Echo (2nd Generation) - Silver Finish
- All-new Echo (2nd Gen) has a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set music alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, 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 compatible Echo devices in different rooms. Echo 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.
- New speaker, now with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Echo can fill the room with 360° omnidirectional audio.
- With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
- Just ask Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control your compatible smart lights, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more
- 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.
Echo uses tens of thousands of skills and counting. Skills add even more capabilities like ordering a pizza from Domino's, requesting a ride from Uber, tracking your fitness with Fitbit, controlling your TV with Dish, and more. To enable new skills, just ask Alexa.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills.
Compare Echo devices
|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)|
5.8” x 3.4” x 3.4” (148 mm x 88 mm x 88 mm)
29.0 oz. (821 grams) Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process
Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) 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 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 0.6” (16 mm) tweeter
The Alexa App is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices.
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Other things I think could be improved for a blind person.
When you press and hold the Microphone and volume down buttons to reset the device! The Echo should give an beep when you can release it. The lights changing colors don’t do anything for a blind person. It would also be helpful if the Echo gave a beep to let you know it is starting to boot up. Again the lights coming on don’t do anything for a blind person. You just have to guess it is coming up.
Web interface alexa.amazon.com needs to be improved to add missing functionality so a blind person who doesn’t own a smart phone can take advantage of being able to add contacts, be able to turn on being able to make calls and sending messages and turn on the drop-in functionality. We should also be able to see whose echo devices are on-line etc… Just like people can do that own a smart phone.
Notification. Currently as far as I can tell, if you miss one! The device doesn’t play a reminder tone every so often to let you know you have unlistened notification. Same goes for messages and the like.
I think the device should do that. Maybe an option in the Sounds in the web interface.
Being we are on the topic of sounds! I would like to be able to upload my own alarm sound effect as an WAV or MP3 file to have the Echo play it when the alarm goes off. I would also like to be able to change the Timer sound when it goes off.
I think the timer function needs to be improved so when you say to set timer for 10 minutes! The device automatically announces how much time is remaining every 1 minute until it gets down to 3 minutes and then every 30 seconds until it gets down to 1 minutes and then it should announce every 10 seconds until it gets to 10 seconds and then it should announce every 1 second until it gets to 0 when the finish timer tone goes off. Again maybe something that could be added to the setting tab for a device on the web interface for those people like myself who would find it very useful to have.
Other than above the device works well and I like it! I just feel it can be improved a lot to make it even more useful to everyone.
My Echo software is UP-TO-DATE.
1. From the test I did in my own house, it can hear me from further away and with the volume slightly higher then the 1st generation (Sometimes I would have to raise my voice with the 1st generation).
2. It is more compact if you like that compared to the original Echo.
3. Low-Mid volume is good. Bass sounds good as well at the low-mid range.
4. The finish tends not to hold fingerprints like the 1st generation.
5. Works with all the Smart home devices I have connected to it. (Lights, TV, Switches, Sound System)
1. The speaker is not as good as the 1st generation Echo.
2. Tends to sound muffled compared to the original Echo.
3. High Volume levels do not sound good. The bass and treble sound like its struggling to produce the sound around levels 8,9,10.
4. No light ring. (I've literally had this for a few hours and not having the light ring is shockingly a major inconvenience. When my parents saw it they initially liked it as well however the volume ring vanishing was also con for them.)
5. When you say that magic word "Alexa" the response is slower. I tested both 1st generation and 2nd generation next to one another asking them the same responses and noticed the 2nd generation has a much SLOWER response that its noticeable. It tends to load on the blue ring as if its searching. While the 1st generation Echo immediately responds. (Ex: Asking it for the weather, or to play a simple song request.)
Overall I think it is a great product for first time Echo users. The setup is easy and straight forward. I would recommend this to anyone who would like a smart device in their home that is cost effective and also offers a decent sound for the price range. It has great for sound in a small to medium sized room at best. This WILL NOT replace your sound system, not even close. If that is the case, get an echo dot and plug it into your sound system as it is more cost effective. I did my best to be impartial to the sound complaints I've read all over Amazon, and decided to compare the 1st generation and 2nd generation myself.
If you don't have a smart home device get it, its great and you can add a great deal of other smart home devices to it.
If you already have an Echo 1st gen, you may or may not be impressed.
(Will up date down the road if I still have the product. At this point not sure if I'll keep it.) (Looking forward to trying out the Echo Plus!)