop around for the best deals and buy local if possible. In this case, Amazon is your only game in town for the Echo.
The only product here I can 100% recommend because I’ve tried it and like it, is the Amazon Echo speaker. I’ll let you know what I think of the Dot with Clock Display after it arrives and I use it for a bit.
And, no, Amazon does not give me any products for free.