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Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014)

Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014)
alaScore 94

1810 reviews

Apr, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1810 reviews of Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Echo (1st gen. 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Sam Pinney (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Echo (previous generation) Review | Trusted Reviews

 

Amazon Echo review: this voice-activated assistant is a mature, useful addition to any home. It's essential for anyone with a smart home

Nice-looking ; Easy set-up ; Versatile with ever-growing Skills selection ; Good voice recognition that gets better over time ; Voice control over smart home

Poor sound compared to speakers in price range ; Must remain connected to the mains ; Limited choice of music streaming services

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : David Ludlow (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Echo Input Review | Trusted Reviews

 

Amazon Echo Input review: The easy way to add Amazon Alexa to an existing smart speaker, although its 3.5mm connection is better than using Bluetooth.

Very small ; Great price ; Works with Bluetooth and wired speakers

Not all features work over Bluetooth

A simple, small and well-designed speaker upgrade, the Amazon Echo Input brings Alexa to any speaker – but it could do with a less restrictive Bluetooth connection.

Jan, 2019

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Sam Pinney (trustedreviews.com)

Amazon Echo

 

Imagine a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speaker, but one with a voice-controlled personal assistant inside. That's the Amazon Echo, which gives you a personal assistant called Alexa. She is the first AI personal assistant to merit a dedicated device. She will...

Here is a program I just invented with Alexa.

Jul, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo Wall Clock

 

If you use Alexa timers often, Amazon's Echo Wall Clock is an easy way to see when they're about to expire.

Inexpensive. Attractive design. Visually shows Alexa timers.

Flimsy build. Doesn't work with Echos in multi-room groups.

If you're the kind of person who keeps asking your Echo over and over again how much time is left on the pasta timer, you'll undoubtedly find the Echo Wall Clock tremendously useful. It's an affordable enhancement for Echo-laden homes. It's not a...

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Ry Crist (cnet.com)

You bring the speakers, the Echo Input brings Alexa

 

Amazon's cheapest Echo device adds Alexa smarts to any speaker with Bluetooth or an aux jack. But is it a better buy than the Dot?

The Echo Input will connect to just about any speaker or audio setup, adding in full Alexa voice controls. In our tests, the microphones heard us just as well as the mics in other Echo devices, even at a distance.

It's hard to recommend the Input over the often-on-sale Echo Dot, which does everything the Input does and features a speaker of its own, too.

This is a sensible addition to the Alexa lineup, but it's not as good a value as the Echo Dot.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Grabham Duncan Bell (t3.com)

Amazon Echo review: Amazon's main Echo gets cheaper, Alexa gets better

 

While Alexa is improving all the time and the Echo is great value for money, those looking for top-notch audio quality will be disappointed

Great music and list making ; You can shop through it ; Best. Kitchen timer. Ever.

Very middling as a speaker ; Lots of clonky apps ; Echo Dot is better value

Dec, 2017

Expert review by : Ry Crist David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Amazon Echo: The speaker of the house

 

Amazon's smart speaker was arguably the breakout product of 2015. Two years later, Alexa is still going strong.

Amazon's voice-activated smart home speaker is undeniably futuristic, but it's also practical and accessible. With a rapidly growing slate of features, integrations and use cases, it's easy to get excited about the Echo's potential.

The Echo's sound quality is slightly uneven at times, with weak bass at high volumes. It also can't distinguish between different voices like the Google Home smart speaker can.

More than two years after its debut, the smarter-than-ever Amazon Echo remains one of the best connected home products money can currently buy.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Amazon Echo review

 

Is Amazon's voice-controlled speaker the answer to your smart home dream?

Alexa voice assistant is genuinely useful ; Reliable voice control ; Decent selection of features ; Easy to use

Sound is nothing special ; Relies on other apps and devices to make the most of it

So-so sound but the Alexa assistant makes this a seriously clever speaker

Oct, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Alex Colon, Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Amazon Echo

 

The Amazon Echo is so much more than a wireless speaker. It's part voice assistant, part home automation hub, and its abilities continue to expand steadily. And it's a blast to use.

Excellent voice recognition. Works with many third-party devices and services. Regularly expanding support for new features. Fun to use. Solid speaker sound quality.

Speaker distorts at highest volumes. No access to email and messages.

If you're just looking for a speaker, chances are you wouldn't have read this far. Sure, there's really nothing you can do with the Amazon Echo that you can't do with the smartphone in your pocket. Yet there's something here that feels infinitely more...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Michael Brown (pcworld.com)

Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers

 

The Echo is so awesome you might want one in every room of your home.

Exceptional voice-recognition capabilities ; Very fast and extremely responsive ; Extremely versatile, offering music playback, connected-home control, weather and traffic reports, and much more ; Very good app support, plus an IFTTT channel

Inferior audio features compared to the least-expensive Sonos speaker ; Flash feature would benefit from additional news sources ; Can’t control Philips Hue lighting scenes

Amazon’s Echo is versatile and powerful; an terrific value all around.

Jul, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Colour of product:Black
Design:Cylinder
Product Type:Stereo portable speaker
Volume Control:Digital

Loudspeakers

Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1
Subwoofer:Y
Tweeter:Y
Tweeter diameter:5.08
Woofer Diameter:6.35
Woofer diameter (imperial):6.35

Performance

Recommended usage:Universal

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth profiles:A2DP,AVRCP
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Interface:Bluetooth

Power

Power source type:Battery

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:84
Height :84
Weight:1.06
Width:235