Echo Plus with built-in Hub – Black + Philips Hue Bulb included
- 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, locks, plugs, and in-wall switches from brands like Philips Hue, GE, and Yale. No additional hub required.
- Echo Plus connects to Alexa—a cloud-based voice service—to play music, make calls, set timers and music alarms, ask questions, check traffic and weather, and more—instantly.
- Just ask for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. With multi-room music, you can play music on your Echo devices in different rooms. Echo Plus can also play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefs, and more.
- Call or message almost anyone hands-free with your Echo device. Also, instantly 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, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo 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 your TV, request an Uber, order a pizza, and more.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beamforming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. Echo Plus 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 Plus, simply say the wake word, “Alexa,” and Echo Plus lights up and connects to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service recognizes and responds to your request instantly. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo.
Get even more from Echo Plus with Prime and enjoy ad-free streaming of over 2 million songs with Prime Music.
You can also order millions of products using only your voice and gain access to weekly Alexa shopping deals. All voice orders include fast, free shipping, and Alexa can even track your delivery for you. Learn more.
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|Overview||Add Alexa to any room||Room filling sound with six fabrics or finishes||The simple way to start your smart home||Stylish and compact Echo with a screen||Optimized for visuals and room filling sound|
|Speaker size||0.6" speaker||2.5" woofer and 0.6" tweeter||2.5" woofer and 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|
|Built-in hub for simple setup of compatible smart home devices|
|Control smart home devices|
|Streaming Wi-fi music (including Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more)|
|Line-out with 3.5 mm cable or Bluetooth||Bluetooth only|
|Free audio calls to US, Mexico, and Canada|
|Device size (actual size and weight may vary)||1.3" x 3.3" x 3.3", 5.7 oz. (32 mm x 84 mm x 84 mm, 163 grams)||5.8" x 3.4" x 3.4", 29.0 oz. (148 mm x 88 mm x 88 mm, 821 grams)||9.2" x 3.3" x 3.3", 33.6 oz. (235 mm x 84 mm x 84 mm, 954 grams)||4.1" x 3.8" x 3.6", 14.8 oz. (104 mm x 97 mm x 91 mm, 419 grams)||7.4" x 7.4" x 3.5", 41.0 oz. (187 mm x 187 mm x 90 mm, 1170 grams)|
9.2” x 3.3” x 3.3” (235 mm x 84 mm x 84 mm)
33.6 oz. (954 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process
Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks. Does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
Built-in ZigBee smart home hub supports ZigBee light bulbs, locks, plugs, and in-wall switches
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support for audio streaming from your mobile device to Echo or from Echo 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” (63.5 mm) woofer and 0.8” (20 mm) tweeter
The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices.
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Please note that many high star reviews are first time echo owners and they don't have the original good unit to compare too. If you are too and reading this, buy the original Echo for around 80$ (not the second gen). If you are a previous echo owner, don't "upgrade".
First and foremost, the sound. Despite being touted as having updated speakers and Dolby, it sounds much worse. Volume does not get as high, bass is always too low, and just sounds muffled. If you have a Dot, then it is comparable to sound quality but just louder. My wife asked what was wrong with it (she didn't know it was the Plus). That was one of the main reasons I got the new Echo, an upgrade to the sound.
The speech recognition is about the same. Maybe bit better but I think that's because this Echo does not get as loud and not as much bass interference as the old one.
Connecting smart devices is about as painful as before, just in a new way. It does basic commands and for basic devices. Very limited. You are better off with a hidden, more powerful hub.
Other than that, it looks almost exactly the same as old Echo, and does same things. Connecting my phone via bluetooth was useless. The new power plug in port is not hidden like the original and cord comes out easily.
Overall, I am going to return it. 150$ for a downgrade. It's a shame.
If your current hub is Z-Wave, then the Echo Plus will also not be a direct replacement for it. You will need to keep that hub as well the Echo Plus does not have a Z-Wave radio in it. If you want to do simple things like turn a ZigBee bulb on and off, and dim it, then the Echo Plus works fine. If you want to do more complicated scenarios, then you will need to keep, or buy a another hub. Since Zigbee is the only protocol that is supported at this time, you need to look for light bulbs, and some other peripherals, that use that protocol in order for it work with the Echo Plus. But with that said, there will be some devices that use Zigbee that will still need their manufactures hub to work. So, again, it will not be as simple as looking for a ZigBee device and expecting it work with the Echo Plus. Since there is currently no supported list of devices, trial and error is going to be your best bet in trying to figure out which ZigBee devices work with the Echo Plus and which do not.
As for sound, that part if more subjective. I like a little more base in my music. The Echo Plus sacrifices bass for treble in this new design. So, to me, it does not sound as great as the previous Echo. To me, it sounds a little flat. My old Echo sounds much richer and fuller than the Plus. So, if you like your music with more bass, then you might be disappointed here as well.
Apart from the above, the Echo Plus does everything the old Echo does, so I'm not going to repeat everything here as you can read about those features in reviews of the last generation Echo. The microphones on the Echo Plus seems more sensitive to the previous generation though. It appears to be able to hear me more, even when the music is turned out loud. Where the old Echo had issues doing that. Also, the Plus has a 3.5 mm audio jack. Therefore, you can more easily connect it to your stereo, external speakers, etc. with a wire, if Bluetooth is not an option.
So, all in all, the Echo Plus is good device, but I don't think it's that much better than the previous generation to warrant an upgrade. If an upgrade is wanted, then depending on you hub needs, the smaller newer Echo might be the better choice. If you are new to the smart home arena, then try and figure out what you want your smart home to do, then pick the best system(s) that get you want you want. Don't assume the Echo Plus will solve all your smart home needs.
This Echo Plus allowed me to disconnect the hubs and control everything with Alexa alone. She didn’t discover the bulbs right away. I had to go in and deregister them from their hubs and then rediscover them and add them to the Plus. But now they work flawlessly. Let me tell you how I did that. In your Alexa app, click on the little menu thingie in the upper left hand corner which will open a drop down menu. Select Smart Home from the menu. You’ll see a page showing devices, groups and scenes. Click on the little ? In the upper right hand corner. This will open a page with instructions and clickable commands for deregistering a list of different devices from their hubs and having Alexa discover and connect them to the Echo Plus. It’s a little bit of a pain to have to go around and get serial numbers off the bulbs or turn others on and off, but you only have to do it once, then Alexa has them. And it isn’t difficult. No more running upstairs to push the button on the Philips hub to get bulbs to respond. No more extra hubs sitting around consuming electricity. And no more dealing with the clunky Philips Hue app (If you don’t believe me, go read the reviews for that app.)
Now that everything is connected through Alexa, I have set up Routines to turn a few of our lights on and off and specified times. (Voice commands can still be used to override a routine and they don’t interfere with your routine the next time it is scheduled.) I can also turn them on and off remotely from the Alexa app. I have a routine set for our kitchen Alexa so that when I say, “Alexa, good morning” she will turn on one of the kitchen smart bulbs at 50% brightness and the other at 100% brightness and read me the local weather report. Our bedroom Alexa has a routine that is triggered when I say “Alexa, start my day”. She turns on one of the lights at 20% and reads my morning news flash. How cool is that? Here’s how you set up a routine:
1. Go to the menu and select "Routines."
2. Select the + icon.
From here, you can specify when Alexa will do something, and what it will do.
-- Select "When this happens" to pick a scheduled time for the Routine to run, or enter a word or phrase that will activate it.
-- Select "Add action" to select what the Routine will run. You can add multiple actions, one at a time.
-- Once you have selected a “cue” and an action, select the device you want the Routine to play on.
-- Select "Create" to save the routine.
Groups are also a great feature. You can Group your Echo and Dot device’s together in a group, give the group a name, and then tell Alexa, “Play my <Bruno Mars> playlist on my <downstairs> group. She instantly starts to play it on all the devices in the group. You could also play a single song or a radio station like iHeart or Pandora. We have a large family room/kitchen combo with the Plus on a desk about midway in the room and a Dot connected by 3.5mm Cable to a Heos speaker, with excellent sound. We put the two in a group. The sound is amazing! It’s better than stereo, especially with the new Plus. The Plus is slightly stronger on the treble than the 1st Gen Echo. The Heos is strong on bass. They sync perfectly with each other and never miss a beat. BTW, I rarely used the Heos except for parties before we got the Dot because I was so spoiled by controlling music by voice on our Echo. It was much better than using an app to control the Heos. Now the Heos is used all the time since I can use it with Alexa. Grouping with the Plus makes it that much better. We can also add Echos in other rooms to the group, which we do when we have people over. We can now have the same music playing in the living room/dining room as in the family room. They are easily added-or subtracted in the Alexa app.
Like the regular Echo, this Plus can control all of our white bulbs and the the Hue color bulb by voice, including changing the colors to any color I can think of (pink, teal, red, blue, purple, aqua, etc.) dimming to any percentage and on/off and adding them to routines or group. For example, I can say, “Turn on the downstairs lights” and Alexa will turn on every light I’ve added to that group. The Plus controls our smart plugs and switches just like the regular Echo did and we add those to groups as well. Bulbs, switches and plugs can be a part of several different groups. (The group Holiday lights turned on all the LED lighted pumpkins and orange lights on our banisters when we said, “Alexa, turn on the holiday lights.”
We can also use this Plus like the other Echos, to Drop In on our other rooms. Since we have Echos in just about every room we now have a home intercom system that works beautifully.
We’ve watched Alexa get smarter and smarter almost weekly, from that first day with her 3 years ago. I have no doubt that she will continue learn new skills to make our lives even easier and more fun. (Did I mention that she can switch our older LG TV to PlayStation Vue streaming through our Amazon Fire TV device and start and pause shows by voice through either the Echos or Fire TV remote? Yeah, we dumped our satellite TV provider and now pay less than half with live and recorded streaming. But that’s for another review!)