Amazon Echo – Black

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Amazon Price: $179.99 $179.99 (as of July 28, 2017 12:30 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Echo is a hands-free audio speaker you control with your voice. Echo attaches to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, give details, news, sports ratings, weather condition, as well as extra– quickly. All you need to do is ask.

Echo has 7 microphones and beam of light creating innovation so it can hear you from throughout the area– even while music is playing. Echo is additionally a skillfully tuned speaker that can fill any type of space with 360 ° immersive sound. When you intend to use Echo, simply say the wake word "Alexa" and Echo reacts quickly. If you have greater than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa reacts intelligently from the Echo gadget you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).

Amazon Echo supplies hands-free voice control for Amazon Music– simply request for your preferred artist or track, or request a specific genre or mood. You can additionally search for songs by lyrics, when a tune or album was launched, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Pay attention to any type of tune with Amazon Music Unlimited.

Amazon Echo additionally offers hands-free voice control to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you could stream other music solutions like iTunes from your phone or tablet computer. Echo has actually been fine-tuned to supply crisp vocals with dynamic bass feedback. Its twin downward-firing audio speakers create 360 ° omni-directional sound to load any type of room with immersive sound.

Put under the light ring is an array of 7 microphones that use beam-forming technology and improved sound cancellation. With far-field voice acknowledgment, Echo could hear you ask a concern from any type of instructions– also while playing music.

When you wish to make use of Echo, just state the wake word, "Alexa," as well as Echo brighten and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to acknowledge and also react to your demand instantly.

Constantly Getting Smarter

Alexa– the mind behind Echo– is built in the cloud, so it is constantly obtaining smarter. The more you use Echo, the a lot more it adjusts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and also personal preferences. And also since Echo is constantly linked, updates are delivered automatically.

Just in the last couple of months we've added regional search from Yelp, film showtimes, Samsung SmartThings assistance, Google Calendar, Audible audiobooks, text-to-speech for Kindle eBooks, and also over 100 brand-new skills from third-party developers.

Echo has Skills

Abilities include even more capacities like buying a pizza from Domino's, asking for a flight from Uber, opening your garage with Garageio, and also a lot more. Allowing abilities allows your Echo do a lot more– just discover as well as make it possible for the skills you wish to make use of in the Alexa App.

New abilities are being added constantly. You can also see ratings and also reviews to discover just what various other customers are claiming concerning abilities in the Alexa App.

Control Your Smart Home

Use Echo to activate the light before rising, switch on the follower or space heater while reading in your favorite chair, or lower the lights from the couch to view a film– all without lifting a finger.

Echo deals with wise home gadgets such as lights, switches, thermostats, and a lot more from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee, Wink, and more.

Do More with the Alexa App

With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iphone, and desktop web browsers, you could conveniently arrangement and manage your Echo.

Make use of the Alexa App to link services you currently utilize like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Calendar. Setup your clever house devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, ecobee, and also extra. See just what books are offered to read from your Kindle and Audible libraries. View buying as well as to-do lists while on the go. Manage your timers as well as established customized tones for your alarm systems, as well as a lot more. The Alexa App is additionally where you discover and also enable third-party skills.

Customer Reviews

Uber Awesome, In Fact you can even order an Uber ride from it!!

9,639 people found this helpful.
 on July 24, 2016
By Michael S
LOVE OUR NEW ECHO! I have been watching the reviews online and checking with friends that have purchased the Echo to see how much they liked or disliked its features. Last person I talked to went on and on about all the things there were using it for and that persuaded me it was time and Amazon Prime Day was the perfect opportunity to go for it. Amazon did a fantastic job of creating this tubular info-taining command center! There are so many cool and awesome things its able to do that I’ll hit the highlights that work for our household. First, we love that it follows your voice in the room (the circle lighting will show which direction it is ‘listening’), the speaker is wonderfully balanced, so whether listening to music, the news or to Alexa speaking, I have nothing but high marks for its sound quality, given its size. Next, set up (after downloading the app to our iPhones) was quick, easy and very intuitive. The more you look over the app, the more you will realize a world of ‘skills’ (as Amazon refers to them – we’ve nicked named them “echolettes” LOL) that the unit is able to perform once they are turned on and you master the right sequence of keywords to initialize them. We’ve added things to shopping lists, while asking about the weather and our calendar of events and then asked Alexa to change the temp of our Nest thermostats in various parts of the house, simply by saying her name and then our commands, sometimes sitting in the living room or simply pass through – she is always there listening and ready. We’ve ordered some LED programmable lights and I can hardly wait for Alexa to help set the mood in the house, room to room, all from a simple voice request. Even though we are fairly tech savvy and have phone, tablets and watches that can control devices, its HUGE to just ask for something and a pleasant voice setting it in motion.

Already very practical for overcoming disability issues

24,742 people found this helpful.
 on June 19, 2015
By 💝 Alex S
We have been using Echo since April 2015. Prior to that time, my husband had been hospitalized for several weeks. He is currently wheelchair bound. We immediately installed the Hue bridge and lights as well as the WEMO outlet. With these, and dear, dear, Alexa, he has a great deal of control of his environment in ways that make him much more independent. Others might enjoy Echo for fun and convenience, but for him it is a lifeline! He has even had her turn the lights on in my bedroom when I didn’t hear him call.

Alexa, my love. Thy name is inflexible, but thou art otherwise a nearly perfect spouse.

46,794 people found this helpful.
 on June 23, 2015
By E. M. Foner (SciFi Author)
I’m a full-time writer who works at home. I’m unmarried, I don’t watch TV, I don’t have a mobile phone, I hate gadgets in general. OK, so I’m a loser. But since Alexa came into my life, I’m no longer alone 24 hours a day. Which begs the question, if I’m not alone, who is in the room with me? Amazon? The so-called cloud? The NSA?

The Echo has become the most used appliance in our home.

14,891 people found this helpful.
 on June 19, 2015
By Heart Dad
Update 10/7/15

Alexa is a Revolution for my Disabled Family Member

2,292 people found this helpful.
 on September 6, 2015
By Patrickometry
I bought this for a family member who has very limited use of her hands due to a spinal cord injury. She lives in a nursing facility. My hope was that she could enjoy her favorite music and listen to broadcasts of her favorite sports team simply by speaking to the Echo/Alexa device. My big concern was that she would not be able to use the voice commands due to her weak voice.

Helping A 80 Yr Old Widow Grieve ***Updated 9/14/16***

311 people found this helpful.
 on December 12, 2015
By Ugine Anthony Narain
***Updated 9/14/16***

Better than I imagined!!!

857 people found this helpful.
 on July 30, 2016
By MstrssGrim
I hesitated to buy Alexa, because I have Apple Products. After reading reviews from other customers, I decided that it may not hinder her functionality as much as I thought. I currently have a Bose portable speaker to play my itunes from a very old ipod touch. I leave it for the animals during the day when I am at work. Recently, I began using Sirius XM radio. My old ipod would not load the sirius app, so I began using my phone to listen to the stations. I noticed that this Bose speaker can only connect to one bluetooth object at a time. I hadnt noticed this, since the ipod has just always played.

If you’ve not used it, forget your reservations

1,335 people found this helpful.
 on August 5, 2016
By Devlin Jay
Being 100% honest, I thought this was a niche product at first and dismissed it for quite a while…until my foray into making a smart home. Alexa is your best, most convenient friend and she can change your life. Yes, she is a bit expensive (heck, I had to save money for a month and a half to get it) but it is worth it!

So easy a parrot can use it.

221 people found this helpful.
 on November 16, 2016
By Kindle Customer
We love our Echo but please, Amazon, make more names available, as our African Grey is a quick learner.