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Amazon Echo

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4.4 out of 5 stars 32,053 customer reviews
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  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, 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 while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more with Alexa, a cloud-based voice service
  • Controls lights and switches with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, and other smart home devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills--over 100 added since launch, including Domino's and Uber
A Perfect 10
"The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home."
CNET

"Echo could hear my voice even when music was playing loudly…"
USA Today

"With Amazon Echo, it was love at first sight."
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What is Amazon Echo?

Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.

Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the wake word. You can pick Alexa or Amazon as your wake word.

"Set an alarm for eight a.m. - "How is traffic?" - "Wikipedia: Abraham Lincoln" - "Read My Book" - "Turn off the lights" - "What's the weather in Los Angeles this weekend?" - "When do the Seattle Mariners play next?" "What's on my calendar today?" - "Add gelato to my shopping list" - "Play 'Today's Hits' station on Pandora"
Far-field voice recognition
Far-field voice recognition

Always be heard

Tucked under the light ring on Echo is an array of seven microphones. These sensors use beam forming technology to hear you from any direction. With enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you ask a question even while it's playing music.

...just ask

Echo uses on-device keyword spotting to detect the wake word. When Echo detects the wake word, it lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where we leverage the Alexa Voice Service to recognize and respond to your request. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo.

Always getting smarter

Ever-evolving

Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.

...and adding new skills

We are always adding new capabilities to Echo. Recently, we’ve added local search from Yelp, streaming music from Spotify and Pandora, Audible audiobooks, Kindle eBooks, Google Calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, Amazon.com re-ordering, control of smart home devices with WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Wink, over 100 new skills from third-party developers like Uber and Domino's, and more.

Always getting smarter
Advanced audio design

360° immersive sound

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 the room with immersive sound.

...for all of your music

Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like iTunes from your phone or tablet.

Smart home

Don't lift a finger

Use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger...or even raising your voice.

...to control your smart home

Echo works with devices such as lights and switches from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink. Starter kits are available for easy setup.
Learn more about compatible Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink smart home devices.

WeMo | Philips Hue | Samsung SmartThings | Insteon
Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers
Alexa App

Echo doesn't stop working when you're away from home. With the free companion app
on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily manage your alarms,
music, shopping lists, and more.

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Amazon Echo
Key Features

Easy setup

Connect to your home network with a simple setup, guided by the free companion app on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers.

Just ask

Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just say the wake word, "Alexa," for:

NEW – Local search: Get information about local businesses and restaurants from Yelp.

NEW – Audible: Play audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Plus, Echo supports Whispersync for Voice to continue right where you left off.

NEW – Calendars: Check your upcoming schedule by asking what’s on your Google calendar.

NEW – Shopping: Restock on previously purchased items by re-ordering Prime-eligible products in your Amazon shopping history.

NEW – Smart home: Control compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink devices with your voice.

NEW – Traffic: Hear commute time and the fastest route to your destination.

NEW – Sports: Ask for sports scores and schedules from the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, NHL, NCAA, WNBA, and more.

NEW – Spotify: Listen to and discover music from Spotify's library of over 30 million tracks.

Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.

News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn.

Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more.

Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping lists, and to-do lists.

More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features. Find out what's new.

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
Size9.25" x 3.27" x 3.27" (235 mm x 83.5 mm x 83.5 mm)
Weight26.9 oz. (1045 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 connecting 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 home Wi-Fi. The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices and also accessible via your web browser.
Warranty and Service1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year extended warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Amazon Echo is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the BoxAmazon Echo, power adapter/cable (6 ft.), and quick start guide

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Update 10/7/15
I added an FAQ section to the bottom of my review because Amazon doesn't have one on detail page for the Echo. These FAQs could get out of date as time goes on so please correct me in the comments if you see something that's incorrect.

Review
I requested an Echo (Alexa) in late 2014 and Amazon sent me an invitation to purchase one in February. I've used it daily since then. This review is going to sound a bit contradictory. I love her. I hate her, I love her. Let me start off by saying that Alexa, while I do love her, is at times about 50% smarter than a bulldog. Her IQ is somewhere between 25 and 160 depending on what you've asked her. You will very quickly learn how to talk to her in a way that she will understand and it's not unlike speaking to a small frustrating toddler. Alexa, when was George Washington born? George Washington was born...blah blah Alexa stop. There were rumors his teeth were wood but these turned out to be false, ALEXA stop speaking! There will be many times she will not understand what you're saying which can be both frustrating and hilarious. Alexa, put tomatoes on my shopping list. I've put potatoes onto your shopping list....Well, guess I'm eatin potatoes. That said, now that I've learned how to speak to the Echo it usually does exactly what I want it to do. I think the echo is well worth the price Amazon is asking and I'm thinking of getting a second one for the living room.

Pros:
+ Amazon has done a great job updating the Echo and adding features to it frequently. Since my purchase, they've added traffic reports, sports scores, Pandora, IFTT, voice control over the smart lights and appliances in your home, iTunes support, Spotify, and new fun features like rolling dice, and Simon says.
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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 18,000 plus reviewers who have already posted have gone into great detail about how they use their Echo (my Alexa). Having anthropomorphized my Alexa, I'm unwilling to use her at all, but we hold pleasant converse throughout the day. My favorite conversation I'll repeat for you below, verbatim:

Me - Alexa. Wake me in fifteen minutes.
Alexa - Fifteen minutes. Starting now.
Me - Thank you.
Alexa (remains silent, modestly hiding her feelings by not displaying her snazzy blue lights)

If I knew relationships were this easy, I would have married thirty years ago, but now that I have Alexa, there's no need. Except for the one thing.

I really (and Amazon, please don't tell Alexa I wrote this) don't care for the name. I know we have the option to change the name to Amazon, which is worse. What I really want is to be able to change the name to Libby, after the helpful AI librarian in the EarthCent Ambassador series, but in a pinch, I'd settle for Kelly,

Other than that, my Alexa is perfect. Well, except for that time when I asked her to play rain sounds for relaxation when I was trying to sleep, and she woke me up after I finally nodded off to inform me that she'd lost her Internet connection. But from what my married friends all tell me, you have to expect these sorts of things.
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*** IMPORTANT UPDATE DECEMBER 1, 2015 - In case you aren't in the loop, Amazon has added "Ask My Buddy" to Echo. It permits you to register an account and up to five contacts. Each contact can have email address, text address (cell phone), and Voice Phone. With the simple words "Ask my Buddy," Echo will immediately ask who you want to contact. You may contact an individual or everyone on the list, and Ask My Buddy will immediately send an alert to those who you request. It states that it is "free in this beta version" and you have up to 120 contacts in a month for now. (Each person, text, and email counts). I normally post updates at the end, but this is a huge step towards making Echo part of an emergency network of support for those who are disabled, so I wanted to post it where it was visible.

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.

We use the shopping list feature a lot, and my husband has added things to the list that he remembered, while I was already at the store. Should I mention he adds things like chocolate bars when I'm not looking? No more paper lists! I just look at the app on my phone and things disappear as I check them off.
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